An ever-expanding hoard of beauty bulk means an ever-expanding list of those products that just didn't quite hit the mark. It's actually not all that common for me to stumble across something I'm not keen on and I still don't think any of the following are bad products; they've just not lived up to expectation or been right for me in my experience. I tend to give unwanted beauty bumph to family and friends in the hope of them finding a better use for it than I can, so here are a few of those products that will soon be finding themselves a new home...
I've had the No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Balm in my collection for a long time now and have still barely scraped the surface with the amount of times I've used it. I'm a full convert to cleansing balms and I very rarely use any other kind of formula on my skin, but the creamy consistency of this does nothing for me in more ways than one. Not only do I struggle to find my feet with the formula, I don't find that my skin feels any more cleansed or purified once I've used this - in fact I tend to still double cleanse after using this product. I'm a huge fan of No7 skincare in general but I can't see myself reaching the end of this bottle any time soon. Another cleanser that fell short of the mark is the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash; one that I find a little too harsh and drying on my skin despite the impressive list of natural ingredients.
Having used the Murad Clarifying Skin Cleanser religiously through my teens I was incredibly excited to pick up their White Brilliance Treatment, aimed at healing scarring and redness in the skin. Sadly though I really can't get on with this at all and I find it leaves my skin incredibly sore and irritated after each use. It could just be a personal reaction to one of the ingredients and for that reason I'm definitely not going to claim this is a bad product, I'd just recommend doing a patch test before using, especially if your skin is at all sensitive.
I was actually pretty impressed with Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer when I first tried it; only recently I've become a little bit complacent in terms of what it actually does to my hair. Having never used a PK product before this, I think I was definitely swept away by the hype and since I've stopped using it I haven't noticed any difference in my hair whatsoever. I've been applying the cream once a fortnight for a good few months now and I have to say my locks don't appear any different at all on the days when I use this and when I don't. I think I'm going to take a longer break from it and see how it fares when I come back to it after a couple of months or so.
Something that I really wanted to love but I just can't are Clinique's A Different Nail Enamel. I love Clinique so I was incredibly excited by the launch of these and I really did buy in to the whole 'nail polish for sensitive skin' idea initially. The colour range is beautiful and there are definitely some winning shades available, but sadly the formula of these let them down massively. I've never come across a nail polish that chips away as quickly as these do and it really does make them impossible to wear - no matter what top/base coat I use the colour tends to have substantial chunks out of it by the second day, if not sooner.
Having tried the Eyeko Skinny Mini Liner last summer and finding my pen too dry to ever use I'd made a pledge to steer clear of the brand. However, being a sucker for a bit of advertising, I fell into an Alexa Chung shaped trap as soon as I saw the model's campaign with the brand and quickly snapped up another pen to see if it fared any better. Unfortunately as soon as I got it out of the box I had the same problem and no matter how hard I push down on the nib the colour pay off really isn't cutting it for me. I have a post coming up in the next few days on the bargain liner pen that's captured my heart instead - but sadly I think I genuinely will be skipping another repurchase of this one.