5 big beauty disappointments

Everyday we see hundreds of products on Instagram and beauty websites that tell us ‘this is the best product for your skin/hair/makeup routine’. But unfortunately not all of them live up to their hype.

Ouai

I had seen Ouai all over Instagram and on Cult Beauty and I so badly wanted to try it after seeing so many people rave about it. I asked for a set for Christmas full of minis so I could try an array of stuff. The hair oil made my hair really soft, but made my scalp really itchy. The foaming dry shampoo EXPLODED EVERYWHERE so I only got to use it once, which was a real disappointment. The wave spray made my hair a bit too stiff and greasy looking and didn’t help with my sensitive scalp. I am quite prone to allergic reactions to haircare, but now knowing that some of the products do have that effect on me, it doesn’t make me jump to try any more. Plus the products I did try were underwhelming.

Juno – Sunday Riley

Sunday Riley is a really hyped brand. Their stuff is in the most beautiful packaging and is featured on all the blogs, so I had really high hopes that Juno would be amazing. I had run out of my Kiehls Daily Revival Concentrate and didn’t feel strongly enough about it to repurchase. After doing some research into a morning beauty oil, I stumbled across Juno. Quite honestly it felt as though I was spreading olive oil on my face – it was SO thick! It claims to absorb quickly into the skin, but when compared to the Kiehls one (which wasn’t super fast absorbing), this took a LIFETIME. You know that feeling when your hair gets stuck to your face… it just felt horrid. I didn’t notice any real difference in my skin either. It was supposed to create a ‘dewy glow’, hydrate and bring tired skin back to its best. My skin was probably well hydrated, but I didn’t feel like it delivered on the glow that it promised. After the lack lustre performance of Juno, I can’t say I’m rushing to buy more from Sunday Riley. I was toying with the idea of replacing my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil with Luna, but I love it too much to risk using a crappy product.

Lidstar – Glossier

I had heard mixed reviews before I tried these, but with Glossier being such an indie brand powerhouse, I wanted to see for myself. I got two shades, in Cub and Moon and both totally lack in pigment. I understand that Glossiers products usually revolve around the ‘no makeup makeup’ look, and that’s absolutely fine… but some pigment would be nice. The swatch nicely but once you start to blend them out, they totally disappear. If you apply them directly on the eye and don’t blend them out, a weird thing happens as it dries and it completely accentuates where you have applied it (therefore RUINING your makeup). I’m really in the market for this type of product, but I guess I’ll have to keep looking!

Hyaluronic Acid – The Ordinary

I really wanted to incorporate hyaluronic acid in to my routine after reading about its hydrating benefits and had seen that The Ordinary do a version that is super cheap. In all fairness I have never tried any other hyaluronic acids to compare this to, but I didn’t like it. I’ve also read a lot of other people with the same thoughts as me on it – mainly that the serum is incredibly sticky. When I heard that this could take 4000 times its weight in water, I expected application to feel like I’d just given my skin a big glass of water. Incorrect. It felt slightly tacky afterwards and not hydrating or moisturising at all – in fact it felt like I needed to apply a moisturiser straight away afterwards to ‘fix’ my skin. I didn’t notice any difference in the appearance of my skin, and frankly I expected more!

Fix+ Goldlite – MAC

If you follow my Instagram, I posted about this the other day, but this was really disappointing for 2 reasons. 1) My skin felt much more matte than when I use the regular Fix+ (I’m not aware that this is a mattifying formula or anything) and totally lacked the glow that the usual Fix+ gives. 2) There was absolutely no glitter/gleam/glow on my skin. Even when I sprayed this on my arm, there was nothing. I’m a bit confused because this was hyped SO much, and whenever I tried to buy it before it was always sold out. So how did I not know this was going to be a disappointment?

Quick reminder that what didn’t work for me, may work for you. We might have different hair/skin types, or even preferences in the type of beauty we enjoy, and I am just stating my opinion.

Luckily for me, I had to think pretty hard about what products had disappointed me in the last 6 months or so, which means I’ve used loads of brill products recently! I hope you enjoyed this post!

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My no-makeup makeup look

It’s basically summer now, and I can’t be bothered with a full face of makeup every day that’s going to melt off as soon as I set foot out the house/on the tube. I’ve started wearing minimal makeup, and I think I have it down. Keep reading to see what products I use to get my no-makeup makeup look.

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Face

The night before, I mix two drops of the Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning drops with my Nivea Soft moisturiser and apply as the last step in my night time skincare routine.

When I wake up in the morning, my skin has a nice natural tan and my cheeks look less red. I apply my usual skincare (The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid, Aurelia’s Revitalise and Glow serum and Clinique’s Pep Start SPF moisturiser) before applying the Kiehl’s tinted SPF. This further evens out any redness and gives a very light coverage.

Bronze/Highlight

Once the tinted SPF has dried down, I use the Makeup Geek Love Triangle Contour (used as a bronzer) to lightly bronze my temples and my forehead before taking it onto my cheeks. I then take my favourite Mary Lou-Manizer and apply it to the cheekbones, on the end of my nose and the bridge, under the brows and on my cupids bow.

Brows

I dye my eyebrows anyway, but they still need a bit of help. Using a very light hand, I take the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe and go around the outline and add in hair like strokes. I brush through them to make sure they don’t look too heavy before applying the NYX Clear Brow Gel.

Eyes

I mix the Glossier Lidstars in Moon and Cub onto my lid and blend them out. They dry down pretty sheer and just give the lid a nice wash of colour and a touch of sparkle. I apply my Roller Lash mascara to the top lashes and my Clinique Bottom Lash mascara to the lower lashes. To make my eyes look more awake, I apply the Charlotte Tilbury Rock and Kohl eyeliner in Eye Cheat.

 

Lips

I usually just wear my Palmers lip balm, or if I fancy a little more colour I’ll take the Glossier the balmdotcom in cherry.

And there’s the end result! It’s super easy and is the perfect everyday summer make up. Let me know what you think! Leave a comment here or on instagram!

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Glossier review

I have wanted to try Glossier since it came to the UK last year but never really got around to trying it. Being on Instagram and being part of the beauty community, you see Glossier absolutely EVERYWHERE. I knew I had to try it ASAP. I’ve had the products for about a month now, and these are my thoughts…

Products I bought:

  • Milky Jelly Cleanser
  • The Balmdotcom in Cherry
  • Cloudpaint in Dusk
  • Lidstar in Cub and Moon

I was literally so excited when my delivery FINALLY arrived! I felt as though it took such a long time to arrive, but I think that’s because I was so looking forward to it. Everything is so Instagramable – The stuff comes in a box that’s pink inside. You get stickers, a little bottle of perfume, a postcard and a bubble wrap bag.

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Milky Jelly Cleanser – Β£15
This has been the biggest hit of the lot for me. I had seen so many people say that this was completely amazing and they weren’t wrong. This cleanser is absolutely beautiful. I’ve been using this as my second cleanser after a cleansing balm and it is the perfect product to remove the remnants of my eye make up. I find that one pump is enough to use on my whole face. If I’m using this as a first cleanse, I’d probably use 1 and a half pumps. There is a slight smell to this, but I don’t think that it is fragranced – it just smells authentic. It leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft and very clean without feeling tight.Β It is extremely gentle on the skin and is safe to use on the eyes, you can even open your eyes with it on the lashes without any irritation. I feel as though my skin has become softer and smoother since I started using this (and I thought it was pretty good before hand!) I think this is a really reasonable price for a top performing product. All of the cleansing balms I have are much more expensive for far less product.Β I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out (or well before I run out!)

The Balm Dotcom – Β£10
This is a really nice lip balm. Would I usually spend Β£10 on a lip balm? No. I’m very happy with my Palmers Lip Balm (Β£1.50) but I wanted to try it out cause I liked the idea of a natural lip tint that I could wear with a minimal make up look, The first thing I noticed when trying this was how much air came out of the tube before any product came out. I felt as though the tube was pretty deflated by the time anything came out, and when I’m paying Β£10 for a lip balm, I do expect it to be completely full. I got the colour Cherry which is a pinkish-red shade. It stays on the lips for a very long time and gives them a very natural flush. You don’t need very much to cover your lips, which is a major plus. It can leave a little bit of a line under your bottom lip if you apply too much where there is a bit of a build up of product. I’d really like to try the roseΒ shade of this which is a nice neutral pink. I usually find that most lip balms make my lips crave more moisture once they wear off, but this one lasts a really long time and leaves your lips feeling really nice afterwards.

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Cloudpaint – Β£15

Everyone online seems to have this and absolutely loves it. I’ve never really used a liquid blush before and I was quite weary of having a thick pink stripe on my cheek. I got the shade ‘dusk’ because it looked most like my usual blush shade. Like the balm dotcom, I had to squeeze the tube a lot before anything came out. As with the lip balm, I was pretty unimpressed with that. In terms of the actual product, you need very little of it for some serious pigment. I started using it with my fingers but found that it was a little hard and time consuming to blend in. So instead now I use a flat topped foundation brush to apply it and I find that it blends much easier and much more evenly. It is a little intimidating putting so much pigment on your cheek to begin with, but it blends out so nicely and just gives your cheeks a natural flush that is still buildable.

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Lidstar duo – Β£25

Like everyone else, I had seen the hype around these from the Oscars and was super interested in trying them. I have to say, I had a little trouble getting these to work for me. When I first tried them, I tried them at night over the eyeshadow I had worn all day and had no problem applying it.Β However, when I tried to apply it on fresh make up, it completely removed it. I tried it over freshly applied foundation/concealerΒ and over a nude eyeshadow and both times the product was completely gone underneath and my redder eyelids were exposed. More recently I’ve been wearing it as theΒ only thing on my lid when I’ve been wearing no face makeup andΒ by mixing the two it creates a nice shimmery lid that is reallyΒ subtle. I think I initially expected theseΒ to beΒ dupes of the StilaΒ liquid eyeshadows and was a bit surprised when they didn’t perform that way.

What I really love about Glossier is that it is about enhancing your natural beauty, not about covering your beauty up. I love full coverage make up, but I feel inspired to use these lighter products for a more minimal make up look. I was pretty unlucky in that I placed my order the week before Lash Slick was launched, and I would have loved to try that. I think overall these Glossier products perform really well and really make me feel confident about how I look when I use them.

Have you used any Glossier products? What are your thoughts?

Leave me a comment on here or Instagram and let me know!

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