End of Year Makeup Detox


We are getting super close to the end of the year, and I'm about ready to lose my shit. After hearing about the death of one of my favourite actresses and role models, I'm in a sad mood. I would like the new year to come around already because I'm done, I'm so done. I'm shattered that Carrie Fisher has passed away, it sucks so much because she is such a wonderful and amazing person. I had the experience of meeting her in person at Supernova a couple of years ago and it was exhilarating.

She was outgoing, affectionate, witty and friendly. Instead of taking some time to herself when the camera stuffed up during our photo, she came back to hang with us for several minutes as we waited and even offered a drink of Coke from her glass. The amount of generosity and enthusiasm she showed towards her fans were like no other, and I am so lucky to have had the honour to spend those precious few moments with her.

Before I start crying a river, I'm going to move along with this post. It's already hard enough for me to gather the motivation to write, let alone think properly and string words together. I'm also sad that her mother has passed away today. Rest in peace, Debbie Reynolds.

Seeing as it's the end of 2016, I saw it fitting to do a makeup detox to get rid of the products that were sitting in the back of my drawer and weren't being used for one reason or another. I had a few rules when it came to this detox; one was that I had to get rid of anything that was old. A lot of things fell into this category. Two, I had to toss products didn't quite work as well as they used to anymore. Or three, they didn't look good on me.

I got rid of quite a few eye products, and most had to be thrown out. The Milani Grandissimo Lashes mascara wasn't that great of a product. The formula was quite thick and dry, so it tended to flake a lot, and clump my lashes together. The brush that came with it was so massive I used a smaller one to see if it made it better. It didn't. Toss. The Australis Killer Curves mascara was actually decent, it lengthened, curled and thickened my lashes somewhat, and the tubing formula was thin enough to coat each lash perfectly. It didn't come off easily with water, despite what it says on the website. I found that this product gave me styes in my eyelids each time I used it.

I also threw out the Milani Length in Seconds Lash Extensions Fibers, because I didn't like having to use two coats of mascara just to apply and seal them. I only ever use one coat when I wear mascara. It also felt like I was getting some of the fibres in my eyes. I kept the brush because the slim design would be perfect for my bottom lashes. I also did that with the brush for the Easybrow Tinted Fiber Gel, which I found utterly useless. It made no difference whatsoever to my lashes. I decided to throw out Face of Australia's Budge Proof Eyeshadow in Poison Ivy, as it's a cream product and I've never used it. The pigmentation was also weak, so there's that.

 The little pot of white powder is actually the shattered remains of e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow in Bridal Party. I originally used this as a highlight, because it's not as pigmented when you're trying to use it as an eyeshadow. I also had to throw out the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Copper because, as much as I love the formula and colour, I rarely wore it and it was over a year old - I didn't want to risk an eye infection because of bacteria. Lastly, I disposed of Australis Cray For Colour Eyeshadow Stick in Drawn to Diamonds because it was intense, hard to blend and the glitter made me cringe.

Lip products! I'm going to make this short. The e.l.f. Essential lipsticks, as well as the Jumbo Lip Gloss sticks, were not performing as they used to, so that was a toss for most of the shades in my collection. I only kept the Voodoo lipstick and Pink Umbrellas Lip Gloss. The Matte Lip Color in Rich Red was identical in colour to another lipstick, so I decided to go without this one. The Milani Colour Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks are great in terms of lasting power, pigmentation, matte yet not drying, and packaging, but for some reason, they all leave a white line on my lips. The Matte Naked shade, as well as Colourpop's Beeper always make my lips look like that of a corpse's, the type of colour doesn't suit me.

I find that the formula for Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip look and feel leathery and makes my lip look like a cat's arse, not to mention that it separates inside the tube.

The compacts for both essence's All About Matt! powder and the Savvy by DB Trio Highlighter broke, but the former was also disposed of because it made me break out. I only held onto the Savvy Trio because it was useful for travelling, but now that I had theBalm's Balm Voyage palette, I didn't see any point in keeping it. The e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls does not work, there's almost no pigmentation, and I can barely get anything onto the brush and then onto my face. I had to throw out the Face of Australia Translucent Powder because it was too old and made me break out.

Finally, the essence Blush Up! blush in Heat Wave had to go because the blush didn't quite suit me, they stood out a lot on my cheeks despite not being as pigmented as some of the other blushes I own.

I was able to free up quite a bit of space in my drawer and can now fit a lot more of the stuff that I bought from Makeup Revolution. It feels great being able to get rid of some stuff that would not be used in the long run, and I'm feeling inspired to do the same to my wardrobe, my craft supplies and everything else I've got in storage. Let's hope I kick my arse into gear and do just that during 2017.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve, and that the new year starts off with a bang.


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