Don't get me wrong I love make up and I think I always will. The process of sitting down and applying it is incredibly relaxing and I'm always amazed by how it manages to transform me from someone that looks very tired into someone that looks considerably less tired in the mornings. It's actual magic. But having so many things that will just expire before being even half used up makes me a little sad. It's all kind of just sitting there, admittedly looking pretty, but essentially just there, lonely and a little unloved.
Also I'm finding myself becoming more and more persnickety about everything. It's actually becoming a little annoying. I seem to have developed the ability to find a flaw in everything that stops me from buying it. I'm having a ridiculous amount of trouble trying to find a simple, black, crossbody bag that I like. But long term I think being really choosy is okay. I'd rather have a small collection of things I love and really enjoy, than lots of things I think are just okay. So far my wardrobe has been halved. Gone are the endless amounts of floral dresses. They're not me anymore. And sometimes change is really nice. In are simple flowy tunics in black, white and grey. Perfect.
Beauty product wise I'm slowly going through everything. I've had such a bad reaction to something recently, which serves me right I think because I've been trying out so many new things. I've given away a lot of body lotions and other skincare products because I'm determined to find a few that really work for me and stick with them. I'm going back to basics and I think it'll be better in the long run. In terms of make up these are the things I've managed to part with so far but I'm hoping to use up a lot more in the coming weeks.
Monu Skin Perfector* | £22.50
I think I'm allergic to something in this so I can't give a well-rounded review because I only used it a couple of times. It did feel nice on my skin until it started to irritate, but I do have particularly fussy skin at the moment and I imagine it would be a lovely little product for more normal skin types.
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation | £25
Oh how I loved this foundation. It's almost all gone and certainly well and truly past its use-by date. Perfect for dry skin, it gives a really good medium to full coverage & it's totally worth the money.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer | £4.19
This is a classic. Do I need to say any more? It can look a little heavy if I'm a little too liberal with it, less is definitely more. Right now though I've fallen for the Seventeen Stay Time concealer which is a little lighter in texture so I'm taking a break from the Lasting Perfection for the time being. I don't know how long I'll last without it. Maybe the Seventeen concealer is a fling, but it might turn into a more long-term thing, we shall see!
Benefit Boi-ing Concealer | £17.50
This used to be my favourite make up product ever and it certainly used to have a real cult following. It's pricey and the shade range is limited, but it pretty much covers everything. Seventeen, who are on fire with their concealers right now, have just come out with the Phwoarr Paint concealer and it's really similar to Boi-ing but SO much cheaper so I think I'll be reaching for that from now on.
Benefit Erase Paste | £20.50
Another cult product and I used this daily for years until one day I stopped and discovered that I didn't really miss it. It's an extra step I thought I needed but it turns out I don't really. The lightest shade is incredibly brightening & I used to use it on top of another concealer, right on the inner corners of my eyes where my dark circles are the most intense. Lovely product, but one I probably wouldn't repurchase any more.
Illamasqua Satin Primer | £24
I've been through at least three bottles of this primer, which is crazy to think about. It works wonders at giving dry skin a real glow without being greasy or slippy in any way. And if I remember correctly it smells a little bit like cake, but I may be making that up. It's been a long time since I last used this & the price has increased so much that I don't think I'd repurchase again.
Make Up Revolution Liquid Concealer* | £1.50
Really impressed with the colour of this concealer because it can be insanely difficult to find very light shades on the highstreet. Unfortunately this is up there with some of the worst concealers I've ever used. Something about it doesn't work with my skin at all and it disappears completely within about an hour.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer | £7.99
I remember talking about this in a disappointing products post but I held on to it so I could give it another try. I'm still not a fan though because it highlights every single dry patch and clings to it like its life depended on it. Love the Healthy Mix foundation but the concealer doesn't impress.
ELF Lip Lock Pencil* | £3.95
The concept of this is really interesting. I love the idea of not having to have lots of different lip liner colours to match bright lipsticks, this works for all shades. And it works to a point. It's not the most amazing thing ever, but it's pretty good. Not bad for a few pounds!
Vaseline Rosy Lips | £2
There was definitely a period of time when these were really popular. I still love tinted lip balms but I'm not the biggest fan of vaseline.
Revlon Lipstick in Pink Pout | £7.49
This has been in my make up drawers for WAY too long. I think I wore this a lot back when I very first started blogging, so it's time for this baby to go! I remember really liking it, but I'm not such a fan of matte lips any more so I don't think I'd repurchase.
Natural Collection Lipstick | £1.99
For £1.99 I don't think you can go far wrong with Natural Collection. I'm passing this one on to my mum because it doesn't fit into my new lipstick holder. Yep. That's actually the reason. And I don't often wear it. So there's that too. Yeah...
MAC Tinted Lipglass | £14
Sticky, gloopy, horrid!
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey | £7.99
I loved this so much, but I went to use it one day and it had a really odd scent to it that it didn't have the day before. I kind of miss it, but I have a ridiculous amount of lip products and I'm on a bit of a gloss kick at the moment. Not sure I'd purchase anything else from this range now I know they develop an odd scent.
ELF Eyebrow Kit in Ash | £3.95
When I wasn't the laziest person ever, I LOVED this! So affordable and it's just great. Mostly my glasses cover my eyebrows now so it's a step I tend to skip. But this totally helped me out when I had one too many sailor jerry's, got home and decided that specific moment would be the best time to pluck my eyebrows. It wasn't a good time to do that. I somehow ended up with a little bald patch. But this kit fixed it so I didn't have to go out looking super odd. Thanks ELF!
NP Set Eyeshadow Quad
This is my first step and parting with some eyeshadows. I don't know why it's so difficult for me considering I haven't worn any eyeshadow in about a year!
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow | £15.50
Surprisingly this hasn't dried up and I've had it for the longest time so I certainly got my money's worth! I really liked this. It kept my eyeshadow on better than almost anything else, but as I rarely wear eyeshadow and this is definitely way way past it's use-by date, it's time to say goodbye.
Avon Mega Effects Mascara* | £7
I found this even more difficult to apply than it looks like it would be. And the faff to get it on my lashes wasn't really worth it. It made my lashes look pretty, but no better than something like The Falsies from Maybelline, which is almost infinitely easier to apply!
W7 Massive Lashes Mascara* | £3.99
This is perfect for minimal make up looks because it gives such natural looking lashes.
Benefit They're Real Mascara | £19.50
No. Just no!
MaxFactor Lash Extension Effect Lengthening Mascara | £10.99
This gives the prettiest fluttery lashes ever. I think I might be a convert to lengthening mascaras over volumising ones for the first time in my life. Maybe.
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara | £7.99
But this is still my ultimate favourite mascara. It just works so well, no fuss, no smudging and no flaking. Love it.
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara | £22.50
This is my last little sample of this, somehow I managed to accumulate a lot of them! It's nice, but I'm not convinced it's worth the full size price tag!
Have you tried any of these products?
What did you think of them?