Monday, March 28, 2016

2016 Declutter and Empties

Hello again readers!

It's that time of year again. The time of year where I went through my entire makeup collection, and just went crazy with purging. If I didn't love it, or use it, it went. If it was old/smelled bad/dried up or was used up, it went. It was a long process, and it was exhausting, but I'm so happy with the progress that I made this year. I cut my collection down by a lot, and now I have room to expand with products that I'll actually use.

Blackbird Cosmetics Subtract Sculpting Powder Sample - Empty*:
I love this sculpting powder as a contour. I already bought a full-size of it for my collection.

Shiro Cosmetics Alkehestry Eyeshadow Sample - Depotted*:
I ended up having two of these in sample forms, so I combined them into a little jar. Much easier to use that way.

Notoriously Morbid Necromancy Blush Sample - Empty*:
Another product I really love for contouring. I bought a full-size of this product too, and I love it!

Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask Sample - Empty:
I really hated this mask. It didn't do anything for my skin. It didn't sooth any redness, it didn't help my skin heal, and after using it, it felt like it did the opposite because my skin felt dehydrated. Boo.

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion Sample - Empty*:
I need to get a bottle of this for my shower, because I loved this. I really hate applying lotion to my body, so I rarely (if ever) do so, but this just makes it so ridiculously easy I don't have a reason not to.

China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat - Empty*:
I'm going to buy another bottle of this eventually, because I'm an impatient person when it comes to my nails. It dries so quickly and I can go back to doing whatever I want to do, and I don't have to worry about my nails smearing all over the place. The downside is that it gums up towards the end of it's life and gets really stringy and gross.

ELF Eyeslash Glue - Old:
This eyelash glue sucks really. I don't even know why I held onto it, because it doesn't keep your lashes on.

DUO Dark-Tone Eyelash Adhesive - Old*:
I need to buy a new bottle of t his, because I really do love it. I always wear eyeliner when I wear false lashes, so having a lash glue that dries down to a black color to blend in with that eyeliner? Holy grail status right there!

Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo - Empty:
This was a nice dry shampoo to try. It did what it was supposed to do; made my hair smell nice and look clean. It kept reminding me of working at the Haunt, and not in a good way, so I definitely won't be repurchasing this in the future.

Degree for Men Cool Rush Deodorant - Empty*:
Holy Grail deodorant. Enough said.

Bath and Body Works Fresh Lemon Anti-Bacterial Hand Spray - Empty*:
This was such a convenient product, and if they still carry these I'd consider buying more. It made it SO easy to just spray on my dry hands before I touch my face with my makeup, so if there was any lingering bacteria it'd be killed off, and it dried faster than regular hand sanitizers.

Swan Nail Polish Remover - Empty*:
My go-to polish remover. Removes my polish and doesn't dry the nails out.

April Cold Cream - Empty:
Gave this a try and used most of it in the winter, and just finished it up. It's not a bad makeup remover, but it's better for someone with combo or dry skin, because it made my skin extra greasy.

April Face Mask - Empty*:
I love this mask. I love it so much that i have like, four more backups, even after giving some to my friend. Hell, I had a night sitting with my boyfriend and said friend and we all wore this mask at the same time and were all so pleased with how soft our faces were after we took it off. It's like a little miracle in a tube, that smells so delicious!

Clean & Clear Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Wash - Empty:
If I could buy this product again, I would. I'm pretty sure it's been discontinued which is a shame. It was a gentle, foaming facial wash that was just no-nonsense. Perfect for washing the face in the morning because it helped fight acne, and it wasn't tough on the skin.

T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel - Empty*:
Holy Grail product.

ELF High Definition Translucent Powder - Empty*:
I don't ever like being without this product in my collection, it's a recently appointed Holy Grail status product for me.

Wet n Wild Coverall Foundation - Fair - Old:
I might consider buying this foundation again, because I remember always liking it when I wore it, but I have other foundations I have to go through before I consider trying this one again.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - Ivory - Old:
This is another product that's been discontinued, and I really wish it wasn't. It had such beautiful light to medium coverage, and lasted all day on me. Such a shame.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation - Alabaster - Old*:
I want to try this in the Neutral shade, because while I liked this product (I think?), I hated how pink it was on my face!

ELF Zit Zapping Concealer - Fair - Empty*:
I have a couple backups, and I really do like it, I just don't like that it oxidizes orange. Helps with my acne, so it's worth that trade-off.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pencil Concealer x2 - Light - Old:
These never worked for me. I never needed dry, orange concealer pencils in my life.

Physicians Formula Beauty Powder - Just awful:
Frankly, I barely used this. It was just a ridiculous product that never got picked up on the brush. Shame, because the idea of it was amazing.

Maybelline Color Tattoo - Gold Rush, Barely Branded, Inked in Pink, Silver Strike, Pomegranate Punk, and Lavish Lavender - Old:
All old and dried up, and shades that I just never reached for that often, not enough to warrant me to repurchase them.

Sephora Cream Eyeshadow and Liner - Blue Night - Just awful:
It was patchy, it took forever to get opaque, and it would transfer like nobody's business. Such a shame because it was such a beautiful blue.

Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner - Teal - Just awful:
I wasn't wild about the color, and the formula, pigmentation, and staying power were just disappointments across the board. No wonder Smashbox discontinued it.

HIP Gel Eyeliner - Teal - Old*:
I love this shade like no other, it's such a unique shade, but it just didn't work for me. It would transfer like crazy, and would smear all over the place on my oily lids. Such a shame, because if it worked better i have no doubts that I would have used all of it.

ULTA Extreme Wear Gel Eyeliner - Dublin - Old*:
I need to buy a new one, because I love the darkened hunter green. Reminds me of my Dublin hoodie, and therefore it reminds me of home. Very fitting name.

ELF Eyelid Primer x2 - Old:
These aren't bad for starting off, but I'm past that point. Plus, I got these in makeup kits, so they weren't that special to me.

Milani Infinite Liquid Eyeliner - Forever - Old:
I really like the idea of gold eyeliner, I just never really reached for it. It ended up getting all gummed up and disappointing me. Shame.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner - Blackest Black - Old:
An eyeliner that I remember loving to death in high school, that revisiting shows me how much I've grown in my makeup game. It just wasn't what I needed in my collection, and it wasn't as special as I remembered. It was pigmented, but hard to make wings, but easy to make just simple lines. It wasn't transfer proof, wasn't waterproof, and wasn't smudge proof, so within a couple of hours it'd be smudged and faded.

ELF Liquid Eyeliner x2 - Midnight - Old*:
These eyeliners are such a good investment. They're about a dollar, super pigmented, and incredibly easy to apply. The only downside is that they're not smudge-proof or waterproof, but even then they still last all day! It's incredible.

Stila High Shine Liquid Vinyl Eyeliner - Royal Blue - Old:
I loved the color so much, but this was such a disappointment. It cracked, it flaked, it dried out my eye area. What a shame.

Hard Candy 1000 Lashes - Black - Old:
I wanted to like this so much, because it made my lashes look so fluffy and full. Of course, the trade off is that I would have little black fibers and flakes raining down my face and into my eyes. Not a fan.

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eyeliner - Sparkling Turquoise, and Prismatic Purple - Old:
Both of these were just so streaky, and they both left stains. I wasn't reaching for them often anyway, and I didn't like these at all. Which, wasn't a surprise, I wasn't a fan of the black eyeliner either.

Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Smokey Eyelid Primer - Old:
The idea of this product is awesome, but it ended up just... not working out. It has such a beautiful grey shade that would be perfect as a base, but the formula was drier than I was expecting and it was always a streaky base. Blending it out was a nightmare, and it was also a little sticky, but in a bad way. It made shadows stick to it and impossible to blend, but it didn't hold onto shadows to save it's life and left my lids in a creasy mess. Boo.

Hot Topic Blackheart Beauty Eyelid Primer - Old:
I only used this once or twice, because it was awful. Hell, the $1 ELF primer is leagues better than this one. It didn't hold onto shadows at all, it was a hell to blend, and just... overall awful.

NYX Eyebrow Gel - Blonde and Brunette - Old*:
The only reason these went bad, is because I only managed to use up half of each of them. So... technically I used up a full size. I really liked both, but in a twist, I prefer the blonde. The blonde in this formula is actually build-able into a dark tone that I enjoy for my aesthetic, and it can be sheered out for a more traditional blonde look. The brunette was amazing, but I found that if I was heavy-handed that day, I would walk away with perfectly sculpted drag eyebrows, which was much too heavy for everyday wear.

ELF Medium Eyebrow Kit - Old:
This used to be my favorite. Hell, this was the second one I used. I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I used to, becuase it's much too warm for my brows, and I have many other products I reach for far more often.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil - Ash Brown - Empty*:
This is a new Holy Grail product for me. I love how incredibly easy it is to fill in my brows, and they end up looking decently natural. I go through about one every two months or so, which means I go through these fairly quickly, but I can manage to get two for $15, so it ends up being WAY cheaper than the Anastasia version by far.

Revo Sugar Cookie Lip Balm - Old:
I never reached for this, because I was expecting a light, sweet, vanilla flavor and scent. What I got was a spicy, vanilla monstrosity that had an edge of mint... I wasn't sure what to expect, and it definitely wasn't that. I hate mint so much, so it ruined this balm for me. The good news is that the Revo balms DO moisturize the lips, so at least there's that.

ELF Lip Color - Maleficent - Old:
I held onto this for so long, just because of the name. It's not a bad gloss, but I'm just not a fan of reds.

Profusion BB Balm - Strawberry - Just Awful:
I used this once. Just once. The pigmentation was streaky. The balm didn't do jack diddly. The flavor was definitely NOT strawberry (it was a gross, chemical scent with a bland aftertaste of an attempt at strawberry). It was just a huge failure.

EOS Vanilla Lip Balm - Old:
This was a lot better than the popular egg version of the EOS balm, this actually gave my lips some moisture. It wasn't amazing, and not worth the money, but it wasn't awful. It ended up being hard to use because the more you use up, the more it moves in the tube... I prefer just classing Chapstick.

NYX Circle Lipstick - Blush - Old:
Didn't like the color, so I barely used it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Wink for Pink, and Primrose - Old:
Ah, Wink for Pink was a color I sort of reached for, but just never loved. Primrose started out strong, but I soon discovered that it wasn't very flattering on me, and left me looking unattractive. What a shame.

Wet n Wild Just Peachy Megalast Lipstick - Old*:
I'm getting rid of this, because with the new formula of the lipstick it's a much more flattering. This version was a white-based peach, and it just looked awful.

ELF Moisturizing Lipstick - Pink Minx - Old:
I didn't mind the color, but soon found out that I don't really like pink shades. It was a nice warm pink, so it was flattering and wearable, but I prefer nudes.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick - Nude Delight, and Let's Get Naked - Old:
I almost used both of these up, because they were nice nude lipsticks. I'm not going to repurchase them, because I hate the perfume scent/taste of Rimmel lipsticks. What a shame, they're pigmented and moisturizing, they just taste bad!

L'Oreal Eva's Nude, and Jennifer's Nude Lipstick - Just Awful:
The pigmentation was sheer, which is good for a neutral lipstick. My biggest issue with these, is that they're expensive at about $8 a pop, but they're just... not great. The formula is a little drying, and the scent is god-awful. It smells like old, musty floral perfume. I'd prefer no scent at all to that. The scent made these completely unwearable for me, and just a waste of my money, no matter how beautiful the shades were!

Primark/Penny's Beauty Pink Lip Gloss - Old:
It's a beautiful, non-sticky gloss, just the color wasn't for me so I never used it. I should have passed it on early on in its life so that someone else could have given it love instead.

Sally Girl Pastel Purple Lip Gloss - Old:
I went through a phase where I was super into lilac/lavender shades for my lips. I had SO many of these. This was my last tube, and I never got around to using it up. I would have, had it not turned on me. What a shame, but they were like 15 cents or whatever when I got around to buying up the last of them so I'm not going to cry about it.

Hourglass Canvas Liquid Lipstick - Old:
Ah, now this was a product I assumed that since it was expensive (this little tube was $10!!) it would be amazing. That's not the case. It dried down to like a satin matte, it transferred, it cracked, and it flaked. It was a nice color, and it suited me, but the formula wasn't anything to write home about, and I've used better, CHEAPER products that don't disappoint me.


I was SO impressed with myself, and this was only the stuff that went right into recycling/the garbage! I got rid of so many other things that I handed off to my friends. There was just so much, that it was almost scary, but it's now such a rewarding experience because all of that stuff was just weighing down that I felt obligated to hold on to, because I bought it.

In the future, all empties posts as well as my favorites will be featured on my Tumblr, so this blog will only be hosting reviews and swatches.

*Asterisks show backups, or plans of future purchases.

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