Sunday, 31 May 2015

It's Not You, It's Me ... Popular Products That JUST Didn't Do It For Me #1

I've felt like I've been hit by a truck this week - specifically in the facial area - as I've come down with an ear and throat infection and am grumpy as hell about it. So apologies for the quietness on the old blogging front; I feel like stripping myself of my Liebster and One Lovely Blog Awards and re-awarding myself with the Bad Blogger trophy instead. And yes, being overdramatic and emotional seems to be a symptom of this infected head situation, soz. So, anyway.

I was compiling a little list of May Favourites before, when I suddenly got into some mad reverse way of thinking and ending up listing products that have failed my expectations over the past few weeks instead. The 'Let Down Larrys' of my beauty world. The 'you just don't do it for me anymore' products. 

I feel I may shock and / or appall some of you with my choices here, as I've read a number of positive posts and tweets about my named and shamed products; but everyone is different and what works for me, might not work for you - and vice versa. So, here they are. 



1. Yankee Candles
Don't get me wrong, I love a good candle. And some of Yankee Candles' scents are gorgeous. The one thing which bothers me about this range [even more than their extortionate prices] however, is the fact that when lit, they billow out a giant plume of black smoke. My walls are stained black from lighting just one of their big glass jar candles and my bathroom tiles look practically chargrilled. 

2. Garnier Micellar Water
As I mentioned in this post; I like this product, don't get me wrong. But it's just not that great. I'd heard reviews about this stuff which made me think it would be like a miracle in a bottle. The label claimed you'd get hundreds of uses out of it too, making it even better value than my Asda Smart Price face wipes [and I LOVE value for money.] But sadly, it's all a lie. My bottle is 60% empty after about 20 uses and it just doesn't shift mascara at all. It also doesn't remove all my makeup either, I have to use another cleanser afterwards to ensure all my foundation is off - which just defies the point.

3. Benefit Roller Lash
There's nothing wrong with this mascara, it works. And I appreciate for some people, it works bloody well, too. But for me, it wasn't a stand out product at all. I thought their 'They're Real' mascara was pretty mint when I owned it a few years ago; before I had one too many Jagerbombs and it rolled off in a toilet cubicle in a club, never to be seen again. But this.. although yeah, it was a mascara - didn't achieve the results I expected, given all the hype surrounding it. Sad face.

4. Soap and Glory Archery Eyebrow Tint and Pencil, in Brownie Points
I was shocked I didn't like this, because the concept is fab. The tint is great and applies like a dream. Hell, even the retractable pencil had a great consistency. It was the colour of this product which really let me down. I have quite dark eyebrows, I always use a dark - medium brown eyebrow pencil to shape them. I thought 'Brownie Points', the colour for brunette eyebrows, would be perfect. And it applied ok at first. However, when I glanced at my brows a few hours later, I was horrified. The colour was just so cold. It made my brows look almost black and contrasted so badly against my blondey hair. For me, this shade just wasn't warm enough; not like my old faithful Rimmel eyebrow pencil - and I don't think the blonde version of this pencil would be dark enough. It only comes in two shades, so that's it for me. Game over.

5. Younique Mascara
I can't believe I was sucked in by all the hype surrounding this product and bought this. Nearly £30 I spent on this, once postage was added on. Instead of giving me 'falsies' - or incredibly long, defined and curly lashes - it instead made me look like a thousand baby spiders had laid down and died on my eyelids. 

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What are your thoughts? Have you had any experiences with products you had high expectations for that have let you down? Do you love any of these products, or feel the same way about them that I do? It's okay to be different, I won't be sad if you think I'm chatting out of my arse with these choices haha!

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*the images I used in my collage aren't my own in this piece, they are stock imagery - credits can be found here - Yankee Candles, Rollerlash, Garnier Micellar Water, Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil, Younique logo.
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