Friday, December 9, 2016

New: 5 Products we gave a thumbs down

Since my last post apparently was not showing up, I'm going to try this one instead.   Like I mentioned last week, there are several items that we get to review and quite honestly, some of them we do not like!

Out of respect for the company that sent us the item, we DO try to find some redeeming qualities from the product. Afterall, a review is just one person's opinion and I would never buy or not buy an item just because of what one person says.  Just because I (or we) don't like an item, doesn't mean that it won't be a good fit for someone else. For that reason, we often try to just present the specifics of an item so people can make their own choice.

But right now, we are flat out telling you that these are items we won't be using again!


1     1. TRESemme Reverse System Shampoo and Conditioner – I love trying out hair products so I was so excited to get these large bottles of shampoo and Conditioner. The process is that you use the conditioner first and the shampoo second.  I used it this way for a few days and it only made my hair more knotted and elastic feeling. I than started using it the regular way (shampoo first and conditioner second)  and I still did not get the results I wanted.  I will say that the conditioner on its own (used after my regular shampoo) is actually okay.  I normally do like TRESemme products I just don't think this particular set is for me. 


2    2. The XCEL  Nail Polish System - This is supposed to be Gel nail polish without the use of the LED lamp. I have to say that for the time it took me to do all 4 of these steps, the result was definitely NOT worth the effort. The polish looked horrible on my nails. I don’t know if it was the color or if it was the way it was applied, but it was not good.  However, I do have another Gel nail kit that I love. It is called Sensationail. It takes several steps and has the LED lamp but this is SO worth it. You will get salon quality results!


3     3. I got the Coconut Cashew bar from Primal Kitchen to review in my Runner Crate recently.  I had high hopes for this because I like both cashews and coconut. I wont say that it was awful, but it just was not an appealing taste. It was a little too "nutty" and "seedy" for my liking and I did not like the texture. It was a bit too chewy and sticky. I brought this for my breakfast at work one day and as you can see from the picture of on the right, I stopped eating it at this point and threw the rest away. -M

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       I almost feel guilty giving these next products a thumbs down because it's not like they are faulty or didn't perform well, it's just that I feel that they didn't add anything to my life (or performance) and for that reason I don't feel comfortable continuing to use them.  -L


3.       Capsimax-   I used this for the sole purpose of reviewing it and like with anything, its hard to say if it's the product that is making a difference in your performance or if it's just the amount of effort and energy you are putting into it yourself.  For that reason I've stopped using Capsimax and I will not become a customer of it. And yea know what, I'm doing quite okay without it.



4.       Aria Shoes-  Remember these oddly shaped shoes?  They were suppose to increase performance and speed because of their design. After wearing them for a few runs, I never really felt I could get into the groove. I have found other shoes that work better for me and for that reason I won't ever wear these again. 



Did you try any of these products?

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22 comments:

  1. Aria shoes didn't work for me either. I gave them to someone who liked them for walking shoes. The reverse hair products - never heard of that before, but that's one of the fun things about reading blogs!

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  2. I've never tried any of these products, but the reverse hair care system sounds interesting. I'm not sure that would work for my type of hair either!

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  3. I haven't tried these. I figure if my hair salon does shampoo first, then conditioner, they know what they're doing. I do use Tresseme, but not that line.

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  4. I have not tried any of those things. It was hard for me to think of things I wouldn't try again. I guess I would say honey stinger waffles. While they were good, they were sort of expensive and I can't see myself using them as fuel often when there are less expensive things out there.

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  5. I have not tried any of those products.

    I am very honest in my reviews -- if I don't like something, I'll say so. That includes Skirtsports. While I definitely love many of their products, sometimes they miss the mark and I will tell it like it is.

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  6. thanks for some honest product feedback! i always wondered about that shampoo system! i actually love the nail polish system its the only one i've used that doesnt get bubbles in it. personally i think it takes less time than regular nail polish anyway because it dries faster...but im horrible with nails anyway.

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  7. I've never heard of Aria shoes. I do appreciate your honesty and not trying to sugarcoat things when you didn't like them or find them useful.

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  8. I got those shoes too ... NOPE NOPE NOPE
    Glad to know about the shampoo /conditioner thing - I was wanting to try it - cant imagine it could work - at least for my hair.
    I'm so iffy about those gel polishes. Some of them are so pricey & I'm like, let me stick to my $1.99 nail polish at Walgreens ;)

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  9. It's so nice to hear some honest feedback! I feel like blogger reviews are almost always positive but I've wondered if it might be easy to be swayed in favor of the product because it was free. I certainly like free stuff!

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  10. Well shoot, I was thinking about trying that Tresemme system, but maybe I won't now. Thanks for the tips on the not so good items!

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  11. Noted, on all five accounts. :D I have, thankfully, never used any of these products. And even more thankfully, now I don't have to. Boom.

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  12. I need to keep a list of products I've tossed. If they're free samples I don't feel too bad. I think I have the worst luck with face wash/moisturizers. I have really sensitive skin and so many things irritate it after a few days.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I wondered about those cashew coconut bars... I got them as a free gift, but had to give to my sister when I realized that collagen wasn't vegan!

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  14. Ive never heard of reverse shampoo..I think it would be really weird to use shampoo after conditioner!

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  15. Ah, I can read this one!

    Duly noted about all of those products.

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  16. I am so grateful you reposted! I was having FOMO!

    I am super picky about my shampoo and I won't even tell you what mine costs...

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  17. I have not seen these products before either. My current shampoo and conditioner,k though, is working about the same way as the one above did for you. My hair is a total knotted mess after washing/conditioning and takes forever to comb out. This just made me wonder if it's a condition first/shampoo second thing and I've been doing it backwards LOL

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  18. I'm with ya on the shampoo/conditioner-I'll find a good one at Costco and buy it only to not like it. Needless to say, my closet has a couple of large bottles waiting for my husband to use!

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  19. Nope, never tried, and thanks to you, never will!

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  20. I have an irrational fear of white shoes... I just can't bring myself to take them seriously!

    I always want to like Tresseme, because of the size of their products, but their stuff doesn't work for my hair.

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  21. I actually hadn't heard much about any of these products but I will stay away! I like gel manicures but I think I'd prefer to pay for the experts to handle it since I am terrible at painting my own nails lol!

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