The Skincare Line Up: March 4th, 2022

This is the last week that I will have only one routine. As products start to roll off of the line up this week, there will be more separation from night and day. This week however, the makeup remover nd the lip mask were the only real night time only elements. In fact there was little change from last week. But let’s get into it.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Toner: Buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater toner

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Hey Honey Relax Propolis and Honey Soothing Moisturizer and Hey Honey Boost it Up Honey Rich Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

Okay, let’s start at the top. The more I use this Missha cleanser the more I like it. I love that the mask consistency clearly shows where the cleanser has been so there is no guessing about missing sections of the face. You know exactly where the cleanser is. This afternoon i am going to try it out as a face mask to test out that aspect but in all honesty if it is a good mask that would just be a nice bonus. It is a great cleanser and I will happily use it as a cleanser.

The Vike Makeup remover is interesting. While I like it and it does work as well as it did when I did my full review, I have noticed that because the mist is so fine I tend to go overboard with the spraying. I think I am actually using more of the product than I need as a result. It hasn’t caused any problems, and it works just as well, I just suspect that because of the spray, I will end up going through the product pretty fast. Which means if I continued using it I might have to purchase it more often than I would a balm. It is entirely my own fault and I do realize I am doing it, I’m just not always that successful in reminding myself to stop.

The 111Skin Essence is fantastic. I really like it. It has a very spa like scent that makes me feel a bit fancier than I actually am, which I don’t mind. I’ve used my skincare with the essence and without and I can defiantly notice the essence giving a little bit of a hand to the other products. Its a bit like a turbo boost for the other skincare.

I am less impressed with the Buttah skin toner. It works as well as any other toner and despite the name doesn’t really have a rosewater scent to it, but there is a bit of a stickiness left behind (and yes I use it before the essence, I just listed it after for some reason). The sample is half way through and I will use the last of the sample, but I don’t see myself picking up a full sized version.

I do see myself picking up a full size of the Grace and Stella HA Serum. This sample has been fantastic. My skin feels nice and I think there is a small reduction in my fine lines. For a while it seemed like the serum sample would last forever but alas I may be able to squeak through another couple of days with it before the bottle is empty. Rest assured though the full sized bottle is definitely on my list to purchase for a full out trial.

The Byroe Fig oil is interesting. I am using it around the lines around my mouth. I love that the dry oil absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy film and smells like figs. I like figs. there is a little bit of improvement in the fine lines but I think I will need to continue to see. As I don’t often use facial oils and frequently receive them in subscription boxes it is nice to have a designated place to use them, so I am really hoping the addition of a facial oil on these lines helps.

The MZ eye cream also seems to be doing well. It is too early to tell actual results but thus far it is fast absorbing and not clogging the pores around my eyes. I will continue using it and see if some of my fine lines plump up and become less noticeable.

While there are two moisturizers listed, they are both samples. Last week I tried the Hey Honey Relax sample that I had to see how I liked it. I had a few days of product left at the end of the week so I finished out the sample and rolled in the second Hey Honey moisturizer sample I had. I wanted to try them out closer to one another to see how they performed and which one I liked more. The Relax moisturizer had a very distinctive honey scent to it. Not surprising given it’s full name. the scent was like honey mixed with skin care so it didn’t smell sweet and cloying. Just sort of like honey mixed with cream. I really enjoyed the scent and it was a fantastic day cream. It is the sort of moisturizer where I could see rolling in a night mask twice a week for an extra moisture kick. If I did that I think i would be perfectly happy with the Relax.

The Boost it up on the other hand does not have that Honey scent. Honestly it’s scent is as though you stored the Grace and Stella HA serum mixed with cream in the same cupboard with a honey jar for a week. there is a slight whiff of honey in the background but it is mostly a light moisturizer that has that slight HA scent to it. Although I don’t know if hyaluronic acid actually has a scent but it seems like the scent most HA infused products end up having. It is also slightly more moisturizing than the Relax. I don’t think it is overly moisturizing for me. For my skin at the time of year it seems to be balanced. I don’t need any kind of night mask paired with it, but I also don’t feel greasy. While I liked the Relax as a Day cream, this Is just a really good all round moisturizer. Or it is thus far. This sample tube is larger than the Relax so there is the possibility it will last through most of the coming week. Even if I have to roll in another product when the sample is done, I will add my final thoughts on the sample, but for the few days I have used it thus far, this seems like a good moisturizer for me. I think that of the two, unless something happens this week, I would try the Boost it up in a full size before I went for the Relax. I still like the Relax, I just like this one a little bit better.

and finally we end with the Laneige lip sleeping mask. It is berry, it is overnight moisturizing and my lips love it. I do need to pick up a lip scrub to pair with it, especially going into spring, but for now it is chugging along fabulously. I will say that this is one of those products where the mini sampler packs are quite appealing. I like the berry and I appreciate the value in having a product that will last a long time. But with the mini containers I could rotate scents a little more instead of always using the berry. I think when this full size runs out I will go for the mini kits so that I can switch and swap scents. But otherwise, I like the lip mask.

Over all this week was pretty good. Which isn’t surprising since there were a lot of steady on products. I will be bringing in a new serum and I might actually split them between day and night time use as I start to separate back into day and night time use. Also I have couple of night time moisturizing products I might start using so there might be a wider gap between night and day soon. For now, this was my line up. My skin did pretty well this week and I am a happy camper. So now we dive into Friday. I hope yours is a fabulous one.

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The Skincare Line Up: February 25th, 2022

Okay deep breath in, deep breath out. Last week’s skincare line up was an exercise in panic. The moisturizer went down and it took everything down with it. While I rotated several new products in the one I focused on was the one causing problems. You’ve heard the phrase the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Well in this case the squeaky wheel caused the grease. But my skin has calmed down and resumed it’s normal every day moisturized level. Still while there was less of a freak out I only changed out the moisturizer and kept every thing steady so there is only one list and no break out between day and night this week. Next week there will be an expansion, but I wanted some smooth sailing first. Items like the makeup remover and overnight lip mask were used pretty much only in the evenings, but I still figured I’d stick with one list this week. So let’s get a look at the line up.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Toner: Buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater toner

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Hey Honey Relax Propolis and Honey Soothing Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

Okay now that one product isn’t taking over, let’s take a look at what we have. First up is the Missha cleanser. It still feels a little strange to use something that looks like a green clay mask as a cleanser, but I can’t argue with the results. My skin is clean, and soothed by the cleanser. I learned this past summer that Artemisia calms my skin down really well after too much sun. Apparently it works well after a score of breakouts as well. I am loving this cleanser.

The link above will take you to the full Vike Product review. It is a good makeup remover although it took some getting used to the spray. it is a fine mist of a spray, it is just the act of spraying makeup remover into my face. I think it might be the word Melt in the name. It makes me think of the scene in Indiana Jones and the lost ark where the black hat bad guys face melts off. All that happened is it took of my makeup, but still. It did need a little help from my makeup eraser especially with the mascara, but it does a good job removing makeup.

Which left my toner pads relatively clean. I am currently using the Buttah rosewater toner. The big relief is that it doesn’t smell of in your face rose. I haven’t used it long enough to see any skincare benefits, but it seems to be an okay toner thus far. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and it appears to take off the last dregs of makeup. we’ll see how it performs moving forward, but thus far i have no complaints.

The 111Skin Essence I love and have been loving for a while now. I will continue using it until it is either empty or another essence pops up that I need to try out. Right now I like it and am very happy using it. It does make my entire line up feel fancier just by the high end spa scent too, which isn’t a bad thing.

I am beginning to think the Grace and Stella bottle is magic. It is a small bottle but it is emptying so slowly that it almost as though fairies come and renew it in the night. Only three drops are needed and you all know I love hyaluronic acid in my skincare. This is a fantastic serum and I will use every last drop in this bottle.

The Byroe Fig essence I am using on the fine lines around my mouth. One drop is enough so it will be around a while. It smells of figs and is a dry oil so it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. I think it is actually doing some nice things for the lines around my mouth, namely making sure there are fewer of them. I also tried this oil on my cuticles this week. The oild hydrates the cuticele beds well and leaves less of a greasy residue then most cuticle oils. For nw though I am going to keep it for my face.

The MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream feels really lovely on the skin. It is a thick cream and very little is used with each application. It is too soon to tell if it is helping the lines, but I am watching. I am also monitoring the clogged pores that sometimes follow in the wake of thick eye creams. There are a few but at the moment I am not sure if they are a moisturizer debacle hold over or the fauly of the eye cream. I will monitor them to find out.

To replace my moisturizer this week I went with the Hey Honey Relax moisturizer. It is soothing and I have never had a problem with Hey Honey. Some of their products I might have decided weren’t for me, but they never caused me issue. This is a sample size of the moisturizer and I am already wishing it was full sized. My skin feels soft and nourished without any heavy greasiness and the moisturizer smells like honey. Not in a heavy cloying way, but in a sweet and bright way. I am really enjoying this sample. I do have several samples of different Hey Honey Moisturizers and I may roll the next one in just to test it. I suspect I will purchase one of them in the near future i just want to see which one I actually prefer. I will say this Relax will be hard to beat. it is really nice and soothing as well as hydrating.

And finally the Laneige just keeps chugging along. It is a fantastic sleeping mask and I am happy to continue using it to give my lips overnight moisturizing.

And that is the list of products currently working in my skincare line up. it was a pretty good line up this week. The two stars belong to the Missha Cleanser and the Hey Honey Moisturizer, but there really weren’t any problem children this week, which is a very nice thing to say. I really needed a week of everything working as it should. And I do have to say a big thanks to the Herbal Dynamics Cacao and Chamomile Clearing mask I used after my skin freak out. It was one of the products that really helped set my skin back to clear.

The Skincare Lineup: February 18th, 2022

This week is going to be a little different. You’ll notice that for one thing, there is only one picture. There is no day time and night time line. This week my line up slimmed down. Part of that was I finished some products and started rolling new ones in. I added them slowly and then the moisturizer I added didn’t work for my skin. So a lot of the products I pared down even more as I tried to clear things up. But let’s list the products first.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Toner: buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal Oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth

Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge 100H auto replenish Moisturizer

Exfoliator: Elemis Skin Buff

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Okay I’ll be honest, I may have a lot of products on the list for this week but once the moisturizer started going crazy I pretty much jettisoned everything except the cleanser, the exfoliator and the lip mask from my routine until things calmed down. The only thing I really recall about the new toner that I rolled in was that even though it is a rosewater toner it is not heavily rose scented.

The Time Revolution cleanser was fantastic. It dried without stripping and I will hopefully get a more thorough opinion of it as I move forward. The Elemis Skin Buff was gentle on the skin but helped treat the blemishes that rose to the surface. And the Laneige lip mask was as always fabulous.

Todays line up is really about the Clinique moisturizer. If you have really dry skin and no matter what moisturizer you use you never feel like it is enough, then this is the product for you. It is a moisturize bomb.

even at my driest, my skin is not dry enough to use this moisturizer. The first day of use, it was fine. The second day I noticed that it was taking a lot longer to absorb. The third day I cut the amount I was using down by half and it still took a long time to absorb. And then the next morning I awoke with breakouts like I haven’t seen on my face since high school.

And then i spent the rest of the week dealing with the break outs.

When it says moisture surge, it means exactly that. If your skin is not sand paper dry, this is probably not the moisturizer for you. It is certainly not the moisturizer for me. It disrupted my entire routine and as a result, I didn’t even use the other products in the line up once the moisture surge hit and caused a tsunami of break outs. things are getting back under control, but this week’s line up is really about Clinique.

Although it probably doesn’t need to be said, just for the record, I will not be purchasing a full size of this moisturizer. I will also be repurchasing the Elemis Skin Buff. It was an all star this week in helping to clear things away. The Time Revolution Pack Foam Cleanser was a huge help as well, but elemis was definitely the MVP.

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The Skincare Line Up: February 11th, 2022

That’s right my darlings it is time for my favorite post of the week. It’s the skincare line up where we look at the products in motion and how I feel they are performing. The good, the bad and the indifferent. Are you ready? Fabulous! Then let’s get to it.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

This is kind of a fun week as we have a lot of products on the way out. The first item is the Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser. Now many of you may think to yourself, wait a minute, that hasn’t actually been in the line up that long. And you are right, it hasn’t. the bottle is still a little over half way full. My babydoll loves grapefruit scented anything and has decided he really likes the scent of it, so it is being transferred from my morning routine to his. I am more than happy to pass it on (despite the fact that I love it) because he is very picky about what products he will even try so if he will use the cleanser I will give it to him and just purchase a new one. It is a great cleanser and I know it will return.

The Kopari toner is also a good item in terms of how it performs, but I have to admit, the scent is a bit trying. I decided the sample sized Buttah Skin toner that came in my Macy’s bag was the perfect excuse to take a little bit of a break from it. I will come back to it because it is a good toner and I hate to waste product, but a little break is not a bad thing. In fact this toner for me works best in short bursts. I generally am okay with it for a week or two before the scent gets to me. I figure if I use it for a week or two and then roll in a sample or even my Thayers toner to give myself a break I can use it up in the most enjoyable way possible.

The 111Skin Essence and Grace and Stella HA acid are still top notch and still going strong. I am about halfway through the Grace and Stella serum because so little is used. Very little of the essence is also used so that level is dropping slowly bit by bit. I will be keeping both in the line up this week to continue using. And I am very happy to keep using them in the line up.

The eye cream is almost empty as is the Polaar moisturizer. The eye cream has been discontinued but the Polaar is a moisturizer i can’t wait to use in the full size. I actually have a full size of the product waiting to be used, however I think I want to roll through a few more samples before I give it a try. I have a few more days of this sample left so I have a little time to think about it, but I really do like this moisturizer. The big reason I’m waiting is that when I try it I want to try it out as both a day and a night cream so I want to finish the night cream I am currently using before giving the Polaar a full trial. Plus I don’t mind clearing out a few sample sizes.

Those were more or less the highlights from the day time line up, shall we venture into the night?

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal Oil

Elemis as always is working fabulously. I absolutely love the scent of this lime Blossom Cleanser. Since I am rolling in a new cleanser this coming week, I may set this to the side for a bit. Partially I want to give the new cleanser a full trial, but mostly because if anything goes wrong with changing out so many products, i want to have this cleanser waiting on standby. It is gentle enough that I know any irritation caused by any other product won’t be exacerbated by this cleanser. I’m not anticipating any problems, but I like to err on the side of caution. Plus I’ll need to give the new cleanser a full trial.

The serumkind serum isn’t as annoying at night as it was in the morning. The trick to getting the serum into the dropper is to take the dropper out of the bottle completely, squeeze the rubber nub down as much as possible to get all the air out, then insert the dropper into the serum and let go of the top. This way the serum is pulled up. I know everyone knows how a dropper works, but if you try squeezing it while it is in the bottle all you will do is push air bubbles into the serum and not get any serum into the dropper. This is a trick I remember much more clearly in the evening than I do first thing in the morning. Hence the reduced irritation. I still can’t see much of an impact on my skin from the serum so my plan is to keep using it until my IPSY bag comes in. I added on a Korres Serum I have been itching to try. I’ll feel justified in jumping it to the front of the line if use up enough of this serum. At least that is the plan.

The Kate Somerville is still a good night time moisturizer. The longer I have it open, the more intense the scent of the cream becomes. I don’t need a whole lot of the cream so it has lasted a while. Some how it seems like the lemon scented cleaner scent of it is becoming stronger. I don’t know if I’m just becoming more sensitive to it or if it is actually intensifying. The scent fades pretty fast once the moisturizer is applied, but I can’t say the scent makes me love the cream. I like the way it feels on my skin, but I’m not so sure I’d purchase it again.

This week i do have one new product in my night time line up. It is the Byroe Fig Renewal oil. A friend of mine told me that she has been using face oil on the fine lines around her mouth and loved the results so I decided to give it a try. Partially because I have fine lines around my mouth that i don’t like and partially because I have quite the collection of unopened facial oils. It is one of those categories i don’t use very often, so if i can use t for this, I am happy to do so. This far this Byroe oil has been fast absorbing and not at all greasy. Plus it smells like figs, which I really like, the green part of figs not the sweet jammy part. I think the jammy scent would just make me feel sticky. This just smells and feels fresh and clean. I took before photos and I will give it a full run to see how it performs. I also have to say, I like the look of this sweet little pink bottle on my bathroom shelf. I know looks aren’t everything, but I do like the look of it.

And so my darlings that is the skincare line up for this week. I know, not a lot has changed since last week, but next week is going to have a lot of changes. So think of this as the calm before the storm. Not that i think there will be a storm. Or at least i hope there won’t be. There will however be several new products to check out. And won’t that be exciting?

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The Skincare Line up: February 4th, 2022

Good morning my darlings and welcome back to the skincare line up. Not much has actually changed this week. Most of the products that I started out with last week are still in motion, but let’s take a look at the changes we did have and how i feel about them.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

Okay the only change in the morning line up was the eye cream. I finished out the Clarins sample and decided to just use the Glam Glow sample in both the morning and the evening. Part of that is that I want to just go ahead and use up the sample, and part of that is because I really enjoy the product. It is a good eye cream. Also I saw that in my incoming February IPSY bag there is an eye cream and if I finish this sample out I may just roll that one into the line up as it arrives. But mostly, it is just a really good eye cream.

In fact for the most part I like everything. The Malin +Goetz cleanser I’ve used periodically for a long time and always love it, we are rolling into the second straight month of the 111Skin Essence and i still love it. This is only the second week of the Grace and Stella HA Serum and the Polaar Moisturizer, but thus far they are both doing well. The Serum has no scent to it, absorbs quickly and while I haven’t seen any real results yet, it still early. It only takes about three drops to completely cover my face and neck, so this sample bottle will last a while, maybe even long enough to see results. Thus far there are no negative reactions to it.

The Polaar Moisturizer is interesting. As a moisturizer it is fantastic. It absorbs well without leaving me feeling greasy and only takes about a pea sized amount. The scent is very interesting. It is a fairly strong scent but it dissipated pretty quickly after dispensing. It is a clean skin care scent mixed with florals. The part that gets me is that even though my nose picks them up as florals, they are not flowers that I have ever smelled before. So when I apply the moisturizer I have this odd mental slide show going where flowers pop up on my mental view screen and I say no, that’s not it. On the tube it actually says flowers that only grow in the artic regions. As I have never been to the artic regions I know it is not something I am familiar with but I just can’t stop the mental slide show.

The slide show ends as the scent fades so it isn’t a major problem. I think I need to just go on google images and pull up some flowers to add the proper mental slides in for the scent. But that is more of a my bent brain then anything else. I really do like the formula of the moisturizer though. And even though I am using a deluxe size, there is plenty of product in the container. I do have a full sized version, which I will happily use actually, but this sample is going to last quite a while. which isn’t a bad thing. Given that skin care takes at least thirty days to show some effects, I love it when samples are long enough to actually be used for a full thirty days. I think I am getting that with both the Polaar and the Grace and Stella.

The one thing in the morning line up that isn’t really thrilling me is the toner. It works great and I like it, but the scent isn’t pleasant. It is a coconut rose scent and I really don’t think those two scents should be combined. Its a bit like toothpaste and orange juice. Some things need a little more distance between them. I’m going to try to keep using this because it is a good toner, but that scent might honestly cause me to roll another product in, at least for night time use. Great toner, not so great scent. And I know I wasn’t that critical of it last week, but it is one of those scents that just seems to get worse over time.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Yup I am still trying to work through the serum kind drops. I am still not seeing them having any sort of effect, either good or bad on my skin, but using them at night means I mostly remember not to squirt air into the serum. Since one of my IPSY Add Ons this month was a Korres Serum I have been wanting to try out for a while, I made a deal with myself that if I use this serum until my IPSY box arrives, then I can let the Korres jump the line and settle into my skincare. Yes I know it is bribery, but sometimes bribery works. I think it would be different if I hated the Serumkind serum. But I don’t. It is just meh. so I am using up as much as possible so it doesn’t go to waste. And who knows maybe it is doing something fabulous for me that I just can’t see.

the Kate Somerville moisturizer is nice. It is a good night time moisturizer and my skin really does enjoy it. The scent is a bit lemon-tastic and vaguely kitchen cleanser reminiscent. I like it, but I don’t think i like it enough to put it on my repeats purchase list. I think it is one of those products that i will use if it is here and like using it while it is here, but that I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase. It is a good solid cream and great for the winter and at night, but it isn’t OMG fabulous.

The Laneige Lip mask is OMG fab though. I was out in the cold wind, and forgot my chapstick. Predictably lips got chapped. A couple of nights repeating the lip mask, no more chap. I really do like this lip mask. I also need to remember not to leave my chapstick in my jeans on laundry day, but that is an entirely different story.

That is more or less the good the bad and the meh of the week. For the most part it is good. Which is something I always like to say about my skincare routine. Horror stories may make good reading but they don’t make for good skin so I am happy to keep the horror to a minimum. And there was no real horror here. Except for the chapstick in the dryer. RIP little chapstick.

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The Skincare Line Up: January 28th, 2022

Good morning my darlings! We have reached my favorite post of the week. The weekly skincare line up. For the next few minutes I get to blather on about skincare to my heart’s content. Focusing on the products I used this week of course. And this week there was a little more separation between the day time use and the night time products which means even more things to talk about. Woot. So let’s see how everything worked.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Clarins Total Eye Lift

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

Oh, my darlings there were some good products in this day time list. First of all there is the grapefruit cleanser. I love the grapefruit scent. It is the perfect way to wake up in the morning. It is invigorating and it is simply a fabulous cleanser. I’ve lost track of how many times I have purchased this cleanser. And I will always repurchase it. I have noticed that my cleanser is getting suspiciously light, suspiciously fast. I suspect my babydoll has been borrowing it. He has a weakness for grapefruit and he commented on the scent this past weekend. Also it isn’t always in the place I left it when I return to my bathroom. He gets up a little earlier than I do and I think he has been using it. Which is fine, I don’t mind sharing, I just think it is a bit amusing.

This Kopari toner is one I go back and forth on. I love the bottle and the spray as the toner comes out. And I find I waste less product with the spray format for toners. In addition, this toner is fantastic. My skin feels soft and well toned with this toner. But that coconut rose is a bit of a strange scent to me. It smells a bit like they couldn’t decide if they wanted to go coconut and rose so they just smacked them together. It is a bit like they poured coconut water into something rose scented to dilute it. It isn’t a bad scent, it just always seems odd when I smell it. The scent isn’t off putting so I have no problem using the toner up completely, but it is just a little odd. It does work really well so that does make a difference.

One of the few products that is a current staple is the 111 Skin Essence. I really like this essence. It makes my skincare routine feel like a spa visit and even better it really does boost the efficacy of the the other products around it.

Those who have read this site before know that I am a huge fan of Hyaluronic acid. It is one of my skin’s BFFs. I picked up this HA serum from Grace and Stella as an IPSY Add-on. Since I only had one serum in my line up, I bumped that to night time use and rolled this in for the day. It is a deluxe sample size But for grace and Stella I have only used masks. I love their sheet masks, and their eye patches I have on repeat purchase lists. I have event tried (and loved) their not sheet masks. But I hadn’t tried any serums from them. I figured since I like HA serums to begin with it would be a nice intro into their other products. I’ve only been using it for a few days, but this far it has been a really good addition to my line up. There is no scent to the serum, I only need about two drops of it and my skin drinks it in. I am actually quite thrilled with this serum. Abd even though it is a sample size, I might actually get a full month’s worth of use out if it given how little needs to be used. We shall see. I certainly won’t complain if it sticks around a whole month.

The Clarins eye cream will not be lasting a month. I put it in the morning line up and this little sample tube is already empty. I think I ended up with three morning uses out of it. The tube felt almost empty when it arrived. This is the second one of these Clarins Eye Lift samples I’ve had and it was the same with the other. I will say I really do like the way the product feels on the few days I got to try it, but I honestly didn’t have enough of a sample to determine any sort of effectiveness. I can say that in the three days of use it didn’t actually clog any pores. And it absorbed well. I like it, I just can’t tell you if it did anything.

And finally we get to the day time moisturizer. This one is interesting because I recieved a sample of the Eternal Snow Cream in one subscription and the full sized one in a different one this month. I’ve tried several Polaar Products and liked them and I have several more in my samples box to try out. I put the sample size of the Eternal Snow in the line up because I figured if I didn’t like it then I could pass along the full sized one un opened. Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I really like this moisturizer. I put it in the morning line up, because I already have a night time moisturizer, but I think this moisturizer could work for both day and night. It has a light floral scent to it, but it mostly smells just fresh and clean. It is a large sample so I am going to happily keep using the sample until it is gone. I will keep rotating sample sized products into the line up until the full sized moisturizer I am using at night is empty and then I will give the full size of this Eternal snow a trial. But after a week of use, I am really enjoying this moisturizer and look forward to a full trial of the full sized version in the near future.

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

As always the Elemis Cleanser was fabulous. While it is a great scent all around, I really like it as a nce scent to unwind and take the day off with. I know the marine collagen line gets all of they hype (and deserved hype at that as they are very good products) but this cleanser really should be talked about more. I love washing my face with this and just letting my bare skin hang out for a bit as I enjoy the clean feeling. And then going back in later with the other products. It just makes my skin feel good. Currently this cleanser is 30% off, which I think brings the cost doen wot $10.80. Quite frankly it is a steal. I have actually been looking at my drawer of cleansers and have been trying to justify picking up another bottle of this. At the moment I have a lot of cleansers to work through so I may not be able to justify it. But I really want to stockpile this cleanser. I really like other cleansers, including the M+G from the daytime line up, but honestly if i had to choose only one cleanser, this would be it. I’ll admit that part of that is because I love the scent of Lime Blossoms but the rest is because it is just such a great cleanser.

I can not be as effusive in praising the Serumkind serum. I’m sure the Purple Cabbage drops do wonders in protecting me from environmental contaminants. And just because I can’t see the effects doesn’t mean they aren’t doing something. But this serum is becoming an annoyance in my skin care routine. It is simply too thick for the size of dropper that they have with the bottle. And I know that it was chosen for aesthetic reasons. And I will be the first to admit that the long slim squared off bottle looks great. I even love the look of the lavender colored serum. But as good as it looks on the shelf, the serum is simply too thick to be effectively pulled into the thin dropper. I have taken to simply removing the dropper and shaking out a bit of the serum onto my hands or use. The issue there is that I often shake out too much serum this way, where as the dropper gives too little. I am starting to find reasons to ‘forget’ to use this serum. I think I might have used it three times this week because I just didn’t want to. I think what I am going to do this week is leave it on the skin care shelf and try to remember to use it, but roll in an additional product that I can use every day and then just use the serum when i feel bad about the waste. That way I will eventually use it all, and get whatever benefits it has without annoying myself every evening as I attempt to use it. I appreciate pretty things, but with skincare it has to be a pretty thing that works. even if this serum works, the pretty, pretty packaging is not helping it out.

The Kate Somerville continues in it’s use. I really like it as a night cream and I am trhilled I rolled in another product to use for the day. This was just too heavy for my skin durihng the day. At night, it is fantastic. The scent is a little lemon cleaner-y, but it isn’t too overpowering and I am willing to continue using it because I like it enough to ignore the scent. And to be honest, the scent is relatively easy to ignore.

The Laneige is my chapped lips savior this winter and I can not praise it enough. The more I use it the more I want to just get multiple scents of it so that I can rotate them around. I am a big fan. I also tend to use it on my lips when I run around with my mask on. Since I have the mask I know I’m not going to eat or drink anything and a little extra masking time for my lips at this time of year is not a bad thing. It is an unexpected benefit of wearing a face mask.

So that my darlings is the line up from this week. There was some good, and one major annoyance. I don’t know why it bothers me so much when product packaging gets in the way of an actual product. I think it is because I know that somewhere, someone made the conscious decision to make all of the bottles the same size and shape for consistency in appearance and for aesthetics’ sake without actually thinking about the product inside. I like pretty things, i do but i am also a big believer in form following function. I think that what just sort of puts me in a ranting kind of mood. I apologize for the rant, and hope it wasn’t too much for you. I just couldn’t hold it in. But now I will leave you, calm down as I get to work and then rejoin you later with a much calmer frame of mind for the Friday Face Mask. Until then, have a fabulous Friday.

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