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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.

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.

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

Here was my attempt:

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

And let me just say, it did not disappoint.

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

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.

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

The results were...mixed.

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

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

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

Unfortunately, it wasn't my favorite.

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

It lived up to the hype for me.

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.