Friday, November 23, 2012

The Clean Out: Not-Empties


Goodbye, little ones! Unfortunately you won't be missed. I decided another clean out was due, and found this one was a lot easier, mostly because I've been making 'investment purchases' and haven't bought anything out of irrational 'it's cheap!' reasoning for a long while. The ones that found their way to the bin are mostly cheapie impulse buys, back when my standards were lower and I was less informed. Needless to say, that didn't last long once I discovered the virtues of products that were slightly more expensive but worth so much more. 

Some coloured eyeliners and a liquid eyeliner pen were the first to go, as I rarely wear eyeliner, much less green or blue variants. The eyeliner pen was lacking- less inky than I'd like, not at all water-resistant and the nib wasn't rigid enough imo. The Stay Natural concealer wasn't too bad, but shortly after that I bought some liquid foundations and the Laura Mercier Undercover concealer, making it more or less redundant. I'd forgotten all about the Smokey Eyes brush, but pulled it out when I was reorganising. The bristles aren't dense or long enough for proper blending, and it has the tendency to lose a few hairs now and then. Into the bin it goes. 
The Essence Stay All Day long lasting cream eyeshadow in Glammy Goes To... was something I'd bought after reading Tiffany's high praise for it, but after a couple of uses I grew to dislike its texture. It was difficult to blend smoothly, which is kind of important for the glitterbomb it is. I really liked the colour, as I let L'Oreal Infallible Sahara Treasure get away and Glammy Goes To... is supposedly a dupe for Sahara Treasure's vintage gold. 
The top coat was a let down though Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri has since replaced it in my collection and I could not be happier with it. The eyeshadow quad is on its way out because I never used anything but the matte cream highlight shadow in the Quattro eyeshadow quad and unsuccessfully tried to depot the singular white shade (the glue on those pans is really stubborn!) and although a very generous sample (15mL, when most foundations are 30mL full-sized) Revlon Colorstay was way too heavy for me, the colour match was off and the acrylic paint smell wasn't something I could get used to as it didn't dissipate. 
The concealer, once labelled Rimmel Hydrasense, was decent while it lasted but I think it's way past its use-by date (ew!). Lastly, the BYS white nail polish with a striper brush for nail art was something that served me very well- silver glitter French manicures for all three formals in my senior year of high school would not have been possible without this little guy. 
Cleaning out is oddly refreshing. Now to start hitting pan on some of those blushers! :p

Cue picture of organised makeup storage, now free of pesky unused/unusable products. *breathes sigh of relief*


16 comments:

  1. Cleaning out is so therapeutic! Definitely have to do it with all of my exam notes now LOL. Soo many Essence cosmetics binned; some things from there I do not rate! xx

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    1. Hahaha true that! I want to burn the whole year's notes- I'm so glad it's over. :) I heartily agree. xx

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  2. I definitely should clean out my collection, I have disgusting mascaras in there from a few years ago :P

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    1. Definitely throw those out then! I was hanging onto an Estee Lauder mascara because the packaging was so luxe but finally threw it out a couple of months ago. :)

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  3. I have the same issue with eyeliners; I rarely wear them but I have loads of colourful ones, I guess its time to say goodbye to them x

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    1. I bought those before getting into blogs- I didn't realise the value of those boring neutral colours! :p

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  4. You've inspired me to clean out some of my make up! Great post :)

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  5. This makes me want to do a clean out of my makeup too! I quite like Revlon ColourStay foundation though as I find it does have good coverage. Thanks for sharing and your makeup looks so organised :D

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    1. It's good fun! I think the only way I could use Revlon ColourStay would be if I used a sponge, the way missglamorazzi does! Aw, thanks! :)

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  6. Great post! I'm such a hoarder that it pains me to throw anything out unless it's completely unusable, but this post is definitely pushing me towards the right direction.

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    1. I used to be just like that! But once you've reached a certain point you generally slow down and start clearing stuff out. :) I'll have a look! x

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  7. Lol your collection is so modest compared to mine it makes m weep :p It's great to have a clean out now and then, it's like a purging activity. I am definitely overdue for one, though I hate to think how much stuff I should throw out :S The thing is I don't really hate them, I just have superior products that do the same thing, so I'd never reach for the cheaper/inferior products when I could choose something that works better. Does that mean you've warmed up to Insta-Dri? :D

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    1. Hahaha pleaseeee post about your clean out when you get around to it! I feel that way about my Bourjois blushers! I wish I hadn't bought five of the things- the pigmentation is so bipolar. And you could say that- Insta-Dri has proven its worth! I haven't painted my nails in months though, because my nails were crying out for a break. Now they're annoyingly strong and grow way too fast for my lazy filing habits. :p

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  8. Glad to see you're clearing out! I dumped a bunch of cheaper things out that I've never reached for. I realized theres no point when its not worth keeping them! ^^

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