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Well the spring VIB/Rouge sale at Sephora is finally on. If you missed the details, it goes through April 13th – ROUGENOTE or VIBNOTE gets 15% off for Rouge & VIB members respectively. BI’s get 10% off with BINOTE through April 12th. Normally right about this time I’d being doing a wishlist post, or maybe filming a haul but I think I’m actually gonna sit this one out. Don’t get me wrong, the makeup hoarder in me wants to buy ALL the things, but we’re going on vacation next month so I have to manage my shopping budget pretty close until then. Surely I can make it a whole month without buying makeup. Surely.  (Actually I am going to buy my makeup remover but that’s only because I know I’ll need to repurchase soon anyway and I might as well get it on sale, and besides, it’s technically skincare so it doesn’t count.)

If I’m being honest with myself, I have more than enough makeup as it is (#understatement) so instead of shuffling things in and out of my Sephora cart I decided to do something else. Shopping my stash. It’s not a new idea, for sure, but not something I’ve ever been intentional about before. I shuffled and rummaged through my makeup drawers to find stuff I haven’t used in a while and maybe give them a second chance. So far I’ve come up with these:

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This Chantecaille Poudre Delicate (I have it in Linen) has been rattling around in my collection so long that I don’t think they even make it anymore. I think I stopped using it when my skin was really dehydrated and flaky. It also took a tumble onto the Lexington Opera House floor one night when my purse fell open (luckily the compact stayed closed!), so it’s been shattered and re-pressed. It refuses to stay re-pressed, though, so there’s an unholy mess every time I open the compact. I need to try it again and see how it compares to my other favorite powders.

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Another one that’s been languishing for a while is the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer, which I received as a PR sample ages ago along with a few of their blushes (which I reviewed here). I remember thinking the texture was unpleasant back then, but maybe I was being too hard on it? We’ll see.

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The other big one that’s just been chillin’ for a long time is my Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Tearose. I know I like the texture of these blushes – the discontinued one in High Beam White is my favoritest highlight ever and I’ll be heartbroken when I eventually run out of it – so why all the neglect? The only thing I can come up with is a) the color feels a little generic (unsurprising, since it was one of the first ‘nice’ blushes I ever bought) and b) most of my lipsticks are warm-toned and clash with it a little bit.

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I know part of the reason I don’t use my Hourglass Opaque Rouge very much (I have the color Canvas) is because it’s tiny and gets buried in the bin that has all my lip pencils in it. I don’t remember liking it as much as my regular lipsticks, but I’m not sure if there was something about this particular formula I was unhappy with, or if I’m just not a fan of liquid lipstick in general. I’m starting to think maybe I just don’t like liquid lipstick though, since I wasn’t crazy about the Kat Von D/Anastasia/Tarte ones I’ve tried on while shopping.

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I got this Armani Fluid Sheer highlighter (#2) as a deluxe sample in a Sephora promo code and so far I’ve just… kind of ignored it. I’m trying not to fear the highlight anymore, so if I look like a disco ball – so be it.

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I can’t honestly say my original Lorac Pro palette has been languishing in a drawer or anything (look, I even hit a tiny bit of pan on Cream!) but it’s gotten ignored lately in favor of all the new hotness in my eyeshadow collection – Viseart palettes, UD Naked 3 and the Tartelette In Bloom palette. This one is a a pretty versatile standby though, and I need to give it some more love.

So yeah. I’m going to make a real effort to wear these for a couple weeks and who knows, maybe I’ll fall back in love? Or if not, at least I’ll remember why! Either way I’ll post an update on how it went.

Have you rediscovered any old favorites by shopping your stash, or is sale-hauling more up your alley?

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