Being an avid beauty lover means I'm constantly trying out new products and discovering which ones work for me, as well as the ones that don't. There have been a few that have stuck out from the rest in both categories, so I thought I'd put together a few worth sharing.
The products THAT WORKED FOR ME
L'OREAL PURE CLAY FOAM WASH RED: I'm always up for trying new skincare products and when L'Oreal released their pure clay range, I was intrigued to find out whether they were as good as the reviews. As I generally suffer from a dry and dull complexion, I decided to go for the red mask which focusses on cleansing, brightening and exfoliating the skin due to its Red Algae extracts. I've used this a couple of times now and I really like the way it leaves my skin feeling afterwards. The consistency is quite thick when first applied but it transforms into a light foam texture which then releases micro-beads, designed to exfoliate and gets rid of any dead skin cells.
BLANX WHITE SHOCK TOOTHPASTE*: I've tried and tested many teeth whitening products in my lifetime but a lot of them require faffing around with strips and mouth guards and half of the time they don't seem to show much difference. Whitening my teeth has become more important to me as I've got older and I was interested to see if BlanX products gave me the results I was hoping for. I've been using the white shock toothpaste every evening along with the non-abrasive classic white in the mornings and after just over a week of introducing both products into my daily routine, I can already see a slight difference in colour. The white shock toothpaste comes with an LED light that screws onto the lid and is designed to activate the paste as soon as it comes out of the tube, creating a natural white effect. Both products are extremely easy-to-use and don't irritate the gums or cause sensitivity on the teeth, whilst tasting just as good as your standard minty toothpaste. I can definitely see these showing a large difference after a longer period of time.
ESSIE ETERNAL OPTIMIST NAIL POLISH: No matter how many times I've opted for a cheaper alternative and tried other nail polish brands, I always find myself going back to Essie. I just don't think there's another brand out there that offers the same quality and finish. There's a few shades that I can always rely on for a pick me up but Eternal Optimist is up there as one of my favourites. It's a beautiful dusky rose pink that's versatile and extremely long-lasting, leaving a smooth and even finish every time due to its wide brush.
LANOLIPS OINTMENT SUPERBALM: If you're after a hydrating lip balm that actually works then I'd recommend this one to you. It's quite thick in consistency and has similarities of Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream which is another staple multi-use product of mine. Although at first glance it looks as though it could feel quite heavy on the lips, once applied, it instantly melts down to a non-sticky gloss and leaves everything feeling smooth and intensely hydrated. Just like 8 hour cream, this can also be used for other problematic areas such as dry cuticles and brittle nails, cuts and sores, insect bites, and can even be used as a wax to keep your eyebrows in place.
The products that didn't work for me
MAC NAKED LUNCH EYESHADOW: It occurred to me recently that I own some amazing eyeshadow palettes but none of them contain enough neutral, every day base shades. I decided to create my own 'neutrals' MAC palette and one of my chosen shades was Naked Lunch. This is a lovely minimal pink frost with a subtle shimmer which makes for a great every day shade, but I would definitely say this is suited to those with paler skin tones. I have fairly olive skin and it barely shows up when swatched on my hand, lettalone when it's on my lids. It's such a shame as I love the quality and formula of the shadow itself, but this shade in particular doesn't work for me. If you have the same problem and are looking for something similar then I'd recommend the rose champagne shade from the NARS Alhambra duo.
NARS LAGUNA BRONZER: Whilst I'm on the subject of NARS, another product that unfortunately falls into the negative category is the Laguna bronzer. Although I'm not a regular bronzer user, I tend to use it in the warmer months to balance out my complexion and to match my face to the darker parts of me. This is one of those 'YouTube made me do it' purchases that I was hoping to fall in love with, but again, it just doesn't work with my skin tone and I just don't like the way it sits on the face. It's definitely not as pigmented as I expected, and I also find that it builds up and creates patches in certain areas which actually makes my complexion look a little dirty.
BENEFIT THEY'RE REAL MASCARA: My natural lashes are fairly long but I find it amazing how much of a positive difference a reliable mascara can add to your whole makeup look. When choosing the perfect one for me, I want something that's going to accentuate my natural lashes at the same time as lifting and adding volume to open up my eyes. As much as I tried to love Benefit's They're Real, I genuinely didn't like anything about it which is strange as I know so many people rave about this product. When first applied, I was impressed with the amount of length and separation it added to my lashes, but once it was dry it just seemed to weigh them down. The only time it does anything for me is when used over the top of another mascara to add that extra length.
L'OREAL NUDE MAGIQUE CUSHION FOUNDATION: I feel like foundations are one of those hit and miss products as everyone has different preferences of formulas, coverages and finishes. Although I'm usually a medium to full coverage kinda girl, I wanted to try something a little lighter for those 'no makeup' makeup days, but as much as I would like to love this product, I just didn't feel it worked with my skin type. I found it quite drying and the coverage just wasn't enough to do the job of masking my dark circles and problem areas, as well as the fact that a lot of product goes to waste when using a brush which is my preferred application tool.
What are your favourite new beauty discoveries? Do you have any that disappointed you?