Disappointing Products of the Summer!

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I’ve had a few disappointing experiences this summer with some products that I was looking forward to using, boo! I have a very love/hate relationship with some of these brands, but these are my top picks for the most disappointing products.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 (Soft Porcelain)

I was looking sooo forward to using this. I had never used a mineral powder foundation before and I had heard rave reviews about this one (particularly thanks to Essiebutton and GirlAboutTown18) and so I finally went to buy it at Sephora. I wore it a total of three times using a Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply it as I’d heard they’re a killer combo to use together. This product separated on my face, and it looked really terrible, I tried using more moisturizer, less moisturizer, a primer, etc etc and it just looked terrible. It did not give me a good, lasting coverage and this is the first product I’ve ever used that actually separated while wearing it throughout the day. Not a fan, but I know this must be a cult favourite for a reason!

2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (51)

This concealer takes dry to a whole new level. This is very thick and dry. It provides full coverage, which is great for those who like heavier-coverage concealers, but I found this to be a very unflattering concealer on me and I definitely would not use this under the eyes as it’s so thick and drying, it would definitely settle in to fine lines. I feel that my Mac Studio Finish concealer is much better than this product. I will pass on this concealer and maybe someone else will have better luck with it!

3. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer (Very Fair)

This shimmers like Edward Cullen under the sun (I hate the Twilight movies, btw) but this really does have a lot of shimmer in it for a concealer. It’s an odd consistency, a little to watery, and it gives an incredibly light coverage which seems totally impractical for an under eye concealer. I get that the shimmer is supposed to provide radiance but what good is some radiance without a good coverage? I think that the Origins Ginzing Eye Cream on its own does the exact same thing, and furthermore, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer does what this claims to do. Though a great drugstore alternative for those who have pretty much non-exsistent under eye circles, this is a definite pass for me!

4. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit (Warm Ivory)

I’m really glad that they put “creamy” in the name, because damn, this stuff is like greek yoghurt. Would you want to apply greek yoghurt under your eyes?! Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but this is a really thick concealer, in a smoother way than the Bourjois, but it still creases like madness. I know this is a common complaint with this concealer, and I find the setting powder to be an annoying extra step. Also, most dark-circle sufferers are told to use the Bobbi Brown corrector, which I have in the past, and that creamy corrector + this creamy concealer = crease-galore. If this ever got reformulated, I’d give it a try, as I really like Bobbi Brown’s colour selection and I find that this brand is overall fantastic. This particular concealer did not do much for me.

5. Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder (51)

I feel like I’m picking on Bourjois today, but it is actually one of my favourite cosmetic brands. I was on the hunt for a great non-shimmery bronzer that would suit pale skin, and I was searching for one solely for contouring. I tried the infamous Benefit Hoola Bronzer which I found to be too muddy looking on me, and I tried a series of other brands that all seemed to be so shimmery. This one seemed to be the best out of all of them, but my main complaint would be that it is so orange. The packaging is really cute though, it looks like a chocolate bar, and hell, it smells like a chocolate bar too..but it always seems a little too orange and noticeable on my skin. I may pass this on and just opt for a taupe blush and use that for contouring.

6. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I dread writing this review. I know that this is one of the most popular Real Techniques brushes out there and I will have a lot of people disagreeing with me about this one. I find this very awkward to use when applying liquid foundation, and I find it especially awkward to use to apply cream blush. This has lost its purpose in my makeup brush collection and I have stopped using it all together. The tapered sides of the brush makes it hard for me to use, and I didn’t like how it applied my makeup in general. I much prefer my Real Techniques Buffing Brush for foundation and my Mac Stippling Brush for cream blushers.

7.  Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer (Nova & Luna)

I had read so much about these Rimmel Apocalips on beauty blogs that I absolutely could not wait for them to be released in Canada, so I ran to eBay and bought the shades Nova and Luna. Nova is a pale, mauve-pink and Luna is a white-peach, they are absolutely gorgeous colours to swatch. Now, to get to the point, they both looked terrible on me. I also can’t stand the smell, they have a very cheap smell. The packaging for these is really cute though, but the colours are just very unflattering on me. I’ve seen them on Katie Snooks (www.katiesbeautyblog.com) and she looked absolutely gorgeous in these colours, and so I figured since we have pretty much the exact same skin tone, that they’d suit me also. I was so wrong! Anyhow, I saw these were recently released in my country and so I went to buy two more colours to give a try, called Stellar and Celestial. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with these!

8. Topshop Lip Stick (Coy)

I ran like a child in Toys’R’Us around the Topshop in Toronto and I ravaged their cosmetics section and was able to score the Lip Stick in the colour “Coy” for $5! I brought it home and I was so excited to use this, I saw it on Kate from Gh0stparties and it looked amazing on her. I found this to apply very rough and to emphasize any dryness in the lips. It is very matte, and very drying and the colour itself did not suit me. I’m so sad, I wanted to badly to love this. I’m obsessed with the packaging of Topshop cosmetics, it’s just so darn cute.

9. Clarins After Sun Moisturizing Ultra-Hydrating Balm

I really can’t tan even if I wanted to, but I bought this in an attempt to prolong whatever little colour I get from the sun. This really didn’t do anything for me, it really only functioned as a nice soothing moisturizer. It did not prolong any colour I was able to get on my arms and legs. I find that with Clarins, their facial care products are for the most part amazing, but their body care products seemed to be overpriced and they never seem to do what they claim they will do.

So, unfortunately, I had a few misses this summer with cosmetic purchases but I shall not end this on a completely negative note: I will be posting my summer favourites and perhaps making a video for that, so, stay tuned!

Summer Hydration Heroes

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It’s that hot, groggy, sweaty, exhausting and oily time of the year! Oh how I love you, summer. My usually normal-combination (perhaps leaning more towards “dry”) skin becomes incredibly oily in the summer. Thanks to Soap & Glory’s “One Heck of a Blot” translucent face powder (post coming soon) and some key skincare favourites, my oily, summer skin has been kept at bay.

Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water ($22)

When a sales associate at a drugstore first suggested this to me, I tried to contain my laughter. I thought: “Is she seriously telling me that I should be buying water in an aerosol can?!” But really, this stuff is fantastic. It’s thermal water. Fancy schmancy thermal water. I opted for the largest size which is 300 ml. I spray this on twice a day, once with my morning skincare routine, and once at night, always before I apply my moisturizer. It’s so refreshing – and I find with me anyway, it reduces some of the redness in my face. I am on my second can now, and soon I will be purchasing my third!

Lush Eau Roma Toner Water ($9)

I wanted so badly to own a rose water facial toner. I have no idea why. I don’t even like the smell of roses. There is something just so elegant about applying a rose toner water, and this one is no exception. I am iffy about Lush products..I believe it’s all scent and no benefits. I haven’t had much luck with Lush products in the past (with the exception of their lip scrub, which is fantastic!) and so I thought, for $9, why not? I use this only in the mornings, it is very refreshing and hydrating. I haven’t noticed any “wow” effects from it, but it is definitely nice to use. I may or may not repurchase…I may opt for a rose water toner from a brand I like more.

Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer ($32)

I had never really considered Origins prior to reading reviews from Gh0stparties and Nouvelledaily suggesting that this stuff was really the bomb. This particular moisturizer was insanely popular in the blogging sphere and so I decided to go to Sephora and check it out. This has a nice, light and gel-like texture and it smells absolutely amazing. It smells like citrus awesomeness in a little jar. It has caffeine and ginseng in it which really awakens the skin and gives a radiant glow while being really hydrating. I only use this in the morning, I think it’d be a little much for nighttime use as well.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($30)

I got this sample size from Sephora when I used up 100 of my points. This eye cream has a pink-ish hue and some slight shimmer which is supposed to brighten the under eye area. While this is true, I don’t find that this eye cream is particularly moisturizing. On days I use this, I like to use first another eye cream and then apply this one lightly on top. I wouldn’t purchase the full-size.

Mac Fix + Skin Refresher/Finishing Mist ($25)

This was a spontaneous buy when I was visiting the Mac counter for the second time in one week, and I have to say that this is one of my favourite hydrating mists of all time! I have tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and despite rave reviews, I was totally underwhelmed by the product. I love Mac Fix + a million times more, and the ingredients seem to be all pretty safe and good for skin (unlike all other Mac products). I spray this one after I apply my skin makeup and I spray it on again at the end of my makeup routine to give some dewiness to my complexion. This is a definite future re-purchase!

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream ($30)

This little wonder is both an eye cream and an under eye primer, how can you go wrong with this purchase? It is definitely a nice, hydrating eye cream that creates a great smooth surface for concealer. I have re-purchased this product three times already, and only recently it has begun to slightly disappoint me. It only disappoints me when I use it with my new favourite under eye concealer, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. Half-way through the day my under eye area looks dry and creasy, but in this eye cream’s defence…It works damn well with every other product I’ve ever used it with. I think after this jar is finished, I’ll opt for a new under eye cream. If you have any good suggestions, let me know!

So there are my favourite hydration products for a hot and miserable summer. Let us all melt to death and look gorgeous while doing so!