Rub a dub dub it’s Foamie in the Tub

This bar of Foamie Shower Body bar came in a subscription box and even though I usually don’t get all that excited about a bar of soap, I have to say I was excited to try this one out. There were two reasons for my excitement.

The first was scent based. Even as I opened the subscription box, the scent wafted up to me. Once the box containing the soap was lifted out and opened the scent was even stronger. The scent was papaya and it smelled delicious. It also smelled like a wonderful summery bath time scent.

In the summer everyone seems to go for watermelon, strawberry or coconut. I know, they are popular scents and this is their season to shine. But after a while it can be a bit much. This papaya scented soap is lightly fruity and slightly sweet and very much a summery scent. I think because I have had so much watermelon and coconut in my products lately, I was extra thrilled by the scent.

textured side

And while this scent is strong in the bar and after a shower does tend to leave the bathroom smelling a bit papaya esque, the scent does fade fairly quickly from the skin so as intense as the scent is in both the box and the shower, it doesn’t really linger as more than a slight scent on the skin. And even that you pretty much have to press your nose against your arm to smell it.

It was a nice aroma for the post shower bathroom though.

The shower body bar from Foamie does lather well and rinse away clean. I do like that it has a Ribbon to hang the soap from a hook in the bathroom (My shampoo caddy has one at the bottom which was perfect.) I like this because one of the reasons I am usually not a big fan of soap in the shower (I generally use a body wash) is because I absolutely hate that soft gunky mush on the bottom of the bar of soap where it has been sitting against something.

reaching the end

Even if you don’t have somewhere to hang this, then there is less gunky surface as the bottom of the bar is textured instead of flat.

The other reason I was excited to see this bar of soap was because it is a papaya and oat milk bar. My babydoll has allergies that occasionally cause him to break out in red skin irrigations when he comes in contact with certain types of mold and things. The antihistamines take down a lot of it but sometimes his skin remains irritated and oat milk based soaps have a good soothing effect on his skin.

wears fairly evenly in the shower, the use after this the soap broke free of the cord

Admittedly he doesn’t like a lot of the scents that oat milk soap tends to come in, so it is always a quest to stock up each summer. He liked the scent of this and it is also why I only tried the soap a couple of times to see how it performed (foams well and rinses clean, leaves little scent behind) and then turned the soap over to him.

He really liked using and loved the formula. His one complaint is that the bar didn’t last as long as some of his other bar soaps. As you can see it is nearly gone. His one suggestion was to make it a little bigger so it would last longer, otherwise he loved it. I think he was a bit surprised that he liked it as he thought the scent was over the top fruity. However he was pleased the scent faded and the oat milk took down his skin irritations. If t was just a little bit bigger, he would have been thrilled. I suspect, we will be getting this bar again in the near future as he asked me to look into whatever other scents they have. I think he’s hoping for something in a spruce. I don’t think they have that, but they do have mint, so perhaps that will be getting a try in a shower soon. Over all this Foamie Shower Body Bar was a winner.

Face Mask Friday: Cela Masque de Glacier

It is once again face mask Friday. When looking in my mask drawer I realized I had this unopened clay mask from Cela in the drawer. It is the Cela Masque De Glacier Clay Mask. I chose it today because it seemed like a clay mask kind of day. In fact any day I am dealing with break outs seems like a clay mask kind of day. And while the sugar break outs caused by birthday celebrations are mostly faded, they are still clay mask worthy.

the second reason that i wanted to try it out today was that it reminded me a little of the Bl’eau Beauty Glacial Clay Mask I tried a while back (and absolutely adored. While the above link will take you to the Bl’eau site – where they are having a birthday celebration of their own with 30% off CODE JULY30 – this link will take you to the full review post I did on the mask). They are both Canadian and both glacial clay.

bare face before mask

When opening the tube of the Cela mask it even smells vaguely like the Bl’eau mask, which was quite encouraging. It has a milder scent and there are fewer herbal elements mixed in, but it is the same clay based scent.

Dispensing it into the hand it is a much thinner consistency and I can see why it was put into a tube rather than in a jar. It was drippier and as a result I think I ended up applying it a little bit thicker than I planned.

It has almost exactly the same color as the Bl’eau mask once it is on, even if it is a little bit thinner. What I found interesting was the length of time it was worn. Most masks tend to be worn for 10 to 15 minutes. Yet this mask recommended that the mask be worn 20-25 minutes. It also said that a mild tingling may occur.

I set the timer for twenty minutes but instead of laying down and letting the mask do it’s thing I sat at my desk and monitored.

The longer wear time combined with the potential for mild tingling left me a little cautious. However there were no problems. There might have been a mild tingling, but it was more of a cooling as the clay dried down. While the above picture is of the mask wet, the lighter picture with the dried mask is after 20 minutes. I think if I had worn it for the full twenty five minutes then the mask would have fully dried down.

And now that I know that the mask isn’t going to cause any issues, I will probably feel comfortable wearing it for the full twenty five minutes next time.

But is it worth trying for a second time?

I think it is. I found the Cela Masque de Glacier clay Mask to be a really good clay mask

I enjoyed using it and I think that my skin feels quite refreshed after using it.

I scratched my nose by accident in case you are wondering. That is not mask related

I think that it may have brought up some of the clogged pores that hadn’t risen as a result of my sugar extravaganza. I suspect they will be rising later on as blemishes and will need to be dealt with over the weekend.

But I have some Zitsticka patches for them. And to be honest, I always sort of expect clogged pores to rise after a clay mask. I am always disappointed when they don’t actually.

I know I did a lot of comparing to the Bl’eau Mask in this post but the two are quite similar. I think the Bl’eau mask was a bit more effective and had an herbal component that this Cela Clay Mask lacks, but it was a good mask to use. The thing to remember is that it is going to have a longer use time. I think it does need the full twenty to twenty five minutes to work and do it’s pore cleansing best. Rushing it isn’t going to help any one, so just prepare yourself for a longer masking experience. There is something to be said for the longer relaxation time. I think I will enjoy it more now that i am not worried about what tingling evil might occur in twenty minutes and i am looking forward to using this mask again.

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Weekly Skincare: July 8th, 2022

Ah the weekly skincare line up.

Makeup Remover: Nuxe Very Rose 3-in 1 Soothing Micellar Water

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Serum: Vitabrid C 12 Wrinkle Serum

Eye Cream: Symbiosis London Tightening and Resplendent Eye Mask

Moisturizer (Day) Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream

Night Cream/Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream

Retinol: Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle Reducing Night Serum

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

this is going to be a very boring line up this week. The only change is that I took the toner out of rotation. Everything else remained the same. And the thing is, all of these products are working well for me. Not a single one is giving me issues. That’s what I meant by boring.

They are all working well for me and each one of these I would purchase and use again. I know that doesn’t make for a fantastically dramatic post, but it is an accurate one. The issue I’ve had this week has been my birthday sugar intake finally catching up with my skin. I had several break outs which are now on the end. I think the Korres Poreless skin cream is helping with that. it is not only designed for oily skin and I am at my oiliest right now, but it does have some salicylic acid in it. Which is interesting. I have to watch salicylic acid. Too much and i get dry flaky patches. Thus far there are no dry and flaky patches. But my blemishes are fading back rather well. So for me this may just be the right amount.

For me my blemishes mostly consist of clogged pores, usually in the under eye area along the orbital bone. I don’t get a lot of break outs unless I have a blast of sugar. On most days I don’t eat a lot of sugar. I indulge at Christmas, Easter (although the Peeps were a bit much for me this year), my birthday and Halloween. These are generally the times when I can’t resist sugar and end up with mass break outs because of it. (I know i shouldn’t but I figure four times a year isn’t that bad).

the birthday breakouts aren’t bad this year and I think the Korres is definitely helping. It also helps that nothing else is pore clogging. The Symbiosis eye cream isn’t clogging my pores either. In fact everything is working really well. Because I am dealing with break outs and things are working well, I didn’t roll in another toner when I took out my previous one. I just didn’t want to add in another product until my skin settled down. I should be fine by Monday though and a toner will reappear. and then slowly things will start shifting.

Today however is a boring old everything is working as it should and I am really happy with the products I am using. As thunder is cracking overhead, I am just getting my drama somewhere other than my skincare routine. And personally, I am okay with that.

Korres Greek Natural Beauty

Let’s talk about the Lait-Creme Line from Embryolisse

Embryolisse very kindly sent me all three of the moisturizers from their Lait Creme line for the purpose of review. As always my views are my own. Prior to receiving this trio, I only had experience with the Lait Creme Concentre. It was the first moisturizer I was given, and it was the one my mother and grandmother both used throughout my childhood. As the brand has been around since the 1950s this is hardly surprising.

Each of the creams I used as a moisturizer for an entire month. Then, as each creme has a multi-functional dimension, I shifted into using it for those other elements as I rotated through the moisturizers. While from the same line and have nearly the same scent to them, they are different creams and have different strengths and weaknesses.

Let’s start with the Lait Creme Concentre. This is the original, the old school moisturizer I remember from my childhood. It’s scent is the scent of bed time kisses and is lodged in the back of my memory banks as what skin care smells like. Which, while nice, does make it very difficult to describe. It is the classic scent of skincare. For me it is what skincare smells like when it has no scent. It does have a scent. Breaking it down I would have to say that is is sort of a mixture of aloe and shea butter but it also has a clean scent to it.

The Lait creme Concentre has the thickest consistency of the three. I started using it when the winter temps were still holding sway and it was the perfect level of moisture for my winter skin. It is a thick cream that needs to warm up before it melts into the skin. If you dispense it into your hand and then rub your hands together before applying it to your face, all is well. If you dispense it and go directly to your face to rub in, there will be white streaks for a second or two while the cream warms up and absorbs.

It is fantastic moisture all day. As the temperatures warmed up, it was too much moisture for day time use but remained a good night cream for year round use. I can still use it now as a night cream when I need to.

however it is a multi use cream and as soon as I used it for it’s second purpose I didn’t want to shift it back to moisturizing status. One of the secondary uses is as a pre makeup base. A little dollop of moisturizer (pea sized or less depending on your skin type) applied five to ten minutes before you apply the rest of the makeup plumps up your skin and extends the life of the day’s makeup. It has now relocated to my makeup drawer and honestly it is almost gone and the next tube I purchase is just going strait to the makeup section. It is just a great first layer.

the Concentre and the Sensitive have the same seal while the Fluide is in a pump top bottle

It can also be used as a hand and body lotion, but I would use it on really dry skin. It is thick and needs massaging to absorb in. If you do have really dry skin it can be a life saver.

The Lait Creme Sensitive is very mush like the Lait Creme Concentre. It is simply lighter in ever sense of the word. It has a lighter scent, it has a lighter texture and it absorbs faster. it also has a lighter moisturization level. I used this as winter faded into spring and it worked well. I didn’t need a separate night cream. As a multi use element it was interesting. I liked it slightly less as a makeup base and more as a hand and body cream. It worked well as a pre makeup base, but the concentre was just a little bit better. If I hadn’t so recently compared them, and for a few days alternated between the two I might not have noticed much of a difference, but comparing them together there was a slight one. It is still good, just a whisker less effective than the concentre.

And finally there is the Lait Creme Fluide. Again we have a similar scent, even lighter than the Sensitive but the same classic skincare scent. The consistency is lighter than the two previous as well, almost a cream based water cream in texture (as opposed to a gel one). It was light enough for summer time day use and worked well at night. On days when I spent a lot of time in the sun, I needed to add a night mask to the mix. But even with increasing temperatures and time outside that was only needed once or twice a week as just a little boost.

To be completely honest, i didn’t like this as a pre-makeup base at all, however it is a fantastic body lotion while the other two are only okay in that department. I think it is a matter of consistency. The lighter the creams got in moisture level and texture the less I liked them as a pre-makeup base but the more I liked them as hand and body lotion doubles. Which I am perfectly okay with. The Lait Creme Concentre I will continue to buy, but probably not use as a moisturizer unless I need some deep winter time moisturizer because I do love it so much as a Makeup base. The Lait creme sensitive would more than likely shift between bathroom and makeup vanity.

Whereas I would happily purchase the Lait Creme Fluide and keep it in the bathroom as a year round day time moisturizer and occasional body lotion. With that use I would only need to roll in the night cream a few times a week during the summer and probably just shift it to day cream use in the winter. While I don’t mind having a separate day and night cream it is rare for me to find a moisturizer that can shift with the seasons. The Fluide vision from the lait Creme line has that capacity.

All three of these cremes from Embryolisse’s Lait Creme line worked for me in different ways. All three were very nice products that I would happily use again. For me it is very easy to see why this has been a family favorite for a long time.

Lait-Crème Concentré

Trying the Gatineau Gommage

I have to admit, I chose to try this out so soon after it arrived because it was the one item that came in my Allure beauty box that wasn’t explained in the pamphlet. I kind of find this amusing actually. There is an entire page about a lip scrub scrubbing lips and a body moisturizer being used to moisturize the body but not a single mention of the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage.

Because gommage needs less explanation apparently?

(oh and I checked, the Limited Edition refers to the packaging not the product so I’ve linked to the product on the website in the usual packaging just in case they take the Limited Edition down from the site. The difference between the regular and the Limited Edition is the color of the bottle – white for regular, peach for limited edition. If there is any other difference I couldn’t find it.)

Right, so let’s look at the product page on the brand’s website…

The perfect exfoliator for sensitive skin and for those experiencing breakouts, clogged pores, dull skin, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Radiance Enhancing Gommage uses a mild enzymatic formula free from grains and beads to remove dead skin cells. The unique texture begins with a luxurious balm-like consistency, transforming into a soft nourishing oil as it gently dissolves the outermost layer of the skin. Radiance and luminosity are immediately increased and a fresh, glowing complexion is revealed.

Gatineau

Yup, it’s an exfoliator. Technically it translates to erasing or exfoliation and is considered a more gentle exfoliation than is traditional. well traditional here, it is apparently the more traditional French variety.

So now that we’ve had our morning vocab lesson, let’s look at the exfoliator.

I generally like using an exfoliator once or twice a week. This week has been interesting. In the summertime, time outside causes me to sweat a lot and while that causes me to seek out gentle cleansers so I don’t over wash my face as I add in an extra mid afternoon rinse, it also tends to limit my exfoliation use. I don’t know if it is just the summer sweat making me feel like my pores are purging themselves but i just don’t feel it as necessary.

product on and turning to oil

However this week has been different. The heat index popped very high, too high to spend time outside so it has been an indoor week. While exfoliation is usually a Saturday self care moment, I find myself thinking mid week wasn’t a bad thing. I think it may be the not sweating while staying indoors with the air conditioner aspect.

For whatever reason I decided an exfoliation was in order and as i just finished my last exfoliator, I chose this newly arrived one to replace it. The scent is light and fruity. It is like a peach mixed with a hint of mandarin. It is a very light scent and it also smells like fresh skin care. It is just enough scent to be a pleasant whiff, but still clean enough to smell of skincare.

it dispenses into the hand and feels like a gel. On the website the advice is to “Rub until the balm turns into an oil, then rinse’. So that is what I did. I applied to the skin, and felt it melting into an oil from the heat of my skin almost immediately. Still I massaged a bit and then rinsed.

product rinsed off

My skin felt fantastic. It was a very light exfoliation, there are no hard bits in it whatsoever so I’m guessing it leans more towards chemical exfoliation (hence the enzymatic in the description) If I run my finger over the areas where my pores tend to get clogged, they feel slightly more raised then they did prior to use. And to be honest, I felt that rise the next morning rather than right away. For me this tends to happen with chemical exfoliators. My skin will feel soft and extra clean after use and then the next morning the clogs in the pores will rise. this was done in a gentle way. It smelled light and fresh and gave the rest of my skin a good clean (with surface clear out) while bringing clogs to the surface.

This is all i really expect from an exfoliator. To exfoliate. this worked well, but gently and I think would be good for someone just trying exfoliation or who has sensitive skin. I would try it on the inside of your arm before your face if you have sensitive skin (and as always double check the ingredients list before applying it if you know you have allergies). It is however a very gentle exfoliator and I was very impressed by the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage. Prior to this I never heard of the brand Gatineau before, however with this product working so nicely, I think I may have to take a deeper dive into it. It was a very nice brand introduction. I just wish Allure saw fit to put more about it in the brochure.

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First Use of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluide Moisturizer

That’s right my darlings, we have reached the third moisturizer from Embryolisse’s Lait Creme Line. Today was my first use of it and I have to say I am a bit tickled with myself. Embryolisse sent all three creams from their Lait-Creme line for me to try out and review. I have used each in turn and while there will be a full comparison review of the three after I’ve given this one a full try, there is one thing i do have to mention.

I chose to use the Concentre first because it was the only cream in the lait creme line i was familiar with. I used it before and knew I loved it so I thought I’d refamiliarizing myself with the moisturizer before starting on the two I had not tried. I put the Lait-creme sensitive second as I thought it was a sensitive version of the concentre (which it is) and it made sense to try them one after another. I then put the Fluide last, because there were only three creams so it was the last one left.

pump top

Inadvertently I chose the best line up possible for the creams based on the weather and my skins needs. I think that is what tickles me. The Lait Creme Concentre was perfect for my winter dry skin. As the temperatures rose a bit and spring started to fight with winter for dominance, the sensitive lait creme, which is a little lighter than the concentre, was the perfect weight for my skincare needs. Now as I was thinking that the Sensitive might be a little too heavy and need to shift into night time use only, it is time for the Lait Creme Fluid to arrive on the scene.

And wouldn’t you know, it is the perfect weight for the summertime.

The Lait Creme Fluid comes in a pump format rather than the metal tubes of the other moisturizers in the Lait Creme line. And it is easy to see why. This Fluid cream is thinner than the other two in the line and if put into a tube far too much would come out in one squeeze. As this was my first use, I dispensed one full pump, just to see how much came out with one pump.

one full pump was a bit too much for me, in the future I will be using half a pump.

The truth is, far too much came out. I used this amount to cover my face, neck, upper chest, and both my arms. About half a pump is what I will go for in my next application. Although I can’t say that my arms didn’t appreciate the use. This is just a good all round moisturizer to be honest. But this first use is more about the face and it’s use as a facial moisturizer.

The pump is obviously easy to use. it has a wide flat top that is finger width. It’s wide pump means that it is still easy to use even if my hands are still wet and or slick from previously applied products. In addition there is a circular imprint on the top of the pump with lettering to show you how to lock and unlock the pump should you choose to move it about instead of leaving it in the bathroom. This design, while appreciated for the information it gives, also provides a bit of a rough surface for the finger which aids in gripping and using the product.

From a packaging standpoint it is a ten. It is very easy to use even should you have mobility issues and it is a thick enough bottle that it stays stable on the counter. In addition the bottle is solid, thus protecting the moisturizer from the light. But as we all know packaging isn’t everything.

applied with dabs

While a full pump was too much, a half pump would be about perfect for face, neck and décolletage. The moisturizer formula has a scent comparable with the others in the line. It is oddly lighter in scent than the sensitive version which I found interesting. (I still have some of the sensitive so I did a comparison and it is just a slight bit lighter in scent but exactly the same scent.) I think the lightness of the scent is due to the less dense cream. While still a white creamy texture, this Lait Creme Fluid is more like a water cream than your standard cream moisturizer. It isn’t quite a water cream, but it is heading in that direction. Or I suppose a better way to put that is that it is a cream based water cream rather than a gel based water cream, if that makes it a little clearer.

easy absorption, not greasy and no white residue

In application, it applies really well. I dotted it on my face, mostly because I dispensed too much. Otherwise I would have rubbed my hands together then applied it – there was simply too much in my hand. It massaged in almost instantly with out leaving a single trace of white on the skin. There was also no greasy residue left behind. For me not only is the lighter cream good for summer moisturization levels, but because it absorbs so well so quickly with no greasy feel left behind, it actually aids me in applying my sunscreen.

In the summer I like to get into the habit of applying my sunscreen with my morning skin care so I don’t forget and then just before my walk I add an extra coat of a spray sunscreen over my previously applied layer of sunscreen. With the way the Lait Creme Fluid applies, I have very little lag time between moisturizer and sunscreen. Since I don’t have to wait it is less likely i will forget to apply the sunscreen, and the more I remember my sunscreen the better off my skin is.

Somehow I managed to find the right order in which to try out these moisturizers from Embryolisse. This first use went well for me, which as I generally like Embryolisse products isn’t that big a surprise. The biggest surprise for me was how well timed the start of this moisturizer trial is. For me this is the perfect summer weight moisturizer and I am looking forward to seeing how it performs as compared to the more standard versions of the Embryolisse Lait Cream that i know and love. As a first use, this was quite fabulous.

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It’s a Claydate with Dew of the Gods for Face Mask Friday

There is something utterly fabulous about reaching the end of a difficult week and taking a short break with a face mask. It isn’t a spa visit or a sea side vacation, I know. But it is a few minutes carved out at the end of the week to just sit back and breathe. Not worry about if someone is going to take the wording of your e-mail wrongly, not worried about phone calls, or even what’s for dinner, just ten to fifteen minutes of nothing.

mask with inner lid

It is amazing how recharged I feel after just the short break. I suppose I feel it more because while this week was hard, getting back to a normal schedule and catching up for the things that didn’t get done last week, for the past few weeks I haven’t really taken that time. A lot of my face masks have been worn at my desk while I sorted through e-mails or made lists of calls. A couple of times I have put on a mask with the intention of taking a break and then remembered something and spent the ten or so minutes running around the house getting it done. I attempted relaxing with a mask Monday but I just ended up falling asleep. Which was useful, but not really the same thing.

bare skin before masking

Today I made an effort. I pulled the Claydate mask from The Dew Of the Gods out of the skincare drawer, mostly because it was the last one added and thus the one on top. I decided rather than rummaging, I would start with it today.

When I visited the website to look up the mask I found this description of the $42 Claydate mask…

Omg, pink clay? This mineral-rich, luxurious mud of the gods is meticulously extracted and formulated into a creamy, rich base for the ultimate hydrating & healing mask. Claydate is infused with rosehip oil, aloe, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid to purify, heal, tone and remineralize your skin. With clean skin and a clear mind, generously lather onto your face and neck with your fingers or a dry mask brush. Wash off with warm water after 10 minutes. 

Dew of the Gods
mask on, nothing really lathering about its application

I don’t know why the word lather threw me for a bit of a loop, but I suppose it is because lather isn’t a word I associate with clay. It is definitely a clay mask, and Omg it is pink clay. I’ve actually used pink clay masks before and they have turned out well. The color of the clay isn’t that pig a deal. I’m sure there are specific minerals that make it pink and that are good for the skin. If I end up using this for a month of masking, I’ll do a deep dive into the ingredients, but for now, bring on the clay mask.

The container has an inner plastic lid, which is necessary for clay masks. The inner lid keeps it from drying out. It is clay after all. The scent is vanilla with a playdoh undertone. Which actually smells quite nice. It is a little odd but I kind of like the scent. The vanilla isn’t too sweet or heavy and it makes the playdoh scent a little less playdoh-y. I kind of dig it actually.

after ten minutes of drying down, it is dry but i can still smile

The pink clay is a light enough consistency that it spreads onto the skin easily, much more easily than many other clay masks. Because of this I found myself using less product than I expected. Which is not a bad thing. Once my face was covered in a coating of pink, I set the timer for 10 minutes and lit the candle by my bedside. It is in it’s last use phase. The candle is cinnamon and I am reminded that once again I forgot to look at summer scented candles. Still this is the last time it can be used and then the wick will be no more. The last of the wax will be taken out, the inside clean and I’ve decided to use this particular glass candleholder to hold makeup brushes in it’s second life. Partially because I need something to hold makeup brushes and it is the right height.

But it does mean that I really need to get in my summer candle order. I know, I have been dithering about it. Part of me wants to order the La Playa candles I ordered last year from Paddywax. They ae just the perfect summery scents. The ones I picked up were in the citrus line and really made the house feel summery fresh. The other part of me wants to try a candle subscription. I’ve been looking at the Wickbox candle subscription for a while now and I’m thinking that may be the way to go. As this is the last hurrah for my last winter candle I will need to make a decision soon. The problem is of course that I want both.

clean skin post mask

But that is a conundrum for later. Today, there is a cinnamon scented cloud for ten minutes of relaxation.

Except that this is not an entirely relaxing mask to wear. It is the kind of mask that feels a little stingy. It isn’t a bad sting, but it is definitely a prickling of the skin. This is not a face mask you can forget that you are wearing. It started stinging just after it was applied and remained stinging the entire time I wore it. Now i will say this is a first use for me of the claydate Mask, so there is the possibility that with repeated use it will end up stinging less.

But again, that it the subject for a future post.

I was a little nervous about the constant stinging and when my timer went off I fairly jumped up and headed to the bathroom. In ten minutes, the mask dried all the way down and lightened in color slightly. I was worried that such a dry down might make it difficult to chip off as clay can sometimes be a pain to remove. However I used a damp wash cloth and the mask simply wiped off. It was super easy to remove, no jackhammers required.

close up of risen pores

After patting my skin dry, I have to admit, It looked pretty good. My skin felt hydrated and soothed. And I don’t know if you can see this or not, but in the area where I tend to get clogged pores (along my lower orbital bone) I had a few clogged pores brought closer to the surface. I know dragging clogged pores up isn’t really part of this mask’s description but it was a bonus for me. They’ll be annoyingly bumpy for a few days and then they’ll clear off. As I have a quiet weekend planned I don’t really mind.

In fact I really liked this mask. The prickling made it a little less relaxing than I hoped but I have hopes that as my skin gets used to repeated use the stinging will fade. I do like this mask enough to make it the mask for a month of masking. I just need to figure out how often I can or should use it. I think three times a week should be fine, but i want to double check before I decide that it will be my Monday, Wednesday, Friday Mask for the next month. It seems like something I should find out first. In the description it had a paragraph about the mask being blessed by Buddhist monks instead of listing how often it could be used.

While fun, it is a little less helpful than I like in my description. However the fact that it is blessed by monks is familiar which means I have probably tried a product from this brand before. I just can’t remember what it was. So a files search will soon be needed. Especially if I’m using this for a month. I’ll let you know Monday what I find and if it makes the cut, for now, The Claydate mask from Dew of the Gods is a mask I enjoyed using and am looking forward to using again.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 20th, 2022

This week I have been using the skincare that I took home as part of my travel pack. I decided it was better to go ahead and use it up rather than put half empty tubes into the drawer to go bad and become forgotten. There are two full sized products and a couple will be lasting into next week but for the most part things were used up. Since I was trying to fit everything into a small travel bag, there is no break out between day and night, although some products certainly were only used at one time or another, but I’m sure that will be clear as we move down the list. First, The Products…

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Clove and Hallow Cloud Powder Gentle Waterless Cleanser

Toner: Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner

Eye cream: Sunday Riley Five Star Eye Cream

Day Cream: Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

Night Cream: One Kind Dream Cream

Sunscreen: Elta MD Skincare UV Sheet Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Okay let’s break this down. I love the Elemis cleansing Balm. It is one of my favorite cleansing balms in fact. This was the first use of the Apricot toner from the brand but I really enjoyed it. And as the memorial service was held in a bare, open back yard and the temps reached 104 my skin appreciated the calming nature of the toner when even the sunscreen needed back up. Thee is plenty of toner left and I will be keeping it in my routine for a while. I enjoyed the light fruity but clean scent of it as well as it’s use.

the Clove and Hallow was interesting. It is a waterless cleanser which means it is a powder and you add your own water. It comes in a reusable glass shaker bottle which I love. Clove and Hallow is one of my favorite brands for reusable and sustainable packaging. I had several lipsticks from them that I absolutely adored, but this is the first of the skincare that I tried out.

Not a lot of powder is needed for each use so there is a lot of product packed into this small container. As it was powder there was no issue with leaks during travel which was nice. One shake was all I needed. I did notice that I had to be careful with the rust water added and rubbing as the way I brought my hands together could cause the powder to puff back against me. That just took a little maneuvering to figure out and I was fine. The scent of the powdered mango in the cleanser is the most prevalent scent, It smells a little like the vanilla scent you get from a mango rather than a mango itself. Which for me is better for skincare. Sometimes mango products make me think it is sticky just by the scent. This doesn’t. I’m really liking this this far and appreciate the gentle nature of it.

The eye cream was the Sunday Riley i was already using, mostly because i couldn’t see the point of opening a new eye cream just for the travel. I am really liking this eye cream as it is quickly absorbing, non-greasy and it doesn’t cause my pores to clog.

But here is where it get’s interesting. The day cream I used was The rich cream by Augustinus Bader. It is by far the most expensive item in this line up. In fact i am willing to bet this sample size is more expensive than the rest. The full sized 50 ml of this cream retails for $280. Now you know me, I am always happy to try out expensive products in sample sizes. Mostly because I really like to know something is going to work for me before I spend the money on it. And truthfully I am the same way with inexpensive products too. It doesn’t matter if it is a $280 cream or a $30 one, I want to try it out before I purchase it in a full size. part of that has nothing to do with money but rather with waste in general. The worst is when you get a full sized product of, well anything, try it and realize you don’t like it. For me the product offers recriminations about other people using it and how dare I waste it like that.

In this case, i was really looking forward to it not only because it was an expensive product but because I heard really great things about it. Opening it, the cream has a sort of playdoh like scent to it which I didn’t particularly care for. It was a thinner cream than I expected for something called a Rich Cream. It also took a while to absorb. It was a thin cream that left white streaks on the skin and once it was massaged in left my skin feeling a bit sticky. The second day I tried it, the cream seemed to have separated and a whitish liquid came out. I closed the tube, massaged it a bit and put a little on my hand rather than my face. It was sticky and after about ten minutes I noticed my hand was feeling very itchy. I don’t know if I got a bad sample or if this is how the cream always reacts but it was quite a disappointment. The sample is fairly new. If it didn’t arrive in May’s subscriptions then it came in Aprils. I only used it the one time and decided not to risk the rest of the tube. Instead I used smaller amounts of my night cream during the day time.

The night cream was the onekind Dream Cream. It is a thick white cream with almost no scent. To use it in the day I used half of what I used at night. For me that is usually a pretty good ratio whether it is using night cream in the day or day cream at night. I will almost always use twice as much at night. While the Dream Cream is not my absolute favorite night cream, it does a decent job and it did a great job filling in as a moisturizer. It isn’t sticky, has almost no scent and if left for a little while it does absorb well into the skin. It does take a while, about ten minutes for it to really soak in. i don’t actually have a problem with it, it is a good basic cream. It hydrates but doesn’t really do anything else. In a pinch it works reliably as a moisturizer but it isn’t something I feel the need to keep stocked.

And finally we end up with our sunscreen for the week. The elta md has no scent to it. there is no sunscreen scent and no mineral scent, there is quite literally no scent at all. It goes on with a white cast but as you rub it into your skin the white cast fades. It isn’t greasy at all and doesn’t leave a shine. It is the slightest bit sticky. Even if you are not planning on wearing makeup after putting this on, I would add a quick layer of powder just to take down the stickiness. Other than that it is a nice formula. It isn’t one I’d feel the need to keep constantly in stock, but it is one i wouldn’t mind using again.

And that was my skincare for the week. A few of these items will be back next week and a couple are off to the empties bin. Aside from the disappointment of Augustinus Bader, it was a pretty good line up.

Time to call The Removalist, it’s Face Mask Friday

This mask isn’t a new one for me in fact i have uses it several times on face mask Friday, The Removalist mask is from Go-to skin care and in my opinion is one of their best products.

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this mask is a detoxifying clay mask that just gives your pores a really good clear out. This week with the sunscreen on during the days I was outside and the humidity making me feel kind of gunky in general I decided this was a good day to roll out a detoxifying mask.

mask on

I love that this mask only requires a thin layer applied to the skin. In fact it works better if it is used in a thinner layer rather than in a thick goopy one. It does tingle a little bit but it also feels very cooling somehow which is a nice contrast of sensations.

well I think it is a nice contrast. My mother does not care for it, which is why she traded me her tube of this mask for my AHAVA moisturizer (which is too moisturizing for my skin). We both got things we loved so everyone was happy.

mask dried, can’t smile

I don’t know why it always amuses me that this mask is a sort of purple-y clay that smells somewhat fruity. I think it is the pepper berry they mention but as I have no clue what a pepper berry smells like that is just a guess. The fruitiness does smell vaguely berry like. It also has kaolin clay which helps to draw out the impurities.

clean and fabulous

Unlike a lot of the clay masks I have it doesn’t really turn gray ish as it dries. It stays more or less the same color it just becomes less shiny. Over all it it is a great Friday face mask and my skin feels excellent.

And of course having put it on I can now kick back and realize that I forgot to look up candles as i reminded myself to do last week. This time, when i am finished with my mask, I am making a to do list. Summer scented candles will top the list. I also need citronella candles too. Last night I took a book out to read and was nearly carted off by the mosquitos. This year they seem to have the wing span of jumbo jets. I was so worried about the proliferation of rabbits this year I forgot all about the mosquitos. Oh yeah, a list is most definitely in order.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 6th, 2022

The full line up

Good morning one and all. It is time once again for the weekly skincare line up. Are you excited? I know I am. This week had only some minor tweaks to the line up. It wasn’t anything major actually. In general I like to have my skincare rotate in and out at different times so I am not adding all new products on the same week. But let’s get into it and see what happens.

The Day time line up

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash

Essence: Time Revolution The First Essence 5X from Missha

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Serum: Miracle Pore Minimizing Serum from Dewy Tree

Eye Cream: Sunday Riley 5 Star Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Sensitive

Sunscreen: Light Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from Sunday Riley

While I have been a bit so so about the cleanser I have to say this week it sort of came into it’s own. With the increased humidity I have ended up washing my face more than usual. I try to usually stick with the morning and evening routine, but this week I was sweaty and nasty a couple of times mid day and had to roll the cleanser out because I simply felt gross. I was able to use this gentle cleanser with out stripping my skin, so I am quite pleased with it.

The Time Revolution Essence I still love. It does a great job of opening up the pores to get them ready for the rest of the skincare. It is used one spare drop at a time, more simply isn’t needed. It is not yet low enough that i am risking having more product come out than I need but i suspect in the next week I will have to start watching that. Because of the way the regulator is placed when there is less product, upending the bottle to dispense lets the product hit the distributer with more force so more product comes out. it has happened with all my essences regardless of brand. The trick is to remember to tilt it slowly instead of just upending it over the palm of your hand.

My one new product in this week’s line up is a sample sized serum. I am going to try to roll through some of my sample serums to clear out out some space in the drawer and this one has been hanging around a while. The problem is that it was only about half full when i unsealed it from it’s plastic at the beginning of the week. Now I’ve used some of it and I don’t think it will make it through a second week. I won’t be using it long enough to decide it it has any use to it because of the lack of product. The serum has no scent to it. It absorbs well and doesn’t leave the skin greasy. It has hyaluronic acid in it, which is a good ingredient, but given the time i’ve had with it I can’t tell if it has enough to have an effect. I do like the way it feels enough to consider giving it another try with a full size though.

The Sunday Riley eye cream I am absolutely loving though. It absorbs well without leaving my skin greasy or clogging pores and I am starting to see a reduction in the fine lines by my eyes as it plumps the skin.

The Embryolisse is a great moisturizer and perfectly weighted for this time of year. It isn’t too heavy and it moisturizes well. We are nearing the end of the thirty day tril though so next week there will be a full review and I will be rolling the third moisturizer in the lait Creme line into the skincare rotation. I’m hoping it proves to be a summer weight product but i will have to wait and see for that.

And Sunscreen is a must. It is a must year round but as I spend more time outside in this weather it is doubly important. The Sunday Riley is doing well. Once the cream warms up to skin temps the white cast disappears. It does leave me looking very shiny for about twenty minutes after application but after that it is fine. I’ve had no problems with it and am happy to continue using it.

The Night time line up

The Nighttime Line Up

Cleanser: Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil

Essence: Time Revolution The First Essence 5X from Missha

Makeup Remover: Makeup Cloths from The Turkish Towel Company (I’m using the cleansing oil as a makeup remover too) and the Laura Mercier Soothing Eye makeup remover

Serum: Sonage Collagen Boosting Serum

Eye Cream: Sunday Riley 5 Star Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre (Sensitive)

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

The Yensa Cleansing oil s great for the general makeup removing as well as washing my face, however when it gets in my eyes it tends to cloud my contacts a bit. So I brought in the Laura Mercier to take off my eye makeup. Thus far I haven’t had any problems with it. The eye makeup remover is a good product with no scent, you just have to remember to shake it up before using it as the oils tend to separate. Is it my favorite eye makeup remover? No. It takes a bit more effort to get mascara off than I’d perhaps like. It is good enough to use, but I’m not sure I’d repurchase it.

The other new product in my line up is the Sonage serum. Again it has only been a week with this serum so i haven’t seen any effects yet. It has a scent that somewhat reminds me of rosemary but in a more industrial skincare kind of way, if that makes sense. It is a potent scent, but it fades fairly quickly. It does leave the skin sticky. I was not expecting that but it is very sticky. The stick factor isn’t a problem as I apply moisturizer over serums and that took away all of the stickiness, but it is sticky enough to warrant notice. This is one of those products that I am going to have to wait and see in order to pass judgement. I’m not a huge fan of the scent or of the stickiness even though both could be excused it the product works well. I just need to use it more to figure out if it works well. If it works well and plumps my lines and rejuvenates my face i will forgive the scent and the stickiness. Only time will tell on that one.

One of these things is not like the others.

The Others

Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid – A toner used every other day

And finally we come to the Alpha H. Used every other day I am really liking this exfoliating toner. My skin feels clear and clean after using it. At the same time, I am only using it three times a week. I would not want to use it more than that. Three times is plenty, more would be overdoing it. But it is a fantastic item in my line up. It tingled and was a little stinging the first couple of times I used it, but that faded quickly and I haven’t had anything but good skin since. I am pleased to use it and pleased to have a second bottle waiting in the wings. Truthfully once i finish this bottle I’m just going to roll in the second one unless there is something else I nee to test out. I would happily award this a permanent spot in my routine.

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