Amongst the plethora of skincare products that I try out or are gifted with, or buy, there are loads of good stuff. I share those good stuff with you vocally and often. But quite often as well, I run across duds. Not duds in the true sense of the product being a dud, but a dud for me because I wasn’t wow-ed by it the way I should be.

These, I don’t share often enough. But instead of dedicating a whinging post on one product (as much as I like whinging posts, I prefer writing happy ones, although some do deserve their own whinging post) I thought I’d pull together a bunch of products I don’t like, or more accurately, did not work for me, and share them all in one post. Tried them, didn’t like them so here they are! Incidentally, most of these appear to be quite popular products, so I’m clearly in the minority here!

ren aha concentrate, loccitane reine blanche sunscreen, crescent white sunscreen, mad hippie vitamin c, kiehls lifting

I’ll share below why these didn’t work for me and if you’ve tried any of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts as to whether you liked them (and why I should) or if you didn’t like them. Just because it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t for you! :)

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Chanel first launched their Rouge Coco range of lipsticks some time back in 2010. I was quick to jump on the wagon and picked up Paris and Camelia. I wore them often and I enjoyed using them, maybe because they were Chanel and the only Chanel I could afford LOL! Don’t we all feel that way eh?

While there were some reports that the Rouge Coco lipsticks were a little drying, I did not personally feel it to be so. They weren’t hydrating though (Chanel released Rouge Coco Shine to deal with that and I prefer Dior Addict in a straight fight comparison), and Paris did leave my lips feeling a little dry sometimes, but nothing I would really complain about. I’ve used worse. But, over time, I felt that they weren’t as comfortable on my lips as I’d like them to be. It just struck me that my Paris and Camelia lipsticks are now over 5 years old and I still haven’t used them up! Oh boy!

chanel new rouge coco 2015

Fast forward to 2015, and Chanel has addressed this problem by overhauling the whole Rouge Coco line and introducing the newly reformulated Rouge Coco lipstick range, which promises better hydration. I can get on that! :)

In revamping the Rouge Coco range, Chanel has also revamped the names so the new Rouge Coco lipsticks are now named after friends, relations and lovers of Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. What this means for you and I is that, you might just be able to pick up a lipstick with your name on it! 😀

I was generously gifted with 16 shades with a selection from each of the 5 colour groups available, from the very nude to the very flamboyant, so here’s what I think of the new formula and here’s how some of the more interesting shades look when I wear them – 16 FOTDs. You don’t get this every day! 😛

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I’m not sure if it’s just me being a little jaded, or if cosmetics brands are starting to spread themselves a little thin on quality when they release limited edition or seasonal collections. More so when the colours on offer don’t interest nor excite me very much. I skipped most of the Summer collections this time around because Summer isn’t my thing, and because I found a lot of them boring *gasp* I said the B-word!

With a summer collection created in collaboration with fashion designer Christopher Kane, Nars Cosmetics has released a limited edition range of makeup with what they call “Neoneutral” – Neon colours that are oxymoronically neutral to wear. In some ways, it made sense.

nars christopher kane silent nude mezmer

I’d have passed on this collection, if I’m to be honest. There was nothing in there that grabbed my attention. However, I was gifted with a couple of pieces from the collection and much to my surprise, my goodie bag contained Silent Nude blush instead of Starscape (hot pink!) which most other people received. I don’t deny I was a little taken aback but I felt I should therefore share my thoughts on it. If it had been Starscape, then it’d be just more of the same-old-same-old for you right? 😀

Silent Nude, as you can see in the picture above, is a straight neutral blush. So neutral and so beige, I wasn’t sure what I should do with it LOL! Now pink, that’s easy, right? We could all do with a pink blush; but beige? Erm…. Incidentally also, the blushes in the Neoneutral collection represent a new formula. Thinner, sheerer and matte. Well, if you’re wondering how I did with Silent Nude, check out what I think, and if you have an idea on how to wear beige blushes – SHARE! 😀

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You know style or trends must come naturally to you when, out of a billion brands and bags in the world, you pick one that is not only unique in name, but which is one of the trendiest backpacks available right now. Not blowing my own trumpet. Of course.

fjallraven kanken classic deep red

What happened was that I decided not very long ago, that I wasn’t cut out for stylish travel. It’s such a lovely ideal to parade around the cities of the world, or stroll through airports in lovely outfits that you can shoot OOTDs of while toting your favourite designer bag in the crook of your arm. I envy all the fashionable people who do so, but I know my limits.

After a few attempts, I’m back to my “ugly tourist” self in my comfortable but unstylish clothes, and this time, toting a backpack instead of a fashionable tote. Well, I already have one sturdy one that I overnight with sometimes, but I wanted something a little more fun that I could carry around for the day without looking like a backpacker (nothing wrong with looking like one, but those giant backpacks do get in the way!) One day, I stumbled on the Fjallraven Kanken backpack and for some reason, I was drawn to it.

So apparently, is every trendy hipster in the world. So I’m not unique after all, damn! LOL! 😀

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