Sunday, 30 April 2017

APRIL FAVOURITES & FAILS


It's basically May and snaps for me because for another month I have pulled my shit together and managed to get this April Favourites and Fails post up and out in a timely manner, if you missed my last one click here. I honestly feel like I am growing as a person. This month it is just makeup on the menu as I haven't branched out into anything new in terms of haircare or skincare. 


With the warmer months I have been preferring a lighter base so tend to alternate between No 7 Beautifully Skin BB Cream (£13.50) for Normal/Oily Skin in the shade Medium or the Tate Rainforest of the Sea foundation (£30) in shade Medium-Tan Sand. The No 7 BB cream is so light and feels really fresh on the skin, just the perfect every day coverage that looks like skin but evens out where necessary. On the other hand, the Tarte Rainforest foundation produces mixed feelings from me as there are pros and cons. The dispenser is garbage and it is absolutely key to shake the bottle before you use it otherwise no product will be released from the dropper. I love this foundation purely because it is the only foundation I have ever tried that doesn't transfer which is something I look for in foundations. It is also an extremely thin and blendable formular but the coverage just isn't there for me. If applied with a beauty blender you will get better coverage.


However, as I rarely want to fuss in the mornings I typically apply all my liquid/cream products with the Blank Canvas F08 brush (£12.60). This brush has been my ride or die since I got my hands on it. It is so dense and soft, it blends out liquids like a dream, but I have to use a healthy amount of the Tarte foundation to get a decent coverage (full review coming soon). I also use the F08 to apply the Maybelline Dream BB Bronze(£7) which gives a gorgeous healthy bronze glow to the cheeks and warms up the face nicely. A spring/summer must have in my opinion as it can be used to make foundations warmer as well. It is the perfect transitional product from cold to hot weather, and provides the exact pick-me-up my skin is yearning for after being deprived of sun for so long. 


My last favourite of this month is a rediscovery, of course I am talking about the Rimmel Stay Matte powder (£4). When I was at university, I had backups of this powder I loved it so much, and I have fallen back in love with it. I have stepped away from translucent loose powder and used this tried and tested powder to lightly set my face and find it works really well. I do have oily skin but have recently started to enjoy a more dewy look to my skin so I find this powder wears really well throughout the day. I won't be overlooking this gem in my collection; it is too good to not use


My fails of this month are two eye products. One being the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer ($19) which feels so oily on the skin that I am not sure what it is supposed to do. It makes my lids feel slick and I have to set them heavily to even get any colour payoff from eyeshadows at all. Complete waste of time. The next is a controversial one and it is the Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in Bandit ($4), I love Colour Pop and their Super Shock shadow range is exquisite all the shimmers and glitters are gorgeous but for some reason this shade will not work for me. All the Super Shock shadows apply best with a finger because of their creamy, bouncy, gel-like texture but whether I apply it with a finger or a brush as you can see below the pigmentation just isn't there. Moreover, the packaging is bulky and annoying as I am someone who loses lids every forty seconds so this is just more of a pain than it is worth in my opinion. I love the colour and although it is certainly not bad, I just expected better


Thank you so much for reading, this post was a lot quicker than last month's thank God because I am on a spending ban, which I just broke today *sobs aggressively*, on the plus side I am excited to review my little haul for you all. I hope you are having a great bank holiday weekend, I have been spoilt by four day work weeks lately, I don't think I can return to the full five days. Please leave a comment with your own favourites and fails of the month, I read every single one. Take care. 

What did you love and hate in April?

Love 
Kiran

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  1. I love the idea of sharing monthly products you didn't like as well! Great post :)

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  2. I'm not the biggest fan of the CP Super Shock Shadows packaging either. I think they're just way too big and unnecessary. I did pick up a few of their eyeshadow pans earlier this week. Hoping they're perform well :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. Yes, their pressed shadows look great! Xx

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  3. I love Colourpop eyeshadows and haven't found one that's disappointed me yet! I'll have to avoid this one when I next do an order.

    I really want to try some Tarte makeup, I've tried a blusher before but the foundation looks lovely!

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    1. Their blushes are supposed to be among the best x

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  4. I haven't tried any of the Colourpop eyeshadows yet, but I have found their other products can be quite hit and miss , especially a few of their lip products. It's good to know which shades just aren't up to scratch, thanks! Xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  5. I have a lot of problems with powders as I always feel like it makes my makeup feel like face paint (really caked on and dry) so when I'm next home I'll give this one a go, see if it works! Xx

    Lauren | laurenjgibbins.co.uk

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  6. I use a BB cream too now that the weather is getting warmer and I love how lightweight it is. The one from No7 sounds really great, I hope my friend that lives in the UK would be able to find it for me! Added on my wishlist!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Hope you can get your hands on it! Xx

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  7. I really want to try the Tarte foundation but the packaging puts me off, why the need for a dropper?!

    xx

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    1. There is definitely no need! So silly x

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  8. Totally agree with the Lorac primer! It doesn't feel oily on my lids initially but after a couple of hours wear my lids are an oily mess! Not a fan of ColourPop eyeshadow packaging either and I struggle with the formula, I don't like using my finger and they go on so patchy with a brush - the mattes anyway!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  9. I really want to try No.7. I'm currently using Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea foundation and it's actually not my favourite.

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    1. I am in two minds about it I will have a more clearer review up soon x

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  10. Totally agree on the Lorac primer! I didn't get on with that Tarte foundation - it just really didn't suit my skin xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Sorry to hear that! The Lorac primer is awful xxx

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  11. I guess I never purchased the ColourPop super shock shadows for that reason. Too bulky. I did order the pressed shadow singles though!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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    1. Way too bulky, interested to hear what you think about the pressed shadows x

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  12. Oh no! I have Bandit and its one of my faves...sometimes you get ones that are already quite dry while others are super moussey. Maybe that's why, because mine is still going strong even though I've used it for ages. And I think I'm the only one who loves the bulky packaging hahahahaha! xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. Maybe! You must be haha, I can't stand it x

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  13. I love that you also talked about the products that you didn't like so much either. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. Always I am such a picky bitch haha x

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  14. I love that you're including fails too because I'm always curious about what people aren't loving. Bandit looks beautiful online, but I don't really like their matte shades. I feel like they don't work as well. I personally love their metallics!

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Their matte shades are so disappointing x

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  15. I love the colour pop one sucks that it didn't work for you though!!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. I love the colour I just think the quality isn't great x

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  16. I loved the Tarte foundation as well, its beautiful x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  17. It's so annoying when products don't live up to our expectations isn't it? Lorac you'd think better of too, great post lovely xxxx

    www.mammafulzo.com

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    1. Definitely, especially as both of my fails are harder to get in the UK, thank you for reading x

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  18. I used to love the Rimmel powder but haven't repurchased it for such a long time - maybe I need to try it out again! x

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. It is a rediscovery for me too! Love this powder x

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  19. Great post lovely! I really like the sound of that foundation x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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  20. Great review. i am a fan of the Nars Pro prime for lids - it is so effective - not sure if you've tried that x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I have heard that the Nars primer is good, definitely want to buy it x

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  21. It's a shame that the Tarte foundation has such a terrible applicator because it sounds like it performs well! I have yet to try any foundation that doesn't transfer! Bummer that the colourpop shadow didn't work out for you. From what I've heard their matte supershock shadows aren't all that good.

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. I know but that is pretty much the only thing I like about it haha x

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  22. I love your april favourite post, so helpful and I haven't try Colourpop shadows, glad you make review about it!


    www.ismurfshion.com

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  23. Maybelline BB cream is absolutely the best !

    www.thelushstyles.com

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  24. I love that BB Bronze cream too! I never see anyone else mention it but it's just so good if you have either a warm complexion or a real or fake tan xoxo Sarah from Iheartcosmetics xx

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  25. I have been wanting to give the taste foundation a try... but kind of wishing I could get a sample size first :)
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

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    1. I think it depends on what you look for in a foundation x

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  26. Great post! It's good to hear good opinions and bad so we know what products to avoid. I'd love to try Colourpop eyeshadow.

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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  27. Great post! Its a shame about the Tarte foundation, I prefer better coverage so I don't think it would work for me x
    A Blushing Beauty

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    1. I wish it was higher coverage too x

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  28. i love the rimmel stay matte powder too! it is extremely affordable and it does not break me out.

    clairetalksbeauty.com

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  29. I was really interested in the Tarte Foundation, but I need some coverage, so I will have to pass it. Great post!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

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  30. Love the adjectives in which you use to describe this "Make Up On The Menu," I love that!

    XOXO
    kellmenow | http://www.kellmenow.com/blog/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/kell_menow/

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