On January 1, I decided to do a round of makeup decluttering. The fresh start of the new year inspired me to put aside some products that I’d been on the fence about. Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve been adding more and more stuff to my declutter bag, which I’ll be giving to my friends to root through next week. Of course, a good ol’ decluttering session is not complete without a blog post, so here’s what I’m getting rid of this time.
The big ticket items! Yes, I finally convinced myself to get rid of two palettes. The Stila In The Light palette was my first ever palette, a Christmas 2013 gift, and I used it to death. I still think it’s a great little neutral palette, but I have the Stila Eyes Are The Window palette in Spirit, which has all the same colours and more. In The Light did me well as a makeup beginner, but it’s time to pass it on.
theBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette is another that I’ve held onto for a long time. I rarely used it back in the day because I wasn’t adventurous with my eyeshadow and a lot of the colours were too intimidating for me to use. I actually like a lot of those colours now, but I have similar shadows throughout my collection. I only ever use this palette for the silver (for some reason it’s the only silver I have?), but I can just get a Wet N Wild single silver for $0.99 and dump the big palette. As for the blush and highlighter, I have plenty of warm, peachy blush, and my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone is basically identical to the Mary Lou-Manizer.
The Stila Eyeshadow in Mahogany has a beautiful formula and it’s a great colour, but I have plenty of deep browns in palettes (my favourite being LORAC Sable) and I never reach for singles.
These two Maybelline Colour Tattoos in Shimmering Sea and Bad to the Bronze are past their prime. I thought Shimmering Sea was the most beautiful, ethereal colour, but I got it in the summer of 2014 and it’s a pain to work with now. Bad to the Bronze is even older – I got it in July 2013 when I was just getting into makeup. Obviously, it’s been a workhorse for me. However, I have replaced it with a ColourPop single that isn’t dry as a bone. (You’ll hear about that shadow – and a bunch of other ColourPop stuff – soon.)
I’m pretty sure the Sephora Collection Flashy Liner in Flashy Violet has been discontinued, but either way it’s old as hell and twice as dry. Another purple liner I’m getting rid of is the Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra. I have another Smudge Stick in a more vibrant purple which I reach for more. (Also, I’ve never purchased a Smudge Stick but somehow have like 55 of them. The formula is pretty good, but the packaging is super faulty.)
I only use black pencil liner to tightline, so I don’t go through them too quickly and I definitely don’t need a lot of them. I never, ever use the Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Noir, and by the time I get through black liners I like more this one will be dried up.
Another dried up product: Tarte Skinny SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Amazonite Blue. This is another product that is so old that I’d have to assume they don’t make it anymore. Even if they do, this particular pencil has to be five years old. I use it incredibly infrequently, and when I made it a point to actually incorporate it into a look, it was totally dry. Into the garbage it shall go.
I’ve had my Little Mix By Collection eyeliners in Jade, Perrie, and Leigh-Anne for something like three and a half years now, and they are worse for the wear. I stubbornly hold onto my Little Mix makeup because I think they’re by far the best active girl band in the Western world, but come on. I can get glitter liners from the Wet N Wild section at Walmart if I need them.
I’m getting rid of all my lashes! I actually loved the Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter lashes, but I wore them out. As for the Quo 815 Ultra Glam lashes, I mean, do those look like something I would ever wear? During university whenever I went out I’d do wild makeup and sometimes I’d add these lashes. I’m actually surprised I still have both of them since usually I’d get home at 5am and peel them off, discarding them on whatever surface was closest. Regardless, they do not factor into my current life. I think I’ll just stick with half lashes and individuals for the very rare occasions when I feel that falsies are warranted.
My boss gave me the Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer Mascara in Blonde in my Christmas goodie bag, and the colour is totally wrong. I have not been able to evaluate whether or not the product is any good, because I put it on and immediately took it off because it made my brows look like they were coated in a layer of volcanic ash. Way too light and warm for my brows! I’m really not experimental with my brows at all, anyway.
Finally, the worst mascara ever: Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect. I know a lot of people really like the Lash Sensational in the pink tube, so I was pretty excited for this when I got it in my Christmas goodie bag. But NO. You know how I hate Benefit They’re Real! in every conceivable way a human being could hate a mascara? This is the drugstore equivalent of that. It makes my lashes hideously clumpy and it DOES NOT WASH OFF. And it’s not even waterproof! I mean, guys, my eye makeup remover can take off actual waterproof mascara without a problem. So what the hell am I supposed to use to take this stuff off, nail polish remover? NO. I hate this stuff. HATE IT! And I very rarely burn with passionate hatred for a makeup product. But this mascara is chaotic evil.
Two blushes here: H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush in Cherry and Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso. I still think Cherry is an absolutely stunning colour, but it requires a lot of work to make it look natural on my fair skin. I’d been using it primarily as an eyeshadow in the past few months, but now that I have the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette I don’t need it. I got Luminoso a few years ago on a trip to the US, and I think it’s the last product standing from that trip. However, it’s time to say goodbye to it: when it comes to a glowy peach blush, I will choose the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush every single time.
It’s finally time to dump my crusty old Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow. I genuinely have no idea how there’s no pan showing there, because I used this to contour every single day for more than two years. But because it’s a two-year-old cream product that looks absolutely revolting, I have replaced it with my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light.
I loved my Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light Matte, but the compact snapped in half and that makes it more trouble than it’s worth. I got the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in my Christmas goodie bag, so that will be my new bronzer. I use bronzer maybe 15% of the time I do my makeup, so I definitely don’t need two.
Finally, I’ve had the Bourjois Java Rice Powder before and decluttered it because it thoroughly confuses me. It’s too shimmery to use as a setting powder but doesn’t really do much as a highlighter. Again, my boss tossed this in my Christmas goodie bag, which was very nice of her, but I won’t use it. Out it goes.
I got the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in 43 in a mini set at Winners. I use the clear lip liner that came with it all the time, but I probably got suckered into the purchase by the brand name. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this lipstick at all; it’s quite nice, in fact. But my red of choice is Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red, and considering I paid a pretty penny for that I’d like to get my money’s worth out of it.
Two Christmas goodie bag products, both completely untouched: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen and Maybelline Colour Jolt in Red-dy or Not. I’ve tried the SMLCs before and didn’t love the formula, plus I have colours similar enough to Copenhagen in my collection that I didn’t even take the plastic off to swatch it. The Colour Jolt formula has never interested me, and again, I’m not in the market for reds.
Finally, some random bits. I got the Sephora Collection Biodegradable Pencil Sharpener in my Bite Beauty Influenster box, which I thought was a nice touch in the name of completeness. However, I have a NARS sharpener which I love, so someone else can have this one. My Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Clear has gone off (seriously, it’s orange and stinks), and I don’t have any lashes left anyway, so… you do the math. Finally, the Elizabeth Arden Hydrating Mask delivers nice enough results but smells REVOLTING. Oh my god. I was not aware that Elizabeth Arden skincare smelled like this. I don’t know how to describe it other than to say that it genuinely smells like dill. And I do not want to smell dill when I’m trying to drift off to sleep. Or ever, actually. Someone tell me to stop buying things at Winners just because they’re brand name!
By the way, I also finally waffled back to my original conclusion and returned the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation to Nordstrom yesterday. I don’t need that many foundations, and that one was too much of a pain in the ass for me to want to use regularly. Normally I would never even attempt to return a product that I’ve had for four months and have used a good eighth of, but the Nordstrom return policy exists for a reason, you know? The girl who did my return didn’t ask me a single question: I just said I wanted to return it, she scanned my receipt, and it was done. I took that money over to Sephora and bought another bottle of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD, which I have come to really appreciate as a foundation that always works on my dry skin and can be applied with basically anything.
That’s 28 products down, so I think I’m already making a good start for 2017!
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