Beauty spring cleaning!

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Hello you!

So I’ve put a couple of items on eBay recently, mainly because I’ve been using eBay to get rid of a few items (mainly clothes) that weren’t old enough to put through recycling but also good enough brands to be re-purposed. I didn’t think that the same could go for makeup, but I’ve read that in the US there are a fair few sites that specialise in selling on gently used make up. I decided to clear out a few things, the two eyeshadow palettes that have been gently used, and the rest that hasn’t been touched. As of right now, the eyeshadow palettes have been sold. If I can’t get rid of some of the other items, I think I’ll try to give them away as opposed to throwing them in the bin. Lately I’m all about recycling / re purposing so this way I feel a bit better that at least I tried to do something instead of throwing them away. If someone else does that then at least it’s one less thing that was bought to then be thrown away right?!

Eye shadow palettes:

The Smashbox Full Exposure palette was the first palette I got, having bought it after really wanting to try and figure how to make eye shadows work for my eyes. I got this at Sephora, thinking that the colours would suit me and were also fairly neutral. The reason why I got rid of this, is because the entire top row is glittery and I hardly ever used them. I would stick to the bottom row which were far better for me. As I have the Urban Decay Basics 2 pallette which has similar colours, and is far smaller I decided to let this one go.

The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is what I decided to go for, after choosing between the 1st, 2nd or 3rd one. I decided to go for this one as the 3rd one seemed to rose pink for me, and the first one I thought the packaging was probably too flimsy. Plus this one had a nice black black colour. Whilst I liked the packaging, I realised that this has too many shimmery shades too, and a fair number of lighter ones which I couldn’t seem to work or naturally didn’t tend towards. For this reason I hardly picked this up. I did get the Smokey palette afterwards, having been won over by the quality and the choice that the palette gives you, and tended to use that more (or the Basics 2).

Bronzer & Highlighters:

I got the Bare Minerals “warmth” in the US at a outlet centre, and this is unopened. With an open one already in my make up drawers, and being hardly used as it is, I decided that this has to go. For an all around colour, I might try more in the summer, but as a bronzer I find that I have other products I gravitate towards.

The Model Co highlighting trio was from the Birchbox I recently posted. I didn’t even want to open this up, because I thought about it, and as I hardly use cream products (my Benefit Watt’s up highlighter hardly gets used at all!) I decided that this should have it’s chance with someone else. I read good reviews on the product, but decided to keep it in the packaging and let it find a good home elsewhere.

Other:

The Sephora primer is something that I got on a whim and hardly used, I don’t think I would want to either as it is very siliconey (I got a sample afterwards and used that), and I don’t like the texture of that. Also I have been skipping primer lately, using either multi purpose moisturisers and also putting a bit of oil into my foundation and then powdering up. It is winter though, so I don’t really need to worry as much about make up staying on.

MUFE concealer is something I got on a private sale, and I’m not sure why I decided to get this really as I don’t think I knew my colour. Anyway this can’t be sold on ebay due to some rights or something like that, so not sure exactly what I can do with it.. I can try other sites perhaps.

Nivea Men post shave balm isn’t anything expensive and it doesn’t matter if I don’t find a home for this. I bought this because it was a big thing on YouTube that this made a great primer. As I bought this on a BOGOF deal, I didn’t really need the other..

The S factor hair brush is a spare one that I already have. I’m not sure that the big barrel is useful or anything, but two of them is at least one too many. It’s discontinued but I’m hoping that someone is interested.. It would be a shame to let it go to waste.

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Kiehl’s: Powerful Strength Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate

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Firstly, happy new year guys! I have high hopes for this year!! Did anyone else’s 2015 also seem not so great? Anyway, that chapter has closed so onwards and upwards!

This post is about the titular product from Kiehls. Which, to be clear, I hate. Dislike. This is why I had been mentioning in previous unboxing posts to be glad to try new eye creams.

The texture of this, is something like a white semi opaque cream and does feel rich in texture. You’re meant to dab a bit on your finger with another finger and tap it around your eyes. I was recommended this by someone at Kiehl’s at my morning cream.

I had been using it on and off, without actually seeing any change. However, after using this for a week my under eye area began, yes..began, to form wrinkles. Not only that, it became super dry and sensitive. It was so sore for a good few days and I couldn’t put anything on it apart from some moisture intense cream at night..and even that stung.

After my reaction, I looked online for reviews and read that others had the same reaction. The intensity of vitamins was too rich, and just didn’t work (for us). Perhaps you’re not meant to use this on a daily basis, but the Kiehls ‘expert’ said nothing to warn me. Plus, you’d think that any reaction is a bad sign, even if you’re over using.

For this reason, I’m ditching the bottle ..it’s not working for me and I’m in search of something else. I went back to Kiehls to get samples of two other eye creams. I’m not done with the brand or anything, but I’m definitely taking advantage of their sample policy and sampling before hand before I hand over a small fortune.

So guys, any recommendations on eye creams? Kiehls or otherwise?? Feel free to share!