The Skincare Lineup: March 25th, 2022

Good morning my darlings. It is time for the most fabulous post of the week. Or at least the one I have the most fun with. That’s right, it’s time to talk skincare. And today I have an added bit. I decided that I am going to add in a photo of my bare skin taken first thing on Friday morning so that you can see how my skin actually looks as well as seeing the products I am using and reading my thoughts about them

Feel free to zoom in as close as you care to look, I won’t judge. I did have a bit of a break out on my chin this week. But that was due to me spending an inordinate amount of time with a face mask and of using a clay mask to draw out the buried clogged pores. This week, there were some on my chin. The mask brought them up and I am now clearing them away. So first a picture of my skin and then, we are off to the skincare races. Or at least this week’s line up.

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co’s The Pill

Toner: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

The Time Revolution Cleanser has been fantastic. I am reaching the end of the thirty days, and the end of the product as well. My full review of it will be up next week and I suspect I may be able to squeak through the week with the remainder of the cleanser, but certainly by the end of next week i will need to choose a new cleanser for the line up. I really enjoyed using this cleanser. It’s mask like texture was fantastic in letting me know exactly where I had cleansed and it rinsed off clean while leaving my skin refreshed. What more could you really want in a cleanser?

I also only have about a week more of the 111Skin Essence. It too has been fantastic. It not only helped the other products work more efficiently, but it’s scent lent my skincare routine a spa like feel. Great product, great high end scent. I would certainly use this essence again.

The Pill from Nue Co is interesting. It is creamier than I am used to serums being and slightly sticky. Since I put a moisturizer over it, I am not as worried about the stickiness as I would normally be. It is early days yet with this serum so I haven’t really seen any effects, but I am hopeful. I love the shape of the bottle and the pump as they seem really well thought out. It is an easy product to pick up and use even if you have wet hands. Hopefully steady use will produce effects.

I can already see some effects with the MZ Skin eye cream. It is a thick eye cream, but I haven’t had any issues with clogging pores. And I really like the way it absorbs without leaving a greasy film.

The real winner this week is the Embryolisse. Wow. It says Multi use on the label and this week I not only used it as my moisturizer but as a pre makeup base. It made such a huge difference. I was blown away. I have one more week for the full thirty day test of this moisturizer, and then I will be rolling in the next in the Lait-creme line to try out and compare with the first. My plan had been to use up this tube at night while starting to test the next one in the day time, but I think I will only do that for a few days before relocating the remainder of the tube to my makeup kit. Applying that extra hit of moisture and letting it soak in a few minutes before moving on with the rest of my makeup really made a difference. It was simply amazing and I am kind of sad that i didn’t try this multi-use function out prior to this. But I will be using it in the future. I will also be picking up a tube simply to keep with my makeup.

The Nighttime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with the Makeup Cloths from The Turkish Towel Company (currently on sale on the site)

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co Topical C

Facial Oil: Annmarie Anti-Aging Facial Oil

Exfoliating Pads: The Somme Institute Transport Exfoliating pads

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

As always some of these are repeats, so we will concentrate on the ones I didn’t use in the morning. I had planned to replace the Vike this week, but somehow never got around to it. I have a Huda Beauty cleansing Balm I want to try out so I will be bringing that out this coming week and setting the Vike to the side. It is a great product and so quick and easy to use. The issue is the scent. it is strong and I kind of need a break from it. But it is good.

I continued adding the Vitamin C powder from the Nue C to my moisturizer this week and I really enjoy it. I add it at night because in the day time Vitamin C can leave me a little sun sensitive. I really like having it in the routine though and I am happy I can add it, and add it in the amounts I want, when I choose to do so.

This week I rolled in the Annmarie Facial Oil to replace the Byroe to see how it worked and I loved it. It worked even better than the Byroe, plus it has that great Annmarie Skincare Herbal scent. I adore the skincare products from Annmarie skincare. They are just so fresh and clean. My all time favorite is their Aloe Herb Cleanser. it smells like Lemon Verbena and I always find myself wanting to pick up a bottle when spring arrives. It just seems like the perfect time for it. But alas, this tine bottle of oil is almost out. I have a couple of more days with it and then I will take out a new facial oil. this is one I will return to in a larger format at some point in the future. As I am working through a backlog of oils that i want to use up, it may take a while but this is one of the few oils that made my repurchase list.

I don’t think I will be repurchasing the Somme exfoliating pads. I do like toner and exfoliating pads and the liquid in this one is fine. It actually works well. The problem is with the pads themselves. They are a thin cotton material that because it is so saturated tend to stick together. Separating them often tears the pad and gets the serum everywhere. I often feel like I’ve exfoliated my hands more than I have my face. and it really is the material of the pads. Getting just one out of the container is difficult. I will keep using them as I like the serum, but I don’t think this is going to be a repeat purchase for me.

It was kind of the hiccup in my week of skin care. Otherwise everything went swimmingly. Next week there will be a new facial oil and new makeup remover. The cleanser and the essence may make it through the week, but I know the cleanser won’t make it beyond. Using it as a day and night time cleanser along with an occasional masking experience used up the tube fast. I don’t mind as it was a fantastic product to use, but I will soon need to find a replacement. As always I will be easing new products in one at a time instead of all at the same time. I find it the best way to keep my skin from freaking out over new products.

So that was me this week. I hope you had as much fun talking about skincare as I did.

The Skincare Line Up: August 20th, 2021

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

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

But that’s a bit off topic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

But that is a different post.

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

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

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

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