I have updated the inventory for January 2017 and compared it to Jan 2016:
|Mixed (eye/face) palettes||4||1||3|
|Eyeshadow - singles||19||33||21||12|
|Eyeshadow - creams||13||17||7||10|
|Eyeliners - pencil||43||33||23||10|
|Eyeliners - gel/ink pot||5||7||1||6|
|Eyeliners - liquid||7||7||7||0|
You may notice the different colors in the last column, red or green. Green means that my "number" of those items has decreased. I have either used them up or purged them out of my stash. Red means that I increased the number and need to NEVER buy any more of them EVER! Of course this does not reflect the items that I may have gotten rid of/used up and then REPLACED like the sneaky cheat that I am.
Success! Wait, what? Is having less than 400 color cosmetic items rated as a success? Well, relative to any normal 45 year old, working mother and wife, probably not. BUT, for ME....yes this is a success. Though I have not been blogging and communicating my thoughts (read: stress) about this, I have been completely aware that this is too much.
I love variety and color and packaging, and scents, and all of the senses that are triggered by the perfect lipstick or blush. I feel better when I think I look better. We all want to feel great about how we look and frankly, cosmetics are what I use to make me feel not so dowdy, middle-aged mom-ish. Others may use fashion, art, food, drugs, or exercise to achieve the same and there are definitely arguments to be made that those may be better options (well except for the drugs.......), but for me, this is what I enjoy.
So where do I go from here, with the idea that 398 is still too much. What is the "right" or "enough" number? Does this magic number even exist? Hell if I know, but I am going to try to figure it out.