Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has returned and the humidity level is high. As a result my bangs have decided that an 80s style poof is the way to go. They won’t get there without the help of a teasing comb a round brush and a boat load of Aqua Net, but they are trying. So I am doing my best to ignore them today.
I made no attempt to go outside. It was raining when I woke up, it rained through the morning and it is raining now. I’m trying to think of the fabulous germination my newly planted seeds are getting and less of the walk I will not be taking. It is the down side to building a walking trail in the flood plain. It rains, the trail floods. But I will not harp on it, even though I am still casting longing looks out of the window.
The reason it is so important is that I know on rainy days like this I always slack off a bit on my exercise. I tell myself to push hard, but I just know that I don’t push all that hard on days like today. In fact I don’t think I did much pushing in April, which is why the waist band of my jeans feels a little on the snug side. I have already accepted that on my first weigh in back I will have gained weight. I know everything got out of whack in April. I spent last week getting my meal plan back into alignment and this week I am ramping up the exercise.
Except today. Today I don’t think I pushed as hard as I could. I’ll be making up for it with lighter meals today, but I need to find something to keep me on track for the days when walking isn’t possible. Sadly I may have to go back to some sort of reward system. I had it in place for my initial weight loss plan then when i went to reward myself with something I wanted I found it was sold out and then I couldn’t think of a replacement so I let the system lapse. maybe I’ll keep the rewards in categories instead of specifics. A new pair of yoga pants instead of this specific pair of yoga pants. I think it was a pair of earrings that threw me last time. I saw this adorable pair of bumblebee earrings, but they were gone by the time I reached the reward point. nd then I didn’t see a pair I wanted. General may be the way to go on that. But that is something to figure out later. Maybe after dinner.
Okay today was a fun one. First off Love the embryolisse as a base. I apply it ten minutes before I apply anything else so my skin has time to absorb the cream in and everything just flows wetter with great hydrated skin and no cakey look to anything.
It really helped out the setting powder today as the air is so damp. between the humidity and the cream I needed the setting powder to dial back the shine. It did sort of counteract my test of dry products though. I use the Real Her Palette today because I wanted all powder face products and it was just easiest to grab.
Normally I use this more in the summer time because it goes so well with a light tinted moisturizer natural look, but it applied well today. Ideally though this is a natural look palette. It is well loved though. Pan is showing in all three of the products and I am hoping it will make it through the summer. I don’t think it will make it past this summer so I will probably be replacing it in the fall. it is fantastic with a tinted moisturizer.
It did work well with the Yensa. This is an easy foundation to use actually and I am really enjoying it. My full review will be up this Thursday as I finish out my review.
I am falling in love with this palette from the Balm. I applied the shade Cut and thought wow that is a great all over shade, but since I am seeing how they blend I went for the darkest shade Cliff Hanger and really like the way it blended. I then used the silver shimmer of Roll Credits and it looks great. I am personally loving today’s eye look. If it keeps performing this well during the rest of the test (it is only the second day) I might just have found one of my everyday go to palettes because this was easy to reach for and has workable shades. The trick will see if I still like it next week or if it becomes slightly boring. There is always a fine line with an everyday neutral palette. We’ll have to see where this end up, but I have my fingers crossed for it.
Today I also reached for the ease of the Trestique lip crayon. I love these. This is the Florentine fig and I reach for the color often which is why it is almost a nub. It is comfortable to wear, the crayon is refillable and while one side is a matte color, the other side has a lip balm to go over it if you want a bit of shine. I am really a fan of the formula. It wears a bit like a traditional lipstick though. It won’t dry down and it will wear off. It is very comfortable to wear though.
And that my darlings is me today. my bangs are misbehaving but I love my eye look. I’d be nice if I could get the hair and makeup to cooperate on the same day, but i will take what I can get. And today, the eyes have it.
April showers may bring May flowers but around here they also bring thoughts of Ark building. Do you think Lowes will get angry if I ask for a lumber order in cubits?
The rain came in fits and starts yesterday, but today it has settled in for a marathon. Exercise involves me and my Yoga Mat along with hand weights. Which is fine, but being inside all day makes me a little twitchy. It never used to, but then i started incorporating regular exercise into my schedule and it feels strange to leave the walks out. But at this point I think I might need an Ark or at least a rowboat, to get through the park. It looks a bit like a lake.
And there are snakes. A lot of them. (I took an umbrella down to the park just to see if a rainy day walk could be worked in. It could not. And those snakes did not look happy about being washed down stream.)
So indoor yoga and weights today. With a side of twitchy til the rain stops.
Okay we are going to start from the top. I am loving the pre makeup base. It kind of plumps up my skin with moisture before I begin so everything just applies a little better. The Elf Poreless putty is a long time fave and one I consistently repurchase.
This Yensa foundation is from their Skin on Skin line and I can see why, it feels like my skin. It is weightless and applies smoothly with no lines in the product that have to be smoothed out. Yensa sent a foundation brush with this foundation and it is just the perfect combination of stiff and soft with the bristles. I also like the shape. How it performs with other foundations I’ll have to see but it works beautifully with this foundation.
The Trestique is a long time love. It was made even better by now being refillable which cuts down on plastic waste. I for one will happily refill this over and over again.
The Doucce palette is interesting. I reach for it for one blush. The other products I’ll use if it is open, but I will only reach for the one blush in the palette that I like. I’m not sure if that is enough to keep the palette long term, but I love the blush in the shade RSVP and will use it down to pan. Then I’ll feel bad and try and work through the highlighters, which are nice, but not my favorite. If I do repurchase it will just be a single blush.
I took out the Tarte eyeshadow palette because I hadn’t used it in a while. I absolutely love the mattes in the palette. The shimmers are okay but nothing to write home about. but I love the formula of the mattes and as this is mostly a matte palette with a single row of shimmers, I really do need to reach for it more. I tend to use it as a travel palette because it has a hard case and an array of mattes, but I need to think of it when i am not traveling.
With the Grande lips, I came across this sample yesterday and realized it had enough product for one or two uses left inside. I used it today and it ran out so it will be going away. It is a formula I really like. There is a slight pluming to the formula but what I like most is that it dries down almost all the way but not quite all the way. It means that it stops leaving lip prints everywhere but it doesn’t make my lips sand paper dry, which is sort of the best in a liquid lip. But this was it’s last use and it is now going to the empties bin.
And that was todays look. And now I am going to take my umbrella and slog my way to the mail box hoping that the few bills in the box have not turned into a soggy mess. Then I will dry out and get back to my afternoon. I hope whatever you have planned for the rest of the day is simply fabulous.
I have to admit, I was looking forward to trying out this scent. I have tried a couple of skin care items from Dior and absolutely adored them. I’ve tried out the Dior lip gloss and loved it. I also love the packaging, but the gloss I like as well. But I’ve never tried out any of the Dior perfumes.
I know there is no correlation between their other products and their perfumes, but as I loved the other products and still think of Dior mostly as a perfume company, I was very excited to try one of their perfumes out. Even though I enjoy their skincare (seriously, their Dreamskin Moisturizer was fantastic) I do think of them more as a perfume brand. And I think that is because I see a lot of Dior perfume/ cologne ads. In fact, I am fairly certain I am being stalked by the Johnny Depp Sauvage commercial.
So I spent a week trying out the Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. And it was lucky that I chose a different perfume for New Year’s eve because skipping a day of use was the only way this sample was going to last a week. There was very little scent in side. Usually I will use one of these samples for a week and have enough scent left over for a few more days, if not a second week. Personally I like that as I use the extra scent to remind me of why I like the scent when i decide it is time to add a full sized bottle to my collection.
at the end of the week, there was nothing but fumes left in this spray bottle. But truthfully, I’m okay with that. It won’t be a scent I pick up for my collection. But we’ll get to that in a moment. First, lets look at the description. According to Dior…
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a fresh and sparkling eau de toilette fashioned like a dress embroidered with flowers.
The olfactory bouquet of this fragrance pays homage to Christian Dior’s legendary love of flowers. At the heart of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet lies the tenderness of a Peony and Damascus Rose accord honed by a radiant Calabrian Bergamot. The poetic trail of this eau de toilette is adorned with a lacework of White Musks.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet leaves behind its springtime floral signature, the olfactory incarnation of a playful and charming Miss Dior.
I have to say, the description does not lie. This scent definitely leaves behind a floral signature. It is the sort of perfume that you could never wear when committing a crime. The detective would come into the room sniff the air and instantly proclaimed “The murderer is the one wearing Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet!” This is a scent that lingers in the room long after you have gone.
It isn’t a scent that travels ahead of you, though. It won’t announce your arrival. I found this an interesting feature. Usually a scent this big and bold tends to fill the air around you. Let’s people smell you coming from around the corner. This one didn’t travel. It just sort of bonded with the are in the places where you had been.
It was like a scent ghost.
Impressions of perfumes past.
The scent of this perfume is full on peony mixed with rose. There is nothing tender or delicate about it. It is when florals attack. If it does have bergamot in it, I couldn’t smell it. If there were white musks in the mix, I couldn’t tell. It was rose and peony combined. It is overly sweet and floral with nothing to ground or tame it. oddly enough, despite its tendency to linger like a ghost, since rose and peony are used in so many perfumes it makes this scent rather forgettable.
It may stick around long after the wearer is gone, but the perfume itself isn’t one I’ll remember. It is not unique and unbalanced enough to not really be very pleasant. It isn’t unpleasant either. It is just sweet, floral and forgettable. I for one will not be adding it to my collection and I am rather glad the sample is now empty. With Dior, I might just stick to their skincare and their lip gloss. Maybe I’ll have better luck with another Dior perfume, but Blooming Bouquet was certainly not for me.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome my darlings to the week before the big sales start. Or what is usually the week before the big sales start. Many of the sales started early this year. Even so, each year around this time, I look at products I’ve tried and liked enough to want to continue using or products that I tried in a sample size and want to give a full sized version a go in the upcoming year. When stocking up on skin care, it really pays to hit the sales.
As I start looking over things, there are always a few memorable stand outs that I don’t have to think too hard about. There are always more I see pop out at me when I start to look over my previous posts and start seeing forgotten gems. As I could literally go on for hours about various products, I have decided to attempt to limit each section to three or four items. There are some categories that will flaunt that decision with flagrant disregard for my attempt at control, but I will try to keep this post from becoming too massive.
Also throughout the week I’ll try to hit all of the categories I am currently reviewing for my own Cyber Monday/Black Friday Sales extravaganza.
Also in an attempt to keep the length of this skincare post semi reasonable, I have put masks in their own special category. We’d be here for days if I didn’t split them out.
So welcome to the skin care roundup. As we all know whether you are dressing up or dressing down for the holidays great skin is your best accessory for every occasion. Any of you reading this site on a regular basis probably realized, I am the sort of person who favors a multitude of steps to my skin care routine. Some of the steps I do every day, others I only do on occasion and some fall somewhere in between. I generally decide what steps I am using based on what my skin needs at the time.
Breakouts call for one set of steps while dry patches and dullness call for a different regime. So I adjust.
I know some people are minimalists, but I really enjoy the routine of skin care. It helps me wake up in the morning and it lets me unwind in the evening. Whatever your routine, here are some products that I have enjoyed, that I will be repurchasing (or have already stocked up on) and that I would recommend to those looking for products to try.
We’ll start with makeup removers. I am partial to cleansing balms as I find them neater to use and less likely to spill as they get knocked over. While I have more or less cornered a powder room for my skincare/beauty needs and am usually the only one using that bathroom, when someone else does use it they tend to rocket through like a whirling dervish. I’ve gotten many an apologetic look as something was knocked over and spilled by accident. Then there is the invariable look of shock when they realize how much that tiny little bottle they knocked over costs. Being the only female in the house lets me cause shock and awe quite frequently.
As the only skin care term my babydoll has managed to pick up has been ‘Cold Cream’ and it is the term he uses for every skin care product that exists (he is quite proud of knowing it actually) and believes that nothing in the bathroom should cost over $10 he has suffered some major shocks.
Both are excellent products that don’t require a lot of product to work and so last quite a while. The Elemis Cleansing Balm is a thick, custard like consistency and has a slightly floral, slightly botanical scent. I have tried for a while to fully identify it but the scent just smells like Elemis. Several of their products have the scent. I personally like it. I also like the fact that it leaves my skin feeling soft as well as clean. This is not a product that will strip your skin. It just removes the makeup.
The Elemis Cleansing Balm actually features in several of the brand’s holiday kits this year. I believe it might actually be in their advent calendar as well. It is one of their top sellers, which is easy to see why. They have a set of three cleansing balms as a pack, one in the original (which I tried and loved) one that is rose and one Neroli (orange) in case you wanted to try out different scents. Purchasing them together gives you a discounted price.
And if you are looking for a deal (as well as a fantastic gift for either you or a skin care lover on your list), one of the sets, the Glowing SkinCare Stars, actually includes both the Cleansing Balm and the Dynamic Resurfacing Pads that I’ll mention a little further down. I actually picked up this set for my mom for Christmas. Not only does it contain two of my favorites (which I know she’ll love, but there are plenty of other extras in the bag. There are other kits of course and all worth checking out, but that is the one I ordered as a gift this year. I love kits because they let you try out a whole bunch of products at the same time.
The Versed cleansing balm is a little different. It too removes the makeup and doesn’t strip your skin, but it has a more solid consistency. It has the feel to it of a giant lip balm. To get it out of the jar I generally ran a tiny skin care spatula across the top of the product and then gathered up the product into my hands. The heat from my hands melted it a little and then I rubbed it onto my face.
It has a scent that is more menthol than floral and reminded me of Vick’s Vapor rub. While the scent is not my favorite, I was willing to use it because the product worked so well. And to be honest the scent dissipates quickly. It is also relatively inexpensive. The product is on the large side and costs only $17.99 for a full size.
Next time I order one I am planning on adding a couple of their tinted lip oils (they are $9.99 each). While the Versed Cleansing Balm can be purchased at my local Target, they don’t stock the lip oils for some reason. It’s one of those small annoyances.
The last time I replaced my Versed cleansing balm I just went to Target and picked it up. I forgot I was going to order it because of the lip oils. So now I have to order them separately. Of course I’ve also been eyeing their Winter Unwind Gift set. I’m thinking of trying it out for my post-holiday de stressing. So I may just order that and a lip oil since I have the backup balm in my skin care drawer.
While there will be a post later in the week regarding tools and other items, I have to mention that this is where I use my Makeup eraser. I know the Makeup Eraser can just be wet and used with just water, but I really prefer applying the cleansing balm and then using a wet makeup eraser to take everything off. I find it removes more and it requires less rubbing on my skin. And I must confess that while my Makeup Eraser is good and can still take several years more worth of use (my last one I used for three years before my babydoll saw mascara and eyeliner stains and decided it was an oil rag and used it in his workroom), I have been eyeballing the SpongeBob Squarepants exclusive Seven day set.
Not only are they seven smaller Sponge Bob Character decorated cloths, but with seven of them I could use one each day and send it through the wash instead of just using different parts of the same cloth all week. I know that sounds a little extra but it really is more hygienic. Plus, how can you look at them and not want them. They are so cute and the entire set is only $25. I’m actually contemplating picking up the set in the name of hygiene. And fun. Can’t forget fun. (although if you want a non cartoon themed cloth, the seven day sets also come in a classic black as well.)
Because I favor a double cleanse, my routine generally moves from makeup removers to actual cleansers. I love the cleanser category and have had some really good luck with products lately. Don’t get me wrong, there were a few stinkers in there, but they shall not be discussed here. Only good products need apply for this post.
The first is from Malin + Goetz. I have used their Grapefruit cleanser for years and even though there are lapses, it is one that I return to often. It has a fresh scent and a slight (ever so slight) exfoliation to it. It is one of my favorite scents to wake up to and a really great clean. I will admit I like it more in the morning than I do at night, just because the scent is more of a wake me up scent.
At the moment not only is the cleanser for sale regularly but the cleanser also comes as part of the Saving Face Limited Edition Set. It comes with the cleanser, the Vitamin E moisturizer (which I have heard great things about especially from friends trying to soften or reduce scars) and the detoxing face mask (which I must confess I know nothing about). But as with most kits, buying the set is more cost effective than buying them separately.
I love holiday sets, I know I’ve said that before and I will probably say it again. The value is usually pretty good on sets and I almost always find something new that I never would have picked up on its own or that I had never heard of. Like the Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask. Of course sometimes I fall in love with something that is limited edition in itself and I have to wait a whole year and hope they bring it out again the following winter, but that is another story and usually involves peppermint scented items.
Other people go for the Pumpkin spice, for me it is the peppermint that gets me every time. I’ve already picked up the peppermint chapstick that only comes out this time of year. And I’m sure there will be more peppermint themed items coming my way before the season is done.
This actually makes it pair well with the Erno Laszlo Original Black Soap. While I love the way this soap makes my skin feel and adore the clean I get from it, the bar soap does make a bit of a mess. It is black soap (from charcoal) as the name implies and when you lather it the drips splash black around. That is it’s only real drawback actually. While it is a good soap to use both morning and evening, I tend to use it at night more often because I somehow mind less cleaning up at the end of the day than I do at the start. I put a soap dish in the bathroom just to keep some of the smudges contained so ‘clean up’ really means wiping away a few drips. I just prefer it in the evening to the morning.
The Purlisse Blue Lotus 4 in 1 Cleansing Milk is one cleanser I have no problem using morning or evening and would highly recommend picking up. It foams nicely and washes off clean. In fact I tested out a whole bunch of products from the Blue Line for Purlisse a while back. I found all of the products in that line to be excellent, the moisturizer in particular was excellent for shifting seasons. It is the Purlisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer and balancing is what it does best. It really worked well with the shifting seasons for me.
One of the most fun cleansers I tried this year was also from Elemis. It is the Cica Superfood Calming Foaming cleanser. Seriously, a face full of fun foam that also cleanses your skin and leaves it soft? It was one of those cleansers that after I used it, I wanted to just leave my face bare for a while to simply enjoy the clean skin. I have a backup already purchased and awaiting it’s moment to emerge from the skin care drawer. Not only is it one I would repurchase, but it is one I already have repurchased. It went on sale in the summer and I snapped it up. I am not ashamed to say it is one I will watch for and pounce on anytime a sale emerges.
While I need to wrap up the cleanser section there is one more cleanser I really need to mention. That is the Olay Gentle Cleanser. This is a different one. I don’t use it in my morning or evening routines. I tend to use this one solely after my workouts. After a good sweat I need a really gentle cleanser that will keep my skin from feeling that post workout sweat grossness, but won’t damage the skin by overly cleansing it.
This is where the Olay Gentle cleanser shines. It is one of those products I repeat buy just for this purpose and then forget to mention because it is not in either my morning or evening routines. One quick pump of product, a bit of water and I am feeling fabulous. Usually this Cleanser costs $9.49 but it is currently on sale for $7.14.
The same can be said for the Regenerist Cleanser as well. It is usually $9.49 and now on sale for $7.14. While I love the gentle cleanser (and will repurchase it) I wanted to try something else so I picked up the Regenerist Cleanser to try. I just started using it so I haven’t posted the review yet but I am already really liking the product. The review will actually be up either next week or the week after, I just wanted to mention it for those stocking up. I think it is a very good cleanser to try out.
For those of you looking for ease of purchase, as well as discounts, Olay now has a subscription service. You pick your products and decide when you want them delivered and the products are 30% off their usual price. There is no commitment and you can change up your order any time, so if you haven’t run out of eye cream yet, but are almost out of moisturizer you can adjust what products get sent to you so you aren’t stuck with too much of any one thing. It’s actually a really cool system, especially if you are trying to reduce the number of times you go out to restock products.
At the moment I have three toner products worth mentioning. The first is from Elemis. What can I say? I love the brand. I know, you are probably getting tired of hearing that, but this is the last Elemis product on today’s list. Promise. But the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Toner pads just had to be mentioned. They are fantastic. Not to dry, not to wet, they tone the skin and provide a light exfoliation. They are fantastic. Hands down, full stop. Fantastic.
The other two toners I need to mention are both from Pixi. One is the Glow Tonic exfoliating Toner and one is the Clarity Tonic. Both are really nice and I will be picking them both up repeatedly for a while. (don’t worry I still have several other toners to test out before my next Pixi purchase). The exfoliating toner is a nice gentle chemical exfoliant that is gentle enough to be used daily and the Clarity Tonic helped me have more good skin days. Between this and the Peace Out Acne Dots I had a surprisingly long run of good skin days despite the wearing of the face masks. (I did have a masking trick that helped a well, but that is another post oh and as a quick note you can get 15% off your first purchase at Peace Out Skin Care.).
While I still love my Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Face Gommage and will still be picking it up again, repeatedly, there were two new physical exfoliates that came my way this year that are not only worth mentioning but worth repurchasing. The first was the BKind Sensitive Skin Face Scrub. It was not only an excellent product but it is ethically sourced and has a host of other fabulous claims. I did find it left a little bit of a waxy feel to the skin when I rinsed it off, but as I tend to use exfoliators after removing my makeup and before I do my second cleanse, I didn’t mind this so much.
The second new exfoliator that I tried and loved this year came from Nuxe. It was the Nuxe Insta-Masque Exfoliating mask and it had the consistency of a jelly. While technically it falls under masks, I used it as an exfoliator. It only sits on the skin three minutes so I would apply it, let it sit while I brushed my teeth and then massaged and rinsed.
The exfoliate mixed in was both gentle and effective and I very much enjoyed using the product. I think I actually pouted and sighed when the product ran out. Because of the consistency it was surprisingly moisturizing as well and is one of the few exfoliates that I have tried that I could actually use every day. I stuck to three days a week when using it, but I could have used it more often without damage to the skin which is not something I can say for a lot of other products I tried this year. Many were tested, only a few made my repurchase list.
Nuxe also has this style of Inta masque in a purifying and smoothing formula and a detoxification one if exfoliating is not your thing. Both of those are actually on my list of products to try. I know I will probably mention that again with masks, but it seemed appropriate to mention it here as well. I suspect all three will end up in my skin care drawer by the end of the year. But the Nuxe Intsta-masque exfoliating mask was better than a lot of other exfoliators I tried this year.
The same thing can be said for the serum category. I tested out a lot of serums this year and I have to say only two really stand out without me having to look them up. The first is the Timeless Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I had such fantastic results with that serum that I think it is going to be a staple for a while.
The second is the Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum. I know, it sounds strange, but it was a fantastically hydrating serum. This serum and the Volition Sunscreen were my saving graces this summer. I spent a lot of time outside on the walking trail instead of going to the gym. One product kept my skin safe while I was sweating it out and the other made certain my skin was healthy and hydrated. Seriously if I could give a bottle of the Volition Sunscreen to everyone I know, I would. As it is my mother and aunts each got one as a gift this year. I absolutely loved that sunscreen and have already purchased it for myself. It sits beautifully under makeup and does not feel at all like sunscreen. In fact they market it as the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen, which quite frankly was me.
The Snow Mushroom Water Serum doesn’t smell earthy it just smells light and fresh. It absorbed well into the skin without feeling heavy or greasy (or clogging pores) and was fantastic throughout the summer time. I have already picked up a second bottle and when it arrives I will be stashing it away for use in the spring and summer. While I’m sure it would be lovely to use in the winter, it was so good in the spring and summer that I am holding it in reserve while I test out other products. As I am writing this Volition has a 30% off sale going on that you might want to check out. It started before the holiday sales.
And this brings us to the moisturizer category. Here we once again start with Volition. The Celery Green Clean Moisturizer is super lightweight and again I really enjoyed using it this summer. It has a light green, celadon like color and smells fresh and clean. It absorbed well into the skin and was never greasy. It was a fantastic day cream. I found myself wanting something a little heavier at night especially if I had too much sun during the day, but as a summer time day cream it was fantastic. It also helped reduce the size of my pores a little bit, which really helped with my skin’s texture. And that is year round good.
The Dior Capture Care and Protect DreamSkin Moisturizer was also one I might want to use a separate night cream with, but I have no problem finding a good night cream to balance it out. The Dior Moisturizer was fantastic to use. It made my skin feel like silk. It does have that French rose skincare scent to it which isn’t for everyone, but it is a very light scent that doesn’t linger. Personally, I like the scent. I also like that the container is reusable so that there is less waste. When you finish with it, you can order a new insert and just fit it into the existing container. I like the less waste almost as much as I liked this moisturizer.
There is the final Sunday Riley Ice Ceramide Moisturizer I tried that I will also be picking up, but it felt more like a night cream to me. As I don’t really have a go to night cream at the moment, I will be delving deeper into this category in the near future as well. I liked the Avocado Sleeping Mask from Glow Recipe and will be repurchasing that one at some point, but I wasn’t so over the top in love with it that it is going to be my standard. There is plenty of room for experimentation.
Okay my darlings, deep breaths. We have made it through the skin care category. It was a long review., I know and thank you for sticking with me. I know I took a few extra byways as we went down that path. And, okay so I didn’t do fantastically well narrowing it down to three products per category and as a consequence this is a bit of a longer post than I planned.
There are just so many good skin care products out there. Even knowing I didn’t stick to my three I know there are some that I completely forgot and will remember as soon as I post this. It doesn’t mean they aren’t good, or that I won’t be posting about them (or purchasing them as soon as they go on sale) it just means I had to constrain myself.
And yes, this was me constrained.
Just remember that whether you are celebrating your upcoming holidays in a glittering gown or in a fluffy bathrobe, good skin is always in style.Hopefully this post will help you find something for you and maybe something for someone on you shopping list this holiday season.
While I did mention a few ongoing sales, here are a few my skin care lovers out there might want to remember.
Peter Thomas Roth is having their 50% off select Kits Sale. It runs through November 19th so it is a pre holiday sale. I really like this one and get pulled into it every year. I think their kits are a great way to try different products. In fact the Peter Thomas Roth moisturizers I tested this year all came from Kits. I was able to determined which I liked but wasn’t gaga over as well as which ones I really wanted to buy in the full size. I ended up being oddly surprised by which one I fell in love with. I seriously didn’t think it was going to be the Hungarian Thermal Water mineral Rich Moisturizer. In fact I think that was the free sample I got when I purchased another kit to actually try out. Surprise! The free sample won the day.
For those looking for Stocking Stuffers you can use the code STOCKING to get 28% off Stocking stuffers from brands like ARCONA, beautyblender, Bioderma, Dermablend, DERMAdoctor, DHC, Eyeko, First Aid Beauty from now until November 19th. And there is also a 25% off Clean Beauty gifts going on with brands like Alterna, Codex Beauty, First Aid Beauty, Jurlique, Koh Gen Do, KORRES, Pai, Patchology. There is no code for that one as the discount is applied in the cart, but that discount runs until November 19th as well.
I was gifted a bottle of Dream Skin Care and Perfect Moisturizer from Dior by Influenster to test out and review. I know it feels like a while since I have done a moisturizer review. I spent much of the summer testing out samples which at best lasted two weeks so there were moisturizer reviews every couple of weeks for a while. But this is a full sized bottle (1.7 oz retail value $120). So I used it for the full month, putting it to the test with my skin to see how it performed.
So let’s get into it shall we?
The complete age-defying skincare and perfecting emulsion, to be applied as the last step of your skincare routine.
With its beneficial skin-perfecting action, the Dreamskin emulsion helps recreate naturally exquisite skin while fighting visible signs of aging: wrinkles, dark spots and redness appear minimized. Day after day, the skin’s texture is refined and smoother. Skin is radiant.
This perfecting emulsion fuses with the skin instantly thanks to a unique* complex of moisturizing ingredients. Its skin-perfecting action helps refine texture and pores appear tightened. Progressively, dark spots and redness appear faded and the complexion is more radiant. The skin is more beautiful, even when bare.
Apply the Care & Perfect emulsion at the end of your skincare routine, for perfect affinity with your foundation. Results from this skincare are instant and lasting – after 7 days and 28 days – and visible on bare skin with the naked eye.
Also available as a refill, Capture Dreamskin Care & Perfect skincare is included in Dior’s efforts to improve the environmental footprint of our products.
“THE INGREDIENTS THAT ENTER IN THE COMPOSITION OF THE PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR PRODUCTS ARE REGULARLY UPDATED. BEFORE USING A PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR PRODUCT, PLEASE READ THE INGREDIENT LIST ON ITS PACKAGING TO ENSURE THAT THE INGREDIENTS ARE SUITABLE FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE.”
Okay, those are some bold claims. But before we break them down, a few words about packaging. I know the image looks a little blurry but it is because of the dual layer of the outside packaging. The letters are printed on the outside and then sort of reflected against the inner layer so although it looks lovely in person, my photos are a bit on the blurry looking side where the letters are concerned.
The bottle itself feels luxe in the hand. It also feels durable, which is nice as the outer casing is reusable. It is only the inner portion that you replace. I like the fact that there is less waste, should I want to reorder it. I would also think that there might be a cost reduction if you are only buying the refill versus the entire package but I am not 100% certain of that since I could not find the cost of the refill.
I will say the cap does fit a little loosely. When you pick up the bottle, if you pick it up by the cap it is likely to pop off and drop the bottle. So you have to lift from the bottle not the cap. However if you have mobility issues with your hands it is very easy to open as the lid lifts with relative ease and no extra exertion needed. While I like the ease of opening, I wouldn’t mind seeing something like a magnetic cap. In other words I almost dropped the bottle several times. But that is not a deal breaker. And in some cases the ease of opening might actually be beneficial. It is just something to keep in mind.
Also with the packaging, there is an easy to use pump. I am actually in love with this pump. It didn’t clog. It didn’t stick. And the best part is that it limited the amount of product dispensed. Two pumps covered my face well. A third pump covered my neck and upper chest. What I like about this is that the pump is designed for multiple skin types. My skin right now is normal, leaning slightly towards oily. If I were more to the oily side, I could just use one pump and not worry about having excess product. If I leaned towards dry skin I could use more pumps. I know this sounds like a silly thing but there are several pumped moisturizer products where one pump is far too much product so I end up moisturizing my face, neck and chest and then use the excess on my arms. I always feel like I am wasting product. Don’t get me wrong, I like moisturizing my arms, but with a $120 product, I kind of like to conserve it for my face.
Okay so we have talked packaging, now it is on to the product. For my skin, two pumps covered my face and a third added my neck and upper chest into the coverage area. As you can see from the photo, the cream is slightly pink. As directed, I added this as the last step in my skin care routine. The scent is the classic French skin care rosy scent. If you hate rose, you might not like it. However the scent was very mild, in fact much more mild than the Nuxe products I tried a while back. To my nose it pinged as less Rose and more French Skin Care scent. While on the floral side, it also smells fresh and clean rather than cloying. I happen to really like this scent, but if you are not a fan then this product is probably not for you.
I just really happen to like the scent.
The moisturizer absorbed really well and did not feel greasy. From the first application my skin felt super smooth to the touch. In fact, I really wanted to keep touching it. Interestingly, while my skin felt moisturized, because of the tint to the moisturizer my skin also looked as though I applied a layer of primer to it. Not a heavy primer, but one I could wear with just a dusting of powder over. And to be honest, there were several days in the past month where I did just that. On my no makeup days I tend to just apply a layer of primer and powder, along with lip balm and mascara (because I can’t resist) and call it a day.
With this moisturizer I didn’t need to add the primer. When I applied foundation, I still used a pore filling primer, but I think this moisturizer gave it a little boost. For me any color was unnoticeable, it disappeared as I massaged it into my skin. I tried removing just the moisturizer with a toning pad and there was some tint on the cotton round so there may be a tint, it just matched my skin so well I didn’t notice. If you have darker or less pink undertones to your skin than I do, I would test a sample before buying to make certain that it didn’t leave a tint you didn’t want.
For me any tint was an added bonus, but again that may be my skin tone. Like the scent, that’s an individual call, just something to be aware of.
But temporary coverage isn’t the same as results. The earliest I would see results, according to the product page is seven days. Yeah, I can’t with any good conscience say that happened. But also I didn’t really expect it to. It generally takes about thirty days with any skin care product to be able to see results. There may be results but I think it would take much sharper eyes than mine to see them. At the thirty day mark, it did start to see improvement and my skin felt soft and silky when I woke up rather than after I put the moisturizer on. I also noticed an improvement in the fins lines around my eyes.
I did start this moisturizer trial at almost the same time I started the Timeless Skin Care Hyaluronic Acid Serum trial. (I have been using the Dream Skin for about six weeks).So technically my before and after photos for the trial would be the exact same. I think that the two products helped each other out. These were the two main skin care products for the month and for the past month I have had really great skin. I continued using this moisturizer past the month long trial of the HA Serum because I wanted to see which was doing what. I did start using a Timeless Vitamin C serum (the review of that will be around October 19th) but I set the HA Serum aside.
What I noticed is that the line in my forehead (what I call my personal stress crack) didn’t shrink any more than it had, but my skin stayed clear. The lines around my eyes still looked less prominent. I think much of the line reduction was the HA Serum, but some of it might be down to Dior. Neither really did much for some of my skin pigmentation from acne scars or sun damage. However this was a really good light weight moisturizer.
Let’s look at those claims again shall we?
… refine texture and pores appear tightened. Progressively, dark spots and redness appear faded and the complexion is more radiant. The skin is more beautiful, even when bare.
Did it refine the texture of my skin? I would have to give that a yes.
Dark spots and redness appear faded? I’m going to have to say no to the dark spots but yes to the redness.
Complexion is more radiant? I would have to go along with that. I certainly feel like my skin looks better than it has in a long while.
Skin is more beautiful, even when bare? I think it is.
On the negative side, it is more of a day cream. After a couple of weeks to test how it was performing I found that at night I needed something heavier on my skin. Not every night, but several times a week. So I switched to using a different cream at night and this during the day. Personally I don’t mind as it makes the moisturizer last longer. To be honest I have no idea how much moisturizer is left in the bottle. There is no gauge and I forgot to weigh it at the start of the trial. It feels lighter, but it also feels like there is a lot of moisturizer left. While the package keeps the product safe from light and air, it makes monitoring it difficult.
As a day cream this product makes my top ten list. I really enjoyed using it and will use it until every drop has been taken from the bottle. And yes, I have begun periodically dropping into the Dior site to see when they will have refills available and to judge the cost. To be honest, I enjoyed the product enough and I think the volume of product is enough that I can actually justify the cost. It is a luxury moisturizer that deserves it’s luxury price. At the same time, I love the fact that the bottle is reusable and that I can reduce waste, even with a luxe product by picking up a refill. Somehow that makes my luxury splurge feel less wasteful. And to be fair, if there is one skin care item I will splurge on, it is my moisturizer.