‘One Stars’ of the Week

I don’t believe everything I write needs to be positive, as shown in my Wunderbrow review, if a product doesn’t live up to expectations, I should be honest about that!

So rather than doing a ‘favourites’ for this week, I’ve decided to do my dislikes. The products I’ve used that have at best been a little bit disappointing, and at worst been a complete waste of time. The “One Stars”.

Starting with Elf 3-in-1 Mascara. At £4.50 a tube, I’m actually glad I didn’t purchase this, instead I received it as part of their New Years Eve offer when I placed my order.

Elf description: Get glamorous, dramatic eyelashes with this 3-in-1 Mascara, which volumizes, lengthens and defines each lash with its specially designed applicator. Enjoy clump-free, enhanced lashes with every coat!

Elf Mascara

Now, when I initially saw the free gift included this mascara, I was not in the least bit excited about it. For starters, I cannot stand plastic spiky mascara wands. They don’t give the coverage of a bristle brush, nor do they separate your lashes well, so I didn’t have high hopes. But hey, it was free, why should I complain?

I’ve used this mascara once. One application was enough to tell me this was not a good product, but the equivalent of the cheap mascaras you would get stuck to your teen magazine when you were 13.

It clumped and the brush didn’t separate my lashes at all. There was no lengthening or volume. If it wasn’t for the fact my lashes were stuck together you’d have never known I’d even put mascara on.

It was the total opposite to the description Elf had provided, and also particularly difficult to remove too. I do not recommend.


Evelyn Iona Green Tea Primer.

If you follow me on Twitter, you will already know I was thoroughly disappointed with this product before I’d even used it.

This product was received as part of my January Glossybox.

Evelyniona.com description: Prep and protect your skin with this hydrating, antioxidant-rich, skin-friendly formula made with Organic Green Tea! – It creates a smooth canvas for makeup application, reduces the look of lines and pores and will help your makeup last!

Great! I’m always up for trying a new primer, so I was pretty excited about this one!

Oh, how disappointed I was.

Firstly – the price. The bottle I received was full size. At 20ml, I was surprised to learn that it costs £22/$29.50 which is more than £1/$1 per ml.

Secondly – while putting on my makeup with my new light up mirror, I discovered the tube was only 1/3rd full. Brand new. Seal still intact.

So, not only was the price extortionate, the packaging was three times too big for its contents, making you feel even more ripped off than you would paying £22/$29.50 for a bottle that small in the first place.

Thirdly – it sucks. I wish I had a more elegant way of putting it, but it really does just suck.

It’s greasy upon application, it doesn’t absorb very well, it doesn’t minimise pores or fine lines. My skin looked no different (other than a greasy sheen) after application, and my make up stayed put no longer than it would if I hadn’t used the primer at all.

0/10 would not recommend.


This product I actually only tried tonight, and it was the inspiration for having a post dedicated to the worst products I’ve tried this week.

Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil.

Now, with a name like that you’d hope that it was an incredible product that would solve all your skin woes.

I received the 15ml travel size, and the full size 30ml is priced at £55. And I thought the Primer was bad at £1 per ml. This is nearly double!

And it’s not worth it! Not a single penny.

I was so excited about this too – mainly because it came in a cute glass bottle with a little dropper (and who doesn’t love droppers?) – but also because my nose has been particularly dry recently due to my never ending cold, and I thought this would be an excellent solution.

DrBotanicals.com says: This Moroccan Rose infused Facial oil is packed full of minerals and vitamins, all working together to rejuvenate, renew and protect skin. Rich in antioxidants and moisturising properties to keep your skin protected and hydrated when it needs it most.

My skin has never felt drier. It says you only need two to three drops per application. After three drops did nothing, I squirted three whole droppers full onto my face and it felt like I was just rubbing water everywhere.

No oily texture, which would be good if it wasn’t combined with the extremely dry feeling my skin was subjected to.

If you’ve ever used rubbing alcohol or even nail varnish remover, it’s that strange dry feeling you get, like all the moisture is being removed from your skin. Not what I wanted.

I applied my Glossier moisturiser after this because my skin felt so dry and tight I was worried it was going to make my nose worse.

Absolutely do not recommend. Especially at that extortionate price!


Alternatives to the above (that I actually really like) can be found in my posts here:

Lash Sensational Mascara – Maybelline & Nivea Express Hydration Primer

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Or Dry Oil


So that’s it for this week’s “One Stars”! If you liked it, let me know in the comments! Would definitely be interested to know if people would like this as a weekly instalment!

Ax

Note: I do accept that some very good, high end products are priced at £1+ per ml and that in beauty terms, the prices of the above may not seem *that* extortionate. But you can get MUCH better products for a lot less and I do believe these were hugely over priced.

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