Trash Talk: Empty + Expired Beauty Items

November 8, 2016

I missed the chance to spring clean this year, so my bathroom drawers were overflowing…just a little. My morning routines often consisted of rummaging around for a product I just could NOT find, which created even more of a mess. I finally set aside some time a couple of weekends ago to sort through all of my makeup and beauty items, resulting in a pile of trash that I wanted to share with you! Some of these are empty products, while others have just been hanging around in the shadows of my drawers for much too long.

I’m not going to talk about some of the items I’ve featured on the blog many, many times before. You guys know how I feel about the Garnier SkinActive All-In-1 Cleansing WaterPhilosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed PowderWet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting SprayCovergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara and the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover (note to self: buy more of this). I’m a big fan of each one of these products and they’re items that I will or already have repurchased over and over again.

Instead I’ll discuss some items you probably haven’t seen on Beauty by Birdy before. I’ll be taking a slight walk down memory lane and I’m thinking some of you beauty junkies will join. The post is a little long, so grab some water and a snack if you’ll be sticking around until the end.

The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter

I love this product! But I’ve just had it for way too long, and you guys know how I feel about expired beauty items. I don’t even think they sell this beautiful highlighter anymore. What a shame! I’ve used it all over my entire face under foundation and concealer and it just gives my skin the most beautiful glow! I know there a ton of illuminating bases on the market these days, so if there’s one you love and think I should try, leave me a comment below!

LOC (Love of Colour) One & Done Shadow Stick in On Point

You’ll notice a few of these empties are products I received in Birchbox, including this gorgeous champagne shadow stick. It is so creamy and makes for an incredible inner corner highlight! I realize it was just a sample size, but I wish it came in twist-up packaging or could be sharpened. I blew through the product so fast and was extremely sad when I couldn’t use it again. And since Birchbox put their Canadian operations on hold, it is tough to get my hands on a full-size without paying a fortune in shipping costs or currency exchange.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cha Cha Cherry

This is the first red lippie I ever bought and it was the perfect introductory colour when I first started playing with makeup. It’s red without being too bright or bold and has a slight pink undertone that suits my fair skin tone. It’s sheer and glossy formula means it is super comfortable to wear but also provides the option to build pigmentation. Unfortunately I’ve just had this for far too long and I’ve come to terms with the fact that we need to part ways.

Wet n Wild ProLine Felt Tip Eyeliner

I was so disappointed in this liquid liner! It was absolutely amazing the first couple of times I used it, but after what seemed like only a week, it dried out. I was hoping it could be an affordable dupe to replace my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – which seems to have nine lives and never run out – but instead my holy grail drugstore liquid liner hunt continues.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss

I’ll admit…YouTube made me buy these! It was around the time when I first found interest in the beauty community and these were all the rage! I have the shades Lilac Pastille (what was I thinking?!) and Coral Reef. They’re a little too sticky for my liking and the product has even started to seep out of the packaging, creating a goopy mess at the bottom of my lipgloss container. Into the trash they go!

Yves Rocher Loose Pearls-Intense Illuminating Effect

This is actually one of the first makeup products I ever purchased! Which is a sign that it’s pretty much a dinosaur now…

It is 100% natural origin so I’m sure it’s fine, I just don’t want to take any risks. I’ve often heard people recommend sharing pigments with a friend and now I understand why! They literally take a decade to finish! I used this shadow nearly every day for a year and it seems I barely made a dent. I do really love the shimmery rose gold colour though!

Maybelline EyeStudio ColourTattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Tough As Taupe

Another cult favourite! While I had no problem hitting pan on the shade Bad To The Bronze, I had a much harder time using Tough As Taupe, barely making a dent. It’s definitely more grey in my opinion and not my favourite colour to wear on the eyes. Now it’s dried up and pretty much useless.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush

I have the shades Peach Satin (a beautiful orange-y, coral shade) and Hot Tamale (a dark pinky-red). Once again, these have just been sitting in my makeup drawer for a little longer than I would like to admit. I did use them a fair bit, but found that they were tough to blend. I’ve recently seen someone use a beautyblender to apply them, so I have contemplated purchasing a new (more muted pink or rosy shade) to test out the technique. I’ll be sure to keep you posted if I do!

Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush

Clearly these blushes were a hit in my book! I managed to hit pan on the shades Berry, Santa Rose and Pink Rose. In fact, I actually went through more than one Berry…

You may not recognize this battered packaging…it’s pretty much ancient now. They’ve since changed it to more of a rectangular shape with metal detailing and the powder itself is imprinted with a Union Jack. I believe Rimmel also introduced a whole new range of colours. They’re a really great drugstore option for anyone looking for a new blush on a budget.

Revlon ColourBurst Lipstick

Five…six…seven years later and I’m still obsessed with this black, cross-hatch packaging! I’m a fan of the coloured lids, which match the lipstick inside. It makes choosing a tube easy when digging around in a makeup drawer. I used the colour Candy Pink, a vibrant, blue-based fuschia a bunch of times until I realized it made me teeth look a little yellow and was not the most flattering. Pink Sugar is a very pale peach toned lipstick with a ton of chunky shimmer in it. I didn’t mind the look of the silver reflects, but the feeling was just way to gritty and unpleasant to wear.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle

Another product that would be quite difficult to get my hands on because of Birchbox’s decision to close Canadian operations. Which is unfortunate because I really enjoyed using this paraben and sulfate-free spray. My hair isn’t the most knotty, so I didn’t really need it for the detangling properties, but I did like that it protected against UV rays and heat from styling tools. It also added shine and made my hair feel smooth and soft, while seeming to tame fly-aways at the same time.

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

This was another Birchbox sample that I wish was just a smidge larger! Luckily it can be found online at, making it a little more accessible. Not only is it a great dry shampoo that absorbs oils and can add a boost of volume without leaving any white cast, it also smells divine! Plus the packaging is friggen adorable! I love the bright colours!

Are you still with me?! Thanks for reading through this – longer than usual – post! Did you happen to recognize any of the ‘old school’ products?


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