‘I’m a beauty blogger’ …
is my go-to justification for continuing to buy makeup and skin care products, despite having enough at home to open a small store of my own. My beauty posts are typically reviews or recommendations but today I thought I’d share something a little different. You don’t buy as many beauty products as I do without regretting at least a few of them, so I thought I’d share which recent purchases I regret! Some of them are genuinely terrible and I’d recommend staying well away. Some are okay but I wouldn’t recommend them purely on the basis of knowing that there are better alternatives within the same price mark. Nevertheless, I regret all of the following purchases and would advise finding alternative ways of spending your pennies.
One of the reasons I felt so let down by this is because I love Estee Lauder makeup, so my expectations were high. Despite not being able to fault the actual results of this cleanser, the formula just isn’t for me and I wouldn’t repurchase it. The best way I can describe how this leaves my face feeling is squeaky clean, just not in a good way. It leaves the same squeaky feeling to my face as bar hand soap leaves to your hands, a strange dryness that’s unpleasant and uncomfortable. If this wasn’t upwards of £20 I wouldn’t have bothered to mention it in the post but there are much nicer alternatives for less money.
I went through a phase of thinking that these are amazing. In fairness and for their price point, they are. I regret buying these because I have so many palettes and I never find myself reaching for any of my Revolution ones. If you’re new to palette’s then these are a good place to start but if you already have good quality ones then I wouldn’t bother. If you’re anything like me then you’ll shove them in the back of a drawer for them to never see daylight again.
I’ve spoken about some of my favourite lip products before but honestly when it comes to balms I don’t think I’m too fussy. You can get amazing lip balms for next to nothing and can even pick them up in Tesco; Nivea, Burt’s Bees.. there are so many inexpensive brands to choose from. I would never ever buy Malibu lip balms or lip smackers again. Both are cheap, have awful smells and tastes and to top it all off, provide little to no benefit to your lips (from my experience anyway).
This is another product which I almost don’t want to slate because it’s okay; it does its job and I even mentioned it in a favourites post a while back. Since then though, I’ve tried so many other eye creams, all which come in at a (sometimes much) lower price point. I rarely reach for this any more and if I’m spending around £30 for 14g of eye cream then it needs to impress me much more than this one does. I love Benefit as a whole so it’s a shame.
I’m usually a L’Oreal fan and swear by their pressed powder and pen eye-liner. I recently picked up their Paradise Pomade in a 3 for 2 offer as I love their mascara from the same collection. I’ve used this twice and have already re-homed it. The brush is terrible which is no surprise really, I tend to find that applicators that come with drugstore products aren’t worth their weight. What I was really disappointed by was the product itself. It didn’t blend well and didn’t stay in place despite very stressless days. This wore off quickly and ended up looking patchy and quite frankly, terrible. I love the Ardell pomade for around the same price and the brush that comes with it is actually really good.
I hope that this proves helpful as products NOT TO invest in, there are too many amazing products out there to be let down by the bad or the mediocre!