Shopping My Stash

Back in my Tips for Getting Out of a Rut post, I talked about how if you’re in a makeup rut (as I was), one idea was to change up your look. This inspired me to root through my beauty drawer, as I usually just live out of a makeup bag, to pick out some old favorites. I’m incredibly passionate about my beauty stash and love collecting more, but I need to remind myself to be better about not forgetting older things in favor of shiny new ones.

Starting with base products, the first thing I pulled out of the cobwebs was the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. This is actually the only primer I own, as I’m quite picky about them - if I’m not careful, they break me out in those awful under-the-skin bumps. This one is perfect though - it’s quite nourishing and leaves the skin with a nice, dewy glow without any shimmer. It really does make my makeup last longer, so with the problem I've been having lately of my skin sucking up my makeup within a few hours, I’m definitely going to be relying on this again.

The other base product is my formerly beloved Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup (every shade is currently out of stock, so I'm hoping they haven't discontinued it!). I got this last year and became utterly obsessed with it, but my more recent penchant for all things BB/CC/Tinted Moisturizers has it gathering dust. I think this is really where my love of “your skin but better” bases began, though. It leaves a lovely skin-like finish, is not too dewy or too matte, and gently evens out the complexion without looking caked on.

I have so many different eyeshadows and palettes that I forget about many of them quite often. The one I’m most mad at myself for not using more, though, is the NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia. It’s a beautiful taupe-y bronze shade that’s exactly the kind of thing I go for on a day to day basis. I love the formula of these, and now that I’ve got some MAC Fix+ in my collection I really want to try applying it wet. If it’s as amazing as I’ve heard, it will definitely be making an appearance during the holiday season.

If you remember my Highlighter Roundup back in the summer, you’ll know that I have way more highlighters than is necessary for someone with only one face. The one that I’ve recently been getting back into using is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. I have a review on it here, because it really is such a stunning shade. And since I have quite dull skin from time to time, I’m going to test this out as a setting powder, using a much fluffier brush than I would to wear it as a highlighter.

I think I’m pretty good at rotating through my collection of lip products, but the one thing I just don’t wear much anymore is lip gloss - I’ve dropped it in favor of lipsticks, lip liners, and tinted lip balms. Every time I clean out my makeup there’s a few more lip glosses to give away, but the one I just can’t let go of is the Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Liar. People went wild over these when they came out, but now no one really speaks of them anymore. It’s probably one of my favorite gloss formulas (behind the Clarins Natural Lip Perfectors of course) because they’re quite moisturizing and not sticky at all. The shade Liar is a lovely mauve-y pink (surprised?) that looks just as good paired with a bold eye as it does with a pared-down minimal look.

What products have you been dusting off in your collection lately?