Products I regret buying : VOL.2

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Giiiiirrrlll! We need to talk.

Lately, my luck with certain products has just been off. Thought I'd share my experience and maybe help you avoid making the same mistakes. But then again, this is just MY experience with these beauty fails. 
First off, the Maybelline Dream Pure BB. I was sooo excited to try this since we don't have this product in Canada (well I've never been able to find it), and it is affordable. Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for several reasons : 
A) The shade selection is a bust. There's only two, and the "Light/Medium" is way too dark and "orangy". Since it's a BB cream it's somewhat blendable enough to not look like an extra from Jersey Shore, but still...
B) It is not moisturizing whatsoever! Even with a moisturizer under, this still managed to feel dry on my skin and make any dry patches on my face SUPER obvious. Not cute.
C) It starts breaking down and you turn into an oil slick within a few hours (like 1-2h). Again, not cute.
D) The coverage is just not happening. Don't get me wrong, I can get on board with light to medium coverage, but if this product is targeted towards people with acne prone skin, chances are they'll want a bit more coverage than what this provides.
E) I'm pretty positive because of B & C it CAUSES breakouts instead of preventing them.
Bottom line: Canada did you a favor. If you want a great conceal & heal BB cream, check out the Body Shop's Tea Tree Flawless BB cream, you can read my full review on this bad boy right HERE.
a picture of Maybelline Dream Pure BB
a picture of Maybelline Dream Pure BB, swatch

Next, First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads. Now I love this brand, and I usually have good luck with their products. I decided to try these (wise girl took the "sample" size) to alternate with my "Magic Potion". Some mornings, I want to be a bit more gentle with my skin so I thought I could use these in place of a toner. It's not that this is BAD, it's just that it does nothing. There is no radiance, quite the contrary, I become quite red after first using. The redness goes away, so not to worry, but I've been using this for a month now, and it's just not worth the money. I think I'll just go back to my Simple Soothing Facial Toner for gentle days. PASS!
a picture of First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Ok, let's talk about the disaster that was Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Matte Effect Polish. OH. MY. GOD. I picked this up because it was at the register while I was checking out, and the color is GORGEOUS! I thought the matte finish would be cool to try too, since I've never jumped on that trend. 
a picture of Sally Hansen Xtream Wear Matte Effect in Blue Blood
a picture of Sally Hansen Xtream Wear Matte Effect in Blue Blood


Well...The color was great on the nails too, and it dried fast, so it was promising! However, I was not a fan of the matte finish, plus it was streaky (probably due to my poor painting skills, so for that, mea culpa) I figured I would just use my regular top coat to get a finish to my liking and assure the longevity of my polish. WRONG. Holy sh**t! the polish started chipping within HOURS. Really? I know my nails are cursed and nothing stays particularly long on them, but this, this is a first. And it kept getting worse. This is what it looks like after two days : 
a picture of chipped nails wearing Sally Hansen Xtream Wear Matte Effect in Blue Blood

Not acceptable. But for the record, I've never had problems with this line...Is it the matte? The fact that I topped it? I'm not sure what happened, but it was NOT ok.

Last but not least, Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray. Let's keep this short; you will not achieve sexy beachy waves with this, but a crunchy mess (and not like cute, effortless messy, HOT MESS messy). I've tried it on damp hair and let it dry, princess lea buns, braids over night, basically anything to help out the product...Didn't work out. Much disappoint. Forever straight hair :( Again, luckily it was just a trial size! Clearly will not purchase the full size.
a picture of Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray
Well that's it honey bunnies! Have you tried any of these products? Did they work out for you? Let us know!

Talk to you soon,

-Val

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