15 March 2017

Beauty Products I Hate but can't get rid of

It's a bit of a weird thing to say, "products I hate but can't get rid of." Why if you dislike them so much, can you not bear to part with them? It's slightly ridiculous. Well, that's the moral of this sorry story, 4 products I never use and don't particularly like, but I absolutely cannot get rid of them...

A couple of weeks ago I talked about beauty products I love dearly but practically never use. I'm talking, I've used them once but not in years. Which got me thinking about the state of my makeup collection and how much of it I actually value.

At the moment I'm preparing to go traveling for 4 months and my main goal is to create a minimalistic lifestyle. A wardrobe that is versatile but small to fit in my carry-on bag, personal items that bring me joy and a joyfully minimal makeup bag. Fighting my way through my ridiculously sized makeup collection was a feat and getting rid of products that don't fit my minimal goal set was even harder. Especially where these 4 products come into things.

MAC // Retro Matte Lipstick, Ruby Woo

My heart is soft for this lipstick. I picked it up on my 22nd birthday, to wear to my Taylor Swift themed party later that day. What screams "I'm feeling twenty-two" more than a red lip straight out of Taylor's '22' music video! Honestly not much, but since then I haven't worn it much. The retro matte formula makes it almost impossible to apply without snapping the bullet into two pieces or purchasing the 'pre-treatment lip balm' that accompanies the range. And me being a poor student when I bought the lipstick didn't quite have the funds to buy a glorified tube of vaseline. Which means I don't ever wear the lipstick.

I can't get rid of it because it's the perfect keepsake from my 22nd Birthday and my favourite age I've been. Plus who doesn't want a rather voluptuous MAC lipstick collection, even if there is a bullet I never use.

Urban Decay // Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

I talked about my love for the Naked 2 palette in my previous post, but the Naked 3 and I just don't get along. I have olive-ish toned skin, which disappointingly doesn't wear well with the rose, pink shades in this palette. It's a shame because I love the shades, and I'm a big fan of Urban Decay, especially their eyeshadows! Pigmentation is incredible and the range of matte to shimmers is great too. It's just these shades really don't look good on me.

But I can't get rid of it. I love being able to open my makeup drawer and seeing Naked 2 and 3 sitting side by side. I just need Naked 1 to complete my collection, how satisfying will that be. I can't be getting rid of my Naked 3 now, otherwise, I'll never have my beloved collection! Am I vain or what!

Tarte // Amazonian Clay Blush, Fearless

I got this Blush from Rhaea when she went to NYC a couple years ago. I sent her with $100 of my money and a list of things I needed from Sephora. This blush from Tarte being one of them. I picked the shade from the online swatches, which needless to say is a bad idea on any level. The shade is much, much too cold-toned for my warm skin tone and just doesn't live up to the coral pink it looked online.

And, I can't seem to part ways with it, purely for its name. Fearless. I have Fearless tattooed on my wrist and an eternal attachment to Taylor's description of the word. Therefore anything with Fearless written on is mine, til death do us part.

NYX // Matte Lip Cream, Abu Dhabi

I absolutely love the NYX matte lip creams. They can occasionally be a little bit streaky, but when applied right, they add a beautiful pop of colour to your makeup and have pretty good stay power too. The main reason I love them though, is for their soft texture and moisturising qualities. I picked this shade up when I was trying to branch out, try something new I told myself. Evidently, this shade was not for me. It's much too light and if it was slightly less orange-toned it would almost blend perfectly with my skintone itself. It's not a good look but I can't get rid of it for the satisfying way it looks in my also veluptuous NYX collection. I'm so vain it's a little ridiculous. 
It still sounds silly when I say it out loud, but do you own any products that you hate but can't get rid of? I've done pretty well at shifting the majority of my collection, but here still stands these four products that I can't bear to part with! How materialistic of me. Not that I care anyway! 

Love always,

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  1. See if I had that ruby woo lipstick or the naked 3 palette I'd use then so much due to the quality and how much I would love to experiment with them!

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