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YouTube Made Me Do It...But It Didn't Work Out

I've said it so often you must be sick of it; I watch a lot of YouTube videos. And as you could imagine, it makes me want to try out some of the products that I see vloggers talking about. Now let this post be testament to the fact that with every review you see you really have to consider if you and that user has the same skin type/tone/concerns etc. Disclaimer: these aren't necessarily bad products, they just didn't work for me.

Jack Black Lip Balms recommended by Temptalia. image

These lip balms are cult favourites. I ordered two via T.E.A.M imports and was very fussy to have them. Little did I know, my lips and SPF do not get along. Atall Atall. I gave two guys one each and they both love them. Just my luck I suppose.

Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment recommended by Wayne Goss.

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Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment swatch -

The novelty in this product is that rarely do the terms "hydrating" and "acne treatment" go together. The active ingredient here is 2% Salicylic Acid which is the highest percentage you'd find in over the counter products. On my skin, I've found that 10% benzoyl peroxide is very effective at drying up pimples but does leave the skin tight and dehydrated if you use it regularly. So you see how this would have been attractive to me. Wayne also noted that green tint of the product counteracts redness - that's one of the claims on the packaging. It is suggested that you use the product daily to "treat acne before it emerges". That doesn't fit into my lifestyle. I zap whiteheads when I feel them forming. Due to my oily skin nature and our hot climate I try to keep my daily skincare face products to a two product minimum: serum and sunscreen. 

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment recommended by Crystalis007.

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Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment -

Crystal relies on this eye cream to keep her dark circles at bay. I've found that it's a very moisturizing product due to the fact that it has mango butter, coconut and castor oils high on its ingredients list. It does nothing for my dark circles though. But honestly, that isn't even my gripe. Dark circles can be caused by poor diet, poor sleeping patterns (which I have) and sometimes are just hereditary. My issue with this is that it costs $38USD. I got mine via T.E.A.M Imports so you know by the time shipping and duties get added on I spent a pretty penny. Had the product blown me away I wouldda been like *Kanye shrug*... but it was a lot to pay for something that's just ok. One saving grace: the 0.35 oz does last a while.

Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub recommended by Emily and Tyler.

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Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub swatch -
Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub swatch -

The Marketing departments sure know how to get us. The swirl design of this product is really eye catching and Olay is one of those brands we grew up associating with quality right? Right. Well 1) nothing can minimize your pores - maybe the appearance but not the actual size and 2) your cleanser shouldn't foam. Still, I tried this because I always have a scrub in my cleanser rotation. Lo and behold, this gave me pimples. I don't know what in the ingredients my skin didn't agree with but this here surely ain't fuh me. Ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, Oxidized Polyethylene, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sorbitol, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Salicylic Acid, PEG-100, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Bht, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Chromium Hydroxide Green.

M.A.C Oil Control Lotion recommended by TymetheInfamous image

This had to be one of the very first things I bought from M.A.C and I was soooooooo excited. I was thinking the solution to my greasy face is here inna bottle. Hear tune, this gave me a rash like nobody's business. And lil ole me thinking it had to be some user's error tried it twice. Noooo Sah! This was my first ever returned product.

p.s. I still watch all the people mentioned :)

What products got rave reviews that just didn't cut it for you? Let us know in the comments.

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