My favorite part of the day is washing off my makeup. Or maybe it's putting on my makeup. Or maybe it's swatching lipstick from the beauty closet at work at 3 p.m. because my back is starting to hurt from sitting at my desk all day. Regardless, I try a ton of product. You would think that means every micellar water I finish or eyeliner that dries out before its prime would run together after awhile, but I have some trouble letting go. Whenever it's time to toss something, I put it in a black canvas bag at the back of my closet for further evaluation at a later date. I'm afraid to trow a product away without fully cataloging how I feel about it. Some may consider it "hoarding" or "refusing to move on from the past by clinging to old makeup removers," but I think of it as important research for my skin care and cosmetics endeavors. However, at this point I have about six months worth of empty containers just begging to be recycled. Something has got to give, hence this new exercise in reviewing products. I'm calling it "Beauty Garbage" because, well, that's literally what it is.
1. Skyn Iceland Blemish Dots: The highest praise that I can give is this: even my fiancé loves these despite his non-existent skin care routine. They are clear plastic dots with salicylic acid that you can wear overnight on your blemishes (or during the day if you don't mind an unnatural shiny finish on your face — you do you). I find that they work best if you have one giant pimple you are trying to get rid of — the nasty and painful ones that always pop up the day before some big, important event. If pimples smell fear, these dots help you mask the scent.
2. You Are Amazing Smooth It Out Exfoliating Body Wash & Scrub in Coconut Water: A very average, very nice-smelling scrub. It didn't change my life, cure my impostor syndrome, or fix my relationship with my father, but it did give me moderately smoother skin every time I used it, which is all you can really expect for $3.99.
3. Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: This is a solid micellar water, but it did sting my eyes, which wasn't ideal since I kept trying to use it to remove eye makeup. If I got my hands on another bottle, I would try it as a morning cleanser instead.
4. Beautycounter Cleansing Balm: On the other hand, this cleansing balm is an incredible makeup remover. The strong scent was the only downside for me, because I essentially treat my evening skin care routine like an aromatherapy session in that I spend just as long smelling my products as I do actually using them on my face. But in terms of ridding my skin of the day's makeup/general wear-and-tear it was a winner.
5. Unwash Anti-Residue Cleanse: If you have curly hair that acts out like a 15-year-old girl whose mom won't let her go to a party, try this. It makes your roots feel clean but not TOO clean. A great shampoo alternative.
6. m-61 Power Glow Peel: My skin is turning red at the mere memory of these peel pads. That said, they have tons of amazing ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acids and chamomile, so if your skin is less sensitive than mine you might love them.
7. e.l.f Makeup Mist & Set: I suspect that setting spray is a scam, but I will always pay $3 to be able to gently mist my face with something that smells this soothing. I'm impressed the sleek packaging considering how cheap this is, and the fact that it is infused with Vitamins A, C, & E, aloe, and cucumber makes me feel slightly less like I was conned into buying glorified water.
8. Olay Bright-On-Schedule Eye Awakening Cream: This is cheap and feels nice and soothing on tired "early in the morning" or "post-crying about the state of our world for three hours" eyes. What more do you need in a daytime eye cream?
9. Benefit Roller Lash: I'm not overly picky about mascara because I have naturally long lashes and it seems like no matter which one I use it ends up slightly smeared under my eyes by EOD. But roller lash has a unique curved wand that I assumed was gimmicky at first yet actually works. It curls my upper lashes like nothing else (well, I guess a lash curler would probably work better but they look like torture devices so no thanks) and I'm a sucker for the '50s-esque packaging.
10. Aveeno Positively Radient Daily Moisturizer (SPF 30): I love this moisturizer like you can only love something/someone that knew you when you were 16 — because I have actually used it since I was 16. This is one of those products that my mom gave me when she was trying to convince me to apply SPF to my face every day and I just never stopped using it. Part of that is habit, I'm sure, and now that I work in beauty I do occasionally take a break from it to try other sunscreens and moisturizers and sunscreen moisturizers. But this is still my favorite. I love it for it's unoffensive scent, it's ability to moisturize while blending into my skin quickly, and it's sun-combating capabilities.
I still have a bag full of empty bottles, boxes, and tubes next to me, but in the interest of keeping you coming back for more, I'll leave it at that.