A Small Clean Up of My Skincare & Makeup Stash

makeup stash clean up

I always know that you are not suppose to keep your makeup and skincare forever, but sometimes, parting away can get really emotional and difficult. So guilty as charged, I’ve hoarded some, OK, a load of products I REALLY should have thrown away already.  

The other day, after reading this post on CAREER GIRL DAILY, I decided it’s time to get my sh*t sorted out! After all, as it says, your skin deserves the best, and… of course fresh products. I’m writing this as a reminder to myself: don’t get too crazy and having too much fun in shopping! It’s kinda ironic that I’m posting this right after a big Bobbi Brown haul and several other hauls I may or may not I’ve done…

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara:

It has passed the 3-month mark, as much as I enjoyed it, and even though it seems like there is still a tiny bit of product left, I think it’s time to let it go. Not a good idea to risk of having eye infection.  

Kiehl’s line-reducing concentrate:

There is probably about one third of the product left, honestly, I cannot remember why I stopped using it. Likely because I didn’t see any results and was distracted by other new-in skin care products. To be fair, line-reducing is a super bold claim, I haven’t come across any skin care products that can actually reduce the appearance of lines.

I noticed it smells funny a few weeks ago, not the potent Vitamin C scent anymore. But thought it was no big deal as I tend to keep skin care longer than it should be – not good, I know, but I tend to build up emotional connections with skin care stuff (I’m just a weirdo).  So when I read the post says “anti-aging products, especially if they contain anti-oxidant ingredients like Vitamin C and retinol, only last 6 months, it finally hit me. I took it out of my “I-will-use-it-another-time” drawer, and threw it into the bin.

Philosophy purity cleanser:

I mistakenly threw it into my bin before I took the photo, so you cannot find it in the image above. But there was a ton of product left, because I don’t like it, or to be more accurate, I hate it. “Hate” is a strong word, and I don’t say it often at all, but this cleanser is a big fail for my skin.

I have read so many glowing reviews about this cleanser, which is why I picked up in the first place. After using it for 2-3 times, the skin around my mouth area started peeling, not just a little bit, but peeling like snake is changing its skin. I waited for a few weeks, tried it again, the same thing happened. Then I waited for a month, tried it again, same results. That’s when I know my skin just doesn’t get along with it, which is weird, because I don’t even have super sensitive skin. Think it just comes to show that skincare is a very personal thing, what works for one person may not work for another, and vice versa.

Benefit POREfessional primer:

I liked for a while, until I realized that I don’t need a primer to prolong my makeup, a good setting spray is enough. And my pores aren’t very big. So I stopped using it for a couple of months, and when I went back to it, I cannot stand the silicone feeling anymore. So it needs to go.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (sample):

Another highly raved product in the beauty world, but I cannot even go through the sample after having it for over 1 year now. I feel it has even more silicony feeling than the Benefit one, guess I just don’t like primer in general.

Too Faced eyeshadow insurance primer:

It just didn’t really work for my oily eyelid, after discovering Nars smudge proof primer, I never looked back.

Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Rose Perle:

I got this lipstick even before I started wearing makeup regularly, so that’s at least 2 years. Believe this is the old formula and package. Cannot remember why I picked up this lipstick, or particularly, this shade, it’s not pigmented, it’s not a flattering shade for me, and I don’t like the formula. All I can say is that I really knew nothing about makeup back then.    

Cleaning up is quite an emotional exercise to go through, but to be honest, after I did it, I do feel mentally released and a sense of satisfaction.

If you haven’t done so already, head over to the Career Girl Daily site and have a read of this post, as it’s not just about when you should throw away your beauty products, but also, how to store them to prolong their lifeline.