Category Archives: Disappointing Products

Not For Me #5


I haven’t done a blog post with disappointing products since last summer when my skin problems started. I’m happy to see an improvement in my skin condition although it still needs recovery.

I’ve been keeping my skincare routine quite minimal as you might have seen in my previous posts or on Instagram photos. But I’m always curious about different skincare products and I’d gradually incorporate them into my regimen to see if they can help me or not.

Sadly, even if a product is supposed to be good on a certain skin type or against a specific problem, it might not work well on all of us.

I had such high hopes for the TONYMOLY Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm and I’ve been using it twice a week for the past 2-3 months but it just doesn’t do anything for me. Essentially, this is a self-heating treatment that should remove dirt and impurities from the pores. It contains charcoal powder, sea salt, vitamin E and egg shell powder. It’s supposed to act like a steam to open up pores and refine the complexion. I love the way it looks and the whole concept behind the product, it feels like a rich balm, smells nice and contains biodegradable natural exfoliators. It applies smoothly and it should heat up but I don’t feel any warmth even when I’m massaging it on my face for 3-5 minutes. When I wash it off, the only difference I feel is that my T-zone is smooth but nothing in the appearance is changed. I thought I needed to use it for a month or so to see results but almost 3 months later, there is absolutely no difference. I’m going to use it up but I won’t be repurchasing. However, I’m curious to try similar products from other Korean brands.

Herborist is a Chinese brand that combines the idea of herbal extracts and modern biotechnical achievements. I haven’t heard many people in Europe talk about it but I love minis and I love sets, so I got the brand’s discovery kit from the Italian Sephora and two of the products inside were the T’ai Chi Masks. There’s a black one that you’re supposed to use first to purify the skin and a white one, that would hydrate it after that. Usually, they come together in a big yin-yang tub and the idea seemed quite interesting to me, considering how I love charcoal masks but I always need something more hydrating after washing it off. I follow the instructions because you’re supposed to massage the masks before letting them do the rest of their work although the black one gets dry pretty quickly and it’s hard to complete the massage.
After washing off the black masks, I always see that it leaves black particles in my pores and I almost need to scrub them off, it’s quite hard to take them away and my skin feels pretty tight afterwards. I don’t see any difference in my complexion, it’s not clearer or more radiant.
After using the white mask, my skin feels softer but in no way hydrated or soothed. It also contains mineral oil which is really surprising for me, considering the high price tag. I hope the day and eye creams from the kit are going to be better because sadly, the masks were disappointing.

In the past half a year, I’ve been trying to avoid skincare that contains essential oils. They can irritate my skin, they often break me out but seeing how KORA Organics Purifying Moisturiser promised to be lightweight and to prevent breakouts, I decided to give it a go. I actually have the set for oily/combination skin but I still haven’t tried the other two products and now I’m a bit unsure if I should.
First of all, this moisturiser is anything but lightweight. It looks runny but feels quite heavy and it just doesn’t sink into the skin. It sits on top of it like a wash-off face mask and I can hardly spread it over the face. I’m not sure if there might be a possibility that I got a bad one but I tried using it with different products underneath or only on its own and it just never worked out. Ten minutes after trying to apply it, my face gets pretty oily and there is no chance to use this lotion if I want to wear makeup afterwards. That’s why I was using it only at night until I realised that it broke me out. I got spots even around my chest area and I never get spots there, it’s been so frustrating. Unfortunately, apart from the divine scent I can’t say anything positive about this moisturiser.

These are the latest products that disappointed me or even made my problems worse. Have you tried any of them?

Advertisements

Not for Me #4

Writing this post has been really hard for me, as I’m not only disappointed by the following products but my skin is still struggling to recover after using them. I haven’t felt so bad about my skin for years and although I’ve been prescribed topical antibiotics, I still have a long way to go in order to have my good skin condition back. At the moment, nothing seems to work for me, it may take months to recover and that sounds even more discouraging.

But let’s start with the less harmful product for me. Like I mentioned in my Sephora Haul blog post, the Caolion O2 Sparkling Purifying Soap has been an item I really wanted to try. And although it is supposed to be great for my skin type,  I was aware it might not be that good for me. And it’s simply because it contains Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, two ingredients that always break me out and it happened again. You can see what’s left from the soap. The claims are big, from purifying and exfoliating properties to sebum control, soothing and hydrating ones. The soap has a slight coconut scent, doesn’t dry out the skin but doesn’t feel too purifying either. I didn’t use it to take my makeup off but I always felt that I needed another product to cleanse my face with after using the soap. It didn’t tighten the pores and in fact I didn’t see any results. I know I got the miniature size but it was enough for more than 3 weeks and the only difference I could see was the appearance of spots. It just wasn’t meant to be and I’m happy I didn’t purchase the full size.

I love Bioderma and I use a lot of their products. About a month ago when I needed a new sunscreen, I saw this Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 30 Mattifying Fluid at the pharmacy. It is said that the cream is specially designed for people with oily/combination and blemish-prone skin. I’ve mentioned before that I find it really hard to discover a great sunscreen for my skin type because such creams are always quite heavy and thick, they leave me looking shiny and clog my pores. The product claims to prevent the appearance of blemishes, to mattify the skin and not to leave white traces. In fact, it did exactly the opposite for my skin. It feels chalky when I apply it, it makes me look like a ghost because the white residue is so strong, it does keep me shine-free for an hour or two but the makeup applies terribly on top of it. I tried and tried to make it work and I was so focused on doing it that I didn’t realise this was the product that I had bad reaction to. I thought it was just the hot weather, the travelling, my skin type… But this awful rash around my chin and neck areas appeared a few days after I began using the cream and I’m still having it but I was so convinced a product that fights against blemishes couldn’t be the reason for that. This is by far my biggest skincare disappointment, I’m still fighting with those terrible breakouts and the search for the best sunscreen for combination skin goes on.
If you have similar experience or an idea of a good sun protection product, please do share!

Not for Me #3


I haven’t done a blog post with disappointing products for over a year which means I’m quite careful with what I purchase and use. But sometimes beauty regrets happen and I wanted to share my recent ones with you.

Beauty Formulas is a brand I don’t usually see people talk about but there are products from them that I really like. It is no secret by now that I’m not the biggest fan of wet wipes but I always carry a pack with me when I travel. I saw these affordable Australian Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes that claim to “remove excess oil, dirt and makeup” and because I like using skincare products with Tea Tree Oil in their formula, I picked them up. The wipes are not too wet which isn’t a problem, considering I’ve used almost dry ones (oil-infused) that removed makeup really well, the scent is medicinal and people who don’t like Tea Tree smell wouldn’t love it, I personally don’t mind it. The towelettes feel refreshing indeed and that’s it. They don’t remove makeup and I was really surprised by that. I expected them to not take off mascara properly, for example but my foundation is still on my face after using the wipes, as well. If you’re looking for refreshing wet wipes for your face, maybe you will like these but if you need them to remove makeup, you will be disappointed. I’ve heard their Argan Oil ones are very good, so perhaps I need to try those instead.

I forgot that I still had this Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser, I already mentioned before that I didn’t like it but then I decided to give it another try. Sadly, the results were the same, it didn’t mattify my skin, I got many blackheads after using it and it’s not even that moisturising. I’ll stick to the face wash from the same range, it’s quite refreshing and non-drying.

It wouldn’t be a lie if I say that the past year has been the hardest one in my life, so far. I won’t go into details but it’s been terrible and one day I saw a large patch of grey hair on my head. Honestly, I don’t know if it all appeared by once or not because I just didn’t have the time and didn’t even come to the idea of seeing myself and how my hair looked back then. But I already take good care of my hair, I think and one more step like colouring added to the routine, still seems hard to me. So when I saw this L’Oréal Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer in Dark Brown, I had to try it. I love L’Oréal hair masks and many hair products from their professional range and I had high hopes for this one. Basically, you shake the bottle, hold it about 10 cm away from the hair and lightly spray the roots. Then you allow it to dry, it’s suggested to wait a minute and grey hair should be covered. First of all, I find it hard to use because of the thin nozzle that sprays such a strong flow and I just can’t control where I’m applying the product. Also, it doesn’t feel cold like a dry shampoo, it’s actually freezing. I’m not sure about the colours either, my hair is pretty dark but Dark Brown looks almost black on me. The worst part for me is that it never dries and makes my hair greasy and sticky, the colour transfers onto clothes and hands even hours after application, so if you have any recommendations for a similar product, please leave them here!

Not for Me #2

DSC_0868post DSC_0873post
We all make lists of products we would like to purchase just because we read so many positive reviews on them. Sadly, sometimes they don’t work out so well for us. That’s the case with this edition of Disappointing products. I’ve heard so much about these items and had high hopes but unfortunately, they’re just not for me.

The most hyped up product out of the three is without a doubt the Eveline 8 in 1 Total Action Intensive Nail Conditioner. I’ve read dozens of reviews about how amazing it is, how it does wonders to the nails although it’s super cheap. I knew that I can’t replace my beloved OPI Nail Envy (review here) with this one but I was expecting at least a little improvement in my nail condition. This product did absolutely nothing for my nails after weeks and weeks of application. Something more, when I was applying it, the feeling was as if the conditioner was going under my nails and was burning my skin every single time. I don’t know how so many girls never experienced this but I don’t think I will be trying this product again anytime soon.

I’m still quite bad at doing my eyeliner and I’m always on the hunt for a newbie-friendly liquid eyeliner. That’s how I’ve come across the Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen. It was recommended by many girls, I love Essence products and indeed the formula of this eyeliner is pretty black which is great. However, the very tip of the liner gets dry so quickly that it makes it impossible to use it to make a fine line. After the third time, it felt like there was no product in the pen. It also smudges a bit throughout the day, so I wouldn’t rely on it. I’ve heard a lot about the Essence eyeliners but maybe I should try a waterproof one, what do you think?

The last product for today isn’t such a huge regret because I’ve seen so many bad dry shampoos that one more isn’t the end of the world. It’s also quite cheap, so I would have expected it but on to the product. I’m talking about the Balea Dry Shampoo and if you’re looking for a budget dry shampoo, I wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s pretty chalky but doesn’t do anything to keep the hair fresh, it actually makes it feel sticky and greasy looking.

These are a few products that didn’t live up to my expectations in the past couple of months. Do you have any recent beauty regrets?

Not for Me

IMG_3467post IMG_3470post IMG_3472post IMG_3473postI have never done a Disappointing products post so far, just because I’m careful with my purchases and I rarely regret making them. However, everybody has moments of random buys or hearing positive reviews but the product didn’t work for them.

First of all, I’d like to say that I can’t guarantee that a product that I like, would be good for you exactly how I can’t say that what I dislike, won’t work for you. We all have different skin types and preferences, so have that in mind.

I’m most likely to make a mistake with dry shampoos because I always try new ones. The Boots Paradise Island Dry Shampoo isn’t my first disappointment with such type of product. I’ve mentioned in my London Beauty Haul post that I don’t even remember throwing this one in my shopping basket and I still don’t know how I got it. I dislike the scent and the effect after I use the product. It smells so artificial and sweet of coconut that it’s unbearable. It also makes my hair feel sticky and doesn’t do anything to refresh it.

Next one is a CC Cream by Oriflame and it’s their Even Out CC Face Cream with SPF 20. I like that it has SPF, it makes the skin look smoother but it’s so dark and I have the lightest shade! Not sure if it has something to do with the trend in Scandinavia (Oriflame is a Swedish brand for those of you who didn’t know) girls to use a base 2-3 shades darker than their actual skin tone but it looks orange and dark and if this is the lightest shade, can’t imagine what would be with the other ones.

One day I saw a cute packaging and I needed a body scrub anyway, so I picked up the Kicks Body Scrub in Rhubarb and Strawberry. Everything looked so promising that once I got back home, I immediately jumped in the shower to try it. The cap was sealed, so I couldn’t smell it in the store…smart move. The smell is so plastic-y and unpleasant that I can’t even describe it. The product itself isn’t impressive either, it has too small particles, it actually foams up like a body wash rather than being an exfoliant and just doesn’t do anything for my skin.

Last but not least are two products that I really wanted to like, they’re both nail polishes, one is from Topshop and the other one is from Catrice. On the nails they look nothing like in the bottles. I normally like Topshop nail polishes but maybe the problem is that this one is from their Matte Nails range. Same with Catrice, it’s from their new Luxury Nudes line and it’s described as a Soft Matt. The shades are Sixteen Candles (Topshop) and 08 Little Dose of Rose (Catrice) and both of them look as if I’ve applied one of those paper correction fluids on my nails. In the bottles they look really pretty, the Topshop one seems to be a soft lavender shade and the Catrice one looks like a gentle pink with a bit of shimmer. In reality, they both look Barbie pink and it’s really intense and too much in your face.
The nail polishes are actually my biggest regret because my expectations were too high.

Have you been disappointed by a beauty product lately?