Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2011 Half Year Disappointments

Today's post is my 2011 half year disappointments. Again, please remember that this is my own personal opinion. What is a disappointment to me may be an awesome product for you. I'm happy if it works for you.

There actually isn't too much. Either I'm getting good at purchasing items that I like, I've been lucky in my purchases or perhaps it's just that I'm trying really hard to use my stash and my stash has products that I like and use. I will admit that my stash has lots and lots of products that I've never tried before too.

Hair Care:

Ascience Shine Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner. I had read several blogs where this was a well-loved product so it was quite a disappointment to me that it didn't work out. I love the smell and I do love the end result. Unfortunately, it's way too rich for my scalp and I develop little bumps on my scalp that don't itch but can be a bit painful.

Skin Care:

Bliss--The Youth As We Know It Cleanser. Yes, this was a moisturizing cleanser which is a good thing. Unfortunately, it doesn't lather. I like lather, it makes me feel like I'm getting cleansed. I do realize that it's a mental thing more than anything else and that in reality, lathering properties are not that good.

Body Care:

Philosophy Candy Cane Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gel, pictured. In general, I have to say that I don't care for Philosophy Foaming Bubble Bath and Shower Gels. I think that for me the main problem the bottle that it comes in. It's a really firm bottle and difficult to squeeze. On top of that, the product is quite thick, which makes it even more difficult to squeeze out.

Supergoop SPF30 Sunscreen Wipes. I really liked the fact that this was towelette wipes. It was easy to keep in the car and have handy access to it whenever I needed to apply more sunscreen as the hours of the day wore on. Unfortunately, there is something in this product that makes me break out in prickly rash. It took weeks before my skin was nice and smooth again. During that interim, my skin looked really dry and flakey. The funny thing is that it's formulated with zinc for sensitive skin. The Noevir Raysela sunscreen that I use is also formulated with zinc but I have no problems with it.


Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in PK 375. Since Shu Uemura is no longer sold in stores in the U.S., I had to order this online. Finding a color when ordering online is difficult and unfortunately, I don't like this color much. I was also quite surprised that the casing that the lipstick is housed in feels quite flimsy. Disappointing to me if you're paying over $20.00 for a lipstick.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Impressive. I was hoping that this would be a sheer, moisturizing lipstick. Unfortunately it's not sheer and actually feels a bit heavy.

Both of these should have been included in the blog sale but weren't so it'll be added in the near future.

Were any of these disappointments to you as well?


Mischievous Mack said...

I am sad to Hear about the shampoo and conditioner! I really want to try it though....

It sucks about the sunscreen wipes, it's such a cool idea!!

Denysia said...

I've actually purchased the huge bottle of philosophy's apricots and cream, and it comes with a pump, which is better I think. I don't like the smaller bottles though.

coffretgorge said...

oh no im so sorry the asience shampoo + conditioner set made your scalp react like that. i really like it bc it makes my hair so light, soft and fragrant, but now i cant use my set b/c of the keratin treatment.

if you want Shu Uemura products i can help you swatch and/or get them here! ;)

galpal.hi said...

@Mischievious Mack--If you have an opportunity to try the Asience, please do. I've read so many great reviews. It does smell really nice.

Yeah, I was quite sad with the sunscreen wipes not working out.


galpal.hi said...

@Denysia--Oh a bottle with a pump sounds so good. It would totally work so much better than trying to squeeze that thick gel out of the stiff bottle.


galpal.hi said...

@coffretgorge--I know! I loved the scent and it did make my hair feel silky soft. Just my scalp didn't like it. =(

Thank you for the offer on Shu Uemura! I'll let you know if I ever decided to try point makeup again.


Anonymous said...

the Ascience was disappointing for me too! I think it made my scalp itchy... these days we're looking for that herbal scent because the husband wasn't to unwind in the shower lol.

Brianna said...

Thanks for sharing, glad to see that your list wasn't too long!
I am not too keen on the philosophy bath/body washes either....I got one for free from Sephora as my birthday perk and its not all that great....maybe others are better?

galpal.hi said...

@Nic Nic--Nice to know that I'm not the only one who had scalp problems with Asience. Your comment about looking for "that herbal scent" made me think about the Herbal Essences Shampoo commercial a few years back. They're shampooing their hair with it and moaning in ecstacy--sounding kind of ecchi. LOL!


galpal.hi said...

@Brianna--I got the birthday perk one too and wasn't too thrilled with it either. I much prefer Bath & Body Works and Victoria Secrets shower gels.


K said...

I have some Philosophy stuff in my stash. Thanks for letting me know that it is hard to squeeze out of the bottle. I'll transfer it to a smaller bottle and dilute it a little with distilled water.

It's great to hear that you've only had a few disappointments in the past 6 months, though!

galpal.hi said...

@K--I think it'll be great if you transfer your Philosophy stuff into another softer bottle where you can squeeze it.

Yes, I was thankful that I didn't many disaster products this time around.