What are three products that you've rediscovered?

Sara Happ The Dream Slip/The Lip Slip has become a go-to since Bite Beauty reformulated their lip balm, and it used to be a big favorite in the past. I’ve been wearing Tom Ford Plum Japonais perfume more often, which was an old favorite but not something I’ve worn as much recently! I tend to favor Urban Decay’s eyeliners day-to-day over Marc Jacobs eyeliners (these wear longer but are a little harder to remove, so since I don’t NEED the longevity, UD’s are easier to remove) but have been using the Marc Jacobs Highliners more lately.

— Christine
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I am making an even greater effort to shop my stash although I am not wearing makeup often. I think that is the reason. I now see my considerable stash as indulgent and I feel compelled to make better use of products I own. Right now, I am revisiting:

1. NARS tinted moisturer and Fenty liquid matte base products
2. Huda Nude palette. Lots of fantastic mid-tone shades (my favourite)
3. Melt gel liners. Doing a lot of one and dones (which are not really one and done) by layering primer with a MAC paintpot and blowing out a shadow on top. I have to thank the temptalia reader who recommended layering e/s primer with paintpot. It’s fantastic hold for my hooded eyes. Anyhooo.. I find I like a very thin liner finishes the look and Melt has the best gel formula around imo.

Hey Jessica.. I use ABH. It’s pretty hard core, but as my skin has become much drier, my hoods are oily. Go Figure. I have no problem layering paint pot on top. I tend to use my fingertip to apply both and then a brush to blend out.

Shiseido Synchro Skin Refreshing Foundation. I bought it last year for my winter skin tone and forgot about it. I’ve been using it almost daily now mixed with my Becca Dewing Tint in Luminary (I’m finally loving the Dewing tint) and the combo is lovely.
Hourglass, one of their 6-pan lighting palettes holiday releases from a couple years ago. I’ve been using the two darkest shades as bronzer–forgot I had that palette, so I’m happy to use it up.
ABH Foundation stick in Almond I use as contour, I’ve been using Fenty Cream Contour, and have almost used my Huda Beauty Tantour up, so this is another tool in my arsenal and easy to use for sharp angles.

I’ve rediscovered my Buxom lip glosses which I love because they are perfect for video work meetings. :o)

1.) Because I desperately need something cheery these days, I’ve already been wearing my Fresh Life perfume.
2.) Because it’s that time of year again; MAC Oh My, Passion!
3.) Using a touch of teal or blue in my eye looks just for a change of pace. I’ve been wearing so many neutral or minimalist looks ever since Scunci died. No real color. But now I’m at least venturing back into using color again sometimes.

2 cheery cat things: The other day I was on the couch with pooches, reading, and I felt as if I was being watched. Not usually paranoid, looked back at the book then was drawn to a window. There, hanging flat against the screen, was Asha, the neighbor’s teenage kitten. She also stretches up at a Sparrow nest from the porch railing. She’ll get one sooner or later. a coworker showed me a video of his cat, adopted from his dad and oldish, who could push buttons to indicate what he wanted (much like a speech generating device for my population) and god help you, if you don’t give him bunny, treat, and cuddle in the right order! Many people would believe this is just operant conditioning, but I really think it shows symbolic thinking in cats. Esp since, if you move the buttons, the cat still gets it. Visual memory for icons. Where have we heard that before?

The Tarte for Aqualilies eye and face palette; MAC Waterwillow eyeliner and Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Ethereal Light (for setting under eye concealer; coincidentally, I started using it again just a few days before Christine mentioned Hourglass here on the weekend).

Anastasia’s cream contour face palette. I bought it years ago when the contour thing was super popular, realized I looked fucking ridiculous when I contoured according to what “beauty gurus” thought was necessary every day. Turns out drag stage makeup isn’t essential to a complete makeup look AND is incredibly unflattering outside of the heavy lighting needed to make it work. Over the last few months I started looking at things that could leave my collection and saw that it hadn’t been used much. I’ve begun gently contouring here and there to see what actually works with my face shape and what shapes I like to create and how to make it look actually natural. It’s a surprisingly good palette…well, the concealer/highlight shades are thick and heavy, but the contour/bronzer shades are good and the shimmery white looks great on my pale skin.
Found an old Honeycomb (bite beauty) mini and forgot how good it looks. Good formula too.
Not sure I can think of a third? My whole last year has been about using old makeup and finding what I’d forgotten about and basically everything has been in rotation.

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation. I set it aside as too glowing but a year later, it seems perfect.

Modern Renaissance. I frequently used the red shades along with Burnt Orange and Raw Sienna as crease and transition shades for the Jackie Aina palette but lately I have been loving the browns from MR and have hit pan on Antique Bronze and Golden Ochre.

Viseart Moisture Boost Lip Shine in Fleur, but as a cheek color. If I use too much, though, the fragrance is very distracting.

1. BH Cosmetics Naturally Flawless Foundation. I was wearing only powder foundation for the last nine months, but I’ve been needing a little more coverage lately. This is still a great, inexpensive, medium-coverage foundation.

2. E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Blushes. Mine are a few years old, but still work great, so I wanted to get more use out of them before they go bad. I’ve been especially enjoying Wanderlust and Jet Setter.

3. E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer. I haven’t been wearing primers with the powder foundations, but this one is good if my cheeks are a little dry and I want to wear a liquid foundation. It’s a just hydrating enough without being too much for the more oily parts of my face. I like the Milk Hydrogrip more, but the e.l.f. is much less expensive and is good enough most days.

I’ve been rotating among KVD Lock It, JCat Aquasurance Compact Foundation (Taylor Wynn turned me into it, and it’s great), and my last backup of the Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation.

I’ve been doing very minimal makeup for the past year with a focus on natural looks, so I’ve rediscovered some one-and-done, easy to use products in my stash that weren’t getting enough love:
– Wander Beauty liquid eyeshadow: so easy to apply and blend, lasts all day without creasing on me. The soft metallic finish is also very flattering, more than sparkly products.
– Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: again, so easy. That’s what I use when I want to even out my skin tone a bit.
– tinted lip balms in general, and I particularly love the ones from Lancome and Nars.

Three products that I have rediscovered are:
1. My original Naked 1 lately – still a goody after all these years.
2. Clarins Joli Rouge lipstick in Spicy Cinnamon – the right kind of reddish/brown that I love to wear
3. Maybelline’s Burgundy Bar – the very best DS eye palette ever. Beautiful creamy shades and the burgundy colours are perfect for me.

MAC Painterly to prime my eyes

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzer. Original formula

Bare Mineral Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Chanel Empreinte du Desert quad
MAC Oh, My Passion! PearlMatte Powder – love this, glad I bought a backup
MAC Patrick’s Powder – trying to use it up

I bought BareMinerals matte powder foundation in 13 Golden Beige at the start of quarantine and ended up loving it again. Rediscovered my MAC eyeshadows and blushes (soft brown, uninterrupted and Gingerly) I have a light to medium, warm skin tone, so those colors tend to work best for me. Third and I would say probably my favorite rediscovery – my Shu Uemura eyelash curler! The last year really changed my esthetic like most people, my makeup is not as involved and I hardly wear false lashes, so I really can’t go without my eyelash curler.

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