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Top 7 Tips to Organize Your Make-Up or Cosmetic Bag

By Rowena List

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Getting Your Cosmetic Bag Together

When was the last time you really organized your cosmetic bag?

Did you ever think this was something important to do?

While you may not be aware of it, the fact is that it is important to update and clear out your make-up bag every six to twelve months! Here's why.

Constantly Changing Cosmetic Styles

New styles are available every season. Clearing out your cosmetic bag opens up space for the new colours and trends that are available with every new season. It is similar to clothing fashion. It is important to refresh your wardrobe with new items from the season.


Bacteria can start growing in things like mascara in as little as three months. This can cause serious eye irritation. When food is old, or is moldy we throw it out. Just as important is your cosmetics. When in doubt, throw it out!

  1. The Use It, Need It, Love It Principle

    Ask yourself “Do I use it?”; “Do I really need it?” and “Do I LOVE it?” If you answered no to any of these questions, then…you KNOW what to do.

  2. Keep Your Look Current

    You will feel more confident, beautiful and youthful. Make sure that you don’t forget about reviewing and updating your skincare routine too!

  3. Are You Being Ruthless?

    When going through your cosmetics are you effortlessly tossing away the old products or are you prone to keeping some of them around…thinking that you might use them “one day” or that they might come back in style? We use 20% of our items 80% of the time.

  4. Consult Your Beauty Specialist

    After clearing out your cosmetic bag, make a list of what you need or would like. Then set up a time to meet with your personal Beauty Consultant for a preview of what’s new. Your Beauty Consultant is an expert who will help answer any questions you may have and is someone that can offer advice as to how the new products will look and feel.

  5. Gifts With Purchase

    Major sources of clutter that can be found in a lot of cosmetic bags are those “purchasing mistakes” or those lovely “gifts with purchase” that you never use. The best way to get rid of these unused items is to donate them to your nearest women’s shelter.

  6. More About Unused Cosmetics

    So you bought something on impulse, then you get it home and realize it wasn’t quite right. If it hasn’t been used, return it right away. Or, another option is to donate it to a women’s shelters in your area. This helps you get organized while helping another woman less fortunate than you…there is no waste in that!

  7. Not Your Favourites?

    If it is not being used, it is considered clutter. We know you like to stick to your favourite make-up and skincare products. Great! If you have not used a product within a year – then TOSS IT OUT! Are you being ruthless?!

    When clearing out and organizing your cosmetic bag, say to yourself “I will be ruthless”. Having your cosmetic bag organized will save you so much time when getting ready in the morning or for the evening or just when you need a little ‘touch-up’. This, in turn, will save you money and unnecessary stress!

Rowena List is an Image Organizer™, motivational speaker, CD author, writer, trainer and mentor in the fields of personal and business development. Based on her own personal trade secrets, Rowena provides training, coaching, tools and support for creating healthy reflections from the outside in. She focuses on "enhancing faces and clearing spaces" to provide the energy, productivity and confidence that are the foundations for her unique approach to Success Without Struggle™.

For more information on cosmetic bag and make-up bag essentials, Image Organizing™, motivational speaking or Getting It Together please contact Rowena List at rowena@gettingittogether.ca or visit her website at http://www.gettingittogether.ca

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Article Submitted On: February 27, 2006