My first de-stashing project went pretty well.

Currently though, things are a little out of hand. Around a year ago, I started working for a company in the health & beauty industry and I am required to wear makeup despite not having the need to be anywhere near the frontlines to do my job. I bought several stuff to use and experiment on. Add to that, I received a lot of beauty-related gifts the past holiday season. Needless to say, I need to re-destash (?!?!).

The previous project involved packing everything in a tote bag and unpacking items one by one as I needed them. I set myself a deadline and everything that was still unpacked were disposed of. Back then, I have relatively fewer stuff and the goal was to keep only what I really need.

058a5-upkeeptray1-bUpkeep Tray v.1

My current collection has way more items for variety’s sake, and I am encountering a problem that I never thought I’d experience: forgetting what I have.

To remedy the situation, I pooled stuff that I think would suffice for my daily upkeep (hence, upkeep tray) and force myself to use ONLY these items. I’m currently on my fourth day and so far so good. My mornings have become more stress-free because everything’s in one tray. I also get to use the stuff that I usually don’t remember to use.

Upkeep Tray v.1

The first items I’ve assembled consisted mostly of the oldest stuff I own and badly needed to finish like the Mary Kay Timewise Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20. I had it since 2 years ago. It’s not bad, I just don’t like it enough. I don’t like the texture and it’s a little too beige for me. I had to throw in Ben Nye Luxury Setting Powder to correct the tone. The latter is a daily staple anyway.

d5910-upkeeptray2tintedmoisturizersettingpowderMary Kay Timewise Tinted Moisturizer + Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder

I also threw in my Shiseido Sun Stick Foundation. This one, I can easily remember to use but I was purposely saving it because it’s my favorite sunblock and it’s so expensive.

I realized that I might be saving it only to get expired, so off to the tray it goes.

f65ab-upkeeptray2shiseidosunprotectionstickShiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation

Next are:

  1. 2 face brushes for the setting powder
  2. Revlon Balm Stain in Honey (I should’ve added another lipcolor, a strong-colored one)
  3. Revlon ColorStay eyeliner (first eyeliner I ever bought)
  4. Avon Lip and Cheek Tint (the oldest item in this tray)
  5. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander

De-stashing Project: Introducing the Upkeep Tray

I read somewhere that you’re supposed to dispose of mascaras within 3 months after the first use. I had the Majolica Majorca mascara since December — already way beyond the 3-month rule. I think it’s still ‘good’ to use but I have to finish it up fast. I don’t wear mascara regularly so good luck with that.

De-stashing Project: Introducing the Upkeep TrayLash Curler (Easy Grip?) from Watsons and Vanilla & Co. Body Butter in Vanilla Sugar

I also put in:

  1. E’s toner: VMV Superskin 3 (decanted in a frosted glass atomizer)
  2. Lush Ultra Bland makeup remover (because Bifesta can’t remove waterproof mascara), and
  3. Bench Fix hair wax (for my stubborn baby hair that keeps sticking out)

I have a feeling that these 3 will probably become permanent residents of the Upkeep Tray.

De-stashing Project: Introducing the Upkeep Tray

My other skin care items are in the bathroom. The moisturizer I’m currently using is Avon A-F33 Pro Line Corrector. I also use tretinoin 2 to 3x a week.

I’ll update for changes e.g., additions, disposals, empties, etc.


Hi, I’m Rae and I am a scatterbrain. I am in my 30s and I write in this blog from the Philippines. I spend a tiny portion of my time de-stressing with makeup and skin care. Email: | Instagram: @scatterbraintures


  1. I was forced to de-clutter when I went to a vacation and had to bring minimal skincare/make-up. Unknowingly, I was able to sort through the stuff I had and ended up collecting only those that I really need. I think I can start de-cluttering and de-stashing this way. You know what, I always end up going to your blog whenever I'm haunted with that feeling of wanting to hoard and I have to do something about it.

  2. @Rhia Halili I'm liking it so far. I'm trying to move away from foam cleansers and have recently dipped my toes on cold creams, oils, and cetaphil-like products.

  3. @Aya haha, that's also why I did the 'upkeep tray' project, to FORCE me to use the stuff I have. Someday, I swear I won't have anything to write about because I've disposed of everything :P

  4. Hi Kat, I can relate! Nail polish (and lipsticks) are just too easy to hoard. A bottle seems so tiny and innocent, but when you get home, you'll realize how big an addition one bottle is to the mountain of bottles you already have.

  5. Is that a glamourbox? I use glamourbox to organize my pending products, hehe! But this is a super smart idea. It's like FIFO-ing your makeup!

  6. Thanks for sharing this Rae. This post will be my motivation para din maka save ng space and of course money :)

  7. I like the idea of an upkeep tray. Now if I could only stop being lazy about my toiletries…

  8. Hats off to you, very time saving and cost efficient strategy. I will try my best to de-clutter and de-stash.

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