It Just Didn't Work Out Between Us 4/14

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I'm back with another round of disappointing products--told you I've been experimenting with a lot of new items recently! Today's edition of unfortunate cosmetics features a popular eye cream, a Refinery-recommended deodorant, and a couple of hair products that completely miss the mark. 

P.S. You might notice a different style of photography in this post. I've had an epiphany where natural light and angles are concerned--you know, just becoming a regular Richard Avedon. =)

Let's start with the eye cream!

1. Indeed Labs Eysilix Eye Cream: This has gained a bit of a fan following since Queen Hirons has been recommending it, due to its 10 peptides for all around under-eye care and health. I believe that it contains a good amount of skin benefits, largely because if Ms. Hirons says so, it must, but I just can't get on board with the texture of this. It's lightweight and sort of shrinks as it dries, and makes my under-eye area feel tight. If you're not a big eye cream person, this could be a good one for you, but I like thicker, richer eye creams that really make that delicate area feel plumped up and fabulously hydrated. While I'm sure it's doing good things for my skin, this one doesn't have that rich consistency that I love, so I won't be repurchasing. I'm using it up by applying it in the mornings, under my concealer and it works alright under makeup, though it doesn't have enough slip to it to be a good under-concealer product. P.S. how is it that I can get my hands on this in Duane Reade, but Hydraluron is nowhere to be found?!

2. Amika Oil Treatment: I hauled this recently, and after playing with it for a few weeks, am not surprised it was on sale. I love the smell of this stuff and all other Amika products, but something about this oil is just wrong. It doesn't apply smoothly and evenly through my hair, and when I do manage to work it through, it doesn't seem to do anything. It doesn't smooth or add shine or moisture, it kind of just sits there--it doesn't even make my hair smell good! Sometimes, when I've had a really hard time running this through my hair, it almost makes my locks feel rougher somehow, or less smooth, if that's at all possible. Definitely a miss!

3. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes: I'm so late on these, but considering how many eyeshadow pencils I have, I didn't think I could justify getting this any sooner. I picked up Whomping Willow (technically it's Whopping Willow, but I think we can all agree that they meant Whomping), a gorgeous khaki-green shade. It's such a beautiful color that it's an even bigger shame that the formula has absolutely horrendous staying power. I understand the angle of these is quick, easy, soft and natural eyeshadow, but there's a big difference between soft and "will melt off your eyelids and crease like hell about half an hour after applying" which is what happens to me. I tend to romanticize products that don't work for my skin type (oily), so this, along with really glowy foundations will always be something I'll try to work with, and inevitably end up disappointed. If you are looking for a good eyeshadow pencil, by the way, the CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow ones are fabulous and $6 (review post here). 

5. I Love My Armpits Deodorant: If you've read this post or this post, you'll know that I use strictly aluminum-free deodorant, and love trying new ones. Refinery29 recommended this recently, and I can't imagine what the hell they were thinking. It smells earthy and natural in a musky, unfortunate way, doesn't do a whole lot to prevent sweating, and very worst of all, it makes your underarms green. Green! Sure, it's aluminum, paraben and gluten-free, but who in their right mind wants a deodorant that makes you look like you've been sweating Shrek-bullets?

6. Aveeno Clear Compexion BB Cream: I'm really into the idea of tinted moisturizer/BB cream topped with some mineral powder (eyeing the Laura Mercier one) for a spring base, and gave this one a try based on how much I used to use their moisturizers. This gives a decent amount of coverage, but oxidizes so terribly on me that by the middle of the day, my face and neck are at least 3 shades apart. I'll pass this off to a friend, but does anyone happen to know why some people are more prone to makeup oxidizing on them? I've tried three foundations in the last week that all oxidized terribly on me. 

7. Weleda Oat Replenishing Hair Treatment: Since my discovery of the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream Light (reviewed here), I've been slowly trying to get into natural products. (I've had a massive tub of coconut oil that I've been using on and off since God knows when). I should have known better than to try this, since natural hair products never really work out for me, but of course, I did anyway. A bit like the Amika oil, this stuff makes my hair feel rough and tangly, like I haven't conditioned it at all. It's not totally unbearable--probably slightly better than the Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco conditioner--but you can bet it's at the very bottom of my pile of in-shower products, and I'm having a hard time making myself use it up. 

Nail of the Week post (my first in a while) will be up Friday!

Hope you're well!

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