We’re a little late, but today we’re finally talking about the products I’ve emptied or need to move out of my collection throughout September. There are quite a few products, with some of the skincare items being ones I anticipated using up. There were also a couple of products I didn’t expect to be moving out of my collection, so let’s have a chat about them!
Starting with skincare, I used up my 2nd bottle of the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner. I really enjoyed using it, but I am trying out some other toners for the time being. But this is a product I consider reliable, and one I’ll turn to if I need it.
I also used up the Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Micellar Solution, which was my makeup remover for quite a while. I have reviewed this already, so I won’t go into too many details, but it is one I’d consider repurchasing.
I’ve also worked through another tube of the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, which I repurchased when I had a gap in my collection. This is a nice lip balm that was easy to use throughout the day to touch-up my lips when they needed the additional moisture. I would repurchase it again, although I am enjoying trying new products for the time being.
This was one of those products that I knew I could pick up in a pinch, and one I recommend if you need a lip balm to keep in your makeup bag, or you want something simple and easy for regular touch-ups. This isn’t super moisturising to the extent that lip treatments provide.
A product I didn’t quite use up in time, is the Superdrug Vitamin E Lip Care Lip Balm. This was the lip balm I picked up for my lip treatment before bed. It’s a satisfying lip balm that is a bit different from the Burt’s Bees counterpart. This has a more slick consistency on the lips and a bit more nourishing. So for me, this is something I wear before bed so I wake up with more moisturised lips.
For the time being, I have no plans to repurchase this little lip balm, but that’s because I’m currently testing out a lip treatment that so far I’m enjoying. However, if I find myself in a pinch, this is one I feel like I can turn to.
One eye product I did use up is the Superdrug Optimum PhytoFreeze Instant Anti-Wrinkle Swiss Ice Wine Eye Cream. I used this as my night time eye cream for quite a long time, and quite unexpectedly finished it up. It’s what I consider medium in texture as far as eye creams go: easy enough to smooth over the skin, but too heavy to use on my skin throughout the day.
I don’t see myself repurchasing it, but I think if you have dry under-eyes, this is one to look into. I think it would work better for drier skin types, while mine is oilier and gets along better with lighter consistencies.
Moving to some miscellaneous skincare items, it’s unsurprising to see a sachet of the Botanics All Bright Cleansing Facial Wipes. These are what I’m using to spot-clean my makeup brushes, so I usually work through one sachet each month. These are biodegradable wipes, which is incredible. So I have about 4 or 5 of these stashed away, guilt-free.
I also worked through one of the Deep Action Mattifying Shine Control Papers. September was a month for me where I had a lot of no-makeup days, so I was relying on my blotting papers to keep my skin feeling fresh and uncongested. These are great blotting sheets and easy to find in Superdrug, so worth looking into if you need to stock up.
After I used up the Superdrug eye cream which I talked about earlier, I found myself in need to buy a backup eye cream. So I went a day without a backup, and I used that time to try out my only sample of the Skinfood Blanc Pearl Caviar Eye Cream.
It was quite luxurious with a gel-like consistency. Skinfood are not currently cruelty-free though, so I won’t be looking to purchase a full size any time soon. But it was a good chance to work through this sample and take it out of my sample drawer.
Quite unexpected to me, I’m moving the MUA Ever After – Matte Palette out of my collection. I had planned to review this palette for months and months, but never quite got around to it. As you can tell, I really got a lot of love out of the brown shade on the top right, but also dipped into most of the shades quite a lot as well.
This was my exclusively matte eyeshadow palette for a very long time, but the shadows have started to perform poorly and feel a bit different. So sadly, it’s time to move on. If you have any suggestions for cruelty-free matte eyeshadow palettes, I’d love to hear about them. My collection feels like it has a gap in it at the moment.
At the very last moment, I finally used up the L’OREAL Brow Artist Plumper in ‘Medium/Dark‘. This was part of my most recent project pan, and it was really satisfying to finish this up. L’OREAL is also not cruelty-free still, so it’s especially satisfying to finish up one of my older non-cruelty-free purchases.
A product I’m quite disappointed to be moving out of my collection is the Chica Y Chico One Kill Liner in ‘One Kill Brown‘. This was a product I bought in my YesStyle haul back in June, and was really excited to try something from the brand. I have reviewed this product, so I won’t go in to too much detail.
Sadly as I used this during a time when my sinuses were acting up -I’m not sure from allergies or an infection-, I have no intentions to pass this along to someone else. I can’t do that in good faith.
Two products from GOSH are also moving out of my collection, including their Brow Kit, which was also in my recent project pan. While I didn’t empty the entire pans, the formula was changing so I decided it was time to move on. After a couple of years of use, it was really shocking to see just how little I actually worked through.
I also worked through most of the All in One BB Powder, in the shade ‘02 Sand‘. I was working through this quite quickly, and this was one of my critiques in my review as well. I eventually stopped brushing around the edges as the remaining powder wasn’t really lifting onto my makeup brush. So I feel like I did really well. I don’t plan to repurchase this powder, as I did work through it really quickly, and I think I would benefit from a slightly paler shade, which they don’t make.
I was quite disappointed to have to throw away the Essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter, in the shade ‘20 Bright Up Your Life‘. It’s a really pink-based highlighter and was quite flattering paired with pink-based blushes that I have in my collection. It’s gone off really quickly, so I was quite frustrated by that. When it was fresh, it was a very pretty highlighter I could start as fairly subtle, and then build the intensity of.
However, I noticed the consistency change really quickly, where it was beginning to peel on my skin. While I enjoyed using a cream-based highlighter, I have no plans to repurchase it, as I just know deep down I wouldn’t use it up in time.
Another product I was disappointed to have to throw away is the GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in the shade ‘002 Matt Rose‘. This is my most used lipstick ever, and is what I consider a my-lips-but-better shade. It pulls slightly cool-toned rose, and a shade I wore all year round.
The formula is starting to look a bit strange compared to before, so I don’t want to risk continuing wearing it. The formula in itself is a nice satin-matte, but definitely on the drier side that matte lipsticks typically have. If I could change anything about the formula, I would definitely make it more moisturising and comfortable to apply, as it does tug a bit.
Because I love this colour so much, I do find myself conflicted about whether I should repurchase this shade or not. For the time being, I’m going to mull it over, as I have a lot of lipsticks in my collection right now. However, I do feel like I have a gap in my collection which this shade was filling.
Overall, September did feel like quite a successful month in terms of empties. I’ve allowed myself to pull a lot of my stashed makeup into my collection, especially where lipsticks and blush are concerned, so it does feel quite bloated at the moment. So creating some space does give me a sense of relief.
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