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Project Pan Update #2

Hey everyone,

This is the second update for my 2017 Project Pan. The products added to the project pan mentioned in this post will have their own post showing the start points and explaining the reasons why I am panning them.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Cricket’:


The Laura Mercier product was in an empties posts so the only product left from this original photo is the Colourpop shadow in ‘Cricket’.

I am having really difficulty using this shadow as during the summer it isn’t really a shade I would use. Therefore, I am going to remove it from my project pan and reintroduce it in the late Autumn/ Winter.

I have decided to replace this with the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in ‘Glow’. This is a matte cream shade that I personally use to carve under my brows with, because it makes them look cleaner but it is more on the natural side. I find that applying this all over the lid doesn’t work well for me, it just clings to dry patches and almost cracks (even though I moisturise every morning). Therefore, I am looking forward to using this one up. I understand that at $5 this is a very affordable product but I don’t feel that you need to purchase this shade in comparison to all the other beautiful ones Colourpop has. I got this one in the Kathleenlights In the Light quad with my first ever Colourpop order, but I wouldn’t repurchase this shade.

Sleek Contour Kit in ‘Light’ and LA Girl Pro. Conceal Concealer in ‘Porcelain’:

Both of these products are going to remain in my 2017 project pan.

I have done really well on the concealer as evident in the comparison photos above. It is really difficult to tell when I am going to finish this, but it has become more and more difficult to get the product out.

I have decided that I am going to throw out the Sleek Contour Kit in Light once I have hit pan on the contour shade, as it is a very old product. I would repurchase this as I think that it is good quality for the price but I just don’t need it in my collection at the moment. I am hoping to have hit pan on it by the next update in a few months.

MAC Toledo Collection Lipglass in ‘Oxblood’ and Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick in ‘Perla’:


The Maybelline lipstick was in an empties post, so only two products from the original photo remain.

The Stila liquid lipstick mini in the shade ‘Perla’ looks as though no progress has been made but I swear I have used this a lot. I think it is time to give this shade a break for a while and pick it up again in the winter, since it does have more of that mauve edge to it.

The MAC Toledo collection lipglass in ‘Oxblood’ is showing a little progress. I do really enjoy this shade it is just on the older side so this is going to continue to be in my project pan for the remainder of the year.

To replace the Maybelline lipstick and the Stila liquid lipstick I am adding to my project pan the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in ‘Times Square’ and the NYX Matte lipstick in ‘Natural’.

MAC Eyeshadow in ‘Vanilla’ and REVLON Shadowlink in ‘Sand’:

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The orangey Revlon shade was decluttered in my last Project Pan update, leaving the two remaining shadows.

I have decided to declutter the Revlon ‘Sand’ shade as it is very old and I tried to apply it the other day but it has been reduced to slightly coloured glitter.

The MAC eyeshadow in ‘Vanilla’ will remain in my project pan as it is easy to incorporate into looks. I will not repurchase this once finishing it as I don’t see why anyone should spend £10 on a cream single eyeshadow.

I am going to add the MAC eyeshadows in ‘Jest’ and ‘Sweet Lust’ to bring it back up to three powder shadows again.

I am going to do a post very soon with photos of the starting points for the newly added items.

Until the next time,

Lauren x

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January empties – 18 items!

Hey everyone,

One month into the year already, its hard to believe. January has been an action packed month with my second accounting exam, my new commitment of the gym every week and trying out lots of new products that I will be reviewing soon. Without anymore delays lets get into the post…

Unusable items:

  • Japonesque Precision Eyelash definer (£6.50) ~ This was a product designed to separate your eyelashes should mascara make them clumpy. In the photos included in this post, you can see that it has shattered into many pieces. So no surprise that it is being binned. I will not be repurchasing this because it was fiddly to use and didn’t separate my lashes as well as some other lash combs I have tried.
  • Champneys eye lash curlers (£6.50) ~ These were a mess, with the writing almost gone and the bit you curl your lashes with sticking together (no matter how well I clean it). It was clear its time was up. Before they were in this state they worked rather well, but these specific ones are no longer sold. Therefore, I estimated the price for the purpose of this post and purchased the NYX ones (£5) instead. I’m still testing these so I can’t give a review yet.
  • Real Techniques pointed foundation brush (£5.50) and buffing brush (£5.50) (both part of a set so estimated price) ~ These are the two brushes that I decluttered from my collection, as they are from the first set of makeup brushes I got (so they are old) and I never use them. I think that after you have had brushes for so long, they start to harbour bacteria no matter how much you clean them. This made it easy to declutter these, along with the fact that I don’t use flat foundation brushes and I prefer my Sigma F80 as a buffing brush. Therefore, I won’t be repurchasing.

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Products used up:

  • Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask 99p ~ The more I use this mask, the more my opinion changes. I originally really liked this, believing it was really hydrating. However, this hydration now seems to only be shot term. After I take it off and rub the excess in, it feels very moisturising. However, a few minutes later it feels like I only applied a light moisturiser. I don’t think this is working for me anymore.
  • Toni & Guy cleanse dry shampoo 100ml £2.99 ~ This is the best dry shampoo I have tried yet. It leaves your hair smelling really fresh, adds volume, doesn’t leave a white residue and absorbs a lot of the oil in your hair. Overall, really great product.
  • No7 Quick thinking wipes £2.00 ~ These were in lots of my monthly empties last year and for good reason. They are still my favourite makeup wipes, they don’t sting your eyes and remove all my makeup easily.
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Shampoo 500ml £4.99 ~ I really enjoy this because it leaves my hair feeling so clean and removes all oil from my scalp, without drying out my hair. I will definitely repurchase.
  • AVON Superextend liquid liner in black £3.50 ~ I have used a lot of these eyeliners and it was good for the price, but I am fed up of repurchasing this so often. It drys out so quickly and now I have a new favourite I won’t be repurchasing this.
  • PS…Love this 100 oval cosmetic pads 90p ~ If you don’t know this by now these are the only cotton pads I buy. I don’t know what to say about these other than they are super cheap and work very well.
  • Benefit They’re Real tinted lash primer £18.50 ~ I purchased this when it first came out about a year ago (February 2016) and I ad never tried a lash primer before. Safe to say that with an expiration date of 6 months this needs to go, but I am definitely going to repurchase this very soon. This product is incredible, it makes your lashes so long and wispy. It separates your lashes well, so it never clumps. You can wear it alone or add a mascara on top for super false effect lashes. This is holy grail status to me for sure.
  • NYX HD Finishing pressed powder in 01 translucent £8.00 ~ I preferred this to the loose version as it is more convenient. It sets your skin really nicely and lasts well. It will give you a white cast if you apply too much, so use a light hand. I’m unsure if I am going to repurchase as there are other pressed powders I want to try. However, I will probably pick it up in the future.
  • Smashbox photo-finish primer water 5ml £3.75 ~ I got this in a 4 for £15 sample offer from Boots and was quite impressed. I not only enjoy using this as a makeup setting spray and refresher but I find that it works great in combination with other primers as a base. The mister on this is good and I will definitely repurchase this.
  • Body Shop Glazed Apple shower gel 250ml £2.50 ~ This was brought out Christmas 2015 I believe and I love the scent of this. It has a warm candy apple scent that is perfect for winter. I purchased a mini and another full size during the Christmas sale this year just past because I enjoyed it so much.
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme volumizing mascara £6.41 ~ This mascara was good for both length and volume. It was a little clumpy sometimes but not too bad. The formula is very wet, so if you don’t like that in a mascara then steer clear. If you are in the UK and want this you can this cheap on Amazon.
  • EOS Lemon Drop lip balm £5.95 ~ This is the last EOS lip balm in my collection. I really liked the smell of the one because I am obsessed with lemon but it was only okay as a lip balm. I find them difficult to store and a little expensive for what they are. Therefore, I won’t be repurchasing.
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre sample FREE ~ I already have the full size of this and received this sample with a Cult Beauty order. I love this moisturiser so much because it is slightly thicker than a regular day cream but it absorbs quickly. The full size comes in a tube so you can get every bit of product out. I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
  • REN Flash Hydro- Boost sample FREE ~ I only got 2-3 uses out of this sample and at £34.00 for the full size, I don’t know if I will purchase it. To use this you apply to cleansed skin, then wet your hands and rub into the skin to add hydration. Afterwards you add your moisturiser as usual. It definitely left my skin extra hydrated and smooth and it is a product more geared towards some with my skin type (dry). However, it has a really weird scent. I don’t know how to describe other than it is very masculine. I can’t say at this moment whether I am going to purchase it or not but if I do I will let you guys know.

That is it for my empties in the month of January, totalling 18 items at £84.48. In my project pan 2017 post I mentioned that my overall empties aim meant I had to use up an average of 21 items a month; I didn’t reach that this month which is a shame but I wasn’t that far off.

As always thank you for reading this post. If you have any post requests please leave them in the comment section below and don’t forgot to follow my blog and like this post before you leave.

Until the next time,

Lauren

August empties part 2 (12 items)

Hey guys,

Part 1 of this month’s empties brought me over 1oo empties. My next project pan goal is to reach 150 empties.

Also, I start my full time apprenticeship tomorrow so I don’t know when certain posts will be coming out. I was thinking maybe doing two months worth of products at once, like a October & November empties post. Let me know in the comments whether you would like that or whether you prefer these posts monthly.

Hits:

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) – This had to go because I could no longer get all the dirt out of it and the sponge’s pores became very large. Saying that I have repurchased it as I prefer to use this sponge under my eyes rather than my beauty blender because of the flat oval edge.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick sample in Red Carpet Red (FREE) – This is the final Charlotte Tilbury lipstick sample that I had. As I mentioned before in a empties post, I love this colour and formula. If I didn’t already have so many red lip products I would probably purchase the full size.

Seventeen Falsifeye HD! mascara in blackest black (£6.99) – I really enjoyed this mascara as it both lengthened and separated my lashes. What I mainly look for in a mascara is length rather than volume and this mascara gave me some of the longest lashes I have ever achieved. It is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras and I will repurchase after I have tried out some others that I have in mind.

L’oreal Recital Preference hair dye in refined brown (£6.00) – I have gone back to dying my hair for the winter and this product turns my hair such a lovely cooled toned brown. I have never had a problem with this product so I really recommend it.

AVON Anew lip plumping conditioner (£9.00) – I would apply this to my lips before bed to ensure that when I woke up my lips were nice and hydrated. It filled in the natural lines on my lips which made it great to apply before liquid lipstick since those are typically quite drying products. Next time I need a lip treatment it will be a strong contender.

AVON Care Intensive relief lip treatment (£1.10) – This lip balm was really basic everyday product in terms of being scentless and having basic packaging. However, this was more hydrating than expected. Whilst I won’t repurchase this product it is in my hits because if you like basic scentless lip balms, that are affordable I would recommend this to you to try out.

The middle ground:

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AVON Clearskin blackhead clearing daily astringent (£2.50) – I used this as a toner after cleansing (not sure if that is what you are supposed to do but oh well). This is in the middle ground because I cannot say for sure that this cleared my blackheads, but I haven’t had very many during using this product. Therefore, I probably won’t repurchase as I couldn’t see prominent results.

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume pre-wash conditioner sample x2 (FREE) and TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume shampoo sample x2 (FREE) – I got these four samples from two different magazines, ELLE and Marie Claire. It has the regular TRESemme hair product scent and my hair was in good condition after using it. I liked the concept of a reverse system but truthfully I didn’t experience an increased amount of volume in my hair. I don’t know whether it was because I have really thick hair or not but I won’t be purchasing the full sizes.

Miss:

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KIKO Milano cleansing pure clean make up removing wipes (£1.70) – I have a makeup wipe obsession so I have tried many different brands. I can safely say these are the worst makeup wipes I have ever tried. These burned my eyes and dried them out. It took quite a while to actually take my eye makeup off. I highly DON’T recommend these.

That concludes the August empties making a total of 20 products used in August. Bringing the overall empties total to 114 and the total empties worth to £506.93!

June empties part 2 (7)

Part 2 of this month’s empties is mainly samples so it isn’t going to bring the empties value up a lot. I’m hoping that next month there will be a lot of empties as I am nearly at the end of a lot of products.

Hits:

  1. Soap and Glory total drama clean micellar water (£4.50) – I have trialled many different micellar waters from L’oreal to Garnier to Una Brennan but I can safely say that this is only second to my Bioderma. If you are looking for a cheaper micellar water, definitely check this out. I was worried about this product burning my eyes because of the cucumber included but that never occurred and it removed all traces of makeup with ease.
  2. Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate sample (FREE) – I really like this product and although I cannot comment on the line reducing element of it, I can on radiance and hydration. This product adds another layer of hydration into my skincare routine and improved the overall radiance of my skin (due to the 10.5% pure vitamin C). I will definitely include this in my skincare routine, just when I get more lines on my face after all it isn’t the cheapest of products. For a 50ml bottle it is £39.20 on the John Lewis website.
  3. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial moisturiser SPF 30 sample (FREE) – I really like this moisturiser because it is light yet it provides me with all the hydration that I need. With SPF 30 it makes it a great morning moisturiser and it does smell like sun cream which I personally like. However, I have heard from others that this moisturiser isn’t good for those with oily skin. I am definitely going to purchase this next time I need a moisturiser. The 250ml bottle is £34.00 on the website but they have smaller sizes at 125ml and 75ml.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Nude Kate sample (FREE) – I received two of this shade when I went to the Charlotte Tilbury store and two of Red Carpet Red. I love the concept of these samples. You open the cute little envelope and inside is the lipstick shaped into a pair of lips on the plastic piece. You then fold it in half and then press your lips down onto it and then your lipstick is applied. Nude Kate is a lovely everyday nude shade with a creamy formula. Safe to say I will probably be picking it up very soon. Charlotte Tilbury lipstick are £23.00 and be sure to check out the Hot lips collection as £1 goes to charity for the first two months since the launch.

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The middle ground:

  1. AVON LUCK for her perfumed body spray (£4.00) – I liked the scent of this body spray and the packaging is really cute, but it didn’t age well. By that I mean the scent became more and more like pure alcohol. With that in mind, I don’t like it enough to purchase it again and anyway I have a lot of other perfumes in my collection.
  2. REVLON lacquer balm in 105 Demure (£7.99) – This product was in my Project pan lip edition, which makes it 5/10 done. The shape of the product meant it was really easy to apply on the go. However, my problem with it was the shade. It wasn’t anything special and the glitter in it felt a bit gritty. With this gone I now own no REVLON lip products, and I won’t be purchasing anymore because I don’t like them enough to justify purchasing from a brand that isn’t cruelty free.

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Miss:

  1. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica lightweight cream sample (FREE) – This was a miss for me because I really hate the smell of it. I can’t describe it but it reminds me of something. This along with the fact that it has no SPF so you can only wear it as a night cream, and that it is so lightweight that it doesn’t provide me with nearly enough hydration makes it a bust.

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Part 2 brings the total number of items to 76 and the total to £336.92! I can’t wait to see what the figures are going to be next month.

June empties part 1 (8)

Hey guys,

I have lots of exciting empties this month as I have been trying out lots of new things and receiving lots of samples during my beauty hauls. I split this post into two parts because I know that these posts are usually really long and that puts some people off. This month I finished 15 products, so stay tuned for part 2 to see the other 7 items.

Hits:

  1. YSL Black Opium eau de parfum sample (FREE) – I really love this scent as the perfume includes pink pepper, vanilla, jasmine and more. It has a very sexy and sweet scent to it which I love. I have one more sample of this luckily, once that and a few other perfumes have been used up I am going to have to purchase the full size. The 30ml retails for £47.00, the 50ml is £66.00 and the 90ml is £87.00.
  2. AVON super extend liquid eye liner in black (£3.50) – This eyeliner allows for quick and easy application and stays in place all day long. As soon as it started to dry out I repurchased it as I cannot be without it.
  3. Wilkinson sword Quattro for women sparkle disposables (£5.79) – I use these razors when my Venus one foams up too much because once the Venus one does this it stops being able to remove hairs. I also like these razors for under my arms as I feel it gives a closer shave. Safe to say I already have another pack.
  4. No 7 quick thinking wipes (42p) – This is the final pack that I managed to obtain with my discount. That didn’t stop me though; with a No 7 voucher I repurchased these wipes for £2 rather than £7. These wipes just do such a good job of removing even waterproof makeup. No complaints.

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The middle ground:

  1. PS… love this 100 cotton pads (90p) – Not the most exciting empty but it does a good job and is very cheap.
  2. Soap and Glory One heck of a blot primer (£10.00) – I feel that this primer would have benefited someone with oily skin more than myself who has dry skin. I purchased this for the “pore-shrink technology” rather than the “shine-bloc” aspect. It didn’t do as good of a job as my two favourite primers in relation to my pores, so I will not be repurchasing.
  3. AVON makeup setting spray (£3.00) – I liked that the mist was very fine but I don’t think it actually extended the wear of my makeup. I purchased the newer variation of this product, which is the AVON Magix prime and set spray. I prefer the newer formula but I don’t like the spritzer on it.

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Miss:

  1. AVON nutraeffects hydration gel cream (£2.00) – Although this is supposed to be a hydration night cream I feel this product would be better suited to those with oily skin. I understand that this is a gel cream and it says light on the container but it really isn’t suited to those with dry skin as there is little to the hydration side of it.

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Part 1 of this month’s empties brings the total items to 69 and a total of £320.43. Part 2 will be up very soon!

May empties (12)

Its that time again. I know everyone is saying this at the moment but I cannot believe that it is already June. I cannot wait to post my 18th Birthday haul this month (I have a feeling it is going to be a big one). If you guys have any recommendations for products you want me to haul, drugstore or highend, please let me know in the comments.

This month I finished 12 products including make up and skincare. Starting this month I am going to be telling you guys how much these empties cost and how much the total items and price for the year is. This month reached a total of £83.11! For the year so far up to the end of May, I have used up 61 products which came to a total of £294.82!

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Hits:

AVON Ideal flawless cream concealer in fair (£4.00): As you can see I scraped every last bit out of this pot. This is the fullest coverage concealer I have tried out and it stays in place all day. I have even gotten my friend to fall in love with it and she is now on her second pot. I will say that if you have dry under eyes like me, make sure you hydrate the area first before applying because it can cling to dry patches.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin tonic 200ml (FREE): I know what you are thinking, “how the hell did you get that for free?”. Well last year at the Liz Earle counter in Boots, they did an offer where if you purchased two items you received a full size skin tonic for free. Naturally I took full advantage. This feels so good when applied to the skin as it is refreshing and soothing. The scent is amazing as well as this product has cucumber and floral scents to it. If you are hunting for a new toner I seriously recommend that you check this one out.

Biore charcoal pore strips (£9.49): I will definitely be repurchasing these. This pulled everything out of my pores and whilst the strip looked disgusting afterwards there is something oddly satisfying about it. I even used one on my boyfriend to see if there was a variation in the results…I can’t unsee what I saw on that strip. Long story short you need these in your life if you are prone to blackheads on your nose.

Makeup Forever HD foundation in N110 (£29.00): Until recently I wasn’t fond of this foundation at all, it just didn’t apply the way that I wanted it to and it didn’t help that this shade was too pink toned for me. However, I recently started applying it with a sponge instead and have been patting into the skin as I found out that that is how it was designed to be applied (I found that out on YouTube). Ever since then my opinion of this foundation has changed massively. I am going to purchase the Ultra HD stick version in a more neutral/yellow toned shade to see which I prefer.

Maybelline Babylips in Hydrate (£2.99): I love the Babylips range in general because it has regular lip balms, tinted ones and very pigmented electric colours as well. This is the last Babylips in my collection and as mentioned before on my blog, I love these products and I will repurchase when I need a new lip balm. Personally, my favourite one I have discovered so far is the intense care version because it has provided the most hydration.

The Middle ground:

PS…love this 100 oval pads (90p): This is only in this section because lets be honest cotton pads aren’t very exciting. I like these ones because they are cheap and pads themselves are quite large which allows me to take off more product with each one.

Vichy Normaderm cleansing gel (£11.00): I know I have talked about this product before but this is in the middle ground section now because my skin needs have changed. Recently, my skin has been dry combination and this product just dries my skin out too much if I use it on a regular basis. If you have oily blemish prone skin I recommend you have a look at Vichy because this product absorbs my oils really well.

Real Techniques deep cleansing gel (£6.99): I purchased this because I really wanted to take care of my Real Techniques brushes that I own and I had trouble getting all of the product out of them. This did an okay job but it didn’t clean them deeply enough. Do you guys have any recommendations for good brush cleaning products??

REVLON lip butter in Juicy papaya (£7.99): I have reviewed a REVLON lip butter before on my blog and I have come to the same conclusion again. I really like the formula of this product as it has nice pigmentation and is hydrating on the lips. However, I will not be repurchasing one again purely because none of the colour range suit me.

Lancome Hydra Zen moisturising cream sample (FREE): I received this sample when I purchased the Lancome Teint Idole ultra 24H foundation. This is a really nice basic moisturiser with an amazing scent but at £39.50 I am currently conflicted as to whether purchasing the full size is a good idea or not. Thoughts??

Misses:

Simple spotless skin cleansing wipes (£4.25): I stopped purchasing Simple products because they broke me out and did nothing for my skin. However, my mum purchased these for me so I used up the packet in order to give them a fair shot. My mind is now resolved on this brand and I will never purchase another product from Simple again. This didn’t help with my blemishes, if anything it maintained them. The wipes were also pretty dry so it was quite difficult to get my make up off with them.

AVON 8-in-1 eye palette in not so neutral (£6.50): This was the product for my pan that palette tag on Instagram. The last update I did before this I mentioned that I was just going to hit pan on the brown shade and then toss it. This was a miss for me because 3 of the shades were quite strange, 3 were unpigmented and 2 I really liked. The 3 that were unpigmented were the 3 shades not panned left in the palette. The black turned out grey, strangely enough so did the purple and the bronze needed a lot of packing on the lid. The 2 I really liked were the brow bone shade and the brown I hit pan on because they were pigmented and really easy to blend. Overall, you just couldn’t make a complete look only using the shadows in the palette which is unappealing in itself.

Let me know what you guys think of the new layout of these posts in the comments. Also, feel free to let me know what kinds of posts you would like to see on my blog.

Coty Airspun loose face powder

This is a product that was 100% a YouTube made me buy it purchase. More specifically a Tati made me buy it product. Every other video she makes she raves about this product, its even in her top 5 favourite powders video. Naturally, after all the hype I heard about this product I had to have it.

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Where did I buy it?

Of course in the UK you cannot buy the brand Coty, so I purchased mine on Amazon UK. I paid £14.95 including shipping and it arrived really quickly, I was very impressed. You get 65g of product for the price which is such good value for money. I have the shade translucent but there are others that have colour to them. Apparently there is also an unscented version as well if you are sensitive to fragrance.

The Positives:

  • The powder is finely milled, which results in it leaving a beautiful finish to the skin
  • A little goes a long way with this powder
  • The price point- its even cheaper in the US and can be found at Walmart
  • Lots of shades available
  • Sets make-up all day, controls my T-zone oil well.

The Negatives:

  • The plastic holes in the packaging to allow product through are temperamental. I don’t know whether it is just my one or not but sometimes I get no product come through, and I have to remove it. The rest of the time I open it and its a hot mess with powder every where.
  • THE SCENT! This powder is highly perfumed. It smells very grandma and I am not a fan of it at all. There is an unscented version of it and if anyone knows how it purchase in the UK please let me know.

Random Fact:

This product has been around since 1935! With the hype still going strong, it is obvious that this product is loved by many.

What is your favourite powder?