I posted a similar post back in spring of these and it’s been one of my favourite posts I’ve worked on all year. I don’t do proper favourites very often as I find the things I’m really loving don’t change all that much espcially as I’ve had a year focussed on using stuff up and decluttering I’ve not chopped and changed to new things regularly, but I now have a different selection of products that have impressed me as I’ve put them to the test. Equally there’s been a bunch of products that have left me disappointed.
Products I’m Loving
Impulse Purple Petals and Smoky Sky Body Mist
Impulse have recently launched a selection of new fluid body sprays, I’ll admit that the scent names of these are pretty questionable, there’s one which is called Whipped Cream and Microchip… yes you read that right. I couldn’t bring myself to buy that because it sounded so ridiculous, but I did really like the scent of this one. I realised just how much it’s impressed me as I don’t think I’ve reached for a proper perfume since I bought it. It definitely has a more sophisticated scent than their aerosol sprays and the packaging of the line is nice and eye-catching too. These aren’t as cheap as you might think, I grabbed mine on a half price introductory offer which is now over – but they’re £7.99 which strikes me as a lot for Impulse as a brand.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlight in Fire Crystal
The review on this was only put up earlier this week, out of the two shades you can see the shade on the right is the one which has definitely had the most love so far. If you’ve read that review you might have remembered me saying that the texture was almost creamy feeling and as I’m using it more I’ve noticed that it’s wearing in the pan more like a cream too, very odd. The shade on the right is the one which is a favourite out of the two, it’s very, very glossy without having too much of a colour tint to it.
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (review)
I’ve had this in my collection since February and it proved to be a real saviour after the Fenty Foundation broke me out so badly. The formula of this is light and breathable but also has good coverage so it was doing a good job of hiding my blemishes and breakouts without making the dry-ness of said spots
Magntione Blend Up Brush (review)
Well, I’d never have expected to fall in love with a brush as much as I have done, this is a good brush without using the sonic functionaity, with the sonic switched on it’s even better. It blends easily and gives an amazing finish to foundation. It holds a charge really well and is really easy to clean.
MAC Oil Control Lotion (review)
I can’t believe I didn’t know this existed until just a few months ago, I don’t know where I’d be without it now, It doesn’t leave me with a greasy t-zone through the day and foundation stays on much longer. I can’t see me wanting to be apart from this for quite some time, I’m almost at the end of this tube, I’m down to ‘matifiante’ text now and within the next few weeks I’ll have to pop to MAC and buy another.
Pureology Strength Curl Shampoo and Conditioner (review)
I don’t think I’ve seen such an instant change to my hair with a shampoo and conditioner, and never did I actually envisage myself actually splashing out on the full sizes once I’d used up the trial sizes I got in the ASOS Beauty Box . I’ve just had my hair freshly cut and these are waiting in the wings for the next few months to protect against damage.
Products I’m Not
Lee Stafford CoCo Loco Light Serum Spray
Over the past six months I’ve been trying to use up two different oils and sprays, and did a good job of exclusively using them and getting them fishished. When I rummaged through my drawer for something ro replace it in my routine this was what I immediately gravitated towards. The Coco Loco Genius Lotion is one of my all time favourite hair products so I had high hopes for this, it smells amazing but that’s where the good news stops. I don’t find this as effective as a normal serum, infact I really struggle to see what it’s doing – not only that but have you seen how close to empty this is? It’s almost empty after a month!
Coastal Scents Fall Festival Palette (review)
One I got in my Look Incredible box in September and I was so excited about, and only reviewed yesterday – the colours were right up my street and I was so excited once I’d finally got it photographed so I could start using it. I’ve been putting it to the test for the past few weeks and I’ve not been impressed with how it blends at all, which is so sad as it swathes beautifully. I’ll have a review going up on this shortly
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara & Opening Act
One of my standout products of the year so far was the Tarte Tarteist mascara and I had such high hopes for the Lights Camera Lashes one. I won’t talk too much about it now as I’ll have a full review of this coming but boy, this is one overrated mascara IMO, it’s hard work to layer it up to get volume and length amongst other problems too. The other end, Opening Act is a lash primer and so far I prefer the mascara without the primer… great performance all round!
There’s definitely been more hits than failures recently which is always a better way round to have it! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and whether they were a love or a hate for you!