One thing I’ve learnt as an adult is that it takes longer to clear out your crap than it does to buy it. I can easily spend £50 in Boots in ten minutes, but when it comes to streamlining my makeup – un huh! I recently bought some Muji storage. Ya know, the one everyone and their dog has (seriously though, its bloody lush and so easy to keep clean too), which prompted a complete review of my makeup collection. I still have a few bits to sort through but, for now, I’m much happier with my lil stash and I know I’ll get good use out of everything.

After throwing out any outdated makeup, giving the rest to my boyfriend’s mum and saving a few things to send to charity, there were a few pieces left that I was umming and ahhing about. Do I sell, throw or keep them? I finally decided on keeping them and I’m really glad I did as I’ve discovered a few old favourites alongside some new gems.

Benefit is a brand that holds a lot of nostalgia for me. My first ever mid-higher end makeup purchase was High Beam. I think it was around £16 at the time and I’d been lusting after it for so long that I made it a 17th birthday mission to track it down. I’ll be honest, I think Benefits packaging is super tacky but I still love a few of their products, including their mascaras. I actually think Benefit Bad Gal was the most I’d ever spent on a mascara at the time and I wore the shit out of that tube. While Bad Gal is a challenge to remove, I’ve had better success with Roller Lash. This mascara lengthens, defines and adds volume without clumping or smudging. I’m unsure if I’ll repurchase this as the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Mascara just edges it in terms of enhancing thickness, however, I’d probably pick up the travel size version again if I needed something for travelling or taking with me on the go.

In terms of lip products, the Kate Moss for Rimmel lippies have always been a favourite of mine. I decided to keep Rock n Roll nude as it’s a really pretty nude pink that works well with both daytime and evening looks. The only thing that puts me off is the scent. It’s the kind of synthetic scent that smells like a cross between awful medicine and playdoh, which obviously isn’t pleasant, but it’s ok when applied and it doesn’t taste awful so I can put up with that.

A fairly new product that I’ve not got round to trying is Tarte’s blush in Exposed. I’ve never tried anything from Tarte before and it’s a brand that I’ve been keen to try, so I’m not quite sure how this one slipped my attention. Exposed is a nude shade with a hint of pink. I normally stick to pink hues as I’m really pale so I’m hoping this shade is buildable. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning this soon as I have high hopes.

Bobbi Brown needs no introduction and her cream shadow in sand dollar is one of the best I’ve used. You might be able to tell that it’s started to dry out (I’m sure a blast of the hairdryer will help) but I’ll probably re-purchase it at some point. I’ve got a few more shades on my wishlist – I highly rate both these pots and MAC paint pots for easy cream shadows that are super quick to apply.

The last product on my saved list is Colurpop’s Flexitarian Highlighter. I almost sold this in a blog sale, but boy am I glad it fell through. I’m blown away by the formula of Colourpop’s products and how cheap they are for the quality. The highlighters have the same type of formula as the supershock eyeshadows and blushes in that they feel like a cream but apply like a powder. If you’re not in the US, its best to buy Colourpop makeup when free shipping is on and make several orders to avoid customs fees. I’d love to see Colourpop on a site like Beauty Bay, but, luckily, Colourpop’s shipping times are pretty good and it normally takes just over a week to arrive in the UK.

Have you tried any of these products or brands?