I know what you are thinking. “Um, Mimsy, aren’t you missing a few products there?” Well yes, yes I am. This week was the final push to get my current book done and out. Literally everything else in my world took a back seat to this. Skincare was simplified to just a few elements as well.
That’s it. I used the Clove and Hallow to wash my face. It is a fantastic cleanser and very gentle on the skin. Plus as it is a powder, you really only need a little of it. The big trick though is to tilt the bottle slowly. As the product level drops, the powder will hit the holes with force if you just upend it and then you have a powder explosion. It is easy to clean up as it just rinses off, but it does waste a bit of product and this isn’t a product I want to waste.
For day cream I used the Korres. I really like it and I think that the salicylic acid that is in the moisturizer has helped keep my pores from clogging as I am reaching the sweaty time of the season where clogged pores seem to multiply. Right now they are less than usual which I appreciate.
The whipped formula of the Kiehls has been nice at night. I don’t know why the light blue color of the cream amuses me, but it does every time i open the jar. The jar is almost empty though so last week may be my last with it. It is a good cream and I would certainly use it again. The scent is lightly medicinal but it provides just the right amount of night time moisture.
And yeah that was my skincare for this week. It was pared down to just the basics. Makeup came off with the Makeup eraser and I used a cleanser and moisturizers. Will I keep this paired down routine? No. I will start rolling products back in. But when I didn’t have any time to spare this week, this was a great set of products to work with.
this is going to be a very boring line up this week. The only change is that I took the toner out of rotation. Everything else remained the same. And the thing is, all of these products are working well for me. Not a single one is giving me issues. That’s what I meant by boring.
They are all working well for me and each one of these I would purchase and use again. I know that doesn’t make for a fantastically dramatic post, but it is an accurate one. The issue I’ve had this week has been my birthday sugar intake finally catching up with my skin. I had several break outs which are now on the end. I think the Korres Poreless skin cream is helping with that. it is not only designed for oily skin and I am at my oiliest right now, but it does have some salicylic acid in it. Which is interesting. I have to watch salicylic acid. Too much and i get dry flaky patches. Thus far there are no dry and flaky patches. But my blemishes are fading back rather well. So for me this may just be the right amount.
For me my blemishes mostly consist of clogged pores, usually in the under eye area along the orbital bone. I don’t get a lot of break outs unless I have a blast of sugar. On most days I don’t eat a lot of sugar. I indulge at Christmas, Easter (although the Peeps were a bit much for me this year), my birthday and Halloween. These are generally the times when I can’t resist sugar and end up with mass break outs because of it. (I know i shouldn’t but I figure four times a year isn’t that bad).
the birthday breakouts aren’t bad this year and I think the Korres is definitely helping. It also helps that nothing else is pore clogging. The Symbiosis eye cream isn’t clogging my pores either. In fact everything is working really well. Because I am dealing with break outs and things are working well, I didn’t roll in another toner when I took out my previous one. I just didn’t want to add in another product until my skin settled down. I should be fine by Monday though and a toner will reappear. and then slowly things will start shifting.
Today however is a boring old everything is working as it should and I am really happy with the products I am using. As thunder is cracking overhead, I am just getting my drama somewhere other than my skincare routine. And personally, I am okay with that.
The Nuxe actually felt really good on my skin this week. We started the week off with cooler weather so I didn’t monitor when I walked as much but by Wednesday the sun and heat were back and I still wasn’t paying much attention. I ended up getting a little too much sun and the Nuxe Micellar water not only cleansed the makeup residue, it really helped soothe the too much sun skin. While the sunblock kept the skin from burning it was the wrong time of day to walk and I knew it (I just did it anyway.)
The Clove and Hallow is just fantastic. It is gentle and effective and because it is a powder it really requires so little product for each wash making it really cost effective as well.
I am still less enthused by the Aavrani. Each time i look at it I think, wow what a pretty blue glass bottle. and then it somewhat disappoints. It isn’t a bad product, but it isn’t really fabulous either. And as I can get really good toners in many places for much less as well as many better serums, it makes me less than enthused by this toning serum. I don’t mind paying extra for good skin care, but the trick is, it has to be good skincare. This is okay skincare.
The Vitabrid and the Symbiosis have definitely earned their place on my skincare shelf. They are both cream products and lightweight. They absorb quickly and don’t clog any pores. I am enjoying using them and hope that as I am approaching the 30 day mark with them results will soon be more noticeable. My skin really drinks in both of them.
This week I rolled in the Korres as a day cream. I did this because as the heat and humidity are rising I am starting to feel much more oily and this is one of the few creams I have that is designed for oily skin (as I tend to only really need it in the heat of summer as a day cream, which it is most definitely the heat of summer now). And yes it is in a pretty (and fully recyclable- actually the packaging is recyclable too which I like) green glass jar. I’ve only had a couple of days use out of it but i think that it is going to be the perfect weight of moisturizer for day time use right now. I don’t think I could use it during much of the rest of the year, but for right now it works for me.
The Kiehl’s night cream is also working for me, but I have noticed I need to use a little less than I was using. I don’t know if that is because of the weather changes or because I changed out my day time moisturizer. It may be a little of both. It is is something that I will be monitoring moving forward.
And I am still loving the Tatcha Kissu Lip mask. Just a little is all my lips need. The scent is light but I likeit. I kind of wish it had a little of a stronger scent because I like it, but I am okay with it the way it is and it works really well. Oh Tatcha does still have their Friends and family sale going on right now (use code FF2022 for 20% off. I actually used the code to order a few products that will hopefully be here tomorrow. Plus thee were three samples with my order so I get to try a couple of other products to see if I like them (and possibly want to order them) So I sense a foil packet try out soon. But for now I am relatively happy with my line up. There are some favorites and some so so products, but nothing major wrong,. which is how I like my skincare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ah yes, this week in skincare. It has been fun. Last week I had quite a massive patch of breakouts on my chin. For me the chin is always the canary in the coal mine for skincare concerns. It gets overly greasy first and it shows dry spots first as well. And last week it was throwing up all sorts of signals. So this week I pulled out the elements that were new in the skincare line up and went solely back to products I knew worked well. And then I played with the products i thought were causing issues.
Surprisingly all of the new products were problematic. I tried the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle foaming cleanser. While it smelled nice, it didn’t give me a deep down clean and left far too much gunk on my face, which was not good.
The second new skincare item was the Naobay Detox Oxygen light cream. This cream smelled nice, absorbed well but was slightly too heavy for me. It also made my skin feel itchy. In order to see if it was the cream or the cream in conjunction with other products, I used this on my arm for a couple of days. In general I find if I test a product on my inner arm it will give me a good indication of what is going on. My arm was fine for the first day but by day two it was very itchy and I had to stop using the cream on my arm. So this may be a good product, but I think i may just be allergic to something in it. I’m going to have to break down the ingredients list and see if i can figure out what because I didn’t see anything problematic on the label.
One thing that also didn’t help is that last week i was testing out a Vesca primer and it made my skin itchy as well. I tested it on the inside of my other arm and after a few days of repeat use my arm broke out in a small rash.
So at least whatever it is that i am allergic to I am only slightly allergic to or it takes a while to build up to a level my skin doesn’t like. while this ingredient has yet to be identified, I know that all of the products listed below are ones my skin has no issues with and i was thrilled to be able to fall back on them. As always they behaved well and helped me calm my skin down from it’s break out session. Because there is nothing really new, there is minimal break out of the listed products this week. Just know, they all worked like rockstars.
Yup a return to what I know works. I think the Korres Cleanser needs an extra special shout out though. because of last week’s cleanser, I realized just how fantastic this product was. This will not be my last bottle of the Korres Foaming Cleanser.
With the night products the only thing to really report is that the Peach pudding makeup Remover and the Wander Beauty Night Mask are both almost empty. I have about one week or so left in the makeup remover and maybe two nights worth of the Wander Beauty do not disturb. Both have been fantastic products to use and I will be sad to see them go. I will definitely pick up the Peach Pudding makeup remover again. It is from Peach and Lily and the only products it had issues with were a few of my mascaras. As my Makeup Eraser took care of any left over mascara I didn’t think it much of a problem. The container cost $9.99 and lasted over a month so there are no complaints there either. in fact because Peach and Lily is having a massive 50% off labor day sale, I might stock up on this now that it is on sale.
the Wander Beauty night mask I would use again as well. They too are having a large labor Day sale if you are interested. I actually have a second container of this mask in my skin care drawer waiting it’s turn to be used so I don’t need to repurchase it anytime soon, however it is one that I will happily use again.
and now that my skin is calming down once again I am looking forward to slowly adding in new products. with luck this time there won’t be any drastic reactions.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
No 7 has a great sale going on this weekend if you are looking to stock up on some great products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll admit, my face mask choice was inspired by my skin care line up. In thinking about the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser I remembered the Hydra Biome mask, also from the Probiotic Yoghurt line from Korres. This mask comes in a heavy glass jar which is lovely frosted glass. However its weight means that I tend to store it towards the back of the masks and so it often gets obscured by smaller trial sized masking tubes and bots that I am trying to clear out of the way.
Today I was reminded of it and remembered that I both really liked the mask and that i hadn’t used it in a while. For those who don’t know much about the mask, according to the website the Korres Hydra-Biome Probiotic Superdose Face mask is supposed to…
Fortify your skin’s natural protective layer, often broken down by stress, pollution and diet. Through a clinically tested blend of superfoods, hyaluronic acid, and skin-rebalancing technology, this mask improves elasticity, radiance, and texture for a revitalized, healthier look.
The mask has a vaguely yoghurt-y scent to it, but it isn’t overpowering. It still smells very clean and fresh. The yoghurt is more pronounced as a scent in the mask than in the cleanser, but both still smell really clean. One thing I love about this mask is that you can practically see your skin drinking it in.
I apply the mask in a thin layer and and let it sit for fifteen minutes. At the end of the fifteen minutes a large amount of the mask has absorbed into the skin. The rest gets rinsed off. Your skin takes what it needs and just leaves the rest. So there is no over hydrating or greasiness. You are just left with clean and hydrated skin. This mask feels as though it ought to be used in the summer. I think I feel that way because I tend to keep it refrigerated. So cold mask used to beat summer heat.
In all honesty though, it works wonders on winter dry skin as well. In the winter my face sucks it in as though my pores were actually little vacuums. There is very little left on my skin then. In the summer i can go a little lighter with the application if I want, but I forgot and just applied the same level of product as I did in the winter.
My skin really liked the mask today. I personally also enjoyed the time out I got from it. I lit my candle (still using the La Playa Salted Blue Agave Candle from Paddywax) and then put in my ear phones. Today was The Pogues for my zoning out music. I know. Not entirely Zen like, but it made me happy and we all relax in our own little ways.
My skin loved the Korres Hydra-Biome Mask (I think this is either my second or third jar of this mask, I can’t remember. I’m fairly certain I finished the second at the same time as Korres had a sale and I picked up the third. But I could be mistaken.) It is one that I have repurchased and will repurchase again in the future. And with both the mask and my fifteen minutes of mental down time, I feel much more prepared to face the rest of the afternoon and take down the rest of Friday.