Thursday, July 5, 2012

Shopping the Stash: Old Friends


I've been rediscovering some products recently, or as trends go, I've been "Shopping the Stash". 


After reading much praise for NYX Rouge Cream Blush, and after searching (in vain) for them at local stockists, I remembered I had the YSL Pop Stick Blush sitting at home, unloved and forgotten. I've had this for 2-3 years, and I haven't heard or read much about these cream blushes, which is odd, because they're fantastic. Truly amazing. I've always thought I had shade 3, because there's a 3 written on the box with no other shade indication and because the colours really do look like peach and blackcurrant, but from Google Images and this Temptalia post, I think I have 2 Strawberry/Raspberry. I didn't buy it, which explains why I have a blush and I don't know the shade. There are two other shades, Vanilla/Chocolate and Peach/Blackcurrant. From the little I've read about it, it's been compared to the NARS Multiple sticks- you can use them as a cheek colour, lip colour and even a wash all over the eyelid. Although it's by YSL, a brand which takes pride in packaging, these blush sticks come in plastic gold tubes. Bizarre. It's a little cheap, especially when the product costs over $40- but I didn't pay for it, so I'm probably not as disappointed as some. But the product is lovely, and the colours swirl together to create a lovely peachy/rose colour (with shimmer that shows in sunlight) that sets the bar for my cream blush standards sky high.
I've experimented with application for this, with my fingers, on the back of my hand first and then using my fingers, and with an Ecotools baby kabuki, but the drying time on this is so quick that you have literally 5 seconds to work with it before it dries. Fortunately it wears quite well, but the short drying time really requires some practice. I'm lemming for the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, but in the meantime I find that stippling the Ecotools baby kabuki with a minute amount of product or dabbling the blush with a feather-light touch onto the skin before blending it out madly works the best, because yes I applied this with a heavier hand before (worse, on the apples of my cheeks!) and wound up with clown cheeks. So I've learnt my lesson, and once I apply it sheerly and it dries, I can build it up with another layer. 






I've been playing with my Sleek palettes a bit more recently and I've discovered some interesting/gorgeous shades. I've marked out 3 in the photo below: the Barbie pink from the Original palette, and from the Storm palette, the berry and the white gold/beige.



I dismissed this Barbie pink when I first scrutinised the Original palette, but I swatched it the other day, and boy is it a deceptively gorgeous duochrome. It looks shimmery pink but shines with gold flash. It's difficult to capture on camera. I don't see myself wearing it out, because I just can't imagine it working on me, but I thought it was such an interesting shade!






I've also rediscovered the berry and the white gold/beige from the Storm palette. 
I love the shimmery berry colour so much- I didn't notice it when I first looked it over, but I was playing with it a few days ago and it is SO pretty! First applying a cream shadow base from the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palette, and piling the berry shadow on top, and lining the upper lid with liquid liner and curling my lashes. Pretty standard stuff, really, but the berry colour is just GORGEOUS. I swatched it, but couldn't capture it properly. The closeup above is definitely more accurate.



I've been kicking myself for not getting the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Hourglass Beige (alleged dupe of Stila Kitten) when L'Oreal was 40% off at Target a couple of weeks ago and it was reduced to $11+, and I found this shimmery beige colour when playing with the Storm palette and decided it would be my own little Hourglass Beige dupe. How close is it, really? Lena I'm talking to you, because I know for a fact that you own both. :P But no joke, I love the colour so much that there's a  considerable dip in it now. I have to stop myself from swatching it aimlessly to admire it because I would hate it if I hit pan on just the one shade in the palette.







And lastly is the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in 10 Mahogany, which I rediscovered after taking a break from makeup for the past few weeks. I've been concealing more and using powder foundation, though I really want to invest in the Laura Mercier mineral powder, especially now that I've got the Real Techniques Buffing brush, which goes fantastically with mineral foundation since it was designed for that purpose. But I'm getting back into makeup, inching in, and I swatched this one night and was overwhelmed at how well it suited my brows. I don't like to fill in my brows with black shadow/pencil, because that looks so harsh and awful so if I do my brows at all, I use eyebrow wax and a dark brown shadow with an angled eyeliner brush. Mahogany is so perfect- it's matte, dark brown, but not too warm and chocolaty like some brown shadows can be, and it's a little bit ashy so it's more natural, and I love it! Trouble is, Bobbi Brown shadows cost $44. I'm not willing to spend $44 on an eyeshadow, even if it is the best thing that's happened to my brows. But this is so ridiculously pigmented and I only need the tiniest amount, that I don't see myself running out, and if/when I do, it'll be in YEARS and I'll be working and therefore in a better financial place and more able to afford replacing a $44 eyeshadow. And I have to add that Bobbi Brown has since changed the packaging- the eyeshadows are now square instead of round. 


Alright, well that was my mini Shopping the Stash post, hope you enjoyed reading! I am a poor student and I'm a bit surprised that I own high end products- oddly enough I don't use them very often- but I didn't buy them- my mum received them in 2009 and she let her mum choose the anti-ageing/makeup removal products and gave me the rest. Take care, and God bless! xx

12 comments:

  1. wow..dear beautiful pictures! i enjoyed seeing it !


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  2. I love 'shop my stash' post's! It's amazing what you can find hidden away!
    That YSL blush looks amazing!

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    1. It was fun "shopping the stash"! The YSL blush is lovely - I'll have make a conscious effort to get more wear out of it! x

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  3. You're so lucky to have received those products for free! I don't have any YSL or Bobbi Brown products myself, but they seem great quality.

    I've used that pink eyeshadow in the Original palette surprisingly a lot when I didn't think I would; it swatches beautifully. xx

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    1. It swatches amazingly- and that's interesting, I honestly doubt I'd use it, but I guess you thought the same! I'll play with it a bit and see how it goes! xx

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  4. That pink is gorgeous! What exactly is Shop your stash? Sounds interesting!

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    1. Shopping the Stash is a concept where, instead of buying new things, you go through your collection and find unloved items that you don't use regularly and make use of them instead! If you're doing it long-term there's an implied buying ban, but I'm not going that far. I don't think I want to commit to a buying ban because I doubt I'd stick to it. :S It's definitely something worth trying- you'll save money (always a plus) and work towards finishing some products, and play with things outside the usual everyday products. :) Hope that helped! xx

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  5. Ugh, I really want the Original palette now. At first I thought that pink seems like a dupe of Satin Sheets from the Too Faced Naked Eye palette (shimmery pink/gold duochrome), but remembered that that shade looks deceptive - it's pink in the pan but definitely more of a champagne. I'm kind of wondering whether I should've bought the Original rather than Bad Girl. I've been thinking I really do want to get more Sleek eyeshadow palettes, they are just terrific :p

    As for the comparison between Hourglass Beige and the 2nd shade in the Storm palette, I just swatched both on my hand. The Hourglass Beige is more yellow/gold and I'd say more vibrantly shimmery. The Sleek is a touch more white and not as blindingly shimmery, but still shimmery by ordinary measures. They are fairly close, the main difference is Hourglass Beige is more yellow/champagne tinted. I'm not sure how close Hourglass Beige is to Stila Kitten, from memory (swatching Kitten at Myer), I wouldn't say they are exact dupes.

    It's nice to be able to have a peek into the world of high end products, especially if they come free :p You're inspiring me to try to have a dig around my existing products, rather than forever wanting more stuff :)

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    1. I'm pretty happy with my two Sleek palettes- if anything, I'd like to try the Au Naturel palette, but the Sleek blushes and Blush by 3 palettes are calling out to me! I got a tiny blush collection, I think I own about 5, but I'm going to make do with it because they'll keep me going for a while and I should really stop buying.

      Thank you for the comparison! I've had a look at Stila Kitten but I think it's a bit peachy to be a dupe of Hourglass Beige, which looks so very white gold/champagne in the pan but when I swatched the Sleek colour I thought "now THIS is white gold". I'm hoping there'll be another sale because I want Hourglass Beige nonetheless, and hopefully there'll be some Maybelline Color Tattoos left because I saw Priceline's having a sale on them- I think they're $10?

      Considering I own a lot of Essence, which is at the other end of the spectrum, I can definitely see the virtues of high end products- I'm going to force myself to stop/slow down with the cheap and cheerful products and save up for some quality makeup. :) It's now a resolution! xx

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  6. Nice post! I think "shopping the stash" is a great idea when you have a bunch of products you haven't used in awhile. There have been a couple of times where I've looked back on old makeup I had owned for a year or more and found that I liked it, even though I hated it when I first bought it. I'd never heard of the YSL Pop Stick Blush before you mentioned it, I guess it doesn't get much love in the blog world. But the color looks so pretty!!! It's a shame more people haven't tried and reviewed it. :)

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    1. Thank you! I think 'shopping the stash' is good for me because I'm always wanting new things, and it's a good way to learn to make do with what you've got! x

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