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Products I Won’t Buy (Anti-Haul!)

I wanted to do a beauty post but felt like it was a little too late for a favorites post (to be honest, the only new products I’ve been using are body products, so I will do a post on those eventually). I haven’t been tempted to buy any new products recently… new launches haven’t really been “speaking” to me. A lot of bloggers have been sharing their “anti-hauls” recently and I think it’s such a fun idea!

Kimberly Clark started this trend a while ago, but I felt like with all the ~brand new summer launches~ now would be a great time to help you guys save some change, and to share with you the products that I’m not going to buy.

By the way, I think you guys know that I’m not fond of (and don’t support) certain brands because of their business practices, beliefs, and philosophies. Some makeup brands adhere to certain ideals that I personally do not support. I didn’t want to beat a dead horse and to be negative on my blog by showcasing or sharing my beliefs on those brands, so the products I chose in this list are not because I don’t support the brand. I chose these products because they just don’t work for me. Some of the products on this list are even by brands I love!

Anyways, let’s get started!

beautyblender swirl

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The beauty blender people sure are continually finding ways to make bank, huh? Just when you think they’ve pretty much come out with every gimmicky version of the blending sponge, ideas like this come out. I have never been a fan of the beauty blender because I admittedly think it’s a glorified makeup sponge and has the value of a dollar, along with the fact that the two I’ve owned have molded in a week.

I think when it comes with new beauty blender launches, it’s either a new color that’s honestly unnecessary, or a new beauty blender that’s supposed to have a “life-changing” purpose (like the beauty blender for blush or eyeshadow…). The folks at BB already changed the makeup game with the original, and I think they really need new ideas because everything since has been less than revolutionary.

boscia Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser

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This new cleanser from Boscia seems like an overpriced gimmick to me. Not only would a container of cleanser last way longer, but it seems like it would be a lot more sanitary. I’m not fond of rubbing the same dirty ball (okay… I set myself up for that one, didn’t I?) on the daily when I’m trying to wash my face! I can’t even begin to imagine all of the bacteria build-up and how gross the cleanser ball must get!

Additionally, I feel like the cleanser ball would disappear pretty quickly if you’re continually using it. Or that it’d pop while you’re in the middle of your nighttime routine.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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I love Urban Decay. It is my favorite high-end makeup brand and if I had to pick only one brand to use for the rest of my life, it would be this one. They do so much for female empowerment, have cruelty free products, and are always innovative as a company. Their products are absolutely amazing and phenomenal.

But this palette just doesn’t speak to me. I usually swoon over their Naked Palettes (the second one is my holy grail), but this one just doesn’t appeal to me. I’m not a fan of the red/orange/super warm palettes that have been blowing up everywhere recently and I’ve been growing tired of the trend. The packaging is beautiful and the shadow quality is great…but the shades just aren’t for me. I feel like they’d just look like Justin Bieber’s pink eye on me.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Nearly Neon Collection

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Back in undergrad, I was absolutely obsessed with “fun” and “bright” lipsticks. The first fun lipstick I ever got was actually a violet shade from Bite Beauty. However, as I’ve gotten older I find myself wearing the same usual shades and seldom touching my “bold and bright” lipsticks.

Although I’ve rocked blue lipstick before, this launch just doesn’t feel fun, fresh or exciting to me. Bright lipsticks are a dime a dozen at this point and although Bite always has the best lipstick formulations, this summer shade launch just didn’t get me excited.

ColourPop Good Vibes Only Set

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Although ColourPop usually tempts me with their new launches, this one just seemed a little strange to me. I’m not a huge fan of crystals and I honestly don’t fully understand the hype over them. Besides the fact that they’re shiny and unique….what’s so special about them?

The metallic lip balm looks tacky to me and definitely doesn’t suit my style or aesthetic, and the highlighter is a little “too much.” I don’t really want my lips looking like they’re covered in shiny glue, and my skin is way too oily for liquid highlight to look anything less than greaseball!

This launch seems a little uncharacteristic for the brand, since they’re very effortless, simple, but chic with the packaging and this design and launch just seems a little bit tacky and low quality to me.

REVLON Youth FX Fill + Blur Primer for Forehead

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Guys listen, I’m going to be honest with you guys. I can’t even be bothered to use one primer for my face, so to have to buy a separate primer for my FOREHEAD? Revlon must think that I’m Boo Boo The Fool! This honestly just seems excessive to me and I honestly wondered why they couldn’t just formulate their face primer so that it’s extra awesome instead of making this second primer for your forehead. I mean…besides to try and get some extra coin from all of us.

This just seems so extra to me!

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Total Control Drop Foundation

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Okay, the truth is, when this product first launched I was actually going to purchase it. I was really curious….and then everyone and their momma started posting videos on Instagram. And the truth is, after watching everyone pipette and then drip this foundation down their faces, I’m no longer interested. There’s nothing that’ll turn you off a foundation faster than watching it drip from someone’s forehead to their collarbone. The super liquidy formulation just makes me uncertain, and if I’m going to be really honest….I’m tired of seeing it all over Instagram.

I definitely think there should be a study done on the effects of marketing and social media promotion once people are tired of seeing the same damn product on their timeline!

INSTAGRAM, if you are reading this- why do I see this foundation all the damn time, but I’m JUST seeing everyone’s Fourth of July pics now? Please fix your algorithm.

With so many makeup launches, it can be hard to resist the temptation. However, it definitely helps if you think about what products are worth the money, or which ones you probably won’t use (or buy!) Plus…you can buy tacos with the money you don’t use on makeup.

“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.”

-Kyle Chandler

What products are you excited for? And what products will you pass on?

Chrissey

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37 Comments

  1. I honestly laughed when I went into Sephora and saw they had tiny beauty blenders just for your eyeshadow… its totally unecessary.​ I have a black beauty blender just for foundation and I really like it and haven’t been able to find any drugstore alternatives that don’t totally absorb all of the makeup, but it does have a funny smell. Also, why is the forehead primer blue??

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    • The exact same thing happened to me! I use a dupe that I order from eBay for $1 a sponge that works identically…and honestly better. It’s easier to clean and blends better than the BB. I’m pretty sure the actual cost to make a BB is around a dollar, so the price doesn’t freak me out too much hahaha.

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  2. This was such a fun post to read, and it’s nice to read something that helps me save money! I haven’t seen that foundation video on IG yet, but I totally agree about the algorithm — I’m so sick of seeing posts way after the fact!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    • That’s exactly why I enjoy anti-hauls! Sometimes it’s nice to talk about what products DON’T tempt us haha. Instagram’s algorithm is constantly irritating and I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates it!

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  3. I love these kind of posts! I’m right there with you, I’d love to try a UD Naked palette, but I feel like reds and oranges would just make me look sick :/

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  4. TheCrimsonCardigan says

    I love that quote! Also, wonderful post. I won’t be buying any of those products either, since most of them I’ve never heard of and the others don’t call to me. Plus, tacos over makeup any day. 🙂

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

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  5. Chelsea says

    This is such a fun post, find it so interesting reading something like this. I have been iffing about the naked heat palette x

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  6. I wasn’t hugely ‘fussed’ by the Naked Heat palette either, and I agree about the NYX Total Control Foundation.. It’s literally been everywhere at the minute, but I hate pipette foundations as I’m messy anyway, and these just look like a bad idea! 🤷🏼‍♀️

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  7. Great post! I actually enjoyed this more than some actual hauls I’ve read! That black ball thing… I’ve never heard of t but it sounds kinda gross; I wouldn’t wanna rub the same thing over my face twice daily?! I’ve also never used a beauty blender… Xx

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  8. I like the whole concept behind this post, I must admit I’ve never seen an Anti Haul post before but I really enjoyed reading yours! Totally agree with you on the beauty blender front, it’s totally a ploy for more money haha. Thanks for sharing! x

    Rumaanah // https://ruminvte.wordpress.com/

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  9. I love this anti-thesis of the cliche haul post! Bravo for turning that upside down! I’ve always wanted an Urban Decay Naked pallet (their eyeshadow primer is the ONLY reason I can wear ANY eye makeup) so it’s great to know to stick with the classics on that!!

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  10. littlebitoffreetime says

    I agree with all of these! So many beauty products like the blender are overrated/overpriced. I recently discovered elf products and literally spend less than half on makeup as I used to & their products work great for me. I might have to do a post about my favs.

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