Shopping my stash, saving money, and discovering old favorites

As part of my resolution to live more minimally, I’m going to be shopping less online and more from my stash. Here are a few old favorites I rediscovered.

Author: Jenny Wu
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  1. I love shopping my stash too. It’s amazing all the fabulous makeup you have lying around that you have forgotten. That NYX Blush looks really lovely. I haven’t tried much from ELF in a long time but the powder sounds really nice.

    Ann-Marie |

  2. Laura says:

    Such a fun post, thank you! I like the UD concealer for blemishes. For under the eyes it’s so-so, I find the Nars concealer a better match for me but I need to apply it very lightly to avoid cakeyness (is this even a word?). I try to rotate my stash all the time, I keep newest additions and the products I haven’t shown enough love in a clear pouch on my desk. That way I don’t need to think my daily make up too much if I don’t want to!

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

    • Jenny says:

      You’re welcome Laura, so glad you liked it! For some reason the UD concealer shade the SA picked for me was lighter than my skin tone, so it doesn’t work well on blemishes. It sounds that the Nars one has more coverage and is heavier, which would explain the cakeyness, especially in the eye area. The clear pouch is a great idea – I try to keep my less loved products in a visible place as well so I don’t forget about them!

  3. Marina Rosie says:

    I have the Urban Decay concealer and It’s absolutely amazing, I love the way it blends out! I’d also recommend the Nars Creamy concealer; it gets A LOT of hype, but it’s definitely worth all of it! Really enjoyed this post Jenny and I can’t wait to read more!
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting Marina, so glad to hear you enjoyed the post <3 I've been hearing so many great things about the Nars Creamy concealer but my brain is telling me to hold back and finish my current concealers first before I get another one ???? How would you say the formula for Nars compares to the UD concealer?

      • Marina Rosie says:

        The UD honestly has a lot more of a natural effect than the Nars; the Nars has such amazing coverage and really gets rid of any imperfection, whether that be dark circles, blemishes or dark spots. The consistency of the Nars is definitely thicker than the Ud, but not by too much though. I like the UD for everyday occasions, but when I want to look flawless, the Nars does the job. So if you go to a lot of outings and events Jenny, the Nars might be a great match for you! xx

        • Jenny says:

          Thank you so much for the comparison Marina, it’s very helpful! I have these stubborn dark spots that just seems to show through every concealer I throw at it, so I’ll need to check the Nars one out. Thanks again!

  4. YAS- Love a good ol’ money saving blog post!! ELF and NYX really are my two go to brands when it comes to affordability and they are such good quality too. Check out my Life Of Lau: 5 Affordable Student Beauty Steals if your into that sort of thing.

    Love your blog btw!
    – Lau Elizabeth
    Life Of Lau

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much Laura! Totally agree about ELF and NYX, the value of their products are excellent, especially for students or those starting out with makeup :)

  5. Sal UmmBaby says:

    Hahahahaha! The memes easily make this the best post I’ve read this morning! ;) I too am trying to cut down my collection and my spending this year. I’ve been successful in trimmming down the makeup collection but my skincare is forever growing! I’m trying though. I love the Urban Decay concealer so much. Also, I have a few Klairs masks in my stash that I’m yet to try. Can’t wait xxx
    Sal | UmmBabyBeauty

    • Jenny says:

      Aw, thank you Sal, so glad you enjoyed this post! :D Haha, I feel your struggles, my skincare collection has been the same way, so I’m actively trying to cut back on that this year. Hope you enjoy those Klairs masks!!

  6. Katherine says:

    First, I love your photos! Second, I keep a lot of items “hidden away” in drawers in my closet so that I can rotate items in and out and rediscover products in an attempt to not buy as much. Although that doesn’t seem to work as well as I had hoped. Also, the meme is too cute!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you so much Katherine! :D I’ve started moving my less used items out on display so I don’t forget about them, otherwise out of sight, out of mind D: Glad you enjoyed there meme! I try to keep my posts entertaining, haha :P

  7. Lindsey Elyse says:

    Trying to save is so hard! This is such a great idea though. I usually go through my collection and chuck whatever I haven’t been loving.. but I rarely go back to try and find love for things that I once did not enjoy!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

    • Jenny says:

      I feel your struggle, but it’s always rewarding when I look at my savings statement each month and go “YAY MONEY!!”, haha. I do try to clean out old products periodically as well, but ugh I always feel so guilty when I toss something out ???? Ah well, it teaches me not to shop so impulsively, so I guess it’s a lesson learned :P

  8. Naya says:

    I wish I had your willpower when it comes to spending money on new products! I am always so tempted to shop lol Your stash is great by the way xx

    Naya //

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Naya! I think the important thing is setting a budget and really sticking to it – much easier than going cold turkey and not buying anything at all.

  9. Bernadette says:

    I definitely should shop my stash with the amount of products I have. I feel bad whenever I am ignoring certain makeup products.

  10. Wow these are some lovely products you have here. I really loved your post :) You have a very chic site x

  11. Annabel Bolton says:

    I love the bareMinerals cream, I think I am addicted! Great post.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  12. Oh gosh yes I have a stash! Its mostly lip balms! XD Seriously, I buy waaaay too many. Been slowly going through them and getting rid of the ones I don’t care for anymore.

    I haven’t tried any of these, but I do have some brushes from Elf which are really awesome.

    • Jenny says:

      Haha, it’s ok, I have a stash of lip balms too and leave them around the house and in my bags so I’m never without one ;) My first makeup brushes were from e.l.f and I still use some of them. The value is excellent, especially for someone just starting to use makeup!

  13. Elisa says:

    aah, the UD naked concealer was so hyped before everyone starts falling for tarte shape tape right. i’m actually more curious about UD’s naked foundation since i heard it’s really matte and good for combo / oily skin. have you tried it?

    hm, the elf HD powder is something i’m gonna look out for. i need a loose translucent powder to make my undereye concealer bulletproof – baking, they call it? yeah, that. i’ve been eyeing the nyc loose translucent powder but hm, i’m still not sure whether or not i reaaaally need them. so far, i’ve been using the pressed translucent powder from the balm and i guess it’s alright.

    that nyx blush though! it’s such a hot pink shade! one of the most famous nyx blushes i heard everyone talks about is nyx taupe but people mainly use that for contouring right so i can’t try it out since i’m not fond of contouring (or bronzing, for that matter). i heard so many good things about the nyx blush though and though i don’t think the flamingo shade is one i’d go for, i’ll look at other lighter, neutral pinks or corals / peaches!

    • Jenny says:

      Argh, how is it I’m just learning about the Tarte Shape Tape? Have I been living under a rock? ???? I haven’t tried the UD naked foundation because I prefer natural/dewy finishes. Might give it a try the next time I’m in Sephora, considering how well the concealer worked for me.

      I prefer pressed powder because it’s not as messy, but when I got it e.l.f only had the loose powder version :/ I’m not sure if there’s a difference in performance between the 2 types though, some people claim loose works better though? I also have the NYX taupe shade and use it for contouring my nose and my cheekbones – does a great job and I’ve never felt the need to buy a more expensive contouring powder ????????

  14. hahah, i already was thinking: where is the Klairs item? Dory moment haha amazing memes <3 I've been changing my everyday makeup bag every other week and lately I found a few eyeshadow sticks that I forgot from Chanel and The Body shop. Perfect when I'm in a rush in the morning.

    • Jenny says:

      You caught me! xD Ooo, I wish I could find some Chanel goodies in my stash, haha! Eyeshadow sticks are the best for quick looks or touchups on the go :D

  15. Cat L. says:

    Oh Jenny, I am with you on this one! I’ve also decided to become more of a minimalist this year and use what I currently have. Love that UD concealer, the Dior lip glow and NYX blushes. All excellent choices. I haven’t tried much from ELF but the powder sounds great and you can’t beat the price! Great post and beautiful photos as always!

    ~ Cat L.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you Cat! ELF was one of the first makeup brands I tried way back in the days, and they’ve definitely come a long way since while still maintaining their low prices :D I can’t deny I really want to try the MUFE HD powder though, oh the temptations! ????

  16. Ela says:

    I shopped my stash a while ago and rediscovered my NYX HD Blush in Mauve N’ Out. Like your blush, less is more with this, as it’s quite pigmented!

  17. Tara says:

    I’ve not heard any of the products above, though I am familiar with Klairs! But most of the other stuff — nope. I don’t wear make-up, so none of it rings the bell for me XD;;

    I don’t really keep a huge stash — just try to buy what I need, but I do have a couple duplicates because of the buy one, get one free sale a couple brand does every so often, so I try to stock up on my favourites. But generally, I only have what I need. It’s hard to resist buying more, though! I want to buy other products, but I’ve put myself on a lockdown because I need those funds for my trip in a couple of months! Kudos to you for not buying much, though! It’s hard, but you seem to be doing it well XD

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you! Still got 10 more months to go this year, so fingers crossed that I can keep it up! That’s great that you only buy what you need, and I think having a specific saving goal helps. I definitely controlled my spendings more when I was saving for a large purchase!

  18. I couldn’t agree more about the Dior Addict Lip Glow: everything, from the packaging to the formula, is perfect (I’ve actually almost finished mine and, unfortunately for my wallet, I will have to repurchase it right away! The Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Mask sounds really great!

    • Jenny says:

      I didn’t realize this, but they released the Dior Lip Glow in 3 other shades! Not a good thing for my wallet though, haha. The Klairs sheet mask is quite affordable, especially since Wishtrend always has deals and coupons :)

  19. Liz says:

    I love the look of the NYX blush!

    xo, Liz

  20. I have been adding stuff into my Sephora carts and then removing them everyday…yes, I am a sad old woman indeed. My Sephora love list however is currently a few pages long which makes me a sadder old woman. I need to dig out my NYX powder blushers again, I have like 3 of them and I’m half way through the pan on all. Maybe I will finally hit pan? Here’s to hoping I will do so….now excuse me while I go dig through my makeup graveyard.

    • Jenny says:

      Hahaha, I do the same thing! I’ve got wish lists pretty much with every store, it’s getting slightly embarrassing, not to mention difficult to keep track. I don’t think I’ve ever hit pan on any of my blushes…or makeup in general, that’s how infrequently I use them. Maybe I’ll hit pan this year? Ha, who am I kidding xD

  21. I have been so diligently shopping my stash and am proud to say that I have not purchased anything new from Sephora or the drugstore in the new year! I remember that NYX blush! I love the shade Taupe but I believe it was discontinued a while ago! I am now reminded to start using my Dior Glow again!

    • Jenny says:

      Good for you Stephanie! I definitely haven’t been able to resist the temptation, though my purchases have been out of necessity rather than impulse :P I love the Taupe shade for contouring, luckily I still have a good amount left. I think they released an HD version of the same shade that’s slightly cooler!

  22. Mili says:

    Happy to hear that you got that UD concealer to work for you! Before the tarte shape tape was on the scene, the UD concealer seemed to be the go to one for the online beauty community.

    Shopping your stash is such a good idea! My current issue is my wish list is mostly composed of skincare, and shopping my skincare stash isn’t nearly as fun because I do that everyday lol. I have found that shopping my samples stash is a great way to try new things. Last night I was about to buy some Olivarrier products but then remembered I have some foil samples! Purchase avoided :D

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Jenny says:

      I need to check out (aka oggle then add to my wishlist) the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, I feel like I’ve been living under a rock to only have heard about this now ????

      Yeah, it’s definitely harder to shop the skincare stash. I have quite a bit of products I don’t want to open yet because I’m trying to finish my current opened stash, so I try to rotate the opened products to keep my routine interesting. Olivarrier is another brand I want to try – but sadly no samples for their products (which might be a good thing really…haha).