I think it’s the time of year, but I feel the need for a massive declutter and the burning ambition to get my collection under some sort of control. So I’ve gone through my stash, inspired by all the folks doing the Makeup Use Up for 2016 and I’ve pulled out some products I need to finish up. I’ve also discovered quite a few other gems that I need to make more use of – I have so many eyeshadows and lipsticks that I have to use! I’ve included a fair selection of products and they’re all products I like but have forgotten about.
So let’s start with the base and work our way up. First is the Sleek Control & Shine primer*, it’s very nearly finished , so shouldn’t take long! My Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer* needs using up. It doesn’t cope particularly well with my oily lids at all. So I’m going to try and use it up when I’m creating simple eye looks, in the hope that the creasing doesn’t show as much…we shall see. I have two foundation samples, one is mac face & body and I have a mystery foundation sample…it’s a close colour match so I’ll get it used up. A full sized foundation that is very nearly out of date! It’s the bareMinerals Matte foundation*, this is a cracking foundation that has been buried under my mountain of foundations. I’ve about half to use. Now let’s talk concealers! While we’re on bareMinerals I’m using up the Well Rested* multiple use powder concealer, it’s really good. I also have about a third of my mac pro longwear concealer. It doesn’t really work well for me, but if I mix it with another concealer it works better. For setting my base I have an almost finished Urban Decay De Slick Mattifying Powder*. This is another product that I actually really like, hence it being thoroughly dented!
I have a single product to contour, the NYX blush* in taupe. I would love to hit pan on this, I’ve had it for so long! I will succeed! I think I’ve attempted to finish up the Benefit Dandelion blush* a few times now, just not quite managed it. Definitely dented it, but it just needs finishing now. A highlight that featured in my 2015 Beauty Favourites is the Bourjois Java Rice Powder*. It’s a lovely finely milled highlight that doesn’t look like a disco on your face. It would be lovely to use at least half of it, it’s pretty full at the minute.
For eyeshadow I’ve picked out two singles. The Wet n Wild Brulee* single shadow, which I use all over the lid over my lid primer to help set the primer. The second single is Statuesque from Seventeen. The packaging has been changed since I bought this and the colour seems different too…so I’m not sure if you can buy the original Statuesque shadow. This is a pinky toned version of Stila’s Kitten. I would be delighted to hit pan on these. I’ve a few eyeliners I want to finish up as they’re drying a wee bit and I hate waste! From Illamasqua I have the medium pencil in Flinch and from Rimmel I have the Scandaleyes Kohl liner* in Taupe. My Fabuliner from Jordana is starting to dry out quite a bit, it’s great but it gets forgotten sadly! Something that is truly on it’s last legs is my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara*, that just needs another month of use I reckon.
So that’s the whole lot! I’ve no doubt I will use up other makeup throughout the year, but I wanted to include some forgotten items along with some favourites. I don’t want to have to force myself to use anything up, that is just not fun!