Ok, time to go through my current stash or trash items and decide which ones to keep and which ones to bin. If you want to read the intro to this specific bundle of items you can read about it here.
I put the items I will keep on one side of the palette, and the items I will trash in the other side (we will get to the palette too!). Can you guess which side I kept?
Fyrinnae Single Eyeshadow “Rapunzel Had Extensions”: This one is sooo beautiful. I used to use this so much many years ago. It’s such a pretty shimmery pink with gold. Unfortunately it has so much hard pan I can’t pick it up with the brush any more. So time to declutter this one!
Fyrinnae Single Eyeshadow “Aztec Gold”: Luckily this one does not have hard pan as the other one. The shade is nicely pigmented and it’s a unique dirty green with gold shift. I don’t think I have anything like it.
The NARS highlighter or blush or whatever it is in the shade “Satelite of Love” I just could not figure out how to use. It’s just a sheer wash of specks of glitter. The base color does not show up, and it’s like it’s just a veil of glitter paritcles. No matter how I use it I can’t make it look good. It just looks like I playes around with glitter and didn’t manage to wash it off properly. Such an awful product. In the bin with it!
Everyday Minerals Highlighter in “Wet Sand” on the other hand is actually a beautiful highlighter. If this was a pressed powder with a nicer packaging I would keep it withouth doubt. But even though the highlighter is pretty, the shade is quite standard. I could probably easiy dupe this 10 times just within my own collection. Since the packaging is both very unpractical and not that cute to look at, I decided to let this one go. It is really pretty though!
YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils: This one is just a sample, but it felt a bit try for my taste (could be just old) and I don’t feel like it did much for me. In the bin with it.
I didn’t realize the colors of this lipstick and blush by H&M matched untill I took this picture. H&M makes fantastic cream lipsticks and powder blushes, so the formula of these products are amazing (and they are affordble!). The H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush in “Cherry” I put in this project because I was not sure if the color suited me. Every time I look at it I feel like it’s to dark and then I reach for something else. But after using it a bit I realize it’s actually not that dark on me, and with a light hand it looks very flattering. This one is a keeper for sure!
The H&M Creme Lipstick in “Limelight” is kind of the same story. I never reached for it because I could not imagine the shade looking any good on me. But after forcing myself to use it a couple of time I don’t really know why I thought it would not fit me. I actually really like the deep purply pink. This one is a keeper as well!
These guys on the other hand are awful! They are both Kiko Unlimited Stylo lipsticks, but they are so incredily drying. My lips look like cracked sunbaked soil, and I don’t even have dry lips! If I put a lip balm on top they looked nice though, but I have so many lip products that work great just on their own, so there’s not really a reason to keep these, especially since the shades aren’t really that unique.
And finally, let’s talk about this palette. This is a limited edition Kiko “Color Fever Must Have Eyeshadow Palette 02 Elegant Tones” that I got on Holiday in Italy years and years ago. It looks pretty, but I just never reach for it. Now that I have I realize the quality really isn’t there. The shadows are just too sheer for my taste, and I found that I actually got a bit annoyed having to work so much to get the result I wanted. I have too many great palettes to be bothered using this any more, and I don’t have any sentimental attachment to this, so this palette can go!
I felt like I got to declutter a lot this time, so I am happy with that! Out of the 10 items I picked out I decided to get rid of 7 of them!
Altogether in this series the counts are:
- Decluttered: 19
- Kept: 10
- Makeup artifact box: 1
I am actually quite happy with how this method helps me get rid of a few bits and pieces here and there. I have such a hard time getting rid of anything. You know, just in case you might miss something one day. But really trying things and seeing how they work helps me decide if the things I don’t reach for enough are worth keeping around.
Now I just have to pick out 10 new items that I need to make up my mind about, so a new intro post in the Stash or Trash series should be up soon. Stay tuned!