The Skincare Lineup: January 7th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. It is time once again to look at all the skincare products in this week’s line up. I always look forward to this post. and I hope you enjoy it. This week was interesting. On a couple of products I am approaching the one month mark which means full reviews are eminent. A couple of products are still new and I am trying to get a feel for and a few, I’m just not sure about. Kind of a nice mix. So let’s get started with it.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111SKIN Antioxidant energizing Essence

Serum: TerraVibe CBD Age Defying Eye Serum with hyaluronic acid

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Okay, the elemis Cleanser I have been using off and on for over a month now and absolutely love it. I will be posting a full review with all sorts of details hopefully next week but here I will just say it is a fantastically gentle cleanser. Even when I had issues with some sort of allergic reaction, this cleanser worked well for me. Cleanses without irritating. It doesn’t hurt that Lime Blossom is one of my favorite scents.

I can’t say I feel as warmly about the Glow Recipe Toner. There are some products from Glow Recipe I love and others that i don’t. I happen to really like the Avocado sleep mask. I really don’t like this toner. For me it is mostly the scent. As a toner product it seems to work well. Normally the watermelon scents of Glow Recipe’s products don’t bother me, but something about this smells off to me. I think it might have something to do with the BHAs and PHAs added to it. Somehow that seems to have altered the scent so it still smells like watermelon but it smells like watermelon mixed with stale water. I am working my way through it though and will continue to use the product up. I will not be repurchasing it.

I will probably repurchase the Terra Vibe Serum though. This morning I hit exactly thirty days of use and will be taking my after photos to go along with the before ones I already took. I;ll have to see what the photos say, but I do feel a really big improvement in the texture of my skin, so I am pleased with this product. I will be posting a full review on Monday. But I am a fan.

And finally we reach the Moisturizer. This is an interesting one as I am currently using it as both a day and night cream. And to be honest I feel very different about it in the day and night time uses. To put it bluntly, it is too heavy for day time use with my skin. It is just too moisturizing. At night it is perfect, but it is not a cream I can wear in the day. I’ve noticed each day I am taking less and less for application onto my face. So I think I am going to shift this to just night time use and roll in a day cream for this next week’s line up. of course night time use is completely different. Let’s take a look at that.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toner: Glow Recipe Watermelon PHA + BHA Pore Tight Toner

Essence: 111SKIN Antioxidant energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drop

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask

Okay a lot of the products were the same from day to night so we will focus on the differences. The first difference is the Serum. Because I was testing out a serum with hyaluronic acid in the day, I went with a brightening serum for the night so that i could tell what was doing what. Because let’s face it if you have three hyaluronic acid products how do you tell if it is just one or all of them combined giving you the results. Or worse, one who is masking their ineffectiveness behind a rock star product?

So I separated the products. While I used the Purple cabbage drops for a few days prior to this week, it is still a very new to the line up product. Thus far I haven’t used it long enough to actually see any results. And to be honest there were a few days this week where I think I forgot to use it. I’m fighting a cold at the moment so there were a couple of days where my night time routine was reduced to taking off the makeup and slapping on the moisturizer before crawling into bed. So I can’t really say too much about this serum yet. I do like that it is a thick feeling serum that absorbs rather quickly and has only a light fresh scent to it. I was kind of worried it would smell like cabbage. Well not just cabbage, over cooked cabbage I suppose. It does not. Hopefully after this coming week I will have formed more of an opinion.

While the moisturizer is the same as I used in the day time line up, the night is where it belongs. This moisturizer provided enough moisture that I didn’t feel myself needing to reach for an extra dose of night mask. The scent is vaguely lemon cleaner-y but it isn’t too heavy and I find I don’t mind it. I think that my nose tips it more into the lemon verbena category than the industrial lemon cleaner scent that gives me fits with the Balance Me products. This moisturizer does take a little while to absorb, but it left my skin feeling beautifully soft and hydrated when i woke up the next morning. It is another reason that it is better used at night. Even with a small amount in the day time, you just had an hour or so of shiny face in the morning while it takes it’s time absorbing in. It is worth giving it the time because it is a good product, but I just don’t have that kind of time in the morning. I will happily keep using this moisturizer at night, but i will swap in a day time cream as well. This is a night time product only.

Also used only at night is the Laneige Lip mask. I really like it for night time moisturizing of the lips. As I have been fighting a cold it has been especially helpful this week. Whenever i have a cold my lips tend to dry out fast. This mask has been helping to keep that drying to a minimum. So I am happy to have it in the line up. Mine is the Berry Scent and I have used it before. I do want to branch out and try their other flavors/scents. Do you know they have one called Gummy Bear? that sounds like fun. It will take me a while to work my way through this jar though, so a repurchase is far into the future.

And there you have it my darlings, the weekly skincare line up. After a previous bad reaction, I feel like my skin is now back on solid ground, While this week’s products don’t have universal praise, it isn’t all in all not a bad group to kick off the New Year.

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