Products I’m Trying to Use Up : Summer 2017

I always like setting myself the challenge of looking over my collection seasonally and finding the products which are either reaching the point where they need to be used up because of expiration or I don’t really love them very much and want them out of my collection. This has always worked really well for me in the past and by publicly committing to use up some of the shit, often sees them whizzed through and in my empties in no time at all. I’ve now used used up everything I committed to saying goodbye to in Spring, so it’s time for the summer refresh.

I actually have quite a chunk of stuff for this season’s clearout – I’m  trying to declutter as best as I can. I’ve upped the anti on my beauty storage and whilst re-organising it helped me evaluate what I really, really don’t need any more of. It’s quite a makeup heavy one this time – I’m starting afresh with a lot of skincare at the moment and looking over my collection there’s not a lot I’m trying to use up that will take a lot of effort.


The Body Shop Harvest Peach Body Spray
I bought this as I love the Harvest Peach shower gel from The Body Shop, it’s only recently been pulled out of my cupboard into rotation. Whilst I do like this it doesn’t have the best longevity, so I only really use this when I’m out for a short while, or more often layered with something else that does last.

The Body Shop White Musk Libertine Perfume
Another fragrance from Body Shop, and one of the ones I like layered with the harvest peach spray. I love this perfume, so much so I have another 50ml bottle and a 100ml bottle in my cupboard waiting to go, so this is the one I’m using daily at the moment as I definitely don’t need three of the same hanging around.

HD Brows Pressed Powder Palette
I’ve already made good progress on this when I ran out of all other pressed powders, the top row of this palette are all basically the same translucent colour, whilst the bottom are all way too dark. You may think I could use these as a contouring or bronzing shades but they blend so terribly that they don’t work as that either. The top row I’m using as setting powders until they’re gone, but I don’t really love them as they aren’t brilliant at oil control either. All round a bit of a flop of a palette, it’s taking up too much space so I’m going to be happy to bin it as soon as I can.

John Freida Frizz Ease Serum
At the moment I’m more often than not heading upstairs to bed with damp hair, so I’ve put this by my bedside table for the past few weeks to try and use this up and have already been making good progress. I do actually like this but I have so many hair oils in my drawer I’ve picked the easiest to get rid of first. I either choose a serum or an oil, and generally prefer oils so I’ll get rid of the serums.

Tony and Guy Smoothing Serum
Another Serum…  yep another serum. I keep this one for when I’ve curled my hair and running my fingers through my hair to keep things smoothed out. Due to the fact that this isn’t clear I can’t tell how much is left in it, but I got it in a beauty box a good two or three years ago and have always used it on and off, so I’m guessing this might be an easy one to get rid of.

MAC Brave
The last little nub of my first MAC lipstick needs to get it’s booty out the door. I will 100% repurchase this (and I plan to do so before I rebuy so I can compare them as my version of Brave looks nothing like what is available now). But after about 7 years, it should definitely go – I’ve been using it sporadically for about 2 years as I know when I rebuy I’m not going to get the same lipstick again, so have been holding onto it for nostalgia’s sake.

Witch 2 in 1 Primer & Serum
I did a base to full face week back in Spring and this was the first item which featured on the list. I don’t hate this, but as summer has rolled around it’s revealed itself as being a terrible performer in the warm. I tend to use this for either really short periods of time if I’m not intending on wearing makeup for a long period, or actually as a skincare item. I’m not sure how well it performs as a clearing product or as a primer to be honest, but it’s nearly gone and I will use this up.

Urban Decay Primer Potion
I’ve had this longer than what I should, and actually found something much cheaper that performs as well as this from MUA. I’ve been working on Primer Potion’s demise since then in a bid to get it gone and leave just one in my collection. I don’t anticipate I’ll be done with this, this season – maybe by the end of year if I’m lucky. I’d estimate I have around 25% left, but that 25% will take ages to use up!

 The Balm MaryLou Manizer
Since Christmas I’ve had this in my head to be one to concentrate on using up, and have put a self inflicted ban on myself on buying more highlighters until this has gone. I like this highlighter, but there’s so many out there I want to try (Becca, Hourglass, Too Faced, Cover FX to name but a few). This soft golden highlight I’ve made relatively good progress on, with about a quarter of the pan now peeking through.

So that’s it for summer’s use up project, I think this will be quite a challenging one with some items that are going to be time consuming ones! Let me know if there’s any of these which you have tried and whether you liked or disliked them.

What are you trying to use up at the moment?


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43 thoughts on “Products I’m Trying to Use Up : Summer 2017

  1. I have loads of things like this, which sit in the drawer for years, before eventually being binned after only a couple of uses. Such a great idea to set yourself a goal of using them all up to make way for new products 😊 xx

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    1. I was exactly the same, I started doing this last year trying to clear out those middle of the road products you might not hate but you don’t love them enough to use them everyday either. That’s what ends up as the clutter in my house! Publicly committing to getting them used up seems to help my motivation! xx

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  2. Loved this post! I find that if I set my mind to it and focus on only using a certain product in each category I use them up quicker! I managed to use up an entire Benefit box Blush and an Urban Decay Bronzer that had been sitting in my collection forever for my last empties, just by sticking to those two products for a while! Good Luck with your Summer goals of using these up! xx

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  3. This is such a good idea for a post! It’s so annoying having bottles etc that are lying about with a small amount of product in.. takes up so much space haha. I’m definitely a hoarder, find it hard to say goodbye to stuff I’ve had for a long time – like that MAC lipstick! x

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  4. I love Body shop products and pretty ethical as well. Also that witch daily cleanser looks really nice, I’ve been looking for a new cleanser and think I am going to give that a try

    Laura x

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  5. Some of those products take a while to use up. I’ve had a UD Primer Potion I’ve been trying to finish for ages. I should probably go through my drawers and choose some bits to target and use up, I have so many hair things especially from years ago that have been sat there unloved but I haven’t thrown them away.

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    1. Hair things are the worst, they’re the biggest out of everything and take up the most room, luckily I’ve cleared most of the bits in previous ones now and my hair drawer is much less cluttered now – just lots of small bottles to use up!
      Primer potion is the worst for using up, it should come in half size tubes!


      1. Exactly. It always hurts when I use up products I like🙈 But I have some bang average highlighters I cannot use up. Driving me mad! I hate throwing things unless it’s a complete dud x


      2. Yes that’s the case with the Mary Loumanizer, I like it but I like other things more – it barely got used last year despite the fact I don’t hate it! Powders are the worst, blushes also horrible to try and use up!
        Same I hate throwing anything away, even shit stuff because I’m like ‘I will get my monies worth out of this’ even if I despise using it!

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  6. You are going in hard on that Mary Luminser! It is a so gorgeous. I love the body sprays from TBS too, I always opt for the Shea one but you’re right – they never last very long!


      1. Yes!!! And the worst thing is when I think I’ve lost an eyeliner, then go and repurchase only to find it a day later, after I’ve opened the packaging. Its so aggravating

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