Friday, July 26, 2013

Why Purge?

If you having been following along with my dopey blog, you will have noticed that I conduct blog sales from time to time.  When you see nearly brand-new items in a blog sale, do you ever wonder what possesses people to sell off their items?  I thought it would be an interesting exercise to take a few items I've sold off recently and share my dirty laundry.  That is, share what compelled me to sell off that particular item.

There are a couple ways to get rid of cosmetics items you do not want. 
  • You can sell it on an auction site like ebay, but their terms of service (at least here in the US) strictly prohibits selling used cosmetics.
  • You can conduct a blog sale (like I do)
  • You can swap it away.  There are various sites that allow members to list and swap.  There is an element of trust here and of course the risk of getting burned.
  • You can donate (check local women's shelters and charities that may accept skincare, toiletries, etc.  Not all will accept used items)
  • You can throw it away
  • Give to a friends/family  (I seem to have maxed out on this item with my family)
Sometimes I rave about something on the blog and then sell it.  (Duh)  Why do I do this?

Here is a Burberry Lip Mist in Rosy Red.  This was brand new & I reviewed how much I loved it.  (fyi, I was using a sample card to try it out)  Truth be told, I really did love it and wish I could keep it, but when I looked at the number of sheer red lipsticks I owned (post), I really had to slap myself in the face and get a grip.

Or how about Burberry Coral Pink?  This is a beautiful color and I was so excited to own something released as a brand new item and to have a Burberry bright color was too exciting to resist.  And that realization that it didn't look so good on me.  *dumb clown*

And Tom Ford's beautiful limited edition Enchanted.  Why?  In addition to featuring it on the blog, I also had given one away in a contest.  I mean, I really think this is a special item.  Even beautiful things need to justify its existence in my collection.  First of all, the colors are a bit cooler than my usual sweet spot and I felt Suqqu Himesango was just a better (texture, lasting power, warmth) than Enchanted.  (See my comparison here)


Why do I get rid of beautiful things from brands like Suqqu or Addiction?
Sucky thing is you can't try these things out in person.  Some things just don't look good in person.  It doesn't have to be some hard to find Japanese item, it can be things I buy from Sephora or online sight unseen.  It's just extra painful with certain brands because the effort of acquisition is so high.

Two Suqqu beauties here.  As you may know, the older quads (like Kokedama on the left) are discontinued.  I somehow got into my mind I needed ALL of them.  Really, I don't need all of them.  I need a wakeup call.

And Suqqu limited edition from Spring 13 Ginusudama.  Sigh.  Three LE palettes were released and instead of prioritizing one or two, I bought all three.  Luckily for me, 2 of the 3 are well suited to me, but sadly Ginusudama just didn't look that great on me.


Yup, same story with these Addiction items, Amazing Cheek Stick & Basquiat quad in Mudd Club.

I get rid of things that are not the right color match all the time (good bye all Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Cle de Peau concealer, etc.) and things that didn't impress me.

Sometimes, I fall out of love with a brand.  My first blog sale was chock full of brands I am no longer interested in.  I'm down to one Tom Ford eye shadow quad now (Cognac Sable).  My heart is fickle and causes me grief by causing me to purge purge purge.  I suppose I can just keep buying and growing my collection, but then, the sheer volume would overwhelm me.

Blog sales are not easy to conduct (trips and trips and trips to the post office, the emails, the paypals, the waiting, the packing).  You only recover some of the cost.  But on the positive side, you get some space back, you meet some really nice people and get to contemplate your next purchase.

What's your purging strategy?  Or asked another way, how do you stay streamlined and on top of your purchases?  Is it hard to say good-bye?

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  1. That's some honest insight.
    Even though I have only been blogging just about 5 months I see how quick all the goodies build up between buying and getting things sent to me.
    I over the coming months will be slowing down on the number of blogs I am doing for not only the fact of space needed, but also time and money. Unless companies continue to send items I will be a lot more selective about what I purchase out of pocket. There is just to much out there to keep up and I hate getting starry eye'd and then having buyers remorse shortly after. I give a lot of stuff away to friends.

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    1. Hi Betti! I think it's really impressive to get PR goods at all! So that is awesome. I accumulate based on my own spending prowess. UGH. I'm trying not to be so new release focused. That always seem to fill me with regret, you know.
      It's hard finding the right blogging pace, don't you think? I think I found a secret to success, which is make up posts using recycled photos that are not about new products. I'm going to try that and see if this works. ;-)

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  2. The best decision I made, about two years ago, was that I wouldn't outgrow my storage. So now, when I want something, I have to get rid of something else. (Uh... sometimes I list something up for swap and put it into a different drawer to make room for it. But usually I don't.)

    Anyway, it's been a good way to keep my buying in check! I recently got rid of a bunch of Addiction because it wasn't as unique as I expected, and I really wanted Dior fall. And... I don't miss the Addiction. I'm fine with it.

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    1. Adele, I bought a second IKEA Alex. What a STUPID STUPID move. Won't you know it, I'm slowing getting something into every new drawer. I saw you Addiction stuff for sale! :( Those Addiction are definitely not be all end all, especially if you have a drawer full of RBR or Suqqu or Burberry. I hear you. I'm actually missing the stuff in this post, but then I smack myself to snap out of it.

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    2. Well, part of it is a personality thing. I feel dissatisfied with having a lot of things I don't use. Not everyone's like that! Also, I feel like - if you can afford it, and it's your hobby, what's the big deal? But while I like high end makeup, I can't afford it all, so I had to draw a line, you know?

      I feel like Addiction's a gorgeous brand, but it's not as well-curated as say RBR, so... there are a some duds/not as great things - which we don't know about because we can't see them in person. Oh well. I really do like RBR and Burberry and even Armani more than Addiction.

      The stuff in this post is gorgeous! But if it's not as flattering on you as the other things you own, then passing it on was a good move!

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  3. Very interesting to see this written down. I haven't actually ever done a blog sale, but I have been considering it recently. I have to admit that the main thing that makes me hesitate to get rid of things I don't use any more (or that have been replaced with higher quality versions of the same colour) is that I want to keep them on hand for the purpose of comparison swatches on the blog. I do think that I'm at least going to have to start dividing my collection into the things that I use frequently, things that I love but use only occasionally and things that continue to stay with me only for swatching purposes... And I'll admit it, I'm always worried that I'll get rid of something I can't replace and regret it forever...

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    1. Kate, the "for swatching purposes" really resonate with me. I probably hold on to somethings just because of that reason! Maintaining a blog appears to be a big motivator to keep to acquiring and then retaining. This could end badly for me!
      I'm thinking about getting rid of Chanel Notorious (that grey contour thing) because I hardly ever use it anymore. But what if I regret it? I will never be able to re-buy it. (Hence, the illogical hoarding begins)

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    2. Have you tried Notorious as an eye shadow? I hear that it s gorgeous on the eyes. I missed the boat on getting that one, and still regret it!

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    3. Don't you just hate LE regret? I did try it on my eyes, and yes, it's a beautiful sheer grey and nice on the crease, BUT, it's not like I don't have dozens of eye shadows!

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    4. Funny, I'm wearing Notorious today and wore it yesterday as well... And yes, there are many taupe shadows, but this one is particularly lovely... I keep a log of what I wear and don't wear and I really should pay attention to that and use it to weed out some stuff, but somehow, I never get around to it...

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    5. @Belly- yes I HATE LE regret!! @Kate-- you are making me want Notorious even more-- I might have to buy yours if it makes it into your blog sale pile, Belly!!!

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  4. I'm so glad that you wrote this. I think that it really shows that each of us with the proclivity to collect far more makeup than we need-- should take pause before flipping out that credit card and buying all of the pretty shiny baubles- instead of the ones that we know will not only suit us, but that we will actually wear. I think it becomes even more difficult when it comes to issues of brand loyalty and limited edition collections-- or at at least novel new additions to the line- as was the case with the new pigmented blushes from Burberry. Believe it or not I resisted Hydrangea Pink and Coral Pink because while they are both stunning- I had the sense that I probably wouldn't get much wear out of them since I seem to favor wearing lighter pink blushes. I am really really trying to institute a cooling off period before I make cosmetic purchases because I recognize that I already have far more than I could ever possibly wear in a lifetime. Just because something is gorgeous doesn't mean that I have to own it. For instance I have an embarrassing number of pink blushes and lip glosses, and while I am eyeing other pretties that I want to possess-- I have to be reasonably certain that they are special enough or are significantly different from what I already own to justify the purchase. When you think about it in terms of the money that we spend on these things, and think about the products that are both expensive and neglected-- then it doesn't take a pile of receipts and a calculator to know that it is wasteful. Of course beauty blogging by its very nature causes us to collect-- so what is one to do?

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    1. NEVER EVER calculate the sum of total collection and Never calculate the ultimate net loss. GAH! This is causing me grey hairs.
      I have a difficult time moderating myself when I know things are limited plus in short supply. I went to the Guerlain counter this week and the SA was trying to convince me to put two of the new blushes on hold and I was nodding along, but then realizing, when do I ever hit pan on anything?!
      Not sure what one does as a blogger and a makeup hobbyist.... Surely someone has a good answer.

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    2. I know-- seriously debilitating to think about the cash spend on dust-covered things especially. I am really trying to be a good girl and think before I buy. Me too, when things are in short supply and LE it is very difficult not to buy. SA can make it so difficult-- especially when they run over to their drawer and say, "I have only one left and it will be gone today!" GAHHHHHHH!! We are just like sitting ducks when put into that situation. Well, certainly not focussing on LE collections is one way to redress this problem. Perhaps, too, if our posts are otherwise focussed then we will be less frenzied about acquiring so much stuff that ultimately might not best be suited to us. Part of the problem is that the hunt itself is part of the thrill. What's really demented is the fact that I have actually forgotten about things that I have purchased that are sitting in a bag in the closet waiting to be photographed. Non-bloggers would do the normal thing and use these things as soon as they brought them home, but beauty bloggers? Nope let's stock pile to photograph!! CRAYZAY!! :D

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  5. This post. SO. TRUE. Haha I do that all the time--rave about a beauty product and then realize later on that I actually don't really like it all that much...on me, anyway. And the only reason why I haven't tried brands like Suqqu and Addiction yet is because I absolutely HATE buying sight-unseen. It makes me really nervous, especially when it's not easy to return or unreturnable. Of course the crazy markup sucks too, though...

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    1. I guess the good thing about Suqqu & Addiction is that other people would likely be happy to take it off your hands, BUT then you have to go through the whole sad purging process. Right?

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  6. im very moody when it comes to makeup
    when I like a particular formula then I really go all out and buy different colors and enjoy wearing it daily
    but then I get over things then pass them on
    blahh I need to post my blog sale :(

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    1. *pets LB* well, but you have all those beautiful By Terry lipsticks. nom nom nom.

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  7. Dear Jane,
    I cannot thank you enough for giving me a chance to try out these goodies from your blog sale. I'm really happy with all of them. I certainly felt sympathetic to what you wrote since I once was a hoarder of everything Guerlain, even though some are less than stellar.
    Hope you have a good weekend,

    Iris

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    1. Hi Iris!! So happy to hear that you like them! Totally hear you on Guerlain. I have to be very choosy with what I select. I notice if I give into the seasonal collection/LE frenzy from that brand I tend to regret some of what I buy. I am really really looking forward to the new Fall though. Those things look incredible, but I am definitely going to play with them in person before I buy anything.

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  8. Nods nods nods!! You couldn't have said them better. My purging strategy right now is donation. I am a long-time member of Makeupalley (since 2002 yikess!!) and I've seen the gory details of swaps and it is now more of a hassle for me to do it. I also am very selective of what I acquire, but like you, sometimes sadly things just don't work out one way or the other. I think at the height of insanity, I owned several drawers full of makeup. Now it is down to just one and I plan to keep it that way (knock on woods LOL). Also as I get older, I know instinctively what will work for my coloring/what won't. I'm no longer a slave to trend/makeovers/events, so that helps some. Great blog sale, btw!

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    1. >.> Do I know you on MUA? LOL!
      I have a pretty good sense of what I like and what I don't, don't I remember long stretches of trying and buying nude lipsticks looking for a perfect one until I realized they make me look like the undead. ALLLLLLL a learning experience, you know!

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  9. I love you so much, bellykins! This is an excellent interrogation of the things that have been percolating in my noggin and I've noticed most of the MUB regulars going through something similar lately.
    Sadly I'm not sure I can cut down significantly on my 'buy first, edit subsequently' process, being so hooked on those blind-buy brands! (Because when they work out, they REALLY work out.)

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    1. *snuggly snoggles* Ms. Driveller!
      This is the price of desiring out of country brands. BUY, REGRET, EDIT. BUY, REGRET, EDIT. :) I'm really loving THREE 19. For an upcoming vacation, I've packed 19, 17 and Revenge stick.

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  10. I usually either bin or give stuff away to family.
    For preventing excessive hauling I use a spreadsheet to let me know how much money I'll be spending on the wish list and I keep it on my google drive. When I know how much money I'm spending I usually have to think if where I can pull the funds from to make said purchases.

    Fall looks really promising for a lot of collections. I saw http://m.blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_64f0ce0b0101m8eh.html#page=1 some eye looks on the new SUQQU limited edition palettes and I was like "must have!" but the swatches found on http://sweetmakeuptemptations.com/2013/06/28/suqqu-fall-2013/ are not that tempting and made me think of skipping. I know I should skip because my skin tone does not rock those colors especially SUQQU greens. A safer buy is the Shiseido Eye Color Bar palette because even though it is bold it will be cheaper than x3 SUQQU and we know shisedio eyeshadow textures are good to start with.

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    1. I have a running list in my head if things I'm coveting which makes it easier to adjust rankings when new things catch my eye. But I think I need a more rigorous way of organizing so I don't have a stash explosion.
      The Suqqus are interesting but unlike Spring, I don't feel as compelled to buy every single one! Whew!

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  11. I usually give them to my friends/family. I found blog sales to be rather time-consuming and difficult LOL I just had one recently, the process of going thru the stash and weaning off unwanted items was just soooo tedious that I reminded myself not to buy things on a whim. Recently I've done some reorg. on my vanity table (just on skincare mostly) and it already shocked me how much I have! Another call to "STOP"...haha

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    1. LOL I try not to clean up and organize too much. I end up finding odd piles of too much stuff!

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  12. My sadness is that I buy too much (mainly skin care), feel I have to use it up in the order purchased, but am then seduced by the latest unguent which promises sudden and infinite peachyness of cheeks which I then have to use, realise it does not suit and then my favourite and trusted and repurchased items get put back and put back whilst I am blinded by the new interlopers. I am afraid that I chuck, because as well as having my head turned by new products I am also a hoarder and many many items I have are aeons old - Tony&Tina anyone??

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  13. This is one of my favorite posts from you!!! I'm often curious why people get rid of things - I feel like it's an extension of the original review that we don't get to hear about!! Think I'm purging Burberry hydrangea pink...love the formula, of course, but I find the color (no matter how sheerly applied) brings out the red in my skin too much.

    Up to now I've only threatened to have a blog sale, and instead opted to just give stuff away bc it all seemed like too much of a hassle. Then I added up how much I might make if everything sold that I currently want to get rid of...oh my!!! So I'm working on a blog sale. For real this time. Hopefully. LOL :-)

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