De-Cluttering my Personal Makeup – Part 3

Part 3 – Bronzer, Blusher and Highlighter

Thank you for getting to Part 3 of my Summer Makeup Bag de-clutter. This all began when I de-cluttered my Professional Makeup kit and felt so much better just having the products which I loved rather than hoarding products just because I’d purchased them. I looked at my personal makeup bag and spare case and felt that same dread of not being able to find anything and made my mind up that the products that I don’t like or don’t reach for, have to go.

When I say that products have to go, they go to one of 4 places: My winter makeup bag, Friends and Family, Donate to a charity (see the end of the email for details) or they go in the bin (expired or completely minging products).


Bronzers

A girl can never have too many bronzers, or so I believed! I cant believe that I had all different shades which were much too warm for my skin tone and made me look extremely orange (more like Donald Trump!!!)

With this horrific look in mind, I made the decision that all of my really warm bronzers had to go to a good home, and not mine. I only kept 3 bronzers in the end. One cream and two powder products.

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

As much as I used to adore my @maccosmeticsuk Give Me Sun, I’m definitely not warm skinned or tanned enough to wear this shade. I’m also currently more into subtle sun ☀️ kissed shades and so I’ve sanitised this product and donated it.

I have also de-cluttered my Benefit Hula Bronzer. I know that its a cult favourite but I just couldn’t get it to work for me with the tricky little box that you cant get your brush into, and don’t get me started on the weird little brush that comes with the product!

It hurt my heart to get rid of my Jane Iredale Moonglow and So-Bronze 2 bronzers but they were really old and far too glittery and gold toned for my current preferences. These went in the bin as I’m sure that they have now expired.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I decided that only need 3 bronzers. Well I only really need two but I couldnt choose between 2 of them and so theyr’e both staying!!!

Firstly is my Marc Jacobs Beauty Omega Bronze in shade 102 Tantric. This is a universally flattering shade that blends seamlessly with your skin and comes in a gorgeous super-sized glossy black compact.  What more can I say other than it is beautiful.

I also can’t live without my @toofaced Chocolate Soleil ☀️ bronzer as it’s a perfect shade, not too cool or too warm and can be built up or worn delicately for a sun kissed glow.  Did I also mention that this bronzer is infused with cocoa powder into its formula, so not only is it long wearing but it smells as good as it looks.

For days when I’m using cream products or no foundation I love my @nipandfab Fix Stick In Golden Tan. I buy mine from @lookfantastic and it’s currently £8.21 instead of the usual price of £10.95 (July 2019). This product is so easy to blend and can be built up when I have more of a tan. Even though the shade is called golden tan, it’s still not too warm on my skin. (see the image below). It is also really easy to use and much cheaper than a lot of other bronzing sticks on the market and in my opinion, just as good.


Blusher

After pulling all my blushers, highlighters and face palettes together, I realised that I do own a lot of these products (they’re mostly in palettes) however I only use certain shades depending upon my skin colour throughout the year and so I don’t need to keep my winter products in my summer makeup bag. I equally don’t need several of the same shade or shades that I don’t wear.

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

As much as I adore my @maccosmeticsuk blushers, especially those with an illuminating glow such as Peachykeen 🍑 I have to admit that they are not getting old and I’ve hit pan on all 3 shades. I made the heart wrenching decision to add them to my ‘Back to MAC’ pile and move on!  
I also felt that my @nyxcosmetics blushes, whilst great products, were either the wrong shade for me or I had similar colours in products that I preferred.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I obviously kept my two @narscoventgarden ‘The Multiple’ in shades Orgasm and Portifino. These two shades are gorgeous for summer and give a lovely glow to the skin 😊  This multi-purpose stick can be used on eyes, cheeks, and lips to give you a sheer shimmer that actually lasts all day. It’s creamy formula blends effortlessly and can be built up on all skin tones. This is a ‘must have’ product for holidays and summer.

I also kept one my Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Kink and Kisses. This Soft Glow Duo features two shades that merge together so you can customise your colour for a natural-looking glow. I also want the shade ‘Lines and Last Night’ but at £28 per blush I think I may have to wait a while.

Some days I want cream and others I want powder, depending upon the look I’m wearing. Same for wanting Matte or Shimmer and so I kept my everyday favourite blush by L’Oreal in Sandlewood Pink. I also had to keep my Ciate London Glow To Illuminating Blushes in Matchmaker and Pinch Me. These blushes combine a silky matte blush with an ultra fine powder highlighter which gives a gorgeous glow to your cheeks.


Face Palettes

I wont go into a lot of detail with what I donated as I gave all of them away apart from 2!!!

The Bobbi Brown Peach Illuminating Cheek Palette is ideal for travel as it has an illuminating bronzer in the shade Havana, a blush in shade Pink Coral and a Highlighter in shade Peach. This is a gorgeous palette that is beautiful when worn with or without a tan and saves the problem of travelling with 3 different products. A definite must have.

The next palette which I saved was the Tarte Cosmetics, Double Duty Beauty palette which is a highlight and contour palette. Both the highlight and contour are the perfect shade for my skin tone and it also smells like chocolate. Whats not to love?


Highlighter

Again I had collected far too many of these in my journey to find the perfect shade and formula for my skin. I had many amazing highlighters but I didn’t like or use most of them as I prefer a more natural champagne colour rather than a blinding glow (I am 43 now!)

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

I did de-clutter my @clinique highlighting chubby stick as you will see below I had a very similar product which I actually preferred. I found this highlighter to be a bit to stiff and would sometimes take off my foundation.

I also de-cluttered my Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Deity as it was an amazing highlighter but you could see the glow from outer space, which is not my thing!

I also got rid of my Benefit High Beam and MAC Lightscapade highlighters as they are far too pink/white for me.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

As I’m all about the glow this summer, I obvuously kept my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette as the shade incandescent light is a beautiful natural highlighter.

I also kept my The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter as it is the perfect champagne colour and the formula is so buttery and soft and it blends easily.

The two cream/liquid products I kept were the @urbandecaycosmetics naked skin highlighting fluid in Sin and the KIKO Radiant Touch Highlighter Stick in 100. Both of these blend beautifully and can be worn to give either a subtle look or built to an amazing glow ✨  All 4 of the highlighters that I kept look good on my skin all year around and so I don’t need to keep searching for a better product when I believe I have found the right ones for me!


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Thank you for reading 💋

Claire xx

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De-Cluttering my Personal Makeup – Part 2

Part 2 – Concealer, Foundation & Powders

Following on from Part 1 of my de-cluttering my personal makeup series, I decided to tackle concealers, foundation and powders.

Concealer

As with other aspects of my makeup bag, my summer and winter makeup were mixed in together and there were also products that I had tried and just wasn’t reaching for.

After pulling all my makeup together into sections I discovered that I do own a lot of concealers and don’t use most of them. Some because the shade is more for my winter skin colour and some because I personally don’t like them on my skin. Like most women I’m constantly looking for my favourite under eye concealer for the perfect fresh faced look! 👀

😨 What did I de-clutter? 😨

With regards to throwing away concealers, I got rid of the Maybelline eraser eye concealer as I couldn’t find a shade to suit me and it was also too dry for my ageing under eyes! I also threw out the Obsession Makeup London concealer as this also has a sponge applicator and would be unhygienic to donate.

The following concealers and illuminating products are my absolute favourites and so I kept all of these however I moved some of the shades into to winter makeup case.

I didn’t keep the @benefitcosmeticsuk Boiing concealer in shade 1 in my summer makeup bag however as I love this concealer I have saved it for winter use. Same for my @yslbeauty Touch Eclat in shade 1. I actually threw away my @

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I couldn’t not use my @yslbeauty touch eclat illuminating pen as this is an all year round ‘holy grail’ product for me. I kept the shades 2&3 in my summer makeup bag and put shade 1 away for winter. Not only are they cult classics but no2 brightens up my under eye area naturally and no3 has just enough peach 🍑 tones in it for my skin that is is great for a light weight corrector.

My next favourite is also a cult classic- @benefitcosmetics boi-ing concealer. I moved shade 1 to my winter makeup bag and kept shades 2&3. These cover absolutely anything on my face and blend beautifully. I ❤️ them and have been using them for years. I also have them in my professional makeup kit.

For dark circles, as I suffer from bouts of insomnia, 💤 I can’t live without my @bobbibrownuk corrector in Bisque. When I have darker circles under my eyes 👀 this product is perfect. Its heavier than the YSL Touche Eclat and perfect for those days when I look like a raccoon!!!

Last but not least, for lighter coverage days, rather than using the benefit Boi-ing concealers, I’m turning to the @maccosmeticsuk Studio Fix concealer in shade NC15 and the @loreal true match concealer in shade N2. This seems like a lot of concealer but I only use one or possibly two of them depending upon my dark circles and condition my skin but some days I prefer heavier coverage than others!


Foundation

After pulling all my foundations together into sections I discovered that I only had 3 types of foundation and 2 BB Creams. The foundations are MAC Studio Fix Fluid, MAC Face & Body and L’Oreal True Match. The BB Creams are Garnier BB Cream and the Rimmel BB Cream 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup.

I can tell you now that I threw out all of the BB creams as each of them exaggerated my pores and disappeared from around my nose and chin as the day wore on. I was really disappointed, however due to watching an amazing Beauty Vlogger on YouTube, Jamie Paige (check out her vlogs here) I have decided to possibly try out the IT Cosmetics CC Cream instead.

💖 What did I keep? 💖

I absolutely love all 3 of these foundations that I own and so I made the decision to keep the lighter shades in my winter makeup bag and the darker shades in my summer makeup bag! Makes sense eh?  

The foundations are: @maccosmeticsuk Face & Body in shades C1, C2, N3 and NC20. These are a cult favourite for good reason. They are light cover which is buildable to medium coverage but still looks like skin with a soft glow. Beautiful for summer 💋 (Makeup Artist Tip – Apply the first layer of Face & Body with your fingers. The heat from your fingers makes the product much more emollient and adds a tacky layer which is perfect for laying down your 2nd layer with a brush or damp beauty sponge. Your’e welcome xx)

The next are medium buildable foundations which are: @maccosmeticsuk Studio Fix Fluid and @loreal True Match Foundation. I find that the L’Oreal product is actually a dupe for the Studio Fix Fluid but I find that if I’m going to sheer a foundation out, then I’d rather do it with a cheaper foundation! I prefer mixing the L’Oreal product with moisturiser and save the MAC foundation for heavier makeup days. 

You don’t need loads of foundation in your personal makeup bag as it will go off before you could ever use it all. Save your money and just pick a couple of favourites.


Setting and Finishing Powders

Over the years I have tried many many powders to find the right ones for my dry, ageing skin and I believe that I have found the perfect ones for me!

I used to use MAC Prep + Prime translucent setting powder but I found that on photographs I ended up with a lot of flash back. Also if I didn’t use enough setting spray, the powder could also be visible on photographs sometimes. I have now moved over to 2 loose setting powders and both of them come in massive jars and so I have to decant them into something more manageable for my dressing table! The first is the Makeup Forever HD Powder and the 2nd is the Coty Airspun powder in Translucent Extra Coverage. You can only buy the Coty powder in the UK through Amazon here. This is my new all time favourite loose setting powder as it is very finely milled and leaves your foundation with an airbrushed finish. The only drawback is the fragrance. It reminds me of my nanna’s makeup bag and so I don’t mind it but if you don’t like fragrance, stay away from this powder.

I have also kept my MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium however this will be living in my handbag as I find touching up with loose powder when I’m out can be a bit of a nightmare.

My new favourite finishing powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. When I save up enough money I will be buying a separate compact of Dim Light and swapping it out for my Mineralize Skinfinish.

These Lighting Powders, use “Photoluminescent Technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. Each of these high-tech, soft-focus finishing powders recreate an exquisitely flattering light source. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow”. This advertising is absolutely true, these are little miracle powders which now I’ve tried them I will be buying the full size compacts.


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Claire xx

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Clearing out my Makeup – Forgotten makeup favourites

As per my post on Instagram at the beginning of February, (see below) I was disguised at how much makeup I had stashed away. I know that I am a professional Makeup artist and have spares of my holy grail products but I’m actually talking about all of the makeup in my personal collection. I am a makeup hoarder and I admit it. And no, I don’t need help! Well maybe a little!!!!

After writing the post on Instagram I then discovered even more makeup in my bedroom!!!!! At this point I have to admit that I need help with my fixation with makeup!

My problem is that as a makeup artist and independent blogger (and a woman!) I like to try new products. Some because they are raved about by other people, some because they are new products from favourite brands, some because they are new brands to me and finally because I like to have a mix of high end and high street products.

My actual problem is that I can have used a product for a few weeks to try/test it and even though I loved it, I will try a new product and put the current one in my makeup draws to never see the light of day again!

This is, in my opinion, despicable as there are many women in need of makeup including my sisters but also Womens’ shelters etc., and so my resolution for this year is to sort out my makeup (de-clutter) and pass it on to people who can and will use it.

I must point out that there are hygiene issues with passing on used makeup and so products which cannot be sanitised are always passed onto my sisters. They will obviously get first pick of the other makeup but things like eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, pressed powders and products in bottles with nozzles or spatulas can be sanitised or used hygienically (and are not wanted by my family) can be passed onto my local women’s shelter for women who are in need of a little TLC.

So now that I’ve rambled on for a while, here is the pile of makeup that I’m going to be sorting out. And yes, I also gasped at the amount of products sat in my draws!

Once I had tipped everything out I put it into piles of ‘similar’ products such as all foundations together, all lip products together etc. This allowed me to see what I was actually dealing with.

I took each pile one at a time and went through quickly to see which products were out of date and then threw them away immediately.

I then used extra large lunch bags to put the products that I no longer wanted into, in their categories: Sisters, Mum, Donate, Keep. Each item was swatched and this task took me over 2 hours. Some products I knew that I wanted to use again and some I had completely forgotten how good they were or how lovely the colour was. Some products and palettes I again knew immediately that they were to be donated. It’s amazing how seeing and feeling the products makes you remember whether you loved or hated them!!!!!!

I also found a few items that I wanted to put back into my professional makeup kit

The process took a lot longer than anticipated; not just because I was testing and sanitising the products as I went along, but my cat Gladys, also wanted to help!!!!


My Forgotten Favourites

So now onto the actual purpose of this blog post which is to discuss/show my forgotten top 5 makeup favourites.

  1. Clinique Chubby Sticks: I found that I had 9 of these however I personally only wanted to keep 3 of them – Super Strawberry, Chunky Cherry Plushest Punch.
    These Chubby Sticks are moisturising coloured lip balms in an pencil style applicator which twists up therefore making them easy to use and carry about in your bag. (£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

2. The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes I’m glad that I discovered again as I used to love using these for a quick and easy application of colour for a simple day look. The sticks are long-wearing and non-smudging which give a sheer wash of colour. Just like the chubby sticks for lips, they are in a pencil-style applicator which is really easy to use and the product blends beautifully on the eyes. I kept bountiful beige and donated the rest to my lovely sisters who will enjoy them.
(£18.50 Clinique.co.uk)

3. Garnier BB Creams are probably about to expire as I purchased them last summer but I will definitely be using these again this summer and on days when I want a lighter coverage of foundation. The BB creams are mineral based with added vitamin C and SPF15. The BB cream evens out and illuminates my skin whilst , having 24hr hydration. BB Creams are perfect for lighter coverage on normal to dryer skin and I absolutely love these for the summer. I cant wait to use them again. (£9.99 Superdrug)

4. MUA Whipped Velvet lip Lacquer. I again have a few of these in my makeup kit however I don’t rush to grab them and use other brands first, however that is about to change.
These liquid lipsticks are richly pigmented, silky smooth and dry quickly. They also glide on effortlessly to leave a gorgeous velvet finish that is smudge proof and long-lasting. (It took a while to get the swatches off my hand!!!) I think I have saved the colour ‘Spry’ which doesn’t seem to be available on the Superdrug website anymore but I have seen lots more colours that I am going to be purchasing and for only £3 each they are an absolute bargain.

5. W7 Keep Em Dry Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. I actually tried this out last year when I tried a handful of W7 products as I wanted to see what the hype was about. I must confess that I usually use Clarins double fix Mascara seal however at £3.99 I thought that Id give it a chance and review it. I remember that I was totally amazed. This top coat does actually waterproof your lashes and keeps your mascara in place all day! I cant remember why I stopped using it other than I had one of the Clarins products open but Ill be purchasing another one as soon as they are back in stock at W7makeup.

The makeup that I am keeping for myself

Above is the only products which I saved for myself and below you can see the bags of makeup to be donated. I cant believe that I had that much makeup sitting in my drawers which is all new or in date and I haven’t used it. That being said I have purchased a lot of makeup over the last 6 months as I have been writing a lot of blog posts (some will be posted soon) but still, that’s a lot of makeup sitting about.

Makeup to be donated

I encourage all women (and men who wear makeup) to sort out their makeup hoards at least twice a year and do something good for your family and women in need. Not only does it make you feel better for ‘sharing the wealth’ but it also means that you can see your makeup products more easily and therefore will use them before they go out of date and save yourself some money.


Let me know in the comments if you have taken my advice and de-cluttered your makeup/skincare and what products you have re-discovered and why you love them.

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand.

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Thank you for reading 💋

Claire xx