Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Product Purge

Alright, prepare to be disgusted. I have a problem. I LOVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS! 
This has been going on for years. I'll try anything- from department to drug store. Whenever I get a magazine I flip right to the beauty section and get to the "other stuff" later. Combine my obsession with a brief stint in the retail world a couple years ago and that equals a major organization disaster.

How did this haaaaaapen?!

I wish I could be a chic French woman that has about three products in her medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, the only French stereotype I inherited is cutting sense of humor. If Greeks hoard lotions then I guess we know where I got it.

Sample of my disease. 

Determined to battle the clutter, I assembled everything from my various storage spots. Yikes.  I made cuts ruthlessly, with little regard to how recently I bought it, or how much money I wasted. If I honestly wasn't going to use it in the next year it was OUT. 

Be gone! 

It actually wasn't as painful or hard as I thought it was going to be. Feeling the weight of the shopping bags of "rejects" and knowing that it was leaving my closets and my life was a breath of fresh air. Plus, it's so nice to have everything organized together on ONE closet shelf now!

The keepers . . . for now! Buahahahaha! 
Can you tell where I used to work? 

I still have more stuff than most people think is normal but I'm pretty proud of my progress. I think I'll be more vicious my next round of cuts. Besides, you didn't expect me to go cold turkey, did you?

I want to be very clear that the products I rejected will be recycled responsibly! 

  • Vanity Glamour in the East Village of Des Moines focuses on eco-friendly makeup, and even offers a small discount if you bring something to recycle! 
  • MAC has a rewards program that offers a free lipstick for every 6 of your recycled MAC products.
  • Origins will accept any makeup brand for recycling- in return you get some great samples.
  • Aveda has a program dedicated to the recycling of plastic caps since they are a special kind of plastic. 25 caps of any kind will earn samples. 
  • Kiehls offers a recycling punch card for their products! Three products can be redeemed for a lip balm, five for a travel sized product and ten punches can be turned in for a full sized product $25 or less!
What's your product situation? Are you suffering from overload or are you a minimalist?
Pictures encouraged.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So Fresh

I'm in kind of a renewal mood as of late, so the next couple of posts will be about sprucing up, cleaning out, starting over and getting your shit together. All things I'm trying to work on. I feel like I'll have a better chance if I put it in writing so my loyal readers can read it and keep me accountable . . . all twelve of you. In all seriousness, thank you for reading this. It keeps me from going CRAZY! 

You might start to notice a few changes in the upcoming weeks. I'm going to be tweaking with the format of MFP so it is easier to read for you, I'm going to post regularly, I'm working on a logo ( I'm even toying with changing the name), I'm trying to increase readership and MPF has a Twitter account now! My username is fancypantsdh and I'm linking my Tweets here. Scroll down a few inches and check out the widget! Add me while you're down there!

My plan for this account is to let you in on some more of my tastes, get info to you faster, share really great tidbits (like sales), socialize MFP and have a place where you can share your great finds with me! I'm still learning how to work this crazy thing so any help and followers you can throw my way - I'd love to have it!

Also, should I ever meet Hamish I'm going to tweet it to the world like an emergency alert system.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I Didn't Forget!

I'm coming back to this blog with a whole new crop of postings starting on Tuesday!
While you wait :

Fashion's Night Out: Hamish Bowles Singing - For more funny movies, click here