anti-buy list - By Megan Kelly

Sheet Masks and 15 Other Things I have Stopped Buying

Toward the middle of last year, I started to realize that I was buying makeup and beauty products just for the sake of it. Truthfully, it became a problem; I was constantly looking for sales and bargains, and when I found them, I couldn’t stop myself from checking out. In fact, at any given time, I had at least 2 or 3 orders pending delivery – WTF!? It was around September when I said, “no more!” and have since been cutting back and minimizing my collection to a more practical size.

A recent declutter reminded me of all the types of products I refuse to buy any more, so I figured I’d share some of the products on my “anti-buy” list and why I won’t be buying them again.

1. Sheet Masks

(1) I just hate the feeling of an overly-saturated wet-wipe stuck to my face. (2) They’re expensive for a one-use product (a tube of mask costs the same as 2 sheet masks) and (3) you can get the same results by applying serum to your skin before bed.

2. Matte and Full-Coverage Foundation

Nope. No. Not for me. Slap a label that reads, “dewy” or “glowy” on it, and I’ll throw money at you.

3. Kat Von D Beauty

LOL. Does this even need an explanation? Vaccinate your kid, lady. (I know, completely unrelated and perhaps petty – but I have a strong opinion about this and refuse to support Kat Von D in any capacity.)

4. L’Oreal Mascaras

Their formula is notorious for being “too wet” and always leaves me looking like a racoon.

5. Maybelline Eyeshadows Palettes

They have such lovely colour stories, it’s just a pity they’re too light on the pigment.

6. Smashbox Eyeshadow Palettes

Overpriced and underwhelming – again, throw some pigment in there.

7. Matte Liquid Lipsticks

I hate the feeling of concrete on my lips.

8. Hand cream

I never use the stuff.

9. Salicylic Acid

I am just one of those weird people who have skin that gets worse with salicylic acid.

10. Hair Dye

I would really like to try to embrace the grey – but if I give up on that all too soon – I am going back to only using henna.

11. Mechanical or Physical Exfoliants

I find that mechanical exfoliants cause more damage to my acne-prone skin, whereas acids really help to resurface my skin.

12. Haircare with Silicones

Silicones weigh down my hair and make it oily and gross.

13. Primers

I just don’t see the point – they don’t do much for my skin (or eyeshadow!). However, I do love me some MAC Strobe Cream.

14. Makeup brushes


15. Essence Foundations

‘Cheese Curl’ just isn’t my shade.

16. Makeup Brush Cleaner

Honestly, the best brush cleaning combo is baby oil and baby shampoo – the oil works to lift even the most stubborn formulas, and the shampoo leaves them feeling fluffy and fresh.

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