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Five Flops: Makeup, skincare, and hair products that I’m tossing

September 20, 2013

I don’t like to waste products, and I usually make an effort to finish them up before I throw them out, even if I’m less than enthusiastic about using them. Plus, I usually do enough research to avoid purchasing products that won’t work for me in the first place. However, these five products are recent purchases that I couldn’t make work, and I’m tossing ’em while there’s still plenty of stuff left in them.

Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease uncontrollably
Wearing Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadows right before they started to crease

Let’s get right to it!

1. Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream ($14.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream
Yes to Carrots Rich Moisture Day Cream

I bought this day moisturizer a full 6 months ago, I think. I’d been looking for a new moisturizer after finally finishing up a Boots No. 7 day cream which I had also not liked very much. I like a lot of things about the Yes To brand. This moisturizer is 98% natural, cruelty-free, and is free of petroleum and parabens. However, it also smells funny and never fully absorbs into my skin. I tried to keep up with this one, but eventually I started using it as hand cream in order to try and use it up. But still, it smelled funny and never fully absorbed. I probably stopped using this after around 3 months of trying, and two weeks ago I took it back out of my drawer and chucked it.

 

2. Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in 714 Eternal Summer ($5.99)

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in 714 Eternal Summer
Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in 714 Eternal Summer

I was able to pick this up on deep discount earlier this summer, as this color palette was being discontinued. I’d never tried Revlon’s cream shadows before, and I thought this was a lovely quad to start out with. I really do like all of these colors, and they look lovely when first applied. Nice soft color and a gentle radiance. But I can barely get these to last half an hour on my eyes. No matter how I prime, apply lightly, and top with pressed shadow, these crease almost instantly. I can’t make it work! It’s a shame, too, because I think a lot of the color palettes they’ve put together for their Illuminance line are really striking.

 

3. Suave Dry Shampoo ($3 for 5 oz.)

Suave Dry Shampoo
Suave Dry Shampoo

The price can’t be beat, and truth be told the product works pretty well, too. The deal-breaker with this one was ultimately the scent. The fruity smell is extremely strong, which I’d be able to handle if it dissipated over time, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t ease up over the course of an entire day. I can smell it on myself at all times, and after wearing it a few times I became too self-conscious about the overwhelmingly strong scent to wear it in public. I can’t imagine having to sit in the next cubicle over from me while I’m wearing this, or even sharing an elevator. And if I can’t wear it out of the house, what’s the point?

 

4. Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($6.59 for 7.2 oz.)

Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse
Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse

As summer was approaching, I started looking out for products that could help create some waves in my hair. My hair is mostly straight with a little bit of natural wave to it, so I was just looking for a little something to encourage those waves. Now, it may be that this mousse works better for those with curly locks, but for me it just weighed my hair down… which was pretty much the opposite of what I was expecting it to do. I mean, this makes my hair look downright dirty. I used it twice just to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke, but I couldn’t bear to use it any more than that. Thankfully, I hadn’t purchased a full size. I had found a travel size for a dollar or two at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is basically about as low-investment as it gets.

 

5. Bare Minerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation ($29)

Bare Minerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation in Fairly Light
Bare Minerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation in Fairly Light

Technically, this wasn’t a purchase but a free gift with purchase, however I still consider it a bit of a loss because the offer convinced me to make a purchase in order to get this. I received a 30-day sample of the Ready foundation in Fairly Light from Sephora, and I love that it has SPF 20 and the shade was a really great color match for me. Unfortunately, it also makes my skin look incredibly dull and unhealthy. I’m usually all about getting as much value out of products that I possibly can, but I ultimately only used this one maybe 4 times. It’s still sitting in a drawer in case I get the urge to stretch some dollars, but in all likelihood the next time I take it out of the drawer it will be to toss it.

 

There you have it, those are my duds! What was the last product you tossed before finishing up?

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