December is a time for lists – things I loved; 2016 favourites; my best buys of the year – but I think there’s another side of the equation that doesn’t get enough air time: disappointing products.
Let’s face it: not every expensive purchase is justified, and not every buy ends up being worth the money. With that in mind, I wanted to compile a list of things I tried this year and just didn’t fall in love with, across beauty and (a little) fashion.
Think this seems a little negative? Well, too bad, because I love me some well thought out criticism.
With that in mind, here’s my round-up of things I bought or tried in 2016 that I would neither buy nor try again – so that if you find yourself thinking about taking the plunge, well, you’ll know not to.
Saint Laurent’s star-embellished sneakers
Pic credit: Style MBA
I oohed and aahed over these sneakers for a good long while before taking the plunge – and it was a significant one, with €475 being dropped on these star-embellished sneaks. I know, it’s insane, but I wear runners all the time and figured cost per wear would be super low! As it happens, I was wrong – the sole started to peel away from the upper within five wears, and I ended up taking them back and returning them (on the basis that they were faulty; shoes shouldn’t start to fall apart after a few weeks). I was devastated, but my bank balance heaved a sigh of relief, and I learned an important lesson: more money doesn’t always equal better quality.
Bioderma Sebium Moussant foaming gel cleanser
This stuff just did not agree with me – while I don’t have sensitive skin, sometimes certain beauty products just don’t do it for me. For example, I love the smell of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, but it brings me out in a weird rash, which is devastating. This Bioderma cleanser cleaned my skin, sure, but I found it a little drying and I felt like, after a week using it, my skin was pretty dull. It got a definite thumbs down from me (and I lovingly passed it on to my boyfriend, who’s having no issues!).
And, speaking of drying, I did not dig Origins’ new RitualiTea Matcha Madness face mask* at all. I love the idea of it – a little powder you add water to and it fizzes and is so much fun to mix around and then apply – but this iteration left my skin feeling quite tight. Now, I will say that I have quite dehydrated skin, so I’m planning on picking up the “Comforting” version (this was “Revitalizing”) – and I love the little mixing bowl* you can buy for your RitualiTea experience (even though, I guess, an extra €19 for the pleasure of using a product you’ve already blown €35 on is a bit bonkers).
Full disclosure: I have probably bought and been sent an equal number of Fulfil bars, and honestly? I just don’t get it. I mean sure, the first bite is good, but then you realise they taste like additives – and they leave a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach and I always get cramps afterwards. And have you ever read the ingredients? I honestly believe you’d be better off eating a Mars bar than eating a Fulfil, which is essentially a whole load of additives and preservatives and ingredients I can’t pronounce (always a bad thing) mixed together for a “macro-friendly” sweet treat.
Honestly: what was I thinking?!
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