Jessica Bialkowskibeauty

Makeup I'm Using Up

Jessica Bialkowskibeauty
Makeup I'm Using Up
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I don’t tend to finish makeup all that often, but the feeling of using up a product is about as satisfying to me these days as buying something new. I have a much more streamlined stash now than I’ve had in the past, and while there are some products I don’t ever anticipate finishing completely, like eyeshadow palettes or blushes, having less in my collection means I’m actually able to work my way through some things.

I like posting about what I’m trying to use up as a way of balancing out the posts that focus on what I’ve bought recently, since finishing products is a less wasteful way to be a makeup consumer. I’m pretty good about decluttering things I don’t get on with and giving them to family and friends, so if something has survived the cut and I’m using it to the very end, then chances are I really like the product. A lot of these are things I’ve owned for a while though, so it’s time to use them up before they go bad.

I did my first one of these posts back in April, and there are STILL a few lip products that are alive and kicking, so I figured I’d mention them again as I’m still working on them. They are Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick (AU) in Red Carpet Red, which I already own a backup of (which is unusual for me, but it was a gift). I’ve also still got Glossier’s Balm Dot Com in the Rose scent, and although I own two others I think Rose is still my favourite and I will probably repurchase this. Lastly I’ve still got my mini of the Fresh Lip Balm (AU) in Cherry which I like but don’t love. I don’t wear tinted balms all that often, which is why this has lasted so long, but I’m determined to use it up as it’s just a mini and shouldn’t take too much longer.

Complexion

Starting off I have three concealers I’m trying to finish up, because for some reason I love concealer and it’s always a product I like to try out, so I tend to have quite a few on rotation at any given time. But it’s time to streamline, and the first one I’m working on is the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector (AU) in the shade Porcelain Peach. I’ve been using this basically every day for the last few months, and although most of the pan is showing now, there’s still a lot of product around the edges. I really like this product, despite being in a pot it has a very creamy formula that never looks dry, cakey or heavy under the eyes, which is important to me. I’ve just owned it for a couple of years now and think it’s time to use it or lose it. I probably won’t repurchase it as I don’t desperately need an under-eye corrector, but if you’re in the market for one this is a lovely product.

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I’ve just recently finished up the YSL Touche Eclat (AU), and I know technically this isn’t a concealer, it’s meant to be a highlighting pen (but not in a shimmery way). Although I like this product, I just don’t really get the magic, I feel like it’s very light coverage so it doesn’t tend to make much of a different on my face. I used to put it over the Bobbi Brown Corrector under my eyes for the most part, I just personally prefer medium coverage rather than light, so I wouldn’t repurchase this. I’m also astounded that this is $70 in Australia – it’s definitely not worth that kind of money to me.

The last concealer I’m working on is actually one I’ve finished up before, which is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (AU) in the shade 15 Fair. This is for sure one of the best concealers at the drugstore, although I think their shade range leaves a lot to be desired. Despite that, the formula is spot on, it’s super creamy without moving around the face throughout the day, and it has medium coverage that you can build up without the product getting cakey. It’s definitely very natural looking on the skin and I think if you’re into the likes of the NARS Radiant Creamy or the Urban Decay Naked Skin you’d be into this too as it’s in the same family. I probably won’t repurchase this immediately but I definitely will at some point down the track.

For powder I’m working on the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder which I have several backups of. This is my favourite translucent powder for oily skin – it never looks heavy or cakey, but I find it really does help control my oils and I’m so sad that you can’t buy it in Canada or Australia. It’s one of the only products I actively stockpile because it’s so hard to get my hands on it. Love it, would keep repurchasing it if I could!

The last two complexion products are both mini versions of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid (AU) in Pearl and Moonstone. I was mostly using these as highlighters by tapping them lightly across the tops of my cheekbones, and they gave a beautiful, natural, glossy finish that I loved. Because I’m so oily I don’t really have a need for an illuminating/glowy primer step, but using these as highlighters has been slow work because I don’t use much product at a time, and I often skip highlighter altogether. Since they’re liquid I wanted to work on them more quickly, so I started using an oil-controlling primer in my t-zone, and mixing these with another primer for my cheeks and the outer perimeter of my face where my skin is more normal. Since using them this way I’ve really fallen in love with the product, it gives a beautiful, glowy finish without any detectable shimmer once foundation is applied over the top. I feel like once I use these up I’m going to miss that step and will probably keep doing it with different products.

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Eyes & Brows

I already mentioned in a recent post all the new brow products I’ve purchased, and that I’m working on finishing up my NYX Micro Brow Pencil (AU) with a broken off spoolie, as well as the Essence Make Me Brow Gel (AU). The NYX pencil is a great alternative to high end brow pencils if you can find a shade that works for you, while the Essence brow gel is nothing to write home about, but brow gel is not life or death for me so it works perfectly fine and only costs a few dollars. I would repurchase the brow pencil but I’m pretty indifferent to the brow gel.

For my eyes I’ve got a few cream/single shadows that I want to use or lose, the first is a mini of the Laura Mercier Eye Caviar Stick in Amethyst. I bought a set of four of these a while back and Amethyst and Moonlight are the two that have stuck around. I’ve actually been using them both quite a bit recently as they’re very easy to just swipe on and go, or if I have a little more time, layer a powder shadow across the lid. I actually got a backup of this recently as a gift with purchase from Sephora, so it’s nice that it’s in a shade I actually wear and like, but it’s given me even more of a push to use this up as there isn’t a huge amount of product left.

I have three Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows, and while I purchased one of them earlier this year, the other two have been kicking around for a while, and they are I Heart This which is a beautiful semi-sheer pale champagne shade with a lot of glitter, and Get Lucky which is a true gold. I’ve found that I really don’t wear gold on my lids all that often, and the two of these are getting a little dry around the edges, so I’ll probably end up decluttering Get Lucky, while I’ve always really enjoyed I Heart This so I want to make more of an effort to use it before it’s time to toss it.


 Lips

Naturally I have a few lip products I’m working on finishing up, along with the three from my last post that are still going. For lipsticks I’m working on the mini Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Cream (AU) in the shade Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which I believe came in a Sephora Favourites set a while back. I’m nearly at the end of this so it should be done and dusted pretty soon. I also want to finish up the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (AU)  in the shade Cruella. I purchased the full size of this a few years ago and although at times I have found the formula quite drying, I think if you’re using it regularly and are often sharpening the pencil, the product is fresher and less drying on the lips. It’s a beautiful matte deep red shade that I think is absolutely beautiful, but I’m about halfway through the pencil so actually finishing it seems like it may be within reach.

I don’t reach for lip gloss all that often, so I don’t own very many of them, but I got a mini of the Dior Lip Maximiser (AU) and thought it was so tiny and cute it should be easy enough to work though. I’ve also got a mini of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (AU) which has one of those foam-tip applicators and I’m concerned this is going to go off soon so I’m going to use it until it does and then toss it. For lip balms I’m working on two minis that were both Sephora point perks – a tiny little Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner as well as the Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel (AU). They both smell lovely and nicely hydrate my lips, but the main difference is the Aerin one is thicker and stickier, while the Fresh one is softer and glossier on the lips. I really like both but could live without the Aerin, but I’m definitely going to be buying a full size of the Fresh one. 

Makeup I'm Using Up  |  LITTLE HENRY LEE
Makeup I'm Using Up  |  LITTLE HENRY LEE

Hair

This last one isn’t makeup, but I wanted to mention that I’m working my way through a mini of the Bumble & Bumble Pret-A-Powder (AU) which I have had for absolutely ages and which seems to be never ending. If you run through dry shampoo like no tomorrow then I’d recommend something like this as it lasts far longer than a can of product ever will.

I use dry shampoo probably 5 days a week, although often it’ll only be a sprinkle of this through my fringe as that gets oily faster than the rest of my hair. I do prefer dry shampoo in a can, but if your hair doesn’t get super-duper greasy this is a great option, and the packaging is better for the environment too.

The product is marketed as a dry shampoo and volumiser, but in terms of volumising powders this is nowhere near as heavy and sticky as they typically tend to be, but I also wouldn’t say it adds a huge amount of volume. I use it more as a dry shampoo anyway, but if you’re curious they offer this mini size which is a great way to try it out.