Disappointing Products and Thoughts Why Bloggers Only Give Good Reviews

I don’t think I have done a post focusing on product disappointments. I’ve tested plenty of items that are not for my skin type (dry, dehydrated) or the right shade, I tend to pass those on. Same with items that just aren’t my cup of tea. But today’s lineup are honest disappointments: products I wanted to love, but underachieved for me. This isn’t bashing the brands, many of them I love. If these products work for you, great, maybe you can leave some tips for me below!

This post contains press samples: all marked with an asterisk (*).

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Why all the GReat reviews?

With empties there are plenty products I rather would not re-purchase, but I’d say that most product reviews on the blog have good to great reviews - or at least suggestions who would prefer them. Why is that? It takes hours to style, photograph, edit, type and re-read blog posts, so I prefer to focus on items when a) I have something to say b) enjoy writing about it.

I’m often quick when I judge products and can quickly tell if something isn’t working for me: those products I usually give to friends and family or repurpose (as body creams, shower gels etc). I admit, I am a snob. If a drugstore eyeshadow palette doesn’t meet my standards, I just don’t even bother mentioning it. But when something comes from a brand I like and doesn’t meet the expectations? It’s going to be here today.

*Klair’s Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

Overall I like Klair’s, they are pretty affordable K-Beaty line with some gems, such as the toner and soothing cream. I had heard good things about this cleansing oil and I was hoping to find a wallet friendly opinion. The pump bottle is ok and there isn’t any offensive smell, but this oil simply doesn’t remove my eye makeup effectively enough. When I use a cleansing oil/balm on my eyes I expect to look like a panda and rinse/wash cloth clean. I have to use a separate makeup remover for mascara or use the oil twice before moving to second cleanser.. So this is a pass for me.

*Lily Lolo Eyeshadow Base

Again, a product I had heard good things about. I had my doubts of using a creamy eyeshadow base for my hooded lids and unfortunately my suspicions were right: this eye primer creases. It creases quickly and I see little to no point why there are two pigments in this eyeshadow base? Shouldn’t you just get one that matches for you the best? For very dry, non-hooded lids this may work.

*Lily Lolo Volume mascara (black tube)

I loved the Lily Lolo mascara in white tube and this was supposed to be the volumizing one. I’m 100% positive the white tube is more volumizing and thickening while the black tube gives some definition and separation. If you love to mascara just “be there” but not really show up, like a “no-mascara mascara”, then maybe this is the formula for you. Not for me, I stick with the white tube (review here).

Disappointing Products | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Shiseido ControlledChaos Mascara Ink

I love everything about this mascara: the wand, how it builds, chic packaging - except it smudges under my eyes. I had received the bright blue shade in PR, which I loved and had no problems with, so I eagerly purchased the black shade for review. Unfortunately the black was a complete letdown, I can’t touch up my under eyes several times a day.

*BYBI Prime Time Exfoliator

I recently read a review praising this exfoliator.. and I dare to disagree. The formula is too stiff, you have to squeeze the bottle very hard to get any product out. The exfoliating particles are sparse and a common ~coin-size amount isn’t nearly enough for proper manual exfoliation. Only use if your skin is very sensitive, but I still think there are better alternatives on the market.

Hourglass Arch Brow Liner

After several sponsored Youtube videos and a trip to Swedish Sephora, I was excited to try Hourglass’ new brow liner. The packaging: beautiful. The tip size and shape: excellent. Unfortunately the formula is way too stiff, not very pigmented and the roll-up side of the pen shakes and feels flimsy. While I think It Cosmetic’s alternative is too thick for similar precision, it beats Hourglass by being user-friendly. Despite the stiff formula, I ran out of this brow liner under 5 weeks.

Disappointing Products | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

BYBI Baby Balm Bronze

When I saw that BYBI was coming out with makeup I rushed to TwistBe store and bought myself one. I don’t use much bronzers, but I love the Babe Balm and BYBI as a brand, so I was excited.. only to discover this bronzer is sheer - very sheer and has little to no base color. Just golden shimmer. I don’t get this at all. Could work as a cream highlighter for tan to deep skin tones, but wouldn’t you like more base color? I would use this as a lip balm if it wasn’t so glittery. (EDIT: I later read this is meant to be a highlighter after all? I will pass this to someone with deeper skin tone)

Origins Ginzing Peel-Off Mask

I was kindly gifted this mask after it didn’t work for a friend (hi Nastia!). I was a bit afraid of the “peel-off” aspect (the mask dries down and you can actually peel it off vs washing), but I like Origins a lot and decided to give it a go. Firstly, the scent is overpowering and offensive with menthol, made my eyes water. Secondly, when the mask has set it literally hurts to peel it off. Didn’t notice any skincare benefit and looking like a bronze tin man while the mask sets felt stupid. I can’t recommend this to anyone..

What product has disappointed you lately? Do you get along with any of the above? Let me know!

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 - Makeup, Skincare and Fragrance Loves!

You know it’s a favorite when you reach for it immediately - over shiny new things, over expensive treasures. When I started planing this post it only took me a minute or two to gather these products. Some of them I’ve already reviewed on the blog while the others deserve much more attention. I think I have a good mix of skincare, makeup and fragrance here - including new and older products. Enjoy!

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Makeup

I was kindly gifted Rouge Bunny Rouge Light Corrective Eye Primer*, but I didn’t do a separate review as it took me months to decide do I dislike or love it. I find out it’s the latter, but it took me several tries to get it work for me. This primer doesn’t blend too easily and sets immediately: if you don’t work fast it may look patchy. For me this creates a perfect canvas for eyeshadow and corrects any eyelid discoloration. For under the eyes I’ve been testing the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer*, which is worth its legendary status. You need a miniscule amount and the coverage is very good - for me this works also as a spot concealer.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

For eyes I’ve been loving Chanel’s Ombre Premier cream eyeshadows (814 Silver Pink and 838 Ultra Flesh (LE)). I do love the old formula as well (don’t see too much difference there), but I think they have discontinued Illusion d’Ombre line, sadly. Tweezerman Lash Curlers* for Round Eyes have been life-changing. I can use the regular ones as well, but Round Eyes seem more comfortable. The curl and hold they give is excellent! Trust me.

Finally I gotta mention Kora Organics Rose Quartz Luminizer* and Clear Luminizer* for highlight. I’ve done two posts on Kora’s Luminizers: Rose Quartz is reviewed here and new shades here. So easy to use, perfect consistency. To finish my makeup I’m liking the Kicks Setting Spray* (matte). Kicks’ house brand is pretty good and I find I prefer this setting spray to Urban Decay All-Nighter.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Skincare

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum* is like a better, less expensive version of the Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly. It’s packed with sodium hyaluronate and natto gum to hydrate, plump and quenches thirsty skin. The formula has some floral and fruit peel oils, so if you’re very sensitive you might check the INCI or patch test before applying.

Summer is coming (hopefully soon) in Finland and I’m testing body products for reviews. So far my favorites have been quite inexpensive finds, which is great. Skin Treat is a KICKS exclusive brand and they have expanded from their body scubs to Bright Renewal AHA & PHA Exfoliating Treatment*, which is a light mousse that you can apply your acne-prone body areas, such as back, tights etc. Skin Treat Instant Firming Body Serum* is a very light moisturizer that supposedly firms, but I like it as a décolleté and arm moisturizer as it sinks in so quickly and I can dress right away. Before I go to bed I slather on some Flow Cosmetics Refreshing Peppermint Food Butter* on my feet, give them a little massage and put on wooly socks. The peppermint scent is so fresh and invigorating, but doesn’t disturb my evening routine.

Spring Beauty Favorites 2019 | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

Fragrance

I’ve been a fan of Jo Malone’s scents for a good couple of years and she finally launched in Finland last Autumn. English Pear and Freesia cologne is my original favorite from her. This bottle of mine is rather old and almost empty, but since it hasn’t turned I’m trying to use it up. Spring weather and English Pear and Freesia go well together, even on cloudy days it brightens up my mood without being sickly sweet. I find colognes very subtle on me, but I’ve still received compliments while wearing this perfume.

What have you been loving lately?

*Products marked with asterisk(*) have been gifted for consideration.
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