Beauty On Trial This Month

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Beauty On Trial This Month

If you know me at all you know I am obsessed with trying new products. I love to test out new releases and even older, more established products by my favourite brands, I love to test new brands too of course. So I have decided to start a new feature on heythererobyn; On Trial This Month. Each month I will be posting all about the products I am adding to my collection/routine this month. I'm not a massive fan of first impressions so they will be products I have been using a few weeks at the least so the heading might be a tiny bit misleading, but I thought it was a playful play on words. So let's get into March's products on trial. 

L'OREAL PURE CLAY DETOX WASH
I loved the L'Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks, I wrote all about my favourite one on here before and you can read all about it by clicking here. So when L'Oreal brought out the accompanying face wash I had to grab them, so I opted to pick up the Detox one first. I have been using it daily for a good few weeks now and I am really happy with how my skin has benefited from the use of it. I thought with a name like 'detox' it would be much rougher on my skin than it actually is. 

The consistency is quite thick like the masks, but not quite as thick, it comes out a dark grey just as the mask does making it very visible on the skin, however it isn't messy at all like other charcoal products I have used before. After the first use, my face felt so smooth and silky, it gives a good thorough cleanse and is perfect to wash your face with after a long day of wearing makeup. I like to leave it sat on my face for a few minutes before I wash it off with lukewarm water, I feel like letting it sink into my pores may help give a tougher clean, but of course, I don't know if it does.  After a few weeks of using this product I definitely feel like I have had fewer breakouts, my skin feels smoother, silkier and cleaner. 

VERDICT: A MUST TRY.

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION
I have been wanting to try this foundation for a while now, I tend to go between high-end and high-street foundations a lot. Foundation is something where I haven't found my holy grail yet so I tend to buy every single foundation with a buzz around it and hope for the best. When it came to true match I was a little unsure on whether to dive in and give it a shot as another L'Oreal foundation had given me skin problems in the past. I tried to match myself in the store, which I hate about Boots, why isn't there anyone there to match me?! I went with 3.N which is the closest shade to my natural skin tone. 

I have been using it for the past 3-4 weeks now and I quite like it so far. According to the website, it has 3 new shade enhancers for shade matching precision and I do think this foundation matches my skin tone pretty well. It is a very fine formula and you don't need a lot to cover your face, it seems to glide on and once it is on your face still feels pretty naked. It has a low to medium, as you can see in the photo below, dark circles are still visible, but it is a buildable coverage, I still have to apply concealer under my eyes and to any blemishes, but I have become in love with low coverage foundation lately. 

The 30ml bottle gives enough product for any beauty fan to take at least a few weeks to work their way through, especially if like me you're switching between foundations and BB creams and don't stick to the one constantly. The packaging is nice and sleek, fits perfectly inside a makeup bag and is travel-friendly due to the sturdy glass, but the lid is a flimsy, plastic cap like most drug store foundations. I say this about every drug store foundation, but I don't care about the unattractive caps, at £9.99 I'd rather a brand skimped on the packaging than the product and at that price, something has to lack in quality, so I am glad it's the cap. 

VERDICT: A GOOD ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION.

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TOO FACED BULLETPROOF EYELINER - WHITE LIES
This one I picked up a few weeks ago and I was hoping it would work to great a wide-eyed, more awake look by applying it to my inner corners and waterline. When you use such a sharp colour like white to do this you have to blend it out, otherwise, you look absolutely ridiculous. So when I saw this had a blending ball on the other side of it I thought it would be perfect for the job. I thought I would see how the white one went and if I liked it maybe pick up some more to do some fun eye looks with. 

I used this about three times before the blending ball side popped out and my cat ran off with it, so that was kind of a bust, but I just used a blending brush to blend out the product and it worked just as well, however, I am pretty disappointed the entire blending ball side of the product fell out! I have been using this product now for a few weeks, I apply a little to my waterline and blend it along so that it is more of a faded white than a crisp white and then I apply some to my inner corners and blend it there too. It is very easy to blend and doesn't dry straight away, but once it is on it seems to stick really well. I haven't used it as an actual eyeliner, but I swatched a few lines of the product onto my arm when I got it and they were still in tact hours later, so it is a very long wearing product and it is waterproof, but not soap proof. 

 I am liking this product and want to pick up some of the coloured shades for some eye looks, particularly the black and mink shades. Personally, I think it would have been better to review had I bought another shade which I could try out as actual eyeliner so I may get back to you with this one once I have done so. I am a little gutted it fell apart, though, as I have always been a fan of Too Faced packaging. 

VERDICT: RETRIAL TO TAKE PLACE 

TOO FACED MELTED MATTE - SELL OUT
Sadly, I haven't been able to completely test this product, due to the fact the day I bought it, I woke up with a very unappealing, unwanted cold sore. I have however previously tested out the product in the shade Child Star and I can definitely say that the products are very high quality, they have a very soft and creamy consistency, they dry to a matte finish, but the added vitamin E and avocado oil adds moisture meaning that the matte finish doesn't drain moisture from your lips and still leaves you with hydrated, soft lips. 

I am in love with the innovative packaging, it is unlike any liquid lipstick packaging I have seen before, but Too Faced always serve well with their gorgeous packaging, don't they? The formula of the product is a little on the thin side, but this doesn't really affect the pigmentation in any way, they are very highly pigmented and have an incredible colour payoff. Just as promised they are very long wearing, I'd estimate a good 12-14 hours could get worn out of these gorgeous lipsticks without smudging or the colour intensity fading. They don't transfer and even stick around while eating, but I do like to take my lipstick off before eating and reapply after. 

This shade is a lot more pink toned than I would usually go for, but if you have following me on my social medias you may have read how I have found a new long pinker lately. It's definitely in the nude range, however more pink toned than brown. I would give you a little peak of the shade on my lips, but I don't want to infect the brush with my cold sore, nor do I want to irritate it now it is fading, so I have accompanied a hand swatch. 

VERDICT: A MUST TRY. 

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Left side: Too Faced Melted Matte lipstick in Sell Out, L'Oreal True Match foundation in N.3 and Too Faced Bulletproof eyeliner in White line, applied to the waterline, inner corner and brow bone. Right side: makeup free





GARNIER MICELLAR CLEANSING GEL WASH
Okay, so you ought to know my love for the Garnier Micellar Water, it is a product I repurchase time and time again, a staple in anyone's collection. That being said, when Garnier brought out the micellar cleansing gel wash I just had to get my hands on it. It has more of a scent to it than the unperfumed micellar water (this product is also unperfumed), but I am not a fan of it, to me, it smells like the hand gel you get in a hospital, not good. Aside from that fact I am loving the product. 

It is a very thin, runny consistency, which I quite like, you don't have to use a lot to wash your face and it foams up easily as it heats up and is rubbed into your skin. I have used it each time I have worn makeup since I purchased it and I am very pleased, it does take off your makeup, just not eye makeup, but I wouldn't expect it to take off eye makeup anyway, I use a makeup remover for that before I use this product. It has a very cooling and soothing aspect to it which is nice on the skin after a long day of wearing makeup. Just like with the micellar water I would double cleanse and use another cleanser on your skin afterwards if you have used it to remove your makeup. 

I will say it is much easier to use the micellar water instead, but this is perfect for if you forget to take your makeup off before a shower, just use eye makeup remover when you're out the shower and finish your skin care routine. Victoria from In The Frow also commented that this product is great for cleaning your makeup brushes and I totally agree, I have now used it to clean some of mine twice and my beauty blender, it makes the process very easy. 

VERDICT: A GOOD ADDITION TO THE COLLECTION.

GARNIER SKIN ACTIVE MASKS
This one was a little step outside my comfort zone I am not the biggest fan of using face masks in this sort of packaging, the one use only face masks, I like to use a product a few times before I post about it. These little sachets gave me two face masks each, I'm sure you're only supposed to get one use from each, but I have a very small face. I picked up the Volcano mask for pore minimising and the Juicy mask for radiance. Two problems I am having with my skin lately. My pores are looking rather big and my skin very dull. This may be down to stress I am under with dissertation and university, but it is bumming me out. 

I wouldn't say my pores look any smaller than they did before, but my face definitely looked smoother, fresher, less shiny and felt so much cleaner after the use of the volcano mask. After the juicy mask, my face felt smoother, looked more radiant and had a healthier glow to it without makeup, exactly what I was looking for. The volcano mask reminds me a lot of the glow mask from L'Oreal's pure clay range in colour and texture, however, this mask is self-heating and heats up as you massage it into your skin. The juicy mask is more of a jelly texture and is unlike any mask I have used before. 

I don't think I will be buying the volcano mask again as it is very similar to the L'Oreal Clay masks which I own in full size with the texture of the Glow and the effects of the detox, I think I could just use either of these masks. Although the result of the juicy mask is similar to that of the L'Oreal Glow I think I may buy a few more simply because the results were a little more instant and the smell. I would advise Garnier to make a full size of this product as it is one I am loving. I will also be picking up the rest of the range so you may get a full range review too. 

VERDICT: A MUST TRY.

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