Last week I wrote down my top decluttering tips for spring cleaning. Today I’m sharing what beauty products I’m tossing in the bin or giving away. I’ll go through the reasons why these products aren’t staying in my collection. Not all are disappointing products, though there are quite a few of those. Some are way past their expiry date or just aren’t getting the love they deserve. Though this might already seem like a lot, I actually have about a dozen more products in my giveaway pile! It’d be too overwhelming to go through everything so I picked the highlights, so to say. I think you’ll like this one! Many of these haven’t even been featured on here before!
I rarely feature haircare products in my blog posts. I don’t deviate much from the old drugstore favorites that I’ve used for years. I haven’t ever felt the need to explore higher-end options. My hair is difficult to deal with. It seems to hate most hair styling products. Whenever I deviate from the usual suspects disaster strikes. However, when Instagram went wild for the affordable Kristin Ess range, available exclusively at Target, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. How could I say no to that irresistible packaging?! Unfortunately, a few products didn’t work out. The Signature Shampoo and Extra Gentle Conditioner didn’t clean as thoroughly as I’d like. It felt like there was still residue left over from the products. They also left my hair looking weighed down. My hair got greasy within a day or two, much faster than usual. The Beach Wave Spray is a very misleading name. You would expect a product so named to give you waves like most beach wave sprays on the market but not at all! This lightweight spray only helps define your already styled curls. I picked this up on accident thinking it was the Texturizing Spray. As you may know, I have naturally curly hair so this product was not meant for me. However, I did try to use this on a few occasions. This felt very gritty on my hair and didn’t do anything to define it. I don’t understand the point of this spray? It gives a touch of texture, shine and definition but it’s nothing to write home about. Sadly, these three weren’t for me and my hair. That being said, I do adore the Kristin Ess Leave-In Conditioner and her Texturizing Spray is a goodin’ too!
MISSHA TIME REVOLUTION INTENSIVE ESSENCE
Controversial disappointing product alert! The Missha Time Revolution Essence is a staple in many beauty bloggers’ skincare stashes. Online it seems to be universally adored by the masses. This watery essence claims to reduce pigmentation and texture while plumping your skin. Sadly, this did nothing for my skin. Absolutely nothing. I used this religiously for two months. No discernable results to speak of. I even attempted to stop using it to see if that would affect my skin but nothing. At least I didn’t break out from using it, right? I plan on giving this rather pricey bottle away to a friend who might like it more.
CLINIQUE MOISTURE SURGE OVERNIGHT MASK
One of the biggest recent shopping regrets has to be this Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I had high hopes for this nourishing face mask. My holy grail moisturizer is from the Moisture Surge range. I figured this would be similar. Unfortunately, this irritated my skin as soon as I applied it. I don’t what it is! Every time I try to use this my skin rejects it upon contact. I also didn’t find this creamy mask as hydrating as I’d hoped. I’ll be giving this away to a friend since I’ve hardly used it.
SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT ESSENCE
If you read my disappointing products post last week, then you’ll recognize this SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. Priced at an astounding $179, this watery essence better deliver astonishing, dramatic results. It didn’t. Much like the Missha Essence this just didn’t do anything for my skin. With or without the SK-II, my skin was the same as ever. Thankfully I didn’t purchase this (my Mom regifted it to me) so I don’t feel as bad about not liking this crazy expensive essence. Off to a friend it goes!
CLINIQUE CITY BLOCK SHEER SPF 25
Afraid this is another meh product! Sorry for including so many fails in this post. I guess I’m getting all that negativity out the way at once! I desperately wanted to love this Clinique City Block sunscreen but it’s too heavy on my skin. It’s a thick cream that has a slight tint to it, oddly enough. This makes my face look greasy and feels pore-clogging. It’s also only SPF 25, not enough for every day. I do like that it doesn’t have that gross SPF scent. There are better sunscreens out there that I like more than this!
LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS 60 ULTRA LIGHT SUNSCREEN FLUID
La Roche-Posay sunscreens get raved about online but they have never worked for me! I tried the one in the spray can but that pilled horrendously. This Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is designed as a facial sunscreen. As the name would suggest, it’s a thin liquid cream that’s meant to be lightweight. However, I find this too greasy on my skin. It doesn’t pair well with makeup on top. My face, by the end of the day, resembles an oil slick. Not a good look! I can only wear this without makeup. Another issue I have is that it still reeks of sunscreen. Gross! Overall, this doesn’t live up to the online hype. I’ve found much better facial sunscreens like the Bioré UV Aqua that are actually lightweight and nongreasy.
THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5
I seem to be repeating my picks from last week’s disappointing products post… Fail! Did not plan this well. It’s too late to reshoot the photos so I’ll keep my review brief. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum was too thick and tacky on my skin. I’m particular about the consistency of skincare products. If I don’t like how they feel on my skin, then chances are I won’t use them. This did an OK job at adding some moisture to my skin but not enough for me to continue using it!
RED EARTH SECRET POTION ILLUMINATING SKIN FLUID
It’s rare that I come across a product that is a complete disaster. I feel bad too because it was kindly gifted to me by the brand. Though I’ve loved every product I’ve tried from Red Earth so far I wasn’t a fan of their Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid*. You can use this all over your face to create that effortlessly glowy, dewy look or you can use this on the top of your cheekbones like a regular highlight. You could even add this directly to foundation or moisturizer, though I haven’t tried that method. It’s versatile! However, I have a few qualms with this pearlescent highlighting fluid. First, it’s incredibly difficult to blend out. I tried using my hands to apply this all over my face but the highlight dries too fast. It always ended up looking streaky and patchy. I then tried with a damp Beauty Blender, which helped but it still didn’t blend as seamlessly as it should. Second, this pills into little clumps the second you try to apply foundation or concealer. Even touching your skin after application is enough to cause this highlight to pill. Lastly, it didn’t sit well on top of my makeup. I attempted to use this after applying my foundation just as a highlight but as soon as I dabbed the Secret Potion on my cheekbones my foundation peeled off completely. I was left with a rather unsightly large bald patch. Not a great look!
KORRES WILD ROSE BRIGHTENING EYE TREATMENT
Another repeat from last week… Yikes! This Korres Wild Rose Brightening Eye Cream was a pass for me. It does provide light hydration but it doesn’t brighten at all! I also disliked that it has a strong rose scent. For a more in-depth review, do check out this blog post. I used it on and off for a couple months but lately I haven’t reached for it. There are better eye creams on the market. I’ll pass this along to a friend in need!
COSRX HYALURONIC ACID INTENSIVE CREAM
Another tacky product! I’m starting to think that I don’t like hyaluronic acid in my skincare… The Ordinary serum was the same for me. At first, I thought this COSRX Hyaluronic Acid Intensive Cream was amazing. Perhaps it was because at the time my skin was bone dry. This did a perfectly fine job of nourishing my skin. However, nowadays whenever I attempt to use this it doesn’t work as well. Now that the seasons have changed, my skin is no longer as prone to dryness. Rather, my skin is gravitating towards oily. This moisturizer with its thick, tacky gel-cream consistency that reminds me of papier-mâché glue is just too heavy on my skin. It’s suffocating almost! While this worked for the winter, I’m afraid it doesn’t work for the rest of the year. I know someone else might like this!
VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE FRESH CLEANSING GEL
The Vichy Pureté Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel: a product that in itself isn’t bad but one that I don’t love as much as I ought to. I bought this because I thought it might be like the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. A sort of creamy gel texture, I guess? Not sure why I thought that. It turns out that this is a good ol’ foaming cleanser. A great one if you’re into that. Sadly, I’m not a huge fan of foaming cleansers. They aren’t hydrating enough. I kept this around for a while and used it when I needed a deep cleanse. I liked it well enough. I just prefer my creamier hydrating cleansers. Most foaming cleansers are stripping and leave a soapy residue. This one doesn’t! If you’re on the hunt for a fab affordable drugstore foaming cleanser, then you should check this one out!
Oh, Glossier… You and I have such a love-hate relationship. On one hand, I’m so drawn to you. Your irresistible Insta-worthy packaging and cool girl aesthetic easily sway me. With every new launch, I fall into the Glossier trap. The hype that surrounds each new product is hard to tune out so I wind up buying everything anyway. I promise myself I won’t fall for it but I do! Granted, Glossier has some amazing products. Their Boy Brow and Cloud Paints are a staple in my everyday makeup looks. Their Lidstars? Not so much. These cream eyeshadows were patchy, lacked the glitter wow factor I desired and were far too sheer. I tried to make them work without much success.
For a closer look, check out my review of these!
NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAMS
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are one of my favorite liquid lipstick formulas out there! I love how comfortable they are on the lips. Most liquid lipsticks are far too drying for my taste. They’re also opaque. One or two swipes are you’re done. Have I mention how affordable they are?! Only $6.50! These come in a wide variety of shades. Here I have Madrid, San Paulo, and Monte Carlo. While I do love these, I find that they dry out completely within a month or two. For instance, San Paulo and Madrid were only bought in February, were hardly ever used and yet are already dried out. I also should warn you that these liquid lipsticks are not transfer-proof! They are longlasting but will wear off throughout the day.
TARTE TARTELETTE TEASE MINI EYESHADOW PALETTE
A travel eyeshadow palette that didn’t work out. I picked up this Tarte Tartelette Tease palette back in August last year for a month-long trip abroad. I thought it’d be perfect since it had a pretty shimmery bronze and a dark brown matte shadow. What I didn’t think before grabbing this was that I don’t like purple eyeshadow. Of course, the majority of shades here are purple. In the end, I never used this on my trip. In fact, I hardly touched this at all. I also disliked that the garish pink and purple packaging didn’t photograph well. Even if I did use this I couldn’t share it on Instagram. It ruined my photos! That being said, the eyeshadow quality is great. Easy to blend and highly pigmented. The Tartelette Tease mini just wasn’t right for me!
STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER
This liquid eyeliner is fawned over online but I didn’t it was worth all the fuss. The Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, with its much too watery formula, bled into any crease and fine line it could find. The felt tip frayed within a few uses, which meant I couldn’t attain a precise flick for a cat-eye. Even when the felt tip wasn’t broken, I found it incredibly difficult to draw a perfect cat eye. The tip just wasn’t fine enough! More often than not I’d end up with a set of wonky looking eyes, uneven and blotchy.
NYX HD STUDIO FINISHING POWDER
This smells awful! I just had to get that out of the way. I can’t stand the scent of this NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder. That’s not the only reason I never liked this loose translucent setting powder. I found this far too mattifying for my taste. Even though it claims to be translucent, I always wound up with cakey white powder all over my face. No matter how much I tried blending this out, it always left a white, chalky residue. I also found out the hard way that you have to be careful when carrying loose powders. I dropped this one morning, resulting in a dramatic powder explosion. Everything in its path was covered with a fine white layer of powder. Oops!
Whew! Sorry for this long blog post. Didn’t expect it to be this lengthy or wordy. If you made it this far, congrats! You did it! Hope you enjoyed these mini reviews!