Happy Friday and hello to March! As it’s the first day of the month, that means it’s time to share the empties of the previous month, which for me is a mixture of products I’ve fully used up, and some that aren’t ’empty’ but are ready to leave my collection but aren’t in a condition where I could comfortably pass them along to someone else so they’d go to a more loving home.
I’m going to kick this month’s post off with the products that are leaving my collection but aren’t quite ’empty. The first is a perfume I was attempting to use up some, which is the Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style perfume in Music. This has been in my life for several years, as it was a gift given to me by my stepdad back in my mid-late teens. It has a feminine musky scent that I really enjoyed using during the autumn and winter, but in the past month it feels like the scent has shifted a little, which makes me think it’s time to let it go. If it still smelled as it should, I would use it up as I’m halfway through the bottle. I expected to use more of it, but the stylistic Harajuku doll, as beautiful as it is, makes it very awkward to travel with and I can’t just take in my bag throughout the day, so it’s spent years only being used on rare occasions, when it deserved to be loved more.
Moving to the only skincare product I’ve been unhappy with throughout February, is The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence, in the older packaging. I grabbed this out of my stash after finishing up another product I’m going to talk about later, and found the formula was either a dud, or it had gone off in spite of keeping it stored safely and unopened. Instead of being a cream-gel as the front of the packaging describes, it was extremely runny. I used this on my eyes for two nights, and both nights my skin felt tight and irritated, which meant this had to go.
The first two makeup products that I’m throwing out are blushes, which I’ve owned for so long now that it’s simply time to move on. The first is the Limited Collection Blusher in the shade ‘Apricot‘. I reviewed this product back in 2015. The packaging doesn’t have an icon to say how long it should last, but after a few years I have noticed it doesn’t perform quite like it used to.
The second blush I’m throwing out, is the Essence Silky Touch Blush in the shade ‘10 Adorable‘. This is another product that featured in my Makeup Look: Subtle Autumnal post which I posted back in 2015, so it’s past the 24 month shelf life. It’s a really pretty shade, and one I’ve loved quite dearly, but it’s also not performing quite like it used to. I’d definitely consider repurchasing this shade if I didn’t have so many blushes stashed away as it is, so if you’re looking for a really pretty, soft blush, this is one to consider.
Moving to eye product, the first is a product that I previously used as an eyeshadow base and a ‘concealer’ of sorts for my eyelids. It’s the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Creamy Mattes in the shade ‘Creme de Rose 91‘. While it’s not a shade match by any means for my eyes, it works as a great eyeshadow base for a lot of my makeup and neutralises the veins under my eyelids enough that I use it to do both jobs anyway. I particularly liked this shade compared to others I owned before because it was matte. I was working to use up as much of this product as possible since I knew it would eventually go off, and I wanted to introduce cruelty-free replacements when it was done. In the past couple of weeks, I started to notice the formula become a bit gritty and not sit as nicely on my eyelids, so I decided it was time to pass it on.
Another eyeshadow I’ve decided to throw it is the Seventeen 17 Eyes single eyeshadow in the shade ‘Darkness‘. Seventeen as a brand is no longer around although it was previously sold in-store at Boots, and I kept this specific eyeshadow around longer than my gut instinct told me to because I wanted a black eyeshadow at hand. However it has sparkles in it, which I’m not a fan of, and it didn’t perform as nicely to set my eyeliners as I typically like because the sparkles made the liner underneath look weird. The shadow itself isn’t bad, but I prefer my darker eyeshadows to be matte, and I found a matte black eyeshadow in a palette I’ve been using recently, so I decided it was time to let this one go. I considered passing it along, but when I think about how long the brand’s been gone and that this wasn’t a recent purchase by any means, I think it’s been so long that it’s better to let it go.
A product I’m quite upset to be getting rid of, is the Holika Holika Magic Pole Eyeliner 2x in the shade ‘02 Brown‘. I purchased this during my trip to Canada, which I hauled here. I was really excited to start using this eyeliner and fall in love with it, but it didn’t live up to my expectations at all. While it was fairly pigmented, it applied quite patchy on my eyelids, and the liner applicator itself was really scratchy on my eyelids. My initial reaction after being so upset was to just toss this, but as I do have the original packaging, I might pass this on instead. I’m leaving this product in this post anyway, as I’m going to message my mum and let her decide ahead of time. While I had some gripes with this product, it was very long-wearing and mostly waterproof, so maybe mum will enjoy this product where I didn’t, but I’m also aware she doesn’t wear eyeliner often, so I don’t want to just dump it on her.
Now that we’re transitioning from winter into spring, my lipstick shades of choice was one of the areas I really wanted to evaluate. I typically only have one or two shades of blush, eyeliner, etc on the go, but lip products are where I’m more open to choice as it’s the area of my makeup I’m more varied with. So it was time to see which products are still in good condition and which shades it’s time to move on from.
The first product is the L’OREAL Color Riche Lipstick in the shade ‘376 Cassis Passion’. I really adore this shade as it’s a deep burgundy lipstick that can be both a bold intense lip colour, but I can also blend it out to achieve a gradient lip which I love to do. However, I’ve owned this specific lipstick for quite a while, so now that I’ve given myself one more autumn and winter seasons to wear this some more, I know it won’t be in good condition by the time autumn rolls around again. L’OREAL isn’t cruelty-free so I won’t be repurchasing this lipstick until that changes, but if/when that happens, I will definitely look at this shade and the line overall again, as I do like it. I think I’d benefit more from looking at less intimidating shades as that’s the major reason I didn’t wear this lipstick more.
Two lip products I quite liked are the MUA Sweet Sheen Lip Balm, in the shades ‘Cherry Bomb‘ and ‘Coral Reef‘ respectively. Both of these shades I quite liked, but both of them are getting to a point where it’s not performing as well as it used to. Sadly, they don’t seem to be retailed anymore, and MUA’s online store seems to be out of stock as well. If they did bring these backs I’d look at these again, particularly ‘Cherry Bomb‘ for the autumn and winter time, as they’re great tinted lip balms to keep in your makeup bag to wear throughout the day if you want a lower maintenance lip product. If I went outside more often, I would have made a larger dent in both of these shades, so don’t let looks deceive you. I’m a bit of a hermit, but I reached for these most of the days I did go outside.
Moving to the first of my actual empties, I want to talk about sheet masks and samples. I recently posted my YesStyle Haul, which featured this Tony Moly Pureness 100 Pear Mask Sheet. I passed that free product along to my mum in the end, but it prompted me to pull out my existing duplicate from my sheet mask stash and use it. I hauled it back in my Canada haul, which you can check out if you’re curious, among other Korean sheet masks. I wore it yesterday during portion of the night to relax and take some proper down time, and it is a good sheet mask. While I won’t be buying any more Tony Moly products until they’re fully cruelty-free, I do want to use up my existing sheet masks, and I’ll disclose them as they appear on my blog.
Another product is a small sample is the Tony Moly Goat Milk Pure CC Cream SPF 30 PA++. I’m not 100% sure what the full name is, but as it’s “01” I assume it’s the lightest shade. Like a lot of tinted face products, it was slightly too dark for my skin, but with enough blending I could make it work. I’m still deciding if I want to pass along the other two samples along or not, but I’m assuming I received these with an eBay order a few years ago. The product itself blended over the skin fairly well, and while it had some thickness to it, it wasn’t so thick that it felt heavy or uncomfortable on my skin. I was able to layer this up in my attempt to use up as much of the sachet as possible and even then it didn’t feel heavy. I would consider it light-medium coverage, with more medium with a second layer. It has a slightly tacky feeling to the skin, but can be set with powder – I just noticed that when setting with a powder and my favourite brush, it did give resistance when blending the powder on my skin. I won’t be considering this product until Tony Moly are fully cruelty-free however, but I may keep notes on this product and shade for future reference.
Lastly, after The Body Shop Aloe Eye Defence turned up a quick dud on my skin, I was left with a gap in my eye creams and serums as it was the last back up I owned. For a couple of days I turned to my samples to get my skin by before I could buy a new eye cream, and the one I leaned on for a couple of nights was my sample of the Ioma Flash Youth Eye Contour Concentrate. I stretched this sample out over a couple of nights, and it was delightful to use over the skin. It has a gel-watery consistency that smoothes over the skin really easily, and a little went a long way – a policy I happily try to use with all products if I can. I’m not sure if the brand is cruelty-free, but for such an expensive brand (the full size of this product is £91.00… Ouch), it was fun at least to finally remember to use this little sample.
A makeup wipe I used up during February was the B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Wipes, which I used predominantly for spot-cleaning makeup brushes. I don’t use makeup wipes for removing makeup often, and avoid when I can, but these worked pretty well for cleaning my makeup brushes between uses. I’ve used these up before and featured them in my January Empties 2019 post, so I don’t really have anything new to add about this product.
I also used up the B. Radiant Eye Cream from the stage 2 line of their skincare range. I really liked this product and was actually a little sad to finish it. I’d definitely repurchase it at a later date, although I’m looking to try new products at the moment. I consider this reliable product I can buy again that I know won’t irritate my eyes and doesn’t over-hydrate my eyes either. While the tube was fairly small, it lasted for quite a while, so don’t let looks deceive you.
I’m throwing away two makeup brushes this time around, with the first being the E.L.F. Angled Eyeliner Brush. I really like this style of eyeliner brush as it’s really easy for me and my shaky hands to work with. It doesn’t require me to twist and hold my arm/wrist at an awkward angle to apply liner/set liner with a powder so it’s been a much loved brush in my collection. However over time the plastic guard for the brush has slowly caught and pulled the brush hairs out of place, because it’s too narrow for the hairs to consistently slip inside neatly. So it’s ruined the hairs and the consistency after long-term use, and it’s gotten to a point where it makes liner and powder apply outside of where I want it to. So I’ve replaced it with a new angled liner brush, although if E.L.F. update the plastic guard, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this brush.
The second brush I’m decluttering is an EcoTools brush from a travel set I bought a few years ago. The lettering on the handle has faded too much for me to give the specific name, but I used this to apply mattifying powder throughout the day. It’s a decent brush for what it is, but I prefer my EcoTools Kabuki Brush more. I’ve also noticed that no matter how much I spot-clean or do full cleaning sessions for this brush, there’s still excess product trapped in the hairs, so I don’t feel comfortable using it on my face anymore, or pass this on to someone else to use it either. It has seen at least a year or use however, so it’s been well-loved.
Lastly, we have two much loved makeup products. The first is The Body Shop Brow Definer, which I’ve reviewed and used up another full pencil previously. Having moved on to a new brow pencil to try out, I do find myself missing this pencil a lot. I’ve become quite used to this pencil having used two of them back to back, but I’m also enjoying trying out new products. I do plan to repurchase this at a future date, but there are a lot of brow pencils I’m eager to try in the meantime. I do suggest it to anyone who wants a simple and relatively fuss-free brow routine, especially if you find a shade that works well with your hair colour.
Another favourite of mine that I sorely miss is the GOSH Velvet Touch Waterproof Eyeliner, which I owned in the shade ‘Truly Brown‘. It’s a really nice eyeliner that’s relatively waterproof. It isn’t entirely sweat-proof or transfer-proof, but you can amp up the performance of this liner by setting it with a powder eyeshadow. I like to reach for a dark brown or black eyeshadow powder to do this even with liquid liners, mostly out of habit. I have reviewed this product previously if you’re interested in a more comprehensive idea of what I think of it. This is another product that I think of and know I can see myself repurchasing it someday. Right now I want to use liquid liners again, and work through one liner of a colour at a given time, so for now it’s one I’ll keep noted for a later date.
This concludes all of the products I used up or I’m decluttering from February. It’s been really inspiring and refreshing to see myself use up products, and it really helps me see which products I love, or which ones I like enough to make the most use out of them as possible. It also really shows which types of products I work through most and which ones I struggle to hit pan on.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I was going to do a Products I’m Passing On post for February, however I don’t think there’s enough there to really justify a full post, so I’m going to wait a bit longer and combine it with another month’s worth. So please don’t expect a post tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.