buyer’s remorse

sometimes thing’s just don’t work out. ¬†in honor of that, i’m sharing some products that just aren’t working for me and that i’m truly sad i spent my dollars on. ¬†interestingly enough, these are all products that took a lot of deliberation to actually buy – so not impulse buys in the least. ¬†bb buyer's remorse1.jpgmarc jacobs coconut primer // i was soooo excited to buy this. ¬†i had gone through 2 samples from sephora, but for some reason since i bought it i’ve had no interest in it. i’m not particularly worried about how long my makeup lasts since i wear such a minimal amount, so maybe that’s why i’m not overly fussed about wearing a primer. ¬†plus my skin is pretty balanced in the spring and summer so i don’t need that extra boost of hydration. ¬†and to be quite honest, i think i prefer the too faced hangover primer that this is comparable to. ¬†whatever the case, i wish i didn’t buy this uber expensive product! ¬†it’s beautiful but…nah.

gressa lip boost in bare // uuuhghghghghgh. ¬†i’m so upset with this product. ¬†i read reviews that the gressa lip boosts are drying but no one said that they are DRY. ¬†like, can barely get this on my finger dry. ¬†the color is gorgeous but i can only get this on if i leave it in my car in the sun for a while, and that just isn’t good. ¬†i’ve tried it over balm and with a brush and all that and it’s just absurdly, weirdly dry. ¬†after looking back at pictures, it looks like for other people this is a softer, almost creamy formula. ¬†what?! ¬†psh.

mac blush in dame // ok similarly to the gressa lip boost, this mac blush is just super weird. ¬†every time i go to use it it has somehow sealed up, so i always have to scrape the top off. ¬†it’s a great blush and color when i can get it to work, but it really is a pain. ¬†again, nah.

nars multiple in hot sand // ANOTHER product that seals up. ¬†why is that? ¬†this just doesn’t impart and color on my skin whatsoever. ¬†some shimmer but that’s it. ¬†and i’ve applied it straight to my skin, with my fingers, etc. ¬†i even cut the top of it off to reveal the product below, which worked for one use and then it sealed again. ¬†since i did that i haven’t applied it straight to my skin, so i can’t imagine why this is not functioning properly. ¬†it’s such a gorgeous product and color and i’m so so sad that it’s a dud.

mac lipstick in creme d’nude // i mentioned a while ago that i got trapped into buying some mac products, and this is the other product i bought that day. ¬†i’ve been looking for a sheer lipstick to somewhat lighten my lips (kind of the way the korres lip butter in jasmine does but in more out-for-the-day-friendly packaging). ¬†i liked this in the mac store, but now when i apply it it just makes my lips look so dry and textured. ¬†it’s not actually the color that bothers me – i just pat on a little – but it makes my lips look gross no matter the prep beforehand. ¬†ugh mac. ¬†why.

tell me, what products give you buyer’s remorse? ¬†don’t leave me alone here…

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buyer’s remorse

it’s not you, it’s me

ok, maybe it’s you. ¬†i’m talking disappointing products people! ¬†please note, most of these products i either returned, gave to my sisters, or begrudgingly used up. ¬†so i don’t have pictures of most of them because they are looong gone. ¬†and these are things that i have mainly disliked over the past year or so, cause who can remember anything before that?! ¬†now let’s get to it…

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bobbi brown bronzer brush // you might remember i splurged on this brush during the november sephora sale. ¬†despite the mostly poor reviews, i thought i would try it out for myself and…yeah it sucks. ¬†i have never had a brush, higher end or drugstore, that shed as much as this. ¬†and not like one hair per use that is totally reasonable. ¬†by the time i returned this 1 month after purchasing i don’t even know how it had any hairs left. ¬†i’m¬†using the real techniques multitask brush for bronzer and blush right now and it is exactly what i was looking for.

glossier supers //¬†i am soooo disappointed about these, especially considering the rave reviews everyone is giving them. ¬†but to be honest, they just didn’t do anything for me. ¬†i got the whole set right when they came out, but did a lot of research as to when and how to use them. ¬†my sister tried the super bounce as well and we just didn’t see any effects, positive or negative. ¬†so yeah, these were meh. ¬†i used them all halfway and left them at them at my parent’s house. ¬†i have since done more research especially on hyaluronic acid serums, and i think i have found some better options as well as why these didn’t quite work for me. ¬†i discussed this a bit in my january picks, but basically most ha serums contain ha molecules that are just too big for your skin to absorb. ¬†i feel this way about all three of these serums – they sit on the skin rather than absorbing into it, so the affects are completely washed away when you cleanse your face.

first aid beauty ultra repair hydrating serum // this is another purchase i made during the sephora sale. ¬†i did finish this up for the most part, but frankly i didn’t see any benefits. ¬†kind of the same issues i had with glossier super bounce. ¬†just meh!

la roche-posay anthelios mineral sunscreen spf 50 //¬†this is a more recent purchase and i don’t have the receipt so i’m not really sure what i’ll do with this. ¬†i have been doing a ton of research on what sunscreens will work for my skin for every day use, and this was a very highly rated one by many including paula’s choice. ¬†however it really didn’t work for me. ¬†the texture is quite grainy no matter how much i shake it up and it doesn’t seem to sit well on my skin. ¬†i decided that i wanted something with more moisturizing properties so i picked up another highly rated susncreen, the kiss my face 3-in-1 for sensitive skin. ¬†this is a partially mineral sunscreen and is great for sensitive skin (duh). ¬†i have used the kiss my face face and neck sunscreen and really liked that, so i knew this would be a pretty solid choice. ¬†i am loving it thus far – it doesn’t clog my skin or sit heavily and adds a lot of moisture to my face. ¬†i am, however, going to keep the la roche-posay around for travel purposes.

bourjois cc cream // i am so sad about this. ¬†i got this while in london because i have had it only wishlist for years, thank you estee lalonde! ¬†it is a great color match for me and everything, but it just feels drying on my skin. ¬†it says that it’s a hydrating formula, but it doesn’t sit well on me the way my nars tinted moisturizer or glossier skin tints do. ¬†i’m going to keep trying to make this work, but i think if you have oilier skin this will be much better for you! ¬†(update: i have since given this to a friend.)

nars concealer stick in vanilla // i got this a few months ago to keep in my purse instead of another mini creamy concealer. ¬†the shade match was perfect but i just couldn’t get along with this guy. ¬†maybe i’m just used to the cement-like properties of the creamy concealer? ¬†this one just slipped around and didn’t really cover much of anything for too long. ¬†i returned this to sephora.

rms lip and skin balm in vanilla¬†// ok let me start off by saying this smells disgusting. ¬†the cocoa and the vanilla scent. ¬†i figured i could look past that so i bought it anyway, but yeah no. ¬†i thought this would be a good petroleum-free alternative to glossier balm dotcom and vaseline but i just can’t get it to work for me. ¬†you have to warm up the product so much, more than other rms products, and it doesn’t hydrate at all. ¬†so between the scent and the fact that it doesn’t do much of anything, i’m not sure what to do with this thing. ¬†PLUS it contains a lot less product than any other rms product, even though it’s in the same size pot and ridiculously expensive. ¬†it looks like i’m already halfway done with it when i’ve used it very minimally. ¬†sadly this is the first rms product i haven’t loved. ¬†i am actually really mad at myself for spending almost $40 on this.

nars sheer glow in mont blanc // i’ve had this for a long time and i just can’t make it work. ¬†i bought this a year ago when i was really really struggling with my acne and redness. ¬†i loved how it covered my redness and returned my face to more normal territory, but it was heavy and cakey and just looked like i had a lot of makeup on. ¬†i haven’t even bothered to use it until the last month or two (and just to try to use it up), but whenever i put it on it still feels too makeup-y. ¬†even with an oil and primer underneath and applied extremely lightly with my fingers, it cakes up and clings to dry patches. ¬†so many people love this, but it’s too much for me i guess!

tarte amazonian clay blush in exposed // don’t you just hate when a super cult product doesn’t work for you? ¬†that’s exactly how i feel about exposed. ¬†i have extremely fair skin and i couldn’t even get this to show up on my skin. ¬†i just swatched it on my hand next to my favorite nars impassioned and the tarte blush in paaarty¬†from this year’s sephora birthday set, and both of those perform so much better than exposed. ¬†i like the peachier neutral tones of the tarte paaarty¬†and the cool pink of nars impassioned, and exposed just doesn’t compare to these. ¬†i’m actually wondering if i got a dud, but after the first one i purchased was totally smashed and this one lacking any pigmentation, tarte exposed is being returned to sephora asap. ¬†plus, i’m really not that much of a blush girl, so i¬†really didn’t need this anyway! (ps tarte paaarty is now available as a full size product, so if you don’t shop at sephora/don’t have a birthday coming up but are interested, there you go!)

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material concerns pt 2: newish stuff

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wet-n-wild megalast lip color in spiked with rum and ravin’ raisin // really good matte lipsticks and so cheap!

sephora matte lip cream in shade 13 marvelous mauve // a great entrylevel matte liquid lipstick, great bold-but-not-too-bold color, great price point

neutrogena mineral sheers powder foundation in shade 10 classic ivory // great for added coverage and setting foundation/concealer, plus i really trust neutrogena as a brand

covergirl full lash bloom mascara // i saw this when i was hunting down my beloved lash blast length. ¬†it’s not the same, but i do like it and am giving it a fair go.

milani lash trifecta // i picked this up on a whim (see above) on my way out of walgreen’s – i think it’s new? ¬†surprisingly, i actually really like it! ¬†it’s less natural than i would usually go for, but it lengthens and makes really¬†pretty, fluttery lashes. ¬†since i don’t curl my lashes, i like the bit of lift this gives.

essie starry starry night // i thought all of these were sold out when i found a few bottles at my walgreen’s! ¬†this is a rerelease of one of essie’s most famous shades from the 80s. the original contained diamond dust with denser sparkle and¬†was darker, but the rerelease is still beautiful. ¬†here’s a great post explaining the differences.

essie peak show // i basically pick up every opaque white-pink nail polish i see on a hunt for the perfect one.  i have a post coming with more specifics.

madewell denim sunday shirtdress // ¬†i got a gift card to madewell for christmas and have been saving it for just the right purchase. ¬†i went to the mall in search of a dress to wear with tights for a work thing coming up, and i couldn’t leave without this! ¬†it fits like a dream, is a little swingy, and hits at a nice place on my legs. ¬†it will look amazing with black tights and my favorite black booties.

brandy melville for nordstrom bobbie knit // on my search for the dress above, i popped into my mall’s nordstrom and headed towards bp. ¬†i noticed that there was actually a brandy melville section in my bp, which was really surprising to me. ¬†i don’t usually shop at brandy – i liked to go when i lived in boston but never really bought anything – i hate that it’s one size cause a) i like everything oversized and b) that’s just absurd. ¬†however, this is the softest, best fitting shirt EVER. ¬†it’s loose and swingy and a little bit long, and has the sexiest deep v. ¬†love.

the vacationers by emma straub // i’ve been wanting to pick this book up since summer 2014, and i finally got around to it. ¬†i’m half way through and enjoying it – it’s nothing crazy or sophisticated, but so far it’s an entertaining read.

brain on fire: my month of madness by susannah cahalan // i am so excited to read this. ¬†since dealing with my own mental health (hate that term) issues, i’ve found it very interesting and compelling to read and learn more about this subject. ¬†this is about the author’s experience with a mental breakdown at 24 years old. ¬†it’s also being turned into a movie, so i’m interested in what that will be like. ¬†keep you posted.

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IMG_2936 IMG_2924ok that sounds like i got a dog, but nope, just more shopping. ¬†i’m horrible.

jack wills suede bag¬†(not pictured):¬†this bag is ameeeeezing! ¬†real suede with a real leather strap and excellently slouchy. ¬†the orangey tan color is beautiful but neutral and i think it will look amazing as it begins to wear in. ¬†can’t wait to have this one for a long time. ¬†and the best part? ¬†i got it on sale so it cost me about $70. ¬†pretty good deal for a 100% suede purse, if you ask me. ¬†now i want the navy and the grey which just cannot happen.

butter london fiver: i’ve been on the search for the perfect, white based minty nail polish for a looong time. ¬†essie mint candy apple is too dark and chalky, nails inc swan street is a little too green, essie find me an oasis is a little too blue and all of them have sucky formulas. ¬†but then, i happened upon this beauty. ¬†i believe it is from either a 2011 or 2013 collection and it is such a beauty. ¬†pretty close to what i’ve been dreaming of. ¬†it’s looking more green in the image above, but in real life it is like a much lighter, more faded essie mint candy apple. ¬†ya know?

essie petal pushers: i had this in the mini version and loved it so much that i had to get the full size. ¬†it’s the greatest color – blue, grey, sort of dark, sort of not. ¬†not too dark to wear in summer, but still a little bit edgy. ¬†it’s a very cool neutral shade¬†in my opinion.

shashi bracelets: i’ve been wanting a small collection of shashi bracelets for years. ¬†but since they are pretty much only available online, i’ve always resisted. ¬†and then i saw them in an actual store! ¬†i had just gotten my paycheck so i splurged and got 3 and even though they are ridiculously expensive for what they are, i’m really excited about them.

charlotte tilbury x norman parkinson matte revolution lipsticks: I’M SO EXCITED! ¬†i love love love the matte revolution lipsticks (i got the shades glastonberry and lost cherry when they were released for a month a little while ago) and they are so dreamy. ¬†i knew that i had to get these two when they were finally released since the formula is so amazing, these two colors are so beautiful,¬†and they are limited edition. ¬†did i need them? ¬†absolutely not. ¬†could i help myself? ¬†absolutely not. ¬†1975 red is the perfect orangey red shade for me because it¬†feels slightly cool toned, so it’s not too orange for my very pink skin. ¬†miss kensington is an amazing nude that basically looks like my lips but with a little something extra. ¬†i am so glad i splurged on these, even if they were very unnecessary!

j brand maria jeans in blanc (not pictured): it seems like every few summers i get a new pair of jeans in my search for the perfect pair.  white jeans are definitely a summer staple for me, because they can be a little bit more dressy if you want them to be or casual if you want (i love white jeans with a basic tee and sandals) and look so good with a tan.  the j brand maria is one of my very favorite denim styles Рthe perfect high waist, perfect skinny, and perfect weight so when i saw this pair in the perfect shade of white, the decision to purchase was out of my own hands.

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