minimalist makeup collection 2016

If you haven’t checked out my makeup declutter post, click here to see how I was able to down size my collection this size! My collection is definitely not a small enough size to fit into one travel bag, but I am super happy about how much I was able to cull. I use a lot of what I own on a regular basis.

If you’re interested in seeing what I bring with me traveling (which I do fairly frequently), let me know!

So let’s begin!

I like to keep my vanity surface as clean as possible, so I only have two brush containers, my small mirror, and my larger mirror.

(We’re going to ignore the smudges & pretend I always keep my mirrors spotless and free of random mascara marks)

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Brush holders: Re-purposed candle holders from the Illume Candle Company (On sale for $4.99)

Small Vanity Mirror: Mirrorvana from Amazon (On sale $4.99)

Large Vanity Mirror: Ikea Kolja $9.99


Brushes: all my brushes are from either Soobest(Amazon), E.L.F Cosmetics, or Studio 35 Beauty (Walgreens)


I love this desk because it has the perfect sized drawer to fit everything I need! It’s nice and shallow as well!

The plastic square containers are actually from Goodwill and I got them for about $1.25 a piece!

Now let’s get to my actual makeup!


In the first container, I keep my:

Wet n Wild Pencil Sharpener $1.99

e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set $3.00

Maybelline FIT Me! Foundation Stick $6.99 (shade: 110 Porcelain)

Revlon Photoready Concealer $8.99 (shade: Light)

Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Eye Gel (Type 1) (seriously amazing. It was given to me but I can’t find it anywhere!)

e.l.f. Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter $3.00



The second container houses these lovely bits:

Wet n’ Wild Limited Edition Contour Palette (shade: Sunset Junction// not sure about the price)

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow $3.00 (shade: Toasted)

NYX Roll-On Shimmer $3.99 (shade: Salmon)

NYX Ultra Pearl Mania $1.50 (shade: Pearl)

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Trio $4.00(shade: Peach Please)

Ulta Glitter Eye Top Coat $8.00 (shade: Fairy Princess)

J Cats Beauty The Big Eye Pencils $3.99 (shades: Truffle, Marshmallow, Violet)




My last container holds all my lippies:

Wet n’ Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain $2.99 (shades: Lady and the Vamp, Pinky Promise)

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Laquer  $4.99 (shade: Luna|| I will likely toss this one)

Avon Ultra Glazewear Lip gloss $2.99 (shade: Darling Pink)

Essence XXXL Shine Lip Gloss $2.50 (my absolute favorite gloss|| shade: Cute Pink 29, I think?)

Nivea: A Kiss of Vitamin Swirl $2.99

Nivea Lip Butter: Cocoa Butter Kiss $3.79

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer $3.59

Essence Long Lasting Lip Sticks $2.99 (Love Me 13, On the Catwalk 04??)

Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipsticks $5.50 (113, 107 – I’ll likely be tossing 107)

I’ll admit, I am not very minimal when it comes to eye liners. However, I use eye liner more frequently than eye shadow and I really enjoy using fun colors!


J Cats Skinny & Long Eye Pencil $2.99 (shade: Brown, Dodger Blue, Oxford Blue, Bulk Black, Ice White, Lavender)

Tarte Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara $23.00 (my only mascara)

Jordana Easy Liner for Eyes $2.50 (shade: Black, Brown)

Ruby Kisses 24 Hr Eye Define Liner $5.68 (shade: Rich Teal Blue)

Ulta Eyeliners (wasn’t able to find these same liners on the website)

Rimmel London Exaggerate Eye Definer $4.50 (shade: Black)

Dolly Wink Koji Liquid (Fine Tip) Eye Liner $17.26 (shade: Black)

Dolly Wink Pencil Eye Liners $14.50 (shade: Black, Blue?)

L.A. Colors GRAFIX Eyeliner $2.50 (shade: Purple)


Wet n’ Wild Blushes $2.99 (shades: Mellow Wine, Pearlescent Pink)

NYX Natural Palette $7.50 (I only use this for the lightest and darkest shade for my brows, I will not be repurchasing)


Lorac Nude Necessities Palette $30.00

And last, but certainly not least, my every day foundation!


Tarte Double Duty Beauty Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation $35.00 (shade: Fair Neutral)

Soooo, that’s all of it! Phew! This took longer than expected and I have even realized that there are even more items I want to get rid of! I hope you all enjoyed seeing what was in my little collection. I’m interested in hearing about your makeup essentials! Let me know in the comments below about your makeup essentials. Also, I am on the hunt for updating my collection to be more vegan and cruelty free. Any suggestions of vegan products you love?

If you’d like helpful tips for downsizing your makeup stash, check out the beauty guru told me to: decluttering my makeup collection!

Good luck to you, where ever you are on your journey!







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  1. Loved this post! How can you stay so organised?!? X


  2. This is great! I’m doing a makeup organization collection soon so it’s very nice to see yours ➕

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  3. Wow! What a difference between your first makeup purge! I’ve made huge progress in minimizing the stuff in my life but makeup sure is hard to let go of–I love bright eyeshadows too much. I’d love to see a post about what you travel with 🙂

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    • It’s definitely hard! I guess I was thinking that since this is a hobby of mine, I’m going to be okay with bringing new stuff in, as long as I was good about giving away what doesn’t get love.
      I’m going to be traveling very soon, so it’ll be the perfect time to post about that! 🙂


  4. contemplatingstyle August 18, 2016 — 12:50 pm

    I’m more and more into minimalism, great post!
    I’ve also nominated you for the Liebster Award, check it out 🙂

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  5. This is inspiring me to declutter thanks for sharing!


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