This week there wasn’t a lot of change in the line up, however I am reaching the end of a few products and I am reaching the one month mark on a couple of others so soon reviews will be posted and before and after photos compared. Soon a few new products will roll into the line up. So let’s take a look at where things stand today and where they are likely to be going.
Daytime Skin Care
Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid
Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 4)
Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 3)
Serum: L’oreal Midnight Serum (end of week 4)
Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 4)
Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 4)
As you can see a lot of products in the day time range are reaching the thirty day line. Soon they will cross over and we will see what a month of use does in terms of skin care results. Some things of note. The Native Water Lily and Orchid deodorant is almost at the end of its life. I will probably pick up a new stick this weekend. I am currently happy with the deodorant but the scent is a little too floral for me so I may be picking up a different scent. I want to stick with the Native Deodorant for the moment as I want to see how much my body has adjusted. I started using the Native Deodorant In August so I am going to go an entire year with the product to see how things shake out. Last August was pretty rough sweat wise, but the sweat factor has gone down considerably. I want to see if that is me adjusting, the weather changing or a little of both, hence the full year and why a new Native Deodorant will be purchased.
The stand out product in the day time line up this week has to be the Byroe Bitter Greens essence. I love the scent of it. It is green and healthy smelling and just an excellent way to wake up.
The L’oreal Midnight serum is picking up less on the dropper each time I use it. I’m at the end of the month so I know how I feel about it, but I can’t actually see into the bottle to tell how much product is actually left. My guess is that it is about halfway emptied at this point, but I just don’t know. It is sometimes the bane of skin care. The darker bottles protect the product but prevent you from figuring out how much product you have. My thoughts are interesting on it. I’m going to sort through them while I figure out how much product I have. Tis is a new release product that just came on the market March 31st. I rcieved it as an early release through Influenster. It has it’s good points and bad points and will require a good long think before I can determine if I would purchase it as a repeat product.
Night time Skincare
Makeup Remover: CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa
( I didn’t wear waterproof eye makeup this week so I didn’t need the separate eye makeup remover from Klorane)
Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (end of week 3)
Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum
Moisturizer: SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly Pear (end of week 3)
Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (end of week 1)
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 SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly pear is a sample size and it is almost at the end of its product. I may have enough to last through the next week, but I may not. I don’t think I will make it the full thirty days. It is an interesting cream. The scent took me a while to get used to as it is a scent I associate more with cocktails than I do with skin care. I actually had a prickly pear margarita in Austin that was absolutely fantastic.
Very light and refreshing in a summer time drink, but not as appealing in a moisturizer. There is something about the scent that makes me think the word sticky. The cream itself is not sticky. It is however a very wet cream. It isn’t a water cream but it is a thinner cream. While it is certainly hydrating enough to use at night I think that for me it is more of a summer weight consistency. I can see myself liking this much more in the summer after a day spent gardening than I do now. It isn’t bad, in fact it is a nice cream. I would consider adding it to my summertime products list and using it in the evening after I spent too much time outside in the sun. It is the scent that stops me from thinking of ordering a full size. I like the scent, it is a nice scent, I just don’t like it in skin care. So I will finish this up, send the container to the empties bin and once it is through pick out another sample to try out in the line up.
I am coming to understand the Akar Balancing Toner the more I use it. I still prefer it as a night time product, but I am coming to like it more. The trick is really to use only a little bit at a time. One maybe two sprays and then dab with a reusable round. More product makes the skin sticky. Less works great.
I will be honest, there were several nights this week where I forgot to add in the Nue Co’s Vitamin C powder. I need to practice including that step. Once it becomes habit I will be fine. It does blend very well and thus far I like it. As I missed a few days I’ve had less than a week of daily use, but it seems like a good product thus far.
This is the time of year when the Dermelect really comes into it’s own. While I use sunscreen my neck and chest take a beating in the sun. I had some skin damage last year and I am trying very hard not to repeat it. While the Dermelect Self Esteem Serum works well to fight chicken neck, it also reminds me to put product son my upper chest and neck. I’ll be honest, I often forget to take products down the neck. I know I should, I just forget. Having a bottle in the lineup specifically for the neck has reminded me to not forget the area so this has been really good. I know I sound surprised and I shouldn’t. This is my third bottle of this and each time I have the same thoughts. The product works well on its own and after I get over my, wow what a great product and I wonder why it smells like toast I realize it encourages me to bring my products down the neck simply by being on the shelf. Eveytime.
With the Yensa CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing oil I have to say I forgot how good that make up remover actually performs. I always remember the heavy CBD scent and forget how good it works. It really is a great product, I just wish it smelled better.
And now for the not so everyday products in the line up
In other Skincare…
Good Genes from Sunday Riley (The link will take you to this product in the Skinstore as it is currently on sale there and who doesn’t love saving a little on good skincare?)
I used the versed Press Restart Retinol twice a week and follow it with the Earth harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule to add extra moisture after the retinol has done it’s job. The morning after I use the retinol I use the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid serum to sweep away whatever the retinol cleared out. Last week I didn’t use the three and to be honest I really only used the retinol and oil last night and the Sunday Riley this morning. Technically I had the trio paired up for two weeks before I took a break. I am going to restart the clock on it because of the gap. In truth though I don’t know if the Sunday Riley will last all of next week so it may be getting close to the end. This is one of those products that I move myself past the scent. To be honest, it smells a little like lemon scented cleanser. I have had a few other products with the scent before. I used them and said goodbye. The Sunday Riley Good Genes works well enough that I don’t care that is smells like lemon scented cleaner. My skin absolutely loves it. And truthfully if I hadn’t been trying to stretch the remains of the bottle out to pair it with the retinol, I would have no problem using it daily. This is a skin care item I will be repurchasing. Sadly I will have to wait. I need to clear out some space in my skin care drawer before I even contemplate purchasing some of my favorites. But there is a list. Oh yes my darlings there is a list. And Sunday Riley’s good Genes is on it.
And that is the weekly Skin care update. Some of the products are edging towards the recycling bin while others are about to face the spotlight of a deep dive into their ingredients list. At the moment I am pretty happy with my skin. I have a few blemishes that I am clearing away, but other wise, I don’t think it is looking too shabby.