Effaclar Duo [+] – £15.50
I bought this supposed miracle-working spot treatment on the word of a number of skincare related bloggers that I follow, thinking that splashing out a little on a product for spots might be the answer to breakouts. Much to my disappointment, I can’t say I’ve experienced the same miracle in the time I’ve been using it. For the price, and considering the number of raving reviews I’ve read, I was expecting something with at least some notable spot-reducing power. I used it on my spotty areas for a few weeks with no miraculous results to report whatsoever. Surprising, as I’ve heard that this product can reduce spots to nearly nothing overnight. Bit of a bummer really, I hate wasting my money on products that don’t work for me. I think I’ll stick to bog standard tea tree oil and witch hazel, which have always worked well for me and won’t break the bank.
No7 Beautiful Skin Pore Vacuum Mask – £14
This face mask was a little different. I had read some very mixed reviews about it; some saying it was a miracle worker for getting rid of blackheads and clogged pores, some saying it did absolutely nothing. I thought I’d give it a try in case it worked miracles for me, but unfortunately it didn’t.
It’s quite an odd product; an incredibly thick black clay mask to be used around the nose and forehead that’s supposed to draw out impurities and then set so you can peel it all off and your blackheads come with it. I thought it would work because I’d seen some rather icky photos of the stuff that it has pulled out of people’s pores. Some even said that it pulled out facial hair. Yet, when I tried it (on more that one occasion) it didn’t really pull anything from my skin at all. And it’s not that I didn’t have any clogged pores or blackheads. Not only that, but the product didn’t even peel off in one piece, so I was left picking little bits of face mask off my nose.
Model’s Own Hypergel – £4.99
Another product that pulled me in and made me a victim of the hype. I bought two shades: Summer Solstice and Lilac Sheen. I could not get on with these nail polishes. I found the formulation incredibly thick so not only did they not apply in a smooth, even coat, but they did not dry quickly enough for me not to ruin the polish. I’ve found this is often the case with ‘gel effect’ polishes, and it is really not necessary. You can get a beautiful shiny gel-like finish on your nails with any decent polish and a good top coat (and it doesn’t have to look like you’ve applied fourteen coats). There’s nothing worse than spending time trying to do something pretty with your nails when the manicure is eventually ruined because of a crappy nail polish formula. It can actually put me in a bad enough mood to take it all off and start again.
Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black – £19.50
I know! A controversial opinion, considering this mascara is supposedly the UK’s number one (or at least it was for a while). Honestly, I’ve just never got along with it. I found it okay if I only used a little bit, or to use when I was going to be wearing false lashes and it didn’t matter what my own lashes looked like, but otherwise I just never liked what this mascara did to my lashes. The formula is unlike any mascara formula I’ve encountered before; it’s gloopy and stringy and I found it impossible to build without getting hideous clumps. If you’re going to fork out for a Benefit mascara, I can only recommend Roller Lash. That mascara is magical. They’re Real… not so much.