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Those KVD blushes have been pulled from Sephora.com so I am hoping they are being reformulated. How no one checked the quality before they were shipped is beyond me!

Now onto the question, probably my Tarte blushes. I know people love them and while they are okay, there are many brands of blushes that I like much better.

L’Oreal blush – I love the color but it contains dimethicone, and I’m trying to cut down on face products with silicones.

Naked 2 Basics – I haven’t used it as much as I expected to and the UD formula is a dud on my oily lids.

A have a bunch of “natural” lip balms from the last time my friend (manager at a health food store) dug through the freebies bin. Those balms are universally weird and bad.

I could also do without about half of the lipsticks in my “work purse.” A handful of boring Cover Girl lipsticks that I’m trying to use up.

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‘universally weird and bad’ LOL – well put. I have a few that I picked up over the years and they make my lips feel cakey and I end up tasting them for hours.

Our favorite oils are already liquid or melt down too easily so they can’t be used too prominently in a solid balm stick. I’d actually be interested in a natural version of the tinted lip oils that high-end brands (YSL I think?) are starting to launch. A little doe-foot tube of tinted argan and coconut oil would be fun!

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Oh, trust me, it’s more than 3! But because I’m a hoarder, I do not know where to begin, but I’ll try. Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer Coral, some really old WnW eyeshadow palette from before Color Icon 6 pan palettes, and a few L’Oreal lipsticks from around 6 years ago? And….probably that ancient bottle of VS Rapture Perfume that my ex gave my as an “apology gift”, but I think the bottle is really cool looking.

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That’s pretty easy at the moment because I have some things that are about to be used up, anyway! Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation (two shades that don’t work alone and only somewhat work when I mix them), an Urban Decay Perversion mascara that’s almost done, and a YSL lipgloss that’s almost empty.

I would get rid of the same exact items! I bought two KVD blush duos and they suck! I wish I had my receipt I would have returned them. 😪

If you still have them, Sephora will exchange for store credit. Also, from what I’ve heard, the blushes are being reformulated, so you might want to hang on to them and switch them when the time comes.

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Ack that’s tough. I’d do more passing on than discarding, as nothing of mine is expiring at the moment, and I can’t do the throwing away of things I can give to a friend/family member thing.

The Body Shop Tea Tree BB Cream, as I got it when the Dr. Jart one was sold out, and while it’s good, I’ve since gotten the Dr. Jart one which I like better. My sister could use it in the winter months when she’s more my shade.

I’d toss my older beauty blender as I think it’s time for that one to go.

I’d pass on my ColourPop LippieStix in Choker to my sister as well as it kind of washes me out, and that was the one out of the set that was going to be a “pass” for me anyways but I’m still compiling her care package so haven’t gone through my stash yet.

Anne, thanks for the rec on The Body Shop Aloe Restoring Protective Mask! The Aloe value kits were always sold out at Ulta, but I finally snagged one @ 20% off that included the day cream, night cream, and restoring mask. They’ve become my new faves 🙂 I use retinols and lactic/glycolic acid treatments, and those creams are so soothing and hydrating. The day cream will be nice for summer, but the night cream and mask are perfect for now. Especially love that mask – I didn’t realize you could leave it on as a night cream. I left it on overnight, and it left my skin very smooth and hydrated in the morning 🙂

I am going to check out that aloe mask. I use retin A. I am curious, Katherine T., what lactic/glycolic products do you like? I am almost done with my glycolic acid and would like to try a different brand for comparison.

I’m 46 yo, been using these Peter Thomas Roth products for almost 3 yrs and love them, have re-purchased many times. Sephora or QVC usually has value kits. I find that a combo of products work better than just one, so I use these weekly, in rotation with Paula’s Choice retinols and hydrating creams, including the aloe ones
*PTR 10% Glycolic Acid Hydrating Gel -it’s not hydrating but you can put a moisturizer on top and leave on overnight. I spot apply on the more oily areas – cheeks, chin, nose. Clears out clogged pores, tightens them up, gets rid of dead skin
*PTR Firmx Peeling Gel -rub in, and all this dead skin rolls off instantly, a fave pick me up
*PTR 40% Triple Acid Peel – pricey at $80 but I stock up during Sephora sale. There’s 12 tubes, but there’s so much, I can get 3 uses from each tube, so 36 peels. Got this tip from readers–after using 1/3 of the tube, stick a toothpick through the tube to shut out air, wrap tape around it, store upright for next use. The instructions say to wash off after 2 minutes, but I always leave mine on for 10-15 minutes, no problems. After using this, I notice my foundation glides on much smoother the next morning.

Oh yes, PTR has some nice masks, like his cucumber and rose one. And I still have his pumpkin scrub that came in a tube, smells great. I’m curious if you’ve tried his gold one yet? It’s so pricey, curious if it really works

Katherine, thank you for your detailed reply. I am 50, so your skincare regimen is not too advanced for me. I had the PTR glycolic acid gel in my Sephora a cart, so I was moving the same direction. May give the Drunk Elephant T. L. C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum a try. The PTR 40% Triple Acid Peels are not currently available: hope they are not discontinuing these!

Noooooo, I hope they aren’t DC’ing the PTR 40% Triple Acid Peel!! It is out of stock both at Sephora and PTR website 🙁 I signed up for notification email, and as soon as it comes back in stock, I’m stockpiling it. Thanks for the tip!

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In reply about the PTR Gold Mask, I got it in one of those mini sets Sephora does (along with the cucumber and irish moor mud ones) and I wasn’t wowed by it. It’s supposed to be firming and tightening and it didn’t really do much at all. The rose one was MUCH better for that, and it’s cheaper. Have you heard anything about/tried the new Blue Algae mask? I’ve been wanting to try it but I usually go for the mini mask sets when I try it out first as I can’t really get a sample of it.

Anne, thanks for the feedback on the gold mask! I figured since you tried so many, you would be a good person to ask. No, I haven’t tried the Blue Algae one yet, but curious. I’ve been watching for free samples, so if I can snag one, I’ll let you know. And please let me know too if you try it. Thanks 🙂

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I’m glad it worked out for you! And the ladies at my local Body Shop were kind enough to impart that knowledge on me. It’s been very helpful for me.

There was some copy right issues that came up. They also weren’t vegan like the rest of the brand. I was told they are going to return though.

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.LORAC Skinny Palette in Navy, MUG eyeshadows (except Bitten and Charmed; they’re OK), and ColourPop Ultra Matte in Trap. All among the worst products I’ve ever used. If I could have returned them, I would have.

No offense to anyone who likes these products, but they just don’t work for me and I hate them.

My Dr. Brandt face products I got with Sephora points. I’m not impressed at all! The Colorpop matte liquid lipstick I got yesterday which still left stains on my mug this morning and wore off unevenly. My chocolate bar palette — the colors have never worked for me.

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1) The Balm Mary Lou-manizer. So hard to control. Goes from zero to disco ball too fast.
2) Kiko Cosmetics Glossy Lipstick in Rose.
3) Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes.

Dior’s Fluid sticks, the texture made it not that easy to wear. And too shiny and artificial.

Guerlain petite robe noir lipstick, don’t like the sent and the taste, it bothers me when I eat and drink. Lipsticks don’t need to have a perfume and a taste ! Feel like eating chemical or perfumed cream. 🙁
(Exception : YSL’s tint-in-oil, sent like tropical fruit, but no taste, light oil texture, the best MLBB product imo, L.O.V.E. them).

NYX eyebrow pencil in Dark brown, it’s too much of a chocolate brown, it’s too warm, and not enough dark. It’s enough natural on me. I need the brown to be more neutral and dark.

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Both of my naked palettes and my liquid benetint. I’ve since owned better quality nude palettes. Also highlighters have come a long way since benefits high beam.

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Yeah I think High Beam is going out with my next declutter. You’re absolutely right about how far highlighters have come in recent years. No point in keeping it with newer and better ones in my stash.

I’m not the original commenter, but if you’re willing to dig through ColourPop’s site, they have a lot of good neutral singles. It all comes down to preference, but I’d rather build a small set of individual shades than a palette where I don’t love all the colors. I would be perfectly happy to only have Girl Crush, Mixed Tape, Hanky Panky, and Acorn for the rest of my life. Perfect cool-toned (on me) neutrals.

If you prefer a palette, IMO Too Faced’s Boudoir Eyes (cool) and Natural Matte (warm) are the best on the market. They’re not hyped up like the scented chocolate and peanut butter ones but they’re worth a look.

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If it’s colour cosmetics, it would be the Cargo “The Essentials” eyeshadow palette and 2 Maybelline Colour Tattoo shadows: Creamy Beige (too dark to be the sort of beige I was hoping for) and Barely Branded (just ugly and way too frosty). If it’s just general beauty products, for sure I’d pitch Freeman Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask and Olay Regenerist Thermal Daily Mini Peel (I looked long and hard for both of these products and was so very disappointed with both of them) and some Annabelle Primer/Corrector that does absolutely nothing.

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• MAC lipstick in STONE
• NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer
• Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation

Good riddance!

A little behind in reading some of these qotd. Amen! on that Nars tinted moisturizer. The hype on that was so crazy and I was just NOT impressed.

Thought I would share that the It Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC cream (I have the luminizing) has some awesome coverage, and is very moisturizing. Everything Nars was hyped to be and more.

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Finally! Someone else who agrees with me regarding NARS!
I’ll have to put the It Cosmetics CC cream on my to-buy list. Thanks for the tip!

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This is hard, because I mostly only keep what I love, but maybe the few liquid lipsticks I own (Too Faced Melted, YSL Glossy Stain, OCC lip tars). Even when I love the color and the formula, they seem fussier than traditional lipsticks to reapply during the day, so I don’t choose to wear them very often.

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I’m laughing at my own reply, because I just bought a Tom Ford patent finish lip polish this week (in Infamy) — but I’ve been thinking of it as a hybrid of stain and gloss, what I’m hoping is that it will last through the day, including lunch, for me without needing any reapplication. Even if I do have to re-apply, it seems like it will be super-easy to do; no long wand that makes me inaccurate, no too-much-brightness from an extra layer of the Melteds on my lips if I don’t remove it all before re-applying.

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Haha, I love this!

1. Lorac 3D Liquid Lustres (Holiday 2014) – They are old, but they are still 99.9% full because they are TERRIBLE. One of the worst products I’ve ever bought.
2. Stila Stay All Day Foundation – do not love the heavy formula, and is also slightly too light and more than slightly to yellow for my skin
3. ColourPop eyeshadows – I tried, but I just can’t get with the cream shadow thing. In fact, take the strobing kit too… I give up! Give me powder, all day every day 🙂

Omg. If we are talking about the same product, I bought one for my 25th birthday because I wanted to really shine. As soon as I put it on, my eyes started to burn. I brought it home , never used it again and finally threw it away

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I am guessing yes – they come in little glass bottles with black droppers. I bought the whole holiday set and was soo excited, but they are truly the worst! I can’t get them to go on evenly no matter how I apply, and then when they dry the fallout is as bad as dry microglitter! I think I have only kept them because they look pretty in the bottle and because I am so angry that I spent (full price) money on them. I guess I am holding hope that I can find a way to make them work at least a little… Boo, Lorac.

I have that exact set too and I loathe them! In fact, I think I’m going to go trash them right now because I get mad everytime I see them lol I would have enjoyed setting my money on fire more than I did trying to work with those “Lusters”

cream shadows don’t make it for me either. i love colourpop in theory, but i can’t use anything but a finger to apply, and blending? forget it! i’ve tried many of my eye brushes, natural and synthetic, but the shadow stays where my finger put it, and i’ve given up. the same with their blushes–they blend out horribly for me. and the gel potted liners irritate my eyes. the low price point idea i love, but i can’t make the products work for me except for a one-and-done shadow that i barely have to blend to fade the edges. i wish it were otherwise.

Haha, I love ColourPop so much I should just marry it already, but yeah, the shadows really don’t blend. They’re only worth it if you’re the type who puts a shade over the whole lid and maybe a brow bone highlight. It’s baby makeup for people like me, who can’t do intense smoky looks and whose oily skin eliminates powder products.

Clinique 2-in-1 perfecting foundation – it’s too dark
MAC studio sculpt powder – the colour payoff is rubbish
Bare minerals 10pm around the clock eyeliner – it smudges and transfers

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I know what you mean! Hard to throw them out, because you never know…(I actually have a 20 year old Lancome lipstick that a friend gave me that I used to death, but I simply cannot toss it?!?)

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