Did you see last week’s post, where I explained the concept of stash shopping? Well, I like a bit of variety in my routines, so I’ll be switching up my beauty products every week from now on, and showing you what I’ll be using!
Last week I didn’t really get into shower products in my stash shopping, but this week, let’s go for it! I’ll be trying out the Herbal Essences Bee Strong shampoo and conditioner, which I had a sample of in a magazine recently and adored. I really like Herbal Essences haircare, plus honey is a favourite of mine, and so is a very thick shampoo formula – so this ticks a lot of boxes for me! I’ll team this with the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, which I got a sample of with InStyle, and which already has my adoration – despite the high price tag, this little beauty will be a definite staple for me now I know how soft and manageable it makes my hair!
More magazine samples take us out of hair care – Balance Me Super Toning body wash smells absolutely gorgeous, and is just a little 50ml sample, so should last me until the beginning of term, meaning I don’t have to move a wet, half-empty bottle! I’m really looking forward to using this. For my face, I’ll be using Lush Queen of Hearts soap, a really beautiful rose-scented mild facial soap, which should hopefully be a perfect medium between Aqua Marina (great, but stinky) and Fresh Farmacy (too stripping for my skin, but nice to use).
In terms of skincare, it’s back to basics for me. I’ll be using The Body Shop Moroccan Rose body butter on my body, to combat my skin’s initial reaction to the cold weather (hint: it doesn’t like it), and returning to my old favourite Johnson’s Daily Essentials Hydrating 24 hour day cream to soothe my face in the mornings – it’s having a bit of a hissy fit at the moment, so I’m going back to this tried-and-tested cream. Something a bit new for night-time, though: I’m trialling Lush Skin’s Shangri-La moisturiser, which is very heavy. I’m keeping it as a night cream, as it’s a bit rich for day.
Make up! I love this Urban Decay mini palette, but it’s been a little overshadowed by Naked and Smoked recently, and I thought it was time to let it shine again. It’s got a good mix of colours and neutrals, but everything is a little bit glittery, so I’ll see how I get on for daywear! I’ll be teaming that with the Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner, which is a nice simple black felt tip liner – easy to use, and nice and basic. A pop of colour to my cheeks with Bourjois LIttle Round pot in Rose Ambré (a little overshadowed by Cendre de Rose Brune recently), and for my lips Collection Colour Pout in Pucker, a bright deep plum. To top everything off, Lush Imogen Rose perfume – well, if my other products smell of roses, why not continue the theme?
And of course, make up’s not my only stash…
Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey – the sequel to Kushiel’s Dart, this is bound to be full of court intrigue and beautiful writing.
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle – this was lent to me by a friend, who said it wasn’t great, but I do like an Elizabethan spy romp, so I’ve got moderately high hopes for this!
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris – my mum lent me this book with no explanation, but from the blurb it seems like a good read. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet…
I think I’ve got some real goodies in my stash-basket this week – what do you think? Could you do this chopping and changing all the time, or do you prefer to have one thing on the go at a time?