The Skincare Lineup: January 20th, 2023

Welcome once again to my favorite post of the week. That’s right my darlings it is time to talk about skincare. Today I left everything on my bathroom skincare shelf instead of moving it to the desk so I apologize if not all of the labels can be seen. The Kate Somerville is especially hidden. But I’ll list everything out below and we’ll take a look at how everything is performing in a group setting. so….

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

My Crest toothpaste seems to have also made an appearance. The Deep clean is my favorite and to be honest the only toothpaste I really use. I get samples of toothpastes and I will try them out, but I none of them perform like Crest so I always return.

The Beekman 1802 Makeup removing balm is paired with my Makeup Eraser to get all of my make up off. It is a stiffer balm than I am used to and really needs that spatula to remove the product. It melts into a more oil consistency as you use it but it is a bit crumbly when first taken out so the spatula is needed. The scent is going for unscented I think. It smells a bit aloe-y. All said, I’m not a huge fan of the scent but it works well enough.

The same can be said for the Medic8 Cleanser. It works well enough but isn’t my favorite. Luckily for me this was it’s last week of use. It is a fine cleanser. Foam isn’t my favorite application for a cleanser as I like to be able to see where I put it and the foam isn’t very good at that. It also smells a bit like furniture polish. It is the scent that is harder for me to get over. it is a good cleanser and I am glad I tried the sample, but I am also glad the sample is now empty. It isn’t going to be a repurchase for me.

There are three Elemis Products in the line up. I adore the blackcurrant exfoliator. It is the perfect gentle exfoliator for day to day use. It smells like nothing but works like a dream. The toner is also fabulous, It smells like fermented cider which I like. I also like how it removes any scrap of left over makeup. The Elemis Serum is entering it’s third week of use (i rolled it in just before the first post in which it appeared for those of you looking at the calendar). it feels good and only takes 5 drops to cover the face. I am hoping to see signs of effectiveness soon.

I love this Missha essence. In the summertime I tend to lean towards their Artemisia Essence because it is soothing after being in the sun, but this one is just fantastic for opening the pores to receive more skincare. I can always feel the difference when I leave it off and always love when I go back to it.

The Kate Somerville Retinol is a Tuesday Thursday product. I do get a little red flush after I apply it but the flush fades after a few minutes. It does claim to be a moisturizer but I find if I don’t moisturize after my skin feels really dry in the morning. I think that might be the retinol (and the central heating). I tend to apply the Retinlo and wait about an hour or so and then go in with my moisturizer just before bed.

The ESPA moisturizer is perfect for this time of year and perfect with the retinol. It provides just the right amount of moisture for me. I suspect in warmer months I would use it as a night cream but for this time of year it works both day and night. It also helps keep the retinol fry drying my skin.

I adore this BYROE eye cream. for me it is interesting. I love the bitter greens toner they make but everything else I’ve tried from the brand has been okay but not my favorite. this eye cream joins the short list of items I will always pick up from Byroe. The tea time eye cream and the bitter greens essence toner ae the only items on the list, but two is plenty.

And as always I wrap up with my chapped lip savior, the Tatcha Kissu lip mask. With this as a nightly lip mask I have not had any chapping of my lips this year. I love the jelly texture and will happily repurchase this anytime my level drops too low.

And that my darlings is this week’s skincare line up. Plus toothpaste. As everything is still in motion from last week it isn’t a big surprise. But we are nearing the thirty day mark for a few products so that is exciting. And next week we have a whole new cleanser to try. For now things are chugging along and honestly I am rather happy when my skin cae has no drama.

Look at Me for the Midweek Masking

This Look At Me Aqua Moisture Racoon Face Mask is one that I have used before. I picked it up from Facetory in one of their subscriptions initially and it is one I keep going back to order. I actually really like Facetory subscriptions because it lets you try a whole bunch of different face masks. There are some non-sheet masks depending on the category of subscription you choose. They also have some brand new Hair masks out. I haven’t tried them yet (I think they have only been out a few weeks) but I am so looking forward to giving them a try soon.

There are so many sheet masks out there that are just okay that I often have trouble deciding which one to actually get. I find that the subscription lets me try a bunch for a lower cost than buying them individually. Then I can mark down the ones I actually liked well enough to order again as opposed to the ones that were just okay. And then I can go and order the ones I like. Also they have a lot of sales, so when they put some of their sheet masks on sale i can check my list and know which ones to stock up on. It is also a subscription I pause a lot because it takes me a while to work through the sheet masks.

However, this is one that i tend to re order, mostly for winter use. This mask is a moisture bomb. Whenever my skin is feeling really winter dry, I can use this mask to really help provide some much needed moisture. The mask itself is a clothlike material so it clings well to all of the curves of my face. I find that while it is well saturated, it is not drippy. For me this means I can wear it at my desk while typing in e-mails and getting some work done. Today I am wearing it during editing and that works fantastically well. It stays in place and doesn’t drip.

There is a slight perfume-y scent to the serum, but it is on the lighter side. I find it most noticeable when I first unfold the mask and less so as it airs out and dries.

As the weather here is cold enough that the central heat has been clicking on both at night and in the day, a midweek masking moment to add moisture to the skin is a really good thing. And this Racoon Face mask From Look at Me really does the trick. I just have to remember to turn the package upside down because that racoon always looks like he is staring at me. I swear those eyes follow me. This Aqua Moisture Racoon Face Mask gets two dry winter skin thumbs up from me.

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A new Old Friend…

There are some brands that are so familiar that you just don’t see them any more. For me, I was introduced to Neutrogena when the first flush of acne arrives at the age of twelve. There was Neutrogena face wash, tonic and toner on my bathroom counter all through my teenage years. There were even the Neutrogena medicated pads on the counter as well. There was also hand cream around.

The hand cream was used not only by me but by the rest of the family. For me it was just something that was always there. I will admit though it has been a long while since I used any Neutrogena product. I think my brain just associates it with teenage acne fighting and so I just don’t think of it.

However this tube of Neutrogena Concentrated Hand cream arrived in a subscription box and honestly it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. I end up getting so many hand and body lotions in subscription boxes that I tend to let them pile up while I am using one and then I just reach into my supply for another sample when I am done with whatever i am using. As I had a full sized tub o’ body and hand lotion I was using, the samples really piled up.

Along with my clear out for the new year I am working my way through the samples before I open a full sized version. The problem was that the samples I was trying, weren’t quite up to the winter chapped skin. And it was with great relief that I saw the Neutrogena hand cream sample appear.

Because I knew if nothing else, it would hydrate my dry skin.

So I opened it and dispensed. Which wasn’t as easy as it sounds. This tube required a bit of squeezing as it is a thick formula. Which I am not mad about actually as a little bit will go a long way. So it is best to dispense slowly and see what you need before adding more to your skin. This little dollop I squeezed out covered my hands and one arm up to the elbow.

The formula is more gel like than I was expecting, The Neutrogena cream of my past was always white. Once I started rubbing the cream in it turned white and then was instantly gone. I tried to get a picture but the white was gone before I could pick up the camera and take the shot. It is the heat from the skin that turns it white and then absorbs it in.

This is the scented form and it basically smells like a Neutrogena hand lotion. I honestly have no other name for that scent. It is light and barely noticeable. After it absorbs I could only smell it if I placed my nose almost against my hand. And even then only for the first hour after application.

with the first application, my hands did feel a little waxy for a few moments after I applied the hand cream. The waxy feeling didn’t last. It all absorbed in and there was no greasiness or waxiness remaining. I think the feeling is just the moment before it is absorbed in. Very little of this cream is needed to cover a relatively large area of skin. The dryer your skin, the faster it will absorb. If you are having problems with dry skin then this is the hand cream I would reach for, if you aren’t, then i would still keep this around for post hand sanitizer and use sparingly. I find it especially helpful on my cuticles. At this time of year they tend to dry out more and while I use oil on them at night I don’t like the greasy feeling during the day. This hand cream is perfect for that. I really enjoyed this cream and to be honest as I work through my collection of samples that I want to try out, I will keep this one as back up, just in case the other hand creams aren’t up to the task of winter dry skin. It is nice to have something around that I know will always work. welcome back, Neutrogena.

A FAB Duo…

I’ll be honest, I have received several items from First Aid Beauty that were labeled KP. For those of you who have seen KP on things and wondered what on earth it was, according to the May clinic the official definition is….

Keratosis pilaris (ker-uh-TOE-sis pih-LAIR-is) is a harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, often on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. The bumps usually don’t hurt or itch. Keratosis pilaris is often considered a common variant of skin. It can’t be cured or prevented.

Mayo Clinic

They have sample images to show what it looks like in case you are wondering if you have it. I don’t which is why I always passed on anything labeled KP on to someone else. When I looked at the FAB website though The Bump Eraser Body scrub just looked like a body scrub and the Smoothing Body Lotion looked like a body lotion. And after a brief walk through the ingredients list I decided to give it a try. The Bump Eraser Body Scrub is described as…

A body scrub that sweeps away dry, rough bumps associated with KP, strawberry skin and booty bumps to reveal healthier looking skin that feels exceptionally smooth. Safe for sensitive skin, this fast-acting body scrub uses Glycolic & Lactic acids, at a combined level of 10% AHAs, to help resurface skin’s top layer + Pumice to physically exfoliate, helping improve skin’s texture and smooth away bumps, roughness, and scaly areas, also known as chicken skin + buttne.


I took the Body scrub into the shower with me. The Tube contained enough for three showers worth of body scrubbing. I went with an every other day approach which is what I generally do with body scrubs unless they are intensive, then I go once a week or even once a month depending. This was designed for sensitive skin so the every other day approach worked well.

The scrub itself is like a very fine grained sand. It scrubs well and rinses off clean. It does leave a scrim of sandy matter on the bottom of the shower. It actually feels a bit like you have just jumped into the showier after spending a day at the beach. it does a good job exfoliating your feet during the rest of the shower, but I did have to rinse out the rest from the shower floor after I was finished showering as there was some that didn’t get swept down the drain. That could be because of my drain, but the end result is that these are not dissolving particles. They remain once the scrub is washed away.

Personally I really liked the scrub and I felt it did a good job. It is not a moisturizing scrub so I knew I was going to have to have a moisturizer after using it. Luckily I had the First Aid Beauty Smoothing Body Lotion to go with it.

I decided to use it after my shower as I would any body lotion. It is a thinner white cream that takes a little bit to absorb, but absorbs tolerably well. It is an okay body lotion. There was nothing I noticed about ti that was special or really memorable aside from it’s scent.

And the scent wasn’t pleasant. To be honest it had a scent that was a little like standing water. That sort of slightly musty scent that standing water gets. That is the closest thing I can think of as a description. The tube was sealed and it has no expiration date on it. I don’t think it has gone off. I think that is the scent.

The body scrub has the exact same scent, but the difference is that the scrub does not remain on the skin. It is there and the scent is lighter, but it also leaves as the scrub is rinsed off. The Body lotion remains. It is not a strong scent, it is very light. It is just no pleasant. If the body lotion were spectacular, then I would be able to get over the scent as it does fade away after about an hour. But the body lotion is just a general body lotion. it is fine, but not really something I would reach for or get excited about. And so the scent doesn’t make me want to reach for it.

The scrub on the other hand, I don’t mind the scent so much, partially because it does wash away pretty quickly, but partially because it is a really good body scrub. If you do suffer from KP then you might have different thoughts. If you are just looking for a really good, gentle body scrub I think this First Aid Beauty Bump eraser is a really good one to reach for, And while you will need a moisturizer after a good scrub down. I would recommend getting a body lotion other than the First Aid Beauty Smoothing Body Lotion. There are much better ones out there that you could pair with this fantastic FAB Body Scrub.

So popular, one is sold every 20 secoonds around the world

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.


A little Spritz of Emma Hardie

I find products like this Emma Hardie Plump and Glow Hydrating Facial Mist very interesting. In general I like a lot of facial mists. I use them throughout the summer to cool me down or make my skin feel fresh when I have been sitting in an office all day. They can hydrate me in the winter when I have been sitting in an office with the central heating going and they are amazing to use in the car during long trips. In general I just like the refreshing aspect of them.

I like when they list skin care benefits but I am a little skeptical of them. I have tried a facial oil from Emma Hardie and i really liked it, so I was looking forward to having another item from the brand to try out.

When you go onto the product information page, you will find that this is…

A moisture-packed, skin soothing facial mist to add hydration, luminosity and environmental protection to the skin. This ultra-fine, lightweight formula contains soothing Aloe Vera, Velvet Flower to help soften, and Wild Watermint to tone and moisturise dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic Acid floods the skin with hydration and plumps fine lines. Glycofilm 2% technology provides a ‘second skin’ to protect cells from the damaging effects of daily pollution and provides invisible colour correction to balance redness, leaving skin fresh and radiant.

I will say that it is a fine mist and a light weight formula. It feels nice on the skin and has a light aloe based scent. It smells like clean skincare. It feels nice, is refreshing and it hydrates. As for any actual skin care benefits I don’t actually see any. I think that there is the potential for skin care benefits, but I think with facial sprays I am never going to use them often enough to see long term skin care benefits.

And so I tend to pick up sprays that make my skin feel good and have ingredients I like. This has a great spray and while the effect of a glow only lasts as long as the spray is damp on the skin, it has elements that my skin likes, such as hyaluronic acid. I think that if you have dry skin then using this moments before you take a photograph may give you a bit of a glow. And if you are the type to use a facial spray repeatedly over the course of a day, this is a good one to look into. I think the cumulative effect might be beneficial. I use it once every couple of days at most.

For me it is about refreshing mists and doing no damage. This Emma Hardie Plump and Glow Hydrating Facial Mist gets check marks in all the categories I use a facial spray for. In the end whether you find this spray of value is going to depend on why you are buying the spray. if you are looking for long term skin benefits, I would look more into a hyaluronic based serum rather than going for a facial spray. if you are looking for something with a fine mist to provide a refreshing burst of hydration without any detrimental aspects, then this is a good facial spray.

Using the Soothing Universal Repair Cream by Aroma Active

This Aroma Active Soothing Universal Repair cream was one of the first items in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar this year and I was very much looking forward to trying it out. I have heard good things about the brand but never gotten to try anything from them. Personally I love that it is a light cream as I had high hopes that it would absorb more readily into the skin. I also really like Blue Tansy. In the winter I tend to have very dry skin and go through a lot of products to stay hydrated. I am oddly picky about my body lotions though. For me the lotions have to absorb fairly quickly with little greasiness remaining, especially if I am going to use it as hand lotion.

With hand lotion I often keep it in my purse to use post hand sanitizing while I am out and no not want slick greasy hands while driving. For me the other main component is scent. I am a very scent oriented person, but I work with and have family members who are very scent sensitive so I try to corral my scented products into places where they will not trouble others.

Beyond moisturizing, these are the two things that I really evaluate body lotion on. which made this a difficult product for me to review.

According to the description…

Dry skin got you down? This cream’s got you covered from your nose to your toes. It’s the lightweight version of Repair Cream Rich, but still packs a punch. This formula is great for skin that’s on the oily side but still needs a trusted moisturizer. Smooth over skin that needs a hydration boost

So I tried the cream. It is a fantastic cream. It absorbs well, it moisturizes fantastically and I loved the way it made my skin feel.

It is in the scent department where it all falls down. If you look on the tube it claims that Blue Tansy, Immortelle, Lavender and Patchouli are the scent making components. In reality it is a lavender/Patchouli mix. It is intensly strong and it is a lasting scent. I applied the cream first to my arm to make sure there was no reaction and the scent was trong. Still I wanted to test it and I used it first as a hand cream and then later as a full on body cream, luckily using up most of the tube in the process. The test strip on my arm should have let me know that the scent would be too strong. It was a tiny amount and it was a strong scent that lingered.

When I tried it on my hands I kept hoping the scent would fade. It was only because the cream was so good on the skin that I expanded the use.

My nose regretted it, even though my skin loved it.

This is a fantastic cream. I just can’t take the scent. if you love the scent of lavender and patchouli then this is an excellent cream and i say go for it. For me it is an excellent cream that I will never use again. The scent is too strong and I just do not enjoy it. Unfortunately for me, the scent seems to be the one the brand has committed to as all of the product on the site have the same four Aroma markers on their packaging. I suspect that they too are dominated by the lavender and patchouli combo. I understand having a singular scent t unify all of the body products but for me, this is a great disappointment. I was hoping that the site had different scents to choose from. Alas, they do not. I will however dip into the website periodically to check for expansions. The cream was fantastic and if they ever come out with a scent I enjoy, I will be all over it. For now though, as well as it performs, the scent makes the Aroma Active Soothing Universal Repair cream a pass for me.

The Skincare Line up: January 6th, 2023

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the first skincare line up of 2023. The Toner (Elemis) and the Eye cream (Byroe) were in use prior to this week and as other products emptied I rolled in the new ones for a nice fresh line up for the start of the year. It did end up a little Elemis heavy as my order arrived as i was thinking about products to roll in. Some of these products have only been open a could of days so I am still getting the feel for them, but thus far it is a pretty good line up. Let’s dive in.

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

For the first week of the new year I decided to go with an almost completely new line up.  The Elemis Toner remained because I liked it and had barely made a dent in the product.  I felt bad opening a new one when so much of this one remained.  Plus I really like it.  The scent is like a slightly fermented apple cider and it really gets the last little bits of makeup and dirt off my face.  This is a heavily Elemis line up because a couple of products that I ordered came in and I really wanted to use them right away. 

The Black Currant exfoliator is a daily exfoliator and I am finding it is not too harsh to be used every day.  I have had many ‘daily’ exfoliators that I tried and then decided they were really more of a once or twice a week exfoliator.  This one said daily and it meant daily.  It leaves my sking feeling soft and for a first week of use it has performed fabulously well.

The other Elemis product is the serum.  I love the little button on the top  for the dropper.  I don’t know why but I really just like that.  Which of course has nothing to do with the actual product.  The recommended does is 5-6 drops per use and use is both morning and night.  It is a serum with no scent and it absorbs rather quickly.  I have only used it a week and while I do like the feel of it on my skin, I can’t honestly claim I have seen any results. My skin seems to like it and I am hoping that as I continue to use it I will see more results.  Mostly because I really like the way it absorbs in and works with my other products.

I sort of skipped over the Medic8 Cleanser.  I am not entirely certain how I feel about it at the moment.  It is a deluxe sample size so I will get a few weeks of use out of it, so I’m sure I will come to a conclusion at some point.  It is a foaming cleanser and it does clean well, there is very little of anything left for my toner pads to clear out.  The scent is somewhat industrial though and I am not too fond of that.  And while I can use really good products with not so great smells I have tried plenty of fabulous cleansers where the smell wasn’t an issue for me.  This has a scent I don’t care for and while it is a good cleanser it might not be spectacular enough to get over the scent. 

I am very happy to rotate an essence back into my line up.  For a while I was including an essence and then I stopped, mostly because i didn’t have one on hand.  I saw this one and remembered how much I liked it so I picked it up again.  And I have to say I am very glad that I did.  There is no scent to it but when I apply it to the skin I can practically feel my pores opening up and my skin getting ready to receive the upcoming skincare.  Which is sort of the point of an essence.  I can use my skin care without one but I find my skincare just works better when I do use the essence.

I am really enjoying the ESPA moisturizer.  I had several potential night creams lined up to use in case this proved to be a day cream only but thus far they are not really needed.  This ESPA moisturizer feels really thick on the fingertip but once on the skin absorbs quickly so there is no delay time and it provides a good amount of moisture for both day and night time use.  Quite Honestly I am just really enjoying this moisturizer.

And the final product I have in my line up is the Kate Somerville retinol and vitamin C moisturizer.  It is designed to be used no more than once every other night.  I went for Tuesday and Thursday this week and so far it is doing well.  (I did test it out on my inner arm, especially after I had a reaction to another product.  I also tried layering it on my arm with the other products in my line up to see if it reacted when it came in contact with any of the other products I am using.  I’m fairly certain that was the problem last time.  There was no reaction and there has been no adverse reaction on my skin either.  I haven’t used it enough to see any results yet.  At the moment all that has happened is that I need to use slightly less of the ESPA moisturizer on the nights when I use the Kate Somerville Retinal cream.  I thought since it said moisturizer on it that I would be able to skip the moisturizer layer all together.  I don’t know if it is because it is winter and I am drier than usual but my skin needs just a small dose of moisturizer after the retinol. 

And that is my first week of 2023 skin care.  I know my line up got a little twisted in the replay here but I think I covered all of the elements.  I am still topping off my skincare with the Tatcha Kissu lip mask.  Especially at this time of year,.  The cold and cutting winds have arrived and they pull moisture form my lips like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. I will try other lip masks, because I can never resist trying out a lip mask, but for now this is the top favorite and the lip mask I will use consistently.

I hope you enjoyed this list.  As most of the products are new I find this an exciting time.  For now it is just appearance scent and how they feel.  But there is also hope.  Hope that these products will perform as advertised.  As most of them feel quite nice, my hopes are high.

Mid-week masking with the Patchology Rosé Sheet Mask

Welcome to the mid week-masking! I did try to get my sheet mask collection down before the end of the year, but I just didn’t quite make it.  And then in December this Patchology Rosé Sheet mask came in my Glossy Box. I figured why let it linger?  So I am continuing the Mid Week masking. 

I will admit that when I saw Rosé my thoughts immediately went to rose.  But then I checked the fine print and this face mask is scented with strawberry.  So I immediately thought I would be surrounded by the scent of Strawberry Shortcake (does anyone remember the scent of those dolls from the 1980s?).

When I opened the mask there was the light scent of strawberry.  It smelled a bit diluted somehow and then I looked at the package and thought it did smell almost like an effervescent strawberry flavored water.  It is a more natural scent rather than the super industrial strawberry flavoring. Personally I liked it.  Which is good because it stayed with me for the duration of wearing the mask. It faded a little, but I think the mask would have to dry completely before the scent faded totally and this was a juicy enough mask that it wasn’t going to dry completely in fifteen minutes.

I am really starting to enjoy Patchology sheet masks.  They are made from, a cloth like material that really adheres well to the skin.  With a lot of sheet masks getting it to stay pressed against the skin is kind of the trick.  The individual masks are only about $5 on the Lovely Skin website which is where I purchase them (at the moment though they are on sale for $3.75 so if you are looking to stock up, you might want to jump) when I wear them I never have any issues with them slipping. 

The Patchology masks are always fully saturated with serum,. Which is the point of their existence really.  This one was plenty juicy but it wasn’t dripping.  I unfolded it and applied it to the skin, patting it in place and then went back to my desk to work on some e-mails.   Fifteen minutes later I went back to the bathroom to peel it off.  The mask never really dried down and there was plenty of serum left on my skin.  I patted some of it in but had to pat my skin dry with a dry wash cloth.  There was simply too much of the serum left behind.

My skin felt a little sticky after I patted the skin dry but after my skin dried completely the stickiness was gone.  It was only there when the skin was damp. I know there was Hyaluronic acid in the mask and I hope that it will eventually plump up the skin, but to be honest I wanted to like this sheet mask more than I did.  I love the material and the scent and the thought, but over all this sheet mask was a bit underwhelming.  My skin was a bit more sticky than plumped and while it is more hydrated, I can’t say it is enough hydrated for me to purchase this sheet mask again.  This Patchology Rosé Sheet Mask was fun to use and not one I wouldn’t use again, but I feel no need to add it to my list of sheet masks to repurchase.


Trying out the Elemis Black Currant Jelly Exfoliator

I think by now we all know how much I love exfoliators and Elemis is one of my favorite brands.  In fact the Elemis Skin Buff is one of my all-time favorite exfoliators.  However it is an exfoliator that I can only use once or twice a week.  So when I was on the Elemis site and saw this Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator which is considered safe enough for daily use, I had to try it. 

I also love blackcurrant jelly and I might have been a bit hungry at the time, but I actually made myself some toast with jam and still wanted to order the exfoliator so I did.

This nourishing jelly exfoliator is packed with antioxidant-rich Superfood extracts, including Nordic Bilberry and Black Tea for revitalised, healthy-looking skin. It is formulated with sustainably-sourced Blackcurrant scrub particles, a by-product of the juicing industry in France and Poland, to gently yet effectively cleanse the skin of dulling dead cells, revealing a super smooth and radiant complexion. A Prebiotic naturally derived from sugar helps to maintain balance in the skin’s microflora.


I have to admit I also like the using of a byproduct rather than disposing of it, especially if it has skincare benefits.  It is something I personally enjoy.  And I love thinking that there is a waste reduction somewhere along the line. 

When the product is dispensed it looks like black currant jelly.  It has no scent to it.  As I love the scent of black currants it was a little disappointing, but I can see why there is no scent.  Looks like jam, smells like jam…And the package specifically says do not eat in big bold letters. 

There is no real scent to it.  Applying it to the skin was interesting.  It was the consistency of jelly but it didn’t have the stickiness.  Just the texture or viscosity I suppose.  It was easy to apply and once in place it stayed where it was put so I know I had a thin layer over my skin. 

I then massaged and rinsed.  It was a very gentle scrub and one I can actually see myself using daily without damage.  With one use my skin did feel softer.  This is more of a first use post so we will see if this was just a flash out of the gate with a later fading of results or if the results end up being cumulative (which is what I always hope for with skin care).  But for the moment I am very pleased to have a daily exfoliator added to my skin care regimen and happy to use the Elemis Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator.

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