28 July 2013

Products not worth the hype # 2

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Last month I did a 'Products I Regret Buying' post. I decided to do another one as the feedback was so great and it was actually fun writing about all the products I wish I hadn't spent my money on! But I've decided to change the title of these posts to 'Products not worth the hype', as I just think it sounds a bit better. But this is definitely a post of products I regret trying out for size. First up, MAC Fix+. This was a product I had been on and off with wanting to buy for around two years. I wanted to try it because of everyone else saying it was amazing, but the scent of it whenever I tried it in store, wasn't to my taste. Eventually after deciding I'd been curious about this product long enough, I decided to buy it. I wish I had listened to my gut instinct, this is a product I massively regret buying. It wasn't really over priced, I think the amount of product for the price is great and I like the packaging and design of the bottle and spritzer. But I can't abide the smell! It's like a musty cucumber scent. Then there's the fact that it doesn't feel nice like my water sprays do, it feels sticky and heavy and pretty uncomfortable on my skin.  It's meant to work as a makeup refresher spray as well as a makeup setting spray, and for me I'm afraid it does neither. I keep trying it, trying to persuade myself into liking it, but it's just not happening! (MAC, £14.50) Next up is another MAC product (let's get them both out of the way now, shall we!) and one which was my first dabble into this specific product type from MAC. Let's Skate Paint Pot from MAC is a gorgeous pale sheer baby pink with opalescent shimmer and fine glitter running throughout. It has flecks of rose, pink and yellow golden shades and it is absolutely beautiful. But I can't for the life of me get it to work for me! It just creases really easily and it doesn't apply well either. (MAC, £15)

Next up a product I've had hanging around for a year now, and I finally decided to try it after hearing from others that it's one of the best skincare products you could ever use. That's more than enough reason to get me interested in a product, so I started trying it every night. BioEffect EGF Serum, which was one of the products in my Selfridge's Beauty Box, is a very, very expensive serum. You would think from the price that it was a miracle worker and I didn't for a second think I wouldn't get on with it. But I genuinely did not see any benefits from using this serum, which feels very greasy and oily on the skin, at all over a five week period. I was actually really disappointed, the reviews and claims for this product were pretty much hailing it as the best skincare product ever.... (Selfridge's, £125

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Next up, a product that everyone and their mum seems to be in love with at the moment, the Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion*. I actually received this in the goody bag from the #LDNBloggerParty and when I saw it I was so excited to try it. I've seen everyone reviewing it, claiming it's the best gradual tanner from the high-street. I love anything that can give me a healthy, golden tan and so I was super eager to give it a go. But I was let down when I found that just like all other gradual tanners I have tried, it just left me looking orange! I find high-street gradual tanners really have an orange look to them and that's not my personal preference! I think I'll stick to my ever faithful self tanners instead. (Boots, £5.35) Moving onto more makeup, I am so disappointed by the Rimmel ScandalEyes 23 Hour Waterproof Eyeshadow Sticks. I bought two shades; Bad Girl Bronze, which is a really gorgeous chocolate brown with pink and gold shimmer to it and Bulletproof Beige, which is a pale golden beige. So many YouTubers have raved about these eyeshadow sticks, I've watched many tutorials where they have been used and they seem popular albeit with a small shade range. But on my oily lids, these just don't stay. Even with a primer they are creasing within a couple of hours. The shades are really beautiful, I just wish the formula wasn't so creamy as for me, they're just really unwearable. (Boots, £4.49)

And last but not least, a product which has been very popular among bloggers and beauty adorers for a couple of years now, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. I wanted this for absolutely ages but I always felt the price was steep when my O.P.I topcoat does the job perfectly. But then I read a blog post about bargain beauty buys and there was a seller on Amazon selling Seche Vite for just £5.49, bargain! So I decided to give it a go. I am genuinely disappointed that this product didn't work for me - I think it's been so hyped up that I really did think this was going to be an amazing, revolutionary top coat for me. I had expectations so high due to positive (absolute rave, actually) reviews, but it just isn't all it's cracked up to be. It definitely makes my nails look super glossy and it dries as quick as everyone says. But it chips. And when it chips, it takes my nail polish with it. I am really lucky to have strong nails which usually, take to polish so well that I can wear a polish for almost two weeks without any chipping. But with Seche Vite? I've had to change my nail colour four times in the past ten days alone! I know it's definitely Seche Vite which has made my nails chip, as I've tried it with four brands, three of which never, ever chip on me and which I have relied on for years. I'll keep using it for the glossy finish it gives to my nails, but this is one top coat I'm not going to be repurchasing. (Amazon, £5.49) Have any products disappointed you lately?

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  1. I've never wanted to buy Seche Vite as I just know it will crack my polish and chip x

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    1. I wish I had known that before I bought mine xo

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  2. Oh no! I'm so sorry you didn't like the eyeshadow sticks. I completely understand your reasoning, though. I was a little surprised to see them on your list, I'll be honest!

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    1. It's a shame because the shades are stunning xo

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  3. I agree about the Seche Vite - it is no better than any other. It actually dries quickly and often quick dry products are known to chip more easily. I prefer the Orly products. I do like the eyeshadow sticks though - they do last on me! X

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    1. I didn't know that, about fast drying products! xo

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  4. I completely agree with you on the palmers tan and the seche vite top coat. Both of the, just did nothing for me and the tan especially was a nightmare
    Posts like this are more helpful than positive reviews, they save me so much money! :)
    X

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    1. Thanks Katie, so glad you found my post helpful :) xo

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  5. I completely agree with your review of seche vite.....although it gives an amazing glossy finish, it's not worthwhile using it as I used to get chips within a few hours with this. So much happier with the Sally Hansen insta-drive top coat!

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    1. It's a shame as the gloss really is lovely xo

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  6. I really love lets skate! However, I do wish it was a tad less pale because it is hard to work with... and the gold glitter gets everywhere! Do you know what I really didn't like? Batiste Dry Shampoo! I don't know if I was using it wrong but it made my hair TOO dry even when it was needing a spritz, I got lots of build up in my scalp and I hated it!

    Emily @ www.emulehparker.co.uk xx

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    1. Yeah I find most dry shampoos strip my hair of any natural oils at all, which is bad for your hair and leaves mine dry and starchy feeling! xo

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  7. I agree with you about let's Skate and the EFG serum, disappointed with both, so glad I didn't splash out on the serum as it was being hailed as the miracle product of the year!!

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    1. Me too - Imagine if you'd paid that price and found it not to work! xo

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  8. I've always wanted to try the MAC Fix+ but I've heard quite a few people saying that it feels sticky etc. which really put me off. So glad I never bought Seche Vite now! I love these kind of posts, they're so helpful!
    xx

    http://crookedteethxo.blogspot.be

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    1. Thanks Charlotte, I'm really glad you found my post helpful :) And that it's helped you save a few pennies! ;) xo

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  9. Thank god someone else has a problem with Seche Vite, I hate it for the very reason you mentioned and it stinks! Very overrated and completely hyped up for the good reasons - dries fast and shiny - but no one mentions the bad points x

    fabheadtotoe.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It seems a lot of people do, from the comments! xo

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  10. I've been wanting to try the Mac Fix+ for ages but I can't stand anything to heavy on my skin so I think I'll stick with my Avene Thermal Spring Water
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    1. I love the Avene Thermal Spring Water, one of my favourite products of the year :) xo

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  11. I totally agree with you about Seche Vite! I've had the exact same problem with the chipping and it taking the rest of my nail polish with it in big chunks! Also I have a major problem with it causing a lot of shrinkage, which of course then causes even more chipping. The dry time and glossy finish are second to none but it's really not worth it when my manicure then chips away within the next 24 hours! I also found that the last 1/4 of my bottle went really gloopy, to the point where I could use it anymore. I tried a nail polish thinner and even putting it in the fridge, but nothing helped. Ended up throwing it away. Never purchasing again!

    Fantastic post as always! x

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    1. It's a shame that it can't have the perfect gloss finish and fast drying time, as well as being a chip-free top coat! xo

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  12. I totally agree with you about Fix+!

    Randomly though, I've literally just posted about how much I love the EGF serum! It has worked wonders on my skin, let me know if you want to sell yours :)

    Rebecca x

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    1. I've just tweeted you about it! :) xo

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  13. I absolutely hate the Rimmel shadow pencils! They were so stiff that they scratched my eye, and the color was really hard to get off. I think the NYX ones are so much better, and a bit cheaper too!

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    1. I really need to try the NYX ones! xo

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  14. I am so glad I am not the only one to be left disappointed with the Rimmel Scandaleyes. I too have oily lids and they just crease too much. I was expecting so much more. I absolutely adore Seche Vite, but I am looking for a more purse friendly option. It just goes to show that what works for one doesn't work for everyone.

    Becky

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    1. I was too, as usually Rimmel shadows are amazing. If you're still looking for an alternative, I love the 17 top and base coats :) And the Rimmel top coat is fab too! And Barry M, come to think of it :) xo

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  15. I got the palmers lotion half price in Boots, I actually really like it as it has a good smell, but thinking about it you're right, I do look a tad orange. Better be less heavy handed next time, lol! Love these type of posts, so useful. xxx

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    1. Thanks Catherine, I'm glad you found it helpful (and that it will prevent any orange mistakes in the future hehe) xo

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  16. I agree about Seche Vite - I really dislike it. Yes, it's fast drying and makes nails look really glossy, but it chips, it shrinks, it discolours and it has toulene! Just all around no. Much prefer my beloved Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

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    1. I need to try that! I've only tried one Sally Hansen polish before, a beautiful berry perfect for Autumn :) xo

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  17. I love these types of posts please continue doing them! :) xx

    Zubia | The Bedside Dreams

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  18. Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like Seche Vite top coat. It chipped on me in less than half a day and if I didn't cover a nail completely with it, it kinda shrunk the main polish together. I don't even know how to discribe it.
    Anyways, haven't tried any other products you mentioned here.
    Lovely post X

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    1. It seems a lot of people don't like it! Thanks Deja, glad you enjoyed my post xo

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  19. Ive been wanting to try the palmers tanner for a while hoping it would be nice and subtle but i do not want to be orange aha, glad i read this post!x

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    1. Glad I've saved you from an orange disaster! :) xo

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  20. I feel the same about Seche Vite. I love how quickly it dries and I love how glossy it is but this doesn't make my nail varnish last any longer than any other top coat. Admittedly my nails are quite weak, so no nail varnish lasts very long on me before chipping (maybe a couple of days at the most) but I thought this might give me a couple of days extra and it didn't :( I also find that despite the claim that it penetrates through your varnish to make one solid coat, when it does chip it then peels away in sheets but leaving my nail colour behind!

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. Have you tried O.P.I Nail Envy? It's amazing! xo

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  21. This is SO helpful! I feel like all I see is beauty products to buy reviews but this is great especially because I have been on the fence about Fixit!

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    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. Thank you Kelly, I'm so glad you found it a helpful post :) xo

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  22. I agree with the Seche Vite - i also found it 'shrinks' after it dried leaving a white line around the nail bed. My Sally Hansen Inst Dri is much better xx

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    1. A few people have mentioned that, although I haven't noticed that myself! I will definitely have to check out the Sally Hansen one, a few people have recommended it xo

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  23. I've only used Seche Vite once but I did find that it didn't make my nail polish chip any less than a normal top coat so glad it isn't just me!

    Victoria
    FlorenceandMary.com

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    1. Try Rimmel or 17 for a top coat, they're great budget friendly ones :) xo

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  24. The Palmers Natural Bronze made me orange too :( I was so disappointed because I've only read good things about it from plenty of bloggers. It took a hell of exfoliation to remove it too. Bleugh.

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    Peach Pow XO

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    1. Same! I suppose that's how it goes with products though. What works for some, won't work for others! xo

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