As much as I love shopping, there's something so rewarding and satisfying about using up products. Call it a spring clean or a declutter, but I've made it a conscious effort of mine over the past month or so to be less wasteful and really streamline what I own. Where I once purchased products I lusted after as soon as pay day came around, I now have a "one in, one out" policy in place for my skincare and I'm actually pretty proud of how easily I'm now able to talk myself out of adding even more makeup to my wishlist. As I've learnt and developed an understanding of the products I enjoy using over the years, I no longer feel the need to constantly try out different brands and new releases; it all just gets a bit overwhelming for me now! From the products currently on their last legs, the products I simply no longer love anymore and from the ones I want to replace with new things, here are the products in my stash I'm currently working through using up. A pre-Empties, if you will (because as much as I enjoy Empties posts, I absolutely cannot stand the thought of keeping rubbish!).
Starting off with skincare, I've had a bit of a falling out with Origins this year. There's nothing necessarily wrong with their products and they've done me well in all the years I've been using them, it's just that there are better quality products out there and I really can't stand how heavily fragranced they are anymore. It never used to bother me, if fact, I actually used to love them, but now I prefer more mildly scented to fragrance-free skincare. My tastes have definitely changed as I've gotten older. The Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion and GinZing Moisturiser have both actually been used up now and I've got my Glossier Priming Moisturiser on hand to replace the latter with. With the former, I'm curious to try the By Terry Celllularose Hydra Toner. It's super expensive, but it sounds positively dreamy.
The other Origins product I'm using up is the Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. A cult classic here in the beauty blogosphere, I love how convenient this is for lazy nights when you can't be bothered with your entire skincare routine, but again, it's the scent and I also don't like the sticky feeling on my pillowcases when I'm trying to sleep. I've been working on using this one up for such a long time now, but it's the product that keeps on giving. Don't you hate that when trying to use things up?! I'll be replacing this with the Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask once it's done and dusted, and with no fragrance whatsoever, I can even sleep in this mask too on those nights I truly CBF.
Along with Origins, there are a couple of Clarins bits I'm working my way through too - one I quite enjoyed at a point in time and another, not so much. The Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has received rave reviews as a chemical exfoliator and although I didn't have any issues with it, it does however contain a lot of alcohol, which I want to try and cut out of my skincare. I feel as if I'm the only beauty blogger left on the planet that's still yet to try the Pixi Glow Tonic, so I'll probably give that a go next and I'm also dying to get my hands on Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, which is meant to be the be-all-and-end-all of chemical exfoliators. Plus, it's French, so you already know it's good. I never understood the hype surrounding the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover. Sure, it removes makeup, but it's nothing groundbreaking and in fact, it takes me even longer to remove my eye makeup with this than with regular Bioderma. Perhaps I'm not getting it because I don't wear waterproof makeup, but I find it kind of redundant in my skincare routine and from now on, I'll be sticking with my trusty Bioderma and don't feel the need to replace it with anything else.
This same jar of Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream has been in my skincare stash for a good couple of years now and it's high time I finally used it up. As my nighttime moisturiser, it's luxuriously thick and wonderfully hydrating, though I have to admit, I am getting a little bored of it. I'm now in the market for something new and I'm thinking of giving either Fresh or Drunk Elephant a go next. Or perhaps even the new Glossier Priming Moisturiser Rich once it's released! If you have any moisturiser recommendations for dehydrated skin, please let me know! Another product I've had for years is the Soap & Glory Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream. I've never made using foot cream a thing I do on a regular basis, but since trying to use this up, I now use it every single night and my feet are loving me for it. I want to try the This Works Perfect Heels Rescue Balm next, and I'll be continuing to use foot cream more frequently now that it's become an established part of my nightly routine and I've seen how much my feet really benefit from it.
I absolutely adore the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum and I'll be sad the day this runs out, but as I really want to try the Glossier The Super Pack, I need to use up a couple of serums before I do (I used up the Antipodes Worship Superfruit Antioxidant Serum a few weeks ago).
There isn't as much makeup as there is skincare in this post, but I think we can all agree when I say it's much more difficult to use up. I've been working on using up my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance for a few months now and it's finally begun to get difficult to squeeze out of its tube. I'll be replacing it with the Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base, which has been on my wishlist for years. The Too Faced Shadow Insurance and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer are both on their last legs too. It takes me forever to use up eye primer as I don't wear eyeshadow on an everyday basis, but I'd say I've got about five or so uses left in my tube and the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is on standby for when it runs out. Shadow Insurance has served me truly well since 2011 (I never liked the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion), but I've heard amazing things about the NARS offering and I can't wait to try something new. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is the only product here that I'm not phasing out of my collection. I love this stuff and in fact, I've already purchased a backup. This current one is starting to get a little dry, however, so I want to use it up completely before it goes bad.
What products are you working on using up?