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January 31, 2014

2013 in Beauty: Misses!

       Here is part two of my 2013 in Beauty review! Last time I shared a few of my favorite make-up products that I discovered in 2013. I'm usually quite lucky in that most of the make-up products that I buy are usually ones that I'm a fan of, but of course sometimes I buy a product that I just really don't like. Today I'm highlight four of my least favorites!! These are products that I definitely would have returned if I had saved the receipts (something that I'm doing now with future beauty purchases!).

4 Misses: 

  1. NYX Rectractable Eyeliner in Purple (Ulta, Belk, $4.50) This was a product that I picked up at Belk when I went shopping with my birthday money back in September. I hadn't tried anything from NYX before, and the low prices were what caught my eye! One thing that I love to experiment with is colored eyeliner, and I had been on the hunt for a pretty purple one. Unfortunately, this eyeliner turned out to be a big dissapointment. The color is beautiful, but I have found the actual product to be quite terrible! It looks pigmented before it goes on the skin, but once it's on my eyes it barely shows up. I have to keep going over and over it, and even then it's hard to even get the rich color to last even an hour! I have heard that some of the other types of NYX eyeliner are better so I may try those in the future, but I don't think I'll be buying anything else from the rectractable line.
  2. e.l.f. Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick in Pink Umbrellas (Target, $2) This is my ultimate least favorite beauty product of 2013. I believe though that it's a true case of "you get what you pay for," since this product was priced at around $2.00. Like with NYX, I hadn't tried any e.l.f. products prior to this lip gloss stick. When I saw this at Target a few months ago, I was hoping that it was a dupe and cheaper alternative to something like Revlon's Colorburst Balms.... but it was only the furthest thing from that! This product dried out my lips more then any other lip product that I've ever used in my life!! And it felt disgustingly sticky as well, even though it wasn't actually a "gloss." I also don't think that the color looked that great once it was on my lips. Two big thumbs down for this product!
  3. Clinique Lash Power Mascara (Ulta, Sephora, Department stores, $16) For Christmas 2012 my gift to myself was a cute set of Clinique's most popular mascaras. It turned out that I wasn't too crazy about any of the mascaras in the sent, but this one was my definite least favorite. This mascara claims to stay on for 24 hours, and it definitely does that... but even to the point where it won't come off at all with make-up remover! The few times that I wore this I struggled so much to get it off at the end of the day. And the worst part is that it didn't even do much for my lashes- I didn't find it to be volumizing or lengthening... it was just kind of clumpy and "bleh." I certainly wouldn't reccomend this mascara!
  4. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Sunkissed (Drugstores, $3) This is hands down the clumpiest nail polish that I have ever used, and that is not a good thing! I love the pretty orange color, but hate whatever the formula is that makes up this polish. I haven't tried anything else from this specific Sally Hansen line, however I will say that I love the polishes that I've tried from Sally's Hard As Nails line, they seem to have a very different formula then this polish! So maybe this color in the Xtreme Wear line was just a dud. But all I can say is I have never used a polish before in my life that is so clumpy, and that's really all that I need to say- no girl wants clumpy looking nails!

     Are there any beauty products that you tried in the past year and just didn't like? 

     xoxo Miss ALK


  1. I bought the elf eyeshadow and eyeliner stick in plum and it made my eyes burn when I took it off with makeup remover. Sometimes elf products are a home run, but most often they leave me disappointed. I really like their eyeshadow primer and liquid liner, but everything else I have tried I did not like.

  2. I've never tried any of e.l.f.'s lip products, but I'm in love with their eyeshadows and blush. They're really highly pigmented and a great deal, but I guess the old "you get what you pay for" adage has to be true sometimes!

  3. Love this post! I nominated you for Liebster Award on my blog :) Make sure to check it out!

    xoxo Chelsey /

  4. I used the Sally Hansen diamond strength base coat on my nails last night... Two of my nails have already completely peeled off in one sheet! And its awful because I'm wearing bright red nail polish! Definitely on my list of "Never Agains"

    XX, SS ||


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