Products I Hate: Returned Edition

I don’t actually tend to return a lot of products – I am usually the kind of person who will do a lot of research before buying a beauty product because:

a) I don’t want to waste money, especially if it’s high end

b) I’m neurotic like that

c) Sephora employees have a knack for making me feel like a very bad person when I do return stuff

So products that I buy usually work out for me. However, these two definitely did not, and they were both rather expensive, so I couldn’t just turn a blind eye and toss a $5 eyeliner I didn’t like.

If the Sephora employees had actually asked me what was wrong enough with these two products instead of giving me the stink eye, here’s what I would tell them:


This is Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner. Small bottle, big name. It comes from DryBar, which is a place I have been wishing and hoping and praying will come to my hometown. I’m in a big city for Lord’s sake, get on that. But anyway, I’ve seen plenty about how wonderful these slightly sparkly shimmering conditioners and oils can be, especially for blonde hair. So when I saw one, and from DryBar no less, I had to pick it up. Pro? It smelled positively delightful. Con? None of the shimmer actually got in my hair, pretty sure. Instead, my palms and brush were entirely caked in gold glitter herpes. Also, it didn’t leave my hair feeling any softer or shinier than usual. For $29 this wee little bottle had better make my hair look DAMN good, and it didn’t. So bye, Felicia.


Now this is the new YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil. It looks so pretty. I personally went for #6, Peach Me Love. I loved it in the store when I swatched it on my hand, and I love lip tints in general. They’re my jam. But then I went and put it on in the car as I was pulling out of the mall parking lot. It’s a 15 minute drive home. In the time it took me to get home and look in a mirror, the lovely, glossy tint had turned into a splotchy, dry mess that stained a rather odd purple (decidedly not peach) hue on my lips. I was horrified. I thought perhaps I had a lot of dry skin on my lips and that’s why it dried all weird. So I went and exfoliated the heck out of them, and put this back on. Then, I went outside in normal light to check the color. It wasn’t me – this stuff really did suck. For $32, this went STRAIGHT back. Maybe it’s a different story with other colors; I’d like to know what you think.

Of course, different products work better for different people, but my recommendation? Don’t be dropping your hard earned money on these any time soon.


Empty of the Week: COLAB Dry Shampoos by Ruth Crilly

Let’s go through my trash … er, talk about products I’ve used up! 

About two months ago I went on my honeymoon to the UK and the second my foot hit UK soil I made a beeline for the nearest SuperDrug and Boots stores. Of course I had plans to pick up the usual UK suspects that we don’t have full access to in the US, such as Soap and Glory and Rimmel, but I was hoping to pick up a few more unknown products that would turn out to be gems – and these are them. Sparkly, sparkly gems.

I remembered seeing these COLAB by Ruth Crilly dry shampoos in passing in some YouTube videos, which is what made me curious enough to pick them up – that, and the smell. Oh Lordy, the smell. When picking them out, I did so based solely on aroma and I came away with one original formula in the Rio Tropical fragrance, and one extreme volume formula in New York Fruity fragrance:


The original formula in Rio is a good dry shampoo – it does what it’s supposed to do, soaks up oils without leaving residue in your hair, and it does this while smelling fabulous. I’d totally use it again, but it’s not like I couldn’t get that from some dry shampoos here in the states (I’m looking at you, Batiste and Suave).

But the extreme volume formula? It does all this and then gives you the volume of your dreams. I need this stuff. It is now my hair crack, and I cannot live without it. But for some reason, these cannot be shipped to the United States. I am devastated. Empty of the week conclusion? You can live without the original formula, but you need the extreme volume one in your life. Immediately. Go pick them up, then make a shrine to Ruth Crilly.