The Skincare Line up: May 28th, 2021

The full line up from this week

Oh my darlings do we have some changes this week. Most of the changes are in the night time line up actually. This week i have three separate empties going to the bin and replacements on the way. In addition I have a new element to add to the line up. so let’s get started.

The day time players

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Okay let’s just go down the line with the day time skin care. We’ll start with the Native Deodorant. If you’ve been following along with my posts, or just have a basic understanding of seasons in North America, you know that the temperatures have been climbing. what little spring we had disappeared in a puff of humidity. At least where I live. I started using the Native Deodorant Last fall and decided to wear it (in various scents) for an entire year. At first, I had huge circles of sweat under my arms. Then my body adjusted and the sweat stains grew less. To be honest, when I am working out or going on a walk, especially in warmer weather, the stains don’t bother me because I am often sweating so much that the entire shirt is uniformly soaked so it doesn’t stand out. It did however keep the odor down, which is what it is supposed to do. while this isn’t a problem, I have noticed that as the world heats up, I sweat standing still. I don’t mind seat marks on gym clothes, I do mind them on work clothes. I really like the native, but I have noticed some sweat stains on the underarms of my work blouses when I have to be outside in them. So I think that when I know I have to be in nicer clothes and may be sweating, I will be rolling in my long standing favorite Dove Antiperspirant to pinch hit, and just save the Native Deodorant for my regular use. I just don’t want to go from my house to meetings elsewhere and arrive with sweaty armpits. I really like Native and I will keep with it, but for when it counts, I’m falling back on my antiperspirant.

The Laroche Posay Cleanser and the Byroe Essence have been with me for several months now. Both are chugging along, their levels slowly dropping as I work on using them. The La Roche Posay Cleanser is one of my absolute favorites. It is so gentle and yet very effective. Plus you only need one pump so it lasts a really long time. I am about half way through the large pump bottle at this point and I think I am almost two and a half months into using it.

The Byroe is nice and I love the way the essence opens up my skin readying it to receive other skin care. I am still in the middle of a deep dive into it’s ingredients but that post will be coming soon. For now I love the way it works and I love the clean fresh scent.

This week my serum changed. Itis the first week with the Peach and Lily Glas Skin Refining serum. Thus far it reals really nice on my skin. As time goes on I will be able to see it’s efficacy, but for now feels nice about covers it. The serum is clear and two pumps covers my face and neck. I am trying to remember to bring my serums down the neck so that all of my skin can feel the benefits.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask I am actually in love with. o little is actually needed. i dip a little plastic spatula into the jelly like cream and what sticks to the spatual is more than enough for my eyes. I also put it on the fine lines around my mouth and it seems to be helping them a lot as well.

But then I don’t think I’ve actually tried an elemis product that I didn’t like.

The Farsali Rose Gold Elixir gel Moisturizer is new this week as well, and thus far, I’m not really sold on it. It smells very nice. It has the same scent as the rest of their Rose Gold line. It is a very wet formula. It is wetter than any gel cream I’ve tried and it is even wetter than most water creams. It comes with a little plastic spatula, but the cream really slides off of it. In addition to being very wet, it takes a really long time to absorb. While I still want to give it a fair shot, I think I may end up using it as a night moisturizer instead of a day one because the length of time it needs to absorb has really slowed down my morning. I have to wait a really long time before putting on my sunscreen and I think there were even a couple of days where I forgot my sunscreen in the bathroom and had to use the spray sunscreen i used for my body on my face because I couldn’t remember if i went back to put it on. While i don’t mind doubling up on sunscreen, I do like to know I put it on.

My sunscreen this week was my standard volition and as always, it performs beautifully.

Shall we move into the night?

The Night time 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: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

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.

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Clearly there are some holdovers from the daytime crew at night and I won’t go into them again here. They perform pretty much the same at night as they do in the day.

This week I finished both the CBD Superfood Cleansing Oil from Yensa and the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist. i don’t know if it shows in the above photo but both bottles are empty and will be going to the recycling bin this week. While i liked using both of them and wouldn’t mind using them again, i don’t feel the need to run out and repurchase them. I would use them again, but neither was in my absolute favorites category.

My Dermelect Self Esteem Serum is a little more than half way empty at this point and I am nervously watching the levels. This serum works really well with my neck and is especially nice as my weight fluxuates. As I lose weight, my neck skin gets loose and then I plateau and the skin shrinks back and then the process is repeated. The Dermelect helps the shrinking back process go faster.

I am now a third of the way through the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty. I love this mask. It is thick when you put it on, but by morning it has absorbed and my lips feel great. It takes so little product as well that the tube seems to last forever.

And finally in the night time list there is the Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Sleeping mask. The scent of this mask is utterly delicious. It is slightly floral, slightly apple-y and slightly spicy. It goes on thick and you will go to bed looking like a glazed doughnut. I highly recommend putting it on about half an hour before you lay down, otherwise your pillow case will sort of stick to you. But ive it half an hour and it absorbs in enough not to stick to the pillow case. It is still early days with theis sleeping mask, but at the moment I am loving it.

One item that will be providing a new category for both day and nighttime skin care is the Dior Capture Total Super Potent eye serum. It is designed to be worn under eye cream as an extra serum for the eyes. It was sent to me by Influenster for the purpose of review. It came in yesterday’s mail and I will be adding it to the skincare routine tonight when I get ready for bed. So next week there will be an eye serum category added. However as I have now finished my toner, I will be using the Byroe toning essence with both the day and night line up so there won’t be a big increase in products. Admittedly I still need to make a decision about the Farsali Moisturizer. I’ll make that decision this afternoon.

Tuesday and thursday nights and Sunday evening

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

The Versed Retinol followed by the Marina Oil have been my Tuesday and thursday exfoliation duo for a while now. The Versed is nice and twice a week is about all I want to use it. It has thus far not produced any sun sensitivity and I really like using it. The Marina Biome Brightening Ambule, I can’t say that I have seen much effect from. It is a nice oil, but to be honest i probably won’t be replacing it.

Last Friday I opened the Herbivore Prism mask and when I used it my skin felt softer and silkier. It is recommended that it be used once or twice a week for results to set in. And that it be followed with a facial oil. I will be using this Herbivore mask every Sunday for a while in order to see if there are any cumulative benefits beyond, ‘Oh my skin feels soft’ which is what I got from the first use. We’ll see if over time, it produces more results. I paired it with the Go-to Skincare Face Hero because I’ve used the oil before and like how my skin reacts to it. I also felt that pairing a known oil with an unknown mask might help with my evaluation as to which does what. Since the Marina Oil is now empty, I will just go ahead and use the Go -to Oil with the Versed Press Restart instead of opening another oil.

So that my darlings is the skin care line up for this week. Some good, some not so good and some now journeying to the empties bin to make room for others. As I’ll at least need an oil or cleansing balm to take off today’s makeup, I’ll pick out any additions and replacements this afternoon so that tonight everything is set for the upcoming week.

I know this post was a bit long as I can go drone on about skin care for long stretches of time. If you made it through to the end, congrats. And thanks for sticking with me. I’ll see you back here this afternoon for the Friday Face Mask. Until then I hope you have a glorious Friday.

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Reviewing the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist

For the past three or so months I have been using the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist as my toner. Because I am using the Byroe Toning Essence in the mornings, I have only been using this in the evenings. I actually chose to put it in the evenings and not in the mornings due to the product, but I’ll get into that as we discuss my thoughts on using it.

I know Toners aren’t the sexiest category of skin care. They are often skipped and not really talked about. They are however important. what they do is make certain that every last little bit of makeup that your cleanser might have left behind is gone. In fact you know your cleanser is working by looking at the proof on your toner pads. But they are more than just cleanser insurance. They help restore your skin’s PH balance and can help improve the texture of your skin. The right toner can also help add backup to the serums that you plan to follow with after you’ve finished toning.

I am personally a big fan of them.

Well I’m a big fan of the right toners anyway.

So let’s look a little closer at the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist.

This alcohol-free, 100% vegan, hydrating toner was deemed the “Holy Water” by Allure magazine. Rose and Neroli flower waters form the base for our superfoods formula, creating a non-sticky mist that both improves elasticity and maintains the pH level of the skin at optimum.

In addition, Balance also enhances the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients thanks to anti-microbial and exfoliating salicylic acid from White Willow Bark, which prevents build-up in pores; as well as antioxidants and carotenoids from Saffron stem cell extracts, which aid the skin in repairing and regenerating. Balance is the ultimate staple for all skincare routines and skin types.

Full Ingredients: *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, *Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water, Aqua, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Crocus Sativus Meristem (Saffron) Cell Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment
*Organic or Wildharvested

Okay this is an ingredient list I like. It is short and to the point without a lot of extras cluttering up the space with hard to pronounce words. Seven ingredients in total including water. Water as we all know is good for the skin and since there were no claimes put to the water (like minerality or special sourcing) we’ll just leave it with: Water Good and break down the other six ingredients. Are you ready? Fabulous.

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water: In general a flower water is a diluted version of an essential oil derived from a flower. In this case rose, it still has some of the same qualities as the essential oil, but less concentrated and tends to cause less sensitivity.  Rose flower water has been used in skincare for literally centuries and contains some antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds, as well as some fragrant components. (don’t worry we’ll cover secnet after we run through the ingredients.)

Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water: Like the Rose, this is a flower water, although derived from Neroli. While this does have some skin toning benefits (although every source I looked into was vague about what they were) it is mostly there for scent as the scent has been known to promote relaxation.

Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract: This is an anti-inflammatory and was actually used as the precursor to aspirin. Most of what I have found has been about new studies regarding its use in pain relief. This Ingredient Spotlight suggests that it is helpful in diminishing wrinkles, always a plus in my book.

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is an antimicrobial preservative that also moisturizes and conditions the skin. I’ve used this in several different products and I tend to like seeing it on a list.

Crocus Sativus Meristem (Saffron) Cell Extract has anti inflammatory properties and in addition to being one of the most expensive spices in the world, saffron may actually have anti-aging and possibly even anti-cancer benefits. I went down a rabbit hole with medical journals on that one. No one seemed to be conclusive, but it is an interesting group of studies. I suspect if it is true the cost of saffron will go up as well. But that is another discussion. Since so many ingredients are demonized for the possibility of causing cancer it is nce to see something that is being studied for helping to prevent it. I’m sure it is is here for the anti-aging parts but I just thought that was neat. (and yes I am geek enough to go diving into the medical studies over the weekend when i have a little more time.)

Lactobacillus Ferment is a probiotic with anti-acne benefits.

Okay so those are our ingredients and I have to say the list looks good. But a list can look as fabulous as it wants, it is how it works that matters. First off, as I am sure you can see from the above photo and probably guessed from the term mist in the name, it is a spray toner. I’ll admit, at first I didn’t like spray toners. They are however growing on me. This one sprays well and evenly. I also have to say I love the frosted orange glass bottle that it comes in. It is really pretty and looks luxe as well as feels luxe in the hand. I know, looks shouldn’t matter, but I feel really fancy using it.

The scent is predominantly neroli with a hint of floral from the rose. It is far more orange than rose. I know some people have issues with the Rose scent, but it really just keeps the neroli from smelling like orange juice. The scent is, in my opinion, lovely. It lightly lists on the skin and then I take a reusable round to wipe off the excess and remove the last of the dirt and makeup residue from my skin.

Here is the trick with this toner though. If you are too heavy handed with the spray, your face will feel sticky and it will take forever for the toner left behind from the cotton rounds to absorb into your skin. This is one of the reasons I started using it only at night. I have more time in the evenings and to be honest I like breaking my nightly routine down into sections and drawing it out. Don’t get me wrong, some nights I am exhausted enough to just wash my face and slap some moisturizer on before falling into bed, but most nights I kind of luxuriate in a lengthy night time ritual. It helps me unwind before bed and is sometimes the only quiet time in the day.

So the fact that I have to wait for the toner to settle down a bit isn’t a problem in the night time routine.

And it is very easy to apply too much (because the spray feels nice) and to get a little sticky.

Beyond that, my skin really loved it. I had a couple of days where there was too much sun (even though I did use sunblock) and this toner did help calm and sooth my skin as well as take off the remnants of the day. I was over all very impressed with it. I will continue using the toner until it is gone and add it to my products to repurchase list. I will still only use it at night however as it does need more time to settle than I generally have in the morning. Over all though, I am happy to have this Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist in my skincare routine and will certainly look into other products by the brand for future skincare trials.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 21st, 2021

Welcome once again to the weekly skin care line up.  Below are all of the products I am currently using and a little bit about how I am feeling about them as I use them.  After a full month of use I will do a full write of each product and go into details about each, but this is more of a casual discussion of how I’m feeling about the products as I work through them. So let’s get into it.

The Daytime line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

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

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Well the first thing you are going to notice is that there are two sunscreens on the list this week.  At the end of last week I had a little of the La Roche Posay Anthelios sun screen left so I went ahead and used it up and then switched back to my normal Volition sunscreen.  The La Roche leaves just a little bit of a white cast on the skin so I ended up using it primarily on my neck and upper chest.  It is an area I often forget and quite frankly It really needs some help.  Last summer there was some sun damage there so over the winter I babied the skin and intend to keep babying it throughout the summer as well.  I don’t want to damage in the summer and heal over the winter in a cycle.  I prefer the don’t damage if at all possible.  For that I may actually pick up the LaRoche Posay when I go to Target.  I know it sounds strange but if I have a product specifically detailed for my neck and upper chest then I will remember to use it more because it takes up space in the line up.

You may see that there is barely a drop of the Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Essence.  I will use that last drop tonight and then roll in the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Serum to take its place.  I have to say I am very torn about the Loum Serum.  It made my skin fantastically soft and I really liked the way it felt.  However it was so aggressively floral that I am not certain I could take a full sized bottle.  It works well enough that I might consider giving it a try, but I think that is one of those things I really wouldn’t know until I tried the full size.  I had a little over a week and a half with this sample of the serum and even though I didn’t like the scent I managed to still use it.  I think I would have to see what results I was getting with it.  Because while the scent is strong it is a scent I could tolerate with good results.  If you do try it out though, just remember it is very aggressively floral.

This week I finished the 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream and I have added the Farsali cream in to take its place.   I chose it because it is a gel formula and in the summer time the lighter gel formulas are very good for me.  I don’t find them as heavy as some of the thicker formulas that I adore in the winter time.  And with the heat kicking up, it seemed like a good time to shift into summer skincare mode.  So far I do like this cream.  It has a light rose scent, but after the scent of the Loum serum it is not all that noticeable.  It also fades away pretty quickly.  While my skin seems okay with the moisturizer at the moment, I have noticed that it takes a bit of time to absorb into the skin.  I tend to moisturize and then put my sunscreen on top of it.  Because of the time I now moisturize and then go put on the coffee pot, then return to the bathroom for the sunscreen.  I’ve only been using it a couple of days so there are no visible effects yet so the absorption time is the only thing I really have noticed. As time goes on, I’m sure there will be more noticible elements.

The nighttime line

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

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.

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

If you look in the photographs you can see that the Yensa CBD oil Cleaner is almost emptied.  I think I have about a week’s worth of product left.  Over all I have to say it is a good cleanser.  The scent is very CBD oil forward which I don’t like, but it does take off the makeup with out stripping the skin, which is very nice. I will finish it up and while I probably won’t be purchasing another bottle, if another bottle did come to me in a subscription service, I would certainly use it again.

On the other hand next time I see a sale on this Elemis Eye mask I am buying back ups.  I have really seen a noticeable difference in my fine lines and  it lays beautifully under makeup.  Just give it a minute to settle down and absorb before applying makeup over it.

The Arrow Radiant Skin moisturizer is a pretty good moisturizer.  It is a thick cream that absorbs faster than I thought it would.  I would certainly consider trying it out in a full size to see if there were any visible benefits to using the product.  I have maybe two days’ worth of product left in the tube. I think that what I may do is use the Farsali for both a day and night time moisturizer for a while.  It is a gel cream and I normally do prefer a heavier cream at night, however I do have this night mask that I am trying out so I think it will work out.

With the Arrow Moisturizer, I needed the Night mask three times a week.  I suspect that with the Gel cream I will need it more often.  I am personally okay with that.  The Bloom Effects Royal tulip nectar smells fantastic.  It has that slightly floral tulip scent to it, but then it has this kind of spicy back note to it that just makes it smell utterly delicious.  My big complaint is that the moisturizer didn’t come with any sort of spoon or spatula. (in the photos on the website it does actually come with a sort of shovel looking tool. My jar came from Boxycharm and did not so I improvised).

The mask is a strange consistency.  There is a liquid that is in the jar but the product mostly has the consistency of jam. I have several small spoons that go with a tea service (they are tiny spoons much smaller than usual teaspoons)and I repurposed one for use with this night mask.  It works really well actually.  If you do use this mask just know you are going to need some sort of spoon to go with it. What I have been doing is putting on my moisturizer and then letting my moisturizer settle in for an hour, then applying the Tulip nectar night mask about twenty minutes before bed.  It is mostly absorbed by the time I lay down to go to sleep.  It is a little sticky going on but dries well.  It just needs those twenty minutes so it doesn’t end up on the pillow.

The tuesday and thursday night exfoliation and oil (well only tuesday this week)

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

Finally we have the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum which I am using Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I actually only used it on Tuesday this week because I want to try out the Herbivore Prism Exfoliating mask for today’s Face Mask Friday and I wasn’t sure if that much exfoliation in so short a time would be good.  I am liking this Versed Retinol thus far.  I’ve had no sun sensitivity which is nice. 

The marina oil is nice, but it isn’t my favorite oil.  I will be using it until it is gone and then not repurchasing it.  I actually have a small amount left.  It works well as a facial oil, but there are just other facial oils I’ve used that I prefer.

And that my darlings is a snapshot of this week’s skincare line up.  I’ve rolled in a couple of new products.  They were also spaced in such a way as to not freak out my skin. I have also started edging into more summer friendly skin care as well.  We will have to see how the new products fare as the skin care line continues.

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

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.

LovelySkin

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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Trying out the Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist

I’ll be honest, most of my thoughts involving toner include things like ‘I really need to pick up some reusable cotton rounds instead of using the disposable ones’ or ‘I don’t like the scent of this toner.’ And of course there is the, ‘wow my makeup remover really left a lot behind if that is what’s coming off on the toner cotton round.’

It is the skin care product that in the past I have not given a lot of thought to. Which is strange really when I think about it.  There have been times where I have skipped moisturizer or serums, but I never skip toner.  I have been washing my face and then using toner since middle school. Admittedly then it was mostly an acne fighting toner, but it still counts.

Perhaps it is that I now have more acne from wearing a mask in the heat than I have had since my teen years that has caused me to think about this.  Either way, think about this I have and I am starting to pay more attention to toners.

Now for those of you wondering why bother with toners at all, I was always taught that they remove the last traces of the day from your face.  They take away whatever dirt, excess oils or even any residue left behind by your face wash. It is essentially the tag team partner for the face wash. When used in the morning it gives you a clean canvas for whatever you put on during the day and at night it takes everything off so that you can sleep without whatever life put on your face sinking in over night. (or clear the path for your night time products).  Then of course there are the ingredients included in the mix that are supposed to do something other than just take off the day.  Each product is different. 

According to the product page for the Akar Balance Toning mist

Deemed as the “Holy Water” by Allure, spray your way to glowing, healthy skin. This non-sticky Rose and Neroli scented mist sets gently into the skin, providing deep hydration, improving overall elasticity, while simultaneously keeping the pH value of the skin’s acid mantle layer at the optimum level. Salicylic acid from White Willow Bark is both anti-microbial and exfoliating, helping prevent build-up in pores as well as acne-related issues. Stem cell extracts from the rare Saffron flower contain antioxidants and carotenoids which aids the epidermis in repair and regeneration. Last but not least, Balance enables greater absorption of nutrients by lowering the skin’s surface tension, which means that all the good stuff – in this toner, and everything you apply next – will be fully absorbed, right into your skin.

That seems like a lot for this toner and to be honest, I am not entirely certain how to actually test many of those claims.  But let’s go through what I am capable of testing at home.

First of all, it is a spray.  To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of spray toners. I’ve used them before, but it isn’t my preferred method.  I really do prefer that I dispense it onto the cotton round and then apply it to my face rather than spritzing my face first and then wiping it around. I will say that it is a very fine mist and sprays out nicely. And the spray is not a deal breaker.

The rose and neroli scent was interesting. For me I think it was a little odd mostly because I tend to like perfumes with neroli in them.  It is a scent that I like.  (For those not familiar with it, the scent is slightly orang-y – like the fruit not the color – but not overly sweet, more of a tart orange). It does blend well with the rose and it is a lovely scent.  However combined with the spray application it made me feel as though I was spraying perfume on my face. I knew I wasn’t, but it sort of felt like I was.

Also, it is a sticky spray.  Not oh my goodness I’m coated in honey sticky but tacky to the touch. I didn’t mind this all that much, especially since the description listed it. It was relatively easy to get used to thought.

But it is really all about the effect on the skin.  Now I have been getting more break outs recently.  I did find that with this spray, the blemishes that erupted weren’t as red and painful and tended to heal more quickly with less scarring. With the exception of the places where the mask connected to my face (where I tend to get an outline of clogged pores if I wear it in the heat) I did notice I had less clogged pores appearing on my face as I used this toner.

To be honest, it was a very good toner.  My skin did like it and it did really keep the irritation down on my break outs.  Personally I’m attributing that to the willow bark. And despite my early qualms I did enjoy using it. 

Would I enjoy using it again?  Absolutely. 

Do I think that it works so much better than my regular toners that I would be willing to pay the $55 price tag on a regular basis? No. I do not.

I understand that some of the ingredients, like saffron are quite expensive.  I have a family recipe that calls for saffron that I make once a year and I am always stunned by its price when I have to buy it. So I understand why this toner is so expensive.  My regular toners are between $5 and $10 (generally speaking Thayers and Pixi products).  Occasionally I will splurge and try out a toner in a higher price range, there are several that I really do like that are higher priced. However, for me to pay $55 for a toner on a regular basis, it has to be a lot better than my standard toners.  While I am willing to admit that it is a bit better than my other toners, it is not far enough above them in function to justify the price.

Will I keep this on my list of products to look out for if there is a skin care sale?  Absolutely.  If there is a sale that knocks $10-$15 off the price I would scoop this up in a heartbeat. I would then use every drop. It is a great product.  It is just slightly over priced for what I feel I get out of it.

Would I feel differently if it weren’t a spray? I don’t believe so.  I really think that it comes down to a benefits versus price scale.  Truthfully if it were $15 less I would be willing to forget about the spray (and slightly perfume-y scent) and purchase this anyway. Perhaps if I did buy a full sized and saw benefits over a longer period of time, I would feel differently.  This sample sized toner spray that came in my August Allure Box lasted two weeks. It contained 1.5 mL worth of product. The full size is 70 mL.  So there is the full size would last a little over a year and a half.

There is something to be said for that, however the little expiration jar on the back of the sample sized Akar bottle claims the product expires in 6 months.  I don’t know if the larger bottle has the same expiration date.  If it does, I don’t know if I could use the product completely before it became expired.  I think I would have to look into that before making a purchase.  If it didn’t expire in under 12 to 18 months than I could almost see the price being justified.

While my thrifty soul will still be holding out for a sale, I will be looking into the expiration date as well.  Meanwhile it was a lovely glass bottle that I enjoyed seeing in my skin care line up and enjoyed using.  I was glad it came in my subscription box and I am now adding it to my empties bin.  Perhaps it will return, perhaps it won’t, but it was a very good product to receive in my Allure Beauty box.