The Skincare Line Up: June 24th, 2021

I know, some of you are reading this and thinking, wait it’s not Friday… or is it?  Did I miss a day?  I thought I was getting better at counting those now that quarantine is over. Take a deep breath. You are fine.  It is indeed Thursday.

Friday I will be away from my computer.  There will no posting.  So I am posting the Skincare line up a day early. Mostly because it is my favorite post of the week and I don’t want to miss it.  I really enjoy going through the items I’m using as I use them as well as doing the more in depth individual reviews of singular projects. I hope you enjoy them too.

The Day time Line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

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Serum: Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum eclat Radiance Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Some of you may notice a few shifts this week.  I haven’t actually gone anywhere except the gym and walking this week so I ended up using my Native Deodorant since the sweat wasn’t an issue.  I am still enjoying the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser as well.  It is not super foamy but it foams just enough to make me feel like the bubbles are capturing all the dirt and taking it down the drain. With cleansers I always picture the bubbles as sort of a dirt prison where they capture and haul away anything that can damage the skin.  Probably because when I was little that;s how my dad explained that soap worked.

So I always like foamy cleansers and this one foams enough for me.  It also leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.  Which is probably better than dirt bubble jail.

The Time Revolution essence is turning into one of my favorite elements.  I should probably leave this for the night time section because that is when this essence really shines.  It really helps soothe skin that has spent too much time in the sun. while I use it in the morning before my serum, I use an extra amount at night just to let it sit for ten minutes as a mini-mask that I don’t wash off.  It has actually become part of my nightly rituals.

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum is a new edition to the line up.  Last week I rotated in a sample size of the Lancome Serum and finished using it up this past weekend.  I then realized I had several sample sized serums that I might want to go through.  I have used this Caudalie Serum before and I always like it.  It is a creamy serum and absorvbes into the skin quickly.  It never feels heavy or greasy and my skin always looks good when I use it.  It actually pairs really well with the Time Revolution Essence actually.  The two make a great one-two punch for post sun skincare. I think I have enough in this container to use it for another week, possibly two.  I actually have a second slightly smaller tube of the same serum from Caudalie so I am planning to use them back to back and actually get a full thirty days out of the samples (as well as clearing out two samples from my collection).  As I really enjoy the Caudalie Vinoperfect it isn’t a hardship.

The Elemis, First Aid Beauty and Dior are all approaching the thirty day mark of use and will be reviews in full in the next few weeks.  I will continue to use them all for a while to come, because I really enjoyed all three.  I believe the Dior is about half empty while The Elemis looks like ti will last for a really long time given how little I use of it.

I actually finished out my tube of the Volition sunscreen this week…and immediately opened my back up.  And ordered a replacement for my back up. It is just fantastic sunscreen and to be honest it is the first sunscreen I’ve found that I will continue to use on my face and feel comfortable about it.  So I will continue using it.  I will try other products of course, but for now, the Volition is the standard.

The final item on both my day and night time skincare list is the Crest Gum detoxify Toothpaste.  Given that my world is currently dominated by my teeth I thought I’d throw it in.  I think it is a new release from Crest and I have to say I am really loving it.  It is very peppermint-y, which I personally prefer to spearmint.  I actually hate spearmint.  And it makes my entire mouth feel really clean.  I wasn’t sure about adding this in, but I do have several toothpaste sample sizes that I want to try out and while teeth aren’t exactly skin, they are part of the face so I figured this might be a good place to put it and monitor how I feel about it as I work through the tube.

But this brings us up to the night time line up. 

The Night time Line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Retinol: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line erasing Night Serum

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of the night products are either continuing products or products mentioned in the day time line up.  One Item used only at night has been the Elizabeth Ardent Retinol Ceramide Capsules. This little tube of individual capsules came in my June Macy’s box and is designed to be used one capsule every night.  There were seven capsules in the tube.  I have two capsules left and so will clearly only get a week’s worth of use out of them.  A week isn’t enough time to get a full handle on results.  I’ve used it as my serum all week (while using the Caudalie during the day). 

To be honest I am not certain how I feel about them. 

The serum is a clear-ish gel and each capsule has enough product to fully cover both my face and neck. It feels nice on the skin.  I haven’t noticed any line erasing effects, but with just a few days of use I wouldn’t really expect to see a huge change. To be honest the think holding me back from thinking about a full trial is the capsules themselves.  The serum I wouldn’t mind giving a full trial. It feels nice and my skin has had no issues with it.  However I think before I do, I am going to have to look at what those capsules are made of.  If they are something completely biodegradable, then I would have no issues doing a full on test with a full sized version.  If they are plastic and non biodegradable, I feel a little iffy on using a serum that creates so much trash.  I will have to do a little more research before I decide whether or not to put it on the purchase list for a full trial. But with only two capsules, the product I have won’t last long and I wanted to get my thoughts on It down before I dove into capsule research.

So that was my skincare for the week.  As the Elizabeth Arden Sample was a retinol I didn’t use any other retinol products this week. Over all I am continuing on with many really good products that I like using.  I have a few minor break outs, but they are all stress related and slowly clearing up.  My skin otherwise looks pretty good. There are no clogged pores in my problem area under my eyes and even my chin blemishes have cleared up.  Admittedly I didn’t really wear a mask much this week and I hit them hard over the weekend with the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clay Clearing Mask used in a spot treatment so things are settling down.  Over all, no real complaints. Just capsules to investigate.

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