Hit & Miss Products

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Hit & miss products

| Hit & Miss Products! |

I'm constantly trying different products in search of new favourites and most of the products I try I end up falling in love with because I do a lot of research before buying most things. However, sometimes I take a chance with products and sometimes they just don't suit my skin type or skin tone. And that leads me on to today's post, a hit & miss roundup, as I haven't done one of these in awhile!

I was on the hunt for a new mask at the start of the year for a little new year skin detox. I read lots of reviews from my favourite blogs and a mask that popped up quite frequently was the Origins Original Skin Mask. I've gotten on really well with Origins masks before so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because it has become one of my favourite masks! It contains Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willowherb and exfoliating Jojoba Beads to gently clarify and smooth the skin. It's the perfect mask to use the night before wearing lots of makeup as it'll smooth the skin, making makeup apply more easily. It's also gentle on my sensitive skin and it leaves my skin looking rejuvenated and feeling clarified. 

I'm really into cream and liquid highlighters at the moment as they help me achieve a fresh, natural, glowing complexion for Spring. A recent favourite has been the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand. This liquid highlighter comes with a sponge applicator making it quick, easy and not messy to use! It provides a gorgeous soft champagne dewy glow to the skin without adding any shimmer and it makes my complexion look fresh and youthful. 

I've recently been testing lots of new Essence products (post coming soon!) and along with the Volume Hero Mascara* {Review}, I've also been loving their new Make Me Brow Eyebrow Powder*. The product is unique to traditional eyebrow powders as it comes with a little sponge applicator. At first, I wasn't sure whether I'd like it or not but I haven't been able to stop using it! Powder eyebrow products are my preferred method of filling in my brows as they're easy to work with and they allow me to achieve a precisely defined brow without looking too heavy. However, filling in my brows can be quite a long, tedious task whether I'm using powder or a pencil, but the sponge applicator of this fills the entire brow in a few swipes. It's so quick, making it an ideal product to use for those rushed early mornings.

Origins Original Skin Mask

The Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is one of my all-time favourite cleansers so I was excited to try one of their limited edition Cleanse & Polish cleansers. I tried the Sweet Orange & Mint scent but unfortunately, the product was just too heavily fragranced for my skin. It hasn't caused any irritation so it's not too bad but my skin does feel a little bit sensitive after using it. The sensitivity isn't too bad so I'll be able to finish the bottle but next time I'll definitely just stick to the original which I love!

Recently, I purchased the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue thinking it would be a great Spring/Summer base product. However, I haven't really been liking it all that much because sadly the lightest shade in the range is too dark for me and it looks slightly orange on my skin tone - Not the look I'm going for, haha! I probably won't repurchase this again and I'll think I'll stick to my old reliable favourites for light minimal makeup, the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser and the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder.

I'm always on the hunt for new concealers, especially budget options for day-to-day wear! I used to love the Catrice Camouflage Cream Concealer so I decided to give the Catrice Liquid Camouflage a go. The formula of this is lovely, it's creamy, lightweight, it provides a subtle luminosity to the under eyes and once set with a powder it didn't crease on me. However, the reason I've stopped using this and passed it on to my Mam is due to the scent. Similarly to the cleanser, this is too heavily fragranced for me and causes a little bit of sensitivity to my skin. The scent is also very strong and makes me feel nauseous throughout the day so I just couldn't bear to use it any longer!

What are your hit & miss products?

Cliona xx

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