Is your bathroom cabinet looking more like a cosmetics sample sale and less like a functioning tool kit? Are you on the rocks in your relationship because your refusal to throw out that last pump of Alterna CC Cream is actually pushing your partner to insanity? Do you spend minutes of unnecessary time trying to find your products in the morning that when it comes to using them you either give up or run late?
Then it’s time for a bathroom cabinet audit and we are here to be your brutal advisors. While it might be like breaking up with an old friend, you just don’t need or use every item that’s currently clogging up your beauty shelves – plus some of these products (especially those expired/mouldy/dusty ‘essentials’ you refuse to throw away) could even doing you more harm than good…which brings us to TIP #1….
Check the Expiry Date
A good place to start is to get rid of products that have expired, which are often likely to have become ineffective, not to mention foul smelling.
Unlike a food item, hair and beauty products don’t have an expiration date printed on the packaging, so we’ve created this handy guide as a best practice approach to culling old stock!
Now this is one for you bacteria dirt bags out there! You know who you are, with that questionable and sullied makeup bag and crusty and clogged haircare in your cabinet!
Not only does chucking nasty old products free up loads of storage space, but more importantly ensures you don’t inadvertently give yourself an infection, especially with makeup products!
How do you know if your product is saveable?
A basic rule of thumb in both hair and beauty products is this: if you stick your finger in it and it’s been over six months since you’ve used it, throw it away.
For those who just can’t deal with the guilt of trashing their beauty treasures if there is some glimmer of hope, here is the not so basic rule. To identify contaminated products you are going to need to look for changes in colour, texture or smell. But, let’s be real here, if for some reason you’re not sure or can’t remember if your $200 hand cream smelled like B.O. when you bought it, then it has to go!
Be the Brush Police
Now every good hair ritual needs the right tools and if your manky old brushes are full of hair, deformed by heat or reduced to only one visible bristle that acts more as a scalp scratcher than a hairbrush – buy some new ones! The number one brush everyone must have is a grooming brush. This baby de-frizzes your roots, detangles knots without ripping the hair and stimulates and protects the scalp when used regularly. I love these so much, most of my clients have a large one at home and a pocket sized one for their handbag. Check out Taylor Madison X Brushworx for a REALLY cheap option that I rate against Mason Pearson and the like (the like often being over $150!)
Now as for makeup brushes. We all know that decent make-up brushes can live in your beauty case for years. But what’s the catch? You have to look after them because dirty brushes are a skin problem waiting to happen!
Firstly ditch those poor quality freebie applicators along with any brush that’s become matted or threadbare. Once you’ve whittled out the deadweight, maintain your brushes by cleansing them at least once a week. Your complexion will thank you for it.
Get Brutally Honest
We’re all guilty of holding onto products in the hope that we may one day use ‘em! It’s time to be honest – set aside the products you actually use on a frequent basis and chuck the remaining clutter.
If you need help letting go try ‘The Multiples Test’ – if you have several versions of a similar items, keep the one you use most and ditch the rest.
After all you don’t need all seven sea salt sprays.
Get Ritual Ready a.k.a. organised
Now that your products have been condensed it’s time to store them neatly. Yes, really, there’s more work involved….but we promise this cull will make you so much more relaxed in the mornings, your new stress-free, well-polished self will thank you for it!
Firstly, throw away your dirty cosmetic bags or containers – you want your storage to be in as good nick as the products. Then, arrange your products by category so it’s easy to find things, which makes your beauty routine more streamlined.
Lastly label one box ‘giveaway’ and fill it with free samples, gift soaps and other unopened products. Offer them to friends and family or donate them to a shelter. Now not only do you have a clean beauty cabinet, but your thrifty conscience is left spotless as well!
There you have it Ritualist Beauty Lovers! Our guide to the perfect Spring Clean on your bathroom cabinet. Now for those of you who are in the Paddington area, make sure you don’t miss our Spring Cleaning Workshop on September 7th for a chance to discuss what should be in your morning ritual over a cocktail (or seven). Plus there’s a free goodie bag and a live demonstration of easy 5-minute hair looks you can produce with even the filthiest of hangovers!
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