Earlier in 2012, I quit buying nail polish.
Nail polish is just too easy to hoard. Since it’s small, buying one won’t seem like a big addition to the pile. But after a while, the “ones” form a mountain.
I quit buying nail polish when I noticed that I don’t finish any of them, and when a nail polish gets tacky, I throw it away. I didn’t feel good about buying stuff only for them to go in the trash… and everything we buy DO eventually go in the trash.
By mid-2012, I went back to working in the corporate world, and I blame daily commute to be the reason why at least one of my fingernails always catches dirt.
I’m not advocating keeping fingernails dirty. But putting nail polish is good assurance that when you’re having an extra busy day, and you don’t have the time to check on your nails, you’re sure no one will see if they’re dirty.
To make sure I don’t go back to my old nail polish hoarding habit, I gave myself a nail polish rule:
3 bottles at a time.
For most of 2012, I was able to keep it to 2 bottles: a nude one by Cutex and a nude pink one with lilac tones by The Faceshop. In December, I bought my 3rd bottle, Color Trends, it’s a pretty bold red color but the nail polish formulation was bad. It got tacky after 2 uses and it wasn’t salvageable by thinners.
Cutex is already half of the way through and The Faceshop is two-thirds empty.
Since I can only own 3 bottles at a time, I made sure I buy colors that are versatile and favorite-able.
That inspired my 2013 resolution:
To hold on only to my favorite things.
(All else, disposed)
The thing with favorites is you can’t have a lot of them. I don’t believe I can say I have 20 favorite blushers. There’s bound to be only one or two that I’ll use all the time. The room for favorites is small. Only a few can fit in. That’s how I will qualify my favorites.
In the next few days, I might be posting “before” photos of what I currently have a la Beauty Reductionista’s beauty product inventory posts. Hopefully, the “after” photos by the end of 2013 will be evident of a huge improvement in my quest to simplify.
I’m pretty excited ending up with all that’s left being my favorites. That would be awesome.