The Daily: May 17th, 2022

I know I missed yesterday’s daily post and I apologize. I was just exhausted. This weekend was as horrible as expected. On May 6th, my younger brother died unexpectedly. He sat down, leaned back closed his eyes and was gone. While we will need to wait fifteen weeks to hear back for a final diagnosis, preliminary thoughts lean towards either aneurism or stroke. Regardless it was quick and hopefully painless.

While the shock threw me (and everyone else into a tailspin, the world is on a little more stable footing now. This past weekend was the memorial service which made everything real. As horrid as it was, it did provide a bit of closure which was especially important as the death came out of the blue. While grief will clearly take a long time to settle, A return to a more normal course is helping me to regain my footing. I planned to start back to normal yesterday and I made a good start.

But then I decided a destressing face mask would be a perfect break as my walk was overly sweaty due to high humidity and then I closed my eyes and was out. Luckily it was a gel like hydrating mask that could be worn overnight if you wanted and not a clay based one. I was out for several hours. While most of the mask ended up on the pillow, I did get quite the hydration out of it, as well as a much needed nap.

So today we slide back into our regularly scheduled routine. There was a walk today. It is always interesting in the spring. The humidity rises even though it isn’t all that hot and I feel like my pores have opened up and are having a good clear out. I have to splash water to rinse off the salty sweat, but at this time of year the walking always makes my skin feel really good once the sweat is rinsed away. It is as though it has purged toxins that I didn’t know it was holding on to. Of course that also results in a spate of clogged pores. It is as seasonal as my allergies. I’ll need to put some pore clearing masks on my to do list to keep things clear, but otherwise it is a good feeling.

Food has been hit or miss. Last week I nibbled but didn’t eat much, then I went home and ate a lot, more because people seemed to feel the need to feed me more than because I was hungry. It was actually a relief to have one of my Smoothie Box Shakes for lunch today. (I went with the orange one). There were a lot of heavy sauces over the weekend. They were delicious, but very heavy. More than anything it is a relief to get back to my own food.

I think I am going to try to sneak in a second walk this evening after the heat of the day breaks. I’m pretty sure half of the calories I am burning off right now are Cream of Mushroom Soup based.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 Illuminating Primer

Foundation: Bite Beauty Changemaker Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Gold Rush Blush

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake powder

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor De Mexico Shadow Palette

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Elf Sheer Slick in Black Cherry

When I was packing my travel bag this past week I realized there are several primers I haven’t full tested. I think several came in at the same time and I got distracted. Today I skipped the pre makeup base of Embryolisse because I wanted to treat this as a first use primer and this primer has some skin care benefits I believe. I’ll have to double check that as I dive deeper into it. I love Lorac lipsticks and eyeshadow formulas but I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of their face products so this was fun. I know I tried this when it first came in, but I don’t remember it. There is very much a skincare like scent to the primer. It glides on well and this far it is working well. I chose not to add a highlighter because of this primer. It is a bit on the glow-y side, but it isn’t overly wet looking. The wet look just makes me feel like I look greasy. I liked the way this primer turned out today.

Today I reached for the Bite Beauty foundation because I just heard the news that the brand is going under. For years they were my go to for lip products. Their agave lip mask was hands down my favorite for years. Then in 2019 they decided to reformulate everything so the brand was vegan. They released their new formula in early 2020 and as we all know 2020 didn’t go as anyone planned so it was poor timing for a release. The thing is that their new formula wasn’t that great, at least with the lip products. I’ve had excellent vegan lip products but this just wasn’t an excellent formula. So they are closing and pretty much everything on their site is 50% off. Including this foundation. this is the formula still on sale and now that I have the hang of the formula I really like it. It is one of those foundations you need to use a makeup sponge for and go lightly with instead of applying with a brush. Once I figured out how to apply it correctly I fell in love with the formula. It is very lightweight and feels and looks natural. I was really looking forward to summer wear actually. while I usually use BB creams and tinted moisturizers in the summer this was light enough I thought it would work for summer wear and I was thrilled for a summer foundation. I’ll still use it, but apparently this will be it’s one summer of use.

The Buxom Bronzer and Benefit Blush are also summer faves and it feels like i am starting to naturally shift to my summer wear makeup. I will be shifting things around in the makeup drawers this weekend so the summer wear products are nearer to hand. This bronzer and blush will make steady appearances all summer.

The Kim Chi powder is one I am really liking. Part of it is the powder puff. I think that I am going to try the puff with other powders to see if the puff application is the main reason I like it so much or if it is the powder formula. So that will be fun to play around with for a bit.

This was the first use of the Tresluce palette and the colors are really nice. They are a bit more pigmented than I expected and they didn’t blend as well as I would like today. I used all matte shades today. I’m going to see if I can get the blending to work a little bit better, but the shadow formula was nice to apply. I did have to tap off the brush as it was a bit on the powdery side, but there wasn’t any fall out during application. Over all it was a good first use.

I then finished up with two of my favorites, The Stila mascara and the elf sheer slick. I am almost out of the Elf sheer slick actually. It is a nice light formula that is a summer staple. When I replace the Black Cherry i am going to look for one that is more neutral for a natural look day.

So that was me today. I’m getting back to normal. I’m sure there will be a bit of rockiness ahead, but today was pretty stable sailing. I am sliding back into my routine and tonight, there will be a second walk, followed by bean burgers. (I make my own patties rather than purchasing them). There will be no cream of mushroom soup in sight.

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The Daily: September 9th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. Today is a lovely day where I am. This morning featured a long walk and I am debating on a second one a little later in the day. The temps haven’t dropped enough to let me enjoy a walk until after the heat of the day breaks, but If I time it right I can walk after the heat breaks but before the mosquitos and gnats rise. Its a slim window, but well worth exploiting.

And it is nice to get outside as well as get some exercise.

And today I had a bit of post declutter pleasure. Not only is there space enough now for me to see things properly, but i have a bunch of items I forgot about and now get to rotate into my routine. It’s kind of fun.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer

Foundation: NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzing stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed powder

Eyeshadow: I heart Revolution Maple Glazed Doughnut Palette

Mascara: The Feathers by Pretty Vulgar

Lips: Bite Beauty Lipstick in Rhubarb

Setting Spray: Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist

So Today was the final day for the Milk Primer. The sample size is completely spent. I do have the full size and eventually I will open it and roll it into the rotation, but right now I feel I have too many open primers and want to use a few of them up before doing so. However it does feel good to use this sample up completely.

It will feel even better to finish using the Farsali setting spray up, but I still have a couple of more days with it. I think I might be able to use it up by Monday though so that is the plan. It will not be repurchased.

While the NYX tinted moisturizer I reconnected with a few weeks ago and still love using, especially at this time of year, I forgot about the Natasha Denona Palette completely. It isn’t kept with my other palettes. Or it wasn’t. It will be now. For some reason it was stashed behind the setting powders. So I forgot all about it. I really love the blush though and I am going to have to reach for this more often.

The eyeshadow palette is one I forgot about as well. I know it looks like a silly little doughnut (which sort of makes me happy to see actually) but it is also really good eyeshadow. I really forgot how much I like it. Again as it is round and small it sort of rolled to the back of the drawer. I think I am going to have to lay it flat now that thee is more space so I can keep it front and center. It is just a really good everyday palette.

And the final thing I forgot I had was the Bite Beauty Lipstick. I use their lip masks so much that I forgot about the lipstick. It is worn down to a a bit of a nub so I may try reaching for it more often so I can just finish it out. This sounds strange to say about a lipstick but I really like the way Bite Beauty Lipsticks smell and taste. They look good too, but this one also has a slightly fruity scent and taste to it instead of the waxy lipstick taste. I kinda dig it. I am sooooo glad that Bite Beauty brought their lipstick line back. It was gone for so long and I am thrilled it returned. While I am trying not to buy as many lipsticks (a failing endeavor, I know) I may have to stock up on some of these just incase Bite beauty decides to take them away again. It is such a good formula

I know its a shorter than usual afternoon post, but today is a jam packed day. Still catching up from Monday off but mostly it just seems like everything landed on my desk at once. I’m slowly chugging through it, so it isn’t bad, just more than I expected. And so I will be quickly getting back to it and looking forward to my late afternoon/pre-mosquito rising walk. I hope your Thursday chugs along well also.

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The Skincare Line Up: August 20th, 2021

It is time once again for my favorite post of the week.  The skincare line up.  I love the chance to talk about skincare.  I think that is why I have such an elaborate line up.  There are so many products out there that I just want to try. Plus, I love putting the claims that companies make for their products to the test.  Admittedly I always feel bad when I have to report in that the products didn’t come up to the mark.  On the other hand I always feel happy when they do exactly what they claim to do.  And when they exceed expectations I really want to give them a gold star. So shall we see if there are any gold stars in this week’s line up?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, starting at the top, the Native Deodorant performed well.  It wasn’t put to too much of a test this week as I did not sweat it out in the walking trail, but as it performed well last week in the brutal sun and humidity I am still pleased with it. The scent is nice if you sniff the actual product.  It disappears once the deodorant is on.  Which is a little sad as I like the scent.  But I suppose if I went around smelling of blackberries I’d attract bees. So for those out there who are super sensitive to scent, this one might be for you.

This week I again used the sample of the Andalou Cleansing milk in the morning, keeping my Korres for night time. The sample is almost empty though.  I will be using the last of it tomorrow morning.  It is a nice cleanser.  It has very little scent to it.  It is a bit of a loose formula as it is a cleansing milk rather than a cream.  It isn’t liquid though.  It actually reminds me of whipping cream when you’ve whipped it to soft peaks rather than stiff ones. It is a good light cleanser and I could definitely see myself picking it up in the store to use again.

The Murad toner worked well. It is actually one of my favorite Murad products.  It takes off the remnants of anything on my skin, but doesn’t strip the skin or cause me any problems really.  It just quietly and effectively does its job, which is toning. And of course when used in the evening it is the ever present judge where the makeup remover is concerned.  Have you done your job?  The toner will tell.  Or at least the round that I am using with the toner will tell. 

Currently I am using the Magnitone reusable rounds and they are performing really well.  They also wash well.  I have been using the mesh bag that came in July’s Birchbox to wash them.  I put the used rounds as well as my makeup sponges in the bag and chuck it in the wash. The bag keeps any stray hair or lint from getting on the sponge and rounds and they come out fabulously clean.

But that’s a bit off topic.

The Time Revolution is still one of my gold star products.  This week it was just used as an essence.  I didn’t spend any excess time in the sun, mostly because there wasn’t any sun. So I didn’t need the essence as a recovery mask.  Although really, soaking a couple of rounds with the essence and laying them on the over exposed skin to calm down any red spots and irritation is now my favorite trick.

To be honest, I am not really seeing the effects of the Byroe Serum.  It feels good on the skin and I want it to be an effective part of my regime, mostly because I absolutely adore Byroe’s toning essence.  That is a product I will buy repeatedly.  This Bell Pepper serum isn’t really doing much.  I actually took it out of rotation for a couple of days to see if my skin felt the lack and there was no difference.  I think I might rotate it out and give another serum a try next week.  I still have several sample sized serums I would like to try out (especially before we get around the the Black Friday Sales) so that I can see if a full size might be something I want to purchase.

The ESPA Eye cream I really like.  I can see it plumping up many of my fine lines now and I am still not at the thirty day mark in terms of use.  It is a sample sized tube and I have already marked it down for a full sized purchase.  It is eye cream though and so little is actually needed that the sample tube will last for quite a while. Which, as far as I am concerned, is a good thing.

The OSEA moisturizer is still an okay product.  It isn’t my favorite, but it isn’t bad.  When thinking about what to say about it, by first thoughts are.  The bottle is very pretty glass and the pump works really well. Which, while nice, shouldn’t be the first things that you think about when you think of a moisturizer.  It isn’t a bad product.  It absorbs well and isn’t greasy. It just feels like the basic version of a moisturizer. There is no ‘special feel’ to it.  I think using the Olay Regenerist moisturizer sample at night last week really threw it into perspective.  The Olay was fantastic and I was very sad when the sample was used up. However it’s fantastic-ness really showed the OSEA up as just basic. For now I am going to continue using it, but I will not be upset when it rolls out of the line up and I won’t be repurchasing it.  I will pick up the OSEA Cleanser as it was fantastic, but the moisturizer doesn’t make the list.

Since I knew this was going to be a mostly indoor sort of week, I didn’t roll a sample sunscreen in to try but stuck with my tried and true Volition.  Because even if I wasn’t spending a lot of time outside, I was spending some and it is now habit to apply sunscreen at the end of my morning skincare line up.

As for the Crest Deep Clean, I’m pretty sure this is going to be my go too toothpaste for a while.  My mouth feels really clean after I use it and my gums look really healthy.  They weren’t horrible before, but they just look very healthy now.  So I am happy.  And as it was the toothpaste my dentist recommended, I’m sure he’s happy too.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

For the most part, this week had a lot of overlap between the day and night as I didn’t add in any sample products.  Since the ones I used in the daytime performed exactly the same at night, I’ll just skip the duplicates.

The Peach Pudding makeup cleanser is nice and took my makeup off well.  It isn’t the best with mascara and the eyeshadow I used this week had some serious skin staining properties, but over all no real complaints.  I went in with my Makeup Eraser on the mascara and all was good. It is a good product I would definitely repurchase.

The Korres Cleanser also falls into the repurchase category.  It smells clean and fresh and my skin feels clean and fresh once I have used it.  There is no stripping of the skin and no residue left behind.  I really like that it is a thick cream.  It sounds a little silly, but that does make it a bit easier to use. There are less drips. I just damp my face down, dispense some of the cleanser and apply it, the cleanser stays on the face without dripping down. I can rub it as though it was a cream without making a mess. As more water is added it foams up and then it rinses away clean in a foaming mass. The more I use this cleanser, the more I like it.

That also holds true for the Herbal Dynamics Beauty serum. This is the second bottle of this I have gone through and it is definitely a repeat purchase. I have a line in my forehead that (let’s face it) is not really going anywhere. I affectionately refer to it as my stress crack. Over the past year and a half it deepened considerably. It won’t disappear, but with the serum it is looking more like a line rather than a canyon. There is certainly less depth to it, which I love. This is on a repeat buy list and will remain there for a while.

The Bite Beauty lip mask is a standard. I have in fact forgotten how many times I have repurchased this. It is a very thick formula and you have to work a bit to get it to squeeze out of the tube, but it is worth it. This is a formula you can apply at night and really let it sink in. It has the thickness of petroleum jelly. And the one I have smells like Maple Syrup. It is especially useful in the winter. Recently I received a Leniege Lip Mask in my IPSY Glam Bag X and I will be rolling that into my line up this week to give it a try. The Bite Beauty mask will come back, but for now I want to try something a little different.

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

To be honest I thought that this would only be a one product line up for other skincare this week. I thought the exfoliator would stand alone. The Hey Honey exfoliator is a once a week use product and I will happily use it once a week and then reorder. There is very little from the brand Hey Honey that I don’t like actually. Their products and my skin just get along really well. With both skincare and makeup actually. Their Trick or Treat CC cream is really quite nice to wear.

But that is a different post.

I enjoy exfoliators, both chemical and physical. The physical ones I try not to use too often. Once a week is generally about my cap for them. This is gentle enough that when I did need an extra scrub I could roll it into a second day of use in the week without causing my skin damage which I like. This is definitely a scrub I will reorder.

The reason I thought it would stand alone is that I thought I was almost out of product in the Phat Glow Facial. I have been using it twice a week. My skin feels clear and clean. I am actually quite a fan of the mask. The container drives me batty though. That pump is just kind of a pain to use. But the product is good. I had enough for the week and surprisingly there is still product left in the container. I really have to work to get it out because the pump gets stiffer with every use, but I think I might just be able to get through one more week of use. Which makes me happy. It is after all, a really good mask.

So that is the list for the week. the products used throughout my skincare routine, both night and day and sometimes only a few days a week. My skin has mostly recovered from the greasy sunscreen breakouts (Supergoop and I didn’t get along) and I am feeling quite good in my skin actually. Its a nice feeling. I know it helps me out to look at what I am using and how i feel about it. I hope it helps you out as well as you think about products that you want to use. Next week there will be some samples rolling through as well as a couple of full sized products. So changes are coming to the line up. Stay tuned.


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The Skincare Line up: August 13th, 2021

Happy Friday the 13th my darlings. I don’t know about you but I always end up have a really good day on Friday the 13th’s . They always seem super lucky to me. Hopefully today will prove just as lucky for me. So are you ready to look at some skincare? Let’s start with the day time line up.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50 AND Supergoop PLAY Everyday Lotion

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay my darlings, let’s start at the top. For the past two Weeks I have been giving a Clean Deodorant from Dove a try. In general I like the Dove brand. I have used their products for years. Several of their products I still use. Since my teenage years my go to deodorant was Dove so I had high hopes for this one. It was a no go. I did my best and even though I didn’t like it for the first week, I used a second week to test out the Megababe Space Bar Detoxifying Charcoal Underarm Bar. (Deodorizing soap basically) The soap worked well and I’ll talk more about it in a different post, but I finally cracked. The Dove 0% simply wasn’t cutting it. I was just too stinky to take. So I purchased a Native Deodorant and rolled it into the line up. I’ll sub in the Dove on days when I am only working at my desk, but it was just too stinky. This time I am trying a different scent. It is the Blackberry and Green Tea scented deodorant. It is a nice scent in the tube but disappears once on the body. I catch no whiff of it once it is applied, which is fine with me. I don’t need to smell my deodorant, I just need for others not to smell a stinky me.

The Time Revolution Essence is still my summer MVP. I am going to have to look into more Artemisia infused products because it has been excellent on my skin when I have had too much sun. It really has been fantastically soothing.

Speaking of the sun. I have two sunscreens listed. One is my favorite Volition Sunscreen. This week I also tried out one of the samples in my collection. This is Supergoop Play. It is SPF 50 and it seems to do its job well. However I am not a fan. I haven’t used a sunscreen that made me this greasy in years. There was enough product in the container for three days worth of use and I used it for three days. I was exceedingly greasy after using it and now I have a host of small break outs, especially on my chin. They aren’t allergic reaction break outs, they are the clogged pore kind of break outs. If I had really dry skin, I wouldn’t have has as big a problem with the Supergoop. But with my skin (which due to the season is normal leaning towards oily) it just didn’t work. The sweat from the summer sun added an extra factor and for the three days I wore this sunscreen I was just a grease ball. If you have dry skin perhaps this is for you. All I know is that this Supergoop Play is not for me.

The third new items in my daytime line up was the Andalou Naturals Apricot Pobiotic Cleansing Milk. The consistency of the product is thinner than a cream, but it isn’t a straight up liquid. So you can dispense it fairly cleanly into your hand. While I damp my skin before applying the cleansing milk, if you have your face too wet it can get a bit runny. The scent is clean. There is no real apricot scent to it. The cleanser just smells like clean skin care. With your eyes closed if asked to sniff and say what it is I would be able to say skincare. It could be a cream or a cleanser, but the scent is definitely a skincare scent. I know that isn’t all that descriptive but I have no other term for that scent.

The Cleansing milk works well, but it is a bit of a moisturizing cleanser. It takes off all of the dirt without stripping but tends to leave a thin film of moisture behind. I use a toner right after and the toner takes that layer right off, but it is there. It isn’t a heavy layer of moisture, but it is there. The sample size I am using has enough for a second week of trial and I have no issues using this Cleansing Milk for a second week. I like the brand Andalou Naturals and I like that it is a Clean product that I can actually buy in the Publics Grocery near me if I wanted to. I’ll make my final determination next week but at the moment I think that I would repurchase this if I went shopping for cleansers. I want to try it out on a week where my skin is not also dealing with the Supergoop, but I think it will pass the buy again test.

I still haven’t made up my mind about the Byroe Serum. To be honest, I am not entirely sure if it is doing anything. It feels nice on the skin though. Admittedly, it generally takes thirty days to see an effect from skincare and I haven’t been using it that long. I’ll continue using it and hope to see some sort of effect at some point.

The ESPA eye cream I really like and will continue to use. I’ll compare pictures in a few weeks but I feel like my eyes look less tired after using it so I am happy.

The OSEA moisturizer though is just working out okay. It is nice enough to use and I wouldn’t mind using it again if it came my way, but I don’t think I would seek it out. The product looks lovely in the bottle, but it is only an okay moisturizer. It is thin and light which works for the summer so this seems like the perfect time to use it up, but I have tried several different moisturizers from a variety of price ranges that I like much more. I think this falls into the good enough to use, not good enough to seek out category for me.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The only new product in the night time line up this week is the Olay Ultra Rich Moisturizer. As you can see from the picture it is a tiny sample that lasted the week. And it only lasted the week because I only used it at night. I have enough to get through tonight’s skincare regimen and then the little pot will be empty. It is kind of a sad moment. Because it is a fantastic moisturizer. In general I am a big fan of most of the items in the Olay Regenerist line. (I say most because I haven’t tried them all, all that I’ve tried I like). This cream is thick but it absorbs fast. It has almost no scent to it and my skin absolutely loved it. Clearly with only a sample sized container that lasted a week, I can’t say I saw any long term results. However this moisturizer is going on my list of products to try in the full size. In fact it may go to the top of the products to try in a full size. I love the fact that while I can order this on line (which can save a little bit of money) but you can also go out and pick this up from practically any drugstore. I actually don’t think there is a drug store that doesn’t carry Olay products. Also, while I have tried a lot of rather expensive moisturizers, I haven’t really found a drug store one that I really like. If the full size performs as well as this sample did, I may have actually found one that I like. Which is always fun.

Everything else in the night time routine is still working well. I am doing more experiments with the day time line up than the evening one at the moment. I have several sunscreens I want to give their chance at the summer sun.

There are no issues with any of the products I am using, in fact they are working great. I do want to give a shout out to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Serum. It is fantastic. I can really see a reduction in the depth of the line across my forehead. It will never go away of course, but it is less canyon like than it was. This is not my first time with this serum, but it always surprises me how fantastically it performs.

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

I think my time with the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial is coming to the end. There is still some product in the container but I suspect it will at best get me through next week. It has been a fantastic mask and I think my skin looks glowy because of it. That pump may drive me to distraction, but the product it dispenses is really good.

The Hey Honey Come Clean was actually used more than once this week. I try not to over use physical exfoliators and keep them to once a week, but I had to add a second use this week to deal with the after effects of the Supergoop clogs. This scrub is a really good one and it isn’t too harsh. I really like the sweet honey-ish fruit scent it has to it and there were no issues using it twice this week. Hopefully next week it will go back to being a once a week scrub. But for that, we shall have to see how the products I use perform. See you back here, same time next week to discuss it.

Happy Friday the thirteenth everyone.

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The Skincare Line Up: August 6th, 2021

Ah Friday, the day I look pack on all of the skincare products used throughout the week and take a moment to decide how I feel about them. Any product I use for more than thirty days gets it’s own full length post, but I like to take a weekly peep at the line up, just to check in and see how I feel about things. I generally find it helps to assess the products and how i feel about them even if it is too early for some of them to show legitimate results. So without further ado, lets start with the day time line up, shall we?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Dove O% Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

I had planned to rotate another of the small samples of cleanser I want to try out into my skincare line up this week, but completely forgot. So I used the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser in both the morning and evening. It’s not really much of a hardship as it is a nice cleanser. I really like the fresh scent and feel to it. I expected it to have more of a dairy like scent to it as it is from their Yoghurt line and the mask I have from that line does have a very distinct yoghurt note to the scent. It doesn’t though, it just smells really clean and fresh. You know I really liked the Korres mask. I may actually end up using that this afternoon. But that is another topic.

The Time Revolution Artemisia Essence came in very handy yesterday actually. Well it has been good all summer really, but yesterday after spending a large chunk of the day fighting with the computer I really needed to just step away for a bit. I was planning to go to the gym, but my neighbor’s house just sold and the new owners are doing renovations. They have been really nice and considerate about things but at the moment one of their vehicles was blocking our drive. So I went on a walk instead. A very long walk.

And so I ended up spending a bit too much time in the sun and had to do a little soothing before bed time. I think the soothing helped more than my skin.

After two weeks with the ESPA eye cream, I am starting to really like it. It is a bit premature to say I see signs of effects, but it absorbs quickly and smoothly and hasn’t clogged the pores. For me the area around my orbital bone tends to get clogged pores more often than most of the rest of my skin so I am really careful about the products I use around my eyes. The ESPA Cream hasn’t clogged anything and feels really good on my skin. I know I won’t see any real results for about thirty days. Skin care isn’t magic after all, but I have my fingers crossed that there will be results as I like this cream. (I also took pictures to compare after thirty days.)

The OSEA Moisturizer is nice. I don’t really like the scent all that much, but the moisturizer is working really well. Two pumps covers my face and neck. I like that it is in a glass bottle with a pump as it keeps the product from becoming contaminated. If it weren’t for the scent I would really enjoy the moisturizer as it is a good product. It isn’t a bad scent. It is vaguely seaweed-y. I like the product enough that I can get used to the scent. And if another bottle appeared, I would still use it, but because of the scent I might not seek it out. I will keep using it though and perhaps it will grow on me. I also forgot to bring out another sample tube of sunscreen so I went back to my tried and true Volition Sunscreen. For those of you who like mineral sunscreen, they actually just released a mineral version of this sunscreen. I love this formula, but I also tend to like mineral sunscreens as they tend to leave less of a white cast on the skin. The last time I ordered my sunscreen I ordered a couple of bottles. So I want to work through them before I order new, but I think I may try out the mineral version next time I order sunscreen from Volition.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of these products I have talked about repeatedly. Don’t worry there will be some changes soon. For the most part I am very happy with the way the products are performing. The one product that I am not too fond of is the moisturizer. The Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer is just not working for me.

I had to stop using it during the day because it was just too much for my skin at this time of year and I think it may be even too much at night. Even though I list the Wander Beauty Night mask in my products, I didn’t actually use it this week because the Air Repair so over moisturized me that it would be madness to try and add it on top. I’ll have a full post on it up next week, but I just think this moisturizer isn’t for me. I tried a sample a while back and thought it worked pretty well, but this full size is just not working out. I will be taking it out of the rotation and rolling a different product in for this upcoming week.

While all of the other products worked well for me this week I have to say my star product is the Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean Toothpaste. I know that sounds strange to say, but my teeth feel fantastically clean. I don’t know what it is about the formula, but I really like it. Part is the taste I suppose. It is more peppermint than spearmint and I am a peppermint kind of person. But my mouth does feel fantastically clean. So Crest gets a gold star this week.

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

Both of these products I like. The Ole Henriksen Glow Facial is being used twice a week and the hey Honey Come Clean is being used once a week. The products are both fabulous and I will repurchase both in the future. With the Phat Glow Facial, I have to say, that pump is not my friend. Each use makes it stiffer and harder to use. I think I might actually be nearing the end of the product so that might explain part of it. The mask is just so thick that I don’t think it likes the pump format. I appreciate why the pump is being used (to keep air out of the product and keep it fresh) but I’m not so sure it works. I like the mask though and am willing to struggle with the pump in order to use the mask, so that is something.

I have a hard time not reaching for the Hey Honey more than once a week. I really only need a physical exfoliator once a week at most so i know I shouldn’t but the scrub always leaves my skin feeling so fantastically soft that I have a hard time not reaching for it on a daily basis. it is too much of an exfoliant to be used daily, and I know that which is why I restrict myself. I don’t want to over exfoliate and cause more issues to my skin, but it is a really nice product.

And that is it for my skincare this week. The good, the not so great and the soon to be replaced. At the moment things are working well for me in the skin department. There are a couple of small breakouts on my chin, but part of that is hormonal and pat of it is that I tend to lean on my hand during editing so you can actually see where I spent a lot of time with my hand on my face. Don’t you just love when you know that you are actually the source of your own issues? But soon this round of editing will be done and the hand will leave the chin.



The Skincare Line Up: July 30th, 2021

The full line up of products

This week was an interesting one with my skincare line up.  I made a few changes, some planned and some just sort of happened.  Part of the change is due to weather and my time spent outside.  I’ve been limiting it more this week than I have before so things have been adjusting. Shall we take a deeper look?

The Day time Products

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Dove O% Deodorant

Cleanser: Balance Me Pre and Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, let’s talk about the changes. First up is the deodorant. Put simply I ran out of my Naticve deodorant.  I made a note to pick up a new one and then forgot.  So I ended up with the Dove 0% deodorant.  It is free of many of the same things that Native is free of.  And I usually like dove antiperspirant.  So it was a bit of a no brainer. I was prepared for the sweat.  I was not prepared for the stink.  I was a bit stinkier than I liked this week.  I will concede that this was a brutal heat week so it does push most products to the breaking point.  The stink wasn’t bad, at least no one remarked on it.  But I was not a fan.  And actually on the day when I did have my big meeting, I went with the Dove Antiperspirant I have as back up.   Think I am going to try using the Dove when I am working inside and use the antiperspirant at the gym, at least until I’ve used up more product.  I just don’t like wasting product.  However I doubt I will get through this product and   I certainly won’t be picking it up again.  I love Dove, but this one was a fail for me.

Also a fail, the Balance Me Cleansing Milk.  It works well but it is like washing your face with furniture polish.  Using I, I found myself thinking of reasons to not wash my face.  Finally I just gave in and went back to using the Korres.  (it is listed in the night time line up.  So at least I was washing my face at night).  I love the thought behind the Balance Me products and when I use them they work really well.  I just can’t take the scent for most of them.  A couple of their serums I can push past the scent and use anyway.  This cleanser is not one of them.  I do not like it and to be honest, I will not be finishing the sample.  I am done with it and it will not return.

Don’t worry, everything is more positive from here on out.  I decided that I would use the Elemis eye mask at night, but that I would rotate in some of my eye cream samples for day time use.  Even though they are small, I use so little eye cream each day that it takes forever just to get through a sample size.  Which is fine, I actually like that kind of value in a product.  However I do have a substantial pile of eye cream samples I need to work on using up.  Since the Elemis is a large jar (no complaints, it is a fabulous product and I’m glad I get to use it a long time.) I will be spending a log time working through it.  So I’ll use it at night and try other things in the day.

The current sample is an ESPA product.  (They have a big sale on now if anyone is interested, the link will take you to it).  I really enjoy ESPA products but I have to admit, I have mostly used their Hair products.  (Highly recommend their Pink Mud Scalp mask).  This eye cream is proving just as good as their hair care products.  I am very much enjoying it.  The sample tube is a pretty full one so I think it will last long enough for me to get a really good impression of the product.  For the moment, my first impressions are really positive.

The moisturizer I am currently using as my day cream is the OSEA Atmosphere Protection cream.  I rotated it in because the Air repair moisturizer was just too thick and heavy a cream for me to use during the day.  This is much lighter and my skin seems really happy with the change.  This is my first OSEA moisturizer actually.  Generally if I am purchasing an OSEA product it is their cleanser. It smells exactly like a lemon lime slush from Sonic, and works fantastically.  I’m hoping this moisturizer, despite not smelling quite as yummy as the cleanser, will work just as well.  OSEA is a great natural brand and I love that their products come in beautiful frosted glass bottles.  The frosted protects the cream as well as looking pretty and the glass just feels super lux.

The rest of the products in the lineup are continuations and I am quite pleased with how they are working out.  This morning I used the very last drop of the Coola Silk Serum Sunscreen and am very sad that it is now empty.  I will be putting it on the repurchase list as I really enjoyed it. It absorbed well without breaking me out and prevented sun damage.  It was a great sunscreen.  I have a couple of other sample sunscreens to try out so hopefully they will work just as well.

The Nighttime Line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

There is only one change to the night time line up and that is the addition of the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  I tried it a while ago when the brand sent it over in a package.  I used every last drop, loved it, put it on my repurchase list and have now in fact repurchased it.  It is a fantastic serum.  I’ve noticed more lines appearing due to both time and more time spent in the sun so it is time to call in the big guns.  Yup, Hyaluronic acid. My skin responds really well to it and so I have added it back in.  I love that one pump gives me enough product to cover my entire face.  A second pump covers my neck and upper chest.  Since I have finished up my latest bottle of the Dermelect Self-esteem Serum, I will be using this on both the face and neck.  Both sections of skin need all the help they can get.  The serum looks like clear water, but comes out as a gel like consistency and is less runny than a lot of serums.  It also absorbs fairly quickly which also makes me happy.  It is early days with this serum, but I have used it before and the last bottle worked fabulously, so I am happy to trust a second one will work just as well. Plus it is nice to actually order something from my reordering list.

Used but not daily

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

In other skin care this week I am still using the Phat Glow Facial twice a week.  The product is still fabulous but that pump is going to drive me bonkers.  The lower the product level drops in the container the stiffer the pump is and the harder I have to work to get the product out.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I went looking on line but all I could find were raves about the product.  Which admittedly, the product is quite fabulous.  I just wonder if I got a faulty pump since no one else is mentioning it. So use is continuing, product fabulous, packaging needs work.

In addition this week I have an exfoliator I have added to the list of products.  I know, there are chemical exfoliates in the Ole Henricksen, but this is a physical exfoliator.  It is a gentle one.  I don’t use a lot of physical exfoliators, but I do like using them on occasion.  This one is gentle enough that I have no problem incorporating it into my routine.  I love the brand Hey Honey.  Their Good Morning Honey Silk Serum is one I fell in love with a long time ago.  I actually have a backup in my skin care drawer waiting until I have cleared out a few of the products I haven’t tried before.  As soon as I feel I’ve tried enough new, I will break it out.  Actually I have quite a few sample sized moisturizers as well as masks from Hey Honey that I might rotate into use soon.  But that is another story.  I opened this Come Clean Exfoliating scrub because after the deep pore cleans from Go-to Skincare’s The Removalist Mask I wanted a physical exfoliator.  I used it as an excuse to open this one. 

And I am not sorry at all.  It smells like fruit and nearly good enough to eat.  Don’t worry, I won’t be eating it.  Only a little bit of product is needed to get a fantastic clean and it feels wonderful on the skin.  The package recommends applying it and then wetting the skin for a better clean.  I found the formula just a little too stiff for me to enjoy that, so I wet my face first (just a little) and then applied the product worked it in and then added more water.  The little bit of water on the damp skin really helps it to get going and then more water activates it more fully.  Since it is now open, I will be using this once a week.  Which trust me, isn’t a hardship.  I could probably get away with using it more often, but with the Ole Henriksen mask working with chemical exfoliates, I think caution is in order.  So The Phat Glow Facial is Tuesday and Thursday and the Hey Honey come Clean is a Saturday use product.  I feel this gives me enough space between product usage so I am not over doing it, but still enough that the products do what they are supposed to do. And again, I am always happy to have Hey Honey back on my list of products in use.

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The Skincare Line up: July 23rd, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to Friday.  It is time once again for the Skincare lineup.  There are a few samples I rolled in so I could try them out and a few issues with some of the existing products.  Let’s get into is shall we?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Purlisse Watermelon and Charcoal Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The first change to my weekly day time line up this week you will see is in the cleaner.  This week’s cleanser is from Purlisse.  I am a big fan of the brand and they tend to rotate in and out of my skincare routine quite often.  I picked this up as an add on through IPSY because it sounded interesting and was a Purlisse product I had not tried before.  Due to the charcoal it is a slightly off putting blackish gel when you dispense it, but it immediately foams to white when you apply it to the skin.  It is not terribly foamy but it does make the skin feel nice and clean without feeling stripped which is nice.  For me the scent was a bit much.  It smells a lot like watermelon candy.  I found I didn’t mind it in the morning, but really didn’t like it at night, hence the reason my night time routine sticks with my Korres Cleanser.  I will continue using the Watermelon cleanser as it is a really good cleanser but because of the scent I am not certain I would purchase this in a full size.  I would definitely use a sample if it came my way again, but a full size might just be too much watermelon for me to take.

The Byroe Bell Pepper serum is supposed to sooth and calm irritation.  Thanks to the Time Revolution Artemisia Essence, I don’t need a lot of extra calming but the two working together have really helped improve the minor sun damage and irritation.  (I’ll mention that a little bit more when I get to the other skin care section below).  I haven’t been using this Byroe serum long but I am liking the way it has performed thus far.

This week I also rotated a toner into my line up and I really like it.  Used in the morning it lets me make certain the remnants of my sleeping mask are removed and in the evening it makes certain that he last vestiges of makeup have been cleared away before I add my other skincare.  If you notice the product level in the bottle, I did not go through this much toner in one week.  I tried it and set it aside for some reason I can’t remember and now I am going back to use it up. I really like this toner. Murad is one of those brands I like keeping around but tend not to use consistently.  For example I have a Murad Cleanser that is acne fighting.  When I was getting a lot of maskne, that was an excellent cleanser to help dry oily bits out.  It is too drying to use more than occasionally, but it is great in a targeted regimen.  The Hydrating toner I can use pretty much long term though.  This isn’t my first bottle of this toner and probably won’t be my last.

The Air Repair moisturizer was a little bit problematic for me this week.  It works well at night, but it is a little too heavy for me during the day.  It is a very thick formula and I have noticed a few issues with heaviness and greasiness when I wear it in the day time.  For now I am going to keep it as a night time moisturizer so that it doesn’t go to waste and then roll in a different moisturizer for daytime use. This is the last week it will be featured in the daytime.

Since I have several sunscreen samples I am rolling them into the line up to try out and see if I like them.  This week is the Coola Sun Silk drops.  It is a chemical sunscreen and one drop basically covered my face.  It absorbs well and gave me no problems under makeup.  I have to say I really enjoyed this serum sunscreen and would definitely consider buying it in a full size.  I’m actually kind of surprised actually as there are a lot of sunscreens that I just don’t like.  This one is light weight and I was really impressed with it. There is a light orange scent to it, which I think is covering up the chemical scent of the sunscreen.  I actually like the scent of it.  It fades away pretty quickly though so it isn’t a big issue, just something to be aware of if you are scent sensitive.  Or don’t like oranges. I am about half way through my sample and will continue using it until it is gone and then rotate in another sample to try out. This is definitely a product I will look into buying in the full size.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The big change in the night time skincare this week was the makeup remover.  This is more like a cream than it is a balm.  Peach slices is a brand featured on the Peach and Lily website.  It was part of the group of products I ordered last month during their big sale.  Unsurprisingly is smells like peaches and actually looks a bit like pudding.  Not a lot is needed to cover the entire face.  Thus far the only product I had issues about removing has been the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara.  For that I had to call in my Klorane Coneflower waterproof eye makeup remover (which took it off instantly with no stinging eyes).

Everything else, including other mascaras have come off beautifully with this Peach Pudding makeup cleanser.  I do use a regular cleanser afterwards.  This cleanser has the word hydrating in the description and while that does help to make certain the skin is not stripped, it also means that I feel like there is a slightly greasy residue left behind.  As it is step one in my nightly cleanse, that doesn’t really bother me. My Korres Cleanser takes off the residue easily leaving my skin clean without stripping it down. I am very much liking this Peach pudding makeup cleanser as it really does a good job removing makeup.  Unless something goes horribly wrong by the end of my usage, I will certainly be purchasing this cleanser again.

In Other Skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

My trial of this facial continues.  I still like the product and how it makes my skin feel.  I am less enthused by the pump.  Because the mask is of a rather heavy consistency, the pump has to work really hard and it really doesn’t like dispensing a lot of product at a time.  So many, many pumps have to occur to get enough product out to cover the face.  So the pump is not my friend.  But the product is. I have had a bit of sun sensitivity from the product though and while I am now limiting my time outside, especially on the days after I have used the product (I use this Tuesday and Thursday Nights).  I also tend to use the Time Revolution and the Bell Pepper essence more on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I’ve actually started rinsing my face after being outside and then just applying a few drops of the Time Revolution to the skin so the Artemisia can soak in and take care of the sun sensitivity.

Over all the products and combination of products I am using at the moment are working well for me.  I will be rolling in a daytime moisturizer that will hopefully be more suitable and once the Purlisse Cleanser is finished I will try out another of my sample cleansers.  I will also be looking at some other samples that I might want to try just so I can clear out some of my samples so the samples box will no longer be overflowing.

But for now this has been the skincare line up I used this week.

My Little Mascara Club

The Skincare Line up: July 16th, 2021

Good morning and welcome once again to the weekly skincare line up. Here I line up all of the products I used this week and give you some brief thoughts about how i feel about them. It’s not an in depth review but just a little bit of a progress report. So let’s dive in shall we?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Whal Myung Anti-Oxidant Rejuvenating Serum (finished on Thursday morning) and Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer (finished Thursday night) and Air Repair Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of the elements this week remained the same. Actually all of the repeat items are working beautifully. The Whal Myung Anti-Oxident Serum was a sample size and I did finish it out this week. It felt very good on the skin, light and refreshing, but with only just under two weeks with the product there were no visible results so i have to go on non-result based opinion with this one. To be honest as good as it felt, it smelled quite perfume-y. There are some perfumy products that I’ve used where i have gotten past the scent and enjoyed using. I don’t think this is the sort of scent i can really move past. i don’t enjoy it and I think that if I were to buy a full sized bottle I would slowly stop using it because of the scent. And that would be wasteful. So I am going to just appreciate the chance to try it out and then send it to the empties bin with no plans to repurchase.

The Byroe Bell Pepper Serum I picked up from my skin care drawer simply because I was in a hurry. I need to look into what it is supposed to do. For the moment it feels nice on the skin and has almost no scent to it. Which is kind of nice after the Whal Myung. I’ve only used it twice at the point so there isn’t much else to say. Next week I’ll have a better handle on how it performs as well as what to expect (I’ll be looking that up later today.)

The other change was the First aid Beauty Moisturizer. It was a fantastic product and one I will repurchase. I had a couple of more weeks left in the jar, however I accidentally forgot to screw the lid on tight enough and it accidentally got knocked over and was left to drip out of the jar creating quite a mess as no one caught it before most of it was gone. I was not happy and have to bear at least 50% off the blame since i did not tighten the lid properly. As I am not the one who knocked over the jar, I’ll give the other 50% to someone else. However it was a very good lesson in double checking the lids before leaving the bathroom.

It was a very good summertime moisturizer for me.

I have brought in a tube of the Air Repair moisturizer. A while ago I tried a sample and thought it was okay. I remember being on the fence about whether I wanted to buy a full size or not and then I ended up with a full size in a subscription box. So now I get to try it out. I’ll admit, I partially chose it because it is in a tube and not a jar. Hence, no spillage. This morning was my first use of the tube. It is thicker than I thought it would be and I am still getting used to the switch from the lighter gel cream. I’m sure I;ll have deeper thoughts for you next week, but for now that is about it.

Everything else is chugging along. The Time Revolution essence is still fantastic after too much sun. I did realize this week that it is not a toning essence though. Which you would think would be obvious. However my last essence was a toning essence so I opted out of adding a toner to my skin care routine while using it. This coming week i will be pulling one of my toners into the line up.

In addition i noticed that I have more cleanser samples than I thought so I might be pausing my Korres and trying them out, just to clear out some of the samples and decide what I want to think about repurchasing. Many of the samples have less than a week’s worth of product in them so i figure I can use the sample and then fill in with the Korres. That way I can clear out a few of the sample sizes as my sample box is now overflowing.

But that seems to be all for the day time products, shall we peep into the night?

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Twice weekly: Ole Henriksen’s Phat Glow Facial

As in the day time, the moisturizer and serum changed. but the only real difference has been the addition of the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial to th line up. I am currently using it twice a week to see how it works. Thus far I have noticed a little sun sensitivity on the morning after I use the mask. It isn’t a lot of sensitivity, but it is noticeable to me. Admittedly this week i spent a lot of time in the sun, which could have played an additional role. In the upcoming week there will be less in the sun time so I’ll see how that effects things. My skin is soft and the stress blemishes I had from earlier summer events are fading and being cleared away without scarring, which is nice. The pump is kind of driving me a bit crazy though. I think because it is such a thick formula the pump is not happy about pumping the mask out. But other than that I really like the product. I will be monitoring the sun but I am happy to continue using this.

You may notice one extra addition in the lineup that doesn’t match the description. And that is the cleansing balm. I have been using the Elemis Cleansing Balm (one of my all time favorites). I used the last of the product in the jar last night and so replaced the empty with the brand new Peach Pudding Cleanser that I just ordered from Peach and Lily. It hasn’t been opened, but I moved it into place in anticipation of this evening.

Everything else in the list is still performing beautifully. I know that doesn’t make for a very exciting post, but it is good for my skin. And next week there will be more details on the newer products as well as some new trials rolled into the line up. But for now, my skin is quite happy with the products used.

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The Skincare Line Up: July 9th, 2021

The Full Line up, July 9th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly Skincare lineup.  This isn’t an in depth review but more of a recap of what I am currently using and how I am feeling about it as I go through.There were a lot of good products this week. Most have been in the line up a while and will soon be changed out or used up, but there were a few shakeups. There will be a new edition starting this afternoon. I am trying a Peter Thomas Roth Mask out for Face Mask Friday today and if it goes well it will be used twice a week to see if there are longer term results. But that is for later. Now we need to look at this past week.

The day time line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

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Serum: Whal Myung Anti-Oxidant Rejuvenating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay so let’s just go down the line.  While the Native Deodorant is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant I am still using it this summer.  I thought about picking up an antiperspirant (and I did) for when I go out some place where sweat marks would be a really bad thing.  However in the past few weeks I haven’t gone anywhere that it was an issue.  The few places where I might go and not want to show sweat were so heavily air-conditioned that I actually had to bring a cardigan to keep from shivering. So even though I have an antiperspirant waiting in the wings, I have yet to actually break it out. The Native has worked thus far.

I like the clean of the Korres Foaming cream cleanser.  It smells fresh and feels clean without stripping the skin.  It goes on like a cream so it isn’t drippy until I add water and rub.  Then it foams up to wash the dirt away. It has a slight scent if you put your nose up to the open lid that might be a bit dairy-esque because of the yoghurt but once on the skin it just smells fresh and clean and the scent just washes down the drain.

I did a full review of the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence (which you can find here).  It is a great product and one that I will repurchase once it runs out.  It is especially lovely in the summer time as it works to soothe skin that has spent too much time in the sun.  It is a large bottle so it will be with me for quite some time. Very little product is needed, so it lasts which is nice value for the money as well as simply being a great product.

I finished out the Caudalie Vino Perfect serum and rotated a sample from Whal Myung into the line up this week.  One pump is all that is needed to cover the face and neck.  It feels very wet when it applies but absorbs relatively quickly.  There is a slightly perfume scent to it that tends to linger.  It isn’t unpleasant but I haven’t decided how I actually feel about it.  It is also a little sticky after application.  There is anough product for another week of trial so I might have more for you next week on this product.  At the moment I’m a little on the fence about it.

The Elemis Procollagen Eye mask is still working out well for me.  I actually apply the dior serum first and then add the eye mask once it has absorbed (I tend to put the serums on, then brush my teeth, then add the Elemis followed by moisturizer. And then I finish with sunscreen. 

The moisturizer I am using right now is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer.  (Full Review here) I like it and will happily finish out the jar.  There are about two, maybe three weeks left of product in the jar and then I will switch out moisturizers.

The sunscreen will remain.  I’m sure I will try out others but Volition is my go too as it absorbs well and I can just add it to my skin care line up without worrying about clogged pores.

Last week I had a sample of the Crest Pro Health Gum Detoxify.  You might notice in the photo, I went ahead and picked up the full size.  I have a couple of other toothpaste samples to try out, but I have to say I really liked the clean this gave.  My mouth felt fabulous.  So even if I try out other products, I wanted to have a full tube on hand for daily use.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of the products I used in the day are also used at night.  The two differences are the Wander Beauty Overnight repair concentrate and the Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask.  The Wander Beauty I used three times this past week.  I like having a night mask for nights when I feel I need a little extra moisture for my skin, but I don’t need it every night.  I think if I used it everynight it would be far too much moisture for my skin.  It is a light weight cream that absorbs well and It comes in a beautiful glass pump bottle.  The nozzle is actually shaped well so if you hold your hand under it and press, the cream shoots into your hand instead of dribbling down the side of the lovely glass bottle, which I find nice. 

The Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask I use every night just before I go to sleep and I really like it.  It feels a bit heavy as I drift off to sleep but by the time I weak up the next morning almost all of it has absorbed and my lips feel great.  This is not my first tube of the Bite Beauty lip mask and it certainly won’t be my last.

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Trying out a new lip scrub

Lip scrub is one of those items I don’t use everyday, or even every week. It is one of those things I always have around, so that when I need it I can reach for it. Consistently I tend to need lip scrub through the transition time in the autumn as we go into winter. I then use it periodically over the winter and then my use of it fades out though the spring. There is always a stretch of time where spring becomes summer where my lips need a good scrub and that is the time we have now entered.

This lip scrub came to me in a Subscription box. I believe it was Glossy Box. The full name is the Avant Hyaluronic Argan Oil Peony Sweet Almond Age Protect And UV Velvet Perfecting Rose Sugar Lip Scrub. For the purpose of not making anyone reading this out of breath before they reach the end of the name, I’m just going to shorten that to the Avant Lip Scrub.

This was an interesting lip scrub to review.

First, the packaging. It is quite nice. Sturdy plastic that can stand up to squeezing but isn’t too firm. An angled tip so that it could easily be spread on the lips. I think the full size does come in a jar though. Which I think I’d prefer the trail sized tube, but that is just a personal preference. In addition, the hole for dispensing product is large enough that the granules can get through. During the times I used it, there was no clogging and the product was easy to use.

The argan oil always works well on my skin, lips included so that was nice and quite frankly I like seeing hyaluronic acid.

And in truth, my lips did feel gloriously soft and smooth. It performs really well. The exfoliant particles were gentle enough not to cause any harsh scrubbing, yet quite effective. It really is a very well performing product.

I know you are thinking, well that doesn’t sound like it is an interesting scrub to review. It just sounds like you liked the scrub.

The interesting part is that I found it really a hard scrub to use. In fact i found that I often talked myself out of using it.

‘Oh no, I think my lips are fine tonight, I’ll just add an extra layer of lip balm instead.’

And here’s why: The Avant Lip Scrub tastes awful.

It quite frankly tastes like its name. It tastes like Rose, Peony, and argan oil. It is not a delightful combination. When sniffed in the tube, the Sweet Almond comes through and so i expected that to be the taste, which would have been fine. It might be mixed in, but the taste is oily dead flowers.

I know, it isn’t a product designed to be eaten. However, it is on my lips. To use a lip scrub, you apply it to the lips and then roll your lips a bit so the sugar can work around and exfoliate. Then you pat off any particulates that remain so that the softness of the oil can remain on the lips and be absorbed. That’s just how lip scrubs work.

Because of this, at some point (possibly many points) you are going to taste the scrub. And this Avant Lip scrub tastes vile. Argan oil is great for hair and skin but it isn’t a tasty oil and mixing it with florals doesn’t help. In fact all it does is insure that if you do get any in your mouth the oil will case the flavor to linger.

Normally, I brush my teeth, use my mouthwash and then use my lips scrub so that I can leave the oils on my lips to settle in overnight. With using this scrub this week I had to bring the lip scrub forward a bit and apply it well before my nighttime routine. Then make a conscious effort not to eat or drink anything. Then I washed off the oils before brushing my teeth. After I just added My Bite Beauty Agave Lip mask for moisture and called it good.

I will say that the product does work well, but the taste insures I won’t really use it. The best thing that can be said about the taste is that it works well as an anti snacking device. If you are looking for ways to keep yourself from snacking in the evenings, this might be a good choice for you because after you taste it once, you will do your best not to taste it again.

Sometimes, taste does matter. Even in skincare.

The Avant Lip Scrub (the 10 ml not the trial size I have) retails for $71. Which is a lot for a lip scrub. Personally I don’t think a lip scrub should cost that much. As far as lip scrubs go, my two favorites are much less costly. I really like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($18). Fresh is one of those brands I can always trust for good products actually. Personally I also like the Elf Lip exfoliator sugar scrub ($4). It comes in a lipstick form and is very easy to use. The exfoliation on that one is nice although I do find I need to add something like the Bite Beauty Agave lip mask to the lips after using it to provide post scrub hydration. I think the dryer formula used to crate the stick form just leaves it lacking in the post scrub moisture department.

Even though both are less expensive (even if you also add the cost of the Bite Beauty Agave Mask ($26) into the tally) were they all the same price, I still wouldn’t go for the Avant Lip Scrub as a repurchase. The formula may be great but the taste insures I would never use it.


I think that Fresh has a standard 15% off for new shoppers on their site. They also seem to have a 20% off deal going with their refer a friend section. I’m not an affiliate (and the link will just take you to the general page) but it seems like if you and a friend each purchase from the site you both get 20% off. Bite Beauty and Elf also have some sales going at the moment which I’ve posted below. The ELF 60% off clearance sale lasts until June 18th.

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Elf Cosmetics: 60% off Clearance Sale!