The Skincare Line up: March 18th, 2022

It is time once again to line up all of the skin care products currently in motion and take a look at how they are performing. Are there any problem children? Are their any gold star teacher’s pets? Let’s find out shall we?

The Daytime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co’s The Pill

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Okay this week I finally got back to splitting out the day time from the night time as there were enough differences to matter. I did finish up my toner last week and I forgot completely to roll in a new one this week. I am thinking of rolling in the Somme Institute exfoliating pads to fill the gap but i want to see just how exfoliating they are before I commite to daily use. I will probably still roll in a toner and just use them either in the day or night.

To be honest the morning routine worked really well for me. The time Revolution cleanser from Missha is just fantastic. The scent is light and fresh and herbal and a fabulous first thing in the morning wake up kind of scent. It also takes off any makeup residue left from the makeup remover in the evening. This is a cleanser I will most certainly pick up again.

The 111skin essence is also nice. While it is a clean scent it is more of a high end spa clean than a fresh scent. It works oddly well with the Missha cleanser. It makes my morning routine feel like a high end spa that focuses on natural ingredients.

And then comes the serum. It has a different scent all together. I actually can’t identify the scent. It is a scent that tickles your nose and then before you can figure out what it is, the scent is gone. It is slightly astringent and almost fruity. I’m going to have to spend some time with the ingredients list to figure it out. But as I said the scent is mild and gone almost as soon as the serum hits the air. I haven’t been using the Nue Co serum long enough to show any results, but I do like the way it absorbs. It is slightly sticky , but as i put my moisturizer over it, that isn’t much of a concern. I also am loving the shape of the bottle. It is the tall thin pump in the pictures, if you are wondering. The pump is nice, wide and flat so easy to work with even if your hands are damp and the tall thin bottle is easy to grip. I know packaging isn’t the main concern, but someone really thought about this bottle. And I for one appreciate it. Hopefully as my product use continues i will find the product as useful.

the Embryolisse Lait-Concentre is a fantastic moisturizer. The scent is lightly aloe mixed with shea butters and my skin feels soft and hydrated. It is a very straight forward no nonsense moisturizer and honestly i am enjoying it a lot. My one concern is that while it is fabulous for me at the moment, as the weather warms this may be a bit too hydrating for me. It is something I will have to monitor. It is the most moisturizing of the three moisturizers from the Lait Creme line and if we do end up with a weather vs. hydration issue I will simply bring in one of the others as a day cream and continue to use this at night. It is the type of cream I can use as a night cream all year round so that isn’t a concern, it is just the day time use I will have to monitor.

And finally we come to the MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Eye cream. It is a lightly floral scented cream, the florals fading away almost a soon as you apply it. It is a thicker eye cream which had me worried at first as I feared clogged pores. My under eye area is quite susceptible to them. But this far it has not been a problem. This eye cream absorbs well and I am seeing improvement in my fine lines. Thus far I am really a big fan. This is the first time I have tried anythign from the brand and thus far it has made a very good impression.

The Nighttime Line Up

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: The Nue Co Topical C

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

As the products used in the day time worked just as well at night i won’t bore you with a repetition. There is only one new item in the evening so we’ll leave it for last. The Laneige has been in the line up the longest and will be here for a while to come. I’ve made a dent in the product but there is still a lot left and I have no problems continuing with it’s use. I put on a thick layer before bed and it has absorbed in the night leaving my lips soft and fabulous. I have had very little issue with chapped lips this winter.

The Byroe Fig Renewal oil I have been putting around the fine lines of my lips. It appears to be helping. The change isn’t dramatic, but I think the little extra boost of hydration from the oil is really a benefit. This is the first time I’ve used a facial oil specifically for the fine lines around my mouth and I like it. I just don’t have anything to really compare the Byroe to at this time. It is a dry oil and so it absorbs easily without leaving a greasy residue. I am halfway through this bottle of oil and I am thinking about swapping it out with one of my other oil samples just so I can do more of a comparison. I think it might help me get a better feel for comparing the Byroe to another oil if i try another oil. Sometimes there is great danger in going first. I will say I love the scent. it has the scent of figs which I really enjoy.

I am not so much enjoying the scent of the Vike Makeup melt. It works well and I love the way it sprays on and, well, melts makeup. But when I spray it I have to hold my breath and then step out of the bathroom to take a deep breath. It smells like vaporized mothballs or like something my grandmother would have in the back of the medicine cabinet as a topical cure all. it works well, but I am thinking of opening up a cleansing balm just to give myself a break from the scent. then I will reach for this when I need something fast. It won’t go to waste, i will definitely use it. It’s a great product. I just need a break from the scent.

And finally we come to the Nue product in the line up. I chose this one because I am using The Pill in my day time line up and I thought, huh, don’t I have something else from The Nue Co? Turns out I have several items actually. So I figured I would add this to the line up. The topical c is a powdered vitamin c supplement that you mix in with your moisturizer. And this Embryolisse may be the perfect moisturizer to do this with. It is thick enough that it just pulls the powder in with no problem and quite honestly i am loving the combo. It hasn’t been long enough to see any results, but those two work really well together and as the moisturizer takes its time absorbing I really think I am getting all the benefits. We’ll see how it goes but thus far, these two are fantastic friends and my skin is loving it.

This was a great skincare week for me. Things were a bit rocky a while back and I had to cut down and build up my routines again, but i think now everything is well in hand. There will be a few minor tweaks next week but for the most part it is full steam ahead and steady as she goes as far as my skincare is concerned.

Lait-Crème Concentré

The Skincare Line Up: February 25th, 2022

Okay deep breath in, deep breath out. Last week’s skincare line up was an exercise in panic. The moisturizer went down and it took everything down with it. While I rotated several new products in the one I focused on was the one causing problems. You’ve heard the phrase the squeaky wheel gets the grease? Well in this case the squeaky wheel caused the grease. But my skin has calmed down and resumed it’s normal every day moisturized level. Still while there was less of a freak out I only changed out the moisturizer and kept every thing steady so there is only one list and no break out between day and night this week. Next week there will be an expansion, but I wanted some smooth sailing first. Items like the makeup remover and overnight lip mask were used pretty much only in the evenings, but I still figured I’d stick with one list this week. So let’s get a look at the line up.

Cleanser: Time Revolution Artemisia Pack Foam Cleanser from Missha (20% off with code FEB20)

Makeup Remover: Vike Makeup Melt Paired with a Makeup Eraser

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Toner: Buttah AHA/BHA Rosewater toner

Serum: Grace and Stella Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Facial Oil: Byroe Fig Renewal oil

Eye Cream: MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream

Moisturizer: Hey Honey Relax Propolis and Honey Soothing Moisturizer

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in berry

Okay now that one product isn’t taking over, let’s take a look at what we have. First up is the Missha cleanser. It still feels a little strange to use something that looks like a green clay mask as a cleanser, but I can’t argue with the results. My skin is clean, and soothed by the cleanser. I learned this past summer that Artemisia calms my skin down really well after too much sun. Apparently it works well after a score of breakouts as well. I am loving this cleanser.

The link above will take you to the full Vike Product review. It is a good makeup remover although it took some getting used to the spray. it is a fine mist of a spray, it is just the act of spraying makeup remover into my face. I think it might be the word Melt in the name. It makes me think of the scene in Indiana Jones and the lost ark where the black hat bad guys face melts off. All that happened is it took of my makeup, but still. It did need a little help from my makeup eraser especially with the mascara, but it does a good job removing makeup.

Which left my toner pads relatively clean. I am currently using the Buttah rosewater toner. The big relief is that it doesn’t smell of in your face rose. I haven’t used it long enough to see any skincare benefits, but it seems to be an okay toner thus far. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and it appears to take off the last dregs of makeup. we’ll see how it performs moving forward, but thus far i have no complaints.

The 111Skin Essence I love and have been loving for a while now. I will continue using it until it is either empty or another essence pops up that I need to try out. Right now I like it and am very happy using it. It does make my entire line up feel fancier just by the high end spa scent too, which isn’t a bad thing.

I am beginning to think the Grace and Stella bottle is magic. It is a small bottle but it is emptying so slowly that it almost as though fairies come and renew it in the night. Only three drops are needed and you all know I love hyaluronic acid in my skincare. This is a fantastic serum and I will use every last drop in this bottle.

The Byroe Fig essence I am using on the fine lines around my mouth. One drop is enough so it will be around a while. It smells of figs and is a dry oil so it absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. I think it is actually doing some nice things for the lines around my mouth, namely making sure there are fewer of them. I also tried this oil on my cuticles this week. The oild hydrates the cuticele beds well and leaves less of a greasy residue then most cuticle oils. For nw though I am going to keep it for my face.

The MZ Skin Sooth and Smooth eye cream feels really lovely on the skin. It is a thick cream and very little is used with each application. It is too soon to tell if it is helping the lines, but I am watching. I am also monitoring the clogged pores that sometimes follow in the wake of thick eye creams. There are a few but at the moment I am not sure if they are a moisturizer debacle hold over or the fauly of the eye cream. I will monitor them to find out.

To replace my moisturizer this week I went with the Hey Honey Relax moisturizer. It is soothing and I have never had a problem with Hey Honey. Some of their products I might have decided weren’t for me, but they never caused me issue. This is a sample size of the moisturizer and I am already wishing it was full sized. My skin feels soft and nourished without any heavy greasiness and the moisturizer smells like honey. Not in a heavy cloying way, but in a sweet and bright way. I am really enjoying this sample. I do have several samples of different Hey Honey Moisturizers and I may roll the next one in just to test it. I suspect I will purchase one of them in the near future i just want to see which one I actually prefer. I will say this Relax will be hard to beat. it is really nice and soothing as well as hydrating.

And finally the Laneige just keeps chugging along. It is a fantastic sleeping mask and I am happy to continue using it to give my lips overnight moisturizing.

And that is the list of products currently working in my skincare line up. it was a pretty good line up this week. The two stars belong to the Missha Cleanser and the Hey Honey Moisturizer, but there really weren’t any problem children this week, which is a very nice thing to say. I really needed a week of everything working as it should. And I do have to say a big thanks to the Herbal Dynamics Cacao and Chamomile Clearing mask I used after my skin freak out. It was one of the products that really helped set my skin back to clear.