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Beauty Declutter Update | June 2017

Saturday, 10 June 2017
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Today was definitely meant to be an OOTN post, but since I haven't gotten round to wearing the outfit I wanted to show, I decided to just share with you guys an update to my make-up decluttering journey. I've let go of quite a few pieces here and there, but primarily I rid myself of a lot of unused lip products. I've said it before but glossy products and standard lipsticks aren't really things I reach for a lot, so to have them still in my collection taking up space when I don't use them seems like a huge waste. It's been nearly six months since I decluttered so I thought it was about time I shared with you what I've recently parted ways with since my original declutter journey began. This is something I'd like to do every 5-6 months as I think it's cool and interesting to keep track of what I've decided to throw out, and hopefully it'll help me to make more well thought out decisions when it comes to buying new products! In case you missed it, you can read all about my initial decluttering journey here

NYC SMOOTH SKIN TRANSPARENT LOOSE POWDER

One of the first things I ended up parting ways with - although I thought about it a lot - is this NYC loose powder. It's a pale, non-orangey powder that comes in a pretty big tub but has a tiny price tag. It's ideal if you're looking for some sort of loose powder and are on a budget, but don't want to sacrifice on quality. Truth is, I just don't really reach for loose powder very often. I bought this to set my make-up in hot weather, but who really wants to cake up their face in powder when you're permanently sweating? Not me! I much prefer pressed powder, so I figured it was time for me to let this gem go.

W7 GET SET EYESHADOW BASE

I raved about this for months last year, calling it my favourite eye primer and everything. Now, I've tried other products and found things I like even better - at the moment I'm enjoying my Maybelline Color Tattoos the most, as they keep my eye makeup in place the longest out of all my primers, something I've noticed since donning colourful eye make-up most days over anything else. I still think this is a decent product for the money, but I've also realised it's worth spending a little more money on something that'll help the eyeshadow I worked hard on that morning, last all the way through the night, too.

MAKEUP REVOLUTION FOCUS & FIX EYEBROW SHAPING KIT

This was another favourite product of mine, but alas, it's time we said goodbye. I got a ton of good use out of this product, just about hitting pan on the shade I used the most. The thing is, ever since I started using Dipbrow Pomade on a daily basis, I just haven't really looked back. The idea of using powder just doesn't appeal to me any more, and although it might take me a while sometimes to get my eyebrows as close to 'just right' as I can, I think the extra time is worth it and I much prefer my brows now compared to how they used to be about six months ago.

BOURJOIS 123 PERFECT CC CREAM

I used to be obsessed with this product, and then I kinda forgot about it. I rediscovered it upon decluttering my stash initially, and decided to keep it because it didn't have much left in it. I still never finished it, but decided to throw it out anyway. It's a good product, but it's just not something I reached for very often. Although I enjoy the coverage and the 'CC' factor of this product, I prefer the colour match, feel and format of the Bourjois City Radiance Foundation even more. As they are both quite light in coverage, I opted to keep the foundation over the CC cream. This was a hard one to part ways with, but something that had to be done!

ELF STUDIO CONTOURING BRONZE & BLUSH DUO IN ST LUCIA 

For a while I went through a phase of wearing bronzer everyday, to put the colour back into my face. Nowadays, I don't contour on a daily basis, never mind bronze. I've decided that I really don't need much in the way of contouring or bronze products, so this was the first one I decided to get rid of as it had been months since a brush had touched its pan. I followed this up by also getting rid of my MUA Luxe Bronze and Sculpt duo - I never thought I'd see the day, as this used to be my favourite product ever! Sadly I just haven't reached for it at all in the last few months. I also decided to get rid of my Primark Contour Palette as overall I prefer my Collection contouring duo, and the Barry M Chisel Cheeks palette.
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SOAP & GLORY THICK & FAST MASCARA 

I used to enjoy this product, but I haven't actually worn it since decluttering my make-up stash. I'm not really one for following make-up expiry dates, so this is well past its sell-by date as it's probably over a year old now. Oops! Granted, I think I will keep it in my prop drawer as the packaging does look beautiful!

LIP PRODUCTS

I got rid of a whole host of lip products, parting ways with just about everything that wasn't a liquid lip product. I got rid of my Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lip Crayons, which I used to adore, and still do, but I just don't wear glossy lip products enough to warrant keeping them. I also got rid of two of my previously favourite nude products, Barry M Lip Paint 150 and Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait. The latter is such a beautiful formula and shade, but I couldn't tell you the last time I reached for it. I gave away some of my BeautyUK Lips Matter shades that were too similar shade-wise to lip products I already enjoyed, and I decided to part ways with my Revlon Colourbust Matte Balms, too, which are absolutely beautiful and enjoyable as a matte formula, but I figured it was just time as I haven't worn them all year. I got rid of a few other pieces here and there, but like my initial declutter, I don't want to go on too much and make this a super long post, so I'll leave it there.

I'm really pleased with how ruthless I'm being with getting rid of things. I honestly had too many lip products that I just didn't reach for, so it feels good to have more free space for products I really enjoy. I still want to do a Colourpop haul eventually, but I'm psyching myself up for the customs costs, so I may actually just put some money aside every month instead of going all out at once! I'm always buying new Jeffree Star and Sugarpill lip products and I also want to pick up a Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick as the formula is gorgeous. I know - who would've thought I'd want another plain ol' lipstick? In all honesty, my beauty wishlist is just constantly growing, but I'm finally figuring out what I like and what I want to splash out on, and I don't think that's a bad thing at all.

Have you guys decluttered your makeup stash recently?

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