The Skincare Line Up: January 13th, 2023

Welcome once again to my favorite post of the week. Here I get to talk about all of the products I am using in my line up and how I feel about them. While many of these products will end up with their own individual posts, here is where we see how they perform as a team. Shall we look at the starting line up? Fabulous, let’s dive in.

Makeup Remover: Beekman 1802 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Medic8 Micellar Mousse

Exfoliator: Elemis Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Toner

Essence: Missha Time Revolution The First essence (currently 30% off on the brand site)

Serum: Elemis Pro Collagen Renewal Serum

Retinol: Kate Somerville Retinol Vitamin C

Moisturizer: ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Moisturizer

Eye cream: Byroe Tea Time Eye gel

Lips: Tatcha Kissu Overnight Lip Mask

Okay this is the first week for the Beekman 1802 makeup remover and this far it is doing a really good job. It takes off makeup well and has very little scent. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated. I have been using it with my Makeup Eraser an hour or so before I do the rest of my skincare and my skin feels fantastic.

The Medic8 Cleanser is a travel size and I find it to be an okay cleanser. I like foam cleansers. Well I like one foam cleanser actually. (and yes it is from elemis) but over all I find them more fun than functional. This cleanser gets my skin clean but I really prefer seeing where I’ve put my cleanser and then going back and rinsing it off. that is a personal preference of course. The scent is also a personal preference. This smells a little like furniture polish. It is a good cleanser and i think I have about one more week’s worth of product in the container, but I don’t think it is a product for me. I think I will use it and then not repurchase.

The elemis Black Currant Exfoliator has already gone on my repurchasing list. i know exfoliators are an easy sell for me since I love them, but this is gentle enough to use everyday which you don’t get form a lot of exfoliators. I wish it smelled more of black currants but it has no real scent to it and that is a minor thing. And really just because I like black currants. I do find that on the days where i use the Kate Somerville Retinol I don’t use this exfoliator. I think it is too much. with the Kate Somerville I am using it twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and I think that is quite enough for me. It makes my skin red for the first five minutes after i apply it and then the red goes away. while it is a retinol moisturizer it is not enough moisture for my skin so on the nights when i use it I apply it and then read for an hour or so before bed and then add my moisturizer just before bed. That seems to work best for me.

While we are on moisturizers, holy cow do I love this one. This Espa Moisturizer smells fantastic and feels fantastic. i warm it up by rubbing my hands together before applying it. There is a little white for a moment and then it just gets sucked in by my kin. there is no greasiness at all and I am able to use it both in the morning and in the night with no issues. I might use a little less during the day, but on the nights where I used the Kate Somerville I do find that I use a little more than I do on other nights. I think that is just because of the retinol.

I know I normally try to go more or less in order of use but this week i sort of got a bit muddled and went free form association a bit. Let’s see what did I miss. The elemis serum. I only need five drops and it absorbs well. It has only been a little over a week with this serum and I am just starting to see a glimmer of effects. The really fine lines are looking a little less firmly etched on my skin which I love. I am hoping for increased results as I continue.

The Byroe eye cream i am absolutely adoring. The more I use it the more I love it. the gel texture absorbs well and I have had no clogged pores since using it. As I am prone to clogged pores around the orbital bone this is kind of a minor miracle. I am so glad it takes so little so I can keep this jar around for a while. I plan to use every little scrap of it.

And finally we round out the list with one of my favorites from last year. I picked up this Kissu Lip mask just to try and I fell in love with it’s texture and results. I use it most nights just before bed and I have to say this is the least chapped winter I can recall. My lips are hydrated and feel fantastic. And when they are not chapped my lipsticks go on more smoothly. Plus I can wear darker colors which I love. Darker colors tend to show the chapped bits a bit too much. I love dark lipsticks and I love healthy lips so it is a win/win for me.

And that my darlings is the rundown of this weeks skincare products in motion. Most of them were rolled in during the first week of January so they are just beginning to hit their stride. Right now it is more about feels and making sure there are no reactions form ingredients than it is about results. It takes about thirty days before results really start to show so we have a bit of a wait. Right now I am hopeful, especially for the elemis Serum. But so far nothing has caused a calamity so Forward we go into the next week of skincare. Have a great week.


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