Hello old blog! After a round of tidying up this weekend I decided to write regarding my intention to #shopmystash of forgotten makeup/skincare products. It’s been a popular New Year’s resolution tag on Instagram as folks do their best to go through their belongings and optimize usage. I’m going to see how I can follow along as over the past year I’ve built up some excess inventory.
I noticed the pileup was occurring due to several circumstances: 1. I found something I liked better than what I was using; 2. someone gave me hand-me-downs they no longer cared for (makeup/sample trading); 3. I had doubles I forgot I’d purchased and they were hiding in other bags or boxes. That’s a lot of $$$ laying fallow in drawers, so in the next few months I hope I can make some good headway through these products and use everything up.
I checked through my makeup pile and came up with the following mixed bag of oldies and goodies:
January 2019 Makeup Stash
- IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Medium
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in Medium
- Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer
- Lorac Pro To Go Eye/Cheek Palette (discontinued?)
- Tartelette Toasted eye palette
- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama
- NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel in clear
- L’Oreal True Match Concealer in N1-2-3
- L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in N3
The products listed in blue bolded font were either gifts given or products handed-down-to-me by friends. Of this pile, I’m actively using the Tartelette Toasted eye palette a few times a week (I bring it to work a lot), and it is why I forgot about the Lorac one for a while. Both are very pigmented, blend well, and have a pleasing soft powder texture but the Lorac palette’s bulkier packaging makes it less desirable to carry on the go despite technically having blush and bronzer options as well.
As for the face/base products, I am having a bit of trouble incorporating either the IT Cosmetics CC+ cream or the Tarte foundation as my main coverage product. I’m not a fan of the thicker texture of either and they somehow feel drier on the skin than my usual thinner, runnier Rimmel Matte BB Cream. So far I’ve been using them more like concealer on old acne scars and I also might try a damp makeup sponge to apply the CC+ cream in lighter layers to see if that makes a difference.
The rest of the products are things I will likely buy again, like the clear NYX Control Freak eyebrow gel and the L’Oreal True Match pressed powder (I already have a new one ready to go after my current is out.) I don’t think I will repurchase the concealer as I would prefer to try something else; and I’m also in the same boat with the NARS lip pencil. It’s a nice nude-pinky brown shade on me, but there’s plenty more lip crayon options that are more budget-friendly.
That’s it for now on my progress shopping my own collection. If you’re doing something similar, let me know below! What category or item do you have multiples of?