Not Worth The Splurge #1


Today I’m sharing my thoughts on skin care products that have received their stamp of approval in the blogosphere but didn’t made the cut for me. I would love to point out that these products are loved and adored by a great amount of people so it’s not that they are necessarily bad but they either didn’t work for me or weren’t worth the price. I’ve created this series to share my honest opinion and if this helps you to save you some pennies I’d be glad to do that.




This has been Caroline-approved so I couldn’t imagine myself not loving it. She claimed this to be the equivalent to any other expensive eye cream but with added peptides which sounds more than promising. Unfortunately we did not get along. I found this to be too sticky and it would also ball up with every application. It even broke me out but that’s not the main raison why I didn’t like it. It was overall not a pleasant experience to use.



Everyone and their mothers seem to be raving about this product, a miracle in a bottle so it seems … The pink solution at the bottom is calamine lotion which is mainly an astringent and an antiseptic, the clear solution on top is a mixture of salicylic acid, water and alcohol. Take a q-tip, without shaking the bottle, straight to the pink solution at the bottom and dot it on in the evening as an overnight treatment. This is supposed to make your spots vanish overnight or at least reduce it significantly in size.

I’ve had high expectations but they were far from fulfilled. I’ve used it on and off on different kind of spots (big, small, white, red, … you name it) without getting any result. I’ve really tried my best to like this but in my case my spots even kept on growing. I despise spots so badly that’s undoubtedly the last thing I want. I’ve held on to this product in the hope to like it one day but I think it’s high time to let it go … Goodbye Mario.



Sunday Riley is a backstage favourite at fashion week but it’s definitely not stealing the show in my bathroom, unfortunately. It’s a gel-based clay cleanser that promises you to do a load of things: Withdraw impurities, tighten pores, balance the skin, keep break-outs at bay, stimulate collagen, … The list seems to be everlasting. I thought that this would be the one but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. First of all, I prefer to use any other type of cleanser over this: cream, balm, oil cleansers, you name it. The main reason we didn’t get along is because it stripped my skin leaving it very tight and very uncomfortable. I have tried it over and over again in the hope to like it but I need to face reality and it’s not gonna happen.

So tell me your opinions and whether they were a hit or miss …

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  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    yea the eyesilix does ball up. i found that too but if i put on a thin layer it works well enough. i quite like the tightening effect it gives me. i’m pretty awful at remember to use eyecreams but this one i like.


    A Beautiful Zen

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Jen! Oh really, I didn’t experience any tightening effect – unfortunately! Eye creams generally don’t excite me, for now I only love the Kiehl’s Avocado eye cream because it does a wonderful job at keeping eczema patches at bay. I am glad it works for you though! ;) X

  • Phil

    Thank you for killing my lemming for the eyesilix and the drying lotion. Still tempted to give the ceramic slip a go.

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      I’m glad to have saved you some pennies ;) Ceramic Slip is meant to be great so I really hope it works for you! X

      • Phil

        First I need to finish off all the stuff I have before I can even think about buying it.

        • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

          Next on my list is the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel but I have way too many cleansers to go through first. *sadness*

  • Michelle

    High end brow pencils, i tried some but ended to come back to my all time favorite Max Factor brow pens!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Hi Michelle! I haven’t tried any brow product from Max Factor! I will check them out next time I pass a MF counter. X

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Ouch, I’m so sorry to hear these didn’t work for you! I was looking at Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip, and I can most probably save the money to spend on something else now! Have you tried Effaclar K/Duo? That’s what I use when I’m breaking out. They work so well that I haven’t really looked elsewhere ever since!

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      I’m glad to hear that. I have tried Effaclar Duo and I bloody love it. Haven’t tried Effaclar K though. What does it do? X

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Effaclar K is milder than Effaclar Duo. I use it on my T-zone pretty much every night for maintenance!

  • Jaa

    Finally someone who’s also disappointed with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion!!! I, too, wanted it to work badly but it didn’t really do anything to help with my acne problem. All it did was irritating my skin further! I even tried the Kate Somerville version, too, which didn’t work for me, either! :(

    • Alice Yeh (叶翠云)

      Is it bad to say that I’m glad that you share my opinion? I have two things that work wonders on spots: The spot treatment by Origins of which I have written a review about if you care to read and than I have Papulex which makes upcoming spots vanish like a dream! X