When I first got the Pixi Palette Cholette* I knew it'd be good for if I travel anywhere as it has eyeshadow, eyebrow and blusher shades, but I wasn't sure how much I'd use it on a day-to-day basis. The dark brown eyeshadow shade is the perfect hue for my brows, two of the eyeshadow duos are surprisingly buttery and gorgeous to wear (especially with a tan!) and the top coral blush is great when you want to add a pop of colour.
Anastasia Beverly Hills gets a lot of hype around their products, especially their eyeshadow palettes, but after the disappointment that people had around their Subculture offering, I didn't expect all that lot from their newest Soft Glam Palette*. Instantly the shades caught my eye, the formula was extremely blendable and I felt like I could wear the looks from day to night. The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette* was the complete opposite for me, as it had so much hype around it and the photographs online never did it justice, I was expecting to not like it, but it's now one of my most used and loved palettes in my collection.
A few months back now, Drunk Elephant kindly sent over a few of their minis and inside was the Umbra Sheer SPF* which I used daily for as long as I could with the amount I got. I was so surprised by how much I liked it as I'm ultra fussy with what ones I can use because they either leave a white cast to your face or they clog your pores, but this one did neither. I'm happy to say I've got a full sized version now.
I haven't used Benefit in a while, but after getting I won a fair few of their products, I got to try out the products I used to use when I was a teen. The box blushers haven't been in my collection for years as I used to be obsessed with them, but thought I'd move on and never came back to them. Coralista and Gold Rush* are two of my favourites as their coral hues look effortlessly natural on my complexion, giving a gorgeous glow and colour to the complexion.
There's something about after sun that doesn't excite me and yes the Nuxe Refreshing After-Sun Body Lotion* smelt nice, but when applying it I didn't think it'd do much. How wrong was I? Very! It claims to prolong your tan by 2 weeks and it does, making sure that it doesn't look dry or red either. It soothes, cools and makes my tan darker which is crazy - plus it smells delicious.
When it comes to skincare, I'm quite fussy now whereas I never used to be meaning I have high expectations. The Caolion Cleansing Stick* is one that I'm coming to an end to now, but I thoroughly enjoyed it to my surprise. I wasn't expecting much, certainly that it would remove my makeup as well as it has done and despite the oilier formula it doesn't leave my skin feeling clogged either.
What products have surprised you?
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