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.




Kiss Cosmetics – Beyond Limitations Mascara*

If you are a blogger or someone who is obsessed with make up you may already have Kiss Cosmetics on your radar – if you haven’t heard of them before well I’ll tell you a little about them.
Kiss Cosmetics is the newest brand to launch in the UK – many bloggers took part in a secret Facebook group to give feedback and opinions to help shape that brand and products. initially they are focused on high quality lip products however they are already spreading their wings a little further with their newest addition to the collection – Beyond Limitations Mascara is set to launch on 28th May 2015 at an affordable cost of £9.00 which you can buy on their website www.kisscosmetics.co.uk

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

Beyond Limitations Mascara is a defining and lengthening mascara that comes in a stunning pink tube. Its paraben free, super black and contains a hard wax ingredient to really hold the lashes in place. and has a turbine shaped brush wand that hooks on to each lash to separate and define.

Kiss Cosmetics Beyond Limitations Mascara

My own lashes are quite short, straight and struggle to hold a curl so I’m certainly a tough customer to please when it comes to mascaras. Below on the left is my normal lashes minus any curling or product on and the right is after curling and applying the Beyond Limitations Mascara in order to give you a good idea on the results (please overlook my eyebrows. I’m over due my usual wax but can’t get to the salon currently to get them sorted) I think you will agree that the result speaks for itself and I am VERY happy with how the product really gave me lashes.
Kiss Cosmtics mascara results

I found that the shape of the brush worked in the sense that it does separate the lashes and gives them a thin coat of the product which I like as I prefer lots and lots of thin coats that one or two thick coats that go clumpy. The shape of the brush itself really does catch the lashes to pull them upwards however I found it was a little on the large side and I struggled to get those little lashes we all have in the inner corners and on the bottom lashes so I would love to see and baby version of this mascara to be able to really make the most of those hard to reach lashes. I didn’t have to knock off much excess either which is a plus – the large brush is quite a squeeze in and out of tube which I am guessing plays a part in not overloading it. My lashes remained pretty much as the picture showed all day and didn’t flake off or start to irritate my tired eyes late on into the day which is something I suffer from with a lot of mascaras (Bobbi Brown I’m looking at you!)

This is my first time trying the Kiss Cosmetics range and I am super impressed already – I’m eyeing up a few all of their lipsticks already for when pay day rolls around!

Don’t forget to pick up your own tube of Beyond Limitations Mascara from the Kiss Cosmetics site when it launches on the 28th!

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Claire xxx

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?

Thanks for reading!
Beauty Barmy Bird
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July empties

I’ve never done an empties post before so after coming to the end of a few products I’d thought I’d give it ago!

Rimmel Scandal eyes lycra flex mascara
£6.99 Superdrug
I bought this on a whim and it’s been my everyday mascara. I like the large brush as it makes for quick and easy application during the mad rush to get to work. It’s a lovely intense black and really does make the most of my lashes with pretty minimal effort. Will I re-purse? Not at the moment as I have about 6 different mascaras that all need using up.
Yarrow and Comfrey Moisturiser
£20.00 Neal’s Yard
This is my favourite moisturiser of all time which Made it’s first feature in my skin care post which can be found here. It sinks into my skin quickly and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy after. It’s really has helped balance my skin. I’ve already cracked open my back up stash and need to reorder more as soon as I get paid.
Camomile cleansing butter
£12.00 The Body Shop
Another beauty that got a mention in my skin care post. I love this as it smells divine and melts away a full face of make easily before i go in and use my favourite Pai or Liz Earle cleanser. This will be making a reappearance in my bathroom!
Rose & Geranium shower gel
£14.00 Neal’s Yard
I got this as part of a free gift with one of my orders. I’d never used a Neals Yard shower gel before this one. It a beautiful floral fragrance that leaves the skin feeling clean and a little bit goes a long way. I love it but I just can’t justify buying a full size one really which is a shame.
Revlon Colour stay foundation for combination/oily skin in Sand beige
£12.49 Boots (They currently have a buy 1 get 2nd half price promotion on selected Revlon Cosmestics)
This little bottle of wonderful-ness has replaced my double wear for everyday use. It’s a fantastic dupe for it and was a favourite from my high street foundation review. I’ve already re-purchased! It’s long lasting and a medium to full coverage. Its ability to keep the skin looking shine free all day and the fantastic drug store price tag has seen me fall in love with this!


I’ve enjoyed putting together my first empties post as it’s really made me think hard about each product and if I should re-purchase. Also a special mention to the beautiful Kal over at Cluttered Closet who shared a great tip to use wallpaper samples to brighten up the background on pictures! So please pop over there and show her some love.

What products will you be re-purchasing after July’s pay day? I’d love to know.

Thanks for reading!
Beauty Barmy Bird!