I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.


ESSENCE Lipliner in 01 Soft Rose

Hello, I’m back again. I’ve had a difficult exam, so there was no reviews for the last several days, but I’m back to my routine now.

Other than make-up base, the only other cosmetic item which is almost non-existent in my stash is a lip-liner. I rarely use it, as I find it too much of a bother.

Essence lipliner pencil has the honour to be the only lipliner in my stash. I’ve picked it on a whim, because I liked the colour.

The shade Soft Rose is a medium dark dirty pink. The colour is lighter than my natural lip-colour, but it goes well with the majority of lipsticks and lipglosses in my stash.

The lipliner is very creamy and smooth, although I find it a bit too creamy for my liking as it melts easily. I always think that lipliners should have a harder texture.

I wear this lipliner more like a matte lipstick than as a lipliner. As a lipstick, it wears well, but can leave the lips dried out.


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