Products That Didn't Work for Me, #5

by Joyce in


You may have noticed that I've been doing a lot of purchasing lately, and not every purchase has been successful. Today I wanted to show you guys a few of the products that I'm sending back - two that just aren't "me" and one that just didn't really do the job.

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Josie Maran Bear Naked Nail Wipes
I think I ordered this to have enough in my shopping cart for a promo code I wanted (Sephora gets me every time!) but I have to say these nail polish remover wipes were terrible. I love the idea of nail polish wipes containing argan oil that also support polar bears, but seriously, this was rough. For one, it was so hard to even separate the individual wipes - I ended up using like THREE at once without even realizing. I am so stingy when it comes to product usage (lol) so that in itself horrifies me, though I could maybe put up with it if it removed polish well. But it doesn't!!! I think I managed like 2 nails with one wipe, and it was a bit of work even to do that. I'd rather just walk around with horribly chipped nail polish, LMAO! I returned these right away, and ordered the Priti NYC ones. :) 

L'artisan Parfumeur Travel Spray Gift Set
I picked up this set of travel sprays during the Sephora VIB sale because it was such a good deal! I haven't tried L'artisan before, though I had sniffed a few scents that weren't really me. I took a chance in ordering this, and sadly I ended up taking it back. La Chasse Aux Papillons (a light floral) and Nuit de Tubereuse (a deeper floral) were my favorite of the bunch, but I could tell that I wouldn't love them on me without even spraying them on. Premier Figuier reminded me of Diptyque Philosykos which I'm not really into, and Mure et Musc seemed nice too. If you're a fan of L'artisan Parfumeur and/or aren't as picky and sensitive about scents as I am, I urge you to try this out. At $60, this gift set is a great value and a great introduction to the brand!

Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliner Set
I decided to order this set of eyeliners one day since they were such a good value at $28 and I had read some positive reviews on it. Unfortunately, my sensitive monolid eyes aren't a fan. I only tried the shade Steel, a nice gray, and in an hour and a half it was already creased in my monolid. Sad. Application wise, this liner wasn't as creamy as I prefer, but it also didn't drag or anything, so that was nice. I can't tell for sure if it irritates my eyes like many waterproof liners seem to, but my eyes did feel a bit itchy and my nose was runny. (Gosh, why are my reactions to eyeliner sometimes like... hayfever? LOL)  I can't decide if I should even bother trying the other shades, or if I should just return it... 

All in all, I can't recommend the Josie Maran nail wipes, but think that both the Anastasia liners and L'artisan gift sets could be great gifts this holiday season. What do you think - have you tried any of these products? How did they work for you? I'd love to know!