The Skincare Lineup: June 17th, 2022

Oh my darlings it is time for changes. Several items that I was using last week are no more and others have been replaced. As only the night cream differs from day and night time use, I went ahead and put them all together for one list instead of breaking apart the day time and the night time list this week. Next week there will be a bit more differentiation, but as I was replacing so many things at the same time, I wanted to go a little more slowly with the routine and not create upset. Shall we take a look?

Makeup Remover: Nuxe Very Rose 3-in 1 Soothing Micellar Water

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Aavrani Balancing Restoring toning serum

Serum: Vitabrid C 12 Wrinkle Serum

Eye Cream: Symbiosis London Tightening and Resplendent Eye Mask

Moisturizer (Day) Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid Moisturizer

Night Cream/Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

Why don’t we start at the top. I finished out my current makeup remover and this Nuxe micellar water came in a subscription box. I opened it to see just how Rose scented it was so I figured I might as well roll it into the line up since it was open. Plus I really like Nuxe products. They always work so well for my skin. While I sniffed it originally and it had a barely there rose scent, it is a little stronger when you go to apply it. With makeup removal what I normally do is wet my Makeup Eraser (they are incidentally having a Birthday sale right now the code INVITEONLY will get you $9 off), and wipe off my makeup. Once the first layer is gone, i go in with products. The Nuxe took off all but the barest whisper of what was left and then the Clove and Hallow Cleanser knocked out the last bit.

I know, a lot of people don’t see the point of having two cleansers, but I like to make sure every scrap of makeup is removed AND my actual skin gets the benefit of the cleansers. I find for me this is the best way to keep blemishes and clogged pores down. With just one cleanser i will actually reach my toner stage and find I have traces of makeup still on the toner pad. With this method, I have a clean toner pad so I know it is my skin that the products are actually going into and not a protectively polished makeup layer.

It works for me.

Foir it’s first few days of use i have to say the Nuxe is working well. I like the French Skincare rose scent which is still quite mild and dissipates quickly. I’m sure i;ll have more to say once i’ve used it longer.

The Clove and Hallow I have been using for a while and really enjoy. It is gentle enough that I can use it mid day if I am just too sweaty to stand leaving my skin unwashed. It has a great mango powder scent (which has that slight vanilla scent mangos get). It is a powder so i add the water I want to adjust the consistency. It also means there is a lot of product in the jar. It has been over a month of use for this cleanser and I am not even half way down. One dash of powder is all you need. Plus it is in a reusable jar so I can recycle it in the house until the glass jar no longer is of use her, which as it is is shaped like a spice jar and will probably be filled with red pepper flakes once empty and cleaned out means it will be used for a long time to come. I grow the peppers and always need ajar for the flakes so this jar will be reused for quite a while before it ever goes to recycling. Which is part of it’s design. If you are into good, hardworking products that are also clean and sustainable, I highly suggest checking the brand out. But I do love this cleanser. And will be using it for a while more.

The Aavari toner I took out last night to use as I finished my Elemis (the Elemis will be repurchased by the way, it was fantastic). So I used this toner once last night and once this morning. Use wise I am still learning. Scent wise it is very Tea Tree Oil forward. There is a hint of chamomile. I’ll be honest, neither tea tree oil nor chamomile are my favorite scents. The scents aren’t oppressive though, or at least not to the point where I don’t want to use it. That may be a factor later on, but for now it is fine. I love the blue glass bottle (shallow of me, I know but there it is). I dislike the name because it is confusing. It is a toning serum according to the website and the description reads like a toner. I haven’t decided if it is a toner trying too hard to be a serum or a serum that is trying too hard to be a toner. It is going to take a few more uses before I figure that out, but I suspect it is going to be good at one of those things but not both.

The vitabrid serum is a hold over from last week and I am gaining a fondness for it. My skin drinks it in and looks a little more pump right after I apply it. it is a creamy serum and i wasn’t too certain of it at first but it is growing on me. It also reminds me why I shouldn’t make snap judgements on skincare and let them settle in and take time to show what they can do. I think this was the end of the third week and I am starting to see that it is doing something nice. i am happy to keep using it.

My eye cream ran out and so since the Symbiosis was new I decided to roll it into the line up. I know that while I often get fabulous results from inexpensive skincare cost isn’t everything. However this is a $93 eye mask. For me here is the deal with price and skincare. I don’t mind paying more for products that work. Well i don’t like it, but if the results are amazing I can justify the cost in most cases. If I use a less expensive product and it works I am always pleasantly surprised and often become a bit of a devotee. For example the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is only $29 and for dry skin moisture and pre makeup application I will sing it’s praises until the cows come home, and since I don’t have cows that will be a while. If it is inexpensive and didn’t work then i will think “what did you expect,” I think it is because of the ‘you get what you pay for’ mentality of several older family members.

With expensive products I automatically expect more. If you are going to charge $93 for an eye mask it had better be fantastic, especially since I have tried several really good eye creams that cost less than that. An example is the Lancome Genifique Andvanced Eye Cream. It is $68 and worth every single cent of the cost. It has actually become the eye cream to beat in my world. In rating eye creams regardless of the cost, you are as good as, better than or not as good as the Lancome Advanced. (and no I am not an affiliate, i wouldn’t mind being, but I am not. it is just good eye cream) So I don’t know yet what the Symbiosis can do, but I have high expectations and will be watching it closely. I will say in a few days of use, it absorbs well without being greasy. Time will tell if it does more. And yes, I took pictures for comparison.

Speaking of Embryolisse, the current moisturizer is the Lair Creme Fluide. My trial is actually coming to an end with this and I will have the full review up next week hopefully. It is a really good moisturizer and a perfect day time summer weight formula. I did find that a couple of times a week I needed an extra night mask.

My Night mask isn’t in this week’s line up right now because Bzz Agent sent a Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream for me to try out and review. So i set the night mask to the side for the moment and started using it at night (with the Embryolisse still as a day time cream)

The pairing worked well and i haven’t felt the need to add a night mask. While I love the dark blue glass of the jar, I have to say I am tickled by the light blue cream inside. i don’t know why but I wasn’t expecting the blue. I think because of cloud in the name i expected fluffy white. it is fluffy, but it is pale blue. It is a whipped formula and melts into the skin , well… like a cloud. It has a slightly medicinal scent to it. I don’t mind it, I just can’t place it. It also has squalene which i like and do well with. In general I either do well with Kiehl’s products or I can’t stand them after one use. I’ve had four of five nights with this and still like it. Generally if that happens with Kiehls then I end up liking the product more and more with each use. With this brand that just seems to be the way. I seems to be going into the liking it more and more range, which is always nice to see. I will keep you posted as I continue to use it.

And finally there is the Kissu lip mask. I really like it. it is light weight and absorbs into the lips throughout the night leaving them soft and plump by morning. It looks virtually unused after two weeks of use because to use I just barely skate my finger across the surface. So little product is needed that this mask will last a really long time. And I for one am glad. I have really enjoyed it this far and hope to keep enjoying it.

And so my darlings that has been my skincare line up for this week. A lot of changes but as products ran out they were needed. Because of the timing I was able to roll in a lot of the newly arrived products which makes me happy. I know a lot of this was a brief first use, but as I get more comfortable using them and start putting them through their paces, I will be able to share more about them with you. Until then, have a great Friday and I will return later this afternoon with the Friday Face mask and a brief relaxing interlude. See you then.

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