Saturday, 1 April 2017

MARCH FAVOURITES & FAILS | MAKEUP BEAUTY SKINCARE


Heads up: this is the longest post ever, sincerest apologies. I took a break from doing monthly favourites for a spell. Not because I don’t love writing them – they are actually one of my favourite – but because I never have my shit together by the end of the month. I always want to include products I have never mentioned before and ultimately decide to hold off until I have done a review first, but now I say to hell with it. I got back from France just yesterday (post soon, if you want . . . let me know?) and the weather was so bright I wanted to play with shadows and light in my pictures for something a bit different. I have both favourites and epic disappointments in this post so hold onto your hats. I’m excited. Hope you are too, much love guys let's jump in. 


FAVOURITES

Eyes.
We shall start with the favourites first as I have a lot more of them, thankfully. The first is the Master Palette by Mario (out of stock - only find an eBay buy with caution) from Anastasia Beverly Hills (review here). This palette stole my cold dead heart because it is everything EVERYTHING for brown eyes. I love it more than the Modern Renaissance palette and I reach for it all the time. Took this and the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette (review here) to France and didn’t even pull Huda out of the sleeve; it was surplus to requirements. My only con is that the shadows do have a lot of kickback but the quality is spectacular and the colour selection is so versatile and appealing that it outweighs the single drawback. You can tell from the photos that my palette is beat-the-shit-up and yet I am not close to hitting pan on even one shadow. This beauty will take you from day to night easy, I don’t think it would work on people with super pale skin but for all you warm, olive-toned honeys get your hands on this if you still can. This palette should not be limited edition at all.


Skincare.
My friend recommended the Tea Tree Micellar Water (£3.29) from Superdrug and I love it. Tea tree oil on its own is incredibly potent so this a lovely, gentle way to reap the benefits. I have unbalanced, acne prone, oily, annoying af skin and this really helps keep it calm and balanced. I use it as a toner more so than a micellar water. I like to use it straight after I have cleansed my face and then go in with my trusty Liquid Gold. I have loads of other skincare products that I have fallen in love with this past month but you’ll have to be patient because I am determined to get reviews up first, stay tuned. 


Primers.
It's prime-time: 3 primers that I put to use this month are the Dr Brant Pores No More (£31), Too Faced Hangover Primer (£27) and Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer (£17). I have been using Shadow Insurance, yes the same tiny tube, for almost 3 years (don’t call the police) I don’t think I am even halfway through it. It works like a dream for me, I know it receives mixed reviews but I reckon I will only need this one tube for the rest of my life. My eyeshadow sticks to it and lasts all day. What more could you want? As for the Too Faced Hangover Primer, my skin has been feeling dry particularly around the mouth and this is the most hydrating primer I have ever used. Plus, it doesn’t make my oily skin feel greasy and it smells like coconut. The packaging is gorgeous, primers that come with pumps make me feel so fancy I want to change my name to Chanel and move to Monaco. Which brings me to Pores No More, not quite as pretty but also with a pump and cap, if you have pores this will be your best friend.  It has a colour to it but it fills in your pores and smells really good, you only need a small amount as well and it works great beneath all makeup. 

Lips.
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (£6) have been buzzed about from kingdom come and I purchased three eons ago. Being the weakling that I am I couldn’t remove the outer plastic packaging so let it sit forgotten in an old makeup bag. I fished it out when creating a look for the blog (see here) and felt insta-love for this tiny tube of nude goodness. The colour London (a mid-tone beige) is my ride or die at the moment, I don’t even want to think about the other two it would feel like cheating. I love her, she’s beautiful and she flatters me oh so well. Nudes for my skin tone have to be a little darker so this is honestly the perfect shade for meThey smell like cake, apply smooth and buttery like a mousse and dry down matte but genuinely feel like nothing on the lips. I didn’t know this was possible. Obsessed. 


Lashes.
The only thing I hate more than wearing and removing mascara is washing my hair, but also wearing and removing mascara on holiday tops both. Hate it. So, quelle surprise, when in France I didn’t even pack a mascara, not on purpose but it seems my subconscious acts on my behalf more often than I knew. I did, however, throw in a cheap pair of eyelash curlers (£2.30) in my suitcase and they were a lifesaver. They make such a difference to my eyes and make it so I don’t even feel I need mascara, that extra boost at the roots of my lashes gives an instant fanned out effect. I don’t think I will ever wear mascara again. 

Nails.
I got my nails done for the first time ever almost 2 weeks ago, just a nude gel mani so I didn’t have to look at my chipped nails while I was abroad. She did a stellar job and even now my nails are in perfect condition. I am shook. I can’t wait to see how long they last. In addition, my nails feel really strong as well they are all the same length and I have no issue with breaking or anything. I do all kinds of mad shit on holidays, I hike, climb, clean, wrestle with my suitcase, doors and stairs on the regular and through it all my nails remained impeccable and intact. I am so impressed. The next time I go I am going to opt for something bolder but I highly recommend checking out your local nail salon if chipped, imperfect nails bother you as much as me especially as pre-holiday prep. I can see myself getting lash extensions next, when did I become so boujee


FAILS

Foundation.
I mentioned the L'Oreal Total Cover Infallible (£10) foundation before (see this post) and so you all have an idea that it’s not at the top of my list already but since then I have fallen out of mild dislike and into vivid hate with it. Only because it should be my perfect foundation so it low key angers me that it’s not at all working for me. None of the shades seem to match me which is infuriating and on top of this the formula is thick and streaky and feels heavy and looks cakey. I can’t find a single thing I like about it, I want to throw it into the sea but I wouldn’t because the sea is far too beautiful to be associated with such a lacklustre foundation, maybe I will toss it into my local grungy canal instead. I swear there are dead bodies floating in that cesspool. Joke guys, you know I recycle. I am an upstanding member of society. let the people know (if you got that OITNB reference I love you).



Blush.
I really wanted to love this, Tati from Glam Life Guru mentioned Peach Honey (£18) from Pixi by Petra and it looked so gorgeous on her that I wanted it for myself immediately. It was glowy, radiant and just made her look so healthy as if she drank water and meditated 24/7. I am not sure if it was the shade I picked, Rose Gold (£18) because it looked more suited to my darker skin tone, or if the camera lied to me but this was just like pure shimmer on the cheeks. No colour whatsoever, it looked like nothing but sparkles and I was utterly underwhelmed and agonised because this tiny thing does not come cheap. You get a kabuki brush with it which is wonderfully soft but not worth it A total waste of cash, if any of you want it let me know and I will send it to you in the post for free. I really don’t mind. You can email me alittlekiran@gmail.com and we can work something out. 


You have reached the end of this post, congratulations. I had no intentions of it being this long but it seems I had a lot to say. Thank you so much for reading and to all of you who kept coming back even while I was away you are the fucking best, no doubt about it. Thank you, keep up to date by following me on Bloglovin' here and have a kickass weekend. Don't forget to share your product loves and hates in the comments below and feel free to bask me in compliments for actually managing to post this. It really means a lot to me that you read my shit, lots of love. Take care. 

What were your favourite and fails in March?

Love 
Kiran

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82 comments

  1. Completely agree with you on the foundation, far too thick!! Horrible! Love the sound of the too faced primer, my skin needs something hyrdating xx

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    1. Yep the foundation not the best, I am going to try it out a few more times and then do a proper review, the TF one is good if you want something hydrating x

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  2. I'm on the hunt for a new primer and my skin is so dehydrated so I'm dying to try that hangover insurance primer!
    Jen, Velvet Spring. xo

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    1. The Hangover primer sounds like what you need, a shame it's on the pricier side xxx

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  3. I love the Too Faced primer & the Mario palette too! xx

    Beautylymin

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  4. I need to use my Mario palette again, I had to put it away after using it non stop for months so I can give some love to my other palettes. And I'm not surprised that you hate the Total Cover foundation, the reviews have been more negative than positive.

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    1. The Mario palette is exquisite, I think I will cry if I hit pan on one of the shades xx

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  5. The Mario palette looks amazing, I'm gutted it was LE not that I can justify yet another palette anyway! That foundation sounds awful, I will steer clear, I'm so unlucky with foundations!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I know it really sucks, all the best products tend to be LE :( I want to give Total Cover a few more goes before I pack it up but so far it has been disappointment after disappointment xxx

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  6. I love Too Faced. And that Master Palette looks amazing, great color shades!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

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    1. I haven't tried too much from TF but what I have I really like! Yes, the Master Palette is beautiful, I want them to make it permanent xxx

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  7. I love that your monthly favourites also contains products that you didn't enjoy using as well :) I am going to try the Tea Tree micellar water as it sounds like you have a similar skin type to me and No More Pores sounds fab too. I use Porefessional by Benefit at the moment but if I ever get bored of that I will give this a try instead. x

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    1. Love Porefessional, I would say I like Porefessional more than Pores No More but it might just be habit xxx

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  8. I love the Nyx Matte Lip Creams. I have them n so many shades! I didn't like L'Oréal's True Match foundation so never bothered trying their latest one although I'm disappointed for you that it didn't work out. I'm kinda glad the Mario Palette was a LE because I don't think my purse could take another palette purchase, haha! :) xx


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    1. I really loved doing favourites post too but then took a break for no apparent reason. Anyhow, love your picks and really want to try the hangover primer. xx

      Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ


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    2. Haha fair enough Toni, it's a shame True Match didn't cut it for you it is one of my favourites. I also really love the Pro Matte and the Lumi Magique both really different but so beautiful xxx

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  9. I always curl my lashes too! I find that on holiday, like you said, is when you need them because I don't like to wear mascara either and it does really make a dif!
    Kathy x
    Alongcamekathy

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    1. Definitely, they make an instant difference xxx

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  10. Ooh I love the shade of the NYX lip cream! Such a shame that the pixi blush didn't work, speaking of Tati, thanks for reminding me I need to catch up on her videos, haha!

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

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  11. That eyeshadow palette is to die for! I love that NYX lippie too, the shade is just gorgeous! I would love to see a blog post on your trip to France too, I'm sure the pictures would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    xxxx from Emily // www.diamondsanddachshunds.weebly.com

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    1. Aw thank you Emily! Just for you, I am going to write it! Xxx

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  12. The NYX soft matte lip creams have the nicest formula, I haven't tried London but I have Cannes which is pretty similar to it. I recently purchased some new lip products from NYX and omg, I am really impressed!! xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Yes I love them, I have been obsessed with their butter gloss in Prague too, it is gorgeous! Xx

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  13. Thanks for sharing it!!!!

    www.lacaleya.com

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  14. Great post! Love reading posts like this and I can't believe the L'oreal foundation isnt working for you as it's one of my favourites! The too faced eyeshadow primer is so so good isnt it :) x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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  15. I really need to get my hands on the Too Faced primer...smells like coconut and doesn't make you oily? Sounds perfect xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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  16. I totally want to try out the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, this one is incredible, but I just feel like the other paletter colours suit me so much! Thank you so much for sharing, I love to read this month favorites and fails is totally acceptable, thank you so much for the honest review!! I've always tried to write this kind of month favorites, but as you say I just can't seem to achieve it at the end of the month!! You encourage me though, I'll try to write an April Favorites :)

    Love Brooks | Live. Laugh. Love. & Make Up

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    1. The MR is such a good palette, yes I do find it really hard to get my stuff together in time too haha I look forward to it! Xxx

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  17. Oh I love the ABH Mario palette! I haven't used it in a while though. Good choice. I'm sorry to hear about the L'Oreal foundation, I didnt get it because it sounded like it would be way too matte for my dry skin. I've tried the Infallible Pro Matte but it made me look super cakey. I have the Pro Glow and it's so much better! Plus I've heard some bad reviews about the Total Cover, which makes me want it less.

    Hannah
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    1. Yes the Mario palette is gorgeous, I do want to try the Pro Glow. I feel like I should just complete my collection haha xxx

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  18. Some amazing products, thanks so much for the recommendations (and warnings!)
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. A pleasure, thank you for reading! Xx

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  19. Thank you for the heads up, I have been eyeing the pixi blush, but I want color, not shimmer, so I better save my money.
    Other than that I have not tried anything you mentioned, but I am starting to venture into primer territory and made notes on your recommendations.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Maybe the Peach Honey one is better but the Rose Gold was a joke, thank you Linda xxx

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  20. I always love a long post to get stuck into so definitely don't apologise! I love the sound of that Too Faced eyeshadow primer, I use one by NARS and I love it but it ends up being pretty expensive.

    Such a shame about the Pixi blush though, I always like their makeup but sounds like this is a total dud!

    The Makeup Directory

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    1. I am so glad you don't mind the length, it is the longest post ever, yeah it is a major disappointment. Maybe it's just my skin tone?? Idk, thank you for reading xxx

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  21. I read a lot of good reviews about too faced products. would love to give them a try.

    The Glossychic

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    1. They have some top rate products, I highly recommend their eyeshadow primer, their Matte Eye Palette and their blushes are supposed to be really nice as well xxx

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  22. I hated that foundation too! It was the cakiest product I've ever used and when I wore it to work I could not wait to get home and take it off! I can't believe the hype surrounding it xx

    Rhi | www.rinkydinkyrhi.com

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    1. It seems a lot of people feel that way, I am going to try it out again so I can give it a fair review, thank you for commenting! Xx

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  23. This palette looks gorgeous, and Too faced primer sounds amazing for my dry skin.

    Nina's Style Blog

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    1. Yes you will love it if you have dry skin, thank you for commenting x

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  24. I've heard nothing but positive things about the Master Palette, the colors do look beautiful and perfect for everyday on medium/olive skin tones. I think it makes sense because when you think of Mario, you think of Kim K's makeup and she fits into that skin tone category. I would love to check out that miscellar water, it sounds so interesting with tea tree oil, which is perfect for our skin type (I have the same as you). Thanks so much for sharing, girlie, and I hope you're having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Yeah definitely, it pairs really well with brown eyes especially too! Hope your week is going great too Jalisa xxx

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  25. So many amazing favorites. I would love to try the no pores primer. It would be a lot helpful for me.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_zn7IqrAY1I44bRuN6dH-Q

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    1. Thank you! It's good, check out Porefessional too if you like a pore-filling primer, thank you for reading x

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  26. I've been loving NYX this month as well, I rarely reach for a lippie, with all the ColourPop I have haha, but I've loved going back to the shades I loved <3

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. I have now moved onto their butter glosses and I am obsessed! Xx

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  27. Lovely things! ♥

    Do you wanna follow each other via GFC or Bloglovin? Lemme know ♥
    * What makes me happy? *

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  28. How nice of you to do that with the blush!!! Ive heard a lot of mixed reviews about the foundation too, might have to try and see if I can sample it in Boots.
    Kate xx

    themakeupartistschoice.com

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    1. I think I would have to pay someone to take it off me right now haha, I will have a proper review of the foundation up later this week so stay tuned! Xx

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  29. I loooove the NYX soft matte lip creams. I'm trying not to get any more and focus on getting other lip products! Would love to try that Hangover primer as well since I hear nothing but good stuff about it (and I have dry skin) but I'm so stocked up on primers right now!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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    1. Me too, they are so pretty and comfortable. Their butter glosses are divine too! Xx

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  30. The Tea Tree for the skin and the Urban Decay products look amazing love this post :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/04/7-signs-your-beauty-addict.html

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  31. Lovely round up! After seeing so many people rave about Pixi these past few months, I'm slowly noticing some negative reviews on the brand. I, myself, had a horrible experience with their Endless Brow Pen.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. I haven't tried their brow products! Thanks for the warning :) xxx

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  32. Great post. I love the sound of the Too Faced Hangover Primer - I'm a sucker for primers, thery really do make all the difference.x

    franklyflawless.com

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  33. I adore NYX lip products and especially their soft lip creams, the one you mentioned looks amazing! Also, I'm not too sure if I have any favourites, I'm not too adventurous when it comes to makeup.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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  34. Aww no! Usually Tati recommendations are so GOOD, so sad to see she has recommended something that didn't preform well :( I really want to try the teatree micellar water though, I love that range!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. I think it might just be my skin colour tbh x

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  35. My heart died a little when I read that the Mario palette is out of stock, and I'm kicking myself for not buying it before :( The colors are so beautiful!
    I've been looking for a new hydrating primer, so thanks for recommending the Too Faced one! The packaging is really pretty and I'm always a sucker for anything baby pink, haha

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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    1. You're welcome, the Master Palette is exquisite x

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  36. Ah it's such a shame that the blusher Tati recommended didn't work for you, shimmer cheeks and no colour payoff doesn't sound the best at all, I also had a huge laugh at your paragraph on the L'oreal foundation.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

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  37. Hands down! The NYX Lip Creme is the bomb! It's been in my favorites for years now! :)

    Angelie // Manicure Mondays: Caronia Pussy Red

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  38. Awesome mini reviews! That palette looks amazing! Why why why is it so hard to find??? And yea I feel you, I can never get it together for monthly round-ups haha!

    Camilla | Gracefulface.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! I know it is hard right x

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