Cleaning Out My Lippies’ Closet


Probably one of the most difficult things to do when you’re a makeup junkie is to clean out your makeup collection.  For me, it took a LO-ooo-ooo-NG time to actually get the job done.  However, come to think of it, I only started with my lipsticks.  My blush and eyeshadow collection is an entirely different story..and would probably entail a separate blog post.

How to know if your lipsticks are expired? Just smell it, baby! If it smells too waxy, or unpleasant in any way at all, it’s time to throw it to the bin! And that’s exactly how I did it.

I began the task with a heavy heart one Sunday afternoon while watching old reruns of movies on the couch.  It took me three (3) hours to sniff through each and every one of them in my pile.  (By this time, I felt like I just inhaled a whole tub of petroleum jelly.) Anyway, you see, I have two compartments for my lip makeup – (1) for drugstore lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms; and (2) for my MAC lipsticks and my favorite kinds which I use more often.  In these photos, I’m only showing the former, because I didn’t have the heart – or the strength, rather – to throw away my precious MAC and other high-end lipsticks.  Although I did check them all and went smelling through them and, despite knowing that some of them need to go, I am still keeping them.  (Sorry, just so hard!)

So by the end of the movie, I mean, the task, I realized that I had a lot of expiring lipsticks since I started become addicted to them circa 2009.

14 expired lipsticks so far

Damn, 14 expired lippies! To add to that, I also found out that I still have about three or four unopened and unused ones.

The last ones standing

Sigh.  Such a heavy and difficult job to do.

However, on the brighter side, at least I now have new spaces to fill for new lipsticks.  (yey!)

Hmmm…So let’s see, I’ll let you know if I’m able to tackle my blush collection over the weekend.

Enjoy your day!


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