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Shopping My Stash I

30 April 2015
With beauty companies constantly releasing new products into the market, it can be easy to get caught up with the hype and to forget about great products you already have in your collection.

I like (love) a bit of makeup shopping, but I think I know deep down (way, way down) that constantly handing money over to beauty companies whilst on a student budget isn't the wisest of ways. In this first edition of Shopping My Stash, I've found some real beauties that for some reason or another, have found themselves being neglected.

Neglectee number one (please stop making up words) is the BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in 'Golden Medium'. I purchased this about a year ago on a trip to the library that went horribly astray. I won't go into the details, but there was an overdue essay, some maintenance work on train tracks, and somehow I ended up in Mecca Cosmetica instead of at my uni's library. Somehow. My first and only foray into the world of mineral makeup, this foundation is actually quite lovely, although I still don't understand how a powder can look so creamy on the skin. I think the issues I had with this were that it accentuated the stubborn dry patch I had on one of my cheeks, and that the colour was too light for me. 'Golden Medium' is probably still too light for me, but I think I can make it work somehow, especially now that the horrid dry patch is gone. Perhaps I can pick up 'Golden Tan' so I can mix the two. Or I could just pick up the new BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream because it looks like a winner (and because I look like I'm incapable of adhering to the whole point of shopping my stash). Either or.

That gawjus palette you see there is the Philosophy Supernatural Windows To The Soul Eyeshadow Palette in 'Box of Truffles'. Bit of a strange name. I bought this from StrawberryNet a few years ago, so by now, it'd be a rather obscure product to find. I'm not too sure why I stopped using this, because I remember the eyeshadows being decent enough. It was probably just one of those things that got pushed to the back of the drawer. Looking at it now, though, the packaging kind of reminds me of the palettes Bobbi Brown bring out every so often, and the colours themselves look similar to the eyeshadows in the Lorac Pro To Go Eye/Cheek Palette. Yes, must give this another go.

Who remembers when the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows came out? I was just getting into makeup then. I remember asking my mum to get these for me because I was all about the easy, effortless look (some things don't change!) and cream shadows are perfect for that. Pictured are 'Bad To The Bronze', 'Tough As Taupe', and the Metal Collection's 'Barely Branded'. I do like these, bar the fact that they seem to dry out even more quickly than regular cream eyeshadows do. I think because of this, they become kind of hard to spread and blend on the eyes, but I still do like them for a quick and easy eye.

Lipsticks are definitely the thing I have the most of in my collection, so there are quite a few that haven't been used lately. Two bright ones are the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in 'Vivid Rose' and the Covergirl LipPerfection Lip Color in 'Spellbound'The latter was purchased as a slightly more purple version of MAC Girl About Town, and the other was just so I could say I'd tried a Vivids Lipstick. I've never worn either of these out, which is something that needs to change, as they're great lipsticks. The Maybelline formula is a nice, smooth satin finish and the Covergirl, although creamier than I prefer on a bright lipstick, is comfortable on the lips. 

Finally, we have the rediscovery of the season: the Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes. WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN USING THESE? 'Pinched' is the peachy colour, 'Flushed' the pink, and 'Coral Reef' the, erm... coral. They're slippy enough so that they're easy to work with, but later set to a powder finish. The only concern is that they're pretty subtle on the cheeks despite how bright they look (which may be a good thing for some), and the lasting power isn't great. I wouldn't pick these up on full price, but if you're after some cream blushes and you can find Revlon on sale, I'd say to give these a go. Side note: I think I'm slightly obsessed with the thin, twisty-lid pot packaging of these blushes.

Have a dig through your makeup collection. I can guarantee you'll find some real gems hidden behind all that new product hype.

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