Happy Monday, today we’re kicking off the new week with a post I had planned to post last week, but held myself back from. We’re looking at a few months worth of products this time around, so I used last week to check that everything I had put aside was definitely still in good condition to pass along. I’m relieved that I did as some had expired.
Now that I’ve looked through this little basket, I’d like to share what I’m passing along from my cosmetics collection and plan to find a new home for.
Starting with skincare, a product I tried out is The Body Shop British Rose Petal-Soft Gel Toner. I was enjoying this while it was still fairly wintry, but now the weather has really warmed up, I don’t find this works for me anymore. I want to pass this along as I needed a different toner to treat my oily-sensitive skin in the heat and humidity.
I recently finished up my favourite eye cream, and instead of pulling out my backup, I decided it would be a good idea to try a couple of other products I had stored in my Alex drawers. So I tested out the Benton Fermentation Eye Cream in the travel size. I picked this up in a previous YesStyle haul, and decided to try this out as a night time eye cream. This seemed nice to swatch but it wasn’t rich enough for eye area’s needs. My eye area has very suddenly become dry and sensitive, so I’m trying slightly thicker and richer eye creams to try and nourish my uncomfortable skin. It’s a shame to pass it on so quickly as I was really excited to try a Benton product. But I’ll look at other skincare products in the future.
Moving to brushes, I’m moving 3 out of my collection. The first is from The Body Shop, and is the Eyeshadow Brush. I picked this up to be a partner to the Eco Tools Bamboo Eyeshadow Brush in my collection, but I reach for the Eco Tools one almost exclusively. The Body Shop alternative doesn’t pick up pigment as consistently which is the major reason I don’t reach for it. However, when I did use it, I enjoyed the slightly smaller brush head for more precise placement of colour.
I don’t remember where I bought this foundation brush from, but I had picked it up years ago after taking advice from someone on YouTube to use them for applying mud masks. This brush has never been used. I either use my fingers to put mud masks on my skin, or I use a spatula that lives in my bathroom instead. So it’s pointless for me to keep holding on to this brush.
The last brush is from the Primark Eye & Eyebrow Brush Set, and is specifically the 242 Angled Liner & Brow Brush. I did enjoy this for a while for putting brow powder through my brows, but I’ve started to like using a much thinner and more precise liner brush instead. The brush head is way too thick to use for eyeliner for me, so I haven’t reached for this brush in a long time. I’m trying to keep my brush collection fairly concise, so I decided it was time to pass this along.
As far as eyeshadows go, I’m doing a fairly good job at curating on the products or colours I really like. But I did find a few that weren’t quite to my personal set of standards. The first is the I Heart Revolution Rose Gold Mini Eyeshadow Palette. This has been sat in my acrylic drawers for a while and I didn’t grab for it, but I did try this out a handful of times fairly recently. I really loved the matte shades in this palette, but the shimmery shades were really underwhelming. With palettes, I’m really being strict with myself where, if I don’t like enough of a palette’s selection I won’t let myself hold onto it. This was the case with this palette: where I loved the matte shades, but there were enough shimmery shades that I knew I didn’t like that I decided to just pass this along. The matte shades, as lovely as they were, weren’t super unique, so I knew I could find an alternative shadow elsewhere in my collection, or find a different palette that I would use every shadow from.
I have a small collection of single eyeshadows, and decided to pass along The Body Shop Colour Crush Eyeshadow in ‘Coconuts About You‘. The shade itself is absolutely gorgeous, and funny to me as I adore the Colourpop Going Coconuts palette. However, the eyeshadow itself doesn’t have quite enough pigmentation to really provide the depth I’m looking for. My mum doesn’t wear a lot of eyeshadow, but I think this would be an approachable colour and pigmentation for her for special occasions.
Several years ago I bought approximately 5 of the NYX Nude Matte Single Eyeshadows off of eBay, as NYX wasn’t accessible in person for me at the time. I admit, I forget to use the remaining shades in my collection a lot of the time, but I did try out the shade ‘Maybe Later‘ recently, and found it wasn’t very complimentary on me. In the pan, it’s a gorgeous warm tan shade, but it pulls almost greeny-undertoned on me and doesn’t look good on me at all. I suspect it’s because I have a neutral-cool undertone so it’s just not quite meshing with it very well.
There are a couple of eyeliners I’m passing along as well. Normally I just throw these away, but these are barely used so I’ll let my mum decide if she wants to use them or not. The first is the Revolution Renaissance Flick Intense Longwear Black Felt Eyeliner, which is a black liner. This is one I picked up after seeing on YouTube that a lot of the influencers I watch enjoy it. The colour is decent, but the felt liner was really abrasive on my eyelids, so I stopped using it immediately.
The other liner I’m passing along is E.L.F. Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in the shade ‘Black‘. I didn’t find this lasted on my oily eyelids very well at all, never mind whether it was waterproof or not. I’m happier now just using black eyeshadow to create a subtle black liner look.
The only brow product I’m passing along is the Collection Incredibrow Tinted Brow Mascara in the shade ‘Dark Brunette‘. I really liked the colour of this brow gel, as it was a pretty good match for my dark brown, almost-black hair. But the wand itself was way too thick and made placing the pigment very inconsistent and messy.
One blush I’m passing along is the NYX Blush in ‘Peach‘. I adore the shade, but it is very pigmented, which on my pale skin can very easily look clownish. I can make this work, but for the amount of effort, I don’t find it’s worth it. I have other blushes in my collection that provide a similar effect on my cheeks for much less stress.
Finally, the only lip product I’m moving out of my collection is the No7 Moisture Drench Lipstick in the shade ‘210 Berry Shine‘. The moisture drench lipsticks are one of my favourite lipstick formulas, and several shades live in my collection. The shade photographed above is much cooler toned than I could capture, and sadly is too lilac-based for my skin tone. I do love how luxurious this feels on my lips, and cherish the shades I do like.
This concludes all of the products from February to May that I’m passing along. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you’re staying healthy and happy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.