There are some products out there that just didn’t float my boat at all first time around. Products that have been on the verge of joining the under-the-sink beauty wasteland – until I suddenly realise I can’t live without them. How can that be you ask? Let me explain…
Oh, how angry I was at myself for buying this. After taking into account the very mixed reviews, I had already decided my $75 could be put to better use. However, because I’m highly suggestible and easily enabled to a point where it’s embarrassing, the next time I walked into a Mecca Cosmetica, I walked out as the new owner of a Glamglow. On first application, I really didn’t get it – there seemed to be so much going on. Rough exfoliating particles, murky green clay, intense tingling, not to mention highly unattractive bits of tea leaf clinging to my face. My resemblance to Shrek was more than unsettling. And even after all that, the results were meh. Kicking myself and not being able to bring myself to throw it out, I gave it a last chance. It must of have sensed it was in danger of heading to the feared beauty wasteland, because all of a sudden it kicked into gear and actually gave my skin the promised ‘glow’. It felt impossibly soft, it looked even and clear, and I’m sure angels were singing. Maybe not but it was good.
Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm
Up until a couple of years ago, my taste in cleansers was fairly unsophisticated. The Neutrogena Deep Clean cleanser had got me through the bulk of my 20’s, before I moved onto the Alpha-H Balancing cleanser. Suddenly there was all this hype about cleansing balms, and Emma Hardie and her Amazing Face came up repeatedly in the UK beauty blogger circles. Curiosity got the better of me, so of course I decided I needed to try this balm that I could only order from the UK and would cost a huge amount more than I’d ever paid for a cleanser. Of course. It was regret-city when it arrived – too greasy, it wouldn’t come off easily, and the packaging was (and still is) terrible. Although, it really would have helped if I’d removed it properly, and used less than the huge amounts I was digging out of the tub. Amazing Face was upgraded to its current Hall of Fame status when Caroline Hirons recommended it in her excellent acne cheat-sheet in combination with a couple of other choice products, which to my pleasant surprise, promptly put the manners on an ugly breakout I’d been suffering.
By Terry Cover Expert
This was so hit and miss for me to begin with. I was curious about the luxe-looking By Terry line, so off I hopped to the nearest Mecca to have a closer look. The sales assistant who helped me just happened to be wearing this foundation (and it looked AMAZING on her) so I was shade-matched and purchased it immediately. I got it home and something just seemed off about it – the coverage just wasn’t there (it looked more like a tinted moisturiser), and the signature rose scent was so strong – I hadn’t noticed it at all in the store. Fast forward a few months and now this is one of my staples in my base collection. I actually love it for the fact that it’s not a heavy or full coverage base – I save it for my ‘good skin’ days. The scent settles way down after application, It gives great glow and looks so natural that you might even be fooled into thinking I have even-toned, glowy, blemish-free skin all the time. It’s that good.
When I purchased this, I was very new to the world of highlighters and very naive in regards to hyped products. If you wanted a highlighter, by all accounts Albatross seemed to be it. Undeterred by the fact that it looked bright white in the pan and not realising that there are a billion different highlighters to suit different skin tones, I slathered this on and was slightly horrified. I wanted to look glowing but I didn’t want to be mistaken for a disco ball. After a little more research and a little more trial and error, I find Albatross works best (on my skin) used very very sparingly, but when I have the balance right, it’s gorgeous. I use in rotation with MAC Soft and Gentle, and between these two, I have all my highlighting needs covered.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Craving something with a bit of punch to knock out pesky fading blemishes, I read a rave review by a certain Anna about Secret Camouflage being brilliant for doing just that. I already knew this wasn’t ideal for covering dark circles, so I eagerly purchased it with the idea in mind of it doing one job only. Except, I couldn’t get it to do that job. It was hard and waxy, and sat obviously on top of the pigmentation rather than blending down into it, creating a cakey mess. After a stern talking to by Wayne Goss via his Youtube video, I soon got the hang of SC and making it work for me – it’s all about using the smallest of amounts, making sure it’s warmed up, and getting the combination of the two shades just right. It was very much trial and error, but completely worth it in the end as I now have a full coverage, long lasting blemish and pigmentation concealer that borders on makeup photoshop. Hurrah.
Your turn! Are there any products that just needed a second (or third or fourth) chance to shine? Let me know in the comments!