I frequently clean out my beauty stash and donate or throw out the products I don’t use anymore. De-cluttering my beauty stash really helps me streamline my skincare routine and helps me determine what products I like and/or dislike. I usually donate my used toiletries to this great store on Commercial Drive called ‘The Jean Queen’ which accepts both new and used toiletries for survival sex workers in the Downtown East Side.
Here are some products I recently donated and/or purged from my beauty stash:
Let’s break it down from left to right:
Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
There was nothing wrong with the performance of this product – it cleared up my breakouts fast and didn’t leave any scars. My issue with this product is two-fold. Firstly, it uses salicylic acid which pregnant women have been warned to stay away from. I figure anything that is bad for pregnant women shouldn’t be used by non-pregnant women anyway! Secondly, I recently discovered that Clinique (along with several other beauty brands) is on the BDS list. Since I am trying to be more intentional of how and what I consume, I am going to stop purchasing from such brands. As for my breakouts, I switched to tea tree oil which is 100% natural and haven’t looked back since!
Old Spice deodorant in ‘Fiji’
I am throwing this out because who wants to use second-hand deodorant?! I used this deodorant for the past two years and decided to switch to an all-natural deo from LAVANILA (blog post coming up soon on this).
The Body Shop body scrub in Pink Grapefruit
As with the Clinique product, there is nothing wrong with the performance of this body scrub. I even used it once to scrub The Boy’s feet when he was complaining of foot odor. My problem with this product is the smell – it is way too strong for me and gives me a headache. The Body Shop is also on the BDS list.
Maybelline Color Elixirs in Captivating Carnation #080 and Caramel Infused #065
I don’t know what the hype is all about for these lipglosses. I do think that the formula is great – it isn’t sticky and feels cushion-y on the lips. However, I just can’t get past the crayon-like smell. I accidentally ate some of the lipgloss (I know, ew) and it tasted like it smelled. The thing I dislike most about this product is the color – it was too pink for my lips. I am keeping another color from the same line (#665 Caramel Infused, a great nude pink for my lips) and will just have to be more careful about not eating it. Definitely a donate as I hope someone else might get use out of this.
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Certainly Red #740
Nothing wrong with this product but Revlon is on the BDS list.
Revlon Photoready Primer
Revlon lip crayons in Nude and Crush
I had these for 2 years now and I stopped using them so it’s time to donate. see above re: BDS list.
L’oreal Lineur Intense
I didn’t like this eye liner because I was used to using a pencil-shaped liquid eye liner for so long. The formula is too watery for my taste and it takes a while to set. No surprise – L’Oreal is also on the BDS list.
Nivea lip balm with SPF 20
I liked this lip balm but I had bought a Jack Black lipbalm with SPF 25 to replace this one when I thought I had misplaced it. Since I don’t need two lipbalms with SPF, I decided to donate this one.
Breakdown from top to bottom:
Maybelline is on the BDS list and so these items are going out.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze
I am very sad to be throwing this out because I love this product but the brand is on the BDS list.
Maybelline Colorshow Crayon Kohl
I did not like the formulation of this eyeliner. It rubbed off my eyes after a short time and didn’t last the whole day.
NYC Lipliner in Naughty Nude
I bought this lip liner ($3) on a whim and regret it. I was looking for a universal lip liner and this is not it. My lips had a strange reaction to this product and became extra dry and flaky when I used this product. I hope someone else will get good use out of this product and won’t suffer the same reaction to it as I did.
Do you donate/purge beauty products you no longer like or use? Are you conscious of the choices you make as a beauty consumer?
P.S. I AM VERY HAPPY TO NOW DECLARE MY MAKEUP STASH BDS-APPROVED! blog post on replenishing my makeup stash coming soon xx