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.