Finally Clearing Out my Lipsticks!

My friend recently posted a picture on facebook of all of her lipsticks with the caption, “I think I have a problem”. After telling her that her collection most definitely was not a problem, I got to thinking about my own lipstick hoard. I don’t think it’s that big, to be honest with you. I think my issue is that I have problems letting go of stuff, particularly stuff I’ve paid good money for, even if those things have an expiry or limited shelf life.

I’ll be honest with you: a lot of my lipsticks are very old. I almost never reach the end of a tube of lipstick. In fact, I think I’ve only done it once in my life, and that one is still in the collection I’m about to show you. Yah.

So yesterday I felt it was high time for a clearout. I thought, I’ll go through all of them, and if I haven’t work particular ones recently, I’ll chuck them.

Well, those were my intentions. Remember that thing I just said about not being able to let go? Best laid plans, and all that. Last night I ended up picking out only 2 that I wanted to ditch, but in the light of day, I’m feeling more positive and ruthless. My makeup goals going forward are to try more stuff, and for that I need to let go of the old. Wish me luck!

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These are my nudes 😉

My nude lipstick collection is probably the one area I want to expand and diversify the most. As you can see, I only have a few, and I’d like to do better. I think I’ve missed most of the hype over nude lipsticks over the past couple of years. Because I’m so pale, I tend to suit pinks better. I also get really anxious about nude lipsticks making my teeth look yellow. I have no idea if that’s a legitimate concern everyone has, or just me because I hate my teeth? In any case, there are a couple of stand-outs in here, and one that I keep in my handbag at all times.

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From top to bottom:

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait (Exotic Fruits)
I’ll be honest with you: I have never worn this one out. Its tube is the gorgeous blue one with little illustrations all over it, it’s cruelty free, and the tube is made of cardboard too (which I totally dig – yay environment!). However, it’s very pale. Really reminds me of Babette by Lime Crime (whose site appears to be down right now and I can’t link to), and that’s a shade that I love even though I don’t own, so I’m determined to make this one work. I’ll set it as a new challenge to myself. And for that reason, I can’t chuck it.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H (Invincible Sable)
This lipstick isn’t available anymore, and was my first go-to nude liquid lip. It looks quite dark in the swatch above, but it’s one of those funny ones that seems to look a different shade in every kind of lighting, ranging from a super pale nude to dark brown. And old fave. I’ll use it until it’s dead.

MDM Flow Lipstick (Bossy)
This is the one I was referring to above that always stays in my handbag. You’ll also have seen it in a few recent looks I have on here, too. As you can see on their website, Bossy is a nude that seems to suit all skin tones, and it is also the most successful matte tube lipstick I own (the pics on the website make it look glossy, but it is not). I usually go for liquid lips now because tube lipsticks don’t have the colour payoff and staying power they seem to, but Bossy defies all expectations there. I’d love to purchase more from this company.

Pantone Universe Stick (18-1433)
This is the chubby stick in the pic above, and despite the little pantone bit on the bottom of it and how dark it looks on the actual crayon, it’s super light. I described this in a previous post as a “my lips but better” colour, but actually now I just think it’s just so desaturated it’s basically a lipsitcky-lipbalm. I have reached for this recently because it’s good for a barely-there lip, but in the interests of being ruthless and getting through the other lipsticks I own, I’ll chuck it.

Kokie Professional Sheer Lipstick (Café au Lait)
It wasn’t until I swatched this that I realised how similar it is to the Pantone lipstick below it on my arm. The tube of this lipstick is really nice, and this brand is really affordable! It’s a nice sheer lipstick, which is quite dark on me, but I can still pull off (I think…). I haven’t worn it out yet, but I’ll keep it.

Pantone Universe Lipstick (18-1438)
Unlike the chubby stick from the same set whose packaging would lead you to believe it’s the same colour, this lipstick is actually a dark brick colour. It’s probably way past its shelf life, and having seen how close in colour it is to the Kokie one above, I’ll get rid.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Lolita)
I find it a little embarrassing that this is still the only shade of this lipstick that I own, because I adore it. The formula is so soft and non-drying, and I honestly think Kat Von D makes the best quality vegan makeup out there. Lolita is dark on me, and when I first got it, I was so unsure, but it’s become a staple for me that I love.


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Retro reds. Literally. Okay, they’re just old.

I honestly can’t tell you the last time I wore a red lip, and that’s a very strange thing for me to say, because it used to be something I did daily. I went through a big 50s style kick, and of course, red lips are a go-to with that. But as my style changed, so did my feelings toward red lips. Obviously they’re still a classic, but I feel a lot more apathy toward them now than the passion I felt before. The reason why so many of these are so old, is because they were bought just before I discovered Lime Crime.
I actually found Lime Crime because it was linked through lots of 50s style forums I was on years ago, and at the time they only had three shades. I bought two of them (Red Velvet and Suedeberry) and never looked back. I used and reordered and then used them again until they were done, and this is what was left behind.

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(Which is a shame, because look at those pretty swatches all in a row)

Again, from top to bottom:

Accessorize Lipstick – Really Red
This was the lightest red I owned, more of a tomato red than the darked blue-toned reds I liked. It’s definitely way past its shelf-life and applies patchy, so it’s going.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer (Keep trying for you)
The only liquid lip red I own now. It’s super, super pigmented, and colour-wise a great dupe for Lime Crime’s Red Velvet… however, it is a cheap one and the price reflects the quality. Great for the short-term or if you’re not going to be eating, but will flake off given enough time. I’m gonna keep it, as a just in case, until I get a good quality liquid lip that’s this pigmented.

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Naturel Lipstick (Rouge Soyeux)
Bourjois lipsticks used to be my favourite, and back in the day, they were the go-to for great reds as well. I felt so posh for buying Bourjois, which used to be at the higher price-point for drugstore makeup, before I knew there was anything more than drugstore makeup. I still think this is the nicest swatch on my arm above, but I begrudgingly throw it in the trash, as you’d be shocked at my estimation for how old this is.

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I don’t know where this lipstick is from, how old it is, or anything, and as you can see, it’s trash. I don’t know why it’s even in the basket. BUH-BYE.

Avon True Colour Lipstick (Red 2000)

Ah, Avon. My old highschool fave. I had so much makeup from Avon as a teenager, mostly because my Mum loved it and also because I had a few friends who were Avon ladies. A couple of old lipsticks from Avon have straggled on in my collection (which you’ll see later), but this one is actually new! My Mum bought it for me and it has remained untouched until that arm swatch.

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Now, that, is lipstick porn.

I’m impressed by it, to be honest. It’s a really true red, and I would say more pigmented than the Bourjois ones. It is super creamy (I get the feeling it would melt easily), and I don’t have high hopes for it in terms of staying power, but the colour means it stays.

Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lipstick (Rouge Sur Mesure)
This was my favourite red tube lipstick of all time, and the only one I have ever used down to the bottom. There’s only a tiny bit of it left. As with everything though, we romanticise past versions, and this isn’t as good as I remember. And because of how old it is, I’m saying goodbye.

Makeup Academy Lipstick (Shade 1)
This is the cheapest lipstick I own, and surprisingly okay. This is a very blue-toned red, which makes it verge on plum, and really, the only thing I can say is it does the job. There’s nothing stand-out about it, but it’s also good enough that I don’t feel the urge to chuck it.


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Now we have my lil plum/purple collection:

Too Faced Melted Lipstick (Melted Fig)
I did a review on this one last year when I got it. It looks way more pigmented swatched on my arm than on my face, but it’s a nice lipstick. I’m still not a fan of the applicator, but I do like the formula, and the colour is pretty.

Avon Lipstick (Drawn to You)
This is definitely one I should be throwing away because it’s so old, but I won’t for now because the colour is so pretty and I don’t currently have another like it. My favourite look I’ve done with this lipstick was this one here, and it’s got such a nice sheen to it which almost looks duochrome. I’m going to aim to use this one more so I don’t get to the point where it has to get chucked with no use. It’s on its last chance.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (Rebel)
 As I said with the red shade from the same range, it’s a liquid lip on a budget. This one is a gorgeous dark plum colour, but you do need to fill it in a bit as it applies quite patchy.


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I have a couple of little oranges for you here, and they’re both from Lime Crime. I bought these last year when I was looking for true orange lipsticks as opposed to corals, and they did not disappoint. I do want to get more coral lips into my collection, but last year I had a bit of an obsession with orange, and Lime Crime was my go-to for such a bright shade.

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Lime Crime Velvetines (Squash)
You will probably have seen from numerous other posts as well as the review of it I did, as this is probably my favourite lipstick. It’s not to everyone’s tastes, but the muted tone of this makes it so wearable. This one has been on sale on the website for what feels like forever, so hopefully it still is when I inevitably use this tube up 😀

Lime Crime Unicorn Lipstick (My Beautiful Rocket)
This one isn’t stocked anymore after they got rid of most of their unicorn lipsticks, which is a shame because this is an amazing tangerine lipstick. It’s so pigmented and bright, and I love it. Like I said with Squash, it’s clearly not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but I think it’s cool.


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I saved my biggest colour collection for last: here come the pinks.

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Top to bottom, as before:

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm (Demure)
This colour stick is really pretty. It’s very light and shimmery, and great for summery looks. It also feels really nice on application, like a lipbalm, and smells minty. I’m a big fan of this one, even though I don’t reach for it much.

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Like one of the red ones, I have no idea what it is. It’s a really chalky-textured pale pink and it is gone.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick (Candy Shimmer)
I nabbed this one from my Mum as the shade was too light for her. I don’t purchase Estée Lauder myself because they’re not cruelty free, but owning a couple of lipsticks is nice because it reminds me of my Mum. She has always bought and worn the brand, and their makeup has such a distinct scent that to open a tube of their lipstick will automatically make me think of her. This one is a nice shimmery pink, and I’ve worn it a few times.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (What I Believe)
A cute pink colour, but as with the other ones, not great staying power. The colour is nice enough for me to keep, though.

L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H (Timeless Rosé)
Like with Invincible Sable, this one is a classic for me. It’s definitely on its way out as it’s almost used up and starting to separate, but it has been a staple for me and I’ll keep it going until it’s gone or really goes bad. I have used this one in loads of posts before, and it’s still the one I reach for when I feel like I should have something on my lips, but nothing too standout.

LOC Millie by Birchbox
I hated this one as soon as I saw it, and have been meaning to get rid of it for the longest time. However, I just tried it on again and I’m feeling a bit better about it. I have no idea why, but whereas before I just didn’t think the colour suited me, now I think it’s quite cute. It’s meant to be glossy, but it’s more sticky than glossy, but it’s not that bad. I was expecting this to be chucked immediately, but I think I’ll keep it a little longer and see if I do anything with it.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (Elusive)
This is the lip colour I bought for my wedding, then had a change of heart at the last minute about, and regretted it. That’s life. It’s actually an amazing lipstick. It’s so nice on, the colour is stunning, it smells great, has decent staying power, and is matte. But, for whatever reason, I feel sad about using it. Maybe because of what could have been? I don’t know. In any case, it stays.

Estée Lauder Lipstick (Exotic Orchid)
This is like a darker shade of Candy Shimmer, and I’ve used it a few times. I’ll keep it in on the off-chance because it’s too nice to chuck.

NYX Liquid Suede (Life’s a Beach)
love NYX, and I can’t believe I only have one shade of this! The Liquid Suede range are matte liquid lipsticks, but don’t dry out like other ones. This means they don’t have the same staying power as others (though they do still last amazingly) but feel nicer on. They are also super pigmented (as you can see), and they’re relatively cheap! I adore it, and I hope to buy more NYX stuff soon.

Frankie Rose Lipstick (Pink Melon)
This was one I got in a Wantable box, and I love the colour. I’ve described it before as “neon baby pink” or “watermelon”… obviously not a real watermelon, but that pink colour that always seems to be attributed to watermelons for some reason. I really like this, and I’m keeping it.

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My vivid pinks:

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense (Plushest Punch)
This is the only shade of the famous chubby sticks that I own, and I’m glad it’s this one. Plushest Punch is a vivid pink, but so nice on that I think it would be wearable on most skin tones. It does feel moisturising, and I love the packaging. However, I’m gonna go against the grain here and say it’s nothing spectacular of a lipstick. I really like it, but I do feel they’re overpriced. Sorry!

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer (You Took my Love)
As with the other ones, amazing pigmentation, a great cheap liquid lip, flakes after a while.

Avon Lipstick (Flirty Fuschia)
This used to be the brightest lipstick I owned, and I still have a lot of it left because I was so scared to use it for a long time. I do have other lipsticks that are similar now, but the shade is just different enough that it stays.


And there you have it!

I was going to do my lipglosses too, but I think that will have to wait for another time because this post already turned out way longer than expected! I’ve managed to get rid of seven lipsticks, which I don’t think is too bad.

Looking at them all like this makes me realise how little I take advantage of them all, though, and I hope to rectify that, or at least give them some use before chucking them for new ones!

Do you guys have any really old lipsticks you can’t get rid of? Tell me I’m not the only one please!

Until next time, take care ❤

kirsten-xo

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SEPTEMBER 2016 GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

Yes, I hear your cries! I am doing a beauty post again! My blog hasn’t reverted to a jumbled mishmash of cakes and clothes and random posts… well, perhaps it has… but I still do beauty stuff too, from time to time.

Before we get into all of this, I’m going to do something that every blog you’ve ever read about blogging tells you not to do, and that’s apologise for my absence in the blogosphere. I only started doing this in April, and it was something I tried to do at least weekly, and sometimes I was doing it daily. As every blogger [probably] does, I had visions of life not getting in the way of my blog, and me happily churning out two posts a day.

I have had a blog before, actually, and that lasted less than a year before it fizzled out, when I was disappointed in myself at not being able to keep on keeping on at an alarming rate. This time around, this is something I’m looking to sustain, and sustainability is about balance. So sometimes there will be things happening in my life which puts me in a place where I don’t have opportunity or will to write, and sometimes it will put me somewhere else where I’m spamming you on the daily.
I don’t have any plan to my posts. I don’t schedule them. I don’t have them timed out for when people around the world are looking at my blog and stuff, I simply write when I feel like it, edit it quickly, and post it.

So anyway, sometimes I’m here and sometimes I’m not. I haven’t been gone for any long period of time – I know that – but my anxiety makes me feel like a week is a month in some cases, particularly with this.

And on another note, I just want to say THANK YOU to my nearly 100 followers! I try to check all of you out, and it’s really cool that even though I know it only takes a sec to click that follow button, that you’ve liked what you’ve seen enough to do that. You’re some cool cats.

So, do you want to hear about the GlossyBox now? Of course you do.

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This month’s GlossyBox is in collaboration with Red magazine, and thus is sporting this gorgeous colour. There’s an offer on with this box which allows you to subscribe to Red for 6 months for £9.99, and the little card thing has been written by their editor.

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I’m really preferring the red and white box over the usual pink and black. I know that is obviously just personal preference, but I think it looks really classy and fresh at the same time. It’s also got me thinking a lot about Christmas, which is just 12 weeks away, people!

I digress.

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This month’s box felt like it was absolutely packed with stuff… excuse the pun.

I looked through my posts on my previous boxes, and there’s usually 5 products, and on a couple of occasions you might get a little sample which brings it up to 6, so this is one of those months where the sample has given you a little bit extra.
I’m not even mad that it’s two face masks, because damn, my skin is bad and I love face masks.

So, the product run down, as per usual:

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Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask (RRP £7.99)

A heads up: I haven’t used this yet. My good bits and bad bits are going to be speculative.

The good: The things this mask promises make me hopeful for its use.
The bad: I haven’t gotten on with sheet masks yet.

You might remember from this post back in June that I had never tried sheet masks until I bought the Tony Moly ones when I was in Barcelona. I hadn’t tried them when I wrote that post, however I have had the opportunity to try them now, and let me tell you, I don’t like them. I had such high hopes, however having it on my face made it feel really, really weird, and they were sliding about because they were so wet, and I just couldn’t really get to grips with them.

I do realise however, that this is not the same brand, and maybe I will love this. I do still hold out hope for sheet masks. I’ll keep you posted.

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philosophy amazing grace firming body emulsion (full size RRP £29; this size approx. £1.81)

The good: nice smell, dries quickly, non-sticky.
The bad: tiny sample!

Last month I had a similar product in my GlossyBox, which was the Cowshed body lotion, and I loved it. It was a small sample and I tried to limit my use to after every other shower so I could keep it longer, but it still only lasted a couple of weeks.
This month we have another body lotion in the same size, this time by philosophy. It’s just, put simply, too small of a sample for a body lotion.

It smells nice. I’m nowhere near as enchanted by it as the Cowshed one, personally, but this one has a lovely smell for people who are more into that subtle, musky, baby-powdery kind of smell. It also feels amazing on my skin. It’s meant to be firming, but really who could use a sample this small for long enough to be able to tell?
It’s a really nice product, I’d just like when receiving body lotions, to receive a bit more of them 🙂

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat (RRP £7.99)

Another one I’ve not had enough time with to get use out of.

The good: full size product, nice packaging, dries quickly.
The bad: black bottle for clear polish; how will I see how much is left?

Okay, so that bad one is a bit picky. The nice packaging thing probably negates that, however I do like to be able to see how much I have left of a product. It helps you analyse when you need to buy new stuff. Surely?

Anyway. It would have been nice to receive a colour, as nail polish is something that I actually don’t end up buying myself that much, however a top coat is also appreciated as I have some rubbish nail polishes I can try it out with. It does say on the boots website that it is “specifically designed to activate” their corresponding gel colours, but it’s going to work with other surely just as a top coat?

I don’t want to sound like I’m being negative. This is a great item to receive.

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Rodial Smokey Eye Pen Black (RRP £17)

The good: seems to be a decent kohl black eyeliner.
The bad: I don’t need another kohl eyeliner, but that’s not Glossy’s fault.

I have never heard of this brand, but clearly I need to get myself acquainted if they’re endorsed by Wayne Goss and have these kinda prices.

Got to be honest though: I don’t use many kohl eyeliners. You will see from my looks that I mainly use eyeliner on my upper lash line and use felt tip eyeliners. I do occasionally wear kohl ones to tightline, but because this is so rare I think I have about 4 sat in my drawer right now. As I said above though, this isn’t GlossyBox’s fault, and it does seem to be a good kohl liner.

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask (Full size RRP £15; this size approx. £1)

This was the sample product for this month… apparently. I’m being cheeky when I say this simply because she sample of this product is 1/15th of the full size, whereas that philosophy body lotion is 1/16th of the full size. See what I mean?

The good: it’s an absolute dupe for Mudmasky at 1/4 of the price!
The bad: nothing I found in this small sample.

If you cast your minds back to last month, GlossyBox sent me a face mask sample I fell in love with. My sample of Mudmasky is nearly finished now, and I was disappointed because it was the best face mask I’d used but there was no way I was going to pay £59 for the full size… then this little sample came along.

It is honestly an absolute dupe. The only thing that is different is the tightening sensation: this one doesn’t tighten as much and feels a lot drier. However, consistency-wise, looks-wise, colour-wise, hell, even smell-wise, they are very similar. Why on earth would you pay £59 when you could have it for £15. Sorry, Mudmasky.

A great sample.

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And now what you’ve all been waiting for: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (Full size RRP £19; this size approx. £11.40)

The good: It does volumise and thicken lashes, great brush, beautiful packaging.
The bad: It’s not better than sex.

This was a product I had been wanting to try for a long time. It has rave reviews with a lot of people, and is by all-round admired and cute-as-shit-packaging people, Too Faced. It’s always interesting to me to see how high-end products rate compared to budget or drugstore ones, and one of the reasons why I love GlossyBox so much is because it allows for that comparison.

First off I’ll talk about the packaging. The tube is soooooo cute. It’s a metallic duck egg blue colour (which is my favourite colour), and it looks like it’s covered with realistic-looking water droplets, which makes the tube feel braille-like. The tube is small, but there’s more than half the amount of the full size, so it’s a decent sample.
There’s no way it needs to come in that big cardboard thing, though.

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Now product.
This is a good mascara. The brush is an hourglass shape and thick-bristled, which is something I personally like, because I have difficulty using those spiky plastic mascara brushes which are usually to separate the lashes. I will say however, that I would need at least two coats of this, and when applying my second coat my lashes started to feel “spidery”. The formula seems to have that same problem I’ve talked about numerous times before where, as a waterproof formula, it feels a bit thick and harder to apply.

Basically, I would say, it is a good mascara, but I can get as good for way less money. In fact, I did a little test for you. Please note that I’m wearing no other makeup so fair warning in case you fall back aghast:

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Here is my mascara-free eye. As you can see, I have pretty diddy blonde eyelashes which are also very fine.

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Here are my lashes with one coat of Better than Sex on.

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Now in this picture, I have Better than Sex on my left eye [so right eye for you looking at this picture], and my go-to No7 Intense Volume on my right.

The difference in the picture in minimal, but my right eyelashes -wearing the No7 – were actually thicker and longer than the left, and that difference was much more noticeable in person. That mascara is only £9.95, and a tenner is a big difference for something which actually seems to be performing even better.

So all in, good mascara, not a great one, and definitely not “better than sex”.

 

Kirsten xo