As it’s the second day of the month, it means it’s time for the products I’m passing along. This month we’re just rounding up products from April, and quite surprisingly, there is a lot.
If you’re in unfamiliar with this series: I like to round up each month (if there’s enough products) the items from my cosmetics collection that didn’t quite meet my personal standards, but are in good enough condition that they can find a new home. Typically, I pass these to my mum so she can have a chance to experiment with makeup, without the pressure of spending money. This opens up the products I can pass on a lot as there are some makeup items I’m prepared to share with my mum, that I wouldn’t be comfortable passing along to other people. I make sure these are clean and appropriate to pass along as well, and if I suspect they’re not safe, these end up featured in my empties posts instead.
The goal of this series is to not only de-clutter my collection to a manageable and reasonable state, but also reduce waste by trying to find new homes for products that doesn’t agree with me for whatever reason. I will talk about my reasons as we go along, so let’s jump in!
Starting with skincare, the first is a facial oil. This is the Global Beauty Care Vitamin C Facial Oil, which I’m passing along because I had two facial oils on the go, and I preferred the other one more. I have Global Beauty Care Retinol Facial Oil on my vanity instead, which I’m currently testing out. Realistically speaking, I won’t finish both facial oils, so I want to pass this along as it’s already been opened.
The B. Glowing Booster sat in my desk’s drawer for a little while, but it’s mostly been left ignored. I really like the concept of having an ampoule style product within reach whenever I need it, but I think I should have picked up the B. Hydrated Booster instead. The two products perform the same function, but the major difference is the Glowing Booster has a shimmery-infused formula, while the Hydrated Booster is clear. I’m not a fan of shimmer in most of my makeup, and in skincare it’s something I especially feel motivated to avoid. I didn’t realise when I purchased this product that it had this shimmery texture, and while it’s not super noticeable on the skin, it is something about it that makes me self-conscious. Because I ignore it as much as I do, it’s time to pass it along.
A hand cream I’m passing along is the Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic-Rich Hydrator. I wrote a first impression on this product, although a quick summary is that I found the lemon-y scent too strong for my nose. It’s okay as a hand cream, but my skin is also slightly too sensitive to it. My mum doesn’t have quite as sensitive skin as I do so it might work better for her.
Thanks to my motivation to use up my Essence of Beauty Lilies & Freesia Fragrance Mist, I impulsively looked through my other fragrances to test which ones were expired, or whether my nose still agreed with them. I found that three of my fragrances no longer suit my tastes, and I plan to give these to my younger sister to see if she likes them. She’s in her early teens and beginning to experiment a bit with nail polishes, makeup, etc, so I think this is a good chance for her to experiment with fragrances, as these are all still good.
The first is the Zoella Blissful Mistful, which is a fresh spring-time scent with a floral tone. It’s quite light-weight but not quite the right fit for me anymore. And since Zoella’s market does fit a young audience, this is one of her products that I think could fit my sister.
A scent I used to adore was The Body Shop Strawberry Eau de Toilette. I’ve owned the larger bottle of the mist in the past, and I simply adore the scent of strawberries (and taste…). However, I gave this a sniff recently and it just smells too artificial to me now and doesn’t give me the same feeling of excitement that it used to.
The last fragrance is The Body Shop Amazonian Wild Lily Eau de Toilette in the 10ml bottle. I like these smaller bottles for giving scents a trial period before committing to the bigger bottles. I have two other scents in this size that I really enjoy, but something about this one just doesn’t capture me anymore.
Moving to the makeup categories now, I’m going to start with some cushion foundations. I bought the Laneige BB Cushion off eBay a few years ago, and I wrote a first impression on some sample cushions I picked up on my blog a while ago. This is the Pore Control version, and sadly as much as I wanted this product to work for me, it doesn’t match my very pale skin. I do think this might match my mum’s skin tone though. This specific shade is ‘No. 13 True Beige‘. I tested this out using the remaining foundation from the first cushion, but I swapped out the cushions to the refill and put one of my fresh sponge applicators in there for hygiene reasons. So mum can try this as if it’s brand new.
Another cushion I was eager to try was L’OREAL’s Nude Magique Cushion Dewy Glow Foundation. For reasons I don’t know, this doesn’t have a shade name on it, but knowing myself, I picked up the lightest shade. Sadly this didn’t match my skin tone either, although I was surprised by how much I liked the dewy finish. While it might sound counter-intuitive, powdering down my T-zone really made the dewy finish work even on my oily skin by letting me control exactly where the dewiness showed through on my face. I replaced the sponge applicator in this one as well with one of my backups to keep the product hygienic.
Having had to de-clutter two non-cruelty-free cushions in short succession, this led to pulling out The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation SPF 25 PA ++. I picked up the shade ‘Fuji Peony 01‘, which is the lightest shade, and even this was too dark for my skin tone. It gave a very obvious orange appearance on my face, which was really disappointing. I replaced the sponge applicator for this cushion as well with one of my backups, so mum may notice a consistency in the puff.
After putting the Benefit Porefessional primer in as unmentioned extra in my pre-move project pan, I encouraged myself to test a couple of other primers that were stashed away or already in my collection. I typically forget to use primers so some of these have been sat ignored for a long time.
One I tested out briefly is the Benefit “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer, which I bought years back in university during a Christmas Boots offer. I tested this on my cheeks and while it’s a nice enough brightening primer, the sheen it puts on my cheeks isn’t my cup of tea.
Another that was stored away in my stash is the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur in ‘Cool Rose‘. This is a much-loved product in the beauty community, but for me it just isn’t necessary in my routine. I typically go for pore-blurring or mattifying primers to combat my two major skin concerns, and while I like to experiment with other primers from time to time, ultimately this isn’t what I need.
An eye primer I’ve had lurking in my makeup storage for years now is the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which is another much-loved product in the beauty community. This isn’t a bad product by any means, but I do find it adds friction to my eyelids when applying eye products on top that just doesn’t mesh well with me. I prefer my GOSH 3in1 Hybrid Eyes as an eyeshadow base instead. This is big statement for me to make as a drugstore/high street brand is beating out a more luxury brand.
I was a little bit experimental with blushes in April. I finally put the Sleek Sweet Cheeks Gel Blushes to the test. I tested the shade ‘Hullabaloo‘ on my cheeks, which is a coraly-pink. It’s a gorgeous shade, but the shade is far too pigmented for my very pale skin tone. A shade I didn’t open is called ‘Tomfoolery‘ which is deep plum, which I didn’t bother trying after experimenting with ‘Hullabaloo‘.
I also gave Maybelline’s Face Studio Blush in ‘40 Pink Amber‘ a try, after pulling it out from my stash. The colour itself is a gorgeous ‘barely-there’ shade, but the shimmer throughout just doesn’t look flattering on me. It’s quite disappointing as well as I love to have a couple of ‘barely-there’ shades on hand for those minimal makeup looks.
Moving to eyeshadow quads and trios, the first is a limited edition The Body Shop Dolly Pastels palette. This was released during the Christmas period, and this is one that’s completely unopened. I de-potted some of the shades from the blue-themed palette, but this is one where I have enough of the shades I’d like from it that I’d rather pass this one along in its entirety.
A palette I did test out after pulling it out of my stash is the Revlon Colorstay quad in ‘515 Adventurous‘. There’s nothing really wrong with this quad, but half of these shades are ones I can find elsewhere in my collection. I love the green and off-white shade, but I can pick up similar shades in single eyeshadows if I want them badly enough.
One that took some brooding to eventually decide on, is the Dolly Wink Koji Eyeshadow in ‘01 Brown‘. This is a product I picked up in my early days of makeup from eBay and the first Japanese makeup I ever bought. This is a gorgeous quad, but it’s very warm-toned and intimidating for me. They’re beautiful and pigmented, but I always shy away from it.
Another quad I tested briefly is the GOSH Eyelight Trio in ‘001 Three Of A Kind‘. This consists of three shimmery shades, all very spring-time appropriate, in my opinion. This isn’t a trio I could make an entire eye look out of, and sadly the only shade I really liked is the shimmery white at the top. It’s a beautiful inner corner highlight shade for me, but the other two shades don’t look quite right on my eyelids. I have the trio called ‘002 Fairytale’ in my makeup storage at the moment to test out, which I featured in my go-to eyeshadows for spring and summer post. This one has a bright pink and a soft lilac shade, with a pinky-white shade to use as an inner corner highlight, and I find it’s more flexible for my tastes than the one photographed above.
Moving to single eyeshadows, I have two from the brand 17/Seventeen that I’m passing along. These are the shades ‘Statuesque‘ and ‘Funfair‘ respectively. I talk about a newer version of the shade ‘Statuesque‘ in my empties post yesterday, which hard-panned or expired (I wasn’t confident which it was and played it safe), but this older packaging is still in good shape. It’s a bit finicky for me to make work as the shimmers can look a bit chunky on my eyelids. ‘Funfair‘ is a gorgeous pink shade, but the golden shift doesn’t look right on my neutral-cool undertone.
I’m passing along one of my NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow singles in the shade ‘Blame It On Midnight‘. I have three of the other shades from this line actively in my collection at the moment that I like, but the shade above is just too warm for my skin. It has the potential to be a gorgeous crease shade, but on my skin tone it just looks orangey like poorly matched foundation.
The Revolution Mono Shadow in ‘Hung Up‘ is one I initially bought two of, but I’ve decided I don’t need both of. It’s a gorgeous product that I had a version to use as an eyeshadow, and one for contouring, but I’ve realised that it takes me so long to work through one product that having two is excessive. So I’d rather pass along one of them to a new home to be fully appreciated.
I’m passing along a single mascara this time around: the L’OREAL Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara in the shade ‘Black‘. This is one that sat stored away for at least a year or so, and I currently have the purple shade on the go to test out. So far the purple shade hasn’t been flaky so I wanted to pass this sealed black shade to mum to try as she struggles with flaky mascara as well.
In a spur of the moment during April, I tested out the NYC Liquid Lip Stain in the shade ‘Perpetually Mauve’ and sadly it’s too watery to apply in a consistent, opaque layer. I tried the shade that was potentially spring-summer appropriate for my tastes, so I didn’t open the other shade, which is called ‘Unforgettable Fuchsia‘. I didn’t bother opening this shade as it’s a more wintry shade for me, and if mum does decide to try this shade, I’d rather let her open it at her own pace.
This concludes all of the products I am passing along from the month of April. Quite the ‘haul’ isn’t it? I keep expecting this collections to get smaller and smaller as time goes on, but I keep surprising myself! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.