Shopping My Stash | January

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save money, and not spend my money on unnecessary things . So having said that I’ve decided to start ‘Shopping My Stash’. By this I mean, going through my makeup draws, wardrobe and beauty stash and using the products I already have, but barely use.

I have so much makeup, and loads of clothes that I never wear so each month I’m going to make a conscious effort to use things I wouldn’t normally in the hopes that I will re-dicover old favourites and save money during the process.

For my January/February makeup draw I decided to pull out The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette, Nars Laguna bronzer,MAC Blankey Lipstick and The Morphe 35W Palette.

I forgot how much I loved the Rimmel Match perfection Foundation! I use the concealer on a daily basis, which I love, and used with the foundation works so lovely on my skin. The coverage is medium, but its build able, and although the shade is a bit light, it works well on my skin type.

The Sleek Contour and Blush Palette is one I have loved time and time again. It’s the perfect palette for travelling as I love and use all three of the shades! The bronzer/contour shade is very similar to the Benefit Hoola, the blush is the perfect dupe for NARS Orgasm and the Highlight is so pretty! I could happily live with just this palette for the rest of my life!

NARS Laguna bronzer was a favourite of mine for a while, before I replaced it with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Since pulling it out I’ve fallen in love with it again. It’s such a good shade for me, and I love the slight shimmer running through it.

The L’Oreal True Match Powder is okay. I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier  Powder, and it worked well for me, but I will be sticking to my favourite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

I’ve not been loving lipstick for quite a while now. I’ve been more than happy to wear a full face of makeup, without any lipstick on, but I’m ready to get out of that habit! I’ve decided to pull out MAC ‘Blankety’ lipstick, as its such a gorgeous nude shade, and its a creamy finish which is my preferred lipstick type. I’ve really been enjoying wearing this again lately.

Lastly for makeup is the Morphe 35W Palette. I bought this ages ago and never really used it. I have so many palettes in my collection that loads tend to get forgotten. This has some lovely shades in and I’ve actually had some lovely comments on my eye makeup since using this, so I’ve been really enjoying this.

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Handbag Essentials

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I used to be one of those people who carried their whole life in their handbag. I would lug that thing around on a daily basis, and it was so heavy and I never used half of the things in there.  Lately I’ve switched to a smaller bag, which is the Michael Kors Sloan Small Quilted-Leather Shoulder Bag. I absolutely love the look of this bag! Its such a gorgeous design and the colour is perfect for the Autumn season. Inside the bag there are a few different compartments, two being open with a zipped pocket in-between these. As well as another small zipped pocket.

So what do I carry around with me on a daily basis?

My purse or cardholder– I tend to switch between the two, depending on if I have cash or not. At the moment i’m opting for my purse which is from Michael kore (Not available anymore).

My Phone- I have the IPhone 6, and I don’t go anywhere without it. I’m constantly on Instagram, Twitter and keeping up to date on my blog when on the go.

Sunglasses- My current favourite pair as these gorgeous Metal Square ones from Carvella.

Headphones- When I’m out and about listening to music is always a must!

Lipstick- I always make sure to have the lipstick I’m wearing that day in my bag for touchups.

Powder Brush- I don’t carry any powder with me, but i find a brush so handy to help takeaway the shine on my face when needed. My brush tends to have some excess product on anyway.

Hand Cream- There is nothing I hate more than dry hands, and the Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams are my absolute fave!

Perfume- These little tester perfumes are so handy for carrying around with you. They take up so little space, and its a great way of trying out new scents.

A mirror- Always handy to carry around, as I find the iPhone front camera is pretty rubbish.

What’s In My Bag

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I’m such a nosy person, so I love being able to have a mooch through peoples bags to see what they carry with them on a daily basis, which is what inspired me to write this blog post.

I used to carry a huge handbag with me on a daily basis which I filled with useless crap that I didn’t need. When I found this Michael Kors Selma Satchel bag I fell in love with its simplicity and classic look, and knew I had to have it. I got it in the medium size which is the perfect size for fitting all of my essentials in, and also meaning I don’t have any room for the things I don’t need.

So lets take a look at what I carry with me on a daily basis…

So starting with my purse. I used to carry a card holder with me, but it annoyed me having nowhere to put my change so I switched back to my purse. This particular one from Michael Kors isn’t available anymore as its quite old, but it works perfectly for me.

I always carry a notebook around with me. This particular one is from Home Sense, and I love carrying note books to jot down any lists, thoughts, blog ideas etc. I come up with thought out day.

my favourite scent is Victories Secret Love Spell. I have two bottles of this so I always keep one in my bag to use throughout the day. This scent is so sweet and summery and I really love it.

Sunglasses are an essential for summer time! These ones are my favourite from Carvella.  I love big sunglasses so these ones are perfect for me.

I always have a lipstick at hand. My most worn at the moment is MAC Velvet Teddy. Its such a wearable, everyday shade.

Lastly a few essentials that I always have at hand; mints, headphones, tissues and hand cream. These are products I always use and defiantly miss if i don’t have them with me.

What’s your one essential you have to have with you on a daily basis?!