Beauty: Shopping the stash

I’ve recently had a bit of a sort out and I’ve thrown/given away a lot of beauty products that were just clogging up my drawers and weren’t getting any use. In doing this, I’ve realised that I’ve got way too much makeup that I don’t ever use, it’s kind of embarrassing how much really. I’ve decided to pick out a few pieces every couple of weeks (or ‘shop my stash’) and make sure I use them, just to make sure that everything is getting a bit of love.

I’m now putting myself on a bit of a ‘makeup spending ban’ as I really don’t need anymore products. I’m not going to be really strict, but I’m going to try my best to only buy things that are on offer, so I’m going to be scouring sites like Gratisfaction.co.uk to get discount codes and freebies.

Benefit Brow Zings* in 04 Medium, available here
I used Brow Zings every day for about three years straight until brows became a bit of a trend and 26738 different brow products came out. I ended up throwing away my original Brow Zings last year but when Benefit repackaged all of their brow stuff, I was drawn to it again. I’ve not really used this much and I’m not sure why as it’s a good colour, not too warm toned and is really easy to apply.

Clarins Instant Concealer in 01, available here
I bought this in Duty Free when I was flying to Germany for the first time last year. I used it every day for a few months until I then purchased my first Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I love this concealer for under the eyes as it’s really brightening and so easy to blend but it’s not great on blemishes which is probably why I’ve been favouring the UD one.

Rimmel Brow This Way brow gel in Clear, available here
This is quite a new product but I’ve hardly used it since I bought it. It’s really good at setting my brows after I’ve filled them in, so it will be perfect to use over the Brow Zings.

Benefit Watts Up highlighter*, available here
I received this in a package from Benefit last year and it’s just been sat in my drawer ever since. I tend to prefer powder highlighters over cream ones as they are usually a lot more pigmented but I’ve found that this Benefit one is lovely if I just want a subtle glow. If I’m looking for a more glowy look, I can use this underneath a powder highlighter.

Lottie London All About That Base foundation stick in Light Beige, available here
This is another new product which I’ve used a couple of times but have since gone back to my usual liquid foundations. I’d heard a lot about Lottie London on YouTube, so I just had to try something from the range out for myself. I’ve never used a foundation stick before so these really drew me in. I ended up getting the shade Light Beige which is the third lightest but is a great match for my skin tone. I like to blend this in with a brush and then go over it with a dampened sponge to make sure there’s no brush strokes on my face.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Claire
    March 9, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I’m on a bit of a makeup spending ban too, but this has just made me want more products haha! It looks like you get a lot of product in the Clarins concealer, which would suit me as I seem to get through the normal tubes ridiculously quickly (so I can justify it… riiiiight?)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  2. March 10, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    It’s so easy to end up having so many beauty products that you can’t even keep track of what you have anymore. I like the idea of “shopping your stash, as then you can begin to use what you have and discover things you may not even remember you had.

  3. March 10, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Loving the beauty stuff hun 🙂 great post 🙂 x

  4. hannah
    March 10, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I have Watts Up, I love it as it’s a great product

  5. March 11, 2017 / 5:28 am

    That’s good that you’re making an effort to use more of you stash. I have so much make up too I should really do this and pick a few things every week x

  6. March 11, 2017 / 8:49 am

    We are known to be a compulsive buyer most of the time. I know it makes us happy whenever there are promotions and we end up buying more products wherein at some point we can’t even keep track of what we really need. Shopping your stash is a nice idea. I know, this will be a great help for me and most readers out there.

  7. March 11, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I love Watts Up from Benefit such a great highlighter and just so easy to use x

  8. March 11, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    We’re intrigued to use the new Rimmel Brow product, but have yet to trace it down as its been out of stock at our Boots! Great little selection and we need to put a hold on our spending too x

  9. March 11, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    i am loving the sound of Clarins concealer. I am in search of good under eye concealer.

  10. March 11, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I have been buying too much make-up recently! I just got back from benefit! I do love the Watts UP!

  11. March 11, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    I love this Benefit item, but I have to say I LOVE your pin! (I think its a pin!)

  12. March 12, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I tend to go on make up spending sprees and then realise I have a huge stash and have to ban myself x

  13. francesca
    March 12, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I’m also a powder highlight kind of girl, the cream ones are okay but onto of foundation I don’t like how they sit!

  14. March 12, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I have loads of products in draws too they do build up. I need to get through mine so I can try some more. It’s a shame the clarins instant conceal didn’t work so well.

  15. March 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    I have so much makeup now, I need to stop buying more. I have not used any of these products before though. I would love to try some of them.

  16. March 12, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I’ve just done a huge clear out as well. My friends and family love it when I do, they get to update their collections without spending any money! x

  17. March 12, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    I need these brow tools! I always have issues with my brows and I think these will help!

  18. March 13, 2017 / 1:23 am

    I’m on such a spending ban too! No beauty products or clothes for me! The Watts Up highlighter is one of my faves! xo

  19. chloe griffiths
    March 13, 2017 / 10:35 am

    some great go to products, I’m really loving benefit at the moment for my everyday make up xo

  20. nicol
    March 13, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    i use brow this way in medium brown. i can use it buy itself and it’ll naturally fill in my brows too. it gets a thumbs up from me.

  21. March 13, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    The benefit highlighter sounds pretty good. I haven’t bought myself some new make up for a while now.

  22. March 13, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I am currently in a spending ban and so haven’t been buying any makeup recently, but one of my last purchases was the benefit browzings and I use it everyday! I love it

  23. March 15, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    I love the idea of shopping your stash – mine isn’t huge, but there are definitely some products that have fallen out of favour. I do like the look of the Benefit highlighter though, that is pretty.

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