Friday, 3 June 2011

Products That Didn't Do It For Me!!

When I first started blogging in April I said I was going to do a post on products that didn’t work for me. So here it is!!.....

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing resurfacing Primer -  £12.99
I got this a few months back, I’d been looking at it for a while, testing it on the back of my hand each time, and being amazed at the results. I’d put a tiny amount on and it filled in the fine lines on my hand and the skin looks flawless and felt like velvet, so I thought I’ve gotta have it!
I’d been Umming and Ahhing about this for a while for two reasons; The price and I remember Lollipop26 saying that she wasn’t that impressed. But I thought it might work for me and I’ll judge for myself. Should have listened to the wise one.....

.....Oh well, it wasn’t what I’d hoped. Yes my skin feels nice after applying it, but that’s about all the pros for it. It doesn’t make my make up last longer, actually when I put my foundation over the top it seems to curdle slightly, mixes with it and becomes a little grainy!
Every now and then I’ll apply it if I’m going to the gym and don’t want to wear makeup, but it’s a white/pink colour and it’s not totally transparent so I look slightly paler. So all in all, I’m really not happy with it. It was £12.99 for 15ml, which I think in anyones books is pretty hefty!
I’m sure you could find a better product at a better price. Let me know what you think. Have you guys tried it, did you get on with it and have you found any good primers?

L’Oreal Quad Pro for Blue Eyes , (303 Beige Taupe, Doutzen Kroes) - £7.50
A good friend of mine recommended this eye shadow palette, she got the one for hazel eyes and loves it, however I wasn’t as impressed! The powder isn’t strongly pigmented, so you really have to work at it with your brush to pick up the colour, and didn’t last all day.
There are 4 colours, which I actually really love, they are numbered and on the back of the packaging it guides you on how and where to apply each colour. However, I don’t  agree with where it tells you to put them (lol sorry L’Oreal). The colours go in this order 1. A soft taupe, 2.Beige/ivory, 3.A soft gold and 4 is a creamy pearlised white to go in the inner corners of your eyes. It suggests you to apply 1. To the base of the lashes (Ok), 2. Across the lid (Mmmmmm), 3. Apply to the brow arch (What?!). So it’s suggesting you apply the lightest colour to the lid and the medium gold colour to the arch, erm.......No!! I’d go 1. Apply to the socket and outer corner, 2. Highlight the arch, 3. All over lid! Let me know your thoughts on that!!
My other issue with it, it that colours 1,2 and 3 aren’t divided.  It’s one block of 3 colours and they are not that big so unless you use the tiny sponge applicator which comes with it, and you use an eyeshadow brush, which I do, the colours will mix together. Mmmmmm so no i’m not a fan!!
Nivea Daily Essentials, Regenerating Night Cream  -  Around £4.
I bought this as it was on offer, I’ve tried Nivea products in the past and had no problems so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Although I’m really not keen, it has quite a strong fragrance to it, which I’m not keen on. However the reason I really can’t bring myself to using it again is that after using it for 2 night, my skin really broke out. I get the odd spot, but I seemed to get quite a few. It may have been a coincidence, but I’m just not going to take the risk!!
So there you have it, there’s a few bits I’m not keen on. I’m sure there’s been lots more in the past, but these are the things that I’ve tried recently and I’m not overly keen on!!
Let me know your thoughts and if you’ve had bad experiences!


  1. I love this idea of posting things you're NOT loving! Think it's fab because lets face it, it happens to us all then we kick ourselves for wasting the money! I had seen the Nivea and swithered over it but glad I didn't go for now, thanks lovely :) The strong fragrance def put me off as too artificial smelling? I'm generally a Dermalogica or Simple girl (depending how flush I am)! Fab post, thanks again :) xx

  2. Yeah, I LOVE Origins but I'm on more of a Johnsons budget!! :)
    There will be loads more I could have put in this post, just couldn't think! Maybe you try to forget the bits you don't like?!! x x x

  3. There is another studio perfect primer for more of an oily skin type that's really really comes in more of a tube, can't think what it is called but it will be in the same stand! x

  4. Oh ok, I'll take a look. I am more oily so that would probably be better for me then!! x