Monday, October 28, 2013

Empties I Would NOT Repurchase

This post compliments my previous "Empties I Would Repurchase" blogpost (linked HERE).

Not all of these products failed me, some of them worked just fine but didn't wow me enough to outshine others I had tried before.

Labello Fruity Shine in "Cherry"
£5.90 eBay

This lip balm is really more like a lipgloss in that it provides plenty of shine, a flattering red tint and no long-term moisture whatsoever. I was using this consistently over the past few weeks on my dry, wind-beaten lips and was wondering why the hell my lips were flaking so much! I do not recommend this.

Caudalie Lip Conditioner
£4-5 depending on where you shop

I really enjoyed this lip balm (as I do everything from Caudalie). It was very rich and moisturising and had a gorgeous clean and elegant scent. The only reason I wouldn't repurchase, at least not any time soon, is because of the price tag. My Maybelline Babylips works just fine and is a couple of pounds cheaper (which in this case makes it half the price).

MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream

This eye cream gave me milia on the skin around my eyes. It didn't feel or smell nice and luxurious. It felt rather gloopy and smelled of - [goes to give it one last sniff] - paint and chemicals. I really tried to use it up to get my money's worth but I am Back To MAC-ing it with 1/3 still left inside. I really did not like this.

Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Cleansing Wipes

I grabbed these from Boots as I was out of makeup removing wipes and decided to try them out. In a nutshell, they did not remove my makeup well, they really stung my eyes and they smell very chemical-y. I did not enjoy these either.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 4-in-1 mascara

I purchased this mascara last month from Sephora and you can read my review of it HERE. It gave me about 4-5 weeks of wear before it stopped doing what it was doing to my lashes and just sort of sat on them, not really defining or volumzing much. I enjoyed it once the tube had been open for a few days and I really liked that it was made from a brand that keeps its products as natural as possible. It was formulated without: parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate and synthetic fragrances. Tarte is also a cruelty free brand.

Having said that, it just did not perform as well as my all-time top 2 mascaras so I will not be repurchasing it. I know that Tarte do another mascara called Lights, Camera, Flashes which I would definitely be interested in trying to see how it compares.

CoverGirl Nature Luxe mascara

This mascara unfortunately failed to wow me, it was honestly a 'nothing' mascara. I got a good few uses when the tube was fresh but after a week or two, it just stopped working. Perhaps that's why it's now discontinued? You can read my first impression of it HERE.

Topshop "Rumour Has It" lipstick

This is a brown based shade with hints of plum and silver through it. I've had it for almost a year and a half now but I just cannot stand the smell or texture any longer. This tube has really dried up and smells (and tastes) quite chemical-y, no thank you. Lipstick is supposed to last 3 years so I'm very unimpressed with how quickly this tube has gone off. Even though I enjoyed the unique shade, I will be staying away from Topshop lipsticks in future.

Bobbi Brown "Tea Rose" lipstick

This lipstick was given to me by my best friend after she decided that it didn't suit her skin tone.This was the first Bobbi Brown item I had ever owned and was very impressed with the high-quality of the texture and pigmentation. It really is a high-end product worth every penny. It was also on the moisturising side and had very good staying power. I accidentally dropped it last year and the cap smashed into 3 pieces which I frantically taped back together - it didn't work. Since then the tube has stayed in my drawer as I was unable to bring it out with me for touchups. I won't repurchase this shade simply because I have similar ones in my collection - I would try out Bobbi Brown's "Salmon" lipstick instead!

Eco-Boutique Body Lotion
Glossybox sample - unable to find a seller online at the time of writing.

I took this away on holiday with me and it gave me a good week and a half of use. I love that it is also formulated without a long list of nasties (printed on the back). The smell was alright and the texture was light and moisturising. I don't have complaints about this body lotion, I just like my Aveeno Creamy Oil a lot better - mostly due to Aveeno's yummy sweet almond scent..

Caudalie Divine Oil
£27 for 100ml 

I received this 15ml sample in a Glossybox and it also came on holiday with me. It has a very strong scent but I actually really liked it, especially the undertones. It smells clean and fresh but also musky. I enjoyed using it as a hair, face and body oil. The only reason I would not purchase this is the hefty price tag. 

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Intense Rescue Melting Balm

I purchased this back in the spring when Boots had an introductory offer for it - I don't remember it costing me any more than £12. I was not taking very good care of my ombre hair during that time so I decided to invest in this rescue balm which I'd heard a couple of beauty bloggers rave about. Not to quote Shania Twain, but this did not impress me much (oh oh ohh-oh!). It smelled too perfume-y and fragranced for my liking and after having it for a few months, little grains or bead formed inside - gross! I still used every last bit of it, I finished it off last night in fact. 

You're meant to apply it to dry, dirty hair at least 20 minutes before you shower. I usually had it on for 1-2 hours whenever I used it. This product is really not worth its price tag and did not make much difference to my thick, coarse, bleached ends. I do not recommend this.

- Romy


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