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All opinions are honest + my own. All products are put through a 2 week test period conducted on myself.
Sometimes products don’t work for us + that’s ok. Don’t tough it out + feel like you have to use it up, it’s ok to let go.
While the cost of trying a product + it not helping is annoying, it’s not a total waste. You can learn from those moments, too!
Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo (Left) + Conditioner (Right)
This one makes me so sad because it made my hair feel flipping amazing; soft, light, voluminous. Fab. But – it was causing hair fallout. Tea Tree tends to be too much for my skin the higher the % is, so I often avoid. Took a risk on this + it didn’t pay off. It was fairly high up on the ingredient list. After some digging, there appears to be a tea tree allergy that causes hair loss. *sigh*
Ghost Democracy Boomerang Firming Eye Concentrate
(with 1.9% Niacinamide + 1% Bakuchiol)
This one did no harm, but also had no impact after a month. It neither helped with dark circles from tiredness nor helped with my smile wrinkles by my eyes. Either Bakuchiol isn’t the next retinol or this needs to be a higher % – or it takes over a month to help. Meanwhile, the Naturopathica Argan & Peptide Wrinkle Repair Cream showed visible wrinkle results within a month.
LXMI Nilotica Lip Melt
After reading about beeswax as a culprit for perpetual chapped lips despite chapstick use, I was curious to try a lip balm without it to see if I was affected by beeswax. This has Candelilla wax as a sub. Except my lips rapidly went from normal to about to split + I had to stop the test. Within a few days, my lips went back to normal on their own. Frankly, I’m not sure what caused that. For now, I’m treating candelilla with caution, but I can’t say for sure if that was it.
Peach + Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream
I so wanted this one to work that I gave it extra chances. Even did a half face test to be certain it was causing a breakout + not something else. But still, no luck. This reminded me niacinamide products can leave my skin with a veery subtle low hum feeling. This is confusing as it’s always said to be unproblematic. I’m since learning niacinamide can be an issue for some of us, causing breakouts. Personally, it appears low %’s pass, but high % are tough. Lesson learned.