I love reading them, but I’ve always been quite hesitant to do one myself: on the one hand, it is quite a negative post to write -something I usually never do-, but on the other hand, I find it very helpful when it comes to knowing how beauty hoarders decide if an item is worth the investment or not. So hopefully I’m gonna do the later today, just concentrating on the reasons why it wouldn’t be wise for me to purchase this selection and how I usually work my way through the overwhelming amount of beauty releases photographed and reviewed on a weekly basis.


It sounds as lovely as a perfume and a luxurious cream merge into one, unique body cream. However, with a summery scent and a price point which is a little bit more expensive than my usual body creams, the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream feels too much like a holiday treat for me to purchase it. I don’t particularly enjoy summer and I don’t have any holiday this year, so it seems a little bit too much for a scent which I will prefer to avoid come September. Maybe something for next year, even if the fragrance is also a little bit too high on the ingredient list for my atopic skin.


The shades are gorgeous and very well put together, something I cannot say about all palettes, Anastasia Beverly Hills is also one of the most renowned brands when it comes to eyeshadows,Β but I’m simply not an eyeshadow person. With me it is nothing on the lids or a little bit of bronzer/blush whilst eyeshadows fall into the special occasions category. If I buy the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, it will only get out of my makeup stash once or twice a month, and it isn’t enough, even if it would look very pretty on my blog.


Boscia is on my list of skincare brands to try, but not this Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser -a solid ball to massage directly into the skin-.Β I will be short: anything too gimmicky and unpractical instantly falls off my radar. Plus my sensitive skin cannot afford to use charcoal too often.


I love Glossier -I’ve just written two raving reviews about their range-, but I think they have a tendency to make ordinary items sound unique and groundbreaking when it sometimes isn’t, it happened with the Invisible Shield SPF and the Wowder powder is, I believe, just the same. A powder is a powder, it will always highlight my skin’s dry patches and I’ve tried and hated too many of them in the past to risk being disappointed again today.


One of my favourite shades of blue and a mask which truly sounds fun to do, but looking at the Glamglow Gravitymud Firming Treatment Sonic Blue’sΒ claims -firming, tightening, and anti-aging- I don’t think this is a mask my young skin desperately needs. No bright, shiny blue face for me!


  • Nikita Rajkumar

    I’m so over the hype of the Wowder. Glossier is also a brand that not everyone can get a hold of and I think some influencers need to keep that in mind when promoting it in every single post or video. I personally love these type of posts so definitely keep doing them! xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

    • Good to know, I will try to do them every now and then! You’re right, I think it has to do with the fact that they work closely with bloggers!

  • The Anastasia palette looks amazing, such lovely summery shades x

    • Yes, it does, but unfortunately it isn’t enough for making me want to wear eyeshadows every day!

  • Good choices – I hadn’t heard of most of these, so thanks for sharing!
    Becca x

  • Such a refreshing post! I bought the small version of that Bum Bum cream and while I love the scent and how it feels, it definitely is a bit gimmicky – good on you for resisting the purchase!

    • It’s good to know, now I don’t feel like I’m missing out! Thank you πŸ™‚

  • I want to try the Bum Bum cream to see what the fuss is about! xx


  • I love anti-haul posts ever since I read Mili’s! I wasn’t interested in Subculture at all but my interest piqued after watching Stephanie Nicole’s video. I’ll be honest though, I don’t think I will reach for most of the shades.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes, I love Mili’s ones as well! Yes, some of the shades are quite daring!

  • Even though there are a lot of things I will bot buy, I never thought about doing an anti-haul blog post. But I donΒ΄t think I will purchase any of the things you mentioned above, either.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • You should write one, I personally love reading them! Good to know!

      • Hm, it would either be very, very long or very, very short. I am not sure if I could think of anything, to be honest…

  • Daria Ed

    I love the color of your writing and the way your blog is organized!
    Nice post. Very useful x
    Keep it up!


  • Yiotou_La

    I love to read anti-haul posts and yes, there are many things I try to resist and not purchase but there are so many great releases of products and makeup all the time!! Great post!! x


    • Thank you πŸ™‚ I agree, I believe your job is to select the ones which truly match our tastes and needs amongst them!

  • The Subculture palette doesn’t really appeal to me. I’m not sure what to do with the shades. I like anti hauls because it’s so easy to want everything but sometimes you have to draw a line. When you watch these influencers who get all this PR, it’s east to feel tempted, but you have to remember they’re getting it for free.

    • You’re absolutely right, that’s why I don’t always follow their recommendations! Yes, some of the shades are quite daring indeed! Thank you for your lovely comment πŸ™‚

  • This is such a great post idea, there are always products that I aren’t too keen on buying! x

  • This is actually the first anti-haul beauty post I’ve ever read, so thanks for introducing me to the concept, haha! Resisting certain new releases sounds like a good idea, as it leaves a bigger budget for the things you truly LOVE! πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • The Bum Bum is so nice though, I;m not huge summer fan either but it’s just say nice! I’m also really enjoying the new ABH palette xx

    • I think the ABH Subculture is the item I was the most tempted to buy, but as I said, I just don’t often wear eyeshadows!

  • Kate

    I always enjoy this type of post! I tend to be a bit of a magpie and I’m attracted to everything, but at the same time I do try to remind myself that just because a product is perfect for someone else doesn’t mean it will be right for me. It can be too easy to think of products in terms of blogging rather than actually using them! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • I haven’t been wow’d by the wowder powder advertisements as well. LOL And Subculture is having plenty of issues. It was on my list to purchase and after hearing about all of the problems I quickly took it off my list. Great post. Many people are doing these.

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, it seems that every new palette release are having issues at the minute, isn’t it? Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Agreed. Love the sounds of Bum Bum cream but so expensive…?