Woah, have I got a big ass empties post for you but I’ve to warn you that half the products are discards. I think there’s something about the month of January that gives me this burning desire to throw stuff out even more. What can I say, 2013 has me de-cluttering like a demon already.
Let’s kick off with some hair and body care…
From left to right:
Aroma Kifi Geranium & Ylang Ylang Conditioner smelled quite nice in that aromatherapy way. My husband loves this product but it’s sort of average to me. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t feel like it moisturized well enough for my liking – it reminded me of natural products that have good intentions but just don’t cut it.
Sukin Organics Hydrating Body Lotion is something that I always seek out when I’m in Singapore and Sydney when I need a good body moisturizer without icky chemicals. And it smells lovely.
Korres Vanilla Guave Body Butter is by far my favourite scent from Korres — it is sweet, comforting, and feels luxurious on the skin. But I’m sad that it’s not available in Tokyo and they only have Fig, Jasmine, Basil Lemon, and Japanese Rose in Japan.
Weleda Wild Rose Shower Cream is a body wash I always try to stock up on when I’m in the US or Europe. It would make any die hard rose lover happy in the shower.
Alright, here are some skincare products that I’ve used and tossed…
Clockwise from the left:
Estee Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Creme was an excellent staple in my skincare routine. If not for the fact that I’m constantly tempted to try new brands, I would definitely repurchase this.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O Advanced Formula was part of a travel sized set I bought on an ANA flight. It came in a set of four 50 ml bottles and I was sorry to see the last drop go. Of them all, this one appeals to me the most as it’s for “aging concerns”. They all work the same to me and they are the Rolls Royce of cleansing oils in my honest opinion!
Ettusais Acne Skin Version Up Extra will always be on my repurchase list.
Astalift Cleansing Gel comes out gloopy and does an alright job of taking makeup off but struggles with waterproof mascara (even after using a mascara remover). It’s just a personal preference I have for cleansing oils over gels.
Astalift Moisture Foam does not clean well and leaves a slight residue on the skin so I will not repurchase.
Yuskin-S Body Cream is great as a filler to help make expensive body lotions last longer. It’s also meant for sensitive skin.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is a must-have for de-clogging pores.
Olay Regenerist Serum Fragrance-Free made my makeup look flawless and I would wear it over the Ettusias Acne Skin Version Up Extra during the day. I started doing this after I began using the Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream in No.27 because it’s pretty thick and I didn’t want to overload my skin especially if I put on sunscreen.
Now, onto the discard pile. I had to be really honest with myself and I threw all of these makeup items out because they were either two old for comfort or I just didn’t think they deserved a space in my already cluttered cupboard.
Clockwise from left:
e.l.f. Translucent Mattifying Powder was too drying, even for an oily-skinned girl like me. It also looked flat and unforgiving.
Maybelline Pure BB Mineral 8-in-1 Protecting Cream was featured in my “Products I Regret Buying” video. I can’t believe I hadn’t tossed this out yet! In short, it made me look and feel very oily.
Biore UV Bright Face Milk SPF50PA+++ is one of the few physical sunscreens available at the drugstore but it reeks of alcohol and I always have to brace myself to use this. With my trusty DiorSnow Pure UV Perfect Brightening Protective Base SPF 50, it just can’t compete.
Kate Mineral Powder Foundation SPF15PA++ was procured during my sensitive skin break out phase but it really doesn’t cut the mustard. I know I liked it a couple of years ago but I have since found so many great finishing powders that don’t break me out.
Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Lip Tint was a lovely coral lippie but it’s too old to keep. It followed me to Japan so it’s at least seven years old.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips And Cheeks in Blushed Rose was a GWP when I nabbed some products way back in 2007. It’s just too old to keep and so tiny that I tend to literally overlook it.
Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber In is my HG mascara base. Your mascara just doesn’t budge with this baby on.
Dejavu Lash Knockout was pretty good as a volumizing mascara which stays put and is relatively easy to remove. It’s not as good as Majolica Majorca’s Lash Expander though. It has to be tossed because it’s a few months old and my right eye got irritated the other day.
Clnique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clearing Concealer was purchased when I was battling acne — it claims to have salicylic acid which helps to soothe acne while being concealed. I don’t know if that helped my blemishes and the coverage is not great for angry red zits. There is still loads in the tube but I’ve had this for an uncomfortably long time, especially since it is a liquid product. I will not repurchase this.
CoverGirl LashBlast 24-Hour Mascara was a disappointment — smudgy and I had to apply many layers to get some decent length. I think I’ve pretty much given up on Western drugstore mascaras.
Shiseido Eye Lash Curler is heading to the bin because it clips my eyelids all too easily. I think the ideal eye lash curler wholly depends on your eye shape and what may be great for others may not suit you. Lesson learned.
Private Mascara Remover just cannot compete with Heroine Make’s amazing version. It is very watery and doesn’t remove everything even after waiting for a while for the product to set in. I always have to use extra eye makeup remover to get my lashes clean.
Visee Mineral BB Cream Baby Finish is one of the the most appalling BB creams in the Japanese drugstore. I love their other products but I would keep away from this one, if I were you. It has hardly any coverage and emphasizes fine lines.
Thank you for getting to the end of this post if you have read everything. It’s more about discards than anything else and I feel like the negative reviews outweigh the positive in this post. It makes me realize I need to stop impulse shopping (i.e. buying without proper research) because that’s the root cause of all these duds. I’m going to try my best to stick with good quality products and shop my stash this year. Wish me luck!
What do you do with your duds? Throw them out or give them away or make them work?
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