Over the last few years I have done some damage in the shopping department. As the bills pile up money has been tighter and I really need to work through some of my stash and try to keep a better handle on money. At the end of last year I made a list of some products I really want to go through by the end of the year.
My goal is to add new products as I use up some of the other ones. I like to keep these products in a container on top of my makeup collection so I remember to use them more frequently. This method works because you use up products faster when you are focusing on them, and going through your collection and finding old things to focus on almost feels like shopping. In fact, Emily from Beauty Broadcast (emilynoel83 on youtube…look her up, like now!) calls it shopping her stash.
My list includes:
2 brown eyeliners- I started off the year with three brown eyeliners and I have to be honest, most of the time I wear black. So I decided to focus on using a couple of the oldest up.The two I had started into were from Jordana and Maybelline. The Jordana one was the 12 hr made to last liquid eyeliner pencil in Espresso Last. I got this from Walgreens for less than $3.00 and I love it. I have heard people say it is a dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on eye pencil which retails for like $20.00. I am proud to say I have used this pencil up and moved on to the next one. The Maybelline pencil is the Eye Studio Master Drama eyeliner in Bold Brown and I believe it was around $6.00-$7.00 at Wal-Mart. I do not like this one and can’t wait to use it up. I cant even get the color to show up on my waterline and on my lid the color payoff is minimal. I use it on days when I am going to smudge my liner out with shadow anyway or as a base for a dark smokey eye. This one can’t be used up fast enough! I do think that it is just a color thing though because I have used the black version of the same pencil and loved it!
2 It-cosmetics eyebrow pencils- The specific pencil I was talking about is the Your Brows But Better eyebrow pencil that retails for $24.00 at Ulta. At first I loved this pencil, which comes in one universal shade, but as time went on I realized I am not good with a pencil formula at all. It takes so long for me to use these pencils up that I was actually dreading having to use a pencil for like the whole next year. My mom loves this pencil though and was almost out of hers, so I passed the unopened one in her direction leaving me with 1/4 of one left to use. As I type this my Anastasia brow powder (which is a much better formula for me) is sitting in PA waiting to be delivered to its new home! This really comes down to the formula you prefer. If you like pencils then the formula really is great and lasts all day.
Mary Lou-manizer and the It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illumizer- I love both of these but have too many highlighters to work through and these two got picked to be used first!
Random face products- Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makuep, L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream, and Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer. I am so close to working through all of these products! The JM foundation is a total fail for me almost no coverage and takes too long to blend. The Revlon foundation is really nice for winter but is too heavy for spring and summer so I am trying to finish it off before then. Also it doesn’t last entirely through my 12 hour night shifts, even thought it claims to have 24 hour wear time. The miracle blur is actually a great primer with sunscreen in it and although it doesn’t extend the wear of my makeup it makes it go on so much smoother and does blur minor imperfections. This one may get repurchased in the future. I hate the Tarte BB primer. I refuse to waste it but I hate putting it on my face. It offers medium coverage and great skin benefits but it is hard for me to blend and makes my face feel sticky.
At least 10 lip products- The other day, at work, the girls asked me to pull out any lip products I had in my purse at that moment.. I easily pulled out 35 lip products. I don’t care what colors or formulas I use up I just need to work through my collection.
At least one blush- It takes me forever to use up a blush and my collection of blushes has grown a lot in the past 6 months. The one I am focusing on is the COVERGIRL Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose. I love this blush for everyday use, it is a naturally pretty flush and the lightest shade is great as a highlighter. The fact that it is under $12.00 at all major drugstores is a bigger bonus.
All pressed powders- I have recently gotten into finishing powders and after realizing how much of a difference it makes to my makeup not to pile on more color from a pressed powder foundation, I have been working to use up all my remaining powders. I had 6 powders and 1 tub of Bare Minerals at the start of the year and now I am down to 2 powders (both half used) and the Bare Minerals has 1, maybe 2, uses left.
Hair products- I went through a stage last year of trying to wear my wavy hair natural 100% of the time and spent a lot of money on some DevaCurl products to bring out the natural curl. I tried to do the Curly Girl Method but my hair didn’t want to cooperate and I didn’t want to spend that much time on my hair and researching allowable products. I save these products for days I let my hair dry naturally, or when I want to boost my waves. These products are too heavy on my hair for everyday use and I won’t repurchase once they are gone.
Alright, I think that’s it! Are there any products you guys want to use up before the end of 2014? Let me know..