Rounding up a busy blogging week, I want to talk about the products I’m passing along that I curated throughout September. These are all products I plan to let my mum rummage through and see if any catch her eye. So these are products that I curated that I felt confident were safe to pass along.
This month, there are only 2 skincare products, starting with an unopened exfoliator. This is the Good Things Deep Clean Blackhead Exfoliator, which has been sat in a drawer unused for a very long time. Good Things used to be sold in Boots, but I haven’t seen them in-store for a couple of years. You can find them in TK Maxx though, so it seems the brand is still in business.
This is one of those products I had genuine intentions to use, but over the past few weeks, I’ve really cemented in my mind that I love products like Cure’s Natural Aqua Gel, which cleans away dead skin cells. I already have a cruelty-free replacement in my drawer now that I’m excited to eventually use, so this blackhead exfoliator is just sitting around unused. So I want to give mum a chance to try it out and see if it works for her.
I’m also passing along the Superdrug Hand & Nail Cream, which I wrote a first impression post about last month. For general day to day maintenance it’s fine, but I found it wasn’t quite as nourishing or soothing as my hands need. So I’ve picked up a new tube of the Superdrug Oat & Coconut Intensive Hand Cream which I love, as it’s my go-to hand cream.
This is a decent hand cream though, and it might get a lot of use with my parents.
In terms of makeup, let’s start with base makeup. I tried out the Witch Naturally Clear Anti-Blemish Pressed Powder for a short while, before realising it wasn’t a good fit for me. The shade is called ‘01 Transclucent‘, but it has enough colour to it that it was slowly tinting my skin tone to look progressively darker and more orange throughout the day. I’m too pale to make this shade work for me, but mum has a bit more colour to her skin than me. I’m not sure if she really needs a pressed powder anymore, but I figured I’d let her try it if she’d like to.
A product I was eager to try was the Revolution Conceal & Correct in the green shade. It’s a very opaque colour corrector, which I think is great for people who like to use really strong colour correctors. But for me, it’s too intense and intimidating. I honestly don’t expect mum to keep it around, but if it’s an opportunity for her to play with makeup a bit, I want to give her the chance to decide for herself.
I finally tried out the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Petal Pusher‘. This is a product that I bought during my trip to Canada and America back in 2016, and sadly, the colour story is one I struggle to make work for me. While Wet n Wild are not cruelty-free now, I did buy this before I went actively cruelty-free.
I also tried out the I Heart Makeup Brow Kit that I had stashed away for a long time, in the shade selection called ‘I Woke Up This Groomed‘. I only really used the two darkest shades, and didn’t touch the wax. The shades themselves were good enough matches for my natural hair colour, but I didn’t find there was enough pigmentation for what I like.
I’m passing along the two pencil liners I’ve been keeping in my collection as well. The first is the Revolution Smoky Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, in ‘Black‘. This is one that just drove me crazy: it’s a very rigid pencil, and I found it really awkward to work with. I have quite naturally long lashes that often get in the way when applying eyeliner, and I found this liner tried to cling or collide with my lashes as much as possible.
It was also a nightmare to wash off, as the aspect of it that makes great for smoky liner looks, also means it moves everywhere even when washing it off. The pigmentation was incredible though, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me. I’d rather use a liquid eyeliner if I’m going to wear black, and that’s something I learned from trying out this liner.
I’m also sad to have changed my feelings about the GOSH Velvet Touch Eye Liner, in the shade ‘Truly Brown‘, which I’ve used up in the past. I’m not sure what changed, but I suspect my skin is the cause. While it’s still very rich and pigmented, I find it’s a little trickier to work with compared to my previous experiences. It’s still fairly long-wearing, but I struggle to maintain a precise line like I used to. So I’d rather commit to using up a liquid brown eyeliner instead.
Lastly, we have a few lip products. I finally sat down and tried the NAKEUP FACE C-Cup Lip Tox-Tick Lipstick in the shade ‘#05 Stalker‘, which I featured in my YesStyle haul last month. The shade is absolutely gorgeous and I fell head over heels for it. However, while I was anticipating a cooling sensation as part of the product’s advertising, it was too sensitising for my lips. While there’s initially a cooling sensation, for my lips it also left an uncomfortable stinging sensation. It was such a shame as I was really excited to try this product out.
I recently reviewed the GOSH Velvet Touch Lipsticks, in the 3 shades I owned. I’m slowly deciding how I feel about my remaining shades, and that includes passing along the shade ‘008 Matt Plum‘. The shade itself is very pretty, but regardless of whether I apply it directly on top of lip balm or I don’t, it applies unevenly, just in different ways. So while I want to pass it along while it’s still in safe condition.
Finally, I’m also passing along my remaining shade of the L’OREAL Infallible Lip Gloss in ‘407 Smoke Me Up‘. Mum commented on enjoying the other shade I passed along to her, and as I wasn’t loving this formula enough, I feel really good about passing this last shade to her.
This concludes all of the products that I curated throughout September. It feels really good to set these aside, and I can’t wait to share them with mum and see if any catch her eye.
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