Awesome post title, I know. I tried to think of a witty one to use but came up blank – quick thinking is not my forte, sadly. Tomorrow I’m sure I’ll have a great idea
I have had a lot of beauty-related ideas swirling through my head this week (as always, I guess), which you’ll hear about soon enough. One that came to me tonight while I was doing a mani was regarding products that seem to be only designed as a money-grab, without any real purpose at all. Or things that don’t really work and are therefore a total waste of money. You know what I mean. Here are some items in my beauty cabinet that fit this profile:
1) Cuticle Removers
I know many people swear by Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover, which I own, but honestly I just don’t see the big deal. I put it on, leave for a bit, then remove with a cuticle stick followed by a brisk scrub with a nail brush. Granted, my cuticles are in too bad of shape, but I really just feel like this is a gimmicky product to make you feel like you’re treating yourself; I barely notice a difference at all. I also bought Quo by Orly’s Cuti-Prep a while back assuming it would be similar to Orly’s Cutique, which I heard helps remove nail stains – lies! This ‘removes’ my cuticles as well (or as poorly as) Sally Hansen’s remover, and doesn’t change the stains on my nails in the least. With these two products, I just wasted $20 that would have been better spent on another couple tins of Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which is truly how I keep my cuticles in shape.
Sure, they’re supposed to protect the skin from nicks and cuts from your razor blade, but why can’t we just use our body wash? I’ve had the same shave gel in my shower for probably well over two years, because I can’t be bothered to go the extra step – I just shave once I’ve lathered my body wash over my legs and voila! Silky smooth, with no battle scars to speak of. And I feel like the razor is the more important item here – invest in a good one with multiple blades, and you’re shave will go quicker with less chance of cuts because you won’t have to go over any areas repeatedly. I absolutely ADORE Gilette’s Venus Embrace refillables, they last ages without getting dull and work like a charm.
3) Face Mists
I have a Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray that sits in my cupboard most of the year collecting dust. In the Summertime I’ll put it in the fridge and mist it on when the temperature rises, just for a treat – but honestly, I don’t need extra hydration in the Summer when my face is an oil slick 9 times outta 10! I know that the argument for them is that if you’ve got drier skin, or your skin is dehydrated, you can spray these on during the day and they won’t affect your makeup but will give you a moisture boost. Uh, OK, but how is it gonna penetrate through all your layers of makeup? Also, they’re touted to help set your makeup, but I’m really not sure how essentially spraying water on your face does that. And if it DOES work, why are we paying for water!? I realize that the dewy look is often coveted, so I get that, but it still seems like a waste of money to me! And I think the claims of all the ‘minerals from fresh spring water’ is a load of hooey.
I’m heading into scary territory here with this one, I know, and I’ll acknowledge straight-away that I do not suffer from acne in any way aside from the very occasional pimple, and due to that fact I likely don’t know anything about what I’m talking about here. But I will say that any time I have had a pimple, sometimes a big one, when I apply an acne treatment to it, it still hangs around for days – and when I forgo using anything on it, it disappears in about the same time, all on it’s own. So, the conclusion I’m drawing here is that zits are going to heal on their own in many case (but of course not all), and that buying a separate treatment for them is kinda pointless, at least for the occasional breakout. For those of us who have a closer relationship with acne, disregard my opinions here because I am sure you know infinitely more than I do. I’m merely stating that in my case – I’m never spending money on an acne treatment again. I’ve been living off the Bioderma sample for ages now, and haven’t even touched the Kate Somerville product since I bought it.
5) Under-Eye Illuminators
I don’t own an under-eye illuminator, and for someone with very dark circles, this might seem like a no-no…but seriously – all the talk about light-reflecting particles which deflect from the darkness…bah! More likely, I find that when I’ve tried these sorts of products, you either see these shimmering particles gleaming out at you from under my eyes and calling attention to the fact that I’m trying to hide my circles from you, OR they’re too sheer to cover much of anything, which does NOT make this gal happy. I’ve read a suggestion to use the illuminators over your concealer, but c’mon – if it’s a two-step process to make a product effective, count me out.
These are just a few products I’ve come across lately, in which I’ve realized I have no use for in my beauty stash. In trying to keep the number of products I own reasonable, and ensuring that I’m only purchasing items that I love, I’ve made a pact with myself that I will not give in to their siren calls again. It’s all about lessons learned, my friends! I know that some of the things I noted will cause some serious discussion, which I wholeheartedly welcome – my mind may or may not be changed, but I love to learn as much as I can about all things beauty!
Do you agree or disagree with any of the items I mentioned? What beauty products do you feel are pointless? What products do you feel are essential?