Disappointing Products

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Before I get started on this post I just want to make a little disclaimer – I am not saying that any of these products are necessarily bad, it is just that they didn’t really work out for me.  So of you may really love these product and I really wanted to but I just didn’t get along with them.  So with that being said I actually really enjoy watching and reading disappointing product posts, the kind of give me an idea of what to try and if I’ve been looking at purchasing a product it sometimes saves me some precious money!

Let’s get down to it.  First up is Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleaner – This wasn’t a shocking product by no means but it was just kind of bland, it didn’t do a particularly brilliant job of taking off makeup wish is really what I bought it for, even after double cleansing I still found I had makeup left on my face.  It also left a very waxy residue on my face which wasn’t a particularly pleasant feeling.  I did plan to use this up but in the end I just couldn’t put up with it.  Sticking with skincare I purchased an overnight mask, its the Nude Advanced Renewal Overnight Repair Mask – I purchased this instead of sticking with my favourite Origins overnight mask and boy am I disappointed.  I put this onto freshly cleansed skin before I go to bed and massage it into my face as it says but when I wake up in the morning my face feels very dry and patch, I think it’s not creamy enough or something but my skin does not get along with it which is a real shame as it wasn’t cheap!  Another skincare item which is more aimed at tanning I suppose is the St Tropez Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Lotion Face – I don’t really like using the body tan for my face as it really dries it out so I purchased this in the hopes that it wouldn’t dry my face out and as for sensitive skin I thought it wouldn’t aggravate my redness.  Now it didn’t do either of these things but it also didn’t tan my face, I did not even notice a hint of a tan.  I suppose if I used this over a few days it might make a difference but I don’t really like to stray from my nighttime routine for too long.

Now on to the makeup portion of this post.  First up is a very new product which really disappoints me it’s the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Precious Petal – I was really excited to try out their version of a liquid lipstick however, as soon as I really tried it out I was disappointed.  It was really patchy on my lips, definitely not opaque so I tried with a liner underneath and it still looked really patchy.  It also didn’t last very long which I’ve never really encountered with a liquid lipstick.  Now this wasn’t cheap so I don’t think I will be purchasing another one thats for sure.  I have been on the lookout for an amazing gel liner for a long time and I thought I would give a drugstore one a go so I purchased the Rimmel Gel Liner in Black – At first I really enjoyed this, it was really black and matte which is brilliant and went on very something however, after a few uses it started to dry up now I am alway really careful to put the lid back on straight away after I use them as I know they dry up easily so this was a real shock when it dried up so quickly.  Finally I have a product that I never thought would feature in a  disappointing products post, it’s the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom in Very Black – If you have ever read anything from my blog I’m pretty sure a covergirl mascara has featured in a post at least once a week.  I am obsessed with the Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions, I going to call it may favourite ever mascara so I thought I would love this mascara but unfortunately I didn’t, I feel like it didn’t really get all of my lashes, it just kind of barely coated them.  Now I know this is supposed to be a super natural looking mascara but I think it might be a little bit too natural for me.

So there we have it, some unfortunately disappointing products.  Have you tried any of these?  I would love to know if you had any success with them?

Sarah xxx

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Empties

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It’s been a while since i’ve done an empties post so over the past month or so I’ve been saving up al the products I have finished up ready to share with you my thoughts.

First up is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub – I got this beauty in a nice little pack with the geranium leaf moisturiser but I was so excited to try the scrub.  It has that typical Aesop earthy scent which I actually love and boy does this do a decent job of scrubbing that dead skin off!  It has nice big particles that are rough without being to abrasive, I love using this before my fake tan as well as taking of any remnants of tan.  I have to say it is one of the better scrubs I have tried so I think this might be a repurchase.  Sticking to the body care I gave Lush the Olive Branch Shower Gel a try, they suggested this one as it is nice a moisturising which was perfect in the winter months, the scent was heavenly as well which surprised me as I didn’t really expect olive to be particularly nice but it was a lucky surprise.  Now this was a bit of a splurge for me, I normally just stick to supermarket shower gels and to be honest I’ll probably go back to them but maybe every now and then I’ll splurge and treat myself.

Next up is an all time favourite and an absolute staple in my beauty collection, it’s the Cyber Colors Zero Pore Primer – This is literally the best primer I have ever tried, it blurs the pores as much as a primer can and really controls the shine!  I pretty much use this everyday so I’ve got two backups always ready to go.  If you want to read more about this primer I’ve got a post dedicated here.  I’ve finally finished the By Terry Baume De Rose – I had a little cry when scraped the last little bit out of the tub, it’s just so luxurious and does such a brilliant job but the main reason for the tear was that I know I will probably never own this again!  This tiny little tub was $80 which is, in my eyes, a little bit ridiculous hence why I will never own it again.  Next up is Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep – I really loved this product, it gave a fair bit of colour payoff and its tiny brush meant you could really get every hair and keep my unruly eyebrows in shape.  I probably wouldn’t repurchase this having said all that, I just feel that for the price it ran out far too quickly and now that other brands like L’oreal are making similar products where is no need to splash out on this one.  Finally I finished up one of my all time favourite scents, it’s Flora by Gucci – this is such a beautiful fresh scent that is floral yet sweet and something that I could really wear everyday and don’t worry guys I’ve got a back up!

So there you go, my empties from the last couple of months.  What have you guys finished up?

Sarah xxx

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Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub here

Lush The Olive Branch Shower Gel here

Cyber Color Zero Pore Primer here

By Terry Baume De Rose here

Benefit Gimme Brown in Medium/Deep here

Flora By Gucci here 

Haul Time!

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It has been quite a while since i’ve done a haul, I have a feeling that may be due to the fact that I am incredibly poor.  Damn you Europe flights!  However, over the last month or so I have still managed to do some damage so I thought I would share with you some of my cheeky little purchases.

First of all I went on a little bit of a Clinique spree, they had a great offer on when you spend $60 or over so I spent way over $60 and got a few free travel sized items which will be perfect for my trip.  The first item I wanted was the newish Clinique Lip Pop in Nude Pop – I’ve seen so many people in the beauty world swoon over these lipsticks so I new I just had to get my hands on one, they are quite a hefty price but I’m quite happy I forked out the money for one.  The nude pop is such a great everyday colour that can easily be applied without a mirror, bonus!  Another lip product I got was the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot – I just thought this would be perfect so chuck in my handbag and use on a day to day basis when I need something that will moisturise my lips as well as adding a hint of colour.  I’m definitely taking this with me to Europe, my lips always get so dry in the cold so this will be a lifesaver!  The last Clinique product I purchased was the Moisture Surge Facial Spray – This promises to be a thirsty skin relief spray which is exactly what I need!  My dry spots are out of control at the moment so I want to grab anything that will help.  I’ve only had this a few days now but it feels so lovely and refreshing, I think it will be lovely underneath makeup as well.  Again it’s going to be another item I take on the plane with me!

As I mentioned my dry spots have been out of control of late!  It almost feels like sand paper!  So I really wanted to find something that will really deal with it.  I’ve been using mask upon mask upon mask but they have only been doing so much so when I heard ttsandra mentioned the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repair Balm I thought my prayers had been answered.  Sandra explained that after a bout of vigorous exfoliating she found her skin extremely dry and sand paper like so she began to use the Cicaplast to reduce the texture issues.  This is exactly my issue, texture!  So I purchased this a couple of days ago and have been using it twice a day so fingers crossed this really works, I will keep you posted.

So as you may know I am new to the whole lip gloss game, so on my last trip to the shops I wanted to pick up a few more to see what was really out there.  First up was a recommendation from a lovely reader, its the Maybelline The Elixer in Mauve Mystique – These feel like absolute heaven on the lips, so creamy and not sticky at all.  I’m not sure about the colour I got though but we shall see. This gloss was also a recommendation from a lovely reader it’s the NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake – This is such a stunning colour, that very in pinky brown shade which goes with everything, I’ve got some really good use out of this one so far and I’ve found that pairing it with MAC Whirl lip pencil looks really beautiful.  After hitting up the NYX stand I headed over to trusty old Rimmel and grabbed one of their Oh My Gloss glosses, for the life of me I cannot find what shade this is in but again it’s that pinky brown shade that I am in love with at the moment.  I haven’t used this a lot at the moment but I  imagine I’ll love it.  My final product is a nail polish, it’s the Maybelline Colour Show in Pinkalicious – This is a stunning muted neon pink that I have been wearing on my nails since I purchased it, it applies like a dream however, it does chip quite easily but I really can’t complain for the price.

So there we have it another day another haul.  I just can’t help myself sometimes!  What have you been buying recently?

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Clinique Lip Pop in Nude Pop here

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot here

Clinique Moisture Surge Facial Spray here  

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm here 

Maybelline the Elixer in Mauve Mystique here

NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake here

Rimmel Oh My Gloss here 

Lip Envy

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I am obsessed with lip balm, I always have to have at least one on me at all times so this post it dedicated to some of the man  lip balms I own and use on a regular basis.

I’m going out hard to begin with, probably the most frivolous purchase I have ever made it’s the By Terry Baume de Rose – This lip balm is probably the best one I have ever purchased and I tell you what it would want to be for the price tag.  It is so creamy and luxurious on the lips and has a heavenly scent of rose, if my lips are in a dire situation this is the lip balm I head for. Next up is a new one but something that I can see myself getting a lot of use from it’s the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot –  I purchased this the other day thinking it would be incredibly useful to have in my handbag, something that is moisturising yet has a hint of colour.  It has a lovely subtle peachy pink shade and adds a beautiful gloss to the lips.  I also think this will be great for travelling, my lips always get super dry on planes so I’ll definitely have this in my carryon.  Another brilliant all rounder lip balm is the cult classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – This is an absolute classic for a reason, it does everything!  I use this on my lips every night before I go to bed and know that it will protect them, it also works on my hands and cuticles when they are a bit dry and when my dry flaky patches on my cheeks to add some real moisture and protection.  Now that is a real all rounder isn’t it?  I have also had this one tube for a very long time so you’re really getting your moneys worth with this one!  This next one is a real favourite of mine it’s the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid – I have had a few Lanolips products in the past including their 101 ointment and enjoyed them so much so I knew I would love the Lemonaid lip aid as well.  This is perfect as it is extremely moisturising as well as having little flecks in it which very gently exfoliates the lips which really comes in handy when they are particularly dry.  The smell of this is stunning, it’s so fresh and lemony, just another reason to love it.  Finally I have quite an unusual lip balm it’s the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream – As the name suggests it is a lip cream so the texture is quite thin unlike most balms that are very thick but this cream really sinks into the lips and leave a protective barrier.  What I like to do most with this one is layer it under a thicker balm, that way you get double the moisture.  Again the scent is beautiful, much like all the Aesop products it has a great earthiness to it.

Seeing as I can’t live without lip balm I would love to hear what lip balms you love?

Sarah xxx

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By Terry Baume De Rose here 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss here

Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream here

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid here

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream here  

Empties

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I love reading and watching people’s empties blogs, they are really helpful as you can find out exactly what someone thought about the product after they have used it all up!  So over the last couple weeks and months I’ve been saving up my empty products to do a review on what I thought of them.

First up is Nars Laguna Bronzer – This is not the first one of these I have gone through, I love the stuff!  It is so worth the hype, its not too warm which allows it to look natural.  This is a product I use pretty much everyday so I have already replaced this and got a new one on the go.

The Origins Drink up Intensive Overnight Mask – Is my absolute saviour! I discovered this a couple of months ago and have been using it two nights a week since I bought it.  I put it on freshly cleansed skin before I go to bed and I wake up with bright plump and hydrated skin.  This has been especially brilliant in winter and it really helps the dry patches on my jawline ease up a bit and not look so obvious.  I am repurchasing this little beauty next week!

Another skincare item is Indeed Laboratories Hydroluron – Another skin saviour! This is the product I use to really add some hydration to my skin, its an integral part of my skincare routine so I will definitely be repurchasing this one.

I was very sad to run out of one of my favourite scents Narciso Rodriguez For Her – I bought this one years ago but It has been in consistent rotation, its such a musky wintery scent which is perfect for this time of year.  Another reason I’m sad it’s empty.  Look I probably won’t repurchase this one yet, I have so many perfumes that it would probably be a waste of money but I would definitely recommend it.

Next up is Ren Rosa Centafolia Hot Cloth Cleanser – I thoroughly enjoyed this product!  It’s a cream product that you use on dry skin and then it turns into a kind of oil, it is perfect for removing makeup, it gets every single trace of makeup off your skin.  It’s also very nourishing on the face and quite hydrating which has been great for the Autumn and Winter months.  I haven’t repurchased this yet as I am using a Lush one at the moment but I would love to repurchase it in the future.

The Lanolips 101 Ointment – is bloody brilliant!  Its so thick and nourishing and its the perfect lip balm for seriously chapped lips.  I took this one with me to India and it saved my lips, I was using it a thousand times a day!  It was especially brilliant for the plane trip as well.  I will definitely be taking another one when I go to Europe.

Finally I have been using the Oral B 3D White Whitestrips – I have never tried these before but I had heard such great things that I wanted to give them ago.  At first I was using them twice a day on top and bottom teeth however, the made my teeth super super sensitive especially on my bottom teeth so I cut it down to once a day and on my bottom teeth every second day.  These worked really quickly!  I noticed a change within three days of using them, not that my teeth were too yellow but now they are amazingly white.  I’m definitely heading back to chemist warehouse to get some more of these.

So there you go, some empty products I’ve been using and loving!  What products have you finished up?  Did you enjoy them?

Sarah xxx

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Nars Laguna Bronzer here

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask here

Indeed Laboratories Hydroluron here

Narciso Rodriguez For Her here

Ren Rosa Centafolia Hot Cloth Cleanser here

Lanolips 101 Ointment here

Oral B 3D White Whitestrips here  

Korean Skincare

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I’ve been hearing a lot about Korean skincare lately and I’ve been doing some research on the kind of products they use everyday.  Something that really struck me was the importance of toners and essences so this really made me want to try it out.  I went to beautynetKorea to see what I could get my hands on.

I’m currently quite happy with my cleanser and moisturiser so I really wanted to try a new toner and a new serum.  Now my skin type is combination/oily yet in winter I get some dry patches along my jawline that is really not attractive when my makeup clings to it!  So I was looking for something that would hydrate those areas yet wouldn’t make my make me look really shiny with makeup on.  I spotted the Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner – this promises to soften the skin which I though would be perfect to soften up this icky dry patches and hydrate the skin without the abrasiveness of a lot of toners.  This toner is really beautiful and refreshing, it refreshes the skin whilst adding some moisture to the skin. I’ve been using this for about a month now and I really think its working!  I use this after I wash my fine and it has been leaving my skin nice and soft as well as plump.  Next I heard about the popularity of essences, this is a water substance that has a shed load of transforming properties and will add brightness and clarity to your skin, what’s not to love about that? This is the Tony Moly Intense Care –  I use this one straight after the toner. I love these two products because they are super moisturising yet it doesn’t feel like you have a thousand products on your face, they are so thin that it just feels like you have splashed your face with water.  After this step I use the Deep Sea Marine Collagen Ampoule – this is a type of serum that is super concentrated and is full of all the good stuff.  This particular one offers a collagen boost as well a a lot of hydration, this again is a beautifully thin substance so I use this morning and night and it doesn’t add any greasiness to my skin.  This ampoule literally plumps up my skin on touch, I can noticeably see the difference when I am applying it, it clears the skin by smoothing it out and just adds some supple plumpness giving me a very youthful look.   At night I put this on after the essence and before my hydroluron and night cream.

Now as these products were pretty darn cheap I wasn’t convinced that they were going to do anything spectacular to my skin however, I can now eat my words!  Over the past month my skin has been looking better and better, it is really well hydrated, super plump from the ampoule and it has a lot more clarity to it.  I still do have a bit of redness but my skin in general is much clearer and has a much better look and texture.  I honestly think I am now a convert to Korean skincare, they definitely know what they are doing!

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Secret Key Rose Floral Softening Toner here 

Tony Moly Intense Care Essence here

Deep Sea Marine Collagen Ampoule here  

Night Time Skincare Routine

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I try so hard with skincare, but sometimes I’m really not sure what I’m doing!  So lately I’ve been reading up on skincare on Caroline Hirons website trying to get a real understanding of what my routine should be and heres what I’ve got so far.

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My first step is using the Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser to thoroughly cleanse my skin.  If I’m wearing a lot of makeup I will take that off with the Garnier Micellar Water first, I’m sure many people would double cleanser with the Ren cleanser but to be honest I don’t have enough money to go through it that quickly!  Next up I use a serum the Loreal Skin Perfection Serum this really smooths my skin out and is a great light layer to add to my skin first.  This one is pretty much finished but I’m not really sure weather I should repurchase this or try something else.  After this one I use a fairly new product to me, something I bought in India to save my skin after some serious neglect.  Its The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil – I’d never really though of using an oil on my skin before seen as I would call myself a very oily girl however, after the disastrous state it was in after India I was willing to try anything!  I’ve been using this consistently for a month now and I really do think I am seeing a difference, my skin is smoother and more plump and its slowly, slowly getting rid of my dry patches on my cheeks.

IMG_1040After the oil comes another serum because apparently two are not enough!  So I use my Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron – Caroline said that hydroluron is the last step as it is quite thick, at this stage I’m not sure whether this itself is making a difference to my skin or whether its a combination of everything so I think i’ll just keep using it as it seems to be working with everything else.  Finally I use a night time moisturiser its the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins – I love this night cream because it isn’t extremely thick!  Most night creams I’ve tried are ridiculously thick and I just find them suffocating but this is lovely and light and sinks into the skin immediately.  Now for bonus time!  Two or three times a week I use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – this gives a major shot of moisture! You put it on that night and wake up with baby soft skin that looks beautifully plump.

As I am not expert in the skincare world I’m still not sure if I’m doing this right so If you have any tips or suggestions I would much appreciate it!

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Ren Rosa Centiflia Hot Cloth Cleanser here 

Boreal Skin Perfection Serum here

The Body Shop Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil here

Indeed Laboratories Hydroluron here

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins here

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask here