As promised, today I’m going to talk about the products from the past two months that I’m going to pass on. These are products that aren’t necessarily bad, used up or gone off, but just not quite right for me, but could work for someone else… That ‘someone else’ tends to be my mum, so these will be dropped off to her the next time I visit. So without further ado, I’m going to jump in.
Starting with a makeup wipe I mentioned in yesterday’s June & July Empties 2018 post, is the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes. I picked this up initially in Boots in my hometown when I was visiting family a few months back when I forgot to bring some wipes back with me, and for a while it seemed to work nicely with my skin. The formula is fine for my oily-sensitive skin, but in the past few weeks before I swapped it out, I noticed that the wipe itself was beginning to be a bit too abrasive on my skin in spite of how careful I am with it, so I think my skin type has changed a bit since I first started using them. So I’ll let mum try them since her skin isn’t as sensitive as mine.
A product I bought and then stashed from my Canada and America Haul is the Freeman Banana-Oat Instant Smoothing Mask. When I finished up my Good Things clay mask that I talked about in yesterday’s post, the first mask I picked out to replace it was this one. However, while the formula was great (it’s a lot like the St. Ives Olive Scrub in terms of being very moisturising), the banana scent is just not for me. I’m not sensitive to fragrance but I do have a sensitive nose and some scents simply do not gel with me. Unfortunately the banana scent really nauseated me when I used it and I just can’t handle the scent enough to use this product. So while the product itself worked fine when I first tried, I simply have to pass it on to mum since I think she’ll appreciate it more.
Moving to the right hand side, The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain was a product that I kept in my makeup stand in my cheek drawer. First of all, the product is gorgeous, the shade is wonderful, but I’m slowly coming to terms with the idea that I don’t always gel with water or gel based makeup. The applicator is too scratchy for me to use this as a lip product – it left my lips irritated for a full day using it on my lips, sadly. However, dotting it on the cheeks didn’t cause irritation so I didn’t feel the need to throw it away. I used this product from time to time, but I found I just prefer my powder products more, and I’d rather use them consistently and use them up, than hold on to a product I rarely use and will most likely not use up.
The next product is an eyeshadow stick, which is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in the shade ‘002 Bulletproof Beige‘. I would say the shade name is a bit inaccurate, as it’s more like a light copper shade, especially with the shimmers in it to give a metallic/glittery sheen. I find it’s not quite right for me as the shade is just not quite right for my skin tone, and my mum who has a little bit more colour to her skin tone than me might like it.
A cheek product that I bought a couple of years ago but stashed away is the MUA Luxe Whipped Velvet Blush, in the shade ‘Ritzy‘. So first off, don’t let the bright shade intimidate you, it swatches quite light but very buildable, but what puts me off is the presence of shimmers. They’re very fine, mind you, but my very personal preference is to let highlighters add that shimmer to my skin and let my blush add the pigment I want instead. I think because the shimmers are so fine that this is a potential option for mum, although I wouldn’t be surprised if she finds this isn’t quite her cup of tea.
One last cheek product is a blush that I’ve talked about in my Spring Go-To Blushes 2018 post. This is the Rimmel Royal Blush Cream Blush in the shade ‘002 Majestic Pink‘. I’m a little sad to be passing this on at all, but it’s for the same reasoning as the previous cheek product. The shade itself is gorgeous but the very fine shimmers clash with my strict preferences. So while I’m sad to let this one go, I do think it’ll go to a more deserving home.
Two cream eye shadow pots are the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr eyeshadow pots. The first is in the original formulation in the shade ’65 – Pink Gold’ which I’m passing on simply because I find my beige shade from the matte line works better as a base and one I reach for more. It’s a gorgeous shade though, but I’d rather cut my makeup collection down particularly as my husband and I hope to move as soon as we can. The second shade is from the Leather Effect line, and is in the shade ‘Chocolate Suede 96‘. It’s a beautiful deep chocolate brown, but I find it doesn’t quite work with my skin type or skin tone as a cream base. I prefer to use a lighter base and then layer powder eye shadows on top, so I think mum will make better use of it instead since she prefers simpler eye makeup than I do.
Moving on to a powder eyeshadow, the cute Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks are being featured today as I pass on the shade ‘Gunmetal‘. I don’t really use gunmetal or grey shades much and find this particular shade just doesn’t look good on my very pale skin. I’m not sure if this going to suit my mum’s tastes, but I’d rather let her decide that for herself.
The last product and another powder eyeshadow, is the Maxfactor Earth Spirits Eyeshadow in ‘108 Inca Bronze‘. This is one of the first eyeshadow singles I ever bought for myself, so it’s sat in my collection for several years well-preserved, and it’s exit from my collection is aptly summed up by a preference of shade. Although copper and bronze tones can look great on my hazel eye colour, I just can’t seem to find a way to make it work with my pale skin tone, and I think this long-term product from my collection deserves a better home.
This concludes all of the products I’m passing on from June and July. Thank you for taking the time to read his blog post, and I hope you are happy and healthy.