Stash Clearance

Earlier this afternoon aunt flow and its bunch of annoying nieces decided to attack my head and mood when I was out and about to get some things from the drugstore. The heat also made things so much worse as I turned into Cruella de vil once I got home. I then decided to clear some space as a distraction, a quick declutter if you will.

I don't really have a crap ton of makeup to begin with. Considering how it's common to see beauty bloggers today have like 100 primers, 50 foundations and 30 eye shadow palettes in their stash, I don't have such luxury for myself. If you are someone who collects a ton of makeup, however, please don't be offended. I wasn't trying to dictate how many face powder or primer you should own and quite frankly, I do understand what it's like to be so tempted with brand new makeup. Trust me, if it wasn't for my limited budget and super stingy alter ego, I think I'd find myself camping in front of a Sephora store.

Okay, just kidding. I'm still going to be very stingy and calculative about makeup.

Regardless, I still think my stash is too...filled and I want to own less. Aside from the beneficial "less product, more space" effect, I also think I don't need to keep things I dislike and barely use. I am also not a beauty blogger by any means and I don't wear makeup every single day so owning more than five base makeup is just ridiculous. Do keep in mind that since each person carries different definition of how many makeup is enough, what I consider reasonable may be too much for you and vice versa.

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Face & Base

Kiss Me Heroine Protect UV Mineral BB Cream with SPF50

I bought this a few years ago during my trip to Hong Kong and I'll be honest with you, I tried wearing this once and didn't like it. Ever since that, I never touched this product anymore. Not at all. The only issue I have with this product is its shade range. The one I have, which is shade 01 Light, comes off as a little too pale for me. I have a light / light to medium skin with neutral undertone to begin with and I should be able to find an Asian BB cream with my shade because hey, I'm Asian and I'm not tan, right? Wrong! This BB cream turns me into a pale Snow White-wannabe ghost.

I know what you think: "you should have bought a shade darker then!" Unfortunately, shade 02 is a beige with really yellow undertone and I don't want to turn into a pale turmeric. I also find that this product looks patchy on and around my nose no matter if I apply it using brush or beauty sponge. Another petty reason is my personal dislike for BB cream. After all, I am someone who prefers a lightweight foundation with natural finish.

Dr. Jart Silver Label BB Cream

A universal, one-shade only BB cream that does not work for my skin tone at all. While it is light in shade, it has this weird grey undertone that makes me look like a ghost. I just don't get it! I hate that I purchased this since it is NOT cheap and it sucks because it has great oil-control.

Candy Doll Liquid Foundation  

I used to use this foundation all the time and it used to be my favorite. Alas, all things have to come to an end and after keeping it for years, it is time to remove this from my stash. The product itself wasn't horrible; it does not feel heavy and offers a buildable medium coverage. Shade 01, which is the lightest, is a little too yellow for my neutral undertone but it worked fine.

Revlon Colorstay 24Hr Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin (180 Sand Beige)

Almost everybody loooves this foundation and I get it. It's affordable, does its job and has a beautiful medium to full coverage. This was my second longest foundation after Candy Doll and I used to love it for its long-lasting power. Sadly, I can no longer wear this shade since it makes me look like an oompa loompa...which is odd because the shade Sand Beige is supposedly fitting for neutral undertone. I'm not sure if I got lighter over time or this foundation has been in my stash too long that it's starting to change color. Am I crazy? Please someone explain it to me! Oh and even though I have combination skin, I prefer the Colorstay foundation for normal/dry skin since it is less cakey and feels more lightweight than the other version.

Maybelline Clear Smooth Pressed Powder (03 Natural)

First pressed powder ever. Not my favorite, has bad powder puff, can get patchy on and around my nose and does not control oil production very well. This shade is also too dark for my skin.

L'oreal Mat Magique BB Essence (N1 Nude Ivory)

This thing sucks. The packaging sucks and the applicator sucks. It has such a runny, watery texture that sinks and dries out even before you managed to blend it all in. The packaging also means I have to pour the product out into a bowl and it's just so troublesome and messy! I can't use a beauty blender with this and even then with a brush, the result is patchy, streaky and uneven. What a waste for a promising matte formula.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pink Transformer 

When I saw this in Sasa during my trip to Hong Kong a few years ago, I didn't what this was. To be honest, I still don't know what this is supposed to be. A primer? A moisturizer? I'm not sure. I just bought it on an impulse and was using it as a primer underneath my foundation. With a super pale universal pink shade, it is meant to hydrate and brighten your complexion by adding more pink. With its creamy texture, it sure does its job in hydrating my face, however, I don't like using it as a primer since I have oily T-zone. Jenny of Geekyposhe did a review on this product before and I've been using this product as a subtle highlighter instead.

Nyx Cosmetics Mosaic Blush (Paradise)

The pigmentation of this blush is not balanced. While it isn't completely a fail, I just don't like how the darkest shade has a strong pigmentation that outweighs the others instead of creating a harmony of shades, you know? I haven't been using this blush ever since I bought the Revlon powder blush in Classy Coral so yeah, might give this away to a friend or something.


Max Factor Liquid Eye Pencil (Green Glow)

Glides on easily, blends easily. Nothing much to say since I don't really wear colored eyeliner. This isn't a bad product though, I just wish I had bought it in a more wearable everyday color.

The Body Shop Smoky Eye Definer (Navy Blue) & Eye Definer Kohl (Black)

The smoky eye definer is average and mediocre at best. The eye definer kohl liner though.... sigh, you just cannot use it on your lower lash line because it smudges like crazy! Even when I only used it to tight-line my upper lash line, it still transfers and turn me into a raccoon. I just, I can't.

Revlon Colorstay Concealer (01 Fair)

Thick and creamy, creases over time and covers my dark circles after two swipes. I still love my Maybelline Fit Me concealer way more than this though. Unfortunately, I bought the wrong shade. I supposed I should have used 02 Light instead of 01 Fair. Shade 03 Pale Medium works for me too since it has really yellow undertone that covers dark circles well.

Revlon Photoready Eye Primer + Brightener

Universal shade that is too pink and light for my under eyes. Did not cover my dark circles at all, fades and creases over time but worked okay as eye shadow primer. It's sad because I actually love the twist and brush applicator.

L'oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara

Separates and adds volume to my lashes, does not clump, applies evenly. Has such a great, chubby wand and not-so-wet formula that lengthens and defines my lashes. The only downside is how quick this mascara dries out over time!

* these images have been post-processed for the sake of brighter result (because the lightning in my room sucks), however, I tried my best to maintain their original shade even after post-processing. keep in mind that since I swatched them on white paper, some shades may appear darker than when applied on skin.

Left image, top to bottom — Kiss Me Heroine BB Cream in 01 Light, L'oreal Mat Magique BB Essence in N1 Nude Ivory, Dr. Jart + Silver Label BB Cream (aka the most annoying gray undertone base ever), Revlon Colorstay 24Hr Foundation in Sand Beige, Candy Doll Liquid Foundation in 01

Right image, top to bottom showing my current foundations I love and will definitely keep — Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless 125 Nude Beige, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation 015 Kyoto Blossom, L'oreal Infallible 24Hr Stay Fresh Foundation 115 Nude Beige, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation 01 Fuji Peony (fits light complexion), The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation 03 Malawi Beach (fits my light / light-medium complexion)

Alright, that's basically it. Those are the things I will be removing from my makeup stash. To some of you, those are nothing but to me, it does provide me some more free space. I should probably clear some lip products as well but I still need to select them and I don't know why I didn't do that earlier today. Just in case, here are the things I still keep in my stash:
  • 3 Primers, all mattifying
  • 5 Foundations: 3 liquid, 2 compacts (one of them was given to me by my mother)
  • 4 Concealers: 2 liquid, 1 pot, 1 cream
  • 3 Blushes (2 powder, 1 cream), 1 liquid highlighter (which I hate but still try to use anyway)
  • 3 Powders: 1 translucent, 1 loose powder (that I don't really use anymore) and 1 Sephora compact
  • 2 Liquid eyeliners: 1 black, 1 brown
  • 2 Gel liners, 3 crayon gel pen liners
  • 4 Mascaras
  • 4 Eye shadow palettes: 1 quad, 3 palettes (one of them was given to me)
  • 2 Cream eye shadows both from Maybelline color tattoo 
  • Quite a crap ton of lip products, especially from the Revlon super lustrous line

Okay, okay. I know I have to clear my lipstick stash and I will. I'm planning to give some to my friend because they make me look dead — for instance, Mac's Fleshpot which is way worse than Mac's Myth. I cannot stand those 'concealer nude' lips people love, sorry folks.

Anyway, I know that some people probably dislike it when this blog produces beauty-related content. I get it. It does feel a little commercial, isn't it? I personally don't think any of my beauty-related posts sound commercial-ish since they are mostly about my opinions and essays. Besides, in my defense, it's not like I blog about beauty stuff all the time. I just treat it as an intermezzo for once in a blue moon, you know? Do let me know if you think it's fun to read one or two beauty-related posts on Mlkbox so I don't have to feel guilty writing and publishing them.

Disclaimer — don't worry, I am not turning into a sellout blogger who only talks about what moisturizer she is currently into.

P.S — I deleted my old twitter, follow my new one!

What have you decluttered recently? What is that one thing you can never declutter?

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