for a while, i've been going crazy trying to figure out what was making my skin freak out. i'm talking about red, irritated, extremely sensitive, blotchy skin and no matter what i did, nothing worked. for several weeks, i walked around looking like this:
this crappy illustration doesn't justify the hideousness of those red patches on my face. it really looked like i was a meth head tweaking out and scratching the fuck out of my skin on a regular basis, it was so bad. they were red, inflamed, swollen and extremely sensitive and i did everything in my power to relieve the irritation with zero results.
it wasn't until last week when i discovered the culprit - the laura mercier primer i bought last month from sephora. the day that the culprit was discovered, i went to apply the primer and all that came out of the tube was water. i thought hmmm that's weird... so i shook the tube and tried again with the same results - water coming out of the tube but this time, bits of white, curdled primer was mixed in, like it had a fucking yeast infection. wtf? are you fucking telling me that i was putting yeast infection primer on my face for weeks which was causing my skin to react?!? and here i was blaming my hormones!. according to my skin forum, laura mercier shipped a bad batch of primer to all sephora stores so i wasn't the only one who was dealing with the expired product (or angry, irritated skin). luckily, sephora was very good with giving me a new one even though i didn't have a receipt and didn't give me any grief about it either.
it's just been this week that my skin has calmed down and recovered. this fucking $40 tube of (bad) primer cost me over $250 (from buying other products to help my skin) and hours of frustration and pain that i haven't even taken the new primer out of the box because i'm scurred! i'm thinking of just returning the primer for a credit. what would you do?