Products I Hated in 2018

Products I Hated in 2018

We had a favourites post, so I thought, why not do a post on products I hated!

Thankfully there wasn’t that many. I think it helps that I only buy products that I think I will like. Some of them I posted about before. Others I felt didn’t warrant a review of their own!

I’m not saying these are bad products as such, they might be perfect for you and your skin or hair. They just don’t work for me.

Also, just because I hate a particular product, doesn’t mean I hate the brand or anything like that!

Let’s do this!

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste

This was weird, it was a horrible colour but smelled really nice.

As soon as it went onto my hair it lathered up loads and it did make my hair feel thicker but it also started matting it up!

It took me ages to actually rinse it out my hair because it was so tangled and trying to brush my hair out after it was try was an absolutely futile attempt!

My hair got really flat really quickly and I had to use a ton of conditioner the next day so I could get a brush through it and to combat the dryness it caused.

I would not recommend this for someone with fine, flyaway hair like me!

Romantic Bear Lip Colour

This was utterly terrible and the worst part about it was it did actually stain!

Application was so tricky because it was so gloopy and it stuck to itself as you tried to apply it!

Hell mend you, if you did make a mistake with application because you would be stuck with that for at least 12-24 hours no matter how much you scrubbed your face!

The staining wasn’t consistent so I ended up with patchy parts and it also stained my teeth!

For a product that is technically meant to save time, it tripled the time needed to do my lips as I had to use other lipstick as well as all the other faff!

PS Super Food Gel Face Wash

I love picking up things from Primark and normally I don’t have anything bad to say about their products but this was such a fail.

The face wash smells amazing, I picked up blueberry and kale but it didn’t really seem to do anything for me.

It didn’t make my skin look any clearer and it didn’t foam up enough for me to feel my skin was actually being cleaned.

It also made my face a bit red but I’m not sure if that was the face wash itself or if I was just having a bad skin month!

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

I don’t know if I received a dud product or if this was just terrible but I really don’t know what Benefit were thinking when they released this!

It doesn’t work! Trying to get any sort of colour on your eye was an effort in futility. If I did manage it, it was patchy AF and getting a straight line was impossible.

I was genuinely tempted to pick up another one to see if I mine was faulty but I couldn’t justify spending the ridiculous amount of money to find out it was still rubbish!

Dry Shampoo

This isn’t even a single brand. I’ve tried Batiste, store brands, Tressemé and probably a couple of others but done of them seem to work for me.

My hair is always left ridiculously greasy and I still have to wash it every day.

I just don’t understand how some people can go for days without washing their hair! I would love to be that girl! It’s all jealousy really!

I’ll be honest, I didn’t have as many products as I thought I would when I started buying more stuff but I have been quite picky with my purchases!

Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of products that I thought were a bit “meh” on first impressions but I didn’t hate them, I just learned to work with them a little bit – Conceal and Define Foundation, I’m looking at you!

What was on your list for hated products last year? Have you already found stuff to hate on this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Thanks for reading and I’ll speak to you soon!

Claudia xxx

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Favourite Products of 2018

Favourite Products of 2018

We all know I love a favourites post so I thought why not do a round up for 2018?

I think last year I bought and tried more products than I have over my entire lifetime and I know that’s partially because of my blog, watching YouTube and my revived love of makeup.

The products that make the cut may not necessarily have been released last year but they were definitely new to me.

Let’s face it, having been out of touch with makeup for so long, even a wet beauty sponge was new to me – can’t believe I was so oblivious for so long!

Since this is a round-up post, it’s likely the products I mention here will have cropped up before so I will link my previous posts so you can see my full reviews.

Shall we get to it?

Lush – 9-5 Cleanser

I raved about this way back in my May 2018 Favourites and it’s still a firm favourite in my skincare routine.

I’m onto my second bottle now (I even got a big one the second time around as I knew it would get used!) and it is one of the few products that I use every day, twice a day when I’m wearing makeup.

It leaves my skin looking clear and feeling clean and I’ve definitely had a reduction in spots since I started using it.

Child’s Farm – Baby Moisturiser

I don’t moisturise as often as I should, I know this and I’m trying to get better at it. Especially with the winter weather, my skin is taking an absolute beating just now and I’ve got dry bits in places I’ve never had before!

I do use other moisturisers but I think I reach for this one the most because it’s always handy with J using it too!

I can use it on my leg when my tattoo reaction flares up and on my face because it’s so gentle so it’s really convenient.

It’s hydrating, absorbs well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking greasy.

Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation

I was given this by my friend as she no longer needed it and it has become my everyday (when I can be bothered) foundation.

It feels really lightweight and gives good coverage without looking cakey or heavy on my skin.

This is one that I definitely will be repurchasing as I know how it works with my skin and it lasts a really long time so I don’t mind spending that bit more.

I’ve done a full comparison post with the All Nighter Foundation so be sure to check that out to see which one you would prefer!

Revolution – Conceal & Define Concealer

This is my go-to concealer, I can’t even remember if I have picked up any others last year at all! Certainly, no others have left an impression.

This just works really well on my skin, it covers what I need it to cover without looking cakey and lasts for a really long time.

The price is also fantastic. I think this is going to be a staple in my makeup collection for a really long time!

MUA – Setting Powder

I never really understood setting your face with a translucent powder but I realise most coloured face powders are the wrong undertone for my skin so thought I would give this a go.

I really like this as you only need to use a tiny amount and it sets everything down so well!

If you do go heavy handed, it leaves a cast on your skin which requires a fair bit of blending to dust away!

I’ve also noticed that if I use too much, I occasionally get a whiff of it through the day. Not that it smells of anything really, it’s more you can smell “generic powder smell”, if that makes any sort of sense?

I think it probably does flashback but I’m so pale my skin does that anyway so it’s never something that I’ve cared about.

I think I picked this up for £4.00 at the start of last year and I have only used about a quarter of the tub so it is going to last a really long time!

Freedom – Bronzed Professional

I’m not great at contouring or bronzing but I really like this powder as it’s not super pigmented.

I don’t think you would really notice too much when I’m wearing it as it is so light but it genuinely makes me look less flat and dead 🤣.

It blends really well and because it’s light it is foolproof (and I definitely need that!).

Revolution – Soph Does Nails Eyeshadow Palettes

I’ve used so many great eyeshadow palettes last year that I found it really hard to choose my favourite.

I think out of my collection I have used the Soph palettes more than any others. I love the original and Extra Spice and I use them both interchangeably.

The formula, pigmentation and colour combinations are all really great especially for the price of them! I just can’t really fault them and the same goes for pretty much every other Revolution palette I have tried.

Seventeen – Falsifeye HD mascara

I am gutted that Seventeen is no longer sold as this mascara is my favourite of this year hands down and I know I’ll be running out soon!

The formula is not too wet or dry and coats the lashes evenly. You can build it up and it doesn’t flake off through the day.

The wand takes a bit of getting used to because the bristles are so thin and I poked my eye on more than one occasion but once I got used to it I loved it. Even when the mascara is long gone, I think I’m going to keep the wand!

Smashbox – Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick

I love this liquid lipstick, I really didn’t want to because the price is pretty steep but it has, by far, the best formulation of any I have tried.

It doesn’t make my lips feel really dry and when it finally starts to wear off through the day, it does it in a kinder way than some that just leave your lips looking like a bumhole!

The colour (Babe Alert) is great for me and the heart-shaped doe foot makes applying it really easy!

Native Unearthed – Natural Deodorant Balm


My last favourite is also my saddest favourite. I love this deodorant, love! I raved about it to everyone, it’s cruelty free and lasts all day.

I was even given some by a reader as she didn’t want to use it and I repurchased it too.

But disaster struck! In October/November I developed a really red sore, weepy rash in my armpits. I couldn’t lift my arms above my head the skin was so tight. I had been using the deodorant for months at this point so tried everything to prove it was not causing this pain!

Alas, I had to stop using it and the rash cleared and my skin went back to normal. Gutted is an understatement!

So that’s it, my favourites for 2018!

What did you think? Was there any on my list that were on yours too? Something you think shouldn’t be on there? Or something I should try for 2019? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading! Speak soon!

Claudia xxx

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May 2018 Favourites

May 2018 Favourites

I can’t believe we are into June already! It’s only a few weeks away until we do Tough Mudder (We have done 0 training so I might die!) and this month marks our 1 year anniversary in this house! Time has flown in!

I’ve tried quite a few new products this month and I have also made a conscious effort to use up some of my products that I’ve had lying around for ages! I’ve managed to fall in love with a few old favourites once again!

Dubbed “Project Pan”, this seems to be a challenge going on just now and I originally read about it here. Suzy tells of her progress to use up her products and I think she’s doing quite well – the temptation is so strong to buy new stuff!

So, of course, there are some new items that have snuck their way into my collection – because I just can’t help myself!


I don’t really own much perfume or body mist or whatever is all the rage now but I have found 2 that I really, really love at the moment!

This was a present from my friend when she was in Canada and I don’t think it’s available over here – unfortunate as I’m running out!

She knows I love anything geek so the fact this has pretty Harley Quinn packaging I, of course, was hooked right away! 💜

I’m not quite sure what the smell is but it reminds me of some perfume I had years ago – I’m thinking it must’ve been Miracle or Britney Spears – and the smell lasts for ages!

I bought this for £1.99 in Boots on this trip. I thought I would try it since I remember loving the So…? bodysprays as a teenager. There were loads of different scents to choose from but I thought I would play it safe with Vanilla.

It just smells so nice but it’s not cloying like some vanillia-y scents tend to be. It does make me hungry though since it reminds me of cakes!


This was a new one after an impromptu visit to Lush in Edinburgh. I have to admit, I’m so glad I bought it!

Before I started using this I was honestly getting a new spot on my face everyday (!) and since the first week I have been spot free and my acne scarring has reduced!

It works best on a cotton pad and will remove stubborn makeup and daily grime. I find it struggles a little with mascara but if I finish off with my Asda Toner, I’m completely makeup free!

My skin feels really clean and healthy and it helps to nourish my skin without giving it an oily feel. I’ve even had compliments on how good my skin looks – which I have never had before – and been brave enough to go out without makeup on! I’ve not done that in months!


This used to be my favourite foundation! When I realised I had an unopened bottle as well as a half bottle I thought I should maybe use it! I still love this, it matches me really well and it has such good coverage!

It isn’t as long lasting as some of my other foundations but it lasts long enough to get through the work day. After about 8+hours it does start to sink into my pores and fine lines.

I think this was one of the first full coverage foundations I ever used that didn’t make me orange so I will always love it for that reason!

Unfortunately, once I finish it I won’t be able to get any more as Seventeen are being discontinued. 😭


Another Lush product! I’m addicted, I tell you! This is Lush’s version of a silver shampoo and I’m been using it on my days I’m not using my Bleach London one.

It smells quite strong but not overpowering – I want to say it smells like Parma Violets but it has been so long since I’ve tried them I can’t be 100% sure!

It makes my hair feel so soft, I think the Bleach London one was drying my hair out a little and this gives it back its much needed moisture!


Buying this mascara was when I realised Seventeen was going to be no more. I got it for £1! Not that they were expensive to begin with – they were always really affordable! It was one of the few products left on the shelf so I thought I would give it a go!

I’m kinda mad that I tried it, knowing I won’t get any more. It is pretty damn good! Not as good as the Benefit Mascara as it doesn’t provide the volume but it gives my lashes a lot of length and separates them nicely.

It doesn’t clump and the brush is really good for getting the itty-bitty lashes that are such a pain to reach. It’s also really black which is always good!

It does transfer to my lower lash line through the day which seems to be quite normal with most mascaras I use! Please tell me everyone else suffers from this and I’m not the only one??


I am still using and loving my Spectrum B04 brush I got in my April Birchbox. This has definitely become an essential for me and I use it every single day!

It feels so soft and makes blending a breeze! I definitely want to add more Spectrum brushes to my collection as they are really that good!

They are currently doing a collaboration with Disney’s The Little Mermaid and it is stunning! 😍

I’m thinking this may be a present to myself if I don’t die at Tough Mudder!

This is my roundup for May! I hope you liked it! Thanks so much for reading!

What were your favourite products last month and what old favourites have you re-discovered? Let me know in the comments below!

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Claudia xxx


April 2018 Favourites

Lush Favourites

My Weekend + Beauty Haul

My Weekend + Beauty Haul

This weekend was a bit of a mixed bag – we did some adulting to make the garden look nice, it was a mad rush to get J’s sister a birthday present and I was looking after my friend’s cat while she was away in Canada.

So let’s start with the garden – bear in mind, we moved in last June and have pretty much left everything as it was when we bought it.


The sheds looked really washed out and hadn’t been painted for a fair few years. We picked up some really cheap shed paint in Asda last week so thought we would give it a go! Man, is it purple!! I love it! 💜


We were looking after Samson the 🐈. He’s a cutie and flops on his back to get his belly rubbed. He’s obviously not as cute as my own two but I would steal him in heartbeat!


Finally to the good stuff! In the search for J’s sisters present, I ended up treating myself too 😂. I’m making her a hamper of goodies so had a wander around Boots and found some really nice things for both of us. I have been wanting to try th Benefit Porefessional for so long but couldn’t justify it when I didn’t know if I would like it. I got the 3 Benefit minis for £25 and got the bag free!


If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen I got some beautiful LaRoc Cosmetic palletes delivered this weekend.


I also had my gel nail kit delivered so I need to have a play around with both of these so I can share my thoughts.


First impressions for both are positive. I bought the palletes from eBay but you can get them on Amazon although they are more expensive. The nail stuff is from Amazon. I’ve popped some links below.

LaRoc nudes

LaRoc brights

Belen Gel Nail Kit

Not to mention I’m still waiting on my Birchbox, a delivery from Revolution Makeup (multiliners anyone??), EMP and that black head paste everyone is going on about!

Please give me a like/follow if your enjoying my content and let me know in the comments what you would be most interested in seeing a review of first!

Claudia xxx

P.S. if anyone is wondering what the hamper looked like…