5 September 2013

Products Not Worth the Hype # 3

Products Not Worth the Hype # 3

There's a sadistic part of me that has started to actually enjoy finding disappointing products. It's like I'm hoping that a new product, a product I've actually gone out and paid money for because I wanted to try it, won't live up to my expectations - because then I can share why with all of you! Beauty isn't perfect, and neither are beauty products. These are the third bunch to join my steadily growing pile of products definitely not worth the hype.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - I received this in one of my beauty boxes last year and it sat in my skincare draw for months and months. I put off trying it, despite hearing lots of praise from fans of this product, because in the back of my mind all I could think about was the bad things I had heard about Dermalogica skincare. A couple of months ago I decided it was silly having it but not even giving it a try, and I am a bit of a fan of exfoliators, so I decided to give it a go. Hailed as Dermologica's best selling exfoliant, Daily Microfoliant is a rice based exfoliating powder which can be used either alone with water or with a cleansing balm or oil. I have tried it in all three ways, and each time I have found it to be pretty darn useless. When you 'activate' it with water or another cleansing product, it's meant to release papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes which work to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and leave the skin smoother and brighter. Yet not once have I felt my skin has benefited from this, nor has my skin felt smoother or looked brighter. I gave it a good go - but I think I'll stick to my Origins Modern Friction and Origins Never a Dull Moment for manual exfoliants from now on. (Dermalogica, £40.30)

O.P.I Avojuice - I was actually really excited when I bought a set of O.P.I Avojuice from a local salon. I love O.P.I, and the salon praised these as absolutely amazing, holy-grail products, they simply couldn't do their job without them. O.P.I describe Avojuice as a fruit smoothie that delivers instant hydration to your skin and there's 14 delicious scents in the range - and they really do smell delicious. But hydrating? Pull the other one! My Balanace Me Rose Otto Hand Cream is hydrating, softening and smells divine. These make me feel as if my skin has a thin layer of plastic on them, smooth but dry at the same time, and definitely not hydrating. So much so, I've popped them all in the bin! (O.P.I, 30ml each, £2.25)

Products Not Worth the Hype # 3

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Daily Energising Face Wash - Why I decided to buy this, I really don't know. I know my skin doesn't mix well with high-street skincare products and I know that I always regret trying them, but try I did. On the surface, this looked and sounded like a lovely facial wash. I picked this up on Feel Unique as it was pretty cheap and I was drawn in by the advertising spiel; working to target imperfections, awaken skin and tighten pores, with extracts of grapefruit, pomegranate and Vitamin C. It's designed for oily skin and skin prone to imperfections and it's dermatologically tested. Sounds good, right? It's not a foaming face wash - which I generally avoid as they can strip the skin - and it has a gel like consistency which has a refreshing, fruity scent perfect for a wake up call in the mornings. But boy did this strip my skin. After a few weeks use I realised that my skin felt tighter, sore in places and very, very dry in texture. I sat down with all the products I was currently using and went through everything and it didn't take me long to realise the only new product in my routine which could have caused the issues on my skin, was this. My skin has expensive taste where skincare is concerned and this just doesn't cut it; I think I'll stick to my fab Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. I'd love one day to write a review of a high-street skincare product and say "This is amazing!!" but this unfortunately, is not for me. (Feel Unique, £4.24

Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara - I love a new Rimmel release and there's a few products they've recently released that I'm pretty darn impressed with, such as the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Paints. Everyone gets excited by a mascara release and a few of my firm favourite mascaras are from Rimmel, so I was actually excited by their new Retro Glam mascara. And all the rave reviews it got! Didn't it just look fab on everyone?! Then there's me... This did not work for me whatsoever. The brush is an awkward shape and I find it difficult to reach all of my lashes from the root. Due to the shape of the bristles, I felt the only bits of the brush which were even usable were each end of the bristles; the center section of bristles, for me at least, are absolutely pointless. It also made applying mascara messy, getting it everywhere I dreaded; top of my lids, under my eyes, on my nose! Nope, this mascara just doesn't cut it for me. Although I will admit, I wish it had - I love Rimmel and hate finding products from Rimmel which don't work for me! (Superdrug, £6.99)

Products Not Worth the Hype # 3

Have you tried any disappointing products recently? Let me know what they are! 



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