Soooo, how’s that for a long post title?!
Anyway … lately I’ve been thinking about some of the products I’ve purchased as a result of online “hype” and whether or not that “hype” was actually justified in the product itself. As a member and admin of Makeup Obsessives, I’ve bought several products that have flooded through MUO like a tidal wave (hello Lush Toothy Tabs, Skinfood Mud Masque, and Estée Double Wear sample pots – I’m looking at you!) and I’ve bought several of them; some were good, some not so much.
So – here are three things I would definitely buy over and over again …
The Naked 3 palette by Urban Decay
I got this about a year ago after reading about it on Makeup Obsessives and I haven’t touched another eyeshadow palette since. I wear it every day and I absolutely love it. The colours are gorgeous; they’re very pigmented; they last well and I love the packaging and the brush. Thankfully you don’t have to re-purchase eyeshadow palettes very often, but I would definitely re-purchase this one.
GHD hair straightening irons
This is my third set of GHD straightening irons, and whilst this is incredibly shallow, I do feel like they make my life so.much.easier! For probably the past nine years I have used them to straighten my hair and only recently (like, for maybe two years) I have discovered they actually make some really pretty, long-lasting curls in my hair. And my hair is not easy when it comes to curling (well, not when it comes to keeping the curls in anyway.) So a big tick to GHD – I am highly unlikely to stray to another brand any time soon.
In the interests of full disclosure, this not my GHD. My GHD is not rose gold and pretty; it is plain old black and serviceable (**insert sad face**!!)
My Laurestine frock by Annah Stretton
I LOVE Annah Stretton frocks (hahahaaa … I LOVE the word “frock”!) – I have four and they all make me feel super feminine. My Laurestine frock though, is THE BEST. I can wear it when I’m feeling chubby; I can wear it when it’s hot (it has mesh sleeves so I don’t have to bare my chubby arms or wear a cardy); I can dress it up or down and honestly – and I know this sounds vain – I get complimented on this frock EVERY SINGLE TIME I wear it (and it’s a couple of seasons old now and I’ve worn it a lot.) And that’s special. If I could buy it again, I would. In fact, Annah Stretton, if you are reading this and have another one lurking in a warehouse somewhere, give me a call … I am terrified something’s going to happen to it and I’d be lost without it!
Case in point: up there ^^^ I am wearing it when I got to visit the private salon at Louis Vuitton (btw: one of life’s highlights for me!!) Below, I am wearing it jumping around on a beach! See … VERSATILE!
And here are two products I definitely wouldn’t bother purchasing again as they just didn’t live up to the hype for me.
L’Oreal Skin Perfection serum
Despite initially reviewing this pretty positively in one of my weekly MumptyLoves, I have since found that while it makes my skin feel nice when I put it on, it’s actually done nothing to increase the tone or texture of my skin, and in fact, I’ve noticed I’m getting little white kind of bump things on my skin that I’ve never had before. Apparently this product has properties which can block your pores and I think that’s what’s happened, so I’m revoking my initially positive review. But I did finish the bottle – I’m not that wasteful! I just wouldn’t bother with it again.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Don’t get me wrong – this is beautiful stuff; great coverage, lasts well – all that jazz. It’s just that for the price, I feel it’s just not THAT much better than other foundations I’ve tried for half the price. So sorry Estée Lauder, I won’t be making a repeat purchase of Double Wear; although I would most certainly still recommend it to anyone who wanted a beautiful foundation and wasn’t too worried about value for money.
Have you ever given in to the hype, purchased something and then wondered what all the fuss was about? I’d love to hear about it!