9 June 2014

Episode 1: Disappointing Products

Disappointing Products

Whilst putting this post together I came to realise that I have actually been quite lucky where products are concerned as despite having purchased a lot since I started blogging there have rarely been any products which have truly left me disappointed; having said that there are three here which left me feeling rather flat.

The first product I have chosen is probably the most controversial within the blogging community because I know a lot of you are huge fans of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. For a rather long time I put off buying this little bottle because in all honesty I wasn't too sure what it was supposed to do.  One day however whilst I was in SpaceNk curiosity finally got the better of me which of course resulted in picking one up. The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is according to the Caudalie website '...a powerful plant based anti-dull complexion treatment...' which sounds all well and good but in my case I have to say that I've seen no benefits at all from using it. I've read a lot of reviews on this product over the last two years where people have stated that they don't like the smell which is a shame as I do but for £9.50 I think I'll be using it as a make up setting spray for the remainder of its life even though I can't see any improvement in this area either and then we will be departing our separate ways.

My next product is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Micro Liner which boasts a super thin nib to help you create a precise line. When I first saw this in Boots I immediately wanted it, I feel like the clumsiest person to have ever graced the planet when it comes to using liner therefore any product which sounds like it will make the job easier is one that I have to try. I have to give it to Rimmel the nib on this is one of the thinnest I have seen and if it wasn't for all the problems I had the overall design would have made a great liner. First of all within two weeks of owning the liner I found that it had dried up and was pretty much unusable. This was the icing on the somewhat dry cake as the liner within those two weeks had been pretty poor in terms of quality anyway. Patchy lines, flaking and longevity were all issues that I had with this so sadly I cannot recommend it to anybody; I hope if you have this that you had a much better experience than I did.

The Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream was probably the product that I was most looking forward to trying from this small selection today however once again it just did not live up to the hype with one reason and one reason alone being why. This bb cream is available in one shade only, a shade to suit all skin tones which for me is a claim that I just cannot agree with in my experience. This is sadly too pink for me and makes my skin look a funny colour despite blending profusely; having said that this is a lovely bb cream I just really wish that the shade range was more practical.

Have you tried any of these products before?

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  1. I find posts like this really useful, I've never tried the beauty elixir like you I was never really sure how it's supposed to be used and for the price it seems a little expensive for a facial/setting mist. I haven't tried that specific eyeliner but I do find most drugstore eyeliners dry up so quickly x

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Have to say that i love the smell of the Caudalie and this will sound daft but I actually feel like it relaxes me. So i use it more for that - than anything else. Probably all in my head though haha xx Laura ascottishlass.com

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  3. Such a shame you don't like the Caudalie beauty elixir, that's one product I have really loved since trying it finally the other month. Great post though, I love hearing about products which haven't quite met the hype - it's useful to know.

    Kristy | http://itsablondiiething.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oh no, thats a shame the Dr Jart BB Cream wasn't a good match for you. I mix it with a highlighter & that gives me a good match. I have heard quite a few people say this was a little grey for their skin tone

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  5. I've used the Rimmel liner! I completely agree. I'm actually quite good with using liquid, gel and pen liners but this one has such a small end and dried up so quickly. I found you have to bend the nib so that more liquid will flow through it! Complete design floor.

    http://sophielfarrell.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  6. I've heard about the Caudalie and it being a hit and miss - a lot of products are like that. I was going to purchase it the other month but decided against it. I never understand that notion of 'one shade fits all' not everyone has the same undertone of skin =/ xo

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  7. I have never used the 3 named products :c I am
    sad to hear that they didn't work out for you! But
    I respect your honesty about it, so thank you for
    that! I think it's a nice way to use up that Caudalie
    as a primer c; Xx

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  8. I haven't tried the Rimmel Microliner - the Angled ones is also aweful though, definitely recommed avoiding!

    Midnight Violets Beauty Blog

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  9. I really love the beauty elixir, it really helps clear up blemishes and tone down redness for me. Agree with the Dr Jart though, didn't suit my skin at all! xo

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  10. I agree, I really like reading these types of posts on other blogs myself. Yes I think it is expensive too because it just doesn't seem to do anything for me other than to refresh my face; kinda pointless as there are cheaper products for that about if you really want them xx

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  11. Oh yes I like the smell of it too! I'm glad it works for you Laura :) xx

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  12. Thank you Kristy :) I'm glad you like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir xx

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  13. Yes it does something very funny to my skintone, it just looks odd! I might put it up in a blog sale, I've only ever used it twice, it is such a waste xx

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  14. It's awful isn't it! I have since thrown it out as every time I looked at it I felt a little angry inside haha!! I also noticed that you had to bend the nib but that's not ideal by your eye, it was so disappointing xx

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  15. Definitely don't let the Water Fuse BB cream turn you off of Dr. Jart. They're Premium BB is my all time favorite bb cream ever. The traditional one is nice too, but a a bit greasy.


    Caudalie to me is just a luxury spritzer for the sake of being nice. I'm not sure it's supposed to do anything...but I know some use it as a setting spray. I just use it as a lovely refresher for kicks. Not everything has to have a purpose. Sometimes just feeling and smelling nice is enough :)

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  16. It's such a bizzare notion isn't, how can that be possible there are so many skin tones out there! Yup the Caudalie Beauty Elixir smells nice in my opinion but that is really as far as it goes xx

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  17. Yup, I can't see the point in it either really. I'm glad it works for some people but sadly it just hasn't for me xx

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  18. Thank you very much :) I shall use up the Caudalie Beauty Elixir for sure, it's not a horrible product by any means it just seems a bit useless xx

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  19. I haven't tried the angled ones Hannah, although after this experience I'm reluctant to try any more from Rimmel. That is the second product I have purchased from the brand this year that has been poor quality xx

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  20. It's a funny one isn't it the BB cream, I found the texture and finish of it to be quite nice but the shade is just off xx

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  21. Oh I completely agree, I do however thing it received a lot of hype for it to not really do anything if that makes sense? I will definitely take a look at the Premium BB Cream from Dr Jart, thank you for the recommendation :) xx

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  22. I'm definitely with you on Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. I don't like spraying things on my face anyway but I also really don't like the smell and I just didn't see any benefit from it. Luckily I didn't actually buy it myself, I won it, so I'm not too bothered about not liking it x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  23. I hated the Caudalie Beauty Elixir! I hated the smell, and it stung my skin.. it also had a horrible brown film on the top! It's just such a pointless product :( xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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  24. I never got the point of products like Caudalie or Avene. I think they're all just "glorified water" :/ Shame about the Dr. Jart BB cream since I've definitely seen great reviews of their products. Some Korean BB creams tend to look grayish on my skin though.

    x
    Jae // a nest of quiet

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  25. Such a shame that the Rimmel eyeliner didn't work out :( I was hoping it would be a great product!

    <3 Pauline, ­­Addicted to Makeup

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  26. Oh dear my bubble over the Dr. Jart BB cream just popped! one shade only?! What! :-(

    TheConscienceFund | My Bloglovin'

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  27. I love this post, I've wanted to try both the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and the Dr Jart+ BB Cream for ages! I may have to check out the BB Cream as my skin is quite pink-toned, but still disappointing that such a popular product only comes in one shade!?


    Jess xo

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  28. I loved Rimmel's Scandaleyes Liner for all of a week before it dried up. Put me right off pen liners!

    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  29. So glad I never gave in to the Caudalie hype, to me it seems like basically glorified water!

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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  30. It's just a shame isn't it, oh well! :) xx

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  31. Now you see I liked the smell although I can appreciate it wouldn't be to everyone's taste. It really does seem a bit useless to me though x

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  32. Yes it is such a shame about the Dr Jart because the product itself is nice xx

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  33. So was I Pauline, I was super disappointed with that one xx

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  34. Yup it's not idea is it :( xx

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  35. Thank you! Oh I know it is incredibly disappointing, I just can't understand why! xx

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  36. Yup same here, I was not impressed in the slightest xx

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  37. Unfortunately that's the way I'm looking at it too, I can understand why some would like it but I'm not one of them sadly xx

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  38. I love the Caudalie elixir but really only as a pick me up spray, it's kind of an unnecessary pamper, which makes it a bit of an expensive treat. I love the smell of it and find it a good pick me up after work. I travel a lot too so like to keep the little one in my bag to refresh my face. Haven't tried scandal eyes, but I always find with pen liners storing them nib down helps the application. xxx

    Vanessa xx
    The Other VW

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  39. Shame, I love Caudalie and Dr Jart! Although admittedly I love the Beauty Elixir purely for the smell and how refreshing it is. The Dr Jart is a really weird colour I agree, I love it but there's only certain times in the year I'm able to get away with it!

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  40. It is most certainly an expensive treat, I too like the smell of it :) Oh I will remember that for next time, thank you Vanessa x

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  41. Yup it sure is a funny shade for me, I just can't really get away with it unless I blend loads which is a little irritating xx

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