Things I liked but probably won't repurchase because [reasons]

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.

Amazing but so expensive.

Tasty! But again, so expensive.

Tasty! But again, so expensive.

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.

Decent moisturiser and some good ingredients.

Decent moisturiser and some good ingredients.

Double check what you order, Teresa.

Double check what you order, Teresa.

Loved the cooling sensation, but unnecessary.

Loved the cooling sensation, but unnecessary.

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.

Marvis Aquatic Mint Toothpaste


You know you have a problem when you go to a food festival and the only things you buy are grooming products. Amongst all the food and drink was the Man Bits stall, where this Marvis toothpaste and some beer soap caught my eye. Beer's kind of a food, right? And toothpaste totally goes in your mouth and tastes like mint which is also a kind of food, so you know, I basically bought a really weird cocktail. 

Marvis originates from Florence, Italy, and they make toothpaste in a variety of flavours. I went with Aquatic Mint, which is supposed to provide a ""sweet, cool" touch of mint with the cool freshness of the sea". I'm not really sure what they mean by the freshness of the sea, because the predominant flavour I get is melon. In fact, it reminds me of this amazing creation:

Melona ice cream, made by Bingrae, aka sweet nectar of the gods.

Melona ice cream, made by Bingrae, aka sweet nectar of the gods.

I used to loathe the taste of melon in anything other than melons, but with the wisdom of age, so comes the maturing of taste buds. Or something. 

Look, I'm not going to say it's a must-have. It's a freakin' $14 toothpaste and it's not like it does the job three times better than something that costs three times less. But the packaging makes me feel like a fancy lady and I like it, ok?