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Shop My Stash review – Manhattan Cover Stick Concealer

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76

This is what the old packaging looks like

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick Sand 76

The core provides the anti-bacterial properties.

Manhattan Clearface Cover Stick 76 Swatches

Swatch of the product – on the left, it’s slightly blended, on the right it’s just put on.

A 100 years ago I did a “Shop My Stash” project but kind of failed – maybe? I combined it with a no-buy but that didn’t work out all that well, although I haven’t actually bought many things – only a very few, and only things I needed/didn’t already have.

But even though I didn’t get around to using up all the products from the list, I’ve actually used some of them quite a lot. This cover stick is something I use every day now. So, let’s get to it.

The packaging: Like the powder, the cover stick has had an upgrade as well. The new packaging looks a little fresher and the colors are different, but the product is pretty much the same. The old packaging, which I have, is admittedly a little dull but nothing you think about while using the products, since most of us apply cover-products in the morning, at home.

The smell: It doesn’t really have much of a smell, definitely not something you notice anyways.

The texture: It’s got a creamy texture though a little “dry” which I think it’s great if you have oily skin. I often have problems with applying too moisturizing products when my skin is oily so it’s definitely a big plus for me. Even though it’s creamy it dries up/sets quickly which means you don’t have to wait forever to continue with your routine.

The price: The new cover looks a bit better but the product is essentially the same, so if you want to save a good chunk of money, I’d recommend buying from FragranceDirect for 0.99 punds – they only have Sand (76) left, though. If you want the new packaging, it can be found at Matas for 69,95 kr.

Does it work? It works, definitely. Even though I use Vanilla (70) for the powder, I have the Sand (76) cover stick because I have very bad redness under my eyes due to anemia. The coverage is good, although I think it would be much better for someone with less redness under the eyes. I get semi-coverage but the powder helps it look much better. I use this product every day, so I definitely like it.

Rating: 4/5 stars. The only reason it doesn’t get 5 stars is that the coverage simply isn’t 100% when you have the problems I have. If I had “normal” bags under my eyes this would definitely do wonders.

Have you tried this? What do you think?

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Shop My Stash review – Manhattan 123 Clear Compact Powder

DSC_0762DSC_0766 DSC_0770I’ve hit pan!

I haven’t forgotten my Shop My Stash callenge – at all, actually! I’ve really been using the things from my LIST as much as possible. This powder actually suits my skin tone (which is “pale dead vampire”) so when I hit pan I hurried to order a few more 😉

I will make a collective how-did-it-go post by the end but until then I’ll be reviewing the products from the list, starting with the powder.

Packaging: The packaging isn’t anything too special. It’s easy too see it’s not high end and reminds me of makeup 13-14-15 y. o. would wear. The quality of the packaging is perfectly fine, sturdy and doesn’t at all feel flimsy and cheap. There’s a little “sponge” in the package but – to me at least – it’s worth nothing so I threw it out straight away.

There’s a new packaging, they changed it a while ago, so mine’s the “old”. The new packaging looks a little better but the product is pretty much the same.

Smell: It doesn’t really smell like anything particular, but it definitely doesn’t smell bad – you don’t notice any smell which is something I like since I’m really picky when it comes to smells.

Consistency: It’s a powder so of course it’s powdery 😉 But it doesn’t end up all over the place and stays on the brush as it should.

Price: If you want to buy the new packaging it costs 69,95 kr in Matas. If you’re good with the old packaging you can get it for 0.99 GBP (!) at FragranceDirect.

Does it work? Yes, it works! I’m very, very pale and have a lot of trouble finding powders and foundations in a working shade – either it’s way too dark or it’s vampire pale. I use the Vanilla (70) in this range and it’s perfect for my skin tone. The powder stays where it should all day, even through sweat (which there is a lot of these days) and it covers nicely without making you look like you’re wearing a 3 cm layer of powder. It does say it’s got anti-bacterial properties but in all fairness I haven’t really thought about it so I haven’t noticed whether it’s made a difference or not.

Rating: 5/5 stars – definitely a favorite of mine!

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Shop My Stash review – Yin Yang Natural Mosituriser

“How’s the Shop Your Stash challenge going?”, you’re maybe asking yourself? Well, it’s going great! I’m actually using the things from my list and I haven’t yet bought anything makeup-y, so go me! 😀 I’m running low on foundation, though, so that I’ll have to buy way before September.

Anyhow, I’m going to review the products from my list as I get through them, and this time it’s all about the Yin Yang Moisturiser.

Screen_Shot_07-02-14_at_09Awesome-picture time!

Excuse the picture, I’ve had a sick son lately (seriously, he’s sick 24/7 after starting daycare… give us a break, life!) so I really haven’t had much time to take pictures. Besides, I got this in my May Goodiebox so I only have a sample size anyways.

So, what’s the verdict?

Packaging: Bearing in mind that I got a sample size and not fullsize, I still really like the packaging. The fullsize seems to have a pump where mine was just a standard squeeze-out thingy (professional terms, I know) but I’m sure it works both ways. It’s white with a funky yin-yang sign in pretty colors and definitely something I don’t mind having on my shelves.

Smell: The smell is a little weird for me. I like it when you first apply it because it smells like oranges, but after 5 seconds you get that “after-smell” of something I don’t really like (I’m going to assume it’s the witch hazel) and it’s just not my thing. Luckily, the smell goes away completely in a matter of minutes so it’s definitely not something that ruins too much.

Consistency: The consistency is really great. I hate thick creams and lotions, but the alternative is often a way too runny products. This one has found the golden middle road which means you can squeeze out a normal, small amount but at the same time it’s not so thick that it takes an eternity to dry.

Price: You get 50 ml for 13.95 pounds, which is approximately 130 kr. It’s a little steep for such a small amount of product, but to be fair, it a little amount of product goes a long way. To compare – my sample size is 10 ml and I’ve been using it for 2 months now, min. 4 times a week, often more, and I’m still not through it.

Rating: Out of 5 stars

Packaging: ****
Smell: ***
Consistency: *****
Price: ****

Which makes for a total of 4/5 stars.

Does it work? That’s the main thing, isn’t it? Does it do it’s job? And the short answer is yes. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my skin gets super soft as soon as a apply it. What’s even better is that my skin has overall improved, looking way healthier and feeling much softer, and in my opinion it’s definitely worth the money.

If you’re interested, you can get it here.

Have you tried it? What’s your favorite moisturizer?

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