Forgotten Favorites

As part of trying to save money that I usually spend on makeup, I've gone through and sorted my collection looking for old favorites to reinstate into my routine - "shopping my stash," if you will. I actually had to stop myself from shouting, "Oh, I forgot about this!" a few times - probably a sign that I don't need any more makeup for awhile.

I've been so preoccupied with new foundation additions, mostly the Nars Sheer Glow that I got for Christmas and the Diorskin Nude foundation I bought in October, that I forgot about how much I loved using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. Since my skin is on the dry and dull side I was wary of this at first but it's actually a very "creamy" powder, if that makes sense. It never looks chalky on the skin, and it gets better as the day goes on. It's perfect for minimal makeup days, and it also works really well as a setting powder for me.

When emptying out my little box of eye products, I found that I've somehow amassed seven of the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I don't know how it happened, but I usually only rotate between two or three of them. I remembered my love for Tough as Taupe, a matte elephant gray color that's really flattering on my cool skintone. I'll definitely be breaking this out more from now on, and I think it will look especially nice as a base for my Naked2 Basics Palette.

Another eye product I forgot about is my Nars Duo Eyeshadow in Earth Angel. I remember wearing this almost every day for a few weeks when I got it in the spring. It's got a beautiful taupe shade that I like using all over the lid, and a lovely almost olive green color that's like nothing I had ever worn before but still super wearable. I like using it in the crease. I'm glad I've found it again - I think it'll look really nice paired with one of the brown-toned nude lip products that I love so much.

There are three cheek products that I found have been neglected. I was so excited about The Body Shop Honey Bronzer when I first got it, but since summer ended I've stopped wearing it. It's such a beautiful shade though, not too orange or too muddy, and it comes in more than one "universal" shade - I got the palest one and it's only slightly darker than my skintone, so it's very easy to wear. The other cheek product is theBalm's Frat Boy blush. This is unbelievably pigmented - you really only need to tap a brush in it to get a perfect pinched wash of peachy pink on your cheeks that'll stay put all day. Another blush I've forgotten about is the Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop. I had this on my wishlist for so long, so I feel bad that I've already stopped using it regularly. It brings such a beautiful berry shade to the complexion, and the formula is intriguing - it's unclear if it's a powder or a cream. It applies beautifully and was a favorite for a few weeks, so I'll need to make sure I leave this one at the top of my blush pile to use more frequently.

My lip product collection is so large that I'm sure there are more than just two forgotten favorites there, but the two that I thought of first are the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Sultry and the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in Succulent Pomegranate (4). The Matte Balms are such a beautiful formula - comfortable and moisturizing while still being matte. I'm assuming I forgot about this color because it's really similar to a lot of the other "neutral" lip products I've collected this fall. The YSL lipstick is a bright pink color that I thought was more appropriate for spring and summer, but it's actually very brightening on my skintone and could also be worn in the colder months.

I'm really excited to have rediscovered these products - it almost feels as if I've bought some new things! Have you ever "shopped your stash?"