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I Replaced My Longtime Skincare & Beauty Routine With Only Influencer Recommendations — Here's How It Went

Some products quickly lived up to their viral reputation, while others definitely did not.

Hey! I'm Amanda. And let me be honest here — when it comes to skincare and makeup, I don't use much on a daily basis.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

For the products I *do* use, they tend to be favorites I find once and then buy over and over again for years. I like having a routine, and I don't typically switch things up unless I have to.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

But just like the rest of us, I spend a lot of time on TikTok. And lately, the algorithm Powers That Be have been sending a lot of new products my way.

So I thought: Why not do a deep dive? I decided to try seven products that I've repeatedly seen on TikTok, and swap them into my routine to see if they would perform as well as (or better than) what I currently use and love.

But first, a quick disclaimer: Everyone's skin is different — so before you try anything new, do your research on the product, and sample or patch test first if you can.

Here's how everything went!

1. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops — for when you want to be as dewy as a glazed donut.

Turns out, there's a fast and easy way to achieve an out-of-this-world glowy look, and I had no idea. After watching this video from @simply.shira, it was pretty obvious I had to try the Dew Drops out. She shows just how fast the product works and spoiler: It is instant.

Screen shot of Shira's Tik Tok video of her holding the Glow Recipe Watermelon Dew Drops
@simply.shira / Via Tik Tok

Here was my attempt:

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Did it work?: Uh, YES. Yes, it did. I've never been a big serum person, but let me tell you, this stuff is liquid gold. I'd previously been using the Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum before, and I think the Glow Recipe drops work really well mixed together with that.

I've actually started to layer them together (first the vitamin C serum, then the Dew Drops) during the day as the first step in my routine. What I like most about the Dew Drops is how instantaneously glowy they make my face look. If I didn't like them so much together, I'd probably just choose the dew drops as a standalone. It's an easy switch to make, but luckily, I like both as a multilayer duo.

Get it at Sephora for $34 or on Amazon for $35.75.

2. Vue De Pulang Frozen Cream Hydrating Face Moisturizer — better known as the K-Beauty ~frozen moisturizer~ everyone is seemingly talking about.

Frozen moisturizer? What in the world?? But after seeing @alittleslelfjoy try out the cool invention, I placed an order.

Screen shot from @alittleselfjoy's Tik Tok, of them trying out the frozen moisturizer
@alittleselfjoy / Via Tik Tok

And let me just say, it did not disappoint.

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Did it work?: Yes. So, disclaimer, I forgot to freeze it the first time I tried it — but the results were still super cooling. (Make sure you freeze it though because it makes a big difference in the texture.)The first time I used it unfrozen, it was a weird sticky consistency, which TBH was not great, but when I used it the next day after it had sat overnight in the freezer, it was icy and chilling and lovely on my skin. It actually felt calming and soaked into my skin easily, as opposed to the day before.

For context, I've always been a CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion fan, and that hasn't changed for everyday use, but this frozen moisturizer is on another level of cool. Reviewers also mention that it's great for sunburn relief, and I can confirm that's true. I used the frozen moisturizer when I unexpectedly got a sunburn on my hands — and it was immediately soothed.

Get it on Amazon for $14.89.

3. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment — to quickly even out any facial redness or uneven skintone.

So, @Mireyarios provides a great tutorial for this one, and I don't think I completely realized how red my face was on a daily basis until I tried it.

Screen shot from @mireyarios Tik Tok video of woman holding Dr. Jart Color Correcting Treatment
@mireyarios / Via Tik Tok

It was the one product I tried that wasn't actually replacing anything in my current routine — but after using it for a bit, I think it's a worthy addition.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

Did it work? Heck yeah! I really like this product. It's become a mainstay in my routine, and I've started using it on its own to replace my usual concealer or tinted moisturizer. I'm not a foundation fan to begin with, and this color-adapting cream offers the perfect amount of redness-reducing coverage without feeling too heavy.

Because the texture is thick (but not sticky) and works to adapt to your individual coloring, I found that the results were easy to see on myself. However, I'm a pretty pale person — and reviews do mention it leaves a beige cast on darker skin tones.

Get it at Sephora for $19 (mini size) or $52 (full size).

4. Pixi DetoxifEye Facial Treatment — the soothing under-eye patches that are equally beloved by TikTokers and Target shoppers.

Who wouldn't want to recreate a spa atmosphere at home? After watching @shesattarget's video on this product, I ran on over to Target in an effort to experience some at-home relaxation.

Screenshot of @shesattarget's Tik Tok of woman holding the Pixi DetoxifEYE Facial Treatment
@shesattarget / Via Tik Tok

The results were...mixed.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

Did it work?: Yes, but tentatively. I definitely saw a difference immediately after use, but I also encountered a few minor problems while trying it out — like I spoon-scooped maybe seven patches instead of one, and also they didn't stay in place at all. By the time 10 minutes passed, the patches were halfway down my face. It's not the most user-friendly product, though they're fine for when you want to take a midday break.

I've been using Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream forever, and while these were a nice change of pace, I don't think I'll be switching any time soon.

Get it from Target for $24.

5. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara — the affordable drugstore staple that always seems to make the rounds.

As someone skeptical about the magical powers of mascara, l was wary about the hype surrounding this mascara. But: @simplymaham convinced me to at least try.

Screen shot from @simplymaham's Tik Tok showing off the L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
@simplymaham / Via Tik Tok

If you're looking for long sweeping lashes, apparently they're right around the corner. Who knew?

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

Did it work?: Yeah, it did. Before learning about this mascara, I'd basically relied on samples I'd picked up at Sephora over the years. My natural lashes are long and naturally curled but very light, so I rely on darker mascaras if I'm trying to amp them up. I actually got the purple version of the Voluminous Original Mascara, and it made me very happy. This mascara wore like a dream, did a great job at lengthening, and didn't smudge at all. That's hard to find, in my experience.

Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

6. e.l.f. 16HR Camo Concealer — the long-wearing concealer that, at the very least, won't break the bank.

I've always been low-key wary of concealer — which probably links back to my mom using the wrong shade of concealer on my 13-year-old self every weekend as I got ready for a bar or bat mitzvah in eighth grade. But @izzzneice said this one was worth it.

Screen shot of @izzneice's Tik Tok showing the ELF Camo Concealer at Target
@izzzneice / Via Tik Tok

Unfortunately, it wasn't my favorite.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

Did it work?: It definitely provided coverage and held true to its long-wearing name, but I wasn't in love with the way it blended for me. It does not include SPF, but on the plus side, it did not budge and definitely covered up some pigmentation...but felt too heavy for me. The verdict: I'm not in love. It would be great for someone that doesn't mind the feel of concealer on an everyday basis. For me, I'll stick to a lighter formula. My go-to is the Sunshine Skin Tint, and it's a broad spectrum SPF 30, which I like a lot.

Get it on Amazon for $6.

7. Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly — the bestselling plant-based product that provides shine and moisture.

You've probably heard of this one. Ishea of @sixtwentyseven gives us all the deets in her viral try-on video. Who wouldn't want to feel this fancy 24/7??

Screenshot of @sixtwentyseven video on Tik Tok
@sixtwentyseven / Via TikTok

It lived up to the hype for me.

Amanda / Via Amanda's iPhone

Did it work?: Uh, yeah. What a luxurious lip gloss (jelly?). My usual balm is great (big fan of the Lanolips The Original101 Ointment), and I stand by that, but's nothing compared to the sweet sublime beauty of the Tower28 lip gloss.

The lip jelly is light and supple and incredibly non-sticky, and I'm kind of obsessed as far as lip glosses go. I got Oat, a sheer, peachy pink, and it provided the lightest wash of color. The only downside? Because it's a gloss, it doesn't offer the same overtly moisturizing benefits as a pure balm. It's a switch-up, but it's one that I can get behind, so thank you to TikTok for introducing me to this gem.

Get it from Sephora for $14.

Have you ever tried a beauty or skincare product from TikTok that you really loved (or hated)? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.