October Beauty Review- Hit or Miss?

I’ve tweaked the format of these monthly beauty favourites following the result of a poll I ran on Instagram. Instead of featuring only my most loved products, the ones I would recommend to my best friend, I will also be featuring those that were much anticipated but sadly missed the mark. My aim is to save your time and money. I hope you enjoy the new format, happy reading.

Essano Rosehip Facial Toning Mist:

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Essano Rosehip Certified Organic Mist Toner is a facial toner that delivers instant moisture to dehydrated skin. The formula contains Kakadu plum (very high in vitamin C), green tea, rosehip oil and witch hazel- all known for their calming, balancing and skin loving benefits.

What I love:

  • Vegans say Hallelujah. This brand is ethically and socially responsible.
  • Great price point.
  • The active ingredients (Kakadu Plum, Green Tea, Rosehip Oil) have a gorgeous uplifting and zesty scent.
  • Easy to apply- you can not only use this over the face, but also on the (often sensitive/neglected) neck and décolletage.
  • Multi-functional product- can be used alone to give a dewy glow, prior to moisturiser to tone, after makeup to fix and set or pop it in your bag on a hot day or if your running the gauntlet of public transport at rush hour and spray as required to soothe and refresh. It would also be great in a carry on for a long haul flight (For other hand luggage tips see my post …How to survive a long-haul flight…)

What I didn’t like:

  • The refreshing fragrance is short lasting.
  • Requires several pumps of the spray per use and therefore the product doesn’t last as long as i’d like.

Verdict: A resounding hit.

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Gloss Bomb (universal lip luminizer) Fenty Beauty:

Fenty Beauty is probably the most hyped product launch to hit the beauty world in 2017. Created by everyones favourite Bad Gal RiRi  (aka Rihanna), this range was designed to address the void in the market- a brand to flatter all skin tones. With that in mind, this lip gloss is described as “the unicorn of nudes that looks good on everyone”.

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What I like:

  • Ridiculously high-end, luxurious packaging. So good looking, you want to have it out and apply it all the time- publicly. It looks so good, it could almost make doing your makeup on the tube acceptable (almost!)
  • The applicator is so easy to use, its full and allows application to each lip in one easy sweep (because who has time for more than one sweep of gloss these days?).
  • The colour- so flattering. Mega-watt shine, yet natural?! I know, this seems like a contradiction but I stand by the statement. Try it and you’ll see.
  • Versatility- this gloss can be worn alone or over any shade of lipstick.

What I didn’t like:

  • The formula is a smidgen on the sticky side. Not the kind of product you can wear with your hair down on a windy day.

Verdict: A firm hit.

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Sephora Honey Lip Scrub:

A lip scrub in a lip balms body? I had to try it. Infused with honey and Shea butter, this scrub promises to heal, repair and nourish.

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What I like:

  • Smells incredible…I’m a “liker” of honey, I’m not a Winnie the Pooh level lover of the stuff. That said this product smells divine.
  • Its incredibly thick- this is a plus and a negative. You couldn’t apply this and then head out, it looks gross. But, as a nightly treatment it nourishes all night long and your lips feel amazing in the morning.

What I didn’t like:

  • The packaging- its cheap looking. The packaging is not durable, it looks tired after one trip in my overnight bag.
  • The amount of “scrub” is variable, initially it was quite a strong exfoliant. Then the scrub seemed to run out and all was left was balm.

Verdict: As a lip scrub this is a miss for me. However, I would repurchase as a night repair balm.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Stick:

This foundation stick had my hopes high. Tarte cosmetics are a much loved brand for many. I was drawn to this product because it promises a 12-hour, multidimensional matte foundation with full coverage. It is also packed with nutrients that are supposed to “feed your skin”.

What I like:

  • You can easily use this stick on-the-go, its portable and convenient.
  • Its free from nasties such as parabens, sufates, talc and artificial fragrance.
  • Its cruelty free and totally vegan.

What I didn’t like:

  • The price- this product is quite pricey as the stick itself contains very little product.
  • On application this product immediately looked cakey on my skin. It sunk into my pores and made them appear larger and it sat in creases making them appear exaggerated.
  • Because of the above point, I couldn’t achieve medium coverage, let alone full.

Verdict: Missed the mark.

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Roller Lash Benefit (mini):

I will be telling you why I buy mini mascaras in a future post, so bear with me on this one. This mini roller lash caught my eye as it promises wide awake eyes for 12 hours.

What I like:

  • Water resistant, yet easy to remove.
  • It grabs each lash and the curved wand makes application a doddle.
  • separates, lengthens, curls and defines and lasts the promised 12 hours.

What I didn’t like:

  • Absolutely no negatives.

Verdict: Resounding hit.

Sephora Wrinkle Fighting Super Serum:

Described as a “miracle-worker”, this serum specifically targets the appearance of wrinkles and those early signs of ageing such as fine lines and crows feet.

What I like:

  • Paraben-free.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.

What I didn’t like:

  • The consistency of this product felt different to any serum I have used before. It is supposed to have a gel-cream formula, for me it felt more like a gel.
  • This product broke me out in pimples. I discontinued and re-started use three times to be sure that it was the serum and the same pattern followed.

Verdict: A miss for me.


What products are you loving right now? Any products that you’ve been hyped for and on purchasing been severely let down? I’d love to hear from you…

Also, how are you liking the new format for my monthly beauty favourites? I’d love your feedback.

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