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4 of My Recent Beauty Product Hits and Misses


Beauty product hits and misses

Every month, I normally do some shopping in the beauty aisle at my local Target or at Sephora. During these shopping trips, I come across some products that I add to my “Holy Grail” list, as well as some products to add to the “not-so-hot” list.

This month, I found the perfect “your lips but better” lipstick, my new favorite face wash, and some amazing everyday makeup removing wipes. I also found something I totally regret buying! Read on to find out more about each product:

Hit: MAC Viva Glam Lipstick in Viva Glam V

Mac viva glam lipstick in viva glam v
$16 at

I actually don’t know what took me so long to buy this. MAC released the “Viva Glam V” shade in 2004, and it’s become known as a cult favorite for its YLBB (your lips but better) hue. So, now that 10 years have passed since its release, I figured it was the perfect time to test it out. (I’m a trendsetter, I know.)

Let me tell you, this is the best lipstick I’ve ever purchased. Before I found this one, I was addicted to L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Balm in Tender Mauve, which I still absolutely love, but MAC’s is (not surprisingly) much better.

Why do I love this lipstick so much? The packaging is beautiful, plus the formulation is luxurious. It won’t dry your lips out, which is great for winter, but it’s not too moisturizing, so I can use it year-round. And the shade? It’s perfectly neutral but still has a gorgeous, subtle shine. Hands down, this is the best everyday neutral lipstick out there!

Hit: Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

Simple kind to skin cleansing facial wipes
$5.99 at Ulta

A lot of YouTube Beauty Gurus talk about how wonderful these Simple face wipes are, so I decided I had to try them. (I sometimes succumb to peer pressure when it comes to YouTubers…) Anyway, I picked them up after class one day and used one as soon as they entered my front door. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have dry, sensitive skin and these felt so calming and (literally!) so kind to my skin.

They don’t have a strong scent, they aren’t drying, and they remove every trace of makeup and oil without sucking all the moisture out of your skin. I’ve been using these for about a month, and my skin feels smoother and less winter-y every day, if that makes sense! I even carry these in my purse during the day in case I need to use one after the gym or a long day on campus.

Hit: Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser

Philosophy's purity made simple cleanser
$23 at Sephora

Again, I’m not sure what took me so long to buy this! Since it’s been around for a long time, this is a bit of a throwback product, but that just means I know it’s great. Philosophy is such an amazing brand; I’ve used their body butters and lip glosses forever, but I’d never tried their most well-known product.

So, I decided to bite the bullet and buy their Purity Made Simple one-step facial cleanser. The price is a little high, but the bottle is huge and it gives me double the product I’d get with smaller drugstore bottles.

The cleanser is pH-balanced, so it’s perfect for all skin types, but works especially well for sensitive and/or dry skin. It also claims to be one-step, which means it removes all traces of makeup, and I can say that it definitely does. This makes my morning and night routines (when I’m full-on cleansing and not using makeup wipes) so much easier and faster! 

Miss: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer

Maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser primer
$6.99 at Ulta

So, let me say that this product was quite disappointing and definitely a miss in my eyes. Maybelline’s “Baby Lips” products are quite popular today, but I’ve never liked those either (unlike other CF writers), mostly because I found that they would just sit on top of my lips and not really moisturize. This Baby Skin face primer does almost the same thing.

I expected this product to be really light and to hide my pores, since that’s what it advertises. Weirdly enough, I found it almost exaggerates my pores - it definitely doesn’t hide them. The formula is clear and smooth, but since it’s basically 100% silicone, I feel as though it’s clogging up my whole face.

This product did control the oil on my face and kept my makeup on longer, but there are so many other amazing primers out there that don’t have such a greasy, clogged feel. Instead of this primer, I’d recommend trying out L’Oreal’s Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher. It’s the best drugstore primer out there – I even prefer it to the high-end Benefit’s the Porefessional!

What do you think?

What are your hits and misses of January? Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted on on February 11, 2014 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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5 Responses to “4 of My Recent Beauty Product Hits and Misses”

  1. 1
    February 11th, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    If you have dry skin you may also really like Simple’s oil balancing cleansing wipes they’re more moisturizing than the regular ones. As for your miss I’ve tried the POREfessional and it did nothing for me even made my makeup come off faster in the places I put it I haven’t noticed that problem with the baby skin. It makes my pores disappear. And as for your claim of clogging your pores you may think it’s doing it that to your skin but it’s not it’s non-comedgenic so it won’t clog pores.

  2. 2
    February 11th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Warning on Purity, it’s got a lot of essential oils and extracts in them that can be highly irritating and allergenic – definitely not great for the truly sensitive skinned.

  3. 3
    February 11th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love the Simple Wipes! I am also okay with the Maybelline Baby Skin – however I was happy to read that you said that you don’t feel like the Baby Lips work for you. I feel like that too – and everyone ALWAYS raves about them. It is nice to know that I’m not alone. :)

  4. 4
    February 12th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi girls! I think the Baby Skin primer works on different types of skin. I’ve noticed on my dry skin it makes my pores stand out more. If you have combo or oily skin, this primer might work great for you!

    Chelsea – the Purity cleanser is designed for truly sensitive skinned people. My dermatologist actually recommended it for me! I have noticed that my rosacea is calmed with that cleanser. You are right about people with allergies, this might not be good for them. Thanks for that tip!

  5. 5
    February 13th, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I love the Baby Skin primer – I tried it first in Japan and was so excited that they have now released in in the UK! I think it works well for certain skin types, I like to wear it in the day with a hint of bronzer (NARS laguna is the best!) as an alternative to wearing foundation every day which is not good for my skin.

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