Reading beauty blogs or watching videos on Youtube can be very dangerous for you. Don’t get me wrong: I love seeing people rave about their favourite products but this means that a lot of things that you wouldn’t normally care about might end up on your wishlist. At least that’s what happens to me. I like spotting new products on my own but in most cases I need to check out an endless number of reviews before splurging on something. I’m going to talk through a few of the raved about products that have either left me amazed or disappointed.
1. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
I normally gravitate towards cool toned eyeshadow palettes so I was not very keen on getting my hands on this one but after hearing that it’s selling out literally everywhere and after seeing swatches, reviews and makeup looks all over the internet, I decided that it’s time to give it a try. As I couldn’t find it in the UK anymore, I had to make my mum look for it back home in Romania and luckily she found one! Now I must say that I’m really impressed with this palette. You must have heard this before but it really does smell like peaches. The eyeshadows are really pigmented and so easy to blend. This is definitely worth the hype and I have a feeling that I’m not going to use any other palette soon.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Unfortunately, I’m really disappointed in this kit. The most suitable shade for contour is very dry and it is impossible to get any product on my finger or on any brush and the other ones are way too orangey for my liking. I am only using this palette for the highlighters, especially for the ‘Banana’ shade. It is perfect for setting and brightening the under eye area. It’s quite upsetting that I can’t use this for contour but I might get a refill for that specific shade and replace the faulty one.
3. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Ever since I discovered the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer about two years ago, I though I would never find something like it so it’s worth investing £22.50 if it means I get a product like no other. However, after seeing some popular beauty vloggers compare the Collection concealer with the Nars one, I decided to give it a try. I must say that my holy grail has been replaced buy this drugstore gem. For only £4.19 I get the same results I used to get from the Creamy Radiant concealer. Both products offer amazing, flawless coverage for any dark circles or blemishes that you may have. In my opinion, the only difference between them is the price.
4. Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter
Who doesn’t like a nice glow? I used to see this highlighter being raved on makeup artists’ snapchats and then of course I had to look for reviews and everyone seems to love this. It is indeed a great product but I feel like it looks quite patchy on my skin when I wear it on its own. The trick is to set it with a regular powder highlighter and then you are guaranteed to have the best glow there is. People will get blinded when they look at your face.
5. Pixi Glow Tonic
This is probably the biggest cult product out there but I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I kinda have a love-hate relationship with it. The Pixi Glow Tonic is basically an exfoliating toner that contains 5% Glycolic Acid which is supposed to help with brightening and smoothing the skin. Unfortunately, it didn’t do that for me. My face definitely feels cleaner and smoother after using this but I haven’t seen any big improvement in marks left by spots. The good thing about this toner is that even if it is a chemical exfoliant, it doesn’t dry out the skin. You can use it twice a day without any problems!
6. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Love, love, love this mask! This is a must-have if you have oily skin, huge pores and if you get spots. Charcoal is life-changing! Or…should I say skin changing? In just ten minutes the active ingredients in this mask act like a magnet and draw out impurities, environmental toxins and any other pore-clogging “stuff”. This is the kind of product that gives you results from the first use. I highly recommend this mask and I might do a full-on review on it soon…I can’t explain how much I love it!
7. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
Another disappointment. And an expensive one. This serum has been raved by some of my all time favourite bloggers and I had really high hopes for it. I could have spent £28 on other things to be honest. This product is way overpriced for the things it does. It is supposed to correct dark spots and discolouration i.e my biggest concerns when it comes to my skin. I used this religiously morning and evening for about a month and a half and I have only seen improvement in two or three dark spots. They are not completely gone but at least they have lightened up a bit.
I think it’s great that we have this community of bloggers and vloggers who we can turn to when it comes to spending money on beauty products that may or may not be worth the hype. Which of your purchases was enabled by the beauty community?
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