The Skincare Lineup: March 25th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. It is time for the most fabulous post of the week. Or at least the one I have the most fun with. That’s right, it’s time to talk skincare. And today I have an added bit. I decided that I am going to add in a photo of my bare skin taken first thing on Friday morning so that you can see how my skin actually looks as well as seeing the products I am using and reading my thoughts about them

Feel free to zoom in as close as you care to look, I won’t judge. I did have a bit of a break out on my chin this week. But that was due to me spending an inordinate amount of time with a face mask and of using a clay mask to draw out the buried clogged pores. This week, there were some on my chin. The mask brought them up and I am now clearing them away. So first a picture of my skin and then, we are off to the skincare races. Or at least this week’s line up.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co’s The Pill

Toner: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

The Time Revolution Cleanser has been fantastic. I am reaching the end of the thirty days, and the end of the product as well. My full review of it will be up next week and I suspect I may be able to squeak through the week with the remainder of the cleanser, but certainly by the end of next week i will need to choose a new cleanser for the line up. I really enjoyed using this cleanser. It’s mask like texture was fantastic in letting me know exactly where I had cleansed and it rinsed off clean while leaving my skin refreshed. What more could you really want in a cleanser?

I also only have about a week more of the 111Skin Essence. It too has been fantastic. It not only helped the other products work more efficiently, but it’s scent lent my skincare routine a spa like feel. Great product, great high end scent. I would certainly use this essence again.

The Pill from Nue Co is interesting. It is creamier than I am used to serums being and slightly sticky. Since I put a moisturizer over it, I am not as worried about the stickiness as I would normally be. It is early days yet with this serum so I haven’t really seen any effects, but I am hopeful. I love the shape of the bottle and the pump as they seem really well thought out. It is an easy product to pick up and use even if you have wet hands. Hopefully steady use will produce effects.

I can already see some effects with the MZ Skin eye cream. It is a thick eye cream, but I haven’t had any issues with clogging pores. And I really like the way it absorbs without leaving a greasy film.

The real winner this week is the Embryolisse. Wow. It says Multi use on the label and this week I not only used it as my moisturizer but as a pre makeup base. It made such a huge difference. I was blown away. I have one more week for the full thirty day test of this moisturizer, and then I will be rolling in the next in the Lait-creme line to try out and compare with the first. My plan had been to use up this tube at night while starting to test the next one in the day time, but I think I will only do that for a few days before relocating the remainder of the tube to my makeup kit. Applying that extra hit of moisture and letting it soak in a few minutes before moving on with the rest of my makeup really made a difference. It was simply amazing and I am kind of sad that i didn’t try this multi-use function out prior to this. But I will be using it in the future. I will also be picking up a tube simply to keep with my makeup.

The Nighttime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with the Makeup Cloths from The Turkish Towel Company (currently on sale on the site)

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co Topical C

Facial Oil: Annmarie Anti-Aging Facial Oil

Exfoliating Pads: The Somme Institute Transport Exfoliating pads

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

As always some of these are repeats, so we will concentrate on the ones I didn’t use in the morning. I had planned to replace the Vike this week, but somehow never got around to it. I have a Huda Beauty cleansing Balm I want to try out so I will be bringing that out this coming week and setting the Vike to the side. It is a great product and so quick and easy to use. The issue is the scent. it is strong and I kind of need a break from it. But it is good.

I continued adding the Vitamin C powder from the Nue C to my moisturizer this week and I really enjoy it. I add it at night because in the day time Vitamin C can leave me a little sun sensitive. I really like having it in the routine though and I am happy I can add it, and add it in the amounts I want, when I choose to do so.

This week I rolled in the Annmarie Facial Oil to replace the Byroe to see how it worked and I loved it. It worked even better than the Byroe, plus it has that great Annmarie Skincare Herbal scent. I adore the skincare products from Annmarie skincare. They are just so fresh and clean. My all time favorite is their Aloe Herb Cleanser. it smells like Lemon Verbena and I always find myself wanting to pick up a bottle when spring arrives. It just seems like the perfect time for it. But alas, this tine bottle of oil is almost out. I have a couple of more days with it and then I will take out a new facial oil. this is one I will return to in a larger format at some point in the future. As I am working through a backlog of oils that i want to use up, it may take a while but this is one of the few oils that made my repurchase list.

I don’t think I will be repurchasing the Somme exfoliating pads. I do like toner and exfoliating pads and the liquid in this one is fine. It actually works well. The problem is with the pads themselves. They are a thin cotton material that because it is so saturated tend to stick together. Separating them often tears the pad and gets the serum everywhere. I often feel like I’ve exfoliated my hands more than I have my face. and it really is the material of the pads. Getting just one out of the container is difficult. I will keep using them as I like the serum, but I don’t think this is going to be a repeat purchase for me.

It was kind of the hiccup in my week of skin care. Otherwise everything went swimmingly. Next week there will be a new facial oil and new makeup remover. The cleanser and the essence may make it through the week, but I know the cleanser won’t make it beyond. Using it as a day and night time cleanser along with an occasional masking experience used up the tube fast. I don’t mind as it was a fantastic product to use, but I will soon need to find a replacement. As always I will be easing new products in one at a time instead of all at the same time. I find it the best way to keep my skin from freaking out over new products.

So that was me this week. I hope you had as much fun talking about skincare as I did.

Face Mask Friday Déjà vu

Good afternoon my darlings. Today’s Face mask Friday is going to sound very familiar. Last week I used the Charcoal Cacao Face mask from Annmarie Skincare. And while I wore it I chopped up the onions for what i thought would be the happy hour treat my babydoll and I would enjoy.

The treat was not to be, the onions used elsewhere.

This week I am once again using the Charcoal Cacao Face Mask from Annmarie Skincare and yes, I am once again chopping onions while it sits upon my face. the onions are of course because I am going to be making the treat that got waylaid by events out of my control last week and therefore need the chopped onions.

The mask repeat is for several reasons.

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The first is that it is a sample size mask with only two uses worth of product in it. I felt that it was better to go ahead and use it rather than have the one mask use left in the container get lost in the drawer. Plus I have this bad habit. If I know there is a mask I really like using but think that I have too many masks in my drawer I will hold on to the last of a mask for far too long. I think that because I know I need to use up several in progress masks before I purchase any new ones, the ones I know I really want to repurchase, I don’t want to run out of.

I know, it is a stupid habit and I am trying very hard to break myself of this tendency. So even though I really, really like this mask, I am using the last of it up rather than saving it. Incidentally this mask sample is part of a trio of sample products you can order from Annmarie Skincare.

the empty container

This mask sample came with the Pearl Brightening Mask Sample and the Kaolin Exfoliating scrub sample. You pay for the sample pack, but then they give you a coupon with your sample purchase that you can put towards a full sized purchase. The only trouble with me is that most of the samples I try end up being products I want in the full size.

all of my favorite masks make me look like a demented bank robber

Annmarie Skincare just makes really good products. They do a lot of wildsourcing for ingredients as well as using organic ones. So I feel really good about using the products as well as just plain liking the products.

One of the other reasons that I decided to go ahead and use the second mask this week is due to my skin. I had a spate of break outs I’ve been working with and a large number of them have cleared up. This mask is very good at bringing some of the clogged pores to the surface to be dealt with. It is a little bit gentler a process than the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing Mask. That one is great when there are a lot o clogged pores and dull skin issues. This week I have been using other products and a lot of my issues have cleared up. This mask is more of a coaxing out of the last of the deep clogs.

I love both masks, I just thought that this week the Annmarie Skincare mask would suit my skin’s needs better.

the mask cloth after washing, slight staining from the charcoal

Since we are repeating a lot of last week’s info, I thought you might like an update on my Glov mask removal cloth. You may remember that this Charcoal Cacao Mask from Annmarie Skincare came with a warning that it might stain your washcloth. Dark wash cloths were recommended. I received the Glov mask removing cloth in a subscription box and wanted to try it out. Since it is only going to be used for masking whether or not it stained was irrelevant. It will only be used by me to take off face masks. No company come visiting will ever be horrified by the state of it.

After using it last time, the cloth was noticeable stained. I rinsed out a lot of the mask stain in the sink and when I did laundry, the mask cloth went into the laundry. I didn’t do any extra washing to it, it was just in the laundry. And yes the cloth stained. For me, I used a cloth I don’t mind staining. If you have an old wash cloth where you don’t mind stains, then this is the mask to use that cloth for removing. Just be aware that it does in fact stain the cloth.

If you consider that a drawback, then it is quite frankly the only one I have found with this mask. I really love using it and have placed it on my to be ordered again soon list. I’m pretty sure it actually trumps the Annmarie Mud Mask which I have consistently ordered once a year for the past few years. I suspect that next time I go on the site to order a mask, this is the one I will be putting in my cart. At the moment it is actually 10% off so I may be ordering it sooner rather than later. Admittedly there is the possibility that both masks will end up in my cart. But what can I say, I love masks.

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