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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Holy Grails: Worth the Hype?



There are many products out there that are so hyped up in the beauty community that you can’t help but wonder if they are really that good. Today I want to start a little series called “Worth the Hype?” where I will give my opinion on whether these products are really as amazing as people make them out to be. Remember, this is just my opinion, and for a product to get to the “cult favorite” level, it has to work really well for the majority of people – so take my opinion with a grain of salt! That being said, I get asked for reviews of these products a lot, so without further ado:

Urban Decay Naked Palette (Both 1 and 2):

My Story: When the first Naked Palette came out I put my foot down and said “no”. I felt I didn’t need it, and knew that I had plenty of dupes in my rather large MAC collection, so I didn’t give in. When the Naked 2 Palette came out I said “no” to myself again out of annoyance… first there was Naked 1 that everyone “had to have” and now there was a second one? I held off for a long time, until one trip to Ulta, where the Naked 1 Palette really caught my eye for the first time. As I looked at the colors I realized that yes, this palette really was gorgeous. I felt that $50 was quite a lot to shell out on a palette when I had many of the colors already (if not all of them), but I justified it as being a great travel palette – it has every color I would need to create natural to dramatic looks. I bought it, and yes, I love it.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Why or why not? Because it really is that good. That being said, I don’t think you need both of them. Pick one, the one that has the colors that attract you more (for me this was Naked 1), and go for that one. Both are gorgeous. Is it bad to have both? Definitely not! But don’t feel bad for only getting one – trust me, they create similar looks.

Worth the hype? Yes!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser:

My Story: The Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser is one that almost every beauty guru has tried and loved. I hear about this product everywhere as a great basic, and I’ve heard it is lovely paired with a Clarisonic (see review below). It’s a good “I don’t want to think about it; I just want something that works” cleanser. I picked up a small size of this recently in Florida after forgetting my cleanser at home, and was quite excited to give it a try. And… it’s good. It’s not great (in my opinion). It feels quite nice on my skin, and the scent is nice (not too overwhelming). Plus, it’s perfect for traveling – it’s no fuss and does the job, but I won’t be purchasing it in full size. I’m just too into my balm cleansers right now to give this product enough love.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Why or why not? It’s a good cleanser. There’s nothing I didn’t like. It’s good, but it’s not great.

Worth the hype? Yes and No. It’s good. It’s not “the best cleanser I’ve ever tried in my whole life, if I was on an island I would need this and only this with me”.

Clarisonic:

My Story: I got my first Clarisonic years and years ago, when I was still in college. I did a whole video about it called "A Toothbrush for your Face!?" in which I rave about it. My skin loved this, until it didn’t anymore, simple as that. It used to do great things for my skin, and helped clear it up, but now it breaks me out, so I don’t use it anymore. I’ve gotten emails from people who ask me why the Clarisonic doesn’t work for them, and my response is, “it won’t work for every single person. Listen to your skin. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t use it!”

Now, I do want to point out, I still adore my Clarisonic, I just don’t use it on my face. My little pink Clarisonic makes for the best body exfoliator, and I love using it with my shower gel. It makes me feel so super clean, and afterwards I love how soft my skin is. So if you have invested in one, and it’s not working for your face, and you are frustrated, try it on your body! The skin on your body is able to withstand more exfoliation, so even if your face is too sensitive your body probably won’t be.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Why or why not? Even though I don’t use this on my face anymore I still use it daily, and used to love it on my face. It’s a good product, I think.

Worth the hype? Yes. Just don’t go into the purchase thinking that it 100% will work wonders for your face. It probably will – but just know that it doesn’t work for everyone!

MAC Makeup Brushes:

My Story: My very first “nice” makeup brush purchase was MAC. When I first got into watching and making YouTube videos MAC was the ONLY thing that the beauty gurus used. Because of that, I thought that they were “the best”, and I slowly invested in building up my collection. It’s been over 5 years, and they are still amazing and in perfect condition. The “oldest” MAC brush I have is 8 years old (a MAC 217 - it was the only eye makeup brush I had in college!) and you can’t even tell it’s older than my 5-year-old brushes.

Now, there are lots and lots of amazing brush companies, a few of which I have sprinkled into my “everyday brush collection” (Real Techniques, Sigma, Chanel), so MAC is definitely not the best-and-only-brush-company-ever, but it’s a good middle price-point line. You can find cheaper brushes (Real Techniques is really good, I find), and you can find much pricier brushes (Hakuhodo is one that I’m dying to try but they are SO expensive), but MAC is right in the middle.

Do I recommend them? Yes.

Why or why not? They last years and years and they create beautiful makeup. They are worth the money, in my opinion. You can build up your collection slowly, getting one brush at a time when you have the extra money, and they last ages as long as you take care of them. I wash mine with baby shampoo.

Worth the hype? Yes.

Beauty Blender Sponge:

My Story: The beauty blender is one of those products that people swear by with an eager, “if you have never tried this you have NO IDEA what foundation is SUPPOSED to look like!” I’m just more of a brush girl. I’ll admit, when I want my makeup to look perfect, there is nothing better than a damp beauty blender. But honestly, it’s too much work for me to wash this thing every time I use it. It’s much faster to spot clean a brush then to wash the beauty blender with soap in a sink every single day, and because of that I don’t tend to reach for it as much. I’ll admit though, if I had a collection of about 15 of these I would maybe use them more – I could just toss the dirty ones in a shoebox and do a nice deep clean of all of them every week or so… but since I just own one it is only used for the most meticulous of makeup applications.

Do I recommend it? Only if you like applying makeup with sponges, and don’t mind washing this with soap every time you use it. Would I recommend this over a foundation brush if you could only pick one? No.

Why or why not? As far as sponges go this is the best one I have tried. The original is better than the cheaper “knock-offs” that you can find in drugstores, and way, way, better than those little white triangle makeup sponges you can find in bulk packs in drugstores. 

Worth the hype? Yes (but only if you like applying makeup with sponges).

If you guys have other “hyped up” products you want me to feature in my next “Worth the Hype” post, let me know in a comment! I want to make this a regular feature here on Dreaming in Blush

107 comments:

  1. Great advice! Thanks so much :)

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  2. Hey Elle, I really enjoyed this post because its nice to know if you should even bother to buy some of these nice products because they are so expensive. Now I know what to buy and what not to buy! I would really love if you did another 'worth the hype?' video but with drugstore beauty products! :)

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  3. I agree with you on the Purity cleanser...it was just okay. It's exactly like the Cetaphil cleanser to me. I do love my Clarisonic Mia! It's not a miracle worker by any means, but my skin doesn't react well when I stop using it. I'm glad you're making posts like this a regular feature on your blog!

    xo, Pareasa
    The FAB Journal

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  4. Loved this post! I've been debating buying, a lot of these products, and I think this may have helped me make some decisions!

    http://melissapcooper.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thanks Elle! Hakuhodo is on my list for IMATS this year! :')

    I recently tried the Eve Lom cleanser (I got a sample) and instant love!

    Emily Noel also raved about Philosophy Purity to cleanse your brushes, so I've been using that and I love!

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  6. I don't think the beauty blender is all that great :/ I have a lot of areas I need to cover which aren't that hard to cover. When I use the beauty blender it sheers out my foundation and concealer so nothing gets covered! I get it wet till it can't hold anymore then I squeeze it to get excess water out and I use it right away. Am I doing something wrong?

    warriorofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. After squeezing excess water out of the beauty blender, i like to wrap it with a towel and squeeze twice again to get remove more water.

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    2. Thanks! I will try this next time. Fingers crossed it works!

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  7. Hi Elle!!

    First of all, I love this type of post!! Please do more of these!! I have always been curious about Stila "In the Light" palette and the YSL shocking mascara. I have heard so much about these certain products from beauty gurus.

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  8. I love the purity cleanser!! I have sensitive skin as a teenager and it clears my skin without drying it out too much!! Its awesome and even my 25 year old sister loves hers!

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  9. This was really good!! I am thinking about trying the Purity cleanser so I will definitely look into that more.

    Annie
    A College Confession

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  11. I love my naked 2 palette and I know I will cry when it comes time to buy a new one. Great review all of these amazing products!!!

    I have a new giveaway on my blog for all Canadian girls!!!
    xoxo
    annpaige
    http://annpaigefashion.blogspot.ca

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  12. Great post! My whole Beauty Blog focus is drug store, inexpensive makeup and beauty products. But I know that I would like to put some budget money once or twice a year towards more expensive, hyped up products. This is the perfect type of advice for me. Thank you thank you thank you!!! Keep them coming.

    Jenna ♥ ♥
    Northernbeauty85.blogspot.ca

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  13. I love this idea for a series and I really like that you reviewed several products at once! These were definitely great ones to hear about first as they are all "cult favorites"!

    I wouldn't mind hearing about some of the big foundations, Laura Mercier, Makeup Forever, etc. and could you talk about Michael Todd products you loved? Do you still like them? Thanks! :)

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  14. Other products I would love to see in your next post could be the Maybelline Color Whispers and/or the Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm.

    Thank You!
    ~Cindy F.

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  15. My holy grail item is Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish. But I do love my Clarisonic Mia 2 and I liked Purity Made Simple enough when I used it, but not enough to repurchase. I ended up using a mini I got to clean my brushes.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  16. i agree with what you said about clarisonic! it's a great product to have, but of course, it doesn't work for everyone. and i think there is always a risk that comes with trying out a new product. :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  17. What about Benefit's They're Real mascara? Or the Hoola bronzer?

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    1. good suggestions! I wrote both of these down :)

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    2. Also nars lagoona and orgasm.
      Urban dacay primer potion(its even on the picture;))
      Revvlon Lipbutters are hyped too but I dont know if you incloude drugstore products...

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  18. Loved the post! Can you also. The paint pots from Mac? A lot of people rave so much about them. Thanks

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  19. Would love to know your thoughts on Nars Laguna bronzer and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation.
    Great post! Very informative.

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  20. Oh, I love the Naked Palettes! They are amazing! cheers!

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  21. I would never use the Philosophy cleaner, its loaded with irritating ingredients.
    I am usually the last try something everyone loves. I like to look for things that aren't hugely popular, give something a try that hasn't been reviewed a hundred times over.

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  22. I totally agree with your views on the naked palette- it's amazing and you get soooo much product!

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/nuxe-reve-de-miel-baume-levres-ultra.html

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  23. I already own a Naked 2 palette and I feel that one day if I have the spare funds I might even purchase the original Naked palette. Just because they make a nice pair, but really I'd do it when I already have everything else and have nothing to spend my money on. As a makeup artist my collection is already bigger than some people's but I don't feel like I'm missing out by just having the Naked 2.

    But I do want to try a beauty blender, just to see what the fuss is all about. I do think I might want to wash it every day as well, but at least I'd know wether I like it better than brushes or not.

    xo
    Liina

    http://missliina.com

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  24. Loves the Beauty Blender and Naked Palette =] xx.

    www.beautyandlouise.com

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  25. Hi Elle, I was wondering if you recommend the Urban Decay Naked basics palette. I live in the UK so it is really hard to find a lot of these products, but I don't know whether to splash out on one of the bigger palettes, or whether the basics will be just as worth it.
    Thanks x
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  26. I really want a beauty blender.

    Jodie x
    www.retrococktail.co.uk

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  27. Loved this blogpost! It was really helpful, I was always wondering about those beauty blenders. Please do more of these! :)

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  28. loved this post elle - i had the same story with UD2NP ... i *refused* to buy into the hype .. but on an overseas trip to malaysia .. and my first ever visit to sephora .. i decided to pick it up more as a momento from the trip .. that was 6 months ago and i have used it almost everyday ever since. xx

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  29. I was on the same boat as you with my Clarisonic brush, I used the deep pore cleansing brush I think? But it stopped working for me, started causing small breakouts, but once I switched my brush head to sensitive, even though I'm not sensitive skin, my Clarisonic was my face's buddy again!

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  30. Love this! Such a good idea, its hard to know if something is actually amazing or just hyped up so thanks! xxx

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  31. This was really helpful! :D

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  32. love this post, please do more like it !

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  33. love this post, please do more like it !

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  34. I loved this, it's really helpful to know whether some products are worth buying - especially because products are so much more expensive in Australia!

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  35. Loved this definately do more like this! :) xx

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  36. I, too, used to love my Clarisonic, but then I stopped using it and incorporated other skincare and I just don't find that I need it anymore. I would love to see a post on your favorite brushes or MAC brushes.
    xo Parisian To Be

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  37. this is a great review. I agree on most of them. Some of them I never used it. Maybe I should try the mac brushes.

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  38. Thanks for this awesome review! I have been thinking about buying the clarisonic for so long now, and I have held off just because it's kind of expensive for a little brush that spins.

    Sarah xx
    http://sarahxoxo95.blogspot.com/

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  39. This is by far my favorite series you have ever done-- blog and video! I can't wait for the next post!

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  40. This is by far my favorite series you have ever done-- blog and video! I can't wait for the next post!

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  41. I really enjoyed this post! It was great to hear your personal opinions on already raved about products.
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  42. Great post!!!! I'm glad to hear how these products aren't for everyone. Some products I've tried because of the hype that didn't work for me were the benefit they're real mascara and Laura Mercier silk cream foundation - it broke me out like crazy... some that I love are the amazonian clay blushes, bioderma, and moroccanoil treatment(the one with the blue label) ... I'm still on the fence about the naked palette but just might get it based on your article.

    I'd love to hear a review on the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Urban Decay De Slick, and i'm very curious about the caudalie beauty elixir.

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  43. This is a great post! With a lot of products there are pros and cons and with all of the hyped about products you don't normally get to hear about the cons as much.

    Pretty Miss by Bella

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  44. I'd love if you could talk about the Costal Scents/BH palettes in a Worth The Hype post. I'd like to know your opinion!

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  45. I've been wanting to try the clarisonic for a while now, but idk I have acne so I don't want to go irritating my skin any more. Maybe when i have some extra cash I'll splurge and get it for myself.

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  46. I really enjoyed this post. There are so many products in the makeup world and its hard to know what really works so this was super helpful. Although I do not consider MAC a middle of the road price point, I do agree there are other brushes that work equally such as the Real Techniques and Sigma and they last just as long too! Personally I do not understand the beauty blender, I still prefer a brush any day. I have wanted to try the Philosophy facial cleanser for so long so picking up a travel size would be a good idea. Thanks, I cannot wait to see your next post like this!

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  47. Oh, it's such a great idea!
    Stuff I'm personally interested in (of course only if you have tried these):
    -Hourlass Candle/Dim/etc light finishing powders
    -Mac Mineralize skinfinishes/blushes (especially blush colors)
    -Lorac Pro Palette
    -any argan oil hair products which are hyped (like the Josie Maran ones)

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  48. Thanks for the post! It was really informative, and I agree about the MAC brushes being an investment. I have some eco tools (meh, in my opinion) & tokidoki brushes (pretty nice), but since tokidoki doesn't have their makeup collection at sephora anymore, I decided to start buying MAC brushes. I love the quality & I know they'll last me ages!
    I was considering buying the beauty blender, but I really like to apply foundation with my fingers actually. It's a lot quicker and my fingers don't leave brush strokes!

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  49. My first expensive brush was the MUFE Kabuki brush. I almost cried when I realized that I had just spent about $46 on a brush that didn't make much of a difference for me. Oh well, you live and you learn!

    http://blooming-beaut.blogspot.com

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  50. I'm glad someone else doesn't use their Clarisonic for their face. I bought it originally to try to clear up my face a bit, because it worked for my friend. Well, it actually just broke me out a whole lot--not acne like, red blemishes, but I had small under the skin bumps. It was more like irritation. But I do use it on my body still and love it.

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  51. Hey Elle.

    Can you do a post on what products work the best with one another? I have a bunch of mismatched beauty items and want to know the best dual brand looks.

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  52. Have yet to try the beauty blender!

    http://aaperception.blogspot.ca/

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  54. This is so helpful Elle! You are totally our inspiration! :)

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  55. Great post elle love your ideas please start making more youtube videos i miss watching you :(

    www.glittergossip.com

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  56. Definitely agree on the Naked Palettes! Xx

    www.rachel-michelle25.blogspot.com.au

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  57. great post. I love my MAC brushes - I've had some of them for 13+ years and they are great. I just make sure to wash and clean them regularly and gently. I also LOVE the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer - LOVE IT. Between that and the Urban Decay de-Slick Makeup setting spray, everything stays just where it should. no melting.

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  58. Great post. I personally just shelled out for the beauty blender - and I love it - especially paired with MAC prep and prime fix plus spray. The other big hype was the banana powder by Ben Nye...any opinions? Mine should be arriving soon - but thought I'd try it out.
    I absolutely love my Sigma brushes though- here in NZ MAC brushes are ridiculously expensive - so Sigma is the best alternative. Philosophy cleanser I also tried years ago - but then I didn't use it again - any recommendations for a great cleanser? Dermalogica is up there right now on my hit list along with Ultraceuticals :)

    www.colourmyworldbeautiful.com :)

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  59. I love the Naked 1 palette as well! I also love my beauty blender!

    I have a new blog up, "Top 10 beauty products for under $10" talking about my beauty blender amongst other products so please check it out. My next blog will be a tutorial using the Naked 1 palette in 3 completely different ways.

    You can find all that and more at showandtellwithmichelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I will take a look :)

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  60. This was so helpful! I have recently just have gotten into makeup and you have helped so much with your videos and blog. Really helps narrow things down for me! Thanks!

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  61. I've been wanting the Naked Palletes for so long now and, like you, I've been saying no no no I don't need this. But maybe... maybe I do...

    *hypnotized*

    www.deannacm.com

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  62. Love this post! You really hit the nail on the head with these overhyped products. I have the Naked palette and agree, it's totally worth the $50. I use it everyday! I tried the Ulta cheap version of the blender and hated it, a brush is so much quicker. Literally every product you wrote about I have been thinking about buying! I still plan on getting a Clarisonic but maybe not the purity cleanser since it's just 'okay'.

    I hear a lot of hype about Chanel foundations. That they are just sooo amazing and matte. Maybe that could be in the next one?

    www.toosassyforyou.com

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  63. Love this! I've considered buying a Clarisonic but am worried that it won't work on my skin, I appreciate the review!

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  64. Absolutely agree with you on all of these products! My first Clarisonic worked for me, and after it broke I spent my money on another one and it no longer worked for my skin.
    The Purity cleanser also does nothing and I'm definitely staying away from gel/foaming cleansers thanks to Ms Hirons!

    Great post Elle! :)
    xx Bethni
    http://www.bethni.com

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  65. I'm slowly building my brush set and buying MAC brushes one by one. The 217 is definitely worth the hype: I blends my eyeshadows seamlessly, it's amazing!
    For so long I wanted the Naked palette but said: no, it's an eyeshadow palette - there must be a tonne of eyeshadows which are just as good and cheaper. But oh my - I picked it up last month, together with the basics palette and I AM SOLD! I'm never leaving that baby!

    Aggie
    http://lawyerlives.blogspot.com

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  66. Awesome post! I've found that Clarisonic doesn't work for me either - lately, it has been scrubbing my skin raw. That said, before my skin went into this weird phase, I loved the Clarisonic. And I've never tried MAC brushes, but my Sigma brushes are wonderful - soft, blend well, last - unlike the cheap drugstore brushes I had been using! (With those, my face got coated with brush hairs, not makeup! :) )

    http://fleurdeliz5.blogspot.com/

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  67. I'm really impressed at how much time and though you put into each and every post! Thank you Elle! ;)

    embracethebest.com: beauty, fashion, singing, dancing, magic, languages, and other tips and tricks!

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  68. Totally agree with what you said about the Beauty Blender Sponge. Tried it and thought it was a waste of time and effort.
    Thanks for the review thought Elle!

    http://emilysrambless.blogspot.co.uk

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  69. GREAT POST!! I've been thinking of getting a clarisonic for a long time now but you have finally convinced me. I agree with a lot of your other reviews as well: I love my naked palette, MAC brushes are my fave and the only ones I use, and my beauty blender is great but I never use it because it's a pain to clean it.

    I've followed your blog hope you can do the same as well! xoxo

    http://fashionablybrokeass.blogspot.ca

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  70. Great post. I see everyone on YouTube (except myself) and you seems like lol using the beauty blender and often wonder if it's worth it.
    I'm a brush gal too!

    http://kellysvida.blogspot.com

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  71. we love this post! you should do more worth the hype ones

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  72. great post Elle :) <3

    anccblog.blogspot.com

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  73. Really like this series. :3 Hyped products are sometimes the hardest things to have a negative opinion on. So it's nice to see some varied opinions. :3

    I also have a giveaway running on my blog at the moment. :3 Just for anyone who is interested.

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  74. I really think you should continue with this series! I love knowing what you think of products like this and amazing job!

    www.evithefashionista.blogspot.com

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  75. I LOVE the beauty blender so much. I always thought I didn't need it and have always used my hands for my own make up but as I'm a beauty therapist, when I do make up on clients I obviously use sponges, so thought I'd try out the beauty blender for work. It was so amazing I decided to get a few for myself too! I still apply foundation with my fingers but beauty blender is perfect for melting and blending your concealer in without buffing it off. So tempted to get the naked palette now too!!

    Tara
    frostedplanet.blogspot.com

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  76. Love all the products!!!

    Please check out my beauty blog: http://2ferocious.blogspot.com

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  77. Thanks for the post, I feel like I always want to try the things beauty gurus tries and I feel like the naked palette is worth it :)

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  78. Thanks for the post, it helped. I'm running low on my cleanser and was debating on the philosophy one but now I think I'll find another one instead. & I love my Naked 1 palette, I don't think I'd ever have the need to get the second one.. just not worth it in my opinion. Too similar :(

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  79. thank you so much, this helps A LOT! <3 could you do a "worth the hype" post on MAC eyeshadows or marc jacobs perfums, because they're quite expensive too for students :)

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  80. Thanks for the post! I love my Urban Decay Naked palette and my clarisonic. I agree with you and they are worth the hype!

    www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/lauraumana

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  81. Loved this post! There are so many products out there that people rave about that it's always hard to see which ones are really worth it. Thanks!

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  82. Love this post! I love the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, they are totally worth the hype! And I've always wanted to try the Clarisonic.

    http://cashmereconfession.blogspot.com/

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  83. Thank you so much for this post, especially the part about the Clarisonic- it really HURT my face and silly me thought this was normal.

    Using it as a body exfoliator is a great idea!!

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  84. i love all of these products & use them all the time! i have a really old set of mac brushes, but i would love to try other brands :)

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  85. Love this post! I don't think I've given my beauty blender as much "play time" as my foundation brushes, so maybe I can't say this with complete certainty, but I am not ALL that impressed with it. I don't think it provides any more coverage than a flat top synthetic brush and it takes me longer to apply with the beauty blender. Maybe it's just me though! xo

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  86. I remember umming and ahhhing over wether to buy a clarisonic - I am so glad I did :-)
    Zoe x
    dailyfacebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  87. Great post, would love to see it as a regular feature!
    About the Clarisonic, since you use it on your body (the regular brush head?), do you think it's not worth it to buy the Clarisonic PLUS which has a body brush head? I'm debating about which to purchase! Thanks!

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  88. Hi Elle, I have been following you on Youtube for several years now and while I still love your videos, I am thrilled that you have started a new blog, it is informing and engaging. You express yourself very well in writing! xo

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  89. I was thinking about getting the clarasonic, so thanks for posting about this (:

    pnncy.blogspot.com

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  90. It continues to amaze me that people still think Hakuhodo brushes are so expensive. It depends on which ferrule and handle you choose. The basic line (black handles, silver ferrules) are the same price if not less than most of the similar mac ones. The difference in the lines is in the ferule and handle, not in the brush head itself. So take a look at the cheaper lines from Hakuhodo and skip MAC all together!

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  91. The Clarisonic isn't really meant to exfoliate. It's job is to cleanse. You aren't supposed to scrub it onto your face. You move it gently from point to point so it vibrates the dirt and sebum out of your pores. Most people who can't use it on their face are using it too harshly, (Most people, not all cases. If you have super, super sensitive skin, then that's another story! :)). Also, some people who use it for the first time or use it only periodically find that it breaks them out. This is because it's getting so much out of your pores that your normal cleanser can't get. When all the extra dirt and oil rises to the surface, it can cause you to break out. Once you make it past the purging stage and use your Clarisonic continuously, it shouldn't cause breakouts any more. I've had mine for years and love it.

    Love your blog, Elle! :)

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  92. MAC lipsticks, Benefit erase paste & Tarte Amazonin clay foundation...are they worth the hype?

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  93. elle, i absoloutely love your blog, i have read every single blogpost , i always like it but for some reason i don't comment! keep up the good work! it makes my day when you upload a post a video or a vlog, even your tweets excite me <3

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  94. Elle what about la mer's creme de la mer, and lip balm- by terry's lip balm- tom fords lipsticks- cle de peaus concealer- diors diorshow orignal- embryolisse lait creme concentre- lushs dream cream.

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  95. elle, your posts have been really helpful and this one is one of the best i think!

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  96. Hi Elle!I have always been appreciating your useful sharing. Loved your post! I also want to drag your attention on the latest beauty products!

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  97. i'm curious if you could do a review on the GLAMGLOW Super-MudTM Clearing Treatment.

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