It’s Time to Move on.

Since my passion for makeup began with that first Ipsy bag in February of 2014, I have accumulated a lot of stuff.  I tried to make a point to use up all of the samples that I received when I received them, but that just became an unrealistic goal.  Now, my collection has grown exponentially, and it’s time to get some stuff gone.

I decluttered quite a bit over the weekend, and it feels great to know that what I have, I love. But there’s still a lot of it.  A lot. So, I’m going to dip my toes in the waters of the Project Panning world. I have watched a lot of videos concerning panning projects.  Many have timelines, some have themes. I’m going to call this project Movin’ on Out.  Because I don’t necessarily want to get rid of these items, but they do desperately need used.  I have multiples of these items waiting in the wings. Once I complete this, I may join in on one of those timed, themed projects.  But I want to see if I can do this, first.

I haven’t measured, marked, or labeled any of my products.  I know they’re all older in my collection and most are probably at least half empty already, anyway.  All of them need to get used up and be gone. So, let me show you what I plan on using up, just as quickly as I can use it all up.

wp-1484082384078.jpgEyeshadow Primers:
Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later – This one came to me in a subscription box a while back.  Without looking, I couldn’t even tell you when or which one.  It’s a cruelty free primer, but honestly, I haven’t used it enough to know how well it works.  I’ll update on all of the products, maybe in a week or so, and let you know how I feel.  Mine is a sample.  The full size is $20 on the Elizabeth Mott website.
Lorac Behind the Scenes – This is another sample size that came with the Pro palette, which means I have had this sample for going on two years.  It’s time to get it out of my collection.  If I remember correctly, it works okay, but it accentuates the dryness of my lids and sometimes the shadows don’t look the prettiest going on on top of it.  Again, if I don’t remember correctly, I’ll update. The full size is $21, wherever Lorac products are sold (I got mine at Ulta).


Foundation Primers:
Smashbox Photo Finish – Both of them.  They both came in subscription boxes.  They have that silicone slip to them, and I guess they make my pores and fine lines less obvious.  To be honest, once foundation is on, I don’t notice that much difference.  I have very dry skin, so they haven’t proven to be the best for me.
Benefit the Porefessional – This one is almost empty already.  I keep thinking it’s done, but then, it lives on.  It’s not much different than the Smashbox primer, except it’s slightly tinted.  I do notice a slight difference in the appearance of my pores before foundation, but again, I don’t know that it makes that much difference after.  I’ll do more in depth testing and report back.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil – I do really like this one and will eventually purchase it in the full size.  It works great with the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and others that are similarly matte foundations.  Like I said, I have very dry skin, and this creates a nice surface for foundation and keeps me from looking too cakey and dry throughout the day. I have even added a couple of drops to foundations and used it that way, and I like that, too. This little sample has lived far longer than I ever dreamed it would, so I think a full size may last a lifetime.
L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base – This little guy may just be a little sketchy.  Remember when I said I used to have a total of 5 makeup products?  Yeah, I think this may be one of them.  I am honestly not sure how long I have had it.  It’s been a few years.  It’s almost all gone, but still performs fine – fills in pores and fine lines like spackle. I wouldn’t be opposed to repurchasing this one, but I really want to try the primer from Tarte, first. I think once I get all of these moved out of my collection, I’m going to try the HangoveRx from Too Faced and the Timeless Smoothing Primer from Tarte.


it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye – Again, another sample that just won’t die.  I told myself two years ago that once I used all of this up, I was going to buy it in the full size.  I’ve yet to use it up.  I’m almost afraid to buy this in a full size for fear my grandchildren will still be using it.  Honestly, though, it’s good stuff.  It plays nicely with my dry under eyes.  A tiny bit goes a long, long way.  It definitely has to be set with a good setting powder, though. Once you set it, it will stay there until you coax it off at the end of the night.
Maybelline Fit Me – Not my favorite.  There’s nothing wrong with it, really, but how can you follow such complete coverage with crazy staying power?  I use this mostly for brightening, and it works well for that. I doubt I’ll ever repurchase it.
Femme Couture Undereye Concealer – This is the first concealer I ever purchased, back when I didn’t even know what to do with a concealer.  I just recently found it because, because I didn’t know how to use it, I just shoved it away in a box. A quick gander on Sally Beauty Supply’s website reveals that they don’t even sell this anymore.  I’m going to give it a go.  If it doesn’t work, I’m going to throw it away.  If I like it, I’m going to cry, because it could be the last of it’s kind.


Contour Sticks
NYX Wonder Stick – I don’t use the highlighter side, at all. The contour side is nice and creamy, and blends well, but makes a better bronzer than a contour on my skin tone.  It’s just a bit too warm to use for contour.
Wet n Wild megaglow Dual Ended Contour Stick – I use this daily, and unless I find something different, I’ll repurchase it.  Again, I don’t use the highlight side, which is why I’m on the hunt for something different.  I like a cream contour, but I don’t want to waste product.


Eyebrow Products
Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel – This gel mostly just works like hair spray to hold the brows in place. I could take it or leave it.  I truly don’t notice much difference when I use it. Not like the Benefit Gimme Brow, which I have discovered that I love.
Ofra Eyebrow Pencil – I really like this pencil a lot. It came in a Boxycharm, I think.  I am not sure if I will repurchase it, though, because I have two others that I’m currently using that I really like, and another on the way…
Anastasia Brow Pencil – Honestly, I don’t even know which one this is.  It’s just a tiny guy that came in another subscription box.  It’s only maybe 2 inches long, if that, so I’ll use what I can of it, just so it’s not wasted.  I don’t really have an opinion either way about it.


e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – For something so inexpensive, it works fantastic.  I would recommend, though, to apply some type of lip balm before going in with this.  It helps to prevent scratching your lip.  I will likely repurchase this product once this one is gone, but I’ll order it online rather that purchase in-store, since there’s now more flavor choices on the e.l.f. website.


Maybelline Fit Me! – I think this is my favorite powder to use as a finishing powder.  It’s got just a little bit of something to it… I can’t put my finger on it.  It’s not a completely matte finish, and I really like the look when I use it to blend my cheek products.  It will probably be a permanent fixture in my collection unless something better comes along.
e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder – Not my favorite.  It’s a bit glittery, and I prefer my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and RCMA No Color Setting Powder. But, it’s not a bad product, either.
Revlon Colorstay – Hm. The OG?  Maybe. I have no idea when it was purchased, how long I’ve had it, or if it was even originally mine, or donated to me by someone who desperately wished that I would wear makeup.  True story.  It works.  It mattifies.  It doesn’t leave as pretty a finish as the Fit Me.  I don’t imagine I’d repurchase.  But I will use it up. Also, I just noticed it’s a bit darker than the Fit Me, too.  How did I not notice that before?


I’m not even sure what to say here. They’re mascaras.  They’re all my favorites.  Except the Wet n Wild purple one.  I will probably ALWAYS have Perversion in my collection.  It’s maybe my HG. But, I really, really love the Stila Huge Extreme Lash, too.  And I love to top them off with the Super Sizer waterproof.  But, I have 20 (twenty!) unopened mascaras waiting to be tried, so… Out with the old!

 ***A day later, I realize that I didn’t mention the foundations. They’re pictured at the top of the blog.                                                                                          Rimmel Lasting Finish – While I don’t think this is a dupe for the Revlon Colorstay, as I’ve heard others say, I do still think it’s a good foundation. I can for the most part get all day wear out of it. All three of these are just oldest in my collection and need used up before they go bad.                                    Hard Candy Glamoflauge – This one is probably my least favorite of the three, but I do still think it’s a good foundation. I think the wear time may be just a little weaker on this one, but the coverage really is great. I had to go all the way to Pennsylvania to find this guy!                                          Dr. Jart+ BBalm – with SPF 45, this one is an absolute favorite in the summer, especially, but terrific year round. When I wear this, my skin doesn’t feel heavy or clogged or makeup-y, and I really like that a lot. This was my very first high end foundation purchase, though, so I need to use up what little is left before it goes bad.  This one is the only definite repurchase of the three. 

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Girly By Forty

It's never too late! All my life, I've been a tomboy. I put on makeup and dress clothes (something nicer than a Tshirt with my jeans) for special occasions only, so I never actually learned how to use makeup. Everyone take a moment to cringe, now. You good? Good. This blog is about my journey to becoming girly. On a deadline. The way I see it, I have approximately 26 years to catch up on, and I have 2 years to accomplish it. I'll be sharing every step of my journey with you, and reviewing products along the way. So grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and enjoy! I hope you learn things. Or comment and teach me things!

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