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!