February 2014 empties


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.

Repost: January 2014 empties

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.

jan2014 empties eyeshadow singles

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.

Urban Decay matte singles: Chronic, Electric, Narcotic.

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.

jan2014 empties eyeshadow palettes

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.

jan2014 empties full size

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.

jan2014 empties minis

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.

jan2014 non makeup empties

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?

Deciding to downsize

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.

need to downsize

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NOTD: Happy Easter Sunday!


I got the idea for this mani at least two weeks ago, and I’m so glad it’s finally time to show it off!

Colors used:
Essie Mint Candy Apple
Julie G Fairytale
Milani Yellow Whiz (I hate this polish; it says one coat formula, and that is a HUGE LIE. It’s streaky as hell, and I used three coats and it still looks like crap. I only kept it to do this mani, and now it’s in my empties pile.)

Essie Blanc (dots)
Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Black Satin (eyes)
Sephora by OPI Fiercely Fabulous (beak)

I also used NYC’s Matte Me Crazy mattifying top coat for the “eggs”.

Kissing bunnies ring holder is from Charlotte Russe, but I bought it ages ago. Not sure if they still have it.

Chocolate eggs are from See’s Candies. I hope you get some candy to enjoy today!

Happy Easter!