It’s the end of the month which means it’s time for my Skincare Shake Up May ’17 edition! There are some clear winners this month, along with some clear no-no products. Ahhh the perils of being a beauty blogger with sensitive skin! As always, it’s a long one so let’s strap in and get going.
Oriflame Illuminating Pearls
A few weeks ago I went to my first bloggers party, held by Scarlett London. There were a few different brands there to talk to bloggers and demonstrate their products. One of them was Oriflame, who I’d never heard of. Their products looked very good though and I was particularly interested in the Illuminating Pearls. I keep getting incredibly tempted by the Guerlain Meteorites but end up talking myself out of them. I was hoping that these would be a lower budget stepping stone to them.
I’m afraid I’m still on the look out. I really didn’t like the packaging. My usual test is ‘how would I feel getting this out of my handbag on the tube?’ This looks quite cheap, it actually reminds me of a pretend make up set I had as a child. I don’t know whether it’s the colours or the flower design on the top, but I’m not sold on it. The physical design of the packaging is good, the closing cap seems secure and I wouldn’t be worried about the top coming loose.
(EDIT Feb 2016: It looks like the packaging how now changed and I really like it! It looks a lot more expensive and classy so perhaps they’ve listened to feedback… You can see it HERE)
The beads are a mixture of pink, green, gold, white and purple. Each pearl colour is designed to have a different effect on the skin.
- Purple – brightens the complexion
- Green – counteracts redness
- Pink – makes skin look more even
- White – illuminates by highlighting
- Gold – increases radiance
I did think that my skin looked more even and highlighted after using this powder but it also looked really glittery. Every time I looked in the mirror it was all I could see. I wanted this to look natural, that blogger cliche of ‘my skin but better’ and this was where it fell down. It looked like I was wearing a highlighting powder.
I think I will still wear this perhaps on a night out when I don’t mind looking a bit more ‘done’ but it’s not an every day look for me.
*This item was sent to me for review
Seventeen Baked Cherry
I have always had a soft spot for the Seventeen brand (or 17 as it was before their rebrand). It reminds me of being young and my first forays into make up. Their nail polishes are usually very good: super affordable, tons of beautiful colours, great application… which is why this one really disappointed me.
The brush was a complete nightmare. The bristles were all different lengths and really stiff which meant that neat application was impossible. I had to do so much clean up afterwards to get them looking acceptable which is very frustrating.
I’m hoping this was just a bad brush as I’ve had other bottles from the same range that are brilliant.
So ignoring the crappy brush, this colour is truly gorgeous. A very deep pinky red, that was a perfect 2 coater. Topped with Seche Vite, but shiny without it and quite fast drying as well. Just a shame that I probably won’t wear it again due to the awful brush…
You can see the full Seventeen nail varnish range HERE.
Why I Hated Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara has been on my want list since it launched and I was so excited when it arrived in the post, which was made even worse by people on Twitter and Instagram raving about it when I posted my sneak peek.
Which is why I think I am so disappointed with it. I have blonde eyelashes and small eyes so mascara is my best friend. I put tons on, at least 3 coats or I feel like I look like a mole.
But ‘They’re Real’ layers like a nightmare. It says on the box that you can layer it to achieve the look you want. They lie. The pictures show two coats and it was clumping and flaking and looked awful. It felt really dry and cheap (which it isn’t at £19.50!!). Strike one.
It’s called ‘They’re Real’ because they’re meant to make your eyelashes look fake. I don’t think they look any different to normal. In fact, I think they are less curled and less separated than when I use my regular (cheaper!) mascaras. Strike two.
It also made my eyes really dry and itchy. I was rubbing them all day, which made the mascara flake even more. It went everywhere, it was dreadful. Three strikes and you’re out!
The packaging is lovely… but that’s about it. That is the only plus to this mascara. I am so disappointed as so many people seem to adore it. My search continues…