Beauty Products That I Rarely Collect & Why



You know how makeup addicts like to hoard a lot of makeup, regardless of whether they wear them often enough to justify such a large collection? I'm like that, though I like to hope that I am not as obsessive as some of the most die-hard collectors. I'm a collector, I collect things and I don't think that habit is going to change for as long as I live. I have an obsessive personality, and I'm just lucky that doesn't apply to things that may harm my body or my lifestyle, such as alcohol, cigarettes or gambling.

I don't wear makeup often enough to justify the purchase of more products, but over the past two months, I've really limited my spending habits to just the necessities. After a year of buying whatever catches my fancy, I've become more selective of what I want to keep in my kit. I did a makeup detox at the end of last year to get rid of the stuff I never wore or didn't perform as well as they used to, and my collection is neater now. It's also made me realise what finishes and colours I like best, and what brands or types work better for me than others.

While doing the detox, I noticed that while some categories were quite plentiful, there were other sections in my drawer that were quite small. In fact, when you open my drawer, you'll find heaps, and I mean heaps, of highlighters, blush, lip products, eyeshadows and brushes. And then you've got the rest of them, looking rather dismal and lonely in their compartments. So, I thought I'd talk about why I don't have as many of these ones as I do the others in my collection.


Face

Powders
I rarely ever stock up on face powders, because I feel like one or two is enough for me, as it's pretty much one-size-fits-all when it comes to applying your base. I have the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder as it's a finely milled silicone-based powder that really stops my foundation from moving around throughout the day and prevents it from being broken down by the oil from my T-Zone. This has also worked better than anything else when it comes to stopping my under-eye area from creasing. I also have the Australis Banana Powder for when I use my foundation to give it a slightly more yellow tint.

Foundation
I only have two foundations on rotation, and one reason for that is because I have such a hard time finding something that is an exact match as I'm fair yet olive-skinned. Foundation, for me, needs to be yellow-toned and it needs to be able to stand up to my oily skin. This is why I only have the RCMA KA Series Foundation Palette, which I also use as a concealer. I also have Wet 'n' Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturiser in Natural for those days when I cannot be bothered blending in my base.

Concealer
I own a few concealers in my collection, and the reason is the same as for the foundation. I have two concealers, one being the Face of Australia Lasting Concealer in Neutral, which I use to cover blemishes when wearing the tinted moisturiser, and the LA Girl HD Pro Conceal in Natural, which I use under my eyes to colour correct the purple rings. I also have the LA Girl HD Pro Conceal in both Green and Yellow to correct imperfections.

Bronzer/Contour
Here comes a startling fact: I rarely, if ever, use bronzer. As a result, I only own two bronzers. Well, one is technically a face powder, but nonetheless, it's used as a bronzer. That one is the Milani Multitasker Face Powder in Medium Tan. My other bronzer is the Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Summertime. This is not suitable as a contour as it's quite shimmery. If I do use this bronzer, it goes on the places where the sun would typically shine for a sunkissed glow.

Primer
I've tried so many silicone-free primers to find one that hid my pores yet helped with my oiliness, and to date, I have not found any that fit the bill. I have the Face of Australia 3 in 1 Face Base which acts more like a moisturiser and sunscreen in one than it does as a primer. I've also got the Milani Prime Perfection Face Powder which didn't do much to prevent oiliness. If anyone has a recommendation for a cruelty-free, silicone-free, pore-minimising and mattifying primer, I'm all ears!

Sprays
I haven't experimented much with these, and the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Fixing Spray is the first I've ever tried. I'm not exactly sure how well it works, but there's some improvement to how long my makeup lasts on my face and only a tiny bit of oil control. Suggestions, please!


Eyes

Eyeliner
I only have three eyeliners in my drawer, as I don't see the point in owning more than that when they're breeding grounds for bacteria. I can't justify spending more money on a product that I would have to toss in a few months. I have the Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner, the e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in black which I need to toss soon and lastly, I have the Milani Supreme Kohl Eyeliner which I use to tightline. I make sure to sterilise it using Isopropyl Alcohol between uses to prevent bacterial growth.

Mascara
As someone that is prone to getting styes on occasion due to old mascara, I dispose of them regularly. And since I don't wear makeup every day, I don't see the point in having more than one mascara on rotation. Currently, I'm using the Barry M Showgirl Lengthening Mascara. I've recently discovered that the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara looks a lot better now than two months ago. On standby, I have a deluxe tube of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara that came with the Grande Hotel Café set that Cat bought for me for Christmas.

Brow Products
I have brows that are thick and dense enough to not require defining with brow products. I use the Freedom Makeup Brow Pomade in Ash Brown to lightly fill any sparse areas and, in some cases, darken it slightly to make them pop when I'm doing a certain look. I have the Easybrow pencil from Milani but never use it as it's the wrong colour for my brows.

Primers
Like face primers, I had to go through a lot of trial and error to find something that worked for my hooded and oily eyes. I use the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer (previously known as Fergie Centerstage Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer). This is all I need.

At first, I was like "hmm, I don't collect much of this and that" but then as I'm writing this post I realised that there were actually a lot more that I didn't collect. It's amusing how I'll stock up on eyeshadow palettes and highlighters like a maniac, but lack a lot in most other products. I'm going to see if I can try out the Milani 2 in 1 Foundation. I can't figure out which colour I should try because they seem to run on the dark side and all the swatches look so different.

What products are you lacking in? Do you have a favourite category?

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