Certain relationships are doomed from the word "Go." Or at least the words, "Would you like the receipt in the bag?" No, no, I don't mean blokes, unless you stalk some poor check out guy working in your local supermarket, I mean beauty products. Some you just don't quite click with - these are mine...
[[ Seche Vite now tinted red and full of glitter grains...Wet polish and top coats = a 'no no' in BBH land. ]]
1. Seche Vite
YOU KNEW THIS WOULD BE HERE. My hate/ hate relationship with this fast dry top coat has been well documented. It just doesn't work for me. Sometimes I still whip it out and think, 'Today will be the day!', apply it, admire my super shiny nails then wake up the next day in chips and tip-wear central. It's a bit like how downing eight double vodka Redbulls is always a great idea at the time, but the morning only ever brings regret.
[[ OCC 'Hoochie' is mega gorgeous - shame about the ingredients separating! ]]
2. OCC Lip Tars
When I first bought these I loved them, but over time...they changed. The oils separate from the pigment, meaning that after a while you have to squeeze out A LOT of oil before any pigment shows up. Some say you can just roll the tube/ stand it on its end/ mush the tube to mix them together...you can't. Well, you can, but it doesn't have much of an effect. You can, of course, squeeze it into a palette and mix but you know what - you shouldn't have to in the first place.
[[ Probably a good product...if you don't mind the smell...]]
3. Naked Coco De Mer Body Butter
After Naked discontinued my favourite ever body lotion, I figured I'd replace it with something else in the Naked range. A few people had raved about the Coco De Mer body butter in the past, so I figured it was a safe bet. Now, I'm sure this stuff is fabulously moisturising, but I couldn't confirm on personal experience. Why? The smell is awful. I couldn't stand to wear it for more than five minutes before running to the sink and scrubbing if off like a mad woman. To me, it smells like that little old lady who you try to avoid at the bus stop. Rose..."masking" the scent of moth balls, strong soap, musk and damp.
[[ If only this had the token curried biscuits fake tan scent...]]
4. Fake Bake 'Instant Bronze' Gel
Another product which offends my sense of smell. When I first applied this, I couldn't think of an accurate way to describe the chemical wafts of 'fragrance' which sizzled my nostrils. It was...pungent...toxic...synthetic...acidic...YES! That's it! This smells exactly like what I imagine an acid bath would smell like! Mixed with moisturiser, the smell isn't as strong, but that sheers out the product and defeats the purpose of my buying this in the darkest shade. Ah well.
[[ You aren't 'Natural Beige'! You're 'Unnatural Orange!' ]]
5. Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation
My problem with this isn't the application, it isn't the packaging, it isn't fading, longevity or transfer - it's colour. I chose the shade which matches me in Collection 2000 'Matt + Minerals' foundation, 'Nude Beige'. Seems the obvious thing, right? However, 'Lasting Perfection' foundation 'Nude Beige' is distinctly more orange. I presumed they'd changed the old 'Natural Beige' to a different shade, so compared them in store...still totally different. Oh, I also know the lids say 'Natural Beige 3' and 'Natural Beige 4' but on the site the numbers aren't mentioned - just names. I've tweeted Collection 2000 a few times to ask about it and have been ignored so far (how lovely). I know I should have checked anyway, but I shouldn't have to! If you tell me it's 'Nude Beige', it should be 'Nude Beige'.
Do we share any regretful purchases? What product do you most regret buying?