Shopping the Stash: Old Makeup Favourites

old makeup favourites

My lovely sister-in-law came to visit me over the Easter weekend and, as she’s a true makeup junkie, I decided to have a delve into my various storage boxes and drawers and offload some of my unused cosmetics. (Note that I say unused and not unwanted: I want absolutely everything, it’s just unfortunate that I have only one face to try things on.)

Anyway, as I was clacking my way though about fifty-thousand eyeshadow palettes and pulling out concealers that hadn’t seen the light of day since the millennium, I discovered quite a few odds and ends that used to be firm makeup favourites. And they weren’t shelved away because I stopped loving them, I simply had other things to test.

So here they are; some of my old makeup favourites. Long-time readers will remember the ByTerry Cover Expert foundation – apparently this formula has now changed and has an SPF added. I haven’t tried the new version, but the reviews online don’t seem particularly favourable. This may be controversial, but I actually like to have a few foundation options that don’t contain SPF – I don’t always need sun protection, or I like to have the choice and use a standalone one if it’s required…

I’ll tell you what, though: Charlotte Tilbury’s Retoucher for dark circles – it’s bloody brilliant! Sort of like a concealer-touche-eclat hybrid. Illuminating but also opaque enough to offset any shadows, so long as they’re not too dramatic. Lovely, silky formula, easy to blend, doesn’t go dry or chalky and doesn’t sit in fine lines. Great stuff – you can see it in action in the video below, along with a nude eyeshadow palette that’s a good option if you hate shimmers and an affordable – and suitable for fair skin – bronzing powder. All of the product links are below the video pane. Enjoy…

By Terry Cover Expert Foundation in Shade 8: WARNING, they have now changed the formulation of this and added SPF. This is NOT the one I try in the video!

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Shade 1:*

Urban Decay Primer:*

Becca Nude Shadow Palette:*

Chanel Volume de Chanel Mascara:*

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Pen Shade 2:*

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt, Shade 69: has this lipstick formula been discontinued?! I shall try to find out…

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  1. Nancy Carnell
    April 17, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Lovely blog and video, as always. I love the fact that you don’t edit out real life!! Flirt is in stock on the John Lewis website, btw xxx

  2. April 17, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I have still never tried any Charlotte Tilbury products- how bad is that!!?

  3. April 17, 2017 / 11:17 am

    I have remained faithful to the The Body Shop bronzer, but whenever I shop my stash I discover a few things that I can’t remember why I put them away in the first place. It must be even harder to keep track when you get the newest launches to try.

  4. Janice
    April 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I’m with you on the SPF thing. I have moderately sensitive skin and sunscreens are some of the most irritating ingredients around. Much safer to add your own which you know your skin is happy with. Could say the same for moisturisers too. Sometimes it seems like everything has SPF in it :-(

  5. Gemma
    April 17, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Yes please to the lipstick video! Thank you!

  6. Cait
    April 18, 2017 / 1:35 am

    Your brows look great! I have pale eyebrows that look a lot better tinted, but I was finding that the tint would wear off really quickly (possibly because I use oil based cleansers?). A friend suggested I tint them myself with Just For Men Mustache and Beard. It took a bit of courage to do it, but they turned out great and it was super easy. I just mix up pea sized drops of dye and toner, and paint it on my brows with an old eyeliner brush (or spoolie swiped from Sephora). I leave it on for about 5 minutes, then wipe it off with damp cotton pads and wash my face. The package cost about $5 and will probably last years. The best part is that I can do it whenever I think about it, instead of trying to remember to make an appointment.

  7. Evie Jones
    April 18, 2017 / 10:37 am

    What a beautiful blog, I’m glad I came across this. I have to be careful as I suffer with skin problems and have for many years. I absolutely love using Aloe Vera products. I feel my skin hydrating once I’ve applied it and never feel like I’m damaging myself with chemicals. I use products from Forever Living:

  8. Tatiana
    April 21, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I love Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks. One of the most comfortable formulas to wear. I would love to see a video on lipsticks from your stash or the latest and greatest. Lipstick is my favorite makeup item.

  9. Karen
    April 27, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I’d love to see the lipstick video too.

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