Use It Up Vol. 1

I took a page out of EMA’s book- er, I mean blog!- and decided to start focusing on shopping my stash and using up the mountain of products I own instead of buying more items.

I still shop sales, but the fact that I have baskets and containers of unswatched or even unopened makeup and nail polish should tell me that less shopping and more, ya know, actual use of what I own should be happening.

The fact that I have been completely oblivious to this is a testament to my unwillingness to let go of my life goal to own 12,000 lipsticks and all the nail polishes ever created.

What? It’s not an unhealthy or worthless life goal!

Here’s what I used up recently:



-Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner- This was in the Stila Loves Barbie packaging and it is one of my favorite liquid liners. Not only was the formula highly pigmented and easy to work with, the application was of just the right firmness and point: not too stiff, not too big, not too pointy. I loved using this every morning on my upper lashline.

-NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel- A newish product from NARS, I used this one up with no problems at all. I loved it that much. It takes me a while to finish a concealer (despite my daily use of it) but this one was so creamy, easy to blend and work onto my skin that I found myself reaching for it more often than my Benefit pot concealer. My one complaint is that it doesn’t contain as much product as I would like. This tube lasted me one month. I also used it sparingly and didn’t touch up during the day. If you look closely, you can see that I scraped the sides to get all the product out. If that is not a solid gold endorsement, then nothing is.

-Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick- When this particular lip product was released, I bought the shade Catwalk to test out. At first, I didn’t like it. The lipstick was long-lasting as promised, but it adhered to my lips in a way that felt like paint, and I didn’t enjoy the texture of it. However, I kept wearing it, and I now love it. I got used to the odd texture, and I scrub off the remnants of it with a lip scrub. I only reapply once after 6 hours. It is long-lasting, so I can’t complain about that. The color is a gorgeous everyday shade for tan skin.

-Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara in Extreme Black- I used this mascara up (as I do with many mascaras since I don’t like to waste anything) and didn’t take any photos of it on my lashes, so I will repurchase other one for a future review post. I thought it was a decent mascara. It didn’t seem to make my lashes any curlier, but it darkened and lengthened them.

-NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Success- It seems like someone put a hex on me. Whenever I fall in love with a lipstick, it gets discontinued! Augghh!! First Avon Wonder Wine, then MAC Charred Red, then Revlon Mulled Wine, and now this. Anyway, this was a lovely midtone brown with slight peach tones that kept it warm and not muddy.

There are two items not pictured: Chagrin Valley Cornmeal and Honey Soap and Fresh as a Daisy Beer Shampoo Bar. I liked both of these. I’ll have to write a full review on the shampoo bar in the future, and I would recommend the cornmeal soap as an exfoliating soap.


Items I will repurchase: All of them eventually. NARS Success is not available for sale anymore *cries*, but the rest I will be repurchasing in the future. I already bought another tube of NARS RCC, and I picked up 2 tubes of Catwalk during a 40% sale on Revlon at Rite Aid. I want to repurchase Stila Stay All Day, but I’m waiting to use up the Milani liquid liner I own and haven’t opened yet.


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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16 Responses to Use It Up Vol. 1

  1. sylirael says:

    I love empites posts! They’re so inspiring! 😀 I have a basket in the bathroom that’s slowly filling up, but I want to wait until I actually have a few more *makeup* items in there, and not just skincare/soap type stuff.

    I really want to try that NARS concealer… but I need to use up my lancome one first! I’m impressed that it only took you one month – I’ve had that Lancome one for like 3 years now…

    • I think it means that your skin is better than mine. 🙂

      Lancome doesn’t make my shade, unfortunately. I swatched one at Sephora once, and it was too ashy on me.

      • sylirael says:

        Funny thing, the Lancome one I have is the little fat tube of ‘longue tenue’ undereye type concealer. It’s not *that* fantastic, tbh, and much as I wish I could use it for blemishes, it’s too pink/peachy and only good for the blue parts under my eyes. Even then I’m not super happy with the coverage, but as I don’t wear a lot of other makeup I’m not entirely sure if there’s a way to wear concealer to perfectly cover the undereye issues without needing to make up the rest. The YSL powder foundation I have actually does a pretty spiffy job by itself, but it would be nice to have an actual dedicated concealer that I really liked!

      • I would recommend a corrector. But now that I’m hearing more about the product you’re using, I would try for a different concealer. I really recommend NARS RCC if it’s available in Middle Earth. MAC also makes pretty good concealers.

      • sylirael says:

        the NARS is indeed available, but it’s expensive (~$50) and the terrible lighting in the store makes it hard for me to tell which one would be best. It’ll be one of the lightest ones, because my closest match in the foundation is Siberia, but then I suppose I need one for the undereye blue and one for the actual face blemishes. I am lucky and I don’t get too many pimples, but because I’m so pale, they do show up RED when I have them, LOL!

  2. Keri says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever finished a lipstick! Good work!

  3. Christine says:

    I have heard so many wonderful things about that concealer, need to try it out 🙂

    Christine, x

  4. You finished a lot! I’m pretty good at emptying skin care products, but make-up? No.

  5. howdoesdeedoit says:

    Wow every time I see one of these posts I wonder when I’ll ever be able to write one myself lol. Completely guilty of hoarding. ..sigh. good for you! ! Keep at it… while the rest of us can only hope to do the same 🙂

    • I find it helpful to keep one lip product of every color family I use in my purse. So I have one red, one MLBB, one brown, etc. I keep using that one until it’s all done.

      I agree that it is hard. Especially when one loves to collect makeup. Lol.

  6. i am planning to get a MAC concealer this time as i am not satisfied with the one i am using now. after reading your post i am interested in NARS too. what is your suggestion NARS or MAC ?

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