Now I'm not one for perpetuating negativity, even when discussing products but if this posts helps save your wallet the sadness of wasted purchases, then you're exactly who I'm writing this for. To that end, if you love any of my 'disappointing product' choices don't be sad, they just didn't do it for me or uphold my expectations.
NARS Pro Prime Face: there isn't many products from this line that aren't in my top all-time favorites but this isn't one of them! It reminds me of the Laura Mercier Primers where you really can't tell if it’s actually doing anything. I want a primer to make my skin feel different or smooth or ready for makeup... Something! This gives nothin'.
Instead Try: Smashbox Light Photofinish Primer or for especially oily t-zones you will love Porefessional Primer by Benefit or Becca Ever-Matte Primer
NARS Tinted Moisturizer: if you're planning to use this as a moisturizer then you'll like it but if you think you'll get a lick of coverage... Keep walkin.
Instead Try: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer for excellent coverage on normal to dry skin, Jouer Matte Moisture Tint for oily/combination skin or Benefit Big Easy for normal/combination/oily skin with sheer coverage.
T3 Hair Dryer: almost two years ago my dear Babyliss Pro TT dryer shot fireworks out the back end while I was drying my hair which clearly meant we had reached the end of our relationship (insert sobbing face) so I decided if an expensive professional dryer could only last me two years, next time I'd buy the famed T3 that I'd been hearing about in magazines for years. Upon unboxing it looked like the Porsche of dryers… almost too pretty to use but with the first use it was clear, she was pretty but ineffective, heavy and took forever for my hair to dry. I stood by it for over a year because after all I did drop $250 on it at Nordstrom. Finally I couldn't do it anymore! After finding my exact Babyliss model on Amazon for now only $60 (what?!?) I quickly packed up that T3 and marched it right back to Nordstrom for a full refund! It might sound silly but I actually enjoy drying my hair again :)
Dr Gross Alpha Beta Pads: I enjoy his products and have loved the oil free moisturizers for years so why wouldn't I love the tanning towelettes? Especially since they promise alpha beta exfoliation. Because they turn you incredibly orange and have a bit of a weird smell in the hours following application. Boo Dr Gross, boo.
Instead Try: Kate Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes because they have a light citrusy scent, offer a subtle golden glow, travel well being individually packaged and they are large enough and saturated enough to do your entire body! #winning
Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum: I love Dior but this product makes my mascara nearly impossible to remove and my lashes so hard that I find them breaking during removal so I'm not sold on what it's actually marketed to do. Don't bother with it girls!
Instead Try: Brow Enhancing Serum Advanced from Anastasia. It’s packed with vitamins and peptides that condition and enhance both your brows AND your lashes. It dries quickly and can be applied am & pm.
Chanticaille Total Concealer: this product is so thick that I've tried applying it with a brush, a Beauty Blender and my fingers yet it still creases almost immediately and is difficult to blend. At $38 your dollars would be better spent on another brand.
Instead Try: Bobbi Brown Color Corrector
Living Proof Prime Style Extender: This was a no brainer purchase... It promises to extend the life of your blowout and after all it is endoresd by America's sweetheart known for her amzing locks. Now because I love the concept of this brand and it's scientifically created to do incredible things I'm confident that there are other life changing products in the range (I quite like the flexible hair spray and love the fact that it's under 3oz making it travel friendly) but this extender just didn't impress me. My blowout felt slightly gummy, it seemed to crease more easily when putting it behind my ear, in an elastic or bobby pin and I didn't stretch my blowout any further than normal.
Instead Try: Bumble and Bumble Primer spray which also offers UV protection and create tension while drying your hair with a great quality brush!