A Few Regretful Purchases


Well look at me, getting up early today and dragging my behind out of bed and being all productive and being able to get back into the swing of things despite the growing pile of work that has my name on it. I thought that I would write on a bit more of a negative note today and share a few of those products that aren’t necessarily bad but I regret nevertheless…

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser ($24)

Their infamous three-step system aside, I’m a fan of the Clinique skincare range but still this one left me rather disappointed. I will warn you that I bought this cleanser years ago but have left it unused for ages because it’s not one that suits my sensitive dehydrated skin. I was sold this to use as a makeup remover, to be used before cleansing the skin at nighttime and while it works well in that respect, lathering up nicely with its nice creamy texture too, it’s just not suitable for my skin. While the cleanser is technically sulfate-free, it is far too irritating on my fragile skin and I presume this is down to the inclusion of potassium myristate as the primary cleansing agent.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion ($32)

I will acknowledge that part of the reason that I regret this purchase might be down to my buying error, being mislead into thinking that the slight amount of oil produced in my t-zone and my tendency for the occasional hormonal breakouts meant that I suffered with true combination skin and therefore would suit this range. However, it’s high alcohol concentration doesn’t strike me as anything but irritating on anyone’s face regardless of their skin condition and on sensitive types like myself, this is one of the most irritating products out there. I love Kiehl’s as a company but this product was such as disappointment.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Stockholm Chic ($14-16)

I’ve raved about the comfortable formula when I tried the Milan Moment shade so when these popped up on sale at my local drugstore I couldn’t resist going for another shade and I figured that I would go with one of the deeper ones to branch out and this deeper burgundy shade seemed ideal. Seemed was the key word here; on my lips, the shade comes out as a rusty-leaning brown shade and it is just so unflattering.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107 ($7-8)

I do realize that I’m being more than a little bit controversial here, expressing regret for purchasing everyone’s favourite berry shade but as much as I like the comfortable matte formula, the shade is far too cool-toned and fuschia-leaning to flatter my warm-undertones. I’ve tried wearing this in a variety of ways but I don’t seem to be able to make it work.

What are some of your regrets?
Maggie, x.

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