The Skincare Lineup: November 5th, 2021

Ah November has arrived and with it a drasti temperature drop. This is the time of year where my moisturizers change over as my skin freaks out over the dry air pumping through the ventilation system. This week, the temps dropped ten degrees overnight twice taking us from the afternoon temps of mid sixties down to the low forties. It should be in the forties at this time of year. It was just so shocking to the system to have it all plunge down in one fell swoop.

Well, technically two fell swoops.

Oddly enough it wasn’t my moisturizers that gave me trouble this week. But let’s get into the skin care and we’ll se what we see.

The Daytime Lineup

Deodorant: Native Deodorant Cherry and Vanilla Macaroon

Cleanser: Neogen Dermalogy Foaming Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Moisturizer: Filorga Oxygen Glow Crème

Okay, We have all heard the phrase the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Well this week the one change in the line up was the cleanser and it was definitely the squeaky wheel in my routine. To sum up the rest of the line up, everything worked well. I enjoyed all of the other products. And my skin likes them.

The Neogen cleanse is another story. It comes out as a white cream. You put it on your face, add water and there is a minor foaming that sort of occurs as the cream dissolves. It cleans the skin fairly well. I tried to use to to wash makeup off later in the day and it wasn’t very good with mascara or dark lipstick, but it did fairly well with face products.

The thing is, I can’t take the smell. It smells like lemon scented toilet bowl cleaner. Not an industrial one, but more like the one with the gooseneck and the scrubbing bubbles on it. It is the not quite bleach background note that is covered up with faux lemon scent. I tried using it, I really did. At first I tried rolling in a different cleanser at night to limit the use of this cleanser to once a day. But it didn’t help. I have a friend who loves the brand and she just finished a cleanser. While I have enjoyed other products from the brand (and am currently enjoying their peeling mask) I cannot take this cleanser. So while I have only used it a few times, I am passing it on to someone else who will hopefully love it. I just can’t get past the scent of it to use t long enough to find out if my skin likes it. In general I like the brand, but this was just not a win for me. And as Cleanser is one of the most important elements of my routine, it is best if I just let this one go.

The Nighttime Line up

Cleanser: Mario Badescu Cleansing Oil

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Night Cream: One Kind Dream Cream Night Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

This week there were two real changes to the nightly line up. This week I opened a sample of the One Kind Night cream. The sample tube had less than a week’s worth of product in it. Luckily my October Glossy Box came in late and it had a second sample in it, so i am going to roll that in as a replacement now that the first tube is empty. Hopefully it will have enough to get me through this upcoming week. The cream has no scent to it and it is quite moisturizing. It takes a while for it to fully absorb though so for about ten minutes after i apply it, I feel like my face is a little on the greasy side. After those ten minutes though it feels fine. Thus far i haven’t felt the need for a heavier cream, so it is moisturizing well. I have no problem using the second tube for a second week’s worth of product testing. I just don’t like that there was so little product in the tube to begin with. Other than that it seems okay.

As with the day time line up, I had issues with the cleanser. The Mario Badescu oil had no real scent to it, which I appreciated. It took off my makeup really well and rinsed off cleanly. I actually had no problems with the way it worked. However after two days I noticed my eyelids felt a little itchy after I washed my face. I didn’t think much of it, but then the next day it was worse. So I stopped using it and my eyelids stopped being itchy. As well as it cleaned, I think I might be allergic to one of the ingredients in the oil. It didn’t affect the rest of my face, at least in the length of time that I used it, but it made my eyelids unbearably itchy and I was starting to get red splotches. So I thought it best to discontinue use and just use my Makeup Eraser and water the remove my makeup for a while. It worked quite well, as always. I am going to have to take a long, hard look at the Mario Badescu label though in an effort to find out what it is that my eyelids just didn’t like. Whatever it is, I want to stay far away from it in the future.

This week, the focus was pulled from the skincare that worked well with no major issues to the problem children in the line up. With the cleansers acting up there was little attention paid to anything else. The other products worked well and I liked them. I will happily continue using them and next week, maybe I can focus on the effects of the good products rather than the effects of the not so fabulous for me ones. But for this week, that was my focus and this was my skincare line up.

Makeup Eraser

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