Disappointing Products #1

Let’s ignore the fact that I just had to google ‘Where is the hash on an apple keyboard’. Moving on…

I thought I might start a ‘Disappointing Products’ series, seeing as sometimes you buy things expecting them to be amazing and stay in your make up bag permanently, only to end up being sorely disappointed because they are a big pile of poo.

I have 4 products to review today, and these have been dug out of the murky depths of Roshni’s Make Up Abyss. It’s a dark place.

Here are the blighters:

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Top left: Loréal Paris True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’, Top right: Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in ‘Taupe’, Under this: Topshop Grunge Stick in ‘Go-Go’, At bottom: Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’

1. Loréal Paris True Match Foundation in ‘Golden Beige’:

I bought this before I found the Bourjois Happy Light (see previous post), and I had heard good things about this foundation. Now, aside from the fact that I bought the complete wrong shade for my face (it’s way too light) what I hate is that it has lots of gold shimmer in it.  Now, I don’t know about you but in the day time I don’t really like the disco ball look, I like my skin to look like skin. Also, it clearly does not match my skin. Now I know it come in different shades, so you are meant to be able to find the right one, but I found it hard to pick one that looked right. All in all, a fail on both levels.

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2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner in ‘Taupe’:

This one is a tricky one. Simply because, I’m not too sure what I’m meant to do with this. OK I know it’s an eyeliner, to line eyes. I geddit. But this colour is odd because I thought it would be good for the waterline, however when I apply it, it just looks…like my waterline. This might be better for people with a paler skin tone than myself, but I’m still not seeing the benefit personally. Even when applying it at the lash line for example, it doesn’t show up very much, and is just a tad disappointing. More disappointing because I heard such good things about it, but it may just be that is isn’t suited to my skin tone.

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3. Topshop Grunge Stick in ‘Go-Go’:

I was really chuffed with this when I bought it, and thought it would look great on a night out. I swatched it in store, and there it looked really nice and had a unique cool feeling when you apply it. The main problem I have with this is the coarse glitter in the formula. If this was a lighter shimmer I think it would be really nice, but it just seems a bit costume make up for me. Even with lots of blending I’m pretty sure I would just end up with lots of greeny silvery glitter all over my face. In principle, it seems like everything I would want from an eye product, but it did not live up to the hype :(.

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4. Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘Yogurt’:

This was probably the biggest disappointment for me, because I LOVE the colour. I don’t think it looks like Yogurt, Nyx, so get better names please. The stick itself is a great easy way to apply eyeshadow, and the consistency is really nice. Spoiler: This does not last very long without creasing. It finds those eye creases and sits in them within about 5 minutes. I have tried this with a spot of primer and it is slightly better, but not what you would want if you are wearing it all day. Another thing, I had to google (I’m not stupid I swear) how the hell do you get more of this product? Turns out it’s not a turny twisty stick, you have to sharpen it. It’s white plastic, WHO HAS A SHARPENER THAT CAN DO THAT. I had visions of hacking away at it with a knife, but obviously that is very dangerous and dumb. But Nyx, sort it ahht.

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Here are swatchety swatches of these blighty blighters:

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That is the round up 🙂 TIL NEXT SUNDAY.

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A ‘Match’ Made In Heaven – sorry…

OK I won’t do any more world cup puns. I could, but I won’t.

We are finally experiencing a flash of summer in the UK, and boy do we have to make the most of it. It might be a long time until we see that fiery ball of goodness again! Sorry, I really do mean the sun. So, onto a combination that was engineered by the gods for summertime. The combination I am talking about here is a bold pink lip, and dewy sun kissed skin. The latter for me is in reach, as it is built into my genetics 🙂 (put simply, I am brown).

So first, the bold lip:

I have heard rave reviews about the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks, and I have another one here for you to add to the mix. The shade I went for was Olé Flamingo (great name), which is a brilliant fuchsia. With cool blue undertones, it is also great to make teeth look whiter. The formula was surprising, it truly feels like velvet (but not so much it drags as you apply).

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It is easily buildable, and the applicator means that you can get a really clean edge. It has been reviewed to be very long lasting, but what I found useful is that although you want it to stay put, if you apply hastily you can still clean up with a cotton bud around the corners and not end up looking like a lipstick smeared clown.

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The pigment it packs is seriously crazy, but I think I would agree with Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup, that the formula lends itself best to the bold shades rather than the nude, ‘everyday’ hues. This will be my go-to for a summer evening look :).

Now, for the dewy skin:

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I am a big fan of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Based Foundation (I mix a blob of shade 55 and 56, why don’t they do .5’s?!). However, if you don’t want such heavy coverage for summer Happy Light is a good way to go, I would say. Confusingly, shade 54 is pretty good for me (I think this is the darkest it goes), and it is a lot more fluid and sheer than the Healthy Mix. It blends nicely with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and gives a really nice dewy finish. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the strong orange undertone, but I think this would be OK once concealer etc are finished.

I will give an update on this after a week or so of use, so I can let you know how it lasts throughout the day. I am expecting it to wear throughout a hot working day, but for me it will be having strong competition with the Garnier Miracle Skin, which I have been wearing daily and loving. With Miracle Skin, even after work, my skin tone looks even and clear, so Happy Light has a lot to live up to!

If I wear this out, I’ll update this post with a picture so you can see what it looks like :). Happy Summer!

AAAAAAAND here is the update, recently wore this look out for my sister’s birthday:

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Favourite Mascara of the Moment

I thought I’d do a small post on a product that delivers BIG.

It’s the Maybelline ‘The Falsies’ Volum’ Express Black Drama mascara (foof, long name). I know a lot of people rave about this, but it really is worth the hype. Coming in at a very reasonable  £7.99, this product can trump those that cost around three times as much. Usually, the go to mascara for me is Benefit ‘Bad Gal’, which has the most obese of brushes and is great for lengthening and separating. However the only thing that bothers me about it is that after a while, the pigment in the mascara tends to look a bit ashy on the lashes, which detracts from the actual length of the lashes.

That’s why this mascara rules. It lengthens, it curls beyond belief, it separates AND it has a really black finish (yes, black drama apparently). It is quite easy to take off, but it doesn’t disintegrate throughout the day, so it is a perfect every day mascara that is still build able for evening looks.

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This to me, is superior to the Maybelline ‘Great Lash’ mascara, because once I think I tried the waterproof version of this and still had remnants of it on my face about a week after (not a good look). Although it doesn’t quite have the same effect as applying a strip of false lashes, it still does a pretty good job!

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I have attempted a little before and after so if anyone is considering purchasing, you can see the effects.

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‘Cute As A Button’ – My First Essie

Here is ANOTHER nail varnish post. I didn’t think nail varnish was going to be a regular occurrence on this blog, but I think impending summer time has broadened my horizons…

I have a vast nail polish collection, and very rarely throw nail varnishes out even if they have pretty much solidified at the bottom of a murky bottle (don’t ask why). Although I like buying them, I had never got around to trying out Essie nail polishes. I know bloggers and vloggers like Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup (whose blog I LOVE to read) rave about them until the cows come home – anyone ever thought where did those cows go? Maybe they went out raving.

Therefore, I thought I would buy my first one. It is quite a spring/summer shade that I went for, it is a lovely coral-y pink colour. I was tempted to get Bordeaux, but 1, that is an autumn winter shade and 2, I already have Nails Inc Regent Street which is very similar.  (I couldn’t find a shop link for Regent Street, sorry I can’t remember if it’s limited edition or not).

Anyway, here is a little picture of ‘Cute As A Button’:

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‘Cute As A Button’

 

I’m going to keep this brief, as I don’t want to bore anyone. Here are my main observations after two heavy-ish coats of ‘Cute As A Button’:

  • It has a lovely ‘glass-like’ look even from the first stroke
  • Easily buildable
  • Creamy texture
  • Streak free

All in all I really like this, and it looks really pretty on, especially with a slick of my favourite Seche Vite over the top, to keep them looking glossy.

This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles...all the time.
This is the way I hold all my nail polish bottles…all the time.
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