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06-01-2019, 22:06   #1
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Shop the Stash!

Greetings cosmetics hoarders!

Inspired by our ever popular Latest Cosmetics Purchases thread and a post by Sunny Dayz, we welcome you to Shop the Stash!

The idea behind it is to look at what’s already in your collection before making a new purchase, or going so far as to not purchase anything until you use what you have!

This is the STS support group, tell us what you’re using up, what you found in the bottom of the makeup kit, gems you forgot about, what you’d repurchase, or if you need to be talked out of a shiny new Charlotte Tilbury product!

Whether it’s for economic reasons, storage space reasons or environmental reasons, join our 2019 challenge!
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06-01-2019, 22:31   #2
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I so nearly bought more makeup in the Debenhams sale yesterday. Those benefit gift sets are so cute. Thankfully I couldn’t remember my cvv number for my card and the extra few minutes made me re think. I’m so glad as I have loads.

I’m currently commuting for work, spending the weekdays in my hometown in my parents house and returning to my place and my husband at weekends. This means I divided my makeup stash between both houses and I didn’t need to buy a thing I had so much. In fact after my near miss yesterday I went throw the makeup I had here and realised how I would only have been purchasing items similar to what I already own. So I’m on a shopping ban until I run out of something!

One thing I did do that makes me feel a bit better was to organise travel kits of toiletries and make up for travelling. I travel a bit for work and I’m never sure which house I’ll be leaving from so I created a kit for each house that I can grab and know that all the basics are covered. I really did feel like I shopped my stash and The only thing I had to buy was some mini dry shampoo.
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06-01-2019, 22:52   #3
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Looks like you’re off to a good start! Good idea to prep the travel bags in advance, you won’t be tempted to impulse buy minis.

I won’t be buying any more skincare until I use what I have. I’ve about 5 half full moisturisers and loads of body creams that I need to use.

Makeup wise there’s stuff I just need to get rid of, I know I won’t use, and then other stuff I forget I even have that I need to reuse.

In a former life I was in beauty PR so I had a shocking amount of stuff unopened with seals on, my friend have a clothes swap in her house and I brought loads of makeup, all happily rehomed! Defo recommend getting your girls together and swapping items if you have ea few bits between you. Feels like shopping!
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Skincare is the one thing that I just can’t include in this, I have such sensitive skin and rosacea that going back to the some stuff that’s still half full just isn’t an option. I think I might repurpose them as hand moisturisers or offer to friends instead though!

Personally this is the year that I will not buy any eyeshadow or lipstick. I must have about 20 eye shadow palettes that I need to get more use out of and lots of lipsticks of various similar shades that I can’t bring myself To throw out just yet. I also bought the original naked palette again just before Xmas as I love it and heard it was being discontinued. Despite the urge just to start using it because it’s all new and fresh I’ve put it away until the one I have at the moment is done.

This month I plan to finish off the half used shampoos and conditioners and also to start using body stuff that I have lying around and build them in to my routine, things like body exfoliators and scrubs and dry oils etc. I’m sure my skin will thank me for it and it’s better than having them gather dust! Looking forward seeing how I get on!

Earlier I put everything that’s new and unopened in to a box so that once I have finished a bottle I can grab a new one and work my way through that. I really want to avoid have multiple bottles on the go at once as I find it just never finish any of them before the reach the expiration date (which I personally ignore most of the time....)

Aim for the whole year is to not buy anything new until the current one is finished. Will be interested to see how everyone is getting on!

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Skincare is the one thing that I just can’t include in this, I have such sensitive skin and rosacea that going back to the some stuff that’s still half full just isn’t an option. I think I might repurpose them as hand moisturisers or offer to friends instead though!
I have a tan leather bag that marks quite badly with scratches etc - after cleaning I've been known to use up old body lotions and moisturisers (and the ones that broke me out), you'd be amazed at how well they work for conditioning soft leather.
Just an idea!
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Just started decluttering my house over the past few weeks, ive been finding things from years back. Am I the only one who attaches souls to things and cant throw them out? I found a box of old makeup from when I was very young and cant bring myself dump it, its all old, cheap crap that can never be used but it brought back so many memory's. Found an old tube of rimmel extra lash mascara and forgot how much I used to love it. I bought a new tube of it today and its really good, dont know why ive bothered spending so much on expensive mascara when the cheap stuff is just as good if not better. I got a sample tube of a ysl mascara in a giftset and its horrible stuff, its like glue and doesnt look good on, I looked up the price of a full tube just see and it costs something like 30 euro. Ill definitely be repurchasing cheaper makeup from now on and wont be wasting so much on expensive name brands.
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Will definitely be doing this! Went through my stuff at the weekend and I have an embarrassing amount of lipsticks and a whole bunch of eyeshadows that barely get touched. This year I only plan to buy skincare and make-up that needs replacing
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I need to do this especially when it comes to palettes.

I also went through a stage of hoarding foundations so I'm going to try to work through that backlog as best I can, but maybe some of the ones I'm not enjoying could be regifted to friends etc.

I was about to repurchase MAC strobe creame but remembered I bought a similar product from Stila in one of the pre christmas beauty sales so going to try that first to see if its similar.
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Ah I'm glad there are so many like minded people on here!

I've said at the start of every year that I won't buy as much during the year, I'll use up what I have - but I never stick too it. I put my hands up and say yes I get influenced! But what has prompted me this year was Lipstick n Leopard Print's shop your stash for the month of Jan.

I also get sucked into the fear of running out of something. I usually stock up on shampoo/conditioner/toothpaste when on special offer. I have multiples of deodorant, dry shampoo, micellar water etc in case I run out. This stems from when I was younger and lived at home. We grew up in the countryside and my mum didn't drive so we only did our shopping once a week. I kinda haven't lost that mindset of "running out of something". I need to start telling myself that if I run out of deodorant, I can just walk down the town and get some.

I'm also at the stage where I've run out of storage space - I can't justify the sheer amount of stuff I have - and I'm the only woman in the house. My poor husband has his stuff in a box and a wash bag under the bed - I've 3 storage units in the ensuite and a basket of stuff in the main bathroom.
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I used to be a divil for the Boots 3-for-2, and now I have THREE unopened micellar waters from Botanics that I barely use, as I now favour a microfibre cloth and a drop of LRP face wash. Not such good value now I'll get through them eventually.

Deodorants, toothpaste and tampons (****'s expensive!) I do still look out for 3-for-2 or whatever as I know I'll use them and either don't deviate on brand (deodorants), or am not brand loyal (toothpaste).
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I have to do a stock take of all my body wash/shampoo/moisturisers/handcream and see what i have. I stocked up in the boots 70% off sale for the last few years. Some was stuff for myself and some i used as backup presents but i'm not sure what i have anymore and if i haven't needed them as presents yet i might as well use them up. this year i wont have as good access to multiple boots like i did before so hoefully the temptation wont be there. Although looking at their stock levels i dont think they have as much as other years either.
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Ill definitely be repurchasing cheaper makeup from now on and wont be wasting so much on expensive name brands.
This is a good point - price doesnt always give you a good outcome. Some of the stuff I've ended up hoarding has been for more expensive brands.

My issue si that if I spend on something and if I don't really like it, I find it hard to get rid of it.

Recently I bought a Wet'n'Wild setting powder and it was terrible. It was a pressed powder but they'd nearly done too good a job, in that it was compacted so tightly that I couldnt really get any product onto my brush, let alone onto my face. but it was only €3/4 so i just threw it in the bin.

I also bought the Charlotte Tilbury magic concealer (as I like the foundation of the same name) but its awful. Its really tacky feeling and makes the fine lines under my eyes look worse than they actually are, so its a disaster of a product really. But because of its price, I keep persisting wtih it - setting it differently or applying with a different tool... when in reality it just belongs in the bin.

Its a shame with expensive products because its annoying to spend that amount on a rubbish product.

My main concealer that I use daily is the one from Catrice which costs €4 and I've repurchased multiple times.

I've a few MAC palates that I know I'm going to struggle to use. I just find them hard to work with and the colour payoff. Its not that I don't want to use them, but I just genuinely find them difficult. Might see if any of my friends might like them or something.
I need to think more and sample more before buying in future. I need to stop buying things just because they look nice.
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Ill definitely be repurchasing cheaper makeup from now on and wont be wasting so much on expensive name brands.
One cheap foundation i have rediscovered is The ordinary Serum foundation. My niece who is obsessed with make up was talking about it so i said id try it again. i do find ti very runny which put me off at first but it does feel lovely on my skin and is buildable. I normally don't wear powder but think it does need it. However that may be my way of justifying a new purchase
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This is a good point - price doesnt always give you a good outcome. Some of the stuff I've ended up hoarding has been for more expensive brands.

My issue si that if I spend on something and if I don't really like it, I find it hard to get rid of it.
This!! I've bought cheap makeup from Penneys or Essence and had no hesitation in binning it if i didn't like it or it was crap.
But stuff I've spent my hard earned money on I find it difficult to get rid off. Either I force myself to use it to get my money's worth or I hold onto it as a reminder not to be so stupid and as punishment for buying things that I'm influenced by, that I didn't need.
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I also bought the Charlotte Tilbury magic concealer (as I like the foundation of the same name) but its awful. Its really tacky feeling and makes the fine lines under my eyes look worse than they actually are, so its a disaster of a product really. But because of its price, I keep persisting wtih it - setting it differently or applying with a different tool... when in reality it just belongs in the bin.
Magic Away was just dreadful stuff, I'm so annoyed I bought into the hype!
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