Used up so far... Part V

Last one of these for the time being - I promise!

I've been working through more stuff this week and have significantly freed up my little skincare shelf (my lipstick/lipgloss count is still ridiculous but hey, one step at a time!)

I am not going to go in too much detail about these like I have in previous posts since I've talked about most of the items either in a video or a previous blurb on a blog post. But here's what I finished this week and a quick little recap:

1. Valentino "V" Eau de Parfum

This was one of those "on a whim" purchases one day because I remembered one of my friends using it and it smelling amazing on her so I had to try it out for myself.
Well, it did not smell nearly as lovely on me and while I did enjoy it and use it, it did make it into the "Perfumes to wear to work" category on my little perfume shelf. That section on my shelf is sadly for the rejects of my perfume collection. It's a bit too sweet for me, I'd say. It's sweet and mature. Since I'm useless at describing notes, here's a little quote from an online retailer:

"This phenomenal scent includes the mixture of mandarin grapefruit, freesia, fig, bulgarian rose, lei, ambergris, and woods."

You can definitely smell those Bulgarian roses... it has quite a distinct rose undertone.

2. L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

I really hated this mascara at first, was extremely watery and flaky, but after about a month it became more bearable after it dried a bit (don't you hate when that happens? I don't like to wait a month for my mascaras to work nicely!). For me it worked more as a lengthening mascara than a volume-boosting mascara, to be honest. It has a plastic brush, which I am not a fan of. I prefer the classic softer brushes with bristles on my mascara wands.
Ultimately, this worked nicely for adding length but since I have other mascaras that I favour, I will not repurchase this one.
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black is still better, and Makeup Forever Smoky Lash is still my all-time favourite. I'd rather repurchase either of those instead :)

3. MAC "She Loves Candy" Lipglass

Won't say too much about this since it's limited edition. It was part of the Hello Kitty collection that MAC came up with in 2008. Nothing really special... just a pretty shimmery light link lipgloss. Quite sheer, but gave a nice frosty effect on the lips! I'm just happy I used up a lipgloss, to be honest.

4. Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation (Shade 40, Intensity 2.0)

This lasted me quite a long time, just over a year... mind you it only matched my skin with a tan. The coverage was amazing, the finish was nice. The only problem is that with skin as mine (mostly oily), it gets greasy-looking quite quickly and starts feeling very heavy. Also I would not recommend this if you have any deep acne scarring since it settles into the grooves of the skin and accentuates uneven skin texture.
This definitely worked better for me when I mixed it with lighter, more matte foundations (like YSL Teint Resist or Dior Nude).
On the rare occasions when my skin felt rather "normal" and didn't have any oily or dry spells, Pro Lumiere delivered by itself. When sheered out with a flat foundation brush it looked really good all day long.

If you have normal skin and need a good medium coverage foundation, definitely give Pro Lumiere a try! It just didn't always work for me... we had a love/hate relationship.

5. MAC Cleanse-Off Makeup Oil

This is one of my favourite makeup removers! Been using it for almost a year now. If you wear a lot of mascara, waterproof eyeliner and very long-lasting foundation, this is sure to melt it all off and get your face nice and clean for your night-time cleansing.
A pump of this massaged on the skin dissolves all the make-up, then as you rinse with water it turns into a white milky liquid and everything washes off. Doesn't strip the skin of any moisture and has a nice faint citrus smell. It didn't break me out but all our skins are different, so you'd have to experience it for yourself :)

That's it for me this week!
Since I've ran out of so many essentials, I did purchase a few new things this week... a video wil be coming up soon!

Have a wonderful weekend and keep me posted on what you've been loving and using lately.


- Sandra