5 Disappointing Beauty Products


Disclosure: All opinions are my own and don’t reflect how a product may work and benefit the majority of people.

We all like to spend our money on worthwhile products and it’s always a shame when you try something that doesn’t live up to the hype or you don’t get along with a product for whatever reason. I try to research and read reviews before I commit to buying products but sometimes no matter how many glowing reviews a product has there will still be people it doesn’t work for. I love reading these types of posts and I haven’t talked about products that disappoint me before so I thought it was time to change that!


#1. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream – Buenos Aires

I was super excited when I saw NYX in New Zealand and even more excited to buy/try one of their Soft Matte Lip Creams. In August I purchased the shade Buenos Aires which is a soft coral. Because this is a light colour it doesn’t apply smoothly and applies patchy. I find blotting in between coats helps slightly but this colour doesn’t live up to what I thought it would. I have heard other shades in the range are hit or miss when it comes to formula and application and it has put me off purchasing more colours. I have barely worn Buenos Aires and I’ve come to the conclusion that orange tones don’t suit my lips (apart from I Found Nemo by Tanya Burr).

#2. Simple Moisturising facial wash

Fellow bloggers are always talking about the importance of skincare and I purchased this facial wash in an attempt to get into a skincare routine. I started off well, I would wash my face with this in the morning before applying my trusty Simple moisturiser but I quickly began to notice a difference to my skin. Thankfully, it didn’t break me out or cause a reaction but it made my skin feel and look greasy and it didn’t feel very moisturising. I still have this product sitting in my beauty basket on my dresser. It’s nearly a year old and it’s almost full but unfortunately this will be going in the bin.

#3. Garnier Micellar Water

This is one product that I have a love/hate relationship with. When I first got this I really liked it and even included it in a monthly favourites. It removed makeup well and again didn’t cause my skin any problems but it didn’t do anything for my skin either. This is still in my beauty basket as well and it hasn’t been touched for months. I noticed a six month expiration date on the bottle and I purchased this mid 2015 so I think it’s time to go! It baffles me how quickly bloggers go through one of these big bottles and if I try this again I will opt for the travel size or try one of the other types of micellar water.

#4. W7 In the nude eyeshadow palette

I bought this eyeshadow palette because it was $12 (NZD) and I thought I was getting a decent dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette. Truth is, I have barely reached for this palette since purchasing it in March and that’s down to the formulation of the shadows themselves. I love the pink, bronzey tones of the palette but the pigmentation is dire and a lot of the shades feel chalky and powdery. I’m considering passing this on and perhaps purchasing the Iconic 3 from Makeup Revolution instead.

#5. Maybelline Colour Tattoos

I can’t speak for all shades of Colour Tattoo but the two I have aren’t outstanding. They don’t feel very creamy and apply patchy on my eyelids. I only wear Barely Branded as a base before applying the gold shade from Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ palette over the top. Inked In Pink is such a beautiful rose gold shade but because it feels dry and doesn’t apply smoothly it makes my eye area look red. I don’t know whether I got bad batches or if these shades are patchy for everyone but I much prefer the formula of Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer shadows. There aren’t as many colour options but I haven’t stopped reaching for Copper all year!

Have you tried these products? Were you impressed or disappointed like I was?


Mini Beauty Haul

Mini Beauty HaulHi everyone!

Last weekend I popped into town and picked up a few beauty bits to add to my ever growing collection. I picked up a bottle of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and one of the polishes from Rimmel’s Rita Ora collection.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterA few weeks ago I was searching for the Garnier Micellar Water but was unsuccessful. I was slightly disappointed because I knew the product hadn’t been out in New Zealand very long and wished I had picked some up when it first came out. I even went on the Garnier NZ Facebook page and the reason I couldn’t find any was due to it being temporarily out of stock and being so popular all over the country. Others must have been just as desperate to try it as I was! Last Saturday, I happened to be walking past a pharmacy and popped in to see if they had any. Luckily there were three bottles left on a shelf right at the back – it was definitely a eureka moment!

I’d read and seen numerous reviews about the Garnier Micellar Water online and I hadn’t seen anything negative which made me even more excited to try it. Since starting my job, I’m wearing makeup more frequently so I want to make sure I clean my face properly and there’s no excess dirt and oil left. I’ve been using the product for the last week now and I’m finding it really good. My skin is quite dry but this doesn’t dry it out more and it hasn’t given me irritated skin or breakouts. The one slight grovel I have is how effective it is at removing mascara. I have to rub a bit more vigorously than the rest of my face but it’s not too bad.

Rita Ora Nail Polish – 873 Breakfast In Bed

Rimmel Breakfast In BedThis nail polish is part of Rimmel’s Rita Ora collection and is a lovely mint colour similar to that of Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. This polish is such a beautiful colour, kind of a hybrid between blue and green, and is different to any of the colours I already own. The image above makes the polish look slightly bluer than it is but I’ve inserted a picture of me wearing it below which gives a more true representation of the colour.

I own one other Rimmel nail polish and I’m not a huge fan of the wider brush but this particular brush doesn’t bother me. It’s flatter and doesn’t spread as wide when applying each coat of nail varnish. The packaging claims the polish dries in 60 seconds and while I haven’t put this to the test it does dry very quickly. I’d say by the time you’ve painted all ten fingers you could go back and apply the next coat. Before I purchased the polish I read a post on Not Quite London that the formula was quite gloopy and thick but I didn’t find this at all. I’d rather a polish be a bit thicker than have to apply three or four streaky coats.

Wearing Breakfast In BedWear time wise I’ve had this polish on for the last week and it’s hardly budged. There are no major chips and it lasts well. I repainted my nails yesterday but only because I had a broken nail and wanted all my nails to look the same and be consistent. I got 25% off the polish too so it’s even more of a winner!

What do you think of the items I picked up? Have you tried any of these products?