Thursday, 13 February 2014

Shopping the stash #1

Shopping the stash. Something i should really do more often. 

Its easy to get stuck in a makeup rut or just get into a routine of using certain products - for me it's usually that i'm opting for a quick and minimal look so hate to bother looking through my entire collection. This year i've made a concious effort to 'shop the stash' more per say, and try and get use out of every single product i own. If not just to use things up, so that i can make monthly favourites a little less samey!

The bumble and bumble surf spray is one which i loved for volume and texture when i first got it, but when the oribe dry texturizing spray came onto the scene it got forgotten. When re-locating my haircare/bodycare i dug it up and gave it a go, and i must say it really is great! Not so much for root volume, but its great for giving hair a lightly textured, tousled, beachy look which is nice and subtle for everyday. Another one which i used to love was the becca shimmering skin perfector in moonstone. This product is the king of multi use glow givers. It can be used as a primer, mixed into foundation or used as a highlight, AND it has some skincare benefits and SPF in there too, wowzers! In the summer i loved using this under my foundation and as a cream highlight, but i then found the jouer highlighter for cheekbone duties and the laura mercier primer in radiance has taken over as glow giving primer of choice, so again, this one was long forgotten. It gives such a warm, natural glow which we all need in the winter time, meaning there's less need for highlight afterwards - but heck it has that covered too if needs be. Another summer base favourite was the Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin tinted balm - again, replaced (by the nars pure radiant tinted moisturser of course). This is a much thicker product than other tinted moisturisers i own, and it has the ability to give a much higher coverage without being cakey, but it can be sheered out too.  I used this the other day and it is a really beautiful, natural looking base, but i do think the shade is too dark for me in winter! Lastly are too which i've always loved, but have been neglected somewhat. Nars gina blush is my all time favourite blusher (its a true peach which really flatters my complexion and goes with ANY makeup look), but for some reason it's been replaced with pinks in my quest to wear pink more...Anywho, i've recently been using it a lot more and wondering why i ever needed to deviate! The Urban Decay naked 2 palette is a long term love of mine, but seeing as its just so well known i tend to stray away from it to trial other things. It's a really gorgeous palette with a ton of wearable shades for a simple daytime look or a full on smokey eye, and every time i use it i remember just how much i love it.

Do you have any products you just don't get enough use out of?

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