By Sheila Arkee
If there’s one thing about me that you need to know it’s that I’m an epic clutter clearer. Although there are times when I amass stuff and let it pile up, there are few things I find as enjoyable as going through said stuff and giving it away or throwing it out. This is especially so with my makeup collection, which as you can imagine can get out of control really fast. However, there are certain items I’ll never discard, because they’re discontinued, unique, or have a special place in my beauty obsessed life. Here’s a look at the beauty products I will never ever throw away.
The beauty industry runs deep in my veins. Having worked in the beauty industry as a makeup artist and beauty blogger for years and years, you bet I’ve come across some really interesting products. I’ve found if you keep your makeup items in cool, dark locations, they tend to last longer than those typical expiration dates that are thrown around, so unless something is dried out or horribly separated, it’s staying around!
1. Old School MAC Lipsticks in Spanish Fly and Gliss
MAC releases and discontinues products so rapidly it’s easy to see old favorites come and go. Spanish Fly and Gliss are two discontinued colors I’ve loved since early on in my passion for MAC and I can’t seem to say goodbye to them. I’ve had these lipsticks for YEARS and they are in surprisingly good condition.
Spanish Fly is a multi-chrome red with hints of green, making it an utterly fascinating shade. Gliss is a gorgeous shimmery baby pink that was one of my favorites back in the day.
2. My Very First Eyeshadow Brush
Humble beginnings! Considering the size of my brush collection these days, it’s funny to think it all started with a $3 Maybelline eyeshadow brush I bought about 15 years ago and used for everything. I quickly moved on to a brush set from Victoria’s Secret that was actually pretty great, then on to MAC and I never looked back. This brush is broken, dented, but it has an extremely close place in my heart.
3. Two Of The First MAC Eyeshadows
If you could see the incredible pigmentation on these two eyeshadows, you would shake your fist at the corporate powers that diluted the powers of some of the very first products that came out of MAC. Back when MAC was released, it was some pretty amazing stuff. And now? Well, let’s just say these shadows are going to be passed on to my descendents.
While I’m not sure what the first eyeshadow is – Folie? Swiss Chocolate? Something long discontinued? – the second shadow is Print, a color that is still in existence.
4. Kevyn Aucoin Cream Blush in Liquifuchsia
Ok, I’ll admit that this particular product is probably on its last legs. It’s not looking too good, but I am such a fan of Kevyn Aucoin, I can’t let it go.
Before the Internet, there was Kevyn Aucoin and his beauty books. I was a huge fan and devastated by his passing. I picked up a few items from his beauty collection when it was first released and will hold on to this one for sentimental reasons. I used it so often when I first purchased it and it’s so pigmented you can hardly even tell.
5. Bonne Bell Red Raspberry Lip Smacker
While so many have called Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker their perfect rosy lip shade, for me it’s always been Red Raspberry.
I’ve loved this color since I was a freshman in high school. That was eons ago, yo!
6. La Prairie Celllular Luxe Lip Enhancer
Back in the day when I worked in luxury retail and spent too much of my income on my store discount, this was a must have.
It’s such an elegant product in such a hefty container, you wouldn’t be able to get rid of it either. Seriously, this thing weighs a ton, but it’s just so pretty.
7. YSL Highlighter In Jaipur
Another reminder of my luxury retail days, Jaipur is one of the prettiest highlighters I’ve ever used. It’s super smooth, micro-shimmer, and a gorgeous bronzy gold.
The container itself is eleganza. Getting rid of it? Impossible!
And you know I’d put together a Makeup Of The Day in honor of these products I regard so highly! Details on this look to follow shortly!
What are some beauty products you’ll never throw away?