The skincare Line up: Post travel, October 14th, 2022

This is going to be an interesting post. Normally I review the products in my line up on a weekly basis, assessing how they are performing and how well they work with others. As I took several products already in use with me home for two weeks and then used them this week, instead of an in progress report this is more of a post use break down.

Also you may notice that there are a few products missing from the above picture. The sample sized toner I took with me was finished up and I put the container in the recycling before I left to come home. In addition I finished up the Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer and as the recycling went out yesterday I added it to the bin without realizing I hadn’t taken a picture first.

As for what I planned to take with me, I did plan to take an Elemis Night mask with me, but forgot to pack it and left it on my skincare shelf, so I did not get to use it. that in mind the products I used for the past few weeks are as follows.

Cleanser: Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera

Toner: Alpha H Liquid Gold and Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Exfoliator: ESPA Refining Skin Polish

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

First let’s talk about Alpha H. On this trip I not only took the Liquid Gold Toner that I tried before loved and will definitely purchase again, but I also had two other Alpha H products to try out. These were the Balancing Cleanser and and the Firming eye cream. While the eye cream was unopened when I took it with me, the tube was not full of product. I used up the eye cream before the two weeks was up. (only by a couple of days , but generally eye cream takes a while to work through). It was a decent eye cream. It absorbed well and it didn’t clog my pores, both things I look for in an eye cream. I didn’t have enough product to really see any actual effects. There was no scent to it, which was nice and it was a standard white cream.

The balancing Cleanser was likewise fine. It was a full tube of cleanser and there is some left. I will be using it up a I roll in my trial products from Eight Saints (I don’t like to start all new products at the same time, but give them a little ease in with existing products to keep my skin from freaking out). Both of the Alpha H products were fine. The problem was that the third, the Liquid Gold exfoliating toner is fabulous. So I kind of expected more from the other products in the brand. The eye cream and cleanser were both good solid products that work well and I wouldn’t mind using again, but I won’t go out of my way to purchase them. The Liquid Gold Toner I will be repurchasing.

It appears to be their hero product. I feel the same way about the Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence. I have tried a couple of serums from Byroe and I have a sample size of a moisturizer I need to try. The serums were okay but that toning essence was fabulous. It did the work of a toner, removing all of the left over makeup from the skin and soothing the skin, but it also opened the pores so they could be ready for more skincare. Or more accurately so that they could make the best use of the skincare that was to follow. It is probably the only product from Byroe that I would go out of my way to purchase again.

And I know that there are two toners on the list but the Alpha H I only used three times a week in the night time line up and the Byroe I used the rest of the time. The exfoliating toner is just too much to be used every day.

The Vitamin C serum from Allies of skin was interesting. It is a waterless serum, wich just means that it looks and feels like an oil. I love the glass pump and the fact that the pump locks for travel. It is good at brightening. It just needs a little time to absorb. It is also very easy to apply too much. One pump is all that is needed to cover the entire face. The bottle is actually still half full so I will use it to phase in my next trial and when the Eight Saints trial is done I will roll it back in to finish out the bottle (I don’t like to keep open skincare that long).

The Volition Moisturizer was fantastic. It was a lightweight water cream style of moisturizer. It was sticky until it dried but then my skin felt soft and hydrated. It worked well for me but I did miss my night mask. In the future I would use it only as a day cream. As it was it would have been fins had I been able to roll in an additional moisturizer a couple of nights a week. It just wasn’t quite enough for night time use once the heaters started to turn on. I don’t think I would have had any problem had the weather not changed season.

The ESPA Refining Skin Polish is a long term favorite. I have purchased this in the full size and I happily use the sample sizes when I travel. It is a physical exfoliator so I only use it once a week. It is very fine grained and gentle on the skin. It washes off cleanly and always leaves me feeling fantastic. For those of you who are signed up for the Winter Fab Fit Fun Box, I think this ESPA Refining Skin Polish is one of the choice items. I don’t know which category it is. I have a seasonal subscription at the moment while I try to decide if I am keeping the subscription long term so I can only choose four out of the six items. I can’t remember if it is in those four categories or something else they may give to me in one of the categories I can’t choose. But it is an item in the box so I am ticked with the possibility of getting a full size of this skin polish in an upcoming box. Even without that, it is a product I will repurchase.

And finally we have the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask. It is fabulous. I have used it for a while and will continue using it for a while. It is something that will be more important as winter progresses and I need more moisture on my lips. I love putting this on my lips before bed and waking up to soft and hydrated lips.

Most of the products I used are now at the end of their lives, the product used up. I had higher hopes for a few of the products and I found that the products I liked before I liked even more. I will be rolling in the items from the Eight Saints Discovery Kit so next week will be a more brand centric review of skincare. I am kind of looking forward to that. Especially as I have never tried anything from the brand before. But that is next week’s post. For now my darlings, my skincare line up review is complete. There was some good and some so so but nothing really bad. Which is always fantastic to report.

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A different sort of Line up for the Skin: September 22nd, 2022

if you are looking at the picture above and thinking, that seems like there are some duplicates, you aren’t wrong. in the above photo I have the products I have been using and I also have the products that will be going with me when I leave tomorrow morning. Tonight i will use the products going with me and if there are no issues they will be packed and taken for two weeks at my mother’s house. Currently in rotation Are…

Cleanser: Avant Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying and Antioxidizing Cleansing Gel

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

while there is probably over a week’s worth of cleanser in the Avant, there probably isn’t two weeks worth and I don’t want to pack two cleansers. So I will be taking the Alpha H Balancing cleanser with me. I wanted to try it out and I have two other Alpha H products to try so they will be going with me. One I know I like (the Liquid Gold Toner) and one I haven’t tried. But I will get to that below.

The FAB toner won’t be going with me because there is very little product left and it is a big bottle. As the Alpha H toner can only be used every other day, I have added in the travel sized bottle of the Byroe Toning essence. I’ve use it before and it is both a fantastic toner and a great essence. I will use it on the days I am not using the exfoliating toner.

I did pack a physical exfoliator as I really like exfoliating once a week. I am taking a travel size of the ESPA Refining Skin Polish because I have used it before and absolutely love it. I am sticking with the allies of skin serum since it has a locking pump and I am keeping the Volition moisturizer in the travel line up. This week i did use the Elemis Super Food Midnight Facial a few nights and it really worked well with the volition to give my skin the moisture it needed so i will be keeping them paired up for the trip. As I felt I had enough glass bottles and jars I traded out the eye cream for a tube of the Alpha H eye cream. It not only goes along with the other AlphaH products but it is a smaller tube.

Over all I was rather pleased with the products I used this week and I am happy with the ones going with me on the trip. While I am gone, there will be no skincare updates so tonight I will make sure there are no skincare reactions and then I will report back on the skincare in motion once I return from my trip.

Traveling with me are…

Cleanser: Alpha H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera

Toner: Alpha H Liquid Gold and Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Alpha H Liquid Gold Firming Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Night Mask: Elemis Superfood Midnight Facial

Exfoliator: ESPA Refining Skin Polish

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

And so my darlings, those are the products I will be taking with me. I look forward to putting them to the test and reporting back about how well they worked and how well they traveled. I also can’t wait to tell you all about it when I return. Until then…

The Skincare Line up: September 16th, 2022

That’s right it is time for my favorite post, the weekly skincare line up. This week there were a few changes.

Cleanser: Avant Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying and Antioxidizing Cleansing Gel

Toner: Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner from First Aid Beauty

Serum: 35% Vitamin C Perfecting Serum from Allies of Skin

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Volition Yaupon Tea Glow Awakening Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

Okay let’s talk about those products that have been in motion for a while. First the Kissu mask from Tatcha. My lips love it and continue to love it. I adore wearing it to bed at night and I enjoy the light scent of it. It is a keeper in the line up and as so little is used each time i use it, this little jar is sticking around a while.

The First aid beauty toner is fine. It is an oat based toner and works well especially after a day in the sun. I like it and wouldn’t mind using it again but it isn’t on my repurchase list.

while I have had one clogged pore under the eyes with the Kat Burki eye cream I haven’t had another one so I don’t think it is a problem. The cream absorbs well and it has a light fresh scent.

the Avant cleanser doesn’t have as light of a scent as I thought it had for the first week. I think it was just lighter than the previous cleanser. There is something about the scent that i find vaguely cloying. Not enough to make me stop using it, but I don’t think i would buy this again. Well to be honest as the cleanser costs $110 I doubted I would be buying it again in any case, but a part of me hoped it would be knock me out of my socks fantastic. I actually tried a lip balm from Avant that was that good and (almost) made me think it might be worth the price. A part of me hoped this cleanser would be the same. It is not. It is good, but not fabulous. And certainly not $110 fabulous. It would be good for $35, great for $25. There is nothing wrong with it in other words, it just isn’t good enough to justify the cost.

There were two new products this week. The first was the Allies of skin Vitamin C serum. The Depology serum did last until yesterday morning so last night and this morning I used this serum. I love the glass bottle and I really do like the fact that the pump locks down. I had several serums to choose from and I did choose this one primarily because the pump could be locked. Next Friday I am leaving town and if I was starting a serum I wanted one I could take with me. with the locking pump, I can take this one with me.

I found it interesting. You have to shake well before each use. The serum is listed as having a waterless base so my guess is that it separates as it sits. It comes out looking and feeling like an oil. it is a dry feeling oil but it will leave you shiny until it absorbs. once it absorbs there is no shiny factor or greasy look. There is a slightly citrus note to the serum. while two uses isn’t enough to give any kind of detailed notes, I did like how it felt on my skin. It also seemed to pair well with the moisturizer.

The moisturizer is a Volition moisturizer. I have tried Volition products before. Their sunscreen is one I stock up to use consistently. I use it year round, but they generally have sales both in the spring and over the Black Friday shopping season so I tend to buy six month’s worth at a time. (each tube will give me about a month and a half’s worth of product plus a little bit extra so it is four tubes each sale if you are doing the math. It is well worth it.). I also enjoy their snow mushroom serum. This is my first use with the Yaupon Tea Moisturizer.

Yaupon is a type of holly native to southeastern North America (Yes i had to look it up). There is a light, almost floral note to the cream but it is one of those scents that if you stick your nose in the jar and inhale it seems strong but the scent dissipates very quickly. It almost reminds me of jasmine tea actually. mostly it just has that skincare cream scent. which i am fine with. The cream is a light one that is almost a water cream but not quite. When applied to the skin it does go sort of liquid-y as though it was melting into water. It absorbed well because of the consistency and I found it to be a good light cream. I am somewhat let down by it at night. It is a great day cream but I think that a few times a week I am going to have to roll in some form of night mask. I actually don’t mind that. i am perfectly fine with having a separate day cream and night cream. And I think the Volition is, for me, a really good day cream. it just needs a little help at night.

And that is my line up this week. At the moment things seem to be rolling right along. I am happy to keep this line up for the coming week.



Five Summertime Essentials

As summertime settles in and looks as though it will stretch on into forever, I always find there are some products that I simply can’t do without. Many of them in one size or another find their way into my purse and end up traveling with me wherever i go in the summer months. These are my current top five summer must haves.

1- Sunscreen: Always a number one item and always in need. My current favorite is the Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50. It is described as the sunscreen for people who don’t like sunscreen and I have to admit I was in that camp for a long time. I simply hated the feel of sunscreen. I would use a spray as little as i could get away with and probably did some sun damage to myself because of it. especially since I would often forget to apply it. This sunscreen sits with my skincare and is applied as the last step of my morning skincare routine. Getting in the habit of adding it each morning regardless of what i am doing has done wonders for me. I still add an extra coat of spray sunscreen before going on my walk, but i like having that security under my makeup each day. While this is the original version, they now also make a mineral version.

2- Dry Shampoo: For me Klorane is my favorite. I’ve tried other versions and some have been good, others not so good. I always come back to Klorane. This did come with a cap but somehow i always loose the caps within a day or two of opening them. (I am beginning to suspect one day I’ll move the furniture around and find them having a party under my bed.) You may notice that this is the Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (extra Gentle) rather than my usual Nettle infused for dark hair. While the nettle infused is fantastic for darker hair, leaves less white residue and is my go to dry shampoo when I need winter touch ups, I tend to lean into the Oat Milk version in the summertime. It does leave a little bit more white cast than the nettle for dark hair, but it is gentler on my hair. The white brushes out quickly and easily. I am not saying the Nettle is harsh, it isn’t. But in the summer my bangs can get very oily looking very fast so I find myself reaching for dry shampoo to keep them looking good far more often than at any other time of the year, so I switch to the most gentle version available. Thus far, I have had very good results with this system.

3- Spray Thermal Water: To be honest, I used to think that thermal water was just for people sunning themselves pool side. I thought of it as something a bit extra rather than essential. Then I picked up a bottle to add to my bag for a pool party. I didn’t use it at the pool party, but when I got home I had it so I thought I’d use it. I fell in love and it has become a summer staple. While this travel size Uriage Eau Thermal is the one I keep in my purse, I also keep a bottle by the garden door. It is hot in the summer time and I sweat. With the high humidity, the sweat doesn’t evaporate and cool you off like it does in less humid climates. It just rolls down your skin leaving salt deposits on your skin. For me that always makes me feel both tight and itchy as well as hot and sweaty.

A quick spray of thermal water helps alleviate that. The water is far cooler than both the air temp and my skin temp so it is a quick but gentle cool down. I am one of those people who gets massive headaches if i am hot and sweaty outside and then go inside where it is air conditioned. I have to cool down a little first or that headache will more or less last the rest of the day. The thermal water helps. The water cools me down and it washes off some of the salt left behind so my skin doesn’t feel as tight and itchy. I personally like the fine spray of the Uriage as well as the slight scent of the minerals in the water.

4- Lip Mask: While I often think of dry chapped lips as a winter time affliction, it can be an issue for me in the summertime. I find I generally need a lip scrub more in the winter, where as a frequent application of a good lip mask will keep my lips from becoming overly dry in the summer. For me as soon as they start to chap I will pick at them absently when i am working. i never mean to and i yell at myself fiercely when I do, but by then the damage is already done and my lips are painful and need time to heal.

The best thing i can do is to not let them get to a stage where they ae dry enough to pick at. My current favorite lip mask is the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask. There is very little scent and no taste to it. While it is fantastic at night, a little dose during the day doesn’t go amiss. I will generally put a light coat on in the morning and let it soak into the skin before I do my makeup for the day. I do wile off the excess before I apply my lipstick. Often times i will just wear the lip mask as a gloss if I have a more natural look going on. It is a lightweight mask with heavy duty hydration and very little stickiness to it.

5- Sunglasses: I have reached an age where I am in a full out battle with the fine lines around my eyes. I know they are there and I know over time they will deepen because that is just the way that life works. However I am determined to put up as much of a fight as I can/ I know the Resistance will loose the war, I just want to draw out the battle as long as I can. while this has lead many plumping agents into my skincare line up, it has also led to a proliferation of sunglasses. Moving around in the sun without them causes me to squint, wearing them helps me not squint.

My current favorite pair are these aviator style pair from Tomahawk shades Marksman Class. I love the fact that the bottom of the lens is slightly flattened as this is a good shape for my face. My favorite feature though is the fact that the lenses are actually amber tinted. This means the sunglasses are cutting the glare but in their own way brightening the world around me rather than casting the world into shade. They are excellent for driving and it means that if i am outside and going from a sunny spot to a shaded one, i can still leave them in place since I don’t have to lift them out of the way when shade makes things slightly darker.

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.

Caudalie

The Skincare Line up: September 10th, 2021

Good morning my darlings! we have made it to the end of the week. This week my skin is feeling much better than it was before, despite a few hormonal break outs. I was able to keep some of my line up as well as add in a few new products. So lets take a look at how this week’s products worked out.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay to be honest, my daytime line up didn’t change. I was planning on changing out the day time moisturizer, but I figured since i changed out the night time one I would leave the OSEA in place this week. It is not my favorite moisturizer, but it isn’t bad. I think it just feels a little heavier on my skin than I like during the day. I’ll end up[ using it as a moisturizer on my hands post wash and sanitation so it won’t go to waste, but something about it does feel a bit heavier.

While I love the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic acid, I think I want to just use it at night instead of day and night. This week I used it for both and while my skin loved it, I think it might be making me a little bit sun sensitive. I did notice that despite the Volition sunscreen I was getting a bit more red from time outside than i usually do.

The Missha Artemisia helped take that red down a lot and make me feel better, but what’s the old saying – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I like having something that helps, but I’d rather not need the help. So I am going to roll in a day time serum this coming week and save the Herbal Dynamics for the night time. On the plus side, it may make the serum last longer. I think I have about two more weeks of product left if used that way.

Over all those are my thoughts on the daytime line up. Everything else just worked really well. I keep feeling the ESPA eye cream tube and hoping that the product won’t run out because I am really enjoying it. The Korres Cleanser I am afraid won’t make it much longer. I might be able to use it all week, but I suspect by about Wednesday It too may run out and need to be replaced. It is a fantastic cleanser and one that I will be purchasing repeatedly in the future.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Makeup Eraser Cloth

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

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

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Night Mask: Elemis Peptide 4 Plumping Pillow Facial

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

This week my Peach Pudding Makeup remover ran out and so I replaced it with my Makeup Eraser. That’s it. No product, just the makeup eraser. It worked well. I just used water and took off my makeup with it, It worked well. The Korres took off the rest so there was little makeup remaining.

I did end up using the Hey Honey exfoliator a bit more this week. About three times instead of once a week. It was gentle enough that I could do this, but I really did enjoy the exfoliator as well. I think because I eliminated one cleansing product i automatically reached for a replacement. It felt good though and did help with the remains of the breakouts so my skin is much clearer. Ido want to go back to a once a week exfoliation though.

Even though I really like using my Makeup Eraser, I think I am going to roll in a micellar water or cleansing oil or something. I think I just really like a double clean as well as the cloth.

This week the big new product in the line up was the Elemis pillow facial. I meant to roll it in and just use it a few times a week while choosing a different night cream, but I just ended up using it as a night cream on it’s own. It is fantastic. I love the scent, It is a lightly floral scent that seems strong in the jar but fades pretty quickly once applied. The cream is light, almost like a gel cream consistency and it absorbs really quickly so your face isn’t stuck to the pillowcase. I think because it’s texture reminded me so much of a gel cream I didn’t remember to roll in a different night cream. And to be honest, I am not sure i will bring in a different moisturizer at night. For now this is just the right amount of moisture for my skin just before bed time. I’ll be changing out the day time moisturizer this week, but between the Elemis on my face and the Laneige on my lips, my night time is happily covered.

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The Skincare Line up: September 3rd, 2021

Ah yes, this week in skincare. It has been fun. Last week I had quite a massive patch of breakouts on my chin. For me the chin is always the canary in the coal mine for skincare concerns. It gets overly greasy first and it shows dry spots first as well. And last week it was throwing up all sorts of signals. So this week I pulled out the elements that were new in the skincare line up and went solely back to products I knew worked well. And then I played with the products i thought were causing issues.

Surprisingly all of the new products were problematic. I tried the Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle foaming cleanser. While it smelled nice, it didn’t give me a deep down clean and left far too much gunk on my face, which was not good.

The second new skincare item was the Naobay Detox Oxygen light cream. This cream smelled nice, absorbed well but was slightly too heavy for me. It also made my skin feel itchy. In order to see if it was the cream or the cream in conjunction with other products, I used this on my arm for a couple of days. In general I find if I test a product on my inner arm it will give me a good indication of what is going on. My arm was fine for the first day but by day two it was very itchy and I had to stop using the cream on my arm. So this may be a good product, but I think i may just be allergic to something in it. I’m going to have to break down the ingredients list and see if i can figure out what because I didn’t see anything problematic on the label.

One thing that also didn’t help is that last week i was testing out a Vesca primer and it made my skin itchy as well. I tested it on the inside of my other arm and after a few days of repeat use my arm broke out in a small rash.

So at least whatever it is that i am allergic to I am only slightly allergic to or it takes a while to build up to a level my skin doesn’t like. while this ingredient has yet to be identified, I know that all of the products listed below are ones my skin has no issues with and i was thrilled to be able to fall back on them. As always they behaved well and helped me calm my skin down from it’s break out session. Because there is nothing really new, there is minimal break out of the listed products this week. Just know, they all worked like rockstars.

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream 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

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Yup a return to what I know works. I think the Korres Cleanser needs an extra special shout out though. because of last week’s cleanser, I realized just how fantastic this product was. This will not be my last bottle of the Korres Foaming Cleanser.

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Remover

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream 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

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Lips: Laneige Lip Sleeping mask in Berry

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

With the night products the only thing to really report is that the Peach pudding makeup Remover and the Wander Beauty Night Mask are both almost empty. I have about one week or so left in the makeup remover and maybe two nights worth of the Wander Beauty do not disturb. Both have been fantastic products to use and I will be sad to see them go. I will definitely pick up the Peach Pudding makeup remover again. It is from Peach and Lily and the only products it had issues with were a few of my mascaras. As my Makeup Eraser took care of any left over mascara I didn’t think it much of a problem. The container cost $9.99 and lasted over a month so there are no complaints there either. in fact because Peach and Lily is having a massive 50% off labor day sale, I might stock up on this now that it is on sale.

the Wander Beauty night mask I would use again as well. They too are having a large labor Day sale if you are interested. I actually have a second container of this mask in my skin care drawer waiting it’s turn to be used so I don’t need to repurchase it anytime soon, however it is one that I will happily use again.

and now that my skin is calming down once again I am looking forward to slowly adding in new products. with luck this time there won’t be any drastic reactions.

The Skincare Line Up: August 20th, 2021

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

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Blackberry and Green Tea Deodorant

Cleanser: Andalou Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prizmatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

But that’s a bit off topic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

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

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

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

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

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

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

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

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

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

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

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

But that is a different post.

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

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

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


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