The Semi-Annual Destash

I live in Oregon now, but my family and closest friends are all in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. We (The Boyfriend and I) usually go back a few times a year for various reasons and a seemingly endless stream of weddings.

We’re heading back for a few days later this month and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to continue curating my collection. There’s a great post about how to develop your own “C^3” or “Carefully Curated Collection” HERE, from a fellow Redditor over at /r/makeuprehab.

So what exactly am I doing here? I’m not too concerned with the size of my collection just for the sake of its size, but I have plenty of items I dislike or don’t use and most beauty products have a limited shelf life. Anything past its prime – throw it out. You can find a brief guide to makeup “expiration dates” HERE.

For everything else, “destash”. Destashing is for those perfectly fine products that you just don’t like or don’t use, samples that just aren’t for you, and all the “dupes” you’ve collected of your favorite products since the last destash. My little sister usually gets first dibs for these (sanitized) products and I try to give away the rest to family and friends (after sanitizing everything, I really can’t stress this enough). You can also try to sell your unwanted goods (after properly sanitizing of course) on various makeup forums and sites, the most popular probably being /r/makeupexchange.

So, moving on. This is my first real trip back east since August and I’ve accumulated a ton of stuff to hand off to my family and friends. After a few months of mostly unsatisfying deliveries, I’ve recently unsubscribed from both ipsy and Birchbox – monthly subscription boxes that deliver makeup and skincare samples to your door – and now have a bunch of items that were not at all chosen for my needs (despite the quiz each site offers to help tailor your box to your preferences). I’ve also purchased some items that later turned out to irritate my skin or otherwise just didn’t work. So, here’s everything that’s flying back for the destash:


Benefit Cha Cha Balm
Coastal Scents Eye Shadow Sample – Set 6
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Sampler – Sunset
Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler – Latte
Dead Sea Premier bar soap for dry skin
e.l.f. eye refresh
e.l.f. Matte Lip Color – Nearly Nude Fantabulous Gel Eye Liner – Blue Black
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint Sunscreen – Golden
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara – 0.07 fl oz
Maybelline Color Tattoo – 35 Tough as Taupe
N4 Jour d’automne Non-Aerosol Hair Spray
N4 Lumiere d’hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
NYX Butter Lipstick – Licorice
Pacifica Eyeshadow – Ethereal
Smashbox Blush Rush – Radiance
Wet ‘n’ Wild coloricon Kohl Eyeliner – Of Quartz!
Urban Decay Oz the Great & Powerful Glinda palette (with lipstick and “Rockstar” liner)
MAC lipsticks (Korean Candy, Morange)
ecoTools Limited Edition Kabuki Set
RealTechniques Fine Liner Brush (I had two)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – Greed
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer

AHAVA Dead Sea Osometer Concentrate
Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil
BeeKind Conditioner
Benefit “They’re Real” Makeup Remover
Benefit Ooh La Lift Eye Brightener
Cargo_HD Picture Perfect CC Cream – Medium
Dead Sea Premier Concentrated Facial Serum
Dead Sea Premier Para-Pharmaceutical Facial Exfoliating Gel
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer
Got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion
Harvey Prince Petaly Noir (Deluxe Sample)
Harvey Prince Sincerely Eau de Parfum (Deluxe Sample)
Hey Honey Take it Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser
L’Oreal Total Repair Extreme Lactic AHA Emergency Recovery
L’Oreal Volume Filler Filloxane Densifying Gelee
Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream – 02 Medium
Paper Perfume Samples (6)
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream – Light to Medium
The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream
Ulta Moisturizing Body Lotion – Fresh Lilac
Urban Decay Primer Potion – Anti-Aging
Urban Decay Primer Potion – Sin
Versace Yellow Diamond Eau de Toilette Natural Spray (Deluxe
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

What have you destashed recently? Comment below with anything you’ve tossed, destashed, or sold lately!

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