Instead of doing a post about all the skincare/makeup I use and love, I figured to do one about the ones that did not work for me. I’m not here to bash the products because a lot of them got great reviews and people love them. These are just ones that did not mesh well with my dry, picky skin.
I typically will only buy products that get above a 4 star rating with a decent amount of reviews. My skin is far too sensitive to be messing around with products without a lot of feedback (I’ve learned that the hard way).
In the beginning of quarantine (March 2020), I figured cool, no work equals not having to wear makeup or very minimal if any. This way, I could really work on getting rid of my acne. Wrong-o! Maskne came in and ruined my plans of having clear skin. Not only maskne, but I had to switch pharmacies which meant they switched my birth control. So my skin was not happy and purged like crazy.. for months. My skin was so bad to the point where I didn’t even care anymore. Nothing seemed to be working and I just kept throwing money at Sephora for more products. You could play connect the dots on the bottom half of my face. Now I live by the saying “less is more” because if I had just followed that, I would have less acne and more money.
It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream
The first product that completely destroyed my skin even more was It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. I KNOW. The moisturizer that all bloggers rave about. The moisturizer that has a 4.3 rating on Sephora with 1.2k reviews. The moisturizer that has a price tag of $49. First of all, the consistency was that of softened butter. I thought “okay, this is interesting and new”. When I applied this thick, butter-like cream, it felt so greasy on my skin. Not only did it not dissolve into my skin, it sat on top like a sticky mess. Clogged my pores like crazy. If you are used to lightweight moisturizers, you may want to avoid this one like I should have. I also had to deal with their horrible customer service to figure out how to go about returning it (I had bought 2 because it was on sale and from the reviews I swore I would love it). I called their phone number and was on the line for 15 minutes in silence with this woman because she didn’t know how to do a return. Only to tell me just to send it back and this call was pointless. Oh and they charged me $14 just to return them🙃 ANYWAY, I love It cosmetics CC cream, but I think that’s about all I’ll try from them after my experience.
Skinceuticals Glycolic 10
Runner up is Skinceuticals Glycolic 10. With a price tag of $80, I don’t think this product is worth it no matter what magical effect it had on my skin. I actually won an Instagram giveaway from @Classycleanchic and @_Lomeyer_ (both great girls) and this was in the box of goodies I received. At first, I liked it and had no issues. Then I started to realize “wow I sure am breaking out a lot more and my skin is super sticky”. Again, started to have the same issue as when I was using the It Cosmetics Cream. I really wanted to love this because of how expensive it was, but then again I didn’t because I know I would never repurchase for that price. So unfortunately, this is just sitting with the rest of my skincare, not being used.
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity
St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist. Acne. Need I say more? No, but for real this gets your face looking nice and bronze, but it came with a cost for me. That cost was more acne baby! It smells great and is easy to apply, but I did read reviews about it clogging pores. Which it did for me clearly. I then moved onto the St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Vitamins Bronzing Face Serum. I thought okay, a very light, water-like serum. How can that clog my skin? And it didn’t! The only thing is the color was so nonexistent that I didn’t even look like I used a self tanner. I started using it every night before I went to sleep to see if I could eventually see a difference. Nope. I honestly don’t know if people had tricks to how this worked for them, but it didn’t work for me no matter what I did. I recommend the mist if you’re not acne prone considering the color it gave me was phenomenal. Pretty inexpensive too at $30 bucks a pop.
Mario Badescu Witch Hazel & Rosewater Toner
I didn’t start using a toner until probably about a year ago. I was looking for an inexpensive one because, hi I’m cheap and like to save money. I stumbled upon the Mario Badescu Witch Hazel and Rosewater Toner. Again, great reviews, $14 price tag. I’ve been using their face sprays for years so I thought I’d like this one. The only bad thing I have about this is that it was super drying and considering I already have dry skin, this was a no go for me. I think their Aloe Vera toner would be better suited for me. Anyone ever try that one or have another option for dry skin?
The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid
Last, but not least was The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid. I don’t specifically have anything bad to say about this one, except for the fact that it did not last very long and the reviews did say that. It’s very cheap at $8, but the pour spout made me waste more than I needed. I would stick to the droppers for hyaluronic acid or any serums I’m using from now on. The Ordinary is a great substitute and reasonably priced too.
That’s A Wrap
And that’s all the products on my list for you friends! NOW.. if these work for you, great! I really wanted to love all these and it’s unfortunate we didn’t get along😪 Did any of you guys actually like any of these products upon using? What were some products that were big mistakes for you? Let me know in the comments💗