The Three R’s of Using Up Products


Alternative Uses for Your Beauty Products
I love buying and trying new products, who doesn’t?! One of the joys is discovering a new HG product which works magic on your skin. But there is also a terrible danger lurking there by doing this.

I’m talking about hauls. I’ve written up a post on hauling responsibly. (Read Here) But let’s face it, we all sometimes succumb to the temptation of the sales and end up with more products than we know what to do with! I find this particularly with sheet masks, I must own over 50 but I can’t stop getting excited by new designs/brands.

We all end up like the dragons in fairytales who hoard but continue to look out for the next thing to add to their collection.
One of the joys is discovering a new HG product which works magic on your skin. But there’s also the other side to all these new products, the meh.
Meh is what I use for products which don’t break me out, but don’t seem to do much else either. They’re boring, they’re taking up valuable routine space but I can’t really afford to throw them down the drain. In an ideal world I’d be able to travel back in time and shake some sense into the naïve hopeful younger me, stopping myself from clicking that buy button. Sadly I don’t possess time travelling powers. *fingers crossed for scientific progress*
Until then I’m left with my cupboard of products, both meh and untried. I end up hoarding them away in boxes, neglecting them and building up a collection that’ll never see the light of day.
But there are ways to get excitement out of even the most boring products. So don’t be a beauty dragon and hoard the meh products away! Utilise the Three R’s! 
Just a snapshot of some of my waiting to be used products…

1.       Re-Gift

“One man’s waste is another man’s treasure”
It’s an accepted cliché in Skincare/Beauty but YMMV. This may be your meh product, but another’s holy grail! When I have too many of one type of product, or tried something out and wasn’t impressed I look to my friends to see if they want to try something new out. This is especially good for when I treat myself to a subscription purchase and there’s something in there not for me. I get to treat my friends as well, share the AB love.
There’s also the reddit
 R/AsianBeautyExchange, where you can sell/swap decants or lightly used products.
I threw a spa party and gave away these sheet masks!
2.       Repurpose
“When one door closes another re-opens”
Sometimes a product doesn’t work for your face, but this doesn’t mean you have to stop using it! One of my favourite products is the Shiseido Perfect Whip Cleanser, meant for the face, but after I discovered it’s high pH I repurposed it for my legs as a shaving cream! My legs have never felt so smooth, and the number of ingrown hairs is significantly less. (Full Review Here)

Below are some other ideas for repurposing products:
  •  You can re-purpose aloe to tame eyebrow hair or hair frizz
  •  Oil cleansers become brush cleaning oils
  • Foam Cleansers become Shaving Cream
  • Face Stuff becomes Body Stuff, e.g. Essences, Ampoules, Moisturisers
  • High pH cleansers for Brush Cleaning
  • Décolletages are important too! Rub that essence there
  • Anything Snail for scars, bug bites and ingrown hairs
  • Cleansing oil for your hands to get rid of strong food smells, e.g. onion and garlic
  • Actives for the body! Tackle ingrown hairs and bacne
These are just a few of the great ideas for repurposing your products.
3.       Reuse
“Waste not, want not”
Now this is my most boring but sensible piece of advice, suck it up. If it’s not breaking you out, you can’t repurpose or regift then you’re just going to have to slog your way through the product.  I’ve come to accept that not every product in my routine MUST be a HG, otherwise my skin will descend into blotchy dull limbo, that’s just not true. Sadly I don’t have a dragon’s hoard of gold to dip into, so I have to accept mediocrity in my skincare routine sometimes in order to ensure I have food on the table.
It’s been my new year resolution this year to be more fiscally responsible! And these are the top tips I came up with when it came to my skincare/beauty product spending, which since my discovery of Asian Beauty has rocketed. It’s been great for my skin, but not so much for my wallet.
Different angle of just some of my stash
Do you have any tips on what to do with all the products in your stash? Any fellow dragons out there!?
Love Sophie

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  1. This was a great post! I threw out a few products from my first hauls, back in the day, because it didn't occur to me to use them on other parts of my body. Then I had amassed a large number of mediocre sheet masks, before I realized I didn't even like sheet masks as much as everyone seems to, so I re-gifted them. And yeah, sometimes I just suck it up, and use up mediocre products because I don't want to throw them out, even though I don't feel like they're doing anything special. Still, I have way too many products to even start using, so I have put hauls on a hold. (I know it's gonna last exactly as long as none of my favorite stores offer some crazy deal that's impossible to resist. :P)

  2. Glad that you liked the post!
    Sheetmask gifts are always welcomed among my friends. 🙂

  3. For products that I don't like/use I like to sell them on /r/asianbeautyexchange….plus I usually pick up some more goodies. Ahh what a vicious cycle 🙂

  4. Love this post and loved it back when you posted it first because I totally identify here….I’m feeling bad about having too many products so I often gift the ones I cannot use or don’t need to my friends. Also I use harsher cleansing foams or scrubs on my legs for shaving and peeling. I hope I can at least use up most of my hoardings this year before buying new things…but the cuteness of some products is really tempting.

  5. Such a great idea. I never thought about this. I usually end up sucking it up and just using it or it just sits in my cabinet.

  6. These are good tips! I try not to buy things I don’t need but sometimes the temptation is too great!

  7. Such a great post! I’m definitely guilty of overhauling and being tempted by new products. I give a lot of mine away if I don’t feel they work for me (my friends think it’s amazing as they never have to buy skincare/ cosmetic products lol)


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