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 :)