New In: Hits & Misses

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These days I haven’t been very good at discovering new beauty products. There are a few reasons. First, I’m kind of in a beauty rut where I no longer keep up with YouTubers and bloggers I used to watch and read as often as I used to. For whatever reason, fashion is becoming more and more interesting to me for the time being. Secondly, I’m big on “less is more” these days. I tended to waste a lot of cash on products I didn’t end up loving so I’m trying to spend more wisely. Since starting the blog, however, I’ve been pushing myself to break from my routine. Part of the reason for starting this blog is to get myself back into the beauty world. Here are some new products I tested out this past month after a few shopping sprees at Target and CVS.

HITS

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

A tub of velvety, rich goodness. This wins the award for most soothing body cream I’ve ever put on. Any irritation goes away when you apply this. I could bathe in this, honestly. It is really great and affordable. And I have a Buzzfeed post to thank for this. Yep, a sentence I never thought I’d write. Buzzfeed and beauty are like oil and water I find. I will occasionally scroll through an article when procrastination material is running low, scoff at how bad they are, and move onto another crap listicle. That is exactly what I did a month ago, but I paused briefly on a mention of this CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. CeraVe is a brand that pops up a lot on top drugstore skincare lists, but I have never purchased anything from them. However, the same day I read the Buzzfeed article, I swung by my local CVS and nabbed this glorious tub. Typically when I venture out of my body cream comfort zone (forever loyal to Lubriderm) I’m met with disappointment. Nivea, Aveeno, Vaseline, Eucerin. I’ve tried a ton. None have stuck around for long. But this… I’ve never tried anything like it! Your skin will rejoice! My legs, in particular, get itchy and irritated after a shower. This CeraVe cream is the only thing I’ve tried that’ll completely soothe them.

Pantene Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a godsend. How did we live without it? It gets rid of greasy hair in a flash and gives lifeless hair much-needed volume. My problem with the majority of dry shampoo is how itchy they make my scalp feel (looking at you, Batiste!). Does anyone else suffer from itchy post-dry shampoo scalp? Because I feel like I’m the only one! Dove’s option has been my go-to for years since it doesn’t irritate my scalp. COLAB, blogger Ruth Crilly from A Model Recommends’ brand, is also a fab option, but it’s only available in the UK. This time around I decided to switch it up and go for the Pantene Dry Shampoo. I’m a massive fan of their shampoos and conditioners so I thought this would be a safe bet. This is a great option if you’re in the market! I think it gives my hair more volume and does a fab job of mopping up that pesky grease. No issues with white residue here! It has a nice light fresh scent, too. Don’t let the bad reviews online deter you! It turns out the reviews are mostly for faulty packaging, a problem I don’t have.

Pixi Peel & Polish Mask

Exfoliating is a must this time of year. Flaky skin is on the rise and a good scrub or peel is key to keeping your skin looking fresh. Pixi is a brand that I go back to time and time again because I almost always find great skincare products. Their Peel & Polish Mask is no exception. Hello, glowy skin in just 2 minutes! The mask is a pastel orange shade and smells like papaya. It also contains little scrubbing beads that work as an extra bit of exfoliation as you massage it off your face with water. It tingles after application but didn’t irritate my skin any further. Just do not do what I did last night and accidentally leave this sucker on for more than the suggested 2 minutes! I got sucked into Netflix and wound up having the mask on for nearly 20 minutes! My face turned an angry shade of beet red. Yikes! I think this is a good drugstore dupe of my favorite, yet very expensive Kate Somerville ExfoliKate!

MISSES

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

This was by far the most disastrous purchases I’ve made in recent months. Contrary to the universally gleaming reviews this leave-in “miracle” spray gets online, I hated it.  I don’t get it. What do people see in the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product? What am I missing? Am I using it wrong? I kept trying and trying to love this. It was expensive, too! It supposedly gives you shiny, silky hair, but all I got was crispy, dry and frazzled hair. My hair didn’t look healthier, it looked somehow worse. Yeah, it puzzled me too. How did this go so wrong? The only explanations I can give is that the bottle I got was expired or that it doesn’t work for air-dried hair. All I know is that I will never repurchase this again!

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm

I am a huge fan of L’Oreal’s Total Repair 5 haircare line. Since picking up their shampoo and conditioner this summer, I’ve been hooked. I bought their accompanying Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm in the hopes that it would make my hair shiny and healthy but this didn’t do anything at all. It’s not bad. Unlike the It’s A 10 leave in conditioner, it didn’t make things worse. However, honestly, my regular conditioner works just as well. Don’t bother spending the extra bucks!

Have you tried any of these drugstore goodies? Do you agree with my thoughts? Feel free to comment below!

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