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I keep my collection small, and make sure I don’t own something that I don’t use at least a few times a month. I also make sure that I only own as much as I can remember off of the top of my head.

I have written lists for most of my makeup stash. I have lists for all my NARS products and all my MAC eyeshadows.
But I haul only one or two things every once in a while, so I’m usually plenty introduced to my new products to remember them in my mind. LOL.

I have ridiculously large Photoshop files that are visual catalogs of all my indie brand eyeshadows (1 just for Orglamix as I have a ton of those) … I update them religiously!

I have a Word document where I have the cosmetic company’s name (Clinique, Nars, PX, etc) typed and underlined in bold and then underneath I list the lipglosses, eyeshadows, blushes. Since I own a lot of Stila shadows and other products I have a seperate list for that. I also have a seperate list for all of my brushes. I like lists!

I don’t know exactly how large my makeup collection is, but it’s not overwhelming. I put the makeup I don’t want to use and/or special occasion makeup in my makeup bags. I put my everyday makeup on my dresser in Ikea plastic Godmorgon trays (they don’t stack). I find my system reliable in that it forces me to use my makeup before it expires.

I don’t wear makeup everyday due to the fact that I would rather get more sleep than have a made-up face.
To directly answer the second question, I don’t use the majority of it since I don’t wear makeup daily.

My new makeup system (all my makeup was in makeup bags before) helps me to use up my makeup and makes it easier to find everything since they are sorted in trays.

I also keep my makeup in Ikeas’ trays…it’s easier to keep track of everything I have..since it’s not a huge collection, it seems to be enough. My lipsticks are kept in a makeup bag as well. 🙂

I have a lot of makeup and I have written 15 pages so far. It makes me a little more aware of what I already have (makes me think twice about buying another of the same product) and not buying MAC eyeshadows that I already have, but have forgotten about.

I have an excel file of all the stuff that I own on my computer and Ipod touch. It’s sorted by brand. If you want to find something you only have to know the brand. Everything is on there colour,finish collection…I even have a list of my brushes… I think I’m a bit freaky, but I’m also happy to organize everything so I have double pleasure from my stuff 😉

I keep my collection simple and small ,
By setting a maximum number of items in each category,
for example: I don’t allow my self to own more than 20 lipsticks ,
I order to buy a new lipstick,I have to finish at least one lipstick

I find I avoid dupes & avoid overdoing “collecting” quite as much by sorting by type (ie foundation, mascara, lipsticks, glosses, blush) and as needed sorted by shade etc.

much easier to resist a fab highlighter when you remember how many you have & how much they get used. also easier to get ready if I can see all my foundation options together etc.

I also keep a bag or drawer with everything to put together a fairly neutral look and/or any current obsession to stop me from getting distracted by options when rushed.

otherwise I’d forget what I own and continuously purchase almost identical teal shadows, blue liners, mascaras, et lol

I want as few makeup/skincare products as possible and only splurge on a small handful of “now in style” products. I have a word document where I keep track of what I have and what I want – and what role it fills (e.g Need: Neutral Palette – Urban Decay Naked Palette, Need: Illuminizer/concealer – Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat in Luminous Radiance or Want: Body shimmer powder & puff – not yet found). I am very particular about what I want to buy and only buy a few times a year. I am a neutral lover though – and I want the colours to be spot on so it takes time to find no matter what. I am the same way with skincare and clothes 🙂

I keep track in my mind, as well. It helps that a lot of what I own is MAC l/e stuff, so the other products I own aren’t too hard to remember.

I remember everything I own, so I don’t need a list. I do however write down how much a particular items cost, so I can keep track of my expenses.

I once went through all my make up and wrote down what I own (by brand) and where I keep them, and I just keep adding to them when I buy new things (or cross out if I get rid of something). Some brands I don’t have written down because I keep them all in one place, like Mac and Chantecaille. I also don’t catalogue my lip products, because they’re all in the same place(s) as well (but I did count them and keep adding or taking away to the number as I go along).

I have them all separated and organized by use then by type, so like all my lip products are together then further broken down into lipstick, gloss, liner etc. It took a while to get everything like that in the first place, but its super easy to maintain, whenever I get something new I know just where to put it!

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