If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your main cabinet (or in my case, drawer) that has beloved, well-researched items used everyday in a calculated skincare routine, and then you have a secondary place for products that didn’t make it into The Popular crowd. Maybe they’re items bought on a whim with trendy packaging, a really convincing rave review, or (most devastatingly) after hours of painstaking research that led you to believe this was the one. But for some reason, didn’t end up making the cut. So there they sit, collecting dust like Wheezy in Toy Story, only to dry out until unusable & then chunked into the trash way too many years later.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then congratulations, you’ve won at life and probably keep your cereal in those special airtight Tupperware things & color code the clothes in your closet too. Anyways, all animosity aside, in an effort to get more organized and Marie Kondo the shit out of my life, I figured it was high time to assess these products & either keep or get rid of them for good. Hopefully, this will encourage you to bravely conquer the depths of that one cabinet, closet, drawer, or room also.
S.W. Basics Makeup Remover
My eyeballs are sensitive little babies that refuse to shut and therefore always get soap in them and burn like the devil.
I had previously been using an industrial size gallon of coconut oil to remove my eye makeup, but wanted something a bit more travel-friendly. I bought this guy to remedy the situation, but found it didn’t work as well as I wanted it too. Granted, it doesn’t burn my eyes, it moisturizes the delicate surrounding skin, and I love that there’s only three ingredients. I do wish it had a pump top, because the screw lid provides a dangerous game of tipping it until juuust the right amount pours out or oh god there goes half the bottle into my hands. I really do like this brand for its simple ingredients and price point, but just wasn’t blown away with the product.
Now that I work at Moon Rivers and use Blossom Oil for everything from removing makeup, to moisturizing my feet/elbows/cuticles/ends of hair/you name it, I really don’t need this anymore. Time to throw out!
Christophe Robin Sea Salt Scrub
This product. Oh how I wish this product had worked wonders like I thought it was going to! I went down a rabbit hole of research on scalp products for hours, trying to choose the right one. After realizing that this brand had nothing to do with Winnie the Pooh, I decided this scalp treatment was what I needed.
My scalp is as high maintenance as Mariah Carey’s rider and can’t decide on any given day if it wants to be dry and itchy or oily with buildup. I heard so many good things about this scrub, but just found that it was kind of difficult to use. My hair is long and to get the salt all up in my scalp required parting my hair into many different sections, and it just took so much time. Reading that back, it actually just sounds like my own laziness got in the way. Either way, it was a pain in the butt.
But it does smell amazing and expensive, which it is for the tiny 2.7 oz. size. As a person who is known to not adhere to the shampoo/conditioner directions of “dime-size amount”, I figured this would last me a few washes at best. Needless to say, maybe if I every get a pixie cut, or amp myself up to taking a 45 minute shower, this would come in handy. I’m not getting rid of it, solely based on those two reasons.
Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack
I bought this sheet mask as a result of Into the Gloss’s “The Top Shelf Made Me Do It” I’m a pretty religious ITG reader, and upon hearing about the “baby-soft skin” results, affordable price, and availability on Amazon Prime, I was sold. If we’re being honest, I’d order just about anything if it’s on Amazon Prime. God, I’m such a millennial.
Besides it being a cold, slimy, dripping wet sheet mask (can you tell I’m not a fan of those?), I sincerely loved the results. After resembling Michael Myers for a solid 20-30 minutes, I emerge as a dewy cherub with balanced, hydrated, and V soft skin. The only reason I don’t use them on the reg is my aforementioned distaste for sheet masks in general. But of course I’m keeping these, and plan to layer up accordingly in my fluffiest robe and Ugg slippers. I may be a wimp, but I ain’t no quitter.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel
This duo was one of those pre-wedding mania purchases that all brides get because they have to look their best for the big day. Facials! Manicures! Arm workouts! Never said I wasn’t a sucker.
I do enjoy the brand Philosophy for their black & white, font-centric packaging, and I enjoyed the gentle results from this at home peel. The two-step system made me feel like quite the professional, and the AHA/BHA acids provided a nice tingle, like things were really happening. My one qualm really is that, although this did some resurfacing and faded spots and wrinkles, it’s nowhere close to the power and results of an actual peel. Also, I haven’t used it in well over a year…so it’s probably expired right? Just to be safe and to resist accidentally burning my face off with expired acids (probably wouldn’t happen, I’m just dramatic), I’d better toss it.
Well, there you have it. Thanks for joining me on this soul-searching (not really) adventure towards a slightly less cluttered life. Hopefully my bravery has given you the boost you need to get out there and dive into your own beauty cabinet/graveyard.