When it comes to the world of beauty blogging, there's no doubt that many of us get sucked into buying the latest and greatest, forgetting those old products we once loved to make way for the more exciting, newer ones. I have no shame in raising my hand and admitting to being guilty of this, though I am now trying to make a more conscious effort to use up old products before buying or using new ones. I think one day I just looked at my makeup collection and thought to myself, "Wow, I have a lot of stuff" (no shit, Sherlock!) and while buying beauty products is fun and my favourite thing to spend my disposable income on, I think there comes a time when we have to ask ourselves, "Are we being overexcessive?" and "Do I really need this?" Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not the kind of preachy person to judge and tell someone how much they should be buying because I love buying beauty products and if you and I were to go shopping, I'd be the first person telling you to buy all the things. Having said that though, I think it's important to take a step back every now and then and remember to appreciate what we already have.
Two cleansers I'm trying to use up are the Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser and Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk, which I've been alternating between since the end of last year. I love both of these cleansers and I'm onto my second bottle of the Avène cleanser, though I am feeling slightly bored of them and I'm ready to welcome a couple of new ones into my routine. Like the name suggests for both of these cleansers, they're extremely gentle and I love that I can use these around the eyes to remove the last traces of stubborn mascara. In the future, I'd definitely consider repurchasing the Avène Gentle Gel Cleanser, but as for the Caudalie offering, it feels lovely on the skin and leaves it feeling really smooth, but it just isn't exciting and the scent isn't my favourite.
Still on skincare, the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser and Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminée Eye and Lip Cream are another two products I'm ready to say goodbye to. Since I first discovered Liz Earle around three or four years ago now, I've religiously used this moisturiser and while I do still love it, the colder weather has finally made way in Australia and I'm in need of something more hydrating and nourishing for the winter. I really do love Caudalie as a brand, but this eye cream has also been somewhat of a "meh" product to me. I don't think it has anything to do with Caudalie, but more the fact that I just haven't found the perfect nighttime eye cream that I really love using. I don't know whether it's because I'm getting older or not, but I've noticed one or two milium (singular for milia) bumps around my eyes and I'm freaking out a little. I suppose it's really no big deal, but I want to do some research in finding an eye cream that either prevents or removes milia and as I approach my late twenties (eek!), something rich to diminish fine lines.
I own way too many fragrances to use up in my lifetime and as I've grown up and my style has matured, I gave away my Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy fragrance and I'm now trying to use up Ange ou Démon by Givenchy. I love this fragrance, it's fresh, sweet and light, however, as we tend to do, we get bored and stop reaching for certain things as much as we used to. It's been a really frustrating process trying to use this bottle up as I feel like it's never-ending! I will, however, persevere and wait for that glorious day I can say I've used up my first bottle of perfume.
When it comes to makeup, using products up is a very slow process for me, but I have "hit pan" on a couple, which is really exciting. I'm not sure whether this product would be considered skincare or makeup or perhaps both, but I completely forgot I even owned the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It is a bit of an effort to squeeze out of the tube, so it's definitely on its way out and I don't think I'll miss it when it's gone. I use it as a primer and while it works well, I find the brightening properties of the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer much more noticeable. When I first got into high end makeup, I went MAC crazy and I'm now trying to use some of those products up. The first one is the Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation in NC35, which again, is proving to be one of frustrating never-ending products. It served its purpose at the time when I had problematic acne-prone skin, but now that it's under control, I really don't need something this heavy. I've been using it over the top of my lighter foundations and tinted moisturisers, but alas, it seems to be going nowhere.
I own a ridiculous amount of blush and I only want more. Don't judge, it's my one true weakness when it comes to beauty products. The two I'm trying to use up are Blushbaby and Peachykeen, both by MAC. I absolutely adore Blushbaby and was surprised at how fast I hit pan on this, but I've since found other similar blushes I'm interested in trying such as NARS' Douceur and Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed. Peachykeen is a beautiful coral pink, quite similar to NARS Orgasm, only less shimmer. As I own Orgasm and love the glow and sheen it provides the cheeks much more, I don't see the need for Peachykeen in my collection anymore and as it is quite an old product I've had for some time now, I really just want to use this up. There are a couple more MAC blushes in my stash that I don't reach for as much anymore either, but I'm still contemplating whether to attempt using them up or to just give them away. I give my unwanted makeup to my nanna's friend, who gives them to her granddaughters who live in Burma (where my family are originally from). It makes me happy that my unwanted items can bring joy into other people's lives, who may be less fortunate, and be loved again. As much as I love makeup and skincare, I want to have a collection where I know exactly what's in there and enjoy using every single product.
What products are you attempting to use up?