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Ive done a few posts about products I love, but I feel like I should be honest and also share with you some of the products I havent been so fond of. I generally dont end up with so many regrets when it comes to personal care products. Actually I think I have more regrets about different food products that Ive purchased, especially the first few years living in Germany. Maybe Ill do a post on that as well down the road. Anyhow, back to the business at hand, in this post I will be focusing more on personal care and cosmetic products.
Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous: First of all, I bought this ages ago when I lived in Canada and for some reason I have hung on to it, probably because it was a little pricey. I was looking for a product that would give me a bit of coverage without feeling so heavy that would also work with my combination oily skin. The girl in Shoppers was incredibly friendly and helpful. She applied this perfectly and even suggested a primer by Duo that wasnt so pricey to use with it, which I also purchased. So far so good right? Well when I tried applying this product at home I was shocked, no more like horrified by how awful it looked on me. For one it looked way to dark for my corpselike skin tone, and it was so cakey looking. I even tried numerous different application techniques in hopes that I could make it work, but it just wasnt in the cards. Another thing I noticed was how unpleasant it smells, kind of like oil pastels. I dont know about you but I dont want to put anything on my face that smells bad, so thats why I have to smell things. So yeah, it was all kinds of bad. I also feel as though you receive very little product for the price. I suppose if this works great for you and turns out to be one of your holy grail products then it might me a tad more justifiable. Retails for: $29 USD, 31,95 Germany, £23.50
Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in 435 Flirty Nude: This is another old product I bought with such great hopes, have kept kicking around and recently gave another try. Well it was just as crappy as I had remembered it being. I know its a lip stain and not a lipstick but it was so damn drying and therefore emphasized any dryness already present on my lips. I have tried using a lip scrub and using a moisturizing lip balm pre-application and it really didnt seem to make a difference for me. Also, I think the name Flirty Nude is deceiving. The only person with a skin color that this would look nude on is Spongebobs lackey, Patrick. How this constitutes as a nude is truly beyond me. In fact I find it surprisingly colorful especially for something with the word nude in its name and I feel as though that is saying a lot considering that I have what I would consider rather pigmented lips. Personally I think this looks more like an orangey red coral (if that even makes sense). Major waste of money for me. The only thing that didnt suck about this product was the scent. Go figure.
Essence Smokey Eyes Brush: I picked this up back in March after reading good reviews on it. Initially it wasnt quite so horrible. As with most relationships, there was a honeymoon phase of sorts. The bristles felt reasonably soft, and although it didnt do a stellar job of blending, it did okay. However, once I washed this more than once it just got more and more rough. Thats about when I knew this brush and I just were not meant to be. I wash my brushes carefully and have tried using different shampoos in hopes it would help with the scratchiness of this brush, but sadly nothing helped. Quite honestly, this thing actually began to hurt my eyelids. If you want to exfoliate your eyelids though, then this brush will certainly do the trick but do so at your own risk as I will not be held responsible for chaffed eyelids the world over.
P2 Paradise Dream Eye Pencil in 060 Charming Gold: I bought this in hopes that it would make a good highlighter for the inner corner of my eyes and brow bone. The color is actually rather nice but it has major shimmer fallout. Not to mention the disgusting smell. Yep, I really do smell everything, it just cant be helped. Anyhow, in case youre wondering, it smells like burning rubber and seriously makes me gag.
P2 Nail Varnish in 510 Virgin: This white is so incredibly sheer and to achieve even a little opacity you have to apply numerous coats. If youre looking for a sheer white then by all means give this a try. I for one was hoping for a much more opaque white polish and this just didnt do it for me.
P2 Matte Dream Eyeshadow in 040 White Connection: I wanted to like this because I really needed a matte white shadow and you cant beat the price. When I did a quick swatch of this in the store it looked pigmented enough and felt incredibly smooth and silky. However, when I got home and tried applying this to my eyelids it basically had no color payoff what so ever. Granted though, I am incredibly fair. So perhaps someone with a darker skin tone might find that this totally works for them. This product also claims that it is long wearing. I cant say for sure since I didnt ever wear it for more than ten minutes, but I suspect that it isnt since I was able to wipe it easily off with a dry finger.
Essence Nail Art Magnetic Nail Polish in 02 Hex Hex!: I was all for giving this a try and I came across this quite a while before the whole magnetic nail polish craze took off. Sadly this simply disappointed me. I gave this product multiple tries but I just couldnt get it to work very well. I found that this was incredibly thick, gloopy and difficult to apply. Ive never bothered with any other magnetic polishes after using this one so Im not sure but perhaps that is just how the formula is. I will say this though, the color is really nice. So I suppose if it werent for the difficult application I could just wear it sans magnetic effect.
Essence Nail Art Stamping Kit & Polish: I wanted to try these out because I had seen the Konad plates and they definitely caught my interest. So I thought this would be a good way to give nail stamping a try before making a more significant investment. After giving this kit numerous tries, I can honestly say that it was not worth the money. Granted, it was only a few dollars but I just didnt feel that it worked well and the results were incredibly sloppy.
Alverde Kajal Eyeliners in 10 Shimmery Silver & 30 Shimmery Green: These were from a limited edition Alverde did around Christmas (sorry but I cant recall the name). I tried these out on the back of my hand quickly in the store and once again they seemed pretty good. Yet upon trying them out on my eyes at home I found that they were really quite hard which made applying it to my upper and lower lash lines incredibly difficult. When I saw that they were kajal liners I thought they would go on a lot nicer and perhaps they went on my hand more easily because of the warmth of my hand, Im not entirely sure. I was really bummed though because I really liked the colors and Alverde really is a great reasonably priced natural cosmetic brand. I also feel its worth mentioning just how cute the packaging was on this particular limited edition. Everything, with the exception of the eyeliners, had adorable little Russian nesting dolls on the packaging. After I tried these out I felt especially awful because a few weeks before I had sent these two colors along with the a third gold color to my friend. I so wish I had tried them first, but I am hoping she was able to make them work for her. Luckily I found these weeks later on markdown for 0,75 when I purchased them for myself.
Alverde Eyebrow Kit in 02 Brunette: I had originally intended to pick up the Essence brow kit, which I had heard rave reviews about, but for some reason grabbed the Alverde one instead because I like that their products are all natural. Bad idea. Firstly, the color just didnt seem quite right on me. It does come with a brown and a creamy beige color so that you could potentially blend them together but that just didnt work either. Secondly I just felt as though this was too powdery, if that even makes sense since it is in fact a powder. This product produced some major fall out, rubbed off super easy and just looked really unnatural. The compact did also come with a wax and two small brushes, a flat one and and angled one, which I quite like and use with other products.
Manhattan Cover Stick in 01 Naturelle: I purchased this in hopes that it would help cover up blemishes and other redness. This was just so so wrong. It wasnt a good color match and I assure you that there was nothing naturelle about the color at all. It doesnt blend well and its greasy as all get out, kind of like an oil slick. It kind of has a faint musty book smell mixed with a slight waxy crayon smell also. I dont see how this would work for anyone to be honest. Just dont buy it.
Bebe Young Care Facial Wipes for Normal Skin: I picked these wipes up in order to help remove makeup. While they do the job well enough, I just find them really rough and harsh on my skin. Also, as with the Bebe moisturizer, I experienced a slight burning sensation on my skin and especially around my eyes. Perhaps these arent meant for eyes but even if I just got anywhere near my eyes with them they would burn. I dont know about you but I feel as though if I cant actually clean my eye makeup off that I should at least be able to get around my eyes with a product like this without causing such discomfort. Another thing I did not care for was the smell, these have an unpleasant perfume scent. This is was also a product I sent to my friend before testing out myself. In my defense though I had heard these were nice and I had previously fell in love with another Bebe product before trying this and the facial moisturizer. For those who may not know, Bebe is actually owned by Johnson.
Fanta Lip Smacker & Paul Frank Coconut Lip Smacker: I figured I would just group these two together since I found the same faults in both of them. When I was younger, much much younger, I loved Lip Smackers and used them along with cherry Chapstick exclusively for years. In fact I had amassed a rather impressive collection of them at one point. I guess thats proof that my lip balm addiction goes back even further than my love of nail polish. However, these Lip Smackers were nothing at all like the lip balms I once adored. Dont get me wrong, they still smell amazing. However, they were so waxy and you will have to excuse me here, but these both tasted like shit. I just have no other words for how awful these things were. Maybe I was just young and dumb or perhaps my flavor palette has simply become more refined, but I just dont recall Lip Smackers being so damn horrible. I think I will be sticking with my old stand by Labello lip balms, and my current favorite Aquafina lip balm (thanks again for that one Leslie).
Catrice Colour Show Colour & Stay Lip Gloss in 140 Peach Boy: This one actually pains me to admit that I dont like it. For those of you who dont already know, I absolutely love Catrice cosmetics, especially their lip products. I picked this up about two months ago while picking up some items to send a friend of mine. Orange is the color of the season and she had actually requested some orange products to try so this lip gloss seemed perfect so I snatched one up for her. Then while continuing my shopping I was really loving this color. Its looks beautiful in the tube. Its such a nice orangey color with a lovely shimmer. So I decided to pick one up for myself as well. Sadly this is not the color for me. I have tried applying it lightly to just give a wash of color as well as layering it over other colors, but its just no use as it simply does not suit me. I also did not care for the smell of Peach Boy either. It kind of has an artificial cherry smell reminiscent of the cough syrups that were a source of torment in my child hood. I will say that I have heard that my friend is enjoying it though, which I was happy to hear. On a side note, this product claims to be long wearing, up to four hours in fact. Since I wasnt really able to wear it I will try to get in touch with my friend to see if these claims are true.
I dont want to sound as though Im hating on more cost friendly drugstore brands and or products, in fact I love products that are widely available and easy to find at discount and drugstores that dont have such hefty price tags. With the exception of my nail polish collection, the majority of the products I use on a daily basis are from my local grocery store and drugstores. With that said though, I do not think I will ever bother with P2 or Manhattan products again, nor will I give Essence nail art products another go. I personally have not had any success with these products and I just dont feel as though I can bring myself to waste any more money on them. If they work for you then thats great though and I am well aware of the fact that what doesnt work so well for one may work wonderfully for another. These are just my opinions based on my own personal experiences with these particular products. So please keep that in mind. As always, thanks for reading.