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Friday, October 04, 2013

Products I Love to Hate

Products I Love to Hate


We all have a few products that we use yet don't fully love be it a quality or price issue and still we continue to purchase them. Why? Goodness knows you would be quicker solving the what came first, the chicken or the egg conundrum. 

First up we have a polish but not any old polish. This polish is the blue to end all blues and the shade I would permanently have on my nails should it wear a little longer than say five minutes. I am of course talking about Nails Inc Baker St, a beautiful bright cobalt blue that is seasonally appropriate all year around, flattering and generally just a stunning said. All praise aside for the hue and I have to mention that the quality simply isn't there - it chips like no other and at £12 a bottle that simply is not acceptable and yet I live in a dream world that leads me to believe that one day I will stumble across a top coat that will allow this shade to live out it's prophecy of the best nail polish ever. Delusional? Yes. Oh yes.

For a girl that is more than satisfied with a Happy Meal from Mcdonalds on date night I have expensive taste when it comes to fragrance. As many will know my signature scent is of course Alien by Thierry Mugler. A deep, complex and totally unique fragrance that tends to divide most into tow camps - love or hate. For me it was always love, unbridled deep passionate love (enthusiastic is my middle name) but the £67 price tag doesn't half dent the ol' bank balance. Saying that I don't think I could ever be parted from Alien...ever!

While we are on the topic of pricey scented goods another that has a firm grip and a death hold on my bank card is the beauty bloggers candle of choice Diptyque Figulier. Again it kills me a little when I have to part with the cash all to often at my local Space.NK counter yet those feelings of angst quickly vanish as soon as I light this baby. A light, fruity yet muted, comforting and familiar scent all rolled into one that seems to capture Autumn rather well. I will admit that the Feu de Bois fragrance is currently calling my name. Diptyque you are a cruel temptress.

Last but not least we have Estee Lauders Advanced Skin Repair II - I curse the day or eve for that matter that I slapped this on my face with gay abandon. Why well first of all on that fateful night I applied enough for at least two applications and two I would have been able to prevent this love affair from ever happening. No serum has ever brightened, soothed, softened and generally improved my skin like this let alone the time frame that the change occurred. At £65 a bottle I am pretty stingy when it comes to application but should I skip a night without this product I feel like I have committed a cardinal skin care sin. Forget a genie in a bottle this is way better...now only if I could conjure up a lift time supply I'd be one happy lady.

Basically I need to win the lottery and just accept that sometimes you get what you pay for and in other cases we make exceptions because it is so aesthetically beautifully *cough cough* Nails Inc *cough cough*.

What products make it on to your "Products I Love to Hate" list?


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23 comments:

  1. So glad I'm not the only person that finds Nails Inc chip after 5 mins! The next day I barely have any left clinging to my nails, they look well rough! Such a pity as I love their shades.

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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  2. I am exactly the same about my bottle of ANR! I love the stuff when I have it, but I can't stand buying it - far too expensive x

    www.crazylins.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Have you tried Seche Vite topcoat? Might help with the chipping!

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  4. I feel like this with kiehl's midnight recovery! I never find that with nails inc nail polishes, but Baker Street has been on my wish list for god knows how long! But I never remember to pick it up when I'm near a nails inc stand.

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  5. Alien is a great scent. If you want to branch out, I have heard the Dior Poison range to be quite popular with Alien lovers.

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  6. Ooo I was going to shell out for Baker St but that's disappointing! Do you have that with all Nails Inc?

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  7. I thought it was just me! I ADORE the colour of Baker Street but it chips like nothing else. Nails Inc just does not work on me, and I am not something who chips polish easily, mine nearly always last 5 days without starting to chip! xx

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  8. Alien *.*
    And also the ANR, yes!! I hate the pricetag oh so much! xx

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  9. Marc Jacobs fragrances are my love to hate products!
    catrinteleri.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I was desperately lusting after a Diptyque candle, I do wince at the price yet the look far nicer than my Yankee candles, and had my heart set on Feu de Bou as I smelt it burning in a little shop in Amsterdam. The other day I smelt it in the jar in Liberty and thought YUCK what was I thinking. Reading you post clearly I need to go and give it a second look...

    whatsonyourtulips.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Love this post because its soo true lol! I have many products that I love to hate. SKII treatment essence is one of them, nothing else gives my skin quite the same clarity that this flipping expensive bit of water does.

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  12. I don't love Nails inc polishes...I'm definitely more of an Essie polishes

    Annie | www.raspberphobia.com

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  13. The glam glow mud mask is my product I love to hate. It works so good but is so expensive

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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  14. Perfume in general is product I love to hate, especially the Jo Malone ones they are just so expensive yes so beautiful! I still can't bring myself to buy a Diptique candle!

    www.makingmeblushblog.wordpress.com

    xx

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  15. One of my most loved scents ever, since I got it on our honeymoon - it costs an arm and a leg, but I will always always have it in my perfume wardrobe :o). Xx

    http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I have a love and hate relationship with pigments! I love the colours and the versatility of them, however I hate that the application is so tricky! You have to be extra careful not to spill them everywhere! And no matter how much you try, you still have fallout!

    Another product I have a love-hate relationship, is the MAC lipglass! I love the colours and I own way too many of them, but each time I apply them on my lips I hate how sticky they are! Especially if there is a bit of wind, all my hair is stuck on my lips!!!!

    Lovely post by the way! :)

    www.christina77star.co.uk

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  17. I find a lot of the nails inc nail polishes chip easily on me too. I love love love their colour range though! Big hate to love!

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  18. This is so true! I cannot stop with nails inc's Basil Street. It is the perfect nude for me but it chips sooooo quickly. I am also obsessed with Feu de Bois; it smells like a wood fire in a log cabin. I feel guilty when I buy but I just can't stop!! Emma.x
    StyleMouth

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  19. Haha, loved this post. I find Nails Inc chip so badly. I only have freebies from Glamour though, fortunately. No doubt if they release some this year I will inevitably buy all the shades anyway... sigh. xx

    Curls & Swirls Beauty Blog

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  20. My bottle of Alien is actually lasting me really well at the moment, which I'm glad about! My problem is with Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I need to buy a new bottle of once or twice a year and at nearly £30 a bottle it can make me feel so poor after buying it, BUT IT'S SO AMAZING that I can't NOT live without it. :P

    http://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

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  21. I NEED to smell the Alien perfume. It sounds amazing.

    I have a product that may solve your Nails Inc. conundrum (um, and I definitely need to get my hands on this polish, too. I've been searching high and low [and failing miserably] for the perfect cobalt blue). Try applying Essie Fill the Gap Treatment (More details in my review here). My mom and I both have massive issues with our manicure (and pedicures) lasting and this does the trick for us both... and we've tried EVERYTHING. I mean, EVERYTHING. Hope this helps & thanks for sharing!!

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

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  22. I love Nails Inc shades but my my god they chip. I can even do it in my sleep. Their gel effect polishes do seem to last a lot better but they only have 4 shades at the moment. I'm also an Alien fan - it's freakin' expensive though! x

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