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  • Writer's pictureJade Hiller

The good, the bad and the crusty

January favs and fails

Happy new year! I’m only a month late. And boy, do I have a lot of products to talk about, so let’s get on with it.

Green Pharmacy bath oil

In lieu of alcohol (dry January problems) I’ve been having a lot of evening baths. This is the first time I’ve tried anything from the brand Green Pharmacy, and I’m very impressed. These bath oils smell incredible, and create loads of bubbles. They also infuse the water with, well oil, I assume, and leave my skin very soft.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Green Pharmacy lip balm

I already threw away the outer packaging but this lip balm is apparently infused with herbals and argan oil. It’s okay. It’s a pretty standard lip balm that smells nice but not overpowering. I’m not a huge lip balm person, but I think if you like Chapstick, you’ll like this.

Would I repurchase? No.

Bielenda vegan muesli cream

This is another new brand I’ve tried this month. I believe Bielenda is a polish brand, and they make all sorts of affordable natural lotions for face and body. This is a face cream. It’s not strongly scented and smells like Aveeno, I assume because of the oats. This is an excellent, rich face cream for dry skin. It sunk in quickly and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin.

Would I repurchase? Possibly.

Bielenda mango soothing face mask

This is genuinely my favourite product of this month. This facemask soothed my dry, flaky skin and calmed any redness. My skin was very soft after application. It’s currently sold out over on Just my look and I’ve been stalking the page waiting for it to come back so I can buy several more.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Botanicals Rose & Geranium radiance conditioner

Throwing in a wee haircare product, as this is a silicone free conditioner and I’ve noticed it seems to be hard to find affordable silicone free products. I bought this on Amazon, although I have seen it in Sainsburys. This smells great, for a start, like roses. It left my hair soft, and frizz free. Personally, I don’t follow the curly girl method, so I don’t mind a bit of silicone, but if you do, this would be great to have in your arsenal.

Would I repurchase? Yes, although the tube is a bit small for me.

Labelle matte lip cream in Wild Child and Dare Me

And here we have our fails of the month. Labelle is an indie brand that popped up on my Instagram feed. I was most interested in trying a new brand I’d not heard of before. The formula of the matte lip creams remind me of the very early liquid lipsticks from several years ago. They’re rather paint like, and dry to a flat finish. Both colours tend to go patchy and you must be very careful with application. This is all fine, I could cope with this, if the creams themselves weren’t so fucking drying. After several hours wear I felt my lips literally crack, to the point of bleeding (hence the need for lip balm!). To add insult to injury, these lip creams aren’t even long lasting. They smeared everywhere at the tiniest sip of water. I was not impressed. Below you can see Wild Child on.

Would I repurchase? No.

Revlon So fierce palette in ‘slight flex’.

I do love a good quad. I have all these saved to my Amazon wish list and I finally bit the bullet and bought this one. Slight flex is decent quality. It’s not super highly pigmented, you do have to layer the shadow but it’s pigmented enough for me. I’m not a big fan of highly pigmented shadows that take an age to blend out. I especially like the iridescent shade. I will try out another colour story, but I don’t feel the need to collect all of them like I do with the Elf bite sized palettes. I also think the price point, for the size and quality, is a little high. Below you can see it on.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

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