The Skincare Line Up: February 11th, 2022

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

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

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

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

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

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

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

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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The Skincare Line Up: January 28th, 2022

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

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Eye Cream: Clarins Total Eye Lift

Moisturizer: Polaar Eternal Snow Youthful Promise Cream

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Night Time Line Up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

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Toner: Kopari Coconut Rose Toner

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Serumkind Purple Cabbage Drops

Eye Cream: Glam Glow Bright eyes (discontinued)

Moisturizer: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Glow Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

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

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

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

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

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

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