Confessions of a beauty product hoarder
I love buying and trying new beauty products all the time. Whether it’s for my skin or my hair, I want it all! Sometimes I find some hidden gem and other times it’s a total flop. Over the last six weeks I’ve been testing out a few new products. It takes time to figure out if something works, especially if it’s something being incorporated into your skin care routine. When it comes to eyeshadow palettes I like to take the time to test out different color combinations and really let the creativity come out.
Keep in mind that just because something I review did or didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for you. Everyone’s skin, hair, and nails are unique and will react differently. I’m hoping to help you find the products that work for you. So let’s dive in and find out what worked great and what was a fail!
Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Eyeshadow Palette
This product has been on my wishlist for ages, and it has always been sold out. Finally, thanks to my amazing little sister-in-law, I have it! I honestly hadn’t expected it at all but it was a great birthday surprise.
This palette caught my eye because of its unique colors, such as the highly pigmented shades of red. I have hazel eyes and I’ve been searching for the perfect palette to help me really show off the green tones in them. The pigments are amazing in this palette; rich colors that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else.
An added bonus is that Jeffree Star supports vegan and cruelty free make up. This palette retails for $52 at here. If red isn’t your style and you prefer cooler shades then there is a sister palette for you. Blue Bloods is the colder, blue shade range version of Blood Sugar. With 18 stunning shades in each palette you can really let your creativity sore.
Sephora Collection Purifying Cleansing Gel
This one was a tough one for me to write about because I love the product. However, once I decided it was good enough to share with you I did some research and realized it appears to only be availabe in european Sephoras and I couldn’t find it availabe in the U.S. If you are able to get a hold of this cleanser I highly recommend it.
This cleanser contains green tea extract, has a light scent, and is great for sensitive skin. My skin tends to be more on the sensitive side, and reacts easily to products but not to this one.
One of my favorite things about this cleanser is how well it removes my make-up, even the waterproof products! I was honestly quite impressed with this Sephora brand of cleanser, and the price tag was nice too.
It was 7€ (Almost $8) for a 125ml bottle. I’ve been using it almost twice a day for a month now and have used a little less then half of the container. My skin feels fresh and clean without any drying effects, I can continue to use this product without dehydrating my skin.
Pixi by Petra Rose Tonic
I love skin care; I believe in taking care of my skin now to avoid needles later. After a month of using this toner almost twice a day (morning & night) I’ve seen real improvements in my skin. My natural redness has subsided, I also have a softer and smoother texture to my skin. There is also an overall brightness to my face, making me look fresh and well rested. This toner does everything it advertises, and even works well with my sensitive skin.
I also love the smell, I’m a sucker for anything with a rose scent. The toner includes rose extract, chamomile, and elderflower. It claims to “minimize redness, soften, tone, brighten and soothe skin” and I can testify that it has done all those things for me. Like I said in the beginning of the post, it may not do the same for you. I have combination and sensitive skin. I have to find the right balance between taking care of my skin and overdoing it. My skin can easily dry out or have the opposite effect where it’s too oily for my make up to stay in place properly (cute, right?).
This product is definitely worth every penny in my opinion. You can order it directly from their website for £10.00, although I’m not sure if they have international shipping or not. In Europe you can find in stores in Sephora, I bought 100ml 13€ and after a month of regular use I still have at least half the bottle left. Oddly enough you cannot buy this product in Sephora in the U.S. but you can find it at Target for $15.
Mr.Blanc Teeth Bamboo Charcoal Whitening Polish
I’m a gold fish, I get easily distracted, and new products at an affordable price always catch my eye. Especially when they are placed right where I am waiting in line by the register. Sephora definitely got me with this one, Mr. BlancTeeth Bamboo Charcoal Whitening Polish (now that is a mouthful, pun intended). I’ve always been keen on having sparkling white teeth and have tried to take care of them the best I can; even with my fear of dentists. I’ve regularly used whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, and whitening strips to maintain a bright smile.
Mr.Blanc let me down with this one, although I may not be the best judge for this product. I used it twice a day for two weeks and saw no change in the color of my teeth; I already try to keep them as white as I can so there may not be much for this product to do. Now I am currently testing it out on Steffen; he doesn’t go out of his way to use whitening products like I do. We’ll file this product away under inconclusive for the time being. At least for 5€ for a 25ml tube I don’t feel like it was a total waste. If anything, one of the benefits was it did make me brush my teeth longer and more thoroughly than I might do on a regular basis.
Last But Not Least…
For the last beauty review on this list, please don’t hate me; I love Rihanna too. I think, first and foremost, that it is amazing that she came out with a foundation that has an incredible shade range. The fact that the industry has stalled in being more inclusive of the variety of skin tones is a shame, but Rihanna has changed that. I figured I had to try this foundation because of how popular it has become. Like I said previously, everyone’s skin is different and can wear product differently; just because I didn’t feel this product didn’t work well for me does not mean it won’t work well for you.
Fenty Beauty by RihannaPro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
Let’s start with the positives, I’ve already mentioned the diverse shade range but my favorite part of this product was the scent. I’ve never really paid much attention to the scent of my make up (unless it’s gone bad) but this foundation smelled amazing. I loved applying it because of how good it smelled.
There were a few negatives for me with this product, and one of them was the consistency. I prefer to use a brush for applying my foundation and the product would get really caked in there. I used multiple products, everything from brush cleaner to make-up remover to wash it out but this foundation is really stuck. This is something I’ve never experienced from previous foundations. It could just be me, maybe I need to invest in a beauty blender.
Another part of the consistency was how it looked like it was sitting on top of my skin, I would blend and blend and yet you could see streaky lines across my nose and cheeks. I felt I had to use a lot of setting spray to make it look smoother. After playing with it by mixing it with my Urban Decay foundation and using a setting powder I was able to find a consistency that worked well with my skin.
If this product works well for you, then the 33 € ($35) price tag for 100ml is competitive with other brands currently on the market. It is a little bit cheaper than the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation I had been using previously.
Because this product didn’t work well with my skin I will keep mixing it with my other foundation until I use up the last of the product, I’m not about to waste my make-up.
I don’t think this product will make its way back into my shopping basket unless Rihanna releases another type of foundation or changes the formula. For my combination skin I felt this product would separate in the oily areas while showing off any dry patches, but for someone else this might work flawlessly.
Trying new beauty products is always fun, and I am looking forward to trying many more. I take my time to notice details in all the products that I test and bring you the most truthful honest review. A small disclaimer for some of these products, brands like Pixi are in fact cruelty free but I cannot confirm if the Pixi or Sephora products are fully vegen.
Check out more beauty products I’ve reviewed in February here. Let me know in the comments below what products you’ve tried and what you like or don’t like.