A makeup declutter + 2016 makeup inventory

Posted on December 15, 2016 under Declutter

It’s time for my second annual makeup inventory! (Last year’s is here.) But first, a look at some items which I’ve purged from my collection since my last declutter



I’ve become very picky with liquid lipstick formulas as of late, and I only have three formulas currently in my collection. I’m saying goodbye to NYX Liquid Suede in Sway because it’s just too cool and pulls all of the colour out of my face. I also wasn’t impressed with the formula, as it remains tacky to the touch. L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color in Violet Parfait survived a previous round of decluttering; I like the colour a lot and when applied correctly it’s extremely long-wearing. But I find that it’s not layerable at all, and crumbles off in a hideous mess if built up. Out it goes!

I’ve been really into the idea of “functional dupes” as discussed by Monika of Rocaille Writes, and a lot of my recent lip product decluttering has been with this in mind. I’m purging a GWP Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipstick in Corail in Love because now that I have NARS Brigitte it’s realistically the only peach shade I’ll be reaching for.

Speaking of Lancôme, I’m getting rid of another GWP, the Color Design Lipstick in Pale Lip, as well as the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipstick in 045. I did genuinely like both of these products on myself, but I find that if I want a lighter nude shade (which is relatively rare anyway), Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 17 is slightly more flattering than either of these. Yes, I’m getting rid of a $40 lipstick in favour of an $8 one, an interesting reversal of my usual habits. I just found Pale Lip slightly too light to be used without a darker liner underneath, whereas Rimmel Kate 17 is good to go straight out of the bullet.


Comparison of Lancôme Pale Lip, Rimmel Kate Moss 45, and Rimmel Kate Moss 17.

Two more Rimmel Kate shades that must go: 09, which, though tonally different from NARS Audrey, I won’t reach for in favour of it when I want a deep red, and 105, which is rather old and which I find less flattering on me than Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.


Comparison of Rimmel Kate Moss 09 and NARS Audrey.


Comparison of Rimmel Kate Moss 105 and Marc Jacobs Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

(By the way, I will not buy a full size of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang when I run out because I don’t think the formula is worth $38 CAD and because I don’t want to give my money to Marc Jacobs.)

After lots of hemming and hawing, I decided to get rid of my Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie. This is one of my absolute favourite lipstick colours and I have nothing quite like it in my collection. However, I haven’t actually worn this product in literal years, because I just don’t like the slippery formula of the Lip Butters – especially not when it comes to a pigmented, rich shade like this. I’m sorry to be saying goodbye to this one, but I’m sure I can dupe the colour in a formula that I like better, and it’s the oldest lipstick in my collection – I bought it in October 2012. Time to let it go!

It didn’t make it into these pictures, but I’m also getting rid of a mini tube of the OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia. It’s a gorgeous colour, but I’m just over the Lip Tars. I might get on better with the new packaging that comes with a wand, but I just cannot be bothered to put Black Dahlia on with a lip brush.

Two of my Revlon lip products melted in the sun due to my negligence: ColorBurst Balm Stain in Lovesick and Matte Balm in Sultry. I did have a backup of Lovesick, so crisis was averted there. I did not have a backup of Sultry, but ultimately decided not to replace it even though it’s one of my favourite lipstick colours. It’s just too similar to Maybelline Creamy Matte in Touch of Spice, and I’ve been wearing Touch of Spice more lately anyway.


Comparison of Revlon Sultry and Maybelline Touch of Spice.

Finally, I’m getting rid of the ELF Lip Lock Pencil because I’ve had it forever and it’s quite dry as clear lip liners go.



NYX Ultra HD Blush in Taupe was too dark and pigmented to work as a contour on my skintone. I gave it a fair shot, but I bet one of my less fair friends will love it more than I ever will! I have no issues with the formula of this product; the shade was simply wrong for me.

I have two Lancôme GWP blushes here. The first is in Sheer Amourôse, which was actually a favourite of mine for quite some time. It’s a very neutral, brownish-pink colour that goes with basically any look. As I added to my blush collection, I stopped reaching for it. My go-to neutral blush shades are Benefit Hervana and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure, and the two of them have essentially rendered Sheer Amourôse redundant. A family friend who works for Lancôme often brings me goodies, which is where I got the other shade, Blushing Nude, from. It’s a very nice natural colour which swatches nicely, but I just don’t see it having a place in my collection so I’ve decided to toss it into my “to give away” bag without even using it. (The samples of the Hypnôse mascara she gave me will be used, however!)

I’ve had Benefit Benetint in my collection forever and used it a fair amount, but I just don’t go for cream and liquid blushes nowadays. However, it’s a lovely product and my mom uses cream and liquid blushes quite often, so it’s found a better home with her.



I’m getting rid of my limited edition Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Sunwashed Sky. I used to have a massive Colour Tattoo collection, but I simply don’t use them as often anymore for whatever reason and as such I’ve purged that collection considerably. Sunwashed Sky is a beautiful colour, but I prefer the other summer 2014 LE shade, Shimmering Sea, which I’ve kept (for now).

I got this Stila Countless Color Pigment in Tie Dye on clearance at Winners, and I wore it a lot when I was 19 and a lot cooler than I am now. (When I was 19 I also dyed my own hair and it became a patchy, hideous mess and I kept it like that for like 6 weeks, so, you know.)

Another Stila product (and Winners find): the Smudge Crayon in Umber. I really do like this rich chocolate brown shade, but it’s getting pretty dry – and, like I said, I no longer use cream shadows particularly often.

Though I do think the Hard Candy 1000 Lashed Fiberized Primer works decently as a lash primer at a very good price, realistically lash primer is just not something I’m ever going to add to my routine, so out it goes.

I made an ELF order this summer and they threw in a free glitter eyeliner which I’m pretty sure has been discontinued. This is another one of those products that I’m just not going to use – the duochrome glitter is really pretty, but I rarely use glitter liners and probably have too many hanging around in my collection without adding another one in.

For those keeping count, that makes for a total of 21 products decluttered this round.

My makeup inventory is under the cut, with my counts for this year and in parentheses last year’s totals.

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Brief reviews of four eye-related products

Posted on October 19, 2016 under Reviews


Today I have for you reviews of four products that are somewhat related to the eyes, none of which I feel require full posts to review. Although I am wordy enough that a single short review is probably equivalent, word count-wise, to the average beauty review.

Hard Candy 1000 Lashes Fiberized Lash Primer


I bought this thinking it would be a white primer which would make my YSL Bleu Majorelle mascara show up better, which it was not and did not. However, it works pretty well as a lash primer in terms of adding both length and volume. I wouldn’t say it’s extremely noticeable – that is, if I applied to one eye and not the other I don’t think anyone would think there was a jarring discrepancy in how my lashes looked. But I do think there is a difference, and this primer may be a really great (budget-friendly!) option for people who want to bring their lashes to the next level.


Personally, I find using a separate primer under my mascara to be an annoying faff which I usually do not have time for. Should I want to pump up my lashes for a special occasion, I will definitely use this primer. But a lash primer is simply not something I see myself using on a regular basis. If you’re into that kind of thing, this is a solid, affordable option.

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara


The original Hypnôse mascara is, I must begrudgingly admit, one of my favourite mascaras. I’ve enjoyed Definicils and Hypnôse Doll Lashes, while feeling very underwhelmed about the original Grandiôse. I find Hypnôse Star a bit underwhelming, as well. Where Grandiôse was slightly clumpy, Hypnôse Star is just… really not dramatic. At all. It doesn’t give me a huge amount of length or volume. I mean, it definitely enhances my natural lashes, as mascara is wont to do, but I was expecting, um, drama.

I’m wearing Hypnôse Drama in the lash comparison above, and I guess it looks fine. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it, and it doesn’t get clumpy. It definitely looks better than Grandiôse. But it just doesn’t compare to another of my favourites, Clarins Truly Waterproof, which gives me amazing length and super defined lashes:


If this mascara were eight bucks at the drugstore, I’d probably be pretty happy with it. But it’s eight million bucks, and if I’m going to spend eight million bucks on a mascara (which, once again, I never will), it’s going to be one that’s damn good. The original Hypnôse is still on my short list of fancy mascaras I’d spend Optimum points on. Hypnôse Drama certainly isn’t.

Maybelline Master Conceal by FaceStudio Camouflaging Concealer


In March my mom and I were using her Optimum points to buy a bunch of makeup (which is the best way to use Optimum points, of course), and we were just under our $170 worth of free stuff – so I grabbed a Master Conceal in a panic and threw it into the basket. As it turns out, I really like it. It’s a good multi-purpose concealer in that it covers blemishes well but also performs admirably under the eyes. It’s more dewy than matte, so it needs to be set and may not be suitable for those with very oily skin. But look at what it does for my undereyes:


It really brightens and lifts and does a pretty good job of hiding my dark circles, which is all I can ask for. Plus, the tube is a generous 0.4 fl oz (that’s almost half the size of a standard foundation), so I probably won’t be running out anytime soon. My biggest complaint with this product is, of course, the shade range. There are only five shades, and while they are definitely better than, say, Rimmel or Bourjois, whose shades consist of “pale to light tan”, it certainly doesn’t go terribly deep. Drugstore concealer seems to be particularly bad for this; while some brands are bringing out more expansive foundation ranges, concealers at a low price point are still basically all limited to a few (generally quite light) shades. It’s also worth noting that Fair, the shade which I use (surprise, surprise) leans slightly yellow, if that’s something that bothers you. I can’t say if the whole range does, having only used this one.

La Roche-Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover


I will start this off by saying that I am definitely a La Roche-Posay brand loyalist. I use skincare from various brands, but most of the time these days when I need something new I look to LRP first. But I was definitely skeptical of Respectissime; all the bi-phase alternatives to the very pricey but very effective Lancôme Bi-Facil I’ve tried have let me down.


You could say I like La Roche-Posay…

When I ran out of my supply of Bi-Facil, I could not face shelling out $39 for another bottle. So I bought Respectissime for a mere $19.50 (yep, that’s exactly half price for the same amount of product), because I was curious and because I do like La Roche-Posay. Colour me very impressed when it easily took off my Clarins Truly Waterproof mascara and Stila Stay All Day eyeliner, two products which are pretty stubborn when it comes to makeup removal time. Respectissime also lacks the heavy fragrance of Bi-Facil, which I appreciate. I don’t have sensitive eyes, but I don’t really need to be putting fragrance all up in my eyeballs, you know?

I had a sensitive-eyed customer the other day who tested the Vichy waterproof eye makeup remover on one eye and Respectissime, at my suggestion, on the other. The Vichy made her eye red and didn’t fully remove her eye makeup. Respectissime did not irritate her eye whatsoever and removed everything. So I’ve already converted at least one person, and I intend to bring Respectissime into my regular rotation of “products I love to sell”, especially as an alternative to Bi-Facil.

(By the way, in case anyone was wondering, I don’t work for LRP. I have access to a variety of brands to sell but do sell a lot of LRP because I genuinely like it!)

And there we have it: four eye-related products that I wanted to share my thoughts on. Next time I see you I’ll have a lip product review which I am pretty excited about.