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The Minimalist Makeup Kit of a Professional Entertainer

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There was a time when my collection of cosmetics rivalled that of a professional makeup artist, although I certainly did not have the skills to match. I had a terrible habit of picking up one or two new things every time I walked passed a Sephora. Two years ago I began to minimize and simplify all aspects of my life, and when I started to downsize my professional makeup collection, I found it overwhelming.

As a full-time entertainer who often performs as different characters, each with a very specific look, I believed that I needed an elaborate professional makeup set up for my job. The giant makeup case pictured above on the left was my mainstay, a beauty with a set of working lights, extendable legs that fit into the base for transport, wheels, and a telescoping handle. It was super cool, expensive and very, very heavy, which meant I rarely took it to gigs. I had originally purchased it with the fantasy that I would cart it around from dressing room to dressing room and would always have everything at my fingertips, but instead it just became an overly fancy makeup storage box that sat idly in the corner by my vanity.

As I whittled my collection down slowly over months, I discovered a few downsides to my mound of cosmetics:

1
When you have a huge makeup collection it can be difficult to find what you need which puts you at risk of buying doubles or even triples of the same thing.
2
It’s almost impossible to keep track of how long certain things have been sitting around. Makeup expires which is a bigger concern for people like me who suffer from acne-prone and sensitive skin.
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A large collection can make you more susceptible to makeup trends; what’s one more cream, lipstick, or specialty brush when you have the space in that giant vanity?

It took a lot longer than I expected to sort out what was essential for me but it was worth it. I went from a case the weighed over 50 pounds when fully loaded, to one that is just over 2 pounds. One of the best parts of minimizing any collection is that the focus shifts from quantity to quality. It is an opportunity to reconsider your values and how your purchasing decisions can reflect those values. For me, minimizing was a shift toward high-end products that are vegan, cruelty-free, minimally packaged (ideally with no plastic), and do not irritate or dry my skin. That is a lot to expect of a product, so often I have to compromise on one of those elements as well as be willing to pay a little more.

Minimizing has also helped to make my setup more travel friendly. I have been touring full-time for 8 months now and it would have been impossible to take my previous makeup case on the road. Reducing my collection to a well-curated set of just my ideal tools means I have everything with me all the time, no risk of forgetting something at home. I’m also less likely to leave something behind at a hotel because everything has a place, a quick glance will reveal an empty slot and therefore a missing item.

If you’re interested in minimizing your collections here are a few tips you might find helpful.

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Be like Marie Kondo and get it all out in the open. Start by collecting everything into one place so you can get a sense of how much you actually have. Might be a lot more than you expected.
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Group like items together (lipsticks, foundations, brushes, etc.)
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Toss all expired products.
4
Toss unflattering items, such as foundations that are 3 shades off or that grey lipstick you hate the look of.
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Toss or give away all impulse buys or trendy fad items you never use. The trill of buying the fun shiny thing is long gone and now it’s ready for a new home.
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Make note of the things you use most often.
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Clean your brushes and wipe down your containers.
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Display remaining items in a way that allows you to see the most-used products at a glance and put everything else away so they are organized and easy to find when you need them.
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Consider your values and ask yourself if you see them reflected in the items you have. Are you interested in zero waste? Vegan? How can you collection be a better reflection of your values.

I’m so happy with my current set up, it’s perfect for life on the road, but it took over a year of testing to get here. It’s a lightweight, well organized set and an one of the most beneficial things about this new minimized makeup kit is that it’s made getting ready for a performance a more satisfying ritual that focuses me before the show.

Bellow is a full list of everything in my kit for the curious.


What’s in our Go Bags? Travel Tips and Favorite Things!

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Full-time touring professional entertainers Carisa Hendrix and Tianna the Traveller show you how they pack their go bags/mobil office bags/personal carry on item sized bags. When you are living on the road, it’s important to have the right things with you, and not a lot extra. Essentials will be different for every person based on where you are traveling, how you are traveling and who you are. Tianna and Carisa have different destinations, traveling styles and personalities which you can see reflected in what they packed in their personal carry on sized bags, but both run their companies from the road and have for years.

The goal of a bag this size is to contain everything you need to make your office mobil and your flight comfortable.

**Many of the links bellow are amazon affiliate links

Carisa’s Bag

Tree frog notebook backpack
Front Pockets
Reusable metal drinking straws
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Passport, money in different currencies and keys
Reusable grocery bag
First Pocket
2X 2TB portable external hard drive
Sugru moldable glue
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
Mic windscreen in blue
Second Pocket
Bagsmart cord bag
Many cords, thumb drives and memory cards
Jaybird X3 in-ear wireless bluetooth sports Headphones
Camera panasonic lumix DC-ZS70
Bullet journal
Tooth brush and Toothy tabs
Eye mask, sun glasses, wet wipes and deodorant
Wow stain remover stick
Ear covers
Flossers
Folder for papers
Coffee mug
CamelBak eddy water bottle, 25oz 
Big Pocket
Macbook pro
iPad

Tianna’s Bag

Resistor Charged Backpack
Front Pockets 
Ear stuff / Ear plugs and headphones
Luggage scale
Kindle
Rechargeable lithium battery kevlar iPhone cable – https://amzn.to/2xOMF5v
Laptop charger
A bag of hotel toiletries
First Pouch
Asthma Inhaler
Shea butter
Advil
Carabiners
2TB portable external hard drive
Thumb drive
USB wall plugs
Pens – Stolen from a hotel
Micro USB cord
Promo cards
Pencil case with pens, sharpies and highlighters
Pens, fancy multi color
Keys
Swiss army knife
Second Pocket
Lock Safe Bags
Bullet Journal
Personal Life Musings Journal
Go Pro
Bobby pins, chap stick, Lavender oil, mascara, lipstick
Travel Tooth Brush
Extra Charging Cables, Tape Measure, sewing kit with upholstery thread
Big Pocket – It opens all the way!
Macbook Pro
Duotang
MEC Smaller foldable backpack
Coffee Mug


The tyranny of tiny bottles!!

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Today was all about bubble show decluttering!
For many years I have been doing bubble shows. Often I will pick up a few fun new bubble tools to test out, which all will inevitably come with a bottle of a tiny bottle of bubble solution. All these little bottles just go straight in a box in the storage room, never to be seen again; until today when I took them ALL out, sorted them into the two basic types (traditional and touchable bubbles), consolidated them into larger containers and washed and recycled the remains.

This has me thinging, what else can I consolodate into fewer bottles?


Tossing Business Cards, Notes, & Manuals – Minimalism

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When it comes to notes, instruction manuals, business cards and really anything else with a potentially useful bit of information, I had the worst sorting habits for years. I refused to get rid of any scrap of potentially useful information for fear I would be at a loss without it. However, since I did such a terrible job of organizing any of it when the time came to find something I would end up digging through boxes, not finding the stupid thing and making a giant mess.

When I had a meeting at the bank last month and could not find a single file they requested, I realized that something had to be done and with the help of Evernote I managed to digitize absolutly everything into a searchable database of secure files I can access anywhere in just 3 days.

Evernote is a program that uses image capturing, audio recording, tags, and notebooks to digitize, store and organize your information in a way that makes it searchable as hell.

Business Card Capturing

One of Evernote’s best features is business card capturing, which is perfect for helping you remember the people you meet at events of conventions. The business card camera capturing feature takes the clearest possible image of the card, reads the data and adds it in the appropriate fields then finds that person’s Linked in profile and saves everything into a contact note.

This feature alone is worth the price of admission, which can be as little as free depending on which features you need.

Notes & Document Capture

No scanner? No problem. Scannable is a sister app created by Evernote’s that captures paper documents quickly and sharply and creates high-quality scans you can sort, save and share with the touch of a button. Alternativly you can also scan documents into the Evernote app directly, but there are a few extra features with Scannable that are worth considering, including a crop feature.

Manuals

Once in a while a product actually comes with an electronic copy of the manual, yay! You can file any of these immediately in your Evernote storage. I created a Notebook just for the manuals, then tagged each with a “type” (#tools, #appliances, etc.) to make them easier to find when I need them.

If you don’t have a digital copy of the manual, it’s time to go on the hunt. We can start by visiting the manufacturer’s website since most companies have a cache of docs going back years; as long as you have a model number for the product—usually printed right on it—it is typically easy to find. If that fails you can search manual collections online. ManualsLib is my preferred hub for product manuals, I am always surprised how few people have heard of them since they are likely the largest online database of product manuals.

When you’ve got all your documents digitized and sorted you can go ahead and recycle the original paper copies saving space in your office and your mind.

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Tossing my Bills & Recipts – Minimalism

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After tossing all my membership and loyalty cards, the next thing to downsize was the pile of business receipts and bills that had been accumulating for years. Every little write-off since I started the company years ago, I was overwhelmed.

In just 3 days, I use 3 killer tools to climb out of the pile of paper and into a clutter free office. (Note: please recycle the paper you declutter)

Automated Book Keeping

Gone are the days of paper bookkeeping, although I loved my paper accounting ledgers I am now a complete Mint convert. Mint is a free online bookkeeping system that automatically pulls transactions from all your accounts in real time. The super clean and easy to use interface allows you to sort and categorize purchases, build budgets, search past transactions and even creates little charts that help you to visualize your spending habits. You can add cash spending transactions manually and the program even starts to learn how to automatically sort your purchases over time.

Easy Receipt Management

Of course with all your bookkeeping migrating online, what do you do with those pesky receipts? Expensify is by far the best app for keeping track of your recipes! Their “SmartScan” system reads your receipt and uses OCR technology to automatically scan for details that allow it to sort and categorize them in an instant.

Paying Bills Online – Go Paperless

The last major change was to make sure all my bills were available online and were no longer being mailed to the house. Phone, internet, power and gas, they can all be paid online which would avoid the extra filing and the extra paper waste. Some companies want you to switch to paperless billing so badly they even charge a small fee, so check your statement to make sure you’re not getting dinged for paper bills you didn’t want in the first place.

Staying on Top of Paper Clutter

The best part of this deliberate purge and move towards digital solutions is that with Mint tracking my bookkeeping, Expensify sorting my receipts and no new paper bills coming in, keeping on top of the office paper clutter is remarkably easy.

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