The 'Oh God No' Products

I have had many sleepless nights recently, toying with the idea of closing down my blog. This year marks my eighth year of blogging and my god has the industry come a long way. 
Whilst my illustration Instagram has grown rapidly, my blog readership has depleted. And because of this, I feel like I don't have much of a voice. Don't get me wrong, I still have readers. But there's no interaction. And that is what I started this blog for. I wanted to start a conversation and I feel like I lost myself along the way by posting about things I know would gain attention. 

Instead of closing down my blog, I want to change the way I create. I want to create content that will try and spark conversation, whether that be through my imagery or my writing. 
I'm often critiqued for being too honest. I always have been. Throughout my teenage years I was known as the 'brutal' one and friends would come to me for the truth. So why would my blog be any different? 

More often than not, bloggers are seen as people who will praise brands no matter what, being shunned for paid collaborations. But myself and many other bloggers will not promote a brand that they truly don't believe in. 
With that being said, most bloggers don't talk about the products they dislike and that is something I want to do more of on Naked Fashions.

I regularly post on Instastories about products that were a bit meh or caused reactions, but those stories are quick and very much overlooked. 

So here it is. The products that made me shout 'Oh God NO'. 
Full disclosure: Some of these products were gifted. That doesn't mean I'm not going to go to town on my thoughts of hatred. Just because I don't like these products doesn't mean I disrespect the brand. In fact, most of the brands featured here are actually in my top 10 LOVES. 

1) Glossier Solution
Let's start this off with a bang hey. The much anticipated Glossier Solution. What a let down. I had so much excitement for this product as I really suffer with acne and have done since the start of my twenties.
The product claims to 'reduce the appearance of redness, blemishes, and pore size. Skin’s texture will be smoother and softer.'
I used this product three times and then immediately discontinued use. The first two times I experienced a lot more irritation than I do from my other daily AHA/BHAs. 
But on the third day, my god. My skin literally burnt off. One side of my face was covered in what I can only describe as under the skin, blister-like bumps. I slathered my skin in Sudocrem in hope it would soothe it but still 2 weeks later, I have red bumps all over my skin. 
This product has a high amount of sodium hydroxide in it, which will react to a lot of skin types, especially sensitive ones. It's also heavily perfumed for no apparent reason which can also cause a reaction. These two ingredients combined is most definitely what caused my skin to breakout and cry. 
The formula is holy unsophisticated and you are much better spending your money on the likes of Pixi Glow Tonic and Biologique Recherche P50 (or so I've been told - I've actually never tried the latter). 

2) Sand & Sky Face Mask. This wasn't so much a hate but more of a 'why whyy whyyyyyy'. WHY is this product £40? Why is it being publicised everywhere? This product is nothing more than a glorified Australian pink clay, which you can buy on Amazon for literally £4. Save yourself the cash and the tacky face mask brush and go natural with some Australian pink clay. Simples. 
On top of the ridiculous price, you get literally nothing in the tub. I used it once and nearly a quarter of the tub was gone. And I have a pretty small face. 
And finally, I didn't find the results 'incredible'. Yes, my face was quite glowy after but it definitely didn't decrease pore size. 
So yeah, grab some Aussie clay and a bit of aloe vera for the exact same results. 

3) Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes. Or should I say, Full Fat LIES. I swear my eyelashes actually looked better without this mascara. Not only was it not super black which I like, it barely lifted my lashes and took about 5 coats to add any life to them. 
If you want lashes that look full, voluminous, curled, FAT, then do yourself a favour and by the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara and thank me later. 

So that concludes my pessimistic, honest blog post about the 3 products I really didn't get on with. 
Of course there's more but I'll save them for another time.
Did you like this style of post? Do you want to hear about things that didn't work? 

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