October empties (7 items)

Hi everyone,

Its almost time for November empties and I am only just rolling this out. Oops. What can I say, time just got away from me again. Although, I am gradually closing the gap on the amount of items decluttered. Lets hope I can get it all posted before year end.

I am thinking about stopping empties for next year as well as project pans, and focusing on monthly favourites, anti hauls and individual product reviews. I just think it is time to change things a little but do let me know what you think in the comments.

Empties:

Beautyblender liquid blendercleanser FREE – This makes your sponges look brand new. I already have the full size. I know that for most it seems an unnecessary expense when you can use hand soap, but this doesn’t leave them smelling strongly and is more gentle on them too.

REDKEN hair cleansing cream shampoo 300ml £15.58 – This removes all excess product build up in your hair, leaving it super clean without stripping it. My hairdresser uses this all the time on my hair and it truly does make a difference. I will definitely repurchase.

Patchology milkpeel 5 minute flashmasque £6.00 – I purchased this because I thought it was a cool concept, that and Madison Miller (a YouTuber) highly recommends the brand. This sheet mask gently resurfaces the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and looking renewed. I bought this in a pack from SpaceNK for £18, containing 1 milkpeel, 1 hydrate and 1 illuminate. I can’t wait to try those other two. The only other one available is a detox sheet mask and I have every intention of trying that out soon.

Colgate total healthy clean 25ml toothpaste £1.30 – I purchased this for my holidays this year and it lasted such a long time. I have already repurchased it for my next trips. It’s just so convenient and leaves your teeth super clean.

Milani Prime Perfection hydrating + pore minimising face primer £13.00 – It was more of a smoothing primer than a pore minimising one. There was a funny texture to it as well, almost a few gritty bits here and there. Overall, it didn’t do enough of anything for me to purchase it again.

P.S…Love this oval cosmetic pads 90p – It wouldn’t be an empties post without these. Although, there is nothing you can really say about cotton pads.

Tarte precision longwear eyeliner £18.00 – This product has a long applicator tip that I just found really difficult to use. I didn’t have a problem with the formula, so I guess it is all about applicator preferences.

That’s it for this post, I hope you all enjoyed it. Please like this post and follow my blog before you leave. I also have an Instagram page, @teenbeautylife, which you can check out as well.

The totals are now 197 items at a retail value of £976.02!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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Decluttering my collection round 2 part 2

Hey everyone,

This is part 2 of round 2 of decluttering my makeup collection. The products I decluttered in this post will be offered to friends and family, then if they remain unclaimed they will be tossed.

Highlighters – This was a difficult aspect of my collection to go through but I quickly realised that many were very similar shades. Therefore, I reduced the number I have of shades I use less frequently and kept my preferred formulas.


Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in ‘Monaco’ (£8.99): This is an incredibly similar shade to the Maybelline Master strobing liquid in ‘light/iridescent’, except the Sleek one is slightly more pink and has a thicker formula. As I rarely use pink toned highlighters I decided to only keep one.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked highlighter in ‘peach lights’ (£3.00): I don’t know why this is named peach lights, since the highlighter is a pink duo-chrome shade. The product has good pigmentation and I would recommend these highlighters to others. However this just isn’t a shade that I wear anymore.


Tarte tarteist pro glow liquid highlighter in ‘exposed’ (£6.50): This is a beautiful gold shade, however when this is blended all the glitter clumps together. Still I will give it to a friend for her to try out, as her skin tone better suits the shade than mine does.

Benefit Watts up highlighter mini (FREE): This is only being decluttered as it is too dark for my skin tone. The shade is beautiful for a natural glow and it blends easily, so I know someone else will enjoy it.

Elf cosmetics highlighter in ‘blush gems’ (£5.00): It is a pretty shade but for my skin tone it would only be good as a blush topper and I don’t want that extra step in my routine.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics skin frost in ‘Siberian Gold’ (£25.00): Not only is this shade, a bronze gold, too dark for me but the formula is not the same as the other shades. It is pressed so tightly that the product won’t blend and if you swatch it with your finger, most will cling to it and then flake off. There was discussion that the first batch was bad but all the same I wouldn’t buy another.

Colourpop pressed powder highlighter in ‘Boy next door’ (£4.56): This is a warm medium gold shade that is just too dark for me. I love the two other shades I own from the range and recommend checking them out.

L.A Girl Strobelite strobing powder in ‘110 watt’ (£5.00): This is pigmented and affordable but the packaging is bulky. It is again the shade, a white with a strong yellow based gold reflect, that is the reason I am decluttering it.

Colourpop super shock shadows (£4.01 each):

Glow – This was in my project pan 2017 but it just clings to dry patches and creases on the lid.

La la – It is a beautiful shade but it just doesn’t suit me. I really struggle to wear coppery and very warm orangey bronze shadows.

Cornelious – This would be a great transition shade but the formula just doesn’t like being blended into the crease. Therefore, I am going to pass it on to a friend who could pull off wearing it all over the lid.

Kaepop collection shade ‘Beverly’ – As the shade is so dark, and because of the formula it made it difficult to blend without giving a black eye effect.

Cricket – This is untouched as I own another one of this shade. As it isn’t a shade I would run out of fast, I don’t need two of them.

Cuddle Buddy – I used to wear pink eyeshadow a lot but I don’t really like to wear the darker pink shimmer shades anymore. This is too bold a pink shimmer for me to pull off.

That is it for this post. The next blog post, coming very soon, is my October empties. Yes I know they are very late this month. The latest totals are 190 items at a retail value of £921.24.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Decluttering my collection round 2 part 1

Hey everyone,

I decided to make this post rather than another decluttering by brand one, as I am having problems locating the photos for the rest of that series which is frustrating. However I just really wanted to get another post out for you guys.

Every item in this post has either been binned or kept for back to MAC purposes. This is because these products have either expired or it isn’t hygienic to pass on to others.

Lets declutter!

Getting into the products the first item that I decided to throw out is the Too Faced Better than sex waterproof mascara. I purchased this from a Sephora in Rome as I only have one other waterproof mascara. This just did nothing for my lashes. I used it multiple times and the formula is so dry that it just feels like I am using a really old mascara (£9.00)

Secondly, the Smashbox photo finish lash primer (£3.75). This is quite a good product in terms of the length and separation it gives the lashes, but I am decluttering this as it is old and I prefer lash primers that aren’t white.

The final product in the photo below is the Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade 1 fair. It is great for covering blemishes but not something I would use on the under eye area. This was basically empty so I just decided to declutter it. (£4.19)

The second photo shows all the lip products that I am disposing of. The MAC Toledo Collection lipglass in Oxblood (£14.00) and the Colourpop ultra matte lip in Times Square (£4.57) are both in my project pan 2017. However, the Colourpop one has to be tossed and the MAC one will be back to MAC’d since these have clearly expired. By that I am referring to the formula and scent changing massively.

The Colourpop ultra matte lip mini in Bianca (FREE) will also be tossed as it has expired as well. Finally, the MAC prolong wear lipstick in Unlimited will be back to MAC’d as I never wear this shade and it is well on its way to expiring. (£16.00)

Below are the two drugstore blushes that I am getting rid of: the honey queen honeycomb blusher by W7 (£5.95) and The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in ‘Rose Gold lights’ (£3.00). The W7 item is just really old, when swirled together it is a really pretty natural shade that reminds me of Benefits Sugarbomb box blush. The Makeup Revolution product I bought to use as a blush before I realised that, to be honest it looks like a vagina. How did no one at the company realise that? Besides that it is just not the right shade for me.

Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel (FREE) – From the times I have used this I have determined that this is clearly for oily skin. Therefore, this doesn’t work with my dry skin.

High lights by Technic is well known for being a budget dupe for the Benefit Cosmetics High Beam. I have owned this for a very long time and I have decided it is time to part ways. Given the applicator as well, I have deemed it no longer sanitary to use. (£2.00)

ELF liquid highlighter in illuminating (£5.00). This has so much oil in it, its so gross. The pigment is almost separated from the oil, no matter how much you shake it and it has no pigment at all. Therefore this is definitely being trashed.

The two blushes that are going back to MAC are a pressed powder one in Well dressed (£15.00) and a mineralized one in Just a Wisp (£21.00). I used the old pricing from when I bought these, yes that is how long ago I bought these. Well dressed is so so old that it needs to go and Just a Wisp is getting quite old and the shade just doesn’t suit me.

The first of the final three products is the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso. I really enjoyed this. The shade suits me well, the brush applies the product evenly and its affordable. This is only going because it has dried out. (£6.00)

Secondly is the Kiko SMART Eye pencil in 811 (£1.20). The shade is pretty but it doesn’t glide on easily enough, so you have to keep going back to create a smooth line and this can irritate your lids.

The final item is an Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel mini (FREE). This product has dried out and therefore will be tossed. Although, I have another mini in my collection.

That concludes decluttering my makeup collection round 2 part 1. I hope you all enjoyed it. Please like this post and follow my blog before you leave.

The items in this post bring my empties totals for 2017 to 176 items at a retail value of £839.13! This means that I have done more than last year! I am now super excited to see what the finals totals are for this year.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

September empties (15 items) !Updated!

Hey everyone,

I have been lagging behind with posts due to a law exam, which thankfully I passed, however I am now faced with a new dilemma. I just did another massive declutter of my makeup collection, including some of the items from my project pan that clearly expired, even though I have yet to get through even half of my previous declutter here on my blog. Not sure how to tackle this, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Empties:

MAC Fix + (£18.00): Fix + is a staple in many beauty addicts collections and I can’t disagree with the pros expressed by so many in the beauty community. It’s such a classic product and I am sad that I ran out of it. I have tried alternatives to intensify the pigment of certain shadows but nothing works quite like this. I will definitely be picking up another bottle soon.

Benefit cosmetics Roller Lash mascara (£20.50): This is a favourite mascara of mine and I am so sad that I have to go and repurchase this one. It is strange that I really didn’t like this product in the beginning but now I can’t imagine my collection without it.

AVON nature Apple Blossom shower gel (99p): This is the last bottle of this shower gel that I had and it has been discontinued, therefore I cannot repurchase it.

No7 Quick Thinking Wipes (£2.00): These are my favourite makeup wipes and any time I have a money off voucher I always repurchase these. They are gentle on the skin, remove all traces of makeup and I highly recommend them.

Avene Thermal Spring Water 150ml (£10.00): I got this originally to help with my eczema but it did nothing and I just ended up using it to cool down during the summer. Therefore, I see no point in purchasing this expensive water again.

Sephora Lotus face mask (£4.81): I picked this up during my trip to Rome, I picked up two other types to try out as well, and I did enjoy this one. However, I found the green tea version to be more effective at achieving what it said on the packet. Even though I have dry skin I did prefer the green tea one (for mattifying), I just expected for my skin to feel more hydrated than it did after using this one. Therefore, I wouldn’t pick this up again.

Rimmel London Volume Colourist mascara (FREE): This was a good mascara and I do feel that it did tint my lashes a little. However, it was a little too scratchy against my upper lash line to justify repurchasing it. It may seem very picky but there are other mascaras I like that don’t have an uncomfortable application.

Nivea Invisible for black & white antiperspirant (£1.29): I only got this to take with me travelling but I didn’t take it with me in the end because it really didn’t work for me. Deodorants are such a personal preference and I won’t be repurchasing this one.

L.A Girl Pro conceal in porcelain (£4.00): The concealer itself I really enjoy for the under eye area, as the shade gives a very natural look yet it covers all that I want. However the packaging is really annoying, especially when you are getting a bit low. It just becomes really difficult to dispense the product and the brush tip applicator becomes gross after a while. However, I enjoy the concealer and the price enough that I have already purchased another one.

Benefit cosmetics Boi ing brightening concealer no.1 sample (FREE): This shade works really well as an under eye corrector for me. I will definitely be picking up the full size of this as it requires me to use much less concealer afterwards.

AVON Advance Techniques Absolute Perfection conditioner (£3.99): This was just an okay product for me. I don’t have anything bad to say about it but it didn’t wow me either. Therefore, I won’t be picking this up again.


Tesco everyday value cotton wool pads (£1.00): You guys know I only ever use cotton pads that are not from Primark when my Primark ones run out and I can’t get my hands on them any time soon. Therefore, these were for convenience use only.

Biore deep cleansing pore strips Limited Edition (£8.99): These are no where near as good as the charcoal pore strips. The charcoal ones are the only ones from the Biore range that I recommend but I do recommend those ones highly. I will not be purchasing these ones again.

Gillette Venus & Olay 6 razor heads (£20.49): These are the current razors that I use. Not very exciting but these are the best ones I have used so far.

I completely forgot that I updated my decluttering by brand post 1, by adding content mentioning that I was decluttering my Stila mini liquid lipstick in Perla. This was supposed to be included in this post’s totals originally, so I have edited the figures below to include that item now. (1 item and £6.00)

That brings the total number of items to 159 with a retail value of £728.47!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

August empties (9 items)

Hey everyone,

I recently got back from a week long trip to Rome and I finished quite a few items whilst I was there. I posted photos of these and reviews on my Instagram: Charles Worthington Strength and repair shampoo and conditioner, Neutrogena make-up remover wipes, Tarte brighter days highlighting moisturiser, MAC Natural Radiance primer in yellow (sample), Benefit Porefessional primer (sample) and AVON moisturising sun lotion SPF 50. This brought my empties up to 135 items at £560.64. For more information please see my Instagram: @teenbeautylife


Garnier Micellar Cleansing water 700ml £7.99 – I got this super large size bottle when it was on sale and it has lasted me a long time. This isn’t my favourite product but I will probably repurchase it from an affordability perspective.

Lush Jackie Oates colour supplement £10.49 – This is being binned as it has expired. This product can either be used on its own or, the way I preferred to use it, mixed with moisturiser to make your own tinted moisturiser. It didn’t last well on the skin through out the day and your face just smells of oats. I will not be repurchasing this.


Beauty Blender solid cleanser £14.00 – This is the best brush cleaner I have ever used and I have already repurchased it. It leaves your brushes looking new again and it makes the cleaning process super quick.

Beauty Blender £16.00 – This product applies base makeup flawlessly and I will always repurchase it. This one was the light pink shade, which I will not repurchase as it lost all its colour within the first few washes and didn’t last as long as the original dark pink one. Currently I am using the white and pink marble beauty blender that was launched recently, and I am really enjoying it.


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre £13.00 – This is a super thick cream moisturiser that is amazing for my dry skin. Therefore, I am going to purchase the big size of it when I am next at Boots.

Sephora Green Tea face mask FREE – My best friend bought this for me when she went on her trip across Europe and I really enjoyed it. The sheet fits the face well and doesn’t move around once in place. There is plenty of serum in the sachet and it leaves the skin mattified without feeling stripped. I purchased another one of these when I went to Rome recently.


Benefit Air Patrol BB cream eyelid primer sample FREE – I am definitely going to purchase the full size of this product. It cancelled out all discolouration on my eyelids, keep my shadow on all day and my shadows didn’t crease either. The applicator on the full size means you can apply it directly to your lids as well as being gentle on the skin. If you are looking for a new lid primer, especially one that has colour to it, I highly recommend air patrol by Benefit.

Benefit Firm it up! eye serum sample FREE – This tightened the under eye area, not in an uncomfortable way, and hydrated them which made concealer application easier. If you are looking for an eye serum I would definitely check this one out; ask for a sample at the counter.

Tarte Rainforest of the sea marine boosting mist 30ml £4.29 – This didn’t do much of anything for my skin and therefore I will not be purchasing the full size. You apply this product before your moisturiser and it is supposed to increase your skin’s hydration. However, I saw no difference to before it was included in my routine.

This brings the empties total to 144 items and £626.41!

Until the next time,

Lauren x

 

 

 

Project Pan Update #3

Hey everyone,

Recently I posted my project pan update #2 where I showed my progress, new products I am adding to my project pan and products that were leaving it.

This update is going to show the starting points for the new products mentioned in the previous post, give an update on the remaining products and I am going to add a few more previously unmentioned items in too.

Remaining products from the original project:

The MAC eyeshadow in Vanilla is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

Sleek contour kit in light – I have decided to declutter this from my collection as it is very old and appears to be making my acne worse as a result. The picture below shows the final progress made on the product before it was binned.

LA Girl Pro Concealer in Porcelain – I am declaring this product finished. I could possibly squeeze a little more out but it is becoming more and more difficult to do so. Therefore the photo below shows the ending point of the progress on the concealer.

MAC lipglass in Oxblood – This product is remaining in my project pan and the latest progress photo is later on in this post.

New products mentioned in update #2 and additional products:

Lorac eyeshadow primer – The photo above shows the starting point for this product. The reasons that this product has been added to my project pan are that the packaging is terrible, it means that you can never dispense the right amount making it very wasteful and the product itself is not accessible in the UK.

My reasoning behind adding the Colourpop super shock shadow in Glow was mentioned in update #2, in depth, so I will not repeat that here. The above photo shows the starting point for this product.

The two shadows, Sweet Lust and Jest from MAC, are also added to the project because I rarely use pink/pink toned shadows anymore.

This was the first MAC blush I ever owned and therefore it is quite old and needs to be finished. This is the MAC mineralized blush in the shade Dainty.

The Colourpop matte liquid lipstick in Times Square and NYX matte lipstick in Natural are now being added to this project. The Colourpop item was from my first order to the brand and I never use the NYX lipstick, so I decided these need to be used up.

Finally I decided to add a palette to the project as I have never done a pan that palette challenge before. This is the Alice through the looking glass palette by Urban Decay. It is really bulky, is difficult to store, not all the shades are of the same standard expected from the brand and it contains a lot of colours which I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use. Therefore I am looking forward to keeping track of my progress.

This brings the empties total for 2017 to 135 items, with a retail value of £560.64.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

July Empties (15 items)

Hey everyone,

I am getting later and later with these posts as these months seem to be flying by faster each time. There are so many posts I have wanted to put up recently but I just haven’t gotten round to them yet. The next one that will be going up after this is my Project Pan update #3, as I need to show you guys the starting points for the new products that I said I was adding during the Project Pan update #2 post. I forgot to add the REVLON shadow in ‘Sand’ to my totals during that post, so the 1 item and £2.99 will be added to my final totals in this post.

Decluttered products:

All bar one of the products mentioned in this section were decluttered because they had expired quite a while ago (6 months +), therefore these had to be thrown away to avoid putting harmful bacteria on my skin.

AVON Planet Spa volcanic Iceland warming face mask (£3.99) – This product didn’t do anything for my skin at all, it just got hot. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this because it just doesn’t do anything for you.

AVON Planet Spa Indulgent spa ritual chocolate face mask (£3.99) – This expired product is marketed as a moisturising face mask. Whilst this did provide a little moisture to the skin it was a very underwhelming product. The only good thing about it was the scent, this really does smell of chocolate and not a fake chocolate scent either. Overall, I would not recommend this.

AVON Planet Spa Caribbean Escape Illuminating body butter (£5.99) – This is supposed to be good for only 12 months and this is at least 3 years old. I just don’t use body butters or lotions. I just hate moisturising my body, I always have. I know I need to but I just hate the process. If you do like body butters though, this is a good one. It gives your skin this shimmer, that’s the illuminating part, it smells really good and it comes really nicely packaged in this jar. I do think this is a good product but I just don’t like using these types of products myself.


Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator (£16.50) – This has a 30 month expiration date which it is probably has 6 months left on. I purchased this because every exfoliator I had used prior to this was far too harsh on my skin. I do agree that it is a gentle exfoliator that does do a good job, but the jojoba beads are what I didn’t like about it. I do like the fact that these aren’t micro-beads but these beads just don’t seem to want to get off my face. I find them everywhere, on my face (even after a deep face wash), on my neck and in my hair! I will not be repurchasing this as I have found cheaper alternatives that I enjoy that are way more hassle free.

Lacoste touch of pink eau de toilette 30ml (£18.00) – When you sniff the bottle of this it smells great but when I actually apply this to my skin it is so strong. I already decluttered the body lotion of this in a previous post because it was even stronger than the perfume. To top it all off this has definitely expired and I will not be repurchasing it.

Empties:

AVON Naturals Coconut and starfruit shower gel (99p) – I loved using this as it has such a light but fresh and tropical scent to it. AVON does so many different scents in its ranges of shower products that I think once you find your favourite ones, you won’t want to purchase from other brands. This one is definitely my favourite one I have tried and I will repurchase this once my collection has diminished a bit more.

NYX Angel Veil primer (£13.00) – This is one of my all time favourite primers. It is in between drugstore and high end pricing but the quality is definitely high end. It makes your skin incredibly smooth, fills in all your pores and keeps your makeup on all day. I will definitely be picking this up again soon.

AVON Naturals winter nourishment vanilla and golden pear shampoo (99p) – This has the perfect warm, fruity, winter scent that lingers on your hair after the wash. I liked to use this every other wash to re hydrate my hair and I will be picking it up again when it re-releases this winter.


No7 Quick Thinking Wipes (£2.00) – These are my favourite makeup remover wipes as most of you know. Therefore, I will continue to repurchase these when ever I have a money off voucher.

TESCO Everyday value 80 cotton wool pads (£1.00) – I always use the ones from Primark but I ran out and didn’t have time to pick any up. I only get other brands when I don’t have those ones so I won’t repurchase these again as a first choice.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£13.00) – This was a good everyday moisturiser that hydrated the skin but soaked in quickly, making it easy to apply makeup not long afterwards. However, it has a gel like formula which I don’t particularly enjoy as I have very dry skin. Therefore I will not be repurchasing this product. However, if you have combination/oily skin I would recommend trying this product out.

L’Oreal Preference colour extender (FREE) – This stuff is so good, it really makes your colour look like you only did it a couple days ago. You apply this all over, as you would with hair dye, leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse it all off. I really like that L’Oreal have added this to their hair dye kit for the Preference range, as it makes your colour look better in between treatments.

Liquid blendercleanser sample (FREE) – I got this free from BeautyBay and I am obsessed with how clean this makes my sponges look and feel. After using both the liquid and the solid cleanser from beauty blender, I can conclude that the liquid is better for sponges and the solid is better for brushes. I will definitely be purchasing the full size bottle of this.

L’Oreal Preference high shine conditioner (FREE) – This product has been in many empties posts, and my thoughts are still the same. I love this conditioner. It leaves your hair smooth and silky and it extends the life of your colour.


That concludes my July empties, I hope you guys enjoyed it. This brings the total number of empties to 141 items and a retail value of £589.10.

Until the next time,

Lauren x