Reducing My Oldies Stash – Astor Pure Colour Eyeshadow 530 Sweet Daisy, Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow 03 Frosted Apple & 05 Chocolate Jewellery, Miss Sporty Studio Colour Smoky Eyeshadows 407 Luxury Smoky

Hi there! Today’s episode of Reducing My Oldies Stash is about a few single eyeshadows and eyeshadow compacts that I’ve had for quite some time. The 2 compacts are Astor Pure Colour Eyeshadow 530 Sweet Daisy and Miss Sporty Studio Colour Smoky Eyeshadows 407 Luxury Smoky.

The 2 single eyeshadows are Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow 03 Frosted Apple & 05 Chocolate Jewellery. Now let me tell you if these products are any good. And let’s start with the Astor compact!

Astor Pure Colour Eyeshadow 530 Sweet Daisy

Astor Pure Colour Eyeshadow 530 Sweet Daisy is a duo eyeshadow compact that comes with a small applicator. The eyeshadows are a bit chalky and they’re not very well pigmented. And the colours turned out much cooler in real life. In the compact the colours look like a pale beige-rose and a brownish purple, but in real life they’re more like lilac and lavender.

I’m OK with lilac and lavender eyeshadows, but I’m not OK with them being chalky and rather poorly pigmented. I will continue to use these eyeshadows, but I don’t know if I can commit to finishing this Astor eyeshadow compact.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow 03 Frosted Apple & 05 Chocolate Jewellery

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow 03 Frosted Apple & 05 Chocolate Jewellery are limited edition eyeshadows. I’m not sure if you would still be able to get your hands on them, but I’m sure that, at some point, Essence will ‘recycle’ these two shades – well, that’s if they haven’t already. 🙂

Frosted Apple is a rosey shade, and Chocolate Jewellery is a medium brown. Both eyeshadows have a metallic finish. I think these eyeshadows are really nice. The shades aren’t too out there – they’re actually fairly neutral, and the velvety texture makes these eyeshadows easy to blend. I enjoy using these eyeshadows, so, of course, I will continue to use them! 🙂

Miss Sporty Studio Colour Smoky Eyeshadows 407 Luxury Smoky

Miss Sporty Studio Colour Smoky Eyeshadows 407 Luxury Smoky is a small eyeshadow compact that comes with a tiny applicator. This compact is really small – it’s about 2cm x 2cm. Anyhoo… this compact contains four eyeshadows – a barely-there pale beige, a golden yellow, a medium grey and an almost black / charcoal shade.

The almost black / charcoal eyeshadow is the only well pigmented one. The other 3 eyeshadows aren’t great. They’re lacklustre. They lack… life! I can make these 4 eyeshadows work for me, but I don’t really enjoy using them. I will continue to use them, and I will try to finish them. Well, this compact is really small, so I think finishing it isn’t impossible. 🙂

Have you tried any of these eyeshadows or eyeshadow compacts? If so, feel free to let me know what you think. And thanks for stopping by!

Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about my (relatively) new Elizavecca Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream. I bought this eye cream in early December last year, and I started to use it about 6 weeks ago (after I lost 2 part-used Superdrug eye creams to my underwear drawer…).

Now, what does this Elizavecca eye cream claim to do? It promises to brighten skin and to help with wrinkles – well, that’s what I gather from Elizavecca’s web site. But I cannot be entirely sure because it appears they overdid it with google translate! 😀 Moving on… like I said, I’ve been using this eye cream for 6 weeks now, so let me tell you if it’s any good.
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This eye cream is probably the most nourishing eye cream I’ve ever had. It’s quite rich, but it plays very well with my make-up. I haven’t noticed any issues with make-up balling up or sliding off. However, I don’t think this eye cream has had any brightening effect, and I don’t think it would have an effect on wrinkles.

I would recommend this eye cream to anyone who’s looking for a hydrating eye cream that sits well under make-up. I paid £9.99 for a big 30ml tube (TK Maxx). So whilst this eye cream doesn’t work wonders, I think it’s good value nonetheless!

Have you tried Elizavecca’s Gold CF-Nest White Bomb Eye Cream or any other Elizavecca products? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading!

NYC Metro Quartet Eye Shadow 796B Queens Boulevard

Hi there! Today’s post is about a little eyeshadow palette which I bought a while ago. It’s NYC Metro Quartet Eye Shadow 796B Queens Boulevard. I picked it up from a local bargain store (can’t remember which one) for either 99p or £1. In other words – it was super cheap, and I couldn’t resist. 🙂
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As you can see, this eye palette is a small compact that comes with a tiny double-ended sponge applicator. And there are four eyeshadows in this palette. Shade 1 is a shimmery taupe. Shade 2 is a mix of blue and violet. Shade 3 is a shimmery champagne colour (highlighter). And shade 4 is a violet-tinted fuchsia.
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The eyeshadows blend nicely, but they’re not very well pigmented. However, I really like the shades, so I don’t mind putting a little more effort into my eye make-up. And since this eye palette was £1 only, I can’t really complain. 🙂

Oh, and here’s a photo of what the eye palette looked like before I opened it!
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Any comments? Feel free to get in touch! And thanks for reading! 🙂

Barry M Eyeshadows 4 & 6

Hi there! I bought these two Barry M Eyeshadows a while back. And now I’ve finally gotten around to try them. 🙂 The two shades that were in the duo pack are 4 (purple) and 6 (green).

Both colours look very nice in their pans. However, they come out much paler on my eyelids. The purple shade isn’t a proper purple, but more of a purple-to-grey shifting colour. It’s not my favourite. The green eyeshadow is quite alright. It’s nicely pigmented and it has a slight shimmer. It’s nothing special, but I like it!
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In regards to lasting power and fallout I have no reason to complain. These eyeshadows last all day on my eyelids, and I haven’t noticed much fallout. In terms of quality, I think these eyeshadows are similar to Rimmel eyeshadows – even though these two Barry M eyeshadow are a little paler than I expected.

These two eyeshadows are available as duo pack for £1 (Poundland and Poundworld). Neutral colours are also available now! Have you picked up any of the Barry M eyeshadow duos at the Poundstores? If so, I’d love to hear what you think. In any event, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! 🙂

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream

Superdrug Vitamin E Eye CreamHi there! A few weeks ago I emptied my Naturally Radiant eye cream. And since then I’ve been using Superdrug’s Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream two to three times every day.

This eye cream is rich in natural Vitamin E, it’s high in antioxidants which defend the skin against environmental damage, and it’s aimed at people with normal to dry skin. Sounds great!

And now that I’ve used this eye cream for a few weeks, I can say that I like it.

It’s easy to apply, it sits well under make-up, it hydrates well, and it doesn’t aggravate my dry, sensitive and moody skin. Oh, and it’s free from micro-shimmer particles which is very nice.

So all in all, this eye cream is quite similar to the Naturally Radiant eye cream I’ve used before.

I will definitely continue to use this eye cream. And it’s quite likely I’ll buy it again.

Superdrug’s Vitamin E Skin Care Nourishing Eye Cream is available as 15ml for £2.99. Superdrug runs buy 1 get 2nd half price promotions on Vitamin E Skin Care products frequently.

Manhattan Eyemazing Eyeshadow 3

Hi there! Today’s post is about a small eyeshadow compact I’ve found at one of the Poundstores – Manhattan Eyemazing Eyeshadow 3. This is a small compact that contains 4 shimmery eyeshadows – a greyish brown, a bright lilac, an orange-tinted gold, and a red-tinted terracotta.
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What I like about these eyeshadows is that they’re very easily blendable, that they last all day without problems, and that they’re easy to remove at the end of the day.

However, I need to mention two negative bits as well. First of all, the eyeshadows are poorly pigmented. I had to use a lot of product just to do the swatches. The other thing that annoys me is the palette design. Sure, it’s nice to look at, but it takes effort and precision to get the right colour (and not a mix of two or more colours) onto an eyeshadow brush. I can manage with the smallest brushes I’ve got, but it shouldn’t be this complicated…

As this compact was £1 only, I won’t complain. And I will definitely continue to use these eyeshadows because they blend very well. Oh, here’s another thing… I have several of these compacts – all different colours. I haven’t used the other ones yet (one new product at a time…), but I’ll let you know if they’re better as soon as I’ve tried them.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about the eye cream I’ve been using since late June – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream. This cream promises to reduce puffiness and dark circles and to awaken skin’s natural glow with the help of two natural brightening agents – kiwi fruit extract and mulberry fruit extract – and moisturising sugar beet extract.

The product claims to make the skin around the eyes look and feel more refreshed, more energised, smoother and softer. And it claims to minimise the appearance of dark circles and puffiness within four weeks. Now, did the cream deliver on its promises?
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I’ve now used this eye cream two to three times daily for six weeks. So I’m satisfied I’ve given it a fair chance. And my verdict is… this eye cream is OK. Whilst it really makes the skin around my eyes feel soft, smooth and supple, it hasn’t done anything (I mean it – nothing, nada, rien, zero) to minimise the dark circles. 😦

But let’s focus on what this eye cream can do! For once, it feels very nice on the skin. It’s soft and gentle and I think it’s perfectly suitable for people with dry or sensitive skin. Another thing I like is that this eye cream doesn’t contain these pesky little shimmer particles that many other eye creams burst with. So if you don’t like shimmery eye creams, you’re safe with this one. 🙂 Oh, and before I forget it – this eye cream sits well under make-up. I haven’t noticed any problems with my make-up or concealer balling up or sliding off.

Would I recommend this eye cream? If you want a nice, gentle, soft and refreshing eye cream, then yes. But if you want an eye cream that fights dark circles, I’d say keep looking! Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Eye Cream is available as 15ml for £5.99. I got mine for £2.95 (half price offer). So keep your eyes peeled for promotions. 🙂