Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Beauty Products I Regret Purchasing

Hello and welcome back to my blog! I thought that today I would write about some of the beauty products that I have bought or hoarded that I regret purchasing. Of course, everybody has different opinions on products and some products work better for some individuals than they do others so I have quickly picked up some of the items that come to mind when thinking of products that I regret purchasing. I have realised that I seem to have more drugstore products than high-end products in this post but by no means does that mean that I will always reach out for high-end products, it just means that I own more drugstore products than high-end.

Starting with eye and brow products, the first product that I regret purchasing is the Barry M - Shape & Define Brow Kit. I bought this product years ago when I first started filling in my eyebrows as I thought that this product which includes a wax, two powders, an applicator and some tweezers would be ideal. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. The shades of this kit are far too dark for my hair colour which is a deep blonde and even when using the lightest shade, my brows looked far too dark and stood out from the rest of my face. Unfortunately for myself, I didn't notice this until I had been filling in my eyebrows for a while. Some blonde haired individuals can completely rock the dark brows but me on the other hand, I defiantly cannot. I am not entirely sure why I still own this product but once I have completed this post, I shall be saying goodbye. 

My next eye product that I regret purchasing is the Benefit - Smokin' Eyes Brow & Eye Kit. I have had this product for a while now and no matter how hard I try, I just cannot get on with it which is a shame because I was so excited to try it. This kit comes with three eye-shadows in shades; pink highlight shadow, pewter base shadow and deep charcoal shadow as well as a mini smokin' pencil eyeliner, Brow Zings in the light shade, eye brightener, some mini tweezers and a mini double ended applicator. I feel that there are not enough shadow shades in this set for what I would usually like and find the different shades fairly difficult to blend due to the shades being far apart from one another. The brow shaping wax is in shade 'light' which is still far too dark for my skin tone and hair colour and applies as more of a medium to dark brown. On the other hand, the shadows are very pigmented and could work well on other people. I was excited to try out the smokin' liner as when swatched, it appears as easy to use and bold. But, once attempting to apply this liner to my eyes, I found it very uncomfortable and difficult to apply the product onto my skin. This product also comes with a small built in mirror like the Barry M Brow Kit does which can be seen on the included photos. This kit is actually going to a new owner tomorrow of which I hope that they can find some use out of it instead of it uselessly sitting in my collection. This kit would be ideal for a night out when you want to wear some heavier and bolder make-up.

Continuing with eyebrow products, this following product is the Maybelline - Brow Drama Pomade Crayon which I believe is a new product within their range. I feel that it is slightly unfair to include this product, as there isn't really anything that I dislike about it, I just regret purchasing it as it doesn't get used. I bought this brow crayon as I hadn't really previously seen anything like it before. My initial impressions consists of curiosity due to this product being such a chunky crayon. This product was available in three shades and I bought the lightest 'dark blonde' which is a perfect match to my hair. This crayon is easy to use as it has a rotating part at the bottom of the tube when you need more product, making it easier than sharpening brow pencils all of the time. When I did try out this product, I particularly liked the creamy formula that this product contains as sometimes I can find brow pencils hard to use as they can irritate and scratch my skin. If you are one of those people too then I would recommend to try this product. Like I said previously, this product doesn't get used and therefore wasn't worth the money that I spent on it. I feel that the tip is too thick and chunky to be able to fill in my brows as precisely as I usually would. I also bought another eyebrow product on the same day which I fell in love with. I am sure that this product will make a return into my everyday eyebrow routine at some point, but I think it would mostly be used to fill parts in instead of adding details and drawing outlines.

Diving straight into an eye-shadow pallet that I regret purchasing which is the Models Own Academy - Smokey Palette, this product was given to me at The Clothes Show Live 2015 as part of a package where I paid £10 for a whole bunch of goodies. Unfortunately, I just haven't been able to get on with it. Which includes a range of six shades ranging from light creams, to dark blacks. I find these products difficult to blend and I find that only a small amount of the darker shades can be used to avoid an overcrowding look. I have had this palette for a while now and have only used it to swatch the colours. I don't think that the shadows are particular pigmented at all which is partly why I don't like this palette.

The final eye product that I regret purchasing is the Maybelline - Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner which I purchased in the shade 'Noir Black'. This beauty purchase was an impulsive buy and considering that I vary rarely wear eyeliner, I find it a rather difficult product to smoothly apply. I know a lot of people who really recommend gel eyeliners but I personally can't get on with them as well as I can liquid eyeliner. However, having said that this particular shade leaves a very bold matte finish which can look lovely.

Moving on, my next beauty purchase that I regret is the No7 - Powder Blusher in the shade 'peach velvet' which is an absolutely gorgeous summery shade. The only reason that I regret this purchase is because the shade is far too bright for my skin tone despite even wearing a small amount. I think that another reason why I don't particularly use this product is because I am absolutely in love with the Benefit and Zoeva blushers and I just don't seem to have a use for this shade. However, when I am on holiday I may try and include this product into my make-up routine as I imagine that it would look incredible with a tan.

Finally, the last beauty product that I regret purchasing is the NARS - concealer brush #7. I imagined that this brush would be incredible when applying cream concealers which I do own a few of but I find that when using, the majority of the product soaks into the brush and it also leaves the product looking patchy on your face leaving me feeling disapointed with this purchase. I wouldn't purchase this product again but may try it out again with more powder based products such as highlighter.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to hear some feedback from you. Do you have any beauty purchases that you regret buying? Do you agree or disagree with my opinions on the products listed? I also hope that I was able to answer some of your questions about the products mentioned.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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