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April 5, 2019

I’m On a Low-Buy This Year, But Found Some Gems Shopping My Beauty Stash

As skincare obsessives, we know how it can get: all the new drool-worthy launches, hard-to-resist sales, that haul high. Soon, we find ourselves wading through a stash of beauty products we don’t even remember buying. So let’s stop the madness — shop your beauty stash! One editor does just that and is surprised at what she discovers.


One of my main 2019 New Year’s resolutions is to stop spending so much dang money on skincare products. I have a literal bookshelf filled to the brim with products — there is zero need for me to purchase anything else for the foreseeable future. My only stipulation is that I’m allowed to repurchase a product if I’ve run out of it, or if it’s one of my staples. DASSIT.


We’re a few months into 2019, and I can tell you that I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by doing this one thing: shopping my stash. Listen! I have so many gems! So many things I tried once and forgot about. So many things I loved and forgot about. So many things shoved to the back of my shelves. Shopping my stash also makes me feel good about helping the environment — I’m not needlessly contributing to the landfills with all of my purchases. Wins all around!



So let’s talk about what I’ve recently discovered in my stash because there are some GOOD ones.


Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner


I don’t even remember when I got the Klairs Supple Preparation Unscented Toner, but I had used it a couple of times before it got shoved into the depths of my stash. Winter did a number on my skin, and I was looking for a super hydrating toner that would plump up my skin and save it from the dry flakies. Thank GOD I found this toner because it is single-handedly the product that saved my skin from impending doom.



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I don’t find it to be all that different from the OG scented version, but if you are sensitive to the essential oils in the original one, then this is for you. I am almost out of it and can’t wait to repurchase (once I get through some other hydrating toners in my stash).


Koelcia Yogufresh Timeless Cream


I am a gel cream kinda girl all the way, but this winter proved that I needed something with a bit more oompf to it. Enter the Koelcia Yogufresh Timeless Cream. I’d been using the lightweight version of this cream and loving it, and totally forgot about this one! It’s made with fermented yogurt (HELLO probiotics) to inject your skin with some healthy bacteria. It feels like thick Greek yogurt and seamlessly spreads and sinks into the skin.



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I’ve been using this during my day and nighttime routine. It makes my skin feel so smooth, lush, and velvety, without an oily or greasy feeling. According to the brand, you can also use it as a sleeping pack, mix it with your foundation (BIG BIG MOOD), or even use it in your hair! We stan a multi-talented queen.


Pureforet Centella Multi-Toner


Hydrating toners are my 2019 mood. I legit can’t get enough. I’m all about the 7-skin method, which is where you apply multiple layers of toner to your skin to up the hydration ante.


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My hormonal acne is slowly but steadily healing, and I wanted to help speed up the process a little, so I found this little gem in the form of the Pureforet Centella Multi Toner. I apply about four layers of the Klairs toner, and follow it up with three layers of this. It helps calm the redness around any lingering acne and soothes my skin after a chemical peel. I LOVE THIS TONER SO MUCH.




I’m gonna say something that might be blasphemous in the beauty community, and that’s that I’m not the biggest sheet mask user. I have (not exaggerating) like 200 sheet masks, but I’ve always felt like I had to be in the “mood” to use them.


But after some prodding from my co-hosts of our podcast Beauty Beyond Basics (give us a listen!), I decided that I needed to use these sheet masks that I’ve spent all my hard-earned money on. Instead of applying them in the middle of my routine after a toner, I’ve started using them last. This way, the sheet mask seals in all of my previous skincare steps, and I don’t have to split my routine in two (because that was honestly annoying and mostly the reason why I didn’t use them as often as I should).


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I am obsessed with any and all JayJun masks, especially the Anti-Dust Whitening Mask, and anything from the Leaders Insolution Treatment lines.


Do you shop your beauty stash? What have you discovered? Let me know in the comments!




Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.




I clearly need to get better about this! I have let products expire when I shouldn't have, and don't know all the products I have. The only thing I have organized (I use that term loosely - I have them all in one place) is my sheet mask collection because I have a TON.


I finally organized my sheet mask collection and prioritized the ones that are due to expire this year. It actually encouraged me to sheet mask more often because the pile of masks that I knew were about to expire punched my inner waste-hater into gear.


I recently organized my stash and recorded everything in a spreadsheet with expiration dates etc. I didn't really discover any products I had forgotten, but as I sorted by product category, I did realize how many products I had accumulated in certain categories. I definitely shouldn't buy any more creams for a while, because there's a limit to how much cream you can put on your face!

The main thing that messes with my no-buy/low-buy intentions is when I'm running out of something I really need, like cleanser or sunscreen ... but then in order to repurchase it, I have to... Read more


Me too!!! I've been trying to keep a running list of little things I want but don't need right now so I can add it to my cart to get free shipping. Things like makeup remover, acne patches, tea tree sheet masks are always things I go through quickly and need to stock up on.


Making a spreadsheet with a schedule for trying new things has been super helpful. I don't use it for everything-- I'm frankly not willing to stick with a single new toner for two weeks before even trying another if I bought them both at the same time-- but it's great for things I think might make a noticeable difference, like actives. And if I'm looking at my spreadsheet and being honest about what I actually have room for in my schedule, it's a little bit easier not to buy things-- so when I really feel like buying something, sometimes I... Read more


I also have a list of products I want to try and a list of actual gaps in my routine. They are not the same at ALL! It's fun to collect my list of wants, but when it's actual buying time, I look for things I actually need.

I realize neither of these comments is exactly what you asked about, but I'm not capable of shopping my own stash until I've managed to not-buy things first, so they feel connected to me!


Ooooo, what propolis ampoule? I love propolis. I finished my Swanicoco ones (I love both) and am using the COSRX one now, but I have to admit, I miss the Swanicoco one, especially the Dewy Propolis one.


It's a tiny little mini I got from Mishibox called Re DNA Propolis 90%. I only tried it once initially, noticed it was sticky, and left it alone. Now that I understand ampoules a little better I think I'm going to try again.


I usually put the items that I want in the shopping cart, and think about them for awhile.. If I'm still thinking about that after a few days, I buy it! Hahah~ I also use bunch of the samples first before buying the actual size, just to save some money and figure out whether I like it or not~


I do the shopping cart thing too!


I've been going through my stuff lately (why yes I did recently watch Tidying Up, why do you ask?) and finding things that I totally forgot I bought. I made a pile of soon to expire sheet masks and have been going through them to ensure my money doesn't go to waste. (Though if it's a little past the expiration and I open it and it smells fine/no weird stuff inside I still use it!)

I had a lot of stuff under the sink and in drawers that I legit forgot about. I think "out of sight, out of mind" is... Read more


I've also been doing some major spring cleaning of my stash and I'm so "out of sight, out of mind" too! I think the most satisfying thing was organizing my sheet mask stash by skin issue and expiration date. I'm happy to say I'm almost through my 2019 expiring sheet masks already so I can breathe a little easier. (I hate waste!)

I rediscovered the SanDaWha Extra Virgin Camellia Oil in my beauty closet and have been mixing that with a Skinfood Propolis cream that was about to expire all winter. It's been heaven! I forgot how good that camellia oil... Read more