Seasonal Products: Trash or Treasure?

Seasonal Product Toss

When the seasons change it is a good time to go through your makeup and look for any items that are out of date or appear “iffy” with a texture change/ingredient separation. You can weed out any seasonal colors as well.

Since the days are getting shorter and the first cool breezes of autumn have already hit the Midwest, along with pumpkin-spiced coffee, I felt this was a good time to start sorting out my summer makeup collection.

IMG_0109Powder products last longer than cream ones, so I tend to toss more of the cream variety each season. Here are two Maybelline Color Tattoo creams that I used over the summer. They both have started separating from the side of the jar—evidence that they are ready to be tossed.

Verdict: I love the Creamy Beige and will repurchase it. (You can probably see that I am about to hit pan!) I used it as an outer-corner and/or crease shadow. Every time I wore it, the color locked in place and stayed all day.

I am not a fan of the Barely Branded. It is too thick and chunky on my eyelid. It did not stay well. I won’t be repurchasing.

IMG_0110I purchased the MAC Painterly Pro Long Wear Paint Pot after watching a variety of Youtubers discuss it as a “must have” eye primer. I like MAC products, especially their Prep and Prime line, but this one was the wrong color for me. It was too thick to use as an eye primer and other shadows did not sit well on top of it.

Verdict: I will not be repurchasing. Instead I purchased MAC’s actual Eye Primer and will be giving that a try. One nice aspect—the “back-to-MAC program” allows you to exchange 5 used products for a new lipstick. I currently have 3 MAC products that I have used up and will be saving them to exchange in the future.


And finally—MILK cosmetics concealer. This is a medium coverage cream concealer that is vegan and cruelty-free. I have tried both fair and light colors in this product. Neither is the right color for my skin. It is also a little dry for my skin type and drags on rough patches.

Verdict: Although I love MILK products (their soothing spray is one of my must-haves) I will not be repurchasing. I just couldn’t find the right color for my skin tone (very pale/fair).

That’s it for the cream products I am currently dispatching from my collection. What are you thinking about tossing as you prepare for the next season? Will you repurchase the items next year, or will you be on the hunt for an alternative? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All items have been purchased by me.

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When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.

Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.

But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.

Time to play the game.

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