Monday, August 12, 2013

Hits & Misses: New Products I've Tried

Disclaimer: I bought all these products with my own money.  I am not being sponsored by any company and everything I write is my own opinion.


Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey Lip Balm:  I picked up this lip balm last month mainly because of the name.  I wasn't sure I was going to like it but now it's one of my favorite, if not my favorite lip balm.  What I like about this product is that when it's on your lips the product doesn't feel to thin and like it's just sitting on top of your lips.  I have noticed that my lips have been softer when using it and even when not using it, which is something I look for in a lip balm.  I am already planning to repurchase it the next time I go to the store because mine broke and I just love it that much.  The packaging is similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips.  All over it's a great product that really works and is under $3!  I highly recommend anyone that wants softer lips to check out this product.
Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo:  I haven't been using this dry shampoo for very long but I have to say that so far I like it.  I use it in my hair in between washes and I feel like it helps to refresh and revive my hair.  The product does have a nice fragrance to it but I can't really describe what it smells like.  I have noticed that the fragrance does linger on your hair and will stay throughout most of the day, so if you don't like hair products that have lingering scents I wouldn't recommend getting this one.  Overall I am really happy with this product, it doesn't make my hair greasy like some dry shampoos and I would repurchase it but not right away because there are a few other dry shampoos I want to try out, but I would definitely recommend this to someone who is looking for a good dry shampoo.  This retails around $3.94 and you can find it at your local drugstore.

 Vanilla Berry Sorbet Hand Soap and PocketBac from Bath and Body Works:  I picked up the deep cleansing hand soap and a hand sanitizer in Vanilla Berry Sorbet from Bath and Body Works all the way back in June and have been loving it ever since.  The Bath and Body Work's website describes it as "lightly scented with a cool blend of vanilla sorbet topped with sweet raspberries and juicy strawberries."  I have to agree with them because that is pretty much what it smells like.  My friend recommended it to me and I honestly wasn't sure I would like it because it's kind of sweet and it isn't the kind of scent I would normally go for.  I recommend that anyone who likes sweet scents or even fruity scents stop by the store and go smell it.  I also recommend the deep cleansing hand soap from B&BW because it is honestly my favorite soap and isn't really as thin as other soaps I have used.  I also like the hand sanitizer because they come in all kinds of scents and they almost always have the 5 for $5 deal.  The hand soap retails for $5.50 but they usually have some kind of deal on the soaps.  The PocketBac retails for $1.75 but it is a better deal to do the 5 for $5.


NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer:  I have to say that I am really disappointed with this product.  I honestly didn't wear it long enough to tell if it was actually making my makeup last longer or do any of the other things it claims to.  This primer only comes in one shade which is shade 684.  It is pretty much just white like a moisturizer and when you rub it in, it appears clear.  I was really hoping to like this primer because it was $4.69 which was the cheapest primer I found on the Target website, and I honestly didn't want to pay to much for a primer.  When I actually put it on, it was fine until I noticed my fingers were all sparkly and pretty much has specks of glitter on them.  I then looked at my face and noticed that when the light hit it, there was all these specks of glitter on my face.  I personally am not someone who likes sparkles or glitter, I am more of a matte person.  I mean the glitter really threw me off and that is pretty much the reason why I don't like this primer.  I am sure if I put foundation over it the glitter wouldn't be noticeable but I really just didn't want to even try it again.  From looking at the packaging there is no way anyone would know that there is glitter in this product.  Even when I read the description on the back and it said, "complexion looks luminous, natural, and fresh all day," I didn't suspect it had glitter in it.  It also says it can be worn alone but I would never do that, it wouldn't really look natural.  I don't really recommend this primer but I'm sure there is someone out there that likes it.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick in Coral Ambition:  I want to start off saying that what I don't like about this product is the color, not the actual product itself.  I haven't worn the lipstick enough to tell you my opinions on the product.  I picked this up because I have heard a lot of people say great things about it.  I was originally going to pick the lipstick up in the shade Pin up Peach but when I got to Target they were out of that shade along with many others.  So I picked up the shade Coral Ambition which I had thought about buying before I had seen the other shade online.  Because I am newer to makeup and don't have a lot of lip products, I wasn't sure what colors I would look good in.  I had seen something on Pintrest about corals looking good on people who have fair skin, which I have.  Thinking back to it now, it might have said orange corals because this lipstick is more of a pink coral.  The packaging makes it hard to see what the color looks like and the bottom doesn't have a sticker showing the color either.  Other than that I do really like the packaging.  I may try to work with the color and see if there is anything I can do to make it look better because I can't return it.  Overall the color just didn't work for me which is really upsetting considering it was $5.94 but I am planning on buying this lipstick again in the future, just in a different color.


Honorable Mention:

Revlon Colorburst Lipbutter in Peach Parfait:  I didn't really want to put this product as a miss because I am more just disappointed with the color I bought than anything.  Even though this is kind of the same situation as the Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick, I can actually still wear this product.  So I just decided to put this as an honorable mention.  I bought this product at the same time as the Maybelline Color Whisper and just like the Maybelline lipstick, they were out of the shade I wanted(which was Juicy Papaya) and a lot of the other shades.  I think with both of these lipsticks if I had just taken more time to actually look at the product and the color choices I would have probably bought shades I would have been more happy with.  I picked up the lipbutter in the shade Peach Parfait which is kind of like a darker pink.  I didn't realize till I got home that there was little specks of glitter in this product.  I had wanted a matte color or even a color with a bit of shine but not glitter.  Now the reason I don't regret this purchase as much as the Maybelline one, is because I have tried out this shade and it doesn't really look bad on me and I can probably still get use out of this product.  I mean I could wear it if I ever felt like wearing a sparkly lipstick.  One thing I really like about this product is the packaging.  The whole "cap" is a sheet light pink color so you can see through it but on the very top there is almost like a window, so you can look down at the product and tell what shade it is.  Also on the bottom there is a sticker telling the shade and is the actual color of the shade.  On the sticker there is even specks of glitter that you can see in the light to show that it is a sparkly color.  Overall I wish I had purchased this product in a different color but I could still wear this.  It was $6.49 so I am a bit sad about that but in the future I would like to repurchase this product but in a different shade.

If you have tried any products that I mentioned above, please comment and tell me what you thought of them.  Also if you want you can leave a response to this post by linking a link to your Hits & Misses post down in the comments below.  And as always if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments.
Have a great day!

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