Friday, 5 April 2013

Products I Regret Buying #1

Morning Ladies, How are we all?  It's Friday and at least in Glasgow it's nice and sunny which makes the day better I say!  Today's post is about products that just didn't work for me.  With high hopes in mind, I expected these to wow me as they have done for so many others but it was not to be.  Never keen on doing negative reviews, I still find them important so that you can get a better picture of a product and how not all products are for everyone.


So first, is a new addition to my skincare, I picked it up from Boots a few weeks ago when they had 1/3 off, I got it for around £8.50.  This is the Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel for acne prone skin.  Described as Deep Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid, Totarol, a new purifying ingredient, and Eperuline to regulate inflammations. Cleanses and unblocks pores deep down and immediately soothes skin.  Ingredients include; water • sodium laureth sulfate • peg-200 hydrogenated glyceryl palmate • decyl glucoside • glycerin • peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate • peg-7 glyceryl cocoate • totarol • triethanolamine • green 3 • sodium citrate • yellow 5 • dipotassium glycyrrhizate • capryloyl salicylic acid • eperua falcata bark extract • dextrin • fragrance

This gel has a nice thick consistency and smells refreshing like cucumber and melon.  As recommended I would apply to my wet face and then rinse off.  It did leave a small amount of makeup on my face after using it, so normally had to double cleanse. As soon as I dried my face it was unbelievably tight and dry.  I normally don't mind products that leave my skin feeling a little tight as this usually means all the excess oil is away but this was overly tight.  Having oily skin I tend not to moisturise every day but when using this It actually changed my skin from being oily to really really dry.  I had flaky skin around my nose which I never have.  I had to apply a really thick layer of moisturiser to try and balance my skin back out but it still affected my makeup.  For days my makeup would look dry, cakey and horrible on my skin.  Now for the breakouts! for 2 weeks (which is how long I used this for daily) my skin has been a mess, every blemish treatment I tried did nothing and I have never seen my face so bad for a good while.  So picture the scene, horrible spotty skin and then my makeup looks like paint on my face (which is the only way I can describe it, it settled into every line!)  so as you can imagine, I was not happy.  For days I felt really down and it was because of what this did to my skin.  For 2 days, I have reverted back to my Witch Foaming Cleanser and my skin is back to at least my normal, thank god!  I really don't like doing bad reviews but as you can see, this didn't work for me at all.  I had a look on the Vichy website and it had really good reviews, so maybe there is an ingredient in this that doesn't agree with me.  If any of you have tried this, let me know, would love to know if this worked for you.

 
La Roche Posay is a cult brand in the beauty world so when I heard all the hype regarding effeclar duo and how it was amazing for blemishes I instantly snapped it up!  At the time of purchase Boots were doing 2 for £15 on La Roche Posay so I picked up Effaclar K also.  The Effaclar range is designed for oily/blemish skin and I know there have been a thousand reviews on this but I wanted to let you know my thoughts.
 
For around 4 weeks, every day I put on Effaclar Duo and simply, it did nothing for me.  It didn't remove a blemish, it didn't remove redness.  I didn't dry out my skin though, which is good for an anti blemish product.  I have the same thoughts on the Effaclar K, as instructed I used morning and night but seen no difference in my skin, claims to renovate the skin, a sort of gentle exfoliator (maybe I am wrong) this again did nothing for me.  So these weren't bad products, just did nothing for me I'm afraid.
 
 
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish again is a cult product with a huge following with one sold every minute or something crazy like that!  I had my eye on this for months due to all the rave reviews on it so when out Christmas shopping with my mum, she picked this up for me.  This is an "on the fence" product for me.  It claims to gently remove makeup for a smoother cleaner skin, and for me It did gently remove makeup but smoother skin it did not.  This took my makeup off perfectly and in that respect I can't complain but being a big player in the cleansing world I did expect a bit more.  People spoke about their skin balancing out, and it creating a nice smooth base for makeup but for me I seen no change in my skin and apart from it taking my makeup off, it did nothing else for me.  After I had been using it for a few weeks I got the most horrible red rash all over my face, it was so itchy and blotchy, that I couldn't wear makeup and literally wanted to claw my face off!  This lasted about 3 days and at this time this was the only new thing I was using so can only assume this caused it.  I used this until it was finished so did give it a good test but as I said, I can't decide whether for £13 it's worth it just to remove my makeup which many other cheaper products do as well.  My next cleanser after this was the Vichy one so as you can see, my luck just now is not great and the Vichy was so bad that I did actually think about re-purchasing this to give it another try so I as of this moment I am sitting on the fence :)
 
 
Have you tried any of these and had the same or different results?  Leave me a comment as I would love to hear them :) 
 
 
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16 comments:

  1. I regret both my La Roche Posay purchases too :/ The Effaclar duo broke me out horrendously with no signs of improvement for 3 weeks of use, and the clarifying toner lotion I got on the 2 for £15 offer too smells so strong I feel like I'm applying alcohol directly onto my face!

    What a shame the Hot Cloth Cleanser didn't work for you either! I use the No7 one and I swear by mine. xo

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    1. Thanks for the tip, will try the No7, see if that is any better for me x

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  2. awwww that's a shame u didn't like these! i like c&p but i don't think it's as great as ppl say but i do like the la roche duo thing. i've noticed i'm not breaking out as much with it xxx

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    1. Yea, It did take my makeup off so for that I liked it but just didn't do anything else for me x

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  3. It's always gutting when products you have high hopes for let you down, I bought a clinique mascara (£16 ouch) last week because of rave reviews... I was extremely let down... until I realised I'd bought the wrong one!

    But anyway Shame these products didn't live up to the hype for you. I purchased the Effaclar Duo in the light of all the blogging praise it had received. Luckily it has been working out for me (Been using for about 5 months now) I definitely have seen vast improvements in my spots and redness. I still get blemishes (hormonal/stress is my biggest offender) but they disappear much faster. I can only credit this to the Effaclar Duo. However what I don't like about it (and this may be a moot point) is I miss the scent and feel or other facial moisturisers! The Effaclar is bland and the finish on your skin isn't great. It really feels like a clinical product, which I guess it's intending to be but I just wish you could get the benefits and have a bit more luxury too.

    I did like the hot cloth cleanse and polish I found it left my skin soft and smelt great, however didn't repurchase as I hate adding more effort to my skin routine and the muslin clothes were a hassle for me (guilty: lazy beauty habits). I wanted to use it for its strong point of removing makeup but always ended up with mascara soaked muslin cloths drying all over the bathroom.

    Anyway I ramble!
    Siobhan xo
    P a n d a P o P

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    1. I hear you! I had those clothes everywhere lol x

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  4. I regret La Roche Posay moisturiser!! I used it twice and my skin erupted! It shows you have to be very careful when trying and testing!! :( it's a shame cause I had such high hopes for the product! X x x

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    1. I know La Roche Posay is the most hyped skin brand so I expected so much but for me it just delivered nothing x

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  5. The only thing I've tried out of these products is the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. I'm one of the people who's raved about it for years but found it doesn't seem to be working for me so well anymore. It's such a shame really, and shame you had such an awful reaction to it too :-)

    Stargazy x

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    1. Ah really that's rubbish, shame that it no longer works for you x

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  6. I really liked Cleanse and Polish when I started buying it then after about a year of repurchasing it it just didn't seem to be doing the same for me anymore :(

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    1. I am hearing this a lot, think as people rave about it so much that you don't often hear about when it doesn't work x

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  7. I agree about the cleanse and polish, but I'm super surprised about the effaclar! i guess it doesn't work for everyone!

    beautyandtheb1.co.uk

    B xxx

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    1. Yea nice to know it was not only me who had issues with it x

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  8. This is so interesting to see that these products don't work for everyone! I have oily skin too. So now skeptical to try any! Love these reviews, new follower :-)

    Would love you to check my blog: barbieandpie.blogspot.com

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  9. I also picked up the Vichy cleanser in the boots sale and found the same as you, it broke me out really badly. However I did read a few reviews online with similar stories, yet advising to stick with it as it draws the impurities from your skin to start with. I'm giving it a go and trying to forget about these little red hills currently on my face. X

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