A Year’s Worth of Beauty Trash

An old blog post of mine that gets hits pretty consistently is one I wrote about product empties. So, this is going to be just like that but on steroids. When we first moved to Okinawa, I wasn’t familiar with the strict rules on recycling and waste disposal, so I kept saving my empty cans of dry shampoo because I didn’t know what to do with them. (P.S., it turns out they’re recyclable) Eventually, I had filled up the bottom shelf of my toiletry closet with empty products and thought, “I’ll blog about it!” (Actually, I think I defensively made up that I was blogging about it to deflect my husband’s questions about why I was accumulating a small landfill of cosmetics in our side closet, but…)

This was actually really fun for me to go through and reflect on some of the products I actually made it through. Oftentimes I get so excited about trying new products that I forget about the ones I already have!


Rimmel Stay Matte Powder / I’ve probably gone through 7-10 of these powders over the years, and while I no longer use it (I’m currently in love with Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder), it served me well and kept me matte-r than most powders. I probably won’t repurchase since I’ve found better alternatives, but it’s an affordable and readily available option for oily skin.

it Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation / I used to love this powder foundation (see this post about covering acne), but somewhere along the way my skin decided it no longer wanted to be friends, and thus, I had to break up with it. It’s a great powder for touch ups due to the coverage though, so I still keep a spare in my car.

Benefit Hoola and Dallas / I’ve raved about these powders to y’all in probably 1/3 of all cosmetic blogs I’ve written, but just in case you’ve missed all of those somehow: I love these babies. Hoola is the perfect bronzer for contouring (even for pale princesses!) and Dallas is such a gorgeous bronzey-plum blush. They’re worth the price, imo.beautytrash-5

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer / I HATED THIS. Okay, hate is a strong word. But I really wasn’t impressed for how much hype it gets. First of all, it’s hella expensive. I don’t mind paying a pretty penny for quality high-end products, but $30 for such a teeny wand of concealer is a little over the top for me. The coverage was just meh and it looked cakey under my eyes. I don’t get the hype 🙅🏼 but I will say the color match was on point!

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer / I’ve raved about this concealer in the past as well, but lately it hasn’t been working for me either. I’m wondering if my skin is changing? This concealer has a whipped consistency and a tendency to make my undereye area look crepe-y, and the shade selection is pretty poor.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser / If you’ve been watching YouTube makeup tutorials since back when they weren’t trendy, you know the crazy level of hype this concealer got. It’s good, but for some reason I’m not jumping to repurchase. beautytrash-6

Alba Botanica AcneDote Deep Pore Wash / This cleanser lasted me almost 8 months, so that alone is impressive, but I don’t think it did much for my acne. It’s pretty drying. Won’t repurchase.

Fake Bake Flawless Darker Self Tan Liquid / I’ve made my love for this product abundantly clear on wisconsinwhimsy. It’s a dark, natural tan that smells delish and doesn’t transfer (just do not get wet for 24 hours or else the color guide will make you look super splotchy). Read more about how I tan at home here, but I’m testing a new tanner (only because my beloved Fake Bake can’t be shipped overseas 😭) so expect an update soon.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion + Cleansing Foam / I bought the entire set, but for some reason didn’t finish the third step, which is a treatment lotion. I didn’t get amazing results using these products, and they were pretty drying. Meh. Next.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray / This setting spray sucks. The packaging is super cheap (it’s WnW, I know) and the mist is not fine or even, so it’s basically equivalent to spraying yourself in the face with a Super Soaker. And it won’t even lock your makeup in place. Pass.

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray / I love this stuff! It’s not super mattifying, but it does keep my makeup in place all day. It’s pretty refreshing, too. And cheap! #bonuspoints

Daiso Japan Puff Sponge Detergent / Step aside, overpriced brush and sponge cleansers, this cost me ¥100 and it works amazingly. I didn’t realize how much old foundation was lurking behind in my beauty blender until I started using this. If you’re not in Japan (or California, which I believe has a Daiso, though I’m not sure this product is sold there) you can find it on Amazon.beautytrash-8

Biosilk Silk Therapy Lite / If you’ve ever used the regular Biosilk Silk Therapy, you know that it feels like applying syrup to your hair. You have to use a teeny, tiny amount or risk looking like you just wrestled in a pool of baby oil. The Lite version was definitely lighter and made my hair feel smooth, but it’s still a heavyweight product that doesn’t really offer long-term results.

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel / The mascara wand makes this product a deal breaker for me. Only one part of it actually has bristles on it, and I poked myself in the eye with the plastic applicator pretty much every time I used it. It didn’t push my lashes up or make them look like falsies, so skip this one unless mascara-induced blindness is on your bucket list.

Maybelline The Magnum Barbie / This mascara has built-in fibers to make lashes look longer and thicker. It’s also only available in certain Asian countries, so if you’re in the States you’ll have to admire the cute Barbie packaging from afar. It made my lashes look super fab, but unfortunately the fibers would flake off into my eyes throughout the day and really irritate them.

Maybelline The Falsies / I just really love Maybelline mascaras, apparently. This is a classic drugstore staple for long and full lashes, and I always keep a spare tube in my gym bag for on-the-go glam.

Too Faced Better Than Sex / I swore I would never repurchase this mascara, and then I did. 😂 I got it 40% off during a flash sale on Too Faced’s website, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bought it. I did like it better this time around, but my same complaints of flakiness, smudges and crusty lashes still prevailed. I won’t repurchase (and I swear I really mean it this time!)

The struggle of having nonexistent eyebrows is real.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz / I used Soft Brown for years, but I’ve realized Caramel is actually a better color match for me. I love, love, LOVE this brow pencil and will always come back to it.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil / I think this is a pretty good dupe for the ABH Brow Wiz, and as you can see, I’ve repurchased it a zillion times. I actually think there are more empty tubes lurking in my car somewhere. My only complaint is that I go through them quickly, but other than that it’s a faithful option for people who need precise brow help.

Milani EasyBrow Automatic Pencil / Skip this. The pencil is way too soft so it gives a really harsh payoff that looks a little “Crayola-to-the-face-ish.”

K-Palette 1-Day Tattoo Eyeliner / This eyeliner really does last all day, but the tip isn’t precise enough for a clean cat eye and eyeshadow transfers onto it really easily. It’s also only available in Southeast Asia, but if you are interested in trying it, you might be able to find it on Amazon???

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner / This is the closest I’ve found to a drugstore dupe for Stila Stay All Day liquid liner. It’s precise and very black. I’d definitely buy it again, and I’m actually wondering why I haven’t done so already 🤔

BareMinerals Lasting Line Eyeliner / I like this for the most part, but it does smudge and I also don’t really wear black pencil liner…so I probably won’t repurchase.


L’Oreal Lumi Cushion / So, I have mixed feelings on this. I actually liked it because it made my skin look really fresh and healthy, but there’s also not much product and the cushion sponge it comes with sucks. I applied it with my beauty blender instead because of how terrible the cushion was. It also only has light coverage and definitely doesn’t hold up to the intense (aka 100%) humidity and heat in Okinawa, so it’s not on my list of items to repurchase. It does have a nice shade range though!

Estee Lauder Double Wear / Y’all I drank the Kool Aid and was obsessed with this foundation for a long time. I even wore it on my wedding day. I’ve seen the light though…and I will not be repurchasing. It’s heavy, doesn’t control my oil, and is not pale-skin friendly.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin / I loooooove the Better Skin concealer, but this foundation doesn’t live up to the same hype. The foundation is hard to color match and oxidizes, so if your skin isn’t naturally orange, I don’t recommend it. It also made me a hot, oily mess. Kind of like a McDonald’s fryer.

Revlon ColorStay / I swore by this foundation in college so I did one of those things where you look back on the past and reminisce on things you thought were great but really weren’t. I thought to myself, “Remember when your face looked super cakey and broken out all the time? Let’s relive that.” And I bought this foundation. And then remembered why I stopped using it.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte / I think this foundation is a good, affordable drugstore foundation. It’s not something I reach for often, but I do usually have a tube of it somewhere in my makeup closet. It has medium coverage is surprisingly paraben-free.


So…we need to talk about something. It’s about how lazy I am with my hair. I have never, and I seriously mean never, taken an interest in hairstyling. If I wouldn’t look like a naked mole rat, I’d probably shave it all off my head. (Props to all the people who rock the hairless look, I envy you) As you can imagine, I have a super strict hair routine. It goes something like: brush every 3 days, shampoo, occasionally condition, messy bun, dry shampoo, repeat. 😬 I used Batiste religiously when I lived in the States, but unfortunately it’s not available here (apparently Japanese people aren’t lazy bums like me) and aerosols can’t be shipped overseas. Recently the PX has gotten more dry shampoo options, but over the past year it was super limited.

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder / This stuff was life changing when my hair was red/brown. It actually might be the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used, but unfortunately it’s $30 and I can’t justify that kind of investment into a product that will only last a couple of weeks.

got 2b Rockin It Dry Shampoo / If you like chunks of whatever dry shampoo is made of floating in your hair like extra-large flakes of dandruff, buy this. If not, avoid it like the plague.

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak / This dry shampoo is just okay. It smells non-offensive and works decently, but I’d say it’s only good for the day after washing and not anymore after that. It only helps with minor shine, so definitely skip it if you want to extend your style further than that.

Dove Dry Shampoo / As you can see, I repurchased this a lot, lol. It smells good and actually works decently, although I still wouldn’t really give it more than four stars. It just happened to be the best product available to me. One day I’ll return to my precious Batiste.

That’s all, folks! This isn’t a complete list of products, since I know I slipped up and threw stuff away every now and then, but I hope you enjoyed being nosy and reading all about my trash. What products are you trashing?




Influenster Frosty Vox Box


I was so fortunate to receive my 5th and favorite VoxBox in December, and now that I’ve had enough time to test out most of the products, I figured it was time to share my thoughts! This Vox was actually a surprise to me because I received it before I got the confirmation email from Influenster that I was chosen and that my box had shipped – I may or may not have squealed with happiness when I saw it on my door step! And then I stepped in dog poop. #blessed

I have to say, I thought the assortment of things in this VoxBox were a little random. Not at all in a bad way, just not what I anticipated from a “Frosty” Vox! The contents included:

  1. Rimmel Just Let It Go Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (wow, that is a mouthful)
    • I was genuinely impressed with this product. I got it in my eyes…and nothing! No horrible stinging sensation, no swearing with words that would bring my mother to tears, no redness. It is SO gentle, and it (mostly) removed the eyeliner below with ease. I don’t usually use eye makeup remover, I’m one of those lazy people who uses regular soap or cleanser, but I will probably continue to use this. The bottle is HUGE, and at over 4oz of remover, I will probably be set for the rest of my life. Or maybe the next couple of years. Hopefully my life is longer than that. Now I’m getting superstitious.
  2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (their product development team might want to tone down the names on these products in the future 😁)
    • This is a product that I did not anticipate liking. I haven’t had good experiences with Rimmel eyeliners in the past, and I usually stray from any eye products that have waterproof in the name. I have to say, this eyeliner glides on SO easily. It doesn’t tug on my skin and I don’t have to pull my eyelid to apply it. (Hooray for not having old lady eyes at 25!) For me, the waterproof-ness is actually a downfall because I find that even after using makeup remover and sometimes even following up with my cleanser, there’s still black residue around my eyes. To be fair, though, the eyeliner does not smear at all, especially on the lower lashline, and as previously stated, I like most eyeliners that steer clear of the middle school scene kid look. I will repurchase this!
  3. NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum
    • I will not lie to you. I thought this color was hideous when I first looked at it. I almost considered regifting it as a stocking stuffer because holy wow did I think this shiz was not for me. I was pleasantly proved wrong, because what I thought was going to be frosty and dated, turned out to actually be a very pretty soft plum color. The frost comes off as more of a sheen, so no “do-I-look-like-a-hooker” worries here. I HATE the packaging. It is cheap, and it looks cheap. The lipstick is creamy and smooth, non-drying, and not the most long lasting. I believe these are $2, so I would definitely consider looking at more shades and trying them out!
  4. Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea
    • If you know me, you know that I drink anywhere from 3-5 cups of tea a day. (Mostly because I hate the taste of water 😣) I hate, and I mean despise with every tea-loving fiber in my body, mint teas. So when I saw Celestial Seasonings, I was at first like, “OMG SHUT UP YAY TEA THIS IS THE GREATEST” and then I read the flavor and I was like, “This is probably what it feels like to be disappointed in your child.” There are two tea bags in the sample, and I steeped and drank one mug (using 1 sachet). It is definitely candy cane inspired, but also way more pleasant than I was expecting. I still hate mint tea, so I gave the other sachet to my roommate, but I would imagine if you are a fan of mint teas that you would like this. Shout out to Celestial Seasonings, though, because I love their tea!
  5. Protect & Perfect serum samples from Boots No. 7
    • Real talk, I have not tried these yet.
  6. Strawberry Fruit Vines Bites (literally ate the whole package the day I received the box)
    • I honestly don’t think that I need to explain this one, but…..it’s strawberry flavored licorice bites. They are delicious. You will like them. Probably go buy some. And then feel guilty about eating the whole package. No, I am not speaking from experience. Yes, that last sentence was a lie.
  7. EcoTools Styler + Smoother hair brush
    • I really wanted to love this brush with my heart. I have several EcoTools  makeup brushes and have always been satisfied with the quality of their products. This brush just didn’t do it for me! The best way I can describe this brush is as a round brush cut in half lengthwise. I typically use a paddle brush for my hair, and I found that this one was not nearly as gentle on my scalp as I’m used to. When I attempted to use it while blow-drying my hair, it got stuck. Seriously, every single time. I’m pretty clumsy when it comes to hair so I had my mom try it and she experienced the same thing. I don’t know if it’s the bristles or the backing (which is open with vents in order to make blow-drying faster), but it was not fun times to use this brush on wet/damp hair. It just seems to catch on damp hair and not pull out any tangles. On dry hair, it is just your average brush. The curved backing made this brush look super cool and I had high hopes for being able to style my hair easily, but it just didn’t do it for me. I was pretty disappointed to see that other Influensters received the Sleek + Shine hair brush, which seems suited more for someone like me with a gentle scalp and fine hair.
  8. McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme
    • I haven’t had the time to test out the thyme. See what I did there? I love to cook, but I don’t regularly come across thyme in my recipes! If you have any recipes with thyme in them, please share below and I would love to try them out!

My overall thoughts on this Vox were that I loved trying out (most) of the products, and am so thankful for yet another opportunity to try out some new things! If you are interested in joining and/or learning more about Influenster, feel free to join through my referral link (http://www.influenster.com/r/594505). I would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Disclaimer: I received all of these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.