Using the Rodial Glass Primer

If you’ve read my posts for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of primers. Perhaps it is a hold over from my art days but I like the thought of prepping the canvas before applying the paint. Or my face before the makeup.

In general I go for pore filling primers. The older I get the more I find that the blurring and pore filling primers not only blur and fill pores, but they conceal the fine lines that my skin care is currently battling to defend against.

I also find that primers can do a lot more. an illuminating primer can give you a lit from within glow or it can add depth and dimension to a matte foundation, making it look less mask like and more like real skin. Some primers have skincare benefits to them now so I like to think of it as an extra layer of protection between the skin and potentially pore clogging makeup.

This is the Glass Primer from Rodial

Discover a radiant glow with Rodial’s Glass Primer, a sheer formula that promotes a flawless, glass-skin effect. Boasting ultra-hydrating ingredients, the primer utilises light-scattering technology, packed with microscopic glow spheres to help illuminate the complexion.

The lightweight formula is enriched with crambe abyssinica seed oil, seeking to leave the complexion feeling supple and soft. A multi-tasking hero, the nourishing primer can be worn beneath makeup or alone for a healthy-looking glow.


First off for those wondering crambe abyssinica seed oil …

is both hydrating and protective, with a velvety, non-greasy texture. An active lubricant and emollient, it is a natural alternative to mineral oils and silicones, promoting soft skin and a protective barrier to prevent skin dryness. For hair – it restores shine and gloss, conditions hair and reduces breakages.

Botani Website

I’m okay with skin softening benefits. I’m not entirely certain what the light scattering technology is but I know how it looks on the skin. We’ll get to that in a second.

When dispensed the primer is a light tan. The tan fades so it can be worn by all skin tones. what is more prevalent than it’s color is the scent. It is a very menthol scented primer. There is no getting around it. It smells like menthol. It is strong when you first apply it and even though it fades a little as you wear it, all day you will turn around and catch a faint scent of menthol. It is with you as long as this product is with you.

The right side of the picture has the primer on it but the left side does not (I put primer on half my face – a little more than half on my nose) The light source is directly in front of me it is much more visible on my cheeks than it is anywhere else if you are looking to zoom in.

On the skin it gives you a bit of a rainbow hue. I am guessing this is the light scattering technology at work. It feels nourishing. It is brightening and there is some pore blurring. It is mostly brightening.

While it claims it can be worn alone, I would at least put some powder over it. When worn under a foundation it just gives a soft glow to the skin. Without foundation, it has an odd rainbow look to it that I just can’t get past.

I do like this but when I wear it, I generally avoid highlighters as they are relatively pointless. The primer keeps light focused on the high points of the face. There is no need to add a highlighter if you are after a subtle glow-y look. If you want a brighter section it is easier to add just a tiny drop of this primer over the foundation in the high points of your face instead of reaching for a separate highlighter. However I may feel that way because I don’t have a highlighter that has the same tones as this primer, so I felt that not only was the highlighter excessive, but is sort of clashed with the primers highlighting tones. If you have a highlighter that is in the blue/purple range, it might work out better for you. The straight up silvery highlights as well as the more gold toned ones just looked wrong with this primer.

So in my opinion it would be better to just use a smidge of this primer in lieu of highlighter if you need a highlight. I personally thought that the primer was enough. It caught the light where I wanted it to in just the right ways.

In general I really did enjoy this Rodial Glass Skin Primer and will continue using it. My one issue is the scent. The menthol is strong and it lasts as long as the product lasts. Since this primer lasts all day (and was really good at extending the length of time my makeup could be worn) that means a full day of menthol. I never really got used to that during my trial. While it is a good product, I will have to see how often I reach for it now that the trial is through and how often I decide not to use it just because of the scent before I can decide if i would repurchase. If you are looking for an illuminating primer that does not look greasy and lasts all day, this would be a good one to try out. Just be aware of the menthol scent.

The Daily: June 7th, 2022

This morning started off with a thunderstorm. The thunder lightning and drenching rain caused me to snuggle into bed and hit my snooze alarm as many times as I felt I could get away with. let’s face it, I don’t like mornings in general and knowing that I didn’t have a hope of getting a walk in today just made that snooze alarm too tempting to resist.

When i did get up I discovered that in the night wind played havoc with both the garden and the lawn furniture. So I went chasing chairs and re-staking tomatoes. The Cucumber vines were like one of those inflatable men balloons outside of car dealerships, but they too were corralled.

I also managed to accidentally scare several rabbits and felines out of their rain shelters. I moved the chair, they realized their shelter was gone and ran for the hills. I didn’t see them until them moved and almost had a heart attack as they streaked past me.

Which meant I was well awake before my morning coffee.

I suppose that is the karmic balance for the snooze alarm.

I will say the rain hasn’t stopped even if the wind had died back and the thunder and lightning moved on. The rain has settled into stay. If the weather reports are rught then it is here to stay for a few days. It is making me feel very sleep and like I want to just find somewhere cozy to curl up with a good book rather than work, but as I am behind on a few deadlines due to may’s upheavals I can’t afford to just walk away for the day. No matter how much I just want to call it a rain day.

Sometimes being an adult is just not fun at all.

my hair got a dousing with the rain this morning and any attempt at volume has gone out the window. Apparently it only liked uncontrolled volume when the humidity hangs in the air instead of falling from the sky

Today’s Look:

Primer: Rodial Glass Primer

Foundation: Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Cosmetics Staycation Vibes Bronzer

Blush: Illamasqua Gel Blusher

Powder: Tatcha The silk Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Palette

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag

Lips: Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick

One thing I love about this time of year is that I get to switch up my makeup. Yes I know the illamasqua and the buxom are year round products that I absolutely love and will reach for regardless, but I meant foundation. I get to shift my winter shade foundations to the side and pull out my spring to summer ones. It is always a delight. (Mostly because if a foundation doesn’t work for me I get rid of it fairly quickly so someone else can use it, so all the foundations I keep I really like) This Pretty Vulgar foundation is just beautiful. And right now the shade I have is exactly the right shade for me. It blends so beautifully with my skin tone and it lasts all day long with no issues. It also feels weightless. Its at this time of year where I feel like I am discovering old favorites anew.

This is one of the few true foundations that i will wear during the summer. I tend to shift into more tinted moisturizer bb cream sort of products for the summer. However this one is light enough that when I do need an actual foundation in the summer, I will reach for this one. The bottle is about half empty at this point so I suspect it will be finished out before the summer’s end. Which means I will be repurchasing. I’ll need to decide if i want to pick my summer shade or get both the summer and fall shades of this when I do. I think of it as a summer foundation because that is the shade i have and because it works so well in the summer, but since I am repurchasing I may get a winter shade as well this year. I managed to clear out several of my winter shades this year as well so there is space and I really do like this formula. The pretty bottle doesn’t hurt of course.

With the Rodial Primer, I think I have reached the conclusion that I do like the way it performs. I like the way it feels on the skin. I like the way it looks and the fact that it doesn’t clog my pores. It really is just a matter of scent. That menthol scent is strong and I do not care for it. It is however a great primer.

The Buxom Bronzer I really like as it is buildable. I can go light with it now and as the summer progresses deepen it so that I don’t need a different shade. It is a nice bronzer in general. Of course when I went to their site to look at the links for this post I saw they have what looked like a new line of plumping matte liquid lipsticks. I will be delving in deeper. You know I love my mattes, I love my liquid lippies and lets face it, I kinda dig the plumping. The trick is the drying factor with matte liquid lips. So I’ll need to hold back, get one or two shades for testing and then decide if I like them. But as I generally love Buxom’s lip formula, I have high hopes.

Today’s lipstick was from Wet ‘n Wild. I like their megalast line as the color rally lasts on it and they are comfortable to wear. if you blot after application the lip prints aren’t too bad. Towards the end of the day my lips do get a little dry but a quick hit of lip balm covers it and all is good.

The more I use the ABH Lash Brag Mascara, the more I like it. it does tend to flake after about eight hours of wear, but until then it looks fantastic. Each time I use it, it seems to get better.

On the other time, I am finding I want to reach for this Iconic palette less and less. This morning I had to talk myself out of reaching for my Lime Crime Palette. (Incidentally Lime Crime has just lowered their prices permanently. It isn’t a sale. I so want their Venus Immortals Eyeshadow Palette. I am trying to hold off until I do a palette declutter but I know soon, this palette will be mine. I just need to make space first – which is actually a good incentive for decluttering.

But I am finishing up the trial of the Iconic palette so I took it out instead. The shadow formula is nice. They are nicely pigmented and blend well. It is really the shadow colors that I’m having issues with. The shimmers are many and varied and they all look nice and work well. I really only like two or three mattes in the palette. some of the colors I don’t like, others just don’t work for me and my skin tone. It is a palette where I will reach for it for a couple of specific shadows and that’s it. So great formula, bad color choice.

And finally I am still using the powder sample from Tatcha and I probably will be for the rest of the week. There is a surprising amount of powder in this sample. It looked like it would just be a day or two but this is day two and there is still plenty. With the way the sample is set up I can’t put it in a drawer to use later so i do need to use it up. Which is not a hardship. This powder is super fine, little is needed, it feels soft, makes my skin took great and doesn’t look powdery. This is one of the best powders I’ve tried in a while. I have several good face powders but this is a fabulous one.

And that is my look for the day. It is raining outside so walking gave way to Yoga and I am fighting my own desire to take the day off in an effort to get some work done. Rainy days just call for curling up with a good book. Given the front moving in, the rain is likely to last the week. If it hangs around until Saturday, I suspect that is going to feature as part of my weekend plan. For now, it is full steam ahead into the land of e-mails and paperwork. Wish me luck!

The Daily: June 1st,2022

Deep breath my darlings. We have reached June. I am leaving May behind and looking forward to a bright drama-less June. This morning I remembered to get up earlier than normal and while I still grumbled at the alarm clock, because let’s face it morning swill never be my thing, I didn’t hit the snooze repeatedly. Nope. I got up and out of bed and started my day.

Why the early rise?

So I don’t pass out from the heat of walking in the afternoon. My goal this week (and possibly next) is to get in the habit of rising earlier so I can include my morning walk, for at least as long as the heat lets me anyway. There is always a point in August where even if you get up before the sun and go walking in the dark the air is still too hot and sticky to tolerate out door activity. So I am adding in that habit now and then I am going to slowly incorporate an afternoon activity indoors.

Mostly because I need a break mid afternoon. There is just a point where I need to physically leave my desk and move around or I just feel jittery and off balance. That is where the YogaWorks on-line classes will come in. I won’t be doing them every day, but I need some sort of structure to my indoor workouts. If I have a planned class or set of workouts I am good. I have generally found that if left to my own devices I will drift and not really put in the effort. If there are a set of classes, then a part of my brain is always worried that if I don’t put in the effort in this class then I won’t be able to keep up with later ones.

I think it is a hold over from Math Classes.

But at this point in my life, I do know this about myself. So I’m using it to my advantage. There are two sections of the Yoga Works program one is more interactive than the other and I don’t think I need that level of interactive yoga. So I am going for the more low key one (which still has over 1300 classes). It is also only $19 per month. which is well within my budget. Plus you get the first two weeks as a trial so I’m going to use the trial and if it is what I hope it will be, I will go all in. Then when August rolls around and walking out doors at all becomes relatively impossible if heat stroke is to be avoided, I will adjust the system again.

At least this is the plan. I’ll keep you posted on how it works. Today I was just happy to convince myself not to hit the alarm and to go on my morning walk before having my coffee.

The coffee was there when i returned. After I cooled down and took a shower of course.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Glass Primer from Rodial

Foundation: Yensa Skin on Skin Full Coverage BC Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Patrick Ta She’s Passionate Blush

powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Iconic London Sunset to Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: Uoma Lip Liner with KVD Vegan Beauty Epic Kiss Lipstick

Most of the face products you will notice are the same as yesterday. Today I did that for a reason. I am testing a primer I have never used before so since I used products I liked the look of yesterday, I just went ahead and used them again today to see the difference the primer made.

There wasn’t all that much of a difference appearance wise. The glass skin primer may have been a little more glowy. However it did feel different. It felt a little stickier than a lot of my other primers. While this did let my makeup stay on longer today I did notice that my foundation and other face products, took a little more effort to blend. The foundation in particular took more effort to get to the point I wanted it to. It got there, it was just more effort. It could be the two products don’t like each other and that will be something I pay attention to as I shift foundations around during the primer test.

One thing to add about the primer though was I was surprised by the scent. It is very menthol-ly. It mentions menthol in the description but I was not quite prepared by how strong the scent was. It isn’t bad, but it is strongly scented.

The powder is one of my favorites from bareMinerals. Today instead of using the powder brush I applied it with the powder puff from the Kim Chi Powder. I really think I am going to have to get a couple of powder puffs to simply use for face powder. It uses less product than a brush does, plus you don’t have fall out over the clothes. While I like the look of this powder when applied with a brush, I like it just as much if not more when applied with a puff. Plus there is less product used so it lasts longer. I know there are always makeup sponges, but they don’t quite work as well for me as a good powder puff. I think it might be a shape and surface area thing. I am going to have to look at getting some powder puffs.

I have to admit that does tickle me a bit and reminds me a little of watching my grandma apply makeup when i was a kid. I always thought her glass powder jar was so glamorous. It had a mother of pearl sheen to it and just looked classy. I may have to look into one of those jars as well. I’m sure I can find one on line somewhere. Maybe look at classing up my dressing table.

But before then, we will continue with the eyeshadow. while I am still liking the formula of the eyeshadows I am finding the mattes and their color choices are not the best. I tried several of the lighter mattes today. The first one was the same color as my skin, the second was really orange-y pink and then I tried a could others to tame it down. I know it mostly looks like I swiped one color over my lids and that I was very sloppy about it too. I am not fond of this eye look, but i was tired of messing with the shadows. I loved the darker mattes yesterday. The lighter mattes I used today were a little more powdery than the darker shades which I found surprising because usually it is the other way around. They blended just as well, I just didn’t like the shadow colors. I suspect that as I play with this there will be one or two mattes I love and the rest will be varying shimmers. The shimmers are nice and they have a wider variety of colors than the mattes. At least that is how it feels thus far. It is still only my second day with the palette though. It will be interesting to see how I feel about this palette by the end of my trial.

And then we have the lips. I used the Uoma Lip liner to darken the KVD lipstick. I enjoy both although they really didn’t want to blend that much. I think I need a creamier lip liner to blend with this lipstick more. It looks really dark in the tube but it comes out brighter on the lips. I’m not sure if this is a trend across all of the colors but it is something to note.

Overall today worked out well for me. As most of the face products were a repeat from yesterday for the primer test, and they are all ones I like it isn’t that much of a surprise I suppose. I am not a fan of the eye look but every thing else, I think turned out okay.

And now it is back to work for me as I finish out this Wednesday afternoon. I hope your First day of June is simply fabulous.

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The Daily: November 30th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The sun is shining brightly and it tempted me out into a long walk this morning. Unfortunately the wind was bitter and slashed like knives. My throat and lungs feel a bit on the raw side because of it. I was planning on a second walk later this afternoon, but i think that now, a session with my weights in doors may be a better idea.

I think that the indoor workouts in the sunroom may become a bit more frequent from here on out. Or at least until we get through the windy season. The cold I can deal with, but that wind. It just causes things inside to ache. But I am well stocked up on indoor workout gear so it should be fine. Most of my stuff comes from ProsourceFit. I’ve always found their products to be top quality. Currently they have a 60% off sale for cyber week so if you are looking to add to your personal collection this is a pretty good time. I love their yoga mats, but the big winner for me are the leg weights. Not only are they great when doing actual workouts, but they are fantastic for at the desk work outs.

when I am trying to think of the right wording for a tricky e-mail, I will occasionally put them on my ankles, push back from the desk and do seated leg lifts in my chair while my brain thinks up the right words.

All right, I admit, sometimes it devolves into chair dancing. Luckily there is no one in the office to see it. And I’m certain it burns some calories even if it probably doesn’t work out the intended muscle groups. And if I am going full confession, sometimes I shift them to my arms and do a little arm waving dance to whatever song is stuck in my head. Oddly enough yesterday it was the Kung foo Fighting Song. No clue why that popped into my brain.

Just don’t tell anyone, okay?

Today’s Look:

Primer: Fig and Rouge blurring primer

Foundation KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer infused Bronzer

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Chella Manifest Bronze Quad

Mascara: Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara

Lips: Mischo Beauty Lip Gloss in Madam

Setting Spray: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

As I am still testing out a lot of new products, some of these are the same as yesterday. The tart mascara from yesterday reached the end of it’s life and has been sent off to the land of fallen mascaras. Today I picked out the Pretty Vulgar mascara from my selection of open products and sadly found that this is it’s last day as well. There is almost no product left. I believe I have a second unopened one in the unopened product drawer which I will be taking out soon, if I have it. This is one of my favorite mascaras. It does really well lengthening the lashes and the curve of the wand does really well in shaping the lashes I really like how my lashes look with this mascara. The effect isn’t as great today as there was very little product left. Empty or not it is a pretty enough container that I actually want to keep it around for display purposes. To be honest I probably will keep it around until I open up a new one and put that one out to look at. It is just such a pretty looking mascara. I know, packaging isn’t everything. But since this is pretty packaging with a fantastic product, I’m okay with ogling the pretty packaging.

In keeping with the makeup recently received in subscription boxes theme I seem to have going on this week, I used the Chella eyeshadow quad today. It came in a Glossy box this month. It looks oddly almost identical to the quad I used yesterday. On the eyes the brown has more of a reddish tone though and it is not as patchy to apply. I actually applied it using the exact same colors in the exact same places that I did yesterday. The look is slightly different. To be honest, I don’t find it much more appealing than yesterday’s quad. While it is less patchy, it isn’t all that pigmented and to be honest I have these shades in better formulas elsewhere. The thing that might save this is travel. I am not certain if I have these shades in a smaller travel palette. I know I have them in larger ones. Once I finish testing them I will compare and investigate the drawer. While larger palettes have much more variation and I may keep them for one color, I will only keep quads like this if I don’t have the shades in a travel palette. That will determine if this stays or is passed on more than anything else at the moment, at least with the small shadow quads.

I’m trying not to keep what I am not going to use. Its one of my goals in the new year so I am trying to get a jump on it. there may be an end of December quick declutter just so I can start fresh in January.

The final change today in the line up was with the lips. I just could not face another day of the rose flavored lip oil. Since it is a lip product with a want that I have used, I can’t pass it on to anyone so I may use it as something pretty on the dressing table, until I run out of space and let it go. I don’t think I am going to be wearing it again. I just hated the taste.

By contrast the Mischo lip gloss has almost no taste and almost no scent. It provides a very light wash of color. I know i used the lip gloss at least once before but I didn’t remember how it performed. And I know it came in an IPSY a while ago. so I decided it counted as subscription box makeup. The light color is nice. The formula is a little waxy and like any lip gloss it leaves lip prints and wears off fairly quickly. While it is nice, I think it is something that I will use and then discard without feeling the need to replace or purchase additional colors. If future products come in subscription boxes then I will use them, but I won’t purchase it on my own. After the rose oil yesterday though, I am inclined to look on it more fondly then I might otherwise.

I’m still getting to grips with the new products in the line up and as I use them more, I’ll report back, but those were the changes made today and how I feel about them. I am sad to see my Pretty Vulgar mascara run out and the eyeshadow and lipstick weren’t my favorite, but I think I am starting to get the hang of the liquid blush at least. So that is something. It isn’t a spectacular look, but it will do for working at the desk today. And now it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Tuesday is fabulously productive.

Or at least fabulous.

The Daily: November 29th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and if you were celebrating an excellent Thanksgiving. We, as usual had far more turkey than we had people. So we had the turkey on Thursday and left overs the entire weekend through. Turkey is not my favorite poultry, so I am pretty pleased to see the end of it. It was fine while it lasted, but it will take another year before I am ready to see it again. For me, I only really eat it on Thanksgiving.

Travel was interesting this year. we made as few stops as possible (we were driving) and went through a lot of hand sanitizer. But it was worth it to spend time with family. There were two MVPS this time traveling: Chomps Chomplings and my ThinOptics reading glasses. I know, it sounds strange to put them in the same category but they were the travel winners. The Chomplings were just enough of a driving snack that I didn’t feel the need to fill up on highly caloric things when we stopped for gas (plus it limited the need to go into the gas station). I actually picked up the last bag of Chomplings the store had before we left. They are having supply issues at the moment. They can be found in stores but at the moment there is no on-lone ordering. I am hoping they resolve this issue soon as I have come to rely on them as afternoon snacks and will soon need to restock. The store near me seems to only carry the original and the Italian Beef so if I want the Cranberry Habanero I have to order it on line. And I always want the cranberry habanero.

The ThinOptics were a life saver during the trip. We had loads of construction along our drive this year and there were a few rerouted roads that weren’t clearly marked. having reading glasses clipped to the back of my cell phone made getting them out to check maps and small signs for connecting roads really helped out. For something that takes up so little space, they made a big impact. They have a sale going on right now so if you are looking into a pair of readers, you might want to take a look. While they look good and feel good on the face, the sheer convenience of them makes them perfect. While this pair was sent to me, I ended up ordering a pair for my mother. She fell in love with them when I was home. The black framed glasses are winging their way to her mailbox even as we speak.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Fig and Rouge blurring primer

Foundation KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes Primer infused Bronzer

Blush: Rodial Blush Drops

Highlighter: OFRA in SOHO

Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder

Eyeshadow: Oryza Beauty Nude Shimmer and Eyeshadow Contour Quad

Mascara: Tarte Lights Camera Action Mascara

Lips: Girlactic Rose Lip oil

Setting Spray: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist

Sunglasses: Tomahawk Shades

Okay today was an exciting makeup day for me. Almost every product was a new to me one. I tried saving up all of the new makeup products from this month’s subscription boxes so i could just have a brand new to me makeup extravaganza. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that as it has been so skincare heavy in the subscription boxes.

To cover the non-new products first, we have the Tarte Mascara. I took this home over the holiday and this was it’s last use. It is a great mascara and one that i will be purchasing again in the future. It is a good lengthening mascara. It isn’t great on volume, but it does have length down. The second item recalled into the bag was the No 7 pressed powder. With the powder foundation I didn’t think I was going to need a pressed powder, because usually I don’t. If I hadn’t had the liquid blush, I wouldn’t have used the powder. With the blush, I needed it. But it was a very light dusting and the No 7 is my go to pressed powder.

And now we get into the new stuff. Most of this was first use, so there will be reused throughout the week as I get a feeling for them. So First we have the primer. I have heard of Fig and Rouge but never tried anything from them so this was a new brand as well as a new product. The primer was thinner than I expected and goes on very wet. It tries pretty quickly and seems to be foing a good job under the foundation. Once I got past the almost liquid feel of it, I liked the way it applied. I am happy to give it more chances throughout the week.

I have used an older version of the KVD foundation powder before and I liked it. This new iteration seems to be working just as well as the old. Because it is a powder foundation I had to use my makeup sponge a little more than usual. I generally find that if I apply it with a brush and then go over it with a damp makeup sponge it ends up looking less powdery throughout the day. The trick worked well with the KVD foundation although I did notice that I really need a new makeup sponge. I may actually use this as an excuse to try out the new velvet ones from favy. But that is another story. I will be swapping products around as I get a feel for the KVD foundation and how it performs. And again, I am happy to give it a go. I know it isn’t an entirely new product for me, but it has been quite a long time since I used it. I do love that the container is refillable now, which the old one wasn’t, which tells you how long it has been.

The blush drops are something I am going to have to play around with. The color works for my skin, so it is is just a matter of figuring out the amount to use and the amount of blending that I want to do. Also I need to figure out exactly where I want to place the drop before I start the blending so that my blush is placed where i want it to be. There was a bit more of a sheen then I like from my blush, which is why I called in the pressed powder. with a quick powder pat, all was good. But it had quite the sheen on top which I don’t care for.

The highlighter was from OFRA and it is a lovely gold shade. OFRA always works well and I enjoyed it.

The eyeshadow, I can’t say I am a big fan of. There is one matte in this quad and it was a bit on the patchy side. I had to work with it to smooth it out. It was a nice color when I finished and I was happy with it, but it isn’t my favorite brown. i have this shade in multiple formulas that I like better. this one didn’t wow me. Once in place it stays well, but it was a lot of work for a pretty basic look.

The lip oil was also not a favorite. It is a rose lip oil. It looks pretty in the tube. the scent is nice, if you like rose. I like it in general. The scent is not too overpowering, even when it is on the lips. The issue is the taste. It tastes like roses. Which is not all that nice. I’ve had this problem with rose infused lip products before. I know roses contain excellent properties for the skin, which is why they are used so often in skin care. I enjoy the properties. I even enjoy the scent. I do not enjoy the taste. While this is a nice lip oil, the taste of it means that I am going to have to force myself to use it and in the end probably just look at it and say, isn’t that pretty. I have other lip oils I like and will use more often. I just don’t like the taste of it.

And finally we come to the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist. I love the serum from this line and have one actually waiting in the skincare drawer for me to use. This mist comes in a heavy and beautiful frosted glass bottle, has an almost non-existent scent and a very fine mister. With a powder foundation I tend to wear a setting spray more regularly than I do with serum foundations. I am not entirely sure this is a setting spray, but it worked well with today’s makeup and I will probably be reaching to it while using the powder foundation.

There were some good products that I have high holes for and there were some not so good products. It was however very exciting to try out so many new things at once. I’ll be mixing and matching them soon, but it was nice to have a fresh start on some new things.

And now it is back to work for me. The sun tempted me out for a long walk earlier, but now I need to make up the time. The first few days back after a holiday are always crazy and this looks to be no exception. So off we go. I hope the rest of your Monday is absolutely fantastic.

The Skincare Line Up: October 8th, 2021

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?

The Daytime Line Up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Moisturizer: Seed Phytonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Eyecream: Clarins Paris Total Eye Lift

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Toothpaste

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.

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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?

The Night time line Up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water and Cliv Premium Max Hyaluronic Propolis Foaming Cleanser

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Eye Cream: Clarins Paris Total Eye Lift

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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.

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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.

Lesson Learned.

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.


The Skincare Lineup: October 1st, 2021

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?

The Daytime Line Up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Moisturizer: Seed Phytonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Toothpaste

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.

The Night time line Up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water and Moisture Boost Gel to Water Cleanser by Tony Moly

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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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The Skincare Line Up: September 24th, 2021

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?

The Daytime Line Up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: Seed Phytonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Toothpaste

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.

The Night time line Up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water and Comfort Zone Remedy Cream to oil Ultra Gentle Cleanser

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

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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.

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The Skincare Line Up: September 17th, 2021

The full array of products

Welcome my darlings to the end of the week.  Here is the look back at this week’s skincare line up, the products I used and how I feel about them.  It is an interesting mix.  Several products wrapped up their use this week and others were rotated in.  I have several samples that started their trials and even a couple of temporary fixes, so this should be fun.

The Day Time line up

Daytime Line up

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt and Annmarie Skincare Aloe Herb Cleanser (use code FALL25 for 25% off)

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Annmarie Skincare Anti Aging Serum (usually $60, currently $45 on sale)

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: Seed Photonutrients Light Weight Facial Lotion

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50 and PCASkin Weightless Protection broad Spectrum SPF 45

Facial Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay this was an interesting one.  Some of the changes are tied to the changes I made at night, but lets go through the day time line up.  There is of course the deodorant.  It is a good Deodorant and  even though I used a Dove product for a few weeks in there, I have officially used the native Deodorant for a year (A year was up at the end of August but in the spirit of fairness for the two weeks I tried something else we will call it a year now.) Over all the deodorant did well throughout the year.  There were some stretches of summer where I was only okay with the Native Deodorant because I was walking by myself and there was no interaction with other people needed. In the height of summer I think that if I am going to spend more day time hours with people I would need a pack up antiperspirant.  Some of the sweat circles were a little bit over the top.  But there was no stink. And that is the point of deodorant.

I had three days left of the Korres Foaming cleanser and then it ran out.  I love the Korres and will happily buy it repeatedly.  Great brand, Great product.  And when it ran out I rolled in another great product from a great brand.  This is the Aloe Herb Cleaner from Annmarie Skincare. 

Some of you who have read my posts for a while (or looked through my older posts) may remember this one.  The cleanser smells like Lemon Verbena.  And not like an artificial lemon herb scent.  It smells like you went outside and ran your fingers through lemon verbena and crushed the stems to your fingers. I have to admit, I am a sucker for this scent.  While I do like most Annmarie skincare products and treat myself once a year to one of their jarred masks as my personal treat to myself, if I was told there was only one product I could buy from them it would be this cleanser. 

It’s the scent.  And in the morning it is the perfect cleanser.  Right now it is actually perfect for morning use.  I am using the Elemis Night mask as my just before bed moisturizing mask, but about an hour or two before I am spot treating my break out areas with the Neautralyze cream (more on that in night time skin care).  This cleanser really helps remove the mask and treatment remnants so that I can be fresh for my morning skincare.

And right now my morning skin care includes the Anti-aging Serum from Annmarie as well.  It is intensely herbal and slightly thick to the touch.  Only very little is actually needed and it absorbs into the skin really well.  Because my bottle comes from one of their sample kits, it is just a little open mouthed bottle so I rotated in a dropper saved from another product to use with it so that no product gets wasted.

This week I rotated in the Seed Moisturizer.  I have to say I am really on the fence about this one.  It smells like stale wet hemp rope.  Like you got a rope soaking wet, curled it up and stuck it in the shadowy part of the shed where it never really dried out and the water gets that stale scent to it?  That’s what the moisturizer smells like.  It isn’t pleasant.  It feels fantastic on the skin though.  I use two pumps to cover face and neck and the cream just absorbs in without making me feel greasy.  It is definitely a day cream.  It doesn’t have enough moisture for me at night.  I also think that once the weather turns it will be too light for me to use.  I am drier in the winter and will need a stouter cream.  In the warmer temps it is great.  I just have to see if I can get past the scent of it to use it on a regular basis. 

This week I rolled in a trial size sample of the PCA Skin sunscreen.  There is no scent to it, which is nice.  The directions claim that you need fifteen minutes between application and sun exposure.  I tend to put the sunscreen on after my moisturizer has absorbed.  It does take a little while to sink in and there is a little bit of a white cast for about ten minutes.  By the time there is no white cast, you are generally at the fifteen minute make and can go outside.  I would recommend waiting those fifteen minutes at least before applying makeup.  Once the white is gone and the skin is no longer shiny, then you are ready to put on makeup products or just go outside. Just give it the time and it is a lovely product. It is certainly one I wouldn’t mind using again.

The final change you may have noticed in the day time is the Caudalie Skin Elixir.  This is one of those products that I roll in and out of use.  I really should use it consistently because my skin loves it, but honestly there is a scent issue.  It smells a bit like camphor.  And I just can’t take the scent everyday, so I shift this elixir into the ‘when I know I need it’ category.  And when I know I need it is when I am using an acne treatment that is heavy in the salicylic acid.  That stuff works really well on my break outs but it tends to dry out the skin around it.  The Caudalie Spray is great for all of my skin, but especially nice on the skin around the breakouts that dries out due to proximity issues.  The spray gets everything.  In truth I really should use it every day regardless,  and if it had a different scent I would, but the scent means that I treat it like medicine and take it when it is needed. But it is good stuff.

The Night time Line up

Night time line up

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser and Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water

Exfoliator: Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

Acne Treatment and Moisturizer: Neutralyze Renewal Complex Blemish Control and anti-aging moisturizing cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay we’ll start with a quick note about cleansers.  I’ve been using the Makeup Eraser to remove makeup.  I then go in with the Rodial cleansing water which helps get the rest of the makeup off.  Even after that I feel as though I need to wash my face.  I probably don’t, but I feel as though I do.  This week I used the Annmarie Aloe Herb Cleanser and loved it.  The scent is more of a wake me up scent though and it doesn’t really foam.  It doesn’t have to but at night I find I like foaming cleansers.  It is a personal choice. So I am going to keep the Annmarie cleanser in the morning and rotate in a second cleanser for the night time. 

What can I say, the bubbles make me feel clean.

Plus I have several samples I want to use up so, why not?

I am very happy with the move of the Herbal Dynamics Beauty serum to the evening instead of the morning.  The sun sensitivity has dimmed and I think that was the reason.  I’m not sure why. This isn’t the first time I’ve used this serum and it didn’t have any issues before.  Perhaps it is a combination of the serum with something else.  All I know is I am happy with the shift and will continue until the product is used up completely.

Now on to the big new ingredient.  The neutraliyze product is new to me.  I had some break outs I really wanted to take care of and it seemed the time to put it to the test.  I’ve been using it three days and thus far I have seen a big improvement.  Because it is also an anti-aging moisturizer I want to see how it performs in other aspects as well.  This far I have noticed a slight improvement in my breakouts (but it has only been three days).  When applying it, the cream is a slightly foamy cream and once on it gets a little sticky.  You need to apply it about an hour before lying down to sleep.  It needs that hour to absorb enough to lose the stickiness.  My first night I didn’t and felt Velcro-ed to my pillow. I plan to keep using it and monitor it’s performance a I go.  For now, it seems to be doing well and I’;ve realized it needs to be applied at least an hour before bed time.  I then add my Elemis night mask (thin layer) on top just before going to sleep. This far, things are going well.

I will keep you posted.  But for now, this was my week in skin care.  It is a balancing act, but at the moment, everything seems to be balancing.


It’s a mystery to me…Opening two mystery boxes from Glossy Box’s Winter Sale

For those of you who read my The Daily posts, you know that a short while ago I couldn’t resist the temptation to indulge in a mystery box from Glossy Box.  Well technically speaking, two. They had a deal. They had two possible regular mystery boxes, each for $12 and they had two premium mystery boxes, each for $25 or you could get one premium and one regular mystery box bundle for $30.

I went for the two for $30. And actually I used my Glossie credit so I only paid about ten dollars.  For those that don’t know, subscribers to Glossy Box can get Glossie Credit for reviewing the products in the box each month.  The surveys add about $0.40 per survey which doesn’t sound like a lot but it really adds up quickly.  Then you can spend it either on Glossy Box or on their sister site Look Fantastic.

And you can use it on anything in their massive online store, not just a few things.  My cousin who has had this subscription for years saves up all of her points throughout the year and gets the Advent Calendar with them each year. If I were more disciplined I would do the same, but I saw the mystery boxes and couldn’t resist.

I also picked up a Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray, because I saw it and it is one of those products I have loved for a long time, but tend to forget to restock, so I bought it.  The credit even covered shipping so it was essentially free and then I paid ten extra dollars to finish paying for the boxes.

But that is another story. Don’t worry, I will be sure to tell you all about the fabulous Caudalie Beauty Elixir another time. Promise.

I’m just trying not to get distracted.

I was hoping that I would be able to review the boxes before they sold out, and I half managed it. they had two regular and two premium boxes for sale and you could choose your bundle. Now one set has sold out, but the there is still a set available. I have no clue what the difference is between the sets of boxes, it is after all a mystery. My best guess is that the difference is in the month for the regular box and the limited edition for the premium.

On the site, they let the boxes be an almost complete mystery.  Each box contains at least five items, two are labeled regular and two are labeled premium.  Other than the price, that is all the information you get.

When they arrived they were packaged together and then inside they were each in the very familiar mailer that each monthly box comes in.  Taking them out of the mailer it was easy to see which was the regular and which was the premium. 

We’ll go over the regular first. 

It is quite simply a Glossy Box.  March’s Glossy Box to be exact.  There is a brochure with the box that offers a sneak peek for April’s box.  It was sort of a clue. I didn’t get the March box as I signed up for Glossy box post March so I was thrilled.  Also the items inside were quite nice. 

There was a mini Eyeko Black Magic Mascara. While Eyeko is my go to eyeliner brand, of their mascaras this is the one that I do like the best, so I was happy to see it. This was followed by a full sized Ciate London Stamp and drag eyeliner duo. 

One side of the liner is a pen style liner and the other side is a stamp that lets you stamp on a wing.  I have never used a stamped wing before, and I don’t really wear much of a wing usually, but I am willing to give this a try.  It could be fun.  Or it could be a complete mess.  Either way I will take pictures so that you can be amused and or horrified once I open it.

I seriously need to take stock of my Ciate products because at the moment I really do think I have almost enough to do a full face of just the brand. That could be a fun makeup bag.

Moving on there is a full sized set of tweezers from the brand Basic Beauty.  Basic they may be (although a lovely pink in color) but as my favorite pair of tweezers went walking away to attend splinter duty and my back up pair is rather old and in need of replacement, it is a welcome basic. It is the trouble with limiting my in person shopping these days.  There are things that I know I can pick up quickly when I do go out, but I sometimes forget.  I’ve been meaning to pick up an extra set of tweezers since I found my favorite ones chilling out in a cup of rubbing alcohol, pre splinter removal.

I really need to just make a list and go to an actual drugstore.

But again, that is another matter.

At least now I have a new set of tweezers. Next, there was a full sized Copperplate Highlighter palette from the brand Sleek. I’ve tried a few things from the brand before (remind me to show you the world’s smallest eyeshadow palette.  (I’ll try to remember it for my The Daily post later today) and they have been pretty good. I really like the look of this palette and look forward to trying it out.

The final item, or set of items actually, in this box was from Mane Club.  Yes that’s right, Mane Club.  And if they sound familiar, it’s because yesterday I received a package from them with product for review. 

I actually did my first trial test with the One Hit Wonder 10-in-1 spray last night. So far it has been fantastic. I have a couple of other tests for the week and I’ll post the review on Monday. In this box however the two hair masks were the Cry Baby 5-in-1 deep conditioner and the Bad Attitude Volumizing mask. I will definitely be trying them both out.

This was the first box and I believe it was the regular mystery box offered for $12.  I would have been happy to have gotten this for my regular monthly box, which of course it was originally designed to be.

But if you remember, despite my mental meanderings throughout the post, I got two mystery boxes.

And the second premium box was the Rodial Limited Edition box that they put together a few months ago. I have to say I was super excited by this as I thought about picking it up as a limited edition box but then realized I still hadn’t picked up all of my Christmas presents and that I needed to work on my shopping list before indulging and then I never got back around to the box.

So I did a little happy dance when I opened it and saw what it was.

There is one makeup item in the box, which kind of surprised me.  Not that Glossy Box said it was all skin care.  They didn’t.  It surprised me because I didn’t realize Rodial made any makeup.  I thought they only made skincare.  So I learned something and got a new mascara to try.  The GlamOLash mascara to be precise. I don’t know what the wand looks like as I am not opening it until I am ready to use is so there are more surprises to come. I have a couple of mascaras that are soon to depart so this will hang out with the unopened ones until I have cleared out the old. That way nothing gets wasted.

In the box there were also two sets of Jelly eye patches.  After my extended bout of puffy eyed allergies this autumn I am always happy to see eyepatches and can’t wait to try these out. Especially since Spring will no doubt bring another round of the allergy puffiness.

There were also to Dragon’s Blood Lip masks in the box.  I remember trying one lip mask of this sort before and not being terribly enthused as it was so thick that it had a hard time staying on my lips. These feel a good deal thinner so perhaps they will have better luck.  I will certainly be giving them a try.

There were two items remaining, both bottles.  Both are deluxe minis, but they are quite large.  The first it the Dragon’s Blood Cleansing water.  It is a micellar water infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin b3.  While I am rapidly falling in love with hyaluronic acid I don’t know much about vitamin b3 in skin care. So that will be something I will look into.

The final item is the Dragon’s Blood Sculpting gel.  And no it isn’t for the hair.  After the mascara I was momentarily confused, but it is a skin plumping gel that you put on before moisturizing. While I look forward to trying it out, I have to admit that I am looking forward to using the dispenser.  It is one of those that you press down and product squirts out of the hole in the top. It is supposed to dispense the right amount and keep the rest of the product safe from the air.  I readily admit that I look forward to playing with it. I’ve seen it on a couple products online, but never played with a dispenser like this in person.

I know sometimes I find the packaging almost as much fun as the product.  I know it sounds like a toddler having more fun with the box the present came in than the present itself, but in many products packaging does affect product use.  I had one serum that I actually loved, but the dropper for the bottle was too narrow and the creamy serum was hard to get out of the bottle.  Because of it I reached for it less and despite liking the formula, haven’t repurchased it.  So even though it sounds frivolous, there is actually a point to the focus. 

Plus this dispenser looks kind of fun.

So those were my two mystery boxes (and inadvertently one of the limited edition boxes).  I haven’t really done any mystery boxes before.  Don’t get me wrong I love surprises and so technically this is right up my alley.  However every time I see reviews of mystery boxes on You Tube, the people opening them always look vaguely disappointed.   I was not disappointed with Glossy Box’s Winter Sale Mystery Boxes.  I was in fact quite pleased by what I received and will be on the lookout for future mystery boxes. I think they only do the mystery boxes once a year, but the limited edition boxes seem to be almost quarterly.

If you are a subscriber, they send out e-mail notifications as soon as the box is available, and often let you preorder before it is available.  Their limited edition boxes tend to go quickly.  I missed the Caudalie Limited edition because I dawdled and even when I remembered I ended up missing the ESPA Limited edition box.  I am glad that despite my postponement I still managed to get the Rodial box.  The regular Glossy Box Subscription is $21 per month, but if you sign up for a year, the price drops to $18 (which is what I do) and they still charge you monthly instead of requiring you to pay the full year in advance.

Right now you can sign up for the Glossy box and get your first box for $16 using the code HAPPY.  It lets you try out the box and decide if it is worth it before committing.  From everything I’ve heard, January is going to be a really nice box.  But then, I’ve pretty much enjoyed all of my Glossy Boxes thus far.  Some are better than others, but they have all been uniformly good.

But there is where I leave you on the mystery box opening.  I enjoyed the mystery, the unboxing and will enjoy the products.  I hope you enjoyed this as well.  Who knows, this might make me want to look into more mystery boxes.  What do you think? Are you pro or con on the whole mystery box thing?