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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

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

Decluttering by brand #2 ~ Kylie Cosmetics, AVON and Soap and Glory

Hey everyone,

This time I am going to be decluttering from my collection of the brands Kylie Cosmetics, AVON and Soap and Glory. I am going to get one of these posts out a week till I run out of brands I own. I decluttered my collection in one go so that is why some things may turn up in empties in the future before they do in these.

Kylie Cosmetics: I knew starting out that this was going to be a brand that I didn’t get rid of a lot from. I really love Kylie’s products, from the shade range to the packaging to the wear time. The only product I am decluttering is the Koko collection matte liquid lipstick in ‘Khol$’. This is a really warm medium nude shade that I just can’t pull off, so this will be going to my best friend since it has only been worn once or twice.

Collection  before decluttering

To use up and not repurchase

To declutter

AVON: This was a more complex brand for me to deal with, mainly because I owned such a wide range of products from them. I chose to declutter 8 items, 1 to use up and not repurchase category and keep 9 items.

I put the matte liquid concealer in the to use up section because it was too drying for my under eyes but I finished it this month so it will now be decluttered. It has a beautiful natural matte finish that if I had oily skin I would probably repurchase this, but unfortunately with my dry skin it doesn’t look that good for long. The Magix powder is only in the to use up category because it is just an okay product, I don’t know if it is because it is a HD powder or what but it isn’t my favourite.

I decluttered the prep + set spray because it was too alcohol smelling and left my skin feeling super tight. The shimmer brick is at least 3 and a half years old and discontinued by the brand. I had a duplicate of the concealer and the used one was getting rather old. The colourtrend lipstick in ‘adorable’ has been discontinued and had a formula I wasn’t impressed with. Finally the shine burst gloss sticks in ‘Nude shine’, ‘Dragon fruit pink’ and ‘Raspberry glaze’ were decluttered as the nude and raspberry shades had glitter in them that made them gritty and the pink shade was just unflattering on me.

The products I decided to keep were a glimmerstick in ‘cosmic brown’, a brow glimmerstick in ‘brunette’, two shine burst lip glosses in ‘Rose splash’ and ‘Berry splash’, two shine burst gloss sticks in ‘Rose’ and ‘Vivid cherry’, a lipstick in ‘Romance’ and a cream concealer. All the products are ones that I really enjoy and will continue to use regularly. My favourite Avon product that I own is probably the shine burst gloss stick in ‘Vivid Cherry’ as it is super hydrating and such as stunning colour, I own nothing else like it and its only £3.50!

 

Soap and Glory: This was probably the easiest brand for me to do, as I am decluttering both of these products.

The palette only included two shades that could be used for the crease and they were both purples which wouldn’t work for the other neutral shades. Most of the shadows were okay quality but some were gritty with fall out and little pigment. Overall I wasn’t impressed, I hung on to this palette till now for three shades out of the ten only.

The mini gloss in the shade ‘Rose and shine’ is half used up and about 2 and a half years old. I am not a fan of the tingly lip glosses either so this was a simple decision for me.

The figures:

After decluttering a total of 10 items in this post (plus 1 empty that will be included in my June empties total), this brings the total number for my empties to 122 and the retail value to £444.90.

That is it for this second decluttering by brand post, I hope you enjoyed it. Please follow me here on my blog and on Instagram, that is also ‘teenbeautylife’. June empties and declutter by brand #3 should be up around the end of next week.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

Decluttering by brand #1 – Dior, Stila, Body Shop and Technic (UPDATED)

Hey everyone,

After being inspired by Shannox, Amy Macedo and you guys to declutter my entire makeup collection I decided to do these posts by brand to show you what I had before and after.

I own so many brands of makeup that the ones where I am not decluttering anything I will not being doing a post on. Most of those listed below I only own one or two items from or I am really obsessed with the products. These are as listed:

  • Urban Decay
  • Milani
  • RCMA
  • MUA
  • Hourglass
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Becca
  • Jordana
  • Lancome
  • It’s skin
  • Wet N Wild
  • Tarte cosmetics
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Lush
  • Jouer
  • Bourjois
  • Kat Von D
  • Vaseline
  • Buxom
  • Collection
  • Smashbox
  • Eyelure
  • The Balm
  • Revlon
  • Illamasqua
  • W7
  • Violet Voss
  • Viseart
  • Morphe brushes
  • BH cosmetics
  • Elf cosmetics
  • Juvia’s place
  • Pixi
  • Makeup Revolution
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Melt Cosmetics
  • DHC

I wasn’t kidding when I said I owned a lot of brands.

The way I am going to declutter the products in each brand is by having three categories for them to go into: keep, using up/need to use and pass on/bin. That is it for the intro to this series, I hope you guys like this idea and lets get into the decluttering!

First brand: Technic ~

I own one product from this brand and I got it off of Amazon for around £3-£4. This is a product called ‘high lights’ and it looks almost identical to the Benefit High Beam, from the packaging to the shade. I would definitely call these dupes. I am putting this in the to use up category. I am about 2/3 of the way through this and I won’t repurchase this. The nail polish vibe from the packaging and the iridescent pink shade isn’t what I really reach for. If I want that sort of shade then there are others in my collection I prefer. However, if you want to buy the Benefit High Beam don’t do it. This is so similar so please save your money and get this instead.


Second brand: Dior ~

The only product I own by Dior is the original lip glow. Since actually doing this declutter I have finished this product up. Therefore, this is an empties and has left my collection. I will not be repurchasing it either because it is super expensive (£25.00). I received this as a gift and personally I just don’t wear those lip balm that change due to your lip PH. I find that the shade of pink it changes to is always very unflattering on me. The lip balm itself was really hydrating and the packaging is stunning. If you enjoy PH responsive lip balms/tinted lip balms then I would investigate this, otherwise don’t pay the money for it.


Third brand: The Body Shop ~

These are the two products I know from the Body Shop: The lightening shade adjusting drops and the spiced apple lip balm.

For me the lightening drops are an essential product, as I am paler than my pillow 90% of the time. It allows me to get the exact shade of foundation I want, which every pale girl knows is the dream. Therefore, this is staying in my collection. The lip balm is good but it isn’t mind blowing so I am putting this in the need to use up category.

Fourth brand: Stila ~

This is my small collection of products by Stila. I own the single eyeshadow in ‘kitten’, the stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’, ‘Patina’ and ‘Serenata’.

I decided to keep 3 products and the 4th product is in my project pan 2017. My favourite product from Stila has to be the stay all day mini liquid lipstick in ‘Serenata’ it is such a beautiful dark cool toned brown shade, and I can’t wear many dark browns because of how pale I am. I really hope they add it to the permanent line in the future.

The shade ‘Perla’ was removed from my project pan 2017 and will now be removed from my collection. The shade continues to oxidise into a strange shade that is difficult to wear. This decluttered item will be added to my September empties totals.

To start this decluttering process off: Out of the 8 items – I will be keeping 4 items, 3 will made a priority to use up and 1 is being decluttered (I will add this to my June empties total) since it has been used up entirely. The Stila liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’ will be added to my September empties totals.

I know in this post I didn’t declutter that many products but I wanted to give you guys a good example of how I am going to separate things out. There are plenty more brands that I am going to go through such as AVON, MAC, Maybelline and more.

Until the next time,

Lauren x