October 04, 2016

A (Small) Makeup Declutter & What Went

The time has come: I'm flying the nest and finally moving into my first home with my lovely boyfriend of five years. I've been waiting years for this moment and I cannot begin to describe my excitement (though, if you've read any of my recent posts, you'll already understand how excited I am about having my own bathroom and en-suite... eep!). The only downside is the immense clear-out that I had put off and off (and off). Somehow, makeup was easier than shoes (don't hate me, makeup hoarders!), and I've manage to make a start. So here is a (small) makeup declutter and the items which didn't quite make the cut...

If you read my review of the Vichy Idealia range* (click here to read), you'll know that I wasn't exactly blown away by this BB cream. I loved the packaging and the fragrance, but I wasn't overly impressed by the product itself, if I'm totally honest. It only comes in two shades: light, and medium. I opted for 'light' and still felt like this was a little bit dark on me. As a result, it didn't give me an even looking complexion; it actually made me look a little patchy, which was disappointing. I gave this a real go. If you follow me on Instagram (click here to give my feed a view!) then you'll know I've been using this product as a solo base product during the day time. Unfortunately, it just hasn't been working for me. It doesn't make me feel very confident, in fact, the opposite - I spend all day wondering if I look odd and patchy! I'll definitely be sticking to my trusty foundations for now.

Next up, the L'Oreal Infallible matte foundation. This was soooo hyped up; if I remember rightly, I only bought it because one of my favourite bloggers, Emily, was raving about it on her blog at the time of release! I actually found this foundation to be really drying, and the lasting power is, quite frankly, shite. I'd put it on in the morning, around 8am, and by lunchtime, it had virtually disappeared! Again, this made me more paranoid than confident, which just isn't what I'm looking for in a base product.

Bourjois Air Mat foundation... oh you little rip-off. Again, I bought this because one of my fave bloggers was going googly-eyed over it... silly me. I bought this in the lightest shade, and it's still wayyy too dark. I'd actually describe this one as orange. It's quite frankly horrendous. The shade range is abysmal, but that isn't all... This foundation is really hard to work into the skin and is also really drying, so I would only recommend it to those with oily skin. 

I've loved Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation since I was 14 years old. I'd describe this as a dewy foundation and would recommend application with fingers or a dense buffing brush. Unfortunately, the shade selection isn't great, and this is another foundation that I would have to describe as 'orange.' This foundation worked so well for my teenage skin, but even the thought of layering this on now makes my skin crawl.

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer... I probably picked this up during a 3 for 2 offer in Boots. I'm not usually big on primers, so I've no idea why I picked up this drugstore option. It just doesn't do anything, to be quite honest! A little bit of moisturiser does just as good a job as this under-performing primer, so I'm clearing up some space and throwing this on the pile. Cya!

I picked up the Sleek True Colour Lipstick in 'Cherry' on a whim, while I was trying to kill some time in the Superdrug on Tottenham Court Road. Sleek was still new to Superdrug and I was curious. This just wasn't pigmented enough for my liking. It applied patchy and would not last past a glass of water.

The coral lipstick pictured, above, is by Estee Lauder. I received it as part of a promotional pack, but sadly, I cannot remember the name of the shade. I can't locate it online, and, as I write this, the lipstick has already met its fate. This lipstick made me feel way too 'Benidorm,' so it was always destined for the bin.

Avon... such an underrated brand. Again, I can't locate the shade of this lipstick online (it's the one in the pink tube, pictured above), but I actually quite liked this when I was younger (shameful, but I think I've had this in my collection since I was 18). The formula is lovely and hydrating on the lips; it glides on easily and lasts for a fair amount of time. Pink lipsticks just aren't really my thing. As I've grown up and developed my own sense of style, I've realised I'm more drawn to matte lipsticks, and grey, brown and purple shades.

The last, very dark purple shade above is an absolute mystery to me. I've no idea which brand this came from, what shade it is, or where I got it. All the markings have faded, so there really is no way of knowing! All I know is that this applies on the lips nothing like it looks in the tube. It is so sheer and comes out pinky rather than purpley... not for me!

Bourjois Glow Palette 2... Wow, Bourjois aren't having a good time of it here, are they?! I don't mean to bash one brand, but they just haven't done a lot to impress me lately. I really think they need a revamp and a big release to put themselves back in the game. I'm not really feeling budget palettes anymore... they just lack the pigmentation and blendability of high-end palettes. That's probably the reason I'm also chucking this Collection smoky palette, in favour of my high-end faves.

I'm also throwing away this Max Factor Lasting Colour eyeshadow in 'Hollywood Gold.' I received this as part of a promotional pack of Max Factor makeup, which always puts me off... call be snobby, but I always think 'if it's cheap enough to give away, it can't be all that good.' This has literally no pigmentation, and certainly does not stay all day!

I'm also throwing away the Maybelline 24HR Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadow in '24k Gold.' I absolutely love the formula of these eyeshadows; they apply and blend out (with fingertips) like a dream and often make fab bases for other eyeshadows. I just don't know what I was thinking when I bought this colour though... Gold eyeshadows just do not suit me!



  1. I actually don't mind Bourjois base products. But they're eye shadows are rubbish! I hated the L'oreal foundation too, its so drying and looks so cakey on me! I've heard that US version is far better! xx

    LPage Beauty

    1. I would still consider trying new base products from them in the future, as my sister wears one of their foundations and her skin always looks flawless! I think I've just had a bad introduction into their base range. Glad you agree about the L'Oreal foundation... I think it was way overrated when it was first released! I've heard that the US version is better too; I think that's sadly the case with a lot of our products! I'm going to Florida in June, so may pick a few things up xx

  2. I agree with you with the Bourjois foundations, they all pull super orange on me too, even when I use the lightest shade!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    1. I just don't think they're made for us pale gals, ha!

  3. Good luck on the move girly!! I haven't tried any of theses to be honest... I'd always wanted to try that L'Oreal base but never got round to it. Sucks that it didn't live up to the hype! xx


    1. Thanks beaut! You'll have to come by and see it :) It definitely didn't live up to the hype, but heard the US version is much better!xx

  4. in bocca al lupo per la nuova avventura!

  5. Essentials <3

    Federica Di Nardo

  6. I love your sharing, and congratulation to moving the home

  7. It was interesting to read about these products, I have never tried any of them , to be honest. Have a nice day. xx
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  8. I thought I was the only one who found Bourjois to be orange because the rest of the world can't get enough of it!


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