#lovelieriehallofshame: Beauty Buys To Pass Up
Disappointing beauty buys are so irritating. Money was wasted, time was spent and expectations were not met So, to help you avoid making some poor purchasing choices, some of the lovelierie team is speaking up about their least favorite hair/makeup/skin/etc. buys ever.
I'll start! My least favorite beauty buy was an epilator I purchased off Amazon a few years ago. Not sure how familiar any of you are with epilators, but they essentially are an electronic device that systematically rips out hairs. And, yes. using one of these is rather painful. Anyway, long story short, I ordered a different brand to test whether it was better than my previous one and it ended up being TERRIBLE. It gave me a weird burn from catching my skin over and over again. Plus, it only yanked out like ten leg hairs. Never again. Oh and even though every other epilator I had owned before this got a "yes" from me, to this day, I am still too traumatized to return to epilating.
I was excited about the Conair 3/4" Hot Brush because, when this came out, there weren’t too many curling/styling electronic brushes available. So this was pretty cool and I thought I’d use it after washing my hair, letting it dry a bit and then using this brush to dry the rest while styling it. Neat and time saving, right? The first time I used it was honestly a disaster. My hair literally started smoking. But the brush wasn’t even that hot! It was kinda scary actually! I tried it again a few times to no avail. Later, I tried it on completely dry hair and it simply didn’t work. Super disappointing!
My most disappointing product is hands down the Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color. I got it in the color “Raisin’ the Roof” which would have been the most beautiful deep red with gold shimmer if it had worked out. Unfortunately, the formula was the biggest drugstore fail I’ve ever had. It’s like a typical “long-wearing” lip color (think Kat Von D), but the downside is it never fully dries. It made my lips constantly stick together and at the same time pulled itself off in unflattering patches. I couldn’t stand to have it on for more than 15 minutes. Definitely was not worth the $2.99.
I’ve bought my fair share of disappointing products, most of which were to be expected if I’m being honest. I mean, less than $10 eyeshadow and contour palettes with no brand name whatsoever? All I can say is I definitely got what I paid for. But what you don’t expect to under-perform is something from a really well known, high-end brand. So imagine my disappointment when I first tried out the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and it just didn’t give me the coverage that it promised. And it really doesn’t build up at all either. To this day, I’m still on the hunt for a concealer that will completely cover my dark circles and I was really hoping this was it when I first bought it, but alas. Onwards and upwards, I guess!
Sadly, my skin has always been as insanely sensitive as my feelings. I’ve been through dozens of WebMD pages, trying to analyze the source of my ailment (Rosacea? Acne vulgaris? Allergies? A deathly incurable disease?) to no avail. I have horrible flashbacks of this one time when I was a teen and first ventured into my eternal journey of beauty products. I tried a lotion for sensitive skin that I saw on the shelf of a drugstore. My face was a tad dry and flaky, so I was out shopping for a moisturizer. I decided to buy Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Lotion for Sensitive Skin, whose white minimalist packaging seemed to make the product seem even more pure, simple and sensitive! Excited, I washed my face and moisturized and all was fresh and well. For about ten seconds actually, until my cheeks started to burn and sting and I felt like my entire face was on fire. It was so hot and painful that I quickly popped my face back in the sink. My face was red, itchy and nasty bumpy for more than a week after that. I was pretty traumatized from any Neutrogena product for years after that, and am still not entirely convinced to this day that I’m not allergic to all of Neutrogena's supposedly great products.
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