I don't often write reviews on products that I don't like or didn't 'get along' with as often I know that it is simply because they don't suit my skin type or hair type etc rather than them purely being 'bad' products. However, every now and then I come across something that just really disappoints me as it just doesn't do what it states or I just find it pretty flawed in its design etc.

 Yes to Cucumbers Colour Protection Shampoo 

I love Yes to products and when I saw this huge bottle of their shampoo included in the Holland & Barrett Buy One Get One Half Price offer (I also got the conditioner) I was thrilled! I'd just newly dyed my hair so thought it would be ideal. Wrong! It did not work for me at all! It actually stripped the colour from my hair! For the first wash and even the second, I thought 'ok my hair is freshly dyed so it's to be expected.' However this stripped the dye from my hair every single wash (the first time the water looked like cola!), even after 4+ weeks of washing! This is not what I would expect from a 'colour protect' shampoo! After using this shampoo my hair feels dry, tangly and over cleansed and I have to use a lot of conditioner to fix it, something I never usually have to do. I had to stop using this as it completely ruined the colour in my hair and I didn't like the cleansing results either! Even my hands felt a little stripped after washing my hair with this. Such a shame. All I can say is that it smells nice and has come in handy as  makeup brush cleaner! So it has some use.

 Nourish Argan & Kale Anti-Ageing Hand Cream 
Unlike the Yes to shampoo, this isn't a complete disaster product for me, it just is something that I wouldn't want to recommend or is something I would purchase. 
The main problem of this hand cream for me is that it leaves a very unpleasant residue on your hands after using it, even with the smallest amount. I feel like no matter how much I rub it in, I'm left at first  with a tacky film over my skin which then almost breaks down into a chalky but at the same time greasy layer. And on top of that my hands do not feel nourished or hydrated or moisturised or any other term you can come up with for less dry hands! Like I said, it's not a disaster, the smell again is 'nice' and the formula is lovely as you are applying it- just not afterwards! In all fairness I can't comment on the anti-aging benefits, you'd really have to have long term use of this to tell the difference and results. Overall a bit of a dud product for me.

 EcoTools Foam Applicator Brush 

I remember when I first got this I was so so excited! I was really seriously intrigued by this applicator and I couldn't wait to try it out. Sadly I very quickly realised it was not the tool for me. I just don't 'get it'! I've tried it with just about every foundation I have, water based, cream, mousse, BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturiser - the works! I've tried it damp, wet and dry and always disliked the results! I even YouTubed reviews to see if there was a technique to it that would help. Uhuh. This brush just seems to swallow up any foundation you have and then thinly streak/dab it on your face and I didn't find either the curved or the flat surface even slightly advantages for application. Cleaning is also a nightmare, it's very hard to clean out product from it properly and avoid getting water into the ferule. The sponge stained very easily (which i know happens with beauty blenders too, so doesn't bother me much) and the tip of mine ended up drying out and now is cracked and breaks down into a fine powder despite washing and drying it carefully. I keep it because I think it looks funky amongst all my regular brushes. 

 SmileGlow Whitener Toothpaste 

I'm not going to sugar coat it, this is without doubt the most disgusting tasting and feeling toothpaste I have ever tried! Unfortunately it was also one of my Buy One Get One Half Price purchases (apparently not my most successful shopping trip, at the time I really thought I was on to a winner!) so I am stuck with two almost completely full tubes of vile toothpaste. The main problem lies in the fact that there is so much baking powder in this paste that you can taste it and keep tasting it long after you have brushed. It not only lingers but it also steals all other taste from your mouth and also dries it out. The meagre added flavour of peppermint is a hint at best and fades almost on contact with your teeth, leaving more place for the hideousness of the baking powder. Does it clean my teeth? Sure but it feels and tastes horrendous and I honestly would rush brushing my teeth so I never felt they were fully clean and then would literally be scraping my tongue with water and a clean toothbrush to rid myself of it. Suffice it to say I'm sticking to my trusty Jason Powersmile toothpaste. 

So there you go, I feel bad for sharing such negative reviews on my blog, but these were so bad for me I felt it really was only right that I also share that as well as positive reviews of products on here.

Do you have any products that have disappointed you? Or have you tried any of these and feel differently?

Disappointing Products

I'm always on the look out for 3-Free and 5-Free nail polish brands and when I saw and heard about Little Ondine as a brand, I knew I had to try them out! 

What sets these polishes apart is that they are made from the barest of ingredients, and claim to be natural and chemical free, made only of water, 'resin' and mineral pigments. Not only that, but they are odour free and they peel off!
Now when the website says 'resin' and 'chemical free' we should take a moment and clarify. Other than water (Aqua), the formula is made up of:

Polyurethane-35, Acrylic, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Laureth-12 sulfate, Titanium Dioxide. (May Contain [+/-] Mica, CI 77891, CI12490, CI 13015, CI 27755, CI 69800.)

So while not 'chemical free' (water itself is a chemical, but I see what they are trying to say) these ingredients aren't actually too scary (not perfect but neither are any of the other 3/5 free polishes out there)!

I bought 4 polishes from the range, the Base/Top Coat (Secret/LT),  a white iridescent shimmer (Second Wish/L019) a bold glitter (Pop Rocks/L028) and a solid colour (Peach Crumble/L065).

All of the polishes feel thicker than a regular polish but they apply amazingly easily! The polish glides onto the nail and and doesn't drag or streak at all. The end result is a wonderful glossy finish, especially for the solid colour. To get an opaque finish with the Peach Crumble it took 2 coats with a third to really give it a good bright and bold finish with a true colour match as to how it appears in the bottle. The top/base coat makes it have an even glossier finish. I have never had a polish that applies and dries quickly and so smoothly and perfectly!
The thicker formula also means for the glitter you get a great amount of glitter with only a few coats. For the swatches I popped both the glitter Pop Rocks and the Second Wish polishes over a white base to make them stand out a little easier.

As for being odour free, its amazing, they genuinely have little to no scent, not even a hint of that awful polish smell! And do they peel off easily? Yes they do, it is brilliant. On my first application I was too sloppy and painted a little too far over my nail so where it was on my skin it peeled and that peeled it off my nail. But once I realised my mistake (and read the instructions more clearly) I got the hang of it and the trick is to have very clean nails and to make sure you avoid the nail beds. This way the polish stays on your nails for a good amount of time, almost 5 days and I didn't experience any chipping or flaking in that time. When I'm done with my polish I just work it loose at the sides and peel off in one go! No residue or damage to the nails left behind either!

The packaging is just gorgeous, they come in individual rustic little boxes that fold over the top of the polish in the most unique way, so quirky and adds to the charm of the polishes. They have an incredible range of colours and textures from opaques to shimmers and glitters and even have Duo sets.
Prices range from £7 - £9 depending on your polish choice and they come with a free nail file!

You can get them online at littleondine.com and I even noticed them on cutecosmetics!

What do you think of this more natural nail polish brand?

Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish

I've not really posted about my everyday face before as I'm always swapping between products depending on my skin etc, but lately I've found myself steadily reaching for the same select few products that give me a quick natural makeup look without too much fuss. The bonus is that a few of the products are quite multi-purpose which makes things easier and quicker in the mornings!

For my main face I've been obsessing over the REN BB Cream which I've blogged about really recently so I wont go too much into it. Suffice to say it's a dream product for me, quick and easy to apply it evens out my skin tone, adds a hint of colour and a little bit of glow with a natural satin finish.

For my cheeks and eyes I just love this gorgeous compact from Lily Lolo, I believe it's called Shimmer Stripes in the shade Rose Glow, but typically the minute I fell in love with it, they stopped doing it! Disastrous considering I've started to hit pan! However, while it lasts its is wonderful for providing a blush, shimmer, eyeshadow and highlight. The rose, bronze tones are ideal swirled together or separately it has so many uses and colour options and I always get compliments when I wear this!

My eyes are where I probably spend the most time focusing on and I have worked out the perfect routine. First I apply a healthy coat of the Jane Iredale Mascara in Jet Black which helps provides a glossy back foundation coat of mascara that helps really separate my lashes and give them length, perfect also for my smaller bottom lashes. I then top this with a couple coats of Lady Green Divine Mascarade mascara in Noir. This mascara is amazing at providing volume, length and curl to your lashes. It really gives lashes a massive boost and works perfectly with the Jane Iredale mascara.

Next for my eyes I do a quick cat eye and flick with the amazing Dr Hauschka Liquid Eyeliner, which provides a bold, jet black opaque line, that lasts all day without any smudging or flaking! So far this is the best 'natural' alternative for liquid eyeliner I have come across!

Finally my face wouldn't be complete without filling in my brows and my product of choice is the Bella Pierre Eyebrow powder in Marrone. I find the powder really easy to work with and gives a bold but more natural effect than a pencil. The brown is also an ideal colour as it is quite red toned rather than ashy grey tones that I often find brow products to come out as. This powder also handily doubles as an eye shadow to create a smokey eye if I want to quickly boost my look.

What do you think of my everyday face product choices, have you tried any of these products before?

Everyday Face

I used to be such a lip balm addict, nothing would please me more than a brand new lip balm, but in the past year or so they seem to have fallen a little out of favour with me. Now I hold my hands up and admit I have a terrible lip biting problem, I really struggled with it so balms are my go to to help try and prevent me making a mess of my lips (which happens a lot!)

In the past few months I've really been embracing lip balms again and I've been rediscovering all my old favourites! Working through my huge stash has really brought up some gems, some new and some past favourites that all stick out as the top balms!

 EOS // Strawberry Sorbet 

Now we have all heard of and adored EOS balms, they were one of my first ever 'natural' product purchases and I still have so much love for them! Out of all the flavours, of which I have tried many, this Strawberry Sorbet has really hit the big time. I usually hate fake strawberry flavours, but this is both delicious and seriously nourishing! I adore the design of the balm and the formula is smooth and completely none greasy! My lips remain nice and matt when using this.

 Manuka Doctor // ApiNourish Lip Ease Balm 

This is the balm I always reach for when my lips are in a bad way. The power of peppermint and zinc really give a refreshing tingly boost to the lips and helps with the healing process. The apiNourish formula includes Manuka Honey and Purified Bee Venom, that both moisturise and give my lips a little bit of a boost! The plumping effect helps lessen the appearance of unsightly cracks and dryness. This one is slightly greasier in texture and gives a nice slight gloss to the lips on application.

 BalmBalm // Tea Tree Lip Balm 

This is another great balm, I've actually done a post on this before and it goes to show that even years later it's still a firm favourite. This balm is especially good for helping recover mangled lips too, the tea tree has great anti-baterial properties so it helps stopped chapped and cracked lisp getting infected. The Shea butter provides great hydration. The only let down for me is the pot, I'd prefer it to be in a tube for easier application. However, this balm can be used as an all-purpose balm to  treat dry skin, spots and more! Super handy!

 Herbfarmacy // Marshmallow & Vanilla Lip Conditioner 

Another balm that I have blogged about before. I find myself reaching for this regularly, its soothing, nourishing (and tasty!) and smells fabulous. I find it a very gentle but effective balm that I don't have to reapply too often, but which doesn't sit on my lips like a barrier. Of all the balms I think this one has the longest lasting effect for my lips.

 Dr Bronner's Magic All-In-One Naked Lip Balm 

Like with EOS I seem to have collected all the flavours of this balm, but the original 'naked' unflavoured version is my go to for lip treatment. I find this crazily nourishing, sometimes even too the point where I think my lips maybe are a little too greasy, but it is sooo soothing and hydrating, I love it! This is superb over a lip colour as it provides deep moisturisation and a lovely glossy effect on the lips. Price-wise this is also the most reasonable!

Do you have any lip balm favourites? Would love to discover more for my ever goring collection!

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