Most disappointing beauty products

I am severely guilty of falling under the category of people that jumps on beauty bandwagons and throws my money at brands without stopping to think, do I need a new foundation or palette? (the answer is yes but you know what I mean) So I obviously have also had my fair share of disappointments, that isn’t to say that the products are bad its just that some crazed about products have not worked for me. I thought I would share a few of the products that disappointed me the most and tend to sit in a draw gathering dust or end up in my mothers makeup bag.

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

so wanted to love this, I read the reviews and have other Urban Decay Naked palettes so thought it was a no brainer, rose gold goodness. When it arrived the packaging was beautiful and it came with a good quality brush which is unlike many palettes so I had thought that I was onto a winner. The shades themselves are just a bit meh if I’m being honest, they are pretty but they need building up so much and the fall out is such a pain. I don’t mind fallout if its being paired with some bomb ass pigment but I’m not about some crumbly eye shadow that needs dipping into three or four times. I think at the time I paid about 40 pound for this and I really regret it, I very rarely reach for it and I am so sad it didn’t work for me

Jeffree Star x Manny Mua Skin Frost

I am not about to sit here and say I was played by J Star and Manny but … I was played by J Star and Manny. The Hype was real! Blinding, glowing, see you from outer space, just a few words that they described this collaboration as! Also “limited edition”, is anybody else bored of this marketing scheme by brands just to make you buy a product asap but then all of a sudden its a continued product? stop. The product itself … let me just say when I have to dip into a highlighter with fix plus about four times to get any glow this product is now cancelled to me. I tried so hard to make it work, I even scratched off the top layer to try and use it as a loose pigment but even that failed. All that being said I did pick up the liquid lipstick they released as well and I use that on a weekly basis, so I’m not as mad as I would have been if I had just bought the highlighter.

Dior Forever Foundation

I may as well have just set 35 pound on fire. I have nightmares about this damn foundation. The smell of it was so strong on the skin it almost gave me a headache, it oxidised within minutes and it shifted around my face no matter what primer I used. The coverage wasn’t great but buildable if I wanted a cake face and I really was shocked because Dior normally hit it out the park for me. I occasionally dip into it now if I’m mixing it with a foundation too pale for me but thats the only time I reach for it now.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

This is a strange one because this product used to be my all time fave alongside my Mac paint pot for priming my lids until UD changed the packaging and the formula. It used to be way thicker and come out in a squeeze bottle, now its so watery and has an awful wand applicator. I’m not going to lie I’ve only made an attempt with the revised packaging and formula a handful of times but I end up taking it off straight away. Whose fab idea was it to take a holy grail of so many people and turn it into a runny mess with a pointless wand that ruins the application and doesn’t pick up enough product. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

Mac Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

As I am not an oily person I generally tend to not have to worry about powder, unless I’m going on a night out however I do like to bake because I feel like it just gives my face a nicer finish. Mac as a brand tend to be a pretty safe bet when spending your money so I was really surprised when this didn’t work for me. I knew that as it contained silica that there would be flash back but I didn’t buy it with the intention of having a photo shoot so that wasn’t the issue. The real problem was that it removed my concealer from under my eyes and made my skin look dry and patchy. I made attempts of using it with different brushes and techniques but it still left the cakey, wrinkly, patchy face.

As I said I am not saying these products are a bunch of shit and not to go out and buy them or that if you’ve already bought them you have wasted your money, its all about what does and doesn’t work for me. I love all of these brands and think they create amazing products just sadly these ones were a miss for me. Let me know if these worked/didn’t work out for you, I would love to hear everyones opinions!

Love you byeeee

Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Review

Stila are not a brand to shy away from daring and bold products, you just need to have a glance at their Magnificent Metals Eye shadow to see they are all about the glamour and glitz. when they brought out the Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, continuing their trend of sparkles, sparkles and more sparkles,  I was fawning over them big time however, I have hooded eye lids and for me I just felt like it would be a waste of money, I can’t create the cut crease I would like because I open my eyes and all my work has disappeared! I thought that, as beautiful and as amazing as the gurus with three cm of space between their eye brows and lashes said they were, I held off. But then my best friend bought me one for Christmas and I am not about to waste some glittery goodness just because my eyes want to play me.

This is what Stila had to say about the product:

           “For eyes with serious sparkle, this blindingly stunning shadow pigment combines pearlescent and glitter particles to guarantee an instant head-turning look. The water-infused texture is super easy to apply, thanks to the applicator wand and dries to a shimmering finish that never dulls. Yet it also cares for the skin with conditioning glycerin, while triethanolamine forms a protective barrier between the skin and the glittery pigment, so it always feels comfortable to wear. Choose from an array of gemstone hues, from the twinkling ebony ‘Molten Midnight’; show-stopping ‘Gold Goddess’ and beautiful bronze ‘Smouldering Satin’, to the shimmering silver ‘Diamond Dust’ and exquisite ‘Rose Gold Retro’. There’s a shade to suit every skin tone and occasion.”  

This product does seriously sparkle, you don’t even need to open the product to see how beautiful it is, I received the shade Kitten Karma and it is a gorgeous champagne mix of silver and copper. In terms of the ingredients behind the product, you can really feel it when you’re wearing it. If you’ve ever used glitters before they can be really irritating and end up falling all over the face but this product applied really creamy, I wasn’t able to feel the glitter and then it dried so fast I had barely any fall out.

In regards to my worries about being unable to wear it due to my eye shape I was so wrong! They look amazing in the centre of a halo eye and I have found if I bring the cut right about where my eyes naturally crease it looks so pretty. They are blinding and if you’re not a dramatic makeup kind of girl/boy normally, I’d suggest sticking to wearing this at night, I on the other hand, will be wearing this on a daily just to go get some milk. It retails at 23 pound and are available at cult beauty and beauty bay, they are pretty pricey for the 4.5ml of products but a little goes a long way! The doe foot applicator is really easy to use and you don’t have to layer it up. I really think I’m going to invest in some more shades because they’re just so easy and gorgeous to use! They are available to purchase here;

Cult Beauty 

Beauty Bay

Thanks so so much for reading! If you have these let me know what other shades to get and if you haven’t, buy some shades and tell me then!

so much loooove

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Viva la revolución?

I swear I am having to start every blog post saying how lucky I am my boyfriend has bought me this but I AM. I told him I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and he went out and bought me a whole bunch of stuff to try, so there is also my excuse as to why I’m posting so much about makeup, my boyfriend has a spending problem!

As I said, I hadn’t tried any makeup revolution since they first came out years ago and I really was not impressed, I had a liquid lipstick that literally crumbled off of my lips in the middle of a bar and I was NOT about to go and relive that experience. I’m really funny with eye shadow palettes in particular and I really just put that down to having always used high-end, drug store really didn’t have much going for it when I was younger so I was always really sceptical. So when I saw the hype over it in 2017 I wanted to know what the deal was and then I was given this bag load of goodies in December and I’ve spent about a month trying them out. If you want to know why I don’t post reviews etc straight away, it’s because I like to really try them out and there was so much to play with that I couldn’t just do it in a week.

So here is what I got and here are my thoughts!

Rose Gold Palette

The basics

So pretty. Just no words! The packaging is beautiful, it’s obviously a dupe packaging wise for the too faced chocolate bar palette, which I have and I actually like this packaging more! The dripping rose gold is so aesthetically pleasing and it comes with a mirror which I love. Like the too faced palette it smells like chocolate which is sooo nice but a pain when my nieces start going through my make up to try and smell all my palettes! It’s plastic but it doesn’t feel overly cheap, as far as plastic goes it’s pretty good quality. It came with a brush but it was one of those smudge double ended pad things so I was like cya, in the bin you go, but for what you’re paying are you expecting a top quality fluffy brush?

The shades themselves scream dupe for the Huda beauty Rose gold palette, which I actually didn’t buy deliberately, I tried my friends out before committing to the price tag and I was like eh? I don’t mind putting the extra work in to blend but it was so difficult to work with. So I was pleased to be able to have something similar that may even work better.

Testing

If you have read my blog previously you will know that I swatch purely out of excitement and I don’t really judge by a swatch as I have used palettes that swatch awfully but apply beautifully and vice versa. These did swatch like a dream though for those wondering. They even have two pressed glitter shades as well as shimmer so I was shook. It comes with five shimmers, two pressed glitters, eight mattes and one satin, so you’re getting sixteen shades in all.

On application, they aren’t super pigmented initially but they are really buildable so the pigment is there, you just have to have the time. They do blend nicely and aren’t patchy at all but I would say if you don’t prime your eyes, you need to. I prime every time and I know some people don’t but It won’t budge or fade on your lid if you do. The pressed pigment is better applied with a glitter glue like the too faced or a more affordable alternative like the nyx, but they are both so gorgeous and I can’t believe the quality of them.

I would 100% recommend this palette, I can’t get over the quality that you get for eight pounds!

Unicorns Heart highlight

The basics

As far as instagram aesthetics goes this high light is that! I didn’t really buy into the mermaids and unicorns fad that happened last year mainly because I had trouble stomaching the amount of adults running around screaming I’m a mermaid, are you babes? are you really? Saying that, this highlighter is beaut. The packaging is just like the too faced sweet tea bronzer which I would marry if I could, but its only available in American so comes out on special occasions for fear of running out. But the cardboard doesn’t seem flimsy or breakable and I think for the price, its pretty and does the job.

Testing

The great thing about this highlight is that you can customise the kind of shade you want due to the different colours in the product. When I first used it I used all of the colours on a dry, morphe Y13 and wow, it is blinding! I do have to say though it is a bit pale for me as I do wear fake tan basically all of the time but this is otherwise so pretty. It’s almost like a lavender colour on the skin and it doesn’t cling to your skin in a way that you can see all of the texture. It is really buildable but when I used it with fix plus it is seriously like being the tin man, which personally I do not like but if that’s your thing, you go girl.

Like I said its a bit pale for me however when I’m being lazy with my tan, this is what I reach for, I would recommend this and I personally can’t wait to try the other shades in this range and the baked blushed they do! It’s five pound babe. There are no doubts, go buy it.

Soph Does Nails collab palette

The Basics

First off, huge congrats to soph! She is the QUEEN of drug store beauty and her channel is great, she’s so down to earth and lovely and I’m so happy for her. If you watched her reveal video you will know she designed the packaging herself and it is so sweet. The palette itself is made of plastic but is really pretty to look at and doesn’t feel flimsy. The mirror Is such a plus for me as I tend to be up and down the country a lot so its important for me if I’m travelling to have a good-sized mirror and this palette provides that. It comes with 14 matte and 10 shimmers so something for everyone. When I first saw the shades, I was shook! Literally they are so pretty and an endless amount of looks to be made.

Testing

On my first application I literally stopped what I was doing to shout at my boyfriend to come and look how pigmented it was, I got a vague “oh yeah..” and he went back to doing what he was doing but I was still excited. Some shades are more pigmented than the others but the others are so buildable and blend really well. The shimmers are a bit more like pressed glitters so I would suggest doing your eyes first to prevent fall out, or bake under your eyes pretty heavily then brush away. I find with most shimmers I end up using my fingers so I wasn’t shocked that I had to do that with this palette. The only down size is that the shade names come on a plastic sheet which I lost a hot minute ago, so I have to look the shade names up if I want to know what they are.

Also don’t blame me for how dirty my palettes are! I daftly didn’t take a picture of anything brand new when I knew I wanted to try and get some use out of them before I reviewed them! Anyway! Go, join this friendly neighbourhood makeup girl gang, support your girl soph, spend ten pounds on a palette I would happily pay double for.

Bronze & Shimmer palette

The basics

I like a bit of a shimmer to my bronzer, hence my love for the Too Faced sweet tea, so I was SO happy when I received this. The packaging is like a mini chocolate bar, again dripping chocolate down the side, so happy there. It comes with a teeny tiny mirror, bigger brands, why are you playing? these palettes are like 5 pound? If make up revolution can sort it, I am pretty damn sure some of your charging out the arse can afford it!

Testing

There are two sections to the palette, the left is way lighter and is clearly a high light while the others is a deep bronze/brown shimmery high light. I know it is meant for a deeper skin tone but I live for a bit of shimmer to my bronzer on my forehead.

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY! I went mad on the bronze section on my temple and it came out looking like I had a dodgy hair line. When I went back in with a much lighter touch it was gorgeous, glowy and bronzed. The high light is perfect for when I’m mega tanned and I am obsessed with using it on my brow bone. It doesn’t pick up on face texture and applies really smoothly.

Hot Spice Blush Palette

The Basics

Out of all the packaging and MR stuff I received, this is the only one I was like “yeah thats cheap”, when it came to the packaging. It’s not bad, I was just so hyped over the other things I received that I was expecting more. Its plain plastic and it does feel like it would break easily, so I have to be careful because I am the worst.

Testing

I was never a big blush fan but now I am obsessed and its mainly because of this palette. The shades are gorgeous and are all so wearable, they are all a mix of coral and pink so if you want seriously Rosie cheeks, these are better for those with a pale skin tone. Seeing as I’m not that pale I used these as a nude blush and they just finish the look off so nicely. I’m not going to lie I haven’t touched the two shimmer shades and have only stuck to the 6 mattes. Mainly because I just don’t like a shimmer blush. I am deffo interested in getting another one of these palettes in a different shade range because I’m loving it.

Pearl lights loose highlighter 

The basics 

Is this gimmick?!? is this a thing?! loose highlighter? what is this about? Literally my reaction when I got it. Ive never heard of one, am I behind on this? It comes in a little plastic pot similar to the Ben Nye setting powder and you get 42g, which I think is loads! When you unscrew the lid it has holes so obviously you’re supposed to tip a small amount out into the lid before using.

Testing 

ITS NOT A GIMMICK, IT IS THE FUTURE. Seriously, I am in love. I originally used it dry, it was beautiful and applied so nicely which surprised me. It’s a beautiful iridescent light gold and I am living. When I used it wet, it actually came as a bit of a surprise that I wasn’t feeling it. It kind of clung to my skin and was hard to blend out, it also showed the texture of my skin SO BADLY and I don’t even have that much texture to my skin.

I would so recommend this, I don’t know how everyone would get on with a loose highlight but I am loving it, so it’s for sure worth a try.

Life on the dance floor: after party palette  

The basics

The packaging for this is so tacky, so right up my street. The all over glitter excites me like an absolute child. Again, huge mirror, make up revolution are living their best life. It comes with 7 mattes and 17 shimmers, this may not appeal to a lot of people but if you’re a fan of a halo eye, this palette has so much to offer you. It’s again more on the cheaper side for the quality of plastic but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart on touch.

Testing

I want to go straight in and just say so pigmented. I can’t fault it. The black shade especially is amazing, you know how wish washy blacks can be but this one is insane. I apply with my finger and they last so long and are so colourful. I don’t use the mattes that much but this probably the only palette I use in conjunction with others. Normally if I’m doing a look I will stick to using one palette but this one is so versatile I can use it with so many others.

Skin Kiss: Peach Kiss Highlighter

The Basics

The packaging for this is really nice, it reminds me of a cheaper version of the Jeffree star Skin frost, which they may or may not be a dupe for I’m not sure. You get 14g  which is a pretty generous amount and it is pretty large to hold as well. Overall it looks really nice and I don’t have any complaints about it!

Testing

Shook to the core! Its beautiful! I have worn this almost every day since I got it! It is so buttery to touch and blends like a dream! In pictures its like GLOWING and its so flattering on the skin in the real life. I am desperate to get my hands on the other ones in this collection! I think its something like five pounds so you really cannot go wrong!

My Sign, Air Sign palette

The Basics

The packaging is a bit meh, similar to the blush palette, however when you paying literally just pounds for a palette does the packaging matter that much? You get 15 shimmer shades but Id say one or two feel more like pressed glitters, which is nice. The colour selection is really nice and they do remind me of the shimmer shades from the Jaclyn Hill palette, is that intentional? who knows? but if you don’t fancy paying out for the morphe, I would say this is a good alternative.

Testing

I found the shades really inconsistent and obviously as they’re just shimmers, you’re limited to how you can use them. The top two rows actually worked really well and are super pigmented but the bottom darker shades I was a bit none fussed about. I do have to say the second two shades in are a dream, such beautiful pinks! I would pay the price for this palette for those two shades alone!

So! I am shook to the core! I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on Make Up revolution and have to say I am ashamed of how much a snob I was! I am desperate to try more of this brand so please let me know what else I should try!

Loads of love

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