Today, I’m doing brief reviews on three products that, unfortunately, didn’t work for me. My opinion, but I thought I’d share.
Oldies but goodies, in beauty brands, always attract my attention because I believe they have withstood the test of time. I remember Porcelana commercials from when I was a kid. I noticed it on a lower shelf at CVS when I had some CVS Extrabucks in hand. An old school brand name, Porcelana always was or had a “fade cream”. Now, they updated that concept with a daytime and nighttime product. The daytime product has SPF. I went for the nighttime product to try to fade my serious dark spots, the result of years of hanging out at the beach before I discovered sunscreen.
The active ingredient — the skin lightener — is hydroquinone 2%. Hydroquinone is a strong inhibitor of melanin production, and 2% is the highest concentration that is sold without a prescription. Although some people consider it a controversial ingredient, research studies in medical and dermatological journals have shown it to be effective and safe to use. In fact, natural skin lightening ingredients like arbutin breakdown into hydroquinone.
A few years ago, I tried a product that I got at Sephora from DDF with hydroquinone, and it didn’t do much. What is it that they say about people who repeat a behavior but expect a different outcome?
Hydroquinone hates air. It can turn brown, and it becomes ineffective when exposed to air. The Porcelana Night Cream is packaged in a jar, so every time I open it, the product including the hydroquinone is exposed to air that affects its efficacy. So, if you buy a skin-lightening product with hydroquinone, make sure it is not in a jar.
Porcelana Night Skin Lightening Cream is a very thick cream in a 3 oz. jar with a fresh scent, and it is very inexpensive: It was less than $8 at CVS. I used it as a spot treatment on my dark spots almost every night for about 3 months, the recommended period of time to use a product with hydroquinone. It didn’t fade my dark spots. Not one bit. Time to move on.
WunderLift 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer
I was lucky. I didn’t have wrinkles for a long time. I attributed that to a lifetime of jogging. But nothing lasts forever, and my crow’s feet have gotten more pronounced over the past couple of years. Very noticeably so.
One night in August, I was either on Facebook or just looking around the internet and I came upon a 50% off sale at a beauty website selling WunderLift 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer for about $25 instead of $50+. I read all the reviews on the site, and I searched for other reviews online as well. The majority were positive. Some thought it was a real miracle product. I was feeling daring, so I took a chance and bought it.
WunderLift 60 Second Wrinkle Reducer comes in a slim tube with a pump top. Unfortunately, the cream is a “skin tone” color rather than white or clear. The “skin tone” shade is darker and yellower than my skin tone, so covering it up is a necessity. And adding BB cream or foundation on top of it makes it ball up. Ugh.
Most important, WunderLift does not make any difference for me at all. My wrinkles still look the same. $25 down the drain. Move on, Allison.
essence Nail Polish
If you’ve been reading Never Say Die Beauty for any length of time, you know that I love essence cosmetics. They are super-affordable, good quality, and some of their products are my absolute faves: I Love Crazy Extreme Mascara, gel-look topcoat, I Love Stage Eye Primer, and the new line of lipsticks that are sold only at Fred Meyer, boo hoo.
essence nail polish comes in a distinctively shaped bottle with a top that matches each shade of polish. The shades are fashion-forward and many change with the season. I love the wide brush that makes application so easy. And they are inexpensive: only $1.99.
So, what’s the problem? Great colors, super-cute bottle, easy to use brush, inexpensive. The problem is that the formula chips. I thought if I used essence gel-look topcoat that wears like iron when I use other nail polish brands I’d be OK. Wrong. I was traveling on business this week, and I often don’t wear nail polish when I’m on the road because I’m concerned about chipping. I took a chance because I really wanted to wear the essence nude glam, shade 05, Cafe Ole. I adore this color.
Well, I applied it on Sunday night, and on Monday morning, it already showed wear around the tip of my index finger. I repainted that nail before I left. On Tuesday, all the nails showed some wear around the tips. At least with a nude shade, it didn’t show too badly. On Thursday morning, I was getting ready to go to meet a client who was taking me out to lunch at a great restaurant, and the polish on my left thumb and my right index finger both had huge chips. I was not happy. I didn’t have polish remover with me, and I didn’t have time to find a store to buy some. I went out to lunch with chipped nail polish. Not a good look. In spite of my love for essence, I will give the nail polish a rest till they improve the formula.
These are my tales of woe. I’d pass on these products if I were you. But if you’ve had good luck with them, please comment and let me know!
On a totally different topic, tomorrow Saturday, October 5, Estee Lauder is having a event, Picture Me Online at Macy’s in Portland Maine. If you’re anywhere near Portland, this is a fun event. You can have a Lauder makeup artist give you a new look, and their photographer will photograph you, if you like. Also, you will get color-matched for foundation, and they will give you a free 10 day supply of foundation to take home. I did it, and I had a ball! Their amazing photographer, Cory Stierley, took a really good photo of me that I’ll post soon with more details about this event. How nice not to have to take another selfie!
And on yet another subject, I am announcing the winner of the essence lipstick, On The Catwalk, giveaway: Jeannie S. of Canada. Congratulations to Jeannie! Also, she was sent an email to let her know, and she must get in touch by email by Monday night. If not, another winner will be chosen at random. Thank you to all who entered by commenting, subscribing and following. A giveaway of another beauty product from another company will begin next week so stay tuned, and please try again. 🙂