Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Beauty Spring Clean

Where I live, spring is a two week period, in early March, where the thermometer suggests that this is the only time out of the whole year where sitting outside is a feasible option. After half a month comes to an end, the temperature sky rockets into unbearable, sauna-esque heat. But this year seems to be different--blame it on the apocalypse. The "Polar Vortex" has forced these warm temperatures to hinder for a little while longer. So while I'm still cuddled inside my home with the heater, which, luckily, doesn't have as much work cut out as it did in January, I'm going to initiate a spring clean for the new upcoming season--to match fresh blooms and (cross fingers) a newfound definition of spring. 

And my spring clean is coming in the definition of a beauty clear out, as I let go of the products that lie unloved and toss the compacts that I couldn't deal to move in previous times. Still keeping up those New Year's resolutions....

I'm saying sayonara to my haircare lot, the ones with the "dirty" ingredients lists, that is. But also the ones that I just don't get along with. The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Shampoo is formula I've been testing for a while now, but I still can't get to grips with it. Well, in reality, it's more that my sensitive and easily irritated scalp doesn't get along with it's stripping (although, truly volume inducing) formula. The L'Oréal EverCrème Nourishing Conditioner follows the same trend: too heavy, smelly, and I now prefer the likes of smothering argan oil through my ends.
One category I really haven't established maps with is dry shampoo--nice for emergencies, but my helmet hair (i.e. hairspray using necessity) means washing my hair daily is mandatory. The Dove Dry Shampoo is no exception. I'll admit that it's the best oil soaker I've found, but it's the smell that really gets me; it's strong, overpowering, and I can only imagine all the chemicals I'm breathing.

So far, my clear out is following a rather negative tone, but, sometimes, we just need to toss things because they're old and past their prime. Exhibit A: the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch SPF 55 Sunscreen, which is nearly two years old now. And exhibit B is the L'Orèal Magic Lumi Concealer, or the drugstore's Touche Éclat. Although only a year old, this concealer and highlighter hybrid just doesn't fit into my daily routine. For the concealing properties, I'm partial to my newest concealer love and, for under the eyes, I'm not even into covering that area (covering my dark circles always looks so fake). 

And the other makeup items to be tossed are two highlighters. The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle is something I have only loved for two weeks out of the whole year I've had it. My natural aesthetic and preference rules that it's far too glittery--as in glitter ball, disco fever. And the Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter, the one I concluded as "dupe" for the discontinued Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow, will not be touched as long as I ration the Kidd number.

But clearing out also means that you discover old beautes. And, for me, they always arrive in the eye department; a neglected feature means neglected products. The Benefit They're Real! Mascara, pour example, has been producing fluttery lashes upon my lash line for the past week with a seemingly waterproof, volumizing, and defining touch. But, sometimes, discovering products is only easy on the eyes. The Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, a gorgeous taupey, subtle brown has yet to rock my lids in the coming days. But I'll just swatch and stare for a while.

Mom, I hope you've cleared your own stash to make room for my duds.


  1. I need to do this too! I have some old products that I just need to give to the bin!

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  2. I must say I'm not a huge fan of the MAC soft and gentle anymore, it's far too shimmery for my liking and tend to opt for Kevyn Aucoin celestial powder for a more subtle, natural glow.

    Love Beth | BethBlogsBeauty

  3. So sad to hear that you don't like Soft and Gentle anymore, I love it!


  4. I love the look of MSG, it's a shame it is too glittery for you, I'd happily take it off your hands for you ;) x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  5. Ha! I totally would, although I've already tossed it to my best friend. xo

  6. Ah, it looks so pretty in the pan, too. xo

  7. Ha! I'll happily showcase it. RSVP looks so nice when I see it in the store. xo

  8. The Kevyn Aucoin one sounds dreamy. Have you tried the RMS Living Luminizer; it sounds right up your alley? xo

  9. I know what you mean about the Dove Dry Shampoo! It's a good one but the smell is so overpowering, it takes over whatever perfume I would wear that day!


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