Nearing the finish line: Makeup empties (the ultimate beauty achievement)

It’s been a dedicated effort, but I finally have some makeup items nearing empty – a whole handful of them! You other beauty fiends know just what I’m talking about, and how hard this is to do when you have SO MANY PRETTIES to use! I’m feeling pretty good about my progress, so I thought I’d share with you some gratuitous near-‘pan’ p0rn in case you need inspiration of your own 🙂


I’ve been using the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation together with the Burberry Fresh Glow Luminizer to freshen up the matte look the Hourglass imparts – the two pair together quite well. I get a LOT of views on the Hourglass foundation post, so I just want to reiterate how great it is! I can skip powder entirely when I use this, and the coverage is medium without looking or feeling too heavy. I do prefer a dewier finish which is the only drawback for me (though I’d still probably still repurchase this, because all other facets are so good), which is where the Fresh Glow comes in. If you’re looking for a foundation for oilier skin with a satin-matte finish, this is 100% for you!  I’ve had the foundation for a long time now (2 years) and it’s near it’s end ~tear~

The MAC blush here (Mineralize in Early Morning) is a bit of a cheat, because I dropped it a couple years ago and most of it was wasted. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful shade so I kept it and used the dregs anyway. I’ll probably let it go soon but I’m just not ready to yet.


I’m STILL working on MAC’s Arena eyeshadow, which I showed you had hit pan last year. I’ve been using it almost every day but it just won’t die! LOL I do still love it, but it’s best for the summer months when my skin is more tanned – I love it as a subtle brow highlight then. Other times of the year it doesn’t get worn as much, but I’m making progress now because I’m SO CLOSE.

The Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Discrete is also a couple years old, and while I liked the neutral shade as it was quite wearable, I’m over it now! Its got maybe 3-4 uses left so I’m gonna make it happen TOOT SWEET. The Buxom lipgloss (here in April), is also on it’s last legs, and I’m not a fan of the frosty sparkly thing at all now, so it’ll be kicked to the curb regardless in the next couple weeks.


This two deluxe samples have had highs and lows in my beauty life. I love the nude tone of the Buxom Lip Stick (this is Sydney) but it’s very matte and looks terrible if  you’re lips aren’t in perfect shape (which mine weren’t for most of the winter).  My lips are doing much better now so I’m chugging through it – I really don’t like ‘mini’s’! The Burberry lippie is in Cameo Pink, and it’s a pretty soft coral shade that’s just a touch too light for my skin tone. If I apply it with a light hand, or pair it with another lip product, it fares pretty well. Got it down to the nub finally!

If you’ve been counting guys, that’s 8 makeup products that’ll be good to go very soon!!  SO EXCITED. I’m really trying to whittle down my stash and make way for new stuff, without feeling overwhelmed by the selection I already have. Which has been a goal of mine for forever, I know. But I keep trying! I’ve gotten major spring fever this year and gave a ton of stuff away to family and friends, mostly PR samples or gift items, as I’m getting a lot better at buying shades and products that I really want and that work. I usually have a huge bag full of items up for swap, but there’s nothing left now 🙂


Do you have any beauty goals right now? On average how often do you finish makeup items?

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  1. #1 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on April 29, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    LOL throw that Arena away girl hahaha! It’s DONE from what I see! I’d have thrown it away a long time ago already! Good for you on trying to finish makeup stuff. I can’t do it. Although, there’s my MAC Prolongwear bronzer that has some great pan on it and for some reason I want to finish it off. Not sure why, but I think it’s because it’s a bronzer and I NEVER finish one of them!

    • #2 by Latoya on May 3, 2014 - 5:55 pm

      That IS pretty amazing, Tracy! I hit pan on a blush once but that was before I had more than like, 3 lol, so it was easier.

      As for Arena…I’m taking it to Florida, and then whatever’s left when I get back – no matter, it’s going in the empties pile 😛

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  2. #3 by Amy on April 29, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Congratulations, Toya! The only makeup products I ever finish are foundation and concealer, and that’s because I wear the same thing every day, and it *still* takes me months and months. I’ve only hit pan on a couple of eyeshadows (browbone highlight shades, and it took me literally years of daily use for even that!), but I have a couple of lippies that are nearing their end. Maybe I’ll try to power through those! You have me inspired!

    • #4 by Latoya on May 5, 2014 - 7:10 am

      Haha good! I hope you get thru them Amy! I’m the same, it’s always brow none shades that actually get finished in terms of shadows. My mom is amazing at finishing that kind of stuff though, which is crazy because she has even more makeup then I do!!

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  3. #5 by LoveLyndaLovely on April 29, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    This is when I wish I was a drag queen that trowelled makeup on. It takes FOREVER and a day to get a makeup empty – concealer and lipgloss are the only things i ever 100% finish. I’m sure I’ve had my eyebrow pencil since Obama was elected.

    • #6 by Latoya on May 5, 2014 - 7:09 am

      Hahahaha love that! But I totally know what you mean, it’s SO HARD. I sometimes with the same thing, that I piled the makeup on just to use it up faster! (Which is crazy talk when you think about it lol)

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  4. #7 by Liz (@Reductionista) on April 29, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    I agree with Tracy – Arena is done, my friend. 🙂 I like to finish things too as you know, but once I scrape more pan than product, it’s time to call it a day unless it’s irreplaceable. Highest of respect to you for a job well done and unmatched perseverance!

    • #8 by Latoya on May 5, 2014 - 7:04 am

      Haha thanks Liz 😉 As I said to Tracy, I think I’ll show Arena the door when I get back from Florida. I just can’t give up yet! I’m nothing if not tenacious LOL

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  5. #9 by Denise on May 12, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    LOL, agreed with Liz and Tracy.

    But serious congrats on finishing all those products! I tend to finish up a mascara and an eyebrow pencil every 1.5 months, and a MAC Studio Fix Powder every 2.5 months, but I use those products every single day. I’ve finished up another All That Glitters, though! 😀 And I’ve hit pan on my Soft & Gentle MSF!!!

    • #10 by Latoya on June 1, 2014 - 1:07 pm

      Congrats, Denise!! And I’m still impressed with your ability to finish things – I use certain products every day and it still takes AGES to finish them, so kudos to you 🙂

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