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 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.