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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Spring Cleaning/Mini Reviews: Make Up Edition!

After tackling hair, body and skincare, the final installment in my spring cleaning series is my make up. I could probably have been a little more strict and parted with a few more of the products I don't use so much, but instead I've just stuck to clearing out the things that I've had for far too long.

ArtDeco Hydra Lip Booster in Translucent Rose* (£11.50)
I would really love to keep this because I really like the formula and the colour but unfortunately the packaging leaks. I do have one of these in a different colour that doesn't leak, so I think I just got a faulty one here.

Australis Lip Gloss
This is a gloss I got in a swap years ago, when I'd only been blogging for a short time. I got so much use out of this and it's not as full as the picture suggests. It's one of those glosses that seemingly lasts forever, so if you're in Australia and they still make these, I'd really recommend them!

Barry M Lip Gloss in Toffee (£4.49)
I don't even want to think about how long this has been in my lip gloss drawer. I really like Barry M glosses, the formula is pretty smooth and they smell amazing. For some reason I stopped reaching for it though, I think I started preferring pink shades and a lot of my nudes and neutrals got pushed to the back. I would recommend Barry M glosses and I think I might go and have a sneaky look at some of the other colours.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner* (£2.99)
This came in a beauty box I think and I actually used to use this a really long time ago. I don't wear eyeliner at all at the moment so I haven't used this particular bottle, but I'll be passing it along to someone who does so that it'll get used and not just sit in a drawer for years!

DuWop Venom Gloss in Buttercup* (£16)
This is another product that came into my collection through a beauty box. I think at first I quite liked it, but in the end I decided that the tingle this gives my lips was just a little too uncomfortable. The colour is lovely though, I'm just not a fan of the formula.

ELF Lip Stain in Fashionista (£3.95)
It's been a really long time since I last made an ELF order so this is definitely way past its use-by date now. I believe I used this a couple of times and I wasn't particularly impressed. The colour is really pretty, but it was more of a gloss than a stain.

Hawaiian Tropic Moisturising Lip Gloss (£7.50)
Love the idea of this, having an spf in a pretty gloss is always a good thing...apart from when it makes the gloss taste like sun screen. This is super old so they may have changed the formula since I bought this tube, so it's worth a try if you're outside in the sunshine a lot!

Lipcote* (£3.69)
This came in a Glossy Box I believe and honestly, I've just never used it. The brush is all splayed so I'm not really sure how I would achieve a precise application and it just seems like a bit of a faff. I don't mind reapplying lip products throughout the day, so I don't think this has a place within my collection.
Lord & Berry Mascara*
Unfortunately this mascara was completely dry when I opened it. I did give it a try and with a bit of work it did give my lashes a little bit of length, but I wasn't very impressed with it. I don't think it's supposed to be this dry and Lord & Berry included another product in the next Love Me Beauty box as an apology. It's not one I would purchase to try again though because I didn't love the brush and wouldn't want to take the risk of ending up with another dry mascara.

Oceane Make Up Remover Pen* (£5)
I kept hold of this product that came in a beauty box because I was intrigued but I've just not found a use for it. I think if I wore eyeliner it would be really useful because I'm terrible at applying it, but most of my other make up mistakes can be fixed without a pen like this.

Maybelline ColourSensational Lipstick in Naked Brown* (£6.99)
I love the formula of these lipsticks, unfortunately the colour I received in my GlossyBox is just way to dark for my skin tone so I'll be giving it to someone I think it will look amazing on!

MeMeMe Fat Cat Mascara* (£7.99)
I have no idea where I got this, I think it maybe came in a beauty box but I'm not really sure. I thought this was okay but nothing amazing. It gave my lashes a really natural look and I quite liked the wand. Not a fan of the rubberised packaging though, it feels really horrible to hold!

Modelista Quad
This was another product I received in a make up swap years ago and I got a lot of use out of it at the time, especially the rich brown shade. This is one of those products I don't use right now, but I also don't really want to part with it, so it might find its way back into my collection. It sounds silly but this little compact of four eyeshadows has a lot of memories attached to it. I was trying to be sensible and part with things I don't use, but it seems I'm just not very good at doing that!

Molton Brown Lip Booster* (£30)
This is supposed to make lips look fuller and more defined but I didn't notice any differences at all when using this. My lips perhaps felt a little more hydrated, but that's nothing that a nice lip balm can't also achieve so I wasn't that impressed.
NARS Mini Lip Glosses
I'm not really a fan of NARS lip glosses. I think there are so many more affordable options that are much nicer so I wouldn't want to invest that much money into a full sized one. The formula is smooth and some of the colours are really pretty, they just don't wow me enough.

Natural Collection Lip Gloss (£1.99)
For under £2 I can't really find anything to fault about these glosses. I used to reach for this all the time, so I definitely got my moneys worth even though it did start to get a little gloopy quite quickly. I would repurchase, but only if I knew I was going to use it all the time because they don't seem to last very long.


From now on I'm going to be better about getting more use out of the products I have. I've fallen into the habit of just using the same few products, but I have a lot of other beautiful products sitting in my drawers that deserve to be used too. Maybe I'll 'shop my stash' each month and choose a couple of things to incorporate into my daily routine!

Do you like to have a make up spring clean every so often? 



  1. Not cool about the dried up mascara! But I'll have a look out for the Australis lip gloss next time I'm in Priceline xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  2. I have a huge love for Lipcote, such a shame that you're not a fan, but definitely something I've heard before!

    And totally agree about the Lord & Berry mascara - couldn't believe how dry it was. Back to the drawing board for them, I think!

    Becks xo

  3. I definitely do like to have a bit of a spring clean - sometimes I rediscover products that I used to really love and then realise I'll actually get some use out of them! It can be fun to find things that way rather than always buying the latest thing :) Although sometimes I find random things and think 'Why on earth did I buy this?' Hehe. xxx

  4. The blue in that quad is so pretty -Hanna Lei

  5. Barry M Lipglosses are great! I have the Collection eyeliner the wand is so annoying!


  6. Such a shame about the dried up mascara, it'd put me off too! The Collection eyeliner is lovely so if you do ever go through a liquid liner phase I'd recommend it :) xx

  7. I seem to spend half my life throwing out lipglosses, I don't even know where they all come from but I so rarely wear lipgloss that there's not much point me keeping them! The eyeshadow quad looks so pretty, I don't think I'd be able to part with it haha.

    Jess xo

    1. Hehe it's found its way back into my collection! xo

  8. Great post! There's definitely a few things in my collection I need to throw out...it's hard to part with them though!!


    1. It's good once you've done it though! xo

  9. Good clearing out! Can definitely understand your reasoning:)
    Erin x
    Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  10. I don't often wear lipgloss & so end up passing most of those on to my cousin & she loves them

  11. I think my stash also needs some clearing out. I find it so difficult to let go of things, even if I know bacterias have been multiplying in that year-old tub of dry mascara!

  12. I Love Nars products in general but haven't yet tried any of their glosses - that's next on my list! The colours do look lovely though.
    The maybelline colour sensational lipstick could work really well mixed with a gloss or lip tint to give it more of a sheen and lighten the colour!

    I also hate it when a lipgloss gets everywhere but it's so tempting to keep things when you love the colour and formula!! :)

    Layla xx


  13. I have a tube of lipcote somewhere but never used it. I just don't have time for that!

  14. so good of you to have a clear out, i'm so bad for hoarding makeup i dont use! maybe next year...
    really want to try lipcote, but can't find it anywhere in ireland! i'm the worst for not reapplying lip products.,

    1. From what I've heard it's a bit of a love/hate thing! Xo

  15. I need to do something with my makeup products too, especially lipstick xx

  16. Wow. That Maybelline Lipstick looks so dark... I'd wonder what it looks like on me!

    7% Solution

  17. I need a clearing out too, thanks for reminding me! :D

    love the photos btw, with the pretty bokeh in the background ♥

  18. That Barry M gloss looks gorgeous!
    Gold Dust

  19. Those Nars mini lip glosses are totally super adorable! I have a capsule collection, only the utmost of necessities...which is why I rarely find myself spring cleaning my stash...and also why I love love love reading beauty blogs to find out what is my next purchase!

  20. I definitely need to do a spring clean. I think I have products in my stash form over ten years ago... I'm a hoarder! I really like the sound of the make up remover pen. I have ruined many a face of makeup by going wrong, and then making things worse by trying to correct it! xx

    1. Could be a good one to try but I think some bioderma on a cotton bud would do the same thing! xo

  21. Loving your spring cleaning posts Jennie! I think I need to do this as well. <3


  22. I am trying to do a bit of a beauty challenge this year, only buying new what i have used ALL off. my stash of shower gels was getting out of hand and who really needs 5 mascaras on the go?

    these photos are also seriously amazing <3

    Daisy Gin x

  23. This is such a good idea! I feel like I need to do this when I'm home from uni for Easter. I used to love the Barry M lip glosses too, I might have to buy another!

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  24. You are so good Jennie, I'm rubbish at sorting my make-up (I've got about a decade worth of make-up stored away in little compartment bags, how awful is that?!) I keep vowing to make an effort and then... yeah, nothing gets done! Desperate to change that in the near future!

    I definitely agree with you about NARS lip glosses, I think with brands such as Revlon, Rimmel et al raising their game so much, the more expensive brands definitely need to keep up standards! Such a shame about the Art Deco packaging that leaks, especially as it's such a cute rose colour! Let's hope you can find a nice replacement :)

    Sophie <3


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