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

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Top 3 affordable brands of 2017

I already shared my top 3 luxury and top 3 high-end favorite brands of 2017, so now it is time to present the best affordable brands! Even though I really know how to appreciate a nice luxurious makeup product, nothing is better than finding cheap but great makeup!

These three brands are my favorite because I find that so many of their products are hits despite their low price-point. Normally I get both hits and misses with drugstore brands, and I actually more often than not get a bit disappointed. All of these brands really deserve to be on a top 3 list because I rarely find misses among their product range (there been a few, both no-one is perfect right?). Just three solid brands that I love!

KIKO Milano is an Italian brand that I got to know many many years ago on Holiday in Italy. At that time I could only get anything from the brand while traveling since they did not ship internationally, but they have since expanded their reach and I am (thankfully) able to order online now.

KIKO has so much good stuff! They have exciting releases during the different seasons with fairly affordable prices, but you can very often snatch up things for sale for an unbeatable price!

There are so many things I would like to recommend from this brand I barely know where to start. If you have been paying attention to my makeup looks you know that I use their eyeliner pencils fairly often. The cream eyeshadows, both in pots and stick form, are incredible and will stay put all day without budging. They also have some very good blushers and lipsticks as well.

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My Colourpop collection has been growing at an impressive speed in 2017. I just got my first Colourpop products in late 2016, but with their affordable prices and tons of new, exciting releases this year I got to try plenty from the brand. From just shadows and lip-products my Colourpop collection has now grown to a collection of  everything from blush-palettes, highlighter-palettes, concealer, setting spray, custom eyeshadow palette, regular eyeshadow palettes, lip-liner, bronzer, liquid eyeshadows….well, to almost everything! I am just sitting here waiting for their release of a foundation or two, because I really enjoyed the concealer.

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Off course Zoeva had to be mentioned as well. Even though they are mostly known for their excellent quality brushes, they do have some high quality makeup for a great price! I am adoring their eyeshadow palettes. As you can tell from the picture I’ve collected quite a few, but you are not even seeing it all! The quality of the shadows are really really good, and the sleek packaging is really nice to store or travel with. I highly recommend that you check out their eyeshadows because their are highly underrated and I just can’t understand why people don’t talk more about them!

The Zoeva Brow Spectrum palette is also worth a look if you are into brow powders! With 6 brow shades and 3 highlighter shades you really have all you need for some great brows!

And off course. Their brushes are incredible!

Do you have any favorite brands for 2017 that stood out for you? Let me know in the comments!

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