Friday, August 18, 2017

I'm not in love

As much as I want to, the sad fact is you can't love everything.  But sometimes, products aren't bad, they're just annoying in some shape or form.  Or they're not as good as the beauty blogging industry led you to believe.  These are the products that I'm personally not in love with, but I am probably going to use up anyway....because either ££££££ or I believe I can make them work, somehow.

First up is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or which is the golden shimmery version of the cult dry body oil.  I love the original version (I raved about it here), I always have a bottle of it at home and in my opinion it's the best dry oil on the market.  I love how it absorbs so rapidly, that you don't feel greasy and it gives a beautiful sheen to the skin.  But this version is just messy AF.  I can't deal with it.  The glitter clogs up the spray nozzle and collects in the lid.  Even though the shimmer is fine, I have to apply this as my very last step otherwise once I am dressed and ready to go otherwise I end up with golden shimmer everywhere-on my face, my clothes, my bag-because it clings to my hands and clearly I touch everything.  And then perhaps worst of all, I don't find the effect to even be that obvious once it's on the skin.  I'll be sticking with the original for day to day use and will try and use this up on holidays.

Another oil, but this one specifically for hair is the Ouai Hair Oil.  I fell so in love with the Davines Oi oil that I thought I would try this one as a potential alternative-especially as everyone seems to be raving about Ouai products.  My hair is fine and flat, not your usual candidate for a hair oil, but I find one pump of the Davines oil once I have dried and GHD'd my hair helps to real tame flyaways and frizz.  But I just don't like the texture of the Ouai one-it's much lighter than the Davines one, it almost feels like water when you pump it into your hands.  But I feel like for my fine hair, too much comes out in one pump and therefore it leaves my hair greasy and lank rather than tamed and glossy.

I'm determined to find a way to make this work for me though-I'm going to try it through damp hair before blow drying to see if it adds sleekness that way-or as a hair treatment.  I'm not giving up on it yet.

I feel like I could be the only person to not like the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish foundation stick but I honestly just feel a bit meh everytime I have used it.  Granted, pan stick foundations are not my preferred choice, but I do like the convenience and compactness of them.  My first issue when buying this was getting a good colour match-although there are 26 shades in the range, at the paler end there is not a huge choice.  And Alabaster, the shade I settled on, is slightly too pale whereas the next one up, Porcelain was way too yellow.  Usually if I have a foundation that is too pale for me I warm it up with a couple of drops of liquid bronzer but it's harder to do that with a stick formula.  This is supposed to be a long wearing, full coverage, extremely pigmented foundation that is meant to be applied with a brush but I feel like the finish on me looks very flat and dull and the foundation settles into my pores.  By the end of the day I feel my skin looks quite dried out and the foundation looks 'speckled' around my nose and cheeks-it's literally found every tiny pore and sat in them. Again I am prepared to work with it but whilst it's so hot in Dubai at the moment, I'm not drawn to a base that is as heavy as this foundation is.

My final product is actually something I have used up because I found a way to make it work for me.  I really liked the Dior Forever foundation when it was first launched-and then it got reformulated and people were still saying really positive things about it.  But for me, I just couldn't get it to sit right on my skin-I found it quite difficult to blend and that it settled in pores, even with a primer underneath.  I struck gold with it when I was on holiday in France and I caught the sun a little.  I didn't want to wear a heavy foundation so I started to just use one pump with a squirt of the NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand-a gorgeous golden peach liquid illuminator-plus a couple of drops of the Armani Liquid Bronzer.  This combination meant I got the coverage I needed, a customised foundation shade and a glowy, even and long lasting base.  That's how I continued to use it (and fake a tan when I got back from France) until I finished it up.  I probably won't repurchase but at least I didn't waste my money.

Do you have any products in your routine that you don't love but are using up because you don't want to waste your money?


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