June 27, 2014

What's Worth The Hype?

In what has gone beyond a an explosion of beauty blogging, we tend to see a lot of the same thing over and over again. In some cases, the product.  In others, it's just been a heavy PR drop; you'll hear a lot about the same product over the same month, then it's off the radar. 

I've gathered together a bunch of products that you're most likely already familiar with to consider: are they all really worth the hype?!!

I only tried this recently but it is already an essential for me. I'm sure most of you have heard of it but if not, it's a high-potency chemical exfoliant that works wonders. Since using at least twice a week, my pores are smaller and my skin appears tighter, brighter and clearer. I can see why this is a cult product now; it's something that will always be in my rotation going forward and I think it fully deserves all of the hype!

Aesop aren't a brand I was familiar with before, but I picked this up recently from Cult Beauty after using up all of my clay masks as it's been hyped for a long time. I have to say that this is one of the most lovely purifying masks I've ever used - it has a slightly clay-like texture but is still quite gentle and creamy - perfect if you are sensitive and combination/oily. I love this and feel that it does wonders for my skin, so it definitely  all of the praise it has received.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; this has to be one of the best releases of the past year, and I am so glad they've made it permanent! You can read my full review here but in short, this is Photoshop in a palette. An incredible array of versatile powders - unlike anything else that I own.

I have yet to buy the full size of this - I got the little vial with my Ambient Lighting palette, received another sachet as a sample from Space NK later on and decanted it in! I love this primer and it works better than anything else on me - it holds make-up in place and makes base application a dream.
The price is eye-watering, but I will happily buy it as an 'investment purchase' the next time I can afford to - it's the best primer I've ever tried.

This was a recent purchase with the arrival of NYX into Ireland - and I've been using it daily. It's something I've heard US bloggers and vloggers wax lyrical about for years, and I totally agree with them. It has to be one of the most foolproof and easy to use contour powders I've ever tried, even on early mornings when I'm barely awake. Brilliant for pale skin in particular, especially if you've given up on trying to find a natural-looking bronzer - this gives cheekbones without the risk of looking like an Oompa-Loompa!

Everyone has been talking about this mascara lately, so I hopped on the bandwagon and picked it up as part of a 3 for 2 on L'Oreal products. It is a really great dramatic mascara but I've found that it does clump if you're not careful. I've a feeling it will get better with age but I'm still not sure if I would repurchase, simply because I love other L'Oreal mascaras that little bit more, Voluminous and Volume Million Lashes in particular.

It just goes to show, you don't always need to go for the swanky new product on display in Boots. Some of the best mascaras have been out for donkeys' years!


  1. I love LIQUID GOLD , too... it's been one of the best improvements in my skincare routine last year... Every other night used without any moisturizer... and even my boyfriend says "Your skin is so lovely" without knowing why the other morning.

    I am quite pale myself and tried NYX Taupe for contouring... but since my skin has a tendendy towards warmer / more yellow undertones it seems too -"magenta" on my skin and looks absolutely unnatural.Pitty. I am happy with Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder though. Perfect and versatile.

    Have been thinking about the hourglass palette... wasn't sure though due to the pale skin... how do you use the different shades on your skin? Is there one you wouldn't have needed in the set?

  2. As mentioned on twitter, I only picked up the Ambient lighting palette in the US last week Can't wait to use it.
    I also picked up a trial size of the mineral veil primer so will be interesting to see how that goes :)

  3. Glad to hear that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette is as good as it's hyped up to be.. I'll be adding that to my never ending 'to purchase' list. haha.

    XO, G from grace'd

  4. I haven't tried ANY of these yet D: but you make me want to try them a lll

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  5. So glad you love the Liquid Gold - I've got one winging it's way to me at the moment. I'm with ya on the Parsley Seed mask - I once described it as if I could only use one mask for the rest of forever I wouldn't complain if that was it!

  6. Really want that Hourglass palette!!!

  7. I love all three equally and don't find them at all dark on my skin, they don't come up as very pigmented on the skin, it's more about the effect they give. It's a brilliant palette and if you are warm toned you will love Radiant Light in particular!

  8. Yay! Let us know how you get on x

  9. I'd be with you on that! x

  10. They are all worth a shot Sarah! :)

  11. It's worth investing in :)

  12. Nice post. Liquid Gold is definitely holy grail status for me too! I have wanted to try the Aesop mask for ages, have heard such great things about it, but my skin is dry and I only seem to get on well with a few clay masks, like the Kiehls one is great for me.... Hopefully this will be similar!

  13. Thank your for the answer :-) I guess I know what my next item on the wish list might be...

  14. Great post, really enjoyed your take on this "famous" products :)

  15. Definitely try it, I find it very gentle!


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