Monthly Archives: December 2016

Makeup Declutter December 2016

I love trying new makeup.  It is the reason that I have more eyeshadow than I could use in my lifetime… a terrible thing to admit, but I just love experimenting with, testing and then reviewing products.  Of course I have my ‘weekly makeup drawer’ that I rotate to ensure that I continue to use all the things that I have, but when you have a collection as big as mine it soon becomes clear when things just don’t cut the mustard because you NEVER REACH FOR THEM.

Here are some products that I am decluttering because they just didn’t work for me.


E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder and E.L.F. cover everything concealer in corrective yellow and fair.

These E.L.F. face products from their essentials range are certainly less than average.  the Clarifying Pressed Powder is not a skin match for me – too dark and too orange.  It is also a bit cakey so it is a pass on all fronts.  The Cover Everything Concealers are greasy, thick and are difficult to blend.  I also found that these stayed kind of tacky on the skin.  Another pass.  These guys are a bit cheap and nasty!


Savvy – Graduating Blush and Bronzer

Although Savvy by DB claims on their packaging that they do not test on animals I have not been able to clarify whether they are owned by a third party that may test or whether they use a third party to test their products… so I can’t confirm their cruelty-free status.  After trying these I am not that tempted to do so anyway.  I thought that these looked like quite multi-use products but they are SO powdery and lack pigmentation.  The texture on all three is dry and flakey and I really don’t enjoy them at all.


Essence – Wave Goddess Highlighter Powder

This highlighter was disappointing.  It is basically a white powder that is quite matte and contains micro glitters.  Sigh.  It looks really odd on the skin and reminded me of children’s makeup.  I used it once and never touched it again.


E.L.F. – Shimmering Facial Whip and Holiday Blush and Bronzer duo

I didn’t mind the shimmering facial whip as a liquid highlighter.  It worked well enough with a stippling brush although it did tend to stay a bit tacky.  My main issues is that the product separated in the tube not long after purchase and wasn’t really useable from that point.

The blush and bronzer duo was part of a holiday kit which included a kabuki brush.  The brush is gone already as it was truely terrible – scratchy and awful.  The duo is an odd one – the blush is powdery and quite patchy and it contains (groan) micro glitter.  The bronzer is satin and is more gold in tone that bronze.  It was a bit too shimmery for my taste.

Other decluttered products include:


Designer Brands – Starry Nights Eyeshadow Quad

The DB Starry Nights quad lacks pigmentation.  I never reach for it as a result.


Essence – Mosaic Compact Powder

Mosaic Compact Powder?  Glitter!!  (see full review here)


E.L.F. Shimmer Powders

The E.L.F. shimmer powders are also glittery and they lack pigmentation altogether.  (see full review here).


E.L.F. Duo Eye Shadow Cream

Oh and the E.L.F. Duo Eyeshadow creams… greasy and bad.  Enough said – but if you want a full review you can find it here.


E.L.F. – pressed powder in porcelaine

The E.L.F. pressed powder was fine but the colour wasn’t a match for me.  (full review here).


Chi Chi – Real Minerals Bronzing Powder and Blush

The Chi Chi Real Minerals products were good quality but they were too shimmery and glittery for my taste.  This came in a set of four with a powdered foundation and translucent finishing powder – both of which I enjoy and have remained in my collection.  For a full review see here.


BYS – eyeshadow palette

Lastly, I am decluttering this BYS eyeshadow palette.  I can’t confirm the cruelty-free status of BYS as I have never researched their brand or products, but it does say on the packaging that they don’t test on animals.  This was a gift many moons ago and I never reach for it as the quality of these shadows is pretty poor – super powdery and no real pigmentation at all.  This is an old product though so I can’t speak for their current eyeshadow formula.

And that is everything that I am decluttering this time around.  I figure there is no use keeping things that I am simply not going to use.  I donated all these products to a local school’s beauty program for their experimentation.  I think it is useful for the kids to see a range of makeup so they can recognise the elements that make for good quality products.  The kids were thrilled and had a ball seeing if they could make these items work for themselves.

Have a wonderful day!

I have been looking for the “perfect” eyebrow pencil so when I saw this new pencil on my local Essence stand I figured it was worth a go.  This pencil was part of the Essence ‘Lights of the Orient’ collection but I am hoping that it might stick around in their permanent range!


  • It is a retractable pencil which is super convenient.
  • The colour is a good match for me for a natural brow look.
  • The formula is waxy and quite firm making it easier to control the amount of colour with application pressure.  (Not too soft and pigmented leading to an unintended, overly bold brow!)
  • The smudging sponge on the end can be removed to reveal a sharpener.

Essence lights of orient eyebrow shaper – oriental beauty


  • The tip of the pencil is a bit larger than I would like making it quite blunt and a little bit fiddly for really precise work unless you sharpen it every time before use.
  • There were only two shades available in this range.  A warm, medium brown shade called ‘sunkissed beauty’ and then the shade I purchased which is more or a taupe colour in ‘oriental beauty’.
  • It doesn’t come with a spoolie 😦  Rather, it comes with a ‘smudging sponge’ which is a bit weird and not my preference.



Overall, I really like this product.  The firm nature of the formula makes it easy to control and I appreciate the convenience of a mechanical pencil.  The thicker tip does make it hard to do individual hair strokes if that is what you need, but the smudging sponge included does suggest that this is designed to block in colour rather than draw on hairs.  Plus, this was super affordable and a good colour match for me.

If you see this eyebrow pencil it is certainly worth a try if you can find a colour match for the extremely limited range.

Have a wonderful day!

First Impressions: Designer Brands

During a trip to New Zealand last year I got caught out with a bare face on a night where we decided to just run from our day into an evening out with friends.  Wanting to pull myself together just a bit for the restaurant I popped into a chemist to grab a couple of bits for my face and picked up my first DB – Designer Brand, items.

Designer Brands produce cruelty-free and budget-friendly so they were certainly worth a try but I haven’t been that impressed by this little eyeshadow quad.


Designer Brands: Starry Skies Eyeshadow Quad

I quite like the packaging of this quad which is solid clear plastic and it came with two foam applicators (which were handy on the night I used it on the run but otherwise I haven’t touched).


Starry Skies swatches

The colours in the quad are quite pretty – I like to accentuate my blue eyes with touches of blue and thought that these colours could make a nice fresh day look or a smokey look.  The shadows themselves are quite powdery and as you can see from the swatches they lack pigmentation, but these are certainly workable.


Although this quad worked for its purpose at a pinch, the formula of these shadows doesn’t encourage me to try more eyeshadows from the range.  They are quite powdery and kind of blend away if you get too carried away.  I have to be honest that I haven’t really reached for this since returning home from our trip.

If you have any suggested products from the DB range I would be interested to hear as I am all about supporting cruelty-free brands.

Have a great day!