Decluttering My Makeup

I’m moving this weekend which means I’ve been decluttering my apartment like crazy! I don’t like clutter to begin with and I don’t want to move items across the state that I feel neutral on and/or doesn’t have a purpose. I would also like to turn this move into a huge transition continuing my journey to having a more zero waste lifestyle. 

This past weekend, I thought ‘since I don’t want to keep these items anyways and it would be wasteful to throw it all in the dumpster, why don’t I donate it to the nearest shelter or have Salvation Army pick it up from my doorstep?’

And that is what I’m going to try and start tonight. I already put a box on the kitchen counter to fill-up with plastic lunch containers, plastic kitchenware, and all my pads/tampons I will never use since buying the Diva Cup. Then I replace everything that I need, ONLY! I don’t want this to be an excuse to go overboard on my spending getting whatever I please, each item needs to be able to serve a purpose and to be completely biodegradable. I really want to try my hardest to lower my carbon footprint in all aspects of my life.

So, without further ado here is my honest review of the makeup products I am decluttering from my collection. After counting everything in my bag, I am getting rid of 20 ITEMS! How crazy is that?! One thing I immediately noticed about my decluttered stash, is that most of my items are high-end products I no longer enjoy using or has expired because I didn’t use it enough to the point it went bad.

1) Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Rose for $20

This was the first lip liner I purchased and I only purchased this one because it was 50% off on the Sephora website and I said to myself, why not? Honestly, I think it’s ridiculous to spend $20 on a single lip liner because I feel like you don’t get a lot of product for the price. I mean, at least a $20 lip gloss will have more product to use up.

Not only is the price for this lip liner too steep in my opinion, but it’s just not good. This lip liner was rough to apply and I had to really tug on my lips to get any color payoff; which was hardly any. Maybe it’s this shade that’s a dud? Whether it’s this shade or not I wouldn’t want you to waste $20 on a high-end lip liner when I’m sure there is a drug-store version that’s better.

2) Milk Makeup Eye Pigments in Hotel Lobby & After Party for $24

I really like these eye pigments and a little product goes a looong way!! Trust me, I’ve had these two shades for almost 3 and a half years and I’m only getting rid of them because they’re expired. If I were to repurchase these again (which I most likely won’t because I was NOWHERE near close to finishing them!) I would repurchase the shade After Party, which is a beautiful light pink color and the shade Hotel Lobby is a nice champagne color.

3) Sephora Miniature Palette in the Donut Shades Collection for $10

I REALLY like the price point of this eyeshadow palette and how travel-friendly it is; however, there is hardly any color payoff with all 5 shades. The pink and gold shades hardly show up and the browns all show up very similarly.

I kept the Sephora Miniature Palette in the Cookie Shades Collection because all the brown shadows were so different, so unique, and the best part is each shade has a great payoff! I’m keeping the Cookie palette and will let someone else love the Donut palette.

4) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Tokyo (bubblegum pink) for $6.50

I have recently come to the conclusion that I personally dislike matte lip products and this product was no exception. Matte products dry out my lips and after 30 minutes looks awful on me! That’s why I’m getting rid of all my matte lip products; I never reach for any of them.

Even though I’m getting rid of this NYX product, I’m keeping my NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream which is a nice, cheap gloss that reminds me of the Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection, without spending all that $$$.

5) REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask for $38

My skin gets irritated after being outside in the Florida sun and from time to time I like to use a mask to refresh my skin. I kept hearing how wonderful this product was for irritated skin and figured I would try it out myself and let me tell you, I REALLY dislike this!!

I have used 85-90% of this and I cannot bring myself to finish the rest of it, I dislike it that much. It does nothing for my skin, it doesn’t feel cooling or comforting, and it feels milky washing it off; just not my favorite and it makes me wary of other products from this brand. Does anyone personally like this brand? What should I try next to change my mind?

6) Cover FX Power Play Foundation in N20 for $44

I received the sample size in a Sephora Play box and there is nothing wrong with this foundation. I actually like the way it looks on my skin, well, except for my nose and I found N20 to be a really good shade match for my skin tone.

A few reasons I am getting rid of this foundation is I don’t want to have a huge collection of samples and I’m trying to stray away from foundations in general. This year, I would like to focus my attention on using more skincare products and keeping better care of my skin.

7) Besame Cosmetics Vanilla Powder for $22

I remember receiving this product in a subscription box and my gut is telling me it was from Ipsy, so we’ll just go with that! I realized I only used this powder whenever I was wearing foundation because I think it looks wonderful for a more glam look (because this powder has great coverage). Now that I hardly wear foundation, this has gone unused for quite some time and it’s gone bad by now.

It does have a strong vanilla scent that I didn’t mind but just a heads up.

8) Sephora #Lipstories in Oui! For $8

This is a cream lipstick that has a nice formula, I’m just not a huge fan of this shade on my lips. I hardly wear lipstick and I’m still getting used to lipsticks on myself, but I knew this shade wasn’t for me.

Nothing wrong with the formula or price just need to try out other shades.

9) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty & Feisty for $29

I like these blushes, I really do but I made it a goal of mine to only keep makeup that I REALLY love! And the reason why I decluttered my two Tarte blushes is because there are other blushes in my collection that I like more and would like to use up and hit pan on.

I really like my Benefit GALifornia Blush. This blush is a summery pink shade with gold shimmers that looks great on my skin tone and I think many others. I’m also gravitating towards cream makeup products and would like to play around more with the cream formula.

10) Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip in Fairy Floss for $6

This is one of Colourpop’s best sellers and there really is nothing wrong with this lip gloss; it’s just that there are other lip glosses in my collection I like more. I personally like Colourpop’s Ultra Glossy Lip in Bobbidi, which is apart of their Disney Designer Collection and would like to use that up.

11) BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Prosecco Pop for $38

This is the only highlighter I’ve tried out from the BECCA brand and I do like the formula of this highlighter, except I do not personally think you should rush out and spend close to $40 on it.

I received this in a Boxycharm subscription and was so excited to give it a whirl, but the warm gold tone of this highlighter does not look great on me. I think if you have tan or a deeper skin tone you would enjoy this shade because on me it looked like I had an obvious gold streak on my cheeks.

Maybe this would be a nice body shimmer? That could be an idea, give this highlighter a new purpose?

12) MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering

This product seems to be no longer available and maybe that’s for a reason? I’m just not a huge fan of coloring my eyebrows and personally, I like my Glossier Boy Brow A LOT more because it grooms my eyebrows and keeps them groomed throughout the day.

13) Caudalie Grape Water for $10 or $18

I REALLY wanted to love this because of the price; it’s sooo cheap AND at Sephora! The only issue with this product is I don’t enjoy using it. I use this as a face spray to refresh my ‘naked’ face or as a setting spray for makeup and I don’t like using it because of the scent.

I was probably doomed from the beginning because I tried the Beauty Elixir twice (from the same brand) and fell in LOVE with the scent and I enjoyed it every single time I used it. I haven’t repurchased the Beauty Elixir because the mini size runs out quickly (I also am a crazy person and drench it on) and the full size is a whopping $50. I might bite the bullet though because I REALLY enjoy using the Beauty Elixir as a face spray.

I think since the Grape Water is unscented the water inside ended up smelling like the aluminum can. I hated smelling that and I’d rather have the eucalyptus smell from the Beauty Elixir. I love the price of the Grape Water, but I also want to enjoy the products I buy.

14) Dream St. Pressed Powder Shadow Palette by Kathleen Light for $16

I love my girl Kathleen Lights, she is my ride or die YouTuber! I freaking love her but I just wasn’t reaching for this palette and decluttered it for that reason alone. There is nothing wrong with the formula and all the shades were easy to use, I was just using my Tarte Foil Finger Paints Shadow Palette – Rainforest of the Sea Collection a lot more.

If I need to wear eyeshadow, my Tarte palette is the ONLY one I’ve been using because I love that you can put one shade on and it’s a perfect look! It’s another cream product I’m obsessed with and it’s a lazy girls dream palette!!

15) Kat Von D Eau De Parfum in Saint

I am decluttering this perfume for one reason: ZERO STAYING POWER! I could probably bathe in this perfume and the fragrance still wouldn’t stick to my skin’s chemistry. I stopped reaching for this perfume because I like to smell the perfume on my skin.

I feel bad for decluttering this because Alec bought it for me after I talked about it for months and I used it for a little bit then stopped. Since I never use it, I’m hoping someone else will love it, and who knows, maybe it will work better with their skin’s chemistry?

16) NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil in KISS for $24

Same story: intense matte is not my cup of tea. I don’t think it looks good on me and this shade is deeper than I’m used to on my lips. I didn’t’ try it as a blush and may give this product a second chance because I did say I wanted to try out more cream blushes.

17) Sephora Gel Gloss Ultra Brilliant Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in 04 Perfect Nude & 17 Pin-up Pink for $7

These were just okay lip glosses and it is the same story: I have other lip glosses I like better and want to reach for.


Because I made it a goal to keep items that I truly love a lot of the items on this list are great products, they just weren’t ones I was reaching for. I would like to look at my makeup collection and not feel overwhelmed by how much I’ve accumulated throughout the months/years. I want to remember what I have in my collection and use it whenever I think about it. I think owning less makeup is going to give me the freedom to play around more with my looks because I actually know what I have and what I want to use.


A Simple Wildflower


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