I have been testing out many products over the last month and a half and what can I say- some of them didn’t work out. So many that I felt compelled to write this post! Now just because they didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it’s not going to work for you, or that you don’t love it -because some of these are popular. If you haven’t tried some of these and your interested anyway- get a sample to try it out 🙂

The biggest loser of the summer is the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir ($35-54)– Oh you’ve seen it, the face oil with gold flakes in it that will instagram filter your face. Sure. This was the summer’s biggest disappointment! I was sensitive to this- meaning it made my face red with red bumps and additional breakouts. The more I used it, the progressively worse it got. Oh- it makes your skin feel soft, but the allergic reaction/sensitivity was not worth it. When I returned it to Sephora, the SA said that she wasn’t surprised that I wasn’t retuning it, other people had problems with it too, and when it came in to the store months ago- they were underwhelmed.

Next  is the Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme ($44)– this is touted as a non-cakey full coverage foundation. This was like putting paint on my face. It made all my flaws stand out more- any texture, breakouts, rough skin, scars etc is exaggerated. I also thinking finding a color match in this is pretty hard- and it’s not forgiving so it needs to match perfectly. I normally love Becca powders (blush and highlight) so I thought I would move on to the foundation, but it was an epic fail.

Wander Beauty Sticks– I did a Wander Beauty Haul earlier in the summer and had to return all of it. Although I did like the On-The-Glow Blush & Illuminator ($42) stick, but I returned because I did not  like the color I purchased in Bare (and fyi this is not great on lips as advertised). I think I would like the shade soft pink more. So, I did not like On-The-Glow Bronze & Illuminator ($45) because it was greasy after application and it was one of those products that disappears on your face. It was gone with in an hour or two but left behind its greasy film. That leaves me to discuss the Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick ($40). The color was good, but it is one of those products that never set or dried down and looked “dewy” read greasy (probably because you’re slathering coconut oil foundation all over your face)- it stayed this way all day with a tacky feel. Usually foundation may apply a little tacky but by the time your done your face doesn’t still feel wet or tacky like you just applied it. This foundation feels like you just applied it ALL day. YES, I set with powder- I had to it was so moist. Any powder you applied after would just stick to that one spot.  I tried it several times over a couple of months. I changed application tools, methods, tried to use less- until I had to give up. The color was pretty good in light and the coverage was medium to full, but all the hassle was not worth it. i definitely don’t recommend any of these products to my oily skin beauties.

Last but not least we have Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 ($39). Now I didn’t HATE this but I didn’t love it enough to keep it.  I liked the mineral full spectrum sunscreen that is has and that it was a Korean BB cream, but they tout this as a moisturizer, sunscreen, and serum in one- it is not. I barely liked this as my last step in my morning routine as my SPF and it definitely didn’t multi-task as a moisturizer or serum. It was a little bit sticky, the two shades offered aren’t great so back it went. I tried this as my moisturizer and it was not enough for me. I tried this over my moisturizer and it was sticky/tacky. I bought this in light medium and it was a little light for me with a very pink undertone, but I have a feeling the medium dark would be too dark.

Just for reference – I have dry skin (even this summer) so keep that in mind. 🙂


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