Saturday, 18 June 2016

Shopping My Stash

It's all too easy to get wrapped up in all that is shiny and new and forget about the gems that lay dormant in our expansive beauty collections. For this reason I've always appreciated the whole "shop my stash" thing - it encourages you to consider what you already have before going and buying more products that are much the same. I thought it was high time I fish out a few neglected products that I'm glad to have found again and to share them with you, in the hope that you might do the same (and also because I really, really like my rediscoveries).

NYX's Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Beige // I'm not a big lip gloss lover per se, but I'll make an exception for this one. It's light and not too sticky, although a gloss will never be matte, of course; it's just a very comfortable texture on the lips. The colour is gorgeous - just a touch darker than my natural lip colour, which is immensely flattering on me. Oh, and ignore the name - the colour is definitely not beige but rather a rosy pink. My only gripe is that it boasts a cough medicine-esque cherry scent, which I really dislike, but I know some enjoy it so I suppose it's up to your tastes.

NARS' Blush in Deep Throat // While most colour cosmetics are lauded if they're intensely pigmented, it's not an attribute I seek out in my blush selection. I prefer to have control over how much colour I apply so as not to look too rosy cheeked. This is why I love this blush - it can be built up nicely and is very long lasting. It's a nice warm-toned pink with some gold glitter running through, although I don't find it to be excessively shimmery on the skin - it's just nicely uplifting. It's a great combination when worn with the NYX Lip Gloss, actually.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil // I'm a bit frightened of having crispy, weighed down hair due to products that are too heavy, so an "invisible" oil is just what I need. This one from Bumble and Bumble definitely makes my locks softer and hydrated, and although I use it in conjunction with a serum, my hair never feels greasy afterwards. Plus, it lasts a very long time - I've got a baby bottle and while I've been using it on-and-off for over a year, I'm not near finishing it anytime soon.

Real Techniques' Detailer Brush // This isn't an item I had to "shop" out of my stash, but I recently realised I use it every single day (that I wear makeup, that is) with giving it a second thought. I had completely overlooked it as a staple element of my routine! It's a brilliant little brush I use for multiple tasks, namely applying undereye correcter and pinpoint concealing around the face. It's just the right size for getting perfectly executing very intricate jobs. I bet it'd be brilliant for very complex eye makeup, too.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light // I bought this after hearing rave reviews of Hourglass' face powders from pretty much everyone ever, but I was initially immensely disappointed by it. I went for Dim Light, which I read was brilliant for all over the face, but found it much too pink for my taste. I'd say this colour would suit those with darker and warmer skins than mine as an all-over product, but it was just not right for me at all. And so to the back of my makeup drawer it went, until I repurposed it as a rather beautiful bronzer/blush hybrid. When applied to just the cheeks, it gives a gorgeous peachy glow and I love it with lots of mascara and a red lip - it's a simple, clean look. I'm pleased that I hadn't thrown it out or given it away as I really love it now.

So there you go - some items I'd forgotten, overlooked or outright rejected that I've a newfound affection for. Please share some of your favourite products you've rediscovered in your stash!
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