Five reasons your makeup drawer is probably a frightening place (and what you can do to fix it)

Five reasons your makeup drawer is probably a frightening place (and what you can do to fix it)


Whether it’s a drawer, a cabinet, a basket (or all three) or half of it is floating around in your car or handbag, it’s likely you have a collection of makeup somewhere. What’s less likely is that you’re consciously cultivating that collection of products in line with where you’re at in life. While we are all constantly become more aware of how the way we live affects the planet (hello, minimalism; hello, Marie Kondo), that philosophical approach may not have yet hit your morning makeup routine. And if you haven’t recently taken the time to stocktake exactly what’s happening with all that stuff that goes on your face (or just sits in the drawer), it’s about time: between cakey gunky crusty mascaras, unsharpened pencils (ouch) and brushes that haven’t made friends with a shampoo since 2003, it can be a scary process, but a necessary one. Here’s why:

1. There’s way, way, too much stuff in there

The average woman owns about 40 makeup products and uses…very few of them. How many samples, half-used mascaras, eyeshadows you were wearing five years ago, or when your life called for a different ‘face’ to be put on, are you still hoarding? Yeah. It’s time for that stuff to go.

2. You don’t use most of it: which means you’re holding onto things for the sake of it, which is pretty anti-Marie Kondo, no?

Honestly though, does it spark joy? Whether you’ve made a transition from uni student to young professional (goodbye smoky eye and hello soft neutrals), or from full-time work to stay-at-home mum (and your best mate is now BB cream and a great under-eye concealer), it’s pretty likely you’re still holding on to things you’ve never, ever need again. Like that bold lip colour that matched that dress that you donated two years ago. Or the blush your mum gave you that doesn’t quite match your skin tone. Whether it’s a sentimental reason, or just that you can’t see it because it’s sitting under four other products, it’s time to downsize, minimise, and streamline our daily routines. Because it equals more ease, and less stress. And we all want that. As Arbonne Australia and New Zealand Senior Sales & Marketing Director Melissa Amavisca says: ‘Most women tend to be guilty of hoarding too many beauty products thinking, ‘I might use that lipstick shade one day’ but this accumulation can mean a bathroom vanity, bedroom dresser or makeup drawer inundated with unused products that don’t serve a purpose and just add chaos.’

The fix? A #drawerdetox. There’s a step-by-step guide here.

3. On that note, when was the last time you revised your routine?

It’s so easy to get into habits. Maybe someone introduced you to a brand or product and ten years later, without thinking about it too much, you’re still using it. In the meantime, your skin has changed, you’ve got a different hair colour or probably at minimum a new style, and…let’s just say makeup has come a long way in that time. You might be more conscious too now about exactly which products are going on your skin.

4. The last time you washed your brushes or sponges was…?

Yeah, we thought so. Frightening. Why? When you use the brush, it picks up whatever’s on your face. That means especially if you experience acne, cleaning is critical, because the bacteria that are on your face will transfer back to the product when you use it, and vice versa. Dirty brushes will also dry out with the residual product or other dust or dirt that’s on them, making them less effective, and colours will mix if you’re using the same brush for several shades of eyeshadow.

The fix? Baby shampoo is the easiest way to quickly get clean. Rinse your brushes with warm water and squeeze them out to get as much product out as you can. Then in a bowl or basin gently wash the brushes out with the shampoo, being careful to only wash the bristles – letting the water and shampoo touch the part where the handle or you risk weakening the glue holding the brush together. Keeping the bristles facing down will also help avoid this, and allow the product to rinse out the end. Lay the brushes flat on a towel to dry them, fanning out the bristles in the same way they should look when they’re dry. You could try: Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser

5. The products might be doing you more harm than you realise

Have a think about it. Your face is pretty important. You want to be sure that what you’re using is not just not expired (three to six months for mascara, 12 to 18 months for foundations, depending on whether they are oil or water-based), but that the ingredients in them are doing you no harm. Using brands that employ a strict-no nasties policy ensures your skin will not just look good, but that you’re not aging it or putting ingredients on it that are doing you no good.

The fix? A little reading can go a long way. Brush up on brands and products that align with your personal values (do they recycle? Are they strictly cruelty-free? Do they avoid using chemicals you don’t want on your face?) and get rid of anything that doesn’t align with your philosophy. Arbonne’s ‘Not Allowed List’ includes more than 2000 ingredients that are strictly banned in its products.

@ArbonneAUNZ is encouraging you to clean out your makeup with its #drawerdetox.
If you clean up your act, make sure to post a picture with the #drawerdetox tag (you can read about their Not Allowed List here).



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