WORTH THE HYPE?

This is my first ever "Worth the hype?" type post. I'm not totally sure why this is, but I would say it is probably to do with a combination of a) having a reluctance to mention products I don't like, because ain't nobody got time for negativity... and b) because I don't really want to admit that x product that I sold my nan to buy spent a ridiculous amount of money on, actually wasn't even worth it.

Either way, I'm here today being a negative bitch with a list of products that I've heard many people mention recently (or over time) and thought it might be interesting to add in my 2 cents - probably being far too generous there - worth.

On to said hyped up products.
Loreal True Match - Let's start with the base. Loreal True match has done it's fair share of rounds in the blogosphere and I can totally see why. It is essentially a quite lightweight base with a fantastic, luminous matte texture that lasts really well on the skin. This is my go to "I need my makeup to look flawless and last all day" foundation; it looks amazing in photographs (#BloggerPriorities) too so a great blogger option.

Worth the hype? Yes
Maybelline Instant Anti-age, The Eraser eye - Apart from being the product with the longest name in the world, it's probably one of the most raved about, most reviewed products in blog-land (can you tell I really hate the word blogosphere and not only do I not want to use it again, I also still want to punch myself in the face for using it in the first place!) Cringeworthy words aside, this product really is the shit bomb. I have never come across a concealer that's so light in consistency but so high in coverage. It covers dark circles really well but also works great on spots. If you can get passed the extremely slightly gross applicator (don't think about the germs, don't think about the germs) I'd highly recommend checking this product out.

Worth the hype: Yes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder, Dim Light - Now, I bought this product a long time ago, right in the midst of the huge blogger hype. I actually remember writing a review well over a year ago now giving it a glowing reference, but I'm sad to say that that is definitely not my opinion now [insert sad face/"Oh f**k, my purse is going to hate me for life" emoji here] It's not a bad product by any means and I know that so many bloggers rave about it, but for me... it just doesn't do a lot. It's not hugely mattifying, it doesn't make my make up last longer, it doesn't give me a huge amount of glow. It just sort of, sets the make up in place - but nowhere near enough to keep me not looking like chip fat oil free all day - and is finely milled so it doesn't looks cakey. But that's pretty much it. A nice product, but for £38 (ouch!) I definitely don't think it's worth the hype/money any more.

Worth the hype? Unfortunately not.
Real Techniques Buffing brush - I am genuinely unsure of how I even applied makeup before purchasing this brush. It is just perfection when it comes depositing the right amount of product on your face and buffing - it's a buffing brush, no shit sherlock... - it out to the most flawless finish. It washes up great and so far, has lasted me at least 3 years. Pretty incredible, right? Right...

Worth the hype? Yes, 100% (Oh jesus, my year spent working on "the only way is Essex" has definitely rubbed off on me)
Mac Honeylove - This little dream of a lipstick has cropped up in many posts over on this little corner of the internet before so I won't dilly dally, I'll just cut to the chase - Hallelujah [insert "hands up" emoji here] - This is the perfect brown toned nude, with just a hint of a pink undertone that allows you to still look classic and sophisticated, without looking washed out/90's pornstar-esque. It's a matte formula which means it's extremely long-wearing but also surprisingly moisturising. Oh, it's probably worth noting that I bought this before the whole "Kylie Jenner Lip hype thing" and have loved it for years, so it's not just for christmas bandwagon times, it really is for life ;)

Worth the hype? A big, fat yes!
Barry M Gelly Hi shine in Lychee - Now, the whole Barry M belly range as a whole is pretty hyped/loved in the community and yes, that's actually for good reason. They are extremely shiny - as the name suggests - they do last longer than the original Barry M polishes and they also come in a stunning range of colours. I wanted to talk about Lychee however because this little beige toned beauty has been around the block - slut - with some mixed reviews. For me, on my medium/olive toned skin... it's a really beautiful nude. Light enough to look elegant and avoid "mannequin hands" but not too light that it borders on tacky. So yes, I really like this polish, but I can also see that it wouldn't work on some skin tones.

Worth the hype? For me, yes. But not for everyone.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel - I bought this bronzer/primer/does a bit of everything and I'm totally never going to be able to do the description justice, a long time ago. In short, it can be used under makeup as well as over the top to create a bronzey, contoured glow. (What I would highly recommend, is checking the description/directions online yourself ;) ) Moving on from my shit, shocking, awful questionable adjectives, what are my thoughts? Well, my completely honest opinion is that when I first bought this, I may have been influenced by the hype at the time, because while I can use it and get away with it, I definitely don't think that this is worth £32. For what is basically a cream bronzer - and a pretty orange/unnatural one at that - I think there are far cheaper alternatives on the market. I'm not saying I dislike this, as in the summer when I'm more tanned and want to enhance that, it can totally work... I just wouldn't say it was worth the hype that surrounds it/surrounded it at the time of purchasing.

Worth the hype? Well, I've definitely answered this already but for those who are skim reading because I don't shut the hell up love to ramble - it's a no from me.
Benefit Rollerlash - Last but not least, a mascara which is without a doubt one of the most hyped up products on the market right now. I mentioned this in my Feb favourites, so if you read that, you'll know that I love it and think it is definitely worth the hype. But I also wanted to touch on another mascara that is pretty similar, but for a much prettier price tag. Max Factor's flash lash effect fusion* was sent to me to review a little while back now, and before I tried Rollerlash, it had easily become my HG mascara. This for me, is the slightly less curling and defining version of Rollerlash but with slightly more volume. So it you have pretty long and curly lashes naturally - I am extremely jealous and you are no longer my friend ;) - then this would be a great option for you to amp up that volume. Looking for a hugely curling, lengthening and defining mascara? Rollerlash is your best bit!

Worth the hype? Yes.

And breathe. I'm going to start wrapping this up now as there has been a lot of chat - why change the habit of a lifetime, right? Right... - but I really hope this is helpful for anyone wanting to try these products out. Please remember that what works for me, may not work for you and vice versa, so please just take this as my opinion and don't stone me to death if you disagree.

What I would love to know, is what's your opinion on these hyped up products; If you've tried them, do you think they're worth the hype? If you haven't, what products do you think are worth the hype? I would love to hear your thoughts :)

As always, thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

xx

110 comments

  1. I just bought the Eye Eraser - so glad its worth the hype!

    Josie XOXO
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    1. I think it's so worth it Josie, honestly such a great product. Hope you like it :)

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  2. mac is perfect! :)
    i need but cosmetics from Mac also :)

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    1. Mac is one of my all time favourite brands, so amazing! :)

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  3. Love these posts because I'm always wary about buying high end makeup before knowing a bit about it. I love the shade of the Mac Lipstick and I'm the same I've been wearing the 'Kylie Jenner Nude' for ages! :P

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Ha, I'm glad it's not just me Jordan. I'm exactly the same, and unfortunately I just wasn't a fan of some products that so many others loved. What works for some doesn't work for others and all that jazz :)

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  4. I also have no idea how I ever applied make up before purchasing the Real Techniques Buffing Brush! Great honest post.

    http://www.emmainks.com/

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    1. Ditto lady, ditto! Thanks Emma :)

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  5. I love these kinds of post so helpful Elle! I like the Loreal true match and Maybelline concealer too. I use the RT expert face brush which I love but now I want to try the buffing brush (and the other pink face brush, stippling one?!)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, so glad you found it useful. Yes, the other is the stippling brush, I like it but nowhere near as much as the buffing :)

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  6. I've never understood the hype around the channel tan de whatever bronzer either. Have you tried the Sigma F80? - IT'S LIFE. It'd be really interesting to know how it compared with your Real Techniques one. I barely touch the buffing brush now. x
    Ally | www.uptownpeach.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ooh I haven't, but I definitely will now, it sounds incredible! Thanks so much Ally :)

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  7. I love the real techniques brush and the new benefit roller lash - great post x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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    1. Aren't they amazing? So in love with those products :)

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  8. I haven't tried any of these, but I've definitely seen them around in the *blogosphere* so I've been wondering if they actually work. I'm adding the foundation and concealer to my beauty wishlist. I trust your opinion in these matters ;)

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. Ah thanks so much Colleen, and fingers crossed you're right to do so and I don't let you down ;)

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    1. It really is Laura, I'd recommend it so much :)

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  10. Love the Chanel bronzer, the Benefit mascara, RT's brushes and Mac lipsticks. They are all definitely worth the hype for me. :) xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. So good to hear Renata, how fab is Rollerlash... so in love with it :)

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  11. This was such a helpful post for me to stumble on! Although I'm still in the process of testing out that Loreal foundation and so far I'm just not convinced, but of course its not going to be for everyone and it's super affordable so isn't the end of the world x

    blushhx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, I'm so glad to hear that! Oh no what a shame, hopefully it grows on you :) I personally love it.

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  12. I was wondering about the Ambient Lighting Powders. They look so pretty in the pan, but don't seem to do much.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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    1. That's exactly it Rubi, they just don't do a lot for me at all. Such a shame!

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  13. love this post! I love your writing! I was so close to buying L'Oreal True Match the other day but changed my mind, maybe I will give it a go now! x

    www.oliviaandlife.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah thank you so much lovely, I'm so glad you like my writing style. I'd definitely recommend true match, it feels like much more of a high end foundation to me :)

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  14. I do want the age rewind concealer but seems to be sold out whenever I want it! I think the sponge is antibacterial as well, and I guess you won't have too many oils going on if you only use it under the eyes. Love that mascara too! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Oh that's good to know, always nice to think you're using clean items on your face. The mascara is great isn't it, such a fan :)

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  15. I am glad you like the true match foundation and didn't diss it because to be honest I rely on that baby haha, Mac honeylove looks gorgeous too I WANT IT! I do like barry m but I find they chip so quick and thats with a top coat, but then again it could because I am always cleaning my flat haha xxx


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    1. Haha well, luckily for me I didn't diss it.. bloody love the stuff! It probably is lovely because I definitely DON'T clean my house and they're fine. Ha! ;)

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    1. Isn't it lovely hannah, such a perfect beige nude for most skin tones :)

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  17. for me the chanel bronzer is definitely worth the hype! i don't think i can be without it now! it's so handy, i even use it if i have fake tanned and have missed a spot, it's great for filling it in!
    also i cannot get over the price of that hourglass powder! that is way too expensive in my opinion.

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    1. Oh that's such a good idea Grace, I never thought to do that. So glad it worked for you, make me want to experiment with it more :)

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  18. I haven't tried these products but I like the idea of this post and great reviews. The color of lipstick is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks lovely, glad you liked it. I love the lipstick, such an amazing product :)

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  19. Oh no - I was really debating getting Dim Light :(((
    I love Barry M Lychee, Maybelline's Eye Eraser and L'Oreal True Match so looks like we're in agreement! xx

    Magpie Jasmine

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    1. You might still love it Jasmine, I'd so go to a Space NK and get someone to put it on you, walk around for a while and see how it works for you, you might love it! :)

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  20. The True Match foundation is the worst thing I have ever put on my skin, I really have nothing good to say about it. But i'm glad it works for some people!!

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty // YouTube Channel

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    1. That's a shame Francesca, I guess it really is true that what works for some, doesn't work for others :)

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  21. I really loved this post as a few of these items are on my wishlist. I really want to try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder but I have to agree it’s so expensive for what it is. I really wanted to buy the Chanel Soleil Tan I just never caved because of the price, fab post!

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks so much Charlee, so glad you liked it. It is expensive isn't it, i wish I hadn't been dragged in by the hype! :(

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  22. A few products here I've wanted to try out recently! Great post, think I will definitely go for the Hourglass powder now!

    lipstickfullofoptimism.blogspot.com xxx

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    1. Thanks Courtney, glad you liked it. Fingers crossed you like the Hourglass powder :)

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  23. Thanks a million! Quite a helpful post, however I must be the only person on the planet that didn't like the L'oreal foundation at all! X

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    1. Oh no that's such a shame Emma, I absolutely loved it. Proof that what works for one doesn't work for another though I guess :(

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  24. Such a good post lovely, and you just can't beat a good MAC lipstick. I don't care what anyone says haha!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Ah thanks so much Annabel, so glad you liked it. So true, Mac lippies for the win ;)

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  25. I received today that mascara from Benefit. I am glad to have it
    kisses
    Bianca

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    1. Me too Bianca, my all time fave right now! :)

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  26. I love your Worth The Hype post - it's so great to get truly honest opinions. Severely tempted by the MAC lipstick now! (Not jumping on the Jenner bandwagon either, I am just in need of a great nude colour!). I'm currently writing my own about one product in particular that I was so so excited about.. but kind of wish I'd not spent my money on. I so wanted to love it too!
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    1. It's so disappointing when that happens isn't it? Nothing worse than disliking something that everyone loves (especially when it's expensive!) Excited to see your post though lovely, make sure you link it for me :)

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  27. I've never tried the loreal foundation liquid.
    Though they said it was nice, and you too.
    I will give it a try,
    XO

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    1. You should definitely give it a try if you're after a flawless, matte foundation, so lovely :)

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  28. I really like your selection and honest review of each product and especially I love that lipstick from MAC, it has beautiful, classic shade :)

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    1. It really is such a lovely shade, I'd highly, highly recommend :)

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  29. What a great review & post! I loved reading this a lot. And I love it even more, literally EVERYONE calls it the Kylie Jenner hype, because in reality it really is. xo Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Ah thank you so much Naomi, so glad you liked it. It's so true isn't, the whole Kylie jenner thing has taken over! :)

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  30. Amazing review dear!! Need some of these products!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks so much Rafaela, I hope you like them if you do manage to pick some up :)

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  31. Haha I love this post! Love to see honest words.

    www.morestylethanfashion.com

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    1. Thanks so much Sandra, I am honest if nothing else! ;)

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  32. Omg can I just say, I enjoyed reading your ramblings very much, I'll definitely try a few of these out and see what I get from them!(:

    bit.ly/StaycuteStayYou

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    1. Ah thank you so much Yolanda, I'm so glad someone does ;) Hope you enjoy whatever you end up trying out :)

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  33. Ooooh the instant eye age eraser something! Seriously, longest name ever, too long can't remember. But I've always wanted to try that out -- everyone seems to love it and I have crazy dark circles sometimes. Maybe I'll finally make the dive!!

    Sara // dearskim.com

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    1. Haha so right lovely, it's like they exist to annoy bloggers! I'd highly recommend it, let me know what you think if you do :)

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  34. Great post x

    OhjustAlice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Alice, glad you liked it :)

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  35. Hey girl, I featured this post on my link round-up this week. Have a great weekend!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. Thank you so, so much Colleen, that's made my day. So glad you liked it :)

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  36. Haha I liked this, I really like honest opinions and I didn't like benefit's roller lash it just was too clumpy for me!

    Meme xx

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    1. Thanks Meme. Oh no, that's a shame, it's really defining and non-clumpy on me!

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  37. I loved reading this post!
    I've got to say that I like your writing style :)
    From the products you've mentioned I've only tried those Real Techniques brushes and I absolutely love them!

    I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award :)

    neenyslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, so glad you do. Aren't real techniques great? Such amazing brushes :)

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  38. I love loreal true match foundation really worth the buy and not over expensive either :) x x

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you think so too Millie, I love it :)

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  39. I need to try the buffing brush! My expert face brush isn't worth the hype in my opinion, my foundation looks streaky after applying it! But will definitely try the buffing brush! <3


    kacytalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh no, that's such a shame Kacy. I absolutely love the real techniques brush, my makeup looks flawless with it, would highly recommend :)

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  40. This was such a helpful post! I use Real Techniques Expert Face brush but really want to try the Buffing brush! I am yet to try Loreal True Match but so many bloggers rave about it so I may have to try it!

    Jasmine | jasminehardingmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah thanks so much Jasmine, so glad you thought so. Yes, I highly recommend trying out the buffing brush... seriously amazing!

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  41. I love posts like these because they really do show that what works for one doesn't work for another, for example I absolutely adore my Hourglass powder and find it creates the most flawless of finishes and I also despise Benefit mascaras so I find it really useful and helpful to see what others think xx

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    1. I'm exactly the same, I love them for that reason. Isn't is weird how we can all have such conflicting opinions :)

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  42. I really want to try the True Match foundation once my current one runs out, and i've been trying to get my hands on the Maybelline concealer for weeks but its always out of stock! I've ben trying out the Roller Lash and I really like it, definitely works well. I love reading posts like this.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. Ah thanks so much lovely, so glad you liked the post. Definitel try true match, it's one of my absolute faves :)

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  43. This was a great post, I love it when people are really honest about what they think. Honeylove by MAC looks amazing x

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely message, so glad you liked it :)

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  44. Love this post! True Match is my favorite foundation and omg I need to buy myself a buffing brush. xx Izzy | http://qthee.com/

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    1. Thnaks so much Izzy, I'd highly recommend the RT brush, so amazing! :)

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  45. I agree with the applicator in the Maybelline concealer! Sometime when I put it on my face I just feel gross and dirty. It's a good thing It's such a great product! Haha great post :)

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    1. Haha so true. Just wack it on and try not to think about it ;)

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  46. I agree with the RT buffing brush but unfortunately, the l'oreal true match just didn't do it for me and my oily skin.

    www.styleofcolours.com

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    1. Ah that's such a shame Anita, I have oily skin and it's one of the most long wearing on me. So strange isn't it, hope you find a good one lovely :)

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  47. So this is now my payday shopping list! Who needs food and fuel! Great post hunni as always x

    Emma | harmonyblaze.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha thanks so much lovely, so glad you liked it. (Apologies for possible starvation) ;)

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  48. Really love this post! I've not tried MAC Honeylove, but it's looking clearly well loved and like a lovely shade! I've not tried True Match but definitely find myself wanting to give it a go!

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  49. I love reading these types of posts. It's great to get really honest opinions on products I'm usually thinking of buying (ahem ambient lighting). Honeylove looks great, definitely adding it to my MAC-lipsticks-I-must-swatch-next-time-I'm-in-store list.

    Sophie | sophschoices.co.uk

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    1. I have one of those lists and they are my absolute favourite ;)

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  50. Great post! So sad to hear you thought Hourglass Ambient Light wasn't worth the hype..I had plans on buying it...haha, but it is expensive so maybe my money will go to somewhere better!

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. You might absolutely love it Bash but sadly, it just wasn't for mee :( So glad you liked the post though!

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  51. I have the L'Oreal True Match concealer and love it so I may have to get the foundation!
    I also have the Maybelline concealer but haven't tried it yet, so i'm glad I picked that up!

    Sophie x
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  52. I LOVE Roller Lash, it really is my favourite mascara I've ever tried! xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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  53. I have True Match and the Maybelline concealer (which I agree, definitely has the longest name ever!) and I love them both. I love reading posts like these, they're always so helpful.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  54. Great review! Hourglass products always give off a beautiful natural glow.

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