Disappointing beauty products

I like to keep things on the more positive side of things here but recently I seem to have been disappointed by quite a lot of purchases. I’ve given all of these a good few months trial but I just can’t get on with them, maybe my exceptions are too high, who knows.

Disappointing make up and beauty products

We have two mascaras which aren’t cutting it, one high end one high street. I love the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara so when I saw the new Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara I hoped it would be better than its big sister. I don’t know what it is with this mascara but it just clumps all my lashes together. The product itself is very wet but its possibly the blackest black ever. I think it might be the brush, apparently it has a little reservoir that holds the formula, it just seems to put too much product on all at once. Massive thumbs down.

The second mascara is Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes mascara which is pricey at £22.00. It promises to deliver curl, separation, length, the full works. Well, I can say this does absolutely nothing. I curl my lashes and put this mascara on and the go straight, they don’t look fuller, longer or curled they look like shit. Please don’t waste your money.

charlotte tilbury mascara, maybelline mascara

Moving on to lip products; I had high hopes for the Freedom Pro Melts in Applause the colour is stunning, a shocking pink but I just can’t get on with the formulation. It some how manages to highlight any dry patches while being super sticky and messy. If you rub your lips together you are then left with an odd patchy coverage which looks so strange. The second is a sister brand of Freedom, I heart makeup with their lip sorbet. The product itself, I cant argue with but just look at it! I used it once and it completely fell apart onto the floor. Yes, it was only about £3 but that is beside the point, I should have paid more and picked up one from EOS or Balmi. Maybe I just got a bad one?

make up not worth buying

Last on my list is the Air Mat Foundation from Bourjois. First of all don’t get me started on the shade range, this is a massive bug bear with this brand and there is no excuse to have such limited shades in 2016. I picked up shade 2 Vanilla, which is the closest shade to the shade I am in their other foundations, or so I thought. This has got to be the yellowest foundation ever, I am talking Marge Simpson yellow. It claims to be high coverage, it isn’t, its medium at best. It clings to any dry patches and gives a flat matte finishe. It claims to last 24 hours and that it eliminates shine, if you are oily expect this to last about 6 hours at it’s very best. It also has such a strong perfume scent. Sorry Bourjois, its a no from me. I’ll stick to Revlon Colour Stay for a real full coverage, long lasting high street foundation.

So this has been a bit a rant from me butt I have been brutally honest. I can safely say that these are now going in the bin.

What products do you regret buying recently? Have you tried any of the products above and loved them? I’d love to hear from you if you have.




Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

I’ve been thinking about doing a review on this foundation for the past couple months – I’ve seen so many differing opinions on this one. It seems to be like Marmite, people either love it or hate it so I’d thought I’d put my two pennies worth out there too!

The Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (longest name in the history of foundation names ever) comes in 20 shades with varying undertones to suit most skin tones, I say most as even with a massive choice of 20 I am sure there are people out there that would be lighter than the fairest shade and deeper tones the options at the other end of the spectrum.
Nars promises to deliver 16 hours wear while feeling as light as air as well as giving you even skin without the mask look. The packaging is oh so Nars in a sleek frosted glass bottle with a pump….yesssss a pump. thank you the Nars gods you beauties!!

Nars all day luminous weightless foundation

I picked the shade Fiji which Nars also call Light 5, my usual foundation of choice is Estee Lauder double wear in 2N1 Desert beige and I find this is a pretty good match albeit a touch too yellow but nothing I can’t work with. They claim one pump with cover the whole face in reality I find I need about 3-4 to give a good even base when buffed in but I do like quite a full coverage so I’d recommend starting with 1-2 and building it up. The texture is very light and water like which at first I didn’t like as I’m used to the thickness of DW. Once applied I find my base looks flawless but not cakey or mask like in the slightest and it really does feel very light on the skin while giving a luminous glow to the skin while being matte. I would certainly recommend that you moisturise and use a primer beforehand as it does cling to dry areas so those of you with dry skin may find this foundation wont work for you but if you are on the oily side then I’d give it a go.
I can’t find any SPF information on the Nars website but I have tried this using flash and it photographs beautifully and haven’t experienced the dreaded ghost face flash back which is a bonus.
nars all day luminous weightless foundation
The one claim I do not agree with is the 16 hours wear – with a good primer I get about 7-8 hours wear before it starts to breakdown in my oily areas. Some people have said that they have noticed that it can sometimes separate on their skin but I’ve not experienced this and I’ve been using the foundation now for a good couple of months.

I picked it up from my shopping trip in Leeds that you can read about HERE It is priced at £32.00 and Harvey Nichols stock in in store and online

Let me know if you’ve tried this or if there is any foundations I should pick up as I’m a huge foundation junkie!

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September Empties


Its that time again where we go through my empties and take a look at products that I’ve used up and decide do we love or hate?
There should have been much more included in this post but I kept forgetting to keep the empties (stupid Claire!)

First up we have some perfume – Estee Lauder Modern Muse. I adore this perfume – it was a present from Matt and I’ve done my best to make it last! I love Estee Lauder everything and I find their perfumes are some of the best, I find they have scents to suit every taste (My Nan was a massive fan of the very heavy Youth Dew and my Mum is obsessed with Pleasures so I must have inherited the love for all things Lauder) Modern Muse is floral, woody with just enough musk. The scent stays all day and I’m always being complimented on how I smell. I’ll be requesting this on my Xmas list or I might try the Modern Muse Chic as I love the bottle even more for this version!
My two make up empties this time around was my beloved Revlon Colorstay foundation which I originally reviewed here Already repurchased! Up next was the Collection Killer Curves waterproof mascara. I picked this up as I wanted a cheap waterproof mascara to use as a base to hold a decent curl. I find this does this job perfectly at a great price point. Its not a mascara I would use on its own but its ideal to curl your lashes then use a thin coat of this to really keep the curl then to go in with one of my favourite non waterproof mascaras.
My most unexpected empty was the Pretty Quik Nail Drying spray – I bought this as I had some normal nail varnish that I wanted to try out but as I’m usually a gel nail kinda girl I didn’t want to be waiting ages for them to dry. It was cheap it did the job making my nails touch dry within a minute or so but it did run out quite quickly.
I also used up a couple of my favourite skin care products one being The Body Shop Camomile cleansing butter which works a dream at getting a full face off – even tough products such as Benefit’s They’re Real Liner. Already stocked back up of this beauty. The second one was the Neal’s Yard Honey and Orange scrub, I LOVE this scrub as its quite coarse, smells like a juicy sweet orange and gives such a deep exfoliation that my skin feels fresh and “new”
The last two empties are both from Lush. I picked up the Catastophe Cosmetic fresh face mask which promised to calm the skin as well as cleansing it while the Blueberries provide some antioxidants for good measure. I liked this mask but I wasn’t wowed by it if I’m honest. The second Lush empty was the Sex Bomb bath bomb that was in my goody bag from the Northern Bloggers event which you can read about here This is one of my favourite bath bombs from lush. Firstly I love the name and it always makes me start singing Tom Jones “Sex Bomb” out loud (I say sing I actually mean screech) and the scent makes me feel all chilled, relaxed and calm which can only be a good thing currently!

What empties did you gave in September or what products to you always end up stocking back up on?

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Beauty Barmy Bird
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Max Factor Skin Luminizer

So today we are looking at the newest foundation from Max Factor. I saw this as I waiting for customers in my day job – Superdrug is straight across the road and this was being advertised on a massive hanging poster. It caught my eye as it promises to give the skin flawless skin with a beautiful healthy glow. I picked it up in Warm Almond as this is a shade I’ve worn in other formulations of their foundations.


I really like the packaging on this product. It’s a clear plastic bottle which means you can see the product with the swirls of the light reflecting luminizers and the gold accent with a pump for dispensing.
Max factor make pretty big claims when it comes to this foundation – let’s have a look at what they say.

“Subtle skin luminizers are specially designed to reflect ‘warm’ light tones.
Also contains a hydrator that helps improve skin’s condition to create a healthy glow from within.
Medium coverage with a dewy finish.”

So did it live up to the promises? Well yes and no. Firstly it is a medium coverage foundation with a little going a long way but I would disagree with the dewy finish. It’s sort of semi-matte but it did leave me with a glow but not quite as much as the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I have oily/combination skin and the lasting power wasn’t great for me around the nose, cheeks and centre of chin with it breaking down after 4 hours even with a primer so if you’re on the more oily side it probably won’t be for you. The shade range is pretty limited with only having 8 choices so if you are super pale or have a deeper skin tone then you might struggle to find a match. I think it would be perfect for someone with dry or normal skin especially if you struggle with dullness and what something to perk the skin up. The other thing I found was it did oxidise slightly, nothing major though luckily it wasn’t a drastic change.

So overall it is a lovely foundation that gives the promised glow but for my skin type it’s a bit of a miss which is a shame as I’d love to find a “glowy” foundation that can stay put like Revlon Colorstay or EL’s Double Wear.

Is this something you’ve tried recently after seeing it launched – what did you make of it?

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Beauty Barmy Bird