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.
I am constantly looking for ways to reduce waste in my home, and especially in my beauty routines. while there are several steps I have taken the one that has made the most difference in my reduction has been the incorporation of reusable makeup removal cloths. I know, you might ask why I can’t just use a wash cloth. Well I can, clearly, however makeup often stains and Makeup removal cloths are designed to resist staining as well.
Recently The Turkish Towel Company sent over a six pack of their Makeup removal face cloths. There are six so I have been rotating them so that I get a fresh cloth each day and get to see how they perform. (a 12 pack is currently $44 which breaks down to $367 per cloth). In addition to using them to remove makeup I have used them to remove face masks as well. Mostly because I often use my makeup removing cloths to remove face masks so that I don’t stain my regular wash cloths and towels.
Thus far they have done a good job removing my makeup, they feel soft against the skin and they have washed up clean with nary a stain upon them. Now part of that is their dark color. dark colors don’t stain as much. Simply because they are dark colored. I also washed them in with my regular towels and the dye did not wash out to tint the other cloth items in the wash. I have to say I also like that they have the word Makeup embroidered on them.
It is a little thing but when you are hurrying to get laundry done, folded and put away, having that word, white letters on black cloth, means you don’t have to think about where they go. The makeup cloths are easily stacked to the side for deployment back in the bathroom. I don’t stick them in the linen closet with everything else to be used as regular washcloths. I’m hoping not being used for hand washing will aid in their longevity. Thus far these makeup removal clothes from The Turkish Towel Company have sailed through my testing beautifully. I will continue to use them and repost after a year of use to let you see how well (or poorly) they have held up, but for now, they are working out quite lovely.
And I have not added a single stain to my wash cloths since their arrival.
But you may have noticed that it is not the only makeup removal cloth in the top photograph. As Easter approaches and I gather the elements for the celebration, I am doing a little bit of cleaning and I have noticed that I have accumulated quite a few cloths. Not all of them have performed equally and not all of them will stay.
This rainbow hued Makeup Eraser is about five years old. It came in a Boxy Charm box a while back. i was thrilled to get it as my original pink Makeup Eraser accidentally ended up being repurposed. (It was in the wrong Laundry pile and my babydoll grabbed it when he was working on lawn mower repair. Incidentally the motor oil did wash out of it completely but by then the new one had arrived and my baby was so impressed I let him keep the old one). I also have a smaller Makeup Eraser that I received in a different subscription (I can’t remember which).
It has been fantastically useful for eye makeup removal, especially with water proof mascara. The smaller size is fantastic for that, I use one side for each eye and then don’t have to worry about getting face makeup in my eyes. The smaller pink one is three years old at this point. You may notice that neither of them have stains on them and are both still working like champs. I keep meaning to get a set of the seven smaller ones so I can have one each day (although at the moment I have enough cloths that isn’t really needed). I mostly want them because I adore the Disney villain’s set. I keep talking myself out of them because I have plenty, but i really want that set and know at some point I will cave. Oh and when I was getting the links for these I saw the ones they released for April as Earth Month. They are round and each one looks like the earth AND they come with a mesh bag for washing. Those bags are fantastic. I had one but it has mysteriously disappeared and must soon be replaced (more for the small reusable rounds I use with toners and serums than these cloths, but that is another story.)
I know thus far it has been a raving success, but don’t worry that is about to change. Next up we have Simple Satch. I got this as a set. It came with a Velcro headband (which I use daily and absolutely love), two terrycloth scrunchies which are nice but a little bulky, seven reusable rounds (which are fantastic) and this makeup removal cloth. I purchased the set in either November or December of 2021.
I adored the light blue color but should have known it would not last long. After the first week of use I had mascara stains on it. The lipstick has also stained the cloth in multiple places. In addition the cloth itself is starting to look worn. It looks much older than my five year old Makeup Eraser. And the light blue cloth is starting to come out of the wash looking dingy. It is still useful, but I don’t know how long this cloth from Simple Satch is going to stay around. I will probably use it until I just think it looks too worn out to keep around.
I am pretty sure my Glov mask Removing cloth is at the stage where it no longer looks acceptable I know it is more of a mask remover than a makeup remover, but as I also use my makeup removing cloths to remove masks and I store them together, I decided to review it here. This is a mirco-fiber cloth that is specifically designed to remove masks. I’m not a huge fan of the stiff and scratchy material, but it does keep my wash cloths from being stained. (I am a big fan of charcoal based masks. One of my favorites is from Annmarie Skincare but it comes with a warning about staining on the jar. Well worth it as it is a fantastic mask, but they aren’t joking about the staining.)
This Glov cloth is basically a pocket that you slip your hand into, which is quite handy. Although if I wet it and then use it to remove your mask, I generally find that even if I rinse it out as i go, I have to keep turning it to find new spots because the cloth really likes to grip the masking material. It isn’t a major deal but the shape of it really wants to limit how you use it. It it is a light gel mask then there is no problem. Any clay masks will require extra effort. And as it is the clay ones that generally have wash cloth staining pigments in them (as the gel ones tend to be clear) that isn’t very good. I love the idea, am not a huge fan of the material and I think the shape could use a little work. It is really stained at this point and the makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company have dealt with my mask like champs so I have no problem letting this Glov masking cloth go.
It wasn’t a big clear out as fare as these things go, but if you are looking to work more reusable makeup cloths into your routine and wanted to know a little bit about the cloths and how they perform, I hope this helped you out a bit.
It is time once again to line up all of the skin care products currently in motion and take a look at how they are performing. Are there any problem children? Are their any gold star teacher’s pets? Let’s find out shall we?
Okay this week I finally got back to splitting out the day time from the night time as there were enough differences to matter. I did finish up my toner last week and I forgot completely to roll in a new one this week. I am thinking of rolling in the Somme Institute exfoliating pads to fill the gap but i want to see just how exfoliating they are before I commite to daily use. I will probably still roll in a toner and just use them either in the day or night.
To be honest the morning routine worked really well for me. The time Revolution cleanser from Missha is just fantastic. The scent is light and fresh and herbal and a fabulous first thing in the morning wake up kind of scent. It also takes off any makeup residue left from the makeup remover in the evening. This is a cleanser I will most certainly pick up again.
The 111skin essence is also nice. While it is a clean scent it is more of a high end spa clean than a fresh scent. It works oddly well with the Missha cleanser. It makes my morning routine feel like a high end spa that focuses on natural ingredients.
And then comes the serum. It has a different scent all together. I actually can’t identify the scent. It is a scent that tickles your nose and then before you can figure out what it is, the scent is gone. It is slightly astringent and almost fruity. I’m going to have to spend some time with the ingredients list to figure it out. But as I said the scent is mild and gone almost as soon as the serum hits the air. I haven’t been using the Nue Co serum long enough to show any results, but I do like the way it absorbs. It is slightly sticky , but as i put my moisturizer over it, that isn’t much of a concern. I also am loving the shape of the bottle. It is the tall thin pump in the pictures, if you are wondering. The pump is nice, wide and flat so easy to work with even if your hands are damp and the tall thin bottle is easy to grip. I know packaging isn’t the main concern, but someone really thought about this bottle. And I for one appreciate it. Hopefully as my product use continues i will find the product as useful.
the Embryolisse Lait-Concentre is a fantastic moisturizer. The scent is lightly aloe mixed with shea butters and my skin feels soft and hydrated. It is a very straight forward no nonsense moisturizer and honestly i am enjoying it a lot. My one concern is that while it is fabulous for me at the moment, as the weather warms this may be a bit too hydrating for me. It is something I will have to monitor. It is the most moisturizing of the three moisturizers from the Lait Creme line and if we do end up with a weather vs. hydration issue I will simply bring in one of the others as a day cream and continue to use this at night. It is the type of cream I can use as a night cream all year round so that isn’t a concern, it is just the day time use I will have to monitor.
And finally we come to the MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Eye cream. It is a lightly floral scented cream, the florals fading away almost a soon as you apply it. It is a thicker eye cream which had me worried at first as I feared clogged pores. My under eye area is quite susceptible to them. But this far it has not been a problem. This eye cream absorbs well and I am seeing improvement in my fine lines. Thus far I am really a big fan. This is the first time I have tried anythign from the brand and thus far it has made a very good impression.
As the products used in the day time worked just as well at night i won’t bore you with a repetition. There is only one new item in the evening so we’ll leave it for last. The Laneige has been in the line up the longest and will be here for a while to come. I’ve made a dent in the product but there is still a lot left and I have no problems continuing with it’s use. I put on a thick layer before bed and it has absorbed in the night leaving my lips soft and fabulous. I have had very little issue with chapped lips this winter.
The Byroe Fig Renewal oil I have been putting around the fine lines of my lips. It appears to be helping. The change isn’t dramatic, but I think the little extra boost of hydration from the oil is really a benefit. This is the first time I’ve used a facial oil specifically for the fine lines around my mouth and I like it. I just don’t have anything to really compare the Byroe to at this time. It is a dry oil and so it absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue. I am halfway through this bottle of oil and I am thinking about swapping it out with one of my other oil samples just so I can do more of a comparison. I think it might help me get a better feel for comparing the Byroe to another oil if i try another oil. Sometimes there is great danger in going first. I will say I love the scent. it has the scent of figs which I really enjoy.
I am not so much enjoying the scent of the Vike Makeup melt. It works well and I love the way it sprays on and, well, melts makeup. But when I spray it I have to hold my breath and then step out of the bathroom to take a deep breath. It smells like vaporized mothballs or like something my grandmother would have in the back of the medicine cabinet as a topical cure all. it works well, but I am thinking of opening up a cleansing balm just to give myself a break from the scent. then I will reach for this when I need something fast. It won’t go to waste, i will definitely use it. It’s a great product. I just need a break from the scent.
And finally we come to the Nue product in the line up. I chose this one because I am using The Pill in my day time line up and I thought, huh, don’t I have something else from The Nue Co? Turns out I have several items actually. So I figured I would add this to the line up. The topical c is a powdered vitamin c supplement that you mix in with your moisturizer. And this Embryolisse may be the perfect moisturizer to do this with. It is thick enough that it just pulls the powder in with no problem and quite honestly i am loving the combo. It hasn’t been long enough to see any results, but those two work really well together and as the moisturizer takes its time absorbing I really think I am getting all the benefits. We’ll see how it goes but thus far, these two are fantastic friends and my skin is loving it.
This was a great skincare week for me. Things were a bit rocky a while back and I had to cut down and build up my routines again, but i think now everything is well in hand. There will be a few minor tweaks next week but for the most part it is full steam ahead and steady as she goes as far as my skincare is concerned.
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.
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.
Oh my darlings, today has been a bit of an upside down Topsy Turvey kind of day. The sky was heavy and low, but according to the weather man, I had just enough time to sneak in a walk this morning, which I did. I returned home just as the first drops started splattering the ground. I was actually feeling quite impressed with myself. Thinking it was likely the only chance at walking I would get I extended the walk a little bit and took down a couple of the highest hills on the trail.
I actually hit the recommended step count on my little step tracker just as I reached home again and unlocked the front door. So with my count reached and the rain just beginning, I felt pretty pleased with myself. I washed my face clean of the post work out sweat and went to pick out the makeup for the day.
This is when the phone rang. On his way into work his car had a few issues. Since he had to drive around all day for his job today we decided on an emergency car swap, so I drove out to his office, followed him to the mechanics and then gave him my keys so he could get back to work.
It turns out the starter needed to be replaced. So I spent much of the day in the mechanics office while that was done. Our local mechanics favor fishing related magazines should you be interested and I think I am now caught up on more than I ever wanted to know about Bass fishing.
Mostly because I forgot to bring a book.
Not quite the way I envisioned spending the day, but it needed to be done. And now my babydoll has a new starter. So he will not have issues getting too and from work. I will also be working later tonight than I planned as I lost a chunk of the work day. I don’t really mind as it really did need to be done. I just wish I took a moment of thought before I left the house and grabbed wither a book or my laptop before leaving. Or even properly charged the phone. It had about 10% battery life when i reached the mechanics. Mostly because I forgot to plug it in last night.
But I really can’t blame anyone else for that but myself.
So today didn’t go as planned. But it wasn’t a bad day. It was a no makeup day and the perfume I was wearing was overpowered by the scent of motor oil. Which is sort of impressive given the perfume i am currently testing.
I did check my e-mail when I returned home and found a lovely e-mail from Makeup Eraser. If you follow my Skincare line up you will usually see my Makeup Eraser listed in the line up as the first step in make up removal. while I have the one large Makeup Eraser, I have been eyeing the various seven packs they have come up with. These are sets of smaller Makeup Erasers and contain seven of them (obviously) so that you can use a fresh cloth each day.
I haven’t broken down and bought them yet because my Makeup Eraser is still in such good shape. Plus the set I was eyeing was limited edition and disappeared while I was debating it. But they have a new set of seven I may have to pounce on. It is a Disney Villain’s set. Each day features a new Villain. They look really good. Personally I’ve never been a princess fan, give me the villains every time. They are way more interesting. This may be a set I have to pick up.
Although I do have to wait at least a day. I know better than to go shopping when I’ve had an unpredictable day. Bad day plus online shopping generally means too much money gets spent. Not that today was particularly bad.
I also think I have a cousin on my Christmas list who would really like these as well. So I may have to buy two sets. So I need to check on that before shopping. But resisting temptation is hard. I’ll like the Makeup Eraser site below for those interested in checking out this or any other sets. Since dropping makeup wipes from my list of acceptable products, they have been invaluable tools in my world. Even if it is just dampening an edge to fix an eyeliner mishap, they are fantastic to have around. And much better than disposable products.
But now it is back to work for me. A hole was blown unexpectedly through the middle of my day and I need to see if I can patch it up before retiring for the day. Wish me luck!
Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly skincare line up. Here I get to chat briefly each week about the products I’m using and how I feel about them. For me this helps me actually figure out what is working, what I like and what is really just not good for my skin. I hope you find it helpful, or at least entertaining as well. So let’s dive in and see what we have this week.
Okay this week I am still using the Native deodorant and it is still working well. Admittedly now that the temperatures have lowered, it doesn’t have to work quite as hard as it did before. I am almost at the tail end of the product so I will be picking up a new deodorant this week. I’m kind of hoping that they have the holiday scents out already. Last year I tried two, Peppermint, which loved and hope to buy again and Sugar Cookie which was interesting to try, but will not be making a repeat appearance. There was something off about the sugar cookie scent in a deodorant. At least for me.
The Ren cleanser is proving interesting. It cleans the skin really well and actually it is pretty good at removing makeup as well. But the clear gel formula is surprisingly difficult to get out of the bottle. You can’t squeeze the tube in the middle, you have to squeeze at the top and push the product down to the exit. I know that sounds really picky, but generally i wet my face then reach for the cleanser so I almost always have wet hands, and it is a slick tube. To use this I wet my face, then dry my hands, then reach for the cleanser. I like the product, but honestly, I don’t like how it dispenses, which honestly could prevent me from buying it again.
This week I finished the last of my Time Revolution Essence from Missha. I loved it, I used it, I reordered it and put it in the medicine cabinet where my babydoll will hopefully reach for it when he needs it. If I call it skincare, he won’t touch it. If I say it is designed to calm redness and put it in the medicine cabinet, he will reach for it. Sometimes perception is all.
So with the bottle in my skincare line up now empty, I rolled in the 111Skin Essence. I love the scent. It is refreshing and spa like. As my baby would say, ‘It smells fancy.’ And honestly I feel fancy using it. I’ve only used it for a couple of days but thus far it seems to be working well as a pore opening essence, which is sort of the point of an essence. I am happy to continue using it.
This week I am happy to say that I have finished the Seed Phytoneutriants lotion. I may have used the last little bit of moisturizer on my arms and hands as body lotion just so I could finish it up and not have to use it anymore this week. It is a good lightweight moisturizer. With the weather changing it is actually becoming a little too light weight for me. I have to admit that wasn’t why I used it up as boy lotion though. That was because I really wanted to just be done with it. While it is a good product it smells like damp hemp rope that has been molding in the back of the shed. At least that is the scent I get. I generally don’t mind the scent of hemp or CBD but for some reason this just got to me. I used it, I liked it and I am happy to let it go. I will not be repurchasing it.
I also won’t be repurchasing the Shiseido Sunscreen. As a brand I like Shiesido. In fact I have one of their moisturizers on my repurchase list. It is one I look for when the black Friday sales hit. But this sunscreen had too heavy a perfume for me. And it was a perfume scent that lingered. I used the last of the sample bottle this week, but I am very happy it is now empty. It is a great product and absorbs well, but for me the scent killed it.
This week my body sort of purged all of the excess grease and sugar that I consumed last weekend while we had company visiting, so my skin wasn’t looking it’s best. I will say that once the blemishes started to rise, the Neutralyze toner pads really came in hand. I focused on the areas where problems usually arise, however I did use them all over my face. I was very pleased that while it helped me tame the blemishes, it also didn’t dry out my skin in the places where I wasn’t breaking out. I was very impressed by that.
This week i also got a lesson in taking care of my lips. This week the Laneige Sleeping mask ended up placed behind other products and I forgot to use it. The wind has been blowing the air is dryer and my lips are actually starting to chap. I forgot completely about the sleep mask until I took the pictures for this post. So this week, I am going to see if a week of use can banish the chapping from the week of not using the mask. It didn’t help that the lip balm on my desk was swiped so i didn’t have it to hand. I keep it on my desk because if i see it, I will fiddle with it and apply it. It stops chap from happening. With the lip balm MIA I forgot about it. I also think the plumping gloss I used this week didn’t really help. I’m not sure, but I suspect.
Everything else in my list is either chugging along nicely or hasn’t been used long enough for me to get too much of an idea of whether it is effective of not. All of it feels good and this week I will be rolling in a new moisturizer. I’m not certain if i will roll in a full size or see about using up some of the samples. I’ll have to see what I feel like when I go to the skincare drawer tonight to set the line up for the morning. For now, these are the active products on my list.
And so another week of skincare comes to an end. This week the line up looks a bit different than last week. I had several products reach the end of their lives and I had some others roll into the line up. I was able to stagger them so not all products started on the same day. I generally find that having at least a day between adding products into the line up really helps keep my skin from freaking out. So let’s see what changed this week.
While I was sad to finish up the Annmarie Cleanser and Serum, both of which will be coming back to me at some point, I was happy to try out two new items. I have seen Ren products around and I’ve heard of them for quite a while but this was my first experience with a Ren product. This cleanser comes out as a clear gel and has a quite lovely scent actually. The scent is slightly almond-y and reminds me a bit of marzipan. It doesn’t smell as sweet so I still felt like i was getting a good fresh clean. I liked how it performed this week and am happy to keep using it. It was a bit harder to squeeze out of the tube than I thought it would be. The formula was nice though so the first week was a success.
Actually most of the new products had a good first week.
The Vitabrid C12 Serum is nice. I really like having vitamin C in my line up so i am very happy with a vitamin c forward serum. My skin absorbed the serum well and I really liked the thick consistency of it. I’m not a fan of watery serums. This one had some body to it and while a week won’t show you much difference, I think my skin might just be a little bit brighter. Even if that is my imagination,. I am happy to continue using it.
This week also saw the arrival of a new eye cream. This is the Verso Super Eye serum with Retinol 8. I know I am a big believer in letting skincare settle in and work over time and not looking for immediate results, but i have to say I was very pleased with my eyes this week. In the daily posts when i take close up pictures of my eyes, I actually did notice an improvement in the fine lines around my eyes. So I am cautiously pleased with this eye cream. Time will tell if there is actual lasting benefits, but at the moment I am very pleased with this in my line up.
And then we come to the sunscreen. And I am sad to say there is a minor hiccup. I love the formula. I love the way it applies and I love how easily it blends into the skin. I love that I had no clogged pores. Do you know what i don’t love? Can you guess? That’s right, the scent. This sunscreen is so perfume-y that I didn’t really want to wear it. It isn’t just perfume-y, but it is a scent that lasts. It doesn’t dissipate after the sunscreen is applied, the scent lingers. The bottle was completely full and after a week of use the sample bottle is about half empty so I will use this a second week, but because of the scent i won’t be buying a full size. Which is a real shame. It is a great product and if it came in an unscented variety I would snap it up. I may look for an unscented variety, but this one is far too scented for me. This one I will use and let go. But it was good enough that I will fight though the second week to continue using it and I will comb through the Shishido sight to see if an unscented version is available.
This week many of the products that I used in the morning I also went with at night. At the moment few of the products I am using are sample size so I thought it better to just focus on the full sized items. I might add an extra serum next week, but for the moment I am good with the Vitabrid C12 serum. I think I’ll wait until I really know how it performs before seeing about additions.
That leaves the one new item in the night as the Neutralyze toner pads. I was very impressed with them this week. I think I actually like these more than I like the serum (and I liked the serum quite a bit.) The toner pads have a serum on them as well and I think it is very similar to the serum, however because they are exfoliating toner pads, the serum isn’t quite as sticky. It is still a little sticky, which is why I used them at night. However I do have fewer clogged pores and this is the time of month where I generally get hormonal breakouts. Yet, no current break outs and fewer clogged pores. So I am very pleased to be using this right now. It is it’s first week of use but thus far it is holding its own. My skin has no dried out spots and my problem areas aren’t much of a problem at the moment. which is always a nice thing to say.
Again it is a new to the line up product, so I’ll have to see how it performs over time but week one was pretty smooth. Hopefully it will continue the good work. I love when i can say nice things about products.
Admittedly I still have to give this week’s MVP status to the Verso Super Eye Serum. I really like the way the fine lines around my eyes look. Or rather don’t look since several of them aren’t visible. That is a result I am quite happy with.
And that was this week’s line up. It was shorter than usual as I am now using most of the same products in both the morning and the evening. And of course the newer products are still in the first stages of trial. As all the existing products in the line up are really doing well there isn’t much to say about them.
Good morning and welcome to another week of skin care. This week was really interesting as I have several products that are almost down to empty, but not quite there. Some have a couple of more days left on them, others might last another week. It is really going to be fun to see as a lot of products are rolling off of the line up in the near future. So lets get started and see what we have shall we?
Okay lets just start at the top of the list and work our way down shall we? The Native Blackberry and Green tea deodorant smells like blackberries and green tea when you sniff the product, but the scent is almost completely MIA when you apply it. If you are sweating heavily there is the possibility of pit stains, but there is never any stink factor. It works, just remember it is not an antiperspirant. It is close to reaching the end of its life. I may have two weeks left on it thought so it is one of the few products that i will not be replacing in this coming week.
I fear i will be finishing up both the Aloe Herb Cleanser and the Anti Aging Serum from Annmarie skincare. They are both great products and I know this is not the last time they will make it into the skincare line up. I love the fresh clean herbal scent of them both. The cleanser has a lemon verbena scent while the serum leans towards rosemary. Both are lovely and are especially excellent in the morning as they both have the kind of scents that wake you up. Both are available in their samples bundles.
If you are interested in trying out the skincare before committing to a full size, I highly recommend Annmarie’s sample bundles. It is a great cost effective way to find out what you like and what you don’t like about a brand. I have found many favorites this way. But now I have to let them go. There is maybe three days worth of cleanser left and I’m pretty sure I will end up using the last drops of serum in the morning. So it is farewell to both, although there will most definitely be a return.
The Murad toner is a really good toner. I am only about a third of the way through the bottle so it will be sticking around for a bit longer. I really like the elements from the Hydration line of Murad. They tend to suit my skin type and are especially helpful as the seasons change and I need to adjust to my seasonal skin changes. It really helps to balance things out.
If you look at the above picture you may notice that the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence is a bit lower than it should be. This week my babydoll had some skin irritation issues so he ended up using it as well as I did. And so it is disappearing pretty fast. Even though this one was sent by the brand, I have already reordered another bottle, just to keep around. Whether you use essences regularly or not, this isn’t a bad product to keep around just to deal with skin irritation. It really helps with both the soothing and redness aspect. I am a big fan of it. I suspect that we may end up keeping a bottle of this in out medicine cabinet. I know that sounds a bit strange, but my babydoll isn’t a huge fan of skincare in general so getting him to use a product is often difficult, however if the same skin care product is stored in the medicine cabinet, he doesn’t think twice about using it. I know, it’s a little bit of trickery, but it works. And sometimes, you just have to use what works. It’s like putting cheese sauce on broccoli.
Next up we have two products that give my nose issues. One is the Seed Moisturizer. it works well and my skin loves it but it smells like wet and slightly moldy hemp rope. Normally i don’t have an issue with the scent of hemp but there is just something in this that i don’t like. I am only about half way through the bottle and I plan to finished using it up, but as good as it feels on my skin, i will be happy when it is done and i will not be repurchasing it.
The scent of the Caudalie is also not my favorite. It smells a little like mothballs. However it is one of the best facial sprays I have tried. My skin always feels so nourished when I use it, scent or not. I always reach a point with the Caudalie elixir. I get to the point where I just want to use it up and get it out and I am always relived not to smell it when it is gone. Then a few months will pass and I will remember how much my skin really liked it. So I will order it again, use it again and then once again reach the point where I can’t take the scent. If this had a different scent, I would order it before I ran out and always keep it on hand. But by the end of the bottle, I need a break from the scent (and yes, I only buy the travel sized bottles) Something really need to be taken in moderation. I don’t know if you can see what is in the bottle, but the remaining product will be gone before the weekend is over. There is both relief and sadness. And a wish for a different scent.
My eye cream this week was frustrating. Since eye cream takes so little to apply, I had high hopes for this little tube of Clarins to last a bit longer. Using it morning and night I started it last Saturday and used the last of it yesterday. It seems to be a really good cream. My skin liked it. It absorbed well and didn’t leave me feeling greasy. there were no clogged pores. I just didn’t use it long enough to really see any results. Would i use it again? Sure. What i used seemed to be pretty nice. But now the sample is empty and a new eye cream must be tried.
Also pretty much empty is the Volition sunscreen. It is a great weightless sunscreen. There is really no gap in use though as the last time i bought sunscreen i went ahead and picked up several tubes. I do want to use up a couple of samples though, so I may use them up before I open up a new tube of the Volition sunscreen. Rest assure, it is not going to be gone for long.
And to round up the morning we have my Crest Gum Detoxify. My dentist recommended it, my teeth feel clean and my breath is fabulous. What else is there to say?
Okay, lets take a look at the non repeat night time products shall we? First off I love my Makeup Eraser. Right now it looks a little bad, but it is going into the wash this afternoon and it will be as good as new. I really want to get a set of the smaller cloths so I can use one a day and thus always have a clean make up eraser, but as the one i have is in such good shape I just haven’t broken down and done it yet. I need to though. But for now, this is fabulous. I’ve had this one well over a year and no matter what it looks like going into the wash, it always comes out looking like new.
The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water works like any other micellar water. It is no better or worse than any of the others I’ve tried. While i like micellar waters, I didn’t notice anything that would make me buy this one over any other. I think there is enough for a week in the bottle so I will probably use it up this week and then not repurchase. I will purchase micellar waters again, just not this one.
Something else i will not be purchasing in the full size is the Clive Cleanser. To give it it’s due, it is a nice creamy cleanser that goes on well and stays in place like a cream until you add water to foam it up and wash your face. It smells like straight up perfume. I know it cleansed and I could feel my clean skin, but the scent did not make me think clean. it made me think I just splashed a rather cloying perfume on my face .I know it has all sorts of things I like, but it is still a hard no for me based on that scent.
The Herbal Dynamics Beauty I love. It is a fantastic serum. I was getting some sun sensitivity, so I switched to only using it at night and the issue was resolved. It is almost gone and it will be very hard not to immediately reorder it. Only the fact that i have several other serums I need to try out is keeping me from immediately repurchasing this serum. It has really helped with my fine lines, especially the giant line across my forehead that I refer to as my stress crack. It is still there as nothing is going to remove it, but it is more of a line than a canyon. I love this serum.
The Neutralyze has also impressed me. I am currently using it as a spot treatment in the areas where I tend to get clogged pores. It has helped clear away several of those clogged pores and kept them from getting clogged again. And all without over drying the skin. I found this very impressive. It is on the sticky side though, so when you apply it, put it on and then let it sit. Give it at least an hour before you apply your night cream and go to bed and all is well. If you don’t give it this time you will stick yourself to your pillow case. So take your time.
While there is still plenty of product in the bottle, I am going to rotate it out this week so that I can give another Neutralyze product a try out. The brand sent over several products for me to try out. So next week I will be trying out their exfoliation pads to see how they work. it will be interesting to see the differences in the formulas and if the serum is as sticky or if it dries the skin more. I am actually looking forward to it.
My Elemis Pillow Facial has been fabulous. Becuase I am using it more as a night cream than a mask, I need very little of it so there is still plenty of product. It is slightly floral in nature but it is a light fresh scent that smells like lightly floral skincare rather than perfume. Oddly i felt cleaner after applying this than I did when using the cleanser. Plus it is Elemis and you know I am a huge Elemis fan.
And finally we reach the lips. To be honest, I forgot to apply this lip mask most of the week. It slipped behind some of my day time skin care and I didn’t see it. So I forgot to apply it. My lips aren’t that bad, but i can certainly feel the difference. They are a bit dry and I feel the need of both a lip scrub and a lip mask. I will probably roll in a lip scrub this week, just because i need one. Usually I only use them in the winter as just applying the lip mask is all I really need. But I skipped the lip mask and now need the scrub.
So my darlings that was this week in skin care. For many of the products in this week’s line up this was their last showing. Some will return and others will not. Either way i will be rotating in several new products this week. Isn’t that exciting? Well as exciting as I really want my skincare to get anyway. Let’s hope we get some good products and no skin irritation. that’s the sort of excitement I can live without.
Ah Friday, the day I get to indulge my love of skincare and talk everyone’s ear off. I do try to control myself. Not everyone needs to know my love of hyaluronic acid. Or do they? I don’t know, perhaps it may help. And isn’t that what this is all about?
Okay, let’s kick off with a most egregious error on my part. Looking through this list you may not notice anything strange, but something is missing. It is the eye cream. I finished the ESPA eye cream and didn’t add in a new product. The reason is that once I finished it I thought – I need to add this onto my list of products I want to repurchase. At the moment I have quite a few eye creams to go through as subscription boxes went eye cream crazy for a bit, so it will be a while before I get around to reordering. The ESPA eye cream is one that tops the list though.
So, since I didn’t have a pen and paper with me I set the tube back on the skin care shelf to come back to later instead of putting it with the empties. And then I left it there. I picked it up periodically throughout the week and then set the empty back down thinking – that’s right I need to add it to the list. It is now on the list, and a new product will be added next week.
To be honest that is really the only change in the morning line up. I have about a week left on the Annmarie serum and I am already dreading running out. Even though the serum is a little thicker than i would expect it absorbs really well and my skin looks really good because of it. It is one of those serums that I just love to use. It has a nice herbal scent and it just plain feels good on the skin.
I did notice something interesting with the Missha Time Revolution essence this week. The lower the essence drops in the bottle, the more comes out of the top when I dispense it into my hand. I think that happens because the product falls through the empty portion of the bottle to smack into the dispenser top with more force now that there is less product in the bottle. I am trying to remember to turn it up gently so the product is against the dispenser cap before I shake it into my hand. This dispenses less and will make it last longer. And I am all for making this essence last longer. With the weather change I have been spending more time outside and even though I still use my lovely Volition Sunscreen, it is a lot of sun on my skin. The essence really helps calm my skin after too much sun. Or irritation of any sort actually. It really is just good to have around, as well as being part of my skincare line up.
Even when i ignore gravity and shake out more than I need, I just apply the essence to my neck and upper chest so it is all goo. Just something I thought was interesting. And something I didn’t even think about before the product dropped lower in the bottle.
This week the night time line up had two changes. One was the use of a sample sized cleanser from Tony Moly. It is simply called Moisture Boost. It is a gel to Water cleanser and as expected it comes out as a clear gel that melts to a liquid with the heat of your palm. It s scent is slightly reminiscent of a citrus scented hand sanitizer. The citrus is very light and faint though. It doesn’t really foam. And I;ll be honest, while that isn’t technically necessary, I like my cleansers to foam.
While my skin did feel clean, this isn’t the best cleanser for getting makeup off. It suggests morning use and I think that is because it really isn’t good at removing makeup. For makeup removal I just relied mostly on my Makeup Eraser followed by the Micellar water. this cleanser was mostly a follow up more so i could test it out rather than because it was removing anything but the last bits of makeup remains.
The other change was in the Neutralyze. At the moment I am using it as a spot treatment for my trouble zones rather than spread a layer over my entire face. I really think it is helping in the areas where I tend to get a lot of clogged pores. I’ve noticed fewer clogs if nothing else. I’m trying to avoid using my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing Mask at the moment so that I can see if the Neutralyze can work them out and thus far I think it does seem to be doing some good. Pictures are hard to take of it as the clogged pores are more of a texture than anything else so it is really hard to see. But the bumps are receeding. Or being removed I suppose would be a better term.
The cream is very sticky though so if using it, remember to apply it at least an hour before going to bed otherwise you will feel like you are velcro-ed to the pillow case. Give it its time to sink in and do its job. After all the pillow case doesn’t have any clogged pores it needs to get rid of, why should it take a share of your treatment?
And so my darlings that is it for this week’s skincare line up. There weren’t many changes but I think I have several products that might at best make it to the end of next week before new products need to be rotated in to fill the gaps. So change is coming. And as soon as this posts, I am writing down the details of the ESPA eye cream and I am putting a new cream to try into the bathroom. Promise.
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Good morning my darlings and welcome to the weekly skincare line up. Here we discuss all of the products currently in motion in my line up. This week there isn’t a whole lot of change, but as many of you may recall from the recent posts, the weather is starting to change where I live and the products will do the same. Well, some of them. I have a couple of products I have actually been holding off trying out because I knew it was the wrong time of year for them and soon, soon they will be brought to the light. But let us first look at what we’ve got going on right now shall we?
Okay lets take a look at the line up. The Native deodorant is doing very well. This week there was not a lot of exercise due to rain and when I finally did get out and walk, the weather was cool enough that the deodorant was not put to the ultimate test. I think from here until Spring the deodorant can more or less coast.
There were two Annmarie skincare products in the morning line up. the first is the Aloe Herb Cleanser. It has a bright lemon verbena scent that just really suits the morning. It is a good gentle clean that really takes off the remnants of my night time treatments and just leaves me with good clean skin and a scent that wakes me up. it is the scent that makes me want to use it in the morning as to me it is more of a wake up scent then a get ready for bed one, so that’s how I use it.
As for the Annmarie Serum, that too has a nice wake up and shine herbal scent to it although this has a bit more rosemary in it I think. The serum is thick, but it absorbs fairly quickly. Only a little bit is needed so I am only about half way through the sample sized bottle of the anti-aging serum. My skin loves it and I am happy to use out the rest of the bottle and add it to my repurchasing in the future list.
This week I didn’t find myself reaching for the toner in the morning. I’m not entirely certain why. I used it at night, but not during the day. I enjoyed the Missha Time Revolution essence though. even without the need to do sun damage repair. My skin drank it in and then the serums went on top. It worked very nicely and I really enjoy the product.
The ESPA eye cream I love as well but my sample size is almost out. I may be able to squeak out a use tonight, but tomorrow morning a new eye cream will have to be opened. While I like trying new things I am very sad to see this one emptied as it worked really well for my skin. I saw a reduction in the fine lines around my eyes and it is definitely a repeat purchase for me. The purchase will have to hold off for a while though as I have many eye cream samples to work my way through. For a time it seemed like i was getting eye creams in every subscription. Now of course they’ve tapered off. I’m sure in a month or so it will be a different product that seems to be flooding the subscription boxes. But such is life. For now, I have plenty of eye creams to use, but when I do get around to buying more, the ESPA one is actually the top of my list.
Now to the Seed moisturizer. It is a nice bottle and I love the pump. It is a great lightweight day cream. My skin likes it. My nose does not. It smells like damp hemp rope that has been sitting in the heat in the back of the shed for too long. The scent does fade after you apply it. I am pretty sure my nose can take using it until the bottle is empty, but I don’t think I would repurchase it. There are other products that work just as well, if not better, that my nose doesn’t mind my skin using. I would lean more towards repurchasing them than I would this. It is just a good light weight moisturizer though.
Okay, this week I mostly used the Makeup Eraser to take off my makeup. I then went in with the Rodial Draggon’s Blood Cleansing water and a reusable round to take off anything remaining. The Rodail works like any other Micellar water. To be honest i see no difference between it and any other micellar water I’ve tried. There are Rodial products that I would certainly spent the extra money on, but this cleansing water isn’t one of them. It is good, it just isn’t better than any other micellar water. Now if we were talking about the Rodial Sculpting gel it would be a different story. I LOVE that stuff and snap it up in any size. I’ve actually got a could of sample sizes in my skin care drawer waiting for me to use them. That is worth the Rodial price. This water, is not.
This week I also used the Comfort Zone gentle cleanser. It falls into the okay category for me. It is fine. There is no real scent to it and if cleanses the skin without a lot of residue but now that the sample is done, I probably won’t think about it again. It gets the job done, but it isn’t something I’d look for.
The Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic serum I love. i am much happier with using it only at night. I don’t know if it was the cause of sun sensitivity or if it was another product, but I have no issues with it at night. I only need one pump for my face so that is what I am using. I am just below the half way mark on the bottle and already contemplating ordering a replacement. I’m trying to resist as I have several more serums I want to try out, but it is really hard since it is such a great serum.
And now we come to the Neutralyze. I am going to have to write a full post to do this product justice. It knocked my breakouts out very quickly. I have never had such breakouts cleared away this quickly before. I was very impressed. It is definitely going in my once a month product usage, but I am still using it for spot treatments on certain areas of my face and I thus far haven’t had any issues with the over drying of the skin.
Part of that may be the Caudalie Spray. My skin loves the elixer, but my nose isn’t a fan of the scent. Knowing it is good for me, especially when I am using a potentially drying acne cream, I go ahead and use it. if it had a different scent I would use it more, but i content myself with using it only as long as I use the salicylic acid based products. Great product, very medicinal scent.
Using the Elemis Pillow facial has helped as well. Because I have to use the Neutralyze at least an hour before bed, I have been applying a light layer of the Elemis just before bed and it has worked really well. Over all I am really pleased with the combination of products.
So that was this week in skin care. Some of the products weren’t my favorites, others are on the repeat purchase list. I’ve used up one of my sample cleansers and finished out a fabulous eye cream. All in all, not a bad week.