I’m like a kid who grabbed a lot of candy only to find out that it is NOT reasonably possible for me to eat everything up — even if I eat one every hour of the day. All the candies beyond the point where my stomach can’t handle it anymore are as good as thrown away.
I tried to find out how many lipsticks can someone actually finish within a 2-year period. I read somewhere that lipsticks expire after 2 years (this may or may not be true). I told myself that whatever the number is, I’m going to limit myself to that at a given point in time.
Everything I buy beyond that number is a representation of what will soon just expire or end up in a trash bin.
Robyn of the Brightest Bulb in The Box mathematically computed how many swipes there are in a tube of lipstick — awesome post, read it.
Through her post, I realized that the no. of swipes is relative to the finish and brand of the lipstick and the surface area of the user’s lips. Long-lasting and pigmented ones will obviously take longer to get used up.
Based on Robyn’s estimate of 354 swipes to finish 1 tube of MAC lipstick, I can only keep 6 at a time — determined using this formula:
no. of days in a year * 2 years
——————————————————————- = 6 tubes
354 swipes / 3 swipes a day (accounting for re-application)
Before 2013 ended, I had 29 lipsticks, including my last 2 purchases of the year:
- MAC Up The Amp, and;
- Sonia Kashuk Velvetty Matte Lip Crayon
If you exclude the lip stains and the blush on the upper left,
that’s 29 lip sticks/ pencils.
Remember when I said that I am going to write about my purchases from now on? This is it.
Instead of No-Buy Fail, I decided to name it Purge and Purchases so I can account for the net reduction (or net accumulation) of products within a given period.
As 2014 started, I came to accept that I must give away a lot of the lipsticks before they become unusable.
I picked out 6 lipsticks that I noticed myself wearing frequently. I also set aside a few tubes for my brother’s girlfriend — of colors that will fit her skin tone more. I also had my college friend/ roommate come over to pick out stuff that she likes.
27 lipsticks – beginning inventory
add: 2 purchases
less: 19 lipsticks given away
10 lipsticks – ending inventory as of this writing
What I set aside
It was easy to choose the stuff I’ll keep. We know what we truly reach for, right? But I was quite surprised that I didn’t pick out Maybelline Warm Me Up, one of my 2013 favorites. I did reach for it a lot, but then again, it’s not something that gets my heart beating faster. It’s a favorite because it’s the only neutral nude-ish lipstick I have — and that just won’t cut it for me this year.
What I was ‘ok’ with giving away
The stuff I was at peace to part with, I still like them more or less. But images of the lipsticks getting all Toy Story 3 on me gave me the chills. I used to argue with myself thinking I’ll still use them. But who am I kidding? They’re better off with new owners.