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7:32 PM

When I was little, I was obsessed with stickers. I had a beloved "sticker book" that I kept with me at all times. The pages were filled with stickers featuring many of my favorite cartoon characters, stars, hearts, or anything I thought was magical at the time. I remember the excitement I would feel when my dad took me to the dollar store and allowed me to pick out one or two new sheets. I couldn't wait to get home and carefully peel them, placing them thoughtfully in my book.

What purpose did stickers serve? I don't know. What did they add to my life? No clue. But for some reason, I kept wanting more and more. Each time I got new stickers, it gave me a little rush.

For the longest time, I had this type of habit with lip products. Had a bad day? Buy a lipstick. Had a great day? Buy a lipstick. Even though I rarely even wore the damn things, I found joy in adding a new one to my collection.

Fast-forward a couple of years later and my lipstick obsession has faded, but my collection is still tiptoeing the line of ridiculous. I know, I know. It could be much worse (or better, depending on how you look at it), but on the weekend I decided to sort through all of my products and decide what to keep, toss, or give to my co-workers teenage daughters.

What I kept:
  • Anything higher end (MAC, Nars, Chanel, BITE, Too Faced, etc.). I can't bring myself to get rid of anything that cost me more than $20 and hasn't gone bad. I'M GOING TO WEAR THEM ALL, RIGHT?
  • Any "old faithfuls" that I reach for often or realistically will wear again soon (Essence, some Maybelline)
  • My "everyday" lipsticks, which were actually all in my purse. These include: MAC Mehr, Urban Decay Back Talk, MAC Syrup, Kat Von D Lolita, and Wet N' Wild Liquid Catsuit in Rebel Rose.

 What I got rid of:

  • Any products that smelled "off" or had a weird consistency. Some of these were definitely more than three years old. Time to go in the garbage bin, unfortunately. I had to part with my Tanya Burr gloss that I bought in Scotland, which was a bit sad, but it smelled super sour.
  • Formulas I just don't like (aka Rimmel)
  • Any colours that I just don't see myself wearing again

Bye Bye :(
Purse Homies

In the end, my lip "sticker book" is still a little bit crazy, but I feel much better about it. It's amazing how good decluttering can feel. I can see why Marie Kondo is so popular.

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