Keeping thrifty: Shopping your stash


Welcome to a new series of posts, both here and on Leanne's blog.  We've toyed with the idea of collaborating for a while now, and whilst we still have another project in the pipeline, this is the first installment in a new series which we're hoping will share some tips and tricks for generally being a little bit thrifty.  Saving seems to be Leanne's forte, and I'm happy to soak up some motivation and tag along for the ride!  Watch out for a new post each month on alternating blogs....first up is shopping the stash!

Leanne's picks
As Lorna has said, I am partial to a bit of saving. When something important is on the cards that requires a bit of mullah, I get into the zone and try to save where I can.  When you have a blog, it's easy to get sucked into the hype and buy new products, meaning your beauty stash grows in a very short space of time and you end up spending far too much money than you really should.  By shopping your stash you can rediscover some old favourites, condense down your collection and save money.
I often find myself wanting to purchase the new bodycare releases, but I know I have a drawer stashed full of Soap & Glory products thanks to receiving some of their amazing gift sets! I do have a couple of old favourites, like the Righteous Butter and Breakfast Scrub, however I know I have a few I haven't tried before so I am going to make an effort to use them. The same goes for Lush products, although their face masks go off quickly, so I don't tend to keep those long. I have a few other products scattered about my collection that could be shown a bit more love! 
 Makeup wise, I have more than my fair share of eyeshadows, so realistically I do not need to 'pop to Boots' to get something new. I've dug out my Naked Palette and aim to use some of the more neglected shades rather than opting for Sin & Sidecar Every.Single.Time. Who knows, I may discover some great new colour combinations! The same can be said with my Nars multiple.  I have so many highlighters, some just don't get a look in anymore. Nars have just bought out a few new matte shades, which prompted me to dig out this bad boy. It is in the shade Copacabana, and is the nicest cream highlight! A little goes a long way too! I don't know why I don't use it more often!

My picks
I think Leanne's covered all bases on why shopping your stash is a good idea, so let's skip straight to my picks.  
My beloved Clarins primer has just run out, but rather than rush to repurchase I figured I should be a bit wiser with my money and use up a product sitting unloved in my drawer.  The Smashbox Photo Finish primer was the first I'd ever tried, and while I'm not a massive fan of the silicon-y texture to it, it does a decent job of making sure my make up stays put.  There's also the Mary-Lou Manizer which I blogged about aaaaages ago.  It's a beautiful highlight that's not for the faint-hearted.  Mine unfortunately smashed, meaning it's not very portable and hence why it's been out of action for so long.  And whilst we're on the subject of cheeks, remember when I bought the Inglot Liquid Blush?  A real obsession with blushers has meant that this has been neglected for quite a while now, but it's the perfect colour for spring that I definitely need to crack out more often.
Moving onto eyes, MAC Patina is an old favourite but I've been stuck in a bit of a rut lately when it comes to eyeshadow.  It's the perfect inoffensive golden bronze shade which I need to add in to my daily routine again.  And finally, my Kiko Smart Lipstick was another of those ill-fated nude lipsticks I tend to buy and swiftly forget about.  I found this in the back of my drawer, and with a new favourite lipgloss transforming the texture of all my lipsticks I'll be making the effort to get some use out of this again.

We really hope you enjoyed this post - leave a comment below telling us some of your unloved products that you wish you got more use out!  And be sure to head over to Leanne's blog and subscribe to make sure you don't miss next month's post.


  1. Lemony Flutter is an amazing product, and I've even started using it as a hand cream :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  2. I am the same with my naked palette, i only use like 3 shades!

  3. Oh I love this idea! I only just realised how much make up and skin care I actually own, some which I haven't even opened so I've been having fun playing around with them of late. Can't wait to see what you two come up with next. Does this mean there might be some empties posts in the pipeline? :P
    Love Paris x


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