The Skincare Line up: May 14th, 2021

Are you ready for the weekly skincare line up? I’ve rotated a few new products in and a a couple of used up products out. I have a couple on the edge of being finished as well. Let’s see how they performed this week.

The Day time Line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 7)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 6)

Serum: Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 7)

Sunscreen: La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Light Fluid Sunscreen 50 SPF

This week the Native Deodorant, Cleanser and essence chugged along performing well as I slowly work my way through the products. As the toner is used only a drop a day, it will be lasting for a while. Which I am rather happy about. It is a good product and I will happily continue using every last drop.

Speaking of using every drom I finished the L’oreal Midnight serum this week. This link will take you to the full review if you are interested. I had a small sample of the LOUM Pure Serenity Golden C Serum so I figured I would go ahead and rotate that in. Mostly I chose it from my collection because the small dropper bottle has no label on it so I had to keep the cars with it so it didn’t get lost and the little bottle kept slipping out of the card. I figured I had better use it before the two were separated and lost forever. Because it is a vitamin C serum, I did not use the Nue Co Topical C powder this week. I just forgot to take it out of the night time line up.

As you can see in the above photos the small dropper is now halfway empty. I’ve been using it for about three days. I suspect that by Monday it will be gone and I’ll have to pick another serum to take it’s place. Thus far it has been an interesting product. I like how it feels on my skin and for the past three days my skin has responded well to it. It is however very perfume-y. It has a very strong floral scent to it. while I am okay using it for what I’m pretty sure will turn out to be about a week, I am not certain I could take the scent for an entire bottle. It is just very floral. My skin feels fabulous using it, but the scent is definitely something to think about before purchasing.

I also finished up the Perricone Eye cream over the weekend and have been using the Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye mask as my eye cream. Thus far I am really liking it. This time i took (and labeled) before photos so I can show them once i reach a month of use. However I have been using this mask as an eye cream for about a week now and it sits well under makeup and thus far I have no clogged pores. It has almost no scent at all which makes it a nice contrast to the LOUM serum.

I have just a little bit of the 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream left. You can see my full review here if you’d like. I think what I have in the jar might last until about Wednesday of next week. It has been a good day cream. It is better on my skin during cooler weather. I was starting to not be as enthused by it once the weather started warming up, but then the weather turned cold again this week and it has worked really well. I think it very much is a cooler weather cream for me. I will use it again, but i will do so in the cooler months.

Finally this week i took a break from my Volition Sunscreen and tried the La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50. It has a lightly pleasant scent that dissipates quickly. It does leave a bit of a white cast unless you really rub it in. while I like the lightweight feel of it, I definitely think that this is a neck and upper chest sunscreen for me rather than a face one. It feels weightless but with my moisturizer on it takes quite a while to massage it in so the white disappears. And i sort of felt like i was rubbing my moisturizer off rather than rubbing everything in. I loved it on my neck and upper chest though and those areas do take a beating in the sun. I would definitely purchase the full size of this sunscreen, but I just wouldn’t use it on my face.

The Nighttime line up

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (End of Week 7)

Serum: Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Arrow Radiant Skin Moisturizer

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (didn’t use this week due to the Vitamin C serum)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

The biggest change in my night time line up this week was the Moisturizer. I am using a sample of the Arrow Radiant Skin Moisturizer. It is a sample that came from Birchbox and it is in fact a brand owned by Birchbox. It is a thickish cream but it absorbs pretty well. It has a light, clean scent to it that doesn’t really linger and it didn’t make my face feel greasy. That being said, it’s only benefit seems to be moisture. It is a standard basic moisturizer. There are no bells and whistles. More importantly At least for me) there are no anti-aging properties to the moisturizer. It will help fight dry skin but nothing else. It is a small sample and I will finish using it this week. However it isn’t a moisturizer I would buy in the full size. I just like my moisturizers to do a little bit more. If you are just looking to deal with dry skin though, it does a pretty good job.

the Elemis was just as nice on the eye area at night as it was in the day and with the exception of the scent, I did like the LOUM serum. If they had dialed back that scent just a little bit, I would certainly consider picking up a full sized bottle because it is a nice serum. That scent is intense though.

The Yensa CBD oil is slowly being used up. I have about an inch of product left in the bottle and I have to say, I might actually be sorry to see it go. It is a really good makeup remover that is fairly gentle. I am oddly enough getting used to the scent. it isn’t my favorite, but it is something I can live with. I would certainly use it again if it came my way in a subscription box, but I am not sure i would purchase it on my own.

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

The Retinol and the oil are still being used every Tuesday and Thursday. The Versed Press Restart i can see some brightening of the skin, but I have to say I’ve tried better oils than the Marina from Earth Harbor. I went looking on line and there are rave reviews everywhere, but quite frankly I’m not seeing much other than an additional hit of moisture post retinol. Which to be fair is why I use it after the retinol. I much prefer something lie the Malin+Goetz Recovery oil or the Go-To Face Hero Face Oil. Both of those I would use and repurchase. In fact I have used two of the Malin+Goetz recovery oils before and have a third sitting in my skincare drawer. (there was a sale back in the fall) I don’t think I will repurchase the Earth Harbor Marina oil. It is nice enough to continue using, but not nice enough to repurchase.

And that my darlings was this week in my skincare line up. Next week i will need a new Day cream as well as a new night cream. I will have to replace the serum and there is the possibility that I will need to break out a new makeup remover. I’ll be choosing different days to add them in so that i don’t change up everything at once and cause my skin to freak out. At the moment my skin is doing quite well. Despite the somewhat cooler than usual temperatures, i may start edging into warmer weather moisturizers though. Something to consider as I begin to add things to the empties bin.

The Skincare Line Up: May 7th, 2021

The full line up

Welcome once again to the end of the week skin care line up review.  I has been an interesting week for skincare.  Many of the items are reaching the end of their trials and even more are reaching the end of their product.  Soon new products will be rolling in.  One product that I had planned to roll in last week, but didn’t was a different Sunscreen. My plan was to set my favorite Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield to the side and give one of the sample sunscreens in my collection a try, but I’ll be honest, I completely forgot.  So with Sunscreen I stayed with Volition. There were of course many days where I did not see the sun.  However my skin was protected from even the things I could not see.

The Day time line up (accidentally including my makeup removing oil)

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 7)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 6)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 7)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 7)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 7)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

I am liking the Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant a lot more than I liked the scent of the Water Lily and Orchid.  It starts off light and fresh and fades to nothing by the time I leave the bathroom.  As silly as it sounds the scent makes me feel fresh so I am good with it for a while.  My Full year of Native Deodorant trial will take me through the summer and into the fall so the real test has yet to come.

The La Roche Posay is slowly but surely being used up.  It is about at the one third of product gone mark but at one pump per use it does last a while.  Not that I am rushing it, I really like the formula of the cleanser and with so many products about to change out of my line up and new ones coming in, it is nice to have a steady product that I like.  I just have to make sure other products are steady around the cleanser when I get close to replacing it.

Likewise the Byroe Essence is only used drop by drop.  One drop each day onto the palm and then on to the face, so its use is quite slow as well.  Again though I am not rushing it as I really enjoy this toning essence.

The L’Oreal Midnight serum however is almost empty.  I tried peering inside and given the level I suspect I will make it through the weekend and maybe have Monday, possibly Tuesday to use the serum before it is gone.  This serum I really liked in the first two weeks of use and thought it was absolutely fabulous.  Continued use however didn’t make me more fond of it and I will actually not be sorry to see it go.  My review for this should be up on Monday if all goes as planned. I’ll go into details then.

Also nearing the end is the Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream. Well nearing its end is probably not the right phrase.  The tube is empty.  All used up.  This morning I used the very last drop of this eye cream.  I know because I rolled the tube to see if there was any more.  It was a good eye cream and I will be sad to see it go.  It is a sample size and I will be putting this on my list to try in a full size at some later date.  Although technically the sample did last long enough that I could actually do a full review on it.  Which I might.  I take notes as I use products, regardless of whether or not they are samples or full size. What can I say?  I like evaluation.

Tonight however a new eye cream will roll into the line up.  I have a couple to choose from but I haven’t chosen one yet. A decision is nigh though as I will need a new product to use tonight.

The 111skin Y Theorem Day cream is still in use.  The review went up this past week actually.  This link will take you there if you would like to see the break down.  It is a good cream and I enjoyed using it.  It is more of a cooler weather cream than a warmer weather so I think I used it at exactly the right time.  I would purchase this again, but not until the summer time heat has faded.  I should finish it up sometime next week. As I know there is a moisturizer coming in my Boxy Charm Premium this month that I am kind of excited to try I think I might try a sample size of day time moisturizer so that I can roll the new moisturizer into the line up when it arrives.

But that is for another week.  Are you ready to face the night?

The Night time Skin care players

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (End of Week 7)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Neogen dermalogy probiotics youth repair cream

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (end of week 2)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

You know, as much as I complain about the scent of the Yensa CBD Cleansing oil.  It is a good cleanser and the more I use it the more the scent fades into the background.  It is one of those scents that with repeated use I just may be able to get over.  Especially as it really takes makeup off well without stripping my skin. The level continues to drop.  I’m not entirely certain that I would buy this cleansing oil again, but I think that if it showed up in a subscription box I would definitely use it rather than pass it on.

The Akar Skin Balancing Toning mist actually falls into the same category, even though I actually really like the scent of it.  It is a good toner and so little of it is really needed that it will last a while.  It has lovely skin beneficial ingredients in it, but it makes my skin sticky and takes forever to sort of lose that stickiness.

The Too Cool For School Moisturizer sample I was using ran out and I replaed it with a Neogen sample of the probiotic Youth Repair cream.  This was the same company that made the fermented Rice essence that I really liked.  This sample is definitely a moisturizer that I will be looking into a full size of.  The cream feels thick when it applies but it melts into the skin quickly.  It smells vaguely like candy, which you’d think after the SYS prickly pear scent would turn me off, however there is a kind of freshness under the sort of candy scent that bypasses the ‘if it smells this sweet it must be sticky’ button in my brain.  I haven’t done a full break down of the ingredients as it is a sample (and if the remaining sample lasts the weekend I will be surprised) but I think it might be the probiotic element causing me to think of it as fresh rather than sticky sweet. Whatever the cause for my brain bending, I think this cream will definitely go on the list of products to try in the full size.

I did try it both with and without The Nue Co Topical C added to it.  I liked the cream both ways.  I have been using the Topical C Powder more often. I had to move it in front of my tooth brush stand so I wouldn’t forget it.  I really like the way the powder melts into the cream without leaving any grittiness.  It is too early to see results (and my use too inconsistent) but I like the addition to my line up, now that I’ve remembered to start adding it.

The Tuesday and Thursday Night crew

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

The Retinol Serum is used on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the oil is used after to provide extra post retinol moisture.  Thus far they are working as a good pair. I also think that two days a week is enough retinol for me right now. O the testing of these two might take a bit longer to see real results and it will be a while before I am ready to review them.  At the moment I am content to chug along using them.  I have had no sun sensitivity and no other issues which is quite nice. I’ll have to see how they progress before I report in.

Next week there will be a few new items rolling in to replace products leaving.  Luckily they all don’t roll in at the same time.  I like to space out the new arrivals.  That way if my skin does freak out I have a better chance of figuring out where to look for the issue.  This afternoon I am going to take out the sample of sunscreen I want to try out and put my Volition in the cabinet so that I don’t automatically reach for it.  While I do love that sunscreen, I wouldn’t mind having a few sunscreens on my list that I can grab when I need them.  Right now I really only have the one.  And I know the list won’t expand if I don’t try out the others.  So It is a temporary farewell to the Volition SPF 50 as it takes a small vacation from my skin care line up.  Have no fear, it will soon return.

Kerastase

Reviewing the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Anyone who has read my posts for any length of time knows that I love trying new skincare.  Because of this I often try samples to see how they perform.  I find this saves both on money and waste.  After all regardless of the price there is no point in purchasing something that you won’t use.  While samples can’t tell you the whole story, they can give you an idea of how the product will work.  They can let you know if you like the feel of it, or if you are going to have any reactions to it. 

Somewhere along the way I managed to test a sample size of the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream NacY2.  I’m guessing it was a subscription box, but I have no idea which one or when it arrived. I tend to put my samples in a plastic container and just reach in when I want to try something new or set up a travel bag. But one morning I did pull the sample from the container and tried it until it was gone. If memory serves it lasted a little over a week. During that week, I liked it enough that I put it on my ‘to test in a full sized version’ list. For the past six weeks or so I have actually been using the full sized version of this day cream. And I am now ready to give my thoughts on it. 

First let’s look at the official description.

The vitamin, antioxidant, and Hyaluronic Acid-infused formula plumps and revitalizes the complexion while keeping the skin feeling hydrated and nourished. This rich Day Cream works to infuse the skin with anti-ageing active ingredients whilst providing a protective barrier to shield the skin from harmful aggressors. Ideal for people who work in polluted or urban surroundings, the Y Theorem Day Cream NAC Y2 is formulated to reduce the effects of environmental aggressors.

NAC Y2: A fusion of three ingredients that all improve antioxidant levels, providing the optimum environment for collagen and elastin production and reducing the effects of environmental damage. HYALURONIC ACID: A humectant naturally occurring in our bodies that captures and retains moisture in the skin, improving hydration and causing a plumping effect. VITAMIN COMPLEX: A potent combination of Vitamin A, C, E, F and H to help repair damaged skin and protect against environmental pollution.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERIN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ORYZA SATIVA BRAN (RICE / RIZ) OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CARBOMER, PEG-7 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, LINOLEIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM EXTRACT, ACETYL CYSTEINE, FRAGRANCE / PARFUM.

PARABEN, PARAFFIN, SILICONE AND SULPHATE FREE.

111Skin

So let’s look at that a little deeper at a few of the top listed ingredients.  Water, I think we are all familiar with and know it needs to be in any skincare that seeks to plump the skin.  After all it is hydration that helps with the plumping and the water has to come from somewhere. It is much better coming from the cream than deeper in your skin. ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE is an emollient and it helps the skin retain moisture.

PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL I actually find kind of interesting.  I’ll admit I went a little science crazy in the deep dive of this ingredient but don’t worry I’ll keep it short (and provide a link or two for those interested.  Put simply it is too large a molecule to be absorbed into the skin and so it stays on top and stops moisture from leaving.  I found that really interesting.  I’m used to sing ingredients that help lock moisture into the skin as they absorb but I never really thought about having something that doesn’t penetrate the skin preventing moisture from leaving. 

It makes sense and I am certain other moisturizers use it, I just never thought about it and I don’t think it has been a part of any other moisturizers I have broken down before.  So I found it a bit fascinating.  This is one of the best articles I found to most concisely explain it if you want more information.

CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE is coconut oil mixed with a glycerin and it helps both to smooth skin and soften it. In fact most of the ingredients on this list are used to both smooth and soften skin as well as work as antioxidants.

To be honest I really like this moisturizer for a couple of different reasons.  The first is that it is a day cream.  I know this sounds a little strange, but walk with me on this one for a minute.  I know that the thought of having one cream that you can use for both day and night time use is a good plan. However I am noticing that my skin needs different things in the day time and night time.  During the day I need a moisturizer that absorbs well, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t make me feel greasy when I work out.  So during the day I need something on the lighter end of the spectrum. 

At night, especially in the winter when we have the heater running and the air in the house becomes drier, I need a heavier cream to get me through the night. I am not opposed to putting a sleeping mask over my moisturizer, but I would really rather have a good night cream and just occasionally add a sleeping mask to my routine.

This 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream worked really well in that aspect.  It is too light for me to use during the night but was perfect for me to use during the day.  It absorbed well and I quite frankly had no real problems during my trial of the cream.  It has a light clean fragrance that fades into the background and becomes a ‘skincare’ scent rather than something you can identify by scent profile (ie. cucumber, rose and so on). So there were no scent issues.  The moisturizer absorbed well and fairly quickly.  I have been using it for the past six weeks and we have been having an unusually cold spring.

In the past week warmth has returned.  This past weekend I actually got some of my seedlings finally transferred out of the greenhouse and into the garden. As a reference point usually that is something I do the weekend after Easter where I live. As it is warming up, I find I am having more problems with the cream absorbing.  I have been having a little bit of a greasy feel to my skin which is not something that happened at all in cooler temperatures.  I have a week or two left of the 111Skin Y Theorem moisturizer left in the jar and I suspect as the temperatures increase I will find it a little more greasy.  This cream seems to be a very good moisturizer when the weather is cool, not so much when the weather turns warm. 

I could be wrong (lord knows I have been wrong many, many times before) but I suspect it has something to do with the PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor oil. According to all of the information I found, it is designed to sit on top of the skin.  In cooler weather this isn’t an issue, as the temperatures rise you can feel something sitting on the skin and for me it feels a little greasy.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not a major grease bomb, but it is noticeable to me.  I’ve had to pat my t zone with powder mid afternoon just a little bit more now that the central heating is not running.

You will notice that there are no before and after pictures with my skin and this cream. Part of that is because I accidentally deleted the photos in my grand spring purge. (I was so excited to make space on my hard drive that I simply didn’t think about what I needed to keep.) The other reason is that while this moisturizer did moisturize, any real work done on reducing fine lines I am pretty sure was done by other products. The hyaluronic acid in this moisturizer may have contributed, but serums and eye creams did the heavy lifting. This is a moisturizer and an environmental defense shield, it is not amazing at dealing with fine lines.

Over all, I do like this Day cream and I am very glad that I did try it in the full size.  I think that if I were to purchase this 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream again, I would do so knowing that it would be a moisturizer I would use in the cooler months and that I would need to pair it with some heavy duty anti-aging serums. Everything else has its season, why shouldn’t moisturizer. So in conclusion, yes I would repurchase this moisturizer, but I would be strategic as to when in the year I used it and what products I used it with so as to use it to its best advantage.

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The Skincare Lineup: April 30th, 2021

The complete line up (with my reusable rounds newly washed in Thursday’s laundry and peeping out of the container which is slightly too small but I like it)

Welcome to the friday skincare line up, my darlings. Most things were still in use from last week but there are a few updates and a couple of changes coming. Let’s take a look

The Day time players

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 6)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 5)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 6)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 6)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 6)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

While I adore my Volition sunscreen, I have a sunscreen sample I want to test in the upcoming wee, so even though it is my standard and I will be returning, I want to give another product a try. You can never have too many sunscreens on your personal approved list. And as summer approaches and more time is spent outside, I want to get my summer preparations underway. For me that means new sunglasses, baybe a new beach towel, hopefully a gardening hat (although that quest has been ongoing) and definitely a number of sunscreens to use. I may have to actually hide the Volition so I don’t reach for it automatically.

The La Roche Posay cleanser I am still loving. Which isn’t a surprise as it is not a new to me product. I have pulled this in and out of my routine for years. It is a reliable formula, gentle on the skin and you only need one pump to wash the face. Slowly the left of product is going down, but I’m really in no rush to use it up.

I still like the scent of the Byroe and the way the Essence opens my skin up to receive the products. This is the second essence i;’ve tried and I really like it. One drop is all that is needed so it will last a while, but i need to think about adding essences permanently into my skin care line up as a category since I can really notice a difference when I use them.

I am ending week six with the L’oreal Paris Midnight Serum. The review will definately be up next week. I think I have enough serum to make it through next week but I don’t think i will make it past next week. despite the name the serum is used both morning and night. To be honest, I will not be terribly upset about reaching the end of this serum.

I will be sad to see the end of the Perricone Eye cream though. I thought it would run out this week, but so little product is needed that it is still going. I know that I have the sample in the squeeze tube, but I actually like eye cream in these tubes better because I use only what I need. I often find that when eye cream comes in a jar I tend to over use the product. This tube lets me dispense just the small amount I actually need which I really like.

My 111Skin moisturizer is also still going strong. I think I have about two week’s worth of product left in the jar. I tested this moisturizer out as a sample size and liked it enough to use the full size jar. It is interesting to see the changes in opinion from the sample to the full sized jar. I still like the cream, but my opinions are definitely more complex. With the sample you have only a short window to judge the feel of it on your skin, the scent and any initial sensitivities to the formula. It is only after a thirty day use that actual results can be seen and this has been interesting for me. It has also made me look at my list of samples that i have tried, liked and want to try in a full size in a new light.

But now we need to move into the night…

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

( I didn’t wear waterproof eye makeup this week so I didn’t need the separate eye makeup remover from Klorane)

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (end of week 3)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: All in one Egg Mellow Cream from Too Cool For School

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (end of week 1)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

Slowly I am using up the Yensa CBD cleansing oil. It is a good product, I just don’t care for the scent. I am determined to use it up though. I won’t be repurchasing it, even though it is a really good cleansing oil. The scent is really just too much for me.

Now that I have found that just a little spritz is all that is needed from the Akar toning mist, I am feeling better about it. For me it is still a night time product rather than a day time one because it does tend to get a little sticky and takes a little longer to sink into the skin than I like in the morning.

this week even though I put the Nue Co Topical C powder on the list, I forgot to use it. I could justify it as the week of testing the All in One Mellow Cream Moisturizer, but the truth is I just forgot it. I need to put it front and center so that I do remember to use it.

I did use the Too Cool For School Moisturizer sample this week and in fact I used it right up. I have enough for tonight, but then the tube will be heading off to the empties bin. I have seen the brand around but never picked them up. i think that it is because of moisturizer snobbery on my part. They are an affordable moisturizer so in my head I think I downplayed them. It is a good moisturizer and one that i would like to try in the full size. It is a little on the thick side though. I am very glad that i used it as a night cream more than a day one. I think in the winter time I could have used it during the day, but as temperatures heat up it is a little too thick and rich for me to use as a day cream. It was excellent at night and I didn’t need to add a night mask or extra night cream which was nice. While I am putting this on the list to try in a full size, I will probably wait until the temperatures dip again in the autumn to try it out so that I can give it its best chance of success. I see no reason to try and sabotage a product.

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

This week I used the Versed Retinol once instead of twice. And since I use the oil after the retinol I used the Marina oil once as well. Usually I use the chemical exfoliant Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this thursday was my dentist trip and novocaine extravaganza. To be honest last night I washed my face and slapped a little cream on before crawling into bed. It was not the night for a drawn out skin care routine. Usually i like the longer skin care routine, especially at night. It is how I slowly wind down my day and I like to take my time with it. last night i just wanted the day over. I do like how the Versed Press Restart works with my skin though so I will keep using it.

And that was this week in skincare. Not a lot was different from last week but changes are on the horizon. Full reviews will be posted soon and the line up will have some new additions starting Saturday. It will be interesting to see what the new changes bring.

If you are looking to stock up on your favorite skincare or pick up something for someone special, Lovely Skin is having a really big sale. You can click the banner below to be taken to the site. They have a wide variety of skincare from great brands and I have never had a problem with any order I’ve had from them. I love taking advantage of their sales and will probably poke around a bit on the site later.

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The Skin Care Line Up: April 9th, 2021

It is time once again for the weekly skincare line up.  Above are all the products used this week (don’t worry they weren’t all used at once.)  You may notice that there a few missing from last week.  Lately I have been testing a Versed Press Restart Retinol, an Earth Harbor Marina Biome Balancing Ampule and using up the last of my Sunday Riley Good Genes. Usually I use the retinol followed by the ampule (oil) for extra moisture on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then add the Good Genes for some AHA balance the morning after. This Tuesday I was out of commission and I think I might have washed my face because I was overly sweaty and felt gunky.  I didn’t do much else.  By Thursday the excess sweating caused breakouts so I decided that I was just going to skip the retinol and friends this week and for my face mask Friday go in with my clearing mask and then once my skin settles down return to the retinol trial. So that is why those products are absent.  I did however add a vitamin C powder to my night time ritual and I will get to that when we reach the evening.

So…

Daytime skin care

Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 3)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 2)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 3)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 3)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 3)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

And in case you are wondering, yes that is the order in which I apply them.  The moisturizer needs a little time to settle before I apply my sunscreen but the sunscreen is the last element to my morning skin care.  I am currently using the Volition prismatic luminizing shield in SPF 50 (and have been for a while and will continue to do so for an even longer while).  This is billed as the sunscreen for people who don’t like sunscreen and I have to say I fall into that category. This sunscreen looks like skin care and lives with my skin care and so I put it on with my skin care so that I don’t forget.  It is very light weight and goes on like a moisturizer and doesn’t break me out. 

And because I very much just go down the line with my skin care in the morning, because it lives on the skin care shelf, I don’t forget it.  I am the first to admit that before my coffee I function on Autopilot.  I wash my face, pat it dry, go to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot and return to the bathroom to finish with my skin care while the coffee brews. Anything that isn’t in the lineup gets forgotten.  Making sure the sunscreen lives there means I don’t forget it. The big trick right now is remembering to take it down my neck to my upper chest.  Enough of my shirts have v necks that I was getting some sun damage to the upper chest last summer because I couldn’t remember.  This year I am remembering.

I know that is a lot of time spent on sunscreen but we are getting into warmer weather now so more time is spent outside.  Plus I was utterly horrified but the Vogue interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on her skincare regime. But enough has been said about that dose of misinformation.  Just remember to wear your sunscreen. My morning skin care has remained the same since last week.  Several of the products I am using are approaching the end of three weeks of use. Most skin care needs at least thirty days of use before you see any results.  While I try to remember to post pictures of my bare skin in these posts each week (I took them last week but forgot to post them like a dingbat) Once I’ve used a product for over a month I’ll start to post the before and afters with the full product review. Thus far I have no major issues with my morning routine.

A quick update on the native Deodorant. The temps are starting to climb and as you know when I switched to the natural deodorant I had huge issues with wet underarms.  No stink but very large sweat stains.  They were large enough that pit stains didn’t do them justice.  After a while they started getting smaller.  I think part of that was my body adjusting to a deodorant instead of an anti-perspirant. At the same time thought the weather was cooling off.  It is now warming up and there has not been a return of the overly dramatic wetness. High summer will be the true test but I feel my body has adjusted.  I’ll keep you posted as the weather warms and I spend more time working in the garden.

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser  (end of week 3)

( I didn’t wear waterproof eye makeup this week so I didn’t need the separate eye makeup remover from Klorane)

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (end of week 2)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 3)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 3)

Moisturizer: SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly Pear (end of week 2)

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C Powder

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

Last week I finished off the Clean It Zero cleansing balm and so this week I rolled the Yensa CBD Super Food Dual Ceansing Oil into the line up to take it’s place.  You may notice that it is half full.  It is a good cleansing oil and it really does work well with my skin.  However the scent is very strongly CBD oil.  Some products are a surprise “Oh there’s CBD in this, I never would have known” . 

Bare skin at the end of the week

This is not one of those.

Blindfolded you could sniff it and know there was CBD in it.   I did a full review of it and you can read the full review here if you’d like.  It is a good product.  After I used and reviews it, I set the oil to the side.  While I don’t mind the scent of CBD after a while it does get to me.  It is a good product sold at a decent price it just has a potent scent. I will be using this and hopefully using it up.  I will not be repurchasing it.  I like cleansing oils as the first step in my double cleanse but there are other oils that work just as well, are comparably priced and don’t have a scent I have to power through.

mug shot to the side to show off those crows feet

With the exception of the Vitamin C powder all of the other products are holdovers from last week.  I am surprised that the SYS Superfood Moisturizing cream is still going strong.  Since I am using a Day cream as my primary moisturizer 9and the 111Skin Y Theorem is definitely a day cream with my skin) I decided to work through some of my sample sizes in the evening. I thought I would only have enough product for two weeks in this sample sized tube, but I am now at the end of week two and there looks to be enough product for another two weeks so I may get a long enough trial to do a full review of it.  I am still on the fence about the product so I am happy to have a little longer to decide.

and mug shot to the other side

Last night was the first time I added in the Nue Cos Topical C powder.  I noticed that my IPSY this month had something from the Nue Co (and no it hasn’t arrived yet, I just checked the site) and I thought it sounded familiar.  So I looked in my skin care drawer and found the overlooked powder.  Since I finished the Vitamin C from Herbal Beauty Dynamics that I was using I decided to add it in.  The product mixes in with my nightly moisturizer.  It was interesting last night, but it was the first night I used it and so it is far too early to say other than interesting.

The only other thing to report is that since I have been using the Agave lip mask from Bite Beauty in Maple I have not needed the lip scrub each week.  I was using the lip scrub once a week.  Now I think it is knocked back to once a month, which I am good with.  Also the maple scent has caused my babydoll to suggest we have pancakes and waffles more often despite the fact that he says he can’t smell it. Not that it means much in terms of skin care, but it has been an interesting morning trend. And that is the current state of my skincare this week. Everything is chugging alone and pancakes have been requested. I hope you have a great Friday and I will see you back her later for the Friday Face Mask.


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The Skin Care Line Up: April 2nd, 2021

The full line up of in use products: Day, Night and only a couple of times a week.

Welcome to the end of the week my darlings.  It is time to talk about one of my favorite obsessions, Skincare. Some of the products you saw last week and I continue to use them.  As they reach the thirty day (and beyond) mark I will write up a full review, but this is just a general in progress listing with a few things to note or watch about each product. 

This week I am going to divide it up a little bit between day time and night time use so it isn’t such a massive product list all in one. So let us start with the day.

Day time Line up:

 Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (the official release was March 31st so the link is to the announcement page as it is the only thing up right now)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

At the moment I really like the deodorant formula of Native Deodorant.  It will be something I monitor once the sun heats up the world again and I spend more time in the heat. I am not so sure about the scent though as it is a bit too floral for me.  I think when this container is used up I will try out a different scent. I think I have about a month’s worth of product left so it will be a while. But at least that gives me a little time to peruse the other scents and make my decision.

Currently my daytime products are all working really well for me. the night is a little iffy, but the day is actually quite good at the moment.

I really like the La Roche Posay Cleanser.  It is gentle enough that I am actually using it three times on some days.  While listed in my day time routine and in my night time one, on some occasions I come back from the gym and just need to quickly wash my face.   I just can’t take the sweat residue.  This Toleriane cleanser is gentle enough that it doesn’t cause issues with my skin so I never feel like I am overwashing which I really appreciate.

I still have my Akar Toner in my night time routine, but after playing around with it, I tend to like the Byroe Toning Essence in the morning and the Akar in the evening.  Part of that is because I find the Akar a little bit sticky and heavy on the skin.  When I’m layering my night time products it isn’t as bit a deal as it is in the day.  This is the first week of the Byroe Bitter Green’s Essence in my line up and I am really liking it. (I tried it out as a toner before which is why the product looks used, but then I thought I was using it wrongly so I set it aside while I looked into it).

The Serum was sent to me by Influenster and despite the fact that this is the first mention of it, I have been using the serum for two weeks.  It is a new release and I just wasn’t allowed to talk about it until After the 31st.  I have to say I am very much liking this serum thus far and after two more weeks I hope the photos show some skin improvement as I can really feel a benefit to the texture of the skin.  Despite being called Midnight Serum it is designed for both day time and night time use.  I have been using it for both and haven’t had any issues thus far.

I’m not sure what the CBD in the Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating eye cream does, but I do know that after two weeks of use I really do like this eye cream.  It is light weight, seems to work on my fine lines and doesn’t clog the pores around my eyes (a consistent problem area for me).  Thus far, I really like it.

My current day cream is the 111Skin Y Theorem.  I tried a sample and liked it.  Thus far the day cream is working just a well in the full size as it did in the sample so I am very happy with it.  This is the end of the second week of use for the day cream.

And of course no day time routine will be complete without a sunscreen.  This Volition Sunscreen is billed as the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen.  I fall into that category but I have to say, I really like this sunscreen.  While part of that is the lightweight formula.  A lot of what I like is that the bottle looks like skin care so I keep it with skin care and apply it like skin care.  Because it is just there in the line up, I just use it.  It has become habit.  It has a light scent that reminds me more of skincare than sunscreen and it melts into the skin beautifully.  Best of all, it doesn’t break me out. 

So that is my day time line up, are you ready to peep into the night?

The Night time Line up

Makeup Remover: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser ( I didn’t wear waterproof eye makeup this week so I didn’t need the separate eye makeup remover from Klorane)

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly Pear

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.

The Clean it Zero Cleansing balm is almost empty and while it is a pretty good makeup remover, it does tend to fog up my contacts when it gets in them and I’m not exactly thrilled with the scent.  This is the clarifying version in the green jar. Of the cleansing balms from Clean it Zero I tend to prefer the one that comes in the pink jar.  I remember it having less issues with my eyes and a nicer scent.  This sample sized jar is almost empty and I will soon replace it with something else.  I don’t think I will purchase it again.  I think I would pick up the pink jar, but not this one.

The La Roche posay Cleanser works just as well at night as it does in the day. 

While I like the scent of the Akar toner and it is a pretty good toner, it is a bit sticky on the skin.  I’m using it at night and will use it until it is gone, but I don’t think I would purchase this toner again.  It is a use, thank it for its service and move on sort of product.  I am two weeks into use with it so I will get at least two more weeks in before I write a full review, but at the moment, it isn’t my favorite product.

The Loreal Midnight Serum and Pericone MD eye cream work the same at night as they do in the day.

Because I am using a separate day cream I am, for the moment, going through some of my sample and travel sized moisturizers to see if any of them are ones that I want to try in a full size.  This SYS Moisturizing cream is moisturizing enough that I haven’t picked out a sleeping mask to use a few times a week.  It is in the scent prickly pear and I can’t decide if I like it or not. I like the scent and I have had Prickly Pears in cocktails before.  I’ve never had it in a skin care and it sometimes makes me feel as though I’ve smeared something sticky and sweet on my face when I use it.  This is it’s first week of use and I know I can get at least one more week out f the travel sized tube.  For now it stays but I am on the fence about it.

The Dermelect Self Esteem Serum is a product I use for my neck.  This is not my first bottle.  I think it might be my third.  I’ve used it off and on for the past three years and really enjoy it. I try to remember to bring skin care down my neck but often forget.  Simply having a product designed for my neck helps me remember.  The scent kind of reminds me a bit of toast which is odd. Nice, because I like toast, but odd. The product is nice, effective and I will continue to use it and definitely repurchase when i am done.

Finally, at night I always go to bed with a lip mask or treatment on my lips.  Usually I use a lip scrub as well but this week I didn’t think my lips needed it so I skipped it.  My current lip Mask is the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty.  It isn’t my first tube of this mask and it won’t be my last.  It is very hydrating and it really works best if left on the lips overnight.

There are a few items I left out because I don’t use them every night

Tuesday and Thursday Nights I use a retinol.  Currently the one I am using is the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum .  I originally planned to increase the days I use it, but I really think twice a week is enough for me.  I don’t feel the need to increase the number of days.  Thus far it has given me the retinol clearing I want and not caused any sun sensitivity.

On the nights when I use the retinol I follow with a facial oil for extra hydration. The oil I am currently using is the Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule.  Thus far it is fine. I’m still trying to form my full opinion of it but at the moment I am having no problems with it so I will keep using it.

On the mornings after I use Retinols I like to use an AHA to sweep away the dead skin cells.  I am currently finishing up the Good Genes from Sunday Riley. It is a nice product.  The scent reminds me of lemon scented floor cleaner so I am okay with not using it every day.  In truth the scent is the only reason I wouldn’t buy this product again.  Truthfully, it works well enough that I would actually work to get over my thoughts on the scent.  It is a good product and it is clear to see why o many people really like it. 

So that my darlings is my current skin care line up, the products and my current thoughts on them as I use them. I’ve got a few familiar favorites in the line up and a couple of brand new to me products.  Some I like better than others.  When their time of use is at an end we will see which ones I think deserve to be repurchased or purchased in the full size rather than as samples. But those are my thoughts for the moment. And thank you so much for allowing me to indulge in my love of talking about skin care.

And don’ t worry, once we get to the full individual breakouts, we’ll take a deep dive into the ingredients lists. Promise. For the weekly, it is just general thoughts. 


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The Skincare Line Up: March 19th, 2021

The line up of products currently in use

Today I’m going to do this a little differently. (I’m still playing around with this format so if you have an opinion please let me know.) Today I’ll start with the list, and then below add my thoughts.

Make Up Remover: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm from Banilla Co. with Klorane Cornflower waterproof eye makeup remover (both sample sizes)

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Soap and Glory Scrubatomic Daily Scrub (not used daily, but used once this week)

Toner: Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist

Essence: NeoGen Dermatology Real Ferment Micro Essence (sample size)

Serum: It’s a secret (can’t talk about until March 31st)

Retinol: Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Oil: Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

AHA: Good Genes by Sunday Riley

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Soothing Hydrating Eye Cream (sample size)

Moisturizer: 111 Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Night Cream/Mask: Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask by Lapcos (sample size)

Lip Scrub and Mask: Hanalei Sugar lip scrub and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

The links above will take you to each product so you can look at it’s specifics. when I do fill reviews of each i will break down the ingredients as well as the detailed usage, bit this is a little less formal and more impressions as I use the product.

Okay, first up we have the products that are a hold over from last week.  That would be the Klorane Cornflower waterproof eye makeup remover and the Neogen Dermatology Real Ferment Micro Essence.  The Klorane eye make up remover will be with me for a while.  Just a little drop is all that is needed to remove eye make up, it doesn’t sting my eyes or cloud my contacts.  To be honest the only thing that is going to change about that is the size. I will use the sample size until it is gone and then just order a full sized version.  I don’t use it every day, as I don’t always wear tough to remove eye products, but I haven’t found another eye makeup remover that I like as much. So for now it is my go to.

The Neogen Essence has just a tiny little bit left in the bottle.  I think I may have about three days worth of product left.  It doesn’t take much and to be honest I pour just a little in my hand and then apply it with my hands.  Any attempt to use a cotton round (whether reusable or not) just makes the product disappear into the cloth. The point of an essence is to open the skin up to receive other skin car and I have noticed that when I do use this essence my serums seem to absorb more rapidly. I will be at the 30 days of use mark when it finishes so there will be a full review of the essence when I have used it up. (so next week)

Bare skin the morning of March 19th, 2021

Speaking of serums, you may notice that this week I didn’t mention one.  I am using a serum.  It was sent to me through Influenster and I am not allowed to talk about it until after March 31st.  As April second is a skin care line up update (and three weeks into using the serum) I will bring it up then, with a full review to follow after thirty days.  I hate being secretive, but those are the rules. So for now there is a serum, I’m just not talking about it.

A couple of products that were just added are sample sized this time around as well.  The Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm from Banilla and Co is a sample.  Thus far I am enjoying it.  It takes very little to remove all of my makeup so it will be with me for a while. All cleansing balms, sample or not, take a while to get through and I suspect this one will be no different. Initial reactions are very positive though. I rotated the sample in when my MAC Cleanse Off Oil ran out so I have only been using it for about two days. I actually staggered the newer products as they came in so that I didn’t just wake up one morning and start an entirely new line up.

I may change products a lot but I do have a system to keep my skin from freaking out.

The Perricone MD Soothing Hydrating Eye Cream is technically a sample size, but it is an eye cream so very little product is actually needed.  Thus far I am liking the way the eye cream applies.  It isn’t greasy and absorbs very quickly.  As silly as it sounds, I also really like that the squeeze tube has only a small hole for dispensing product. It means that i can squeeze out only the small amount i actually plan to use without accidentally going overboard or wasting product. I don’t know if I will have enough product in the tube to see results, but I remembered to add photos of the side of my eyes where the lines are so it can be monitored as I continue. Sometimes I forget that you can’t see those lines as well when I take forward facing photographs.

And we look to the side

The last new sample size I’ve added is the Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask.  It is a pretty good sleep mask, but it does take a while to absorb.  It feels wet, but not greasy when it is applied and I generally have to wait about half an hour before I go to sleep so that it can absorb enough to stay with my skin and not migrate to the pillow.  I started applying this on Wednesday and I’m not entirely certain how I feel about it yet. I’m going to have to use it a bit longer before I decide.

My Soap and Glory Daily Scrub was the exfoliator that I chose but I only used it once this week.  It is a good daily scrub.  It is not too harsh and it smells deliciously of peaches. I wanted to use it actually because it was a back up I picked up a while ago and it ended up buried in the skin care drawer. I also believe that this Scrubatomic cleanser may have been discontinued. The link goes to the Soap & Glory site (I’m not an affiliate, but I do like them) When I looked it up there were a lot of posts about it being discontinued. I will look into it. As it is really a very good and gentle exfoliator from the drugstore I will be very sad if it has been discontinued. I’ll let you know when I learn more.

Even though it is out now, I won’t be using it a lot at the moment. I really enjoy using it, but I think I might set it to the side while I am using the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum.  I simply think it is too much with the chemical exfoliate.

I will say though that the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is quite effective.  I only used it twice this week since I wanted to see how it worked with my skin.  I applied the retinol and let it sit for a minute then I applied the Marina Biome Brightening Ampule as my facial oil to help with the moisture of my skin.  About an hour later I had dead skin peeling off my face.  Not in a horror movie kind of way, but in kind of shedding way. The retinol also felt a little warm and tingly on the skin.  I rinsed it off and patted my skin dry.  There was no redness or damage to the skin, In fact it looked really good. I waited a little while, then I applied my essence, Serum and Night mask. I was really happy with the way my skin looked the next morning. The second time I used it, I didn’t have nearly as much skin pilling up, which was both a relief and slightly disappointing. Disappointing only because it was oddly fascinating to see the dead skin leave and the fresh skin appear. Relieving as I don;t think you could lose that much skin that often without causing problems.

And the other side

On the mornings after I used the retinol I followed with the Good Genes Sunday Riley AHA serum.  The AHA’s are supposed to sweep the dead skin cells away, although I am pretty sure that most of them were gone before then.  I have had the Sunday Riley Good Genes for a while and am trying to use it up.  It is a nice product but it sort of has that lemon scented cleaner scent to it.  It isn’t my favorite scent, but the product works and my skin always looks good after using it. I would more than likely purchase this product again, but I would like to give some other AHAs a try first. Right now, I am just going to concentrate on using the bottle up.

Next, we get to the day cream.  I am using the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream and quite frankly I really like it. I also really liked the sample size that I tried a while back so it is nice to have a full sized version to work through so I can see change over time. For me it has just the right amount of moisture for a day cream.  It is light, it absorbs well and it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy.  It also sits well under makeup. 

And of course I can’t leave out the lips. My Milk Makeup Kush Lip Scrub and Kuch Lip Glaze are no more. Both tubes are empty and have alas gone to the Empties bin. I will definitely repurchase both in the future. The Hanalei lip scrub I am using is one I opened a while ago, set aside and then forgot about. It is still good and about half empty so I am going to use it up. It is a good lip scrub but I do kind of miss the lipstick shaped lip scrubs as they are easier to use and less likely to get under your nails and or damage the nail polish. It is a great formula though and I really like both the scent and the taste. In a lip scrub that is oddly enough a consideration.

The lip mask I use right after is the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in the scent Maple. It is not my first tube of this and it will not be my last. Hopefully. I saw questions about whether or not it had been discontinued as well and I am hoping not as it is fantastic. It is a thicker formula and you really only need a little bit because of it. It makes the small tube last a really long time and it is excellent for overnight wear.

At the moment I am having no issues with breakouts, which is nice.  The clogged pores I had from the Avant eye cream have cleared up.  I Used the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile Clearing Clay Mask over the weekend and then followed it with the Soap and Glory Daily scrub to get rid of what was brought to the surface. (Incidentally you can get 20% off Herbal Dynamics Beauty Right now with the code HDB2021) It was the one time I used the physical exfoliator this week and it worked really well.  I quite liked the combination. While I don’t need the physical exfoliation around when I have the chemical one, I do like having it around for situations like post clearing mask. 

At this point I am using the Versed Retinol twice a week and I’ve noticed no sun sensitivity, mostly I believe because it is Bakuchiol based. However, I just don’t think I need to use the product more than twice a week.  I think more might actually be too much exfoliation for my skin and might actually do more damage in the long run.  So twice a week it is. If I think I need more, I might increase it to three times, but I suspect i will be holding steady at twice.  Thus far I am liking it and hopefully that will continue to prove true. 

Other than watching the amount of exfoliation that I am doing, the current slate of products I am using is working really well.  There have been no issues as I used up other products and bring in new ones. As always there will be full reviews as I finish products or reach the thirty day mark.


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