February Hit and Miss List

February Hit and Miss List

Has it been a month already? How is it that February is over? Oh right, it only has 28 days. Damn. :P

Another month means another hit and miss list for February. These are the products I’ve recently discovered or oldies I’ve rediscovered that I like or came to dislike. It’s not a lot but there are some goodies in there. Maybe there’s something in there you’ve tried too?

All right, let’s get started with this month’s hits and misses!

The Hit List

Natralus Paw Paw Ointment
This is a rediscovery for me. I stopped using it in cold weather because it’s very difficult to squeeze out of the tube when it’s cold because the ointment hardens. When I try to squeeze the tube when the ointment is hard, I’m always half expecting the tube to explode. Now that it’s summer, the ointment has softened significantly and it’s so easy to dispense. I apply it on my lips every night before bed and wake up to plump, soft lips in the morning. Bye bye chapped lips!

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Body Wash*
I don’t normally like the scent of cocoa butter in, well, anything so I was quite skeptical about using this one. Good to know that it smells more nutty than cocoa-buttery, which is more than bearable for me. Plus it feels good on the skin and it’s affordable so it’s big plusses for me. Definitely worth a repurchase or three.

Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 2 Shampoo*
This was love at first wash. It’s a shampoo that feels like one of those 2-in-1 conditioning shampoo things. Makes my dry hair feel amazing and clean without stripping it off its moisture. Most importantly, it smells OH SO GOOD. I’m definitely getting another bottle of this once it’s finished.

Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil
I bought this from Crush Cosmetics a few weeks ago and it’s a pretty damn good eyeliner. It goes on the lids very smoothly without dragging and the best part of all, it stays on for ages without a single smudge. I haven’t used Jordana makeup in years but now, I’m so ready to give them a try again.

The Miss List

Avene Micellar Lotion
This is one of ‘em popular micellar waters and is often compared to Bioderma’s Crealine H20. In terms of makeup removal, it does exactly the same job. The problem I have with it is that 1) it stings my eyes and 2) I can’t stand the scent. It’s a typical Avene scent (I don’t know how to describe it but almost every Avene product has the same fragrance), which I’m usually okay with but in the Micellar Lotion, it’s like a double whammy of Avene. Don’t like it at all. I’ve resorted to only using this to remove makeup swatches during product photography.

Pears Transparent Soap

Pears Transparent Soap
I love Pears’ handwash. Love it. I also really like the shower gel. So when I saw the transparent bar soap on sale at Aldi, I thought hey, for $1.70, why not? Unfortunately, it’s nowhere near the quality of the shower gel or handwash. The soap is terribly drying leaves the skin feeling tight after every shower. The shower gel and handwash are moisturising on the skin but the soap isn’t. I can’t even use this on my makeup brushes. :(

What are your hits and misses for February? Is there anything I should try out or stay away from?

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8 comments… add one

  1. Allison

    Such an interesting list! Even though I have color treated hair, I love the Kerastase Balm Satin. The scent is fantastic, and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling dirty like the pink Kerastase for color treated hair. A keeper, for sure. I don’t know whether we’ve got that Paw Paw lip balm in the US, but I’m gonna google it! I didn’t realize that Jordana was an international brand. Milani makes it so I’m not surprised it’s a good one. Reading your review of Pear’s soap brought me for a stroll down memory lane. I used to use it in college and haven’t used it since. It had a very particular scent, not bad, not really good but unique to Pear’s. Back then my skin wasn’t so dry so I guess I’ll leave it a memory. Speaking of oldies but goodies, I just revisited a brand I used to use and I still like it for occasional use: DermaFreeze365 Instant AA Eye Cream for my droopy upper eyelids — for special occasions lol.
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    1. Tine

      We don;t have DermaFreeze365 here I think. I must check! They don’t sell Jordana and Milani in stores here but I can get them in Aussie online stores instead. Prices are definitely higher than US retail but it’s still cheaper than a lot of drugstore brands here.

  2. M&L

    The Jordana liquid eyeliner pencil looks really interesting! Do you use it on your waterline? Or as a replacement for the liquid liners? Based on the reviews I’ve read, the Avene micellar solution seems to be a thumbs down for most people…What a waste :(
    By the way, we tagged you to do the Lipstick tag! Would love to hear your responses to the questions :)
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    1. Tine

      Yep I do use it on the waterline and also use it as a regular eyeliner. It doesn’t replace liquid eyeliners; it doesn’t have that slick, glossy look.

      Oooh thanks for the tag! I’ll check it out :D x

  3. Chelsea

    I nearly picked up that pears soap, too! I thought It’d be great to have on hand. Obviously not. Sigh.
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    1. Tine

      Nah, don’t waste your money, even if it’s not a lot of money. Drying stuff, awful on the skin.

  4. Beauty Box

    I really like your hits and misses posts because you include such interesting picks :) Hope that this will be a long-standing series. I was curious about the Avene micellar water but since it stings the eyes I’ll prob not try it at all unless I can get it for cheap. I use a separate eyemakeup remover if I use micellar water so I don’t mind it if it’s cheaper haha….If I pay top dollar for a cleansing product, e.g. shu uemura cleansing oil – it better remove ALL my makeup. Btw, I’m surprised that Jordana has such a good eyeliner pencil. I once tried their liquid eyeliner – it was so gross; it was literally like a black magic pen which pulled on my eyelids. Super duper cheap ass!! LOL!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks, so glad you enjoy ‘em. :)
      I had low hopes for the Jordana pencil, to be honest. I’ve tried a couple of their makeup a long time ago and they were not good. I only got this because it was recommended by Emily from The Beauty Broadcast (blog and YouTube). When I tried it out, mmm not bad. After having it on for many hours, that “mmm not bad” became “okay this is pretty damn good”.
      Yeah, I didn’t like the Avene micellar water. I use it to remove lip makeup (other than arm swatches) but even then, the taste is not nice.

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