For pretty much all products, I like pumps, whether they’re airless or not, or else squeeze tubes.
MAC Brush Sets – just not the same quality as full-sized brushes. For me, this was a hard question, because a lot of the products I’ve come across in the past couple of years that have been really skip-worthy weren’t ones I bought but received to review!
I try to go through all my products every 4-6 months and do some cleaning–wiping down powder surfaces, dipping lipsticks into rubbing alcohol to sanitize, and tossing out anything that has changed color/scent/consistency. I use recyclable disposable lipgloss wands for glosses from the get-go, so I don’t have to worry about those, and I use metal spatulas to get cream products out nowadays to avoid dealing with cleaning cream products!
I either keep it super simple and use products that are cream-based or stains (tints, stains, etc.). If I want to wear more makeup, then I try to build things in layers (but nothing heavy overall) so there is a good foundation for the colors to be built on.
I have a few rolling carts with pull out drawers that I use for brands I don’t access as often (in the living room), and then I use an Ikea Besta system to house brands and products I access often (which has a home in my office). Just to field anticipated questions – I am not planning to show my makeup “collection” (which is more like the Temptalia Archives than my personal collection these days) at this time.
I don’t really pay much attention (or perhaps, I don’t put much weight on) seasonal trends beyond say lighter colors in spring, vibrant shades in summer, vampy shades in fall, reds for the holidays… but I don’t subscribe to bright line rules. I guess I’ll rock tropical colors no matter what season it is!