Stash or Trash #3 – Recap!

Ok, time to go through my current stash or trash items and decide which ones to keep and which ones to bin. If you want to read the intro to this specific bundle of items you can read about it here.

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I put the items I will keep on one side of the palette, and the items I will trash in the other side (we will get to the palette too!). Can you guess which side I kept?

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Fyrinnae Single Eyeshadow “Rapunzel Had Extensions”: This one is sooo beautiful. I used to use this so much many years ago. It’s such a pretty shimmery pink with gold. Unfortunately it has so much hard pan I can’t pick it up with the brush any more. So time to declutter this one!

Fyrinnae Single Eyeshadow “Aztec Gold”: Luckily this one does not have hard pan as the other one. The shade is nicely pigmented and it’s a unique dirty green with gold shift. I don’t think I have anything like it.

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The NARS highlighter or blush or whatever it is in the shade “Satelite of Love” I just could not figure out how to use. It’s just a sheer wash of specks of glitter. The base color does not show up, and it’s like it’s just a veil of glitter paritcles. No matter how I use it I can’t make it look good. It just looks like I playes around with glitter and didn’t manage to wash it off properly. Such an awful product. In the bin with it!

Everyday Minerals Highlighter in “Wet Sand” on the other hand is actually a beautiful highlighter. If this was a pressed powder with a nicer packaging I would keep it withouth doubt. But even though the highlighter is pretty, the shade is quite standard. I could probably easiy dupe this 10 times just within my own collection. Since the packaging is both very unpractical and not that cute to look at, I decided to let this one go. It is really pretty though!

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils: This one is just a sample, but it felt a bit try for my taste (could be just old) and I don’t feel like it did much for me. In the bin with it.

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I didn’t realize the colors of this lipstick and blush by H&M matched untill I took this picture. H&M makes fantastic cream lipsticks and powder blushes, so the formula of these products are amazing (and they are affordble!). The H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush in “Cherry” I put in this project because I was not sure if the color suited me. Every time I look at it I feel like it’s to dark and then I reach for something else. But after using it a bit I realize it’s actually not that dark on me, and with a light hand it looks very flattering. This one is a keeper for sure!

The H&M Creme Lipstick in “Limelight” is kind of the same story. I never reached for it because I could not imagine the shade looking any good on me. But after forcing myself to use it a couple of time I don’t really know why I thought it would not fit me. I actually really like the deep purply pink. This one is a keeper as well!

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These guys on the other hand are awful! They are both Kiko Unlimited Stylo lipsticks, but they are so incredily drying. My lips look like cracked sunbaked soil, and I don’t even have dry lips! If I put a lip balm on top they looked nice though, but I have so many lip products that work great just on their own, so there’s not really a reason to keep these, especially since the shades aren’t really that unique.

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And finally, let’s talk about this palette. This is a limited edition Kiko “Color Fever Must Have Eyeshadow Palette 02 Elegant Tones” that I got on Holiday in Italy years and years ago. It looks pretty, but I just never reach for it. Now that I have I realize the quality really isn’t there. The shadows are just too sheer for my taste, and I found that I actually got a bit annoyed having to work so much to get the result I wanted. I have too many great palettes to be bothered using this any more, and I don’t have any sentimental attachment to this, so this palette can go!

I felt like I got to declutter a lot this time, so I am happy with that! Out of the 10 items I picked out I decided to get rid of 7 of them!

Altogether in this series the counts are:

  • Decluttered: 19
  • Kept: 10
  • Makeup artifact box: 1

I am actually quite happy with how this method helps me get rid of a few bits and pieces here and there. I have such a hard time getting rid of anything. You know, just in case you might miss something one day. But really trying things and seeing how they work helps me decide if the things I don’t reach for enough are worth keeping around.

Now I just have to pick out 10 new items that I need to make up my mind about, so a new intro post in the Stash or Trash series should be up soon. Stay tuned!

XOXO

Mufavorites!

Top 6 makeup products from H&M Beauty

This is a makeup line that I feel is totally underrated and not enough people focus on. A lot of people I’ve talked to didn’t even know H&M had their own beauty line in the drugstore price range.

I know availability differs a bit from country to country. Where I live h&M offers quite a large selection of makeup brands like NYX, Maybelline, L’Oreal and a few more in addition to their own line. Parts of the reason may be that we don’t have any drugstores. Ulta does not exits (and they don’t ship here either), and all the typical stores for makeup sell only luxury makeup brands like Dior, Guerlain, Chanel, Lancôme and so on. So we don’t really have any bigger stores that sell drugstore brands. For me where I live, H&M actually has the very best selection of drugstore makeup and it’s my go-to whenever I want to shop in store.

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Other places only have the H&M beauty line available online. This beauty line is not available in China though, because they want to keep the line cruelty free.

Either way, this brand is worth having an extra look at, so I wanted to do a post with 5 of my favorite items from the  brand. I was not able to decide to go for just 5, so in the end I ended up with 6. I just could not take any of these away!

H&M Cream Lipstick: These are luxury lipsticks for 9.99$. The formula on these are amazing and they really feel high end. Unfortunately the packaging is far from luxurious, but still I keep reaching for these over and over again. The formula is so rich and creamy and comfy to wear it’s amazing that you can get such a good lipstick from a drugstore priced brand. My absolute favorite is “Creamy Chestnut” which is a beautiful peachy nude. I am certain I will pick p more nudes from this line, and I highly recommend them!

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H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blush: These are off course blushes that I love, otherwise they would not be in this post. But they are just so good! There is just something about how flattering the colors look, and how easy they are to apply. The feel and result it gives is so similar to a high end product and I don’t really know how H&M does it. The packaging again is sort of a sad story, but the inside is so good.

They got plenty of colors to pick from. The formula is sheer but buildable which is what makes it so foolproof to apply. They price again is 9.99$ but I often see these on sale for just a fraction of the price. H&M seem to change up their color selection quite a bit and you will regularly find their blushes and lipstick on sale for just a few coins, so make sure you check out if they have any on discount before looking at the full priced blushes. Either way, they are a bargain.

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H&M Radiant Bronze Island Hopper Glow Powder: A beautiful baked radiant bronzer. My favorite way of using this is just as a topper on my regular bronzer to add a little bit of glow. Or you can use it on it’s own to really get that bronze goddess glowy beach queen kind of look.

This one is so glowy it could even be a highlight on deep complexions.

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H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil: I got a lot of these and there is a reason why. First of all they are 6.99$ but often found on sale. The selection of colors is great and you find everything from blacks, browns and nude to those fun popping colors that we love. There really is a pencil for everyone within this line.

They are pigmented and very smooth, so they can be used on the waterline as well as smudged on the lash line or even as a base for your eyeshadow. They will last all day on your lash line, and even have very decent staying power in the water line as these set and are not easily rubbed off.

I use these all of the time, and you can very often see them featured in the list of products under my makeup looks.

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H&M Delicate Pearl Illumination Lustre Powder: This may look like your standard highlighter that everyone has e version of in their drawer, and I partly agree. The color is not unusual, but the result it gives make me reach for it over and over again despite the fact that I probably have 20 other similar highlight. This gives a gorgeous glow, almost metallic, without being shimmery or glittery. It also applies so smoothly and I think it’s just really hard to get a bad result with this because it’s so flattering.

The price is 14.99$ but I would happily pay twice as much, because I still think it would be worth it. A hidden gem in their collection, so if you have a chance I recommend giving it a swatch if you see it in store!

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Did you ever try anything from the H&M beauty line? Do you have any hits or misses to share then please do so in the comment! I would love to hear your experience with the brand.

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