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I’m a beauty editor and I haven’t bought any beauty products this year

I’m a beauty editor and I haven’t bought any beauty products this year

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I set a 2021 goal for myself – I will not buy any new beauty products until I have finished what is open and unless I absolutely need to replace it.

I set a 2021 goal for myself – I will not buy any new beauty products until I have finished what is open and unless I absolutely need to replace it.

I’m a beauty editor and I haven’t bought any beauty products this year
I decided to set 2021 goal for myself. I will not buy any new beauty products until I have finished what is open and unless I absolutely need to replace it.

Easy, right? You’d think so… Except I have a bit of a problem. I love trying new stuff. It’s also kinda what I do for a living and I do get some beauty products for free, so I have a solid little habit going.

A few months down the line, here’s how it’s going…

Makeup

I don’t have anything to throw out as I did a big clean out a couple of months ago. My husband used to travel a lot for work (remember pre-COVID life?) and anything I wanted I would ask (or bribe) him to get for me. I have a fair amount of still sealed creams, foundations and even lipsticks. Luckily, I don’t need anything new in this department and I made a deal with myself not to open anything new.

How’d I do?

Admittedly there was a hurdle. I forgot about a tiny Black Friday Cult Beauty purchase that had been delayed due to shipping and finally arrived on my doorstep. I’d decided to replace my NYX eyeliner that had dried up ages ago with this new IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner and was dying to give it a go. In all fairness, my old liner was done for, so I figured since replacing it was “within the rules”. My glorious new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette however did not fall within the rules, so I opened it, lovingly stared at it and put it away. Sigh.

Side note

I am very proud to say that both IT Cosmetics and Hourglass Cosmetics are both cruelty-free brands. While I’m not perfect, I am working towards replacing my makeup and skincare stash with cruelty-free alternatives in the near future.

Skincare

There was zero chance that any of my skincare products needed replacing and everything that was already open was being used – so the goal was to finish what I was using instead of endlessly bouncing around between different products.

Which empties and would I buy again?

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micellaire Solution

I swear by this product and I normally have a few open bottles in various places. Happy to report, this was my last bottle and I moved on to a half-used bottle of Avene Eu Thermale Micellar Lotion. Once done, I will absolutely repurchase the Bioderma product.

Pixi Glow Tonic

I attribute my skin surviving “mascne” to my trusty Pixi Glow Tonic. It's always been a go-to skin favourite, but since the introduction of mask wearing, I have heavily relied on it to help keep my skin on track. Will be repurchasing, thank you very much.

Afari Brightening Elixer

Another firm favourite, this has been a delight of a product to use. Super lightweight but really effective, I think this was one of my favourite glow-giving products I have used in a long time. I haven’t replaced it yet, because I am busy finishing Pixi Glow Tonic – another great choice. I’ll probably replace both starting with the Afari Brightening Elixer. South African skincare brand Afari ships internationally on request.

Haircare  

I saved the best for last. I have an embarrassing amount of half-used conditioners lying around and I am super picky when it comes to my hair. Combine this with finicky hair and the result is loads of half-used or almost-full shampoo and conditioners in cupboards and drawers. I started by cleaning out old or funky looking, past-their-expiry-date products, recycled the packaging I could, and kept anything I wanted to finish.

Which empties would I buy again?

Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me.Rinse

I totally forgot I had this and loved it all over again. It smells delicious and makes my hair feel so soft and shiny. Will absolutely repurchase, one day…

Evo Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Colour Boosting Treatment

Also an absolute gem of a product that has been lurking forgotten on the shelf in my shower. Works a charm at getting rid of brassiness and I made an effort to use it as my treatment every couple of washes. I’m very sad it’s finished and will repurchase again.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Shampoo and Conditioner

Not my favourite, but it felt a total waste to throw it out, so I finished it, but won’t repurchase. The formulation is just too heavy for my fine hair.  

What have I learned?

Although I spend a lot of time researching brands and taking care on what I spend my money on, I still get bored and jump between products too much resulting in unnecessary waste. I am making an effort to not hoard and finish items before opening something new. If I don’t like a product, I give it to friend or family member, or pop it in a bag to be donated.

I decided to set 2021 goal for myself. I will not buy any new beauty products until I have finished what is open and unless I absolutely need to replace it.

Easy, right? You’d think so… Except I have a bit of a problem. I love trying new stuff. It’s also kinda what I do for a living and I do get some beauty products for free, so I have a solid little habit going.

A few months down the line, here’s how it’s going…

Makeup

I don’t have anything to throw out as I did a big clean out a couple of months ago. My husband used to travel a lot for work (remember pre-COVID life?) and anything I wanted I would ask (or bribe) him to get for me. I have a fair amount of still sealed creams, foundations and even lipsticks. Luckily, I don’t need anything new in this department and I made a deal with myself not to open anything new.

How’d I do?

Admittedly there was a hurdle. I forgot about a tiny Black Friday Cult Beauty purchase that had been delayed due to shipping and finally arrived on my doorstep. I’d decided to replace my NYX eyeliner that had dried up ages ago with this new IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner and was dying to give it a go. In all fairness, my old liner was done for, so I figured since replacing it was “within the rules”. My glorious new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette however did not fall within the rules, so I opened it, lovingly stared at it and put it away. Sigh.

Side note

I am very proud to say that both IT Cosmetics and Hourglass Cosmetics are both cruelty-free brands. While I’m not perfect, I am working towards replacing my makeup and skincare stash with cruelty-free alternatives in the near future.

Skincare

There was zero chance that any of my skincare products needed replacing and everything that was already open was being used – so the goal was to finish what I was using instead of endlessly bouncing around between different products.

Which empties and would I buy again?

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Removing Micellaire Solution

I swear by this product and I normally have a few open bottles in various places. Happy to report, this was my last bottle and I moved on to a half-used bottle of Avene Eu Thermale Micellar Lotion. Once done, I will absolutely repurchase the Bioderma product.

Pixi Glow Tonic

I attribute my skin surviving “mascne” to my trusty Pixi Glow Tonic. It's always been a go-to skin favourite, but since the introduction of mask wearing, I have heavily relied on it to help keep my skin on track. Will be repurchasing, thank you very much.

Afari Brightening Elixer

Another firm favourite, this has been a delight of a product to use. Super lightweight but really effective, I think this was one of my favourite glow-giving products I have used in a long time. I haven’t replaced it yet, because I am busy finishing Pixi Glow Tonic – another great choice. I’ll probably replace both starting with the Afari Brightening Elixer. South African skincare brand Afari ships internationally on request.

Haircare  

I saved the best for last. I have an embarrassing amount of half-used conditioners lying around and I am super picky when it comes to my hair. Combine this with finicky hair and the result is loads of half-used or almost-full shampoo and conditioners in cupboards and drawers. I started by cleaning out old or funky looking, past-their-expiry-date products, recycled the packaging I could, and kept anything I wanted to finish.

Which empties would I buy again?

Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me.Rinse

I totally forgot I had this and loved it all over again. It smells delicious and makes my hair feel so soft and shiny. Will absolutely repurchase, one day…

Evo Fabuloso Platinum Blonde Colour Boosting Treatment

Also an absolute gem of a product that has been lurking forgotten on the shelf in my shower. Works a charm at getting rid of brassiness and I made an effort to use it as my treatment every couple of washes. I’m very sad it’s finished and will repurchase again.

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Shampoo and Conditioner

Not my favourite, but it felt a total waste to throw it out, so I finished it, but won’t repurchase. The formulation is just too heavy for my fine hair.  

What have I learned?

Although I spend a lot of time researching brands and taking care on what I spend my money on, I still get bored and jump between products too much resulting in unnecessary waste. I am making an effort to not hoard and finish items before opening something new. If I don’t like a product, I give it to friend or family member, or pop it in a bag to be donated.

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