Welcome back to my monthly series where I share my honest opinions on the latest products that are worth the purchase and the products I could definitely do without. May was a month for travel, new fashion finds, and more. I’m here to serve up unfiltered opinions. After all, life is too short for disappointing products, right? So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
Products I Did Love
- All-Star Converse Sneakers – Run Star Hike Hi Tops: When it comes to sneakers, you can consider me a connoisseur. The Run Star Hike Hi Tops from Converse are a 2-for-1 giving me the classic All-Star design and effortlessly elevate any outfit, giving it an edgy and fashion-forward vibe. Not only are they stylish, but I also get comfort and durability, making them a sneaker I’m wearing practically daily.
- Satya Jewelry: I fell in love with this line because they blend spirituality, quality, and style into wearable everyday pieces. Their designs allow me to carry daily reminders with me while also looking chic and pulled together. Satya has blown me away with its quality and design. For those of you asking for a discount code, make sure to use code TARYNTRULY to save 15%!
- 47 Brand New Hats/Sweatsuit: You don’t have to be a sports fan to wear 47 Brand. I have been a longtime consumer of 47 Brand but had to shout out their new collection of hats and sweatsuits, like this Detroit hat and sweatsuit! I love repping my home state with the big D. So, whether you’re cheering on your favorite team or just looking for a new hat for this summer, 47 Brand has something for you (even if I believe you should only purchase the Detroit Tigers gear!)
- Free People Graphic Tees: I used to think spending this much money on a t-shirt was ridiculous, but the Stevie Nicks Scoop Neck Tee and Janis Joplin Poster Tee from Free People not only feature eye-catching designs but are also incredibly soft and comfortable to wear. While they may be pricier than your average tee, the quality and comfort justify the investment (they get better with every wash), and they have quickly become wardrobe staples for me. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, this Janis Joplin tee from Amazon is great, but it definitely doesn’t provide the same quality, lightweight material that the more expensive options provide.
- Sticky-Bra: Oh, the wonders of the sticky-bra! I never thought I would be able to utilize a sticky-bra considering I have 38DDs. However, this one has provided the support I need while remaining discreet and comfortable, it’s definitely my go-to companion for backless outfits. I would recommend sizing up one or two sizes if you can to get the most cup support possible.
- Walmart Cover-Up: This cover-up looks so expensive and is under $20. I love that it looks like a dress, so you can easily slip on some heels for dinner. Plus, it’s extremely chic and lightweight for the beach. What more could I possibly need from a swimsuit cover-up?!
Beauty Finds Worth the purchase
- Body Glow from Sol de Janeiro: Okay, I get the hype! This illuminating body oil adds a beautiful shimmer to your skin, leaving you looking radiant and sun-kissed. I am obsessed with the quick and easy glow you receive from this body glow, and it smells INCREDIBLE. The best part? It didn’t rub off on my white swimsuit in or out of the pool. If you’re unable to find it in stock, I recommend grabbing this option instead.
- Kosas Dream Beam: I fell in love the first time I used this. This SPF 40 PA sunscreen not only shields my skin from harmful rays (say no to skin cancer) but also adds a luminous, radiant finish that seems to make my skin glow from within. I don’t even use a primer under my makeup anymore and always just opt for the Dream Beam. Plus, it looks amazing on its own.
- Alien Perfume: I love vanilla-based perfumes, but sometimes they can be unwearable every day. Alien did this one right. With bergamot, hints of floral, and coconut, it is the perfect blend. I ordered a tester and have absolutely LOVED it. Will definitely be grabbing a full-size bottle once I’m out.
- Pure Instinct: This roll-on scent blends with your pheromones to create a scent that is completely unique to you. Whether I wear it alone or layer it with other perfumes, its captivating aroma creates the perfect scent.
- Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil Spray: Thanks to that viral TikTok I stumbled upon – a game changer for your armpits! Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil Spray has become my secret weapon for odor control and freshness. Just a spritz once a week, and voila! I’ve said goodbye to the unpleasant underarm smell. I’ve always gotten my mom hooked on it. Plus, it is also great for use on sore joints or on your feet at night for better sleep. PS – don’t apply right after a fresh shave or it will sting.
- Travel Ice Roller: If you’ve been around for awhile, you know I am a firm believer in the ice roller. I was looking for an option that was easy to travel with, and this one is IT! So glad I grabbed it.
Home, Health, and More
- Beast Blender: Say hello to my newest kitchen companion, the Beast Blender. This powerful and versatile blender is designed to handle everything from smoothies and sauces to nut butters and soups. With its high-speed motor and durable blades, it effortlessly blends ingredients to perfection. I cannot stop using it to blend up my morning smoothie, and I am extremely unsure of what I would do without it at this point!
- Chomps Beefsticks: For those who appreciate a protein-packed snack, Chomps Beefsticks are my go-to option. I literally cannot live without these in my pantry and always reorder when I’m getting low. These tasty and convenient beef sticks are made with high-quality ingredients (no sugars/artificial additives) and come in various flavors. Whether you’re on the go or simply in need of a satisfying snack, Chomps Beefsticks offer a flavorful and nutritious solution. My husband AJ even steals them to toss in his golf bag. Plus, they always have a little joke inside which makes me smile.
- Athletic Greens: I’m not going to lie, I thought this was going to taste like garbage when I got it sent to me to try. This superhero of a green powder is my newest secret weapon for a daily dose of nutrients. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s like a powerful green army marching into my system, energizing me from within. I usually just blend it into a full cup of water, add ice and lemon for the perfect refreshing drink each morning. I can definitely tell a huge difference in my energy and mental clarity. Plus, the travel packs are great for tossing in my bag on busy mornings.
- OliPop: While the root beer and soda flavors might be a no-go for me, OliPop’s other concoctions are a staple in my fridge! Bursting with natural ingredients and prebiotics, these sparkling tonics are a delightful way to quench my soda thirst and promote gut health. Plus, they are a soda I don’t feel guilty letting Lucas have, and he loves them!
- Phone Case and Pop Socket: This fabulous phone case and pop socket combo has me obsessed. The pop socket is magnetic so you can easily add or remove the pop socket as needed. Now, I can easily take the pop socket off when I want to charge my phone or place it on a stand!
- 3-in-1 Wireless Charger: I upgraded my charging game while traveling! I can easily charge my phone, AirPods, and watch all with one compact and efficient foldable charger. It’s a must-have for my on-the-go adventures.
- Duvet Cover: I grabbed this all-cotton duvet cover in two color options and have not been the same since! The best part? It gets better with every wash.
- Magnesi-Om Moon Juice: I got sucked into sleep-time mocktail TikTok, where you combine tart cherry juice with magnesium powder, and it WORKS. This magical powder provides a boost of magnesium, helping to promote calmness and support my overall well-being. I can definitely tell a difference when I do and don’t take it. Plus, the flavor and texture of the Magnesi-Om is the best I’ve found even though it is a little more of an expensive option.
Products I Didn’t Love
- Dior Lip Oil
While the Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil may be a luxurious treat, I found it to be a bit underwhelming, especially considering its price. Though it offers hydration and a subtle sheen to the lips, I believe there are more affordable alternatives that can deliver the same results. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, I recommend checking out the NYX Lip Drip Oil. It offers comparable benefits without breaking the bank.
- Spray Sunscreen
After a not-so-great experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that spray sunscreens are not the best choice. Despite their convenience, the application can be unpredictable, leading to uneven coverage and the potential for missed spots. To avoid ending up with patchy sunburns or tan lines (like me,) I suggest opting for a cream-based sunscreen instead. They provide more control and ensure better overall protection.
- Calpak Luggage
While Calpak Travel may have caught my eye with their stylish luggage designs, my personal experience left me disappointed. After just a couple of trips, the luggage started to show signs of wear, including a rip near the zipper. Considering the price, I expected more durability. I even contacted them about the warranty and they said they would send me a new bag but that it would void the warranty. Definitely will not be purchasing from them again.
- Valentino Born in Roma Fragrance
Although fragrance preferences can vary greatly, the Valentino Born in Roma perfume didn’t quite hit the mark for me. While it may have initial appeal, once the scent dries down, it transforms into a baby powder-like aroma. Unfortunately, this powdery note didn’t align with my personal taste. Fragrance choices are highly subjective, so I recommend testing it out for yourself before making a purchase.
Here are some products that I’m still absolutely obsessed with:
- COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence delivers incredible hydration and skin-repairing benefits. I can’t stop going back for more.
- L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion provides a gorgeous glow and is comparable to the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter but much more affordable.
- Sleeping on silk pillowcases is a game-changer for my hair and skin, promoting smoother and healthier mornings. I purchased these for all of my pillows and still have zero regrets.
- The Nike Icon Classic Women’s Sandals combine style and comfort, making them perfect for casual outings or post-workout relaxation. I always take these on vacations where walking a lot is a must and they have held up incredibly well.
- This gold Apple Watch band not only adds a touch of elegance but also maintains its quality without tarnishing. It’s been a great purchase for me and something I wear constantly!
- The Amazon battery pack ensures I stay powered up on the go, providing reliable charging for my devices. I literally will not leave town without it. Plus, it comes with all of the charging cords you need built into the charging block.
- This multi-purpose cream is a lifesaver, providing a silky-smooth barrier against chafing and irritation, allowing me to stay comfortable all day long. Will forever be a fan!
- These undies are a summer essential, offering a lightweight design that still provides the smoothing and shaping benefits I love while keeping panty lines at bay. Use code TARYNTRULYXSPANX to save.
- I’ve discovered a secret laundry weapon with Diva detergent—it adds a delightful scent boost to my clothes when used alongside unscented detergent, earning me numerous compliments on my fresh and fragrant wardrobe.
Products I’m Excited to Try in June
- viral tiktok Osea body oil
- Manicurist (if this gives me a gel manicure that doesn’t give me an allergic reaction, I am so sharing the results with you)
- Ancient Nutrition Vanilla Bone Broth Protein
- Asos haul
- Nike haul
- CurrentBody red light therapy
- Coco and Eve Face Tanning Spray
- Bloat Supplement
- lotion applicator (I really hope this works)
- Apple Watch bands
From graphic tees to Athletic Greens and everything in between, I’ve shared my thoughts on what products are worth the purchase and what are not. And now, it’s your turn. If you tried new products you love or don’t love in My and want to weigh in, drop your thoughts below. I’m always looking for something new to put to the Taryn Truly Test, so bring on the recommendations!