The Skincare Line Up: September 9th, 2022

It is time once again for the weekly skincare line up. Here slowly but surely i work my way through products in my routine. For me I find this sort of thing exciting. I like the first use posts because there are interesting first impressions and of course I like the end of use posts where we see if there are any actual results, but I really find the in progress line up to be the most fun. Not only do I get to think about an array of skincare, but i get to think of it working in conjunction with other skincare. Does this product work better if I incorporate a facial oil into the routine or if I leave it out. Does this take longer to absorb and thus better left for evening use when I have more time in my skincare regimen than I do when i am racing to get my day started? These are the sorts of thigs I really do find interesting to know. So let’s see what we see with this week’s line up.

Cleanser: Avant Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying and Antioxidizing Cleansing Gel

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

This week there is only one new product but we have two products that are reaching the end of their life. This week I started the Avant Gel Cleanser. Avant is known for having both extremely long names on their products and for being rather expensive. This cleanser for example is listed at $110. which in my opinion is far too much to pay for a cleanser. All of the Avant products I have tried have come to me via subscription box. Which I like because while I love trying new products and in all honesty don’t mind spending money for good skincare, I am not going to spend a lot of money for something I haven’t tried before. Which is partially why I love samples. The reason is because skincare can be very subjective. Some products that work well for someone else’s skin type can work less well for you. I’ve also moved a lot in my life and to be honest there are some products that I’ve used in some places that simply don’t work with my skin when i moved to a different area.

that being said, this week i tried the Avant cleanser. It is a gel cleanser and it has a light fresh scent. I have to say that is actually just a pleasant relief. While my skin worked well with the BFF cleanser, the highly perfumed scent was starting to get to me. By contrast this was light and fresh. It is slightly on the perfumed side, but it is far lighter in scent and it leans into the clean scents rather than floral ones. It will be interesting to see if i continue to think it is light and fresh as the use goes on. Mostly because it is kind of on the edge and I think I might be giving it a bit of a pass since it has less of a scent than the Bff. Beyond that it is a nice, decent cleanser. It doesn’t seem to be doing anything spectacular. But it also doesn’t seem to be doing any wrong either. Again this will be interesting to watch as time progresses.

The First Aid Beauty toner is still working well. it is a good toner. I don;t mind using it and wouldn’t mind using it again. It isn’t one that I will feel the need to repurchase, but there is nothing wrong with it.

The Kat Burki eye cream is interesting. This week I had one clogged pore in my under eye area (left eye). i did some spot masking to draw it out and it cleared out well. I have had no other issues with my under eyes (and they are prone to clogged pores) so it may or may not be related to the eye cream. It is thus far the only one so I will watch it as time continues.

The Depology Serum has just completed it’s fourth week of use (the full review post will go up next week.) and I have to say i really liked this serum. it absorbed well and I can really feel a difference in my skin tone. My skin feels soft and hydrated with an improvement in texture. I will continue using this serum in the coming week. I don’t know how far into the week the serum will take me but i will be using every last drop. It will also be repurchased down the road.

The moisturizer I have been using is also reaching the end of the line. I will be able to use the last of it tonight and then I will need to roll in a new moisturizer. In general I enjoy Korres products and while I can’t say that i saw a reduction in my pore size throughout the use of this cream, I can say that it was the perfect level of moisture for my skin at this time of year. It wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too light. I used a little more at night than i did in the day, which is fairly typical for me. This summer it has been rather difficult to find moisturizers that weren’t too heavy for day time use, but this worked out well. It is a light cream and absorbed well. It did take a little longer to absorb in the mornings than I liked, but part of that might have been the humidity. There were very few days this summer where the humidity dripped below 80%. That this one took a little longer to absorb but didn’t just slide right off, was quite impressive.

And then finally we had the Fantastic Tatcha Lip mask. While only a little is used at a time, the mask is starting to show a dip in the center. I still think it will last quite a while, which i am pleased by. It is a fantastic lip mask to wear to bed and let absorb over night. I would happily repurchase it, but i am just as happy to have it last a long time before i di need to repurchase it.

And that my darlings was my skincare for the week. there was only one new addition, but next week, there will be two new products to join the line. I can’t wait to see how they perform.

Korres Greek Natural Beauty

Its the Friday Face mask with Mudmasky

I have, over the past two years or so, received several Mudmasky products. While I am generally down to experience any kind of mask that doesn’t cause me skin irritations, it seems to me that this one is always talked about as being fantastic. Anytime I see a Mudmasky review they are always glowing reviews, but the products I have tried are always just so-so.

In my masking collection I found this Mudmasky Vitamin A Booster Blue clay mask. And you know how I love a good clay mask. It was unopened, so I have have not tried ir and I deliberately steered away from all reviews so that I wouldn’t get over hyped and then let down. I find that for me this is the best way to tell if I really like a product.

clean face prior to masking

sometimes I will look at the reviews and if they are all really great reviews I will feel more let down by the product than I might otherwise have been. And conversely if I read a bunch of bad reviews and then try it, I might think it is better than it is because it wasn’t a bad as the reviews painted it. I don’t know if that is the way anyone else’s brain works but that is how mind does so I didn’t look at the product information on the website until after I tried the mask. I went solely based on what is on the tube. Still it makes sense to post the what to expect before the actual results so, according to the product page…

This Fragrance-free Clay Mask is formulated with a blend of flowers, fruits, and Grade 1 Clay. The clays used are considered the purest and most premium available on earth. As a natural alternative to retinol, we have used Bakuchiol , suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Refines and tightens the pores and boosts your skin with a high dose of natural Vitamin A, your skin will look visibly smoother after just 1 use.

mask on

I should also point out that this mask is a full size and retails for $59. Which is incidentally the same price as one of my favorite clay masks, the Bl’eau Glacial Oceanic Clay Mask. (Although Bl’eau is having a big Labor day sale so you can snag that fantastic mask or their other products for less, this link will take you there if you are interested.)

I say this because this is the mask that I will be comparing it to in my mind. They are the same price, both clay and both pore refining. There are different aspects of each of course, but I will still compare them mentally when deciding my repurchasing options. If that makes sense.

mask dried

So onto the face the mask went. I know it is fragrance free, but there is a slightly odd scent to it (that I’m sure is just the product since fragrance isn’t listed in the ingredients). This is going to sound strange but it reminds me of grape flavored cough syrup. which was odd. The scent dissipates quickly but for what it is worth that is the scent I got from it.

It went onto the face easily and smoothed well over the skin. There are no solid bits it is just a blended clay paste. which I did like about it as I didn’t have to worry about my sink clogging. (Old house, old pipes). the mask felt cool to the skin which tends to be something that happens with most clay masks. There was a little tingling, but it was mostly the mask as it dried. It was more a sensation of water evaporating from the mask than an actual chemical tingle.

post mask

I let the mask sit for fifteen minutes as recommended and then went to wash it off. As you can see from my inability to smile in the photo, the mask dried down pretty hard. I patted water on it to loosen it and then it rinsed off fairly easily. There was not a lot of hard scrubbing which was pleasant. I do love clay masks but sometimes removing them is like chipping a statue out of granite. This was a relatively easy to remove clay mask. I did wet it back down before I used the washcloth though.

Here is the thing. I believe that skin are takes time to work. Yes a mask may give you an immediate result, but generally speaking immediate results disappear almost as quickly as they come. Skincare works based on repeated and consistent use. So I am always a little skeptical when I see the words ‘results after one use.’

As you can see above this mask did have those words. And did I see results after one use? Maybe a little bit. I can say that my skin felt very clean and looked very clean as though the mask purged some deep down gunk it had been holding on to. which was a nice effect. My skin did feel smooth but part of that was that it simple just felt clean.

I suppose you can call that results after one use. What i would call that is encouraging. It is an encouraging sign that repeated and consistent use may actually show some results. I think what I might do is give this mask a little stretch of time to see if there are more results. So There are today’s pictures. I will use this mask for the next week (not every day, but every other day as recommended) and I will see how a week of repeated regular use causes my skin to respond. I think that may give me a better idea of results expected and results that I can share with you.

So I intended to see if I liked the Mudmasky Vitamin A Booster Blue Clay Mask enough to keep it in my mask rotation and I decided that I did like it enough and that I saw enough positive things in my one use to try regular use for a week to see what happens. I suppose tune in next Friday for the comparison pics and further thoughts. I hadn’t planned on a longer trial but this seems like the right thing to do with this mask. And so the surprise Mudmasky trial begins.

The Skincare Line Up: September 2nd, 2022

Welcome once again to one of my favorite posts of the week. It is time for the skincare line up. Her I get to talk a little bit about each product and how it is working out on my skin, not only on it’s own but in conjunction with the other products in the line up. So let’s see what products we have in motion shall we?

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

This week I did finish up the Wander Beauty Glow oil that I had open last week. It was a great oil and one I will be ordering again. I had it in use partially because of the cleanser. The BFF cleanser is designed for skin prone to break outs. I had some problems with break outs when I opened the cleanser and while it was handy to have, and took care of my break outs, I have combination skin so the cleanser helped the breakouts and the oil, applied mostly to my dry spots helped them out. I didn’t add in an oil because this morning I used up the last of this BFF cleanser. So I will be switching to a non-salicylic acid based cleanser.

As for the BFF cleanser. It worked well and was gentle on the skin. The part I didn’t care for was that it is pretty heavily fragranced. It is far too perfume-y for me. while I don’t mind scent in my skincare, with cleansers I am a little picky. i want them to smell clean and if the fragrance is to strong it can make me feel like my skin is not as clean as it really is. I like knowing that I could use this when my skin is breaking out and that it works well, but I would only purchase it for that specific reason because of the scent.

The wild Oat Toner is going strong. It still has plenty of product for the moment. It is a good toner and feels nice after too much time in the sun. It isn’t my favorite toner though and once it is used up I probably wouldn’t use it again.

I am loving the Depology serum and I think I am starting to see small improvements in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth. This is the end of week three so the signs are minimal, but even if I am mistaken, this serum does make my skin feel really good. It is a fast absorbing serum that hydrates well and leaves my skin soft. It is a little sticky before it absorbs fully in but once it does it looses all stickiness and just feels great on the skin.

This was the first full week for the eye cream. I rolled it into the line up at the end of last week. Thus far it is performing well. It isn’t greasy and it hasn’t clogged any of the pores around my eyes. They are prone to bumpy clogs so that is nice. I also like the fresh clean sent of the product. it just has that clean skin care scent to it. I have no other name for it. We’ll see how it performs over time. And since it is a pretty big bottle i will have plenty of time with it. the trick seems to be not dispensing too much with the pump since only a little product is actually needed. thus far, I like it.

I am almost at the end of the Korres Poreless moisturizer. I have really enjoyed it. It is light weight and was perfect for the summer heat. I did end up using more at night than I did during the day. But i didn’t actually need a night cream. I think in the future though I would probably use this as a day cream and use something heavier at night.

And then finally there is the Tatcha Lip mask. So little is needed that it will last a while and I really enjoy the light scent and the way it melts into the lips over night. It is a definite winner that will be used until there is not a drop left and then repurchased.

And so my darlings that was my skincare line up for the week. Tonight I will have to pick out a new cleanser to try I think I have enough of the Korres to make it through this week, but I suspect by next Friday there will be a new moisturizer joining the line up as well. And yes, I am excited about going into the skincare drawer and seeing what products I can try next. I know a small thing to be excited about but i do get excited selecting the items to try.

Illuminating with Pearl for Face Mask Friday

I love when I go into my masking drawer and find something special that I thought I was out of. I tend to periodically get the samples kits from Annmarie Beauty. they are wild crafted beauty with some fantastic skincare. Their aloe cleanser smells of lemon verbena and makes the skin fel fantastic and the Charcoal mask is my special indulgence for myself every holiday season (it is especially useful to have around post holiday treats when my skin is feeling the effects of too much sugar and fat). I tend to pick up the trial kits to use for travel actually. Also they often rotate which masks are in the trial kits so I can try some of their new to me masks before I decide whether to purchase them or not in the full size.

This Illuminating Pearl mask from Annmarie Skincare is the perfect mask when you have had too much sun and need a little extra moisturizing pampering for your skin. According to the product page…

pre mask skin

This luxurious mask restores balance and harmony while creating the perfect beautifying ritual. Honey delivers complex nutrients and hydrating properties to visibly improve tone and radiance. Turmeric’s bioactive compounds leave your skin feeling calm, making this mask ideal for sensitivities. Skin brightening pearl powder enhanced with uva ursi and licorice transforms your complexion to have an everlasting glow.

mask on

The mask has a lightly herbal scent to it. I am not too partial to the scent of licorice so at first I was hesitant, but the licorice is only a back note. it mostly smells generally herbal. The consistency of the mask lets you know that there might be honey in the mix despite not having the sweet scent to it. It isn’t sticky but it has some of the viscosity that I would associate with honey. What is interesting about this mask is that I always seem to get it in my sample packs (which I usually order when I am preparing for holiday travel) and I usually set it aside because it’s time to shine is really in the summer.

after fifteen minutes

Too much time in the sun, sweated out in the garden and feeling a bit dry? That is when it is time for the pearl mask to shine. It goes on easily with either your fingers or a masking spatula. Then you let it sit for fifteen minutes and lie back and enjoy the scent of the herbs. It is super relaxing and the scent has almost an aroma therapy effect. You can picture yourself lying back in a field of green growing things. Minus the bees and other insects, possibly damp ground, and hay fever.

mask rinsed off

Okay it is like a fantasy of lying back in a field.

Over the fifteen minutes the mask becomes a little sticky and you can really feel where the honey came into it. When going back to the bathroom. I can see that most of the mask absorbed into the skin. The sticky parts are just what remained after the rest of the mask sunk into my skin. Rinsing it off is easy. as soon as the water touches the mask it looses it’s stickiness and rinses off cleanly and easily.

The water does bring up the licorice root scent, but only momentarily as it disappears when the mask is washed down the drain. It is soon gone and I think my skin looks and feels great. I now that I often sing the praises of the charcoal mask (which is fantastic, I can’t lie) but that is mostly due to timing. I pack these mask up in the fall and winter, but this Pearl mask is the best post sun masking experience. I am so glad I came across it in my masking drawer today. The Illuminating Pearl mask from Annmarie Skincare was a pleasure to use and a mask I will be picking up again.

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The Skincare Line Up: August 26th, 2022

Once again it is time for my favorite post of the week, the skincare line up. This week we have one new item, a couple of items facing down their last week and a few who are still rolling on. Shall we take a loom at them?

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Facial Oil: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminationg Facial Oil

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

I brought the BFF cleanser into the line up when I was having some skin issues and it really helped. while it isn’t causing any major drying issues, I can feel the drier parts of my face beginning to not be as happy with this cleanser as my skin was before. I only have about a week’s worth of product left and if I continue to pair it with the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead oil I should be fine. For me this is a cleanser that works well when I am breaking out and isn’t too drying, but really should be set aside once my skin has stopped breaking out. Which is good to know. Many cleansers designed to help break outs I can only use one or two days in a row before my skin starts to get flaky dry patches. this Has been less damaging than most and I will put it on a list to be ordered next time I do have need of a break out friendly cleanser. At this point in my life though that isn’t all that often. I generally have problems after I’ve been sick or around the holidays when my skin reacts to over indulgence. But I do like knowing what cleanser to call.

The Facial oil has been key I think to helping balance out which parts need more moisture. I concentrated the facial oil on my traditionally drier spots and blended out which really helps me. I really like this oil in general as it gives my skin a nice glow without clogging pores. It just did doubly duty paired with the cleanser.

The toner is nice and I will use it until it is gone, but I probably won’t buy it again. It feels good in the summer months but to be honest I haven’t seen it work better than my usual toners. And I kind of miss my Thayers with it’s which hazel.

The Depology Matrixyl 300 Collagen Boosting serum is something that my skin really loves. It smooths on well and absorbs easily. I do have to make sure my skin is dry or it will foam a little on the skin and feel momentarily slightly soapy (it goes away as it absorbs but still makes me think I missed rinsing off my cleanser). I have noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin as I have worn it. There is still plenty of serum to go and I will happily continue this trial.

The Korres Moisturizer is getting low in the jar, but it is a moisturizer I will pick up again. It has been a really good summer weight moisturizer. In general I like Korres products as my skin usually reacts really well to this. I can’t say I’ve seen a major reduction in my pores, but I can tell there are fewer clogged pores and my skin feels fantastically hydrated.

The Tatcha Lip mask is a permanent favorite. I love using it and will happily repurchase repeatedly.

This week’s new to the line up product is the Kat Burki eye cream I rolled it in Thursday morning so it is very new to the line up. It has a gel moisturizer like texture and a light fresh skincare scent. I love the glass bottle and the pump. It absorbs well and in the last day it seems to work well with my skin. I will keep an eye on it as I move forward, but it looks like it is going to be a good product.

And that my darlings is this week’s skincare. In the coming week I will finish out the cleanser and possibly the facial oil. I think I’ll have another week with the Korres and another two with the serum. Which for me is the perfect spacing for products. I like to space out the new arrivals so that I can monitor the effects on my skin and determine what product is doing what and make sure to deal with any interaction issues. So for me, things are rolling ahead nicely.

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The Mid-Week Sheet Mask: Cosocodi Ganoderma Stem Real Mask

It is that time again my darlings. The time when I realize that my sheet mask collection has once again managed to grow unchecked. I thought to look into the box o’ sheet masks when I saw that Facetory had a sale going on. They are one of the main places I get my masks. They actually have several levels of sheet mask subscriptions (and other skin care products too actually) I had one of their subscriptions for a while and really enjoyed it. It was a great way to try a bunch of different masks, find the ones you like and then order the ones you like.

I know, not rocket science.

They also have Masking Mondays’ where each Monday they put certain masks on sale (they rotate through so it isn’t always the same one). I tend to read them and compare the sales to my favorites list and then pounce when my faves go on sale. But I haven’t been using my sheet masks as much.

dripping mask

Well that’s not entirely true. I reorder the ones I know I like and then just use those and reorder them instead of trying out the random collection of masks in the box. So I need to start using them to see if they are worth repurchasing or if I can just delight in a grand clear out.

which is also a long winded way of saying there will be sheet masks cropping up periodically in the near future. Todays is the Coscodi Ganoderma Stem Real Mask. Quite the mouthful isn’t it? Looking it up I found it mentioned on several sites, including Facetory where I received the mask originally. I could only find the mask for sale on a few sites. One of them was Walmart so that is the one i went with and where the description came from. According to the Walmart product page for this mask…

mask on

Stem cells from the Lingzhi mushroom help keep the skin healthy by penetrating the dermis of the skin. This highly-nutritional and well-fitted sheet mask contains red ginseng and adenosine to enhance skin elasticity, while niacinamide and scutellaria baicalensis root extract helps cleanse the skin from fine dust particles, brighten, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It’s packed with ingredients that provides skin a whole new glow!

Now I am always in favor of niacinamides and anti aging properties in masks. While I don’t believe fifteen minutes with a mask is going to shave off a decade of time from my skin, I am in the every little bit helps category of skincare users. So I opened the Coscodi mask and took it out of the packaging.

mask off, skin really wet

It always amuses me when the mask is wrapped up into such a small package inside of the large pack. I took it out and it was juicy. You can see the serum just dripping off of it. It took a little bit of work to unfold it completely. It was very wet and wanted to stick to itself. The material is also fairly thin. The thin material and serum did help once I got the mask unfolded and on to my face.

It adhered well to the contours of my face and didn’t move the entire time I wore the sheet mask. I was worried that the mask would drip once it was on. Maybe it dripped it’s excess out into the sink while I unfolded it, but it didn’t drip while I wore it. which was a plus.

pat dry

As per instructions I let the mask sit on my face for fifteen minutes. In that time i answered e-mails at my desk. while i like to make Friday Masking an event, I never feel like taking that much of a break mid week. That is also the beauty of sheet masks They go one, and come off without a lot of clean up time.

when the mask came off, my skin had a lot of excess serum on it. They say to pat the excess serum in, but there was way too much and it would have taken my skin far to long to take it all in. I did end up wiping some of the excess off.

this mask had no scent, but the serum does feel a little sticky. As it dries and it fully absorbed into the skin , the stickiness goes away. But there was a lot of serum and it does take a while for it to absorb. I don’t know if it is the length of time on the skin or what, but I really feel like I want to wash my face. My skin looks fine and I’m sure it is well hydrated, but I very much feel the need to wash my face. I’m trying to give the serum time to sink in and at least possibly provide some benefits, but it is really difficult.

i will say that my skin does look healthy and hydrated, but this feeling of needing to wash my face is a bit much. While I’m sure this mask has it’s fans, I am not one of them. I think that this might be a one and only use of the Coscodi Ganoderma stem real Mask. The effects seem to be minimum, at least from this one use, but the need to wash my face is too strong to ignore. This mask is not for me.

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First use of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro-Dart Patches

Recently Depology very kindly sent over a package of products for me to try out and review. while these were gifted to me, the thoughts and opinions are my own. I have to admit, this was one of the products that I was most excited to try.

These are the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. You know how i love under eye patches. I use them routinely, especially during allergy season. It is then that their depuffing really comes into play. As this was a bad allergy season for me, extending well out of the normal season I think I ended up using under eye patches every other day this summer. However these contain a Wrinkle Smoothing serum. And Micro darts.

As always, before I try something new I go onto the website, to find out what I need to know about the product as well a what I can expect in terms of results and this was no exception. So According to the Depology website

Our unique Deepcare+™ serum formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing and plumping your skin. And now with our advanced micro dart technology, the serum is getting an upgrade.

To go beyond the surface of your skin, 1000 micro darts, infused with 30mg of our Deepcare+™ serum per patch, penetrate deep into your skin and deliver our solution to the core.

Rejuvenates your skin by directly delivering key ingredients straight into the skin surface – painless, no downtime and 100% safe. You can now experience the results of professional skincare treatments from your home. Apply for 2 hours or leave overnight for best results. Use every 2-3 nights. We recommend consistent use over 6 weeks for optimal results.​

I have to say, I really like the description. It tells me exactly what it is going to do and about how long it will take to see results. It also tells me how often I need to use them. I’ll be honest, the fact that they have micro darts made me worry about over use. I knew I wouldn’t be using them exactly the same way I would regular under eye patches used for simple depuffing so I appreciate the details. And as I have on occasion over used skincare items such as exfoliators, I feel more comfortable with an established time for use.

And yes the term micro dart made me a little apprehensive. I have never used darts, micro or otherwise on my face. I haven’t even tried those micro needle rollers that seem much more common. So I approached this with caution.

But now that I know what to expect, I felt a little more confident. Now I should also point out that I am currently using the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum. It’s description claims that the serum works well paired with these Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. I wanted to try the serum on it’s own so I have been using it for two weeks (and will continue using it) to get a feel for it before rolling in the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. while I will do a full review on the serum when I have reached the thirty day mark right now I have to say I absolutely love it.

But on to the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches.

They come individually packaged within the box which makes for easy travel, should you want to slip them into an over night bag. Inside the pouch they are in a little plastic case. The instructions say to make sure you don’t touch the darts with your fingertips (so that the serum can go to your eyes not your fingers). As the darts have a wide patch of space around them, it was easy to avoid petting my fingers into the wrinkle reducing serum.

I’ll be honest, I was braced for stinging pain.

I was prepared for them to be very uncomfortable.

They aren’t.

I applied the patch to my under eye and as per the instructions I pressed the patches into my skin so the micro darts could shoot their serum beneath my skin. I pressed firmly and the sensation was like pressing a piece of velcro against your skin. You could feel the prickly bits, so you knew it wasn’t smooth, but that is about it. And even that was at the beginning. I tapped it a few times throughout the two hour wear time and after fifteen minutes, the darts more or less dissolved into the skin so it felt like a smooth patch with no more velcro pressing feeling.

photo to use for comparison at the end of six weeks

The patches were comfortable to wear and easy to forget about once they were on. Actually I only really felt them in the first fifteen minutes. Then once the micro darts were dissolved, the patches were just there. They weren’t uncomfortable.

As this was my first test of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches I did only wear them for the recommended two hours and not over night. I wanted to get the feel of them before I tried to sleep in them. To be honest, i think they will be easy to sleep in. I will just have to apply them early enough for the darts to dissolve and I think they will be comfortable enough to sleep in. I will of course try them over night during this trial.

after the two hours I peeled them off. The patches came off easily without tugging at the skin. The serum had dissolved into the skin so there was nothing left remaining on top. The Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches will take about six weeks to show results so today was more about a first wear and how they felt than results, but I enjoyed wearing these patches and am looking forward to seeing what results occur after six weeks of consistent wear,

Using the Final Depology Derma Face Sculpting Mask

Recently Depology sent over a box of products for me to try out for the purpose of review. Among them were the Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks. These are masks designed specifically for your lower jaw line. According to the product page…

The Dēpology Sculpting Mask is infused with essential ingredients to tone and firm your chin, jowl and jawline. Designed with a soft yet firm textured cloth, this mask can be worn whilst getting ready in the morning.


And so I have been wearing them every other day, which is the recommended use. And this is the last mask in the pack so I thought it would be the perfect time to go over the experience.

First there is the mask itself. It is as the description suggests, a soft, yet firm textured cloth. It comes with a backing on it and when the backing is peeled off, the cloth has a very sticky side. While you do have to watch out for the mask sticking to itself, it is easy to peel off skin and hair. So if you happen to get little bits of hair caught in the mask, it isn’t going to rip the hair out or leave sticky goo in your hair.

the mask

This is actually important because you are using this in the morning before work and you don’t want to be trying to get something out out your hair, and because to wear the mask it does need to be looped over the ears where it will almost always come in contact with hair.

while the mask will stick to itself, it is easy to pull apart. And the stickiness keeps it in place on the skin. This is a mask for you lower jaw and it would be pointless if the mask didn’t stick to your lower jaw. any sagging and the mask is not touching the skin and therefore useless.

There was no sagging. I wore the mask for thirty minutes each use and had no issues with it sagging. It fit snuggly, yet comfortably and stayed exactly where I put it. I’ll admit, the first few time I wore the mask I did feel a little silly, but I got over it with each use.

the mask on

there is no scent to this mask at all. So if you are sensitive to scent you are all good. The full ingredients list is fairly short.

Full Ingredients: Water, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Glycerin, Anthocyanins, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

The water is in the mix because the mask is hydrating your skin so the moisture has to come from somewhere. It is better to come from the product than your skin. Seaweed also helps to hydrate the skin and can also help remove dead skin cells so your skin looks brighter. Glycerin is also a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air and into the skin so it too is there for hydration. Anthocyanins are generally thought to be antioxidant and anti inflammatory. Sodium Polyacrylate is a synthetic polymer that helps stabilize everything and Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is a fat soluble anti oxidant that can help protect the skin from free radicals.

And that is the sum total of the ingredients. It is a combination of things that is designed to help hydrate and protect the skin. The band itself gives you some lifting time and I think over time would show some pretty decent results, a but like remembering to use your Gua Sha each day and seeing results from the consistent lifting.

before trial left, post trial right

In the pictures you can see my face before I started the mask and when I took the last mask off. I’ll grant you there is not a lot of difference, but there are some small changes. I did use the masks for a relatively short time. While there are some small changes, I expect that if I were to continue using these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks for an extended period of time, like a month or more, the effects would become much more noticeable. Like all skin care it requires repeated and consistent use.

So the end result of this trial is to ask if i would be willing to try more of these masks, using them more often. The answer is yes. I know there is nothing harmful in them, I rather enjoyed using them actually once I got used to them and I have seen some small changes in my skin and jawline since using them. I think these Depology Derma Face Sculpting Masks are well worth giving a try.

The Skincare Lineup: August 19th, 2022

And so another week has gone by. My skin is much less freaked out not that I am not trying to recover from the freeze/thaw cycle. I kept the same line up from last week though, I am going to start adjusting soon. For one thing, My eye cream is almost empty and a new one will be needed. But first let’s look at the products in motion.

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Facial Oil: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminationg Facial Oil

Eye cream: Verso Eye Cream #5 Extra Nourishing

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

The purifying cleanser was very interesting this week. I did a full post about it which you can read here if you are interested. The basic summation is that it works well but as my nose if finally working again I realized it has quite the perfumed smell to it. I am not enjoying that aspect. I have about two weeks left of product in the tube so I will be using it up, but as nice as it is the scent makes me not want to repurchase.

The wild oat toner is fine. It is gentle on the skin. I find I miss the witch hazel of my usual toners and while I wouldn’t object to using this one again, i am not certain I would seek it out. The main reason being simply that I have other toners I like better. Most of them have witch hazel in them. It is a good toner though, just not something on my must buy list.

I am really liking the Depology Serum though. My skin soaks it up like a sponge and I think I am seeing some improvement in the fine lines. It is still early days with the serum but My skin feels soft and hydrated and there is no delay waiting for it to absorb. It sinks in quickly and I can continue with the rest of my skin care.

I do like the extra layer of moisture the Facial oil provides. Plus I like the little bit of glow I seem to be getting from the Wander Beauty Oil. I think it is helping to balance out the salicylic acid in the cleanser as well so that nothing is dried out. I do concentrate my oil use on the parts of my skin where I tend to get drier patches. And that seems to help.

The verso eye cream alas is no more. I thought I had an extra sample size socked away but alas I do not. I really like the brand Verso in general. I have tried several products from them and I have never had a problem with any of them. When their products are good they are excellent. when they are not so good they are still better than average. Which is not a bad thing to say about a brand. if I don’t like it, then the product is probably targeted for an issue I don’t have. I think I tried something from them (a moisturizer) designed for really dry skin and while it was too much moisture for me, I still used it as a night mask every couple of nights and it worked out really well.

Speaking of moisturizers, the Korres moisturizer is still working out well for me. I use a little less in the day time than I use at night and that seems to be the right level of moisture. I really like that the scent is slightly grape mixed with skincare. It is an odd scent for skincare but I really like it. The scent is stronger in the jar than it is applied to the skin and fades fast. I think I have about two weeks left of product in the jar and I will happily continue using it. I will also consider repurchasing it. I’m not entirely certain it is doing much pore reduction, but it hasn’t caused any break outs and has helped tame the ones I had. It is a moisturizer that I really enjoy using.

I also enjoy using the Kissu Lip mask from Tatcha. I think I will be using that for a long time. I love it, it works well and so little is needed that the small jar will last a good long time. I really like a pre makeup application to get my lips hydrated before I put on any lipstick and it is also fantastic as an over night lip mask. The amount differs and I put on slightly more for the overnight use. In the morning it is absorbed where as pre lipstick i wipe whatever hasn’t soaked in away (which usually isn’t much). As I tend to pick at my lips when they are dry, keeping them hydrated is a big thing for me.

And so my darlings that is my skin care for the week. The products are the same as last week. Next week I will have a new eye cream rolled in but everything else is still in motion. I think I have one more week of the Wander Beauty oil (it was not an unopened tube when I brought it into the line up and I hit it hard post exfoliation binge. It will also not be my last tube. In fact I think I have an unopened one in my skincare drawer. I will try to delay reaching for it until after I have tried out some of the other oils waiting testing). So one week left on the oil and two weeks left on the cleanser, serum and moisturizer. And so we continue forward and hope for fabulous results. Have a great Friday everyone.

Korres Greek Natural Beauty

Trying out the Milk Primer from Beekman 1802

Recently I signed up for the Beekman 1802 Quarterly Subscription Box. (It is $65 per quarter and one of the most beautiful subscription boxes I have opened). while I really like the look of the box and the products, a subscription box is only worth the money if the products are ones you want to use. Since it is a brand specific subscription, all of the products coming from Beekman 1802, I am going to be working hard to try out all of the items before the next quarter. I want to get a feel for the products and how they perform before I commit to having more of them arriving every few months.

As I just finished my latest bottle of sunscreen (Volition Luminizing Shield, one of my all time favorites) I decided to start with the Milk Primer SPF 35 sunscreen primer. I know, Milk Primer doesn’t sound like sunscreen, but it is. According to the Beekman 1802 website…

one pump dispensed

Your one step for summer skincare is here! Beekman 1802’s Milk Primer is the only goat milk sunscreen to combine a weightless formula with SPF 35. Formulated with natural mineral Zinc Oxide, this 3-in-1 mineral sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup primer acts like a physical shield against harmful UV rays and blue light while leaving skin brighter and more hydrated. It’s also pregnancy safe and completely oxybenzone-free and won’t damage coral reefs or irritate sensitive skin. Provides daily defense with SPF 35 broad-spectrum sun protection. Sheer application brightens skin and helps to blur the appearance of pores and blemishes. Perfects skin for makeup application or that flawless no-makeup look by minimizing the appearance of pores with a velvety, matte finish. Silky, oil-free formula feels weightless.

First of all, let’s take a look at the bottle. It is pretty. I love the frosted glass bottle and I really like that it is a pump product. And while it is aesthetically pleasing (all of their products are actually) I find it easier not to fiddle with extra caps when applying most skincare. I like that the bottle looks like skincare rather than just sunscreen. I can put it in my skincare line up and just use it as the last step in my skincare rather than something I have to remember to put on before I go outside. while I do keep a bottle of spray sunscreen stationed by the door for use just before I leave, I really like adding in sunscreen as part of my skincare. If it becomes a part of the skincare habit I forget less.

the slight white cast before it warms up, as you can tell it is already starting to warm up and lose the white.

I know that says more about me than anything else.

The glass bottle lets me see how much product it left, which I also like. It also makes it apparent that this sunscreen needs to be shaken up before use. which is easy enough. Pick it up, shake and then pump out what is needed. Easy peasy.

The scent of the sunscreen is light. It does have a slightly zinc-y scent to it, but it fades pretty quickly. In fact once it has been rubbed in the scent more or less disappears. I put the sunscreen in my hands, rub my hands together and then apply it to my face. I generally find that this helps the product warm up a little. As it warms to skin temperature it melts into the skin. Until it warms, it is white on the skin. There is very little rubbing needed, it is just the heat of the skin that makes it disappear. No harsh rubbing is needed.

I used this sunscreen after my moisturizer and had no issues with it absorbing in. I did need to wait until my skin absorbed the moisturizer, but that was it.

As for the Beekman 1802 Milk Primer working to blur pores and act like a primer… I can’t say I saw much use in that department. For me it didn’t really work as a makeup primer. It is however a sunscreen that sat well under my makeup products. After my skin absorbed it, it felt lightweight and non greasy, in fact it was easy to forget it was there. Primer and foundation (as well as the rest of my makeup) went over it as though it wasn’t there.

It didn’t have any effect on any of the makeup products I used over it. I have had some sunscreens that did cause foundation issues, this just simply isn’t one of them. And while I have a lot of primers I like to wear and very few sunscreens i enjoy using routinely, i am more pleased with this Milk Primer working as a sunscreen than I am with it not being a fabulous primer. Over all I was impressed with this sunscreen. It didn’t clog my pores, melted into the skin without leaving me feeling greasy, worked well with both my skincare and makeup and had little to no scent. This Milk Primer gives me great hopes for the rest of the Beekman 1802 products from the subscription box. Thus far this brand trial is off to a great start.