Who remembers the old days when beauty bloggers would routinely upload 'Shop My Stash' posts for our reading pleasure? I used to adore reading posts like that, and as I was having a bit of a make-up clear out the other week, I decided to put together one of my own. I used to do this a lot on my original blog a year ago, and I fancied reliving the experience!
 
The Rules: Basically you go through your make-up collection and pick out some things you either need to use up, or used to love but haven't used in a while. You set yourself a time period - it could be anything from a week to a few months - and you see how well you get on. The great thing is that you can either end up rediscovering some old favourites, or making room in your collection for new additions - and you don't have to spend a penny!
 
 
Benefit 'Goof Proof' Brow Pencil: I got this in my Elle magazine maybe a month or two ago, and it's one of those samples that most people would love, but I know I'll never use! I am a very low-maintenance girl when it comes to my eyebrows; I get them threaded, but that is as far as it goes! If you are into your brows I'd recommend this because it is really easy to use; it's waxy and not insanely pigmented so you can naturally build up the colour and blend it through. I already have a friend lined up to receive this if I can't work it into my routine, but I will try and give this a good go!
 
MAC Technakohl Liner in 'Brown Border': This is one of my favourite brown eyeliners; I got it in a set MAC did a while ago and whilst I'm not sure if they sell it in their permanent collection, MAC do an array of different brown shades to choose from. This gets neglected a lot in favour of my other black, neutral and purple eyeliners, but I've really been preferring the softer, smokier look brown gives to the eyes. The formula is great - it's creamy but it stays for hours without wearing off - and the twisting nib means no sharpening!
 
No7 Precision Lip Liner in 'Rose': I go through so many phases with this lip liner it's insane! I adore the formula - if you're looking for a comfortable lip liner that's easy to apply, wears nicely throughout the day, and comes in a range of different shades I'd definitely recommend checking out the variety No 7 offer because they're practically faultless. This shade is a beautiful bright rosy pink - perfect as a more subtle bold lip.
 
 
Benefit Hoola Powder Bronzer (Mini): I've gone through 3 Hoola bronzers over the years, and this is the latest one I've almost finished. I really like this - and on a slight side note I really like the new liquid version too! It's matte, buildable and great all year round. I like using it as an eye shadow too on really fuss-free make-up days, and the mini version is just under £10, so you don't have to splash out on the larger size if you don't want to. The only annoying this is the packaging, which is partly why I neglect using it because I don't like how battered it gets in my make-up bag! But when the product is this good it doesn't matter too much. 
 
Make Up Store Microshadow in 'Ruby': Do you ever buy  that's absolutely beautiful, but for some weird reason you never reach for it? I bought this eye shadow from The Makeup Store a really long time ago; I was drawn to the colour with the gold flecks shot through the pink, but I found it too dramatic to wear all the time. However, I think it's stunning as a warm blusher, as well as a colour pressed into the centre of the eye, so I think I can come up with some fun uses for it!
 
 
 
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Permanent Taupe': Remember when everyone just had to have this shade in their Colour Tattoo collection? I own it but I have to say this is one of the products I use the least. It's barely been touched! I am a warm-toned eye shadow girl, and whilst I love how this matte grey looks on other people, I can never make it work for me. However, I like the idea of using it as an eye liner, and that's what I'm going to try to do to finally get some use out of it.
 
Max Factor Wild Shadow Pots in 'Burnt Bark' and 'Golden Amazon': I adore the formula of these eye shadows. For powder shadows they're creamy and pigmented and blend beautifully. With a good primer they stay for hours without wearing off weirdly, and I am completely in love with these two shades. Golden Amazon is a really wearable yellowy gold that looks amazing all over the lid, but I have to say Burnt Bark is my favourite because it's so unusual and so pretty for either a subtle look, or to make a dramatic look pop.
 
 
Beauty UK Posh Palette 2 :Masquerade 2: Now when the Naked 2 palette came out I was feeling pretty left out because, as I just mentioned, I'm not a cool-toned eye shadow girl. At the time, Beauty UK had brought out a range of palettes, and I thought I'd try out a cool toned palette and see if I liked it enough to use a lot - if so I'd look into getting the real deal, if not I wouldn't be losing anything. Luckily I chose not to splurge because I never ever use this. It's such a shame because the colours are stunning; I always reach for the cranberry shade, the gold and the dark matte brown because they're beautiful and the quality of these compared to the others is way better. The others are a little chalky and harder to blend. However, this palette is actually quite old now, so I think the slightly substandard quality is understandable!
 
 
B. Creative Art Edition Vol.3 Colour Collection - Day Palette: Now this comes with a little disclaimer - I actually use the four eye shadows in here quite a lot. They're gorgeous quality, blend so well and go really well together. However, I've put this in because I never use the face products in here and I really want to before they go all weird. I hate cream highlighters so I don't think I'll use that, but I love the lip shades mixed together - they also work really well as blushers. The bronzer is too light for my skin tone, but I will make an effort to use it more, however the blusher is really, really not my kind of shade at all, so I have no idea how I'll manage to utilise it!
 
 
This may seem like a lot of products to focus on using - or alternatively, it may not seem like enough - but I think it's something I can achieve. I plan on following this up in exactly  2 months, so look out for that on Sunday 23rd October 2016!
 
Will you be shopping your stash? How often do you use all of the products in your collection? Do you want to see more posts like this? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)