Over the last month, I’ve decided to branch out and try some new products as well as mix up the colours I’ve been using in the original naked palette. I’m usually one of those people who once they find something that works, they don’t go for change; why change something that’s not broken?
Last month I've certainly found products that were amazing and lived up to their name, but there was also those that really didn’t.
Body and Facial Products
Daily Clear, Clear ‘n Refine Daily Scrub (150mL) - Clearasil
Priceline Retail Price: AUS$10.49
I’ve never really been a person to look after my skin because I’ve never been able to keep a routine (hence why it is one of my New Year's Resolutions). But this product really does what it says. On the first day my acne had cleared up considerably and my face felt smoother. The oil across my forehead and chin reduced, which helped my makeup stay on for longer the following day.
I found that the product did not help to clear the clogged pores I have across my nose, even when I specifically targeted my nose with the product. The packaging is also poorly put together. I am forever using too much product due to the way the product is poured out. It would be easier if the packaging came with a pump in order for less product to be wasted.
All I can simply say was this product was a disappointment. The first time I tried it, I was impressed for a couple of moments as one wipe was able to remove all my make up including my waterproof mascara, which I always struggle to get off after a long day.
Within a couple of minutes though, my face begun to burn, feeling as though it was on fire. I often use Simple products as I have very sensitive skin and usually I have no problems. However, with this product, it took quite a few goes at washing my face to stop the burning sensation. It was a real disappointment as the initial results before the burning was really good considering the price.
I will not be using this product again.
The Scrub Of Your Life – Soap And Glory
Mecca Maxima Retail Price: AUS $16
“You start to believe that scrub can conquer all” this is the most accurate statement that I have ever read on a piece of packaging. This scrub can seriously conquer all. The rough skin on my elbows have become smooth, my whole skin feels as soft as a babies bottom and I feel as though my skin is refreshed and lively.
There is not a huge amount that I can say in regards to this product, as it is a smooth scrub that is not as rough as most products. I use this product for my whole body including my face so it is certainly one I’d recommend for everyone!
Bye Bye Under-eye – IT Cosmetics
Sephora Retail Price: AUS $35
This product is certainly one where ‘a little goes a long way’. Barely the size of a full stop is what is needed for under each eye. I personally have relatively dark under eye circles, however this manages to minimise the darkness as much as possible. It doesn't cover them completely and depending how you apply the product will depend on exactly how much of the dark circles are covered. I find distributing the product in a thick long single streak and then only roughly blending it out (still leaving it quite thick) instead of patting it under the eye manages to cover the dark circles much better.
It was a little pricey, especially for just under eye concealer, however it is a relatively good product if you can afford the price.
Silky Touch Blush – Essence
Priceline Retail Price: AUS $5.10
Colour: 20 Babydoll
I absolutely love the Essence lip liners, so I thought that the quality would extend to their blushes. For this blush, not even $5 is a relatively good price for this. I feel as though the product never gets transferred from the pan to the brush no matter how hard I try. It does not put any colour onto my face, not even the slightest. It was an extreme disappointment, but I guess that’s the price you pay for a low cost blush.
Velourlips Matte Lip Cream – Australis
Priceline Retail Price: AUS $10.49
I first brought two of these lip creams (colours: 74214 BAR-THA-LONA, and 74200 NY-CEE) for my Validictory based on the recommendation of a girl in the store. She said to me that it would last most of the day, and I found myself never having to re-apply. It lasts a total of about 6-8 hours if you place a first thin coat on, let it dry and then put on a second coat. If only one coat is applied it tends to wear off quickly leaving only an outline of your lips in the colour. The colours are bright and there is a relatively large range of colours for both a summer and winter range.
The applicator is perfect for this type of product. It has a slanted side which helps for the product to be applied evenly to the lips, as well as allowing a sharp tip for a more precise line.
The only issue I find with this product is that there is no gloss version, even if I put a coat of lip balm over the product, it seems to only make the product rub off within a couple of minutes. It’s only a small issue, it’s just slightly annoying that I can never opt for a trustworthy long-lasting glossy lipstick.
1. 74202 TOK-I-O
2. 74216 BUDA-PPASH
4. 74200 NY-CEE
5. 74207 MI-A-MEE
Lights, Camera, Flashes – Tarte
Sephora Retail Price: AUS $29.00
This honestly is the best mascara I have ever used. I’d heard endless positive reviews about the ‘Lights, Camera, Splashes’ Tarte Mascara, and this was simply just the waterproof version; or so I thought. Firstly, the packaging is quite funky, it sits in your hand comfortably despite the thick seamline. The clasp on the packaging is quite tight and secure which prevents the mascara from drying out nicely.
The actual mascara wand has a unique set up. There are two different sides to the wand with one side being designed to create volume amongst the lashes, then the second side is designed to lengthen each individual lash. From a person who does not have overly long lashes the product works incredibly well.
There is also barely any fall down throughout the day and even when crying at sad films (which has happened) this mascara does not budge!
I’d certainly recommend it and buy it again!
The Original Naked Palette – Urban Decay
Mecca Maxima Retail Price: AUS $81.00
This palette includes 10 shimmery and 2 matte eyeshadows. The double ended brush is an extremely soft brush that applies a lot of the product and manages to spread/blend each colour regularly well.
I do find that the shimmery shadows do tend to have a regularly large amount fall down which is slightly disappointing as my cheeks often have a shimmery effect in the sun – not ideal. The colours however are long lasting and don’t seem to budge even without a primer underneath.
I have had this palette for at least two years and I have not even gotten close to hitting pan in any of the twelve colours. It’s has been my go-to palette for the past two years and I’ve had no problems with any of the colours.
Despite it being a fairly pricey palette, it’s certainly worth the splurge.
Have any of you tried any of these products? What were your thoughts?