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Decluttering my collection round 2 part 3

Hi everyone,

I have returned! Where from you may ask, well the answer is from under a massive pile of revision relating to my 5th accounting exam. I cannot believe I only have one more exam and then I will be a CFAB qualified accountant! Anyone who has done this knows that these exams take over your life, so that is why I have been MIA for the last month or so.

Well now I have to try and catch up on posts for the decluttering by brand, decluttering round 2, November empties and December empties before the end of 2017… should be interesting. I better get into it then.

 

The two foundations that I chose to declutter from my collection were the Maybelline Super Stay 24hr fresh look longwear foundation in 03 true ivory (£8.99) and the Urban Decay All Nighter waterproof longwear liquid foundation in 0.5 (£29.00).

The Maybelline foundation just doesn’t work well with my skin. It gets patchy throughout the day and I never consider myself to be having a good makeup day when wearing this. I know that they have changed the packaging and maybe the formula as well, I am not sure on that one, but I don’t really want to try it again.

The Urban Decay foundation oxidises so bad that I appear orange no matter what I do, which you guys probably guessed anyway as countless bloggers have mentioned this product flaw. As this is the lightest shade I can’t just purchase a light one from the range. I enjoyed the coverage it gave and the wear time but I just cannot wear it without looking comical.

 

Urban Decay The Illuminizer (£24.00) – I wanted to love this so bad but I could never get it to work. The powder swatches an okay colour for me to wear but makes my foundation too dark when applied, it has big bits of shimmer in it randomly and it clings to dry spots. Therefore I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

Wet N Wild Megaglo contouring palette in Dulce de leche (£9.48) – What drew me to it originally was the shades, as I thought it would work great on my fair skin tone. Whilst the shades are great, it takes a lot of effort to blend the contour shade out as it is quite patchy on application and the highlight shade clings to dry patches under the eyes. Therefore this just doesn’t work for me like I wanted it to.

AVON dual glow cheek colour and highlighter in ‘Just pinched’ (£9.00) – The blush shade was far too dark and pigmented for me to personally wear and whilst the highlight shade was nice, it wasn’t nice enough to justify keeping the duo.

 

The first two of the three eyeshadow palettes I am decluttering are the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (£36.00) and the Lorac Pro palette (£11.99). These palettes are both very old and the formula is starting to become difficult to work with, which if any of you own these palettes you know that is unusual. I will not repurchase either of these as I have so many palettes that are similar that I prefer.

 

The final eyeshadow palette is the Too Faced x NikkieTutorials collaboration (£30.00). This contains 9 shadows, two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. The pink and silver shade in the top row are quite chunky but the rest of the shades are really good. However. there are very minimal looks you can pull together from it. The blushes are very pigmented and I don’t really wear bright blush. The highlight is pretty and the bronzer isn’t the right shade for me.

Overall, I don’t get the use out of the palette that I should in order to justify keeping it. I bought it to support Nikkie but there has been a lot of controversy around this collab this year which makes me question whether I actually did or not. Therefore, it has to leave my collection.

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AVON Magix HD finishing powder (£9.00) – I just don’t enjoy white HD powders. They make me seem even paler than usual and appear ashy/ dusty on the skin.

AVON big colour eye pencil in ‘slate’ (£4.00) – This shade in eye crayon form just doesn’t get used by myself. I would like to state that I only own two other eye crayons after all this decluttering so it isn’t a product I own a lot of or use a lot.

Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional License to blot mini (FREE) – I have dry skin so I don’t need this sort of product. I only had it in my collection as it was free.

KIKO long lasting stick in 05 (£6.90) – The lid for this cracked and the shade meant that I didn’t use it as much as I should of (as with the AVON shadow crayon).

That is it for this post. The totals are 209 items at a retail value of £1,154.38! The next one is going to be a longer post (over 20 items) but it is the only way to get all the items covered in one final post for round 2. Hopefully this should be up in a few days.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

 

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August empties part 2 (12 items)

Hey guys,

Part 1 of this month’s empties brought me over 1oo empties. My next project pan goal is to reach 150 empties.

Also, I start my full time apprenticeship tomorrow so I don’t know when certain posts will be coming out. I was thinking maybe doing two months worth of products at once, like a October & November empties post. Let me know in the comments whether you would like that or whether you prefer these posts monthly.

Hits:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) – This had to go because I could no longer get all the dirt out of it and the sponge’s pores became very large. Saying that I have repurchased it as I prefer to use this sponge under my eyes rather than my beauty blender because of the flat oval edge.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick sample in Red Carpet Red (FREE) – This is the final Charlotte Tilbury lipstick sample that I had. As I mentioned before in a empties post, I love this colour and formula. If I didn’t already have so many red lip products I would probably purchase the full size.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD! mascara in blackest black (£6.99) – I really enjoyed this mascara as it both lengthened and separated my lashes. What I mainly look for in a mascara is length rather than volume and this mascara gave me some of the longest lashes I have ever achieved. It is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras and I will repurchase after I have tried out some others that I have in mind.

L’oreal Recital Preference hair dye in refined brown (£6.00) – I have gone back to dying my hair for the winter and this product turns my hair such a lovely cooled toned brown. I have never had a problem with this product so I really recommend it.

AVON Anew lip plumping conditioner (£9.00) – I would apply this to my lips before bed to ensure that when I woke up my lips were nice and hydrated. It filled in the natural lines on my lips which made it great to apply before liquid lipstick since those are typically quite drying products. Next time I need a lip treatment it will be a strong contender.

AVON Care Intensive relief lip treatment (£1.10) – This lip balm was really basic everyday product in terms of being scentless and having basic packaging. However, this was more hydrating than expected. Whilst I won’t repurchase this product it is in my hits because if you like basic scentless lip balms, that are affordable I would recommend this to you to try out.

The middle ground:

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AVON Clearskin blackhead clearing daily astringent (£2.50) – I used this as a toner after cleansing (not sure if that is what you are supposed to do but oh well). This is in the middle ground because I cannot say for sure that this cleared my blackheads, but I haven’t had very many during using this product. Therefore, I probably won’t repurchase as I couldn’t see prominent results.

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume pre-wash conditioner sample x2 (FREE) and TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume shampoo sample x2 (FREE) – I got these four samples from two different magazines, ELLE and Marie Claire. It has the regular TRESemme hair product scent and my hair was in good condition after using it. I liked the concept of a reverse system but truthfully I didn’t experience an increased amount of volume in my hair. I don’t know whether it was because I have really thick hair or not but I won’t be purchasing the full sizes.

Miss:

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KIKO Milano cleansing pure clean make up removing wipes (£1.70) – I have a makeup wipe obsession so I have tried many different brands. I can safely say these are the worst makeup wipes I have ever tried. These burned my eyes and dried them out. It took quite a while to actually take my eye makeup off. I highly DON’T recommend these.

That concludes the August empties making a total of 20 products used in August. Bringing the overall empties total to 114 and the total empties worth to £506.93!