To followup on my Best of 2020 Beauty + Books, I wanted to share the makeup I tried, books I read, movies and tv shows I watched, and video games I played that I did not like. I believe it is great to share what I like, but it is also good to share the things I do not like.
Beauty Bakerie Pisa Cake Blush Palette: The Pisa Cake Blush Palette has 3 blush shades, and they have good pigment. I used the shade Icing in my Summer Sunset Makeup Look, and it looked pretty. However, the blush shades have a lot of fallout in the pan. I do not mind if makeup has a little fallout because it is expected with powder products, but when there is so much fallout and the powder gets in the other shades, I feel like it is so wasteful.
Beauty Bakerie Spray Your Grace Setting Spray: The Spray Your Grace Setting Spray is effective and helps my makeup last longer throughout the day, but there is one huge con. When I use the setting spray, it burns my eyes, and my eyes are closed. I do not have that problem with any other setting spray I have used including the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray. Since the setting spray burns my eyes, I do not use it and I had to throw it away because I cannot even use it to wet brushes when doing my makeup.
Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil in C’est La Vie: I bought the Essence Eye Pencil to use in my Blue Moon Makeup Look, and it is a pretty silver shade. However, the first time I used the eye pencil it broke, and I did not twist it up that much. I feel like I wasted product, and also since it is a twist-up eye pencil, I cannot sharpen it to keep a fine point.
Laritzy Lip Stix in Scarlet: I used the Lip Stix in my Dark Alice Halloween Makeup Look, and it is a pretty scarlet shade. However, I do not really care for the Lip Stix because it is a combination of a lip liner and a lipstick, but it is too big to line my lips and it was just decent as a lipstick. Furthermore, I only have regular-sized sharpeners so I would need to buy a separate large sharpener when it gets dull, which is not convenient.
OPV Beauty Stick Foundation: I have been wanting to try a stick foundation because of how easy they are to use, and I decided to try the OPV Beauty Stick Foundation, which I have used in my Summer Sunset Makeup Look and the Draw My Makeup Challenge. The stick foundation is easy to apply, but I prefer a full coverage foundation. The stick foundation can be built up to have light to medium coverage, but I feel like it takes longer to put on several layers of the stick foundation than it is to use a liquid foundation. For these reasons, I am not the biggest fan of the stick foundation.
This year I have stuck to a pretty consistent skin care routine, which I shared in My 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin. I am mostly using the same products now, and instead of the Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum, I am using Balance Me Congested Skin Serum. I am also using The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion instead of the Wheesht Balancing Day Cream. Besides these two skincare products, I have only tried a few different masks including The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and the Murad Clarifying Mask. I have liked using these new skincare products, so I do not have any that I would not recommend.
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson: Another Brooklyn was the second book I read by Jacqueline Woodson, and I did not really like it. The book follows August who returns to Brooklyn after her father’s death and she meets an old friend that brings up memories from when she grew up there in the 1970s. I felt the book was disjointed, and it was hard to follow the story because the scenes are choppy and the book kept going from the past and present without a clear structure. After reading this book, I did read Brown Girl Dreaming, which I thought was insightful because it is about Woodson’s own childhood during the 1960s and 1970s.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: I reviewed We Have Always Lived in the Castle earlier this year, and I did not care for it at all. We Have Always Lived in the Castle follows Mary Katherine (Merricat) Blackwood who lives with her sister Constance and their uncle Julian after their family experienced a tragedy that left them isolated. Their cousin with ulterior motives then arrives and threatens their world. I thought the characters were too strange, and the plot was too slow to the point that I felt like not much happened.
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017): I loved Bad Moms (2016), but I did not really care for this sequel. In the second movie, Amy, Kiki, and Carla rebel against the burden of arranging Christmas for their families while dealing with a visit from their own mothers. I liked that the movie took place during Christmas because the holidays tend to be stressful, but the movie focused more on the main character’s mothers instead of them. Also, I feel like this movie is nowhere near as good as the first.
Cuties (2020): I heard talk about this movie on Twitter, and I doubted it was as bad as people were saying, but it is THAT bad. The movie is about Amy who is an 11-year-old girl that joins a group of dancers from her school named the cuties. This movie is horrible and I recommend no one watches it.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020): I watched this movie last month because I love Christmas movies and musicals, but this one was terrible. This movie is about a woman (Christine Baranski) who plans to sell a small town without regard for the people who live there, and she receives a visit from an angel (Dolly Parton). This movie is literally non-stop singing, and to me, the songs were not even that great. I also felt like all the dancing was unnecessary and took away from the plot that was there. The only redeeming quality of this movie is Christine Baranski, but she could not save the movie. This Christmas movie was definitely not for me.
The Kissing Booth 2 (2020): I did not care for The Kissing Booth (2018), but I decided to watch the sequel because I like Joey King. In the sequel, Noah is off to Harvard and Elle (Joey King) heads back to high school for her senior year where she juggles her long-distance relationship with Noah, college applications, and a new friendship with a classmate. Like the first movie, I found this one predictable, and I did not like it either.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020): In this movie, Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and has a rough patch with her boyfriend Kevin, and Princess Stacy comes to help. I loved The Princess Switch (2018), and it was nice seeing what happened next, but I feel like the sequel was unnecessary. The switch this time felt forced because they had to come up with some reason for Margaret and Stacy to switch places again. Also, it was a bit much having Vanessa Hudgens play 3 characters in the same movie!
The Big Flower Fight: In this series, 10 teams of florists, sculptors, and garden designers compete to create extravagant floral installations. I watched a few episodes of this series, but I did not really care for it. I much prefer baking and cooking competitions over people making big floral arrangements.
The Haunting of Bly Manor: I loved The Haunting of Hill House, and I was looking forward to the next season, but I did not really like it. In The Haunting of Bly Manor, a young governess arrives at Bly Manor and begins to see apparitions haunting the estate. In Bly Manor, some of the same cast returned to play different roles, which I liked. However, Bly Manor is slow at the start, but it does pick up in the second half of the series. There are some creepy scenes in Bly Manor, but Hill House is way creepier. I also found the storyline confusing, but answers about what is going are revealed during later episodes.
I Am Not Okay With This: I watched all episodes of I Am Not Okay With This, but I do not remember anything about it including who was in it or what happened, which tells me that the series is forgettable because I can remember other series I watched at the beginning of 2020. A quick Google search tells me the series is about a teen who navigates the complexities of high school, family, and her sexuality while dealing with new superpowers. Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff are both in the series, and I liked them in It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019), but I honestly cannot remember anything that happened in this series.
Love Is Blind: I know a lot of people love this show, but I found it a bit boring. In Love Is Blind, singles try to find a match and fall in love without ever seeing each other face-to-face. The show definitely has an interesting concept, but I could not watch more than a few episodes.
Layers of Fear: I watched a playthrough of the first part of this game some years back, and I decided to play it when Epic Games had it for free on their store. Layers of Fear is a psychological horror game where you take control of a painter whose sole purpose is to finish his masterpiece. I have not finished playing the game, but it is just a bunch of jumpscares. I like the setting of the Victorian mansion, but all the scares are cheap and relied on loud noises and things flying across the room. Others may like this game, but it is not my cup of tea.
Nancy Drew Midnight in Salem: Since 1998, Her Interactive has released yearly and bi-yearly Nancy Drew PC games, but after Sea of Darkness was released in 2015, Her Interactive decided to switch to Unity for their future games. This leads to a huge delay in the release of their next game, and on top of that there was a change in management and the in-house staff including the voice actress for Nancy Drew was fired. A lot of Nancy Drew fans including myself gave up hope that a new game was ever going to be released, but at the end of 2019, Midnight in Salem was finally released. However, from the beginning, there were problems with the game. First off, many people were complaining that they could not get past the start screen even though they had no problem playing previous Nancy Drew games, so I did not attempt to play the game until I got my new gaming laptop. My new laptop was able to play the game fine, but in my Ranking Every Nancy Drew PC Game post, it is by far the worst Nancy Drew game out of all 33 games. The plot of the game seemed like it would be interesting because it is about Nancy investigating the arson at the Hathorne House which was owned by Judge John Hathorne who was the inquisitor of the Salem witch trials, however, very little of the game is focused on the arson case. Furthermore, the whole point of Her Interactive switching to Unity was to have more realistic graphics and a better movement system from the point-and-click movement of the older games, but the graphics are subpar and the movement system is clunky. The switch to Unity was a mistake because there was nothing wrong with the previous games and just the graphics of Sea of Darkness are 1000 times better than Midnight in Salem, which you can see in the gifs below. Also, the Nancy Drew games are known for having puzzles, but in this game, there are very few puzzles and most of the puzzles are only in the last part of the game. Midnight in Salem definitely felt rushed and like a fanmade game because of how unfinished it is, and I would not recommend playing it unless you have played every other Nancy Drew game which are better than this one.
Be sure to check out my previous Worst of Beauty + Books posts!
- Worst of 2019 Beauty + Books
- Worst of 2018 Beauty + Books
- Worst of 2017 Beauty + Books
- Worst of 2016 Beauty
What were your least favorite products, books, movies, series, and video games from 2020?