‘Shopping the stash’, is a phrase first coined by Laura, formally of Lollipop26Writes, now of Buy Now, Blog Later acclaim. It is an expression used to describe the act of digging around in your dusty makeup drawers and (hopefully) finding some long-lost gems. With no time, nor money to do any massively extravagant hauls of late, I have had a little rummage in my collection and I thought I would show you what I have found!

MAC Melba Blusher
This is buy far my favourite blusher from MAC ever! It’s something that every now and again I lose sight of, but the minute that it finds it’s way onto my cheeks I am instantly back in love. A matte peachy pink, that just looks so natural on my skintone and gives a warm beachy glow. I was actually wearing it in my ‘Camera Love‘ post if you want to see it in action.
MAC 2N Lipglass
I do not need to tell you guys again that I’m not a lipgloss girl. In fact I only own one of their infamous MAC Liglasses, which is this one, called 2N that I picked up in a collection that was released at the beginning of last year. I still fricking hate the formula (so sticky and thick – yak), but the colour is a beaut! Pretty much MAC Shy Girl in lipgloss form, so I am enjoying using it up. 
Make Up Forever Smokey Lash
When the original formula of this mascara did the round in the beauty community, I quickly snapped up the waterproof version (I only wear waterproof mascaras as they hold a curl in my eyelash better). But when I first opened it up, I was greeted by a thick, gloopy mess that made my eyelashes look horrendous! However, after a few months it has dried out slightly and now I love to layer it over my L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof mascara to give my lashes some serious oomph!
MAC Face + Body Foundation in 3N
This foundation is the PERFECT lazy day base. It’s fantastic for good skin/light coverage foundation days! I like the face that it has a slight sheen to it as it gives you a nice radiant glow, without looking too greasy. I have the shade 3N, which is definitely a summer shade for me, but as it is quite sheer it adds a nice amount of colour without looking too over the top! Love it!

MaxFactor Earth Spirit Eyeshadow in Inca Bronze
I won’t talk too much about this product as I actually use it in an upcoming Everyday Makeup ‘Milly Mackintosh inspired’ look (that I’m in the process of editing as I held the mirror in front of my face therefore blocking the camera for most of it – doh!). But this is a pretty bronzey gold, not too yellow, not too red just very natural, that is so easy to wack on your eyes and be done with – simple!

So there you go, some gems that have been brought to light, rediscovered and used constantly over the past week or so! Have you ‘shopped your stash’ recently 😉

  • Erin El Issa

    I want Melba so bad! It’s been on my to buy list for ages.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      It’ so pretty! Definitely worth having a look at next time you are in MAC :) xx

  • Rachel Lizzie X

    always read your blogs as soon as i see them pop-up! very new to youtube/blogger but yours are my favourite by far! :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aw thanks hun – that’s such a nice thing to say xx

  • lisa p

    I recently chaanged my makeup collection over and found lots of products I love and some I didnt. Atleast now I remember to use them!!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Exactly! It’s always nice to remember what you actually have 😉 xx

  • Anonymous

    i love doing this, it is such a good idea, i think things always get lost at the bottom of the pile 😀

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      They do – it’s great to have a clear up every now and again! xx

  • amy gregory

    i did a shop my stash to :) http://peachykeen1992.blogspot.com/2011/08/shopping-my-stashusing-up-some-products.html x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Fab post hun! xx

  • Anonymous

    I want to but I’ve got hardly anything with me! :( I still need F&B!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Ah ‘Shopping Your Stash’ will have to wait till September eh? Something to look forward to when you come home :) xx

      • Anonymous

        Indeed, shame cuz I’m just going to have to buy new stuff for now ;P

        • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

          Haha, now that’s the RIGHT way of looking at it 😉 xx

  • Lovelaughlauren

    This was a great post!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Pleased you like it hun :) xx

  • http://twitter.com/kellybelly04 Kelly C.

    I still need to get Face and Body! I think I will like that so much better than tinted moisturizer, which I’m struggling with right now, lol

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Yes, it’s definitely worth getting a sample of it to see how you get on with it xx

  • Anonymous

    I have just shopped my stash and done a post about it too :) Love how Melba looks, so pretty! Glad you rediscovered some unloved items!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oh I read that the other day, I love reading your blog, it’s one of my favourites :) xx

  • Ferraro Roshni

    I really want to try Melba now – I’ve seen so many bloggers raving about it! Would it look good on a more tanned skin tone though? xx 

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Yes it would say so, it’s pretty pigmented and can be built up to quite a strong colour if you want to :) xx

  • http://missjhoang.blogspot.com/ Julie Hoang

    I am definitely going to pick up Mac Melba next time I go shopping & I’d love to try the Face & Body foundation too!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oh fab! Definitely try and pick up a sample of Face + Body too 😉 xx

  • maddie thomson

    i want to try everything here! especially the blush and the foundation :)
    great post!

    maddie xx

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks hun! Pleased you like it xx

  • Anonymous

    I love shopping/swatching my stash to remind myself how much gorgeous makeup I really have! Keeps me from blowing all my cash on new goodies.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Yes it’s really fun isn’t it! Q

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

       Yes it’s really fun isn’t it! Quite therapeutic as well :) Plus it saves the dollar 😉 xx

  • sdiana91

    yep, i’m a huge fan of face and body too! lets your skin breath!! :)


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      It does! That’s such a good way of describing it! xx

  • N Dh

    Just wanted to say I love your blogs and youtube videos! :) I also really want your hair! x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aw thanks hun! Cheers for leaving such a nice comment xx

  • Jodie Moores

    wow, i love reading your blog posts :-D  i really want to try to make up forever smokey lash.. definatly getting that soon!
    much love <3

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aw thanks hun, pleased you like it! xx

  • http://suzyheartsbeauty.blogspot.com/ suzyheartsbeauty

    Another brill post, loving the shade of that lipgloss x

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Cheers chic! It is a very neutral shade of lipgloss, would suit everyone! xx

  • http://makeup-and-macaroons.blogspot.com Lilit

    Aah Melba… I first bought it after seeing it on your blog, then after a while got distracted with my Tarte blushes. But seeing this post again made me take out Melba from the bottom of my stash and use it today. It’s so lovely and natural, why do I always forget about it? It’s going back into my everyday makeup stash for sure!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Fab! Pleased you have rediscovered it, it really is such an amazing blusher! xx

  • Chantelle J

    Think I may need to purchase the face and body for lazy days :) 

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Definitely! It’s worth picking up a sample, it’s perfect for lazy days xx

  • Auriebellebeauty

    I love the Aqua Smokey Lash but it’s not waterproof for me!! :[

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      No I have to say that it’s not very waterproof as waterproof mascaras go! Definitely not as waterproof as the L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in waterproof which is amazing! xx

  • livvi-babiee

    Its such a great idea to delve into your makeup drawers every once in a while, I ought to really. I would be suprised by what i would find, things I didnt know I still had and bits and broken pieces!
    The way you’ve described that blush sounds great! I may have to go and get myself it, as it sounds perfect for me! So, thankyou! :)


    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oh yes, you would definitely be surprised with what you find :) The blush is a beaut – such a pretty natural colour :) xx

  • Viviianna

    i really want the smokeyy lash! and i  love your youtube videos :)
    btw, just started a blog, would mean heaps if u checked it out 

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aw thanks hun! Pleased you like my vids :) xx

  • http://twitter.com/Vasare Vasare Nar

    I can’t use that mac foundation it makes my skin to break even though I never get spots… ahhh so bad :(

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Oh no! That’s rubbish! Ah well, at least there are thousands of other foundations out there for you to try :) xx

  • http://www.misslaurenalicephelan.blogspot.com/ lauren_alice

    I got that max factor eyeshadow free in one of those “spend over a million pounds and we’ll give you a free make up bag” offers. I now can’t actually live without it. I even took it on holiday with me and bushed it across my cheekbones for a glam post tan glow.

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Haha me too! It’s amazing isn’t it! And fab idea for popping it along the cheekbones, I’m going on holiday soon so definitely will be trying that! xx

  • Caroline

    loooooove those makeup items! im from argentina and ilove your videos girl :)

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Aww thanks hun!! Pleased you like my videos :) xx

  • caitlin.ross

    i have the earth spirits eyeshadow in ultra aqua but i don’t wear it often as it is so bright!