The Skincare Line Up: June 10th, 2022

Today is going to be pretty quick and easy. The only change made to the line up was the addition of the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask. So I have gone ahead and combined the list

The Morning Line Up

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Makeup Remover: Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Wrinkle Serum

Facial Oil: Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate

Night Cream: Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial Nourishing Sleeping Cream (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Lip Treatment: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

To be honest it is a simple review this week. The only thing new was the Tatcha and it is fantastic. Everything else in the line up is working well also. It is kind of interesting though. The Pili Ani is almost done. It won’t last the weekend actually. It is a fantastic oil and I am going to put it on the list to try out in a full size. The Elemis toner I love and it too will finish out this week. It is lightly apricot and works fantastically well. It too will be purchased in a full size at some point.

The line up this week is full of really good products. Clove and Hallow has proven to be a summer time life saver as I can use it for day and night time face washes but also if I sweat during the day and just need a quick wash, it is gentle enough that I don’t feel as though I have overused it. The Sunday Riley eye cream I have used for quite a while now. I will use it until it is done and then add it to the repurchase list. It absorbs fast and doesn’t clog my pores.

The Embryolisse is the perfect summer weight moisturizer. I only need the night mask from Elemis a couple of times a week, and even then only when I spent way too much time in the sun. This week with all of the rain I only used it once.

While I haven’t used the Vitabrid C12 long enough to actually see results, it feels nice on my skin and absorbs quickly so i am happy to keep using it and to give it the time it needs to show me if there are positive results from continued use.

All in all there is absolutely nothing I can complain about with any of the products in use. As a couple of them will be used up this week there will be some new additions coming in and a few of the items should reach a point where results start to show, but for now, things are just steady on. It isn’t the most exciting review of the week, but sometimes it is just nice to float through on an even platform. And that is where I am this week with skincare. Everything is working just fine with no real issues.

I can’t complain and honestly that is not a bad thing.

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The Skincare Line up: June 3rd, 2022

Good morning my darlings and welcome to my favorite post of the week. Here I get to talk all about the skincare I’m using and how I feel about it currently. Later of course once I’ve use a product for long enough to see whether or not there are effects there will be full reviews on the products, but for now it is a casual update as to how things are working. And I do like to talk about skincare.

bare skin complete with puffy eyes

I forgot to add them in the last couple of posts, but today I have added a photo showing my current bare skin, makeup free face. It is just there for reference. As a side note pollen is very high today so none of the skincare products can actually be blamed for not taking down my puffy eyes. I have a jade roller in the fridge that I am periodically taking out to roll over my skin in an effort to help take down the puff. It actually works. I use it, then when it is warm and my eyes feel a little better I return it to the fridge to use later in the day.

Aside from the allergies, I’m rather happy with the way my skin looks this week. There are no major blemishes and the wrinkle fighting products are currently holding their own. So without further ado, into the skincare we dive.

The Morning Line Up

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Wrinkle Serum

All of these products were in motion last week and I am happily using them again this week. The Clove and Hallow waterless cleanser is quite lovely. It has that vanilla mango powder scent to it and is a really gentle yet effective cleanser. Gentle is actually the most important bit right now as it isn’t just morning and night when i need a face wash. while I still have morning and night routines, as I am walking in the mornings and attempting to add some strength training exercises in the late afternoons, there are times (especially post walk) where my skin just feels sweaty and salty and kind of gross. A tiny pinch of this cleansing powder mixed with water after I get in from my walk cleanses the skin but is just the right amount of gentle not to overly cleanse my skin. while it is a powder and not much product so it will last a while, a part of me wants to just keep it as the post work out cleanser, hoarding it for during the day necessities. It is a fantastic face wash so i am still using it in my day and night time routines, but hoarding it is a thought because it is so gentle. It is also from a clean and sustainable brand so that makes me feel even better about using it.

The slightly sweet and fruity apricot toner from Elemis pairs oddly well with the cleanser scent wise. it is like a skincare smoothie of apricot and mango. Plus it is a really good toner. It is light and refreshing and really only needs a little bit to be effective.

The Sunday Riley eye cream has been in use for a while. It absorbs fast, isn’t greasy and doesn’t clog my pores. I haven’t noticed any new lines forming which is nice. And the finer lines are a little plumped out so they sort of disappear which is also fantastic. Over all it is a good eye cream and i will probably use it until the tube is empty. It is also a product I will purchase again.

This is the third Embryolisse product from the Lait Creme line. It is the Fluide and it is the perfect summer weight day cream. This is it’s second week I believe and I really do like it . I am noticing that a couple of times a week I need a little extra night time moisture so I have rolled in a night cream for twice a week. That seems to be enough to balance it out. Other than that, it absorbs well, moisturizes and causes no irritation or clogged pores. It actually is close to a creamy water cream in consistency. One pump is all i need for day time wear on my face. A second pump covers my neck and upper chest. I am actually still tickled at the order in which I ended up testing them. I had three of the embryolisse creams and somehow they fell into the perfect, winter/spring/summer sequence as far as moisturizers go. Somedays, it’s the little things that are just fabulous.

I started using the Vitabrid C12 serum towards the end of last week (last Thursday I believe) so it has only been a little over a week with the serum. It isn’t long enough to see results yet since most skincare needs at least thirty days, but I do like the creamy consistency of the serum and the way it absorbs into the skin. It is a non-greasy formula and there is no scent to the serum. And after applying, my skin feels really soft. I like using it and am really hoping there are some sort of visible results by the time a month of use has passed since I am enjoying using it.

But that is the day time, shall we go into the night?

The Night Time Line up

Makeup Remover: Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner and Alpha H Liquid Gold (every other night)

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide

Facial Oil: Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate

Night Cream: Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial Nourishing Sleeping Cream (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Okay a lot of the products were covered above so I won’t repeat the descriptions here. I’ve been using the Yensa CBD cleansing oil to remove my makeup and it does a really good job. It sometimes misses a bit of mascara but as that comes off with the Clove and Hallow I use right after that isn’t a problem. It’s also why I am a big fan of two cleansers in a line up at night. I really like to make sure all of my makeup is off before i sleep.

On Monday, wednesday and Friday I replace my regular toner with the Alpha H. It is a glycolic acid exfoliating toner so you aren’t supposed to use it more than every other night. I was using it, then I had a break and this week I went back to using it. The first day back it stung like it had the first time I used it. The second time the sting faded and I’m sure when i use it tonight the sting will be gone. It is a light stinging sensation (I’ve actually had face masks that tingled more). And the stinging was just with that initial use. If you have really sensitive skin, I would test it on your inner arm a couple of times before deciding if you want to use this on your face. I think it is worth it and I really like the gentle exfoliation of the skin.

The Pili Ani oil is a tiny little bottle and since I really only need one drop on my face at a time, it is actually lasting. This is it’s second week and I still have product in the bottle. I am hoping it will last the full four weeks. This oil absorbs well and has a slightly nutty scent to it. My skin drinks it in and feels soft and hydrated after. It is especially nice on the nights after I use the Glycolic acid toner. This is a product I am definitely adding to the list of products to try in the full size.

And finally the Elemis Super food midnight facial. I am using it twice a week for extra moisture. With the Embryolisse cream it is all I need actually. I notice I need it after sweating more in the sun. It is a nice little boost. It smells a bit like candy. it is sweet and fruity. It kind of reminds me of the old Fruit Stripe Gum. It is that kind of scent. And kind of nice to apply right before bed. The cream melts into the skin so it isn’t smeared all over the pillow and it really provides great moisture. It is a product i am happy to add into my skincare line up. This is it’s first week so I am sure I’ll have more to say as time goes on. for now, I just like it.

And that my darlings is my skincare line up for the week. To be honest there is nothing bad to report. Nothing caused problems and nothing is something I plan to avoid. You may notice that I didn’t include my sunscreen on here. My sample ran out so I went back to using my Spray Neutrogena sunscreen instead of adding something else to the line up. I ordered a couple of products and hope they will be coming in soon. This week I am going to rummage because I think I have a few more samples to try out in sunscreen and I am hoping they last until my orders come in. Otherwise, things are rolling along pretty well as we slide into summer. My skin feels and looks good and I like the products I’m using. I’m sure at some point that might change, but for now I feel like I am on a roll.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 27th, 2022

Good morning my darlings and welcome to another Friday Skincare line up. This week I used up several travel products and rolled in some new ones. I still have a few of the travel ones to work through, so it is still a bit of a mix. But there was enough differentiation that we will be going back to separate day and night time lines, even though a lot of the products were used at both times. Also you will see the Alpha H Liquid Gold in the full line up but it was not broken down this week because I honestly forgot to use it. It was behind the Embryolisse bottle and I just didn’t see it and forgot about it. The Embryolisse is a pump so I don’t have to pick it up, hence the no moving of the bottle. I didn’t see it until I lined things up for pics and had a “wait a minute… Moment. So next week it will be back. Until then…

The Morning Line Up

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Wrinkle Serum

Sunscreen: Elta MD Skincare UV Sheet Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

I am really loving the Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder. The trick is to blend some of the water in with your fingers rather than just putting your hands together and rubbing. When I just add water and put my hands together I end up with a cloud of product puffing back at me. So just cup it in one hand, add a little water and then make sure it is all wet by blending with your fingers before adding more water and rubbing your hands together. It saves a lot of mess. But it is a great cleanser and has a very light vanilla-y mango powder scent to it. It fades away almost instantly though so it isn’t strong at all. And I am really using very little of the powder with each wash so I know it will last a while.

The Elemis toner I love. It smells fresh and fruity and really helps when I have been in the sun all day. I am about a third through the bottle so it will obviously be staying as i work through it. I think this is definitely a toner i will be repurchasing.

The sunday Riley eye cream is really nice. It absorbs well and quickly and thus far it hasn’t clogged any of the pores around my eyes. (I tend to have a problem with that so it is something i watch) Over all a good eye cream. I can’t say I’ve seen spectacular results, but it has been good at reducing some of the minor lines.

I am hoping the Vitabrid will take down more of the fine lines for me. I just added it yesterday so I can’t really say there has been much of an instant reaction. It is a creamy serum, which I wasn’t expecting. I don’t mind it, but it was a bit of a surprise. The glass bottle is kind of heavy in the hand, in a good way and there is absolutely no scent that i could detect from the serum. It felt really nice yesterday and this morning. it absorbed well but it is a new to the line up product so I can’t say there are any results at the moment.

This week was the start of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide trial. I’ve been trying the various products in their Lait Creme line. I have to say this is definitely the summer weight moisturizer. While I like it as a day creame I think that a couple of times a week I might want to roll in a night cream. It is very light and perfect for the hot weather, but I think a little night time boost might not be bad. I don’t think I’d need a night cream more than once or twice a week, but i think having one on hand might not be a bad thing.

There is a little Elta MD sunscreen left in the tube and this week I will finish it out. It has no scent which I like and it is water resistant, however it takes a lot of rubbing to massage it into your face enough that there is no white cast. It is a pretty decent sunscreen, but the massaging is a bit much. I don’t think this is going to be my regular sunscreen. I will finish using up the tube this week though.

The Night Time Line up

Makeup Remover: Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide

Facial Oil: Pili Ani Ageless Concentrate

Okay there are only two products used at night that weren’t used during the day. the first is the Yensa Cleansing oil that I used to remove my makeup. it does really well with removing makeup but it is definitely a cleanser I want added to a double cleanse. I know it takes off the makeup, but I think there is something in my brain that just wants to wash the oil off even if there is no real residue from cleansing with the oil. Its a mental hiccup. I have used this product before and I really do like it. It is however one that you need to use as soon as you open it. It isn’t something to try out then set to the side and come back to later. When you first open it it has a very light scent. If you let it sit too long then the scent will gradually get stronger. It isn’t a bad scent but it is a very CBD type scent. It will still work well but it will be CBD -tastic in scent. I really like the pump dispenser and that only two pumps gets rid of all my makeup. It is just a makeup remover I will be using until it is gone. There will be no setting it aside to try something else.

The last item is the Pili Ani Ageless skincare concentrate. It is a facial oil and as such only a small amount is needed. Two drops is all that is needed. So even though it is a tiny little bottle, it will be hanging around another week. The oil has a slightly nutty scent to it. It does take a while to absorb in, but once it does it leaves no sticky or greasy residue on the skin and after applying it my skin feels really great. I haven’t noticed any real changes, but I haven’t been using it long (and probably don’t have enough in the bottle to use it long enough to see any changes) but my skin feels soft and hydrated after using it. I don’t know too much about it, but I have to say that given how it has performed this week, I would consider trying it out in a full sized bottle. It feels great on the skin and I do love oils that don’t leave you feeling oily.

And that was this week in my skincare line up. In the coming week I will lose an item or two and continue working with others. I think there is enough variety in product amounts that I will be able to slowly incorporate new things. I always prefer that to starting an entirely new line up at one time. So the skincare continues. Have a great Friday.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 20th, 2022

This week I have been using the skincare that I took home as part of my travel pack. I decided it was better to go ahead and use it up rather than put half empty tubes into the drawer to go bad and become forgotten. There are two full sized products and a couple will be lasting into next week but for the most part things were used up. Since I was trying to fit everything into a small travel bag, there is no break out between day and night, although some products certainly were only used at one time or another, but I’m sure that will be clear as we move down the list. First, The Products…

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Night Cream: One Kind Dream Cream

Sunscreen: Elta MD Skincare UV Sheet Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Okay let’s break this down. I love the Elemis cleansing Balm. It is one of my favorite cleansing balms in fact. This was the first use of the Apricot toner from the brand but I really enjoyed it. And as the memorial service was held in a bare, open back yard and the temps reached 104 my skin appreciated the calming nature of the toner when even the sunscreen needed back up. Thee is plenty of toner left and I will be keeping it in my routine for a while. I enjoyed the light fruity but clean scent of it as well as it’s use.

the Clove and Hallow was interesting. It is a waterless cleanser which means it is a powder and you add your own water. It comes in a reusable glass shaker bottle which I love. Clove and Hallow is one of my favorite brands for reusable and sustainable packaging. I had several lipsticks from them that I absolutely adored, but this is the first of the skincare that I tried out.

Not a lot of powder is needed for each use so there is a lot of product packed into this small container. As it was powder there was no issue with leaks during travel which was nice. One shake was all I needed. I did notice that I had to be careful with the rust water added and rubbing as the way I brought my hands together could cause the powder to puff back against me. That just took a little maneuvering to figure out and I was fine. The scent of the powdered mango in the cleanser is the most prevalent scent, It smells a little like the vanilla scent you get from a mango rather than a mango itself. Which for me is better for skincare. Sometimes mango products make me think it is sticky just by the scent. This doesn’t. I’m really liking this this far and appreciate the gentle nature of it.

The eye cream was the Sunday Riley i was already using, mostly because i couldn’t see the point of opening a new eye cream just for the travel. I am really liking this eye cream as it is quickly absorbing, non-greasy and it doesn’t cause my pores to clog.

But here is where it get’s interesting. The day cream I used was The rich cream by Augustinus Bader. It is by far the most expensive item in this line up. In fact i am willing to bet this sample size is more expensive than the rest. The full sized 50 ml of this cream retails for $280. Now you know me, I am always happy to try out expensive products in sample sizes. Mostly because I really like to know something is going to work for me before I spend the money on it. And truthfully I am the same way with inexpensive products too. It doesn’t matter if it is a $280 cream or a $30 one, I want to try it out before I purchase it in a full size. part of that has nothing to do with money but rather with waste in general. The worst is when you get a full sized product of, well anything, try it and realize you don’t like it. For me the product offers recriminations about other people using it and how dare I waste it like that.

In this case, i was really looking forward to it not only because it was an expensive product but because I heard really great things about it. Opening it, the cream has a sort of playdoh like scent to it which I didn’t particularly care for. It was a thinner cream than I expected for something called a Rich Cream. It also took a while to absorb. It was a thin cream that left white streaks on the skin and once it was massaged in left my skin feeling a bit sticky. The second day I tried it, the cream seemed to have separated and a whitish liquid came out. I closed the tube, massaged it a bit and put a little on my hand rather than my face. It was sticky and after about ten minutes I noticed my hand was feeling very itchy. I don’t know if I got a bad sample or if this is how the cream always reacts but it was quite a disappointment. The sample is fairly new. If it didn’t arrive in May’s subscriptions then it came in Aprils. I only used it the one time and decided not to risk the rest of the tube. Instead I used smaller amounts of my night cream during the day time.

The night cream was the onekind Dream Cream. It is a thick white cream with almost no scent. To use it in the day I used half of what I used at night. For me that is usually a pretty good ratio whether it is using night cream in the day or day cream at night. I will almost always use twice as much at night. While the Dream Cream is not my absolute favorite night cream, it does a decent job and it did a great job filling in as a moisturizer. It isn’t sticky, has almost no scent and if left for a little while it does absorb well into the skin. It does take a while, about ten minutes for it to really soak in. i don’t actually have a problem with it, it is a good basic cream. It hydrates but doesn’t really do anything else. In a pinch it works reliably as a moisturizer but it isn’t something I feel the need to keep stocked.

And finally we end up with our sunscreen for the week. The elta md has no scent to it. there is no sunscreen scent and no mineral scent, there is quite literally no scent at all. It goes on with a white cast but as you rub it into your skin the white cast fades. It isn’t greasy at all and doesn’t leave a shine. It is the slightest bit sticky. Even if you are not planning on wearing makeup after putting this on, I would add a quick layer of powder just to take down the stickiness. Other than that it is a nice formula. It isn’t one I’d feel the need to keep constantly in stock, but it is one i wouldn’t mind using again.

And that was my skincare for the week. A few of these items will be back next week and a couple are off to the empties bin. Aside from the disappointment of Augustinus Bader, it was a pretty good line up.

Cleaning up with Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser

For well over a month the Elemis Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser has been a part of my skincare Line up. While I mention it in my weekly line up posts, I wanted to take a minute and go over the product more fully in a separate post.

While Elemis is a brand that I will always go back to because I simply really like the way their products work, most of what I am familiar with is a part of their Marine Collagen line. I was first introduced to this brand through subscription boxes. While I heard of them before, they were a bit on the expensive side and I’ll be honest, when I purchase expensive items it tends to be because I have tried them in sample form and liked them enough to know that I will enjoy using the full sized product.

I prefer pump top cleansers for ease of use with wet hands

With Elemis, since the Marine Collagen line was so often in subscription boxes, I was able to try most of the line and start purchasing with confidence. At least from that line. I had also tried several items from their Super food Line. This Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser is one I went out on a limb with a little bit. I had not tried anything Lime Blossom from Elemis , but by the time I ordered it I had enough confidence in the brand to feel good about ordering the full sized product. The full sized 200 ml bottle of this product is $36 which is actually quite a good price for a cleanser I thought. Most of my cleansers seem to come in this basic range.

two pumps of product were enough for a daily cleanse

Literally nothing I have ever used from Elemis has given me problems, and this cleanser was no exception. The Lime Blossom scent is lighter than many of their other products. The Lime Blossom scent, which I personally adore, is present, but it fades very quickly. Perhaps this is because it is a cleanser, perhaps it is because the scent of Lime Blossoms isn’t an overpowering one. If you have never smelled lime blossoms before, I highly recommend finding a lime tree and taking several deep breaths. The scent is lightly floral with a hint of citrus teasingly in the background. I find it an absolutely lovely scent.

The face was is light and creamy. It has a pump, which I really like for cleansers as it lets me control how much product I dispense. I always go through tube style cleansers far too fast simply because I squeeze the tube with wet hands. Sometimes that results in little product coming out, sometimes in loads more than I intended. Of course that also depends on the tube, some are easier to use with wet hands than others.

I still prefer the pump. And this one is good. It is a thinner style of pump but large enough to be sturdy and used with one hand. I generally found that two pumps was enough for my morning use. I tended to use more in the evenings to remove makeup. While I do love a good cleansing balm I did try this cleanser without a makeup remover beforehand. This cleanser will get you about 85% of the makeup off (non-waterproof makeup) without using a makeup remover balm prior. Personally i like to remove my makeup , then cleanse and then bask in the glory of a mostly clear toner pad. But that is just me. If you don’t use a makeup remover prior, then this is still a good cleanser to use. Just know you will have some makeup residue on your toner pad.

Product on face (sorry for the bad angle/ blur as my hands were wet and the camera was slipping) the cream texture lets you see where it is applied.

The cleanser is not foaming. At all. To apply I wet my face and then massaged the cleanser into the skin. It applies just like a cream. While I do enjoy a good foaming cleanser, there is a great deal to be said in favor of a non-foaming one. The first is that you can tell where you put the cleanser on your skin. I liked applying the cleanser and seeing that my whole face was covered before I started massaging the product over my skin to get it clean. It let me know I hadn’t missed a spot.

The product is thick enough that it really didn’t drip so it was clean to apply and use. I also use a vibrating skincare device. While I often use it to massage in serums, it works really well with this style of cleanser and I felt I got a better clean because of it.

The Elemis Lime Blossom Cleanser rinses off clean without either stripping the skin or leaving any form of residue on the skin. My skin felt soft and clean, which is pretty much what I want from a cleanser. It was also a gentle formula that was non-irritating. During the past month I tried out a moisturizer that had an ingredient my skin did not like. Irritation followed and while I was careful with the products I used while the irritation faded, I never had to discontinue use of the Elemis Cleanser. It was gentle enough that it didn’t hurt or further irritate my irritated skin and still allowed me to wash my face with no issues. Over all, I found this Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser to be a fantastic purchase and it is one that I will make again in the future. A month of use has seen me only a quarter of the way through the bottle and I am glad it will remain in the line up for a while longer.

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It’s Travel Time for Makeup and Skincare

Ah yes, my darlings it is travel time. Time to pick out makeup and skin care products to take with me on my trip. I know this sounds totally dorky, but I really love picking out travel products. It forces me to slim down my choices with makeup, taking only what I will need for the trip and it allows me to try out an entire range of samples that I have been stashing in the drawer and waiting for an excuse to try out. With my travel I have a rule with packing. I can either take two small makeup bags (think the IPSY Glam Bag size) and place skin care in one and makeup in the other or I can take one larger makeup bag.

Hair care always gets stashed in a separate bag regardless, mostly because those items are often wet from the shower. That will be a second post. I actually did pretty good paring down the makeup this year. I have a harder time at Christmas as when I go home there are more gatherings. But I am still proud of myself. Let’s take a quick look at the makeup I am bringing along and why.

The Travel Makeup:

  • Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer: This is a great primer to just smooth out the rough edges. Plus I am almost finished with it and am hoping to use it up soon. Don’t worry a replacement has already been ordered. Partially because ELF has a huge sale going on right now and I couldn’t resist a restock. Not only is this a good primer, but it is a good travel primer. It performs well and because it is a cream it won’t spill or get a punctured tube. It is neat as well as fabulous.

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  • Foundation: Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: It is a great foundation and I really like traveling with a stick foundation over a liquid one. No spillage or breakage to worry about. this foundation can look a little shiny in the midafternoon, so have not only the powder in my makeup bag, but I have a compact in my purse. I know, it bends the rules a little, but I’m okay with that.



  • Pur 4-in 1 Skin Perfection Powders Face Palette: I chose this palette because I like all of the products in there and having all of my powders in one is a really good travel plan. It also has a hard case that will protect the powders on their journey. Is it my absolute favorite palette? No. It is good and I don’t mind using it for a long weekend though. It also has the powder, blush, bronzer and highlight. My other palettes don’t have quite the same mix. Several of them have multiple blushes or highlights or bronzers. This has all four so it is easy to pack. Plus it has a nice large mirror in case I end up putting on my makeup in a small corner of the kitchen table. This tends to happen more than I expect.



  • Eyeshadow: No 7 Pink Blossom Trio and the Ciate Trend Edit palette: I know, I probably should have chosen just one. The No 7 gives me a quick solid look, which as I am never certain how much time I will have to get ready when I am with the family is always appreciated. The Ciate London Palette has a few more pops of color but the colors complement the No 7 well. So I can use the No 7 and then maybe brighten it with the Ciate. or just swap them out by day. Both palettes are small and encased in sturdy plastic so I know they will travel well and give me enough variation for the length of the trip.
  • Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and YSL Volume Effect: I know, two mascaras. Both are samples and neither have a whole lot of product left in them, so I suspect they will be used up during the trip. I have both so I won’t run out of mascara and because I like both. I do suspect that the trip will finish out both tubes of sample sized mascara though.

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  • Lips: Elf Sheer Slick, wet ‘n Wild Megalast Lipstick in Cinnamon Spice, bareMinerals Liquid Lip in Pout, and Colourpop So Juicy Plumping Gloss: Yup that’s right, four lip products. And yes there is still a lip balm in my purse. and probably another couple of lip products as well. however I did choose the lip products carefully. All of them are ones I like so that is a no brainer. The ELF is a light wash of color for a barely there look. The wet ‘n wild is a deeper berry shade that is more dramatic and the bareMinerals is a pink toned neutral. Which means I have my shade ranges covered with this lot. The colourpop plumping gloss is to make mattes shiny and to plump my lips if I choose. Or to just be a clear gloss if I decide not to use a lot of lipstick.

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See I may have gone a little heavy on the included lip products, but I chose them for a reason and even though a few more may find their way into my purse, I am pretty happy with my selection and the reasoning behind it. I was a little less cutthroat with my skincare items. There is a little less reasoning as far as products go. I had samples and I chose a sample for each category. Most of the products I’ve never used before and am using this as an excuse to try them. Others I’ve used before. Soooo.

The Travel Skincare:

  • Toner: Thayers Rose Petal Toner: Don’t worry I am not packing the whole bottle. Its why I have the travel bottle from my in-flight products packing kit next to the full sized bottle. I will fill the bottle and for extra safety tape the top shut during travel. Also it will go in with my hair care items, just incase it leaks. It shouldn’t but I like to be prepared.
  • Elemis Cleansing Balm: I know and love it and I picked up the travel size just for traveling. It is kind of my go to when traveling.

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  • Klorane waterproof eye makeup remover: I am a big fan of this eye makeup remover. I actually have a large bottle of this but I keep the smaller sample size for traveling and just refill it. It always takes the makeup off and doesn’t cause the eyes to sting.
  • Tatcha Soft Cream Cleanser: Never tried it but it came in an IPSY a while ago and it was the only sample sized cleanser I had on hand. I’m actually quite looking forward to trying it out.
  • May Coop Raw Sauce: This is an essence. I picked it up the last time I went to the Peach and Lily website because it looked interesting and I thought I would give it a try.

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  • Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream Anti Aging Day Cream: I know I’ve tried it before, I loved it before, but as so many of the products in the line up are new to me I thought I’d have at least a moisturizer that I knew and loved. If all else fails, I’ll still have a moisturizer.

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  • Filorga Age Purify intensive serum: I figured I would try this out as a day time serum. The tube feels quite light so I made certain to include both a night time serum and an oil in the mix.

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  • BareMinerals Ageless Night Concentrate: I plan to use this as my night time serum. As it is a retinol I am packing an oil to use just in case. I am actually very excited about this serum. I’ve used BareMinerals makeup products for years but I’ve never tried out any of their skin care, so I am very much looking forward to using this.
  • Akar Soothe Face oil: When using retinols it is always good to have an oil around to calm down the skin if necessary. Plus if I run out of day time serum I can sub it in with no issues. Or so I hope.
  • Hey Honey Look into my Eyes Eye Mask: I found this floating in the bottom of my samples drawer and thought why not. I also have three Hey Honey Moisturizer samples I need to try. But that is for another time. I really like Hey Honey. The items I have tried from them have been really good. I’m hoping this one will be as well.
  • Sunday Riley Broad Spectrum Light Hearted Sunscreen: I keep forgetting to rotate this in to try out. I’ve been using up my Neutrogena spray sunscreen and applying it whenever I leave the house. But I have wanted to give this a try so now seems like the right time.

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And finally I have two types of Eyemasks: Klorane’s Cornflower infused eye masks and Grace And Stella’ Energizing Eye masks. I love them both and when traveling home they are necessary. there are many dogs. I love them and they love me. My sinuses are less enthused. it is not allergies, just a change in environment and my eyes get puffy. These are amazing products to use to depuff. Especially since I love playing with the dogs. For me, they are essential Holiday Travel kit.

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And that my darlings is the list of makeup and Skincare items going into my travel bag. By using a bunch of samples and strategically choosing my makeup, i fit it all into one bag. The brushes will be going in a different bag, as will the hair care, but that is just par for course. I have the thrill of trying out all new products and the added benefit of clearing out some space in my samples drawer. So it is kind of like an extra win for me. the closer we get to New Year’s Eve the more I want to clear out samples and partially used products. Partly because it makes things look neat and clean and partly because it makes me feel I am opening myself up to whatever the new year brings. and this makes me feel like I am getting a good start on that.



The Skincare Line up: November 12th, 2021

Ah Friday. We have reached the end of the week and what is that? Is that the scent of skincare in the air? I believe it is. That’s right it is my favorite time of week where I get to indulge in my love of skin care and tell you all about the products I am using. So are you ready to see the list? Great. We’ll start with the day time.

The Daytime Lineup

Deodorant: Native Deodorant Cherry and Vanilla Macaroon

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Moisturizer: Filorga Oxygen Glow Crème

The only truly new item on this list is the Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser. I know, I planned to try out a sample sized cleanser, but after last week’s cleansing disaster I went straight for a brand that I love and trust. while there may be a few Elemis products where I might think , that’s not my favorite scent, the scent is never off enough that I won’t use the product and at no time have i ever had any sort of reaction to any Elemis product. With One cleanser last week having a scent that I just couldn’t get past and another actually causing an allergic reaction, I’ll admit, I went the safe route.

I did justify it by thinking that some of my cleansers in the travel size could be designated for Thanksgiving travel as the Elemis Cleanser is a pump and I really don’t like traveling with pumps. No matter what I do, it somehow never ends well.

While I have used many Elemis products before, this is not a cleanser I was familiar with. I tend to go for the foaming cleansers (I actually love the Elemis Superfood Foaming Cleanser) but I have weakness for Lime Blossom. It is just a fantastic scent in general. It is lightly floral with just hint of lime zest. Thee was a lime tree in one of the backyards of a house we lived in (we moved a lot – military family) and I remember thinking that when it bloomed it was the most fabulous scent in the world.

So fabulous scent meets skincare brand I love, how could I resist? This is a cleansing milk so there is almost no foaming. It goes on as a thin cream (smelling fabulous) is massaged in and rinsed off. It was fantastically cleansing and it took off the last remnants of my makeup very well without leaving my face stripped. This week for my ‘double cleanse’ I relied upon my Makeup Eraser (currently 35% off sitewide) to remove my makeup and then washed my face. Even when I am not officially using two products for a true double cleanse, I like removing my makeup before cleansing my skin. It removes more product before the cleanser hit sand I like the thought of actually cleansing my skin instead of simply washing the makeup off.

Plus my toner pads come off cleaner when I do both so that I actually feel like my cleanser is really doing it’s job.

And my toner did work well this week as always. I don’t think I will manage to get through another week with this toner and will have to rotate a new one in for next week. Thus Murad Toner is one that I will repurchase though. My skin enjoyed it and I really felt it was worth using.

Everything else performed up to expectations and with the exception of the moisturizer will continue to chug along into next week. (some of the items I’ll break out down in the night time list as there are a lot of repeats.).

The Filorga Oxygen Glow Cream finished up this morning. If I’m honest, there was barely enough of a sample left to finish out this morning, but I used the last drop of it. I really enjoyed this moisturizer and will happily pick it up to use again. I am putting it on the list of products I would like to try out in the full sized versions. It is one that I will be picking up at some point for a lengthy trial. While two weeks isn’t long enough to see real results, in these two weeks it has been a really great light weight day cream. It didn’t provide enough moisturize to be used at night, but I don’t mind having separate moisturizers so that didn’t bother me. It is most definitely a day cream for me though. If you have really dry skin, it might not be enough for you. If you have oily skin, you may be able to use it as more than a day cream. It was lightweight and absorbed well. I look forward to arranging a longer test in the future.

And with the wrap up of the .day time moisturizer, shall we peer into the darkness of night?

The Nighttime Line up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Night Cream: One Kind Dream Cream Night Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Okay, again the only newcomer is the Elemis Cleanser. It was fantastic and I am happy to keep it around. The 111Skin Essence is also a delightful addition to my line up. The scent brings a very spa like feel to my skincare ritual and it makes my skin feel as though it is opening up, The feeling is almost like feeling a cool breeze on your face when you weren’t really expecting it. As essences are designed to open your skin up to receive additional skincare I suppose that means it is doing it’s job. At the moment, I rather like it and am enjoying using it.

The Verso eye cream I love. I really can’t say enough good things about it. This may actually top the list of eye creams I have used this year. I know, for a while it looked like Perricone MD was going to take the prize this year, but it is now being edged out by Verso. Don’t get me wrong, Perricone MD is coming in as a close second. But the Verso just edges them out.

This week I used the One Kind Dream Cream again. I actually had two samples. they came in two separate subscription boxes actually. Upon first glance both tubes looked packed full of product, but once the seal was taken off there was barely a week’s worth of product in each tube. It was mostly air. So this was my second tube and my second week. Last night I finished the last of the night cream and will need a new product tonight.

From the to weeks I’ve used it, I think it is a good lightweight night cream. It has no real scent to it, which may be it’s strongest selling point. It isn’t a bad product. It just wasn’t really noteworthy. it worked well but I never found myself saying, wow this is a great night cream. Or looking in the mirror the next morning and thinking, that was a good product. Conversely I didn’t have any problems with it. It was just a middle of the road product. It provided moisture for the night.

I know, that’s it’s job. And perhaps if I did use it for longer then I might have seen some skin benefits that elevated it from just something that provided moisture. It is not a terribly expensive night cream and even though it wasn’t a spectacular product, I might go ahead and pick up a full size to try out and see if it is better. It is a $38 moisturizer making it the same price as the Olay Moisture Rich Moisturizer (usually $38 it is currently on sale for $28.99). If asked to choose between the two I would go in for the Olay every time. Even though the Olay isn’t a night cream, it provides just as much moisture as the night cream and to be honest when using that sample for two weeks I did wake up thinking, wow, my skin looks nice this morning. I’d still like to give the One Kind a try, but a full size is rather low on the list of purchase items. And before bed, the empty tube will be replaces with something new. I have no idea what that is yet, but I’ll find out before bed time.

As for now, this is the end of the skin care line up for this week. I know, with everything behaving properly it isn’t as dramatic. But quite honestly, sometimes, you don’t really want dramatic in your skin care. well dramatically reducing fine lines is nice. Perhaps I mean trauma rather than drama. After the itching eyelids from last week’s cleanser, I’m happy with the nice and easy week my skincare line up gave me this week.

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The Daily: November 9th, 2021

Oh my darlings, the aches and pains are fading. Whether they were caused by the booster shot or the excessive use of the pitchfork in the garden bed is irrelevant. What matters is that they are going away. I was only minorly stiff this morning when I got up. I think part of that is the Elemis Muscleease Active Body Oil.(currently 22% off at Lovely Skin) While it is meant to be massaged in, which I did massage it into my arms, neck and shoulders, I also added a little bit to my bath water last night and had a good long soak. I really think it helped. I know it was probably designed for post workout athletic types, but it works wonders on post gardening aches as well.

Since I was feeling better I was able to take advantage of the sun. It may have cooled off a bit, but the weather is still nice and walks feel more like pleasure than work outs. And this week, I kind of need all the help I can get. Our menu plan has gotten a bit off track. We try to have at least three vegetarian nights a week during the week. Since Wednesday is usually a harsh day for my baby we usually end up with something like fish on Wednesday since it feels more substantial and then have meat on Fridays with left overs over the weekend. Of course if we have the good salmon from Vital Source, sometimes we will have that on Friday’s instead of meat. But in general that’s our plan.

In the summer we tend to go for cold vegetarian options and then when the weather cools off we go for warmer vegetarian options. It know, pretty self explanatory actually. The problem is the weather. It has cooled off, but only recently. And sometimes it isn’t quite cold enough for the heartier warm options and sometimes it is too cold for the lighter summer hold overs. So we’ve been sort of wavering on the meal plans. I think it might be cold enough now that we can get back onto the meal plan track. Admittedly i think my babydoll has used the changing weather to justify picking up chicken strips from the grocery deli on the way home. Last night I made vegetarian spring rolls because we decided it was warm enough and he had a rough day and added the chicken strips to the meal.

I’ll admit, I had one. It was good. But it wasn’t the plan. But we talked about it and we are going back to the meal plan. Admittedly I had to show him the budget and point out that our food budget has grown quite a bit with the additional food he picks up. Sometimes you just have to look at the math.

So walking and bringing the meal plan back under control are this week’s goals. Oh and because there are so many sales going on, I am going to try to list the ones I know about with the makeup in my daily posts. I’m sure there are some that i will miss, but I think I’ll remember to mention them more if I tie them in here.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

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Foundation: Ciate Extraordinary Foundation

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Blush: No, 7 Damson Mist Blush

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Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlighter in OMG

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Powder: Ciate London Extraordinary Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: No. 7 Pink Blossom Shadow Trio

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

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Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lip Gloss

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Okay my darlings, lets break things down. I love the Elf primer and it has lasted a really long time. It is $9 and so worth the value. I am reaching the end of the product though and will soon have to purchase another one. And while I have been holding off on picking up new primers as I am trying to use up a few less than favorite ones, I will be repurchasing this one. It is just a great all purpose primer that works well with pretty much all of my foundations.

As for foundations. I still love my Ciate. I keep rolling it in to see if I can get away with this shade as my skin lightens towards the winter months. It worked today, but I think I may only have a few more weeks where it will work, and then I am going to have to order a lighter shade. This is one of the few foundations I don’t mind keeping multiple shades of on hand. I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to. It is a great, weightless foundation that offers good medium coverage. I enjoy having it around.

This is my second day with the No 7 blush and I think I like it. It isn’t super pigmented and it blends really well. I don’t think I coul get away with a brighter pink shade though. This darker pink seems to give me the light flush I want and isn’t too heavy looking. Actually that seems to be kind of the No 7 ‘s makeup thing. I have loved their pressed powder for years and in the last year or so have fallen in love with their foundation. I think part of the reason is that even when it is a foundation it is weightless and subtle on the skin. The blush seems to have that same subtlety of wear.

While we are at it, the eyeshadow too is a lighter weight. Now honestly I didn’t choose particularly rich colors, but I don’t really recall seeing any really bright colors on the rack when i looked. The color arangements seemed perfect for every day looks. Today I actually used just the medium toned pink with a dash of the darker shade along the uper lash line. Given that it is a trio of colors only I’m not going to get major swings in eye looks from it, but this is a lighter look than I did yesterday with the trio and I rather enjoyed it.

As always I liked the Ciate Setting powder. I am trying to finish out the open container, but in all honsety I have a back up containe waiting in the wings. I picked it upon a sale a little while back. So I will be using this one up and I already know I will be using it again. It is a good setting powder that doesn’t look too dry on the skin.

The Tarte mascara is growing on me as well. I liked it when I tested it out, but the more I use it the more I like it. And of course I love the bareMinerals lip products. Actually I’m a fan of most of their mineralist line.

And that was today’s look. I know, it isn’t razzle dazzle, but as today’s outings feature a walk and a lot of time working in front of my computer screen, It doesn’t really need to be. Although I do have a new metallic fil eyeshadow I want to try out as a possibility for my festive looks so soon, my computer screen may be faced with a bit more razzle dazzle than it’s used to. For now though, I am happy with the toned down look.

The weather has turned cold and skincare is all bundled up…

Tis the season where joy and giving abound. As do stress and dry skin. At least in my house. Of course it is luckily also the season where skincare sets, bundles, kits and even advent calendars appear like daisies in the snow. The Advent Calendars I will mention another time, but here are some holiday bundles and kits to keep an eye out for. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few that caught my eye. A couple are going on my gifts to purchase for friends and family and others are going on my personal wish list. So here are five brands to get you started with your holiday shopping.

Let’s start with ESPA. First off they have a Hidden Treasures Advent Calendar ($242) out this year (more about that on the advent calendar post). They also have the Jewels of Nature ($300) or Gems of Modern Alchemy ($270). The Gems and Jewels collections have fewer items, but they appear to all be full size while the Hidden Treasures is a mix of predominantly deluxe samples with a few full size items (i believe) included. The prices I have here are the ones listed on the ESPA website. I believe these are the dollar values as it is the US site, but there are also euros listed so you might want to double check the prices before ordering.



If you have dry and sensitive skin then the Nuxe Reve de Miel Nourishing travel set ($25) might be something you want to look into. It contains four essential products from the Rêve de Miel range: Rêve de Miel Deliciously Nourishing Body Scrub 30 ml, Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel 30 ml, Rêve de Miel Ultra-Comforting Face Balm 15 ml, and the Rêve de Miel® Melting Honey Body Oil Balm 30 ml.

Nuxe also has what they call the Pink Set ($35) It includes the Huile Prodigieuse Florale Oil 50ml, Insta Masque Exfoliating Mask 15ml, Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Corrective Gel Cream 15ml and the Very Rose Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin 40ml. This set is actually on my list. All of the masks from the Insta-masque line I have enjoyed using and I really enjoyed the Prodigueuse gel cream as well. It was light weight and super luxe on the skin. This Pink set is rose scented, but it is the French Rose skincare type of scent rather than the in your face knock me down with intense florals. If that makes sense. The products I tried are rosy but it is more of a ‘fresh roses are located somewhere near this fresh creamy moisturizer’. I personally really enjoyed it. Which is probably why this set is on my wish list.

Nuxe has a men’s skincare duo as well this year. It is the Men’s Essentials Duo ($45). If you are a man who enjoys skincare or are shopping for skincare for a man, this is a good duo to check out. It has the Men’s Multi-use Shower Gel 200ml and the Men’s Moisturising Multi-Purpose Gel 50ml. Personally I can get my babydoll to use something called a multipurpose gel better than I can get him to use a moisturizer. I’m actually looking at this one as a stocking stuffer for him. He’s tried the shower gel and likes the scent. I think it is nice as well. It is kind of spicy and kind of woodsy and a little classy.



Peter Thomas Roth is the place to look for masking bundles and sets.If you just want to try a bunch of masks, or have a mask lover on your shopping list, there is a Masking Minis kit ($19) hat contains five of their best selling masks. The cucumber mask is excellent on dry or irritated skin and their Pumpkin Enzyme mask is fantastic if you want a quick skin refresh. It is the one mask I will repeatedly buy from PTR. (I also adore the Hungarian Thermal Water Moisturizer, but that is a different post). If you know that you or the person you are buying gifts for loves PTR Masks, then the Mask-a-holic Gift set features five full sized masks ($75). There is a PTR sale November 4th-5th (link below) if you are looking to shop pre black Friday/cyber Monday. There will be additional sales then of course, but if you are like me you kind of like to pick up your gifts a bit on the early side.

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I’m not entirely certain this is a holiday kit, but I saw the kit and had to include it. It is the Juice Beauty Anti- wrinkle Solutions Kit. It is a trio of products: STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum 0.5 fl oz, STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer 0.5 fl oz, and the STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment 0.25 fl oz. I’ve used the eye treatment and the serum from this trio and they were both very good, the eye treatment especially. Even though it may not be a holiday bundle it is currently vey much reduced in price. Usually it is $106 but currently it is liste for $52It is one of those kits that is well worth looking into.

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And last on this list, but certainly not least is Elemis. The Elemis Advent Calendar is always a great way to try a variety of different products and always makes my List of Advent Calendars I want as soon as they go on sale. Which it is currently on sale. However they also have a variety of bundles out right now, All of which are well worth looking into. The also have a free 6 piece head to toe travel kit for any purchase of $125 or more (just use the code GETAWAY at checkout. They have the Glow Getter’s Duo ($68) which comes with an adorable travel bag. There is the Best of Elemis Mini Set ($65) and the Procollagen Essentials set ($199 – all full sized items). If looking for cleansing balms they have a trio of different cleansing balms ($70, again all full size. I adore their cleansing balms). There is the Age Defying Best Sellars Kit ($225) and the Hydrating Day and Night Duo ($195).

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To be honest the Elemis Site is chock a block full of sets and bundles and gifts, some full sized and some trial sized. There are several online only exclusives that are also well worth checking out. I could easily go on for several paragraphs just listing the Items so I will stop here and just pride you with links to the site. If you like Elemis or want to try out the brand, now is most definitely the time to do so.

So my darlings, those are just a few of the multitude of bundles starting to emerge. Thee will be more in skincare, as well as haircare, body care and makeup. I’ll try to post them as I become aware of them, but hopefully this list of some of my favorites will help you get started in planning your holiday shopping.

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The Skincare Line up: October 29th, 2021

Once again Friday has arrived. And once again we look at the items currently in rotation in the Skincare line up. Interestingly enough as we go into December, I am also looking back over this years’ worth of products. There were quite a few samples I liked and wanted to try as full sized items to see if I liked them more long term or if it was just a temporary love affair. I am starting to look over the list I made so that when the Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales hit, I can take advantage of them and pick up items I truly want to try. And of course I now want to try out some of the samples I have in my collection to see if they need to go on that list or if they just need to be cleared out to make space. It’s why this week I chose to rotate a sample moisturizer into the mix. But we’ll get to that soon enough. Are you ready to look at the line up? Good, then let’s get started

The Daytime Lineup

Deodorant: Native Deodorant Cherry and Vanilla Macaroon

Cleanser: Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Moisturizer: Filorga Oxygen Glow Crème

Okay, let’s go through the list. First you may notice the deodorant is the same brand but a different scent. I used up the current stick I was using and picked up a new one. I hoped that the Peppermint would be available (both in the deodorant and the Native Body Wash) but it was not in the store when I went. The cherry and vanilla macaron scent is stronger than any other scent I’ve tried from Native and it is oddly lasting. To me it smells like Cherry pie. And I repeatedly found myself turning and thinking ‘cherry pie’ for the first few days it was startling. Now I’m kind of used to it. However this scent is much stronger than the others and doesn’t fade away quite the same which is something to keep in mind.

The Ren Cleanser. It is a good cleanser but for some reason it doesn’t like coming out of the tube. As the level of product has dropped, this has become more and more frustrating. To be honest this might be the deciding factor in whether or not I would repurchase. It is a small thing but getting the product out when my hands are damp is a twice daily frustration that I am not really fond of. It is a great cleanser. If it came out of the tube with less effort I would happily put it on a repurchase list. As it is, I’d have to think about it. While there is some product left, I think I will end up running out before the end of next week and have to rotate something else in. Honestly, I’m not too sad about that.

Crest is a brand of dental care I trust and honestly I love the gum detoxify toothpaste. It makes my mouth feel extra clean. It is from the Pro Health line and my mouth feels healthy. I will probably say this repeatedly, especially as I have no plans to replace this toothpaste with anything other than a new tube of the same product when it runs out, but I really like this toothpaste. It honestly does make a difference in the feel of my mouth.

The Murad Hydrating toner is a good one for me. In general the Hydration line usually works well for my skin. It is their Acne fighting line that I have to use with caution. It takes down the blemishes but it dries out the skin. There is no problem with it here and it backs up my cleanser well, taking off the last of anything remaining on my face from my night creams so I have a fresh face to work with as I lean into my morning skin care routine.

I am still feeling my way around the 111Skin Essence. I think because the Missha Essence was so good at taking down redness and sun damage as an extra benefit, I am having to readjust my thinking with the essence. Thus far I love the scent. It is lightly floral but feels like a high end spa. I’ll admit, it makes me feel fancy to use. There is also the feeling of my pores opening up when I use it (kind of the same feeling when you stand in a really hot shower where the steam is so thick everything is sort of obscured and you can feel your skin opening up. It’s a similar sensation.) which is good since essences are designed to open your sin in preparation for the other skincare. I’m still thinking about this essence, but thus far, I kind of like it.

I still have no idea why this vitabrid C Serum is called Dual drop. From what I can tell it is a Vitamin C serum. Which is fins, I like vitamin c serums. The name just confuses me. I like that it is a thick serum as I like the feel of it. I also like that despite its thickness, it absorbs quickly without leaving extra product on the skin to make it feel greasy. At the moment I am enjoying it. I just need to delve deeper to find out about the Dual drop name.

I am absolutely in love with the Verso eye cream. It may be the best eye cream I have tried all year. And I’ve tried some good ones this year too. This beats them all. It isn’t greasy, it absorbs well with only a tiny drop of product needed and as it is a full sized 20 ml tube it will last a really long time. Oh yeah and it takes down a larger number of the fine lines at the side of my eyes than I thought possible. I kind of want to send a thank you note to Stockholm. I’m sure companies have received stranger things in the mail, but really. I’m kind of in love with this cream.

And so we reach the moisturizer. This is a sample size that I pulled from the skincare drawer. I am only about half way through the tube so it will have a second week. The cream has a slightly floral scent but it is a light, clean skincare floral scent, if that makes sense. And while you can smell it when you dispense it out of the tube, the scent very quickly dissipates and is pretty much a non-issue. It absorbs well and isn’t greasy. I think though that it would be best described as a day cream. I might be able to get away with it as a day and night cream in the head of the summer, but now, not so much. It wouldn’t provide enough moisture for me at night in the cooler months. This week I have really enjoyed using it as a day cream and look forward to using it another week.

And so ends the day, shall we take a peek into the night?

The Nighttime Line up

Cleanser: Ren Perfect Canvas Clean Jelly Oil Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Neutralyze Exfoliating Pads

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Night Cream: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Clearly there is a lot of overlap in product usage. And really the products didn’t change much from day to night (except for the moisturizer which I swapped out for the night). So we will look at the three night time players.

The first is the Neutralyze. I like the exfoliating pads. They give a nice light exfoliation to the skin and while the blemish fighting treatment is great on the blemishes, it doesn’t dry out the rest of my skin. The serum in it is a little on the sticky side. What I like to do is use the toner pads and then give it a few minutes to settle in and work it’s magic. Then I return to the bathroom and continue with the serum. The serum knocks out all of the stickiness. I actually like the toner pads more than I like the regular serum. Don’t get me wrong I liked the serum as well and when I had break outs, it actually worked better. It was just a lot stickier and required at least an hour to settle before I could lay down to sleep. I will say that at the moment I have fewer blemishes and clogged pores than I have had in a while. While I generally only get hormonal break outs (and currently have one on my chin, just for fun) I am more prone to clogged pores that just give me strange areas so rough texture that kind of drive me nuts. At the moment I have significantly less of them. I think part of that is the daily mask from Healing Bark, but I think part of it may be down to the neutralize clearing out some of the clogged pores. As we enter the season of richer food, I think I will keep these pads on hand to help my skin out as needed. I don’t think they will remain a consistent part of my regime as I simply don’t get consistent break outs, but I will be keeping them on hand for when I do.

Elemis, oh Elemis. This is one of those brands where the products never cause me issues. Sometimes a few of their products are a bit strong in scent, but they work so well I am willing to ignore that. This plumping pillow facial has a lightly floral scent that smells more clean and fresh than cloying. It kind of reminds me of the lavender sachets my grandmother used to put under the pillows and in the chest of drawers. Only fresher and with a creamy feel to the scent.

This is technically speaking a night mask. However I have had a run of moisturizers that while they work as day cream, just don’t cut it at night. If using it as a mask, this cream is one I would use only a couple of times a week. I have been using it nightly in place of night cream. I have found I need significantly less. Which is fine with me. I am more than happy to stretch the use of an expensive product I like using over a longer length of time. However that time is coming to an end. I may be able to use the rest of this jar over the weekend but by Monday I will need to find a new product to use. I honestly did love this and would repurchase it in a heartbeat, either to use as a nightly skin treat or as a night mask a couple of times a week. It was a light weight moisturizer that didn’t clog my pores and didn’t weigh down the skin. It was quite honestly fabulous and I am sad to see it go. But rest assured, it will return.

Last week I forgot my lip mask and my lip balm from my desk went MIA. This week, I rolled located one of my Jersey Shore Cosmetics Lip balms and placed it on the desk and at night I used the Laneige lip mask every night. No more dry chapped lips. I know there will come a point mid-winter where the chapped lips are unavoidable, but I figure if I can hit the inevitable chapping spot with my lips in as good a condition as I can manage then there will be less pain and the chapping will be less. I like the mask. It is the second Laneige lip mask I’ve had. Oddly enough the other one was also Berry. While the berry is nice, I would like to try out different scents. It will be a while before I get there though as this jar of mask will last the better part of a year. I’m okay with that as it is value for my money and it is a lip mask that works amazingly well. I just wouldn’t mind trying a new scent the next time I pick up a lip mask.

And that my darlings is this week’s skincare line up. It was, for the most part positive. There will be a few changes next week and starting next week, as November gets rolling I will be looking back at some of my favorites throughout the year in an attempt to square away my own thoughts as to upcoming Black Friday Purchases. I know, more excuses to talk about skin care. I can hardly wait.

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