Stash or Trash #1 – Intro!

I decided to start a new blog series, exciting! I figured, like many fellow makeup lovers with a larger collection, that I have a lot of stuff that I haven’t used for a very long time. Some of the things I have I haven’t touched for one year…or two. Some of my things I don’t even remember what I think about.

So the goal with this series is to pick out some products in my collection that I haven’t tried for a while, or things I don’t remember what I think of, try them out for some weeks and then decide if I want to keep them or not. A way of phasing out products I don’t like or use, and a way to rediscover fun things in my collection.

So with this intro I will present my Stash or Trash products and talk a bit about them. After some weeks I will do another post and go through each product, my experience with them and if I will keep them in my collection or get rid of them.

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I am hoping this will help me to either declutter a bit, or to just rediscover good products to use within my own collection. I have found plenty of gems when digging through my drawers so I do have hopes I can do that with this series. And honestly, I probably have some stuff that does not work for me or are getting too old that I need to get rid of.

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This Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Liquid Bronzer I think I have used once, several years back. I don’t remember at all what I think about it, so I want to use it a few times. If I don’t like this one I can see myself getting rid of it since it’s quite a few years old and I obviously never reach for it. But I will give it another chance to see how it looks and wears before making a decision. Maybe it’s the best thing ever and I just didn’t discover it!

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Hope Girl Illuminating Powder is one thing I picked up, meaning ordered online, but never used. Frankly I did not really realize how this looked before I got it. I would have never picked this up in a store to put it that way. It’s just too glittery to be a powder and to much of a traditional powder to be a highlighter, but I will test it out and figure out properly how it looks in the skin.

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L’Oreal Lip Pain Matte is also something I picked up to try, tested a few times but for some reason I didn’t love it and I just put it back in my drawer and forgot about it. Now it’s time to properly figure out what I think about this formula. I have way too many reads to keep one with a formula I don’t like because it just will never be used. Time to figure out my final thoughts!

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This one is quite random. It’s a lipstick with a unknown name and brand that I got as a free gift with an order a while back. I just swatched it, but never used it. The thing with this is the same as with the L’Oreal lip paint. I have too many reds to keep one I don’t like wearing. Problem is I’ve never tried. Maybe this is the best thing ever! I have yet to find out.

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Can you believe Urban Decay palettes used to look like this? It does not have a name on it so I don’t know what it’s called. It’s probably way too old. I also have at least 4 of these shades in other palettes, so I am ready to declutter this unless I fall in love with it when I try it one last time. It’s also kind of tempting to keep it just for the sake of it. I mean, who has a old palette like this? It’s kind of a collection item? What would you do? Keep it as a relic or put it in the bin? I have to try it once more before making a decision.

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I bought a six-pack of tiny little lip tint wine bottles a few years back. They are so cute, but I just never reach for them. I think I need to rediscover this formula, and maybe that will make me start using them again!

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This Estee Lauder Pure Pops Cream Eyeshadow is also a forgotten old thing. I remember I used to use it a bit when I first got it, but honestly it’s been forgotten about for quite some time. I was not sure if it was still good, but the swatch look fine. I am ready to test this out and see if I can see myself reaching for it a bit more often. If not I should jsut get rid of it since it’s not exactly young anymore.

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Can you believe this is my first Smashbox product? It’s way past expiration date, but I stick to disinfecting my stuff and if it feels and smells good I am fine using it. I am not a pro and only use it on myself after all. I also drink milk after the expiration date and that’s always worked for me. So I like to take chances! This Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in the shade Starstruck haven’t been used all that much lately. I am not even sure if it’s dried a bit. I will use it as a shadow base a bit before I make up my mind.

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I got heaps of these Everyday Minerals mineral blushes that I picked up way back when loose mineral makeup was so popular (those where the time for messy bathrooms I ‘ll tell you!). This is the shade “Like Lady Bird Lake”. I got several more shades, but I think I will just pick out those that I really really like to keep, because I almost never reach for loose powder blushes. So I really should only stick to the ones I really like. I do like this, but I am not sure if I like it enough. But I will keep you updated!

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The last item this time is a Kiko Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow. This is a light shimmery pink. Which I’ve never used. So I decided to throw it in this rounds Stash or Trash to figure out if I think I will use it a bit before it dries up, or if I think it’s time has come.

And that’s all ten products I picked up this round. Now I will have some weeks to test and try everything, and I will do a roundup post with the results of what gets stashed back in the drawers and what gets trashed!

Do you have any fun strategies to rediscover or declutter things in your own collection?

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Trash Talk 2019 – Going Through My Beauty Empties #1

First empties post of 2019! Last year my goal was to reach 200 empties, a goal I failed with great margins. Since I apparently don’t learn much from my mistake I will give that goal another try! Not quite sure how I will manage that since I was so far off in 2018, but I will give it a go. Like last year I will number them, but this year I will also count and categorize them. Just to keep track on what I use. You will see in the end of this post.

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I kick start the yer with 10 products! I did my posts last year when I had 5 or 6 products to avoid the posts being too long, but I think they are too frequent then. But let me know if you prefer longer empties post like this, or if you want shorter ones more frequent. Readers opinions matter most after all!

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#1 – Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Ruth”: As you probably know already these pumpkin butters are my holy grail product, so off course I love the formula of these. Haus of Gloi has a bunch of scents to offer. Some of them are available all year round and some of them are seasonal. This one was a new scent to me, and I don’t think I will pick up this exact one because it was too floral for me.

#2 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Odette”: This one on the other hand is a repurchase I’ve made several times. It has a nice clean linen kind of smell that is just so fresh and lovely. I have a back up of it.

#3 Haus Of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Vice”: Again, the same lovely formula. This one smells like very strong but sweet coffee. I really like the scent but it’s a tiny bit on the strong and sweet side for me. I may pick it up again though, just not straight away.

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#4 Hugo Naturals Volumizing Conditioner Vanilla & Sweet Orange: I actually picked this up because I read somewhere that this smells exactly like the John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Shower Gel, which is absolutely lovely but quite expensive, so I tried the Hugo Naturals line to see if the scent was similar. Scent is good enough, but it’s no match to the scent of the JMO.

#5 Hugo Naturals Volumizing Shampoo: Exactly the same as the conditioner. They work OK, but I don’t know if I really need to repurchase.

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#6 Bella Lucce Cooling Cucumber Facial Toner: Nice refreshing toner, but sadly the brand does not exist any more so repurchasing is not an option.

#7 Bella Lucca Peruvian Cocoa Azul Bliss Creme: Luxurious body cream that smells wonderful of fancy chocolate. I had soaps and scrubs and body creme with this scent, and I am so sad I can’t get them any more. It’s not a sweet synthetic chocolate scent, but rich and authentic. And the body creme was so nice and moisturizing. I would absolutely pick this one up again, but sadly that’s not possible.

#8 Scinic Snail Matrix Cream: This one is just as slimy as you would think. It’s almost hard to dot it around my face before rubbing it in. But besides that I was quite satisfied. It felt moisturizing and sank into the skin quite quickly. Not specific scent, and the glass bottle feels nice and heavy and the design is nice and simple. If I recall correctly it was quite cheap too.

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#9 History of Woo Jewel Powder: This was in my project pan 2018, and I finished it in December. The container is gigantic and it took me a full year to go through it even though I used it 5 times a week. The powder is really nice. but I just can’t stand the huge bulky packaging so I won’t repurchase.

#10 Bomb Cosmetics Pina Colada Shower Butter: This exactly like I would imagine a shower butter. I really like the feels of it, and how it leaves my skin moisturized after a shower, but I did not really like the scent. I would like to pick this one up again in a different scent though.

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Colourpop Good Sport Eyeshadow Palette – Review & Swatches!

The first thing I thought when I got this palette was that it looks so much richer and deeper in color in real life than what it does online, big bonus! The other thing was that I could immediately spot an eyeshadow or two that I don’t already own, which is always a great thing considered I don’t exactly have the smallest of collections (There will be collection posts coming soon as I did last year in case you are curious). In other words, this was a welcome edition to my collection.

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It’s just Colourpops standard 12-pan eyeshadow palettes. No mirror, simple cardboard packaging and slim easy-to-store design. Out of all their eyeshadow palette formats I think I like the 12-pan ones the best. They are not too small, not to big and still enough shadows to give a nice variety of colors. Colourpop are generally very good in narrating their palettes, because you rarely get eyeshadows that look too similar. That’s the case with this palette too. The color scheme is really well put together with proper fall shades. You got burgundy, yellow, greens and purples.

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You get 7 mattes and 5 metallics in this palette. That gives you plenty of nice mattes to play with. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in particular when I have been using this. You got your basic crease shades as well as darker shades to deepen the look. The only thing that some of you may feel is missing is that matte bone shade to set the lid. Personally I have so many matte bone shades now that I really don’t feel it’s necessary. Besides I find that using a powder I would set my face with works just as well anyway. In addition to a nice selection of mattes you have some stunning metallic options. The two greens and the yellow are particularly nice, and I don’t think I even own a dupe for EBB.

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The overall quality is as usual really really great. I am still in love with the metallic formula from Colourpop, and the mattes are great as well! The only shade I had slight issues with was “Sista” the bright matte purple. I found that it was a little bit harder to blend than the other mattes. Still completely possible to make it work, but it did require a little bit of extra attention. Besides that shade they all worked just as well as Colourpop usually does, which is great!

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Honestly I think this is one of the best color schemes released by Colourpop this year!

As always I end up recommending the Colourpop palettes I review. You can’t really go wrong with them, so if you are a fan of the colors they are always worth grabbing.

Remember you can keep in touch with me on Instagram too! Leave me a comment there if you found me through here!

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Trash Talk – Beauty Empties!

Time to do a summary of how I liked my recent empties! The procedure is the same as with all these posts! I will talk about each product individually and give a little mini review of all of them. There are the products we will go through today!

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A little mixture of haircare, bodycare and makeup items this time too. As usual I will number them. The original idea was to reach 200 products, but that was much harder than I expected. I guess that’s not a bad thing. Why use more if you don’t need to?

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#143 – Co Lab Dry Shampoo “Unicorn”: I usually reach for Batiste when I buy dry shampoo, but this unicorn scented one sucked me in. I was so curious about what unicorns smells like! Turns out I really like this one. Batiste gives more texture to the hair, but if you don’t want that this one is a great option. My hair felt clean and refreshed and I could not see any white cast. If I have to use a lot of dry shampoo I sometimes feel like the Batiste one gives too much texture so that the hair feels a bit sticky. With this one that was not an issue. I will for sure pick up Co Lab again, but maybe another scent. I am not sold on unicorns after all.

#144 – Heimish All Clean Balm: This is a great cleansing balm that melts to an oil and remove makeup very efficiently. Have gone through many many jars of this, and I can absolutely see myself picking up more. Works wonders without being too expensive.

#145 – Bella Lucce Argan & Acacia Rich Body Creme: The body cremes form Bella Lucce are so luxurios and good I would happily pick this up again. Sadly the line is discontinues. Such a bummer because it was among my favorite body care lines with spa quality.

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#146 – Rituals Shanti Shower Soothing Shower Oil: Nice, hydrating rose scented shower oil. Shower oils are excellent to prevent dry skin after a shower. I love that this one comes with a pump. Will pick up another one of these!

#147 – Rituals Brilliant Bliss Nourishing Ultra Shine Shampoo: This one really does leave my hair nice and shine. I do however miss a bit of volume when I use it. It’s not a bad shampoo, I just think my hair needs something slightly different, and I am not sure if I would pick this up again. Maybe is my hair change.

#148 – Rituals Shikakai Secret Nourishing Ultra Shine Conditioner: This matches the shampoo. Give a lot of nourishing and shine, but makes my hair a bit flat. I need something that also helps a bit with volume.

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#149 – Mario Badescu Facial Spray: I tried using it as both as facial spray and as a finishing spray for makeup. It did absolutely nothing for me. But the good thing about sprays like these are that you can use them to dampen your makeup brushes so you don’t have to waist your good stuff. Will not pick this up again, and honestly I don’t know why so many rave about this. Scented water in a bottle.

#150 – Clarins Lip Comfort Oil: I really liked the scent and how it felt on my lips in the beginning. I even had it in my monthly favorites over a year ago or so. But as time went by I figured it was kind of over priced for what it is. I mean, the product is good, but I have cheap lip balms that are just as hydrating. I don’t think I will repurchase.

Did you try any of these products? What are your thought on them? Let me know in the comments!

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Trash Talk – My latest empties!

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I have a hard time keeping myself updated on these posts. I feel like I constantly have a new one ready to go. It’s fun though, and it’s a nice way to get a few mini reviews out fast! I had a goal to reach 200 empties this year, and even though I feel like I constantly empty something I see that I will have a hard time reaching my goal. Oh well, maybe next year! But let’s got through my beauty trash and have a look at what I’ve finished!

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First some hair care stuff!

#135 – Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothe Force Conditioning Spray: Holy grail moisturizing spray to use after every shower. This one has been one of my go-to hair care products for over 3 years now. I have been through countless bottles, and there will be more!

#136 – LUSH R&B Hair Moisturizer: This one I had for a very long time, and to be honest I’ve struggled a bit to finish it. It’s a bit too heavy for my hair, and I have to use just the tiniest bit for it to work for me. That comibined with the fact that I didn’t love the scent made it a long process. I think this is more suitable for peolpe with thick curly hair, and it was a bit too much for my nordic curls.

#137 – KMS Add Volume Hair Spray: I just picked up this little sample to test it out. If you read my November Haul post you probably already know I like this because I just picked up a full size bottle. It gives volume while making my hair smell and feel almost clean again!

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#138 Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter “Spider Silk”: The pumpkin butters from Haus of Gloi always will be my favorite! This is in the fresh delicious scent “Spider Silk” which is one of their fall scents. I already have a new jar of this, among my large Haus of Gloi collection.

#139 Bella Lucce Arabian Odyssey Nourishing Sandalwood & Almond Creme: This is a beautiful formulated body butter that feels very luxurious and give just the right amount of moisture for me. The scent is also sweet, warm, oriental and cozy. Sadly this brand does not exist anymore, which is kind of heartbreaking. I would for sure repurchase if it was possible.

#140 Bomb Cosmetics Cranberry & Lime Oil Based Body Scrub: Loving this! You can read the full review here if you want to know more. I will pick up another one of these for sure!

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#141 – Missha Super Aqua Refreshing Cleansing Foam: This one was OK, but not great. It does the job and the skin feels clean, but it also makes me feel a bit tight and dry. Nothing my facial cream can’t fix, but there sure are better cleansers out there so I rather pick up something else.

#142 Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer C4: Love this concealer! I have already mentioned it among my top 5 concealers. I already got a new one of this that I started using. It’s just a fantastic formula for such a reasonable price!

Did you finish anything fun lately?

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Clarins Water Lip Stain – Review!

To be completely honest with you, the main reason why I decided to pick these guys up was because I opened a tester in the store and noticed how delicious they smell. I am quite a sucker for nice scents especially something that smells like something you can eat, like delicious berries. But, the scent put a side, this was also an interesting product I wanted to do a review of.

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The Clarins Water Lip Stain, are cute little bottles of very liquid lip stain, as the name would already tell you. I picked up two shades “03 Red Water” and “01 Rose Water”. The 01 Rose Water looks quite orange in the tube, but on the lip it turns pink.

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The product comes in a see-trough glass tube, with a metallic red cap and a brush applicator. It looks and feels like a expensive product. I would say that Clarins price tag is in the lower end of high-end makeup and these guys retail for 28$. I don’t think that price-tag is horrific for a lipstick, but for a lip stain I feel it is maybe a bit up there in price. After all Korean Beauty are the expert of staining lip products and you could probably find a whole bunch of cheap lip stains with a similar feel to this one. Just on the top of my head I can mention those Labiotte Wine Lip Tints, that come in a super cute wine packaging (just google them, I am too lazy to take a picture!).

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The imprortant thing is off course how they work. The nice thing about these is that you can choose what intensity you want. You can paint it on and let the product dry and get a opaque stain like “03 Red Water” in the picture above. Or you can put a little bit on the lips and blot it away and get a much more discreet look like I did with “01 Rose Water” below.

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How long it will last on the lips depends on how you apply it. A light stain like I show here with “01 Rose Water” will last for several hours. I found that it usually took 4-5 hours before I wanted to reapply. If you want the more opaque look then you will have to be prepared to reapply more often. The opaque application lasted me 2 hours.

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They usually fade away very even on me, which I appreciate. However, I did notice once that I had a bit of a try patch on my lips, that it did not fade the same way around this spot than on the rest of the lips. This makes me think that if you have very dry or chapped lips this may not be the right product for you if it wants to emphasize dryness.

Other than that they feel super light weight on the skin. Almost like you are wearing nothing. My favorite way of wearing them are to apply a soft tint, let it dry and then apply some balm over top so my lips get some moisture. It gives a very beautiful and natural look as well. Also, the fact that you can so easily control the intensity means that even the bright red could be worn as a soft tint during work hours, or as a opaque tint in the evening. So I find this to be very versatile.

Overall, these were a hit for me, but I think if you want to pickup one you really only need one shade, because worn as a tint they give quite a similar look.

And yes, strawberry candy scented! The reason why I picked them up in the first place.

Remember you can always keep track on my latest post on Bloglovin and Instagram!

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Tarina Tarantino Blushes – Review!

This is one of my unknown hidden treasures in my collection. For those of you who are familiar with Tarina Tarantino might know her better for her loud hair and jewellery line, but she also has a small selection of makeup products. I own a few of them, among them three blushers!

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First of all, the packaging is a piece of jewellery on its own! They feel heavy and look almost like small art pieces. I got three shades. Parasol, Feather and Carved Rose. All of these three are also a part of a blush palette (which is currently on sale at her website), but at the moment they are not available as singles directly from her site. I don’t know if they are being discontinued or not, but there are plenty of them on Ebay and I don’t really think you will find any fakes as this brand is not known for their makeup. This is just as much an art piece as a makeup item so I would recommend this for any makeup collector out there.

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The formula is very easy to work with. It’s pigmented enough, but not to the extreme so you have to be too careful. It’s just enough to give you a nice flush of color. It applies really easy and evenly. Just a very simple blush to use!

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Feather, Parasol and Carved Rose.

I had these blushes for several years and they have been among my favorite ones for very long. That’s why I felt I needed to share these beauties in case they disappear for good.

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Do you have any hidden gems in your collection? Something that no one talks about but you really love?

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