March Empties & Makeup Declutter | 2018

March Empties 2018It’s officially April which means it’s time for me to recycle all my skincare & makeup empties. This month I’m combining my March Empties with a makeup declutter. I’ll be honest, I don’t enjoy reading makeup declutter posts. I find that they often feature hundreds of dollars of makeup that have gone to waste and I’m like, why!? At the same time it’s important to not use makeup way past it’s expiry date and if there’s something I haven’t reached for in two years it’s probably time to let go.

I also posted my March Empties video on Youtube which I’ve embedded at the bottom of this post! I go into more detail about each product in the video. Also let me know if you have a youtube channel, I just started mine and I’d love to support you too <3

March Nail Care Empties

Nail Care Empties

Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat
This base coat wasn’t anything amazing, but it helped prevent nail staining from red polish. My manis lasted maybe a day longer with this polish but it wasn’t anything special. Repurchase? No.

Julep nail Polish in Cally
This was one of my first Julep Polishes at the end of 2015. It’s a pretty colour but I have a lot of issues with the Julep polish formula thickening after only a few uses (I rant about this in my YT video). Repurchase? No.

Julep Voila! Nail Polish Thinner
This stuff really does work miracles for the Julep formula. I reviewed it Here. My issue is that I shouldn’t need a nail polish thinner to make my polish last longer than a month. I will be repurchasing enough of this to make the rest of my polish last but I won’t be buying any more polish.

March Skincare Empties

Skincare Empties

South Mane Eye Gel Packs
These eye gels came in my March Boxycharm. They were so hydrating, I loved using them. Repurchase? Not these exact ones because I don’t want to pay shipping, but I’ll see what I can find that’s similar locally.

Fresh Soy Cleanser
I can’t even communicate how sad I am that this bottle is empty. This cleanser works wonders for my skin but it’s unfortunately very expensive and also not cruelty free. I repurchase from time to time but for now I’m using an Aveeno Soy Complex cleanser while I save up enough money to splurge again. Repurchase? Yes, soon.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum
I have extremely dry skin so I did actually notice a difference in hydration levels with this serum. It smells nice, absorbs easily and didn’t feel greasy. Repurchase? YES.

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream
This and the Caudalie serum came in the March LookFantastic Box. I enjoyed using this cream but it’s crazy expensive. The full size is over $100CAD. Repurchase? Not for that price.

L’Occitane Rose Hand Cream
This came in the Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar from 2017. I love L’Occitane hand creams, I’ll most likely repurchase once I’m done the others from the calendar.

Ole Henricksen Invigorating Night Transformation Gel
This night serum was not my jam. It smells like vinegar and did nothing for my skin. Repurchase? No.

Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream
For $102CAD this eye cream should be amazing but t’s just mediocre. It didn’t do anything wonderful for my skin aside from provide a small amount of hydration. This and the Ole Henricksen came from the Sephora Favourites Beauty Sleep Set. Repurchase? No.

The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Body Wash
This body wash smelled nice. I discovered TBS’s shower creams last year which are amazing for dry skin so I’ll probably purchase that over this one the next time I need a body wash.

March Makeup Empties

Makeup Empties

ColourPop Brow Boss Pencil
No no no!!! I was so sad that I finished this pencil, I really liked it! You can read all about it in my brow boss review. for $5 it’s such a great deal and I felt like I could actually make my brows look acceptable for once with this pencil. Repurchase? DEFINITELY.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
It seems that you either love or hate this mascara. I know many bloggers who swear by it but for me I found it flaked dreadfully. I gave it a good couple months, now it’s time for me to move on. Repurchase? No.

March Makeup Declutter

Makeup Declutter

Silicone Makeup Sponge
I had to try one of these silicone sponges out when they were all the rage, but it wasn’t for me. First of all, how can I even call these sponges!? They’re applicators, not sponges. They don’t absorb any product so I can’t sheer out my coverage the way I like and they just don’t blend my foundation properly. There are people who love these applicators and all the power to them, but they aren’t for me.  Repurchase? NOOOO.

BH Cosmetics Lipstick in Beauty Bite
I bought this lipstick a month or two before starting my blog. It’s a pretty red shade but I now prefer liquid lipsticks to bullet lipsticks when wearing red shades. They tend to transfer so I prefer knowing that it won’t get on my teeth with a liquid formula that dries down. This lipstick has sadly sat at the bottom of my lipstick bag for the last year and a half and I think it’s time to let it go.

Lime Crime Metallic Liquid Velvetines Lipstick in Lana
This lipstick is a burnished bronze metallic shade. I redeemed it with Ipsy points back when subscribers could actually afford decent products with their points. Unfortunately I just don’t wear this shade. It’s very unique (I reviewed it here) but in my daily life I wearing a metallic brown/bronze lipstick doesn’t fit. I wish that blogging or YouTube could be my real life job, but it’s not and wearing this shade to work would get me a lot of weird looks!

What’s in your March Empties or Declutter pile?

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  1. April 9, 2018 / 12:00 am

    That’s a very good amount of empties for one month. I’m always so impressed when people finish up many products because I can barely do that lol

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 9, 2018 / 11:46 am

      It’s really products that I’ve been using for a long time or that were tiny samples, that’s the only reason I had so many πŸ˜„

  2. April 8, 2018 / 6:26 am

    You can always revive nail polishes with a drop or two or nail polish thinner. You can buy a bottle of nail polish thinner for really cheap (less than $5) and a bottle lasts years.
    I’m one those who don’t like the TF BTS mascaras too – such a dry flaky formula!
    I’ve honestly never met a person who LIKES those silicone foundation sponges! πŸ˜† I never got suckered into buying one of those… I see them at Winners a lot too.

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 9, 2018 / 10:54 am

      I’ve never seen nail polish thinner at the drugstore, I guess I have to look harder! $5 is way better than buying the julep one.
      I haven’t either! I don’t understand the hype at all, It’s like rubbing plastic all over your face πŸ˜†

  3. beautybyraji
    April 5, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    i would agree that the better than sex mascara flakes like mad!

  4. April 5, 2018 / 3:24 am

    I need to try this brow pencil by Colourpop, sounds amazing! I’m always on the hunt for good brow products x

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 6, 2018 / 11:33 am

      I highly recommend it! It’s only $5 so it’s not a huge investment πŸ™‚

  5. Makeup by Erin
    April 4, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve only used the eye gels once, but I really like the way they made my under eyes feel!

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 4, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      They’re so hydrating! I definitely need to pick up something similar asap!

      • Makeup by Erin
        April 6, 2018 / 12:03 am

        Me too!

  6. April 4, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    I can’t wait to try those eye gels! I just got my first Boxycharm today!

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 4, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      I hope you love them! They’re so relaxing to use when watching TV or reading a book 😊

  7. April 4, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    YES, the Better Than Sex is the absolute WORST for flaking! It seems to work great for a lot of people – not counting big YouTubers, my coworker who isn’t into makeup swears by it.

    The upcoming Sephora sale might be a good chance for you to get another tube of the Soy Face Cleanser?

    Haha, I think even if YouTube or blogging was your full time job, you’d find it difficult to find a time to wear “unique” shades of lipsticks – you’re likely going to work from home where no one will see what lipstick you’re wearing!

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 4, 2018 / 3:44 pm

      It’s so strange that it flakes for some people and not for others. I don’t want to say it’s bad because clearly it works for some people!

      I have a huuge cart full of products for the upcoming sale πŸ˜„ I might pick up another travel size!
      That’s true, only my cats and my husband would see my crazy lipsticks! πŸ˜†

  8. April 4, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Like I said on your youtube video, definitely try the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. It comes out like a lotion, but definitely cleans and does not strip your skin at all! Also, it’s funny, that Fresh Soy Cleanser has never worked for me lol. I always broke out after using it, and I found it kind of drying! But maybe soy just doesn’t work for my skin (although I eat it a lot). Also, I love that Vanilla Chai scent! I got one of the mini body butters when they were available πŸ™‚

    • AlwaysCleia
      April 9, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      I’ve had like 5 people post about the cleanser or recommend it to me since you mentioned it to me on the video, I have to try it now!
      It’s so funny how products can work so well for some people and not at all for others! It’s my HG but it’s way too expensive to buy all the time lol
      I hope they bring vanilla chai back this winter, I saw that they had a candle of it!

      • April 9, 2018 / 11:41 pm

        Haha you definitely do! They did have a candle! But it was waaaay too expensive lol

        • AlwaysCleia
          April 10, 2018 / 1:15 am

          Oh right. That was why I didn’t buy it I remember now πŸ˜‚

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