Thursday, December 27, 2012

Beauty Products That I Regret Purchasing / Wouldn't Recommend For This Year: 2012

I so often do reviews on products that I love and talk about my favorites here on the blog. I am in fact in the process of choosing my favorites for this past year of 2012. This one is going to be a little different. Every so often I come across products that I really don't like at all. Some are so talked about and hyped up which is why I purchase in the first place hoping to see what is so beloved about them. Perhaps some of these products are just a personal preference and don't work for me while they are amazing for others. If you have one of these and really like it please comment below telling me why it works well for you and perhaps some ideas for application that I hadn't realized before. Most items are even from my favorite brands of which some of my favorite products belong to as well. Beauty purchases can really add up and get super expensive which is why I feel the need to do this post warning of what I think others should be wary of.

Here's a list of some of the items I purchased this past year that I don't think are worth purchasing with a small description as well:

Mac Cleanse Off Oil-

Why I purchased it: First off I have to say I can't really think of a product from Mac that really disappointed me yet and that's saying a lot as I have many in my collection. This one though was a really big problem for me. I was at a Mac counter and it just so happened that I was looking for a makeup remover. I had heard such great things about it and on top of that the girl that was helping me totally had me convinced! I'm happy that I chose to test the small size because after using it 5 times it just had to be tossed.

Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It was greasy and extremely irritating to my eyes even getting into them & causing my vision to be blurry. I tried applying it with a q- tip, keeping my eyes shut while putting it on, using just a tiny amount with my fingers and absolutely nothing worked it kept managing to get into my eyes and annoy me. I had a pretty bad experience with it to say the least.

Covergirl Lashblast Fusion Waterproof Mascara in the Purple Tube-

Why I purchased it: I have tried many Covergirl Mascaras and really liked them all. One that I have repurchased dozens of times and always have in my collection is the Lashblast Fusion in the Orange Tube. I ran out of that one at some point and while I was at the drugstore I decided to pick up a new one. They were out of the Orange Tube and it seemed to me that the Purple was pretty similar.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It turns out that the tube looks exactly alike as well as it's wand but the product inside is a completely different formula. It did absolutely nothing for my lashes. It didn't keep a curl, it didn't lengthen or volumize the way the orange tube always does and so it just wasn't a very good product in my opinion.

Smashbox High Definiton Healthy FX Foundation-

Why I purchased it: You may have noticed how much I love Smashbox as I talk about their products all the time. Ever since trying my very first item from their line I just couldn't get enough. I found their bb cream, tinted moisturizer and even their other foundations to be great and reliable.

Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: This specific one really didn't work for me. I tried a couple of shades and each one just didn't match up well. I also noticed that it oxidized a little after a few minutes turning a little darker then the shade it should have been in the bottle. It wasn't a very blendable formula either as it was a very dry formulation and I tried it in the Winter when my skin gets dry in some areas.

Elf Undereye Concealer and Higlighter-

Why I purchased it: I have been pleasantly surprised with many elf products as they are
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: The concealer side was very dry and didn't blend well under my eyes. It just caked up and settled into fine lines almost immediately. The highlighter side was just as disappointing- too liquidey feeling, it took off a layer of makeup as it was blended in and it was very matte which just looked like a white war stripe instead of a subtle glow which is what I expect from my highlighters.

Dior Show Mascara-

Why I purchased it: Because of the rave reviews. I usually really like a medium dry formula when it comes to a mascara so this seemed like a great choice.

Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It was too dry, flaked off and irritated my eyes and clumped up during application. Also, the product in the tube dried out about a month and a half after I purchased it and the price is quite steep for a mascara.

Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner Pen-

Why I purchased it: I love liquid liners and really liked the colorstay regular liquid eyeliner I thought one in pen form would make application easier. It does if you have one that works.

Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: the color was extremely washed out looking. I bought it in blackest black but it looked light gray. I shook it up hoping that would help and it didn't. I even went and bought a second one thinking this one was faulty or dried out but it was the same story. Since it was so washed out looking the color hardly lasted. I like my eyeliners to be dark and bold not gray and washed out.

Maybelline Eye Studio Powder Eye Shadows-

Why I Purchased Them: I was so impressed with the color tattoo cream shadows and the eye studio gel liners so I thought I'd have a similar experience with these powder shadows.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: These specific powder shadows did nothing for me. They didn't go on smoothly or blend well, they crumbled everywhere and I don't find them to be ultra pigmented or last very long on my lids. It's too bad because they looked so pretty!

Wet n Wild Original Lipsticks-

Why I Purchased Them: I am amazed by the quality of some of the wet n wilds items as they are just a couple of dollars. Their eye shadows and blushes are easily comparable to many of my favorite high end ones.
Why They Didn't Work Well For Me: These lipsticks were not great at all. They were too matte and totally sucked the moisture out of my lips leaving them parched. The color was too pigmented and too thick to apply properly as well.

Beauty So Clean Sanitizer:

Why I Purchased It: As a makeup artist keeping my kit sanitary and bacteria free at all times is very important. I had heard great things about this sanitizer.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: The spray attachment was faulty so I had to switch the product over to a disposable plastic spray bottle. It didn't come with much product for the amount of money I paid for it and it ran out within 2 weeks. I didn't see much difference between this and my ever reliable alcohol spray sanitizer.

Clean and Clear Toner:

Why I Purchased It: In the Summertime my t-zone gets a little oily and I like to use a toner to help slow the production of oil. My favorite cleanser is from clean and clear and so I figured I'd try something else they had to offer.
Why It Didn't Work Well For Me: It smelled heavily of alcohol and burned my skin as I applied it. It felt very strong and caused my skin to be irritated.

Yes To Cucumbers Face Wipes:

Why I Purchased Them: They were on sale at target when I was there and I always like to have a pack of makeup wipes in my purse for quick fixes.
Why They Didn't Work Well For Me: These weren't very moist and smelled too heavily of cucumber.

Do you have any beauty products that you tried this year that didn't impress you or that you wouldn't repurchase again? Let me know what they are in the comments form below as that is always helpful.

Lookout for my favorites coming soon!

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  1. I've tried a few of the products above and I totally agree. I've never liked any of the Cover Girl lash blast products and the Revlon liquid liner and most Maybelline eye shadows are duds for me.

    I do like cleansing oil, although I've never tried the Mac oil. I use Dermalogica Pre-cleanse. I've been using pre cleanse for years.


    1. it's good to know that I'm not the only one having issues with those products! ill have to try that dermalogica one. thanks for that recc. xx

  2. great selection! Wld love to c u drop by my blog and follow maybe :)

  3. Thanks for sharing...
    I was curious about the mac eye make up remover... i hate greasy things..
    Also..I thought the same about the dior show mascara


    1. I would still say try it just bec diff things sometimes dont work for some and work very well for others. im glad im not the only one that thinks that about the mascara though ;)

  4. Thanks for sharing this, too often I come across positive reviews and it makes you wonder LOL!


    1. your right it really does make me wonder!

  5. great post honey, i really love these products!


  6. Very nice post, and useful ! Thanks for the tips ^^

    Nice blog

    Bisous from FRANCE

  7. i'm surprised about the dior mascara! i've been using that one for a few years and it works perfectly for me!

    i'd recommend diorshow iconic waterproof, in a silver tube. it's wetter, doesn't clump, and makes lashes longer and fuller. it doesn't smudge either.

    1. that's interesting thats why I think some things work so well for some and not so great for others. thanks for the reccomendation will def try that one. xx.

  8. So inspiring,honey!Just what I needed;-)

  9. Love your blog!

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  10. Beauty products do add up over a year and it really sucks when you buy something and end up hating it. I always try and get a sample when I can to test out first, it's saved me a lot of headaches!

    I'm not a fan of the MAC make-up remover either. It just doesn't work for me.

    1. that is a good point trying a sample first is a great idea! thanks!

  11. Thank you for your honest feedback. I've been wanting to try the smashbox hd foundation but haven't dared to. I use MAC foundation and I am pretty happy with it.


    1. U really should try it anyways just because some things may work for one person and not for the other ecspecially foundations since everyone has diff. preferences and skin types. mac foundations are great- most of them that is. xx.

  12. Such a great post! It's actually more useful to know what products didn't work rather than the ones worth buying...
    Happy holidays!

    1. yeah sometimes it really seems that way!

  13. Mac Cleanse off Oil isn't supposed to be an eye makeup remover (I mean you could also use it for that purpose but that's not what it's primarily marketed for). A cleansing oil is meant for your face, to cleanse off any traces of foundation/powder and even sunscreen. And the reason it's oily is because well it's an oil haha. Oils have magnificent properties for makeup removal.

    How its supposed to be used is that you're supposed to massage the oil into your face to get all the makeup off, rinse off with water and then go over it again with your usual face cleanser to get the oily feeling out. This is the double cleansing method and I know many people who have really good skin stick by this method.

    My face has never felt cleaner since I started using cleansing oils and I've never looked back. Try it again, maybe you will like it better.


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