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De-Stashing Project

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Part of my 2018 focus points is to be extra frugal. I have been successful on the makeup-and-skincare front. I was supposed to do a no-buy but we all know that’s impossible.

2018 started with a strong urge to buy NARS Powermatte Liquid Lipstick. I was going to treat it as my last hurrah before I formally start my Low-Buy, but when I checked the testers at the store, the product in each had separated. Shaking the tube would probably be enough to fix the problem but I decided it’s not worth it. Good save, I guess.

Limited Destashing

In 2017, I let go of a lot of stuff and scaled down my makeup and skincare collection to about 50%. However, that led to feeling entitled to shop. This year, I decided not to be as aggressive with destashing. I became more mindful and critical of my purchases when I set my mind to thinking that whatever I buy, I should be able to keep until its dying breath.

I still let go of stuff when I feel miserable trying to use them up. I also sold a lot of backup skincare products I know I won’t finish before they expire.

Skin Genie Lip Tint

Makeup Purchases

In January, I bought 3 lip tints after seeing myself in the mirror looking pale at the gym. I atoned for that by letting go of 8 lip products. I am proud to say I’ve been makeup purchase-free since February. HUGE ACHIEVEMENT. Total spent – Less than Php 500 (USD 10)

Skincare Purchases 1st Qtr 2018

Skincare Purchases

I spent most of the 1st quarter battling skin asthma. I’m allergic to egg, chicken and seafood but I can’t keep myself from eating them. I bought Dove Dermaseries for Itchy Skin and Aveeno Oatmeal Body Wash. I also bought several soap bars for sensitive skin.

After I finished a sample of Biore Watery Essence SFP50+++, I bought COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50+++. I also let go of Sunplay Sport UV Sunscreen SPF120++++ with Wet Skin Technology. I decided I’m done with everyday sunscreens that make my skin feel tight and dry.

Skincare Purchases 1st Qtr 2018

I also bought Whamisa Original Toner (not in the photo) after emptying Klairs Supple Preparation Toner, but after finishing up about a fourth of the former, I let it go. My face always turns red and I get some inflammation that goes away overnight. I didn’t break out from it but I don’t really know what damage (if any) it’s doing given the skin reaction. Better safe than sorry.

Other purchases are:

  • Retin A 0.05% Tretinoin to replace Retacnyl 0.05% Tretinoin (expired)
  • Purito Vitamin C Serum (with Niacinamide) to replace The Ordinary 30% Vitamin C in Silicone
  • Olay Age Protect 18g
  • CosRx Aloe Vera Oil-Free Moisture Cream (I bought this and Olay because I don’t have a moisturizer that doesn’t have any acids in it. I wasn’t supposed to get two moisturizers, Olay Age Protect was an all-time favorite but I forgot it has salicylic acid).

The proceeds of selling my skincare backups covered a significant amount of my skincare purchases. Total spent (estimate) – Php 4900 (USD 98)

Logging

In February I started logging new acquisitions, purges, and empties. It’s good to see the exact amount I spent and the net decrease in my makeup and skincare collection. I wish I had done this when the year started.

Plans for April + Rest of The Year

On top of what I normally set aside in my savings account, I’ll continue saving the same amount of money I spend for non-necessities. This self-imposed rule kept me from buying makeup the past 2 months. Example: I wanted to buy Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick which costs Php 2,850. Unless I have another Php 2,850 to put in the bank, I’m not allowed to buy it.

I’m also imposing a 1-in-2-out rule for makeup and skincare categories I have too much of (eg lipsticks and foundations). I know–ruthless.

I plan on doing this update monthly instead. I needed to do a lot of recollection for this post! HAHA.

Semi-regularly, I go through my vanity to look for stuff to give away so they don’t go expired with me. Unfortunately, I found 4 products that went bad.

It could be hard to believe but I loved all of them. This is the reality of buying more than you need; You could end up with many things going bad if you’re not on top of shelf lives and expiration dates.

The Face Shop Miracle Finish Long-lasting CC Cushion | V205 Dark Beige

This is one of the face bases that got me a lot of compliments. It’s skin-like, semi-dewy, diffuses pores, and doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of my skin. I was so happy when The Face Shop released darker shades that are yellow enough for me.

When I noticed that I was down to my last few uses, I picked up other bases to ‘save’ this cushion until a refill of my shade becomes available, but I recently found out that the brand doesn’t carry refills of the darker shades. All they had were the lightest shades. Are there really that many more pale relative to brown people in the Philippines? My skin tone isn’t even that deep (MAC C30-depth).

I don’t feel inclined to repurchase another compact. Aside from the refill issue, I believe cushions go bad faster because the product is exposed and you have to double-dip every time.

Inglot YSM Cream Foundation

Before trying out Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundation, this was my favorite matte foundation. It doesn’t look like it, but I got past half-way through the tube.

It gives a soft-focus matte finish (i.e., skin-like + pore-blurring). Inglot YSM is like a blur cream and foundation hybrid. It feels mousse-y and sets the bar for me in terms of lightweight-ness. Coverage is low-medium, buildable to a medium. I don’t understand how it doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy even when I layer too much.

My oils start to show by the 4th hour but it doesn’t look bad in person. I look dewy rather than greasy when my oils break through. Note that I have high tolerance for shine. I’m not really buying matte foundations for them to stay matte all day. I’m more into looking fresh and healthy.

I’m shade 49 when I’m NC30 and shade 50 when I’m nearer NC35. Php 1,195 for a 30ml tube.

Etude House AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot

This is one of my favorite spot treatment products. I first featured this two years ago and my thoughts on it remain the same. It can significantly reduce inflammation overnight and while it can dry out a pimple, it doesn’t irritate the skin to cause dark marks. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t get to finish it. The past two years, I didn’t experience a bad breakout.

Aromatica Tea Tree 53 Blemish Spot (Treatment)

I usually use this under a hydrocolloid pimple patch. It has tea tree extract and salicylic acid. It helps calm down inflamed pimples. I think I should no longer consider myself to be as acne-prone as I was in 2008 to 2011. I overestimated my need for acne spot treatment products. I still have 2 unopened pouches of CosRx pimple patch and a 30ml bottle of The Ordinary Salicylic Acid.

Skincare gods, please grant me the wisdom to know when it’s time to give my backups away so they don’t go bad with me again 😬

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA

Purge No. 7

I bought several The Ordinary products without giving much thought to how they would fit into a sustainable skin care routine.

Of everything I bought, I’ve mostly just been using Advanced Retinoid, Salicylic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, and the AHA + BHA peel.

Everything else just started stressing me out because I don’t know where and how to fit them in. I wish I have something valuable to say about Matrixil 10% + HA. It has a watery gel texture and it claims to help with wrinkles. I didn’t use it enough times to notice a difference.

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Happy Skin and Pixi Face Brushes

Purge 8, 9, & 10
(Top to bottom: Happy Skin Powder Brush, Happy Skin Blush Brush, Pixi Foundation Brush)

For the kind of makeup look I go for every day (yung nag-makeup-ka-pa-di-naman-halata makeup look), I have so many makeup brushes. I’ll slowly let go of more.

These 3 are good brushes. I’m just not using them as much as the other ones I own. The Happy Skin Brushes do the job well. They’re soft and pretty to look at. The Pixi Foundation Brush is ok, too, but the head is too small for my preference. The brush doesn’t have a lot of yield because its bristles are short and VERY tightly packed. It could be a good substitute for fingers, but I already Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush for that.

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Morphe E52 Brush

Purge no. 11

Another good quality brush. I love how it’s tapered and huuuuge! I haven’t been using it as much because I use it to set my foundation, and I don’t often do the latter.

I let go of a lot of beauty products this year and I should’ve documented them sooner. I believe it’s unrealistic to pan everything so I try to decide right way whether I’d let go of something or try to finish it.

Here’s the first five products I let go of this year:

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Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Bronzer 02

Enjoyed using this a lot as a cheek “warmifier” and a blush topper. The finish and texture is very similar to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural but sheerer. This bronzer gives a subtle glow to the skin. Shade 02 doesn’t look orange and is 1 to 2 shades darker than my skin tone. It doesn’t highlight my pores but it doesn’t diffuse them either.

I let this go not because it’s bad. A friend needed a bronzer so I gave it to her. I realized that it feels easier to let go of stuff when you know that the person you’re giving it to will use it more. Anyway, I don’t think I’ll be missing it so much because I still have a small unused GWP/sample of this bronzer in Shade 03.

Essence All About Matte Fixing Compact Powder

Essence All About Matt Fixing Compact Powder

I used this around 4x and liked it. I like that it doesn’t look ashy and I think it does delay my oils from breaking to the surface, but when my workmate asked for mattifying powder recommendations, I gave this to her before I could change my mind. I don’t usually set my foundation anyway.

Cargo Los Cabos Too Faced I Will Always Love You

Too Faced Love Flush Long Lasting 16-Hour Blush in I Will Always Love You

After years of evading warmer colors, I finally explored peaches and terracottas this year. I Will Always Love You is accurately described as a gilded peach. I was hoping it will have more brown in it, like how the product shot looked on the website. The color is still beautiful though, but I already have a blush similar to it–Cargo Swimmables Los Cabos. The color and gold sheen of both blushes are the same, only Cargo’s shimmer flecks are slightly bigger and more noticeable in direct light. Both last the whole day. Depending on how deep your pores are, both could accentuate them. I kept Cargo because it was a gift from a dear friend.

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Pixi x ItsJudyTime – ItsLipTime Palette

I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought this. I should’ve realized that lip palettes are generally not convenient to bring and retouch with.

The first 6 shades on the lighter spectrum are hard to build up and doesn’t work against my light-medium yellow-olive skin tone. The 6 darker shades are beautiful. I was a little disappointed that the formula is far from the Pixi Lustre Mattes that I love. The latter is lightweight and easy to apply.

Fashion 21 2way cake milk moisturizers ever bilena fig blush

Fashion 21 2-Way Cake with Milk Moisturizers and Ever Bilena Blush in Fig

I love both of these.

If you’re having a hard time finding a local powder foundation that’s yellow enough, check out Fashion 21. If you’re a MAC C30,  you probably would fit Shade 02.

Ever Bilena blush in Fig is very close to MAC Mocha Blush. Against my skin tone, it would be hard to tell them apart.

I let them go because my mom asked if she could have them.

I’ll give Marie Kondo a run for her money once my book comes out titled The Life-Changing Magic of Using The Candy Crush Technique in Letting Go of Lipsticks.

The Candy Crush Technique is when you group lipsticks by color and hope that they explode and choose JUST ONE lipstick from each group.

My red lipstick destashing project is on-going, and so far, I’ve found 2 pairs of lipsticks that have the same-ish color.