8 months worth of trash, part 2

Let’s power through in our time machine and maybe by the end of this post we’ll catch up to February.

Almost immediately after moving to London, I landed a really great job with a furniture company called Adventures in Furniture (shameless plug!) Predictably, settling into a new job took up all of my time. Instead of documenting my empties each month, I just kept throwing all my trash into a bag in the hopes that I’d get around to it “someday.”

Here we are!

September – December 2017 empties

COLab dry shampoo in Rio – I think Superdrug stopped carrying this? This brand was my favorite so far… I’m currently using a (gigantic) Batiste one, but I find it’s *too* drying and I don’t like the way it makes my hair feel. The COLab one was so nice… Apparently it’s still available at Boots, yay!

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – Started using this more frequently as winter moved in and heaters came on. I’d probably die without this, no joke.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil – Jumbo sized! This works well on any zits I have, and they usually dry up by the next day.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cream – I liked this, used it as a night cream. I wish it came in a more hygienic packaging, though.

Pixi Glow Tonic – Also liked this. This was my first foray into chemical exfoliants. It stung at first and my skin felt quite sensitive the day after. But I loved how soft my face felt after using this. I’m currently using the Glow Serum, and then I have to use up the Drunk Elephant AHA. But I might come back to this one.

Simple Micellar Water – Still my favorite micellar water, and the cheapest too.

Makeup (and one lone perfume) empties

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle in Almond Milk Parfait – I bought this off Hautelook and took a guess at the color match. It wasn’t great, to be honest. It was a bit too pale and yellow. The formula also looked chalky on my skin, so I had to mix it with a liquid highlighter and a liquid bronzer to make it work for me.

I ended up making a DIY cushion foundation to use this up. I mixed this, The Body Shop’s Oils of Life facial oil, LUSH’s Feeling Young Skin Tint, and The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Drops of Sun. I put it in this empty cushion foundation container that I found on Amazon.

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye primer – This was a decent primer. It’s really old and started to separate towards the end. Also, my eyeshadow would still crease by the end of the day, but I have oily eyelids and a hooded eye.

Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ By the Fireplace – Lovely winter scent. Warm, woody, and vanilla-y. I just wish they’d release smaller bottles and price them accordingly! Here’s the Fragrantica page on it.

Etude House My Lash Serum – I bought this in Seoul on a whim. It’s supposed to condition your eyelashes. Not sure if it promises thicker and longer hairs, but it was cheap and I thought I’d give it a try.

However, if you know anything at all about me, it’s that I am horrible at establishing new routines. I tried to use this whenever I remembered, but the tube has gone off and smells weird now. Definitely don’t want to be putting spoiled product near my eyes, so out this goes!

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April and May 2017 empties

Seeing as we’re already halfway through June, I’d better get these up now-ish.

This will most likely be rambly and boring, so feel free to click away. *shrugs*

April empties

e.l.f. Shine Eraser blotting papers – I could have sworn there used to be 50 sheets per pack, but now there are only 30?? As a result, I’m going through these faster than before. Also, now that it’s summer, I’ve been using 3 sheets a day.

Nature Republic Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Collagen Solution – I like these gel masks more than paper ones. They feel more substantial and soothing. I enjoyed this one and have one more that I need to use before I leave!

Jouer lip gloss in Sunset – Just tired of this one. I don’t use lip gloss much anymore, and I have no feelings one way or another about this.

Yes to Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – It’s okay. I know there are better spf moisturizers out there, but I’m kinda cheap when it comes to skincare. Mostly because skincare ingredients etc. intimidate me.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry eau de toilette – It’s a sweet, one-note fragrance. I liked it, but I bought it only because I used to work there and needed to wear a company fragrance.

The Body Shop Moisture Foundation in 05 – FINALLY DONE WITH THIS MOTHERFUCKER. This foundation just wouldn’t die and I started to really resent it. It’s been discontinued, but I wouldn’t repurchase it if it were still being sold. It wore horribly throughout the day, looked greasy, and clung to dry patches. Blech.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – HG status. I will forever repurchase this hand cream. Again, the scent is not for everyone, but it is the best hand cream for my perpetually thirsty paws.

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FOTD: Changeling

I haven’t posted a makeup look in ages. In fact, I haven’t created one worth documenting in ages either. I did this waaaay back in April. Whoops.

This look started out with the intent of using TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling, but the name of the shadow and its incredible color shift kind of took over and it evolved into this.

Aaaand I just realized that I never did post pics of that gorgeous eyeshadow! So, here you go:

TopShop Chameleon Glow Changeling

topshop chameleon glow changeling

Looks mildly interesting in the pan. Reddish with a green shift. Okay, what makes it special?

Feast your eyes:

topshop chameleon glow changeling swatch

How pretty is this?? It has such a delicious, delicate iridescent sheen, and that color shift! I don’t have anything else like this in my stash. It is utterly unique.

Come a little closer:

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FOTD: Soft Grunge


Remember how I said that I’m not very creative on my own, but can recreate tutorials with moderate success? Prime example coming right up!

This look was guided by the much better-looking and more talented Karima McKimmie:

I love grungy looks. The idea that you can look fierce while being a bit disheveled, a bit undone, a bit… un-pretty, is so up my alley.

That being said, I think my look, and by extension, Karima’s, are “pretty” interpretations on the grunge subculture. For a more accurate depiction, check out Sam of Pixiwoo’s tutorial:

I swear, Sam totally owns ANY look she ever attempts. She’s the ultimate badass.

Me, in comparison? I’m not so much grungy as I am just grubby. Womp womp.


I did put eyeliner in the lower waterline, like Karima did. However, I have yet to find ANY pencil eyeliner that will stay in my waterline. So, by the time I finished my makeup and sat down to take pictures, it had slid off and gathered into little boogers at the corner of my eyes. So sexy.


Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – 52 Vanilla
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Light/Medium
The Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadow – 220 Chocolate Linger (as contour)
Sleek MakeUP blush – Suede


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown


Viseart Neutral Matte – 8, 12
Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette – Ecliptic
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Demolition
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara


NYX eye pencil – Taupe
NYX High Voltage lipstick – Flutter Kiss


Incidentally, I broke the lipstick. I twisted it the wrong way, and the bullet has separated from the mechanism that pushes it up. The only way to get it out now is to turn it upside down and shake it. Annoying!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze glow packaging

I bought this beautiful Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow at the Covent Garden flagship store after finishing the beginner runner’s 8-week program. I had heard many good things about this expensive palette, and I thought it’d be the perfect splurge after accomplishing a goal I’d never thought possible before!

First, look at this incredible, Art Deco-inspired packaging! Have you ever seen anything so glamorous? It’s sturdy and weighty, so you definitely get that feeling of luxury while using it.

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze glow

The pans themselves mirror the gorgeous sunburst pattern. Sculpt is a cool-toned bronzer with the barest hint of sheen, and Highlight is a very warm, shimmery golden highlight.

Despite its good looks, this is a perfect example of a luxury product that doesn’t quite live up to expectations. I want so much to love it, especially because I spent a lot of money on it. Instead, I find it’s “just okay.”

The Sculpt shade has a hard pan, and it’s difficult to get any product onto my brush, let alone pigment on my face. I’ve tried using a bit of tape to lift off the hardened top layer, but that has only helped marginally. I’m reluctant to scrape off the layer with a tissue because I don’t want to lose the sunburst pattern just yet.

In contrast, the Highlight shade is pigmented and any brush picks up powder very well. Both powders wear well on the skin, and sink in beautifully with an elegant finish. Whenever I use this, my skin looks extra polished, like I have good lighting following me around.

charlotte tilbury filmstar bronze glow swatch

The Sculpt color itself is not quite a bronzer, yet not quite a contour. In fact, it has a tendency to look muddy on my skin tone (light-medium, neutral leaning warm). The Highlight shade is very yellow and golden. It works well enough on me, but I don’t think it’s very versatile.

Nevertheless, I can “make it work” for me. I just wish I didn’t have to. I don’t reach for it much, due to user difficulty. Still, I’m not willing to let it go just yet, if only to get my money’s worth out of it. I’m trapped in the mentality of “it’s expensive, so it must be good.” I’ll keep using it to see if it’ll surprise me somehow.

I wore it here in this FOTD:

fotd deep end

See how the bronzer looks a bit dirty? Of course, that might have something to do with my poor blending skills.

What was the last expensive beauty product that didn’t quite live up your expectations? Did you find a way to make it work?

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is available in two shades, Light to Medium, or Medium to Dark. It retails for $68 (£49) at Nordstrom, Beautylish, and CharlotteTilbury.com. If you’re in London, do check out the Covent Garden store; it’s a treat!

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