Happy March everyone! We are just around the corner from spring! At least, I hope we are. It’s quite the cold snap we are experiencing this week!
Wow! The first two months of my Shop My Stash felt like it flew by! After using these products for about a month and a half now, I’m ready to make some decisions about them… some easier than others.
Before I introduce you to my March lineup, here is a quick recap from the January and February selections. If you’re just joining us now and you don’t know what the Shop My Stash series is all about, please see my introductory post about this. It contains a pretty thorough explanation as to what this is all about. 🙂 So let’s get started! And we really should get started now because there is a lot to cover so go grab a cup of tea or coffee because this is a long one! 😉
So I have decided to start with the easy ones. These are the products I finished and will be thrown away. No decision required.. .it’s pretty much just garbage right now. 😉 I can feel my collection getting smaller already! Rather than adding these to a future empties post, I’ll provide a short review of them now.
Face Primer: Too Faced Primed + Poreless Skin Smoothing Primer
This was already about 85% empty when I started using it again. I really like this primer because it really smooths my skin, making it the perfect “blank canvas”. Definitely one that I will repurchase again! Now that I think about it, this was already my second full size tube I have finished… not to mention, I’m sure I finished at least two small deluxe sizes, as well. This is pretty close to Holy Grail… or maybe it already is!
Setting Powder: Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder
If I can recall, I received this from a past ipsy glam bag and that it came with a small fan brush. I can’t for the life of me find the fan brush! But I finally ended up trying this product and I ended up really loving it! It did a great job setting my makeup and it didn’t look powdery on my skin at all. I was sad that it was just a sample. I know this product is more on the expensive side but I would still repurchase it. I am also curious as to how the other, more popular Laura Mercier translucent setting powder performs. I wonder if that one comes in a smaller deluxe size…
Brow Setting Gel: MAC Cosmetics Brow Set in Translucent
If I want to be completely honest, this is my holy grail brow gel. This was my second tube I have gone through. I didn’t have very much left going into this Shop My Stash. It does an amazing job setting my brows and, unlike others I have tried, it doesn’t make my brows look white and flakey. So yes, this is a fave. And guess what! I already repurchased it. On to the third tube…
Mascara: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara
I had a couple of these kicking around. I had started using this one back in December on my lower lashes only. I had lash extensions for my vacation at the time so I didn’t have a big need for a mascara at the time. This one is not bad but it’s not my favourite. I did get racoon eyes sometimes so I wasn’t too impressed. I will likely swap or sell the other one that I have.
Mascara: Guerlain Maxi Lash Intense Volume Mascara
I had this sample that I was really curious about. I started using this in January and immediately after I started using it, I stopped using the Elizabeth Arden one mentioned above. While that one didn’t impress, the Guerlain Maxi Lash was a huge win for me! I love the wand. It’s not too big for my eyes. The bristles are small but I found that it worked really well with my lashes! This mascara added length and volume and I was so impressed with it. I love this sample so much that when I redeemed Shoppers Optimum points a few weeks back, I made sre to get one of these. I really hope the full size is just as good as the sample!
Moving on to the next category: The Keepers. These are the products that I love (or at the very least like) enough to keep it and use it at a future time.
Eye Primer: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
This is pretty much my Holy Grail eye primer. This tube has been in use since October… I use it just about every day but since it’s an eye primer, I don’t need very much of it. I love how light it feels on my skin and it does such an amazing job at making my eyeshadow stay put! I have never had any issues with my eye makeup when I use this product. I’m just about done this tube and will be carrying it into March so hopefully it will turn into an empty.
Foundation/BB Cream: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream + Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum + SPF50 in Tan
I picked this up from Ulta when I was in Florida two November’s ago. I picked it up in the shade Tan and can only use it when I’m… well… tanned. 😉 Which means this gets used the most in the summer or if I’m on a winter vacation somewhere tropical. The only reason why I can use this right now is because I was in Hawaii a few months ago. I really do like this foundation! Not only does it have a nice lemon scent, it also provides you with SPF 50. I love it when foundations contain sun protection! This foundation has a thick consistency but because of that, I find that a little goes a long, long way! This is a medium to full coverage foundation that you can build but I don’t find it to be too heavy or sticky on my face. Love this one! Definitely a keeper. 🙂
Foundation/BB Cream: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz
I do adore this BB cream! It provides light to medium coverage and feels so light on my skin. It’s not at all cakey and it doesn’t feel heavy. I love the convenience of this travel size (which proved to be my go-to during my last trip) and I think you do actually get more bang for your buck on this smaller tube than you would purchasing the full size. ($55 CAD for 1.9 oz vs $19 CAD for .58 oz) However, this only works if you use the St. Moritz shade because this is the only one available in the travel size. Either way, I don’t have many BB creams on my radar right now and since I’m so happy with this one, that’s totally okay. The only downside I found? This doesn’t have any sun protection. If it had that, it would be absolutely perfect!
Foundation/BB Cream: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in Fresh Beige
Not gonna lie, this is my fave foundation right now so it was a no brainer that I was keeping it! This has a nice medium coverage and it feels super light on my skin… like it’s not even there! Fresh Beige is the perfect shade for me right now but next time I go to the US, I will have to pick up a shade lighter for when I’m not tanned. It doesn’t oxide on me and lasts all day. It really doesn’t budge at all when I use a setting powder and spray with it. Plus, it has sun protection in the tune of SPF 20 so that is pretty great too. Honestly, everything about this makes it perfect for me! I’m sad we done get Neutrogena makeup in Canada. This product makes me wonder what else I’m missing out on from this brand.
Concealer: COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Concealer in Light
Still one of my favourite drugstore concealers to date! It gives me great coverage without being cakey. I have already raved about this extensively when I reviewed it so I will just leave a link to that post here.
Concealer: Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer in Light/Medium
I am having pretty darn good luck with drugstore concealers lately. I really like this one too! It feels even lighter than the COVERGIRL one but I find that the coverage still works for me. Great for under your eyes and any dark spots. I will definitely continue to use this!
Eyeliner: IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner
I don’t often use pencil or gel liners because I find they don’t work as well as liquid liners with my hooded eyes. But this one is okay! So I will keep it. It doesn’t really smudge like all the others I have tried.
Eyeliner: Ciate Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
I’m very surprised at how much I like this! It’s easy to use, dries great, and doesn’t budge as the day goes on! I have been using this a lot… just about every day… since December that I just about completely wore out all the silver writing on the tube! Now what does that tell you???
Eyeshadow Primer: Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
I haven’t even tried this yet so I will keep it and give it a fighting chance in march when my Too Faced one runs out!
Face Primer: MAKE Moonlight Primer
Also a nice surprise! At first I really wasn’t sure about it because it was so dark but in the end it does go on clear and I ended up liking it. I really like how it also moisturizes. This is a keeper but I will be using it sparingly because I’m not sure where I can get more. That’s just fear of running out on my part.
Highlighter: Benefit Watts Up! Softfocus Highlighter for Face
This will always be a fave of mine! It is super easy to use and just gives me the perfect glow in just the right spots. I swear, though, this deluxe sized sample is lasting me forever! We are almost going on years here.
Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink
This is a great colour and this is a great blush! It is very pigmented so you can build it up if you want more colour. Keeping this one in my collection.
Blush: Mellow Face Blush in Bronze
A fave for sure! I am surprised that I like this bronze blush as much as I do but it really is great. When my skinis darker, this adds a very natural look on my cheeks. I imagine this would also make a nice matte bronzer for those with fairer skin.
Mascara Primer: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Lash Primer
I like this. It does a great job prepping my lashes before I apply mascara and my mascara does stay put! I can’t get this at our local stores yet so I’m also keeping it due to how difficult it is to get here.
Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Holy grail. I have been using this on and off for years now and I always go back to it! I can’t help it… it does a great job at keeping my makeup from smudging and makes it last all day long. Great stuff!
Eyeshadows: tarte Tartelette Palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy
I am just going to talk about all three of these together because I love them all! The tarte Tartelette Palette is made up of some really great neutral matte shades that you can use every day and for any occasion. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has such great colours and a mix of matte, shimmer and glitter shades that you can use to make so many looks! This is such a versatile palette. I just love it! And of course, the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Alchemy give any eye look that added sparkle. I use it for all my looks, all the time. I’m so glad I bought backups because I actually hit pan! Here’s a quick look at my usage for each one.
Finally! We have looked at the empties and the loves. Now it’s time for the rejects that I will not be keeping. Other than empties, this is just another way I’m going to use to downsize my collection.
Face Primer: Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer
I must say, I just love Too Faced primers! This one, though, is one I think that I have a love-hate relationship with. This is the sensitive skin version which performs just as well as the regular one but I find this one is a bit thicker. It does makes my foundation stay in place but compared to the other one, this one made my skin a bit more oily. I will definitely continue using this deluxe sample until it’s all gone but I’m not too sure if I would purchase it again.
Colour Correction: Make Up Forever Step 1 Redness Correcting Primer
I rarely reached for this at all. I’m not sure why. Maybe colour correction just isn’t my thing? I mean, I forgot about it all the time! As a result, I didn’t use it very much so it’s time to move on.
Pore Reducer: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser
I have been using this for a long time now. Almost two years? And it still hasn’t run out! It does do a good job but I feel like I’m tired of it and that I need a change. I will finish this until it’s gone but I won’t be repurchasing anytime soon. It’s time for a break!
Highlighter: City Color Highlight Trio
This highlighter trio was okay. It did the job and isn’t too overly sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t a bad product but I have so many other highlighters that I love more.
Brows: Annabelle Brow-To-Go Brow Shaping Kit
Great product but I have had this one for a long time now and it’s getting super messy up to the point where it’s not worth cleaning up. I have another one and other brow products I love so it’s okay for me to let this one go.
Brows: IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
Again, this one was just okay. It did a good job but it also didn’t make me go “wow!” as much as I wanted it to. I was disappointed because there’s been so much praise for this brow product but it was just okay for me. I will finish this one up but I don’t think I will repurchase it.
That’s all folks! If you made it this far, thanks for sticking with me! When I started this endeavor, I didn’t realize how much of a recap I had to do at the end so I will admit, it did take longer than I had expected to post this.
I’m happy with the amount of empties I ended up with (that would be five) and the number of products I decided I could do without (six of ’em). That’s a pretty good start for destashing and using up products in 2017! Looks like the first month and a half was a success so I will keep tally and keep going.
Now we’re well into March so keep a lookout for my March Shop My Stash list this weekend!
Enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂