Tuesday, September 10, 2013

#SBBC Day 10 - Beauty Pet Peeves

Hi!

Day 10 of the #SBBC - I picked the Beauty Pet Peeves prompt today because I really don't have a favourite item of clothing. Anything that doesn't have a stain?

Here are my Top 5 8 beauty-related pet peeves!


1. Crap Cotton Pads.
Hello Penneys. Ugh! There's nothing I hate more than a cotton pad that seems to fall apart and attach its every fibre to your face or nails. The Penneys ones are the worst offenders, they're actually useless.

2. Stuff in Pots.
As in lip balms or scrubs. This isn't usually a problem if I keep my nails super short, but if I have any length at all to them, I won't use my lip balms in pots because I end up with a ton of product stuck under my nails. Same goes for body scrubs or butters - why can't you just put everything in tubes or pumps? I love using scrubs in the shower but it's like something out of Entrapment to try and apply it without getting the tub half full of water.

3. Foundation without Pumps.
Says it all, really. If I'm paying over €30 for a foundation, the least you could do is include a pump so that I don't have to wallop the bottom of a glass bottle to get either a) too much, or b) not enough foundation on my hand. It's not just pricey brands that do it - I think a Revlon one I liked did it too, and I know that some of W7's foundations don't have pumps. As for those ones that come with little spatulas - who are you trying to fool?! Sort it out!

4. Lipstick in Palettes.
NO. Just no. This is one of my most hated beauty things. Palettes are not for lipstick. Lipstick should be in a bullet, with a lid. Not a palette that needs a brush. It's too fiddly, it always gets messy, and I'd rather have one single colour that I loved instead of 4 or 5 I feel a bit meh about. I am not neat enough to keep a lipstick palette clean and free of handbag dirt.

5. Expensive Vaseline.
Or, products masquerading as the next big thing when really they're just basic ingredients. See: Kiehl's #1 lip balm. It did nothing for my lips over time. Nothing. It's basically vaseline that I paid a tenner for.

6. Overhyped Products.
See: Apocalips, Naked palettes, Baby Lips, Collection Concealer, Lip Butters, BB Cream, CC Cream, Chubby Sticks, They're Real!. Every now & then, something comes along and the whole blogosphere goes crazy for it. I sit at home gnawing on my visa card growling "I mussst have it nowwwwww" - and 99.9 times out of 100, I'll get it, use it once, then throw it into the depths of a handbag where it will remain, unused, for weeks/months. I know what I like and I know what suits me, so why do I keep falling for it?!

7. Smelly Nail Polish.
Or, polish that still contains toluene/formaldehyde/DBP/camphor or any other nasties. I pulled a particular nail polish company up on this a while ago - the ingredient list on their website stated that their polish contained all of the above, despite them now being illegal in Europe. They responded and said that their ingredient list was out of date (then promptly removed it), but I know for a fact that they lied, because apart from the ingredients being listed on the plastic of a recent collection, any long-term user of polish can smell toluene a mile off. It's in the majority of the cheap sets from euro shops, it's in Seche Vite, it's in old vintage polish - there's no excuse for it. If Essence can sell 3-free polish for €1.79, why can't everyone else?

8. "New and Improved"
This one gets on my WICK. A product is released. It has several supposed magical properties and promises to give you the skin of a newborn. Based on some kind of elusive secret survey, 88 out of 100 women agree. So why, then, is there a "new and improved" version of this product released a year later? Did you not get it right the first time? So the new one is the best. Not the old one. But you're still selling the old one with all the old claims. GO AWAY.



20 comments:

  1. Penneys = Primark, ye? Their cotton wool is the worst I've used in my life! Agreed on the hyped products - out of all I've tried, the only I've liked is They're Real! x

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    1. That's them! It's disastrous, I think I've heard one person ever mention that they weren't too bad. One. I liked They're Real for the first few goes but not after that - might have been due to the fact it was a trial size though, I've heard the full size ones are better!

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  2. Over hyped products is my down fall, I get the odd product that is all over the blogs but it never lives up to my expectations lol and the amount of make up that goes to waste when a foundation doesn't have a pump arghhh x

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    1. I rarely find something I love either, I bought a silly amount of Apocalips and I haven't even worn them more than a handful of times! Ridiculous x

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  3. I wholeheartedly agree with every single one of these!!

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  4. Oh, I so agree with you on the 'stuff in pots', vicious little things! Also, the 8 Hr Cream by Elizabeth Arden - both over-hyped and expensive Vaseline, hate it! A huge make-up related pet peeve of mine is foundation lips or any ghostly pale lipstick on a tangerine visage. Worst. Thing. EVER. in the history of make-up! Nothing is worse, not even panda-eyes! Noooooothiiiiiiing! xx

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    1. I hate pots! I would much rather a little tube. I don't get the hype over the 8 hour cream either, it's just a smelly cream! Ohhh foundation lips - I bought a horrible Barry M lipstick ages ago after it being hyped by youtube people and it was a huge mistake, it was the same shade as my face! x

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    1. It's silly, sure it can't cost much more to them to put a little pump in, bloody laziness!

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  6. Bahaha I loved this post! Especially the foundation without pumps! I refuse to buy them, they're so frustrating!

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    1. Thanks Jasmine!! I'm not a fan either, I try to stay well away from them x

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  7. Those Penneys cotton pads give me THE RAGE!

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    1. Aren't they awful? They seem to be never-ending too, I got one pack that I said I'd try and use rather than throw away and the bloody things must be multiplying. I've a wad of them left for cleaning the mirror, about all they're good for!

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  8. Foundation without a pump is so annoying, who thinks that is a good idea! And some of my fave foundations fall into that category

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    1. It's surprising because most cheap brands have pumps, glass bottles - why do the expensive ones not have them!! Ridiculous x

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  9. I'm totally with ya on the foundations without pumps and stuff in pots and jars - I'm a total germophobe and hate sticking my fingers in them (even though I always wash my hands first!) spatulas are a god send for that though - and a quick spray with 99.99% Isopropyl Alchohol means you know it's clean and sterilised before you dip in. People sharing mascaras and lipglosses scares the bejaysus outta me - gives me the heebiejeebies altogether!

    As for overhyped products - I hear ya! I still don't get all the fuss about Clarins beauty flash balm.

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  10. That is my one pet peeve again Revlon foundations, since I've swapped to a pump foundation I just can't go back!! I've never tried the penneys cotton pads, and now never will. NEVER ever use the Dealz cotton pads, they are a pile of crap and should be classified as two pieces of starchy paper put together.

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  11. Yes the revlon colorstay doesn't have a pump and its so annoying, I had to put mine in a bottle with a pump. I agree with the polish as well, Sinful Colors is the one which is particularly annoying me at the moment.

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  12. Love this post, you have picked out pet peeves I didn't even know I had. So perceptive, great job! :)

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