Replace or Reject: The March Edition, Part 1

The Toss or Trash segment has been a tradition at the Vanity for over 3-1/2 years. I am changing the name to Replace or Reject to more clearly reflect the final outcome of my empties or, in some instances, a flat out rejection of a product. I’m not holding back either!

For March, I did very well with finishing up products. For this review, I picked these three to start off…



First, on the left, is a lip balm from Bath and Body Works…DSCF0002 DSCF0003

Let me say that this balm never smelled like honey or apples and it turned bad, anyway, since I never reached for it, in the first place. It’s a hard balm too. After discovering Soft Lips balms, reviewed here, I decided I don’t have to put up with hard lip balms anymore. And, since I turned my family members onto Soft Lips, as well, I can’t pass this Bath and Body Works stick off onto them.

This did have a slight tint to it. I had to make sure I didn’t color outside of the lines with stick!



Next, I tried the Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. I used up almost all of this product in hopes that it would work for me. There was about 2/5 left when I decided that it wasn’t going to happen and deemed it a reject.

Now, the product is very good but, just not for my skin type which is normal to dry. I need more moisturizing properties than this Simple product provides. I would recommend it for those that have oily skin. I did find the gel texture to be too sticky for my preference.

Last is the Instant Youth Potion. I reviewed this as part of the ZMask set here. Since I have dedicated this year to using up or, purging products, I started using the Instant Youth Potion every day. I did use it for my morning routine as it has some skin-tightening properties. I liked how it smoothed out my fine lines almost instantly. This potion isn’t truly a Reject, as I wouldn’t mind using it again. However, since there are so many other products I have to use up and, Instant Youth Potion isn’t easily purchased at a store, I have no plans on replacing it.

Have you been doing good with purging at your own Vanity? Which of these products have you used?

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I had mixed results with two Simple Beauty products I tried. The Micellar Water and the Eye Makeup Remover both made my eyes sting terribly. I returned the Eye Makeup Remover, but kept the MW but limit it to face only.

    • I remember you sharing that info with me. And, I adore the Micellar Water. I also like their Facial Wipes too. But the moisturizers are not moisturizing enough for me.

  • Girl, I hate hard lip balms with passion, too. Ain’t nobody got time for slatheting it on for 10 minutes!

    • You’re right; ain’t nobody got time for that! LOL

  • I’m with you, I like soft lip balms that melt into the lips rather than hard, waxy ones

    • I agree. Not when we have so many other lovely ones to choose from.

  • I can’t stand hard lip balms. They do nah-thin for me.

    • I like that some stay on for a long time but I think my lips deserve to be treated better.

  • I don’t like hard lip balms, either. I like your new name. The old one always confused me. 😛

    • Thanks for you input, Doll! I confused my ol’ self too!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    No to hard lip balm, why make it difficult to use it.

    • No more Suzy Chapstick around here!

  • I’ve always liked this segment, and I love the new name. Reject hard lip balms! No tugging on my delicate lips.

    • I have a few more around here that are getting the boot! Have you tried Soft Lips? That’s my go-to when I want just a balm with no color.

  • Yeah, I don’t like hard lip balms either. The butterier the better for me!

    • Ahhh, that’s the word: buttery! Yes!!!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    I really like Simple products but have found some that just weren’t for my skin type. Their Micellar Water is amazing

    • I think they have a wonderful line. However, some are just not suited for my skin, just as you found out, too. I like the Micellar Water a LOT!

  • marciaf

    I’ve tossed two Simple products. I just don’t think they are meant for me. I have a $2 coupon for the Micellar Water but I’m afraid to try it.

    • Could you purchase it somewhere where you know you can return it if it doesn’t work out?

      • marciaf

        Good idea though I hate returning products.

  • cindyprimebeauty

    I like the Simple makeup wipes.

  • I hate the random balms that go bad on me from lack of love!

    • I have several like that. However, it usually means I didn’t like them enough to use frequently. Just like this one.

  • I haven’t tried any of these goodies! <3

    • I’m not sure you’d like any of them, though.

  • Betzy Carmona

    I have so many balms go bad all the time

    • I guess I didn’t like it much to begin with.

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