Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Products I regret* buying

*I feel like regret is the wrong word. And rather harsh.
There's nothing particularly "offensive" about these products, I just haven't found the right way to get them to work for me as yet!

Also in this era of blogs and YouTubes, I personally find that the "risk" of buying new products is significantly reduced by going online and checking reviews/opinions of beauty bloggers/YouTubers before investing in any particular make-up, haircare, skincare etc product.

Therefore the products below might be perfectly lovely for you, but I just don't get along with them so far!

Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle

This product seemed to come out of nowhere in a great big whoosh of blogger rave reviews.
Being the easily influenced wee soul that I am, I was desperate to get my hands on some in a bid to boost my barnet, but it was always sold out. When I eventually came across some cans in my local Boots I snapped one up (I resisted temptation to buy the three on the shelf) and couldn't wait to try it out.

Sadly I've found the effect to be more bleurgh than backcombed.
I find it far too sticky at my roots, and leaves my hair feeling lank and a bit itchy.
Any tips to make it work?!

MAC Prep + Prime Eye

I've previously discussed this as part of my Prep+Prime Vs UDPP post here.

In my opion the Urban Decay Primer Potion is the far superior product, despite being the same price as the Prep + Prime. This MAC product is very much like a creamy concealer, and doesn't last very long on my lids, which I was rather surprised/disappointed about, as I know the Prep+Prime range is an established, well-regarding range of MAC products.

Dove Pro-Age Serum

This is one of those its-not-a-regret-just-an-admission-its-not-for-my-skintype product - evidently the clue is in the name (Pro-age), i.e. for more "mature" skin types, and therefore it's too "much" for my 23 year old skin!

As you can see I did persevere for some time with this serum, but it's just simply too thick/rich/gloopy for my skin, and I feel it leaves a film which leads to spots.

Miss Sporty Liquid Eyeshadows

I want to love these, I really do: only £1.99 each and when swatched they are beautiful jewel-like metallic colours.

But when I put them on my eyelids (even over primer), they seem to just...disappear.

I've also struggled to find a brush to apply them with that they don't get absorbed by.


Collection 2000 Dazzle Me! Dust

The problem here is not so much the product itself (a beautiful golden fine-milled eyeshadow powder, which Laura at Lollipop26/Buy Now Blog Later once said she uses as her inner-corner eyeshadow, hence my purchase!), but the packaging.

The lid doesn't even need to be off for the dust to go EVERYWHERE.
And as much as I love channelling my inner Tinkerbell (being the big disney-loving kid I am), sometimes a coating of sparkly gold eyeshadow over everything is just a bit much!

I'm actually considering decanting it into a better pot and using it as a cheekbone highlight...

Gosh Darling Lipstick

Another cult classic that I "had" to try (despite knowing fine well that me and my very-pigmented lips just don't suit nude lipcolours!).

Therein lies my biggest problem with this lipstick: the fact I stupidly forked out nearly a fiver on a product I knew that I would probably never use, given that my natural lip line seems to bleed out around any nude colour I put on my lips!

The actual product itself is lovely: very creamy and a much more wearable nude shade (for other people!) than, for example, the very concealer-like 101 shade by Barry M.

Veet Hair Minimising Body Lotion

Another impulse buy which I was drawn to given that:
A. It was on offer as a newly launched product
B. I am of the, ahem, hairy sort, and anything that promises to help me tackle this problem I will always buy!

You're meant to use this for around 2 weeks straight I believe before seeing any results, and whilst I might not have strictly stuck to this "regime" (and therefore can't really expect to see miracles), I find it's really drying on my skin and I don't like the fake, plastic-y smell that comes with it.

It has been marketed as a product that can be used all over the body, but when I used it I stuck only to my legs as I can't imagine using it elsewhere.

Do you have any products that are more of a miss than a hit?!

Melanie x


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