I simply LOVE to buy skincare and beauty products. There are so many beautiful bottles with their delicious fragrances that promise to give me flawless skin and make me look like I’m 17 again. Every day I find a new amazing product I want to try and there are oodles to choose from.
Perversely, I am also terrible at using said products. Seriously, why people would want to spend 30-45 minutes on a decent skincare routine when they could just have more sleep is beyond me. This explains why I currently have a storage unit sitting in my bathroom, groaning under the weight of the last 10 years of shopping sprees and birthday/Christmas hauls. It’s disgusting, really!
On a very long bus journey, I was complaining to Sarah from Entirely Sarah that although I have many lovely, lovely products to review and write about, I couldn’t figure out the best way to incorporate them into a post. “Hey, look at this cleanser I haven’t opened since I bought it five years ago” is hardly a positive selling point.
Sarah suggested that, rather than doing “drugstore haul” posts, showing my latest purchases, I could instead “Shop my Stash”. I could choose a selection of products each month, as if I were picking them from a shelf in a shop, write about them and then (heaven forbid) ACTUALLY USE THEM! Then at the end of the month I can review them, feature them in an “empties” or “favourites”, or heck – just clear some clutter out of my goddamn house!!
I thought this was a simply amazing idea and that is why you are currently reading this introduction right now. So, for May I have raided my stockpiles of skincare and beauty products and here are the lotions and potions I will be focussing on using this month:
Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm.
I have literally heard so many good reviews of this product that it would be an absolute crime to leave it sitting in my drawer any longer. I look forward to finding out if it as good as everyone says it is.
Champneys Gentle Facial Polish
I have no idea how long this has been in my stockpile, but at a conservative estimate I would say 2 years, probably more. I also have no idea where I got it. The last time I had a facial, the therapist told me I absolutely had to use exfoliators to help my terribly dry skin. So, here goes.
White Chocolate Mousse Mask
I was given these as part of a Christmas Advent Calendar gift. I do love a chocolate face mask but I’ve never tried a White Chocolate one. I think it’s finally time to give these a go.
The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil
Last year, I won a Body Shop goody bag in a Twitter chat. This was one of the many products included in the bag. Facial oils seem to be all the rage at the moment and I’ve never tried one. My skin is seriously dehydrated at the moment so I’m really hoping this will help.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
Another goody bag item, this cream looks and smells gorgeous. Let’s hope it works some magic on the dried out husk that is my face.
The Body Shop Shea Butter
One final item from the Body Shop goody bag, I’m not exactly 100% sure what this is called. Still, it smells really nice so who cares what it’s called. I almost never use body lotions or creams, but seeing as I have so many in stock, it seems like I need to start.
Argan Oil Hydrating Hair Mask
I picked up this little beauty from Tesco for £1, at least a year ago. I used it for the first time on my pamper day over the Easter holidays and was really pleased with the results. I think I’ll try and use it at least once every two weeks, maybe more if I get the time.
And all the rest…
MAC Strobe Cream
Not sure if this constitutes skincare or makeup, but it’s somewhere in the middle. I bought this as a luxury item a couple of years ago and hardly ever use it. After hearing some great reviews, I really am not that impressed and can hardly tell the difference. I’ve decided the time has come to get it used up and get rid of it.
I think that should do for May, although I’ve barely scratched the surface of my backlog of skincare stuff. Most of these are items I’ve never or hardly used but in future there will be some that I just need to get used up.