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Sunday 3 December 2023

10 hyped beauty products but are they worth it #2...

10 hyped beauty products but are they worth it #2...

Last month I posted about 10 very hyped beauty products and whether I thought they were worthy of that hype. See the post here. There are so many more that I can think of so I decided to make this into a series, with part two happening today.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: A cult classic! This has been around for years and is still extremely popular.... for a reason! It can be used on the lips, cuticles, elbows, chapped skin - basically anywhere that needs some TLC. I know that some people don't like the scent, but there is an fragrance-free version also. It has a thick gel texture, which is extremely nourishing on the lips, in particular, but anywhere that is chapped or extremely dry will benefit from this product. For me, this is worth the hype! Save 21% on this and many other products on Look Fantastic, using my code BEAUTYLYMIN at the checkout.

Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask: This lip mask became very lusted after a few years ago, particularly when we couldn't get our hands on it this side of the Atlantic (that always seems to make products more lust-worthy!), but now the brand is available here and everyone is going crazy for these masks and the lip balms. It has a rich, balmy texture and definitely nourishes the lips upon application. I do really enjoy using this but have found that now that the weather is extra cold, with temperatures of below freezing, I find that my lips are dry upon waking and I need to reach for a lip balm immediately. I'm also applying lip balm much more frequently during the day. So, in my opinion, this is a nice lip mask, it's not the ultimate lip protecting product for very cold nights/days. Worth the hype? Kinda, but if I could only buy either this or the 8 hour cream, it would be the the latter. Again, my BEAUTYLYMIN code works on this.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation: I couldn't wait to get my hands on this when it was first released, given that I'm such a huge fan of the makeup from this brand, but it was an utter disappointment for me. I have seen so many people rave about this and I tried using it with different primers, different brushes/sponges/my fingers and the result was still the same. It adds years to my skin, looks cakey and highlights lines that I didn't know I had! My hairdresser even asked me if I was ill when I wore it when getting my hair done because I looked so awful. For reference, I have dry skin. Worth the hype? NO, not for me!

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: This is my most repurchased foundation. I absolutely adore everything about it  - how it glides over my pores and fine lines rather than accentuating them, the skin-like finish, the coverage is buildable, it's long-lasting on the skin and has a luminous finish that isn't overly dewy. I just love everything about it. Worth the hype? YES!

Dior Addict Lip Glow: There are similar products on the market now, but this was the original 'adapt to your own lip shade' balm. There are also several shades now, where there used to be just one universal shade, which is what I own. I like this for no (or minimal) makeup days as it makes my lips look a little pinker. I have to say that it's a pretty nourishing balm and I like the packaging - it's chic, which I'd expect from the brand, but also for the price. I'd say that this is a Princess product and worth the hype if you want to treat yourself to a special lip balm and like to keep your lips looking natural day to day.

Dermalogica Daily Micrfoliant: This product has been a constant in my stash for 20 years now and I even have my husband hooked too! This is a powder product that you add water to, to create a paste as light or as dense as you would like. It uses rice enzymes to gently exfoliate the skin and leave it looking fresh, radiant and polished, while feeling smooth and soft. For me, this is completely worth the hype. It's refillable too, which I love!

Natasha Denona Eyeshadows: When these first began popping up on YouTube, I could not believe the price (there were only very large palettes available at the time, which were priced at over £200!), and thought that I would never buy one. Then some smaller palettes became available and I bought one, along with some of her other makeup, to see what the hype was about. I have to say that I was blown away by the texture and pigmentation of the eyeshadows. I had never used anything similar before. I found it strange that the palettes were high end prices, but her other makeup was on a par with high street brands, but then again it's the eyeshadows that are premium quality, whereas the other products are ones that you would find similar to on the high street. I have gone on to purchase a lot of her palettes and I love that she now sells minis, which makes the brand a lot more accessible to more people. Worth the hype? YES!

Augustinus Bader Skincare: I've only ever used products that were in Advent Calendars, as this is one PRICEY brand! I saw a YouTuber say that she bought a set of their products because she saw how beautiful another influencer's skin was and asked what her secret was and she said it was this brand, but she also gets botox, profhilo, peels etc. I have no problem with people having these injectables/procedures but you can't then say that your beautiful skin is purely down to this brand. Anyway, I digress! I've used the cream, the rich cream and the oil and to be perfectly honest, none have blown me away. I have used brands that are far more affordable and achieved better results. Worth the hype? It's a no from me!

Vieve Lip Dew: I haven't tried very much from this brand (yet), but I bought this lip dew in the original shade because it's a gloss that also has nourishing ingredients, including Vitamin E and raspberry seed extract. I love that it nourishes the lips as well as giving a full and plump look to them. It can be worn alone or layered over a lip colour for a glossy finish and it has a delicious vanilla scent. Worth the hype? Yes and I'm looking forward to trying more products from the brand!

Refy Brow Products: This collection contains a trio of a brow sculpt, brow pomade, and brow pencil. The brow sculpt is applied first and this base layer sets the hairs in place, the pomade is used to add colour and fill in any gaps and the pencil is the finishing touch to add definition to the brows. Not everybody wants to use three products to do their brows but I have to say that even though doing my brows is my least favourite part of my makeup, these products do make it easier to achieve a good brow look. If I am in a hurry, I will just use a pencil or a brow gel if my brows are tinted, but if I have the time and want to make an effort, I love the look that these products give. Worth the hype? Yes, if your brows are an important part of your makeup.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Have you tried these products? Do you think they're worth the hype?

Thanks for reading!

All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Anything marked with a * has been kindly gifted, without obligation. I don't do sponsored posts. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used. 


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