Monday, June 19, 2017

Products I Regret Buying

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Yes, products I regret buying is hardly the 'recommendations' type post you're looking for... but maybe it is.  If you've been around here for any amount of time, you know that I like to give you my recommendations of favorite products (and other much loved non-monetary things, like fun YouTube videos) on Thursdays with my Three on Thursday posts.  But I haven't yet offered my opinions on things I don't like - I always figured I would just share the good stuff but now I'm realizing that you need to know about the stuff that didn't work too.  Because, man, some of these things really had me fooled: they get glowing reviews!  And now I feel like I just wasted my money, and I wish I had seen some more honest/negative reviews before making the leap.  Hopefully I can save you from making my mistakes with these products I regret buying:

The Makeup EraserThe idea behind this is that it's supposed to be some magical wipe that you only have to get wet with warm water and it takes off all your makeup, no soap or makeup remover needed.  It's also supposed to be super gentle, even gets off waterproof makeup, and then you just throw it in the wash and it lasts 1000 washes.  It gets freaking glowing reviews on Sephora!  And just... no.  What a disappointment.  I feel like people who have tried this and write the rave reviews have only ever used regular makeup wipes, micellar water, something along those lines in which case yes, this thing is going to be an improvement over those.  But once you start removing your makeup with coconut oil (or any oil, olive, castor, whatever) and some reusable soft cloths, there's no going back - nothing will ever be as good.  Including this.  It was just... fine.  Admittedly gentler on my skin than prepacked wipes, and I like that you wash and reuse, but it's not worth the money or the hype because it took way too long to get my eye makeup off and I don't even use eyeliner or waterproof mascara.  If you're a wipes user, then yes, switch to this - it does work, it'll save you in the long run, etc.  But if you already take eye makeup off with oils, don't waste your time.  I'll save mine for travel, so I don't have to carry around coconut oil.

American Eagle Plaid Shirts.  I mean, fair, I'm too old to shop there so I should know better.  But they have such cute plaid shirts and they really do feel so soft.  But.  They don't wash well at all.  They're so finnicky, they'll shrink up the arms, lose buttons, lose the softness, it's just a big pain in the ass.  You really have to work at it to get them to last more than a handful of wash cycles.  I don't like 'handle with care' clothes and plaid flannel shirts should never be a handle with care item in the first place.

Lululemon PantsSpeaking of crap that falls apart, why are people Lululemon fans, someone explain please.  I got a pair of sweatpants/yoga pants whatever from them and they fell apart almost instantly.  Random holes, stitching coming undone, material wearing thin.  And this was after about 2 wears and you know I'm not rough on my clothes.  The price tag isn't even close to justified on the janky crap they sell.  You can get better clothes at Target and Old Navy.

'Flame Retardant' Oven Mitts.  LOL yeah, no, one of them actually set on fire.  Big no.

Demeter Snow Perfume Snow (and ice) is my favorite scent in the world.  The smell of snow falling and also like... stick your head in your freezer, that smell.  So when I saw Snow perfume, I had to try it.  I know, I'm a sucker.  I think you know where this is heading: does not smell like snow, not one little bit.  Not sprayed in the air, not worn on myself, not on anyone else.  It just smells like wet dirt.  Thankfully, it was just the tiny little tester amount of it, but even if it had been the big bottle, I would have tossed it.

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley.  Sorry if this one makes you mad, I know Emily Ley has some very loyal followers.  And I'm not saying her planner (the Simplified Planner) or her blog aren't awesome.  I'm just saying that her book isn't awesome.  It's pretty to look at but there's just absolutely nothing inside.  There's no meat to it, nothing new that you couldn't go read on her blog.  Just a bunch of standard topics, kind of ramble-y, and a lot of repetitive fluff.  Oh and a lot of waffling between either self congratulatory pats on the back (which is fine, you go girl) or, on the other end, desperately trying to justify her chosen life and the areas where she says she falls short (which is one of my biggest pet peeves.)  Bed. Made. Lie in it.  Harsh?  Maybe.  True?  Yes.  Basically - you need to have more of a reason to write a book than yet another platform to pitch your planner, and she didn't.  Save your money.

I linked the stuff so you could see exactly what I'm talking about, and I don't get paid if you click these particular links, only if you make a purchase.  Which, obviously, I am not recommending you do!  Hopefully you found this more helpful rather than a 'why'd I waste my money' rant.  It's a fine line.  Let me know in the comments if you have any products you've regretted buying lately.  And also let me know if you'd want to see another one of these in the future (not that I'm hoping I'll be buying anything else I regret.)

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