The Skincare Line Up: December 2nd, 2022

This week is a short little line up as I try to use up the products I took traveling with me. There is an eye cream missing from the line up a I finished out the MZ Skin Lift and Luminate Eye cream while I was out of town and sent the jar into the recycling bin at my mothers’ place. It was a glass jar and they have a better system for dealing with glass than we do here. So without further Ado, let’s jump in and have a look shall we?

Cleanser: Osea Ocean Cleanser

Toner: Best Face Forward Clarifying toner

Serum: Skin Inc Supplement Bar French Pine Bark Serum

Moisturizer: OGEE Velvet Botanical Moisturizer

Lips: Sephora Vanilla Lip Balm/scrub

I first came across this cleanser in a Petit Vour Box. It is a fantastic subscription box if you are looking to try out some clean beauty products. OSEA as a brand is pretty pricy. I have tried a few other products and I generally like them but very few of them I love. I have one or two items in my skin care drawer I still need to try. This cleanser however I absolutely love. There is minimal foaming but a really great clean and to me this cleanser always smells like lime sherbet. I have no clue why something called Ocean Cleanser smells like lime sherbet, but to me it does. I have been holding onto this travel sized cleanser to use when i traveled for thanksgiving for a few months now and it was so worth it. As alwasys I will use every last drop of this and then look at the $48 full sized bottle and promise myself that once i have used up a certain amount of cleansers I will be back to purchase this in the full size. Meanwhile I treat myself to a $12 travel sized version whenever I know I am going to be traveling.

When packing, I forgot to pack a toner actually. I think I looked at the Elemis I was using and thought, I’m sure i have a smaller bottle that would travel better.’ and then just forgot. when I got home I had several breakouts and since BFF is generally good with break outs, I went for it since I had so many travel products out anyway. It is a nice cleanser and i think it really is helping to clarify my pores or at least not make things worse. Which is what I need. o I will continue finishing this out and then go back to the open Elemis. The BFF toner is one that I would consider having on hand while there is more holiday fare in my future so A bottle may soon be purchased.

I’ll be honest I chose this serum at random from the travel sized bottles of serum and I didn’t actually look to see what French Pine Bark was supposed to do. Apparently the serum fights signs of aging and evens out skin tone. While I can see a little evening of the skin tone, I haven’t used it long enough to see any major effects. I will say that my skin drank it it and felt silky soft after it absorbed. The serum absorbed quickly with no sticky residue, it just melted into the skin. It has no scent to it either. I really like the look of the suspended pink bits. I have no idea what they are but they disappear on the skin and have no texture to the, (I thought they might be exfoliating, they aren’t.). I don’t know if there is enough product to last long enough to show effect but I really hope there is a good effect as it feels so nice on the skin. For that alone I would contemplate a full sized bottle.

The OGEE Velvet Moisturizer is just that a moisturizer that feels velvety against the skin. since I was in the middle of testing it, this moisturizer was the only one I took home. It is a fantastic day cream. It is composed of organic and clean ingredients I feel good about putting on my skin and the white glass with gold accents is beautiful. The scent is a mix of aloe and jojoba oil, both of which are in the moisturizer. With both of them it should come as no surprise that it feels great oin the skin and softens as well as moisturizes. As I said it is fantastic as a day cream. It is a little light for me to use as a night cream. I like a little added moisture at night and this really could have used a little back up. Not much of one actually. if I had rolled in a night mask a couple of times a week it would be fantastic. It just needs a little boost for the night. However because it needs only a slight boost for me in the winter when my skin is the driest it will be all year, I am fairly sure that at any other time of the year i could use this moisturizer without needing back up or without it being too much moisture for my skin. It is definitely a product I will get again. At the moment though I am pretty sure it will run out sometime next week. I will be using every drop and will post a full review as the trial of the OGEE moisturizer comes to an end.

I am finally down to but a nub of product in the Sephora lip scrub. It is very unevenly mixed. The first two weeks I used it, the product was mostly lip balm with a little bit of scrub to it. Then there were more scrubby bits for a little while before it became mostly balm again. Now I am back to the scrubby bits. I don’t know if the exfoliation particles were added in bands or if the mix was just not mixed well. It is a decent enough lip scrub. In the end it isn’t something I would go out of my way for, but it is something i would toss into a Sephora cart when i was shopping if I needed to get my cart price just a little bit higher to get free shipping. i know it is something i will use and it is not a bad product. it just isn’t all that noteworthy.

And so my darlings that is my skincare for the week. Most of these items will be finished up next week and new ones will take their place in the grant circle of skincare lineups. Until then, Have a great Friday.



The Skincare Lineup: November 18th, 2022

Good morning my darlings and welcome to the Friday Skincare line up. Here we discuss all of the products in my line up and how I feel about them. As you can see we have a couple of changes but most everything is still in motion from last week. Let’s dive in and see how all the products are playing with each other, shall we?

Cleanser (day time): Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Cleanser (night Time): Milk Wash Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser from Beekman 1802

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum (night Time): Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (night)

Serum (day time): Beekman 1802 Collagen Electric Daisy and Peptide Booster (day)

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: OGEE Velvet Botanical Moisturizer

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

I know a lot of this looks similar to the week before but there were some exciting changes this week. Forst let’s look at the cleansers. The Glamglow has been in for a few weeks at this point and I really like it. It’s strength is pulling clogged pores to the surface. It’s weakness is leaving gray charcoal film all over the sink so that it needs to be wiped down after every use. (I wipe it down while I am brushing my teeth actually and it works well, just don’t let it dry).

but for every clogged pore brought to the surface, an exfoliator is needed to send it on it’s way. This week I rolled in the Milk Wash From Beekman 1802. It is an exfoliating Jelly cleanser. And it is a really interesting product to use. It dispenses like a clear jelly and you apply it to a dry face. I remove my makeup pat my skin dry and let my skin dry off completely before I go in with this cleanser. As I take my makeup off after dinner and don’t wash my face until bedtime it works well for me. The cleanser feels almost like a light Vaseline on the skin. It foams up a but when you add water and wash it off. Th9is was it’s first week of use but I can feel that with the one two punch of clearing cleanser in the morning and exfoliating cleanser at night my face is clearer.

You know I love Elemis and you know I love this toner. It works well and I think the scent of it is just fabulous. It’s a bit like a fermented apple cider. So perfect for the time of year and yet still fresh feeling.

With the serums I suppose I could layer them but i tend to like my Vitamin C serums in the night so I just reach for the Collagen serum in the morning and the Truth Serum at night. Even when there is sun out, this Truth Serum is fine for me to use during the day. I’ve used it before and had no sun sensitivity from it. the collagen booster is helping to lock in moisture during the day. It is slightly stick even after it sort of dries down but applying a moisturizer right after it has had time to settle ends the stick factor so that it isn’t a problem. the truth serum doesn’t have any issues with stickiness. It also smells like freshly squeezed orange juice. I suppose that should make me want to use it in the morning but there is something nice about using it in the evening. Both serums work well with the moisturizer I am currently using.

This week I finished up the night cream I was using so I used the OGEE for both morning and night time application. It worked well until about Wednesday. And I think the reason things changed was the central heating. Until now it has only kicked on a few times a night. Starting around Wednesday it kicked on repeatedly during the day and then ran most of the night. The more the heat kicks on the drier my skin becomes. The OGEE moisturizer is a fantastic day cream and I can continue to use it as a day cream, but i am going to need to bring in a night mask at least twice a week if I am to continue using this as my full time moisturizer while the heat is running.

I don;t mind that actually. I am perfectly fine having a day cream and a night cream. In the warmer months it isn’t that big a necessity. It is only in the winter when the temperatures drop and the indoor air becomes dry that I need a day time and night time moisturizer. It is a split that occurs pretty much every time the seasons change. So I will be rolling in a Night mask a couple of times a week until I reach the end of this moisturizer. other than that, I really enjoy the OGEE moisturizer. And I love that it is clean skincare.

I can’t say that I love the MZ Skincare eye cream. It is okay. It isn’t too heavy and I haven’t noticed any real clogging of the pores where I apply it (for me that is an area that gets clogged pores easily) but I haven’t really noticed too much in the way of line plumping of the crow’s feet either. it is still early thought. I am just at the thirty day mark with this eye cream so maybe I will wake up on day 31 with baby smooth skin. It is doubtful of course. I will keep using it until I get back from Thanksgiving (because it is open, small and easy to travel with). After that i will do a bit more of an evaluation.

And then finally we have the lip mask. The Tatcha Kissu lip mask is still working fantastically well. I am trying to finish out the Sephora lip scrub. It is less fantastic. It is one of those products that is okay and if I was trying to get my order up to get free shipping I would add to the cart, but it isn’t something I would specifically go to Sephora to order. It is fine to use if you come across it, just not worth seeking out.

And so that is my skincare line up this week, the good, the not so good and the forgettable. There really wasn’t anything bad, but there were a few fabulous items and a couple I can’t want to see continue on to hopefully show results. And now we dive into the work day that is Friday. I hope you have a fantastic one.

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The Skincare Lineup: November 11th, 2022

Ah, here we are again my darlings, the skincare line up, my favorite post of the week. Don’t get me wrong I love the other posts, but skincare is my true love. I can bore people to tears with my discussion. So I save it up and bring it all here. You will notice that I did not put the ExfoliKate from Kate Somerville in the line up this week. I have been using it about twice a week, however i used it this past Saturday and my skin got a bit red and itchy. That hadn’t happened before with the Kate Somerville, but I decided to skip it for a little while while I figure out if my skin just had enough of the product or if it was reacting with one of the newer products in the line up. While several products are still in motion, I did have two new ones enter the line up this week, the Beekman 1802 Collagen Boost and the OGEE Velvet Botanicals Moisturizer. Both are actually designed for sensitive skin and I used them each with no problems. It was just when it came into contact with the Exfolicate that the itchiness happened. So I am going try and figure out what is going on before I use it again. The rest of the products I used all week with no issues whatsoever.

I’ll look into it and get back to you. And I doubt you are using the exact same line up as I am right at this very moment as I am using a random collection of products rather than a set, but I figured I’d mention it in case it comes up with you.

So on to the line up!

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment (not used this week, due to itchy redness, see above)

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (night)

Serum: Beekman 1802 Collagen Electric Daisy and Peptide Booster (day)

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: OGEE Velvet Botanical Moisturizer

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

Okay let’s start with the cleanser. The Glamglow cleanser is really bringing up buried clogged pores. I am actually really impressed with it’s work. It does leave a charcoal film on the inside of my sink so I do find myself wiping it out a bit more than usual, but the cleanser is great at clearing out the pores. And since it is a clearing cleanser, it is nice to have it do what I expect. I think I am about half way through the tube of cleanser. I am thinking of rolling in a second cleanser though, to use in the evenings. I just received an exfoliating cleanser from Beekman 1802 (subscription box) and i am thinking of using that in the evnings and the Glamglow in the mornings. Partially because I am very curious about the exfoliating jelly cleanser, but mostly because i know I am going to need to roll in an exfoliator if I keep using the Glamglow. It just brings too many things to the surface not to have a routine exfoliator with it.So I get to indulge my curiosity and be practical all at the same time.

Fabulous!

I know this is a strange thing to say about a toner, but I really like the scent of this Elemis toner. I know it is mostly about how the products work (and it does work fantastically well) but I really like the scent. Maybe it is because of the time of year. It has almost a fermented apple cider vibe going for it. it is a little lighter and a little fresher, but that is sort of the scent. And I really like the toner. Now that I’ve figured out how hard to press so that I can dispense the product without causing it to fountain. I also like that when it dries down it isn’t sticky. Sometimes toners can leave a little bit of a sticky film on the skin and I like to feel like my toners are taking the last of the nasties from my skin, not adding a layer.

I switched the Truth Serum to night time use because with the brightening toner I didn’t feel like I needed it twice a day. Plus I love this serum and only using it once a day helps it last longer. I’ve used this Ole Henriksen serum before (a couple of times) and my skin always reacts well to it and looks good. I just don;t have a lot of dark spots so using less still gives me the same glowing skin.

It also let me roll in a collagen serum, and while i may not have dark spots, and a terribly uneven complexion (even though I love the vitamin C) I do have a multitude of fine lines. I know, time man, in the end it will get us all. But if I can plump up some fine lines and at least delay the inevitable a little while, I am all for it. The directions for this booster are to either add a drop or two to the moisturizer or to apply it directly for a more powerful boost. I used it on it’s own. Its not that I am looking for a stronger boost, I just don’t like mixing things with my moisturizer. I like layers to my skincare.

I’m sure it would be fine either way, but somehow my brain thinks of the moisturizer as the final layer that locks everything down. And yes, in my mental image mixing something into the moisturizer is like putting holes in the fence. It lets in those pesky free radicals that get in like those rabbits got into my garden.

I know it really doesn’t work that way, but that is my mental picture and so I layer skincare.

I never claimed to be logical.

I do like this collagen booster though. I still have to restrict myself to a drop or too or it is too wet on the skin. I am curious as to how it will work as the level of the product drops lower in the bottle. Itis a very short dropper and a very rounded bottle. But that I will fin out in time. For now, the serum is nice.

The MZ Skin Eye cream is good. I really hate to say this but I would probably like this eye cream more if I didn’t know how much it costs. It is a good solid eye cream. It goes on well and doesn’t clog the pores. Is it my favorite? No. both the Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream ($72 on Dermstore) and the Dr. Brandt DNA Triple Peptide Eye cream ($82 on the Dr. Brandt site) I’ve used in the past are much better eye creams in my opinion. This is okay but not spectacular. It is a $95 eye cream (on Dermstore, it is pricier on other sites). It sort of puts the eye cream in the same playing field as the Periconne MD and the Dr. Brandt, pricewise. Performance wise it is not worth that price. It is a good solid eye cream but not a spectacular one.

I have two moisturizers in the line up this week. This was the first week for the OGEE moisturizer and i did like it. it absorbs well without leaving a greasy film and the aloe and jojoba scent of the cream (very light scent) is a nostalgic one for me. It is a first week of use so there aren’t any startling reveals but it is a good solid moisturizer filled with all sorts of organic goodness that my skin likes. because I am finishing up the tatcha cream i am using as night cream, i have only used this during the day. As the Tatcha sample is empty now I will be using it as my only moisturizer this week. My one concern is that his moisturizer is rather light and has more of a day cream feel to it. I’ll see how it performs this week as a solo act. I may be surprised. I do know that I really like it as a day cream though.

And alas the Indigo Overnight repair cream I have been using as my night cream is now empty. (I do have a second sample size, but I am going to leave it in the drawer for now.) I really did like this. It would definitely be too much to use as anything but a night time moisturizer, but it is actually designed for night time use. As a deluxe sample I was able to use it enough to know that I will pick this up for a full sized trial at some point. I love that it had no scent to it and was just a really good light weight but heavy duty moisturizer. I went to bed looking a bit glazed, but my skin wasn’t sticky and the cream absorbed into my skin rather than the pillow. It is one I will try out for longer.

And of course we finish with the Kissu lip mask. I prefer the original to the tinted and will continue using it until it is done. and then I will repurchase it. It is a great over night treatment and I am fond of the consistency.

And so my darlings that is me today. It is not intensely different from last week as there are a lot of products still in motion. But with skincare, drama is usually something to avoid. At the moment I have a good line up of solid products. Now I just need to keep using them to see if they yield the expected results.

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The Skincare Lineup: November 4th, 2022

I realized after I took the above picture I forgot to add in the Tatcha Lip mask and the MZ eye cream but did grab the two items that I will be rolling in over the weekend, the Beekman 1802 Collagen Booster and the OGEE Hydraganics Velvet Botanical Moisturizer. I did a first use test with the Beekman Collagen Booster and liked it, but forgot to use it this week. With the moisturizer I finished the sample i was using and will be using the OGEE to replace it tonight, so a first use post will be up on Monday, you know, after I actually use it. So think of those two as spoilers for what is coming into the line up next week, i suppose. But let’s jump into the products I used this week.

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: Tatcha The Dewy Skin cream

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

The Glamglow cleanser really brings up the buried clogged pores. I have actually been really impressed by it. Its a good cleanser in general and then it helps bring things to the surface. It might not be the cleanser I would want to use just before I planned to go to an event because it does pull things to the surface, but if you were planning an event in say a month’s time, i think this would be an excellent cleanser to get your skin ready.

pairing it with an exfoliator has helped a lot with dealing with the things the cleanser brings up. This Kate Somerville is listed as intense and that is what it is. The max time you should have it on your face is 2 minutes and while I did manage to keep it on for two minutes, I was not going to keep it on for any longer than two minutes. My skin was a bit red after but that faded quickly (within a few minutes of rinsing it off). And then my skin looked great after. it looked even better the next morning. I used it Friday evening and then again on Tuesday. I know it says you can use it up to three times a week, but twice a week is plenty for me. I’ll use it again tonight and then again on Tuesday and be pleased with it. This far it has been a really good treatment, especially paired with the cleanser.

Because the cleanser has charcoal in it, the toner pads are never really going to look spotless after I use them. But it is only the hint of charcoal on the toner pads and not left over makeup (just a gray tinge no foundation, blush, lipstick or eyeshadow colors)This Elemis is a really good toner, the thing to remember though is not to press too hard on the top or you can dispense too much product. And put the toner pad on top of the dispenser so you don’t have a fountain. whoile it is a good toner in general, I really like the scent.

One pump of the Ole Henriksen is all I need from the Truth serum. I think it is doing well to brighten my skin. It has only been a week so it has minimal results, but I love that it absorbs so quickly and leaves no sticky residue behind after it dries. It is a little sticky until it dries and then poof no stick and skin that has fully absorbed the serum. I do miss a collagen serum though which is why i will be adding one. (especially since i already have it open).

The last three products are all Tatcha, the lip mask I love and will continue using and repurchasing, the night cream and the day cream. Lets talk about the Dewy skin cream first. It is a lot of moisture. It is thick, rich and hydrating. If you have dry skin your skin will love it. I have normal to combination skin that is entering the dry phase of the year. This is the time of year i can use it. Any other time of the year it is too much on the moisture level. As it is I applied the moisturizer and then had to let it sit. For me it took a while to absorb. It was worth it as my skin felt great after it absorbed, but it was not a quick process. It is the last step in my morning skincare routine so after I applied the moisturizer I could have my coffee and answer e-mails, generally starting my day, but I had to wait for it to absorb before I could apply makeup over it. I did notice that I did not need my pre makeup base of Embryolisse when using this moisturizer. By the time it did absorb and I started my makeup my skin was as hydrated as it needed to be.

I will say though that I did not have this problem when i use the water cream. i know it isn’t much of a problem but it is something to note. while I do like this Dewy cream, I think for me, because of my skin type and absorption time I would use this as a night cream rather than a day cream. My skin lust leans more towards the Water Cream from Tatcha than it does this one. And finding things like that out is why I use the samples to begin with. it lets me know which cream I might want to use in the future. If repurchased this would be a night cream for me, and the water cream a day cream. this sample is now empty though so I will be switching moisturizers this evening.

Speaking of night creams I was using the Tatcha Indigo Overnight repair. I still have some left (as well as a second sample size of this cream) so it will continue into the next week. Unlike most of Tatcha’s other products this has no scent to it. The Indigo cream is thick and it feels thick when applied. However it actually absorbs faster than the dewy cream. I think that something in the Dewy nature of that cream makes it absorb slower. Quite Honestly of all of the tatcha moisturizers i have tried this is my favorite. It is also the one I am mostly likely to buy in a full size. I know they have kits and skincare bundles. I am goin to be looking into them soon (for my purchase and the holiday postings) but I may look seriously at the Indigo line because of this cream. It is the right level of moisture for me at night and it is something I will happily continue using.

And so my darlings, that is my skincare line up this week. Next week there will be a new moisturizer and an added serum, but most of these products will be continuing on. At the moment all of them are performing well. It will be interesting to see how they perform over time and what the actual results will be once they have been used long enough to cause effects. Which is of course one of the reasons I write this post. But that is something only time can reveal. And so we move forward continuing to use the products until all is revealed.

or until I have to send them to the empties bin. But for the line up this week that is all. Have a great Friday everyone.

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The Skincare Lineup: October 28th, 2022

Last week I had a full line up of the Eight Saint’s discovery kit. There were a few products in there that i liked enough to try out in the full size and at the beginning of the week I used up the last of the products in the containers and rolled in this week’s line up. When I can I like to roll in a product at a time rather than start all new products on the exact same day. I find it keeps my skin from freaking out over too much change and it also helps me know which product or interaction between products is causing any issues if they arise.

So some of these products have had a few more days in the line up than others. In fact last night was my first night with both the eye cream and the night time moisturizer. The eye cream I have had before but the night cream is completely new. still, let’s dive into the line up, shall we?

Cleanser: Glam Glow Supercleanse Clearing Cream to Foam Cleanser

Exfoliator: Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Toner: Elemis Superfood Fruit Vinegar Liquid Glow

Serum: Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

Eye cream: MZ skin Eye cream

Moisturizer: Tatcha The Dewy Skin cream

Night Time Moisturizer: Tatcha Indigo Overnight Repair

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu lip mask

While I did a first use review on this cleanser, after a few days I am noticing some effects that I think are based on it’s use. This is a clearing cleanser and has a lot in common with the clearing masks from Glamglow. As I am using it, I am noticing that there are clogged pores being brought to the surface. As some of them are quite deep and I have been trying to bring up for a while, I am quite pleased by this development. I liked the cleanser just for the clean it gave my skin, but I really like this aspect of it.

It is also why I have rolled in the Exfolikate from Kate Somerville. I did a first use of this but then I set it aside as the Eight Saints had an Exfoliator in the kit and I wanted to see how it worked. Now I will be rolling this back in for regular use and I am hoping it works well with the cleanser to clear away some of my deeply clogged pores. It is in the line up, but first use back in the line up will be tonight.

Elemis is one of my favorite brands. Every product I have tried from them has worked well for my skin and I have never had any adverse effects. I am always willing to try another of their products. Mostly because I am positive it will not break me out. This toner has a scent that is like apricot with a vinegar back to it. Given the name that makes a lot of sense. It is a good toner and I really like the dispenser for it. Just remember to put the cotton pad, or reusable round over the the hole in the top before pressing down or the toner will fountain up. I find one pump is all I actually need for the amount of product I need on my face so I imagine I will get a lot of use out of this bottle.

The Ole Henriksen I used for the first time this morning as I was finishing out the serum from Eight Saints. One pump was more than enough to cover my face and neck. This Vitamin C serum absorbs quickly with no stickiness and it is quite a lovely glass bottle on top of that. I think I am really going to get a good use out if this. I think i might roll in a collagen serum to pair with this as well, but thus far, I like it.

This MZ Skin Eye cream I have used before. I received it in a subscription box, tried it, liked it and then set it aside for some reason. I can’t remember what. Since it was open I rolled it back into the line up to use up. This far I am liking it. It is a thick cream. I think it is a little over priced, but I do like that it is a thick cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. Who knows, with regular use I may see that it is worth its rather large price tag. For now I am happy using it.

My moisturizer is currently a deluxe sample of the Tatcha Dewy skin. I know and love the Water cream. I have tried the Dewy Skin cream and for most of the year it is too much moisture for my skin. (I am normal to combo skin wise). the Tatcha Water Cream is great for me, but in the winter I find I can only use it during the day and at night it is not enough. With the weather cooling down and the heat clicking on more and more often, this is proving to be a good daytime moisturizer for me right now. The scent is a little strong, but it is a scent I like so I don’t mind. It is the same scent as The Silk Canvas Primer actually. My only issue right now is that it does take a little while to absorb into the skin. I generally find myself finishing with the moisturizer and then letting it settle with a cup or two of coffee before i attempt to put my makeup over it. It is a moisturizer that on me at least needs time to settle in.

I had only one use of this Indigo cream thus far but I do like it. It is fragrance free so if you have issues with scent this might be something to look into. It is a thick cream, but oddly it absorbs faster than the Dewy Cream. I had no issues with it absorbing, My skin drank it in and this morning I was pleased with how soft my skin felt. It was a first use, so my skin could have been just extra dry for the night, but I have no problem continuing to use it and see how it works over time. while this is a deluxe sample, I do have a second deluxe sample that I might just roll into use right after this one. It will clear out some samples and give me a better idea of how the night cream works.

Also I am using the Tatcha samples now so I can get a better feel for them before I dive into their skincare kits. They have several that are available throughout the year, but there are more kits coming for the holidays so I am trying to decide which products I would really like to look at purchasing in the full size.

And finally we round out the line up with another Tatcha product. That’s right, it is the lip mask. I love this lip mask and while in the warmer months I will occasionally skip lip treatments at night, I find using a mask like this every night helps prevent the winter chapped lips. For me this is important because in general I tend to find that i will pick at my lips once they get dry. I don’t do it intentionally, it is something I do when i am working on something else and not thinking. It causes a lot of trouble. So it is is much better for me if they never reach that chapped stage. It is why the nightly lip mask from now until Easter is a key facet of my skincare regimen.

And so my darlings that is me today. Or this week technically. All of these products will be with me going into next week (and beyond actually as they are just started)I am actually quite pleased with how all of them are performing actually so i have no problems continuing to use them. And tonight I will roll the Exfoliator into the routine on a regular basis. And so on we go. Have a great Friday everyone.

Ole Henriksen

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The Skincare Lineup: October 21st, 2022: Eight Saints trial

This week my skincare line up was a little different. I picked up the Eight Saints Discovery kit and decided to test it out. I had never heard of the brand and was curious. Plus I love Discovery Kits. especially brand centric ones. I love being able to test out a variety of products from the same brand so I can get a feel for the brand as a whole and not just try out what may be their one hero product or, conversely what may be the one disappointing to me product.

The Discovery Kit was $10 and shipping was covered. There are twelve items in the kit. One is an exfoliating scrub and used only once every two to three days, one is a toner that is used both in the day time and in the night, but the other products are clearly separated into day and night time use on the card that comes with the kit. If you are just getting into skincare and wondering about combining products or trying to figure out what to use when, this is a really great tool. In fact this kit is a really good intro to a more in depth skincare regime.

A beginners set, if you will.

For the purpose of this trial, I went with their recommended list. They have their serums and treatments in the morning line up. In all I found the line up really well thought out. Personally I would switch the Vitamin C serum to the night time post toner rather than in the day time, but that is simply because I like my vitamin C serums at night. Otherwise I liked the line up they devised. (and that really is just more of a personal preference.)

While there are products I liked more than others, and we’ll get to that below in the break out, over all, I did enjoy all of the products in this line up and would have no trouble using any of them again. But let’s get into the Details, shall we?

The Morning Line up

Even though it was only used three times a week, I did use it those three times before my morning cleanser, so let’s start with the exfoliant. Called Zen out of Ten this exfoliant was quite gentle and had no real scent to it. The scrubby bits in it didn’t dissolve but had to be washed away. It did take a bit of rinsing but was otherwise a pretty decent gentle exfoliator.

The morning cleanser Bright Side had a slight orange scent to it. The cleanser worked well but it was a bit thin for my liking. It was a cleanser that could really only be used in the morning. It worked well for taking off the remnants of night cream, but it wasn’t going to do anything against makeup.

The Coast is Clear toner was used both in the morning and evening. It had a slightly rose scent to it but it was very light and faded fast. The toner actually reminded me of the Pixi by Petra Clarity Toner if you are looking for a comparison. It worked well as a toner and I enjoyed it but it wasn’t something I hadn’t seen before. I have had both better and worse toners. It worked well but has the misfortune of sitting right in the midpoint of expectations. It was exactly what I expect from a toner, no more, no less.

The Pep Rally Serum is a Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Vitamin C combo that I really enjoyed. Of the serums it was my favorite and one that I would definitely look at purchasing in the full size. There is a very light fresh scent to this serum and I think it would definitely dispense better in the full size. With the open topped jar I had to work not to pour out too much. If doing this trial again I would get a clean serum dropper to use with this serum. This Pep Rally absorbed well and fairly quickly. The vitamin E was softening and I really feel that the HA in the serum did some plumping. I think that if I did use this for a longer trial I would certainly see some results. Because this has Vitamin C in it, I would switch the vitamin C serum that follows to the evening, but in this routine it comes right after.

Seeking C was an interesting serum. It is slightly creamy and melts to liquid as it touches the skin. It is somewhat sticky until it is dried, but the stickiness goes away pretty quickly. It is the most strongly scented of the products used. And where the other products are delicate scents, this is not. It is very vitamin C serum. It actually smells a lot like the Sunday Riley Good Genes Serum. That is a serum I adore. This has the scent but it is just an okay Vitamin C serum. It has the same issue as the toner. It meets expectations. It doesn’t fail, but it doesn’t exceed either.

Soulmate was a surprise. A pleasant one, but a surprise. This is a Treatment described as a ‘Skin brightening treatment that combines hyaluronic Acid and glycolic acids for hydration and rapid cell turnover.” there is a light skin care scent to it that I would describe as ‘something that probably has hyaluronic acid in it.” I know, I’ll try not to overwhelm you with the technical descriptors. this treatment is a thick cream. A little dab is all you need. You will also need to warm it in your hands and even then it will go onto the skin white and need to be massaged in. Did I mention it was thick? It may also be my absolute favorite product in this line up.

Once massaged in it took a little while to absorb but my skin really liked this formula. And I think going into the winter my skin would like it even more. I am not sure why this treatment was slated for the morning though. It worked well with all of the products, but given the extra moisture bomb of this product and the time it took to absorb, I would have thought putting it at night would be better. Because so little of it was used each time i dipped into it, this is one of the few containers that has any product left in it. Now that this first trial is over, I might try switching this to the night time line up for next week to try it there (as well as use up the last of the sample). It is however a product I have put on my repurchase for a full sized test list.

we wrap up the morning line up with Daydreamer, the day time moisturizer. It too is a thick white cream that needs to be warmed up and will still go onto the skin white. It will need to be massaged in. It is also another product i would like to try in a larger size. I am not sure I would want it in a full size, but I would certainly be willing to give their travel size a go. The cream has very little scent to it and takes it’s time absorbing. Again I was surprised that it was a day cream as it had more of a night cream vibe to it. Still it worked well for day time use, but it did take a long time to settle in and absorb.

In the day time line up the clear winners that I would repurchase are the Pep Rally Serum, the Soulmate Treatment and the Daydreamer moisturizer. All of the products were good enough to use again if they came my way, but those are the three I would seek out for repurchase.

Shall we venture into the night?

The Night Time Line Up

The night time cleanser was Down to Earth. It is a deeper cleanse than the day time cleanser. It has a lightly orange scent to it and it foamed well (there was virtually no foaming in the morning cleanser, fyi). while the foaming isn’t necessary, it is just something to note. This was a good second cleanser. I still had to use a makeup remover before using this cleanser. The cleanser simply wasn’t going to remove all of the makeup. I tried it one night and the toner pad was just a mess. Remove the makeup and then use this cleanser and it will get the last of the makeup off, just don’t expect it to remove the makeup and clean the face .

The toner is the same Coast is Clear as the morning and it worked the same in the morning a it did in the evening.

The Night Shift Gel serum is the only gel product in the line up and it smells of cucumbers. It is also the only product in the night time line up i would go out of my way to purchase. I would like to give this a full sized trial actually. I think it would do well. It was hydrating and it absorbed quickly into the skin. It has Vitamins C and E as well as Jojoba and made my skin feel soft and hydrated, which was its job. The scent and the texture actually reminded me of the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber mask if you have ever tried that. It is a good mask and this is a really good face gel.

All In is the eye cream and it was a decent eye cream. It didn’t clog any of the pores while I used it, but it was, like many of these products, just a good but not noteworthy product. I have had both better and worse products.

Cloud Whip was the night time moisturizer. It smells of vitamin C and is only slightly less intense in scent than the Seeking C Serum. It is a light moisturizer. In fact if I didn’t have the card with me, I would have thought this was the day cream and the Day Dreamer was the night cream. Perhaps it is just the way i like my skin care but i like the lighter moisturizer in the day and the heavier one at night when I am sleeping and can let it soak in. This regimen had things reverse. This is slightly thicker than a water cream, but it does feel like a water cream on the skin. It is nice, but again, just sort of middle of the road for me.

The final product in the night time line up was the Lip trick, which was the lip mask. It has no scent and glides on well. It hydrates nicely in the night and is a decent product.

In the night time line up the only product I would repurchase would be the Night Shift Face Gel. It was a really good product. Not that anything in this line up was bad. It wasn’t. In fact everything in this discovery kit was solidly good. Nothing caused problems either independently or as a group. It was a good line up.

It did have the feel of a “my First Skincare Lineup” group of products. Which i think is a great idea if you are testing the waters with skincare. Everything is gentle and will give you an idea of how your skin reacts to things. However many of the products feel like starter products that you might graduate out of as you delve deeper into the skincare waters. There were some clear standouts but there were no failures and honestly this is a great intro to both the Eight Saints Brand and a more advanced skincare routine in general.



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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The Skincare Line Up: September 9th, 2022

It is time once again for the weekly skincare line up. Here slowly but surely i work my way through products in my routine. For me I find this sort of thing exciting. I like the first use posts because there are interesting first impressions and of course I like the end of use posts where we see if there are any actual results, but I really find the in progress line up to be the most fun. Not only do I get to think about an array of skincare, but i get to think of it working in conjunction with other skincare. Does this product work better if I incorporate a facial oil into the routine or if I leave it out. Does this take longer to absorb and thus better left for evening use when I have more time in my skincare regimen than I do when i am racing to get my day started? These are the sorts of thigs I really do find interesting to know. So let’s see what we see with this week’s line up.

Cleanser: Avant Blue Volcanic Stone Purifying and Antioxidizing Cleansing Gel

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

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

This week there is only one new product but we have two products that are reaching the end of their life. This week I started the Avant Gel Cleanser. Avant is known for having both extremely long names on their products and for being rather expensive. This cleanser for example is listed at $110. which in my opinion is far too much to pay for a cleanser. All of the Avant products I have tried have come to me via subscription box. Which I like because while I love trying new products and in all honesty don’t mind spending money for good skincare, I am not going to spend a lot of money for something I haven’t tried before. Which is partially why I love samples. The reason is because skincare can be very subjective. Some products that work well for someone else’s skin type can work less well for you. I’ve also moved a lot in my life and to be honest there are some products that I’ve used in some places that simply don’t work with my skin when i moved to a different area.

that being said, this week i tried the Avant cleanser. It is a gel cleanser and it has a light fresh scent. I have to say that is actually just a pleasant relief. While my skin worked well with the BFF cleanser, the highly perfumed scent was starting to get to me. By contrast this was light and fresh. It is slightly on the perfumed side, but it is far lighter in scent and it leans into the clean scents rather than floral ones. It will be interesting to see if i continue to think it is light and fresh as the use goes on. Mostly because it is kind of on the edge and I think I might be giving it a bit of a pass since it has less of a scent than the Bff. Beyond that it is a nice, decent cleanser. It doesn’t seem to be doing anything spectacular. But it also doesn’t seem to be doing any wrong either. Again this will be interesting to watch as time progresses.

The First Aid Beauty toner is still working well. it is a good toner. I don;t mind using it and wouldn’t mind using it again. It isn’t one that I will feel the need to repurchase, but there is nothing wrong with it.

The Kat Burki eye cream is interesting. This week I had one clogged pore in my under eye area (left eye). i did some spot masking to draw it out and it cleared out well. I have had no other issues with my under eyes (and they are prone to clogged pores) so it may or may not be related to the eye cream. It is thus far the only one so I will watch it as time continues.

The Depology Serum has just completed it’s fourth week of use (the full review post will go up next week.) and I have to say i really liked this serum. it absorbed well and I can really feel a difference in my skin tone. My skin feels soft and hydrated with an improvement in texture. I will continue using this serum in the coming week. I don’t know how far into the week the serum will take me but i will be using every last drop. It will also be repurchased down the road.

The moisturizer I have been using is also reaching the end of the line. I will be able to use the last of it tonight and then I will need to roll in a new moisturizer. In general I enjoy Korres products and while I can’t say that i saw a reduction in my pore size throughout the use of this cream, I can say that it was the perfect level of moisture for my skin at this time of year. It wasn’t too heavy and it wasn’t too light. I used a little more at night than i did in the day, which is fairly typical for me. This summer it has been rather difficult to find moisturizers that weren’t too heavy for day time use, but this worked out well. It is a light cream and absorbed well. It did take a little longer to absorb in the mornings than I liked, but part of that might have been the humidity. There were very few days this summer where the humidity dripped below 80%. That this one took a little longer to absorb but didn’t just slide right off, was quite impressive.

And then finally we had the Fantastic Tatcha Lip mask. While only a little is used at a time, the mask is starting to show a dip in the center. I still think it will last quite a while, which i am pleased by. It is a fantastic lip mask to wear to bed and let absorb over night. I would happily repurchase it, but i am just as happy to have it last a long time before i di need to repurchase it.

And that my darlings was my skincare for the week. there was only one new addition, but next week, there will be two new products to join the line. I can’t wait to see how they perform.

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The Skincare Line Up: September 2nd, 2022

Welcome once again to one of my favorite posts of the week. It is time for the skincare line up. Her I get to talk a little bit about each product and how it is working out on my skin, not only on it’s own but in conjunction with the other products in the line up. So let’s see what products we have in motion shall we?

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

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

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

This week I did finish up the Wander Beauty Glow oil that I had open last week. It was a great oil and one I will be ordering again. I had it in use partially because of the cleanser. The BFF cleanser is designed for skin prone to break outs. I had some problems with break outs when I opened the cleanser and while it was handy to have, and took care of my break outs, I have combination skin so the cleanser helped the breakouts and the oil, applied mostly to my dry spots helped them out. I didn’t add in an oil because this morning I used up the last of this BFF cleanser. So I will be switching to a non-salicylic acid based cleanser.

As for the BFF cleanser. It worked well and was gentle on the skin. The part I didn’t care for was that it is pretty heavily fragranced. It is far too perfume-y for me. while I don’t mind scent in my skincare, with cleansers I am a little picky. i want them to smell clean and if the fragrance is to strong it can make me feel like my skin is not as clean as it really is. I like knowing that I could use this when my skin is breaking out and that it works well, but I would only purchase it for that specific reason because of the scent.

The wild Oat Toner is going strong. It still has plenty of product for the moment. It is a good toner and feels nice after too much time in the sun. It isn’t my favorite toner though and once it is used up I probably wouldn’t use it again.

I am loving the Depology serum and I think I am starting to see small improvements in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth. This is the end of week three so the signs are minimal, but even if I am mistaken, this serum does make my skin feel really good. It is a fast absorbing serum that hydrates well and leaves my skin soft. It is a little sticky before it absorbs fully in but once it does it looses all stickiness and just feels great on the skin.

This was the first full week for the eye cream. I rolled it into the line up at the end of last week. Thus far it is performing well. It isn’t greasy and it hasn’t clogged any of the pores around my eyes. They are prone to bumpy clogs so that is nice. I also like the fresh clean sent of the product. it just has that clean skin care scent to it. I have no other name for it. We’ll see how it performs over time. And since it is a pretty big bottle i will have plenty of time with it. the trick seems to be not dispensing too much with the pump since only a little product is actually needed. thus far, I like it.

I am almost at the end of the Korres Poreless moisturizer. I have really enjoyed it. It is light weight and was perfect for the summer heat. I did end up using more at night than I did during the day. But i didn’t actually need a night cream. I think in the future though I would probably use this as a day cream and use something heavier at night.

And then finally there is the Tatcha Lip mask. So little is needed that it will last a while and I really enjoy the light scent and the way it melts into the lips over night. It is a definite winner that will be used until there is not a drop left and then repurchased.

And so my darlings that was my skincare line up for the week. Tonight I will have to pick out a new cleanser to try I think I have enough of the Korres to make it through this week, but I suspect by next Friday there will be a new moisturizer joining the line up as well. And yes, I am excited about going into the skincare drawer and seeing what products I can try next. I know a small thing to be excited about but i do get excited selecting the items to try.

The Skincare Line Up: August 26th, 2022

Once again it is time for my favorite post of the week, the skincare line up. This week we have one new item, a couple of items facing down their last week and a few who are still rolling on. Shall we take a loom at them?

Cleanser: Best Face Forward (BFF) Purifying Cleanser

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

Serum: Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum

Facial Oil: Wander Beauty Glow Ahead Illuminationg Facial Oil

Eye cream: Kat Burki Nutrient C Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream

Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask

I brought the BFF cleanser into the line up when I was having some skin issues and it really helped. while it isn’t causing any major drying issues, I can feel the drier parts of my face beginning to not be as happy with this cleanser as my skin was before. I only have about a week’s worth of product left and if I continue to pair it with the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead oil I should be fine. For me this is a cleanser that works well when I am breaking out and isn’t too drying, but really should be set aside once my skin has stopped breaking out. Which is good to know. Many cleansers designed to help break outs I can only use one or two days in a row before my skin starts to get flaky dry patches. this Has been less damaging than most and I will put it on a list to be ordered next time I do have need of a break out friendly cleanser. At this point in my life though that isn’t all that often. I generally have problems after I’ve been sick or around the holidays when my skin reacts to over indulgence. But I do like knowing what cleanser to call.

The Facial oil has been key I think to helping balance out which parts need more moisture. I concentrated the facial oil on my traditionally drier spots and blended out which really helps me. I really like this oil in general as it gives my skin a nice glow without clogging pores. It just did doubly duty paired with the cleanser.

The toner is nice and I will use it until it is gone, but I probably won’t buy it again. It feels good in the summer months but to be honest I haven’t seen it work better than my usual toners. And I kind of miss my Thayers with it’s which hazel.

The Depology Matrixyl 300 Collagen Boosting serum is something that my skin really loves. It smooths on well and absorbs easily. I do have to make sure my skin is dry or it will foam a little on the skin and feel momentarily slightly soapy (it goes away as it absorbs but still makes me think I missed rinsing off my cleanser). I have noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin as I have worn it. There is still plenty of serum to go and I will happily continue this trial.

The Korres Moisturizer is getting low in the jar, but it is a moisturizer I will pick up again. It has been a really good summer weight moisturizer. In general I like Korres products as my skin usually reacts really well to this. I can’t say I’ve seen a major reduction in my pores, but I can tell there are fewer clogged pores and my skin feels fantastically hydrated.

The Tatcha Lip mask is a permanent favorite. I love using it and will happily repurchase repeatedly.

This week’s new to the line up product is the Kat Burki eye cream I rolled it in Thursday morning so it is very new to the line up. It has a gel moisturizer like texture and a light fresh skincare scent. I love the glass bottle and the pump. It absorbs well and in the last day it seems to work well with my skin. I will keep an eye on it as I move forward, but it looks like it is going to be a good product.

And that my darlings is this week’s skincare. In the coming week I will finish out the cleanser and possibly the facial oil. I think I’ll have another week with the Korres and another two with the serum. Which for me is the perfect spacing for products. I like to space out the new arrivals so that I can monitor the effects on my skin and determine what product is doing what and make sure to deal with any interaction issues. So for me, things are rolling ahead nicely.

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