What do I REALLY use?

I decided to embark on a personal study – What do I truly use everyday?

Do I sincerely switch between eye palettes?

Do I reach for the myriad of blushes in my collection?

Or am I totally predictable, reaching for the same cosmetic choices everyday despite my love for an array of color and texture?!

And, what am I going to do with all this information now that I have it?!

How it worked!

I kept a log detailing the products I used every time I wore makeup, between January 1st and 31st.

Now, I’m not a fully-functioning human first thing in the morning. The first work day I set out to log, I wasn’t sure I could keep up with the activity. But it became part of my routine, and I found myself engaged.

After I showered and dressed, I took the notebook off my makeup storage, grabbed my pen, opened it, and jotted down the date. Then I started doing my makeup. I broke my face down by eyes, face, lips and brows.

Sometimes I wrote down products as I used them and other times I wrote down all eye or face products after I completed that portion of my face.

It was a very easy self-assignment, and it showed me that I’m a creature of habit with some things, and an adventurer with others!

What did I find?

I wore makeup 22 times out of the 31 days this past month.

Of those 22 days, I wore Purlisse BB Cream 14 of those days. I ran out of it with time left in the month, though; my last six looks didn’t include it because I’d used it up.

I used Milani Prep + Set + Glow Translucent Illuminating Powder all but once.

I didn’t always do my brows (shameful, I know!) but I used Senna Brow Fix X in Golden Brown when I did (16 times).

I used different blushes, so I was good about trying to utilize my stash. But I favored Milani’s Awakening Rose blush – one of the pretty floral design blushes. I used it nine times.

I wore a different lipstick everyday! I have more lipsticks than I care to admit, so this is often my story!

When it comes to eye palettes, I also went for variety. I only used one palette twice – the James Charles Morphe palette. I also used Jeffree Star Cosmetics Alien Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina and Soft Glam palettes, Lime Crime Venus XL, Huda Beauty New Nudes Palette, Too Faced Peach Palette, Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette, ColourPop It’s My Pleasure Palette, Urban Decay Backtalk and Naked Cherry Palettes, and a custom Kiko Milano Palette. I did not wear eye makeup everyday.

I used Urban Decay Eden Primer Potion nine times with those palettes, and used MAC Cosmetics Painterly Paint Pot by itself a couple of others. Only once did I try an eye product (a Stila liquid shadow in Jezebel) without a base.

I also used NARS Climax Mascara 14 times, using L’Oreal Lash Paradise (my waterproof mascara) twice. I’m obsessed with pressed eye glitter, but only used my Dear Katie Brown stash six times.

I varied my highlighters and my setting sprays, too.

On minimal makeup days, foundation, powder, blush, highlighter and lippie were my go-to.

So why did I do this, and why does it matter?

I did this to discover my makeup habits. I wanted to know – are there products I truly reach for the most?

But what do I do with the information, now that I have it?

Honestly, I learned that there are some things that I don’t want to really change. Like my foundation, setting powder and brow product. I really want reliable everyday picks to do the job, and I truly have those products. It means that as I use other things in my stash, I should carefully consider the motivation behind experimenting with new or other brands and products.

Granted, sometimes I’m going to buy products because I’m a blogger and that’s what I do. I try it so you have some insight into it. I picked up the Morphe Fluidity foundation over the weekend because it’s part of my gig. But other times, I buy it because I think, “maybe THIS will be the best mascara/foundation/setting powder I’ve ever used!”

Truth is, right now, I know the Purlisse BB Cream, Milani setting powder, Urban Decay Primer Potion, Senna brow gel and NARS mascara are what I need in my stash. I don’t NEED to try the Fenty setting powder.

This was a lesson – sometimes you have to enjoy that you’ve found something that works, and stop trying to find the next best thing. You already have it.

I love varying my lip products, but I have to get honest with myself: I own way too many lipsticks. Everyday, I want to reach for a certain color. And I don’t need six drawers of lippies to deliver those colors. I’ve taken to collecting a few brands of lippies, but I think I need to move past that.

So what do you think of this little project? Is this something you would do – what do you think you would learn about your makeup habits?! I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!