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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Capsule Collection: Parting with some products.

Somehow along the way I have managed to accumulate nine A4 sized drawers packed full of make up. This in itself isn't necessarily a bad thing, I mean, I do love having a good look through every so often and pulling out something I had forgotten I owned. But I'm not a make up artist & I don't think I'm a real beauty blogger because there are so many others doing a way better job at talking about products that I ever could in a million years. There are many days where I don't wear any make up at all, not a scrap, because it seems like a waste when I'm just wading through literature notes and trying not to have a breakdown or dancing around the living room, with a very scared looking little Ralphie in my arms, to my favourite songs. What is my life?

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!


With the help of a few acrylic lipstick holders & parting with these products I've cleared enough drawer space to fit in my nail polishes and some skincare. Not bad as a starting point, but there's so much more in there that I don't use and could part with. Hopefully one day I'll be able to fit all my make up and face skincare into two make up bags, that's the aim. But I'm not sure how likely that is. Time will tell!

Have you tried any of these products? 
What did you think of them? 



  1. That Max Factor mascara was one of the first mascaras I ever used and was in love with it!! I definitely thought it got discontinued though, I'm officially on the hunt for this now! xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  2. I loved this post, Jennie! I'm constantly culling my stash, and woah is it fun! x

  3. I've gotten so picky about my makeup and skincare too! I used to have shelves of makeup, but I also got super picky and my skin got super fussy. I went and did a big cleanout and it was embaaaaarrassing how many things were expired or just....so not my color anymore.

    I think a big cleanout/organization is always good. Hopefully one day you'll be able to fit everything in little makeup bags! : )

  4. I'd never be able to have this good a clear out of my makeup, I'm just too much of a hoarder!
    Megan x

  5. I had Benefit's They're Real mascara and LOVED it I was so sad when I ran out as it's way to pricey for me to buy! I'm trying out Lancome Hypnose (the original) at the moment and so far I'm with you, it's just not as amazing as I thought and I actually prefer my Collection mascara! I threw out a lot of old lipsticks the other day, I tend to keep things as I think I'll change my mind about them but this never happens. Xx

    A Blonde Moment

  6. i definitely need to do this too - i have so many bits and pieces that i will never use again! as you say, it's good to be picky with what you choose to buy and save for quality items too. x

  7. Oh man, I love They're Real, I can just never get it off...!

  8. There is definitely something very therapeutic about having a good ol' clearout, looks like you've done good here Jennie!
    I'm not a fan of They're Real!, either, I've nearly finished my little tube and I'm so glad haha!

    Jess xo

  9. At least your makeup is organised into nice, tidy drawers! I tend to buy very little makeup these days and will only try something new if I really love the look of it :) xxx

  10. I love falsies - it is my go-to mascara!
    I seriously need to sort through pretty much everything I own (not just make up!)
    Rachael at rachaelisnotwowzie.blogspot.co.uk

  11. Oh I think I need to detox my beauty drawers as well! Completely agree about the Benefit They're Real - I just couldn't see the fuss.

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

  12. Feel like I need to do one of these clear outs myself, it's funny how you loose track of just how much make up you accumulate, especially sample products, I think I have dozens of those! Personally have a horrendously unorganised drawer I have to root through every morning to go through my usual morning make-up routine =S Xx

    1. They really do accumulate so quickly! xo

  13. I'm so glad that I wasn't the only one underwhelmed by They're Real! It just... didn't do anything for my lashes, and flaked/smudged a bit, something that never happens with my lashes. I kept using it, hoping that it might start working, but I would never repurchase.

    1. It smudged a lot on me too, not good! ox

  14. I've wanted to try that Illamasqua primer for ever, but the price is getting a bit crazy, so may have to find an alternative!

    - Grace's Beauty Space xxx

    1. I can't believe how pricey it is now compared to a few years ago! Xo

  15. I'm probably the worst beauty blogger in the world as I have barely any makeup! I find that if I have more than two of anything then it just feels like it clogs up my makeup bag and then I also have to make the decision of what to wear in the morning. It's good that you've having a sort out!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  16. I'm so bad at hoarding makeup, I think I'll be following by your example Jennie! <3


    1. It's really fun to go through everything! xo

  17. I still need to try Falsies. I've been saying this ever since I've seen it all over the blog-o-sphere. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  18. I recently cleared out my makeup stash and I was shocked to find so many items that I had purchased and never used. It's always good to have a sort out. :)


  19. I love the collection concealer, it's so cheap but so good, been using it for years!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  20. I need to go through things properly to reduce my stash. I would love to be able to only have a couple of drawers but it's all so pretty!

  21. I'm the exactly opposite of you with they're real! I love it sooo much. Just goes to show one thing wont suit everybody.

  22. Loved this post Jenny, you inspired me a few months ago to pass on quite a few things I wasn't using & like you I often don't wear makeup (a plus of working from home). There are still quite a few products I need to sort out. Your new capsule makeup collection looks very organised x

  23. Amazing post. I so need to organize my make-up as well!

  24. I do this thing where I get ALL my makeup out - I throw out whatever is old + anything that is fine but I don't use more than once every few months I put on a table in the living room or somewhere + I call my female family members through for a 'beauty market' hahaha. And then they just pick out whatever they want (usually everything because my sisters never buy makeup, they just wait for me to get rid of stuff!). I used to own SO many red, pink, coral, orange lipsticks but now I literally have less than 15 lipsticks which mostly consist of nudes that I actually wear. I love not having a massive excess of makeup - clear outs are good the soul ;)

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

    1. Haha ahh that sounds so fun! They definitely are good for the soul! <3 xo

  25. I find these posts so useful: we load ourselves with products without thinking much about it and we end up use a third of them, half if we're really good!
    About the products you decided to gave away, one thing I always do with mascaras is cleaning up brushes I liked and keeping them. I use them either as an eyebrow spoolie or to remove clumps of mascara from my lashes.

  26. You're so fantastic and motivational doing such a worthy sort out Jennie, I really need to go this one day! ;)
    Shamefully I think I've actually got products stored right away from as long as 10 or so years ago, how awful is that?!

    I love Revlon lipsticks, and Pink Pout sounds gorgeous <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  27. I'm now excited to try these seventeen concealers now because i also swore by natural collection and boing, eek! I also agree with you on the benefit mascara, it just doesn't do my lashes any favours at all.
    lots of love | jennifer's journal ♥

    1. Definitely one of those things that didn't live up to the hype! xo

  28. This is such a fabulous idea! I definitely need to go through my stash and makes some adjustments! I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds sitting down and putting on makeup relaxing!


    1. There's something about the routine of it I think! ox


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