Welcome to the end of the week my darlings. It is time to talk about one of my favorite obsessions, Skincare. Some of the products you saw last week and I continue to use them. As they reach the thirty day (and beyond) mark I will write up a full review, but this is just a general in progress listing with a few things to note or watch about each product.
This week I am going to divide it up a little bit between day time and night time use so it isn’t such a massive product list all in one. So let us start with the day.
Day time Line up:
Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid
Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence
Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (the official release was March 31st so the link is to the announcement page as it is the only thing up right now)
Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream
At the moment I really like the deodorant formula of Native Deodorant. It will be something I monitor once the sun heats up the world again and I spend more time in the heat. I am not so sure about the scent though as it is a bit too floral for me. I think when this container is used up I will try out a different scent. I think I have about a month’s worth of product left so it will be a while. But at least that gives me a little time to peruse the other scents and make my decision.
Currently my daytime products are all working really well for me. the night is a little iffy, but the day is actually quite good at the moment.
I really like the La Roche Posay Cleanser. It is gentle enough that I am actually using it three times on some days. While listed in my day time routine and in my night time one, on some occasions I come back from the gym and just need to quickly wash my face. I just can’t take the sweat residue. This Toleriane cleanser is gentle enough that it doesn’t cause issues with my skin so I never feel like I am overwashing which I really appreciate.
I still have my Akar Toner in my night time routine, but after playing around with it, I tend to like the Byroe Toning Essence in the morning and the Akar in the evening. Part of that is because I find the Akar a little bit sticky and heavy on the skin. When I’m layering my night time products it isn’t as bit a deal as it is in the day. This is the first week of the Byroe Bitter Green’s Essence in my line up and I am really liking it. (I tried it out as a toner before which is why the product looks used, but then I thought I was using it wrongly so I set it aside while I looked into it).
The Serum was sent to me by Influenster and despite the fact that this is the first mention of it, I have been using the serum for two weeks. It is a new release and I just wasn’t allowed to talk about it until After the 31st. I have to say I am very much liking this serum thus far and after two more weeks I hope the photos show some skin improvement as I can really feel a benefit to the texture of the skin. Despite being called Midnight Serum it is designed for both day time and night time use. I have been using it for both and haven’t had any issues thus far.
I’m not sure what the CBD in the Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating eye cream does, but I do know that after two weeks of use I really do like this eye cream. It is light weight, seems to work on my fine lines and doesn’t clog the pores around my eyes (a consistent problem area for me). Thus far, I really like it.
My current day cream is the 111Skin Y Theorem. I tried a sample and liked it. Thus far the day cream is working just a well in the full size as it did in the sample so I am very happy with it. This is the end of the second week of use for the day cream.
And of course no day time routine will be complete without a sunscreen. This Volition Sunscreen is billed as the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen. I fall into that category but I have to say, I really like this sunscreen. While part of that is the lightweight formula. A lot of what I like is that the bottle looks like skin care so I keep it with skin care and apply it like skin care. Because it is just there in the line up, I just use it. It has become habit. It has a light scent that reminds me more of skincare than sunscreen and it melts into the skin beautifully. Best of all, it doesn’t break me out.
So that is my day time line up, are you ready to peep into the night?
The Night time Line up
Makeup Remover: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm
Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser ( I didn’t wear waterproof eye makeup this week so I didn’t need the separate eye makeup remover from Klorane)
Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum
Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum
Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple) – this week I didn’t use a lip scrub.
The Clean it Zero Cleansing balm is almost empty and while it is a pretty good makeup remover, it does tend to fog up my contacts when it gets in them and I’m not exactly thrilled with the scent. This is the clarifying version in the green jar. Of the cleansing balms from Clean it Zero I tend to prefer the one that comes in the pink jar. I remember it having less issues with my eyes and a nicer scent. This sample sized jar is almost empty and I will soon replace it with something else. I don’t think I will purchase it again. I think I would pick up the pink jar, but not this one.
The La Roche posay Cleanser works just as well at night as it does in the day.
While I like the scent of the Akar toner and it is a pretty good toner, it is a bit sticky on the skin. I’m using it at night and will use it until it is gone, but I don’t think I would purchase this toner again. It is a use, thank it for its service and move on sort of product. I am two weeks into use with it so I will get at least two more weeks in before I write a full review, but at the moment, it isn’t my favorite product.
The Loreal Midnight Serum and Pericone MD eye cream work the same at night as they do in the day.
Because I am using a separate day cream I am, for the moment, going through some of my sample and travel sized moisturizers to see if any of them are ones that I want to try in a full size. This SYS Moisturizing cream is moisturizing enough that I haven’t picked out a sleeping mask to use a few times a week. It is in the scent prickly pear and I can’t decide if I like it or not. I like the scent and I have had Prickly Pears in cocktails before. I’ve never had it in a skin care and it sometimes makes me feel as though I’ve smeared something sticky and sweet on my face when I use it. This is it’s first week of use and I know I can get at least one more week out f the travel sized tube. For now it stays but I am on the fence about it.
The Dermelect Self Esteem Serum is a product I use for my neck. This is not my first bottle. I think it might be my third. I’ve used it off and on for the past three years and really enjoy it. I try to remember to bring skin care down my neck but often forget. Simply having a product designed for my neck helps me remember. The scent kind of reminds me a bit of toast which is odd. Nice, because I like toast, but odd. The product is nice, effective and I will continue to use it and definitely repurchase when i am done.
Finally, at night I always go to bed with a lip mask or treatment on my lips. Usually I use a lip scrub as well but this week I didn’t think my lips needed it so I skipped it. My current lip Mask is the Agave Lip Mask from Bite Beauty. It isn’t my first tube of this mask and it won’t be my last. It is very hydrating and it really works best if left on the lips overnight.
There are a few items I left out because I don’t use them every night
Tuesday and Thursday Nights I use a retinol. Currently the one I am using is the Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum . I originally planned to increase the days I use it, but I really think twice a week is enough for me. I don’t feel the need to increase the number of days. Thus far it has given me the retinol clearing I want and not caused any sun sensitivity.
On the nights when I use the retinol I follow with a facial oil for extra hydration. The oil I am currently using is the Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule. Thus far it is fine. I’m still trying to form my full opinion of it but at the moment I am having no problems with it so I will keep using it.
On the mornings after I use Retinols I like to use an AHA to sweep away the dead skin cells. I am currently finishing up the Good Genes from Sunday Riley. It is a nice product. The scent reminds me of lemon scented floor cleaner so I am okay with not using it every day. In truth the scent is the only reason I wouldn’t buy this product again. Truthfully, it works well enough that I would actually work to get over my thoughts on the scent. It is a good product and it is clear to see why o many people really like it.
So that my darlings is my current skin care line up, the products and my current thoughts on them as I use them. I’ve got a few familiar favorites in the line up and a couple of brand new to me products. Some I like better than others. When their time of use is at an end we will see which ones I think deserve to be repurchased or purchased in the full size rather than as samples. But those are my thoughts for the moment. And thank you so much for allowing me to indulge in my love of talking about skin care.
And don’ t worry, once we get to the full individual breakouts, we’ll take a deep dive into the ingredients lists. Promise. For the weekly, it is just general thoughts.