Let's not start off on the wrong foot here - I don't dislike ANY of these products. I mean, you KNOW my feelings about Laura Mercier...nothing but love. This post is more so me admitting that I just cannot simply use these products - and I need your help and advice. I can't be the only one, surely?

First off, the Nars Laguna Bronzer. Wow, was I excited to pick this up in Sephora last year. The bronzer, ladies and gents, in my hands. And then I put it on my face, and stepped out looking like I'd been hit in the face with fake tan. Not a good look. I can neither achieve a nice 'glowing' look, nor a sleek, contoured cheek. It's mud, on my face, and don't get me started on how it looked when I stepped under the Light Of Truth aka the lighting in retail dressing rooms. How - WHAT AM I DOING WRONG. I just want to glow from within, is that SO hard? Somebody with no cheekbones write me a Dummies Guide on How To Contour. Don't be cheap on the step-by-step photos, I need the full thing.

Up next is the Stila Convertible Colour in 'Petunia'. It's gorgeous, but I do not have the time for this 'cream blush' thing. My morning blush routine generally consists of me grabbing whatever is nearest, swishing my brush around in it, hastily slapping it on my cheeks and ta da! Woke up like this, totally. But Cream Blush? Can't use just my fingers, can't use just my brush. What do you want from me, you beautiful, perfect flush, dewy pink goodness? An extra minute of my time? Patience? I'm sorry, it's not me. It's you.

Ahh, the Origins ZinZing Brightening Mascara. You were bought on a whim after seeing Lily wear it ONCE, and let's be honest. You're Origins, I expected greatness. Instead, I don't who you are. You are not voluminous, you are not very lengthening. You're not particularly the blackest and I wouldn't say you're long lasting either. You have an enormous brush, and coming from an ex Diorshow fan, the fact that I cannot get the hang of you is saying something. Now, you sit in my drawer, lonely and neglected. On a side note: I have heard this mascara gets better when it's dried up slightly, is this true? Because I want so badly to like this mascara - it comes from a good family...

This next one may come as a shock considering I am allll about the eyelashes, but I very rarely use an eyelash curler. I currently own the Shu Uemura offering, but even that did not solve my problem - and that is that eyelash curlers PINCH the skin around my eye, and it bloody hurts. Do I have a wonky eye shape that no curler can abide by? Am I doing something incredibly wrong? Does no one else end up with pinched skin around their eyes? This beauty business we women are so keen on? It's a bloodsport sometimes...

The last two are not so awful as much as maybe we started off on the wrong foot. I picked up the Maybelline Gel Eyeliner before I even picked up a liquid eyeliner. I would like to blame the fact I cannot pull off the flick on this decision, but it's probably not true. All you eyeliner pros - tell me your secrets. Is it technique? Is it the brush? Is Gel really better than Liquid Liner?

The Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser came about not long after I got home from three months abroad - skin glowing, three shades darker. No common sense happened here, and now I am stuck with an expensive not-foundation that can't be blended in, try as I might. This is not the issue though, my issue is that even when I didn't look like an orang-outang wearing this, I felt like I had rubbed sunscreen all over my face. The consistency is thick, it smells weird, and rubbing it in with my fingers felt like I had oil on my hands for a long time afterwards. I was dewy to the max, and always ended up having to powder halfway through the day, which I never do. The whole point of buying this was so that I had something quick and easy to throw on during the hot, summer days, and it turns out this is ten times more work and I ended up feeling it all damn day. Is it just me not doing something right? Am I just not the right market for Tinted Moisturisers with my complexion leaning towards the Oilier side of Combination?

So many questions, so many concerns. I am genuinely interested to hear your thoughts, does anyone else feel the same way? Have similar problems? Can you perform miracles? Is there a hyped product that you don't get either? Have at it in the comments below...

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  1. I feel a similar way about the LM Tinted Moisturiser. I want to love it, but I just can't unless I mix it with something else which, don't get me wrong, I love, but it sort of defeats the object!

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    1. Exactly, it was intended to be a quick and easy, light application but alas, no can do!

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  2. It's nice to hear different opinions on hyped up products. I've been tempted to try the Stila Convertible Colour but I just can't be bothered to use cream blushes. Probably why I haven't tried cream blushes yet. I just don't know how to use it! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  3. I really disliked the LM Tinted Moisturizer x

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  4. That's a shame that the Stila CCs didn't work for you, my favourite way of applying cream blush is the Real Techniques Stippling brush - just a dab dab into the pan, and a dab dab onto the cheeks! I really like the Shue eyelash curlers, I think it might be your eye shape? Sorry to say? I'm sure you've tried other ways of using them but everyone has different eye shapes!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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  5. I LOVE the Origins GinZing mascara! SO GOOD. I don't get the fascination with the Stila blushers though.. so I agree with you there!

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    1. I am definitely going to try and love my Origins mascara! Some people really do love it...

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  6. I love NARS Laguna and am on my second one. I tend to use really big fluffy brushes with it so I don't over do it. The only way I have made the LM tinted moisturiser work for me is to mix it with the LM silk creme foundation. I will finish it but wouldn't buy it again.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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    1. I had to use it quite a lot while away recently, and using a big brush definitely has helped with application, so thankyou! And yes, I have to mix mine as well but it totally defeats the purpose of a tinted moisturiser haha...ah well. Laura Mercier had to have one downfall, didn't it?

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