When you’re a beauty junkie I suppose it’s inevitable that you’ll end up with a stash of products you no longer use. I so badly want to have a minimal make-up bag but I am a hoarder, pure and simple. Occasionally though, I go through a phase where I feel the need to get rid of everything at an alarming rate, normally at the start and end of the academic year (although I won’t have that from now on, hello grad life). This year was no exception so I thought I’d share some of the products I unearthed and finally make a decision — should they stay or should they go?
Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Body Lotion, £21.50
I think this tube was a free sample with a magazine? It’s nice enough but there’s something about the smell that means I reach for other products more. I don’t know what it is, because the scent isn’t particularly unpleasant or anything; it’s just not really my thing. But the lotion does leave my skin feeling soft so I think I’d be foolish to throw it away, especially since I always seem to run out of all my full-size body lotions at once.
NARS Illuminator in Orgasm, £23
This was a freebie with a NARS order last year and I’ve only used it as a highlighter so far, which doesn’t really work when your skin is as pale as mine (the Orgasm shade is quite warm). However, when I looked at the website to find the link and price for this post I read that you can also wear it over or under foundation, or mix it with your base to create a dewy look, so I think it’s worth experimenting before I call it a day.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Rosemary and Cedarwood Hair Treatment (v), £6.50
I had high hopes for this treatment but it’s just too much for my fine hair to take, even when I use it sparingly. It also takes forever to wash out, even with multiple shampoos, and who has the time for that? Those of you with thicker hair might get along much better with it though.
Stay or Go
Makeup Revolution Matte Concealer Stick in 02 Fair, £1
I’ve discovered that this concealer doesn’t really do much, no matter how much I layer it on, and you can only put on so much before it starts getting cakey. Fortunately I’ve found a solid Kiko concealer that’s a much better shade match (the Makeup Revolution one is quite yellow toned) so I have no need for this anymore.
Stay or Go
Barry M Lip Paint in Pale Nude, £4.49
Although I told myself I would I just haven’t been reaching for this lip paint — it’s a little too pale for me and I think it washes me out unless I’ve done quite heavy eye make-up. Most of the time I just use a little bit of cream eyeshadow and some mascara and therefore opt for a slightly brighter lip. I love you, Barry M, but Pale Nude just doesn’t suit me.
Stay or Go
Have you had a clear out recently? Do you keep things minimal or are you a massive hoarder like me? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
Note: Although NARS was a cruelty-free brand at the time of writing, they have since decided to sell their products in China as of June 2017 and therefore are no longer cruelty-free.
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!