Happy Friday, let’s round off the work week with some purging of my cosmetics collection. These are products that throughout June, I reached the conclusion that for one reason or another, they don’t quite meet my standards or needs to keep them around. These aren’t necessarily bad products, as I think they have the right audience out there, but I’m not that person.
Starting with skincare, the first is a completely unused bottle of The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion. I have a bottle out already as part of my day time skincare routine, and I like it enough to use up my opened bottle. But I don’t love it enough to hold onto the second bottle that I accidentally bought. I think it’s also partly because I get bored of using the same products for long periods of time, but I didn’t find this is so impactful for my skin that I must hold onto it.
Another product from The Body Shop is the Drops of Youth Youth Bouncy Eye Mask, which I used for a long time as my night time eye cream. I think this is a wonderful product but my under-eyes have really started to need richer textures to help keep the delicate skin hydrated and happy, so I’ve moved on to try other formulas that will hopefully fit my skin’s needs a bit better.
Moving to base makeup, I tried for a while to make the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation work on my pale skin tone. This is in ‘F1‘ which was too dark for my skin even during the summer-time when I’ve gained a little bit of colour from walking my puppy.
For some reason, it never clicked to me that the Holika Holika Clearing Petit BB wasn’t just a sunscreen, but a BB cream. Holika Holika, at the time of writing, are not 100% cruelty-free, and this was a purchase I made years ago on eBay long before I started blogging, if I recall correctly. This doesn’t really match me enough to use it up, so I’m going to let my mum try this out as it’s light-weight and easy to blend, and more likely to match her better.
I’ve sorted through my smaller eyeshadow palettes and single eyeshadows, and decided to let go of the Autograph Lasting Colour Luxe Duo Eyeshadow, in the colour scheme called ‘Toffee‘. These little duo contains a warm golden-brown and a deeper warm brown. The latter shade I really enjoyed the way it looks on my eyelids, but the first shade just isn’t my cup of tea. I can find similar shades in my collection so I don’t feel like this deserves to keep up space.
I’m also passing along the two shades of the E.L.F. Single Eyeshadows in ‘#D30‘ and ‘Pebble‘, respectively. The first shade appears as a deep maroon shade in the pan, but really lacks the colour once applied to the eyes. It appears as a deep shade, but the redder tones don’t really come through.
‘Pebble‘ is a very pretty cool-toned deep brown in the pan, but really lacks the depth when applied on the lids. This could work as a crease shade for me, but I’m really happy using the Essence single eyeshadow instead. I love it so much, I hit pan on it months ago, and I’m enjoying working to uncover even more pan as time goes on.
I also have two eyeshadow palettes from the Revolution umbrella that I’m passing along. An old one includes the I Heart Makeup UR The Best Thing palette. This has a large variety of matte and shimmer shades, but I only find myself reaching for a handful of very specific shades. I can’t really justify to myself keeping the entire palette for those shades, so I want to pass this along so it can be given more love.
The other Revolution palette I’m passing along is the Redemption Palette in ‘Hot Smoked‘. This is a colour scheme and layout that just doesn’t grab me at all, with only about half of the shades being ones I’d regularly reach for if I could push myself to. So it’s just taking up space.
The last eyeshadow palette I’m passing along is the Sleek i-Divine Mineral Based Eyeshadow Palette in ‘141 Vintage Romance‘. This is another palette where there’s only a select few shades that I really reached for, so there’s not enough reason to keep it in my collection. The colour scheme just to look at it is gorgeous, but realistically, a lot of the deeper shimmers aren’t ones I’d use, as I prefer to use dark matte shades. It was the matte shades from this palette that I used, and there’s only a couple of them.
That concludes all of the products I’m passing along from June. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it means a lot to me to receive your support. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.