I Shopped My Stash and Here’s What I Found


As much as I love a good riffle around Boots (side note: if anyone ever wonders why I always refer to Boots over Superdrug it’s because I absolutely despise the sticky tape that Superdrug wrap round all their products which is an absolute pain in the backside to remove, I can’t be the only one), sometimes a similar rush of new makeup purchasing excitement can be experienced just by having a dig around your personal stocks. I’ve been a beauty junkie for years and with only one face to shovel the stuff onto everyday it’s only natural for some products to sit on the sub bench. But that’s where the phenomenon of ‘shopping your stash’ comes in. A term I believe was originally coined by Laura, back in the early days of beauty blogging when there was just no space left at the inn for any incoming additions. With that exact situation setting in I thought it was time to play shop and here’s what I found:

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturiser in Nude. Good skin in a tube. How could I forgot about this? To me this is one of the best tinted moisturisers out there and the finish it leaves on the skin is just so juicy. The coverage is good, the shade Nude is on point and it just looks like skin – good use of naming Chantecialle. I remember how much this cost me and just to think that it was sitting in a drawer makes me feel a little ill. It’s going back into the rotation pronto.

Dior Shimmer Powder in Amber Diamond. Throwback or what? I think if you were a reader of beauty blogs around 2011-ish, then the chances are that you own this. It was one of the first real highlighters I guess and everyone went mad for it. It’s a high-shine, ‘hello I’m here’ kinda texture, but you can’t help but love it and it really does look lush on the eyes too. I look forward to just getting my serious shimmer back on again with this.

NARS Pleasures of Paris Eyeshadow Palette. One of my favourite eyeshadow palettes ever. There’s a pearly highlight, the pinky Nepal, a rich brown Fez and some purples and a dark golden black for if I’m ever feeling adventurous. I need to keep this one in mind next time I’m travelling because though it’s small, it’s perfectly formed; and with a humongous mirror in it too it’s all you need for day, night and everything in between. I still remember the struggle to get my hands on this. It was winter time and the postman couldn’t deliver it for days due to snow, but when it was in my hands, the constantly stalking of the package’s progress online was all worth it.

By Terry Aqualip Tint in Dancefloor Flirt.Two years ago this was my summer lip jam. A water-like texture that flushed lips with a pop of pink that once dried you couldn’t even feel was there. And boy did this stuff last. With my current blushed lip moment that I’m having (more on that on Friday), I just couldn’t reclose the drawer on this. Unfortunately it made only a limited edition appearance in Terry’s line, but check out her summer drop this time round because I think there’s something very similar amongst it.

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in 1, 30 and 34 and Shine in 5. I still remember my first ever YSL Lipstick purchase like it was yesterday. It was the first high end lip product that I’d ever allowed myself to purchase and it was the shade 1 and from CheapSmells because it was a bargain. To this day they still remain one of my favourite pout washing formulas; they just glide onto the lips without any drag and coat them in a dose of colour that never looks too done and with a shedload of moisture. The newer ‘Shine’ additions are rather tasty too. But common’ – how could I not have such gorgeously packaged lipstick in my daily grabs drawer? I can only apologise. Come to mama and I’ll dust you off…


  • I have Rouge Volupte in 1 but never really got round to liking them. I found it too thick and creamy. And grainy (?!). Not sure if I got a bad batch. Been thinking of trying the Shine ones. A girl can’t have too many lippies, in my opinion 😉

  • The eyeshadow palette looks amazing!

    xx glamdevils

  • Bella

    I also have Pleasures of Paris. I really don’t like the two purples they included though, and I have Fez and Nepal in so many other great palettes now (Narsissist, And God created…) that I never reach for it any more. I love stash shopping posts though; this one would have been perfect if you’d included a picture of a look.

  • Anna Blush

    I managed to resist the Dior highlighter when it went through it’s crazy hype stage but now I kinda feel like there’s a spot just for it in my stash x

  • Charlotte

    Ah, that Dior highlighter. I’m still regretting not buying it when I had the chance 🙁 I really love the YSL lipsticks too, they’re super gorgeous and the formulas are great. That NARS palette looks so perfect!

  • The YSL lipsticks are so amazing!

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  • The Oxford Owl

    That NARS palette looks so pretty, what a gorgeous mix of colours! 🙂 I need to stash shop soon!

    The Oxford Owl

  • sara

    I bought the By Terry because of you! Haha. It’s looking a bit grody and I need to replace it, unfortunately it’s just limited edition…need to check out the other new ones if it’s similar.

  • Sophie ♥

    So many gems in this lineup! My Rouge Volupte Shines have sat unloved for a little bit recently but I rediscovered #8 a couple of days ago & it has been all I’ve reached for recently.

    Sophie x |

  • Fool proof way of finding makeup gems! I did a post on Monday on the same thing! There is an FOTD as well care to check out?

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  • Dying to try the Chantecaille tinted moisturiser. It’s just so darn expensive! Lilly xx

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  • Haha, I totally remember the Amber Diamond craze. I so wanted to buy it but I held off! The Pleasures of Paris palette is one of my favourites too, I love Abissinya and Cordura!

  • Carina Stewart

    I love finding products in the back of my drawer I haven’t used in forever! Shopping your stash is the best thing 🙂

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  • This Nars eyeshadow palette is looking incredible ! 😮

    x Victoria

  • ahhh love the pleasures of finding long forgotten stash at the back of my drawers, I am always surprising myself 🙂

  • This is a great idea! I should start doing this more often. I recently cleaned out my makeup stash and I found so many good products that I had totally forgotten about!

  • YSL was my first high end lip product too hahaha x

  • Gillian

    I love the YSL Volupte lippies!

  • Sabrina Lake

    I prefer Boots over Superdrug too, but not for that reason as Boots also puts sticky tape around all their products.

  • Parisian To Be

    I’ve been a VDM fan for so long, I remember you loving, and even purchasing these products. I’ve wanted the Chantecaille Just Skin for ages, but have never taken the plunge. x

    Lillian | PARISIAN TO BE

  • I love “shopping” my make-up stash!! I always find something I have forgotten about but really like! It really is like shopping x

    Alex | PinkElephantBlog

  • I’ve been reading your blog for AGES now (I remember back in the day when it was on Blogspot and you had yourself in your grey and pink banner, lol! :)) so this post is a nice throwback to those times! I must try the Chantecaille Just Skin one of these days, I’m all for perfect skin. 😉 xx

  • That Nars palette looks so pretty!


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  • Zazie Bibi

    The Palette is gorgeous! x

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  • Amber Hunter

    Ooh enjoy the Dior Amber Diamond! I don’t know about over in the UK but Amber diamond and rose diamond have been discontinued in the US (and I had really wanted to try Rose Diamond!) I always remember Tanya Burr using them and they’d been on my wish list for ages.
    Lovely Notions

  • Millie Straw

    I have the YSL Rouge Volupte in a few shades like you – I love it but I find it a bit drying on my lips which is a bit annoying – can’t beat it for depth of pigment though.

  • Dee Grizzle

    I’ve recently been shopping my stash along with selecting a product to use for one whole week. I never wear the same face of makeup two days in a row… life is just too short. I’ve found that the consistency of using one product gives me the opportunity to see how it looks with numerous other products. It forces me to try combinations I would have originally never thought of. I’ve fallen back in love with eye shadows that have been untouched for ages and blushes I thought were a lost cause.

  • Daisy

    Is it just me being super fussy or don’t you think about products going past their date? I mean, I think you’re suppose to replace liquid products and lipsticks after 1 year, and powders after two years. Beauty bloggers such as yourself have about 10 drawers of makeup that’s A LOT of make up to be replacing each year… so I guess keep it till it grows legs and runs away…..

    • Jayne Henricksen

      WHY do you have to replace powder products? Who wrote this “rule” and honestly, what is the worst that can happen? I’ve had some of my stuff for much longer than 2 years, still use it, no problems…..

  • abeeyo_q8

    CheapSmells? You should do a post of getting bargain beauty products

  • BohoRush

    Ugh i’ve been dying to get my hands on them YSL lipsticks but too broke atm haha!
    Great post xx

  • Kendall

    I splurged on the Chantecaille Just Skin because of how much you have raved about it in the past (when you rave about something, I KNOW it’s worth it).. glad to see you have it back in your rotation! While at the counter I also picked up the Chantecaille detox clay mask… you should give that a try! Love it for a spa night.

  • mikaylaa.s

    I love the Nars palette! The colours are great! Thanks for the inspiration to shop my stash more!

  • Georgina Rippingale

    Oh………..My……..Gawd I flipping HATE Superdrugs stupid Indestructible barcode labels.
    Im so glad that someone else feels my pain. Ok s/drug, I understand you don’t want anybody pinching your stock but do you know what, id like to be able to get into something I have paid for! If you do manage to get if off one pop of the lipstick in your bag your left with a shiny new lip product covered in fluff and possibly a bit of granola. They need to sort that s**t out.

  • Maria CZ

    I really really want the Dior shimmer powder it looks amazing.

    great post


  • Celina Bazin

    I love shopping my own stash and finding oldie but goodies. I’ll have to do that again this coming weekend. I actually own and love Dior’s Amber Diamond and use it almost daily. I also have and use Rose Diamond… they are def my favorite highlighters. My latest “shop my stash” find was MAC’s Peach Blossom lipstick (I know it’s one of your favorites!) and I’ve fallen in love with it again. Thanks for the reminder to shop my stash 🙂 It’s such a catchy phrase 🙂

  • hollycarole

    I love finding hidden gems that had been forgotten about 🙂 sometimes I find if I don’t use a product for a few months I end up falling in love with it all over again & it’s a lovely feeling 🙂 I desperately want to try a YSL lipstick, the packaging is so pretty!
    Love Holly x

  • Stephanie

    That’s not a bad stash to find, is it?! 😉



  • The Dior shimmer powder looks awesome! 🙂

  • Great finds! It’s always fun to shop your stash. I’m such a sucker for YSL lipsticks (I mean, the packaging alone!) and Chantecaille Just Skin really is a lovely tinted moisturizer 🙂

  • lisa robb

    Great post. I like this idea.
    L x

  • The Nars Palette and the Chantecaille just skin look amazing. Always a good idea to shop your stash so that everything gets used 🙂

  • Love the look of the Aqua Lip Tint, it sounds amazing! x

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  • Beccy

    I could not agree more about Superdrug and the dreaded sticky tape. It’s so annoying!

    Some great little bits here – I love finding old gems

  • Rachel

    The Rouge Volupte is just to frigging gorgeous! Awesome finds–wish my stash was that great

    xx Rachel

  • Jen

    The YSL lipstick in shade 5 looks absolutely stunning! Perfect for this time of year!

    Jen | Jen’s Little Beauty Blog x

  • Minty

    Thank you… Rubbish day and I read this and shopped my stash. Cheered me up no end- being a beauty junkie has real compensations 🙂

  • Cassie

    Dior amber diamond looks so beautiful. I’ve wanted it for so long, but I haven’t brought myself to buy it. I think I might have to now!

  • Ria

    Pout washing – you’ve got to be kidding?!

  • Tarte Tanya

    That is a good shop!

    I have been wanting to try the Just Skin for years but I this is going to be “the” year.

    I think it’s about time i shopped my collection.

    Lovely post!


  • Sylvia

    I love to shop my stash every month, pull out products and try to integrate them into my routine. A good way to help the shopping “itch” while discovering some “new” products!


  • Emily Knott

    YSL lipsticks are beautiful! I must shop my stash!

  • Lauren S

    i’ve just done this with my mum and found some products that would work so well now, and some unopened to try – now i am more culturally educated in certain products

    Excited to try

    Lauren x

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  • Jessica Rose Nixon

    oh my god I love the Dior shimmer powder too! great post xx

  • Lynsey Philp

    You have definitely inspired me to do this to my make up stash too! I already know I will find some of my old favourites!

  • Ashley

    I love Dior Amber Diamond.

    xo Ashley

  • This is a great post, so many beauty memories. I recently discovered a very battered Warm Soul blush from MAC in my drawer and realise why I loved it so much.

  • DK

    So sad Amber Diamond has been discontinued!!!!!

  • Ha vuelto el Amber Light??? Si eso es verdad me has dado la alegría del año, me quedé sin el y ahora lo quierooooo jajajaja

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  • ElisabethRilatt

    Ahhhh Amber Diamonds from Dior….I’m half way through mine and I love it so much, I’ve recently started using my Chantecaille Just Skin and love the finish it gives after a couple of hours. Great stuff 🙂

    Shopping the stash is one of my favourite things to do, Laura deserves a medal for inventing it!!

    Hope you’re well Anna

    Lis x

  • You can’t buy Amber Diamonds in Australia. It’s a tragedy! lol

  • Trudy Wang

    Love the YSL Rouge Volupte 🙂

  • Sarah Mc

    Those YSL lipsticks are so beautifully packaged <3 Even if you didn't use them they would make pretty ornaments, for shame forgetting about them!

  • That aqualip tint looks amazing, I remember lusting after it SOMUCH two years ago! x

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