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Products I Regret Buying (and What You Should Buy Instead)

Products I Regret Buying

It’s happened to the best of us: we hop on the “hype” train when a new product comes out, only to discover it really wasn’t worth the trip in the first place. Bummer.  For drugstore products, you usually have to bite the bullet and pass them on to a friend (or a garbage can), and, so long as you’ve purchased those higher-priced items at Sephora, you’re in the good hands of a solid customer return policy.  The following are items I regret buying, as well as those I recommend you spend your hard-earned dollars on instead.

1. First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream $50.00

When purchasing this product, I’d already become a big fan of First Aid Beauty’s “Facial Radiance Polish” and “Daily Face Cream“, so I was disappointed to discover that this eye cream did nothing for me (especially at such a high price point).  It didn’t moisturize or calm my skin, (in fact, I actually had a reaction to it).  In it’s place, I’d recommend Jurlique’s “Herbal Recovery Eye Cream”, that gently hydrates and smells amazing.

2. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Remover $22.00

They’re Real Mascara is my an all-time favourite of mine (I posted about it previously here), and I was thrilled to discover that Benefit had come up with a solution to the sometimes-hard-to-remove holy-grail mascara.  I wanted so badly to love this product as much as I love the mascara, but sadly, all it did was burn and sting my eyes, and barely removed the mascara at all.  There are two products I’d recommend in this remover’s place: 1. Clinique’s “Wash-Away Gel Cleanser”, and 2. The Body Shop’s “Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover”.  Both of these remove makeup like a pro, and have been longtime favourites of mine.

3. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush $15.99

To be fair, the idea behind this blush is adorable: “Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress. The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply!” (Well.ca).  The packaging is cute, the colours in the mix are pretty, and the payoff is good, I just can’t say this blush made me any “happier” than others I own.  For drugstore makeup, it’s also on the higher-priced side, and I think there are others you can buy that will make you just as…happy.  For example, the Hard Candy boxed blushes I talked about here for a fraction of the price.

4. Essie Sleek Sticks Nail Appliques $12.99

It’s no secret that Essie is a front-runner in the nail polish industry, so I assumed their nail stickers would be equally as impressive.  Wrong.  The application was fast and easy, but within less than 24 hours of wear there were chips on almost all of my nails.  As I have many times before, I highly recommend purchasing the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.  These are the only strips I’ve found that live up to the “long-wear” claims (mine really do last upwards of 10 days).

What products do you regret buying?  Let me know in the comments below!    

Haul: Sephora

Sephora Haul

 

1. Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser, $24.00

Clinique Gel Cleanser

This product is a re-purchase, and has been my go-to makeup remover for a few years now.  Though you can use it by itself as a cleanser before moisturizing, I use it to remove my makeup prior to washing my face with another (different brand) product.  I’ve yet to find a cleanser that removes makeup as well as this does (including waterproof makeup).  It is great for oily skin, and a little bit of product goes a long way, so one bottle will last you at least a few months.

2.  First Aid Beauty Daily Face Cream, $25.00

First Aid

I’ve heard great things about this product, and since I’m in need of a new moisturizer, I decided to give it a try.  I’m typically hesitant about trying new brands and products when it comes to skincare as I have sensitive/acne prone skin. However the fact that this cream is oil-free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores), and is listed as “safe for sensitive skin”, eased my concern.  My only wish is that it contained some sort of sun protection.  I’ll be sure to provide a review in a future post!

3.  Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Custard”, $32.00

Nars Concealer

Nars products are quickly adding up on my “favourites” list.  I currently use their bronzer, blush, eyeshadow primer, eyeliner, and lipgloss (just to name a few), and so I thought I’d give their concealer a try as well.  I mostly wanted this concealer to use in my under-eye area, so it was important to find a perfect colour-match.  Luckily, this product comes in a variety of colours to match any skin tone.  Because my skin is more yellow-toned than pink, I find that some products oxidize on my face, and by the end of the day, I look orange (not flattering).  I have had the chance to try this concealer since purchasing, and am happy to report that the “Custard” shade matches my skin perfectly (this is also thanks to the great descriptions on Sephora’s website).  I have had no issues with creasing or smudging, and am happy with the medium-to-full coverage it provides.  Definitely another Nars product I intend on repurchasing when I run out.

4. bareMinerals High Shine Eyecolors in “Meteorite” and “Bronzed”, Set $12.00

Bare Minerals

This set is an incredible value for your money.  For just $12.00, you’re getting 2 full-sized High Shine Eyecolours (normally one on its own retails for $15.00!). The colours are beautiful neutrals that can be worn every day: “Meteorite” is a beautiful shimmery neutral-plum tone, and “bronzed” is a shimmery brown-gold tone (I guess the name “bronzed” sort of speaks for itself!).  The built-in applicator makes it perfect for travelling or keeping in your purse.  Interested in this set?  Grab it soon: it is limited edition!  I’m really excited to try these out, and will follow up regarding wear/creasing in a future post.

**5. Freebies!**

A. Sephora Earbuds

Sephora buds

I’m not going to lie, I was a little too excited when I realized I would get these free with my purchase.  Cute, compact, and contained within a velvet carrying case, these are one of the best gift-with-purchases I’ve ever received.   Interested in a pair of your own?  Check out my previous post, here.

B. Sample Trio: Hourglass, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs

Deluxe Samples

I’m a big fan of the deluxe samples that Sephora offers: 1. because they allow you to try a fair-sized amount of product before you decide to invest in the full-size, and 2. because who doesn’t like free stuff?!  I received this fun trio of products for free with my purchase (I made 2 separate orders, and was able to take advantage of free shipping).

 The trio included the following:

1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lash Lifter-Gel Definition Mascara

2. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

3. Givenchy Le Rouge in “202 Rose Dressing”

I’ve heard great things about all 3 of these products, especially the primer.

Are you already a fan of any of these products? Let me know!

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” ~Rosalind Russell