Beauty hero products that we hate

(106 Posts)
mingfudge Thu 21-Mar-13 15:55:15

I am sitting here nursing a very red and sore face, following a stint with Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and Garnier Ultra Lift last night. I have tried everything. Even camomile teabags mixed with porridge, honey and milk, to tone it down a bit. Still sore. Even my trusted Olay stings on contact.

At first I blamed it on the ultra lift but after much thought, I think it was the C&P. So I did a bit of Googling and it transpires that quite a few C&P users have had the 'extreme sunburn' look from it. Funny thing is, mine is a year old and I stopped using it because I didn't think it was that great when I first bought it. I don't remember this kind of reaction but I am sure this is what it is.

Anyway, my googling brought up a great blog post on beauty products that everyone raves about but you can;t get away with them. Funnily enough, many of the products in the comments (and the blog post) are ones I would agree with.

This is the blog post

My hero fail products are:

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (obviously)
Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (ended up as nappy rash cream, for which it is surprisingly good)
Three step Clinique system (steps one and two stripped my face of any moisture, then the greasy moisturiser to replace it caused horrible acne spots)
Bio oil
Fake Bake (streaky and oompa loompa at the same time :-O)
Essie nail polish - I've had Rimmel ones last longer.

Three Step Clinque system, the cleanser and toner were too strong for my skin even in the extra mild versions and the moisturiser wasn't rich enough even though it was meant to be for extra dry skin. Totally failed me.

SayMama Thu 21-Mar-13 15:58:14

Dry shampoo for me - supposed to give my hair volume and that freshly washed look. It doesn't sad

SayMama Thu 21-Mar-13 15:59:19

Oh, also, Got2b powderful - Supposed to give my hair volume. It doesn't, and it feels like crap.

Theirs a theme for me here...

MolotovCocktail Thu 21-Mar-13 16:06:53

agree about the Three Step Clinique System: it completely stripped my skin dry. If you'd had put it in blank packaging, I'd have thought it was some very cheap product. Too astringent; moisturiser not moisturising enough/runny consistency.

That said, I have a friend with oily skin who swears by it (mine is normal-dry).

Fake Bake, too, is not one for me - too orange, and it stained in-between my fingers, despite me being quite able at applying fake tan.

Lancome Genifique - honestly can't see what all the hoo-ha is about. I much prefe Origins serum (can't think of the name, but it's very moisturising and leaves my skin feeling really soft).

And I hate the smell of the Soap & Glory products, too <boak>

valiumredhead Thu 21-Mar-13 16:08:01

Anything Benefit.

Anything Clinique.

Anything Bobbi Brown.

coffeeinbed Thu 21-Mar-13 16:53:12

Touche Éclat and Clarins Flash Balm on my list.
in addition to your Three Step and C&P and Bio Oil.

Love Genifique though.

mingfudge Thu 21-Mar-13 17:07:24

Beauty Flash Balm has come up loads on the blog I linked to. Since I have bother with almost all of the ones I have tried that have come up so far on that blog, I am so glad I didn't buy it yesterday when I saw it for £20. I remember in the days of yore it was the must have product and I always wanted to try it.

pomdereplay Thu 21-Mar-13 17:09:04

Oh god yes Cleanse and Polish. Eve Lom Cleanser soooo much better.

Not sure if I have anything else to add. I find OPI polishes highly overrated. Go on beautifully, chip to shit within the hour.

RunningAgain Thu 21-Mar-13 17:09:15

Clinique bottom lash mascara that Sali Hughes raves on about. Why Sali??

pomdereplay Thu 21-Mar-13 17:10:14

(I love Beauty Flash Balm blush)

I never use Bio Oil after I read the ingredients list.

Beauty Flash Balm.
Aussie hair stuff.

I'm sure there's more.

I love Caroline Hirons, it's a brilliant blog!

MrsDeVere Thu 21-Mar-13 17:19:11

Anything Clinique. It was all the go in the 80s so I had to have it. It never worked for me and the moisturiser looks like snot.

Anything from Avon. I have spent thousands over the years because its so tempting. I hate everything I have bought!

I have never understood the mania for 8 hour cream. Its like vasaline confused

I love Clarins. I wouldn't bother with their make up but their skin care is brilliant.
I also love Soap and Glory stuff.

clucky80 Thu 21-Mar-13 17:22:19

Another one for C and P - made me spotty

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser both oil free and normal

Maybelline mascara in pink tube (super lash?)

Bare minerals make up

Clinique skin care and the chubby sticks - stay on for about 5 seconds

Mamma mio - think its the waist shrinker or something like that, it didn't shrink mine! Love the stretch mark oil though.

Nars orgasm 3 in 1 thing - I really don't see how the same colour can be good on your cheeks, eyes and lips!

coffeeinbed Thu 21-Mar-13 17:23:58

Oh I love pretty much everything from Clarins except the Flash Balm.
Use a lot everyday, it's just that blasted balm.

bleedingheart Thu 21-Mar-13 17:32:37

C&p makes me red and I find the scent overpowering.
Elnett does nothing for me. Nor Frizz-ease.

Engelsemama Thu 21-Mar-13 17:34:26

Beauty Flash Balm - what is it supposed to do?

Clinique 3 step - I have oily skin and it stripped it. I had to give up after 2 days. Gave it to my sister who loved it.

I do love C&P though blush

bonzo77 Thu 21-Mar-13 17:48:39

Clinique 3 step
Touche éclat
Black head remover strips
Home waxing except facial
Foundations and concealors
Lancôme genifique eye cream
Estée Lauder night repair in brown bottle
False eyelashes

TigerseyeMum Thu 21-Mar-13 17:58:09

E45 cream - always recommended by my GP, my skin breaks out at the mere sight of it.

Frizz Ease anything - guaranteed to give me frizz.

Baby lotion - again often recommended for sensitive skin, makes me red, sore and with break outs.

I bought Skin Doctors Bio Oil on a plane recently and was shocked at the ingredients list. No way that's going on my face.

All anti dandruff shampoos.

Hair straighteners. None of them work on my hair. None.

That Sally Hanson nail treatment - made my nails strong but brittle so they snapped off.

Pseudonymity Thu 21-Mar-13 18:06:57

Clinique 3 step is only any good for teens.

Mine are (scratches head):

REN Rose Otto shower gel. I bought two bottles because I'm a sucker. Yes, it smells nice, but it's just shower gel. I'm sure the bath oil would be worth the huge price tag.

Boots No 7 Microdermabrasion. It's just an ordinary scrub. Does a good job but can't see why it deserves it's rave reviews.

St Tropez gradual tan in light. You would have to be really very fair for this to show up at all. The medium dark was good though.

Aldi face serum. Yuck, just yuck. Sticky, sticky, sticky. The touche Éclat rip off with the brush was really good though, don't think they do it any more.

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Thu 21-Mar-13 18:07:14

I would second Benefit - it does nothing for me. Have tried various tinted moisturisers and compacts, all orange, thick and greasy. I find the concealers drying and so ageing and the benetint just awful. Am always so attracted to the little kits though!

Would agree with the the blackhead strips too, can't even get them to stick never mind suck dirt out.

Mine would be Bliss products for the face (the body butters, conversely, are utterly wonderful - moisturising and not at all sticky and make my skin so soft). Several of the 'wonder' products from the steep clean and triple oxygen line have done nothing for me. The steep clean mask was tacky and horrible, and neither that nor the oxygen mask had any effect whatsoever.

Estée Lauder double wear light. What a disappointment.

Benetint. Oh how I wished I had asked for a tester.

Touché éclat.

Pseudonymity Thu 21-Mar-13 18:12:41

Ah, Bare Minerals = sparkly. What do you use instead of FrizzEase Tigerseye ?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 21-Mar-13 18:17:19

I love C&P, I love all Liz Earle.

Hate Touche Eclat
Hate Beauty Flash Balm
Hate BB cream
Hate anything Benefit except Benetint which is fabulous
Hate Soap and Glory
Hate Maybelline mascara

Mumelie Thu 21-Mar-13 19:25:57

BB Cream = acne breakout
Naked Shampoo & Conditioner - even the one for frizzy hair - mine looked like wire wool.
No7 Protect & Perfect = spots again
Love Bare Minerals make up & skin care but cannot use their primer - yukky sticky skin!

JumpHerWho Thu 21-Mar-13 19:48:54

1. Liz Earle C and P, hot cloth cleansing in general far too harsh - back to gentle gel cleansers like Dermalogica Ultracalming and Avene here, with bi-weekly gentle chemical exfoliation, instead of scrubbing frantically til I'm red raw and spotty twice a day

2. Superdrug serum and Vit E facial oil (ok not 'hero' products but the range was recommended loads on here <glares> )

Conversely, thanks for those on here who recommended coconut oil, MUA makeup and Neal's Yard Rose Facial Oil. And I love Touché Éclat foundation and NARS Multiple in Orgasm, and Chanel Mademoiselle lipstick is my perfect shade.

TomArchersSausage Thu 21-Mar-13 19:50:51

BB Cream. I looked like an embalmed Oompa Loompa.

Dermalogica gave me eczema.

Clinique 3 step too harsh and moisturiser not rich enough for me.

ASmidgeofMidge Thu 21-Mar-13 19:55:26

Another vote for BB creams, all of which made me break out. And Clinique Dramatically Different yellow shit. It's shit. Yellow shit.

CointreauVersial Thu 21-Mar-13 20:01:18

Chanel Nail Varnish

Chips in about two hours.

I'm sticking with Barry Mgrin

Laquila Thu 21-Mar-13 20:04:26

@JumpHerWho - Neal's Yard Rose Facial Oil, aka the GREATEST thing on EARTH. Also, on the oil front, I love Clarins Lotus and Blue Orchid oils (sorry, I know this isn't really the point of this thread!).

Supposedly hero products that have failed me:

Aveda Be Curly
The Rimmel mascara in the bright pink tube that everyone loves (fair enough, it was only £5.99)
Literally any other hair products for curly hair other than John Frieda FrizzEase mousse

Now I come to think of it, even though I feel like I've been through bajillions of terrible supposedly hero products, I think the vast majority of stuff I buy just turns out to do nothing for me - I.e., not terrible, just not performing miracles. Maybe my expectations are too high...

Lilymaid Thu 21-Mar-13 20:06:32

I love C&P and it works for my skin. I only use a pea sized amount (use more regularly and your wash basin waste pipe will end up blocked with grease).
My pet aversion is to Lush shops ... or rather the dreadful smell (which permeates out into the street) of bath salts/bath bombs etc - makes me think of skin drying up/irritation etc.

Dinosaurhunter Thu 21-Mar-13 20:11:57

I love beauty flash balm , those of you that hate it why ?( out of interest)

I dislike all chanels perfumes
I dislike Ysl mascara ( too thick and clumpy)
I hate cocoa butter

jackstini Thu 21-Mar-13 20:20:06

Agree with fails:
8 hour cream - very Vaseline like
Touche Éclat, just didn't work
Any BB cream

Love Bio Oil though - it is my post CS scar best friend!

CharlieBoo Thu 21-Mar-13 20:30:51

Clinique yellow moisturiser.. It IS yellow shit
8 hour cream.. What do you do with it?
Bb cream ... Doesn't work on my skin... Not enough coverage and too oily
Touché Éclat ... I like it, but my No7 concealer pen does exactly same job.
OPI nail Envy.. Did nothing to strengthen my totally rubbish nails.
Estée Lauder double wear.. Only got a tester pot thank goodness but my mum said I looked like one of the girls who work for them.. Too made up and a bit orange.

Max factor and clinique mascara
Maybeline mouse foundation
Number 7 make up base (I have incredibly oily skin and it keeps the shine away all day.
Love babyliss Big hair.

Chubfuddler Thu 21-Mar-13 20:39:08

I have given up on expensive beauty miracle products since early disillusionment with Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream (sticky Tcp smelling Vaseline) and touch éclat (white stripes under my eyes - nice).

Tescos new own brand range is rather good I have to say. I like the cream blusher in particular.

NotTreadingGrapes Thu 21-Mar-13 20:39:42


Clinique skincare- someone told me Clinique skincare is really made for "problem" spotty/teenage skin and is very very harsh.

Touche Éclat- just buy the Collection 2000 one for £3 - it won't smell like a dirty dishcloth after 3 days either.

Estee Lauder foundation in general...if I wanted an orange face I'd have gone on a sunbed ta muchly.

8 hr cream- slimy Vaseline.

Olay Regenerist- if I've got £20+ to spend on a cream I'll spend it on Neal's Yard.

Bare Minerals- oh joy, Not just Barbara Cartland, but an orange Barbara Cartland.

JumpHerWho Thu 21-Mar-13 20:50:10

Laquila - nooo, the reason I've switched from Neal's Yard elixir to Superdrug shite is budget, don't go showing me lovely Clarins ones sad

<quick plug for amaaazing Shu Uemura cleansing oils - best thing ever if you're not budgetarily constrained>

TigerseyeMum Thu 21-Mar-13 20:54:04

Pseudo I use Moroccan Oil curl creme and use a leave-in oil called coccasta shikakai from Curly Girls. I leave it in then wash it our using Neals Yard rose shampoo and conditioner then use the curl cream and either let it dry curly naturally or straight with my Babyliss Big Hair.

Does anyone use Astral cream! I fancy trying the light one as I have dry, sensitive yet combination dull skin. I find Neals Yard stuff amazing but pricey.

madmomma Thu 21-Mar-13 21:14:21

any estee lauder foundation - all orange,
decleor neroli oil - now have lovely white spots thanks to this,
bare minerals - emperor's new clothes
8 hr cream - horrible smelling vaseline
REN rose otto bath oil - no great shakes for the price
flash balm - balls up + peels off
all undereye concealers - all of them. I'd rather look a little tired than haggard.

WipsGlitter Thu 21-Mar-13 21:19:47

Eight hour cream. Awful. Pink Vaseline.

TigerseyeMum Thu 21-Mar-13 21:26:29

The Dr Organic from Holland and Barrett is as good as the Ren for rose otto products.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 21-Mar-13 21:30:11

YY Eight hour cream. Like smelly Vaseline. Except Vaseline works.

Opi nail varnish, sloppy and chips before you get out of the house.

Just cos I read something up thread about johnsons, I hate the stuff haven't used it for years and wouldn't dream of putting any of it on or near a baby or anyone at all actually.
They have some marketing dept, I'll give them that but their products are the harshest shit I've ever had the misfortune of using.
It's amazing that so many people automatically think 'Best for Baby' as I said, Good marketing dept

bettybigballs Thu 21-Mar-13 21:37:08

Love these threads, such an education. Mine are:

Lancôme hypnose mascara - flaky, clumping rubbish
Eight hour cream - Vaseline that smells
Ren face wash - did chuff all
Clinique - anything. Drying and chemical
Aveda shampoo - frizz central and build up a go go
Nail envy - peely crap

sansastark Thu 21-Mar-13 21:39:56

Bare Minerals and Babyliss Big Hair are absolute must-haves for me - and I think Olay Regenerist is great for the price. Also love Eve Lom cleanser and Johnson's baby oil.

But I quite agree on the 'smelly crap vaseline' verdict on Eight Hour Cream, think Moroccan Oil is seriously overrated (V05 miracle concentrate's just as good, for a fraction of the price), and don't understand all the fuss about Creme de la Mer (got it once, it cost a fortune and did bugger all!!)

Also not feeling it with Bobbi Brown, fifty shades of piss-boring taupe (that doesn't even look all that on the beauty counter assistants...)

Oh, and Juicy Tubes from Lancome. Meh hmm

TigerseyeMum Thu 21-Mar-13 21:47:57

Ah see, Ren facial wash is the only thing that keeps my wierd skin clear. I stray to other products then regret it and come back. If they ever stop making it I'll combust.

Meglet Thu 21-Mar-13 21:53:15

Some of us love the smell of 8 hour cream. I use it on my face in the winter.

Chubfuddler Thu 21-Mar-13 22:05:56

As what though? Seriously, I bought some on an easyjet flight trying to be a grown up and had no idea what it was for.

cocobongo Thu 21-Mar-13 22:14:19

where do I start????

Eve lom cleanser- £50 I'll never see again
Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser- still made me look orange (I'm vvv pale)
Beauty FLash Balm- seriously, what is the point?
Virtually all Benefit stuff (though I'm a sucker for their packaging)- especially their mascara
Estee Lauder make-up- smells awful, really old lady make-up
Boots Protect & Perfect- actually, most Boots no 7
Touche Eclat - made me have yellow undereyes
NARS eyeshadows- end up with eyeshadow on my cheeks by the end of the night


I'm sure there's a lot more!!!

DIddled Thu 21-Mar-13 22:18:48

Touché éclat=sore flaky under eyes.

kicker Thu 21-Mar-13 22:20:48

I use 8 hour cream when the DC have chapped, sore skin under their mouths during the winter. I put it on before they go to bed. They loathe the smell but realise it stops their skin being sore so they tolerate it.
I can't see when I would use it myself.
The Touche eclat brush went really manky and stinky.
Bio oil is surely just orange baby oil at a huge mark up for all the effect it had on my stretch marks.

armagh Thu 21-Mar-13 22:37:09

Frizz ease-it didn't
Opi nail envy
Dr.Lewinns nail strengthner and their hand cream-soo expensive and crap!
Sally Hanson nail stuff-ruined my nails
EA8 hour cream-pongs
Astral cream -too thick
Boots Perfect and Protect serum- did nothing
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair- it didn't!

Pseudonymity Thu 21-Mar-13 22:45:03

JumpHerWho Which chemical face scrub do you use? I can't find one.

Nail Envy - no improvement in the state of my nails with it
Boots Curl Creme - makes my hair lanky and dull
Seche Vite - Sally Hansen insta-dry is better and cheaper
Body Shop hemp hand cream, greasy, unpleasant smell,
Body Shop rose hand cream, nice smell, horrid watery texture

I second the recommendation for the Dr Organic rose products, they are lovely. I have tried several of the other Dr O ranges too and liked all of them.

coffeeinbed Thu 21-Mar-13 22:52:25

EA 8 hour cream is Vaseline with some camphor in, isn't it?
It's what I thought.

FamiliesShareGerms Thu 21-Mar-13 23:17:36

So who does like EA 8 hour cream? Or is it a best seller still because everyone thinks they should buy it, even though I literally know noone who is a fan?

futterbingers Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:18

Smashbox primer – or indeed any primer – just another way for cosmetics companies to part us from our money – use a decent moisturiser and there's no need for this;
Juicy Tubes – useless, gloopy and the colours are non-existant;
All Avon makeup – rubbish (though their Anew skincare is vv good);
Avon Skin so Soft – stinks, literally;
Touche Eclat – any amount of products out there at a fraction of the price that are heaps better;
Benetint – I could probably get the same effect by rubbing a red marker on my face;
Bobbi Brown foundations – no Bobbi, we don't all have yellow-toned skin;
Clarins Instant Smooth Self-tanning cream for face – horrible tangoed shade, and it stinks;
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – what everyone else said;
Tom Ford makeup – I got a bunch of nailpolishes, lipstick, mascara for Xmas, wish I had've got the money they cost instead, cos they are shite;
Any deoderant that isn't an anti-perspirant – so sweat is ok so long as it doesn't smell? I don't think so;
Oil cleansing method – rubbish – I know thats heresy on here but its a messy faff.
(But, I love – Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream, use it at night on my feet and it leaves them really soft, sorts out any dry patches on my face overnight, also a little massaged into my cuticles works wonders. And love Double Wear Light, I always wear it when I need to look like I've made an effort to be polished and well groomed).
Phew, I needed to get all that off my chest, thanks OP!

I love 8 hour cream for my dry lips, it's one of the few things that seems to help more than just very temporarily. Cheapy lip balms just get me licking my lips more after a bit so they get more dry!

I also love beauty flash balm, it makes me look like a better/brighter/more awake version of me without looking too made-up, which I hate. I do have to put some sort of powder over it though or I look too shiny.

Things I have not got on with - the Clinique "yellow shit" again! And Benetint too, though I like several other Benefit products.

JumpHerWho Thu 21-Mar-13 23:35:15

Futter - I agree with you on primer, and would add that serums are a total con too.

If I believed most companies' marketing, I'd remove makeup, then cleanse, then tone, then serum, then moisturise, then sunblock, then prime, then foundation! confused

I'm vain and I don't use that many steps... usually cleanse, then moisturise, then either tinted sunblock or foundation. At night I might do serum+oil instead of moisturiser.

>adds La Roche Posay products to it-works-list>

I do like Regenerist, I find the cream does plump my skin and make it soft and smooth, is a good primer base for makeup on me.

JumpHerWho Thu 21-Mar-13 23:39:25

Pseudonymity - this

A couple of times a week does me nicely. No scrubbing, how uncouth wink

FreshLeticia Thu 21-Mar-13 23:45:49

OPI nail envy. Mavala is leagues better.
expensive nail polishes - rimmel french polish has been on my nails all week, including gardening.
any makeup remover stuff. Just wipe it off with any moisturiser lotion on a cotton wool pad and wipe over with witch hazel to tone.
false eyelashes. they never fit.
am very pleased with BB cream though, it fills the pockmarks.
blusher of any sort.
all lip glosses. stay on for 5 mins then gone. try vaseline.
all the many, many skin and 'spa' products. bath salts ( epsom), rose and lavender oil, sea salt for scrubbing and a good basic moisturiser are all you need. and contrary to belief, you can use the same one on face and body. try Johnson's bady lotion or Nivea.

AuntPittypat Thu 21-Mar-13 23:46:00

Agree with Eight Hour Cream. Horrible stiff, sticky, stinky stuff!

I love Beauty Flash Balm though. I mix a small amount into my foundation to give me more of a healthy glow. Especially when hungover

whethergirl Thu 21-Mar-13 23:51:22

After reading all the rave reviews for the Kerastase hair products, I treated myself to the Oleo Curl shampoo, condition and styling cream.

It's shit.

wildfig Fri 22-Mar-13 09:39:21

Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks. Hello, pores! Hello, fine lines!

Laquila Fri 22-Mar-13 09:39:24

I like 8-hr cream as a lip balm, and I also LOVE Benetint - and it lasts for years (mmm...hygienic).

The L'Oreal equivalent of Touché Éclat is the best one I've tried - the No7 one gave me an undereye rash, ugh.

I agree the L'Oreal version of Touché Éclat is the best (and believe me, I've tried 'em all!)

Hated Beauty Flash Balm - keep getting it in gift sets from PIL's at Christmas, immediately give it away. Also hate Clarins hand & nail cream, leaves my hands drier than no cream at all.

C&P by Liz Earle - nothing fantastic. Tried the Superdrug Vit E version, far too stripping.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser did absolutely nothing for me. Prefer Origins Vitazing.

But I love love live EA 8-hr cream (lips, cuticles, dry patches on face, knees, elbows, heels).

And Clinique yellow DDM is the product I've re-purchased more than any other in my 30+ years of being a chemist shop owner's dream!

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Fri 22-Mar-13 11:14:13

Yes Kicker my Touché Éclat brush went stinky too, thought it was only me! Smelled like stagnant washing up water, not something I wanted anywhere near my face.

Eliza22 Fri 22-Mar-13 12:14:39

Benetint... Too hit and miss. Sometimes pretty, sometimes I look like I was utterly pissed when I applied it.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm... Same over priced/over hyped product it was in the 80's.
Chanel Tan Soleil Universal. The one in the big pot. I can not do it!
Pantene anything. Best seller? Why?? It smells like neat chemicals. Just why?
Clinique 3 Step.
Estée Lauder Night Repair... "King's New Clothes" product, that!

What I hate most of all? 16 yr old models advertising anti-ageing products. Should be a law against that, by Trading Standards.

armagh Fri 22-Mar-13 12:33:13

Use your old touch eclat brush as a lip brush. Tis great smile

neriberi Fri 22-Mar-13 13:30:55

Practically any haircare or styling product that's for "fine hair, frizzy hair"
Bio oil

BagWoman Fri 22-Mar-13 14:29:14

EA 8 hr stuff- horrid smell and thick gunk.
Soap and Glory- can't stand smell.
LE C&P- emporer's new clothes- again can't stand mentholy smell.
Most Clarins skin care - too much perfume - except false tan
Chubby sticks- worse than useless

Olay Regenerist ( recent convert from more expensive stuff & can buy on Amazon for half price.)
Neutrogena Body Lotion- £5 and great stuff
Lancome Hypnose- tried cheaper but always come back to it.
Clinique Lip Gloss- actually stays put and makes my lips softer than any lip salve.

florascotia Fri 22-Mar-13 17:35:56

This may or may not be relevant, but here in Scottish Highlands Avon's Skin so Soft is widely reputed to be a very effective midge repellant! The tiny biting insects are reckoned not to like the smell. However, many climbers, hikers and gardeners routinely troubled by midges don't like the smell either...

Dawndonna Fri 22-Mar-13 18:30:42

Another clinique three step. Stripped my skin and made it sore and horrid.
BB cream, rubbish.
Bare Minerals accentuates every wrinkle.

whethergirl Fri 22-Mar-13 22:30:50

We should have a Noel Edmonds type Swap Shop, but instead of swapping my Bucks Fizz album for a pair of roller skates, I'd like to swap my Keraste hair products for a Cleanse & Polish which I love.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 22-Mar-13 22:47:02

I love Beauty Flash Balm!

Kerastase - utter pap , the smell made me morning sickness so bad I retch if I see a bottle three years on
Aveda - Want it to work but it doesn't ! Frizz galore
Eight Hour Crap - Agree but good for grazes and nappy rash

whosiwhatsit Sat 23-Mar-13 16:45:29

Can't stand anything by Clinique and I hate almost everything by Philosophy. Their moisturiser that everyone seems to rave about, Hope in a Jar, smells like hair dye and burned my face (chemical burn). I can't stand Bare Minerals either because it dries my skin (but love Inika mineral makeup instead). Bio Oil is awful 80s smelling chemically crap.

KoalaFace Sat 23-Mar-13 17:06:15

I have pure hatred for anything Trés Emmé. Makes my hair feel dirty.

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara was recommended by beauty gurus and magazines and its rubbish.

Also my Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks are very drying and have to be layered over a ton of lipbalm.

Allthingspretty Sat 23-Mar-13 17:44:12

You can get a fragrance free version of eight hour cream.

AmazingDisgrace Sat 23-Mar-13 18:37:23

Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner -dries out in the pot as soon as you look at it. Clinique's version much better and longer lasting

Clinique DDM is yellow pointless shit

Maybelline mascara the pink one - takes forever to dry and just isn't very good - feels really thin. I prefer L'oreal volume million lashes

Benefit/Smashbox/insert ££ brand serum. Not worth it, youth code from L'oreal or the S&G ones just as good

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sat 23-Mar-13 22:12:19

Yes Allthings, it's called vaseline

Bartlebee Sun 24-Mar-13 01:20:27

Clinique 3 step - steps 1 & 2 left my skin hideously dry & tight and step 3 was just horrid gloop.

I have read, more than once, that many a sleb will slather their face in 8 hour cream before bed or on long haul flights. Wtf? It's orange, incredibly thick & gunky and the smell is just disgusting.

Anything other than the cheapest nail varnish remover is rubbish, imo.

ScienceRocks Sun 24-Mar-13 08:13:48

Loving this thread!

I hate:
Eight hour cream (smells awful)
Most things by the Sanctuary (ditto smell)
Boots protect and perfect (didn't do anything)
E45 (contains lanolin, which I am allergic to)
Herbal essences (smell awful and make my scalp itchy)
Vichy products (I feel like I have chemical burns)
Simple skincare (so simple I feel like I haven't bothered)
That pink and green maybelline mascara (takes hours to dry)
Anything by bourjois
Clinique dramatically different moisturiser (why no SPF? Why?!)

But I love:
Neutrogena Rainbath (but can only get it in the us)
Rimmel make up (cheap, good colours, great staying power)
Max factor masterpiece mascara (suitable for contact lens wearers)
Macadamia oil for my hair (defrizzes and smells gorgeous)
Sanctuary secret facial oil (puts moisture in when nothing else will)
Origins VitaZing (makes my skin look fantastic)
Coconut oil
Frizz ease serum and secret agent creme
Aussie shampoo and conditioner
Lush jasmine and henna fluff-ease (don't need to wear perfume!)

CuttedUpPear Sun 24-Mar-13 08:25:45

Benefit Stay Don't Stray. Completely useless, had creases on my eyelids within half an hour.

Also Benefit She-Laq. It is also supposed to fix make up in place. And doesn't.

I do use some other Benefit products which are great, not these though.

What do you recommend cutted? I have a voucher and not sure what to get. Dandelion is winning at the moment.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 24-Mar-13 08:51:28

I was given some Beauty Flash Balm for Christmas. I don't hate it - I just don't know what I'm meant to do with it.

Cybbo Sun 24-Mar-13 08:56:58

Dry shampoo- great if you like that 'fell asleep in a skip behind the chip shop ' look

Nano blur cream-£20 I'm never getting back

Chanel lipstick and nail varnish- One sticks like shit to a blanket ,the other flakes straight away. You decide

Cybbo Sun 24-Mar-13 08:57:35

Oh and anything claiming to reduce pores, doesn't

I love the Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair mask too Science.

Greggs - I like Benefit Lemon-Aid eye primer, wear it on it's own to calm down redness or use it as a base for shadow. I also like the Dr Feelgood mattifying primer, makes skin look much smoother. Have heard it slagged off a lot on these threads before though. A lot of people recommend the Brow-zing eyebrow colours, but my brows are too sparse and need pencil.

Finbar Sun 24-Mar-13 10:11:17

Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner...NOOOO
Spend a fortune and watch it dry out in 2 weeks.
Much better versions available in Superdrug

McGilly Sun 24-Mar-13 10:25:58

Clarins beauty flash balm = pimples
Creme de la Mer = pimples and debt
Lancôme is way too scented.

I am having done success with Aldi and La Roche-Posay right now and like to think I won't pay stupid money again.

McGilly Sun 24-Mar-13 10:26:25

Having some success

GraduallyGoingInsane Sun 24-Mar-13 10:38:17

I'm in the minority, I love 3 step Clinique!

I hate...

E45 cream - brings me out in itchy hives

Bare Minerals - dries my skin out, itchy sore dry patches everywhere. I do like the concealor powder and their eyeliner though.

Anything Maybeline - itchy itchy!

Clarins beauty flash balm - turned me bright red

Mac - I must be the only person who just can't find a colour of foundation/concealor/powder to match my skin colour

Bobbi Brown - see Mac

Juicy tubes - sticky and I feel like I've stolen my DDs makeup

upjacobscreekwithoutapaddle Sun 24-Mar-13 10:50:40

8 hour cream is my must have, only thing that doesn't bring me out in cold sores and stops my lips flaking off. Fragrance free stuff is fab.

Found c&p overrated.

Chandon Sun 24-Mar-13 10:57:28

Clinique is too harsh IMO

Bobbi brown gel liner is FAB....for a week, then it is dried out and useless. Expensive!

Any french stuff, like lancome, smells like old ladies to me.

The Sanctuary, all smell horrible to me, I seem y get it as gifts forever. i donated the lot to the school Christmas Bazaar, where my DC proceeded to buy it for me as a gift grin. It stinks AND is like a boomerang! Help!

armagh Tue 26-Mar-13 09:37:27

Dr. Lewinns Nail strenghtner has ruined my nails- they are now splitting ! At least Opi Nail Envy did nothing!!!!

PastaBeeandCheese Tue 26-Mar-13 09:48:15

Bio Oil. Went through tonnes of the stuff religiously oiling my bump twice a day.

I might just as well have used cooking oil for all the difference it made. At 37 weeks I got stretch marks just like my mother and sister. It was then I realised it's all genetic and no amount of £16 a pop oil would help :-(

thepurplepenguin Tue 26-Mar-13 09:48:42

Definitely C&P. I couldn't afford to replace mine having used it on and off for about a year. Bought some No 7 cleansing balm and my 'acne' disappeared completely within a week of switching. Hmm...

TheRealFellatio Tue 26-Mar-13 09:54:20

Beauty Flash Balm is alright, but not the miracle thing I was lead to believe it was on here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 hour jobby is little more than stinky, glorified Vaseline.

I bought the Estee Lauder 'Idealist' even skin tone and illuminator. It cost me a bloody fortune and it's crap. It doesn't even out my brown sun blemishes at all, it just gives me a slightly peculiar all-over grey pallor. hmm

However, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bobbi Brown's spf35 BB cream. Like a light foundation-cum-sun screen in one.

SerafinaMussolini Sun 07-Apr-13 12:15:48

O blimey - have just seen post by TomArchersSausage -
WOTCHER, from RS Acre, ex of Diss The Archers!

Hmmm, Thread topic: Elvive shampoo - the red one, meant to give you luvly smooth locks. Result - frizz from hell.

CareerGirl01 Sun 07-Apr-13 12:29:03

Ghd irons - and I've got fine hair that only has a slight wave (feel free to advise me on alternatives)
Bobbi Brown- love the eyeshadows but the BB cream and concealers disappoint ( need concealer suggestions as am 36 weeks pg and will need new one soon!)
Laura Mercier tinted moisteriser - doesn't offer much coverage - and my skin is normal.

Deathwatchbeetle Sun 07-Apr-13 14:44:12

Anything by Weleda. Must be something in the base ingredients - my skin goes raging red and itches and burns really bad! I know a lot of people love it. I have given up using it as every single thing I tried (back in the '80s) had that effect on me.

ItsAllTLAsToMe Sun 07-Apr-13 15:36:36

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser - Rubbish! My sister kept giving me it, I hope she was at least getting it as a freebie.

All lip glosses - I hate having sticky lips, and I hate my hair sticking to my lips. A small slick of Vaseline 1x / day only.

All Soap and Glory stuff - It all stinks! I bought some after MN convinced me to but it was rubbish at whatever it was meant to do, and it reeked to boot.

shinybaubles Sun 07-Apr-13 19:33:39

3 step clinique stuff - felt like i set my face on fire.
Diorific (sp) mascara - rubbish
YSL Touch Eclat - made me look worse
8 hour - gloop, horrible

Highlander Sun 07-Apr-13 20:23:08

Bare minerals eye colour - eyes came out in a stinging rash.

Highlander Sun 07-Apr-13 20:30:41

I have veru sensitive skin that burns with chemicals v easily.

I'm using Johnson. & Johnson daily gently skin exfoliant and Aveeno general moisturising cream.

Skin lovely.

Clinique mascara and eye cream colours are OK, as are the BB eye colours. Everything else burns my skin.

Have yet to find a foundation that doesn't burn (TBF, haven't tried in years as I'm too chicken).

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