A different sort of Line up for the Skin: September 22nd, 2022

if you are looking at the picture above and thinking, that seems like there are some duplicates, you aren’t wrong. in the above photo I have the products I have been using and I also have the products that will be going with me when I leave tomorrow morning. Tonight i will use the products going with me and if there are no issues they will be packed and taken for two weeks at my mother’s house. Currently in rotation Are…

Cleanser: Avant Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying and Antioxidizing Cleansing Gel

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

while there is probably over a week’s worth of cleanser in the Avant, there probably isn’t two weeks worth and I don’t want to pack two cleansers. So I will be taking the Alpha H Balancing cleanser with me. I wanted to try it out and I have two other Alpha H products to try so they will be going with me. One I know I like (the Liquid Gold Toner) and one I haven’t tried. But I will get to that below.

The FAB toner won’t be going with me because there is very little product left and it is a big bottle. As the Alpha H toner can only be used every other day, I have added in the travel sized bottle of the Byroe Toning essence. I’ve use it before and it is both a fantastic toner and a great essence. I will use it on the days I am not using the exfoliating toner.

I did pack a physical exfoliator as I really like exfoliating once a week. I am taking a travel size of the ESPA Refining Skin Polish because I have used it before and absolutely love it. I am sticking with the allies of skin serum since it has a locking pump and I am keeping the Volition moisturizer in the travel line up. This week i did use the Elemis Super Food Midnight Facial a few nights and it really worked well with the volition to give my skin the moisture it needed so i will be keeping them paired up for the trip. As I felt I had enough glass bottles and jars I traded out the eye cream for a tube of the Alpha H eye cream. It not only goes along with the other AlphaH products but it is a smaller tube.

Over all I was rather pleased with the products I used this week and I am happy with the ones going with me on the trip. While I am gone, there will be no skincare updates so tonight I will make sure there are no skincare reactions and then I will report back on the skincare in motion once I return from my trip.

Traveling with me are…

Cleanser: Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera

Toner: Alpha H Liquid Gold and Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Night Mask: Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial

Exfoliator: ESPA Refining Skin Polish

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

And so my darlings, those are the products I will be taking with me. I look forward to putting them to the test and reporting back about how well they worked and how well they traveled. I also can’t wait to tell you all about it when I return. Until then…

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.

LovelySkin

The Skincare Line Up: September 24th, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly skincare line up. Here we discuss all of the products currently in motion in my line up. This week there isn’t a whole lot of change, but as many of you may recall from the recent posts, the weather is starting to change where I live and the products will do the same. Well, some of them. I have a couple of products I have actually been holding off trying out because I knew it was the wrong time of year for them and soon, soon they will be brought to the light. But let us first look at what we’ve got going on right now shall we?

The Daytime Line Up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: Seed Phytonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Toothpaste

Okay lets take a look at the line up. The Native deodorant is doing very well. This week there was not a lot of exercise due to rain and when I finally did get out and walk, the weather was cool enough that the deodorant was not put to the ultimate test. I think from here until Spring the deodorant can more or less coast.

There were two Annmarie skincare products in the morning line up. the first is the Aloe Herb Cleanser. It has a bright lemon verbena scent that just really suits the morning. It is a good gentle clean that really takes off the remnants of my night time treatments and just leaves me with good clean skin and a scent that wakes me up. it is the scent that makes me want to use it in the morning as to me it is more of a wake up scent then a get ready for bed one, so that’s how I use it.

As for the Annmarie Serum, that too has a nice wake up and shine herbal scent to it although this has a bit more rosemary in it I think. The serum is thick, but it absorbs fairly quickly. Only a little bit is needed so I am only about half way through the sample sized bottle of the anti-aging serum. My skin loves it and I am happy to use out the rest of the bottle and add it to my repurchasing in the future list.

This week I didn’t find myself reaching for the toner in the morning. I’m not entirely certain why. I used it at night, but not during the day. I enjoyed the Missha Time Revolution essence though. even without the need to do sun damage repair. My skin drank it in and then the serums went on top. It worked very nicely and I really enjoy the product.

The ESPA eye cream I love as well but my sample size is almost out. I may be able to squeak out a use tonight, but tomorrow morning a new eye cream will have to be opened. While I like trying new things I am very sad to see this one emptied as it worked really well for my skin. I saw a reduction in the fine lines around my eyes and it is definitely a repeat purchase for me. The purchase will have to hold off for a while though as I have many eye cream samples to work my way through. For a time it seemed like i was getting eye creams in every subscription. Now of course they’ve tapered off. I’m sure in a month or so it will be a different product that seems to be flooding the subscription boxes. But such is life. For now, I have plenty of eye creams to use, but when I do get around to buying more, the ESPA one is actually the top of my list.

Now to the Seed moisturizer. It is a nice bottle and I love the pump. It is a great lightweight day cream. My skin likes it. My nose does not. It smells like damp hemp rope that has been sitting in the heat in the back of the shed for too long. The scent does fade after you apply it. I am pretty sure my nose can take using it until the bottle is empty, but I don’t think I would repurchase it. There are other products that work just as well, if not better, that my nose doesn’t mind my skin using. I would lean more towards repurchasing them than I would this. It is just a good light weight moisturizer though.

The Night time line Up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water and Comfort Zone Remedy Cream to oil Ultra Gentle Cleanser

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, this week I mostly used the Makeup Eraser to take off my makeup. I then went in with the Rodial Draggon’s Blood Cleansing water and a reusable round to take off anything remaining. The Rodail works like any other Micellar water. To be honest i see no difference between it and any other micellar water I’ve tried. There are Rodial products that I would certainly spent the extra money on, but this cleansing water isn’t one of them. It is good, it just isn’t better than any other micellar water. Now if we were talking about the Rodial Sculpting gel it would be a different story. I LOVE that stuff and snap it up in any size. I’ve actually got a could of sample sizes in my skin care drawer waiting for me to use them. That is worth the Rodial price. This water, is not.

This week I also used the Comfort Zone gentle cleanser. It falls into the okay category for me. It is fine. There is no real scent to it and if cleanses the skin without a lot of residue but now that the sample is done, I probably won’t think about it again. It gets the job done, but it isn’t something I’d look for.

The Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic serum I love. i am much happier with using it only at night. I don’t know if it was the cause of sun sensitivity or if it was another product, but I have no issues with it at night. I only need one pump for my face so that is what I am using. I am just below the half way mark on the bottle and already contemplating ordering a replacement. I’m trying to resist as I have several more serums I want to try out, but it is really hard since it is such a great serum.

And now we come to the Neutralyze. I am going to have to write a full post to do this product justice. It knocked my breakouts out very quickly. I have never had such breakouts cleared away this quickly before. I was very impressed. It is definitely going in my once a month product usage, but I am still using it for spot treatments on certain areas of my face and I thus far haven’t had any issues with the over drying of the skin.

Part of that may be the Caudalie Spray. My skin loves the elixer, but my nose isn’t a fan of the scent. Knowing it is good for me, especially when I am using a potentially drying acne cream, I go ahead and use it. if it had a different scent I would use it more, but i content myself with using it only as long as I use the salicylic acid based products. Great product, very medicinal scent.

Using the Elemis Pillow facial has helped as well. Because I have to use the Neutralyze at least an hour before bed, I have been applying a light layer of the Elemis just before bed and it has worked really well. Over all I am really pleased with the combination of products.

So that was this week in skin care. Some of the products weren’t my favorites, others are on the repeat purchase list. I’ve used up one of my sample cleansers and finished out a fabulous eye cream. All in all, not a bad week.

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The Skincare Line Up: September 17th, 2021

The full array of products

Welcome my darlings to the end of the week.  Here is the look back at this week’s skincare line up, the products I used and how I feel about them.  It is an interesting mix.  Several products wrapped up their use this week and others were rotated in.  I have several samples that started their trials and even a couple of temporary fixes, so this should be fun.

The Day Time line up

Daytime Line up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt and Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: Seed Photonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50 and PCASkin Weightless Protection broad Spectrum SPF 45

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay this was an interesting one.  Some of the changes are tied to the changes I made at night, but lets go through the day time line up.  There is of course the deodorant.  It is a good Deodorant and  even though I used a Dove product for a few weeks in there, I have officially used the native Deodorant for a year (A year was up at the end of August but in the spirit of fairness for the two weeks I tried something else we will call it a year now.) Over all the deodorant did well throughout the year.  There were some stretches of summer where I was only okay with the Native Deodorant because I was walking by myself and there was no interaction with other people needed. In the height of summer I think that if I am going to spend more day time hours with people I would need a pack up antiperspirant.  Some of the sweat circles were a little bit over the top.  But there was no stink. And that is the point of deodorant.

I had three days left of the Korres Foaming cleanser and then it ran out.  I love the Korres and will happily buy it repeatedly.  Great brand, Great product.  And when it ran out I rolled in another great product from a great brand.  This is the Aloe Herb Cleaner from Annmarie Skincare. 

Some of you who have read my posts for a while (or looked through my older posts) may remember this one.  The cleanser smells like Lemon Verbena.  And not like an artificial lemon herb scent.  It smells like you went outside and ran your fingers through lemon verbena and crushed the stems to your fingers. I have to admit, I am a sucker for this scent.  While I do like most Annmarie skincare products and treat myself once a year to one of their jarred masks as my personal treat to myself, if I was told there was only one product I could buy from them it would be this cleanser. 

It’s the scent.  And in the morning it is the perfect cleanser.  Right now it is actually perfect for morning use.  I am using the Elemis Night mask as my just before bed moisturizing mask, but about an hour or two before I am spot treating my break out areas with the Neautralyze cream (more on that in night time skin care).  This cleanser really helps remove the mask and treatment remnants so that I can be fresh for my morning skincare.

And right now my morning skin care includes the Anti-aging Serum from Annmarie as well.  It is intensely herbal and slightly thick to the touch.  Only very little is actually needed and it absorbs into the skin really well.  Because my bottle comes from one of their sample kits, it is just a little open mouthed bottle so I rotated in a dropper saved from another product to use with it so that no product gets wasted.

This week I rotated in the Seed Moisturizer.  I have to say I am really on the fence about this one.  It smells like stale wet hemp rope.  Like you got a rope soaking wet, curled it up and stuck it in the shadowy part of the shed where it never really dried out and the water gets that stale scent to it?  That’s what the moisturizer smells like.  It isn’t pleasant.  It feels fantastic on the skin though.  I use two pumps to cover face and neck and the cream just absorbs in without making me feel greasy.  It is definitely a day cream.  It doesn’t have enough moisture for me at night.  I also think that once the weather turns it will be too light for me to use.  I am drier in the winter and will need a stouter cream.  In the warmer temps it is great.  I just have to see if I can get past the scent of it to use it on a regular basis. 

This week I rolled in a trial size sample of the PCA Skin sunscreen.  There is no scent to it, which is nice.  The directions claim that you need fifteen minutes between application and sun exposure.  I tend to put the sunscreen on after my moisturizer has absorbed.  It does take a little while to sink in and there is a little bit of a white cast for about ten minutes.  By the time there is no white cast, you are generally at the fifteen minute make and can go outside.  I would recommend waiting those fifteen minutes at least before applying makeup.  Once the white is gone and the skin is no longer shiny, then you are ready to put on makeup products or just go outside. Just give it the time and it is a lovely product. It is certainly one I wouldn’t mind using again.

The final change you may have noticed in the day time is the Caudalie Skin Elixir.  This is one of those products that I roll in and out of use.  I really should use it consistently because my skin loves it, but honestly there is a scent issue.  It smells a bit like camphor.  And I just can’t take the scent everyday, so I shift this elixir into the ‘when I know I need it’ category.  And when I know I need it is when I am using an acne treatment that is heavy in the salicylic acid.  That stuff works really well on my break outs but it tends to dry out the skin around it.  The Caudalie Spray is great for all of my skin, but especially nice on the skin around the breakouts that dries out due to proximity issues.  The spray gets everything.  In truth I really should use it every day regardless,  and if it had a different scent I would, but the scent means that I treat it like medicine and take it when it is needed. But it is good stuff.

The Night time Line up

Night time line up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser and Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water

Exfoliator: Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay we’ll start with a quick note about cleansers.  I’ve been using the Makeup Eraser to remove makeup.  I then go in with the Rodial cleansing water which helps get the rest of the makeup off.  Even after that I feel as though I need to wash my face.  I probably don’t, but I feel as though I do.  This week I used the Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser and loved it.  The scent is more of a wake me up scent though and it doesn’t really foam.  It doesn’t have to but at night I find I like foaming cleansers.  It is a personal choice. So I am going to keep the Annmarie cleanser in the morning and rotate in a second cleanser for the night time. 

What can I say, the bubbles make me feel clean.

Plus I have several samples I want to use up so, why not?

I am very happy with the move of the Herbal Dynamics Beauty serum to the evening instead of the morning.  The sun sensitivity has dimmed and I think that was the reason.  I’m not sure why. This isn’t the first time I’ve used this serum and it didn’t have any issues before.  Perhaps it is a combination of the serum with something else.  All I know is I am happy with the shift and will continue until the product is used up completely.

Now on to the big new ingredient.  The neutraliyze product is new to me.  I had some break outs I really wanted to take care of and it seemed the time to put it to the test.  I’ve been using it three days and thus far I have seen a big improvement.  Because it is also an anti-aging moisturizer I want to see how it performs in other aspects as well.  This far I have noticed a slight improvement in my breakouts (but it has only been three days).  When applying it, the cream is a slightly foamy cream and once on it gets a little sticky.  You need to apply it about an hour before lying down to sleep.  It needs that hour to absorb enough to lose the stickiness.  My first night I didn’t and felt Velcro-ed to my pillow. I plan to keep using it and monitor it’s performance a I go.  For now, it seems to be doing well and I’;ve realized it needs to be applied at least an hour before bed time.  I then add my Elemis night mask (thin layer) on top just before going to sleep. This far, things are going well.

I will keep you posted.  But for now, this was my week in skin care.  It is a balancing act, but at the moment, everything seems to be balancing.

Caudalie

The Skincare Line up: September 10th, 2021

Good morning my darlings! we have made it to the end of the week. This week my skin is feeling much better than it was before, despite a few hormonal break outs. I was able to keep some of my line up as well as add in a few new products. So lets take a look at how this week’s products worked out.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay to be honest, my daytime line up didn’t change. I was planning on changing out the day time moisturizer, but I figured since i changed out the night time one I would leave the OSEA in place this week. It is not my favorite moisturizer, but it isn’t bad. I think it just feels a little heavier on my skin than I like during the day. I’ll end up[ using it as a moisturizer on my hands post wash and sanitation so it won’t go to waste, but something about it does feel a bit heavier.

While I love the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic acid, I think I want to just use it at night instead of day and night. This week I used it for both and while my skin loved it, I think it might be making me a little bit sun sensitive. I did notice that despite the Volition sunscreen I was getting a bit more red from time outside than i usually do.

The Missha Artemisia helped take that red down a lot and make me feel better, but what’s the old saying – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I like having something that helps, but I’d rather not need the help. So I am going to roll in a day time serum this coming week and save the Herbal Dynamics for the night time. On the plus side, it may make the serum last longer. I think I have about two more weeks of product left if used that way.

Over all those are my thoughts on the daytime line up. Everything else just worked really well. I keep feeling the ESPA eye cream tube and hoping that the product won’t run out because I am really enjoying it. The Korres Cleanser I am afraid won’t make it much longer. I might be able to use it all week, but I suspect by about Wednesday It too may run out and need to be replaced. It is a fantastic cleanser and one that I will be purchasing repeatedly in the future.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Exfoliator: Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

This week my Peach Pudding Makeup remover ran out and so I replaced it with my Makeup Eraser. That’s it. No product, just the makeup eraser. It worked well. I just used water and took off my makeup with it, It worked well. The Korres took off the rest so there was little makeup remaining.

I did end up using the Hey Honey exfoliator a bit more this week. About three times instead of once a week. It was gentle enough that I could do this, but I really did enjoy the exfoliator as well. I think because I eliminated one cleansing product i automatically reached for a replacement. It felt good though and did help with the remains of the breakouts so my skin is much clearer. Ido want to go back to a once a week exfoliation though.

Even though I really like using my Makeup Eraser, I think I am going to roll in a micellar water or cleansing oil or something. I think I just really like a double clean as well as the cloth.

This week the big new product in the line up was the Elemis pillow facial. I meant to roll it in and just use it a few times a week while choosing a different night cream, but I just ended up using it as a night cream on it’s own. It is fantastic. I love the scent, It is a lightly floral scent that seems strong in the jar but fades pretty quickly once applied. The cream is light, almost like a gel cream consistency and it absorbs really quickly so your face isn’t stuck to the pillowcase. I think because it’s texture reminded me so much of a gel cream I didn’t remember to roll in a different night cream. And to be honest, I am not sure i will bring in a different moisturizer at night. For now this is just the right amount of moisture for my skin just before bed time. I’ll be changing out the day time moisturizer this week, but between the Elemis on my face and the Laneige on my lips, my night time is happily covered.

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The Skincare Line Up: August 27th, 2021

Good morning my darlings it is time for the weekly skincare line up. this week was interesting actually. My plan was to rotate in several new products, many of them sample sizes so that i would have a chance to try them out and decide if i wanted to try out a full sized version before the cyber Monday/Black Friday sales arrive. I know it is hard to think of it when the sun is still beating down as though we are all strips of bacon in a giant frying pan, but soon it will be upon us.

I actually hoped to try out a few new products (or at least new to me) before the labor day sales arrived, but that didn’t go as planned. When I switch out products I like to give them each day or two to settle in before i rotate in another new product. That way I am not freaking my skin out all at once with a completely new line up and if my skin has a reaction I am better able to pin point where the reaction came from. This week I started out by swapping out my cleanser. I Rolled in the blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser from Glow Recipe. I decided at first to use it both morning and evening to see how it felt with out the Korres Cleanser backing it up. Then a couple of days later I added in the NaoBay moisturizer.

Then I woke up with breakouts dotting my chin and my skin feeling really greasy. I pulled both the cleanser an the moisturizer out of the line up and put the Korres and OSEA back in. The OSEA may not be my favorite but I knew I didn’t have any reactions to it and it was there. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly caused the break outs, but for now, both products have been pulled from the line up and I didn’t roll in any additional products. The NaoBay and Glow Recipe are still in the line up below as I did use them. Just know there was a bot of a shake up mid week.

In all fairness to the products in the skincare line up, I did also try out a new primer this week and it might have had some pore clogging issues as well.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, this daytime line up didn’t change much from last week, with the exception of the cleanser. I have used the Glow Recipe before and while the Blueberry Bounce wasn’t my favorite, I don’t remember it being this jelly like before. Perhaps it was and it has just been a long time since I used it. The cleanser comes out as a clear jelly. I don’t know how many out there remember the Strawberry Shortcake dolls that came out in the 1980s, but Strawberry Shortcake had a Blueberry Scented friend and this cleanser smells exactly like that doll. It is an artificial blueberry mixed with plastic sort of scent.

It is a bit odd, but to be honest, I kind of liked it.

while it claims to be a make up remover, it did nothing to remove my makeup. I could use the cleanser and anything that simply didn’t rinse off with water showed up on my toner pad. while I have tried this before and had no issues with it, I think that part of the reason for the breakouts might be partially related to not getting my face as clean as i am used to getting it. With the Korres Foaming cleanser I could get most of my makeup off even though it doesn’t claim to be a makeup remover. I still used a makeup remover but after using the Korres there wasn’t a streak of makeup left behind. The Glow Recipe claimed to be a makeup remover, didn’t remove the makeup and even with the separate makeup remover I had product left behind. I think not getting my face as clean might have been a part of this week’s issue. I think the other part was due to the moisturizer, but we’ll get to that in a moment (I put it with the night time skincare).

I hate for a post to be negative, but it really was only that product in the day time skin care that was the issue. Everything else worked fantastically. I’ve also been using many of the products for a while without any issues, so unless there was a product interaction, I think the cleanser might have been a problem.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: Naobay Detox Unpolluted Oxygen light cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

There were a couple of changes here. I’ll start off with the Naobay. I started out using this moisturizer in both the day and evening. Despite the term light in the name, it is a thick cream and only a miniscule amount of product was needed. It took a long time to absorb into my skin and quite frankly left me feeling a bit on the greasy side. It also has a scent that is not unlike Play-doh. I suspect that it might not have been just the cleanser or the moisturizer that was to blame but a combination of the two. I don’t think I had an actual reaction to the products, but I think the not as cleansed as usual combined with the heavier than expected moisturizer did a tag team on my skin. My chin tends to be more oily than the rest of my face so it is sort of the canary in the coal mine reaction point for skin care. If my chin breaks out, i cease using the products and look into what is going on before it spreads. My plan is to spend the next week using products I know I work well with and get my skin back into good condition. Once in good shape, I’ll start rolling new samples to test back in. After all there is no reason to set a product up for failure by having something new deal with upset skin.

I did successfully trade out my lip mask this week. I opened the Laneige Lip Sleeping mask. *I have used it before and it was just as fabulous as it has been in the past. Just a little product on the adorable little spatula is all yu need and the next morning my sun dried lips were soft and fabulous. The last time i tried this I also tried the berry scent out as well. I would like to branch out and try more scents but that will take a while as I will be using this jar for a really long time.

Also this week there is no other skincare, just the addition of the Hey Honey exfoliator to the list of night time products. I finished the Ole Henricksen mask this week (review up next week) and I decided to just add the Hey honey exfoliator to the night instead of having it stand on it’s own. I only used it once this week and I really enjoyed it, as i always do. It is a nice formula that isn’t too harsh and smells yummy.

Everything else in my Night time line up worked like a champ. i have no complaints about it. Admittedly I spent most of my time thinking about the products causing issues this week. Over the weekend I am going to do a deep ingredient dive and try to find out if there was an ingredient that irritated the skin or if it was just greasy clogged pores. All I know is that this coming week, I am going to focus on some familiar favorites as incoming products in order to clear up my skin and make it happy once again.


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The Skincare Line Up: August 20th, 2021

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

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

But that’s a bit off topic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

But that is a different post.

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

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

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


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The Skincare Line up: August 13th, 2021

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

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

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

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Ultra Rich Moisturizer

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

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

Happy Friday the thirteenth everyone.

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The Skincare Line Up: August 6th, 2021

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

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Dove O% Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

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

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



The Skincare Line Up: July 30th, 2021

The full line up of products

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

The Day time Products

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Dove O% Deodorant

Cleanser: Balance Me Pre and Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

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Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nighttime Line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

Used but not daily

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

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

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

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