I Reviewed It, Do I Still Use It?

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reviewed it, still use it?

Hi guys, and welcome to skincare week. This week I’m going to be posting a new skincare related post every day. There’s a few reasons for this. Those of you who have been here since the beginning will know that when I first started, skincare is all I posted about. And while I always wanted to do food posts and I’m happy with the direction they’re going in, I haven’t stopped to have a good chat about what I’m putting on my face in a really long time. After completing Recipe A Day May and, obviously, not doing any beauty posts for a whole month, I thought I should dedicate some time to them. I’m starting skincare week with ‘I Reviewed it, Do I Still Use it?’ because I realised we often talk about products when they’re new to use but never go into much detail further down the line. 

I’d like to make these posts a bit of a series, maybe doing two or three a year and recapping over all of the new products I’ve featured over the previous months to see whether they made it into my daily rotation or got pushed to one side. As this is my first one, I’m going all the way back to day one.  

Fenty Foundation  

My first ever post was a review of the Fenty Foundation. I concluded in that post that I thought it was a good product but it was awful for dry skin and I thought it would work better for oilier skin types. I even did a follow up a month later after I’d mixed the product with various oils and serums to see if it could work with dry skin at all.  

Update: I changed my mind. I don’t really use this product, and I’ve tried really hard to make it work. When summer first started to show its face and my skin got a little oilier, I tried it again. It performed just as badly as it did the first time. When I did my One Month of Fenty post, the only product I had any success with was mixing it with Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich foundation. I thought this was great that I’d cracked it, then one of my friends pointed out that that’s a pretty expensive mixture. When I got the Revolution Pro foundation drops, I tried mixing Fenty with those. Looked good for about an hour then my face started cracking. I now don’t understand how this product has ever looked good on anyone. And it’s a real shame because it’s a great colour and it has a really nice fluid texture.  Reviewed it, still use it

Speaking of the Revolution Pro Drops 

So, it hasn’t been that long since I reviewed these. However, I’ve used them a lot since I picked them up. The only downside for me is that I have to mix the lightest shade with white which has made me use them less if I’ve been in a hurry or I’ve been doing my makeup on the go. If they came out with a lighter shade, I would use them a lot more. If you happen to have dry skin that is a deeper shade than snow, I highly recommend these. They are quite dewy so I wouldn’t recommend them for oily skin types.  

revolution pro foundation drops

Skyn Iceland Winter Rehab Kit

reviewed this back in October. The set is no longer available but the individual products in it are still available so I’ll run through them one by one instead. For reference, this set contains one full sized oil, three deluxe sample sized products and two pairs of their eye gels and cost as much as the oil does by itself. So essentially, all of the other products were free. 

The eye gels were the star of this show for sure. They’re amazing at livening you up and giving you a boost. I haven’t repurchased any yet but I most definitely will at some point.  

I still use the oil although it wasn’t my favourite to use as a moisturiser, I really like using this one to add to matte foundations. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll repurchase this or not, but I do enjoy using it.  

The Cloud Cream is great. I love it as a winter moisturiser and would definitely buy the full-sized version. I’ve been hanging on to the mini as I already have a lot of heavy duty moisturisers in my collection and can’t really justify adding another one until I’ve used up some of the ones I already have. When I have used up some of the others, this is my first choice for a replacement as of right now. 

As for the other two products, I don’t use the eye cream. I like it but it’s nowhere near as good as my Kiehl’s avocado eye cream. This product is very travel friendly though, so I’m keeping it around for those purposes. The cleanser is a foaming cleanser which I don’t use a general rule, so I never had any intention of using this one. 

Omorovicza Mud Moor Set 

This was a Christmas special that I reviewed towards the end of November. As with the previous set, the set is no longer available so I’ll go through the individual products. The set cost around £50 and contained a full-sized Thermal Cleansing Balm and two deluxe samples. At current pricing, the cleansing balm costs £52 so once again, the mini products were ‘free’.  

Thermal Cleansing Balm 

I love this product and I hate myself for it. It’s so expensive, and no one needs to spend that much money on a cleanser, but I’m absolutely certain I’m going to buy a backup before I’m even out of the one I’ve got. I love it that much. At first, I was reluctant to try this. I’ve been incredibly loyal to Emma Hardie as my number one cleanser for many years now. While I wouldn’t say this one has replaced my beloved Moringa Cleansing Balm, I’m quite comfortable in saying I now have two favourites rather than one that stands out by a mile. 

Deep Cleansing Mask 

This product is also ridiculously expensive to buy the full version of and I can’t see myself doing that on the basis I have dry skin and don’t reach for clay masks that often. However, if you have oily skin, this is a lovely product. I haven’t used this more than a handful of times, but that’s only down to my skin type. On the few occasions that I have reached for this product, I have enjoyed using it. For clay, it isn’t too stripping on my dry skin and does leave it feeling clean and fresh. You can also buy a mini for £17 if you don’t want to splash out on the big one but do want to try it.  

Refining Facial Polisher 

I don’t use this. But that’s only because I don’t use physical exfoliators on my face. I tried this once for the sake of a first impressions and it wasn’t too rough, but the rest of the tube went to my mum. She liked it… 

Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster 

I never did an official review or first impressions of this but I did mention it a lot when I first got it so I thought it was worthy of a mention here. I love this. I’ve been waiting my entire sensitive skinned life for this product to launch. It helped my skin so much this winter, I couldn’t imagine not having one now. Everything it claims to do in terms of calming and nourishing, it does. Without a doubt, 100% certain this will be repurchased.  

Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster

And we’re done! Well done if you made it this far. I believe that is every product I’ve done a full review on now updated. The only exception being the Clinique Moisture Surge line and that’s only because they were full reviews on products I’ve been using for years when I initially did that post, so I didn’t see the point in updating that one.  

I hope you found this post useful and maybe it helped you grow or narrow down your shopping list. I’d love to know if you enjoyed this post and like the idea of doing follow ups like this a few times a year. Happy shopping! 

Until next time, 


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22 thoughts on “I Reviewed It, Do I Still Use It?

  1. I’d love to see a series of these posts! I think you’re so right in the fact that we review and then don’t follow up, so this post was such a great idea! I’ve not used any of these products before so your insight has been great in helping me to decide what is worth my money and what isn’t. I’ve really wanted to try Skyn Iceland for a while so I was so excited to see it featured here!

    Thank you so much for sharing, I’m really excited for skincare week!

    Molly xo

    1. Thank you! I really like the idea, now I better get testing more stuff out!! I love Skyn Iceland as a brand, and to be honest the products I didn’t like from that kit are ones that I probably wouldn’t have chosen to buy by themselves anyway. I think their stuff is pretty good value overall too x

  2. This is so helpful! I love seeing how your opinions on products have changed over time and how your routine is always changing! I agree with the fenty foundation, it clings to all my dry patches but it looks so good on others!?

    Rebecca | https://rebecca-ld.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! I saw so many amazing reviews even from people with dry skin and the second it touched my face I looked about 900 years old. I DON’T UNDERSTAND. I bought it the day it came out purely for the shade range so I was quite excited to try it, such a let down. Thanks for reading x

  3. Such a shame you couldn’t make the Fenty foundation work for you, I did hear quite a few negative reviews of it though so I’m glad I didn’t pick it up! I’ve heard great things about those Revolution Pro drops but I’m quite pale too so I’ll have to see if I can make them work for me! Love this style of post it was interesting to read!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    1. I honestly only bought it to try out the shade range. I got the lightest one as the range had so much hype part of me was hoping it would be too light for me (it wasn’t). I thought I’d be able to at least mix it with something but it has a really unique ability to make everything I own look bad. At least it isn’t crazy expensive. Revolution Pro do make a white in the same formula which made it really easy to mix, just annoying when you can’t find your shade! Thanks for reading x

  4. This such a great idea for a blog post, and so useful too! I’ve heard such good things about revolution products but I’ve yet to try them out x

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

  5. This such a great idea for a blog post, and so useful too! I’ve heard such good things about revolution products but I’ve yet to try them out x

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

    1. I haven’t tried a lot from them to be honest. I wanted to try their stick foundation but it looked too dark so I decided to try a liquid instead. Best decision ever, it’s incredible for the price! Thanks for reading x

  6. I’ve been wanting to try the Fenty Foundation for months. It’s a shame it didn’t work out for you. I have combination skin so I still have hope it might work for me. I really like this idea of going back and reflecting on your previous reviews.

    1. I honestly tried it with everything and it never seemed to look good at all. I didn’t know what to expect as I only bought it to test the shade range in the first place but I definitely don’t think it was worth the hype. I hope you have a better experience with it! x

  7. This is such a good idea for a series Sophie. So many blogs just review the initial reactions to a product, this actually shows if the product is worth it in the long term. The eye gels sound so refreshing and it’s nice you can give your mum any products that don’t suit your skin. Great post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you! I love those eye gels so much! Haha I’m quite lucky that she isn’t too fussy with her products so she gets quite a few ‘donations’. Thanks for reading x

  8. This is such a great idea for a post, Sophie. I have so many Birchbox products from my subscription boxes last year and I think there are probably only a handful that I’ve repurchased. Most of them were nice to try a few times then consigned to the back of the drawer. That Thermal Balm sounds amazing though, I’m not surprised you keep going back to it. Fab post, really refreshing to see an honest re-review! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Thank you! I think subscription boxes are the worst for letting products build up but amazing for finding new things at the same time. I’m loving that balm, very typical that I loved the same cleanser for years then replace it with the most ridiculously priced thing ever. Thanks for reading x

  9. Oh yay I’m so excited for this Skincare week – my skincare routine somehow fell down and now I’m trying to get back into a routine again!

    I have Fenty foundation and the one thing that bothers me is that it oxidizes to a darker shade so when I put it on it’s my shade but then after a bit, it’s a little too dark for me!

    I’ve never heard of Revolution Pro Drops! I’ve been looking for a new foundation since my Makeup Revolution foundation stick is now a little too light for me (it’s what I get for running in the morning – even with a cap the sun decides it needs to bless me hahah)

    I’ve heard such great things about eye gels – I just haven’t given them a try myself – they seem perfect to liven up if you’re up early!

    I’ve been using the Purity cleanser and it’s been great for me (minus the past two days where I haven’t used it and my acne came back like HELLO WE’RE BACK ahaha)

    Oh I’ve never heard of Sarah Chapman Ultra Recovery Booster – definitely going to check it out to see if I should get it for the winter!

  10. It’s such a shame that you dont like or use the fenty foundation, especially at the cost! But i do remember reading your review and deciding because my skin is dry it wasnt gonna be a good foundation for me!

  11. I’ve never tried any of these brands either but thanks for the update. This is such a good idea for a post. As bloggers, we always try new things and sometimes our skin changes or we just don’t love it as much after a while. Also, I’m a sucker for cleansing balms too. They clean the skin so well without stripping it. If you’re looking for more affordable options the hemish all clean balm is pretty good and is sold on amazon.

  12. I’ve never seen a post like this, Sophie!! What a great idea! Such a shame that you don’t use the Fenty foundation anymore, it’s pretty expensive haha It’s always a shame when expensive products don’t work out! Congratulations on making such a different post!

    Angela | DreamsAndLashes.com

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