Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bougie Brie's Monthly Bummers - September Edition

Bottom Five of The Month

Welcome to Monthly Bummers! Every other month I will be putting together a bummer list - a list of products that just didn't work out for me for one reason or another. On alternating months, I will be issuing a Bougie Brie's Best in Beauty, so keep your eye out for that at the end of this month! 
  • Kat Von D - Lock It Foundation: Guys, I have tried like hell to make this foundation work for me. I have had it for almost 9 months and recently I forced myself to put it in my A Palette & A Partner series to see if there was any way to make it work. I tried it with hydrating primers, pore filling primers, brightening primers, primer sprays, no primer at all, setting sprays, finishing spring, foundation powders, setting powders, translucent powders....you get what I am saying here, right? The point is that I tried so hard to find a way to make this work on my skin. Initially, when I purchased the foundation, I loved it...so I thought. I noticed quickly that it separated quite easily and looked cakey. I also switched from a kabuki foundation brush to a beauty sponge, but nothing changed the outcome. I don't know why it didn't work, I just know it didn't work and that I no longer want to invest so much time into making a foundation work when I have 20 others that don't cause me such difficulty. I tried though....

  • Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SBF: I purchased this product a couple of months ago, hoping to find a lightweight BB Cream to use on those “Makeup, No Makeup” days. I generally find Dr. Jart’s product quite useful, particularly his skin care products, however, this BB Cream was not for me. It’s definitely not Person of Color Friendly. I am a lighter skinned African-American woman with a heavy yellow undertone. This product made my skin look grey and I looked incredibly ill. It only came it two shades and is not something that was suitable for me. Dr. Jart’s skin care products are top notch, but this Beauty Balm is less than stellar.

  • ·      Wet n Wild – Pedal Pusher: I originally purchased this drugstore eyeshadow palette several years ago during graduate school. I liked the color scheme, as purple tones look great on my dark eyes, and it was affordable for a struggling and broke graduate student. At the time, it was affordable and appropriate for school and work and met my needs. Fast forward to 2017, when I repurchased the palette after rediscovering the beauty of purple on my eyelids. I ran across this palette in my local 5 Below, which is my personal “don’t need, but have to buy it because it’s inexpensive” Mecca. The palette ended up in one of my weekly palette rotations, and I used it several times. I am not sure if the formula has changed or my bougieness is in overdrive, but I do not like the looks that I come up with when using this palette. The shades just muddy together and end up looking like a dark gray cloud. In defense of my bougieness, I own other Wet n Wild palette (like the Comfort Zone) and I love them and recommend them to novice & experienced makeup users alike.


  • ·      It Cosmetics Pumps & Packaging: Ok, let me start by saying that I really like It Cosmetics. I love their CC Cream in Tan and I have a backup. I love their face powders and I really love their primer. This is the problem I am having with It Cosmetics…..I don’t get full use of the product because of the pump's malfunction and it’s impossible to unscrew the top to pour out the rest of the product. I use their primer most days but the pump always squirts out too much or not enough product. I can see through the plastic tube and I know that there is at least approximately ¼ of the product left and the fact that I cannot access is frustrating, wasteful (money & product) and uncool. It Cosmetics – Fix Your Packaging.



  • ·      Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation: I received this product complimentary from #Influenster, and I was grateful to test it out. I wore it every day for a week straight. The color match was dead on - #757 Golden Tan. I knew it was going to be a “healthy” looking type of finish, hence the name, but what happened was a shiny, oily, mess of a face that wouldn’t set with powder and was unflattering to me. I will say that I have combination skin and I do prefer a matte, even a powdery finish, but this was too much. I think if you have dry skin and like more of a healthy glow of a look, this might work for you, but if you are expecting a matte finish, this isn’t the one for you.