I debated doing a favourites type post as I haven’t done one for a while and I couldn’t seem to find enough products to makeup up a whole post’s worth, so I thought I’d try something a bit different. I’ve tried to keep things as all things that I’ve yet to review yet (bar one), to save any recent repetition (as basically most of my Base to Full Face could have been in the one’s that I’m not category.)
The Three That I’m Loving
1/ The Wet Brush Pro
I’ve put off replacing my old Wet Brush for about 6 months now and reluctantly treated myself to a new one. I’m so glad that I have, I’m not sure what the difference is between the ‘Pro’ and normal ones – I don’t have an old one to hand any more, but it seems to be the same size, weight etc from memory, but somehow it seems to brush my hair even faster than it did when my original one was brand new. It was starting to take me about 20 minutes to brush my hair as my old one was missing of so many bristles, but I’m done in under a minute, not only that but it seems to keep my hair knot free for longer. Not only that but the wet look effect (circa MAC Alluring Aquatics collection) is super pretty too.
2/ MAC Prolongwear Foundation
I picked this up at the airport on the way to New York last January, it had been an old favourite (this is my most used foundation ever) – and at the time I didn’t like anything in my collection, so went back to my old faithful that I hadn’t had in around 6 months. For some reason when it was back in my life we didn’t get on like we did before, and it sat in my drawer basically unused for most of the year. I re-cracked this out recently as I needed a new one to try and finish up as an everyday one and this was one of the few that wasn’t too dark for me in my winter drained skintone. I’m back in love with this again, it lasts all day and offers a good medium coverage, I’ve even been skipping the powder some days with this if I’ve been in a big rush. I’m planning on doing a full review on this soon
3/ Tarte Tartist Mascara
This is the one product that I’ve spoken about and reviewed before, when I reviewed it I liked this mascara but I didn’t love it, the more I use it the more I love it. It adds length and a bit of volume and it’s very separating & defining. I normally prefer something that adds more volume, but one of the reasons I’ve really been enjoying this is when I’ve been reviewing eyeshadows you can still see a lot of the shadow poking though. I’m not sure whether I’ll end up repurchasing it, as I always love trying out new ones for review, but I’ll definitely keep in mind trying more Tarte mascaras in future.
The Three That I’m Not Loving
1/ Liu Jo – Scent of Liu Jo
It pains me to say that I’m not loving this perfume so much. The bottle is beautiful and it smells amazing. The fruity notes of Lemon and Fig are stunningly balanced by jasmine, lily and violet leaf. The trouble is after an hour I fail to notice it anymore, I’m not sure whether it’s because we’re just coming out of winter and I’ve spoilt myself with my heavy, opulent winter fragrances like Tom Ford’s Black Orchid which one spray lasts about 3 days of on a scarf, but I’m so sad. I had this pegged as my wedding perfume when it first arrived, but I’m going to put it away for a month or so whilst my heavier winter favourites transition out of rotation but initially I’m disappointed.
2/ Mally Evercolour Shadow Stick in Moonlight
I received this in my last Tili Box, and it swatches on the hand/arm beautifully. It’s a gorgeous champagne shade which has very fine subtle glitter which glistens in the light. The issue I have with this is when I apply it to the lid it, I can’t get it to get as opaque as it swatches on the arm, it’s like my smoother lid texture just doesn’t allow the product to grip on properly. I’ve heard good things about the other shades, so maybe it’s just this particular one – but these are almost £20 – I could get myself one of the famously good By Terry ones for a couple of times more. I think I’m going to pass this on to my Mum and see if she has better luck with it, she’s just discovered shadow sticks.
3/ Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil
When Benefit relaunched their brow line last year, I finally found the product that worked for me in Gimme Brow. I picked up all the other different brow products on the back of the Glamour promotion and have just started putting the others to the test. Sadly, the Goof Proof Brow Pencil doesn’t live up to the expectations that Gimme Brow set for me. The feeling of the pencil is kind of dry and it’s hard to build up as much pigmentation as I’d expect and want. The thing I dislike the most is the shape of the nib, the rounded diamond shaped nib creates a really fuzzy edged line that just doesn’t look great. I plan on doing a full review on this, if you love this though, please let me know – I’m wondering whether I’m just being an idiot.
So that’s my three current favourites and three things that have left me unimpressed over the past month or so. Have you tried any of these – and were they a love or not?