Get Your Money Back: 2017 Product Flops

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Hi, babes! Happy Thursday!

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Today’s post is a collection of my least favorite products from 2017.  I have a small bin full of products that were rather disappointing and I’m here to share them with you. Grab a snack, grab some tea, let’s go!
Note: please excuse some of the horrid photos! My camera failed to load the images properly so I just retook them on my phone in night lighting!

First up is the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine smoothing cream that is designed for “frizzy, dry, and unmanageable hair”.  I have naturally curly hair that likes to frizz out whenever a brush comes into close proximity with it so I had high hopes for this product.  It is supposed to 1) make your hair smooth and sleek, 2) make your hair 10x smoother, and 3) last in up to 97% humidity.  Let me tell you, it does not work on my hair.  I used the amount suggested and my hair laughed in its face, so I added some more product to tame (or in my case, slightly control) the mop of curls, but it only ended in my hair feeling thick, greasy, and overall gross.  I tried a few different ways to help my hair with this product and it just didn’t do what it said it would.  Into the “Bin of Shame” Garnier went.

While I was shopping at Rue21 months ago, I found a cream contour and correcting concealers palette and decided to give it a go.  Previously, I had never worked with cream contours or concealers, so I watched a load of videos to get an idea of how to apply them.  Even with the help of skilled direction, it didn’t work.  The brush is absolutely disgusting and clogs up with product, making it nearly impossible to use.  The creams didn’t want to blend out well and it was kind of chunky.  If you are looking to invest in a cream contour or color corrector palette, don’t get this one!

There are two more Rue21 Beauty products in the “Bin of Shame” and both of them are lip products with their own set of problems.  The first is a silver metallic lip cream with a matte finish.  This stuff does not budge! It dried into any and all fine lines in my lips and refused to come off, even with the power of a makeup remover wipe and scrubbing.  It isn’t very pigmented and you have to layer the product to get semi-decent coverage. 


The nude lipstick in the shade (you guessed it) “Nude” is very strange. When you roll the tube out, it has an ombre look of me with a bad sunburn to a tan nude shade at the very tip.  The lipstick itself has a very nasty formula and it is so incredibly sheer.  It spreads around way too much and there is no way I would pay the $3 it retails for.  It was on clearance when I bought it and I paid $1, thankfully.  

The next product that calls the “Bin of Shame” home is another nude lipstick.  It is the first and so far only product I own from Flower Beauty by Drew Barrymore.  I love me some Drew, but this lipstick is a no go.  I bought the shade “Nude Narcissus”, which looked like a darker nude with brown tones.  I do love the packaging, though! Fun story: when I bought this, I thought the little clear part at the bottom had a lip balm in it like e.l.f. lipsticks do, so I hacked away at it for a good 10 minutes with a small utility knife.  I finally moved it enough to find out that it was painted and very much hollow.  I popped it back in its place and felt like such an idiot, but now I know that they don’t have a matching lip balm! Anyway, back to the product: I’m not a fan.  It doesn’t apply the same color on my lips as it looks like on the tube and I don’t like the formula.  It spreads around too much and I don’t like the coverage.  I do want to try other Flower Beauty products in the future, though!

Lastly, we have a age defying serum roller from Skin Nutritions.  The packaging said it was comparable to the age defy roller from Garnier, I believe, so I got it at the fraction of the price of the original.  I wore the formula under my eyes all night and it was really sticky when I got up the next morning.  I had to wash it off (which I don’t think you are actually supposed to) because I could not touch my under eyes.  It also makes your hands really sticky if you touch it.  It was another product that went into the “Bin of Shame”.

There you have it! The “Bin of Shame” is now empty and I hope it won’t have any products in it in 2018.

There will be a new post on Saturday and it is going to be the last post of 2017 on Glitz & Glitter! Stay tuned!

Lots of hugs!

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Maple Holistics Conditioner Review

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Hello, babes!

Welcome back to Glitz & Glitter!

Today’s post is a review of a product that was sent to me by Maple Holistics. You may have heard of them from Marielli (thelatinabeautyfix), a friend of mine who has an amazing blog! She has reviewed some of their products before and I am happy that I get to review one of their products for you guys!

I was sent the Hair Superfood Thickening Conditioner to test out a month or so ago, but due to the backup of blog posts and some crazy things in my personal life, I am just now getting to post this.

Let’s start off with a bit of factoids about the conditioner!

  • It is a thickening conditioner, so it is meant for thinning hair. Granted, I don’t have a problem with thinning hair, as my hair is quite thick naturally, but I still wanted to give this product a try!
  • It has a special tingling effect from the menthol and tea tree oil that are in the product. There are a lot of natural ingredients in this conditioner and I love the tingle!
  • It has Volumizing and Oil Therapy.

The conditioner is great and I really think it will be a great product for you if your hair is starting to thin out a bit and you want to get the volume back into your hair. Again, my hair is very thick, so I really can’t tell you if it made my hair thicker or not. My hair did seem to have a bit of volume to it, though, so that is a plus! The tingle is also great, especially since I used the conditioner with my Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo! Double the tingly clean effect!

I couldn’t find an exact price for the conditioner because I couldn’t find it on the website, but the conditioners on their website retail for around $12. If you are looking for a more natural conditioner that also combats thinning hair, I would suggest you give this a try!

Thank you to Maple Holistics for sending me this product!

I hope you guys have an absolutely fabulous week and don’t forget to smile!

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My Favorite E.L.F. Products!

Hello, loves!

One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!

There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!

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Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!

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The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.

The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.

For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!

Cool, right?!

Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!

Onto the eyes and eyebrows!

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The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!

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For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.

Next up: Brushes!

Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!

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The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).

The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.

I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.

The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!

Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).

I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!

I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!

There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!

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I hope you have an amazing week!

 

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Review: Gigi’s Beauty Haven

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Welcome back to Glitz and Glitter! Today’s review is over a few sample products from a fabulous company called Gigi’s Beauty Haven. The lovely Brittni sent me a packet of samples and I reviewed them over this past week.

(I apologize for the lack of photos! I totally forgot to take any after I opened the package and I got so excited that I tried out a few products immediately!)

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The first product that I tried was the Energy soap. The small bar of soap lasted me a long time, in fact, I still have some!  It smells really great and doesn’t dry out my skin, so major plus!

The lotion bar (“I Put a Spell On You”) is really great! It leaves a oily shine on the skin but it absorbs quickly, so there isn’t a lot of residue. I would use this product during the winter when I get dry skin and apply it to the back of my hands.

The Manchurian Dragon whipped body cream is a really light lotion that is moisturizing and smells awesome. It’s got a fruity and feminine scent to it and it would be perfect for spring.

The next product is the watermelon shower jelly. It has to be my favorite product that I received! It is a sweet watermelon scent that is exactly what I like in a summer type body wash or product. I had never used shower jelly before so I was quite surprised to use one. If you haven’t used shower jelly before, just imagine using Jello in the shower. It’s actually really fun to use!

Also in the packet was a mint sugar foot scrub (Pedi-Mint). If you are looking for a hard scrub, this isn’t the foot scrub for you. The minty scent is great and the scrub works well if you have just used a foot file and want a softer and more polished look. But if you just want to use a scrub and not a file, I don’t think this would work well for you. My tip is to use a foot file, then use this scrub, and then moisturize. That worked really well for me. Overall, I loved this product!

The only product that I was unable to try was the Black Magic fizzy bath soak. I only use my tub to shower in and the plug leaks, so I can’t really take baths, unfortunately. But the product smells amazing and I am sure that it would work wonders!

Gigi’s has also added a lot of new products to their shop, so go check out all of their awesome products! They are a cruelty free brand, made by hand, and 98-100% natural.

The website is linked below and Brittni’s social medias will be linked also. If you are wanting to order from them, order through Brittni! She is a wonder to work with. Tell her Mimi from Glitz and Glitter sent ya!

Gigi’s sells salves, shower jellies, bath products, lotions, shower steamers, and so many more amazing products, including jewelery! They have also added a ton of new products! I am definitely going to keep Gigi’s in mind the next time I am ordering products. They quality is superb and the prices are affordable. You can’t beat that!

Until next week!

XOXO

Mimi

Info for Gigi’s:

Twitter: @GigiBeautyHaven

Instagram: @gigisbeautyhaven

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gigisbeautyhaven/

Website: https://gigisbeautyhaven.com/

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