12 February 2013

Are Some Beauty Products Really Worth The Hype?

 There seems to have been a lot of hyped products around over the last 6 months and I don't know about you but I always end up being sucked in, no matter how hard I resist, resulting in lots of new purchases, the majority of them skincare. Unfortunately for me at least, some of them really haven't really lived up to the hype.

Here are my thoughts on some of the most hyped products of the last 6 months:

Are Some Products "Really Worth The Hype"?
Bioderma:
This one for me at least definitely lives up to the hype. It removes all my makeup without any hassle, doesn't irritate my eyes and a bottle like this lasts me months. The only negative is that because it's French it's particularly hard to get a hold of, though that may be about to change. I've heard on the grapevine that it may be winging it's way to British stores soon, which is fantastic news.
Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask:
I've had this mask for about a year and I have to say so far I'm not really sure what all the fuss is about. It's a nice moisturiser and I may have even mentioned it in one of my favourites posts, but I don't think it really did much to my skin. Whenever I woke up there seemed to be more residue on my pillow than on my skin, so for me it's ok, just nothing to write home about.

Alpha H Liquid Gold:
This was the product I was most looking forward to trying and the product that I had the most hope for. Overall I'm pretty lucky with my skin, I don't have too many issues, just a bit of scarring, pigmentation and the odd spot. After all the reviews I'd read I literally thought this was going to take my skin from ok to a-mazing. To be honest I didn't see much difference, it was so disappointing. I woke up in the next morning expecting to see a brand new face and I saw well, nothing. I don't know whether this products takes a while of regular use to see any difference, but so far I'm very unimpressed. I also think it might be breaking me out, I will keep going with it till I use up this bottle, but so far I can say I won't be re-purchasing it.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift And Sculpt Moringa Cleanser:
This is probably one of the most talked about cleansers around at the moment. I got a sample of this in a beauty box ages ago and at the time I tried it and wasn't that impressed, so I just put it away. Then when all the hoo hah started I pulled it out to see if it was just me. I'm still a bit undecided, I think I need to use it a few more times for a true decision.

Are Some Products "Really Worth The Hype"?
OPI Nail Envy:
This is one of the most raved about nail treatments out there, but it's not the cheapest, so that's probably why it took me so long to try it, but I think the hype is definitely justified. It's the best base coat I've ever used, though I'm a bit too lazy to use it as a nail treatment, plus I almost always have nail polish on.

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisture:
I've heard amazing things from the whole This Works line, so I had really high hopes for this moisturiser and serum in one, but again I was a little disappointed. It was an ok moisturiser, but I didn't see that much difference in my skin. It didn't live up to the hype for me, especially for the price, it's not exactly cheap. Though I did like the fact that it's a two in one product, that's about all.

Ren Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask:
I was so excited about trying this mask, I really like the detox mask so I again had high hopes. Sadly it didn't really do much for my skin, plus the texture and smell isn't one of my favourites. It's like putting marmalade on your skin, yuk. I'm so glad I didn't buy the full size. Big disappointment.

Nuxe Reve De Miel:
Probably the most hyped lip balm on the planet and for me it completely should be, it's changed the condition of my lips, to save me raving about it, yet again, here's the review I did in full.

It just goes to show that while some products work for some, they don't always work for others.

Let me know what products did or didn't live up to the hype for you?

XOXO Claire
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25 comments

  1. Great post Claire, I often find myself disappointed with hyped up products and there are a few on here I've been debating buying for a long time. I agree with you on the Origins Drink Up mask, it smells incredible but it's not all that amazing - I tend to find that sometimes it leaves my skin really soft, but other times it does nothing. So true that what works for some doesn't for others.
    Mel x

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    1. Awww thank you, I know these kind of posts are a bit controversial but I just wanted to be honest. :-)

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  2. Great post Claire, I often find myself disappointed with hyped up products and there are a few on here I've been debating buying for a long time. I agree with you on the Origins Drink Up mask, it smells incredible but it's not all that amazing - I tend to find that sometimes it leaves my skin really soft, but other times it does nothing. So true that what works for some doesn't for others.
    Mel x

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  3. loved this post! i completely agree about the origins mask but thanks for the review of nail envy and the nuxe lipbalm - i really want to try both of them :D
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    1. Awww thank you, I really love them, they are definitely amazing in my books :)

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  4. Geat post. I love my nail envy. My boyfriend bought it for me a while back as a treat and I really enjoy reaching for it. Really intrigued about the Emma Hardie product though. Wish I had a tester to try! xxo

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    1. Thank you, what a lovely boyfriend. I think you might be able to get a sample to try, though I'm not sure where you can buy Emma Hardie in a store :-)

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  5. Brilliant post thanks for being so honest X

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    1. Awww thank you, being honest is the best policy :-)

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  6. Desperate to try the Nuxe balm, might just bite the bullet & buy it!

    Sarah xx

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  7. I really want to try bioderma xx

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  8. I wasn't too bothered about the bioderma until I tried my friends and was blown away by how quickly it took my makeup off so I bought a full size bottle, its great! I have the origins mask which I really love actually, I'm convinced it makes me look more glowy! I have used 75% of the bottle of my liquid gold and I'm afraid to tell you it still does nothing - most overhyped product ever! Also have the ren mask (full size, doh - was sucked into that one aswell!) and I agree it does absolutely nothing and I've been using it every week for about 2 months (just in case)
    Great post, I love knowing what's actually worth spending money on rather than everyone raving about everything! x

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    1. Thank you, I really want to like the liquid gold but I definitely like it's breaking me out, so sad :(

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  9. 9 times out of 10 I'm really let down by hyped up products, but bioderma, alpha h, nuxe reve de miel and the Emma hardie balm cleanser are all products I reach for on a regular basis.

    I haven't tried any more of your products, but I'm definitely interested in origins as a brand as I've heard great things. It's a shame the drink up mask didn't really work for you x

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    1. Most of the products from Origins I've tried I like, I just doesn't think the drink up mask has done anything to my skin. I definitely recommend the night a mins night cream though :-)

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  10. I so so need to try bioderma! :)

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    1. It really is amazing, the French definitely know their stuff :-)

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  11. Does Nail Envy help with staining? I've got the most yellow nails - almost brownish, if you like - as a result of constant polish. Sally Hansen hasn't help prevent the stains :(

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    1. I creates a barrier when you're painting your nails so dark colours don't stain them and it works very well for me. :-)

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  12. i love liquid gold, but i think it probably shows more results straight away if you don't have to great skin (like me, boo). i am still on the fence about that emma hardie balm too, nice to use once a week or so but i'm not obsessed. that REN mask was nice, but i only noticed a difference the next day. and i LOVE that nuxe lip balm, ultimate winter saviour. i'll stop typing now! hah

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  13. Great post Claire! I've seen so many mixed reviews on the Alpha H Liquid Gold stuff, sounds like it works for some people and not so much for others. Anyway, completely agree on the Bioderma and Nail Envy, plus I still want to pick up that NUXE lip balm soon! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  14. Thanks for these reviews! I have Bioderma and agree that it is fantastic. It's unfortunate that some of the pricier products that have so much hype surrounding them proved to me underwhelming for you. I guess it just shows how individual results vary so much, particularly when it comes to skin care. I think I need to pick up a bottle of Nail Envy though!

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  15. bioderma is a must for me. i love it and god save amazon for having it in their stock. i've never tried the other products so far and never wanted to actually but it so funny how some products work for someone and for the other one their don't work at all.
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