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Decluttering by brand #3:

Hey everyone,

The day has finally come. This is the last declutter post for 2017. It has been a long time coming but I finally completed this post. I am sorry about the wait but it took quite a while to find all the pictures for the remaining items. In terms of my November and December empties this will be up in the next couple of days as the last post related to 2017.

Colourpop ultra matte lip mini in ‘clueless’ and ‘tulle’ (Both FREE): These were both expired and I will not purchase the full size of either as ‘clueless’ was too pink for me and ‘tulle’ was an unflattering brown shade on my skin tone.

Colourpop ultra matte lip mini in ‘honey pie’ (FREE): I will never have an opportunity to wear this bright red. This was part of a minis set for Valentines day 2017 and I can see a lot of people enjoying this, it is just whether you wear this sort of shade or not.

Colourpop ultra satin lip in ‘Baracuda’ (£4.57): As with most decluttered items this just didn’t work for me. The shade itself just makes me look super ghostly.

Colourpop x Hello Kitty lippie stix in ‘konichiwa’ (£3.89): Too pink. That is my only issue with this product. As Colourpop is only online for those of us in the UK you have to go with swatches and other sources to decide on which colours to buy. Unfortunately this one just didn’t work out for me.

Makeup Revolution liquid lipstick in ‘we rule’ (£4.00): This is a very similar shade to the Kylie Cosmetics metal liquid lipstick in ‘heir’ except I prefer that shade and formula. As I don’t get to wear metallics often, I kept the Kylie one and decluttered the Makeup Revolution one.

Gerard Cosmetics supreme lip creme in ‘wild berry tart’ (£12.00): I like the shade but the smell is too strong and its a bit too sticky for me. Although, wild berry tart is a good shade name for this because the scent itself smells like very sweet berries. Again I feel it is entirely down to preferences with lip products as to whether you will like this or not.

Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss in ‘dainty’ (£16.00): The bright peach shade and the fact it looks super streaky on the lips are the reasons that this one had to go. I love the Anastasia gloss formula but this shade was a dud for me.

Sleek highlighting palette in ‘Cleopatra’s kiss’ (£9.99): The two powder highlighters in this palette are far too glittery for my taste and the only one of the creams I could wear was the light yellow shade. As I prefer by far the Sleek Solstice highlighter palette, I will be passing this one on.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint (£25.50): When I first got this I was obsessed, this is such a well known product in the beauty community as it is. This can be used on your cheeks and lips, creating a natural flushed effect. I passed this on as I just found myself not reaching for it anymore. I think if you are really into natural makeup and liquid cheek products you should get a sample to try though, as it is a good product.

Maybelline ColorElixir in ‘720 Nude Illusion’ (£6.99): This has expired so it has been thrown out. This was a nice slightly on the warmer side shade of nude gloss, but I wouldn’t repurchase as I have so many others I prefer.

Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Vintage Rose’ (£11.00): This particular shade had a very dry formula which when applied drags across your lips. As well as this unpleasant factor the shade didn’t suit me, so I found no reason to keep this in my collection.

Too Faced Glimmer dust in ‘Glitterally’ (FREE): I just don’t use loose glitters. Too much mess, especially since this doesn’t even have a sifter.

Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in dark brown (£15.00): In case you couldn’t tell, this has completely dried out. It is too dark for my brows now anyway, so when I repurchase I think I will choose the shade medium brown instead.

NYX Jumbo eye pencil in 611 yogurt (£5.50): I think by now most of you will realise from the theme of products I have been decluttering, that I just don’t use eye crayons.

NYX Vivid Brights eyeliner in vivid violet (£5.50): I like this for regular liner but it does flake off if you use it for a wing. With this limitation and the fact that I have limited opportunities to wear purple liner, I decided to declutter this.

NYX Intense butter gloss in cookie butter (£6.00): I really like the formula of the intense butter glosses but this was such a strange shade. Cookie butter is a light nude with a weird tone to it (I want to say almost yellowish). I just don’t think it looks good at all.

NYX colour correcting powder in banana (£9.00): Far too dark for my skin tone, making it impossible for me to use.

NYX single shadow in happy hour (£4.50): I have so many of this kind of shade in palettes that I just don’t go searching through my collection for this shade in single shadow form.

NYX Tame and Frame tinted brow pomade in brunette (£6.00): This had dried out completely but I have since repurchased it. (For those of you wondering I have picked up Inglot duraline since throwing out my two dried up brow pomades so this doesn’t happen again.)


KIKO wet and dry eyeshadow in 204 (£7.10): I could only get this shade to suit me on the outer corner and it was difficult to get it to blend smoothly when applied there. I love the shade 200 but this one I just couldn’t get to work for me. It would probably work well as an all over lid shade for a purple smokey eye but I don’t get a chance to wear that sort of look often, so I passed this on.

KIKO 3D hydra lip gloss in 22 (£7.90): I have so many lip products and I tend to wear more matte formulas anyway. Overall I just have so many other formulas of lip gloss that I prefer over this one, and this is difficult to store as well as it is in such bulky packaging.

KIKO infinity eyeshadow in 215 (£1.00): I get that this is cheap but the packaging makes this so difficult to use. It is a brown shade with golden subtle sparkle, which I found sometimes showed up and others you wouldn’t think it was anything other than a matte brown.

KIKO make your own palette (£5.00) and KIKO single shadow in 59 (£2.50): I don’t think I am going to purchase more of the KIKO eyeshadows so I passed on the palette with the single shadow in it. The navy shade is nice but I just don’t use it as I rarely ever have the opportunity to wear colourful makeup and when I do I normally reach for purples or warm toned more bold shades.

Annoyingly I have searched extensively and cannot locate the remaining pictures for the following products. Therefore these will just have to be listed.

  • Colourpop lippie stix in Goldie, hotline, upside down and ziggie (£3.89 each): These were shades, well three of them, were the sort that my best friend would love so I already passed those onto her. The shade upside down is a light peach that I got in a kit and it just doesn’t suit me or anyone I know so it unfortunately had to be trashed.
  • NARS blush in miss liberty (£23.00): This product is labelled as a blush but it is actually a highlighter. The reason I decluttered this is because it is quite old and I don’t use highlighters that are super glittery, which this one is pure glitter. I did enjoy using this as an eyeshadow but with the amount of products I own I couldn’t justify not giving it to someone else to try out instead.
  • L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick in 214 violet saturne (£6.99): It was just an okay product. I didn’t like the scent of the lipstick and the colour was just something I would only wear occasionally. Therefore with my large collection of lip products, I didn’t need to keep this one.
  • Coty Airspun loose face powder in translucent (£14.99): OLD LADY PERFUME. Easiest way to describe the scent of this. It is so overwhelming that your face smells of it all day. I really do like the powder itself but you can’t get the unscented version in the UK. The packaging also broke on mine which made it very messy. I believe that this is a good product and I see why so many others love it, but I can’t ignore my nose anymore.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel (£16.50): This one was almost dried out so I tossed it. I love this brow gel and have minis of it that I kept.
  • Colourpop mini ultra matte lip in ‘more better’ (£2.34): I passed this on as it is too bold for me to wear other than once a year or so.

That is it for this post. I hope you all enjoyed the decluttering posts this year. As mentioned previously anything that hasn’t expired will be passed onto others unless it can’t be for hygiene reasons.

This brings the totals to 284 items and a retail value of £1636.65!

Until the next time,

Lauren x



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

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

Project Pan Update 1

I bet you all thought I had forgotten about this post. Well it has finally arrived; my first update on the project pan items I selected at the beginning of the year. I started 2017 by choosing 10 products that I wanted to finish/hit pan on and in conjunction with my empties and decluttering posts and my current no buy (which failed 8 days in), I truly believe that this year is going to result in a much more organised and manageable makeup collection.

Lets start with the three single powder eyeshadows.

As you can see I have made quite good progress in this area. The first thing you will have noticed between the before and after photo is that I have hit pan on MAC Vanilla. This took so long. I never realised how much product you get in a MAC eyeshadow. My aim by the next update is to have used most of it, if not all of it, up. As it is a basic whitish bone shade I feel it is an essential eyeshadow but I don’t believe that you need to spend £10 on this shade.

When I started my 2017 project pan, the Revlon Shadowlink in Sand was already showing pan. This has expanded quite a bit, which I am super happy about. I generally use this shade as an inner corner highlight or all over the lid. I love these light champagne shades its just that this one is really old and the glitter is a little chunky for my current tastes. This is one that I am hoping to finish up by next time.

Disappointingly, I have made no progress on the Revlon Shadowlink in Melon. As it is so old and I haven’t even used it in the past 4 months, I am going to declutter this eyeshadow. I don’t like to declutter products that are this unused but I have had it for so long and I just don’t envision myself using it in the future.

I am loving using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Cameo, as the coverage is perfect for everyday wear. I have no doubt that I will repurchase this but I think next time I will try another shade as it is a little pink for my taste. By the next update I am pretty sure this will be used up. The Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Cricket, is another story. A little progress can be seen, however I am finding it extremely difficult to get use out of this shade since it isn’t exactly office appropriate. Nevertheless I love the product so I don’t mind it sitting in my collection a while longer.


The only real progress that has been made with these is the Maybelline Colorsensational lipstick in 725 Tantalizing Taupe, that has been officially used up. This was one of my favourite drugstore lipsticks which I have no doubt I will repurchase. The other two products don’t appear to have changed much, but I am hoping by the next update that things will be different. Although I highly doubt that there will be another finished lip product by the next update, one can always hope.


Something I have discovered over the past couple of months is that the LA Girl Pro Conceal is never ending. I used this for a period of time everyday and there is no difference. The Sleek contour kit in light is doing well; I still couldn’t hit pan on the contour side. You can see the dip in it but I have no idea how long it will take to use it up.

That is it. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please follow my blog and Instagram if you haven’t already. I am going to be doing monthly updates from now on if you want to see what progress I make on these items. I haven’t decided yet when I am going to add items to my project pan or what those will be or how many, so please stay tuned for that.

The decluttered shadow and the used up lipstick means that there are only 8 products in my project pan now. These two items will be mentioned more in depth in my April empties which will be posted in the first week of May.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

6 brands – cruelty free and great quality

In this post I am going to mention 6 different brands that are cruelty free and produce great quality products. It is a personal preference of makeup users as to whether they use brands which are cruelty free or not. However, more and more people are choosing to declutter their makeup collection and purchase cruelty free brands. Until I did my research I had no idea how many well known brands test on animals. MAC, Kiehl’s, Dior, Guerlain etc. Personally, I own a lot of makeup that isn’t cruelty free but now with the knowledge that I have I do second guess myself before making a purchase. Therefore, the aim of this post is to provide you guys with information on great brands that are cruelty free should you be interested in switching your purchasing habits.


Drugstore brands:

If your budget limits you to drugstore brands then it doesn’t mean that you can’t shop cruelty free. It is more difficult to shop cruelty free in the UK because most of the brands available at the drugstore are owned by L’oreal or are named by PETA as those that test on animals. However, the three below are all high quality and very affordable.

  • Makeup Geek – Whilst this isn’t available at the drugstore, it is easily acquirable on the internet. I purchased products from this brand from BeautyBay. I love purchasing from BeautyBay because the products arrive really fast and it is free delivery on orders over £15.00. Makeup Geek is well known for its single eyeshadows and blushes, which are both very affordable at £4.95 for an eyeshadow and £7.95 for a blush. With 92 shades in just the regular eyeshadow range on BeautyBay, you are spoilt for choice and can create every eye look imaginable. As I am sure you guys know, from YouTube, their products are highly pigmented and very blendable. So if you are looking for a way to build your cruelty free collection, please check this brand out. Click here to view the range.
  • NYX Cosmetics – Not that long ago, NYX became available in the UK in Boots stores and Selfridges. This brand’s products have the cruelty free logo on them, which means that PETA has certified them as cruelty free. The best products by NYX, in my opinion, are the butter glosses and the angel veil primer. Their lip products come in a wide range of shades and finishes and with the butter glosses costing only £5.00, you can afford more than one.
  • Sleek – This is a UK brand that I personally love for their blushes and matte me liquid lipsticks. Their blushes are highly pigmented so you get a huge amount of product for your money, the shade rose gold is a great dupe for NARS orgasm blush. The matte me lip products range was recently added to, to include berry shades. They are long lasting and apply smoothly, so check out the range for cruelty free liquid lipsticks at £4.99 each.

High end brands:

For those of you that like to indulge in high end makeup, the three brands mentioned below are all cruelty free and I recommend each of them highly.

  • Becca – This brand is renowned for being cruelty free, but a lot of their products are also vegan. Some of the products that are vegan are: Shimmering skin perfector pressed in Opal, Moonstone, Champagne gold, Topaz, Pearl and Blushed copper, Ever matte pore perfecting primer, Mineral blush in Wild honey, Sweet pea, Lantana, Nightingale and more. With Becca being a recognised brand for high quality and standards, if you guys are looking for a brand that is cruelty free and has vegan products then this is the one for you.


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  • Too Faced – The brand has had many recent launches including the Born this way concealer and sketch marker liquid eyeliner. Known for their innovative ideas and collaborations with those famous in the makeup industry, Too Faced is a cruelty free brand that I love. If you guys love adorable packaging, high quality, buttery eyeshadows and long lasting lip wear check out the Too Faced range either online or at Debenhams.
  • Urban Decay – This brand is famous for its eyeshadow palettes, with a range from bright colours to rose gold to smokey shades. Whilst I have had issues with the brand in the past I have fallen in love with the Naked skin concealer, Vice lipsticks and Naked Basics palette. Urban Decay has a wide product portfolio to suit everyone’s taste including the recently launched 100 vice lipsticks that are cruelty free, pigmented and reasonably priced at £15.00.

What are your favourite cruelty free ranges??