I was up from 8:30 AM to 4:30 AM yesterday? Today? Food Poisoning has killed my sleep schedule dudes. And, I have a headache right now…actually AGAIN because I’ve had one every day this week. #whinewhineWHINE
Sleep-Deprived, head-hurtin’ Tracy is almost as snarky as Wine-Rantin’ Tracy, so it’s the perfect time to tell you about my skincare fails of 2015, right? Right. Now, remember these products didn’t work for ME, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t work for you, and you might even love some of my fails. I’m just doing what I do…sharin’. Ok, let’s do this. : )
Skincare Fails of 2015
A lot of fails, my friends. A LOT. Let’s start with the worst smelling one, shall we? Smells can make or break a product, hey? And this one SMELLS like it belongs in my Skincare Fails of 2015. 😛
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D
A treatment to sculpt and tighten the appearance of skin along the chin and jawline.
Why does every Perricone product have to smell so BAD?! Dead fish and lemongrass is what this smells like. And it has the weirdest texture- like coddled jelly with some grit to it? I don’t know, but it did nothing except break me out along my neck and jawline. I don’t get the Perricone MD skincare love at all? Most things I’ve tried from them in the past didn’t do anything either. I’ll be staying away from the fishy line from now on.
Estée Lauder New Dimension Liquid Tape
A transforming treatment with fast-acting polymers to help give skin a tighter feel and lifted look.
I got this at a Shopper’s Drug Mart Redemption Event last year, and man it does NOTHING too. Like nothing. Nada. Zip.
And I also redeemed at the same time for its sister product, the Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape & Fill Expert Serum.
An innovative serum that helps define the look of facial contours and create a smooth, radiant complexion.
Now this stuff works well actually! I notice a lift and definition when I use it. BUT, it breaks me out. Bloody EL shoving silicones in their skincare all willy nilly… 😛 why oh why. Sigh. I can use it a couple of times a week tops without too much trouble, so I’ll use it up. But I won’t get another. But if silicones don’t bother you and you’re looking for a lifting product, then I say try this one. Lesson learned: No more Estée Lauder Skincare for me from now on until they stop siliconing it up.
Etival Aqua Surge Serum
Found this on a clearance rack at Shoppers Drug Mart for $9 or so, and since I’m all about hydration I thought why not. It’s supposed to hydrate and help with dullness and fine lines. I don’t like it. It’s tacky feeling, and I never noticed any great hydration at all. In fact, my skin felt drier when I used it. Fail. At least it wasn’t an expensive fail like the next one.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
A next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin, and help fight wrinkles while moisturizing and calming skin.
I know a lot of people really love this stuff, but I saw no noticeable difference in my skin after using it, except for breakouts. I even tried Phil’s @MirrorReality tried and true method of applying facial oils and that helped a bit in that the breakouts lessened when I used it, but as for reduced pore and wrinkle size and smoother brighter skin-nope, nope, and NOPE. Lesson learned: Get a sample of an expensive skincare product that has rave reviews before plunking down cash. Luckily last year this cost me $110 Canadian, but I see the price has increased to $131 Canadian. WHY THAT EXTRA $1 SEPHORA, WHY can’t you just leave it at $130? Price Jerk Freaks.
Dior Capture Totale Dream Skin
An age-defying perfect skin creator that refines skin texture, evens skintone, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, and increases radiance. This was a PR Sample and am I glad I didn’t spend any money or redeem any points for this puppy. Now, it’s not a bad product as per say, it’s just a way more expensive version of the Vichy Idéalia Life Serum is all. Like a whopping $71 more expensive version. If you’ve wanted to try this Dior one, then do yourself a favour and get the Vichy one instead. Does the exact same thing for a lot less cash.
La Roche-Posay Pigment Clear Serum
Anti-dark spot correcting serum – long lasting efficacy, evens out visibly the complexion & significantly reduces the dark spots & pigment irregularities
I love a few La Roche-Posay skincare items, so when I saw this one I thought why not? I used this one for a good month before giving up on it. It didn’t do anything at all for me. I’ve had better results with the Deciem Hylamide C25 Stabilized Vitamin C for sure. And it’s cheaper too. Which brings me to the saddest of my Skincare Fails 2015.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum
A serum formulated to minimize the appearance of deep wrinkles and to strengthen the most fragile skin texture while visibly reducing the look of age spots and discoloration.
I’m a huge Algenist Skincare fan, and whenever they come out with a new product, I run to take a look at it in person and get a sample. I liked the texture of this so, I ended up getting the full size because my skin loves vitamin C and responds to it fairly quickly. Usually. I used this faithfully when I got it last year. Used it all up even. And it did nothing for me. And I couldn’t take it back because Sephora changed their return policy by the time I was done with it-that 30 day limit is NOT cool anymore when it comes to skincare that’s for sure. And again, wow the price of this has increased a LOT. I’m kind of glad not that it didn’t work for me and I’d want to repurchase it! Thank god for Deciem and their affordable skincare products that ACTUALLY work.
Out with the Skincare Fails of 2015 and in with the new haha! If you haven’t noticed already, I’ve kind of been really into skincare lately, so expect more of that for 2016. I’ll be 49 years old on Monday you guys-it’s time to kick it into high gear! I also want to start exploring more natural products as well, so that’s another thing I’ll be researching too. I’ve actually been trying more natural and organic makeup lately as well and I kind of found some things I really enjoy! Who knew?
What are some of your favourite natural skincare products that you really love? Let me know! I’m making a list!