Already at the end of the first month of 2017, I thought it would be nice of me to do a best and worst of beauty products that I’ve bought/used/tried this month – and hopefully I’ll stick to it throughout the other months unlike before. There are more things I like than dislike this month, which me (and my bank account) are thankful for. Not all of the products mentioned were bought this month, as there are some you may have already seen mentioned in posts earlier last year, but they are all products that I’ve been very fond of this month and have been using consistently (or not in my worst list)! All the products mentioned are cruelty free at a range of prices, and with that said, let’s just get into it!
I bought this concealer for the first time shortly after Christmas when my Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer sadly ran out (RIP). I chose the Collection concealer as it was a much cheaper alternative and was recommended to me by a friend before. I use the shade ‘Fair’, which I think is a great match on my skin at first though I wouldn’t wear it alone because it does tend to oxidise very slightly on me but because my skin is very pale, it’s very noticeable. However, under foundation it doesn’t oxidise at all, it blends out beautifully, it doesn’t react against my foundation, and it conceals the areas I need it to conceal. On that note, I would repurchase it again and recommend it to a friend!
This is probably my favourite eyeshadow palette of ALL TIME and though the price tag may look a little frightening at first, it is so worth the cost and I cannot stress that enough! I have been using it tons this month, especially since I’ve been enjoying orange-brown eyeshadow looks to pair with one of my new Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks. You can read a full review of the Modern Renaissance palette here, if you’re interested in reading a very in depth review that will surely justify the price.
I have just written a blog post about these liquid lipsticks and you can read it here for a full, in depth review! I bought the shades Leo and Scorpio earlier this month and I do not regret it at all. These are probably some of the best liquid lipsticks that I have tried; the shades are gorgeous, they’re comfortable to wear, they’re long-wearing, they don’t come off on my teeth once they have dried down, and they’re 100% vegan! They’re the only lipsticks I’ve worn since I first purchased them at the beginning of this month – no word of a lie! If all of this doesn’t persuade you to get one for yourself, I don’t know what will. There’s so many shades to choose from, and so many weird and wonderful shades that would probably be very difficult to buy elsewhere. Jeffree really did something right when he created these lipsticks.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz; £15.50
I’ve had the Brow Wiz before but it ran out toward the end of summer, and I literally haven’t repurchased it until this month – as much as I wanted to. I had a couple of sample brow pencils from a non-cruelty free brand that I wanted to use up before I purchased another one but I honestly really didn’t like them that much. Nothing compares to the Brow Wiz! Taupe is the perfect shade for my brows, and the fine point on the pencil makes it so easy to outline your brows and create a strong pointy tail – something that I just couldn’t seem to get right with the other brow pencil I was using. Although the Brow Wiz was the first brow pencil I used, and I haven’t used many others, I really don’t think I need to because it just works so perfectly. If you can recommend me a brow pencil that’s better than the Brow Wiz, I probably won’t believe you!
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation; £32.50
I bought this foundation at the back end of 2015 so it really has lasted me ages despite the fact it looks tiny from the outside! I have been switching between other foundations in the meantime but with the Skin Base foundation, it’s very difficult to waste product. A little goes a long way, and it’s very easy just to get a little out with this bottle. The opening is very thin which doesn’t allow much more product to escape like it would with a pump. I use shade 02. It’s a mix of pink and yellow undertones (with more yellow I feel), but this is probably the most perfect match to my skin out of all the foundations I have tried. You can get medium to full coverage with this foundation, and it’s 100% vegan. Although the price looks scary (especially for 30ml), you have to trust me when I say this foundation will last you a long time.
I’ve really only just started using dry shampoo properly after learning that washing your hair less = healthier hair! For ages I’ve really wanted to grow my hair long but it seems to be such a long and painful process, but now I’ve decided to start taking all the necessary steps to help try to make it grow faster ie. tying it up instead of fiddling with it all the time, brushing it twice a day unless it’s necessary to brush more, not using heat on it (though I rarely did that anyway but I’ve started air-drying my hair instead of using the hairdryer), and massaging shampoo into my hair for a long while when I wash it! Back to the dry shampoo, I’ve been loving this, because it’s super cheap, CF and vegan, it smells absolutely lovely (not like the other dry shampoo I had before that basically did nothing good for my hair), and it makes my hair look fresh and clean between washes! I am now definitely on the dry shampoo bandwagon. Now it’s just a waiting game to see how quickly my hair grows!
I bought this when I bought the Lasting Perfection concealer because I wanted to get a cruelty free mascara as I didn’t already own one, and the ones I had were running out. At first I was debating between getting the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara or the Urban Decay Perversion mascara (I have decided I’ll go for the Too Faced mascara next time as it is vegan and the Urban Decay mascara contains animal products!) and then deciding to try a cheaper one instead. The Collection one is very cheap, but to be honest, you can really tell that it’s cheap. The wand is very hard and plastic-y and it actually hurt my eyes to use it (I had to go back to using the wand from my other non-cruelty free mascara just to make it comfortable). The mascara dries very quickly and clumps your eyelashes together and makes them look spidery. I don’t find volume/thickness to be a big deal in mascara, I just want one that separates my lashes, and lifts them (because my eyelashes do not stand up on their own naturally). Even though the mascara doesn’t claim to be waterproof, it’s an absolute pain to get off. Even my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish struggles to take it off and it’s one of my most rated cleansers/makeup removers. As soon as I have the chance, this mascara will be replaced and put in the bin. Seriously, don’t even bother with it!
Nyx White Liquid Eyeliner; £5.50
I bought this back in October to replicate this look by My Pale Skin for Halloween. Though it does work well for creating single white dots, it’s pretty terrible for everything else. If you try to use it like an actual eyeliner, it’s very streaky which means you have to apply extra layers over the top – and that isn’t ideal for something that requires precision like eyeliner – and worst of all, once it sets, it crumbles and flakes off! I wanted to make a white point in the corner of my eye and this exact thing happened and afterwards the inner corner of my eye was itchy and red. I also found it was extremely difficult to make a nice line with the eyeliner anyway because the brush was very flimsy and the formula was so gloopy! I have no idea what’s going on with this eyeliner, but I seriously don’t recommend it. I do love a lot of Nyx products, but this is definitely one to miss.
Nyx Colour Mascara; £5.50
This is another product I bought for the Halloween look I was planning in October, but gave it another try this month just to remind myself why I didn’t like it. Although I have seen mixed reviews for this mascara, the one I bought is definitely on the bad end of the spectrum. I purchased the colour ‘Forget Me Not’ which is a pretty lilac colour. The wand is very similar to the Collection mascara I don’t like (so I’m going to avoid these kinds of wands at all costs in the future), and again, it was rough on the eyes. Though the real killer for this product is the fact that no colour was coming off on my eyelashes? There wasn’t even a hint of lilac there! I tried lightly brushing it against my hand and again, barely any colour came off the wand at all! I had to press down really hard to see any of the lilac (which is a shame because it’s such a gorgeous colour). I did have high hopes for this product, but after all that, it just let me down.
That’s all for my Best & Worst of Beauty for January! I hope you enjoyed it. Next week expect part two of my Makeup Tutorial series – the brows! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post, and I hope to see you all in the next one. ❤
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