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Project Use-it-Up

Like many people, I had (ahem, sort of still have) a large stash of make-up and toiletries. I’ve been a little addicted to make-up since my teens, when my mum was an Avon lady, and I followed her into the business.

I decided a couple of years ago to use up everything I had in stock and only buy essential products that I need, and I stuck to it. These empties are part of my contribution to #projectuseitup – there were others, but I forgot to keep the empty containers (to be honest, I was so sick of seeing this lot lying in a box, waiting for me to do a blog post, that I almost threw these in the recycling as well!).

Part of the reason for my buying-ban was because I ‘treated’ myself to an M&S beauty box, and I admit I only bought it because I saw loads of people on Insta getting theirs and they looked nice – and I really annoyed myself doing this! Why? Because I’ve been successfully decluttering in every other area of my life, even sentimental items, without too much difficulty, and this felt like a setback.

In all honesty, there isn’t much in this photo that I’d buy again, as nothing really impressed me that much.

There are 3 products I love, but I’m trying to use only clean products since I became an Ambassador with Tropic Skincare, and sadly those 3 items don’t fit the bill. Check out the Think Dirty app @thinkdirty if you want to see how clean/dirty your products are – it can be quite an eye-opener.

Estee Lauder Double Wear has been my favourite foundation for a few years now – it scores 6 on the ‘dirty meter’, which is the top end of the half clean/half dirty section. I have always really liked it but once my current bottle is finished I’ll find an alternative. (Also Estee Lauder is not a cruelty-free brand, which bothers me.)

Balmain Argan Moisturising Elexir – I got this from my hairdresser a while back – oh my goodness, my fine hair adores this, but I can’t even pronounce most of the ingredients, so I don’t think I’ll be buying it again.

Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil, Oil – again, I love this for my fine hair; it doesn’t weigh it down, nor does it feel greasy or heavy, just a fab product.  Sadly it’s also full of many unpronounceable nasties, so again, I’m not sure I’d buy it in the future (this was in my M&S box).

Things I really didn’t like or that didn’t work for me: that very cheap Lacura moisturiser! I have seen so many people raving about this product but for me, the fragrance was so overpowering it made me feel sick, and it felt horrible on my skin! Aussie Miracle dry shampoo – left my hair feeling sticky and looking dull. Lip Plump (can’t remember the make) – didn’t do what it said on the tin.

Other things I loved: Natural Elements facial oil and their facial cream – combined, these two products make a lovely moisturising treat for your skin, plus they’re completely clean and cruelty free. I liked the Aromatherapy Associates Anti-Ageing Intensive Skin Treatment oil, too, but it’s very expensive compared to similar Tropic products. It also contains ‘parfum’ which is listed in their ingredients with a double asterisk, but despite searching the site (and Google), I’ve been unable to identify whether this is synthetic or not. Perhaps someone could advise on this?

I still have quite a few things to use up, but it’s looking a lot better, and I’m really looking forward to having a completely streamlined, more minimalist, make-up and toiletry collection.

Gill x