Shopping the stash #1 Reviews

2 Sept 2012

On Monday I did my very first 'Shopping the Stash' post here on my blog. It's a post I have wanted to do for quite a while now but I just never got round to it. I have decided to do these posts every week, but to do them a little bit differently to other bloggers. As I said in the 'Shopping the stash' post on Monday, which you can read here, I also want to create FOTD looks using the products I pick each week, and then review the products overall each Sunday. This is the first of the 'Shopping the stash reviews'!

A picture of makeup products

So this week I picked a total of 12 products for my 'Shopping the stash'. On reflection, I have realised just how much that actually is! It's a lot of makeup. But I wanted to pick products which I could create almost an entire look from. So after a week of using these products, what do I think of them now? Well for starters, I think it's fair to say I didn't use the Sleek lipstick in Coral Reef nor the Sleek Blush by 3 palette in Pumpkin; but I did use everything else. 9/11 isn't bad!

I really liked using both the 17 eyes trios again and I've actually missed using them. Particularly Vengence. You can just create such versatile looks with both, including neutral, every-day looks, to itnense, sultry smokey eyes. It all boils down to how you use them, how you apply and how confident you are with experimenting. I liked wearing the Sleek Peaches & Cream lipstick, but I have to admit, if anything it put me off of the Sleek lipsticks more. I love the colour range that Sleek do in their lipsticks, but I find them just that touch too creamy and slippy when on. I did enjoy using the Sleek single blush in Pomegranate though and I have decided how much I think this will be a perfect shade for Autumn/Winter, as it's so warm and beautiful.

I am so glad I added the Benefit Erase Paste to this week's 'Shopping the Stash' because when I first got it, I wasn't sure on it. I found the texture hard to work with. But I have used it everyday this week and utterly fallen in love with it, particularly for under my eyes. I used the No7 Beautiful Skin BB cream a couple of times and I do still like it, but I think I need to gain more confidence with BB creams, as I still put my powder on afterwards, which kind of deemed the purpose of the BB cream worthless. But it is a lovely BB cream and suits my skin tone perfectly. My MAC foundation was one I enjoyed using again, but I kind of just want to finish it up now because for a high-end foundation, I don't think it is as good as my many high-street foundations.

The No7 eyeliner is still my favourite black eyeliner and I was happy to be using it again, but I really enjoyed using the Inika eyeliner again and now want to try a black from their range, to see if I like it more than the No7 liner, which I have repurchased for years. And finally, the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara. I still love it! It makes my lashes look big, but natural at the same time. And I will definitely be using it more often.

A picture of makeup products
So after a week of reusing some old, forgotten products, these are my thoughts on them after using them again. I will be posting my second 'Shopping the Stash' post tomorrow, so look out for it to see which products I will be using this week!