The Nuxe actually felt really good on my skin this week. We started the week off with cooler weather so I didn’t monitor when I walked as much but by Wednesday the sun and heat were back and I still wasn’t paying much attention. I ended up getting a little too much sun and the Nuxe Micellar water not only cleansed the makeup residue, it really helped soothe the too much sun skin. While the sunblock kept the skin from burning it was the wrong time of day to walk and I knew it (I just did it anyway.)
The Clove and Hallow is just fantastic. It is gentle and effective and because it is a powder it really requires so little product for each wash making it really cost effective as well.
I am still less enthused by the Aavrani. Each time i look at it I think, wow what a pretty blue glass bottle. and then it somewhat disappoints. It isn’t a bad product, but it isn’t really fabulous either. And as I can get really good toners in many places for much less as well as many better serums, it makes me less than enthused by this toning serum. I don’t mind paying extra for good skin care, but the trick is, it has to be good skincare. This is okay skincare.
The Vitabrid and the Symbiosis have definitely earned their place on my skincare shelf. They are both cream products and lightweight. They absorb quickly and don’t clog any pores. I am enjoying using them and hope that as I am approaching the 30 day mark with them results will soon be more noticeable. My skin really drinks in both of them.
This week I rolled in the Korres as a day cream. I did this because as the heat and humidity are rising I am starting to feel much more oily and this is one of the few creams I have that is designed for oily skin (as I tend to only really need it in the heat of summer as a day cream, which it is most definitely the heat of summer now). And yes it is in a pretty (and fully recyclable- actually the packaging is recyclable too which I like) green glass jar. I’ve only had a couple of days use out of it but i think that it is going to be the perfect weight of moisturizer for day time use right now. I don’t think I could use it during much of the rest of the year, but for right now it works for me.
The Kiehl’s night cream is also working for me, but I have noticed I need to use a little less than I was using. I don’t know if that is because of the weather changes or because I changed out my day time moisturizer. It may be a little of both. It is is something that I will be monitoring moving forward.
And I am still loving the Tatcha Kissu Lip mask. Just a little is all my lips need. The scent is light but I likeit. I kind of wish it had a little of a stronger scent because I like it, but I am okay with it the way it is and it works really well. Oh Tatcha does still have their Friends and family sale going on right now (use code FF2022 for 20% off. I actually used the code to order a few products that will hopefully be here tomorrow. Plus thee were three samples with my order so I get to try a couple of other products to see if I like them (and possibly want to order them) So I sense a foil packet try out soon. But for now I am relatively happy with my line up. There are some favorites and some so so products, but nothing major wrong,. which is how I like my skincare.
This week there wasn’t a lot of change from the week before. I did finish my trial of the Embryolisse Lait Creme Fluid, but I decided to keep it in the line up this week because I was sent a serum from BzzAgent to review and I figured keeping things steady while i started incorporating the new serum was a good idea. once I’m certain about the serum, I will adjust the day cream. Maybe. I really like the Embryolisse so I’m not really in a rush to shift it out of the line up. And even if I do shift it out, I will still use it as a body lotion. The only reason I am contemplating shifting it to the side is because I have several moisturizers lined up and ready for testing and I am curious about them. But that is a problem for another day. For now, let’s look at how this week’s skincare performed.
Okay with the Nuxe, I do use a wet Makeup Eraser on my face before I use the Micellar water. I like getting the makeup off my face before I get down to skincare ingredients. the the reusable toner pads can clear up the last little bits of makeup and then give my skin the benefit of the ingredients in the product. if I don’t use the Makeup eraser first, I end up suing several toner pads because the first one just gunks up and I feel like i have wasted product.
In getting rid of the last dregs of makeup I feel that the Nuxe works well. I’ve also noticed that if i have spent a lot of time outside, my skin really enjoys the soothing nature of the Nuxe before i go into my cleanser. My cleanser is a gentle one but I like the soothing nature of the Micellar water. It does have a rose scent so if you are sensitive be aware. It it fairly light though and fades pretty quickly.
This Clove and Hallow Cloud cleanser is fantastic. Light fresh Mango powder scent (which is lightly vanilla-ish) and only one little shake of powder is all you need to cleanse everything. It foams well, rinses clean and when I am done my skin feels clean and ready to accept the incoming products.
I started the Aavrani last week and I was unsure if it was a serum or a toner. I’m pretty sure it is a toner. It has a few serum like properties, but it feels like a toner. To be honest, while I love the blue glass bottle aside from the pretty packaging it feels like a pretty basic toner. Perhaps the longer I use it, this will feel increasingly special, but at the moment it is a pretty bottle with a basic toner. It works as a toner, but it isn’t all that memorable.
The Vitabrid I am liking more and more though. I was a bit on the fence at first, but the more i use it the more I like it. It is a creamy serum that absorbs well and that my skin really seems to like. I haven’t seen any fine lines or wrinkle magically disappear yet, but my skin does feel and look good after applying the serum. It feels healthy and I can always get behind healthy skin.
The Symbiosis eye mask is still new but it seems to be working well as an eye cream. It is still early days yet, but it absorbs well and I’ve had no increase in pore clogging in the area around my eyes (my under eye area is really prone to that for some reason and always has been so not adding to the clogs is the first thing I look for in an eye cream). it is doing well and I am hopeful. I am aslo willing to continue using it to see how it performs long term.
The Embryolisse I love. Which isn’t a shocker. The Concentre is fantastic when my skin is winter dry, the sensitive worked for me over the spring and the Fluide version is perfect for summer day wear. If I use it at night as well, I need to roll in a night mask about twice a week, but other than that it is fine.
Because BzzAgent sent the Kiehls Cloud Cream I just started using it as a night cream and keeping the Fluide from Embryolisse for day time use. This combo has worked really well. The Keihl’s cloud cream has a whipped texture so it is packed with moisture but absorbs very quickly. It has a slightly medicinal scent to it, but I think most of Keihl’s products have a similar sort of scent. I actually kind of like it.
BzzAgent also sent the Kiehl’s Retinol Serum. Last night was my first night with it, so no results yet, but it absorbs well and had no stinging or redness with it. t is still early in the day, but i did have to go out into the garden and water the plants and then I had to take the trash out for pick up so I have been in the sun. And even though it is early the sun is out and it is now 90 outside. It wasn’t a lot of time outside, but there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of sun sensitivity. I have had some retinols where I felt like a vampire as soon as I stepped out side (it burns, it burns…) This did not have that. I hope that continues because our summer sun is no joke. It is an interesting serum. The retinol came separately and I had to mix it. I’ll post a first use on Monday to show the details but it was an interesting process and an interesting concept. For now it feels nice asn has yet to make me feel like I need to flee the sun.
And the tatcha Kissu lip mask, remains top rate. My lips are soft and nourished without a sun baked chapped bit in sight.
And so my darlings this is my skincare line up for the week. Over all it was a good week. A few products starting at the gate while a few are winding up their use. A few are worth purchasing and a couple aren’t but there were no majorly dramatic irritations or issues. And while drama is fun to read about, it is less fun when your skin is the stage. Hopefully you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. And then we’ll all see what happens as time passes. Have a great Friday, and if you are going out, don’t forget your sunscreen (I am finishing up my Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray at the moment and when it is done. I will start adding in a new sunscreen to the skincare line up for testing.)
Oh my darlings it is time for changes. Several items that I was using last week are no more and others have been replaced. As only the night cream differs from day and night time use, I went ahead and put them all together for one list instead of breaking apart the day time and the night time list this week. Next week there will be a bit more differentiation, but as I was replacing so many things at the same time, I wanted to go a little more slowly with the routine and not create upset. Shall we take a look?
Why don’t we start at the top. I finished out my current makeup remover and this Nuxe micellar water came in a subscription box. I opened it to see just how Rose scented it was so I figured I might as well roll it into the line up since it was open. Plus I really like Nuxe products. They always work so well for my skin. While I sniffed it originally and it had a barely there rose scent, it is a little stronger when you go to apply it. With makeup removal what I normally do is wet my Makeup Eraser (they are incidentally having a Birthday sale right now the code INVITEONLY will get you $9 off), and wipe off my makeup. Once the first layer is gone, i go in with products. The Nuxe took off all but the barest whisper of what was left and then the Clove and Hallow Cleanser knocked out the last bit.
I know, a lot of people don’t see the point of having two cleansers, but I like to make sure every scrap of makeup is removed AND my actual skin gets the benefit of the cleansers. I find for me this is the best way to keep blemishes and clogged pores down. With just one cleanser i will actually reach my toner stage and find I have traces of makeup still on the toner pad. With this method, I have a clean toner pad so I know it is my skin that the products are actually going into and not a protectively polished makeup layer.
It works for me.
Foir it’s first few days of use i have to say the Nuxe is working well. I like the French Skincare rose scent which is still quite mild and dissipates quickly. I’m sure i;ll have more to say once i’ve used it longer.
The Clove and Hallow I have been using for a while and really enjoy. It is gentle enough that I can use it mid day if I am just too sweaty to stand leaving my skin unwashed. It has a great mango powder scent (which has that slight vanilla scent mangos get). It is a powder so i add the water I want to adjust the consistency. It also means there is a lot of product in the jar. It has been over a month of use for this cleanser and I am not even half way down. One dash of powder is all you need. Plus it is in a reusable jar so I can recycle it in the house until the glass jar no longer is of use her, which as it is is shaped like a spice jar and will probably be filled with red pepper flakes once empty and cleaned out means it will be used for a long time to come. I grow the peppers and always need ajar for the flakes so this jar will be reused for quite a while before it ever goes to recycling. Which is part of it’s design. If you are into good, hardworking products that are also clean and sustainable, I highly suggest checking the brand out. But I do love this cleanser. And will be using it for a while more.
The Aavari toner I took out last night to use as I finished my Elemis (the Elemis will be repurchased by the way, it was fantastic). So I used this toner once last night and once this morning. Use wise I am still learning. Scent wise it is very Tea Tree Oil forward. There is a hint of chamomile. I’ll be honest, neither tea tree oil nor chamomile are my favorite scents. The scents aren’t oppressive though, or at least not to the point where I don’t want to use it. That may be a factor later on, but for now it is fine. I love the blue glass bottle (shallow of me, I know but there it is). I dislike the name because it is confusing. It is a toning serum according to the website and the description reads like a toner. I haven’t decided if it is a toner trying too hard to be a serum or a serum that is trying too hard to be a toner. It is going to take a few more uses before I figure that out, but I suspect it is going to be good at one of those things but not both.
The vitabrid serum is a hold over from last week and I am gaining a fondness for it. My skin drinks it in and looks a little more pump right after I apply it. it is a creamy serum and i wasn’t too certain of it at first but it is growing on me. It also reminds me why I shouldn’t make snap judgements on skincare and let them settle in and take time to show what they can do. I think this was the end of the third week and I am starting to see that it is doing something nice. i am happy to keep using it.
My eye cream ran out and so since the Symbiosis was new I decided to roll it into the line up. I know that while I often get fabulous results from inexpensive skincare cost isn’t everything. However this is a $93 eye mask. For me here is the deal with price and skincare. I don’t mind paying more for products that work. Well i don’t like it, but if the results are amazing I can justify the cost in most cases. If I use a less expensive product and it works I am always pleasantly surprised and often become a bit of a devotee. For example the Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is only $29 and for dry skin moisture and pre makeup application I will sing it’s praises until the cows come home, and since I don’t have cows that will be a while. If it is inexpensive and didn’t work then i will think “what did you expect,” I think it is because of the ‘you get what you pay for’ mentality of several older family members.
With expensive products I automatically expect more. If you are going to charge $93 for an eye mask it had better be fantastic, especially since I have tried several really good eye creams that cost less than that. An example is the Lancome Genifique Andvanced Eye Cream. It is $68 and worth every single cent of the cost. It has actually become the eye cream to beat in my world. In rating eye creams regardless of the cost, you are as good as, better than or not as good as the Lancome Advanced. (and no I am not an affiliate, i wouldn’t mind being, but I am not. it is just good eye cream) So I don’t know yet what the Symbiosis can do, but I have high expectations and will be watching it closely. I will say in a few days of use, it absorbs well without being greasy. Time will tell if it does more. And yes, I took pictures for comparison.
Speaking of Embryolisse, the current moisturizer is the Lair Creme Fluide. My trial is actually coming to an end with this and I will have the full review up next week hopefully. It is a really good moisturizer and a perfect day time summer weight formula. I did find that a couple of times a week I needed an extra night mask.
My Night mask isn’t in this week’s line up right now because Bzz Agent sent a Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream for me to try out and review. So i set the night mask to the side for the moment and started using it at night (with the Embryolisse still as a day time cream)
The pairing worked well and i haven’t felt the need to add a night mask. While I love the dark blue glass of the jar, I have to say I am tickled by the light blue cream inside. i don’t know why but I wasn’t expecting the blue. I think because of cloud in the name i expected fluffy white. it is fluffy, but it is pale blue. It is a whipped formula and melts into the skin , well… like a cloud. It has a slightly medicinal scent to it. I don’t mind it, I just can’t place it. It also has squalene which i like and do well with. In general I either do well with Kiehl’s products or I can’t stand them after one use. I’ve had four of five nights with this and still like it. Generally if that happens with Kiehls then I end up liking the product more and more with each use. With this brand that just seems to be the way. I seems to be going into the liking it more and more range, which is always nice to see. I will keep you posted as I continue to use it.
And finally there is the Kissu lip mask. I really like it. it is light weight and absorbs into the lips throughout the night leaving them soft and plump by morning. It looks virtually unused after two weeks of use because to use I just barely skate my finger across the surface. So little product is needed that this mask will last a really long time. And I for one am glad. I have really enjoyed it this far and hope to keep enjoying it.
And so my darlings that has been my skincare line up for this week. A lot of changes but as products ran out they were needed. Because of the timing I was able to roll in a lot of the newly arrived products which makes me happy. I know a lot of this was a brief first use, but as I get more comfortable using them and start putting them through their paces, I will be able to share more about them with you. Until then, have a great Friday and I will return later this afternoon with the Friday Face mask and a brief relaxing interlude. See you then.
To be honest it is a simple review this week. The only thing new was the Tatcha and it is fantastic. Everything else in the line up is working well also. It is kind of interesting though. The Pili Ani is almost done. It won’t last the weekend actually. It is a fantastic oil and I am going to put it on the list to try out in a full size. The Elemis toner I love and it too will finish out this week. It is lightly apricot and works fantastically well. It too will be purchased in a full size at some point.
The line up this week is full of really good products. Clove and Hallow has proven to be a summer time life saver as I can use it for day and night time face washes but also if I sweat during the day and just need a quick wash, it is gentle enough that I don’t feel as though I have overused it. The Sunday Riley eye cream I have used for quite a while now. I will use it until it is done and then add it to the repurchase list. It absorbs fast and doesn’t clog my pores.
The Embryolisse is the perfect summer weight moisturizer. I only need the night mask from Elemis a couple of times a week, and even then only when I spent way too much time in the sun. This week with all of the rain I only used it once.
While I haven’t used the Vitabrid C12 long enough to actually see results, it feels nice on my skin and absorbs quickly so i am happy to keep using it and to give it the time it needs to show me if there are positive results from continued use.
All in all there is absolutely nothing I can complain about with any of the products in use. As a couple of them will be used up this week there will be some new additions coming in and a few of the items should reach a point where results start to show, but for now, things are just steady on. It isn’t the most exciting review of the week, but sometimes it is just nice to float through on an even platform. And that is where I am this week with skincare. Everything is working just fine with no real issues.
I can’t complain and honestly that is not a bad thing.
Good morning my darlings and welcome to my favorite post of the week. Here I get to talk all about the skincare I’m using and how I feel about it currently. Later of course once I’ve use a product for long enough to see whether or not there are effects there will be full reviews on the products, but for now it is a casual update as to how things are working. And I do like to talk about skincare.
I forgot to add them in the last couple of posts, but today I have added a photo showing my current bare skin, makeup free face. It is just there for reference. As a side note pollen is very high today so none of the skincare products can actually be blamed for not taking down my puffy eyes. I have a jade roller in the fridge that I am periodically taking out to roll over my skin in an effort to help take down the puff. It actually works. I use it, then when it is warm and my eyes feel a little better I return it to the fridge to use later in the day.
Aside from the allergies, I’m rather happy with the way my skin looks this week. There are no major blemishes and the wrinkle fighting products are currently holding their own. So without further ado, into the skincare we dive.
All of these products were in motion last week and I am happily using them again this week. The Clove and Hallow waterless cleanser is quite lovely. It has that vanilla mango powder scent to it and is a really gentle yet effective cleanser. Gentle is actually the most important bit right now as it isn’t just morning and night when i need a face wash. while I still have morning and night routines, as I am walking in the mornings and attempting to add some strength training exercises in the late afternoons, there are times (especially post walk) where my skin just feels sweaty and salty and kind of gross. A tiny pinch of this cleansing powder mixed with water after I get in from my walk cleanses the skin but is just the right amount of gentle not to overly cleanse my skin. while it is a powder and not much product so it will last a while, a part of me wants to just keep it as the post work out cleanser, hoarding it for during the day necessities. It is a fantastic face wash so i am still using it in my day and night time routines, but hoarding it is a thought because it is so gentle. It is also from a clean and sustainable brand so that makes me feel even better about using it.
The slightly sweet and fruity apricot toner from Elemis pairs oddly well with the cleanser scent wise. it is like a skincare smoothie of apricot and mango. Plus it is a really good toner. It is light and refreshing and really only needs a little bit to be effective.
The Sunday Riley eye cream has been in use for a while. It absorbs fast, isn’t greasy and doesn’t clog my pores. I haven’t noticed any new lines forming which is nice. And the finer lines are a little plumped out so they sort of disappear which is also fantastic. Over all it is a good eye cream and i will probably use it until the tube is empty. It is also a product I will purchase again.
This is the third Embryolisse product from the Lait Creme line. It is the Fluide and it is the perfect summer weight day cream. This is it’s second week I believe and I really do like it . I am noticing that a couple of times a week I need a little extra night time moisture so I have rolled in a night cream for twice a week. That seems to be enough to balance it out. Other than that, it absorbs well, moisturizes and causes no irritation or clogged pores. It actually is close to a creamy water cream in consistency. One pump is all i need for day time wear on my face. A second pump covers my neck and upper chest. I am actually still tickled at the order in which I ended up testing them. I had three of the embryolisse creams and somehow they fell into the perfect, winter/spring/summer sequence as far as moisturizers go. Somedays, it’s the little things that are just fabulous.
I started using the Vitabrid C12 serum towards the end of last week (last Thursday I believe) so it has only been a little over a week with the serum. It isn’t long enough to see results yet since most skincare needs at least thirty days, but I do like the creamy consistency of the serum and the way it absorbs into the skin. It is a non-greasy formula and there is no scent to the serum. And after applying, my skin feels really soft. I like using it and am really hoping there are some sort of visible results by the time a month of use has passed since I am enjoying using it.
But that is the day time, shall we go into the night?
Okay a lot of the products were covered above so I won’t repeat the descriptions here. I’ve been using the Yensa CBD cleansing oil to remove my makeup and it does a really good job. It sometimes misses a bit of mascara but as that comes off with the Clove and Hallow I use right after that isn’t a problem. It’s also why I am a big fan of two cleansers in a line up at night. I really like to make sure all of my makeup is off before i sleep.
On Monday, wednesday and Friday I replace my regular toner with the Alpha H. It is a glycolic acid exfoliating toner so you aren’t supposed to use it more than every other night. I was using it, then I had a break and this week I went back to using it. The first day back it stung like it had the first time I used it. The second time the sting faded and I’m sure when i use it tonight the sting will be gone. It is a light stinging sensation (I’ve actually had face masks that tingled more). And the stinging was just with that initial use. If you have really sensitive skin, I would test it on your inner arm a couple of times before deciding if you want to use this on your face. I think it is worth it and I really like the gentle exfoliation of the skin.
The Pili Ani oil is a tiny little bottle and since I really only need one drop on my face at a time, it is actually lasting. This is it’s second week and I still have product in the bottle. I am hoping it will last the full four weeks. This oil absorbs well and has a slightly nutty scent to it. My skin drinks it in and feels soft and hydrated after. It is especially nice on the nights after I use the Glycolic acid toner. This is a product I am definitely adding to the list of products to try in the full size.
And finally the Elemis Super food midnight facial. I am using it twice a week for extra moisture. With the Embryolisse cream it is all I need actually. I notice I need it after sweating more in the sun. It is a nice little boost. It smells a bit like candy. it is sweet and fruity. It kind of reminds me of the old Fruit Stripe Gum. It is that kind of scent. And kind of nice to apply right before bed. The cream melts into the skin so it isn’t smeared all over the pillow and it really provides great moisture. It is a product i am happy to add into my skincare line up. This is it’s first week so I am sure I’ll have more to say as time goes on. for now, I just like it.
And that my darlings is my skincare line up for the week. To be honest there is nothing bad to report. Nothing caused problems and nothing is something I plan to avoid. You may notice that I didn’t include my sunscreen on here. My sample ran out so I went back to using my Spray Neutrogena sunscreen instead of adding something else to the line up. I ordered a couple of products and hope they will be coming in soon. This week I am going to rummage because I think I have a few more samples to try out in sunscreen and I am hoping they last until my orders come in. Otherwise, things are rolling along pretty well as we slide into summer. My skin feels and looks good and I like the products I’m using. I’m sure at some point that might change, but for now I feel like I am on a roll.
This week I have been using the skincare that I took home as part of my travel pack. I decided it was better to go ahead and use it up rather than put half empty tubes into the drawer to go bad and become forgotten. There are two full sized products and a couple will be lasting into next week but for the most part things were used up. Since I was trying to fit everything into a small travel bag, there is no break out between day and night, although some products certainly were only used at one time or another, but I’m sure that will be clear as we move down the list. First, The Products…
Okay let’s break this down. I love the Elemis cleansing Balm. It is one of my favorite cleansing balms in fact. This was the first use of the Apricot toner from the brand but I really enjoyed it. And as the memorial service was held in a bare, open back yard and the temps reached 104 my skin appreciated the calming nature of the toner when even the sunscreen needed back up. Thee is plenty of toner left and I will be keeping it in my routine for a while. I enjoyed the light fruity but clean scent of it as well as it’s use.
the Clove and Hallow was interesting. It is a waterless cleanser which means it is a powder and you add your own water. It comes in a reusable glass shaker bottle which I love. Clove and Hallow is one of my favorite brands for reusable and sustainable packaging. I had several lipsticks from them that I absolutely adored, but this is the first of the skincare that I tried out.
Not a lot of powder is needed for each use so there is a lot of product packed into this small container. As it was powder there was no issue with leaks during travel which was nice. One shake was all I needed. I did notice that I had to be careful with the rust water added and rubbing as the way I brought my hands together could cause the powder to puff back against me. That just took a little maneuvering to figure out and I was fine. The scent of the powdered mango in the cleanser is the most prevalent scent, It smells a little like the vanilla scent you get from a mango rather than a mango itself. Which for me is better for skincare. Sometimes mango products make me think it is sticky just by the scent. This doesn’t. I’m really liking this this far and appreciate the gentle nature of it.
The eye cream was the Sunday Riley i was already using, mostly because i couldn’t see the point of opening a new eye cream just for the travel. I am really liking this eye cream as it is quickly absorbing, non-greasy and it doesn’t cause my pores to clog.
But here is where it get’s interesting. The day cream I used was The rich cream by Augustinus Bader. It is by far the most expensive item in this line up. In fact i am willing to bet this sample size is more expensive than the rest. The full sized 50 ml of this cream retails for $280. Now you know me, I am always happy to try out expensive products in sample sizes. Mostly because I really like to know something is going to work for me before I spend the money on it. And truthfully I am the same way with inexpensive products too. It doesn’t matter if it is a $280 cream or a $30 one, I want to try it out before I purchase it in a full size. part of that has nothing to do with money but rather with waste in general. The worst is when you get a full sized product of, well anything, try it and realize you don’t like it. For me the product offers recriminations about other people using it and how dare I waste it like that.
In this case, i was really looking forward to it not only because it was an expensive product but because I heard really great things about it. Opening it, the cream has a sort of playdoh like scent to it which I didn’t particularly care for. It was a thinner cream than I expected for something called a Rich Cream. It also took a while to absorb. It was a thin cream that left white streaks on the skin and once it was massaged in left my skin feeling a bit sticky. The second day I tried it, the cream seemed to have separated and a whitish liquid came out. I closed the tube, massaged it a bit and put a little on my hand rather than my face. It was sticky and after about ten minutes I noticed my hand was feeling very itchy. I don’t know if I got a bad sample or if this is how the cream always reacts but it was quite a disappointment. The sample is fairly new. If it didn’t arrive in May’s subscriptions then it came in Aprils. I only used it the one time and decided not to risk the rest of the tube. Instead I used smaller amounts of my night cream during the day time.
The night cream was the onekind Dream Cream. It is a thick white cream with almost no scent. To use it in the day I used half of what I used at night. For me that is usually a pretty good ratio whether it is using night cream in the day or day cream at night. I will almost always use twice as much at night. While the Dream Cream is not my absolute favorite night cream, it does a decent job and it did a great job filling in as a moisturizer. It isn’t sticky, has almost no scent and if left for a little while it does absorb well into the skin. It does take a while, about ten minutes for it to really soak in. i don’t actually have a problem with it, it is a good basic cream. It hydrates but doesn’t really do anything else. In a pinch it works reliably as a moisturizer but it isn’t something I feel the need to keep stocked.
And finally we end up with our sunscreen for the week. The elta md has no scent to it. there is no sunscreen scent and no mineral scent, there is quite literally no scent at all. It goes on with a white cast but as you rub it into your skin the white cast fades. It isn’t greasy at all and doesn’t leave a shine. It is the slightest bit sticky. Even if you are not planning on wearing makeup after putting this on, I would add a quick layer of powder just to take down the stickiness. Other than that it is a nice formula. It isn’t one I’d feel the need to keep constantly in stock, but it is one i wouldn’t mind using again.
And that was my skincare for the week. A few of these items will be back next week and a couple are off to the empties bin. Aside from the disappointment of Augustinus Bader, it was a pretty good line up.
Good morning and welcome to the weekly skincare line up. Here we take a brief look at all of the products in play and see how they are performing as they work in a team. This week was a week of allergies so the eyes are watery and the bags can not be blamed on any skincare product. Still I have a bare skin picture to show you so you can see how my skin looks. Despite the allergies I think it is doing well.
There were some minor breakouts due to the massive sugar intake over Easter. Peeps and Cadbury Eggs. I love them but luckily they only come around once a year. Although this year the Peeps actually gave me the sugar shakes. That is far too much sugar to take in one sitting when you haven’t had it in a while. Next year I am either going to have to ease myself in or just skip them all together.
But that has passed and the sugar spots have mostly been cleared away. I’m actually quite pleased with how my skin looks at the moment. So shall we talk about the products responsible?
First Up, I did finish The Pill Serum by Nue Co. It wasn’t my favorite serum. I’m sure it was good for my skin, but there was nothing I could point to and say, yes, this is what that serum did. There were a couple of days where I left off the serum and there was no noticeable difference. The Nue co makes several great products, but I just wasn’t impressed by this one.
The Kate Somerville cleanser is fine. It cleans well without stripping and it is quite gentle. It is a nice cleanser. It probably isn’t one I’m going to remember or seek out once this tube is empty, but I am enjoying using it. at the moment I actually have a stockpile of cleansers so I am working through them. Its also why I have a different one at night. I don;t mind having a lot on hand as I will always go through them, but they have to be special for me to put on the repurchase list and thus far, I haven’t seen anything that makes me really want to repurchase this.
The Time Revolution Essence just gets better and better each time I use it. I can feel my pores opening up and I really think my skin looks better because of it.
When I went into the cabinet to find a toner I realized I had this one from Murad opened and about halfway used so I decided to roll it back into my line up to finish using. I really like this toner. The spray lets me apply the right amount to the reusable pad without the risk of spilling and it smells light and fresh. I also like the proof that my makeup remover is working when i use it at night.
The Sensitive version of the Embryolisse is turning out to be perfect for this time of year. It is light enough that it doesn’t feel like too much when the weather is warm and it works well with my sunscreen. I was worried about that actually. When I apply the sunscreen I have to wait until the moisturizer absorbs. because of this I adjusted my schedule slightly in the mornings. Normally I put on the coffee, then go through my morning routine. By the time i am done the coffee is brewed. What I am doing now is putting the coffee pot on, applying everything but sunscreen, then pouring my first cup. I set the cup on the desk and then go back to the bathroom to apply the sunscreen before having my coffee. I know it isn’t much of a change, but just that slight amount of time is enough for the moisturizer to settle in before I apply the sunscreen.
And I am liking the sunscreen. Which isn’t a surprise as I really liked the sample of it I tried at the end of the summer last year.
This week I also switched out my eye creams. I have been wanting to try this Sunday Riley eye cream for a while. It was a gift with new subscribers for the Allure box (and one of the reason I signed up) and since it was here I couldn’t resist. While I really like the formula of the eye cream and I like that only a little comes out of the tube at a time, keeping the rest of the product away from the air. I am not a huge fan of the applicator. It is very good on the crows feet area but not great for under the eye. So I end up putting the cream on the sides of my eyes and then tapping it in with my fingers. Which is fine. Just something to note. It is a very light weight formula and I did remember to take a picture of the lines around my eyes before I started using it so i can o a comparison pic after a month of use. So hopefully I will see some results.
The Yensa cleansing oil has worked really well as a makeup remover. I had planned to roll in a cleansing balm for makeup removal but this far I haven’t needed it. I do have a couple I want to test out, but I am happy to wait until this cleansing oil is done since they aren’t necessary at the moment. The Turkish Towel Company cloths are holding up well. They are gentle and effective and due to their dark color, they haven’t stained. So I am happy to keep using them.
In all honesty, I forgot to use the Topical C this week. It ended up pushed to the back of the shelf and forgotten. I remembered it when I moved the bottles around for the photograph this morning. I’ll put it back to use now that I’ve remembered it, but I forgot about it this week.
And Finally the Laneige has been keeping my lips soft and supple. I really love applying it before bed at night and highly recommend it.
The Shani Darden is almost empty, I will probably finish it out before the end of the week. It is a nice retinol. I’ve been using it Tuesdays and Thursdays and then using the Alpha H Liquid Gold Monday, Wednesday and Friday. when i tried using them together there was some stinging so i separated them and have had no problems with either product. The retinol is nice however it does male me a little sun sensitive. As we are entering into the season where I spend a lot more time in the sun I will probably be switching to a bakuchiol instead since it doesn’t have the same sun issues. I am only using this retinol at night though. I think I would like to try this product in a full size to see how well it performed over a longer period. I think that might be a skincare trial for next winter though.
The Alpha H is fantastic. The first couple of applications it did sting a little, but the sting faded as my skin got used to it and I really think my skin looks lovely partially because of this Liquid gold. I am very happy to keep using it.
And that is the skin care for the week. I am enjoying the products I am using and this week I will roll in a serum to take the place of The Nue Co and I will finish out the retinol and roll in something else. If you are looking at products, I hope this helps you out. Happy Friday everyone.
This week I feel a little bit bad for my skincare. I have several breakouts, but they are the result of too much sugar in my week. I won’t harp on it here because i have mentioned it a lot this week. But it does make me feel bad for my skincare. they put in the effort, I simply sabotaged them when they weren’t looking. You may notice that there are a lot of products in that picture above, mush more than is usual, even for me. Many of those bottles are actually empty. And a couple of the items are rolled in as replacements. Also I have two non-daily products in the mix, on for Tuesdays and Thursdays and one for every other day.
I’ll separate them out below so this week there are three sections; Day, Night, and Other. The picture to the left is my bare skin. I forgot to take it in the bathroom, but as I hadn’t put on my makeup for the day, i went ahead and took the pic at my desk, hence the light and backdrop difference. Also I finished my Native Deodorant (actually the last of it popped out of the tube unexpectedly and landed on the floor). I had an extra Dove Deodorant in the drawer (I keep it as back up for when I am testing natural deodorants that may or may not work) which I pressed into service. So now that I have given a lengthy intro to match the extra products pictured, let’s get into it. As always, we will start with the day time lineup.
Okay we have a few changes this week. I finished up the Missha Cleanser. Although gone, it will be returning. I pulled this Kate Somerville from the collection of cleansers I need to work through. It is a clear gel. It smells slightly florally but the scent is very light. The cleanser has minimal foaming but seems to work well. To be honest the most notable part of it thus far is the cap. Instead of twisting off, it twists and opens a hole in the center so you don’t have to fumble with putting the lid down somewhere while you use it. I am a fan of this. Thus far the cleanser is nice. I have no problems continuing to use it, but at this stage the cap is the most notable element.
I live the Missha essence. It is quite fabulous. almost no scent whatsoever so if you are sensitive to scents this might be something for you to look into. It absorbs quickly and I j=know this will sound strange but when applying it I feel as though my skin is opening up. Like my pores are opening wide. It is an odd sensation. Not a bad one, just odd. But as essences are designed to open the skin to increase the efficacy of the other skin care you are using I suppose that is a good thing. I kind of like the feeling too.
The Pill by the Nue co is about half way finished and while I love the shape of the bottle and how it fits in the hand the serum itself is kind of meh. I have two Nue Co products in my line up and the other (used at night) is really great. I am just not really liking this one.
The Pixi glow tonic toner is completely empty. It was nice. I like Pixi by Petra’s toners. they generally work out well for me. My favorite is the clarity toner so I would probably purchase that one over this one, but this was a nice, lightly exfoliating toner. I haven’t chosen it’s replacement yet but in the Other section below there is a toner used once every other day so I’ll need to roll in something for the between times.
The sensitive Embryolisse cream has been interesting. This is the first week of use actually. I really like it. It has much less of a scent. It is still there and still the same scent as the original, but it is less present. In addition the cream is a slight bit lighter. I think this is perfect timing as we are starting to see warmer days. The sensitive cream is performing just as well as the others and there has been no noticeable difference. I think there will be more of a difference as the sun heats up and I am curious to see how it performs as a pre makeup base, but for now I am thrilled with it.
And speaking of the sun, the time has come where a daily sunscreen is no longer optional. I know, I need it year round, but the truth is I spend a lot more time indoors during the winter and when walking outside for the daily walks I use a spray sunscreen before I leave the house but don’t add it into my skincare line up. Once April hits, this changes and sunscreen is placed in the skincare line up. (I still add the spray sunscreen before my walk as a back up just incase I forgot.)
I tried a small sample of this Sunday Riley sunscreen and really liked it. So I was happy to have a full size to try out. When dispensed it has a slight pink tint to it and it has a light scent. It is one of those creams that needs to warm up a bit. There will be a little bit of white cast when first applied but as the cream warms to your skin it absorbs in and the white disappears. As with moisturizers that do this, just put it in your hand and let it warm up a second before applying and there is no white at all. I am rather enjoying this sunscreen.
As usual I won’t cover the items I talked about in the day since they performed as well at night as they did in the day (if they didn’t I would mention it). The last of the Sunday Riley makeup remover was used this week. I think it might have been discontinued. If not, then I would buy it again as it is a really good makeup remover. The bottle is empty and it will be tossed away. I used the Yensa last night for the first time. well first time for this bottle. I’ve used it before. It was interesting. I had one bottle, loved it and then picked up a discounted bottle that I think might have been a little old. The scent was stronger but it worked just as well as before. I think the older the product is the more like CBD oil it smells. It still works, but the scent is stronger. So check your dates. This is a fresh bottle and the scent is barely noticeable. it wasn’t until I applied water to rinse it off that I really got much of a scent at all. It is a great product and I am happy to use it, I just thought you might want to be aware of that.
The topical C powder to add to moisturizers is really nice. It is my favorite Nue Co product. It is one that I will consistently repurchase as it is a great way to add just a little extra Vitamin c to the routine. I tend to use it at night only because too much vitamin c in the day makes me a little sun sensitive. so if that is an issue for you, you might want to watch it. I like that I can add as much or as little as I like.
The Fig recovery oil is almost empty. It has a week, maybe two left of use. It is a nice dry oil that won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. I’m not sure it is better than other oils. I like Byroe as a brand and there are other products I will always repurchase (their Bitter Greens Toning Essence is fantastic) but while I have no problems using this oil again, I don’t think it is one I would seek out. It would be something i would add to my cart if I was shopping on the site, but not the reason I was shopping on the site.
With these two products I am making certain that I don’t use them on the same days. So I skipped the weekend with the Alpha H just so I wouldn’t use it on the Tuesdays and Thursdays I am using the retinol. while they are working well I am kind of glad that the Retinol Reform is a sample size. I think in my routine i should only use one of these at a time. But the retinol is about half empty (sample size) so I will finish with it and then just be left with the Alpha H.
Both of these products tingle on the skin. The Alpha H more than the Retinol. I would not use either during the day. While the Alpha H was noticeably tingly with the first use, each additional use the tingle becomes less. I don’t know if i am just becoming used to it but on my first use I was somewhat concerned. Then things went well. It is too early to really sea a difference with either but aside from the sugar fueled break outs, my skin feels really good. I’m monitoring it in case it becomes too much, but this far, I am liking both of these products, the Alpha H especially.
And that has been my skin care for the week. I know there were a lot of generalizations for the newer products but as I get the feel of them and they settle in to longer usage I’ll have more specifics on each. And now it is on with Friday. I hope you have a good one.
Ah yes my darlings, another week of skincare down. And changes are a foot. Several products are on the verge of being empty and will soon be replaced. First we look at my skin as it is the ultimate response to how products are working. Personally I think my skin is looking quite nice this week. I have a few bumps around my lower orbital bone, but I think that a lot of that is more to do with where my face mask presses’ than any skincare products.
And this afternoon i will be using my Bl’eau Mask which will bring up the clogs and since I won’t be wearing makeup or facemasks this weekend then my skin will have time to clear out the issues before next week starts up. Other than that, I have no real skin issues this week. Which is always nice to say. we are on the verge of seasonal changing though so in the coming weeks there may be a bit of finding my footing as the temperatures rise. A lot of that will depend on if we have a slow spring that rolls gently into the summer or if the Summer sun shows up early and clobbers spring into submission. Last year we had a long cold spring and then almost no autumn to speak of. Si I guess we will see what we get this year. But weather (and the future) aside, let’s see how this week’s products performed. For many of them, this is tha last time in the Line up this go round although some will be returning.
All of these products were in use last week (and several week’s prior. Next week will see many of them go away. The Missha Cleanser is almost used up. I think the fact that I used it as a mask as well as a cleanser used up the tube far faster than anticipated. I will definitely order this again and I will use it as a cleanser. when i use it as a mask it won’t be as a traditional face mask but as a cleanser I let sit to sooth the skin. I am actually ordering a new tube soon (they have a massive sale right now 20% off with code HELLO20) just so that I can have it on hand for the summer. That Artemisia is fantastic at soothing sun irritation (as well as other irritations) and I want it on hand.
The 111Skin essence has been great and I have loved not only how it increased the efficacy of the other products I was using but also the high end spa scent it brought to my routine. It was nice and I would certainly use it again. However I think there is only enough product to get through the weekend. Soon a new essence will join the line up. I have enjoyed the 111Skin Essence though.
The Nue Co’s The Pill is one of the few products staying. It is nice. It isn’t my favorite serum. I haven’t noticed anything that makes me think Wow when I use it. I think part of that is because it is an everything serum. There is not one targeted thing that I can see it doing. I’ll keep using it because it is nice, but i am still trying to figure out how i feel about it. The Vitamin C powder from the Nue co is another story, but I’ll get to that in the night time routine.
The Pixi toner is one I like. I’ve used it before and will no doubt use it again. The sample size I have is almost out. So I will use it this week. I plan to roll in the Alpha H Liquid Gold Toner which can only be used every other day so I will probably be using those together in the coming week. This should make the small amount of toner last out the week.
The MZ eye cream has been performing well. There is some reduction in fine lines. I would have expected to see a little more of a result but we are just approaching the thirty day mark (I think, I sort of lost track with the eye cream and will have to check) so it is still a little early to expect massive results. I will keep using it and hope the results increase. I think part of my expectations is that I know how much the cream costs ($159 per jar) and the cost leads me to expect really spectacular results. Especially since I have gotten spectacular results with a $30 eye cream. But as always where skincare is concerned, only time will tell.
And this leads us to the Embryolisse. I love this moisturizer. It has been fantastic. I thought that with the changing seasons it might end up being too heavy, but it hasn’t been. However we are approaching a moment. I have used it for thirty days. Now while I would love to keep using it, I have two other creams from the Lait creme line of Embryolisse so I need to use each of them in turn and compare them. However this moment also makes me happy. I tried the Embryolisse as a pre makeup base and now I am hooked. So while I would like to keep using it as a moisturizer, I am relocating it to my makeup bag and will be using it before applying my makeup while I test out the other moisturizers in this line. For me this is a win win. Having it in my makeup bag means I won’t forget it and can use it each day with my makeup and won’t have to run back to the bathroom to fetch it. So that’s kind of a bonus win for me. I will have the thirty day final post of this up next week with a lot more detail.
But that was my Day time line up. Only three of the products will be back next week. And new ones will be gin their testing. I can’t wait. But for now it is into the night…
Okay I won’t go into the repeat products from the morning as they worked the same in the day as they did in the night. I needed a break from the Vike spray. It works well but that scent made me feel like i was in a cloud of vaporized mothballs and I needed a break. So I went to my skincare drawer knowing I have at least two cleansing balms in there. And at the back I found this Sunday Riley Vitamin C makeup remover oil. There is only a little bit left so i decided I would go ahead and just use it up. I used it this week and think that there might be enough left to finish it out this week. It was fantastic. I am a bit fan of the entire Vitamin C line, but I couldn’t find this on their website so i think it may have been dropped. It is a really good makeup remover and I didn’t have to scrub that much a the makeup just melted away.
I am finishing up the second week of trying out the Makeup removal cloths from the Turkish Towel company and am really liking them. I know this sounds strange, but the fact that they have the word Makeup embroidered on the front has kept them from going walk about. Everyone leaves them alone and they don’t get used for other things. which means I can easily rotate through them and not wonder where they got to.
The topical C powder is fantastic in my moisturizer. It just melts in and blends beautifully. I am a huge fan. I am however not a fan of the Somme institute. I think the pads didn’t even make it into today’s photo because I just stopped using them this week. The serum is fine but those cloth pads are a pain. So I stopped using them. I know it is wasteful but i just got so annoyed that i didn’t want to bother. I’ll do a short review detailing my experience and why I’m letting them go but i am passing them on to someone who will hopefully get better use out of them.
And finally there is Laniege. I love the lip mask and will use it until it is gone. Which will take a while as there is a lot of product in the container and you don’t use that much with each application. But it is fabulous. I think that when i do repurchase, i will go with the mini set so that I can switch out scents and flavors. But it is a great product.
And so that is my skincare line up for this week. Over all things went well. there were some misses, but nothing missed badly enough that it cause a break out, so i am calling that good.
Good morning my darlings. It is time for the most fabulous post of the week. Or at least the one I have the most fun with. That’s right, it’s time to talk skincare. And today I have an added bit. I decided that I am going to add in a photo of my bare skin taken first thing on Friday morning so that you can see how my skin actually looks as well as seeing the products I am using and reading my thoughts about them
Feel free to zoom in as close as you care to look, I won’t judge. I did have a bit of a break out on my chin this week. But that was due to me spending an inordinate amount of time with a face mask and of using a clay mask to draw out the buried clogged pores. This week, there were some on my chin. The mask brought them up and I am now clearing them away. So first a picture of my skin and then, we are off to the skincare races. Or at least this week’s line up.
The Time Revolution Cleanser has been fantastic. I am reaching the end of the thirty days, and the end of the product as well. My full review of it will be up next week and I suspect I may be able to squeak through the week with the remainder of the cleanser, but certainly by the end of next week i will need to choose a new cleanser for the line up. I really enjoyed using this cleanser. It’s mask like texture was fantastic in letting me know exactly where I had cleansed and it rinsed off clean while leaving my skin refreshed. What more could you really want in a cleanser?
I also only have about a week more of the 111Skin Essence. It too has been fantastic. It not only helped the other products work more efficiently, but it’s scent lent my skincare routine a spa like feel. Great product, great high end scent. I would certainly use this essence again.
The Pill from Nue Co is interesting. It is creamier than I am used to serums being and slightly sticky. Since I put a moisturizer over it, I am not as worried about the stickiness as I would normally be. It is early days yet with this serum so I haven’t really seen any effects, but I am hopeful. I love the shape of the bottle and the pump as they seem really well thought out. It is an easy product to pick up and use even if you have wet hands. Hopefully steady use will produce effects.
I can already see some effects with the MZ Skin eye cream. It is a thick eye cream, but I haven’t had any issues with clogging pores. And I really like the way it absorbs without leaving a greasy film.
The real winner this week is the Embryolisse. Wow. It says Multi use on the label and this week I not only used it as my moisturizer but as a pre makeup base. It made such a huge difference. I was blown away. I have one more week for the full thirty day test of this moisturizer, and then I will be rolling in the next in the Lait-creme line to try out and compare with the first. My plan had been to use up this tube at night while starting to test the next one in the day time, but I think I will only do that for a few days before relocating the remainder of the tube to my makeup kit. Applying that extra hit of moisture and letting it soak in a few minutes before moving on with the rest of my makeup really made a difference. It was simply amazing and I am kind of sad that i didn’t try this multi-use function out prior to this. But I will be using it in the future. I will also be picking up a tube simply to keep with my makeup.
As always some of these are repeats, so we will concentrate on the ones I didn’t use in the morning. I had planned to replace the Vike this week, but somehow never got around to it. I have a Huda Beauty cleansing Balm I want to try out so I will be bringing that out this coming week and setting the Vike to the side. It is a great product and so quick and easy to use. The issue is the scent. it is strong and I kind of need a break from it. But it is good.
I continued adding the Vitamin C powder from the Nue C to my moisturizer this week and I really enjoy it. I add it at night because in the day time Vitamin C can leave me a little sun sensitive. I really like having it in the routine though and I am happy I can add it, and add it in the amounts I want, when I choose to do so.
This week I rolled in the Annmarie Facial Oil to replace the Byroe to see how it worked and I loved it. It worked even better than the Byroe, plus it has that great Annmarie Skincare Herbal scent. I adore the skincare products from Annmarie skincare. They are just so fresh and clean. My all time favorite is their Aloe Herb Cleanser. it smells like Lemon Verbena and I always find myself wanting to pick up a bottle when spring arrives. It just seems like the perfect time for it. But alas, this tine bottle of oil is almost out. I have a couple of more days with it and then I will take out a new facial oil. this is one I will return to in a larger format at some point in the future. As I am working through a backlog of oils that i want to use up, it may take a while but this is one of the few oils that made my repurchase list.
I don’t think I will be repurchasing the Somme exfoliating pads. I do like toner and exfoliating pads and the liquid in this one is fine. It actually works well. The problem is with the pads themselves. They are a thin cotton material that because it is so saturated tend to stick together. Separating them often tears the pad and gets the serum everywhere. I often feel like I’ve exfoliated my hands more than I have my face. and it really is the material of the pads. Getting just one out of the container is difficult. I will keep using them as I like the serum, but I don’t think this is going to be a repeat purchase for me.
It was kind of the hiccup in my week of skin care. Otherwise everything went swimmingly. Next week there will be a new facial oil and new makeup remover. The cleanser and the essence may make it through the week, but I know the cleanser won’t make it beyond. Using it as a day and night time cleanser along with an occasional masking experience used up the tube fast. I don’t mind as it was a fantastic product to use, but I will soon need to find a replacement. As always I will be easing new products in one at a time instead of all at the same time. I find it the best way to keep my skin from freaking out over new products.
So that was me this week. I hope you had as much fun talking about skincare as I did.