Use It Up: Vol. 2

I’m quite proud to see that this “Use it Up” post has a more crowded cast of characters.



-Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Gel Cleanser- this is amazing for summer. It rinses off all the makeup, sunblock, oil and grime my face accumulates during the summer.

-Dickinson Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner- A no-frills, effective toner that picks up the traces of makeup after I wash my face. When I use this every night during the summer, I don’t get breakouts on my face. It has a slight witch hazel scent, which I can live with. It’s a toner the whole family can use!

-Ayur Herbal Toner- this was purchased from an Ebay seller because I can’t find it in the U.S. It’s made by an Indian company. It’s a nice toner, but it does leave behind a slight sticky feel. I rinse it off with warm water and my skin fine after that. It has a strong rose scent.

-Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover- While this won’t usurp Almay Oil-Free makeup remover as my favorite, it gets the job done.

-Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Oily Skin in Golden Caramel- I’ve been buying this foundation for years. I used it as a concealer this past summer. It works best as my winter shade, but I find that if I am very careful and use lots of sunblock and stay out of the sun as much as I can, I can wear it during the summer.

-Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 04 Medium Deep- I bought this a while back when I finished my MAC Studio Sculpt. It’s a decent concealer, but I do wish it was more budgeproof. I’m guessing my skin is too oily for it.

-Too Faced Shadow Insurance- This is a great eyelid primer! It’s better for my oily lids as a winter primer, but it worked pretty darn well for me during the summer.

-Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara- I like this one. It gives my lashes good definition and emphasis. It wasn’t clumpy at all either.

-Makeup Forever Smoky Lash mascara sample- This was decent. I don’t think I had any major issues with it. I have another sample of this I need to use up. I’ll have to use that one up too and write a proper review on it.

Items I Will Repurchase:  Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Gel Cleanser, Dickinson Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner, Revlon Colorstay Makeup for Oily Skin in Golden Caramel, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Rimmel Glam’Eyes Mascara. I would potentially repurchase the Neutrogena eye makeup remover if I couldn’t get my hands on Almay Oil-Free.


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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