Sunday, 11 November 2012

The End of Goo Hoarding

 In a recent video, Jenna Marbles discussed a little-talked about but terrible female condition known as "goo hoarding" -- the conscious collecting and storing of endless half-empty shampoo, conditioner and/or body wash bottles that litter your bathroom and fistfulls of lip, eye, hair and skin products that inhabit your bag, bedside table and various drawers.

We goo-hoard, according to Jenna, because we're always lured away from our current product in hopes that the next one will be better; that there's something about this particular brown eyeshadow that's unlike every other brown eyeshadow you own.

But where the shame cycle really begins is when you promise yourself that you won't buy another lip gloss/lip stick/whatever until you've finished what you have, and yet you can't drag yourself away from a makeup section without finding yet another new product.

I found Jenna's confession uncomfortably familiar, so my plan -- over the next few weeks and months -- is to document my goo-hoarding and make hard decisions on what needs to see the garbage, what deserves a second chance, and what gets Holy Grail status among my make-up, hair and body products.
What I plan to do is spend a week using five items consistently. At the end of that week, I can decide what stays and what goes.
This week, those five items are:

1) Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo

2) Burt's Bees More Moisture Conditioner with Baobab

3) Boots No.7 Natural Blush Cheek Color in #22 -- Candy Pink

4) Zino Instant Smooth Cream

5) Skin 79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm

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