Here's a perfect example of why I need to 'journal' the things I've learned so I don't keep making the same mistakes...
I've been using the La Mer soft cream for a few years. Don't scoff until you hear me out. I do not in any way expect it to make me look younger. No 'reducing the appearance of fine lines' or any of that silliness. All I'm going for is a comforting level of moisturizing that makes my skin maybe look not like an alligator. That's it.
La Mer is perfect for my skin. I love it. So, why then don't I have any right now? Because I'm of Scottish ancestry, that's why. We're known to be 'frugal'. The price kind of slays me.
So, as I have done in the past, I set out to find a cheaper alternative...
I wanted to love the Mad Hippie products just for the name. I just didn't though. Using any of it even once made my skin irritated and break out.
Olay gets so much hype. Life would be wonderful if I loved their products. They're everywhere, they're inexpensive, they promise great things. I just don't like Olay creams. Not hate. Just don't like. At all.
The other drug store brand I thought there might be hope for was L'Oreal so I bought this. Glow renewal? Yes, please. I thought the added sunscreen was a great idea too. I was wrong. The sunscreen got in my eyes and felt burning for the whole day. Fail.
Which brings us to yesterday's eye disaster. I found this oil at Target and thought it would be just the thing. Why fool around with cream when you can go all the way with oil? I thought it would be moisturizing madness - in a good way.
No. It did feed great to apply, as oil would on 'mature skin'. However, a little while later I started noticing my glasses were really blurry. You know where this is going don't you? Well, it wasn't my glasses. I had gotten the oil in my eyes and couldn't see. Which is a real problem when you're at the thrift stores and need eagle eyes to find the bargains...
PLUS, my mascara was all over the place. I know some might think I could just not be an idiot and keep it away from my eyes but my eyes are kind of the point and I'm just not fussy enough to have a separate eye cream and be that careful.
My conclusion about this facial oil yesterday was that I did like it so I could just use it at night when it wouldn't matter about my eyes. No. Two red sore spots today. Gross.
I'm embarrassed to say when I checked my cupboard there are even more creams and potions in there that I didn't like...
SO, the Scottish side of me is absolutely cringing at this 'false economy', as my husband calls it. I definitely spent MORE and have a bunch of junk to go in the landfill to show for it. Lesson learned.
Quelle horreur! (and off to Saks)