The Skincare Line Up: June 24th, 2021

I know, some of you are reading this and thinking, wait it’s not Friday… or is it?  Did I miss a day?  I thought I was getting better at counting those now that quarantine is over. Take a deep breath. You are fine.  It is indeed Thursday.

Friday I will be away from my computer.  There will no posting.  So I am posting the Skincare line up a day early. Mostly because it is my favorite post of the week and I don’t want to miss it.  I really enjoy going through the items I’m using as I use them as well as doing the more in depth individual reviews of singular projects. I hope you enjoy them too.

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: Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum eclat Radiance 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

Some of you may notice a few shifts this week.  I haven’t actually gone anywhere except the gym and walking this week so I ended up using my Native Deodorant since the sweat wasn’t an issue.  I am still enjoying the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser as well.  It is not super foamy but it foams just enough to make me feel like the bubbles are capturing all the dirt and taking it down the drain. With cleansers I always picture the bubbles as sort of a dirt prison where they capture and haul away anything that can damage the skin.  Probably because when I was little that;s how my dad explained that soap worked.

So I always like foamy cleansers and this one foams enough for me.  It also leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.  Which is probably better than dirt bubble jail.

The Time Revolution essence is turning into one of my favorite elements.  I should probably leave this for the night time section because that is when this essence really shines.  It really helps soothe skin that has spent too much time in the sun. while I use it in the morning before my serum, I use an extra amount at night just to let it sit for ten minutes as a mini-mask that I don’t wash off.  It has actually become part of my nightly rituals.

The Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum is a new edition to the line up.  Last week I rotated in a sample size of the Lancome Serum and finished using it up this past weekend.  I then realized I had several sample sized serums that I might want to go through.  I have used this Caudalie Serum before and I always like it.  It is a creamy serum and absorvbes into the skin quickly.  It never feels heavy or greasy and my skin always looks good when I use it.  It actually pairs really well with the Time Revolution Essence actually.  The two make a great one-two punch for post sun skincare. I think I have enough in this container to use it for another week, possibly two.  I actually have a second slightly smaller tube of the same serum from Caudalie so I am planning to use them back to back and actually get a full thirty days out of the samples (as well as clearing out two samples from my collection).  As I really enjoy the Caudalie Vinoperfect it isn’t a hardship.

The Elemis, First Aid Beauty and Dior are all approaching the thirty day mark of use and will be reviews in full in the next few weeks.  I will continue to use them all for a while to come, because I really enjoyed all three.  I believe the Dior is about half empty while The Elemis looks like ti will last for a really long time given how little I use of it.

I actually finished out my tube of the Volition sunscreen this week…and immediately opened my back up.  And ordered a replacement for my back up. It is just fantastic sunscreen and to be honest it is the first sunscreen I’ve found that I will continue to use on my face and feel comfortable about it.  So I will continue using it.  I will try other products of course, but for now, the Volition is the standard.

The final item on both my day and night time skincare list is the Crest Gum detoxify Toothpaste.  Given that my world is currently dominated by my teeth I thought I’d throw it in.  I think it is a new release from Crest and I have to say I am really loving it.  It is very peppermint-y, which I personally prefer to spearmint.  I actually hate spearmint.  And it makes my entire mouth feel really clean.  I wasn’t sure about adding this in, but I do have several toothpaste sample sizes that I want to try out and while teeth aren’t exactly skin, they are part of the face so I figured this might be a good place to put it and monitor how I feel about it as I work through the tube.

But this brings us up to the night time line up. 

The Night time Line up

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

Retinol: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line erasing Night Serum

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of the night products are either continuing products or products mentioned in the day time line up.  One Item used only at night has been the Elizabeth Ardent Retinol Ceramide Capsules. This little tube of individual capsules came in my June Macy’s box and is designed to be used one capsule every night.  There were seven capsules in the tube.  I have two capsules left and so will clearly only get a week’s worth of use out of them.  A week isn’t enough time to get a full handle on results.  I’ve used it as my serum all week (while using the Caudalie during the day). 

To be honest I am not certain how I feel about them. 

The serum is a clear-ish gel and each capsule has enough product to fully cover both my face and neck. It feels nice on the skin.  I haven’t noticed any line erasing effects, but with just a few days of use I wouldn’t really expect to see a huge change. To be honest the think holding me back from thinking about a full trial is the capsules themselves.  The serum I wouldn’t mind giving a full trial. It feels nice and my skin has had no issues with it.  However I think before I do, I am going to have to look at what those capsules are made of.  If they are something completely biodegradable, then I would have no issues doing a full on test with a full sized version.  If they are plastic and non biodegradable, I feel a little iffy on using a serum that creates so much trash.  I will have to do a little more research before I decide whether or not to put it on the purchase list for a full trial. But with only two capsules, the product I have won’t last long and I wanted to get my thoughts on It down before I dove into capsule research.

So that was my skincare for the week.  As the Elizabeth Arden Sample was a retinol I didn’t use any other retinol products this week. Over all I am continuing on with many really good products that I like using.  I have a few minor break outs, but they are all stress related and slowly clearing up.  My skin otherwise looks pretty good. There are no clogged pores in my problem area under my eyes and even my chin blemishes have cleared up.  Admittedly I didn’t really wear a mask much this week and I hit them hard over the weekend with the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clay Clearing Mask used in a spot treatment so things are settling down.  Over all, no real complaints. Just capsules to investigate.


The Skincare Line up: June 18th, 2021

And so another Friday rolls around.  Skin care has been tried, it has been used and I am ready to talk about it.  There weren’t a lot of changes this week, but there were a few. So let’s take a look and see what happened.

The Daytime Line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (product gifted by brand)

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Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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

Okay lets go down the list.  At the moment the Native Deodorant is still working, but I will be picking up an antiperspirant for days where wet circles under the arms are a no go. Otherwise it is a really good product. The summer time is just extra sweat inducing.

This week I rotated in the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser.  I’ll be honest, the reason I put off using this is because I have the face mask from the same Greek Yoghurt line and I suspected it would smell the same and because of the dairy scent, my face wouldn’t feel clean.  The cleanser however has a nice fresh clean scent to it. It is not as yoghurty as the face mask. It goes on to a damp face like a cream and then you add a little more water and it foams as you massage it into your skin.  The cleanser rinses off cleanly with no residue left behind whatsoever and my skin felt clean and fabulous.  I was very impressed with it’s first week of use and look forward to giving it the full test run to see how it performs for a month or even the length of the product as I suspect the tube will last longer than a month.

This week I was also really happy to have the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment essence in my line up as well.  While I have been adjusting my walk times to account for the sun and increased heat and I have been wearing sunscreen, there was a lot of sun this week.  I also had some time spent in the garden which added to it.  This essence felt fantastic on the skin after too much time in the sun.  I have noticed that if I use it in the morning, I tend to use one or two drops and it absorbs in completely with no issue allowing me to move on with the rest of my skin care.  At night however, if I have spent too much time in the sun.  I soak one of my reusable cotton rounds with the essence and apply a thicker layer to the skin.  Then I let it sit for about ten minutes before returning to the bathroom and the rest of my nightly skin care. This extra product and extra time really helps soothe the skin. And I’ll be honest, I don’t mind stretching out my nightly skincare for a bit of personal pampering.

This week has also made me realize that I need to pick up a gardening hat. If anyone has any suggestions send them my way as I will begin the gardening hat quest this weekend.

But back to skin care.  You may notice that my Peach and Lily Glass Serum was swapped out this week.  It will be returning soon.  I received this Lancome serum sample in my Macy’s beauty box and the stopper was a little damaged.  I think the seal is still okay, but it looked like something I shouldn’t leave sitting for long so I decided to roll it into the line up just to use it.  I’ve been using it for almost a week and still have about three or four days’ worth of serum left.  I had high hopes for this as I really enjoyed the eye cream from the same line and this serum has been raved about by those reviewing it.  

To be honest, I wasn’t blown away.  It is a good serum.  There is no doubt about that, but from the reviews I expected fabulous.  It isn’t.  It’s good, but not fabulous.  At least for me. While I will more than likely pick up the eye cream from this Lancome Line, I think that when this serum is finished, I will bid it a fond farewell, but it will not make the list of items to purchase in a full size.

And so now we look to the night.

The Nighttime line up

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)

Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

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)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

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

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

This week everything has been chugging along with the night time.  All of the changes to the line up were also changes made during the day time line up so there is little to add for most.  The Time Revolution is going to be a summer time favorite.  After too much sun it is just really soothing on the skin as well as performing like an essence is supposed to and opening the skin up for additional skincare.

The Bloomeffects I used only twice this week.  I had some blemish eruptions on my chin from stress, so I took care of them with some Peace Out Acne Dots and then just went with my current moisturizer.  Twice a week added the extra moisture I needed and my skin cleared up. I am very impressed with the First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer.  I tend to be hit or miss with First Aid Beauty but this was a clear hit.  It provides the moisture my skin needs without feeling heavy or greasy.  This is definitely one of the products I need to mark down to remember and reorder for summertime wear.

I don’t know if the photos show it or not, but my Dermelect bottle is empty.  The Self Esteem serum is no more.  I will continue to put serums and creams on my neck and chest, but I really liked having the Dermelect handy.  Not only did it work well, but its presence reminded me that I needed to take my skin care down my neck.  Seeing that red bottle was a really good visual cue not to miss that skin.  Admittedly it was also a good product that I really enjoyed using.  While it will be reordered at some point, right now I have a lot of new skin care to try out so I will be adding it to the list but refraining from repurchasing at the moment.

This week there is no other skincare to add to the line up.  I skipped the Sunday Prism mask as I was on the phone hearing all about my brother’s move to a new home and I also forgot to use the retinol and oil this week as well. So there is no other skincare to add.  Despite the stress and the need for the Peace Out Acne Dots, over all this was a really good skin week for me.

The Skincare Line up: June 11th, 2021

Welcome my darlings to the weekly skincare line up.  Most everything this week is still in motion from last week but there was a little change.  This week I tried out a new lip Scrub and I swapped out my essence product. So let’s see what products there are in the lineup this week.

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Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

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Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

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Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

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Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

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Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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Pretty much all of the continuing products are doing well.  The La Roche Posay cleanser has been a go to for quite some time and at this point I am slowly just working my way through the bottle.  Because everything else is stable though, I am thinking of switching it out for the upcoming week.  I have several cleansers I want to try and they are ones I haven’t used before.  While I still have about a quarter of the bottle of The La Roche Posay left, I kind of want to keep it in reserve in case one of the never before tried cleansers cause problems.  I kind of like having that familiar back up as I try out some of the unknowns.  Plus at the moment all of the other elements of my skin care line up are pretty stable.  I know how they work with my skin and none of them cause issues.  So this might be the perfect time to test out a new cleanser. I will look in my skin care drawer later to make my final determination.

The new item this week is the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence. It was sent to me for the purpose of review by the brand Missha.  Missha is a Korean skincare brand and if you have never heard of Artemisia, it is a fancy way of saying Mugwort Essence.  I’ve actually used it in a face mask from Facetory so I knew mugwort worked well with my skin.  It was actually one of the ingredients that really helped sooth my skin after I had that really bad sunburn last year. The product has zero scent to it.  I could detect nothing when I sniffed, and I tried to find a scent.  There was nothing.  On the skin it is very light weight and soothing.  It also feels like it is opening the pores, which is essentially what the essence category of skincare is supposed to do.  An essence is supposed to help your skin prepare for other products.  I noticed that when I used it the serum (currently the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Serum) absorbed more quickly.  I’ve also been spending more time outside latly and in the sun.  While I have my sunscreen on,  my skin is feeling the effects of more time in the sun so having a soothing product on hand is a nice idea.  This was my first week of trying the product out, but I am really enjoying it and will keep it in the line up.  Once I’ve used it long enough to determine its effects over time, I’ll break it out into a full review and we’ll go deep into Mugwort land. For now, I like it and will continue using it.

And the glass bottle looks lovely on my skin care shelf.  Which isn’t the most important thing, but it is a nice perk.

The only item I am having any issues with this week is the Native Deodorant.  Technically it isn’t really an issue but more of a reminder.  A deodorant and an antiperspirant aren’t the same thing.  Given the intense heat and humidity I have already accepted the fact that my workout t-shirts are going to be sweat stained and grungy.  It is one of the reason I work out in Hanes t-shirts.  They are relatively inexpensive ad can take a beating.  I wear them, I seat in them, and then I wash them until they reach a point where they can no longer really be washed.  Then I relegate them to the rag bag and buy a new pack.  The Native Deodorant works well with this system.  I have had to pick up am Antiperspirant for when I go out though.  Some clothes and situations, I don’t want to be showing pit stains. That is just a fact of my life. For that I went with the Dove Powder scented antiperspirant.

And so now we look to the night.

Night Time Skincare

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining 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

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), Avant lip Scrub

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Again there really isn’t much change.  I am using the Time Revolution Essence at night as well as in the day, and if anything, I like it better at night because it soothes the skin after having been in the sun. 

This week I also used the Avant Lip Scrub.  You can read my full review of it here.  The short version is that while all of the ingredients are nice and it works really well, it tastes awful.  I am going to keep it around and try to use it once in awhile just to use it up because I hate waste and it does work nicely.  But because of the taste it will be a once in a while thing rather than regular usage. I’ll need some time between uses to forget how bad it tastes. I will be trying out a different lip scrub in my lip care routine.

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

To be honest, this past weekend I ended up using the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile mask instead of the Herbivore.  I had some clogged pores mostly around my nose that I wanted to bring to the surface and get rid of.  It worked as beautifully as always and of course smelled fantastic. 

And as my week spiraled out of control, I ended up skipping the Tuesday and Thursday Retinol and oil routine.  So all three of the items in my other skin care list were skipped this week.  So exfoliation was skipped.  I might go for an exfoliating face mask this afternoon to make up for it.

So that my darlings was my skincare line up this week.  Most of the products are chugging along, I am testing out a new essence that appears to be working well and I skipped exfoliation. Next week I’ll be trying out a new cleanser and a couple of my skin care items will have reached the thirty day mark.  I can’t wait to look at the before and after photos. This time, I made sure to put them in a safe file. And not accidentally purge them. Like I did with my last eye cream trial photos. But for now, this was my week with skincare.


The Skincare Line up: June 4th, 2021

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Good morning my darlings and welcome back to the weekly skincare line up. Here I look at all of the products currently in use and discuss a little bit about how I feel about them at the moment. Later of course there will be an in depth discussion of each product and their ingredients as well as their results. This is more of a progress report. An sadly, we had one item which wasn’t making progress and had to be removed. But I’ll get to that in turn. While pictured above are all of the players currently in circulation through the skin care line up, not all of them are used at the same time. So as always, I’ll break them out by use. First, it’s time for the daytime players.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

  • okay not only can you get 20% off FAB products on the Skinstore’s website with the code EXCLUSIVE but, FAB has a $1m commitment to helping pay off student loans. As those can be a beast I think it is a fabulous thing to do.The link will take you to the Skinstore’s page (for the 20% off) but there are links and more information there as well if you are interested.

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Looking at the above list and comparing it with last week’s you may notice a few changes.  While many of the products have been in use for quite a while (the deodorant, the cleanser, the essence and the sunscreen) and are still performing as well as they did at the beginning of their place in the lineup.  There are a few newer items.  The Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum and the Elemis Pro Collagen Eye Revive Mask are each in their second week of use.  Thus far they are both performing well.  There is no clogging of the pores and my skin seems to really like them.  I generally find that with the Peach and Lily, if my skin isn’t completely dry then the serum has a slight tendency to get a little foamy when it touches the wet spots.  This is just something to watch and not really a problem.

I was however having problems with the moisturizer.  I was using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir.  It was a very wet formula that took a really long time to dry on my skin no matter how little I used.  T was also highly fragranced which wasn’t my favorite thing.  My plan was to only use the Farsali at night when I had more time for my skin care and could let it absorb.  So I took the First Aid Beauty moisturizer out in order to use it during the day.  The First Aid Beauty moisturizer ended up being really nice.  It absorbs quickly with no greasy film and leaves my skin soft and hydrated.  For me, when my skin is becoming oilier in the summer months, this is the perfect time for the oil control moisturizer.  I feared it might be drying on my skin, but this far that hasn’t been an issue.  As I continue with it, I will be monitoring it.

The issue was that with the excellent performance of the First Aid Beauty, it really made the Farsali feel so much worse on my skin.  It felt wet and sticky and as the week progressed I just stopped using it and ‘accidentally’ started reaching for the FAB moisturizer at night instead.  Since it is open and I don’t feel comfortable passing it on right now, I am going to use it up on my drier skin like elbows and knees so it won’t be wasted.  It is just too wet a formula for my skin.  I didn’t use it long enough to actually see if it produced any sort of results.  It may end up being a fabulous cream for those of you with really dry skin.  However for me, it just doesn’t suit my skin type and forcing myself to use it is just going to lead to trouble.

The other new addition to the lineup came from Influenster.  It is the Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum.  It has a light scent to it that just pings on my nose as a ‘skincare scent’ but the scent fades fast.  It is like a light skin care floral.  Thus far I am really loving it.  The serum is meant to be worn under eye cream and I have been wearing it under the Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye mask. There were a couple of days where I skipped the Elemis to really get a feel for how the Dior worked on it’s own.  Separately it seems to work really well.  Paired with the Elemis which also works really well, the products are really fantastic.  I am very happy with the feel of them on my skin and can’t wait to see what difference thirty days with the product brings.  This is only the end of the first week though so stay tuned.

And so now we look to the night.

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining 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

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

Most of the changes that affect the night time routine have already been discussed as they are also part of the day time routine.  The First Aid Beauty replaced Farsali.  The Dior Eye Serum was added. In addition since I finished out the Akar Toner last week, I started using the Byroe Toning Essence in both my morning and evening routines.

I also finished out the Yensa CBD Cleansing oil last week so this week I rotated in the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. I use the original one but they have several different types. I have used it before and it is one of my favorite cleansing balms. It is a travel size that I have had in my travel kit for a while now so I wanted to actually use it up. It is a fantastic product so it is no hardship to use it, but I was worried about it getting old. So it was sifted out of my travel bag for use now.  I’d rather just purchase new travel products closer to the time o my next travel rather than have it go bad waiting for me to travel.  Currently my next planned travel is for Thanksgiving, so there is time.  But I really do like the formula of this Cleansing Balm.  I have purchased it many times in the past and no matter what other product I end up using, this is one that I always end up coming back to.

But not all products are used everyday, so…

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

Last week I finished the Earth Harbor Marina oil so I started using this travel size of the Go-to Skincare Face Hero Face oil.  It too was taken from my travel bag and rolled into use so that it wouldn’t spoil waiting for my next travel.  I initially rolled it in to use after the Sunday evening Masking with the Herbivore Prism Glow Facial but once the Marina Oil was used up I started using it after my Tuesday/Thursday Retinol with the Versed Press Restart.  I personally like this oil it is one of my favorite basic sort of oils.  It doesn’t promise anything fancy, it just provides extra moisture lock down after treatments like exfoliation (whether chemical or physical).  I’ve never had any reactions to ut and it works well with all exfoliates that I’ve tried. 

The Versed Press Restart is gentle enough that it hasn’t caused any sun sensitivity thus far and The Prism Glow Facial from Herbivore is a nice Sunday evening addition to my skin care line up.  It makes my skin soft.  But at the moment I haven’t noticed any other changes.  I’m going to continue using it and after a month of uses see how the photos compare to the initial ones I took.  At the moment I am happy with the softness of the skin, but I don’t really see much in terms of glow.  Perhaps though, time will help.

And that my darlings is the skincare line up for this week.  I adjusted a few products and their usage and I got rid of a moisturizer that simply didn’t suit my skin. 

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The Skincare Line up: May 28th, 2021

The full line up from this week

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

The day time players

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shall we move into the night?

The Night time Line up

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

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

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

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

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday and thursday nights and Sunday evening

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

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

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

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

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

If you are a skin care addict like me, you might want to check out the Skin Store’s Memorial day sale. Lots of Brands, lots of discounts. The link is below. Happy shopping.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 21st, 2021

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

The Daytime line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream

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

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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

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

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

The nighttime line

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist

Serum: Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Arrow Radiant Skin Moisturizer

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

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

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

Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

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

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

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