Stash or Trash #3 – Recap!

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Stash or Trash #2 – Recap!

Time to go through the products in my second stash or trash post to sum up what to keep and what to get rid of. I do these series to go through some of my stash I haven’t been using in a while and possably do a bit of decluttering.

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Here is an overview of all the products I added this round. I pick out 10 products I am not sure if I like, haven’t used in a while or just forgotten about to see if I will be able to get rid of some or if I possibly find a new favorite. Digging around in your old collection is so much fun too!

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First let’s start with some things I can se myself putting in the bin. The Dior Diorshow Mascara in shade 258 is a beautiful blue mascara, and originally it was nothing wrong with this mascara (the Diorshow mascaras are great!) but it’s completely dried out now and no use to me anymore. Instead I recently made and order with the blue Colourpop mascara, so I will happily add another blue one to my collection.

The Physicians  Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio “Glam Nude” is no good. The liner is not that pigmented and applied very uneven. So this one was also easy to let go of. I don’t need old products that don’t work!

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The  Cream Crush Long Lasting Color Eyeshadow pot was also a good product (I still have the product in other colors so I obviously like it) but at this time it is a bit on the dry side and I just never reach for this either. I am getting rid of this one too. Look at me decluttering stuff! (I am actually really bad at decluttering).

The Oriflame Giordani Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Deep Emerald” and  “Sea Sapphire” I decided to keep. They are so so stunning, and the colors are very rich, and the pencils are really creamy. I had these for many many years but I never used them. Parts of the problem I think is that I kept them among my single eyeshadows, a drawer I rarely remember to even open so I just never think about these. But since these pencils not only work as eyshadows, but also as eyeliners I decided to keep them among my other colorful eye pencils and got a lot more use out of them. Besides they look stunning on the lower lash line so these are keepers!

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The Kiko Long Lasting Color Lip Marker in the shade107 (top) and 105 (bottom) on the other hand I am getting rid of. I realized why I never use them. They are patchy on the lips and makes them feel too dry. I tried using them with a gloss on top but even then they look streaky and uneven. Both of them are ready to be binned! Kiko makes plenty of great lipsticks so no use hanging on to these anymore. I don’t want streaky lips anyway.

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The Everyday Mineral Blush in “Memphis Rose” I thought would be too dark for me, but it actually looks really pretty. I was surprised by how much I liked it applied. On the other hand I don’t really think I would miss it, and I think if I put it back in my collection I would just forget about it again. A loose powder blush must be really something special for me to be bothered using, and even though this is pretty I will declutter this one as well.

The  NARS Orgasm Illuminator I have been using quite a bit lately. It gives a gorgeous natural flush with the iconic orgasm shade, and it’s such an easy product to work with. This one I can see myself reaching into quite a bit especially since I enjoy cream products a whole lot more lately, especially for summer. So this one can stay!

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Lastly, the product I struggled the most to decide upon. The NYX Ulitmate Bright palette was a well used palette a few years ago, and for being drugstore it’s not bad at all. But as my collection have been growing a lot over the years I’ve gotten so many great colorful mattes that I never reach into this. After using this a few times I realize I probably won’t reach much into it in the future either. The pinks and purples are not as good as I would like them to be. The main reason why I want to keep this palette is that I really love the lavender and turquoise shade. But after taking a quick look into my collection I realize I do have very similar shades I would rather use. So even though this brings back good old memories I decided to let go of it.

So to do a quick summary I decided to declutter 7 items and keep 3. Not bad at all!

Altogether in this series the counts are:

  • Decluttered: 12
  • Kept: 7
  • Makeup artifact box: 1

To clarify the last bullet point I made a box where I can store products that I don’t see myself using but for some reason or the other have a collectors value (mainly for being old and limited edition) and I want to keep these products in a separate place. The one item in the box is a very old and almost unknown Urban Decay palette I decided to keep during my first recap of stash or trash .

Hope you enjoy this series, and I am excited to soon start the third round!

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Stash or Trash #2 – Intro!

You guys seemed to like the first blog post in this series. If you haven’t read it I will give you a brief summary. With these posts I aim to pick out 10 products in my collection. Things taht are old, or that I for some reason don’t reach for. After testing and trying each product I will then decide if I will keep it (Stash) or declutter it (Trash). Here are the 10 items I picked out for this round!

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Lot’s of different stuff here. Now, I am a person who has a very hard time decluttering things. I love makeup and I really don’t mind having a large collection, so I that cut throat decluttering that some people do where they go through parts of their collection and get rid of a whole bunch is not for me (although, it is indeed admirable). But this kind of post actually made me get rid of a few things last time, so just taking my time and using and trying before making a decision may be more of my style anyway. But let’s talk about the products one by one!

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I picked two blushes. One is Everyday Mineral Blush in “Memphis Rose”. I think this is slightly too dark for me and it does have chunky glitter. That’s not something I really love so I tend to not reach for this. I also find the loose formula to be a bit of a bummer. But I don’t actually remember how this even looks on the skin, so before making up my mind I have to try it and figure out how it looks!

The other is a NARS Orgasm Illuminator. I picked this up many years ago before I really got into cream blushes and I just forgot about it. I don’t think I have ever used it even! The Orgasm color is classic and I do like it, I also tend to really enjoy cream formulas at the moment so I want to give this one a try. I see myself using it as a blush though, not an illuminator.

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This Kiko eyeshadowis the same Cream Crush Long Lasting Color Eyeshadow pot that I had in my first Stash or Trash makeup post. Only this time the color is more fun (the shade number is 13). When I swatch it I think it feels a bit on the dry side so I am not sure how this would perform now. It’s a few years old after all.

Those two eyeshadow pencils are both from Oriflame. One is the Oriflame Giordani Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Deep Emerald” , a beautiful true emerald green. The other one is Gold Impressionism Eye Shadow Pencil in “Sea Sapphire” which is a really pretty blue. I haven’t used these in ages. I just never think about reaching for them. They are just disappearing in my collection in a way. So now I will use them a bit and figure out what to do with them. Maybe they work as eyeliners and would be more used if I stored them among my other pencil eyeliners instead of among my single shadows and eyeshadow pots?

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Again, some more Kiko stuff! I remember I picked up these two, tried them, and then apparently never really reached for the  again. These are the Kiko Long Lasting Color Lip Marker in the shade107 (top) and 105 (bottom). I need to figure out what I think about these and if I want to keep them or not.

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That funky looking blue mascara is Dior Diorshow Mascara in shade 258. It’s a stunning blue, but to be honest it’s probably way behind expiration date. I rarely use it, so I don’t even know if it’s dry. If it sill works I will try to squeeze a few more looks out of it. But if it’s too dry I will trash this and probably pick up the blue Colourpop mascara instead.

The weirdly looking eyelinger thing is the Physicians  Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio “Glam Nude”. This is the black pencil in the trio. I have used the gold one quite a bit because it has a golden glitter liner, but this one I have just swatched. About time I try it and see if I will figure out a way to incorporate this into my routine, otherwise it can go because it’s not a particularly interesting piece to collect. So if I can’t make this work I think I can safely get rid of it.

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And finally I need to give this one a try again. I remember that I used to really like the NYX Ulitmate Bright palette some years ago, but the moment I got the Certifeye Tropical Wonders in my collection this one has been left forgotten in the drawer. I haven’t touched it for a couple of years despite using it quite a bit when it was new. Now I just believe I have so many other better colorful mattes in my collection so this one is just not reached for. I have to revisit and figure out what I think, because honestly I can’t really remember how the formula is even.

I am exited to test and try these things once again. I am hoping I will be able to declutter something. In a few weeks time when I have tried everything properly I will revisit each item and tell you which one made the cut and which ones I will departure with.

 

 

 

Stash or Trash #1 – Recap!

Time to go through all the products in my first post in the Stash or Trash series. If you have not read the intro I suggest you have a look. I explain the deal about this series in that intro.

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I have worked my way through all the products and now I made up my mind if I want to keep them or not. The products on one side of the palette are things I will keep, and the stuff on the other are things I will get rid of. Can you guess which side is which?

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Let’s just start with the eyeshdow palette, because I decided something special for that one. I tried it out, and the quality of the eyeshadow is really not good. I can tell you that a lot has happened with Urban Decay eyeshadows since this palette was released. It probably does not help that it’s old either. I decided to not keep this in my collection, but I wont get rid of it either. I decided to just store it in a box separate from my makeup collection. As a curiosity. I have several makeup items I think can go into this box eventually. It’s just that some things are so old that even though It’s not really usable anymore it’s fun to have. Imagine how fun this will be to pull out and have a look at in 5 years, or 10, or 20. So I made a makeup artifact box. For now a small one, but I have it dedicated to these kind of things that I don’t feel like I need to keep in my collection of makeup, but I still want to keep. Who knows, maybe one day I will do a blog post with all the makeup artifact box. This will be the first item I put in it.

So let’s talk about the things I will not keep.

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Hope Girl Illuminating Powder is just something I don’t understand. It’s a loose powder full of glitter flecks. They are too sparse to actually work as a highlighter, but as a setting powder it leaves you looking like a disco ball. It’s just not flattering either way and I don’t understand how it’s supposed to look good on the face. Yes, I could use it on my legs for instance, but I know I will never remember to do that. So this one is decluttered.

Everyday Minerals “Like Lady Bird Lake” is a nice enough blush, but not special enough I feel for me to reach for it. I am not the biggest fan of loose blush, and this one has tiny flecks of glitter in it as well. So this one also got a spot in the decluttered pile.

The Man ZI Miao Wine Lip Tint is really cute, but I got two others and as I recall they are not that different since they are tints. I think I will keep one of them because they are super cute, but I can let this one go and then decide which one of the others I will keep.

Kiko Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow was just not for me. I am not the biggest fan of pink, and this one was a bit dried out and made my lids just very textured. I do like these eyeshadow pots from Kiko, they usually look good and stay really well, but this colors just did not work for me.

The Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner I tried once but gave up. This is just too dried up, and I found it a bit poorly pigmented as well. In the bin with it!

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And then the things I decided to keep!

The L’Oreal Lip Paint Matte was something I remembered as a tiny bit drying, but when I used it again now I did not have the same experience. But the thing that made me make up my mind to keep it was the scent. It smells like strawberries!

That other lipstick with a unknown brand or name that I got as a freebee with an order and never used surprised me. It’s a very flattering and easy to wear red, that has a very decent staying power, feels comfy and fades away nicely. I did not expect much from this, actually I was convinced this was one of the things I would trash, but I ended up really enjoying it and can absolutely see myself reaching more for this shade! So it’s a keeper!

The Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer I used maybe 6 or 7 times during this testing period. It’s very easy to blend into the skin and gives a warm but natural bronzed look to the skin. A very natural looking product that was easy to work with. This will be perfect for spring!

lastly the Estee Lauder Pure Pops Cream Eyeshadow I ended up keeping as well. It does give a very nice sheen and color to the lid, and works nicely as a one-and-done eyeshadow for busy mornings, plus it really stays put all day. I just have to remember to use it.

So to make a summary of the first post in this series:

4 products are kept, 5 products are decluttered and one is put in my makeup artifact box!

I hope you enjoyed reading this, because I think there will be a new round of Stash or Trash coming soon. For someone like me who have a really hard time decluttering it’s very handy to do this because it will force me to go through my old stuff and really think about if I should keep them. If I turn out decluttering something then I managed to clean out some old stuff, and if I manage to rediscover an old product that is equally good! So I will for sure do another round soon!

What is your strategy for decluttering makeup? Do you have a hard time doing it, or are you able to be cut throat?

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