I Really Wanted to Love You: 3 Beauty Products That Didn’t Work For Me


Whether a product is hyped up or had good reviews, there certain products that you really expected to work, but just didn’t. These are the type of products I am talking about it. These are not products I gave up on after one try. I gave them multiple attempts and still they just didn’t work for me. However, as always, everyone’s skin type is different, so they might still work for you.

Heimish All Clean Balm

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I was seeing this cleansing balm all over the internet, and everyone was raving about how it was even better than the Banila Co. one, which was already a cult favourite among Korean skincare fans. So I purchased it without any reservations because I thought it would finally be the product that would make cleansing oils work for me. You see, previously whenever I used cleansing oils, it would always dry out the sides of my nose and my cheek area. However, this balm claimed to keep your skin moisturized after cleansing so I thought it might work for me. I do feel that after cleansing, my skin didn’t feel tight, but it didn’t leave my skin moisturized and plump like other cream cleansers I have used before.

Heimish also claimed it would be great for sensitive skin.  However, it left my cheeks red and sensitive after using it a few days in a row. I decided to give it another try after some encouragement from Sylvia from Sylliepie. Sorry, Sylvia, the same thing happened! I am sad that it didn’t work for me, but it I know many people love it. It has a the cutest packaging and the spatula is conveniently tucked inside the lid. The ingredients are also so nourishing, including 10 natural oils plus shea butter and coconut oil. I think, for now, I am staying away from oil-type cleansers. I don’t seem to have any luck with them.

Innisfree Eye Primer


I am a eye shadow primer junkie. Every time I hear about a new one, I want to pick it up.  As per the name of my blog, eye products just tend to slide off my oily eyelids, so eye shadow primers are a must! My next guinea pig in question is the Innisfree Eye Primer (At the time I write this review, I don’t see it on their main website anymore, so I wonder if it got discontinued.  I can understand why). I enjoy most Innisfree products, especially their skincare (I have repurchased their Soybean Essence many times). However, I hate to say this, but this is probably one of my least favourite primers ever.

This primer’s packaging is similar to the Nars primer with a doe-foot applicator. One difference is the doe-foot applicator comes to a slight point with flat sides. It is a light peach colour which blends clear.  The texture is on the light-side, like a light cream. One problem with this concealer is it can get a bit patchy, and it takes a bit of time to blend out.  It also has a slight fruity scent, which I am not too fond of.  I much prefer unscented primers.

It claims to enhance the vibrancy and wear time of your eye shadows while also preventing creasing.  I think it definitely does increase the vibrancy of shadows. However, the one big problem for me, is that it doesn’t control the oil production in my eye lids. Within a few hours, I see oil seeping though and the eye shadow breaking down on my eyelids. It also settles right into my crease. I much prefer my Nars and the Balm eye shadow primers, which are my two favourites.

Earth’s Nectar Jojoba & Tea Tree Scalp Oil

I picked up this scalp oil hoping it would be a contender to curing my itchy, sensitive scalp. I think this is a case where it wasn’t because the product didn’t work, but it was just notsuitable for my scalp. Earth Nectar is a haircare brand carried by Sephora. Their brand ethos is to produce natural and innovative products for curly hair. So I should have known from the start, the brand might not work for me because I have stick-straight hair. However, they claim that this scalp oil was ideal for curly or straight hair, so I decided to give it a try.

To apply, you spray the oil into your palm and massage it into your scalp. To increase blood circulation in your scalp, you should also massage your scalp 10 to 15 minutes every two weeks. It can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment by wrapping a hot towel around your head for 10 minutes. The jojoba and tea tree oil are supposed to help control oil production, combat dandruff, and help support hair growth. The tea tree oil scent is pretty strong during application, so if you don’t like tea tree oil, you might not enjoy this oil. Massaging the oil into the scalp feels nourishing and refreshing.

So did the tea tree oil help with the dandruff situation?  I think it definitely did a little, but my hair just got so oily after using it. Basically, I just felt like washing my hair right afterwards. I’m sure other hair textures would enjoy this product, but it was just not for me.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any products that others love, but just didn’t work for you?


Review: Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment


I feel like most people are either into makeup or hair (there are exceptions for sure).  I am definitely one of those makeup people.  All I do is put a comb through my hair in the morning or on really bad days, just pull my fingers through it.  Basically, I just hate fussing with my hair.  So that is why my itchy and flaky scalp drives me crazy.  I wish it would just stay balanced all the time.  I have tried loads of anti-dandruff shampoos over the years. Many didn’t work and some worked on and off. So I am happy to report that the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment has continued to work for me that last few months.

The Brand

You might have spotted the brand Briogeo while shopping at Sephora recently.  I actually first learnt about the brand through Instagram and decided to give it a try.  Briogeo is a haircare brand created by Nancy Twine.  She wanted to create high-performance haircare line using mostly naturally-derived ingredients.  On their website, I love how they list all their ingredients on their website and their EWG ratings as well.  They also use recycled or recyclable packaging, and are cruelty-free.  It sounds like there is a lot to like about this brand, but most importantly, do their products work?

The Ingredients

Let’s talk about the ingredients first.  A key ingredient in this formula is Binchotan charcoal, which originates from  Japan.  It is supposed to draw out impurities and remove buildup on the scalp. The other key ingredient is tea tree oil, which is an anti-septic and helps diminish inflammation. There are also many other ingredients, like peppermint oil, witch hazel, and aloe, which keep itchiness at bay and the scalp balanced and moisturized.

The Application


The formula is a housed in a glass jar with a dropper.  According to the instructions on their website, you are supposed to part your hair in sections and apply 1-2 drops in each section and then massage in.  It should be applied after shampooing and before styling and should not be rinsed out.

The Review

So did it work?  I would say yes!  Straight after application, I felt like my scalp instantly felt less itchy. After blowdrying, I felt that there were definitely less flakes.  For me, this was amazing, especially during the summer when my scalp tended to flare up more.  I usually sectioned my hair into 6 parts and just used 1-2 drops in each section.  I see the model in the video using up to 5 drops, and for the price ($32 USD), I don’t think I could justify that. After 4 months, I have almost come to the end of bottle using it about twice a week.  After continual use, my scalp is a lot less irritated, flaky, and oily.  There is one worry I have though.  I went to get a haircut and they washed my hair, and of course, I didn’t bring this treatment.  Afterwards, my scalp was noticeably itchier, so I wonder if it is a product you have to continually use to maintain the effect.

FINAL VERDICT: If you feel like you tried everything to get rid of that itchy, flaky scalp, I would recommend giving this one a try.

This or That: Living Proof Prime Style Extender Hair Primer vs. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Style Treatment


I decided to cut my hair shorter for the summer.  This comes with pros and cons.  Since I couldn’t commit to cutting my hair above my shoulders, I decided to get a long lob just past my shoulders. My hairdresser forewarned me that this was probably a bad idea because the ends of my hair will always want to curl outwards at that length.  He was right!  The main reason I dislike cutting my hair shorter is sometimes it takes more time to style.  I have stick straight Asian hair, so when it is long, I pretty much just run a comb through it everyday.

Over the years, I have gotten samples of both Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender Hair Primer and Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  I have found they are both good at extending the longevity of your style and the cleanliness of your hair.  To me, I sometimes can almost use them interchangeability.  However, if I could only buy one, which one would I get?


The Primer claims to extend your style 2 times longer, keep your hair cleaner longer, and create a weightless shield to layer under other styling products.  The Styling Treatment claims to deliver smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish to your hair, keep your style cleaner and longer, and make your hair stronger.  In conclusion, they both keep your style cleaner and longer. However, the main difference is that the styling treatment will obviously have other benefits such as add smoothness, volume etc.


Living proof is known for the science behind their products.  As indicated on their website, both these products contain their patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) which creates a weightless shield to protect each piece of hair.  I think the big difference is that in the Styling Treatment, they also include their patented Volumizing Molecule (PBAE).  Both of these products are for all hair types, sulfate-free, silicone-free and oil-free and formulated for colour and chemically treated hair.

The scent is described as a citrus scent.  I mean, I don’t think it smells like a lemon or orange.  It just smells kind of fresh to me.  The scent lingers a bit the first day, but I don’t find it too strong or offensive.


I follow the instructions and apply the white gel on clean and damp hair, and distribute evenly with a comb.


I tried using either separately and together and I think if I had to pick, I would get the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment.  For me, using them separately, they keep my hair clean for up to 3 days and rarely do I ever I have to use my dry shampoo anymore.  The hair feels smooth and weightless when you run your fingers through it.

I think the main reason I would pick the Styling Treatment is that it does a very good job of holding a style.  I usually like the ends of my hair to curl towards my face, and with the treatment, the curl holds stronger and is more defined.  The hair in general has more volume as well.

The primer along with the styling treatment hold the style the longest.  However, I find just with the treatment, it holds for almost as long.  Even after I wake up, most of the style is in place (my ends are all curled) compared to if I didn’t use the product.

VERDICT:  Using both together will give the ultimate in maintaining the cleanliness and longevity of your hair style.  However, if you only wanted to get one, I would recommend the 5-in-1 Styling Treatment because it pretty does it all on its own.

Youtube-Enabled Beauty Purchases


I am a self-professed Youtube addict.  Personally, I think it is an ideal hobby as a beauty blogger because you can do product research as you watch (at least that’s what I tell my partner).  Looking through my collection, I realized that a big chunk of my beauty purchases have been Youtube-enabled.  In this blogpost, I am just going to talk through a few of them and how they have worked for me.  At the same time, you will also get know some of my favourite Youtubers and why I enjoy watching them.

Youtuber:  Lily Pebbles

Enabled Product:  H & M Color Essence Eye Cream

There are a few Youtubers that are must watch for me and Lily Pebbles is one of them.  I really enjoy watching her because she has that girl next door quality of someone I would like to be friends.  Plus, she just seems like a “real” person.  She doesn’t come off as someone who is just cheery all the time and is willing to share her ups and downs in life. Most importantly, she knows her beauty products and I usually agree with her reviews.

Lily had mentioned her love for the H & M beauty line in quite a few of her videos.  The cream eyeshadow actually ended up in her one of her Favourites videos (4:16 in the video).  After hearing her talk on and on about it, I just needed to get one of my own.

My Impressions

I completely agree with Lily Pebbles when she says “the quality of these are unreal.”  I have tried quite a few cream eyeshadows and these are one of my favourites (other faves include the Maybelline Tattoo 24 hr Shadows and Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color). For the price ($8 USD), the quality of these are hard to beat.  They last all day on me, the packaging is chic and minimalist, and they blend out beautifully.  The texture is between a mousse and a cream which makes them easy to pick up with your fingers or a brush and apply on your eyelids.  If you find the Charlotte Tilsbury cream eyeshadows too moussy, you will love these.

Youtuber: clothesencounters (Jenn Im)

Product: Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder

Jenn Im from clothesencounters probably needs no introduction.  She is one of the most stylish people on Youtube.  I am always in awe of how she combines pieces that seem so unwearable to me into something so amazing.  I think many people don’t know that originally the clothesencounters Youtube channel had two creators, Jenn and Sarah.  I still reminisce when they used to film their fashion looks in their backyard (sorry, just had to throw in some Youtube trivia in there).

I love dry shampoo and my ears perked up when she started talking about the Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-Powder.  Her hair always looks amazing and when i saw how she applied it by squeezing the bottle causing the powder to “puff” out, I was sold.  If you are a longtime Youtube watcher, you might remember the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo that many beauty gurus used to recommend.  One of the downsides of that product is that if you have really straight hair, some of the powder will slide down the hair and onto the floor. That is reason I switched to aerosol dry shampoos, like Batisse, because the fine mist of powder they dispense prevent this from happening.

My Impressions

I was actually a little hesitant to commit so I bought the travel size.  I will confirm that if you squeeze the bottle, the powder will “puff” out to cover the hair in more mist like fashion.  However, I am sad to report, sometimes if I am not careful, some of it will come out too fast, and get everywhere.  After using most of the travel size bottle, I can say it is a good product.  One of its major perks is that it really helps to create volume in your hair.  It also does a good job of controlling the oiliness in your hair.  However, compared to newer products, like Living Proof’s Dry Shampoo (your hair feels clean and lightweight), you do feel buildup from using it in your hair.  I not sure if that is what kind of aggravated my sensitive scalp after a while.  My verdict is that it is good, but not great.

I’d love to know if you have had any Youtube-enabled purchases lately?

Review: Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp


My hair and scalp have been the bane of my beauty routines.  I have a super sensitive scalp that will easily become itchy and flaky without proper care.  Not only that, I feel like this has contributed to some hair loss over the years.

Over the years, I feel like I have tried every anti-dandruff shampoo out there, with some working for a while, some not at all, and some that were just too strong.  The only two that I felt worked for me for a while were from Ducray and Kerastase.  I have also tried some more natural and organic brands, like Ruhua and John Masters Organic, and they have not helped as well.

So today, I am really happy to talk about a shampoo that has worked really well for me for the last half year.  It hasn’t gotten rid of every flake off my head, but it has definitely kept it in control at least.  The product I’m talk about is the Ryo Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp.  I notice that it is quite easy to get from Asian supermarkets in North America.

This is a Korean brand, so I haven’t been able to get too much information from their website.  Just from reading other reviews and websites, I know that this a hair brand that uses mostly Asian herbal ingredients in their formula.  Just from Google translating the back of the bottle.  Some of the ingredients I could make out include ginseng, licorice, black bean extract, and honey.


It definitely smells like Asian herbal medicine.  The scent is quite strong and takes some getting used to in the beginning.  It is a light brown colour with specks of dark brown pieces suspended in it, which I presume are the ground up Asian herbs.


I have medium to long hair and I use about more than a quarter size of the shampoo.  I feel like it suds up a little less than some other shampoos.  The herbal scent is very prominent when you wash your hair, but I feel like it disappears like within an hour afterwards.


After you dry you hair, it is very soft and light.  You hair doesn’t feel weighted down at all.  With this shampoo, I don’t have to wash my hair for up to three days.  Usually, by the third day, I am usually using dry shampoo.  My scalp also has been pretty happy.  There is a decrease in flakes, and I haven’t had a major itchy scalp and dandruff flareup for a while.  Does it minimize hair loss?  I would say yes, just being seeing the amount of hair on the floor (I used to have to sweep the floor for hair way more often)

VERDICT:  Definitely one of my favourite shampoos lately.  Great for if you have problems with dandruff, oily scalp, and hair loss.  You will get used to the scent too after a while!