Just a heads up, as per the title, this isn't a particularly positive post- sorry! Whilst I was packing up all my beauty bits to move house I realised that there was a handful of products (two handfuls if you're me, I have unusually small hands) that I hadn't touched in a very long time. Not because I had forgotten about them, but because when it came down to it they just didn't float my boat. The beauty community if full to the brim with rave reviews but I think it's just as valuable to step back and take some time to discuss things that just weren't that great. So here are a few words of caution from me to you regarding your next beauty purchase.
Fake tan scares the s*** out of me, so don't expect to see any posts on it round these parts any time soon. My last foray into the world of fake bake was about a year ago when I bought this unassuming bottle (it's not even real fake bake... it's a gradual tanner, that's how much of a wuss I am). I'd heard pretty good things about it, and the smell wasn't unbearable so I used this right through till the end of summer. Legs looked fine, not amazing but ok. So far so good... until I realised it completely stained all of my sheets. So, that was the end of that... not impressed. If there is anything I love as much as my products its my sheets- can't go messing with those.
Now, this was a bit of an impulse purchase. Actually, most of these items are- I tend to do my research before I buy anything and on the rare occasion that I don't, more often than not, I come to regret it. Anyway, round about a year ago I got it into my head that I needed to try some Body Shop skincare and purchased a gift set containing pretty much the entire seaweed range.
To be honest, I wasn't too impressed with any of it. The other items have since made there way to better homes, but this bottle has been kicking around ever since. On the one hand, I think cream cleansers and I just don't get on- I don't feel clean using them. On the other hand, I genuinely think this formula was a bit weird- it left a sort of greasy finish on the skin that I think ended up clogging my pores and ultimately doing more damage than good. I ended up using about half the bottle but when it comes down to it, it just doesn't do anything for me.
If you have read my blog for a while you may or may not be aware of my struggle to find the perfect daytime moisturiser. I used to use the Clarins Daily Energising Lotion- which was amazing! I have never loved a moisturiser more and they've gone and bloody discontinued it! Since then I have been on a desperate hunt for something new. The lady at the Clarins counter told me the main brightening ingredient in my old love was vitamin C so this looked somewhat promising. Had I not tried the Clarins moisturiser before this would have been perfectly adequate but once you've had a taste of the good stuff it's very hard to then settle for second best. Una Brennan's offering was quite a bit thicker and didn't have the same instant awakening effect... so the search continues.
A prime example that the money you spend does not always equate to the quality of a product. Last summer I fell in love with the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser so on a whim I convinced myself her Oil Free Primer would be just as good. It wasn't. I wasn't overly impressed by the texture- it's one of those primers that instead of blending into your skin just sits on top feeling gunky. More importantly though, it did absolutely nothing to help the staying power of my makeup. Another miss.
In a nutshell, this is just far too harsh. I am all for a bit of manual exfoliation and I don't have sensitive skin by any means, but this felt like little crystals were cutting my face. No exaggeration. I've got all sorts of exfoliators kicking about so there is no reason to persist with one that causes genuine discomfort. This one was a boots voucher special and only came in at about £4 so I don't feel quite as let down as some of the others.
I had heard great things about this one too, mainly on Kate's site. I thought I could use it as a foundation or a concealer and it would be great for travelling. The outer ring is where you get the pigmented colour, and the inner circle is some sort of moisturising agent. The finish? Greasy. It just didn't sit well on my skin- it went patchy pretty quickly and by the end of the day I'd had to blot it with so much powder that I just looked like a Russian tea cake. Just to clarify... that's not a look I tend to go for.
So that's the low down on that! Now all that is left is to find some friends who are going to appreciate these more than I am. Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?