Monday, August 15, 2011

Anti-nothin' Serums

I'm not feeling so well today so I don't know if I'll be taking pictures or writing up a product review... hopefully my headache medicine will kick in!  Inspired by this post by the Muse, I thought I'd share some "miracle" anti-aging products I've tried entire bottles of that didn't do anything for me and were a big 'ol waste of $$$:

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster $48 for 1 oz. (sticky to boot)

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector $49.50 for 1 oz. (no difference, sensitized my skin a bit)

Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector $44.50 for 1 oz. (no difference)

Givenchy Vax'in for Youth $90 for 1 oz. (might be contributing to breakouts :( no improvement in skin, but the sample that got me to buy this made my fine lines disappear for a week! Actual product I paid for was a fail, though)

Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate $78 for 1 oz. (actually, I saw fine lines disappear temporarily, but this made me break out A LOT)

Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Concentrated Serum $135 for 1 oz., but I didn't pay that, I got four .33 oz. samples! (I actually liked this as a light summer moisturizer, but it didn't do anything else)

Dior Hydralife Pro-Youth Sorbet line $40-$73 (I actually like this, but no lasting improvement and pricey. I feel Garnier things I've tried are comparable and way cheaper)

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads $45 for 60 pads (these last forever and seemed to diminish my fine lines at first but I've been using them for ages -on my third pack- and I haven't seen any change since that first couple of weeks. I think I won't buy these a fourth time, because I'm preferring Kate Somerville Exfolikate for Acne)

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm $45 for 1.7 oz., a classic product and was a good foundation primer back in the day but now it just seems majorly heavy and newer products are better

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads $18 for 10, are a great facial self-tanner but I don't think they do anything "anti-aging"

Kate Somerville Exfolikate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment $65 for 2 oz. is amazing at exfoliating.  Blackheads and clogged pores seem to pop themselves out with the tiniest nudge after I use this. But it doesn't do anything for my fine lines (worry line between brows, horizontal forehead lines, or nasolabial folds on sides of mouth). I am going to keep getting this for my adult acne, though!

I used a Neutrogena line with copper peptides or something about eight years ago. It didn't touch my fine lines, but it did seem to "firm."  However, I believe it's discontinued (figures, they'd discontinue something that works...)

Semi-related Bonus:  Mederma Cream $21 for 20g, didn't do anything for the scar on my nose (yes, it's a scar), BIG frownie-face.  I used it faithfully for six weeks, however I did use it six years after I got the scar in the first place so that might be the issue. It's not that expensive but I was really disappointed that I was unable to reduce that scar as it's smack-dab in the middle of my face.  Have any scar treatments on the market ever worked for you?

If you know of any products I haven't mentioned, or have a story about one that I did mention, please comment below! I'd love to get a recommendation for anti-wrinkle/firming/dark-spot-corrector/scar-reducing "miracle" products that worked for you :)


  1. I'm sorry you havent been feeling so well! Regarding anti-aging creams what has worked miracles on my forehead wrinkles (I make funny gestures hehe) is No7 Anti Ageing Serum!


  2. Thanks for the recommendation! It's on my shopping list

  3. Wow you have tried so many! I really haven't started using any anti-aging serums. I have been using the Stivectin eye cream though (a delux sample from Sephora) trying to be preventative.
    And you are crazy...I don't see one fine line on your pretty little face. You look like your 21...22 maaaybe. :)

  4. LOL you're so nice :) Maybe they are working? I've used a sample of a Strivectin night cream but the one I tried smelled funny... like french fries. Just a sample size and I couldn't take the fryer smell to try a whole tub of it and see if it worked. My HG would probably be fragrance-free but without weird natural smells, too!


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