This past week has been filled with coughs, sore throats and flu fatigue...not fun at all! I thought I'd do a quick post today on some of the products I've been loving and others not so much...
IN:Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef (CAD$8.99) - I'd seen this product on a lot of blogs and videos, and I picked it up last week when I needed a little cheering up. I'm so glad I did, this gloss is not just "good for a drugstore product" - it is AMAZING - even better than a lot of my MAC lipglosses! The color is flattering and long-lasting, the formula is soft and moisturising and the packaging is elegant and of good quality. Another raved about shade in this line is Peach Petal - a soft milky pink gloss.
The Body Shop Mango Body Butter (CAD$6 for 50ml) - I used to use this ALL the time in university. While the texture has changed (it was more vaseline-like and moisturising before) the scent is still the same and as long-lasting as ever - I really look forward to moisturising after my shower now!
Spectro Jel for Blemish-prone skin (CAD$ 8.99 for 200ml) - After an unfortunate experience with Cetaphil (see below) I've turned to this cleanser. My dermatologist has recommended this in the past - but I've avoided it because of it's unpleasant smell and texture. It works so well that I've looked past these 2 flaws - it gently yet thouroughly cleans my skin and leaves it feeling soft and moisturised. In addition, its free of fragrance (pretty obvious since it stinks LOL!), dyes, sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens and lanolin - always a benefit!
Burts Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet conditioner (CAD$9.99 for 350ml) - Although Burts Bees facial products no longer suit my skin, I'm still a huge fan of their hair and bodycare. This conditioner smells lovely and really does make my hair "super shiny". Additionally, it's sulphate free and 98.2% natural! I alternate between this and Aveda's Dry Remedy conditioner.
OUT:Got2b Dry Shampoo (CAD$6.99) - I purchased this while grocery shopping as I had run out of my Batiste dry shampoo. I'd heard good things about other products in this brand, so I thought this would be good - but it's not. The effects wear off within an hour and I'm left with sticky feeling hair. I'm definitely stocking up on Oscar Blandi and Batiste dry shampoos from now on.
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (CAD$11.99 for 250ml) - I purchased this without reading the ingredient list because I trusted Cetaphil as a gentle and non-irritating brand. However, after using it for a week I started getting bumpy painful spots on my skin. Since this was the only "new" item in my skincare regimen I took a closer look at it - and found CASTOR OIL on its list of ingredients! Even when my skin could tolerate oils (like rosehip and jojoba) castor oil would ALWAYS break me out - so why would Cetaphil put this in a cleanser for SENSITIVE and OILY skin? Makes no sense to me...luckily I was able to return it to my drugstore and picked up the SpectroJel instead. By the way - I still highly recommend the Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar (the one that looks like a bar of soap). (EDIT to avoid confusion: The regular Cetaphil cleanser doesn't contain Castor oil, I'm talking about the "oily skin" version)
Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara (CAD$9.49) - Although I love my Maybelline Falsies mascara, it can be a bit too dramatic for daily use. I picked this up because it is meant to condition your lashes - which would a great quality for something you apply everyday. Revlon are not known for their mascaras - and this mascara is as disappointing as their others. The formula is clumpy and smudgy and the super-long natural bristle brush does nothing for application. I can't comment on the conditioning properties because I've switched back to Falsies until I find a better "casual" mascara.
ON THE FENCE:Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush (CAD$33) - These blushes are SO highly thought of in the online beauty community - but I'm having a hard time with mine. For one, the application is iffy - it either appears blotchy or too pigmented - regardless of the brush I use. Secondly, I'm DEFINITELY not getting 12-hours of wear out of it...even 4 hours is a stretch. Most of my other blushes are as long-lasting if not more than this. I want to love this and will still be trying it out, but I think these blushes are over-hyped. I have Amused and already tried and returned Blissful - so I don't think that I have a faulty blush - unless somehow I ended up with 2 lemons!
What products have you felt were over-hyped? Do you have any good casual mascara recommendations?