So those of you that know me (which is most of you reading this right now!), you’ll know that I have a bit of a thing for Korean cosmetics. Like, a lot. I’ve tried, and I’ve tried to break the hold, but to no avail. I just keep coming back for more. There’s something about the continual search for perfection inherent to the rapidly-growing and constantly-evolving Korean beauty market that just drives me wild.
But… when is too much too much?
This seems to be something I’m constantly struggling with, and I can’t quite seem to find the balance between buying nothing and hauling every goddam product on the market. And honestly, you could buy a lot of products and still none of them would be the same. There’s so much variety and splendour and fragrance and fun in K-beauty products, there really is an unlimited, neverending selection to choose from.
The only problem is, you need to find a way to house all of this stuff — and also to use all of it up. It’s this second part that I have the most trouble with.
For example, I recently realised that my eye makeup remover lasted me four months. Four months. This was a small bottle (and non K-beauty, to my shame), and by the end I couldn’t wait to be done with it. However, this does bode the question: how the heck are you supposed to use everything up?
Now, in case you think I’m getting too serious, please know that I take a great deal of satisfaction from using up a product, which has lead to me recently getting a bit too into watching ‘Empties’ videos. In fact, there is one coming on this very channel this week! Mwahahaha. So the whole point of this long and rambly intro was to update you on the status of my Korean beauty clearout, which I detailed here and which I’ve been trying with all my might to stick to… at least a little bit.
The empties coming up in my video are actually mostly Western products, which pleases me greatly because I have a bit of a dream to have only Korean products in my stash. At the same time, I want to minimise said stash. See my conundrum?
Here are a few products that I am (joyfully) in the process of using up:
- Skinfood’s Gold Caviar Moist Fitting Cake
- Mamonde Perfect Clean Lip & Eye Remover
- The Face Shop’s Arseinte Toner with Essential
- Etude House Dear My Blooming Eyes Palette
- Hanskin’s Bio Origin Radiant CC Cream
- The Face Shop’s Kiss the Color Tint Stick in #1 Draw Pink
- Muji Sensitive Skin Essence
- IOPE Air Cushion XP in #21 Vanilla
I am pretty proud about this status and will hopefully be reporting back with some of these as empties soon! Nothing brings me greater jot. Truly… nothing.
I’ve probably got a little too into using stuff up, and so I’m trying to take the time to appreciate these beautiful products as well. But honestly… is there any greater feeling than the empty bottle of a (former) beauty product? I don’t think so
In the meantime, I’d love to know what you been using and loving, or just loving using up. Feed my strange and unwholesome addiction! Feed it!