As it’s the second day of the month, it means it is time to talk about the products that, for reasons I’ll go into with each product, aren’t staying in my collection. These reasons can really vary, whether they’re a product that didn’t meet my expectations, didn’t work for me, I’ve been planning to keep around for a specific length of time, among other reasons.
So I’m going to talk about these in some detail, and you may recognise some of them from previous posts. Let’s just jump in then!
Starting with some skincare samples, these are two that I received in my YesStyle order, which I hauled in August. These were additions to my order that I couldn’t opt-out of, and as neither of these products are cruelty-free, I didn’t want to hold onto them.
The first is the Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel, which I knew I wouldn’t use, even if it were cruelty-free. I’m not a fan of lemon scented things for starters, it doesn’t agree with my nose sadly. I’m also not a huge fan of peeling gels, as they can be too abrasive on my oily-sensitive skin. I know my mum gets some enjoyment out of peeling gels though, so she may enjoy using it.
The second is a dual-sample of the Neogen Joan Day and Joan Night Vita Cream, which are day and night creams. I really like the concept of this product in its full size form, but I think this type of sample with both the day and night cream is perfect to give to mum for when she goes away for the weekend. My parents go to dog shows every now and then to meet with some of my extended family, so I think she’ll find this really handy because it won’t take up a lot of space.
This month we have a makeup brush. I don’t rotate brushes out of my routine very often, but I opened up Primark’s Eye & Eyebrow Brush Set, which had 3 brushes in it. The brush photographed above is the ‘241 Bent Precision Eyeliner Brush‘.
This is an okay brush, and if I didn’t have another like it, I’d be content to keep it in my collection. It’s not the most precise angled brush I’ve used, but it does do the job and I assume that with some time to ‘work’ it in, the brush would be quite good. But I already have the NYX Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush in my collection that I prefer a lot more.
I’m still testing out the other 2 brushes from this set, but this specific brush doesn’t really have a spot in my brush collection to fill. So I want to pass it along and see if my mum can make use of it.
Moving to complexion makeup, the first is the MUA Pro-Base Argan Plush Concealer, in the shade ‘Fair‘. I have published a post on this product, so you can get my in-depth thoughts there. For the most part, while I don’t think this is really a ‘concealer’ in that it’s too light coverage to perform as one, it was nice as an overall layer of product for the face. I’m passing this along because it’s too dark for my skin. My mum has a bit more colour to her complexion than me, so it might match her.
Next we have the E.L.F. All Over Color Stick, in the shade ‘Spotlight‘. I’m not sure if this is meant to be a concealer, a highlighter, so on, but it’s one I’ve tried out on my skin as a highlighter.
I used this most often by tapping my finger into the product, and then tap gently over the areas of my face that I wanted some luminosity. For me, that’s usually the highest parts of my cheekbones, up around to the tail of my brows and the brow bone, and whatever is left on my fingers, I’ll tap along the bridge of my nose.
It’s a very pretty shade that looks very natural and flattering on my skin. However, I find that the texture itself can be hit or miss for when it’s creamy enough or too rigid. When it’s creamy enough, this looks so subtle yet so transformative on my skin. When it’s too rigid, it clings to my skin in really unflattering ways, and it’s such a gamble which it is. So I want to pass this along in case it’s something mum wants to experiment with.
Two eyeshadows that may look familiar to you are from the Collection Work the Colour Nude Eyeshadow Palette. I de-potted these from the palette itself, and put it in my empty magnetic palette. These are the cooler undertone to the warmer shades you probably recognise, as one of those warmer shades are part of my current project pan.
One of the things I’ve learned from working through one shade from this palette, is that I burned out on the remaining shades. As lovely as these eyeshadows are, I no longer feel excitement for these remaining shades as I feel a sense of obligation to use them when I look at them. So I find myself wanting to look anywhere except at them, and they deserve to be used and loved.
Unlike their warmer counterparts, these still seem to be in good shape, and haven’t hard-panned, so I want to pass these along while there’s still life in them.
Now we have some lip products. The first is the MUA Luxe Unique Lip Gloss, which is designed to be a colour adapting lip gloss according to the pH of your lips. This was on sale at the time I bought it, and picked up on a whim. I typically don’t wear lip glosses, but I was intrigued, and for less than £2.00 while on-sale, I was happy with trying it.
I’m not sure if it’s just my pigmented lips, but this was nothing more than a clear lip gloss. And considering how little I paid for it, I don’t really mind that it was just clear. However, I didn’t enjoy wearing the gloss enough to keep it. I should have known better than to buy a lip gloss when I really don’t enjoy them.
I know mum likes to wear lip gloss from time to time, so I know she’ll at least give it a try.
Moving a non-cruelty-free product out of my collection, we have the L’OREAL Infallible Matte Max Lip Color, in the shade ‘004 Oops I Pink It Again‘. This is one of the shades I held onto because it was more approachable for me. While it is a gorgeous medium-pink shade, I still don’t have the confidence to wear this outside.
I’m slowly becoming more cutthroat about what I keep in my collection, and if I don’t have the confidence to wear this lip product outside for my normal day-to-day errands, then it’s not worth keeping around.
One more non-cruelty-free product I’m moving out of my collection is the Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine Lipstick, in the shade ‘300 Pink Rules‘. This is a product I’ve reviewed before, and as I set out to do, I’m moving this out of my collection now that summer’s coming to an end here. I expected to just bin it, but there’s still some life to it, so I’d rather pass it along instead.
This is a bit of a spoiler, but I’m passing along two shades from the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms. The two shades specifically are ‘Hibiscus‘ and ‘Red Dahlia‘. I plan to review these in detail later this week, so I won’t go into too much detail, but ultimately I just find these aren’t a good fit for my lips. Which is a shame since they’re really popular within the beauty community.
I think these are good for people with naturally pale lips, but my pigmented lips didn’t get much benefit from the individual shades. I’ll go into it in more detail in my post this week, so keep an eye out for that.
This concludes all of the products that I’m passing along from August. There were a lot of lip products this time, and I think it’s because I really set some stronger standards for what is ‘acceptable’ for me to keep hold of. I feel a lot better for having stream-lined my collection a bit more.
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