First use of the Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream

I couldn’t help it, but the lure was too strong. I had to open the new Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream and start trying it out. I know looks aren’t everything, but just look at the light green of that glass jar. It just says pick me up and give me a try. So i am.

In general I really like the Korres brand. I find their products to be both fairly priced and effective. The Pomegranate line has found a permanent love in my heart, despite the fact that they seem to have let it go (sniff, sniff, so sad). I like the rose but not as much as the pomegranate, and since I have an allergy to pine I have to avoid that line, but the yogurt face masks are always in rotation in my mask collection. the Golden Krocus is high on my list to try.

inner lid with tab

I have not tried anything from the Santorini Grape line so I was over the moon when it was a choice Item in my Boxycharm for June. It has been on my must try list since it’s release and when I saw it I pounced. I’m sure there were other options, but I didn’t really bother looking.

And I did order the Santorini Grape Velvet Skin Drink Serum this morning as well because i couldn’t resist giving it a try. But it’s first use will come, for now it is time for the moisturizer.

According to the product page…

For: Oily, Combination + Sensitive, A lightweight gel moisturizer that blurs pores, controls shine, and hydrates skin all-day using a powerful blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Willowherb Extract, and the antioxidant-rich, Santorini Grape.

Key Benefits:  Poreless complexion,  Balanced all-day hydration,  Smooth skin canvas

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At this time of year I am at my oiliest although I suspect i fall into the combination category. So this is about perfect and it is about the perfect time of year for me to try this moisturizer. As I mentioned above it is in a beautiful green glass jar. I know looks aren’t everything but I do like looking at a pleasing array of skincare on my shelf. It is okay to like pretty things, they just have to be pretty things that also pull their weight in the skincare department.

Opening the jar there is a stout plastic lid as a barrier to air, which I really like. It has a little pull tab to lift it off the top of the jar. It is wide and round and fairly easy to grab and lift. The inner plastic lid fits securely but it isn’t extremely tight so you don’t have to struggle with it if you don’t have a lot of hand strength. You just have to be able to grip the tab. Barring that slipping a thumbnail under the edge can flip it up for those with issues making pinching motions.

I find the scent of this moisturizer interesting. It does smell of grapes which I expected, but it is a grape that has had the sugars removed and smells almost like it is blended with plain yogurt. I didn’t see any yogurt on the list of ingredients so perhaps this is just a face mask hold over. The moisturizer has the same color as the mask, so perhaps that leans into it.

The Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream is a thicker sort of cream. It has the consistency of Greek Yogurt actually. It is the kind of cream that I scoop out a little and either dot it lightly on my face and then rub in or rub my hands together and then apply to my face. The second method will cause it to absorb faster on the skin and is fantastic when you are running late in the morning. Even if you choose the first method of dotting it on the skin before massaging it in, it won’t take long to absorb, just start with little dollops as a little goes a long way with this moisturizer.

The scent of the moisturizer fades as you apply it and once it dries down your face is not sticky at all. As a first use, it was a positive experience and I am happy that I will get to use it for the next month. July here promises to be incredibly hot and insanely humid, which is when my skin not only feels oily, but because I sweat so much I end up getting oddly dry patches from salty sweat running over the skin. I am hoping that this combination skin oriented Santorini Grape Poreless Skin cream from Korres will be just the thing to get me through with healthy skin. But only time will tell.

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First Use of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide Moisturizer

That’s right my darlings, we have reached the third moisturizer from Embryolisse’s Lait Creme Line. Today was my first use of it and I have to say I am a bit tickled with myself. Embryolisse sent all three creams from their Lait-Creme line for me to try out and review. I have used each in turn and while there will be a full comparison review of the three after I’ve given this one a full try, there is one thing i do have to mention.

I chose to use the Concentre first because it was the only cream in the lait creme line i was familiar with. I used it before and knew I loved it so I thought I’d refamiliarizing myself with the moisturizer before starting on the two I had not tried. I put the Lait-creme sensitive second as I thought it was a sensitive version of the concentre (which it is) and it made sense to try them one after another. I then put the Fluide last, because there were only three creams so it was the last one left.

pump top

Inadvertently I chose the best line up possible for the creams based on the weather and my skins needs. I think that is what tickles me. The Lait Creme Concentre was perfect for my winter dry skin. As the temperatures rose a bit and spring started to fight with winter for dominance, the sensitive lait creme, which is a little lighter than the concentre, was the perfect weight for my skincare needs. Now as I was thinking that the Sensitive might be a little too heavy and need to shift into night time use only, it is time for the Lait Creme Fluid to arrive on the scene.

And wouldn’t you know, it is the perfect weight for the summertime.

The Lait Creme Fluid comes in a pump format rather than the metal tubes of the other moisturizers in the Lait Creme line. And it is easy to see why. This Fluid cream is thinner than the other two in the line and if put into a tube far too much would come out in one squeeze. As this was my first use, I dispensed one full pump, just to see how much came out with one pump.

one full pump was a bit too much for me, in the future I will be using half a pump.

The truth is, far too much came out. I used this amount to cover my face, neck, upper chest, and both my arms. About half a pump is what I will go for in my next application. Although I can’t say that my arms didn’t appreciate the use. This is just a good all round moisturizer to be honest. But this first use is more about the face and it’s use as a facial moisturizer.

The pump is obviously easy to use. it has a wide flat top that is finger width. It’s wide pump means that it is still easy to use even if my hands are still wet and or slick from previously applied products. In addition there is a circular imprint on the top of the pump with lettering to show you how to lock and unlock the pump should you choose to move it about instead of leaving it in the bathroom. This design, while appreciated for the information it gives, also provides a bit of a rough surface for the finger which aids in gripping and using the product.

From a packaging standpoint it is a ten. It is very easy to use even should you have mobility issues and it is a thick enough bottle that it stays stable on the counter. In addition the bottle is solid, thus protecting the moisturizer from the light. But as we all know packaging isn’t everything.

applied with dabs

While a full pump was too much, a half pump would be about perfect for face, neck and décolletage. The moisturizer formula has a scent comparable with the others in the line. It is oddly lighter in scent than the sensitive version which I found interesting. (I still have some of the sensitive so I did a comparison and it is just a slight bit lighter in scent but exactly the same scent.) I think the lightness of the scent is due to the less dense cream. While still a white creamy texture, this Lait Creme Fluid is more like a water cream than your standard cream moisturizer. It isn’t quite a water cream, but it is heading in that direction. Or I suppose a better way to put that is that it is a cream based water cream rather than a gel based water cream, if that makes it a little clearer.

easy absorption, not greasy and no white residue

In application, it applies really well. I dotted it on my face, mostly because I dispensed too much. Otherwise I would have rubbed my hands together then applied it – there was simply too much in my hand. It massaged in almost instantly with out leaving a single trace of white on the skin. There was also no greasy residue left behind. For me not only is the lighter cream good for summer moisturization levels, but because it absorbs so well so quickly with no greasy feel left behind, it actually aids me in applying my sunscreen.

In the summer I like to get into the habit of applying my sunscreen with my morning skin care so I don’t forget and then just before my walk I add an extra coat of a spray sunscreen over my previously applied layer of sunscreen. With the way the Lait Creme Fluid applies, I have very little lag time between moisturizer and sunscreen. Since I don’t have to wait it is less likely i will forget to apply the sunscreen, and the more I remember my sunscreen the better off my skin is.

Somehow I managed to find the right order in which to try out these moisturizers from Embryolisse. This first use went well for me, which as I generally like Embryolisse products isn’t that big a surprise. The biggest surprise for me was how well timed the start of this moisturizer trial is. For me this is the perfect summer weight moisturizer and I am looking forward to seeing how it performs as compared to the more standard versions of the Embryolisse Lait Cream that i know and love. As a first use, this was quite fabulous.

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First use of the Comper Smarkin 4-in 1 Beauty Device

This device was gifted to me from the brand for the purpose of review, however all opinions and thoughts are my own. I have to say I was tickled to be able to try out this device. The Comper Smarkin 4-in-1 Beauty device is a skincare/treatment device that you link to an app in your cell phone. While you can operate it manually just by pressing the buttons on the device, with the app you can set up a treatment program and the phone automatically transitions the device between the different modes. It also keeps track of the treatments and reminds you when it is time to use the device again so it is easy to keep up with a regime.

easy to use buttons, soft grip texture and the device fits well in the hand

But that is getting a bit ahead of ourselves. First what does the Comper Smarkin 4-in-1 device do? According to the website this device gives you…”Professional Treatments At Home
An advanced, smart skincare tool that brings forth a new generation of skin treatment and improvement via RF, EMS, MASS, and LED.”

I know, some of you went, wow that’s nice and some of you are looking at the letters and thinking only a few of them sound vaguely familiar. I had to look them up to be certain myself, so lets do a quick break down.

RF is radio frequency and Radio Frequency (RF) can heat the dermis layer evenly over a larger area. It stimulates collagen regeneration, reduces wrinkles and provides immediate lifting and tightening.

EMS is a micro current(EMS) promotes a deep movement of muscles and enhance blood circulation. It tightens the skin for facial lifting and helps improve skin’s contour, tones, fine lines and puffiness.

records use

LED light therapy repairs cells and capillaries, balances facial water and oil levels, helps to eliminate acne, reduces pigment issues and heals UV damage. While MASS is short for massage and through micro-vibration massage at a certain frequency, Skin Massage(MASS) enhances the skin absorption and becomes a perfect match with other skin care products.

So essentially this device is designed through it’s different programs (each with three levels of intensity) is designed to reduce wrinkles and puffiness. lift tighten stimulate collagen regeneration and reduce acne and pigmentation. I can pretty much get behind all of that actually, although it is a long list and I was curious as to how complicated it would be to set up.

easy to follow program leads you through the treatments with timing counting down

It turns out it was very simple to set up. The user manual came with step by step set up instructions. My app was downloaded to my phone via google Play and took seconds to install. It is easily named Comper Health App. I plugged in the device, turned it on and synced it with the program. What I like is that should you decide to purchase any other Comper device (they have many interesting looking ones), it looks like they can all be linked via the same app, Which means that you don’t have to download a bunch of different apps and you can keep all of the monitoring information in one place for reference. I really like the ease of the set up.

Once linked I was lead through a bunch of different questions about my skin. Once I inputted all of my information (It is multiple choice and no personal data other than skin conditions and issues are asked), they system sets up a recommended treatment regimen and frequency.

Hyaluronic acid serum to pair with the device

And that’s it, you can start using it right away. It is recommended that you use a Hyaluronic acid serum with the device partially because the serum is good for the conditions it treats, and partially because applying a serum with the device helps it glide more smoothly over the skin. While Comper did send me their HA serum, which I rather like, any HA serum can be used. I really like knowing that as it is an HA serum, many versions of which I have in my skincare arsenal already waiting to be used, I don’t have to worry about running out of a specific one and not being able to use the device.

skin before treatment begins, front view

So on to the first use. I entered the app and simply pressed the start button. The device reminded me my skin needed to be clean, dry and the serum needed to be applied to the head of the device. It then waited for me to accomplish these tasks and when I was ready I pressed the button marked ready, made sure the device was turned on and let the phone connect with the device. It did and lights went on and a buzzing sounded. My first treatment combined the Massage and the radio frequency. It was warm and quite pleasant actually. In addition, the device walked me through the motions and the time I needed to use those motions.

At the bottom of the screen I could see how long the full treatment would last and at the top I could see how long this particular segment would last. In between there was a face showing the exact placement and movements I needed to use at that time. With each shift, the device prompted me and shifted the image on screen. It was extremely easy to use and and fears I had of maintaining a complicated ritual faded away. It is one of the most user friendly devices I have tried out.

Side view 1

The treatment started at the forehead and worked it’s way down in predictable motions, slowly moving to the jaw line and neck. Once the neck had been treated the system told me it was time to move to the second treatment. It adjusted the device settings for me and I began the LED therapy. It again led me through the motions and I completed them effortlessly. At the end the device shifted to the EMS. I have to admit I was a little worried about the micro current. I thought it might hurt, it didn’t. The device started me on the lowest setting and it felt like there was a current running into my skin but there was no sort of shock with it.

side view 2 (photos are all before to compare with at the end of 30 days

Now clearly with one use there were no striking visual changes. I will say that my skin felt warm and invigorated as well as oddly rested. I know invigorated and rested shouldn’t pair together but it was rested the way your skin feels after you’ve laid a hot wash cloth over your face for a bit and invigorated as though you splashed something like eucalyptus on your face. My face felt really good even if one use wasn’t enough to show any changes. I have included the before pictures with this post so that when I get to the end of thirty days of use I can show any actual changes in my skin.

To be honest, I have high hopes. In part my hopes are because of the movement in the device use. A lot of them are similar to the movements I used when trying out the Gua Sha stone on my face. That too is a sculpting tool and even without the techno bits, I received really good results using it. This incorporates the same movements along with the techno bits mentioned above so I expect there will be significant improvements at the end of the month. As with all skincare tools, devices, treatments, and products, consistent use is the best way to see any form or results. So I will consistently use this for the next month and get back with you at the end of the thirty day trial to see how well this device performed and how it felt to use it for the duration. As I very much enjoyed this first us, I can honestly say I am looking forward to continuing to put the Comper Smarkin 4-in-1 Beauty Device through it’s paces.

It’s a Claydate with Dew of the Gods for Face Mask Friday

There is something utterly fabulous about reaching the end of a difficult week and taking a short break with a face mask. It isn’t a spa visit or a sea side vacation, I know. But it is a few minutes carved out at the end of the week to just sit back and breathe. Not worry about if someone is going to take the wording of your e-mail wrongly, not worried about phone calls, or even what’s for dinner, just ten to fifteen minutes of nothing.

mask with inner lid

It is amazing how recharged I feel after just the short break. I suppose I feel it more because while this week was hard, getting back to a normal schedule and catching up for the things that didn’t get done last week, for the past few weeks I haven’t really taken that time. A lot of my face masks have been worn at my desk while I sorted through e-mails or made lists of calls. A couple of times I have put on a mask with the intention of taking a break and then remembered something and spent the ten or so minutes running around the house getting it done. I attempted relaxing with a mask Monday but I just ended up falling asleep. Which was useful, but not really the same thing.

bare skin before masking

Today I made an effort. I pulled the Claydate mask from The Dew Of the Gods out of the skincare drawer, mostly because it was the last one added and thus the one on top. I decided rather than rummaging, I would start with it today.

When I visited the website to look up the mask I found this description of the $42 Claydate mask…

Omg, pink clay? This mineral-rich, luxurious mud of the gods is meticulously extracted and formulated into a creamy, rich base for the ultimate hydrating & healing mask. Claydate is infused with rosehip oil, aloe, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid to purify, heal, tone and remineralize your skin. With clean skin and a clear mind, generously lather onto your face and neck with your fingers or a dry mask brush. Wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. 

Dew of the Gods
mask on, nothing really lathering about its application

I don’t know why the word lather threw me for a bit of a loop, but I suppose it is because lather isn’t a word I associate with clay. It is definitely a clay mask, and Omg it is pink clay. I’ve actually used pink clay masks before and they have turned out well. The color of the clay isn’t that pig a deal. I’m sure there are specific minerals that make it pink and that are good for the skin. If I end up using this for a month of masking, I’ll do a deep dive into the ingredients, but for now, bring on the clay mask.

The container has an inner plastic lid, which is necessary for clay masks. The inner lid keeps it from drying out. It is clay after all. The scent is vanilla with a playdoh undertone. Which actually smells quite nice. It is a little odd but I kind of like the scent. The vanilla isn’t too sweet or heavy and it makes the playdoh scent a little less playdoh-y. I kind of dig it actually.

after ten minutes of drying down, it is dry but i can still smile

The pink clay is a light enough consistency that it spreads onto the skin easily, much more easily than many other clay masks. Because of this I found myself using less product than I expected. Which is not a bad thing. Once my face was covered in a coating of pink, I set the timer for 10 minutes and lit the candle by my bedside. It is in it’s last use phase. The candle is cinnamon and I am reminded that once again I forgot to look at summer scented candles. Still this is the last time it can be used and then the wick will be no more. The last of the wax will be taken out, the inside clean and I’ve decided to use this particular glass candleholder to hold makeup brushes in it’s second life. Partially because I need something to hold makeup brushes and it is the right height.

But it does mean that I really need to get in my summer candle order. I know, I have been dithering about it. Part of me wants to order the La Playa candles I ordered last year from Paddywax. They ae just the perfect summery scents. The ones I picked up were in the citrus line and really made the house feel summery fresh. The other part of me wants to try a candle subscription. I’ve been looking at the Wickbox candle subscription for a while now and I’m thinking that may be the way to go. As this is the last hurrah for my last winter candle I will need to make a decision soon. The problem is of course that I want both.

clean skin post mask

But that is a conundrum for later. Today, there is a cinnamon scented cloud for ten minutes of relaxation.

Except that this is not an entirely relaxing mask to wear. It is the kind of mask that feels a little stingy. It isn’t a bad sting, but it is definitely a prickling of the skin. This is not a face mask you can forget that you are wearing. It started stinging just after it was applied and remained stinging the entire time I wore it. Now i will say this is a first use for me of the claydate Mask, so there is the possibility that with repeated use it will end up stinging less.

But again, that it the subject for a future post.

I was a little nervous about the constant stinging and when my timer went off I fairly jumped up and headed to the bathroom. In ten minutes, the mask dried all the way down and lightened in color slightly. I was worried that such a dry down might make it difficult to chip off as clay can sometimes be a pain to remove. However I used a damp wash cloth and the mask simply wiped off. It was super easy to remove, no jackhammers required.

close up of risen pores

After patting my skin dry, I have to admit, It looked pretty good. My skin felt hydrated and soothed. And I don’t know if you can see this or not, but in the area where I tend to get clogged pores (along my lower orbital bone) I had a few clogged pores brought closer to the surface. I know dragging clogged pores up isn’t really part of this mask’s description but it was a bonus for me. They’ll be annoyingly bumpy for a few days and then they’ll clear off. As I have a quiet weekend planned I don’t really mind.

In fact I really liked this mask. The prickling made it a little less relaxing than I hoped but I have hopes that as my skin gets used to repeated use the stinging will fade. I do like this mask enough to make it the mask for a month of masking. I just need to figure out how often I can or should use it. I think three times a week should be fine, but i want to double check before I decide that it will be my Monday, Wednesday, Friday Mask for the next month. It seems like something I should find out first. In the description it had a paragraph about the mask being blessed by Buddhist monks instead of listing how often it could be used.

While fun, it is a little less helpful than I like in my description. However the fact that it is blessed by monks is familiar which means I have probably tried a product from this brand before. I just can’t remember what it was. So a files search will soon be needed. Especially if I’m using this for a month. I’ll let you know Monday what I find and if it makes the cut, for now, The Claydate mask from Dew of the Gods is a mask I enjoyed using and am looking forward to using again.

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First Use Clove and Hallow Cloud Cleanser

Clove and Hallow sent their brand new Cloud Powder Cleanser for me to try out and review. While I will give a more full some review after I’ve used to for a full thirty days, I wanted to go ahead and give my first impressions. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Clove and Hallow they are a clean beauty brand as well as vegan and cruelty free. Their products are sustainably made in the United states as well.

shaker lid

And I know packaging isn’t everything (although some packaging is clearly better for the world than others so I suppose I should say beauty isn’t everything, maybe…) but I love the look of this packaging. Simply put it is glass and looks like a spice shaker. And truthfully once the cleanser is all used up and the jar rinsed out, this glass bottle will have a second life in my spice drawer. I’m sure eventually it will make it’s way into the recycling, but it will be well reused here.

But before that day comes, there is a product to use and review. Let’s took a look at what Clove and Hallow have to say about their new Cloud Powder Cleanser.

a little powder

Who doesn’t want skin as soft and bouncy as a cloud? Packed with soothing colloidal oatmeal, vitamin B5, and mango extract, Cloud Powder is a water-activated cleansing powder that gently washes away makeup, sweat, and impurities. Even the most sensitive skin will feel deeply cleansed, but still nourished and soft to the touch. CLOVE + HALLOW cares: Cloud Powder Cleanser is packaged in a glass jar which can be reused or infinitely recycled. Its cap is made with recyclable plastic.

Clove and Hallow
just a little bit of water

See it isn’t just me planning to reuse the bottle. It was designed that way. Aren’t they fabulous? I really like the thought of a powder cleanser. I used the Amore Pacific cleanser which comes in powdered form and beyond how the cleanser performed (which was lovely by the way) I really enjoyed the powder format. It let me control how much water I added to the mix. In the mornings I could add a little more water and just do a quick clean rinse, but in the evening add less water for a thicker product which made me feel like I was truly taking off the last of my makeup.

So I am down for a good powder formula. I also like the fact that it doesn’t run the risk of leaking during travel. I do love a good pump cleanser, but you can’t really travel with them. I had an unexpected travel moment this weekend and this cleanser was fantastic. The glass bottle was sturdy and traveled with no issue and as it is a powder there was no leakage.

bubbles stay as it applies and then rinses off clean

The cleanser dispenses into the hand through the shaker top. I did notice I have a tendency to shake out more product than I needed. I think because it is shaped like a spice jar (or at least my spice jars) I tend to give it a couple of vigorous shakes. One shake is all you need and you have enough product. After a few days I remembered that and I was fine.

There is a light scent to it that is almost vanilla-y but not quite. I had to look on the label and I think the almost but not quite vanilla is from the Mango. It is that borderline vanilla scent/taste that some mangos get. I personally really like it. It is a very light scent though and disappears almost instantly. And trying to get closer and sniff just gets cleanser up your nose. I do not recommend that.

For a first use (or first weekend use actually) I really enjoyed this cleanser. It was gentle on abraded skin (it was a very emotional weekend leaving my skin extra sensitive) and it gave my skin a great clean. I am looking forward to using this Cloud Powder Cleaner from Clove and Hallow for the next month (and beyond) and seeing how it performs over time. As a first use though it gets a thumbs up on smooth clean skin, a second for a light, pleasant but quickly dissipating scent and at least one more for sustainable and reusable packaging. I know, that is more thumbs than I have, but I am really enjoying the Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Cleanser. Hopefully the love will last the month. See you in thirty days…

The Daily: April 25th, 2022

Can you believe this is the last week of April? I swear I have no idea how that happened. The months with only thirty days always seem to go fast, as do the month’s with holidays and this one had both, plus an extra visit. I’m pretty sure that was where all the time disappeared.

Sorry, it just sort of surprised me when i looked at the calendar this morning. It shouldn’t, but it did. So good Monday afternoon on this the last week of April. It is going to be a busy one. At least for me. This weekend the weather turned into spring and looked like it was going to permanently leave winter behind. How much Spring we get is always up for debate. Last year spring made a very brief appearance before summer came roaring in. I’m hoping for a little bit of a longer spring this year. But the spring planting is now done. All of the plants growing steadily in my greenhouse are now planted.

Well at least the first stringer are planted. Now that they are out, I am starting seeds for the next round and this week the direct sowing of seed will be done in the evenings. Then I just have to remember my watering schedule and hope that the weather is my friend this year instead of my enemy. My nails were demolished over the weekend and I have already started to look at a selection of ImPress nails for when I actually have to look presentable. I’ve also ordered a couple of nail treatment options to keep everything healthy.

I don’t know if you’ve tried Impress, but for me in the summer they are a life saver when i suddenly have to look presentable. Even with gloves gardening just does a number on my nails. ImPress and Kiss Nails are both part of the same parent company (I think Joah is also a part of them at least the website is all the same thing.) I like both Kiss and Impress, but Kiss tends to require nail glue (or at least the ones I’ve picked up do) and Impress has the sticky back attached. I prefer that since it is less of a mess. Plus the sticky back lasts about a week. Which means for me, I can do what needs doing in the garden Saturday morning, apply the nails for any Saturday Afternoon/evening events and then wear them all week. By the time I’m ready to work in the garden again, they are ready to come off. It is kind of the perfect solution for me.

After trashing my nails planting potatoes this weekend, I spent a great deal of time picking out a selection of colors. Which is usually the sign that my pre-summer stock up is imminent. I was amused to find they had tips and toes collections as well now so you can match everything. I can’t say I’ve ever thought of press on toenails but I can see the appeal. I might have to try those out at some point. But that is for another day.

Today’s Look:

Pre Makeup base: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Powder/Bronzer/blush/highlighter: Pur 4-in-1 Perfecting Powders Palette

Eyeshadow: Sandbar Mirage palette

Mascara: Big Poppa from Wet ‘n wild

Lips: Yensa Super 8 Lip oil in Pink Shine

While I am still testing out the Mirage palette from Sandbar, today was really all about the foundation. This is my first use of the New Yensa Silk Serum foundation. It is actually a new product. I can’t remember when it came out but it really hasn’t been out that long and it keeps selling out. I kept going onto the website and finding that it was out of stock. When it was an item in my IPSY bag this month I was thrilled. Especially since it arrived just a I was wrapping up the trial of the Yensa BC cream foundation (which I adore).

This was my first use of the foundation and thus far I kind of like it. The scent is slightly floral, slightly skincare scented. It reminds me of Vitamin C serums, which as this does have vitamin c in it shouldn’t be surprising. One pump was enough to cover my entire face, which was nice. Today I used it with a matte primer and I did not use concealer. I don’t think it is as glow-y as the BC cream so tomorrow I am going to try a non matte primer with it. I think it might work with them which would be nice. And as the look did come off a little more matte than I wanted I think illuminating primers might work better with this one.

Thus far it is performing well, however I think tomorrow I might roll in a concealer. I don’t think this formula is as full coverage as the BC cream. But for today this works as a good first use.

The Elf Primer and Big Poppa mascara are fantastic, as always.

I picked up the Pur palette because I just wanted something simple to grab and go. I tend to use this palette all summer but haven’t reached for it in a while. The reason is that the bronzer is my summer shade. It was too dark today so I spent a bit of time taming it down and blending it out. it worked in the end , but I think some of the powdery look today came from that. This is definitely a summer palette for me and despite spending time outside this weekend, my skin is not quite ready for it. This Is a July palette for me. I like the formulas, its just a bit dark at the moment.

And then we have the eyeshadow palette. Today I did a two matte look just to see how it worked. I only had to dip into the pan once for this brown. I did tap off the powder before applying. Then I blended it out. It was highly pigmented. I then used the matte pink to tame it down a bit. The two shades blended well together, but they were highly pigmented. Which is something to remember. Go in with a light touch and definitely tap off the brush or you will end up with fall out.

And I wrapped up with the Yensa Lip oil. It too is a favorite summer product. It is also one of the products that keeps me from snacking at my desk. When applied I just don’t want to eat anything until it absorbs. which it does after a time. It is a great looking gloss while you wait for it to absorb. It also smells slightly watermelon-y and doesn’t taste bad. I actually picked it up today not only because it looks good and is easy but because I need to look into reordering for Summer. I have a thumb’s width worth of product left and while I will use every drop, it is my favorite lip oil and I want to have it on hand.

And so that was today’s look. Mostly products I know with a couple to test out. And really the first day of trying out a new foundation is always about the foundation. It just covers too much of my face for it not to be. I think key for me is going to be thinking of this foundation as it’s own thing and not comparing it so much to the BC Full coverage. that is going to be the trick. i wanted to try them close together for comparison’s sake, but I need to see how they work independently.

But now it is back to work for me as we race towards the end of the month. Good luck with your own tasks for the day!


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First Use of The First Essence 5x by Missha

Missha just sent over their Time Revolution The First Essence 5X for me to try out and review. If you’ve read my posts you know I am a huge fan of their Time Revolution Artemisia Line. I just finished a full review of the Pack Foam Cleanser from that line and the Artemisia essence is a summer time staple as it is fantastic for dealing with skin that has spent a little too much time in the sun. It is amazingly soothing as well as a good essence.

Once this arrived, I went onto the

site to take a look at what I should expect from this essence.

A K-beauty and Missha #1 best-seller, the Time Revolution The First Essence 5X is the brand’s fifth-generation leading essence. Formulated with 97% Desert Cica Yeast Ferment, this firming and brightening essence helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, delivers dense moisture, and offers basic strength care. The pure and potent skin-nourishing ingredients provide eight key skincare benefits: clarity, moisture, skin tone, texture, soothing, smoothness, hyperpigmentation, and protection. Ingredients are fermented with Missha’s EXTREME FERMENT α™ Method, a unique three-step fermentation method that stably delivers an extreme boost of active ingredients to the skin.

Time Revolution The First Essence 5X is clinically proven to improve tone, texture, and moisture within 14 days of use. It is recommended for those with dull, dry, or aging skin, and can be used on normal/sensitive skin types.

Missha Skincare

While looking up the details I also found Missha is having a large Mother’s Day sale. This essence is currently 30% off (as are most of the other items on the site if you are looking to stock up).

Personally I think this is the perfect time to start trying out this essence. This is the time of year where my skin always feels a little dull due to the ending of winter and too much time spent indoors over the past few months. It is also the time of year where the temperatures and humidity levels are all over the place. (fire watch and tornados over the weekend, rain and much cooler temps today with flooding on it’s way)I generally find that a good essence can help to align the other products in my routine as well as do a fantastic job in and of itself.

Plus if you look in the description (and the ingredients list) you will see cica listed. Cica is one of those ingredients you see a lot in Korean skincare and for a good reason. It is great at soothing skin and taking out some of the redness and irritation. With allergens in the air growing each day at this time of year and the sun beating down as I start moving plants from the greenhouse to the garden, redness and irritation are near constant companions. I’ve used cica infused products before and my skin has always behaved well with them so I am looking forward to seeing what this essence can do.

As this is the beginning of the thirty day trial I can’t yet speak to it’s efficacy, but I can say that it is a clear liquid with no real scent to it. It looks like water in the hand but when applied my skin sucked it in like a sponge. I let it sit for a minute to ensure that my skin had absorbed it all and then proceeded with the rest of my skin care. I don’t think I had to wait that long as it didn’t really need the time to absorb, but I like to give it a minute to settle in. It actually absorbed faster than other essences I have tried so I know it will not be adding any time to my skincare routine (and might actually be taking some time off my morning prep.) It was a fantastic first test and my skin did feel a little more hydrated than usual. Towards the evening I start to feel a little dry at this time of year. Soon the season will switch and I’ll start to feel a little more oily towards the end of the day.

I felt less dry than usual. As this was the only item switched out today, I think that the Time Revolution The First essence from Missha can be credited with adding a bit more moisture to my skin. which isn’t a bad thing. I am looking forward to seeing how well it performs. As I already love the Artemisia Essence from the line, it has a lot to live up to.

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A month of Bl’eau begins…

While I love my Friday Face Masks, Often I bounce between products, trying first one and then the other. While I do like this approach, Facial masks are skin care and like any other skin care product it is only through repeated use that you can really get to know them and see if they work for you.

On occasion I do a full month of just a singular face mask. I have been looking for a mask to focused on for a month and when Bl’eau Beauty sent the Glacial Oceanic Clay mask for me to try out and review, I knew this was a one to try out for a month. Part of the reason is that the mask can be used daily or as needed. And today is my first use.

I know it is what is inside that count’s but honestly the packaging is simply stunning. It just says, reach for me, you know I’m fabulous. And while looking like a gem stone is nice, the design is also sort of practical. The shaped edges of the lid make it easy to grip and twist, even with wet hands. The angles fit into the hand really nicely and make it incredibly easy to turn. And when you close it, the lid clicks into place so you know that it is in fact closed. Which with a clay based mask, closing it properly insures it will not dry out and leave you with dust.

clean face to start

there is an inner lid as well to help keep the air out. The spoon/spatula that comes with the mask is nice as well. It has a very pleasing curve to it that makes it easy to not only take the product from the jar, but to smooth it out over the skin.

But before we try the mask it is best to figure out what it is supposed to do…

Sourced from ancient glaciers off the coast of British Columbia, our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask gently exfoliates, soothes redness and irritation, and infuses thirsty skin with intense hydration. Boasting more than 60 minerals, micronutrients and rare elements that are proven to detoxify and replenish, this detoxifying botanical blend promotes a softer, brighter and radiant complexion. 

*NSF certified organic: Our Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask is committed to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard. The NSF/ANSI 305 is an American National Standard written specifically for personal care products containing organic ingredients. 

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first applied

The scent of the mask is interesting. It is slightly herbaly and slightly minerally in note. I picked up hints of what I think might be aloe and lavender but thee is a minerality to the scent. Which makes sense given what the mask is. It is light and pleasant and the scent dissipates quickly so it isn’t much of a concern. I kind of like the scent,

The mask applies easily, It is thinner and looser than a lot of clay masks and glides easily over the skin. I think I might have applied a bit of a thick layer this time around because I wasn’t sure how well it would spread. I think my next application will be a thinner layer.

After fifteen minutes

There was no particulate matter suspended in the Glacial Organic Clay Mask, it is a smooth paste. After applying I let it sit for fifteen minutes before returning to the bathroom to wash it off. The mask did not dry down and harden like many clay masks. I really liked this as removing a clay mask is often more trouble than it is worth and sometimes feels like I out to call in a jack hammer to assist.

This mask came off easily with a damp wash cloth. As the day is cold, the water is as well and I didn’t let it warm up as I should, so the slight redness in my cheeks is due to the cold water. Taking the mask off was as simple as wiping down my face.

Rinsed off and patted dry

Easy on, easy off.

And my skin? Soft and hydrated without feeling greasy. It feels really good actually. I can feel a couple of the deeply buried clogged pores starting to surface and I suspect that with repeated use they will be pulled to the surface so they can be cleared away. I don’t recall seeing that on the list of outcomes, but I am not bothered by it. I am always happy when my clogged pores can be cleared out. I am thrilled that I will be using this for the next thirty days. As one use proved pretty interesting, I can hardly wait to see how my skin looks at the end of the month. This Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask from Bl’eau Beauty is going to be a fun trial.

If you are looking to try out items from this brand, now is the time to do it. They currently have a deal going on where you can get 20% with the code MARCH22. It only lasts until the 31st, so you might want to hurry.

First Use Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

Embryolisse recently sent three of their products for me to try out and review. They are the Lait-Creme Concentrate (which is the main point of this post), the Lait-Creme Fluid and the Lait Creme Sensitive. I chose the Concentre to try first because I believe it is the most hydrating of the three and this is the time of year when my skin is the most dry.

the three product sent

Some of you may look at the name and not recognize it, some of you probably do. And to be honest, I recognize both the bottle and the scent and tend to forget the name. And I think that is because this cream has been around my world (and the world at large) for a long time.

This moisturizer was originally created in the 1950s. According to their website…

In 1950, a dermatologist specialized in skin pathologies created the Lait-Crème Concentré. The skincare quickly became a make-up artists’ favorite after Dr. Aron-Brunetiere, head of the Dermatology Department of the Rothschild Foundation, prescribed the LCC to the Barons de Rothschild and the stars of the time, who spoke to their make-up artists about it. Since then, the popularity of the cream naturally spread in the pro community through word of mouth.

The Lait Crème Concentré has been used and recommended by professional make-up artists, actresses and top models for decades. They swear by this multi-functional product to take care of their fragile skin and keep it beautiful. Its winning formula includes a blend of essential ingredients from natural origin. Rich in fatty acids and vitamins, it delivers nutrients to the skin, retains moisture and protects it from external aggressions. Well-moisturized, nourished skin regains comfort and balance, making it the ideal make-up base.

Embryolisse

This is actually the moisturizer that my mother and grandmother both used when I was a child. For me it is the scent of bedtime kisses’ and story time before sleep. So my scent descriptions are a bit more nostalgic when i think about it, but i will try. It is a lightly floral scent. It is a creamy moisturizer scent that smells a little like aloe and a little bit like shea butter. Honestly the first thought that comes to mind when I smell it is ‘Mom’s night cream’. As I know none of you grew up in my household I apologize but it is just a really strong scent memory for me.

unopened

It is also the first moisturizer I ever used. Like, ever ever. It has however been a really long time since I picked up a bottle. And while the scent memory remains, the details of the creme have long since faded.

For this first use I used it not only as a day cream but as a night cream so technically it is two uses. The Lait Creme Concentre comes in a metal tube. The top of the screw on cap has a point used to puncture the safety seal in the top of the tube. I really like this. First off it lets me know the tube is sealed. Secondly Even though I know I should open new products before i start applying my skincare, sometimes (most times actually) I forget and then have to pull off those tiny little metal seals with wet or greasy fingers. Usually I end up punching through them with a set of tweezers. This type of seal is ideal for me so I was happy. I knw the cream was sealed and I could get into it.

cream

I also really like the metal tubes as I can flatten them like a toothpaste tube as I use them and know exactly how much product is left.

It is a bit too easy to squeeze out more than you intend. So go cautiously at first. The cream is a thinner cream, not quite a water cream but not as thick as a heavy white moisturizer. It is a formula that needs to warm up to your skin in order to absorb. I think it is the addition of the shea butter actually. If you dispense the product and put it cold on your skin it will leave a white cast until it warms up and absorbs in. It takes very little time, just a few circles of the hand and the white fades. I tend to dispense into the palm rub the hands together to warm it and then apply my hands and the cream to my face. The white is not an issue and the cream absorbs faster.

applied without warming first

This was especially useful this morning. I used less product in the morning than I did in the evening, about half actually. which is something I will need to remember as i continue. As you may recall I apply my morning skincare before coffee and I am not at my brightest before my coffee.

literally two swipes of the hand and less than ten seconds later, the creame is absorbed

This first use turned out really well. My skin absorbed the Lait Creme Concentrate from Embryolisse well and I really like the feel of my skin. It seems well moisturized, but not overly so. I am looking forward to giving this moisturizer a good trial over the next month asn then comparing it to the other two moisturizers in the Lait Creme Line. Overall, Embryolisse is off to a really good start. This is going to be a fun (and quite nostalgic) skin care trial. But don’t worry, it will be the product and not the nostalgia that makes the review.

Lait-Crème Concentré

First Use Dime Eyelash Boost Serum

I love long silky lashes but I will be honest, I am not a fan of false eye lashes. I have pretty decent eyelashes to start with, but when I try to add in false eye lashes, I inevitably end up ripping out my own eye lashes and then, I don’t have decent lashes of my own any more.

Which sort of defeats the whole point.

The last time I gave in and used false lashes for a while, I love the way they look, hated losing my lashes and tried a lash boost serum. It was the Grande Cosmetics Lash Enhancing serum and it was fantastic. I have also used the Dermelect XL Lash Volumizer, which I think made my lashes really healthy. I thas been a while since I’ve used a lash enhancing serum though. However i am always willing to extend my lashes, as long as I keep them healthy.

This Dime Eyelash Boost Serum came in a recent Boxy Charm. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of the brand before. According to the brand…

Apply nightly to the base of the upper and lower eyelashes. Continue using to aid the condition and appearance of your lashes.

Apply every other day if a mild tingling sensation occurs. As Eyelash Boost gets low, shake the bottle to ensure the product is on the application wand before use.

Caution: For external use only. Avoid direct contact with the eye. If irritation occurs, rinse with cool water and discontinue use. Consult with your physician if you are pregnant or nursing, being treated for any eye-related disorder, or actively undergoing cancer treatment. Keep out of reach of children.

Dime

I admit when it comes to my eyes I am kind of picky so I went through the ingredients list with a dine toothed comb. I found nothing I was allergic to on the list and then I tested it of night on the inside of my arm. There was no adverse reaction so I decided to go ahead and try it out. (I also made sure to use it in the bathroom near a sink so that if any burning occurred I could rinse out my eyes fast.

I like long lashes, but I’m not going to make myself blind to get them.

bare eyelashes at the start of the trial

The tube is heavy feeling in the hand. I know it is probably a marketing ploy but the heavier tube did feel more luxe in the hand. I also like the sleek black tube with the gold lettering. It is an attractive looking product. The wand is a very fine point brush. There is no real scent to the product. I applied the product on the base of my lashes and then brushed it along the actual lashes themselves, as directed.

There was no stinging or burning sensations. No tingling of any kind. It simply felt wet. I sealed the tube up and then left the bathroom. It took about five minutes for the Dime Serum to dry down on my lashes. I did go a bit heavy handed on this first application since I wanted to see if i would have any problems. For me, since i routinely wear a silk sleep mask to bed, the dry time of the product is important.

wet eyelashes after first application

After five minutes my lashes were dry and felt a bit stiff. I brushed them with my finger and the stiffness faded. I think it was just the consequence of having something dry on the lashes. A quickly brush over the lashes with my finger and the stiffness wasn’t an issue. (and by brush I mostly mean I ran the side of my finger over my lashes by holding my finger in front of my eyes and blinking).

Clearly I am not going to see results in just one use, but i wanted to try the serum out and see how it would effect me before committing to a month long trial. Plus I find that if I post the before and first use pictures here there is less of a likelihood I will accidentally erase them and lose them. Since there were no ill effects then i will be trying the Dime Lash Boosting Serum for the next thirty days. At the end of March I’ll post again and we’ll see what sort of results my lashes show. But for a first use, this product performed pretty well. I’m actually kind of excited about this trial. When I used the Grande Lashes, it was because I had damaged my own lashes and needed to regrow them. Now my lashes are healthy, so it is all about keeping them healthy and seeing how long they can grow. And while repair is sometimes necessary, this is just plain fun.