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Product Empties: August 2017

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Product empties for August. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

 

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Bath Items

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Tea Body Wash & Foam Bath: I am working through my collection of soaps, and I know I like the eucalyptus scent. I think in the future I will mindfully purchase soaps with this essential oil, but not the plastic packaging. Yellow Light.

SweetSpot Labs Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash: This was a nice find at Target. I like that it comes from 97% natural ingredients, but then it makes me think how long the products last… I used so little each day that it took so long to go through it. Yellow Light.

Bath & Bodyworks Golden Sugar Scrub Warm Vanilla: I bought this on sale because I like sugar scrubs in the shower. But this was used up too fast to make it worth it. I also noticed that the oil residue felt more synthetic than the aromatherapy ones I have used in the past. Red Light.

Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack: I got a free sample of this from Nature Republic and the sample smelled so good and worked so well! Once I used up the regular size, I found that it didn’t smell as good, but still worked nicely. Yellow Light.

 

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Skincare Items

Dr. Brandt V-Zone Neck Cream: Probably too toxic to keep around. I bought this because I sleep on my side, which now creates beautiful crease lines on my chest. But I don’t use it often. Red Light.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion: I thought I would like this because of the Tony Moly Goat Milk Emulsion I had before. Unfortunately, it was too thick and ended up very sticky on my face. Red Light.

Cover FX Custom Infusion DRops Vitamin C + Lemongrass: I used this not to mix in my foundations but as a night moisturizer. However, after some research, I found that Vitamin C is very sensitive to light. So this bottle is not ideal for keeping Vitamin C. Red Light.

Heimish All Clean Balm: This is a sample size. I found that this does not keep very long. It is a solid-like balm to take off makeup. It works very well and I ended up purchasing two full-size jars. Yellow Light.

Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying: This was a nice clay mask at an affordable price! I don’t know all of the ingredients so I will have to check to see if it’s non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: This is a great kind of product. I know there are other kinds of brands that have similar peeling gels and they work well for people who need exfoliation but hate physically sloughing off the skin. I prefer the latter, but do enjoy a gentle peel once in a while. Yellow Light.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: This one was interesting because it was black and had a warming sensation. I don’t think it helped my acne and I don’t think it was worth it at all. Yikes, I guess I just don’t like Boscia products. Red Light.

The Face Shop Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam: A very nice gentle cleansing wash that takes off residual makeup. It doesn’t dry out my skin and is very affordable. Green Light.

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Makeup Items

MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus: I caved in and purchased this because of popular Youtube stars. In some ways, it worked for me helping to set makeup or make eyeshadows more vibrant. I already have some backup setting mists so this won’t be on my list for very long. Yellow Light. 

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara: I liked this mascara from a couple years back. But for some reason, the wand is too flexible and doesn’t coat my lashes very well. Red Light.

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara: Love this mascara! the wand is perfect and the formula works well for me. However, I am working on becoming more cautious of the ingredients going in and on my body. So I will check if this is non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint 05 Stripped Down: The color was perfect, but it separated on my lips after a while of wearing it. Red Light.

TonyMoly Peach Lip Balm: This smelled nice and is a thin consistency. This did not have a long shelf life so it turned stale on me kind of quick! Yellow Light.

TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist Facial Spray: This was supposed to help keep my oily skin from getting crazy, but it didn’t work. It just smelled strongly of alcohol but came in a cute package. Red Light.

As you can see, I’m trying to use up my products wisely, but also moving on to making wiser choices about what I put on my face. Have you been more mindful of your beauty products? Let me know if the comments below.

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How To Keep Track of your Product Expirations

We all know that cosmetic products have a shelf life and most people want to keep to it. So what do you do? Do you keep all of your receipts and look back when you purchased an item? Do you keep an Excel file on everything and organize the items by purchase date, and expiration date? Gosh no! I mean, you could, I’m not judging you. But…

This post is dedicated to how I keep track of all my product expirations.
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A few years ago, when I was a Younique presenter I needed to label all of my products to make them legible for my customers. I bought a labeler that has lasted for many years and I love it.

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I choose the smallest text size with the date purchased or opened. *After doing this for about a year, I now put the calculated expired date just in case the label wipes off like the one below.

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This foundation was purchased almost a year ago, but the label says that it is good until 24 months after opening the package.

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One also wants to remember that in order to keep products lasting (not turning bad before the expiration date) is to keep them out of the sun and heat. This means that the bathroom may not be the best place to keep your makeup!

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Product Empties: June 2017

Product empties for June. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

Skincare

Goodal Trans Foam Cleansing Oil: A gel-like consistency. Not oil. It cleaned my skin from makeup really well. Green Light

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner: I first started using this product by patting it on my skin. But then I found that I like it best wiping it with a cotton pad. Yellow Light

Tony Moly Goat milk Moisture Toner: I loved how this toner helped to moisturize my skin, almost like an emulsion but thinner. Green Light

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: Almost sticky gel to help exfoliate your skin. I couldn’t use it regularly to make a difference in my skin. Red Light

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater: I loved the smell of this. It was perfect for daily use. Green Light

Caudalie Vinoperfect Moisturizer and Radiance Serum: Got this for free from Sephora as a birthday gift. It worked nicely and didn’t give me any bad skin. Yellow Light

Erborian Bamboo Eye: This was promising, a matte moisturizer for your eye area. It didn’t work for me. I was super dry and had to layer it with another moisturizer before I gave up on it. Red Light

Skincare continued

Seacret Clarifying Mud Mask: This is a gentle mud mask that doesn’t dry all crusty. Yellow Light

Lush The Sacred Truth: Oh yes, I love this mask. I love most of the fresh masks from Lush. Green Light

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: A black peel-off mask to help pull out impurities. Doesn’t work well at all! It will take a while to dry and doesn’t pull out half of my impurities. Red Light

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration and Firming Serum and Cream: I recently purchased the Tatcha set from TJ Maxx for a crazy discount. I needed to try it asap before it expired. So, I love it. It is so gentle but helped to keep my skin clear of blemishes. Green Light

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Wipes: Love! Green Light

These sheet masks I reacted to and got a pimply rash on my face if I kept it on longer than 5 minutes. Red Light

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body and Shine Conditioner and Body Wash Foam Bath: The conditioner gave me the best smelling hair that lingers. But it didn’t condition it so well. The body wash smells the same but I love that it is a gel formula. Red Light for the conditioner & Green Light for the body wash

Bath & Bodyworks Japanese Cherry Blossom Golden Sugar Scrub: Bought this on sale and chose this scent because I like the lotion version of this. Found out that I don’t favor the scent as a sugar scrub. Yellow Light

Destiny Boutique Charcoal Facial Detox: I tried this as a face wash but found that it was too slippery. I ended up using this up as a body wash. My body scrub ended up turning black but whatever! I didn’t want to wait. Yellow Light

H2o Plus Spa Sugar Scrub: I love this stuff. I usually only find it at Ross. Green Light

Toms deodorant: This is the only natural deoderant I have quick access to. I have used natural deoderant (or aluminum free) for almost five years. I chose to change my deoderant because I was having issues with sweating and irratation. Ever since I have changed, I have less sweat and less irratation. Green Light

Victoria’s Secret Scandalous Fragrance Wash and Lotion: I got this as a part of a gift set. don’t like these but I do like the scent. Red Light

Nature Republic Aqua Cream: This was supposed to be good for oily skin. I just couldn’t continue using this because it was too fregrant and super sticky. Red Light

Maybelline Dream Cushion: This worked out nicely for me. BUT! You get half of the product for an expensive price (for drugstore). One more issue I have with this is the fact that you have to keep opening the product with the sponge. I felt like it turned bad because of exposure to the air and bacteria. Red Light

Maybelline FIt Me Foundation Stick: I used this as a contour stick but found that it was blending away and not showing up to make a difference in my look. Red Light

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Love this product, but this one just got bad and expired. Green Light

I finally went through my nail polish and moved it from storage. I swatced everything and found that these are not my favorite colors or have gone bad and just don’t work.

Thanks for checking out my post!

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Chloe Morello’s Collab w/ Ciate London

In honor of Chloe Morello’s Beauty Haul return, here is my review of the original collection.

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The original collection came with a beautiful dark blue makeup bag, mini mascara, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow palette.

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First off, these colors look beautiful!

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The top row has these browns and golden shades.

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The middle row has these cream toned shadows.

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The bottom row has these purple shades.

After using this palette for a few times I have realized that the shimmer shades suck! They swatch nicely with my finger but do not show up at all with a brush. I’ve tried to use them with Mac Fix + but it just does not do anything amazing to save it. I’ve tried to use my finger to put the product on my eyelids and that doesn’t work either. The matte shades work nicely and blend easily. Looking at this now, I wouldn’t purchase this palette again. For me, most of the shades that do work are a bit too dark for what I like to wear daily but are okay for what I would wear on a date night. I hope this review helps you if you were thinking about purchasing it.

Interested? Click on Chloe Morello’s gorgeous picture below to see the product site.

  • Aurora D.

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Project: 5 Day Makeup Routine

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Challenging myself to keep to a certain makeup routine for the work week.

Ok, it’s not really a challenge for me. I have been doing this for the past few weeks and have come to a realization that it’s a great plan.

What do I Choose?: I choose all of my basic products I want to use on my face. Primer, foundation, setting powder (if wanted or needed), contour/bronzer (or both), concealer, eyeshadow palette, mascara, and brow product.

What is Missing?: I tend to not choose a few items in this bunch because I like to switch it up depending on what I am wearing for the day.

  • Blush – I have been shying away from using blush on a daily. Sometimes I feel “too made-up” so I skip it entirely. Or maybe it depends on the eyeshadow look or clothes I am wearing for the day.
  • Highlighter – Similar to blush, it just depends on what I’m wearing or how I’m feeling.
  • Eyeshadow Primer – I only use one eyeshadow primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) so no use in switching things up.
  • Lip – I love choosing new lip products and changing them regularly. I will generally stick to one kind of lip product in the same week. For example, I will stick to liquid lipsticks one week and change to stick lipsticks another.

When do I Switch Things?: I keep up the same routine for up to five days. Mondays are usually when I like to choose my products for the week. I get a fresh start every Monday morning! On the weekends I like to try new products or go makeup free to give my skin a break.

Why Do This?: I’m choosing to do this for a lot of reasons.

  1. I wanted to be able to use a product long enough to form a good opinion about it. For example, applying one foundation throughout the week helps me determine if it’s the foundation that doesn’t work with my oily skin or just because I used a different moisturizer that day.
  2. I can appreciate the products I own. If I challenge myself to use different products, that will help me see the amazing stuff I already got. I might catch myself drooling over the new contour palette out on the market, but then I realize I have multiple contour products in my stash that I love using.
  3. It will challenge me to be creative. If I continuously use the same eyeshadow palette, I can get more creative with my looks. If I find that I can’t get inspiration from the palette, then maybe it wasn’t a good buy for me.
  4. It helps to take the stress of getting ready in the morning. Some days I would find myself taking too much time putting on my face before work. I would get overwhelmed some days because I had too much to choose from. This system helps me stay on track and use my time wisely.
  5. It allows me to use up my products wisely. If I see that one of my products is coming to the end of its shelf life, I can put it in the rotation more often.

How Do I Keep Everything?: I found this pink wood tray from Target about a month ago and it works perfectly. I put all my products on the tray for the week. In the morning I move the tray on my desk and when I’m done, I move it on top of my makeup container. This way, everything is clean and out of the way for when I need my desk.
I challenge you all to do the same! Pick out all of your basic makeup products and use them for the entire work week. Then switch it up next week. Let me know how it goes! I will be talking about my weekly products soon!

  • Aurora D.
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Makeup Declutter: Liquid Lipsticks, Gloss & Pencils

Of all the makeup products I have, lip products are ever growing. So many different colors, textures, and finishes. Yikes!

 

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Decluttered the lip products I am holding

 

Liquid Lipsticks:

I have a few brands and I love each of them in their own ways.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks: Soft and mousse-y texture, dries down nicely and does not transfer.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paints: Creamy texture. It takes a while to dry down so it will transfer before then.

Jouer Lip Creme: Mousse-y and slightly sticky till it dries.

Lime Crime Velvetines (not pictured): Liquid formula that feels thin but very good color payoff.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick: Mousse-y and slightly sticky but I love the colors I have.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Thin and liquid consistency. Opaque in color but also very drying. Depending on how old your product is, it can crumble throughout the day. If it is new, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: Very comfortable on the lip. This does not dry down, this does transfer. But if you don’t have a problem with reapplying then you should definitely go for it!

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Glosses:

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip: Love this stuff. Some of them have great color payoff. They feel comfortable on the lip, not too sticky. My one complaint is that there is no scent. It would make it a more pleasurable experience.

NYX Butter Gloss: I like the slightly sheer color and slippery formula. Plus it has a soft sweet scent.

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain: I wanted a cheap glossy crayon to replace my Clinique Chubby stick that I love so much. So far it is good enough.

Shea Moisture: Didn’t love the color so it is gone.

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm: These were nice but turned stale so they had to go.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Sheer: Love this formula and wish they will come out with more colors.

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Lippie Stix, Lip Liners, and other Crayons:

Colourpop Lippie Stix: I love the scent and formula of all of these. I only tossed the old and bold colors I am not using anymore.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils: Love the matte finish and creamy texture. I think they did a great job with these.

Other Crayons: Don’t remember the names of the brands but I just didn’t want to keep the bold colors anymore.

Yes, lip products are a bit hard to declutter because of all the different types out there. Sometimes I just want variety! But they do get old, and it just not would be hygenic to keep using old lip products. Let me know how you are doing!

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Face Powders & Single Eyeshadow

I’m on a roll with getting rid of the old products. However, I feel like you could keep powder products forever!

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The top picture shows the mess I had stored in my drawer that includes bronzers and face powders.

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Powders

I love my loose power from Younique. The texture is so fluffy, I will need to order more soon and encourage you to do so as well!

Other powders are either finishing powders, blotting powders, or powder foundation. I will make it a priority to work on using my powders on light makeup days.

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Single Eyeshadows

My Colourpop Super Shock Shadow collection. I mainly have warm tones but my shimmer shades are my favorite! The other shadows came from subscription boxes or other makeup sets.

I got rid of the basic shades and kept the shades that are more unique or ones I don’t have in my palette collection. I also chose to toss the Colourpop shadows that were dried out (one setback to the shadows).

Looking at my collection, in the future, I want to have single eyeshadows in a pan to easily put in z palettes. Single eyeshadows are just not as nice to store!

Let’s see what my makeup future holds.

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Blushes, Bronzers, & Highlights

I realize wow, I have too much. #Konmari 1, 2, 3!

Ugh, this is more than I can handle. Blush, I do not see myself actually using most of these. I also realize that I only like neutral tan/peach colors.

I am keeping…

KVD Shade & Light Blush in Mickey + Mallory: It’s soft and leaning more on the peach color.

Milani Powder Blush 10 Awakening Rose: Love this color and it is cheap enough to try other colors.

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey: Love the color too much to part ways.

Mellow Face Blush in Bronze: The closest color to my Becca Blush.

E.L.F. Baked Blush: These are perfect if you want a little glow with your blush.

Nars Blush Orgasm: Iconic color.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in Shade 02: A very close dupe in color to Nars Orgasm with less shimmer.

Bronzers/Contour:

Keeping…

It Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc: It is soft and is a good color match for me during the winter time.

E.L.F. Blush and Bronzer duo in Fiji-matte: Using this constantly now. It is super easy to blend and the perfect pan size to bring traveling.

Naked Flushed Native: I bought this a while back but I found that I just can’t use the blush and highlight. I will keep because it is beautiful to look at and the bronzer can work with my skin tone.

E.L.F. Bronzer Pallette: Cheap and a good mix of bronzer colors.

Benefit Hoola travel size: I love how small it is and that even with my medium skin tone, it can work for me.

Maybelline FitMe! 330 Stick Foundation: I use this as a cream contour. It is super easy to blend. Love it.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Pallette Contour in Dulce De Leche: I will use this in the future when I get darker during the summer months.

Cover FX Contour Kit G Medium-Deep: I want to use this when my Maybelline stick runs out. Spent some $$ on it so I need to use this up!

 

Highlights:

Confession time. I didn’t toss much. Only tossed the pink Wet n Wild Fergie pan and two of the highlights in the square golden pans (don’t remember the names because they were bought on sale at Ross). They are all just too pretty!

Okay, let me know how you are doing with your decluttering below 😉

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Concealors & Primers

Safe to say for people who have a collection of makeup products, we keep it past the expiration date! But using expired makeup could lead to skin problems like a pimply rash or eye irritation. Let’s all strive to go through our collections twice a year.

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Primers

J. One Jelly Pack: This is an interesting primer. It squeezes out like clear glue. It is super tacky. I feel my skin very firm when I use it but have not used it enough to see if I love it.

Murad Oil-Control Mattifier: After trying a deluxe sample of this I was hooked! It feels comfortable on the skin and helps to keep my skin looking natural and not dehydrated, while still mattifying. I will continue to use and repurchase this.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter: I had no real intention of using this because I thought it wasn’t going to work for my oily skin. It was purchased with a Becca set including other fun products I wanted to try so it was a surprise when this worked well for me. It smells nice and gives a pretty sheen to the skin. I use it under my light to medium coverage foundation.

Benefit The Pore-fessional: This product does not work for me. It feels nice on the skin and helps to fill in pores but it tends to make me more oily throughout the day!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance: One of my favorite eyeshadow primers around. It smoothes out my skin and keeps my eyelids a comfortable matte. I am never able to even complete a deluxe sample before it starts to go bad. So it seems I need to replace it now before I start getting eye irritations.

 

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Concealers 

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer MediumThin consistency, smells like artificial coconuts and blends well. It is a good color to put on my red spots around my cheeks and chin. I do not use if for color correcting (I don’t like using too many layers) but it does work nicely. I cannot use this under my eyes because it separates throughout the day.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Med-Light NeutralFavorite! This color is perfect for me and under my eyes. It is neutral, so it covers discoloration under my eyes but doesn’t brighten (too much). I can blend this easily with a sponge or just my fingers. I will continue to use this and repurchase.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer NeutralizerI used this in another color and loved it for travel. It is so easy to blend and a thin consistency. However, this was not my color. I will get rid of it.

Benefit Fake Up 02 MediumDespite my oily skin, I have dry under eyes and this is so moisturizing! I love it for my minimal makeup days when I don’t need perfectly matte skin.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer: Got this in a monthly subscription box. I never would have tried it otherwise but it is great. It is creamy and covers “imperfections” well.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector: This pot cream is very easy to use. One little touch of my finger spread to another finger and it is just enough to spread over both under eyes.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-aging Waterproof Concealer: A light salmon color to conceal dark under eyes. This is thick and creamy. I need to play with it more, but I am willing to part with it.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer: This is a darker salmon color to conceal dark under eyes. Again, thick and creamy. I am willing to part with it.

Today I wasn’t very successful because most of these products are reasonably new. I am getting rid of the Pore-fessional and replacing the Shadow Insurance with a new one. I am tossing the Maybelline Age Rewind and then trying both It Cosmetics Concealers to see what I want to do with them.

Are you purging parts of your collection? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below to let me know how the process is going for you.

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Foundation Update

It’s been quite a few months since I have shared my foundation collection. Happy news! I have used up the majority of the foundations shared in my last makeup declutter. Some of them turned (color) before I could finish it, so I chucked them!

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Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation: I surprisingly like this foundation. It gives me medium coverage and I like the finish. It hasn’t slipped off my face after wearing it for a full work day.Tarte: This foundation is still going strong. But I think it’s time that I make it a priority to finish it off. I’m going to make this my base foundation for a month or till it’s empty.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation: I thought I was going to love this foundation but I was very wrong. This gives me minimal coverage and I don’t love the finish. I have been using this as a base and mixing my darker foundations.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation: This foundation is still going strong. But I think it’s time that I make it a priority to finish it off. I’m going to make this my base foundation for a month or till it’s empty.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte: I’m glad I bought this foundation because it is matte and lightweight. I almost forget I’m wearing foundation.

Maybelline Dream Cushion: I like using this foundation when I want a no fuss application and a light/medium coverage. I only worry that it was not a good investment because I don’t know when it is running low.

Urban Decay Naken Skin One & Done: This is another no fuss application but I only use it on the weekends or beach when I want minimal coverage with SPF.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation: Unfortunately this is too dark for me right now. So I don’t know how it wears alone. I have mixed it with the Tarte foundation and it worked nicely.

Cover fx Custom Cover Drops: Another mixing medium for my lighter foundations.

As you can see, the only foundations that match me well are not meant for all day wear. But I have no issues pretending to be a scientist and mix them to perfection. Wowzers! Looks like it’s time to declutter. Follow me to see my Decluttering Series!

-Aurora D.

 

 

 

 

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Makeup Declutter: Foundations

 

Ok, let’s do this! I’m on a roll and you know we got to roll with that momentum. Follow me as I let go of some foundations.

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Ok, I have a lot.

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Let’s look at the high(er)-ish/end brand foundations.

Urban Decay All Nighter 6: This is a relatively new purchase. I read all of the reviews and decided to purchase it. Tried it twice and as of now, it does not last more than 4 hours on my face! Then it starts to feel heavy and slips off my nose and cheeks. 😣

Too Faced Born This Way Sand: I love the way this foundation makes my skin look. It has medium coverage, it masks my red spots and my skin looks healthy! This one is going nowhere.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Medium Honey: I wanted a thin, serum like foundation for the summer. I like it for that purpose but it does not last long. Around hour 3 it gathers around my nostrils then dries up so it’s hard to blend out.

Cover fx Custom Cover Drops G 50: I like using this with my liquid foundations that need more coverage or needs a change of color.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Light-Medium Honey: This is one of the only foundations that is a comfortable matte. I can have this on for close to 9 hours and will only get a little oil peaking through on my nose. This is too light for my usual complexion so I have to warm it up with some bronzer or my cover fx custom cover drops.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish Tan: I like the finish of this foundation but it does not cover my red spots. For some reason this makes my red spots look like age spots. I usually have to mix this with another foundation to make it perfect for me.

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Now looking at the drug store, affordable and sample size products.

Milani Conceal + Perfect 05: This is surprisingly really nice. It doesn’t dry matte on me, it tends to be tacky so I HAVE to set it with a powder. And I walked through the rain at the end of my work day, got in the bathroom and my makeup was still intact!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless: This foundation has gotten many good reviews online so I had to try it. I love it for an everyday no fuss makeup day. It gives me light to medium coverage. This does not stay matte on me all day, but it is so light and comfortable to wear that I don’t mind.

E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation: This foundation was recommended by a YouTuber who loved it. I bought the wrong shade so I cannot wear it alone. I would usually use it to mix with my lighter shade foundations.

Maybelline Dream Wonder-touch Foundation 85 Sun Beige: Yes. This foundation I love. Unfortunately, I found this in the clearance section so I don’t even think they make this formula anymore! It is a great serum like foundation, perfect for summer or “less makeup” days.

It Cosmetics CC+ Medium: I favor this CC cream for days at the beach. It gives more coverage than some of my foundations. I set it with a little bronzer and I’m ready to go! It can seriously be as easy to put on as those irritating infomercials say it is.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Medium: I have not used this foundation sample enough to really have an opinion about it. 🙁 Maybe I need another sample to try again 😉

Benefit Hoola: This happens to be the same color of my own skin. I would not purchase this because it would not work out for me to be worth it.

Benefit Dew the Hoola: This smells really nice. I would use this as a liquid bronzer, but it ends up disappearing on my face. Bummers!

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Stick foundations! Ah so easy to travel with. Blendable. Different colors for different purposes.

Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free + Balance: I used this stick foundation on my trip to New Zealand because I was basically camping out of our car (that’s what most tourists do). On most days, I was putting on my makeup while my partner was driving us out of our camping ground. It is just so easy! However, these do not keep me shine free in humid Hawaii.

NYX Mineral Stick Foundation: I can’t say how well these work on me because they ended up having a pink undertone. Life.

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Results!

These are all the foundations I am keeping. I feel pretty good about the results. Let me know if you have tried any of the foundations I mention and your thoughts!

-A Simple Sunset

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How to Handle Makeup Product Regret

You know you’ve felt this. Regret. Maybe you just had to purchase that highlighter palette because your favorite YouTuber told you, you just can’t live without it! And you buy it. But soon find out, for whatever reason, it does not work for you! Here are three ways you can handle Makeup Product Regret (#MPR).

1. Toss it!

Okay, maybe that wasn’t the most tactful way to start my blog. But if you know me, you know I am not afraid to toss things that I know don’t belong in my life. Honestly, if something doesn’t bring you joy (#konmari), just toss it. Thank the product for its service in teaching you about what you may or may not like in that kind of product.

2. Use it!

Yes, that is the obvious choice for some people, even when they hate the product at first try, they still use it. Or at least keep it in their makeup drawer, haunting them until they begrudgingly attempt to use it one more time. I have two suggestions on how to use a product you regret purchasing. Try one of the following before you decide if you want to go through with tip #1 or try tip #3.

First: Product Regret One Week Challenge

Okay, not the best name, but you get it right? You take a product and use it every day for seven days. People try challenges to do something out of their comfort zone and it can be a positive experience.

Example: If it is an eyeshadow palette that every time you look at it, it just doesn’t spark creativity; challenge yourself to use that eyeshadow palette every day creating a new eyeshadow look forcing yourself to use what you’ve got! I’ve tried it and re-fell-in-love with some makeup products.

Second: Product Regret 7-way Challenge

If you have a product you regret buying because you feel it just does not work for you but doesn’t fit with the first challenge, try this one. Find 7 different ways to use that dreadful product!

Example: Lush oil cleanser. I bought this because I wanted to purchase products that were more environmentally friendly and cruelty-free. Lush provides just that because once I am done with the product, I can return 5 of the pots in exchange for one fresh mask! Plus this company claims to be cruelty-free.

But dang-it! I could not use this product for the life of me! Basically, you put this on your makeup-painted face (dry), rub rub rub, then rinse off with warm water.

1 – I fingered a small amount of the product rubbed it all over my face and rinsed it off with warm water. I hated it. It just created a thick waxy oil all over my face, not cleaning off much.

2 – I took the small amount of the product and rubbed it in between my hands. Maybe it needed warming before application? Then I continued as directed. Same result.

3 – I did the same steps, but this time in the shower! Maybe I need constant warm water? Nope, still waxy.

4 – Same steps, in the shower, but now I used a damp wash cloth to wipe off the waxy mess. It worked! Sort of… My eye makeup was still bleeding. Lovely.

5 – Okay. Maybe it just doesn’t work for my full face. Next, I used a pea sized amount on to a finger and worked it on my lips to take off the dried liquid lipstick. It came out super thick so I took it off with a cotton pad. It worked! Not fun but it worked!

6 – Since it worked for my liquid lipsticks, it should definitely work for my swatches on my hands right? Right! Rub it on my dry swatches and wipe it off with cotton. I guess that is using less cotton than a makeup wipe, right?

7 – Okay, last way to try this product. I used it specifically to take off eye makeup. I put the product on my closed eyes and wiped it off with a dry cotton pad and a wet cotton pad. Both did not work so well.

Conclusion: I don’t think it was worth it to keep this product while only using it to remove swatches. Now I should either go for tip #1 or tip #3.

3. Give it!

If you can’t stand to toss it. And it just does not work for you. Find a way to give it to someone. Maybe you have a friend or family member that is better suited for the product. Or you have a women’s shelter that you can donate the product(s) to? Another option is to sell your gently used products to glambot.com. But be aware that this kind of website only accepts certain products with a minimum amount of products to be sold.

Since I am pretty addicted to purchasing and using beauty products, I am getting better at choosing what works well for me. But some products may still slip by. Please let me know in the comments below what are some of your makeup regrets and what did you do to solve the problem?