Products I regret buying #1

Hey guys,

Firstly, I am so so sorry about my recent absence from the blogging world. I had a week off from work and spent the entire time in Dublin and Kildare visiting my new Goddaughter (hurrah). All was very exciting and busy in Sleepingbootayland and therefore I had very little time for blogging…but now I’m back and ready to bore you with constant posts….wahey! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So during my little “holiday”, I was thinking to myself about what I respect and like the most about my favourite bloggers…and the quality that seemed to pop up the most was honesty. I love when bloggers just tell you like it is…and never sugar coat a bad review. In life you come across some pretty shite products and I feel I have a duty as a self-proclaimed “beauty-blogger” to inform you about some of these products. I will state though, that the products that I will mention are not necessarily bad products, they just didn’t agree/work for me. Products work differently for different people so just bare that in mind. However, saying this, the products that I am just about to mention are products that I will NEVER ย re-purchase again…ever..ha. I have quite a few so I might divide them into a fewย separateย posts.

Here’s the first batch:

Head & Shoulders Colour Care shampoo– completely dried out my hair leaving it straw-like and downright yuck. ย It gave me dandruff..(which I thought Head & Shoulders was famous for getting rid of…hmmmm :/) and the formula was too harsh for my skin..actually leaving dry patches behind my ears. Perhaps this shampoo would suit somebody with very oily hair but overall I really would not recommend it. Not much else I can really say about it except that it will never go near my poor head again!

And no…this product doesn’t even deserve good picture quality

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Stress control cleansing lotion: Even just typing about this product is making me angry and is conjuring up some yucky memories. This product COMPLETELY destroyed my skin… temporarily of course. As y’all probably know by now.. I have ridiculously sensitive buying this type of product was my fault in the first place. I bought this product I’d say about 2 years ago now…when I was going through a bad-patch with my skin. I wanted something that would be harsh on my spots and clear my skin…and my gawd was this product HARSH. I can only describe it like literally putting alcohol onto your face. It had a burning sensation and let my skin feeling raw and tight. It DID get rid of my spots but at a price. It pretty much burned the spots off my face leaving scarrage. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this product to anybody even to those with the oiliest of skin. This product may work for some for a short while, but in the long run I don’t think it’s good to be putting something as harsh as this on your skin. I’ve kept the container (along with the majority of the product) as a reminder to never buy it again.


Clean & Clear Advantage Spot treatment gel: This had quite a similar effect to my skin as the Neutrogena product I just mentioned HOWEVER i will say that it was down to entirely my own fault. This spot treatment is actually very good for getting rid of spots but it was just far too strong for my sensitive skin. I would recommend this for somebody who has normal/oily skin and who suffers from a lot of spots and blemishes. Besides this product being to harsh for my skin, i feel that it leaves the affected area very dry afterwards so bare this in mind before using it.

Apologies for this image.. I had to nab it from the internet as I threw my bottle away due to frustration and I refuse to purchase another one!

Cutex ย nail varnish remover: They say you get what you pay for… but with nail varnish removers, I strongly disagree. Being one of the “pricier” nail varnish removers, I expected good things. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. It took pretty much a third of the bottle to remove just one nail varnish application. The scent was reeeeally harsh and it left my nails aaand my hands feeling dry. I actually find that the best nail varnish removers that I have used are from supermarkets or “own-brands”. My favourites are actually Tesco’s own brand with is less than 1 yo yo or Boots own brand which is another cheapy at less than 2 yo yos. Overall, this nail varnish remover was both a waste of time and money.

…*sniff sniff* ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation:ย This product is a tad bit controversial in Sleepingbootayland as I actually adore this foundation. I love the finish it gives me, how much the shade suits me AND how inexpensive it was. However, the love was not mutual. This foundation hated me. It broke me out beyond belief…and for quite some time… i lived in denial and blamed EVERTHING else except the foundation because I loved it so much. A few months ago, there was a skin care consultant in a Boots pharmacy that I was in. She assessed my skin and pretty much told me that the foundation that I was wearing at the time (this bourhois healthy mix) was the worst foundation I could be wearing for my sensitive skin type. The foundation contains fruit extracts and has quite a strong fragrance…which everyone with sensitive skin should avoid. It saddens me that we are just not meant to be but in the end it just wasn’t worth it. I would recommend this foundation to those with normal or dry skin..but i’d advise that you do a patch test first just to make sure its compatible Now enough of this chit chat…before I start sobbing…

Okay guys that’s it for Part 1 of my “Products I regret buying” series. Again, these are just all of my own personal opinions from my own personal experiences. I just wanted to be honest with all you lovely followers and just perhaps warn you of some potential product mishaps.

Please let me know if you have tried any of the products that I have mentioned and tell me what you’re experiences with them has been like-good or bad. OR alternatively, let me know some of your Products that you regret buying. I’ll be back soon with Part 2…so until then.. thanks for reading!

Bye Kx ๐Ÿ™‚

Published by A Tiny Slice Of Kate

Writer. Reader. Caffeine Addict.

27 thoughts on “Products I regret buying #1

  1. I’m one of the few people who doesn’t like the Healthy Mix foundation either! It just didn’t work with my skin at all. It’s such a shame as I love the smell of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yeah it’s so frustrating because I loved how it looked on my skin just not what it did to it…grrr. Well at least I’m not alone! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s awesome.. there’s nothing worse than reading a blog that is so sickly sweet about every single thing. We gotta spend our dollah wisely these days so its nice to know what works and what doesn’t.:)

  2. Wow, I’m quite surprised with the Head and Shoulders because I used to use them (I’m on CLEAR now). But maybe you are right, it has something to do with the hair itself being on the oilier side. It must be the menthol thing that made your skin irritated, you might be allergic to it, don’t you think?

    1. Oh don’t get me wrong.. I have tried other Head & Shoulders shampoo and they were okay.. it was just this colour care version that really did not agree with it. I think you’re right about being allergic… it’s possible because I have such sensitive skin.

      1. I’d say so.. Completely sucks ha I’m allergic to so much! Thanks for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Well just the Colour Care range.. I’ve tried the rest and they were okay! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comment! xx

  3. Although the spot treatment definitely dries out sensitive skin (which I have also) it does the job well. I haven’t been able to find another product like it that’s reasonably priced and works. Have you?? Let me know!

    1. hi there.. I started using a brand called Freederm that works even better and doesnt dry out my skin as much. Try give it a go! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  4. I actually use alcohol on my skin (rubbing alcohol) and nothing has fixed my skin better than that. but ANY acne medicationish product and it screws my skin. I feel your pain.

    1. Wow that’s interesting! Does it damage your skin in any way? Cause I can’t imagine anything that harsh can be good.. That’s awesome though if it works for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for the all the warnings! I tend to buy whatever is cheap or free with coupons so I’m always picking up different brands. This kind of post is a good idea and I might do one myself soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi there, ah thanks so much! I love having an idea about a product before I buy it because you dont wanna be wasting your money these days! You should defo do a similar post and link me to it when you have! Love to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. See I tend to think “Hey it’s FREE or a quarter so I can chance it!” LOL. But still, it’s nice to let your readers know which ones worked out and which didn’t (even for a quarter). I will defintely do the post one day and link you!

  6. OOhh, this is a good post. Have you ever heard of I think you’ll find that many your “hate” products all get bad reviews on there. You (and all your readers) should definitely check it out. I swear by this site and it hasn’t led me astray in the nearly 4 years I’ve been using it. Saves me from the horror of buying products I utterly hate and destroys my skin. XOXO

    1. Oh wow.. thanks a million.. I’ll definitely try that site out! I love knowing what to expect with a product before I purchase… nothing worse than wasting your hard-earned cash! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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