Shopping the Stash #2

Shop the Stash | All Dolled Up

The problem with having too much make-up and a short attention span, is that lots of lovely products tend to get forgotten and start to gather dust in the shadow of the shiny and new. I’m making a huge effort to work through the stuff I have (hence all the recent empties posts!) instead of constantly buying new things, and part of that is “shopping the stash”. I had a rummage around in my kit and brought out some goodies I know I love that I’m going to try and use more often:

Shop the Stash: Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells | All Dolled Up

Wet ‘n Wild “Walking on Eggshells” Colour Icon Eyeshadow Trio

I bought this nearly a year ago (review here) and have hardly used it, which is a shame because it’s great. The quality is ridiculously good – especially for something under R100! – and the colours are really wearable and versatile. Wet ‘n Wild recently rolled out to Clicks stores nationwide (previously it was only in selected stores) so it’s much more easily available and super affordable. If you haven’t tried anything from the brand yet, then do yourself a favour and pick up a couple of their signature products, like the Pearlescent Pink blush (NARS Orgasm dupe), Megalast nail polishes and fabulous semi-matte lipsticks.

Shop the Stash: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre | All Dolled Up

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

I can’t decide how I feel about this product – on the one hand, it’s a lovely moisturiser that forms a beautiful, smooth base for make-up but on the other hand, it’s quite a low-tech, mineral-oil-rich formula that doesn’t really do enough for my dehydrated skin. Having used it a few times recently as a make-up base I can say that it’s one of the better primers in my collection and I think that’s probably the only role it will fulfil for me. Those with dry skin that isn’t particularly demanding might love it though so worth a try if you fit the bill. I bought mine from Cult Beauty.

Shop the Stash: Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder | All Dolled Up

Shop the Stash: Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder | All Dolled Up

Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder

Ooooh I love Sleek, it’s such a pity it’s so hard to find. As far as I know, the only place you can find it in Cape Town is the Foschini in Golden Acre, which is utterly ridiculous. It’s another affordable but high quality brand with an awesome product range and worthy of a lot more attention than it gets (certainly in this country). This powder is perfect – non-cakey, good neutral golden tone (I have Shade 02), offering light coverage that leaves skin with a healthy glow. Another one of their products that I don’t use enough is the Natural eyeshadow palette – it’s only R100! Highly recommended.

Shop the Stash: MAC Naked pigment | All Dolled Up

MAC Naked Pigment

I picked this up as part of the MAC Nocturnals collection last year, knowing in my heart that while the set looked very pretty, I probably wouldn’t get much use out of it. This turned out to be true but only because they hide in a part of my make-up drawer that is difficult to see so I basically keep forgetting about them. I decided to reacquaint myself with the most wearable shade, Naked (which is also sold individually as part of the permanent collection), and have been loving it. MAC pigments are gorgeous applied wet or dry and last for ages on the eyes with minimal creasing (zero if you use a primer). They’re a bit fiddly to work with but the super-fine texture makes blending a dream. Nyx also do a very similar product called Loose Pearl Powders if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.

Shop the Stash: Catrice Eyebrow Filler | All Dolled Up

Catrice Eyebrow Filler

My fine, blonde eyebrows are my most frustrating feature by far – at least with my hair, I can curl it and load it up with styling products to make it look full and volumised. Try doing that with your eyebrows! There is only so much I can do to fake the Cara Delevingne look, including monthly eyebrow shaping and tinting (go to Danielle at Mooi – just trust me) and filling in my eyebrows every single day with a pencil and/or powder. I don’t have the discipline or patience for hair growth serums so a tinted eyebrow gel is a great addition to my routine, as it gives my brows some much-needed but very natural-looking definition. This one from Catrice is cheap and cheerful, and does a great job of adding dimension and texture to my drawn-on face framers.

Have you rediscovered any old products recently?

4 comments on Shopping the Stash #2

  • Lungi (@LungiZ)

    It’s good to know that Wet ‘n Wild is going to be rolled out to all Clicks stores – I won’t have to travel to check out the new stuff.

    I wish they would do the same for Sleek at Foschini!

    Lovely post

    • Jules (author)

      Thanks Lungi! Yes, completely agree – Foschini need to review their distribution strategy!

  • Marelize

    I was moaning this very morning about the fact that I won’t be able to find the Nars Multiple stick in Orgasm anywhere in South-Africa and here you come with an affordable dupe! Never purchased Wet&Wild before, but saw their products at Clicks very recently and will certainly give them a try now. Also, yes for eyebrow shaping at Mooi, I agree on that one! Thanks for making my day with this blog and thanks for delivering many, many reasons for interwebs procrastinating in the office!

  • Svetlana

    Oh my gosh, so excited to learn that Sleek is at Golden Acre because I live in town. Golden Acre is in town, right? I am going there ASAP! Ps..I went to Danielle at Mooi a few times but she talks such rubbish about skin care with no knowledge of active ingredients that I just coudn’t take her seriously anymore. The other therapist (I forgot her name but it’s not Karin) gave me the most amazing pedi of all time. My feet looked amazing and trust me that’s a feat and a half!

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