We all know my stash is
NARS Powder Blushes
NARS blushers are truly iconic and with good reason. The shades are flattering and unique, ultra pigmented, and super long-wearing. I have 6 in my stash, with my all-time fave being Deep Throat, a shimmery pinky peach.
|(Starting at top, clockwise): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Dolce Vita, Sex Appeal, Amour, Taj Mahal|
MAC cheek colour is one of the first high-end offerings that ever made it into my stash. They're lovely! I'm particularly a fan of the Sheertone Shimmer finish (Sunbasque being a classic pick) and their Mineralized Blushes. Dainty is a real beauty!
|(Starting at top, clockwise): Bite of an Apple, Happy Together, Frankly Scarlet, Dainty, Sunbasque (Missing: Modern Mandarin)|
Illamasqua just hit Toronto shelves less than two years ago and I was one of those makeup fans chomping at the bit to give this bold, edgy brand a go. Their blushes have proven to be real winners. Extreme pigmentation, superior blendability, and super long wear. Lover and Excite are my personal faves!
|(Top left, moving clockwise): Blush Duo in Lover and Hussy, Excite, Beg|
We all know I'm a lipstick fiend (the picture below is clear evidence) and MAC lippies are the most populous in my stash. I own nearly 20 shades, including Impassioned, Rebel, Lickable, Vegas Volt, Korean Candy, Good to Be Bad, Lustering, Chatterbox, Crosswires, Russian Red, Ladybug, Hot Tahiti, Up the Amp, Modesty, Warm Me Up, Viva Glam V, Viva Glam VI, Barbie Rocking Chick (an old-school limited edition fave) and Strawberry Blonde (another LE cult lippie). I love them all like children!
NARS lipsticks embody the brand so perfectly; chic, but bold, polished, yet totally sexy. I own 6 of these little gems, including Heat Wave, Schiap, Dolce Vita, Joyous Red, Damage, and Niagara. Each shade is completely unique in my collection and definitely well-loved!
Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters
There was so much hype about these when they were released and rightfully so! These little tinted balms offer generous pigmentation and a slick, wearable finish. I own 7 of these at the moment (Juicy Papaya, Pink Truffle, Peach Parfait, Red Velvet, Lollipop, Sweet Tart); they're a summer staple!
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains
Revlon lip products are second in number only to MAC in my collection and with good reason. They are affordable and absolutely top-notch! The Kissable Balm Stains were a brilliant addition to their lip range; long-wearing colour without drying or discomfort. Many copycats have followed! I own Redezvous, Romantic, Honey, Sweetheart.
|My entire lip stash. A thing of beauty, no?|
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palettes
I started collecting Urban Decay palettes just after the turn of the century. They were then known as Face Cases and included 8 eye shadows, two lip colours, and a highlighter and were the pre-cursor to the myriad of palettes crowding the shelves today. So wish I had saved them! It's no secret that UD palettes continue to top wishlists everywhere, and I couldn't be happier to see it! Their eye shadows really are the best on the market! Smooth, buttery, pigmented, and bold.
|(L-R, Top-bottom): Naked 3, Wallpaper Palette, Shadow Box 2, Mariposa Palette, Naked (Not shown: Shattered Face Case)|
MAC Eye Shadows
Just as MAC dominates my lip stash, it rules my eye shadow collection as well. I bought my first MAC shadow about 12 years ago and haven't looked back! The brand has released some amazing limited edition shades (like Moth Brown from MAC Loves Barbie) and I always enjoy putting together custom palettes, which is a fun option! I took the picture below a few years ago and have added a few more since. My favourites among them are Bronze, Mulch, Amber Lights, Club, Twinks, Cranberry, and Ricepaper.
|Too many to list, but let me know if there are any shades you're curious about!|
These were the first goodies that I ever really started collecting. So fun to play with and such stunning, dazzling shades! All of mine are in the old packaging. I've swapped away several helpings from some of the jars and there is still plenty left. They will truly last you forever!
|(Left to right, top to bottom): Golden Olive, Melon, Old Gold, Lily White, Subtle, Violet, Pink Pearl|
Make Up For Ever Star Powders
My love for MAC Pigments led me to start collecting these as well. I purchased the shimmery teal shade (top of the pic below) in a Make Up For Ever boutique in Soho, NYC when I was seventeen. I felt so fancy and mature buying it. It's one of my oldest and most-loved beauty products. The pigmentation of these powdered shadows really are top-notch!
When these were first released, gel liners were not a staple of every line. They felt like a true innovation! To be honest, I'm almost always too lazy for gel liners, but these are my go-to choice if I'm in the mood. I love using them as eye shadow bases as well!
|Shade names are there! (Missing: Brassy- my ultimate favourite!)|
Real Techniques Brushes
When these finally hit Canadian shelves last summer I almost fainted in Wal-Mart. I was verklempt! These have quickly become the most populous (by far) brush brand in my collection. They're dangerously affordable, ultra soft, cruelty-free, and always do the job perfectly. The brushes below are just a selection of the ones I own- I've listed those missing from the pic, below!
|(Top, then L-R): Powder Brush, Domed Shadow Brush, Contour Brush, Shading Brush, Multi-task Brush, Essential Foundation Brush, Setting Brush (Missing: Expert Face Brush, Buffing Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Detailer Brush, Stippling Brush)|
Essie Nail Polishes
My nail polish stash has grown exponentially over the past year, and Essie is largely to blame for this! The shades are not merely colours- they feel like personalities! Those in the photo below represent about half of those in my collection. My faves are Mint Candy Apple, Smokin' Hot, First-Timer, and Lapiz of Luxury.
|(L-R, Top-Bottom): Vanity Fair, Over the Edge, Mint Candy Apple, Smokin' Hot, Sexy Divide, Peach Daiquiri (Missing: Lapiz of Luxury, Blue Rhapsody, Nothing Else Metals, First-Timer)|
O.P.I. Nail Lacquers
O.P.I. is another giant in the nail polish universe and I have several in my stash because of the unique, quirky shades and always amazing names. My faves are Gargantuan Green Grape (a warm, cheery pale green) and Don't Pretzel My Buttons (the best-ever nude!).
|(L-R, Top-Bottom): Rainbow Connection, Live and Let Die, Don't Pretzel My Buttons, Gargantuan Green Grape|
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour
Chanel releases iconic nail shades season after season and I've been suckered more than once into splurging for these chic little bottles of colour. Four times, to be exact. The picture below might suggest that I'm cheating here, but missing (i.e., hidden in the wild depths of my bedroom somewhere) is the fourth, Holiday, my favourite orange coral polish ever!
|(L-R): Peridot, Bel Argus, Vertigo (Missing: Holiday)|
Illamasqua Nail Varnishes
Illamasqua may make the most beautiful and unique nail shades out there. They basically invented the speckled polish craze and their holographic microglitter in offerings like Scarce and Raindrops are stare-at-my-nails-all-day stunning!
|(L-R, Top-Bottom): Facet, Scarce, Viridian, Raindrops|
Julep Nail Polish
Julep is a more recent brand curiosity of mine. I picked up a few shades from this lovely, non-toxic, girl power brand last year when my polish maven of a cousin shared some with me. They are fab! I was lucky enough to snag some more at the recent Canadian Beauty Bloggers Toronto meet-up (an amazing time). Can't wait to give them a go!
|(L-R, Top-Bottom): Abbie, Glam Roc, Petra, Scarlett, Catrina, Alice (Missing: Jennifer, Millie)|
Phewf! One of my longest posts ever! I'm so happy that I did this tag, as it really highlighted the products that are absolute staples in my collection. True treasures!
I tag everyone reading this! Would love to see your versions of this theme; send me links if you do it! xo
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