Disappointing Products

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Now you might think that this is a little bit of a negative post but I absolutely love reading and watching posts about disappointing products.  I really think they’re a good idea, it often saves me money on products that I would have bought so I thought it might save you as well.  These are entirely my own views so if you own and love some of these products that is fantastic, its just my opinion here.

First up is the Charlotte Tilbury Take It all Off Eye Makeup Remover – I got this is in a Charlotte Tilbury pack with eyeshadow, eyeliner and a few other bits and bobs.  Now I’m not saying that this is absolutely terrible its just doesn’t do an amazing job, to get my non waterproof mascara off I have to absolutely soak a cotton pad and rest them on my eyes for quite a long time and it still doesn’t remove it all.  As well as that the products squirts out everywhere when you try to pump it on your cotton pad.  I am using it up but I much prefer my Garner Micelar water.  Next up is Australis Highlights Mineral Face Highlighter in Pearl – Again this isn’t a shocking product it just doesn’t work well on my skin.  When I place this on my cheekbones over my foundation it separates and removes the foundation from that area.  I’m sure this would be lovely mixed in with a little bit of foundation for a very glowy look but over the top of foundation it just doesn’t work on me.  I think I’ll stick to my powder highlighters.  Sticking with the face I have MAC Face and Body in N1 – This is probably quite controversial, its a very loved product in the beauty world but for me I just don’t have that love for it.  First of all I find it quite hard to blend, its quite sticky or something, second of all I don’t find it easy to build up, I can never get the right amount of coverage I need.  Finally this isn’t an oily girls friend!  I get super shiny from it which I am definitely not a fan of for obvious reasons.  Now I’ve talked about this product in a previous post here, and mentioned that I am not a fan but I thought I would mention it here as well.  This is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner in Mint Julep – I just really expected this eyeliner to draw a opaque line that would really striking on the top lash line however, it was really patchy and was impossible to get a smooth line so not a fan at all of that one.  Maybe I’ll like the eyeliner in another colour.  Eyebrow wise I have Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pen in Universal Deepshade – I love the idea of an eyebrow pen that can draw on realistic looking hairs with a sharp texta.  However, this shade isn’t quite right, it is very cool toned turning almost grey on my skin.  It also king of seeps into my skin making it look like I have dark grey patches all over my eyebrows.  I just can’t seem to draw precise little lines without it bleeding into a blob!  Not a cool look at all!  Finally I have a skin care product, its the Ren Resurfacing AHA Concentrate – In winter I get these lovely little dry patches on my jaw line that look really lovely under foundation – NOT!  When I read about this product I thought it would ‘resurface’ these dry patches and make them a little bit smoother and less noticeable.  It did not.  In fact it actually made them a little bit worse, my whole skin kind of dried out even after slathering on a hydrating serum and hydrating night cream.  I’ve used this for over a month now and I’m just not getting any results which is disappointing as I love Ren products!

So there you go, some products that I just haven’t been able to get along with.  Have you tried any of these products?  How have they been for you?

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April Favourites

April Favourites

Now that I’m back in the world of blogging I thought I would start doing a favourites blog at the end of the month, I’m sure you know how it goes, I share with my favourite products of the month.  For April I have a bit of a mixture of beauty and hair.

First up is a very new product to me its the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment – to be honest I don’t use a whole lot of hair products, my hair is quite thin and gets very greasy so some products tend to weigh down my hair as well as make it look greasy.  However, this is a products I get certainly get down with!  All you have to do is brush it through damp hair, blow dry and it adds volume, keeps it incredibly smooth and frizz free.  Normally this is all I do and I’m out the door but if i’m going out and curl my hair I can guarantee that this will look those curls in.  Next up is another hair find the Tangle Teezer – Now I know I am definitely late to the party on this one but I always thought that with my short hair, whats the point?  Now I certainly know what the point is!  This seriously glides through you hair without any tearing whatsoever, I have ridiculously knotty hair but with this I don’t end up in pain after brushing it.  Hallelujah!  A fairly new product on the scene is the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in 15 Seductive Pink – I am really enjoying this blush!  It’s quite a subtle pink marbled through with a goldy champagne colour through it, this adds a beautiful sheen to your cheeks whilst also giving a lovely flush as well.  These have been compared to the Hourglass Ambient Light Blushes, I have only swatched these in the shops but they do looks quite similar.   It’s safe to say this has been on my cheeks since I purchased it.

For eyes I’ve been loving Mac Paint Pot in Groundwork – This is a very light brown creme eyeshadow that is just a ‘your eyelids but better’ kind of deal.  I’ve been wearing this a lot with a winged eyeliner, it just adds that little bit of definition to your eyelids and also stops the eyeliner from creasing on my oily eyelids!  Another eye products is the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – Another product I’m ridiculously late to the party with, I honestly believed all eyelash curlers would do they same job but they don’t!  This gives a curl like no other and it also keeps the curl all day long, I definitely won’t be straying from this beauty from now on.  I’m sure you haven’t been able to get away from the hype of Benefit’s Roller Lash – this is definitely worth the hype, this mascara really gives the lashes a real curve as well as some intense length!  I’m really enjoying it so far, I do tend to like a drier mascara so I can’t wait till it dries out just a little bit.  Base wise I’ve been loving the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in Natural Beige – This gives the skin an airbrushed powerless finish, its curious little product as you press the little pad it comes with into the foundation soaked cushion and press it into your skin and bob’s your uncle – flawless skin.  Finally I’ve been loving the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils – I have a few of them now but this month I’ve been really digging Nude Perfection.  I’ve previously stated that nudes just don’t look right on me however, this is little bit more brownish so it seems to work.  I have legit been wearing this for the whole month of April!  It just goes with everything, especially the winged eyeliner look I’ve been going with.

So that’s my April favourites!  What have been your favourites been this month?

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Living Proof 5-in-1 Styling Treatment link here

Tangle Teezer link here

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush link here

MAC Paint Pot Groundwork link here

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler link here

Benefit Roller Lash link here

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion link here

Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil link here

Splurge # 4 Singapore Haul – Face Products

Now its time for part two of the Singapore splurge – its all about the face!  I have to admit I went a little bit foundation crazy over there, foundations can be a little bit expensive in Australia so I thought it was the perfect time to purchase everything I had been dreaming of.

New Foundations

First up is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation in Light Medium Beige – I had wanted this foundation for as long as I can remember and I have not been disappointed!  Tarte has been notoriously hard to get in Australia (not now we have Sephora though!) so when I had the chance to get it I jumped all over it.  This foundation is full coverage but for some miracle reason it does not feel it, it is quite weightless but definitely gives me the coverage I need.  I have a feeling this will be something I repurchase. Continuing with Tarte I have the Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturiser in Light Medium – This is a much lighter creamier version of the foundation and something that I have been wearing a lot!  I wouldn’t say this is extremely long wearing on my oily skin but when I have a short day at uni or am going for lunch this is my go to.  It’s beautifully lightweight and natural looking but I would say it gives more coverage than the average tinted moisturiser.  I have been dreaming about getting my hands on the Makeup Forever HD High Definition Foundation – This little beauty is exactly what I wanted, something with quite a lot of coverage but doesn’t look cakey plus it photographs like a dream!  I recently has a wedding to attend, I wore this and it really did look wonderful in photographs.  It also lasted all day in some very humid heat.

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Moving away from liquid to powder foundation is the Tarte Amazonian Full Coverage Air Brush Foundation in Light Beige – I haven’t really used a powder foundation since they first came out many years ago.  For some reason they always made my face really itchy!  But I have heard so much buzz about this one I had to give it a go.  I love this for days when I’m in a rush and just need a few swipes of this powder and my base is practically done.  This is extremely long lasting and does not go shiny, even on this here oil slick!  Another powder foundation I picked up is the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation in No.20 – I love Chanel foundations and this is no exception, its is so silky and smooth it just glides over your skin, it also smells divine!  This one isn’t as full coverage as the Tarte one but I actually love swiping this over a light tinted moisturiser to add a bit of extra coverage.  Finally for foundation its the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion Foundation in Natural Beige – This type of foundation is completely new to me!  I had recently seen the queen of makeup Lisa Eldridge use one in a tutorial and wanted to try it.  It is such a strange little thing, it is a sponge soaked in foundation.  When you press the little pad into it, it is actually a liquid foundation that comes out!  But this foundation is absolute gold, when you press it into the skin it gives amazing coverage plus a beautiful airbrushed finish, actually making my pores almost disappear! Who wouldn’t love that?!

Finally I had to restock my beloved Nars bronzer, but this time I decided to upscale and get the Nars Algorithm Laguna Bronzer Palette with the ITA Brush – This is the regular laguna bronzer in a beautiful palette with a mini Ita brush, I wanted to purchase the Ita brush itself but when I came with the bronzer as well who could resist?  As usual the bronzer is perfect and I pretty much use it everyday and with the brush included I can really up my contouring game.

So that’s my Singapore haul concluded, after looking at all this I feel that I may really have a shopping addiction!

What do you think of my choices?  Have you got any suggestions for my next haul?  Because we all know there will be one!

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation link here

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturiser link here

Makeup Forever HD Foundation link here

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation link here

Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation link here

Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion link here

Nars Algorithm Laguna Bronzing Powder Palette link here