Recently I’ve really been loving reading anti-hauls, every time I see that someone’s posted one I get a little bit excited. I have no idea why I like reading them so much but I figured I should do my very own one too! I’m a sucker for buying things I really don’t need and I’m always having to stop myself from spending money in the shops so if there’s something I’m put off buying, I’ve definitely got good reasoning. I want to do more anti-hauls in the future as well so let me know if you like them. These are the products I’ve turned my nose up at most recently.
Maybelline Tattoo Eyebrow Peel-Off Tint
I feel like a bit of a negative Nancy for including this product because so many people have been getting excited about it and singing its praises. The idea of this product is that you draw on your brows as normal, leave the product to set for 20 minutes and then peel off its top layer to give you eyebrows that are meant to last for 3 days. The main reason I won’t be buying this product is that I don’t like the idea of the commitment. What if I applied it but then woke up late the next day and didn’t have time to apply the rest of my make-up? My eyebrows would look really odd on my face. I also don’t like the idea that when I’ve done all of my skincare and I’m in bed, I’m still not technically make-up free. I love totally stripping my face of a night and feeling cleansed and bare but I don’t think it’d feel the same knowing I’ve still got my eyebrows on. This could be a really cool product if you’re on holiday or something and want your eyebrows to stay intact whilst swimming without having to waste time filling them in everyday. Other than that, I’m personally just not on board at all.
NY Professional Makeup ‘In Your Element’ Eyeshadow Palettes
I’m probably going to surprise some people by including my beloved NYX in an anti-haul but I just feel a little bit let down with the release of their newest palette range. Don’t get me wrong, the actual products are really not the problem. I was so excited for this launch, I thought the concept of an elements theme was an amazing idea. I’m absolutely in love with the look of all the palettes, especially the ‘fire’ palette pictured above as it’s exactly my kind of thing. The quality of NYX’s eyeshadows are always amazing, the pigmentation is incredible and they have such a wide range of choices. The thing that’s letting me down is the price tag. I’ve always loved NYX because they’re the one brand that consistently bring out products that are just as good as high-end brands except priced at a much more affordable value. That’s everything I could want in a make-up brand. However, these palettes have been released at £25 each which is £10 more than their usual pricing of palettes and I just can’t understand it. Considering that a Morphe palette is around the same price yet with way more colours in, I’d be way more likely to just buy another Morphe palette as it’s better value for money. I understand that NYX probably want to step up price-wise to match competing brands but people love them for their affordability so it’s a shame that they’re getting a little more expensive.
Kat Von D Beauty Saint + Sinner Eyeshadow Palette
The reason I’m including this palette is pretty much the same sort of reason as with the NYX palettes. £67 is getting a bit ridiculous for an eyeshadow palette in my opinion. When you bare in mind that much-loved high-end eyeshadow palettes such as ABH’s Modern Renaissance are usually priced at around the £40 mark, this is just something I wouldn’t pay out. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the look of this palette as well. It has some really great bright colours in, I’m loving my bright eyeshadows recently so it would’ve been a perfect addition to my collection. Unfortunately though, not everyone can afford to fork out £70 for a beauty product especially when there’s cheaper, amazing quality contenders out there.
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in ‘Trophy Wife’
I’m absolutely loving the look of almost all of the Fenty Beauty range, the foundation looks incredible and I basically need the Gloss Bomb Lip Luminizer. There’s a lot of hype in general over Rihanna’s new beauty range but I’ve seen a lot of attention drawn towards this particular highlighter. It’s the only thing I’m not really understanding, I get that there’s this ‘popping highlighter’ trend but I just can’t see me being able to work a gold this bright, it’s literally blinding in the swatches I’ve seen. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t like yellow gold in general. There are some people that have managed to pull this off but I usually reach for lower key, pink-toned highlighters personally so I think this is just a bit too ‘out there’ for me. Props to anyone that’s completely working it, though.
KKW Beauty Crème Contour and Highlight Kit
I don’t pay attention to the Kardashians, I’ve never followed their lives and I’ve never been interested in buying their beauty products. They’re priced highly just because they’re Kardashian-endorsed which I find a bit ridiculous. I’ve heard a lot of negative things about this product in particular; I’ve read that it’s difficult to blend, the highlight is disappointing, it wipes off your foundation when you apply it and most of all, that dreaded bloody brush that comes with it just looks awful. Honestly, Rimmel do a contour stick for £6.99 and it’s one of the best products I’ve ever used, it blends like a dream so I’ll be sticking to that.
The Lush Halloween Collection
Lush, I am truly sorry for including you in an anti-haul but please bare with me, I have my reasons. When it comes to Halloween and Christmas, I’ll usually go mad over the Lush ranges and splurge my money because festive bath products are just wonderful. Some of the designs they’ve come up with this year are really cool. The reason I won’t be buying the Halloween range nor probably the Christmas range either is that it just gets far too expensive. When it’s about £5 for each bath bomb and then £10 upwards for things like shower gels, you can easily rinse your bank account in there. I’m trying to save my money and not spend it on unnecessary things and unfortunately, I have to label Lush as one of these things. I might treat myself to literally one thing per festive range (the Pumpkin bath bomb and obviously the Snow Fairy shower gel) but I definitely can’t go splurging anymore as it just gets silly. It’s definitely more for buying one product as a little self-care treat now and again rather than buying everything in sight. I still love you, Lush.
Cropped and Ripped Jumpers
I’m probably going to sound like a bit of a granny for this one but I just don’t understand jumpers that are cropped. Nor do I understand clothes with holes, rips and shreds all over them. I don’t like the way it looks for a start, it just looks like moths have been eating at your clothes or they’ve got caught in the tumble drier. The thing that doesn’t make sense the most though is when jumpers that are literally made for keeping you warm have got literal holes in and show off your belly. That’s just the opposite of what a jumper is meant to do. Give me a huge, thick, long, woolly jumper any day.
What products are you steering clear of at the moment?