I'm a bit of a product hussy, and always like to try new things. Sometimes I like these things, but not enough to garner a repurchase. Here are a few.
YSL Top Secrets Integral Cleansing Oil-In-Gel
Why I liked it: This is a fantastic makeup remover and cleanser. It starts off as a gel formulation, turning into an oily consistency after you've mushed it around your face for a while, removing any makeup or sunscreen in the process. I usually used a hot facecloth to remove it, but it also easily emulsifies with water and rinses clean.
Why I won't repurchase it: It's way too expensive! I paid something like $70 for it because I was retail therapy-ing one day and if you bought two YSL products you got a gift with purchase. I was a depressed idiot. It's $59 on Strawberrynet, if you really have a hankering for it.
Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste (previously)
Why I liked it: It tastes awesome, kind of like a minty melon. The "aquatic" part of the name confuses me. It's a toothpaste and I'm not sure that a toothpaste is ever going to rock my world, but it's nice.
Why I won't repurchase it: It's a $14.50 toothpaste.
Olay Total Effects Day Cream for Normal Skin SPF15
Why I liked it: This had a good texture -- decent hydration and absorbed well. It contains niacinamide (vitamin B3), a cell-communicating ingredient which helps maintain the skin barrier function and may help with acne and pigmentation. There aren't many drug-store products with niacinamide in it.
Why I won't repurchase it: It was just slightly too heavy in texture for me. I'm also trying to use skincare with fewer silicones and lower alcohol content. I do have another Olay day cream with SPF waiting in the wings, so will be trying that next.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination Skin
Why I liked it: Along the same lines as the Olay moisturiser, this was good for hydration. It also contains a decent list of antioxidants.
Why I won't repurchase it: Again, I bought the wrong formulation! I actually meant to get the one for oily/combination skin, which I believe is a lotion and comes in a pump bottle, a much better way of packaging something that contains antioxidants. Rather than use it on my face, I ended up using it as a hand cream, which worked well as it wasn't too greasy.
Clarins High Definition Body Lift (gift with purchase, not full size)
Why I liked it: I really enjoyed using this after exercise, post-shower -- it had a cooling sensation which is great for the summer, because I tend to overheat. It has a really beautiful light gel texture. I believe this has now been reformulated, or at least renamed to Body Lift Cellulite Control.
Why I won't repurchase it: This was a gift with purchase. I don't pay attention to my cellulite, so I can't speak as to its effects in those terms. Sure, I'm overweight, but I try not to think about that too much because it just causes a shame spiral and I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. Eat a healthy diet and exercise, don't count on expensive creams (and this stuff is expensive in its full size incarnation) to fix something that probably doesn't need fixing.