Buy or Bye – November’s hits + misses

Our monthly feature for our Beauty hits and misses is finally born – and you can find this feature on the last day of every month, where I’ll be discussing some products (mostly drugstore) that are either hits or misses as well as throwing in a few high-end products.

Of course, we will still be keeping it student & graduate wallet friendly!

  1. The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops | £10shade_adjusting_drop_light

I was slightly conned into buying this product by two extremely persuasive sales people from The Body Shop at Euston station. I’d been in the shop for less than 10 minutes and within moments they had somehow managed to get me to the tills and before I knew it, I’d bought it.

First impressions of this product was that it was good value for money. Like the majority of girls in winter, our darker foundation that we used during the summer when we were a bit more tan now doesn’t look so good on paler skin, and forking out for a new foundation for a few months doesn’t seem worth it, especially if your darker foundation still has some fight left in it for winter. For £10, I was immediately drawn to it.

If I’m completely honest, I didn’t realize that this product was something that I, and anyone else could afford. After watching a lot of beauty YouTuber’s I had lost faith in finding lightening drops as the majority were from American brands and cost an arm and a leg for not very much product. At a price point of £10, I was convinced immediately.

Now I know what the majority are thinking – ”you could have just bought a new foundation for that price”. I hear you – that thought crossed my mind too. But when you put it into perspective, a good foundation is hard to find, and if you’re someone who owns a high-end foundation, you’re better off spending a tenner for lightening drops then another £25-30 for another one.

I cannot fault this product – Not only does it lighten my foundation with very little product, it is easy to use, doesn’t change the consistency of my foundations (Bourjois Healthy Mix & Estee Lauder Doublewear were tested with this) and looks great on the skin.

You can definitely find other usage for these drops. You can use them as a base for your eyelids as well as highlighting your face. The drops work well with beauty blenders, makeup sponges & also synthetic brushes (I haven’t tested it with non-synthetic brushes, but I think it would be fine.)

The drops do not alter the longevity of the foundation which is also a bonus. I would go as far as saying this is a product you could keep for around 2 years if stored in a cool, dry place. The consistency of the drops is fluid enough for it to stay liquidy for a long period of time.

I know some people get a bit funny about how long you should keep makeup, but I’m a strong believer of looking after your products so you can get the most out of them. You can also get darkening drops from The Body Shop if you have a deeper skin tone – this is a product that caters to all, and why it is in my favorites.

2. Collection Lip Definer Lip Liner in Coffee | £1.998842884972574

This lip liner had to be in this month’s favorites simply because it is probably the most long-wearing drugstore lip liner I’ve purchased in a long time. Not only is it creamy and glides on the lips effortlessly, it can also be mixed with other lipsticks and lip products to create versatile looks.

You can wear this all over your lips as a matte lipstick, or you can line the lips and fill in with any brown, warm toned nude lipstick you have to create a gradient effect. It lasted 6 hours without budging, barely transfers and has a very similar feel to MAC’s Velvet Teddy. I would go as far as saying it lasts longer than MAC lipsticks in general.

Doesn’t dry the lips out, doesn’t accentuate lines on the lips either. Doesn’t bleed.

3. Sleek Velvet Lip Cream in Vino Tinto | £4.99


I don’t really know where to begin with this product. It was probably one of the most disappointing products that I’ve ever purchased. As far as liquid lipsticks go – I wouldn’t say I have the biggest collection. I find a lot of drugstore liquid lipsticks to be pretty drying, and in general I just prefer a standard lipstick because the majority of the time they are smaller, last longer, and are easier to store.

Sleek is a brand that I have used for a long time, probably one of the first brands I ever bought when I first started wearing makeup. Their contour and highlight kit is one of the best, and I always find their products to be of high quality and suitable for all skin tones and types. This lip cream however was an extreme MISS.

I have a feeling it is to do with the color of the lip cream, as when I swatched the lighter colors on my hand they felt a bit more moisturizing. However, I own so many nude lipsticks and I’m yet to find the perfect burgundy. In the tube, this looked stunning. On my lips – an absolute disaster. (My color is third from the top).

It applied patchy, meaning I had to do 2 coats, and even then it still looked awful. After about half an hour it already started crumbling and taking it off was an absolute pain. It stained my lips a horrible purply-red-bruise color, and I feel that the money was wasted as it’s just sitting there, unloved, never to be used again.

However, it could be a possibility that I got a bad one, and after reading other reviews online there is still hope for the nude shades. Maybe I’ll give them a go one day.

4. Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer Stick | £6.00


This was a bit of a spontaneous buy, as I had previously tried some of Soap & Glory’s products and wasn’t really sure how to feel about some of them. They also do the ‘kick ass concealer’ in a small compact with a translucent powder as well as two cream concealers. I bought this about 4 years ago and didn’t really think much of it, and never repurchased because it didn’t blow me away.

When I saw this concealer stick I immediately thought of Nudestix – which are 4x the price and an investment I’m currently not willing to make as there are (as far as I know) no shops in the UK for me to swatch them and find the correct color. I’ll have to wait until I visit a Sephora abroad to actually try before I buy.

I saw this concealer stick and thought it would be a temporary product until I bought something a bit more high end – but it’s safe to say I’ll be repurchasing this again once it runs out.

This would work on oily or dry skin. It glides on very creamy but also has the precision to define the brow bone and also conceal along the bridge of the nose. It’s compact and travel friendly. The only downside is that it comes in two shades – nothing for deeper skin tones. For me this is a hit but the brand is missing out on a bigger market out there. Bring out more shades!


That completes this months favorites. See you in December.

C x

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Claire Stapley

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