‘Shopping the stash’, is an expression used to describe the act of digging around in your dusty makeup drawers and 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!

Sally Hansen Insta-dry Nail Color in Blue

This is buy far my favorite nail color from Sally Hansen ever! It’s something that every now and again I lose sight of, but the minute that it finds it’s way onto my nails I am instantly back in love. A matte powdery blue, that just looks so chic on my skin tone and gives a warm beachy vibe.

Revlon Top Speed Nail Color in Decadent

I only own one of their infamous Nail Colors, which is this one, called Decadent that I picked up in a collection that was released last year. I fricking hate the formula, but the color is a beaut! So I am enjoying using it up.

Nuance Nail Color in Azalea

When this nail color did the round in the beauty community, I quickly snapped it up. But when I first used it, I was greeted by a thin, watery mess that made my nails look horrendous! However, after a few months it has thickened slightly and now I love to use it to give my nails some serious oomph!

Maybelline Clearglow BB Stick in Fawn

This BB stick is the PERFECT lazy day base. It’s fantastic for good skin/light coverage foundation days! I like the fact that it has a slight sheen to it as it gives you a nice radiant glow, without looking too greasy. I have the shade Fawn, which is definitely a summer shade for me, but as it is quite warm it adds a nice amount of color without looking too over the top! Love it!

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat

This is a pretty candy pink, not too yellow, not too red just very pink, that is so easy to wack on your nails 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 ;)

I’m not a lip gloss girl. The stickiness, gloopiness, hair-stuck-to-the-faceness, it just doesn’t do it for me. However there is one exception to this rule. It is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss, nothing revolutionary going on here as I’m sure you have heard of this product before, but rightly so as it’s amazing! The formula is what I would describe as a ‘bloss’, a mix of a balm and gloss. It is everything that a normal lip gloss isn’t – it’s moisturizing, once it wears off my lips feel soft plus it’s not sticky and doesn’t leave that yucky bits at the sides of your mouth. Unlike most glosses, the Revlon one comes with a doe foot applicator, which I actually prefer – it makes the product more sanitary.

The shade I own is Peach City. Although it looks like a pretty opaque peachy nude in the tube when on the lips the color comes out only very slightly. There are some slight shimmers in the formula, but this just adds to the pretty sheen on your lips and it’s barely detectable. Some days I just throw this on my lips alone, but when I’ve got a bit more time I pop this over a lipstick; it works fantastically with Rimmel’s 001 underneath as it really helps to bring out the gloss’ true color.

I know that for most, time is a little constricted in the mornings. As a massive lover of sleep – I have been known to say that it is my favorite thing in the world to do ;) I would rather have those extra precious 10 minutes in bed. This obviously conflicts with my love for preening & pampering, so I have devised a quick 5 minute face that gives me a ‘naturally-enhanced’ look shall we say, but can easily be done in Superwoman-like time.

First of all I scrub my face with Everyuth Exfoliating Walnut Scrub, boom! Then I use a BB cream, smaller-than-pea-size blobs of Pond’s White Beauty BB+ Fairness Cream, warmed in the palms & then applied to the face with my hands. This gives a really nice, pretty medium coverage finish to the skin with a slight glow to it as well.

When it comes to cheeks, I will admit I have been getting lazy. For eyes, I grab my Lotus Herbals Natural Kajal or Avon Extra Lasting Kajal + Smudger, swipe it on the waterline, go over the lid with a thin line of the Lotus Herbals Opulence Botanical Eyeliner or Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner (whichever is nearer) and give it a tiny flick at the end. Next, I grab the AAAMAZING Rimmel Glam’eyes HD Eye Shadow in English Oak, dust my eye shadow brush in it and pop this on my lids. Eyes done!

At this stage, I probably could walk out the door, as I’m all about ‘the base’ when it comes to makeup, but there is one final step – lashes! A quick coat of the Lotus Herbals Mascara or Rimmel Maxlash Boldcurves Mascara and then I’m ready!

I’m sure you would have realized that I’ve skipped a lip product. In a dreamworld I would preferably like about 10 minutes to consider my lip product choice of the day, however what happens in reality is I grab the first lippie that catches my eye as I rush out the door. The commuting population then have the joy of watching me applying this wonkily on the train. Over the past weeks, Rimmel’s 001, Milani’s Crystal Gloss and Rimmel’s 6Hr Lip Gloss have been ‘grabbed’ a lot, along with CoverGirl’s Nature Luxe Lip Gloss Balm. All pretty neutral colors, but ones that you can reapply really easily. As you can tell, lipstick is where I tend to experiment, but the base of the makeup pretty much stays the same.

OK, OK so by the time I’ve piled this on, more like 8 minutes have passed, but still it’s under 10 minutes and that is surely impressive ;) In total, only 8 makeup products have been used – not bad!

Revlon introduced Diamond Lust Eye Shadows with their Revlon Expressionists Collection. That collection was a collaboration between Gucci Westman and Revlon for Autumn 2011.

Celestial Silver is an intense silver that has a satin finish. Its texture is very smooth to the touch, almost creamy and blends like a dream. Pigmentation is great too.

On bare lids, the color is quite subtle but can very easily be built up for more intensity. Mine are slightly oily, so after six hours, the eye shadow started to fade and crease. But over a primer, Celestial Silver truly shines. The color is then vibrant and rich and stays put from morning till night. No creasing. No fading. And no fallout either. I’m impressed. Now, what shade to try next?

I have recently been using the Sally Hansen Vita B Lip Moisturizer. It’s my first ever Sally Hansen and I’m really impressed.

It tastes and smells super yummy and is really moisturizing. It is made with a combination of shea butter, safflower and jojoba oils, vitamins and essential acids.

It feels really gentle and leaves my lips soft and smooth. Also it’s not overly greasy so makes a great base for lip colour.

The packaging is nice and simple and the cap stays firmly on, so easy and safe to throw in your handbag. It is really affordable too – $5.79 (~Rs.348) for 3 g.

What’s your favorite lip balm?

Well hello there! Yes it has been a while, hasn’t it? Well I’m back and as the title suggests with a new blog. I have wanted to redesign my blog for a while, although I loved the flowery prints and pink, it just wasn’t really ‘me’ anymore so after mocking up some rather awful visions on Paint, my brother Yash, who is seriously a computer genius, created this for me! I felt quite sad to be giving up on my blogger baby, but this is the sleeker, more sophisticated version of ‘Gloss and Magic’ and I hope you all like it. Rome wasn’t built in a day and there are still a few tweaks I’d like to make here and there, but hopefully soon everything will fall into place.

I think that’s it for now, hope you like it! Normal service will resume tomorrow :)

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