Products I Regret Buying

I never thought I would have to write this particular post, but it’s about time I did, because let’s face it, not everything we buy turns out to be so great. Now some of the products in this post may surprise you cos I might have spoken pretty well on them, but frequent usage has made me realise that they actually weren’t so great at all. So without further ado, I start with…

1. CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation

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Yes shocking right? Because I spoke so glowingly of this foundation when I reviewed it first but after wearing it a few times, I decided that I do NOT like this at all. First the undertones are off. I got this in the shade 365 Soft Sable and the undertones are too neutral and somehow this foundation manages to make me look flat. Coverage is super super light and contrary to what I thought, it can’t be built up, so it’s definitely not going to completely cover acne scars or hyperpigmentation. So unless you have near perfect skin, please stay away from this foundation. I haven’t used it in forever but my mum seems to like it so she’s the only one that uses it now.

2. BH Cosmetics Party Girl brush set

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These are the very first brushes I tried, and while I was impressed at first, I now realized that I am not a happy camper. The brushes are soft to the touch, but for some reason that is the only thing I like about them. And I think a lot of the brushes, individually, are very crappy. The blush brush is total rubbish. I literally have to run it over my blush over 5 times to get it to pick up any product, and when it finally manages to, there’s fall out EVERYWHERE. Ugh. And the angled brushes are not stiff enough to be used to apply any kind of creme or gel formulation. Eyeshadow brushes are just meh. The only brush that I would say isn’t as bad is the powder brush, but hey it’s hard to mess up a powder brush huh? The redeeming qualities about them are that they are very easy to wash and retain their shape well. There is also minimum shedding. Save yourself some money and invest in another brush set.

3. Colorbox Pro Beauty Blender

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This is not so much the on the use as it is on the quality because I LOVE this beauty blender. It’s affordable and blends flawlessly. BUT. It is of such poor quality omg. It ripped the first time I washed it and the tear has just gotten bigger with every wash to the point that it’s falling apart after barely 4 months. Definitely not repurchasing, because it doesn’t make sense to keep spending 25 cedis on a sponge that isn’t going to last. Oh and did I mention that it’s a bxtch to clean? It stains really easily. No likey.

4. LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints

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I definitely made it clear from the very beginning how crappy I thought these were. 7+ months down the line and I still think they’re crap. I really do not see what everyone was raving about because these are just horrible. Aside from the cooling sensation which I like, this is like the worst lip product I have ever tried, hands down. I’m just going to toss these because I can’t see anyone liking them. Ugh.

5. LA Girl Pro Setting Powder

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I loved this when I first got it. A lot. But it doesn’t seem to work as well for me anymore, which sucks big time. It doesn’t keep me matte for as long as it used to, and for some reason whenever I use it to set my Maybelline SuperStay, it looks so cakey, which does not happen when I use the SuperStay on its own. And it’s so tiny I’m running out already (but on the upside I could probably post my first empties post so yay) I don’t think I’m going to be repurchasing.

Please note that these are my experiences with these products. That’s not too say they won’t work for you because they didn’t work for me, so you can still go right ahead and try them if you want to.

Ever regret buying and products? Share your experiences with me

Beverly xx

Maybelline SuperStay

Hi guys!

Doesn’t it seem like our obsessions change at a point in time? Like I was (and still am) a die hard lipstick fanatic. Now my obsession has changed to foundations. I am obsessed with finding the right foundation. I see the word “matte” in a foundation and my heart starts to sing. Anyway back to the topic. So I finally tried the Maybelline superstay. I don’t know why it took me so long to. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think it’s about to be discontinued?

As with all my foundation posts, I’m going to review this based on coverage,  finish and staying power.

For reference I have combination to oily, acne prone skin with a super oily t-zone and hyperpigmentation, so I prefer full coverage foundations.

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This little guy claims to have micro – flex formula for 24hr wear. Who wears their foundation that long?! Now can we talk about how miserable the shade range for dark skin is? I got this in the shade cocoa which is the darkest in the range and it’s not even that dark! So if you’re darker than I am, sadly there’s no match for you which I think really sucks.

The claims:
• Withstands heat, sweat and humidity
• No transfer: won’t rub off
• Flexible, breathable, all day comfort
• Oil free – non pore clogging
• Suitable for all skin types

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Right off of the bat I should say this this DEFINITELY transfers. I honestly don’t know why Maybelline claims it doesn’t. And I was finally looking forward to hugging my boyfriend without leaving brown stains on his shirt but sadly that wasn’t the case. Sorry boo! 😂

COVERAGE:

Maybelline claims this is a medium coverage but this is easily a full coverage foundation to me. The level of coverage in one layer is mind blowing. I don’t even need to add a second layer and I definitely do not need a concealer after. However I have noticed that it does turn a hair darker when it oxidizes, but thankfully it doesn’t make me turn orange. It does tend to look a little mask-y when you layer too much so I’d be careful about that.

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It seems to be neutral but leans more yellow, and so it matches me perfectly. It makes me realise even more just how neutral my CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is.

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SuperStay cocoa, Outlast Stay Fabulous soft sable, Ready Set Gorgeous tawny

FINISH:

Dries to a complete matte finish which I absolutely love. It doesn’t dry too fast but definitely faster that my CoverGirl foundations. It’s also of thicker consistency than my CoverGirl foundations. However it spreads and blends easily, no matter the tool you use to blend your foundation. I did find that a sponge provides better coverage compared to my beloved expert face brush.

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If there’s one this I absolutely hate about this foundation, it’s the lack of a pump. Why would you do that Maybelline? This causes major wastage, if you end up pouring more than you need.

STAYING POWER:

I tried this in different situations to test the staying power, and each time I was impressed. I wore it without a setting powder, without a primer and with both a primer and a setting powder. It definitely lasts much longer with both the primer and setting powder, but thing is no matter how much I blotted, I still looked made up. I could have easily reapplied my setting powder and I would look freshly made up. Oil control was better managed when I used a setting powder. Without setting with a powder, I feel my nose get shiny by the 4 hour mark which is pretty impressive.

IN SUMMARY:

This is definitely a winner in my book, and I highly recommend that you try it, if you haven’t already. I am going to get backups just in case it’s really going to be discontinued! Definitely Holy Grail status to me!

Have you tried this? Share your experiences and Holy Grail foundations with me!

Beverly xx

One Brand, Two Foundations: CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous & CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous | Review and Comparisons

I’m pretty excited to do this review cos I’ve been using these foundations a lot lately and I think it’s time for me to share my thoughts and experiences with them. From here on, I’m going to refer to Ready Set Gorgeous as RSG and Outlast Stay Fabulous as OSF. Too long for me to keep typing. These companies just keep making product names longer and longer. Ok I’m deviating. Let’s go!

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous, right Outlast Stay Fabulous.

I got RSG in shade 315 tawny, and OSF in shade 375 soft sable. Why not get them in the same colour? Well cos tawny is a tad lighter and soft sable is a tad darker. So I mix 2 parts tawny and one part soft sable to get a colour that’s a perfect fit for me. And why not just get the same type of foundation? Because I wanted to try both, so I got them both! Anyway as before, I’m going to review these based on coverage, finish and staying power then deliver my verdict.

Before I continue, I’ll state once again that I have combination to oily skin, with a very oily t-zone. I have no dry patches, but I have acne scarring, acne prone skin and hyperpigmentation, so i prefer full coverage foundations. Yes I have a lot of problems 😥

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CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny

RSG comes in a squeeze tube and OSF comes in a glass bottle with a lockable pump! ☺ They both have a weird perfume-y smell. It’s not too bad but it’s pretty unusual the first time you smell it

COVERAGE:

I would consider the coverage of RSG to be medium to full, and OSF to be light to medium. But mixed together, I get a level of coverage that is so amazing and does a fantastic job of evening out my skin tone. However on it’s own, OSF is light and I need 3 full pumps to even my skin tone, and still have to go in with a concealer after. With RSG, 2 small squeezes is what I need to cover my face. No need for a concealer. They can both be layered easily, with no cakiness of any sort. RSG wins this round

FINISH:

I was expecting them both to be matte, cos that’s what all the reviews I read before getting these said. However I find these are definitely NOT matte. Not in the least. I had to set with a powder because I wanted a matte finish. I did find that RSG was a little more of a demi – matte finish, in comparison to OSF, which is more of a satin finish. RSG wins yet another round.

STAYING POWER:

I wasn’t very impressed with the staying power of these. I was expecting to be blown away. Probably I had super high hopes cos of all the rave reviews I had seen.  I tried them out without a powder and I found them to both last just over 4 hours before they started to fade. With a powder, it was phenomenal. No kidding. I can get 8 hour days and still look made up by the end of the day, with absolutely no touch ups, only blotting my ever-oily t-zone with a tissue. Without a powder, oil control is pretty meh but with a powder, it’s fantastic. My oil is kept at bay for ages and my nose doesn’t get shiny until the 5 hour mark, which is just great, if you know me and how shiny my nose always is. It’s a tie between OSF and RSG.

I tried applying these with my Colorbox pro big mama beauty blender and my real techniques expert face brush, and I find that the RT brush does a better job of applying, and I use less product. I do wish these were waterproof. It’s not cute leaving brown stains on my phone screen and on whatever I touch x_x

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Left Ready Set Gorgeous 315 Tawny; right Outlast Stay Fabulous 375 Soft Sable

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I feel like OSF has neutral undertones, and RSG has yellow tones. Since my undertones are more yellow than neutral (although I’d rather wear neutral undertones than cool ones, those make me look ashy), mixing them together gives me subtle yellow that’s not too over the top.

IN SUMMARY:

I love both of these foundations and yes, I highly recommend them. The finish is very natural and it lasts and lasts, fading evenly. A definite repurchase, it’s worth every cent! These deserve Holy Grail status! Now if only I could find my perfect colour…

Whew! This has been a REALLY long review! Have you tried these? What is your favourite foundation?

Beverly xx