As many of you know, I’ve been on a decluttering kick over the past year and a half. It’s been kicked back into high gear again due to recent developments. I’m really trying to cut my possessions down into a manageable amount that can, in theory, be easily transported if I were to, say, move halfway across the world again. (NOTHING OFFICIAL!!!!! But it’s in the works…)
So, here’s my last round of decluttering for 2015, as well as a makeup inventory for the year.
Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose Amber is a beautiful colour and comes in adorable limited edition packaging from 2013, but it’s developed a hard layer that makes it impossible to get to the colour. I could scrape it off, but frankly that’s too much work for me when I have other blushes I can be using without hassle! It makes me sad to get rid of it because I specifically asked Aisling to send it to me for Christmas two years ago when she was first in the UK and I was excited at the prospect of trying some brands I can’t get here – but the fact is that it’s become too difficult to use.
I just don’t like glosses, and although the L’Oreal Extraordinnaire glosses in Plum Adagio and Molto Mauve are lovely, I never use them. I do love and use my Lancôme Fever Gloss in 100 Degrees, it’s started to smell really off.
Getting rid of two liquid lipsticks here: Joe Fresh Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Rouge because I cannot stand warm reds on myself, and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery because it bleeds out of my lip lines something fierce. I’m pretty bummed about that one since it was pricey and I like the three other colours I have in the Stay All Day range, but I suppose these things happen.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling (discontinued) is very pale and washes me out. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rigukien is a beautiful colour, but I have similar colours and the staying power is abysmal. Got CoverGirl Outlast lipstick in Red Rogue from work, but I’m not in the market for any new reds, so I’m setting it free. (It hasn’t been worn, so one of my friends can give it the love I cannot.) No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Fire is a bit dry and I like my Rimmel Red Diva lip liner better.
Three single eyeshadows that are lovely but that I never reach for: L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Flashback Silver, Annabelle eyeshadow in Violish, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. I’m kind of bummed about these because they’re all gorgeous colours and nice formulas, but I can’t have stuff I don’t use lying around! Getting rid of the Eyelure lash glue (not pictured – it escaped from me in the bottom of my declutter bag!) because I think it sucks. The Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black never worked out for me; it transferred like crazy!
In terms of pencil liners, I can’t remember the last time I used either Annabelle Metallic Kohl Eyliner in Curacao or Sephora Flashy Liner in Flashy Brown. Out they go.
Eyeshadow sticks: the Stila Smudge Crayons in Antique and Kitten are lovely colours and I used to get a lot of use out of them, but they’ve dried out quite a bit and I have a newer Lise Watier shadow stick in a similar colour. I’ve never used the Kiko Eyetech Look Eyeshadow in 114 and probably never will.
I never reach for the Too Faced Matte Eye palette, and I have too many other shadows to keep something that gets no use.
Up until now my discerning eye has not passed over my brushes when decluttering, but I’m getting rid of four. From Real Techniques, the Brow Brush (way too thick for brows or eyeliner; I never touch it) and the Foundation Brush (weird shape that doesn’t work with any product I use). From ELF, the Powder Brush (has literally been gathering dust for years), and the Mini Blending Brush (not a blending brush at all, WTF ELF; never use it).
I received LUSH Comforter Hand and Body Lotion at a LUSH event, which was very nice! Sadly, I can’t stand the scent – and I have body moisturizers that I love and that smell nice to me. I’m sure one of my friends will love it, though.
Makeup inventory under the cut, for those interested.
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I am now in the busy, difficult, stressful part of the semester. If this is any indication as to my state of mind, the other day I drank an entire mug of hot water before realizing that I had forgotten to put the teabag in. Fourth year is no joke!
Between an endless stream of assignments, a massive stack of reading, and the impending doom of grad school applications, Canadian Thanksgiving in Toronto was a nice break – even though I worked for three out of the four days I was home. The one day that I wasn’t working, I had the opportunity to attend the LUSH Eaton Centre grand reopening with my best friend Cheyne.
We arrived early and, since I had been in the first hundred to RSVP, we each got a free gift. We got to choose between a shower gel and the Comforter Hand and Body Lotion, and we both went with the body lotion. LUSH describes it as smelling of blackcurrant and cypress, but to me it’s just straight up bubblegum. That is definitely not a scent I want all over my body, but I’m sure it will make one of my friends very happy.
There were also lots of little vegan treats on offer. I did not manage to snap a picture of the mini donut I had before stuffing it down my gullet, but it was just as yummy as this vanilla cupcake. Definitely a nice touch!
The physical space of the new Eaton Centre store is great. The old store was tiny, and though this one isn’t huge, it’s absolutely an upgrade. They’ve made the most out of the space.
Now is probably the time to note that I am not a huge LUSH fan. Their skincare is not my thing. I know it works for others, but it’s not for me. However, their bath and body products are pretty hard to resist, between the scents, packaging, and punny names. I also always love LUSH store spaces – they do such a great job of displaying all their products and decorating the inside of the stores.
They’re gearing up for Christmas already (one of the employees said Christmas starts in August for them)! LUSH Christmas packaging and products are always gorgeous. Maybe Santa will be kind to me this year…
The main event of the day was a chance for everyone to create their own Lord of Misrule bath bomb, which was what lured me to LUSH in the first place. The promise of a successful DIY project, supervised by professionals, was too much to resist!
LUSH bath bomb-maker extraordinaire Alison demonstrated the process, which is surprisingly simple when everything’s been premixed for you. As you can see from the photo, I was a bit far back, which made it slightly difficult to see what was going on in detail. That’s really my one criticism of the event; the bath bomb-making part was slightly disorganized, with people pushing to the front for their turn. Those in the back would have had an almost impossible time of seeing the demonstration.
Making this little guy involved filling up one half of the mold with the green mixture, then pressing the purple core of the bath bomb into it, packing more of the green around it, and securing the other half of the mold on top of everything. Alison advised that we let our bath bombs sit for 5-6 hours so that they would solidify properly; I left mine for nearly a week as I didn’t have a chance to use it before then.
Here is my freed Lord of Misrule bath bomb. Not bad! It has a few slight imperfections (that crack going around the centre being the main one), but I think for my first try it was a success.
Of course, you guys probably don’t just want to look at pretty pictures of the bath bomb sitting on my window sill. You want to see what magic my creation is capable of.
No surprises here considering it was a green bath bomb with a purple centre! It looked like that for awhile as the bomb fizzed and died. The final product?
Yeah, I was basically bathing in a tub of wine. Which is pretty badass, and which I approve of.
I am very grateful to the LUSH website for providing a description of the scent of the Lord of Misrule bath bomb for me, as I am hopeless at such endeavours. According to the official source, it “brings mischievous revelry to the tub with a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil”. Personally, my description was “It smells like LUSH”, and my roommate Katie’s was “Floral with a bit of licorice.” Clearly neither of us know what the hell we’re talking about. I liked the scent, for what it’s worth.
I had a really nice time at the LUSH Eaton Centre grand reopening – it was a fun event and they were super generous with the freebies (and food). While I personally don’t care for the body lotion, the bath bomb was awesome, and I really enjoyed the process of making it. I don’t think I’ll turn into a LUSH devotee anytime soon, but I will certainly be picking up another bath bomb – though this one will be made my someone else.
As a guest of LUSH Eaton Centre, I received the products featured in this post free of charge. This post is not sponsored and all opinions remain my own.