Skincare inventory: March 2019


My last skincare inventory was in December (see here), so it's high time I checked in to do an updated one.

I'm looking forward to writing this inventory because I know I've gotten through a lot of stuff lately, and I'm expecting both my makeup and skincare numbers to have gone down. We shall see!

Makeup remover

Previously I had two and I still have two (one open full-size and one unopened back-up).

One is my ultimate goal, but I don't mind having a back-up so I'm not worried about this category. 

Cleansing oils/balms

I had two and I now have one, this being a cleansing oil. That's pretty restrained for me - I love these kinds of cleansers - so I'm happy with that!

Two's my goal so we're there.


This is all other cleansers aside from oils and balms, and it's one of my bad categories. Previously I had seven and I now have five (two being unopened), so my numbers have dropped and I'm pleased about that.

My goal here is no more than four open cleansers plus a couple of back-ups because I do get through cleansers reasonably quickly and I like to have some unopened ones on hand, so I guess we're not too far away here.


I had five and I now have two (one being unopened), so I've done well with this category and I'm pleased with where things are at.

My goal here is no more than two open products plus a couple of back-ups, so we're not too far away here either.


For toners, I'm not only including standard toners but also 'treatment' ones (eg my glycolic toner from Alpha-H). In my last inventory I had seven (oops!) and I now have five (three being unopened), so I've dropped a little here and I'm looking forward to dropping some more. 

My goal here is no more than four: two open and two unopened back-ups. I have some work to do here.


The products in this category include eg items from The Ordinary because they don't really fit into any other category and I can still use them in conjunction with my serums or even mixed in with my serums or moisturisers.

Before I had four and I now have two (one being unopened).

Three is my goal in this category so I'm not too far off here.


This is a new category because I've only started exploring essences more this year. At the moment I have two (one being unopened) and I'm happy with that.

My goal is no more than two.


Before I had four and I now have three: two open and one unopened back-up.

That's my goal so we're there.

Eye creams

I had seven and I now have four (three being unopened). I'm happy with that number for now but I am looking forward to getting through the one I have open so I can try something else.

Three's a good goal for me (one for morning, one for night and one for overnight), so we're almost there.

Day cream

Previously I had four and I now have one so I've done some good work here. 

My aim was two so I've beaten that, and I will need to buy another one soon enough because I've almost finished the one I have.

Night cream/overnight cream

Previously I had two and I now have four (three open full-sizes and one unopened back-up). The extra items were actually sent to me for review so I haven't bought anything, it's just that they came into my collection via other means.

Two is my goal with this category so we're not too far away.


I had four and I now have two (one being unopened), so I've managed to get this category down too.

Two's my goal here so we're there.


In my last inventory I had seven and I now have five (two being unopened).

I've managed to get things down because I've been focusing on panning masks this year via Project Pan, which has obviously worked and I'm starting to make a dent in things.

My goal here is no more than four open, so we're there in theory but in practice I would like to get another couple out of my collection sooner rather than later.

The final tally

In December's inventory I had 56 skincare items in total.

This was a little over what I wanted because I'd learned that between 40 and 50 skincare items was a comfortable amount for me, but I should have brought things down now.

Drum roll please...

I now have 38 skincare items in total, so I've managed to get things down significantly and I'm going to revise my goal to around 30 skincare items. I think that will be enough to have some variety and a few items in back-up, without having too much stuff that I can't hope to get through.

In sum

I'm ok with where my skincare numbers are for now, but doing this inventory has reminded me of how long it takes to finish some items (especially masks) - so I'll definitely be keeping the purse strings closed and I'm looking forward to seeing where things are at in June.

That's all from me. Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x

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