I remembered to pick up my birthday gift from Sephora this year! Yay, free makeup! This year, it’s a mini mascara and lipstick duo from Make Up For Ever.
My birthday was in February. I figured I’d better post this before the mascara runs out and I forget to take a picture of it on my face. The mascara is the Smoky Extravagant, and the lipstick is the Rogue Artist Natural N9.
I only just noticed this, but they give you tips on how to use the mascara and lipstick. I feel like mascara and lipstick application is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s a nice touch? Maybe I should try using the mascara wand vertically like they suggest, because while it does give me volume, I have wimpy Asian eyelashes and they barely show up on camera.
I like mini mascaras because I feel like I can actually finish them before I have to throw them away after 3 months. The brush is an interesting shape. I haven’t tried using the “precision tip” because there’s always a lot of excess goop on it. Also, it’s worth noting that it does smudge on me when I’m wearing glasses.
I also like mini lipsticks because they’re super cute. The color is flattering on me, and a touch rosier than my natural lip color. I feel like a grown up when I wear it, ha.
On my face! Other than the mascara and the lipstick, I’m wearing a BB cream and powder, concealer, Benefit’s Dallas blush, and I filled in my eyebrows.
See what I mean about my puny lashes? This is two coats of mascara.
Overall, I think this was a cute little birthday gift. However, my favorite Sephora birthday gift was the Fresh lip balm duos; I liked it so much I got it two years in a row.
Are you a Sephora Beauty Insider? What was your favorite Sephora birthday gift?
One more empties post and I’ll be caught up for 3 whole days! Wow! Amaze!
Smashbox Muse palette – My sister goaded me into buying this. I actually got a lot of use out of this lately, since I discovered that the lightest beige-y color is perfect as a highlight. However, I wasn’t using all the colors, so I depotted the neutral colors and threw away the rest.
Urban Decay deluxe palette – I also really love this palette, but it’s really old. I tried to depot Zero to see if they would come out easily, and they’re tin pans, so they bent and cracked like crazy. I wanted to keep Fishnet, since that’s my favorite in this palette, but I’ll probably buy the single off allcosmeticswholesale.com… maybe. Eventually.
MAC pigments in Violet and Teal – I got these as samples when I used to work at Macy’s in the Women’s Shoes department and I wandered over one night because it was slow and I was bored. That was probably 4 or so years ago, and I’ve used these pigments maybe 3 times. They’re just taking up space at this point.
Urban Decay cream shadows in Asphalt, Sphynx, Midnight Rodeo, Moonshine – I’m not sure what prompted me to buy these. They had already been discontinued, and I hunted them down on the ACW site. I guess I thought I’d use them as shadow bases. However, since they were discontinued awhile ago, a lot of them are dried out. Again, I’ve kept the neutrals (finally decided to let go of the last two colored ones today), and the rest are going in the trash.
*not pictured: Urban Decay cream shadow in Weeds – I gave this to my sister, Jackie. I’m not sure whether or not she’s even used it, but hey! It’s not my problem anymore. :P
Too Faced Galaxy eyeshadow in Moonbeam – Another one of those clearance purchases. This is a baked swirly shadow, and I’ve used it less than 10 times. I also had a blue one, but I gave that away to my sister’s friend.
Victoria’s Secret Sparkle eyeshadow in Fierce – I asked Jackie to buy this for me when she worked at Victoria’s Secret. It swatched beautifully and I thought I’d use it. I was wrong. Also, I found out later that the texture is really dry and it’s hard to blend.
Urban Decay Stardust in Bobby Dazzle – The rest of my Stardust shadows are fine, with the exception of the packaging that’s getting sticky (think old NARS packaging). This particular one, however, has always been crumbly. Fun and gross story: I don’t remember why I was picking at the surface of it, maybe to push the crumbly bits back into place, but my finger slipped and it gouged out a huge piece that you can see missing in the picture. A giant chunk of shadow flew into my eye and lodged itself there. Usually I can just touch my eyeball and get the particle out, but I guess because this wasn’t just fallout, it was an actual CHUNK, it didn’t want to come out. I eventually got it out, but now I’m psychologically scarred and scared of this shadow, so even if I had kept it, I probably wouldn’t use it. Haha.
The Body Shop Divide & Multiply mascara – Out of all the mascaras The Body Shop has, this one is my favorite. I don’t love it by any means, but it’s the least sucky. The Super Volume or whatever it’s called is also decent, but the Big & Curvy one (I had the waterproof one) was terrible.
e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara – I’m no expert in clear brow gel, and my eyebrows aren’t particularly unruly either. Therefore, I don’t see the point in spending a lot of money on brow gel. This one is approximately $1.12 at Target. It runs out really quickly, but come on. It’s $1.12. When the brow part starts getting brown and yucky, I switch over to the eyelash one until that one gets gross too, then I’ll buy another one.
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy – This was a gift with purchase on Urban Decay’s website a few years back. I used it a few times, but it has started to smell weird.
Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker Glitter eyeliners in Cryptic, Magical, and Secrecy – I bought these during Halloween one year. Secrecy was my favorite; it looked amazing layered over Urban Decay’s liquid liner in Minx. These also started to dry out and smell funny, though.
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip – I think I used this twice. Oops.
*note to self: Do not buy glitter eyeliners. You WILL NOT use them.
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in 1999 – This has started drying out, too. It’s also not very flattering on me.
Physician’s Formula eye booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – Holy wow, that is a long name. I love this liquid eyeliner pen. It has a felt tip, and it’s so easy to use. Mine is over a year old, so next time Physician’s Formula goes on sale at Longs, I’ll pick up another one.
Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in Binge – This was Urban Decay’s version of the cream liner. It actually wasn’t bad. But mine is really old and of questionable quality and I’m pretty sure bacteria is swarming in that thing, so… Yeah, not going by my eyes.
Kat Von D cream shadow in Benji – This was from the True Romance palette, I think. It looked awful on me. I have no idea why I wanted to depot it and keep it. Because reasons, I’m assuming.
Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Rose Blush – It’s a nice color on me, but I don’t like the smell. It’s also not very moisturizing, despite its name claiming otherwise.
Smashbox Reflection High Shine lip gloss – I got this back when Nordstrom used to give me little bags of makeup samples. I used this only a handful of times. It’s really sticky, and the glitter clings to my lips.
Urban Decay Pocket Rocket lip gloss in Doug – Another gift with purchase. It’s a decent lip gloss, but the smell was always weird. It smells like breakfast cereal.
MAC Lipglass in Evolution Revolution – This was part of the Bloggers’ Obsession collection, and the blogger who created this was Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog. Karen was the first beauty blogger I ever followed, and I grabbed this lip gloss when it came out, because I just love her so. Mine has started separating, though. The color doesn’t look good on me either, sadly.
I’ve decided to throw away some crappy brushes, too!
Stila brush – This came with a mini set of their smudge pots. While I love the smudge pots, I’ve never used the brush. I prefer thinner brushes for gel liners, so this just sat forgotten somewhere for years.
QVS dual ended eyeshadow brush – Bought this at Longs, thinking I could keep it in my on-the-go makeup bag. It sucks. I’ve since bought a mini eye brush set from ecoTools, and I use that instead.
Sigma travel brushes in E55 and E25 – Now this is a crying shame. My friend Krystal bought me a nice travel set of Sigma brushes for Christmas one year. When I visited my boyfriend, Albert, in London last year around April, I left the set with him intentionally, so the next time I visited I wouldn’t have to bring brushes. Well, apparently he had summer bugs in his closet, eating holes in some of his clothes. They got to some of my brushes too. Here’s a close up of where they snacked on my brush bristles:
I could theoretically still use them, but the idea of using brushes that bugs had chewed on really grosses me out. So I threw them away, and hopefully I’ll replace them one day. :(
Sigma brush in F30 – This one, on the other hand, just sucks. It’s a bit scratchy, and it sheds like crazy. I have other, better travel sized powder brushes, so it’s no big loss to throw this away.
Cargo eyeshadow duo from the Safari Kit – I loved the Safari Kit once upon a time. Then, I used up the lip gloss and mascara, the blush broke, and now I’ve decided that the eyeshadow isn’t that great either. The gold side is crumbly, and the khaki side is just okay.
Smashbox trio in Panorama – I like this trio, but I haven’t used it in ages. The dark color is starting to get that hard glaze on the surface.
Urban Decay lipstick in Naked – I depotted this because the stick broke off from the tube. While I like the idea of depotted lipsticks, I much prefer having them in the bullets, because I don’t want to carry around a lip brush everywhere. I know I’ll probably never use this in pan form, especially because it was a color that I could swipe on without looking at a mirror, so in the trash it goes.
theBalm eyeshadow in Sexy Stacey – When I worked at Macy’s, they had an Urban Decay counter (before they converted the trend makeup into a catch-all area like a mini Sephora). One of the girls, Annie, was doing a clean out of her makeup stash, and she passed this onto me. It cracked during depotting. It’s actually a very nice color, but I’m going to throw it away because I don’t really want to use someone else’s old makeup. I might buy it as a single. You know, the proverbial Someday.
Urban Decay Vert and Green Goddess – Also from Annie. I didn’t use these as much as theBalm one, though. They’ve both been discontinued long before Urban Decay redid their eyeshadow formulation, so who knows how old these shadows are.
Urban Decay Protest, Kush, and Money – From one of the Book of Shadows. Meh. I probably used them once each.
Urban Decay Afterglow Glide On Cheek Tint in Quickie – This is nearly done, and it’s hard to get to the outer edges of it. I’m too lazy to work that teensy bit extra, so I’m calling it quits.
Non-makeup empties, which purely by coincidence, is all from The Body Shop!
Camomile waterproof eye makeup remover – This is the old formulation. They’ve reformulated it to a dual-phase remover. I liked this remover quite a lot, though. Right now I’m using the cleansing balm and it tends to make my vision cloudy.
Ginger Sparkle body butter – My favorite of the holiday scents. I even have a mini one, and I’m going to keep the small one to refill because the packaging is so cute. I even bought two of the home fragrance oils.
Aloe soothing day cream – A sample packet when I bought eyeshadows from The Body Shop in London. It’s okay. I don’t care for the smell. I like the Yes to Cucumbers line for sensitive skin; it smells much nicer and the formula feels better, too.
Hemp hand protector – THIS. This is my favorite hand cream in the entire world. Some people don’t like the smell. I think it’s earthy. Not unpleasant, though. But scent is a personal thing, and I understand that some people think it stinks. But it feels absolutely amazing when it goes on; it’s like my hands breathe a sigh of relief. It’s really moisturizing without being greasy. I’m probably going to buy this hand cream for the rest of my life. That being said, I won’t be including it in future empties for the same reason I haven’t been including those Yes to Cucumbers wipes. It’s a given that I’ll use them up, over and over again.
Well, I’m sure you’re all tired of reading about my empties, so my next few posts will be on recent acquisitions instead. So excite!
This is not a repost, which should tell you about how good I was at being timely. But it should also tell you that I am obviously improving because look at me go, I’ve already written six posts since this blog went live about a week ago. Baby steps.
Smashbox trio in Microfilm – I actually really liked this trio. In fact, I think Smashbox trios are highly underrated in the beauty world. I hardly ever hear anybody talking about them. But they’re wonderfully coordinated colors and they blend beautifully. That being said, I haven’t used mine in ages. I also dropped the green shade once and had to press it back into the pan, but I always felt a little gross using it, since it you know, fell ON THE FLOOR. Unfortunately, I won’t be repurchasing since Smashbox now sells in China, and as such, as far as I understand, they have lost their cruelty-free status.
Smashbox trio in Twilight – Out of all of the Smashbox trios I own, this was my least favorite. I mean, black and gray and white? Boring.
Urban Decay matte shadow in Purple Haze – I held onto this a month longer than the other UD matte shadows, thinking that maybe I’d use it. It’s actually a nice color. But I’ve probably used it 3 or 4 times in the years that I’ve had it. It only looks like a lot is missing because it cracked during depotting.
Urban Decay Acid Rain – I bought this off Hautelook ages and ages ago. This color is neither flattering on me, nor pigmented. I probably bought it because I was infatuated with Urban Decay, and there was a sale, and that meant I needed to buy it.
Smashbox trio in Girls Night Out (cream shadow) – Another really nice trio. This was the cream liner part of the trio, and it’s dried out. Oh well.
Kat Von D Lucifer (from one of the several True Romance palettes I own) – Lucifer is present in nearly all of the Kat Von D palettes. It’s an okay black. Nothing special about it. I think I gave one to my mom, and I still have 2 or 3. I’m never going to need another black eyeshadow for the rest of my life.
Urban Decay Sphynx and Shakedown – These are from one of the Book of Shadows; I’m not sure which one. Maybe the second one? I don’t really like these colors on me. The pink has a lot of glitter, and the greenish grayish brown is straight up ugly.
Urban Decay Oil Slick, Maui Wowie, Grifter, Smog – With the exception of Smog, all of these are hard, dry, and glittery. This was part of the Ammo palette, the first Urban Decay palette I purchased that set off my obsession. And I do like Smog, but I have another one in the Naked palette, and yet another one in one of the Book of Shadows.
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner – Fun fact: I bought this leave-in conditioner years ago, and I finally finished it in February. When my boyfriend, Albert, first visited me in Hawaii back in 2011, he tried this conditioner and he liked it so much that he bought several bottles of it. He’s gone through AT LEAST 3 already. I’ve only just finished the one. That being said, I do like this conditioner, but I think I’ll hold off on repurchasing until I know whether or not I’m moving to London to be with him. If I am, then I can just use his. Given that I apparently use way less than he does, and way less frequently, he probably won’t even notice. :P
Cargo BeachBlush in Coral Beach – I tried depotting it, and it cracked a bit. So I turned it upside down and tapped it to get the loose parts off, and then the entire pan fell in the trash. I was a bit sad for a day or two, but it always pulled a bit orange on me. I don’t even miss it now, so obviously it wasn’t true love.
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes (travel size) – This was part of a Pacifica travel set that I picked up at Target on clearance. I never got around to doing a post on it. It came with these wipes, which I took with me on my last trip to London, a mini day and night moisturizer, a lip balm, and a mini BB cream. There were only 10 wipes, so I finished it up on my 2 week trip. It was okay, but the material of the wipes felt like those shitty tri-fold paper towels in public restrooms. I prefer the softer Yes to Cucumbers ones.
One more empties post and then I’ll be all caught up… and then April will be over and I’ll have to do another one. Womp womp.
As I’ve already mentioned, this post is originally from my old blog, barely organized chaos (I’ve removed the link because I’ve set the blog to private). But I’m starting all over again with this new domain, and I can’t start from February because that would drive me crazy. So.
Urban Decay singles from various Book of Shadows palettes: Perversion, Ecstasy, Misdemeanor, Midnight Cowboy, Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, Snatch.
I bought these because I couldn’t resist the loads of exclusive colors that came in these palettes. Never mind that I didn’t even know how to wear some of the colors on my skin tone. “But it’s such a good deal!,” I’d justify to myself. But is it really a good deal when you won’t use half the colors and you’ll end up throwing them away in a few years’ time? The answer, in my humble, former-makeup-hoarder opinion, is an emphatic NO.
Urban Decay singles from the Ammo palette: Last Call, Polyester Bride, Chopper.
I have another Last Call in one of the BoS palettes. I might have pulled it in my second go-round of getting rid of eyeshadows to downsize my Z palettes. It’s a pretty color, but it’s hard to work with on my skin tone. It has a tendency to make me look like I’ve been crying.
I hate Polyester Bride and I’ve used it maybe twice. The texture is extremely dry and gritty and the glitter fallout is crazy.
Chopper pulls really orange on me, and there’s a lot of fallout with this shade, as well.
Kat V D singles from various True Romance (??) palettes: Skiba, Solitude, Sinner, Cholita, Rad Purple.
From the above pictures, it would seem that I don’t like purples. This isn’t true. I like purples on me quite a lot. These particular ones, though rather unflattering on me, so I never used them.
I bought these off Hautelook ages ago. I look at them now and have no clue why.
Wet n Wild Color Icon single in Kitten, Color Icon 8 pan palette in Comfort Zone, left side Definer shade.
I think I liked Kitten better in theory. It doesn’t really show up on me at all. As for the other one, when I depotted the Comfort Zone palette, a lot of them cracked and threatened to fall apart because the pans weren’t metal. This one succumbed to gravity and most of the powder fell out. It’s not a huge loss, as I have plenty of similar colors.
Kat Von D Metal Orchestra palette, Sephora Mauve Yet! palette, Kat Von D Rock ‘n’ Roll palette.
Kat Von D Metal Orchestra palette: I saved two colors from this palette, because I like them. Razor Gray I gave to my mom because I have a duplicate, and Glock I put into a Z palette.
Sephora Mauve Yet! palette: I got this as a gift one year for either my birthday or Christmas. I didn’t use it a whole lot.
Kat Von D Rock n Roll palette: This was a Sephora 500 point perk. It seemed exciting when I first got it, but the eyeshadow quality was rather lacking.
LA Splash Splashproof eyeshadow sealer/base, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, The Body Shop Big & Curvy waterproof mascara, Maybelline Fit Me powder foundation, OPI Ridge Filler.
LA Splash Splashproof eyeshadow sealer/base: This is really old and I rarely used it. It did a decent job of minimizing glitter fallout because it’s sticky.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin: This creased on me quite a lot. It was also really frosty.
The Body Shop Big & Curvy waterproof mascara: I hated this. The formula was wet, and when it dried, my lashes felt crunchy.
Maybelline Fit Me powder foundation in 235: I’ve mentioned several times that I don’t care for this powder one way or another. It’s a bit too dark for me now, too. It’s also too pink. I recently bought a BECCA powder from Hautelook, and once that came in, this one had to go.
OPI Ridge Filler: I found this at Target on clearance and I decided to try it. It didn’t really do anything for me, and it was starting to get goopy.
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 tinted moisturizer, MUFE Aqua Eyes eyeliners in 4L and 23L.
Origins Vita-Zing SPF 15 tinted moisturizer: This was just okay. I stopped using this once I got The Body Shop’s Vitamin E BB cream.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners in 4L and 23L: They’re both dried out. 23L and UD’s Midnight Cowboy are nearly identical, so that wasn’t a huge loss. I’m sure I have a dupe for 4L too, and if not, I don’t wear this color too often anyway.
The Body Shop shea body butter, Bath and Body Works Villa Bergamot 3-Wick candle.
Things I actually used up!
The Body Shop Shea Body Butter: I like the texture and scent a lot. However, I’ve been wanting to try other scents, so I probably won’t go back to this one for awhile.
Bath and Body Works 3 Wick Candle in Villa Bergamot: Loved this scent and the label design. Will upcycle.
UPDATE: I found a list I wrote of the things I gave away in January as well!
MAC Mineralize eyeshadow Duo in My Dark Magic (from the Disney Venomous Villains collection) – I gave this to Krystal because she’d probably get more use out of it than I will.
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City – I think I gave this to Elizabeth?
For those of you who have followed me from barely organized chaos, you already know about my Operation: Downsize project of 2013. But since this is a new blog, with new readers, I’m going to go over again my desire and need to downsize, as well as re-evaluate the parameters for this ongoing project.
When I first started getting into makeup, I practically threw my money at every shiny and new product that tickled my fancy. I bought gifts and value sets because they worked out that much cheaper and I couldn’t pass up such a good deal to own 10 new lip glosses for the price of 5! This may not have been a problem if I didn’t have any lip glosses to begin with, but I fell for this marketing ploy over and over again until I ended up with 30 different lip glosses that more or less looked exactly the same on me.
I still live at home and I share a room with my sister. I never had a lot of storage space to begin with. At first, I went through the usual routes of space-saving solutions: I bought stackable drawers so I could take advantage of vertical space, and I depotted my products into Z-Palettes to get rid of bulky packaging. But I still had too much STUFF. Colors that I had touched maybe three times. Products I bought to do a specific look that I never ended up doing.
You see, several things happened since I started collecting makeup, which has left the vast majority of my stash sitting abandoned, gathering dust.
1. I started working in the mornings. When I first got into makeup, I was still in college, and towards the end, I scheduled my classes later in the day. Some of my classes for my major were night classes anyway. This meant that I had all the time in the world to put pretty things on my face. When I started working, though, I had to get up early in the morning, and makeup was the last thing on my mind. If anything, I reached for things that were foolproof and wouldn’t give away the fact that I was half sleeping while rubbing an eyeshadow brush in the general area of my eyelid. This is also why I’ve started to love neutrals. I used to think they were boring.
2. I started working a company that sells its own brand makeup.* I’ve been with this company for almost a year now. Since they carry makeup, and I’m a sales associate, we’re expected to wear only our house brand, in order to sell it. Obviously, I cheat here and there because why would I buy their matte black eyeshadow when I have like, ten? (I’m not even exaggerating.) My collection of makeup from this company specifically has expanded, though. But the rest of my makeup hasn’t gotten much attention lately.
*I hate to be so vague, but it’s against company policy for an employee to have a beauty blog as it’s considered a “conflict of interests.” I get it, I understand, but I like my beauty blog and I’m going to keep doing it, damnit.
3. I started getting interested in fashion. I’ve never had a very sophisticated sense of style. In Hawaii, people are very casual all day, every day, everywhere. Jeans, a t-shirt, and rubbah slippahs are welcome pretty much everywhere. But as I started following makeup blogs, it lead to fashion blogs, and now I’m more interested in and aware of how makeup can be used an accessory, as a component to the outfit as a whole. This means I really don’t need 300 different eyeshadows and 20 different variations of taupe. (But I still love taupe. You can’t make me give that up, no matter what.)
Anyway, lately I’ve found that I have way too many products that get in the way of finding the ones that I actually use everyday. I simply don’t have enough room for everything. So, last year, I put myself on a buying restriction. If I bought one product, five would have to go. I later amended this to three (because not all of us can quit cold turkey, okay?), and by the end of the year, I had almost broke even. Not bad, right?
Well, this year, shit just got real.
I’m in the process of applying to graduate school. In London. I live in Hawaii. This means, if I get in (cross your fingers for me!), I will be moving halfway around the world. So it makes sense that I should cut my crap in half, if not more, before then.
The past few months, I’ve been going through my stash and mercilessly throwing away stuff. Last year, I waffled over a lot of them and thought, “But I might need it! I might use it! I can’t throw it away yet!” This time, I’ve thrown away tons products that I thought I needed at the time when I bought it, and you know what? I haven’t missed them one bit. Not a single one.
I’m still going to be posting empties every month, starting with January. (I know I already posted January’s on my old blog. But starting an empties series in February feels so incomplete to me, so I have to repost January. I’m neurotic. I’m sorry.)
However, I won’t be keeping count anymore. I know for a fact, even without tallying up my current total, that I’ve more than cancelled out any purchases I’ve made this year. But there’s something immensely satisfying about seeing visual proof that I’m getting rid of stuff. It makes me feel lighter!
Enough blather! I was going to insert a picture in this post somewhere, to break up the wall of text, but now it’s 3:36 am and it’s dark and I don’t want to turn on the light to take a picture of my messy makeup area, so too bad. Just imagine chaos and disorder, and you’re on the right track. ;) Also, because it’s so late, please excuse any grammar mistakes and awkward phrasing. I’m too tired to proofread at this point.
Have you ever felt the need to downsize your collection (of anything! Clothes, shoes, handbags, ceramic unicorns…)? Do tell! Were you successful?
UPDATE: Here you go, a picture. I hadn’t tidied up since I put on makeup yesterday AND the day before. Usually when people show off their makeup collection, it’s immaculate and visually pleasing. But not mine. It’s a hot fucking mess.