Welcome once again to the weekly skin care line up. Below are all of the products I am currently using and a little bit about how I am feeling about them as I use them. After a full month of use I will do a full write of each product and go into details about each, but this is more of a casual discussion of how I’m feeling about the products as I work through them. So let’s get into it.
Daytime Skin Care
Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant
Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence
Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask
Moisturizer: Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Moisturizing Gel Cream
Well the first thing you are going to notice is that there are two sunscreens on the list this week. At the end of last week I had a little of the La Roche Posay Anthelios sun screen left so I went ahead and used it up and then switched back to my normal Volition sunscreen. The La Roche leaves just a little bit of a white cast on the skin so I ended up using it primarily on my neck and upper chest. It is an area I often forget and quite frankly It really needs some help. Last summer there was some sun damage there so over the winter I babied the skin and intend to keep babying it throughout the summer as well. I don’t want to damage in the summer and heal over the winter in a cycle. I prefer the don’t damage if at all possible. For that I may actually pick up the LaRoche Posay when I go to Target. I know it sounds strange but if I have a product specifically detailed for my neck and upper chest then I will remember to use it more because it takes up space in the line up.
You may see that there is barely a drop of the Loum Pure Serenity Golden C Essence. I will use that last drop tonight and then roll in the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Serum to take its place. I have to say I am very torn about the Loum Serum. It made my skin fantastically soft and I really liked the way it felt. However it was so aggressively floral that I am not certain I could take a full sized bottle. It works well enough that I might consider giving it a try, but I think that is one of those things I really wouldn’t know until I tried the full size. I had a little over a week and a half with this sample of the serum and even though I didn’t like the scent I managed to still use it. I think I would have to see what results I was getting with it. Because while the scent is strong it is a scent I could tolerate with good results. If you do try it out though, just remember it is very aggressively floral.
This week I finished the 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream and I have added the Farsali cream in to take its place. I chose it because it is a gel formula and in the summer time the lighter gel formulas are very good for me. I don’t find them as heavy as some of the thicker formulas that I adore in the winter time. And with the heat kicking up, it seemed like a good time to shift into summer skincare mode. So far I do like this cream. It has a light rose scent, but after the scent of the Loum serum it is not all that noticeable. It also fades away pretty quickly. While my skin seems okay with the moisturizer at the moment, I have noticed that it takes a bit of time to absorb into the skin. I tend to moisturize and then put my sunscreen on top of it. Because of the time I now moisturize and then go put on the coffee pot, then return to the bathroom for the sunscreen. I’ve only been using it a couple of days so there are no visible effects yet so the absorption time is the only thing I really have noticed. As time goes on, I’m sure there will be more noticible elements.
Night time Skincare
Makeup Remover: CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa
Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask
Moisturizer: Arrow Radiant Skin Moisturizer
Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (didn’t use this week due to the Vitamin C serum)
Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum
Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.
Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask
If you look in the photographs you can see that the Yensa CBD oil Cleaner is almost emptied. I think I have about a week’s worth of product left. Over all I have to say it is a good cleanser. The scent is very CBD oil forward which I don’t like, but it does take off the makeup with out stripping the skin, which is very nice. I will finish it up and while I probably won’t be purchasing another bottle, if another bottle did come to me in a subscription service, I would certainly use it again.
On the other hand next time I see a sale on this Elemis Eye mask I am buying back ups. I have really seen a noticeable difference in my fine lines and it lays beautifully under makeup. Just give it a minute to settle down and absorb before applying makeup over it.
The Arrow Radiant Skin moisturizer is a pretty good moisturizer. It is a thick cream that absorbs faster than I thought it would. I would certainly consider trying it out in a full size to see if there were any visible benefits to using the product. I have maybe two days’ worth of product left in the tube. I think that what I may do is use the Farsali for both a day and night time moisturizer for a while. It is a gel cream and I normally do prefer a heavier cream at night, however I do have this night mask that I am trying out so I think it will work out.
With the Arrow Moisturizer, I needed the Night mask three times a week. I suspect that with the Gel cream I will need it more often. I am personally okay with that. The Bloom Effects Royal tulip nectar smells fantastic. It has that slightly floral tulip scent to it, but then it has this kind of spicy back note to it that just makes it smell utterly delicious. My big complaint is that the moisturizer didn’t come with any sort of spoon or spatula. (in the photos on the website it does actually come with a sort of shovel looking tool. My jar came from Boxycharm and did not so I improvised).
The mask is a strange consistency. There is a liquid that is in the jar but the product mostly has the consistency of jam. I have several small spoons that go with a tea service (they are tiny spoons much smaller than usual teaspoons)and I repurposed one for use with this night mask. It works really well actually. If you do use this mask just know you are going to need some sort of spoon to go with it. What I have been doing is putting on my moisturizer and then letting my moisturizer settle in for an hour, then applying the Tulip nectar night mask about twenty minutes before bed. It is mostly absorbed by the time I lay down to go to sleep. It is a little sticky going on but dries well. It just needs those twenty minutes so it doesn’t end up on the pillow.
In other Skincare…
Finally we have the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum which I am using Tuesdays and Thursdays. I actually only used it on Tuesday this week because I want to try out the Herbivore Prism Exfoliating mask for today’s Face Mask Friday and I wasn’t sure if that much exfoliation in so short a time would be good. I am liking this Versed Retinol thus far. I’ve had no sun sensitivity which is nice.
The marina oil is nice, but it isn’t my favorite oil. I will be using it until it is gone and then not repurchasing it. I actually have a small amount left. It works well as a facial oil, but there are just other facial oils I’ve used that I prefer.
And that my darlings is a snapshot of this week’s skincare line up. I’ve rolled in a couple of new products. They were also spaced in such a way as to not freak out my skin. I have also started edging into more summer friendly skin care as well. We will have to see how the new products fare as the skin care line continues.