This post is all about products I really dislike. Surprisingly several of my product regrets come from The Body Shop, granted all of the dislikes are from the same line in the same fragrance (came in a large 4 piece gift set). I love their concept of ethical trade, protecting the planet campaign, and defending human rights. But I only like a handful of their products, only one being from their body care line. I will admit that I LOVE their skincare line.
I forgot to add the Avon Solutions Banishing Cream to the overall picture but I did include a separate picture.
Avon Banishing Cream – This product had decent reviews saying that many people saw changes within 2 weeks from using this product. The purpose of this product is to improve discoloration and even out skintone. I tried it for over a month and a half, used up a whole jar, used it every morning and night, and saw nothing. I originally purchased this to help with some discoloration around my mouth, but this didn’t help. It didn’t even help with little things like blemishes or little knicks. Overall, this was a huge let down. On the bright side, it makes a nice makeup removing lotion.
Coconut Body Scrub by The Body Shop – I don’t know what it is about this scrub, but it burns my skin whenever I use it after shaving. I don’t have sensitive skin nor do I have an allergy to coconuts. I’m not sure what it is but I don’t like how this scrub irritates and burns every part of my body. I’m also not fond of the fragrance. It smells like coconut husk instead of the sweet, creamy coconut milk and flesh. I love the consistency of the scrub and I like that it’s coconut husk granules instead of sugar. It’s too bad it burns my skin.
Ulta Liquid Eyeliner Pen – This eyeliner pen is just annoying. It works sometimes and I constantly have to shake it to get it to work. Even when it works, it’s not that black compared to other liners. It’s super liquidy and takes a little bit longer to dry. In the picture above, I did 3 coats of eyeliner and Ulta’s eyeliner lacked opacity and evenness in application. 3 swipes of this liquid liner is about as opaque as one swipe of pencil liner. I’m not impressed at all.
Coconut Lip Butter by The Body Shop – A lip balm is a lip balm, right? Wrong. This one was a disappointment. When applied to the lips, it leaves a ghastly white tint instead of applying transparent. It also doesn’t moisturize as well as other brands such as Nivea or Chapstick. The taste is semi-sweet and it smells as awkward as the rest of the coconut line. It’s coconut husk, not coconut flesh. There are so many lip balms out there that are cheaper and better quality.
Coconut Shower Cream by The Body Shop – Once again, the smell. However, this is probably the sweetest scent of the bunch, even though it smells like chemical coconut and plastic. It doesn’t make for the most luxurious experience in the shower in my opinion. The lather is pretty lousy. I was hoping to use this as a shave gel but this was really awkward to apply. It almost feels like I’m applying glue. My intention was to switch from using Bath & Body Works’ Shower Gels because The Body Shop has a much greater sense of community, which I love. But honestly, I didn’t like this for any reason – the smell, the consistency, the lack of lather, lack of moisturizing, etc.
Coola Unscented Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 – This was a product sent in my Glam Bag for July 2013. I was really excited about having this since I was expecting it to outperform drugstore sunscreens. This is a high end sunscreen formulated to be used by people with sensitive skin. I used it on my face since it’s designed for the face, and it made my face tingle. I’ve never experienced this before, and I definitely wasn’t expecting it to happen from an organic sunscreen made for people with sensitive skin. As mentioned earlier, I don’t have sensitive skin nor do I have any allergies to any ingredients as far as I know, so I was pretty bummed.
L.A Colors SUPERSTRENGTH Nail Builder Polish – This product is simply okay. I’ve used several nail hardeners and my favorite is from Sinful Colors. My store was out of it when I went to buy some, but L.A Colors had some and they were also on sale. They do a decent job for about a day at hardening and strengthening my nails, but by the next day, it acts no differently than a coat of clear polish. I’d rather have a nail strengthener that will actually help strengthen my nails so they can grow.
E.l.f Mascara Primer – This an an elfette fan favorite which is why I decided to get it. Most mascara primers are white, as is this, but it applies so sheer. It barely does anything for lengthening or separating, and hardly any product applies to my lashes after several coats. My favorite mascara primer came in a L’Oreal Mascara Duo and that primer turned my lashes WHITE. E.l.f’s primer leaves mine black, thus telling me it doesn’t work. I’d rather just do two coats of mascara than bother with this extra step.