Shopping My Stash: The beauty bits I’ll be revisiting this month

By Lynnie | February 6 2013 | 12 Comments

One of the nice things about our recent move was that it forcibly reintroduced me to some things that I’d nearly forgotten I had. I discovered a pair of leopard print shoes under the bed that I’d spent months looking for (my search skillz may need some work) and in packing and unpacking my beauty bits, I found allsorts that I hadn’t used in ages that were just crying out to be worn.

So here’s what I’ll be revisiting in February…

I really like Topshop cream blushers but I can count on two fingers the number of times I’ve worn this shade, Head Over Heels. It’s a bright peachy coral that can be worn sheer for a flush of colour or built up with a light hand for extra impact, and it is perfect for spring.

Unfortunately stray blusher brush bristles tend do to get firmly lodged in these products; I picked them out for this photo op which is why it looks like the surface of the moon.


These Nubar nail art pens were a purchase at Olympia Beauty that I was less than impressed with, but since I’ve yet to come across my usual black and white pens in the moving mêlée (yes, I am still unpacking) and I’m damned if I’m buying new ones, they’re being given another chance. I’m hoping that the polish will have thickened a little since I last tried them, which might make using them less of an uncontrollable blobby mess.

We’ll see!

Pure laziness means I’ve fallen out of the habit of wearing primer in recent times. This is a mistake, especially in winter, since I find that applying foundation without it is inclined to emphasise my dehydrated flaky areas. It provides a smooth (or, in my case, slightly less bumpy) canvas for make-up application so foundation doesn’t get a chance to find and cling to those pesky flakies.

Clicky here for our review of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, here for Shu Uemura UV Under Base, and here for Rimmel Fix And Perfect Pro.

I was on holidays last year for The Great Lip Crayon Battle of 2012, which is just as well because if I’d seen the resounding thumbs down Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains received from you lot, I probably wouldn’t have bought two of the things. As it happens, though, I like the firm texture and full-on pigmentation and love the minty scent and flavour, so I don’t really know why I haven’t been wearing my favourite shade (Crush Begun) to death.

It’s an oversight that I intend to address with the quickness.

While I can see how these might be drying, I’m quite happy to work around that for the long-lasting stain they give and find that applying my own lipbalm prior to and after application staves off any drying effect without adversely affecting colour payoff.

I’ve enjoyed really digging through my beauty archives to shake-up my everyday make-up so much that I might actively make it a regular occurrence!

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12 Replies to "Shopping My Stash: The beauty bits I’ll be revisiting this month"

  • Atkin says:

    I use Topshop blusher too but just put it on with my fingers.

  • boo says:

    Hey guys?any clue how much the topshop one is.I’m using an urban decay one but this looks v similar to it and I’m guessing might not b as other one is getting low.

  • Sabina says:

    I love the look of the blusher, haven’t tried out any makeup from the Topshop range yet.

  • Corrie says:

    I just rediscovered my Topshop cream blusher recently too- I have it in High 5, it’s a bright pink and its sooo pretty!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love the Topshop range. And that Revlon crayon rocks my world, I have that exact shade!

  • Atkin says:

    @boo I can’t remember exactly, but I think it was under a tenner.

  • Gracie says:

    I actually like the Revlon lip balms too.

  • Elle says:

    Are cream blushers good if you have open pores on your cheeks? I’m finding it hard to find a blusher that doesn’t make them look worse – best I’ve found so far is benefit benetint :(

  • Lynnie says:

    Atkin – I find it hard to control with my fingers, I always end up looking Bosco-tastic!

    boo – unless they’ve reduced the Euro price recently, I think they’re €12 apiece (but I bought this one in the UK, where it was – brace yourself – £6. Rip-off merchants.)

    Elle – I have similar issues and find this one grand, pore-wise. Have you tried any of the other Benefit liquid offerings, like Posietint (which I use a lot and LOVE) or Cha Cha Tint? I stock up on them when the minis are on GWP offer in magazines.

    Jennifer & Gracie – yay! Glad it’s not just me. I’m actually wearing it (and everything else here!) today, love it.

  • Hermanspottypants says:

    thank goodness theres a few good words out there for the revlon lip stain crayons. I just impulsed bought 2 of them last weekend including Crush Begun.

    The Topshop range of makeup is stocked in a hoity toity ultra cool way too cool store in Paris called Colette . It was the only thing within my price range LOL stacked amongst things like Faux fur jackets for €12000 and watches for € 50,000.

  • I really like that rimmel primer….and I’ve dry skin!

  • Atkin says:

    @lynnie I think you may have changed my life! I have started to put it on with my blusher brush and the look is transformed. It never dawned on me before, thanks.

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