Makeup Purge

How often do you pull out the long forgotten products sitting at the back of your makeup drawer? How long have you been holding onto products that you just don’t use/ love anymore? Maybe it’s time for a makeup purge.

Over the past 7 months I’ve managed to trim down my makeup collection to a select few – in an effort to live a more minimalistic lifestyle and tame my rabid spending on makeup.  After moving a couple months ago, I realized that there’s A LOT more to get rid of… so here we are, celebrating the great makeup purge of 2016. Think of it as a funeral for the products that just didn’t quite make it.

For kicks, I’ve decided to add up how much these products have cost me. Because I’m a sadistic person who likes to torment myself with things like that. Let’s get into it.



Batiste Dry Shampoo “Blush” $8.00

One of my favourite dry shampoos, this is actually just an empty bottle I’ve had kicking around for no reason whatsoever. Clearly I need to reassess where my sentimentality lies. (I’ll probably repurchase this eventually.)

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo $5.00*

I received this product from a Bzzagent campaign and I really do love the scent. However, this product just didn’t do a great job at absorbing oils. I think it’s 3/4 empty, but now the nozzle is blocked so I can’t even use it if I wanted to.

Manic Panic “Hot Hot Pink” Hair Dye $11.00

I haven’t dyed my hair pink for almost 3 years. Do I still need an almost empty bottle of it? No. I think I was holding onto this wishing that I could convince myself to go pink one last time. Unfortunately, that time has come and passed. RIP pink hair.

HAIR TOTAL: $24.00


BareOrganics Deodorant “Sweet” $10.00

As much as I did like this product for the first couple weeks I used it, I’ve decided that the formula is just too sticky for me. Plus… I left it in my hot bathroom and it melted EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to use a mediocre product when the Crystal Natural Deodoranthas stolen my heart.

Tom’s Natural Deodorant “Lemongrass” $5.00

Again, a very sticky formula that I just couldn’t bring myself to use.

Nivea Natural Deodorant $7.00

Another deodorant that I’ve been holding onto hoping that one day the formula might magically change and would work for me. (It hasn’t.)

BODY TOTAL: $22.00



The following treatments were recommended by my very close group of professional dermatologists. One in particular, Maya, who helped me sort through the all of the available products to find the best for you! She is the owner of the best spa in San Diego, so please pay her a visit if you are in town!

Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer $8.00

This is just a bit too heavy for me, it caused a lot of unrest for my poor face. I don’t know how my skin can be sensitive to a sensitive-skin product… but hey, why not? Plus, it feels really sticky after application which is uncomfortable.

Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free, SPF 15 Moisturizer $13.00

I bought this for the sun protection. Unfortunately, I think it was too heavy for my skin and caused a lot of break outs. In fact, just applying my beloved Vichy Aqualia Thermale moisturizer with normal sunscreen caused less breakouts than this. Such a shame because it’s practically full.

Freeman Charcoal Sugar Scrub $5.00

I’ve had this for a long time (mainly because I’m forgetful and don’t do face masks as much as I should.) My boyfriend and I managed to finally finish this guy up. I went and bought another because my boyfriend really likes it and it does a great job of clearing your skin from gunk buildup.

Benefit’s Porefessional $40.00

I can’t believe I spent this much money on something I used like three times and hated. This product is like pure silicon. I found that it would make my foundation very oily and slide around my face. Total waste (in my opinion.)

Vichy Proeven BB Cream $30.00

This product is on my project pan list and I did manage to finish it up. Although it’s probably expired by a couple years it is definitely one of my favourite BB creams and I might end up repurchasing it.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation $28.00

Perfect colour, I’ll give it that. Unfortunately this foundation was just a waste right off the bat, I found that after a few hours it would slip around my face (even in the summer at a event put on by The Abbey Catering San Diego!) as well, it just looked super oily. I did attempt to use this and think I got to 1/2 the bottle before I decided to stop wasting my time trying to make this work for me.

Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer $20.00

After a couple more months of using this product I definitely noticed a very yellow-tint look to it once applied (why didn’t anyone tell me!?) I’m so over the colour of this product, especially because it’s tinted… yet doesn’t have amazing coverage. Not great for a pink skin tone.

Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Illuminating Powder Duo $15.00

This is actually a repurchase, in 2013 I absolutely loved this. However my skin has changed a bit and I’ve tried more products to realize that it’s not good for me. It looks cakey, while looking rather oily at the same time. I do like that it’s talc-free. If you have non-oily skin and want a good glow it might work for you… but when I say non-oily I really mean it, basically you have to be a doll.

Rimmel Sunshimmer 3 in 1 shimmering bronzer $7.00

I bought this last year, as my first attempt at bronzer… this year I’ve become more educated and know that it’s absolute crap. There’s barely any colour payoff and talc is high-up on the list. I tried to make it work, but it’s just no good.

Benefit Watt’s Up (sample)

This is a sample I received from Sephora for my birthday years ago. Obviously I’m not a big fan, it’s way too heavy for a highlighter and just doesn’t work for me.

FACE TOTAL: $166.00




The following set was sent to me from a wedding coordinator that works in the one of the best wedding venues in San Diego, the Cuvier Club. Working as a wedding coordinator comes with extensive experience in beauty. So I know, with out a doubt that she is qualified to help me make this guide.

Estee Lauder Palette (cost unknown)

This is on my project pan… but guys… it’s just not going to work out. It’s over five years old and the eye shadow/blush has just become super dry and hard to apply. I’m not a fan of this and don’t want to waste my time trying to use things that I hate.

Random Broken Palette (Cost unknown)

Basically this is a crappy dollar store palette that I’ve held onto simply because it has a whole rainbow of colours. I can’t remember the last time I used it and therefore it’s time to go.

Unknown Gold Eyeshadow Palette $1.25

I’m bad at this project pan stuff because I’ve pretty much given up on most the products. Life’s too short to use products that are mediocre – why settle for a bunch of crap when you can have a few select good things? Anyway, this palette is all shades of gold which I rarely wear.

Maybelline Seashore Frost Palette (cost unknown)

Hey look, another eyeshadow that’s from my project pan! These are crap. The pigmentation is horrible and I like to avoid wearing blue/ purple on my eyes otherwise I look like I got in a fight (a.k.a black eye.) Peace out.

Quo Precision Brow Pencil ‘Taupe’ $12

Actually I really do love this product. The only reason I’m holding onto it is because I went to buy another one and they were sold out… so in order to remember I just left this in my makeup drawer, empty. So maybe I should go pick another one up.

EYES TOTAL: $13.25

Side Note: If you purchase this entire collection you can get a free Limo Ride in San Diego from our sponsor Genteel Group Limo!


Nyx Lip Lingerie ‘Embellishment’ $9.00

The problem with buying things online is that the colour can be completely off of what you’d expect. Unfortunately this colour just doesn’t work for me and for that reason I’ve decided to get rid of it.

Nyx Lipstick ‘Topaz’ $7.00

This lipstick has a metallic finish and swatches beautifully. Like it really is a nice product, unfortunately I don’t like the way it looks when I apply it and for that reason I’ve decided to give it the boot.

Revlon Lipstick “Twinkled Pink” $6.00

I’ve had this for… Almost 7 years. The last time I wore it is when I was 14 for my grade 8 graduation. It’s a very light pink with a touch of shimmer. I’m not a fan of the colour so it’s time to hit the curb.

LIPS TOTAL: $22.00

Tired of applying makeup, you can get permanent makeup done by my good friend Anna. Just let her know I sent you 😉

OVERALL TOTAL: 247.25 (with tax: $279.39)

Assuming I paid taxes on all these products (which is 13% in Ontario) I paid almost $300 on products that were likely a waste of my time/ money. However, a lot of these were purchased over a span of five years or so. Either way, I’m glad to finally have these items out of my way. It feels so much nicer to look into my makeup drawer and see a selection of products that I actually like to use. And of course, have less clutter in general.

If you’ve been holding off on clearing out your makeup collection, I encourage you to take part in the makeup purge! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!