To Buy or Not To Buy (Again!) #1

Is it just me or does your life seem an unending struggle to cull clutter? This beauty blogging lark has only worsened conditions but I must say I've found some pretty darn amazing products which do make up for living in what feels like a mini Boots outlet.

I have 7 products here which have all finished up around the same time.  Oh that sweet satisfaction of chucking an empty container of something you loved (or hated!) in the bin knowing that it can only mean one thing - shopping for a replacement!

So here's my list:

To Buy
  1. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair - oh yes, I've already bought the replacement in fact.  My all time favourite, holy grail concealer.  Even if this was big bucks I'd buy it, but for around £4 you can't go wrong.  Extended love letter to this product coming soon!
  2. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 51 Vanilla - this is nice skin in bottle.  I've raved about this enough on here so it's no surprise it's replacement in waiting in the wings already!
  3. Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fresh - LOVE this version of Batiste as I find it doesn't make my nose as itchy as some of the other scents.  It really soaks up the oil better than the Tropical and Blush versions too.  I couldn't live without it.
  4. Mitchum Deodorant in Powder Fresh - would you call this a beauty item? hmm, anyway I whacked it in there as I've used this product without diversion for the past four years.  The Powder Fresh scent is gorgeous.  Give it a try.
Not to Buy
  1. YES YES YES/ OUI OUI OUI Lip Butter - NO NO NO.  Bought this after it was raved about by various YouTubers.  Hate it. Glad it's discontinued.  Horrid consistency, not moisturising, and only good thing I can say about it was it had a decent taste, a bit like passionfruit.
  2. i.d BareVitamins Skin Rev-er-Upper - I got this with a starter set of Bare Minerals foundations and brushes which is a fantastic set, but from day one this moisturiser/primer smelled rank.  It smelled off. I thought it was mine so I went back to the shop and sniffed the tester and it also had the off whiff so I guess that's just how it is.  For this reason alone I wouldn't repurchase, but other than that it is a nice light moisturiser for oily skin so I used it in the mornings.  Doesn't contain SPF though which is a drawback.
  3. John Freida Sheer Blonde 3 Minute Tone Booster - I bought this when I got a lot of blonde highlights the summer before last.  It has a purple tinge to it and is supposed to brighten blonde tresses. I can't say that I noticed any real difference in the vibrancy of the blonde but what I hated was that my hands would seriously tingle and itch after use and the product had a very chemical - almost ammonia smell - so I don't think it was great to have it all over my hands!  However John Freida used to make a Radiant Red tone booster which was amazing and really did boost colour.  However it's sadly been discontinued but if any of you want to join a petition with me, let me know!

Enter my Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser giveaway here.


  1. I'm waiting for a special offer before I but the Collection 2000 concealer (don't like paying full price however cheap!) And I love the Bourjois foundation too!

  2. I'm the same - I got the concealer on a offer before so when I paid £4+ for it last I felt cheated, nuts!

  3. Bourjois heaty mix is very good. I may try the concealer from collection 2000.

  4. I've heard such good things about the Healthy Mix foundation so I think I may have to give it a go.
    The concealer on the other hand not so much. I think it's just me though. When I first bought this I loved it so much, until I noticed that it wouldn't blend properly under the eyes, and left them looking a bit cakey. Perhaps I just had a bad batch though because I've not heard this happen to anyone else.
    I love this post though, I was physically nodding in agreement to some of your comments, and hmmm-ing at others I hadn't tried. haha.

  5. I love Batiste's new scent too! It's my new fave.

    I really, really need to try Healthy Mix. I've heard such great things.

  6. I hated that Yes!x3 lip balm! Wasn't sure why so much hype was attributed to it, I thought it was horrible but at least some cash went to charity.

    Really want to try Healthy Mix! x

  7. Yes please to the John Freida, I was gutted when all the red stuff got d/c! I love finishing something, as well - I've got a day cream, a face powder, a foundation and a couple of glosses that are veeeeeeerry nearly finished and I will be very satisfied to chuck them in the bin!

  8. I want that concealer!
    I've been trying to use up my illamasqua rich liquid foundation as a concealer but it's so hard to work with! I fear it will never ever run out, one tiny blob at a time... sigh x

  9. The on ly product I have tried from this is the Healthy Mix Foundation and I also really like it!

  10. I have the BE revver upper and I'm on the fence about it. It does help with irritation after I shave because it has a good amount of salicylic acid in it. If you're looking for another BHA product have you tried Paula's Choice yet?

  11. Completely agree with the batiste, I can't stand the scents of the others but this one is quite fresh and nice! I don't really like the beauty mix foundation as I don't like the scent, I think its a love it or hate it product! Many of my customers at work can't stand the smell either! I don't know why brands discontinue some of their best products!


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