We've all been there - an 'innocent stroll' into your local Boots and, before you know it, you're £50 lighter in the wallet and carrying a tiny loot home to be popped into those make up drawers. It's a slippery slope, guys and gals, take it from someone who's been there. So in the spirit of #SpendlessSeptember, I wanted to talk about the 'make do and mend' ethos of the beauty world - shopping your stash. 

I have to say, embarrassingly, I didn't even know how much of a 'stash' I really had until we were packing up to move. Moving will put a lot of things into perspective (aka black bin bags) for you - but more about that on Wednesday. Here are my top tips for being a little more mindful about your make up manifest:

1. The Seasonal Edit/Refresh - I try to do this even when I'm not cutting back on spends, because two clear Muji drawers do not accommodate for an empire of beauty booty. Keeping things fresh, often-rotated, and as seasonally relevant as possible helps you stay clutter free and reveals any 'gaps' you might have in your collection. Just like your wardrobe, your make up collection needs refreshing for the winter months too. I love me a coral lip, but am I really going to feel like rocking that out when it's minus temperatures outside? Probs not.

2. Check your dates - I swear by Meg from LipsSo Facto's beauty product expiry cheat sheet, which is probably one of the most comprehensive guides on the internet, and who doesn't love an excuse to crack out the label maker? Expired products, particularly mascara, lipstick, any pots that you've dipped into with fingers (I'm looking at you, lip balms), that have seen their time in the sun? Straight to the bin.

3. Get creative - So your skin type has changed a little, and the foundation you used to LOVE is gathering dust because it's too full coverage? Why not mix a few drops into your favourite moisturiser? Or soften that bold lip you-thought-you-could-but-you-couldn't by blotting it down with a tinted lip balm? You get my drift. Get your Nutty Professor on! Make up mixology is some of the most fun you can have with products that have fallen by the wayside, and seeing your old things in a new light breathes life into what might otherwise have been 'wasted' purchases.

4. Document - When I was younger, all I wanted was Cher Horowitz's closet organizer on her computer. It was genius, and why no one has invented it is still a puzzle to me. For those that haven't seen Clueless - a) what are you doing with your life and b) proceed here for reference. Well, for you Type-A organizational freaks like myself - there's no better time than the present. Create a folder on your iCloud, get busy with your iPhone for an afternoon - heck, you could even make subfolders by shade - but let's not get too crazy up in here.

5. Set a goal and name your reward! YES. WE REACHED FIVE TIPS AND I DIDN'T SAY 'ONE IN ONE OUT'. Obviously, 'one in one out' is a great way to stay on top of your beauty stash, and a really sensible practice to live by. But sometimes, it isn't practical! Sometimes you have a nicely edited selection, but you just want to cut back a little - and that's great too! So what IS important, is to keep in perspective what you're saving for, and when you'll be able to reach your goal. Even if your goal is ANOTHER lipstick. It's probably Charlotte Tilbury isn't it. It's totally worth it. I feel you.

What are your favourite hidden treasures you've uncovered from shopping your stash? How do you keep yourself disciplined?


  1. You got me there - it's most definitely Charlotte Tilbury.

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

    1. It's ALWAYS Charlotte Tilbury, isn't it? ;) Thanks so much for commenting Ella, I love your blog! You've got a new follower :) T xx

  2. *drools at your photographic skills and dressing table beauty*


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