Back with another installment of my '4 things' post where I talk briefly about things that I use in my make up or skincare routine daily at the moment.
The first product is the YSL Effect Faux Cils Shocking Mascara and I have to say I am not a huge fan of this mascara. It's definitely heavy duty and gives an intense look to the lashes (which I like) but I find the application to be very high maintenance, the formula is very clumpy and thick and I need a lot of time to work this through my lashes-positioning the lashes and releasing the clumps so that it doesn't look like one giant lash. The fibre brush picks up a lot of product and it's best to wipe it clean before applying to make application a little smoother. As you can see from the picture below, the finish is quite spiky, clumpy and uneven. That being said, once on, the mascara doesn't flake or smudge on me at all-and a lot of mascaras do. It's also relatively easy to remove for such a heavy duty formula. But I don't think I would repurchase.
The Cover FX Custom Blot Drops are a really unique product in my collection. These drops can be added to skincare to mattify skin, used as a primer under foundation, added to foundation to mattify the formula or pressed over foundation to mattify throughout the day.
But it doesn't make your skin matte-you know when you put a mattifying primer on your skin and it dulls shine away immediately? You won't get that with this product-nor will you get that 'filler' effect you get with something like Benefit Porefessional.
The drops have a silicone-y feel to them but aren't sticky or heavy at all on once on the skin. I tend to use mine as a primer around my t-zone area and one thing I love is that the primer doesn't cause foundation to separate or to ball up. I feel like it does a relatively good job at controlling oil and I don't need to use my setting powder as much throughout the day to blot away shine. Again these are probably not something I would repurchase but I will certainly the whole bottle.
The Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is a really hyped up blogger fave and so I (obviously) jumped on the bandwagon, ordering mine from Sephora in the US. I have to admit I am a little bit confused about this product-I have been using it as a spray on toner sporadically before applying moisturiser and make up but Sephora say it is a spray on moisturiser but that it can also be sprayed over skin to add luminosity back into your make up during the day. I find that the mist is very very fine and I have to hold the bottle quite close to my skin to feel the product when I am spritzing it. But yet a little goes a long way, you can look very dewy very quickly if you are heavy handed with this.
For me, it's not a game changer. If my skin was drier maybe I would see more visible benefits but I don't enjoy the effect of this as much as I feel I should for the price tag. I will use it up but I am again doubtful I will repurchase.
The Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum is a product I have had for ages and it just never seems to run out! I remember Laura talking about this ages ago and at the time I owned it but had never used it so I dug it out and now I apply it about 3 times a week as my final step in my evening routine-or whenever I feel I might be getting a spot. I feel like this is a serum that my skin responds to immediately, calming down the situation and eradicating whatever blemish is rearing its ugly head. My skin was very hormonal with cystic acne before I had surgery in May this year and I felt this really helped. My skin has been a ton better since I had my ovaries removed and I now use this as part of my routine as prevention rather than cure. The serum is light, non oily, absorbs quickly and doesn't dry out the skin. It's key ingredients is salicylic acid but a low dose of 0.5% which means it won't irritate. It is expensive but it is also lasting forever.
One of the things that drives me to blog about beauty is that I love trying new things. Even though I wouldn't repurchase three of the four things here, I know I have tried and tested them fairly and they personally aren't right for me. But I would love to know if you have tried these and do love them-let me know in the comments below.