The Skincare Line up: November 19th, 2021

Good morning my darlings. This is going to be in interesting line up because it is the line up before I switch to travel products. When looking at the products on my skincare shelf I realized that most of them are currently full sized items. There is even a pump top cleanser that i certainly will not be traveling with. Not that I don’t love the cleanser, but I just try not to travel with pump tops. Even if you manage to lock it down and keep it locked down, there is always the possibility that somethin will fall into it and damage the pump causing problems later down the line. So my plan is to use the products I have in my line up until I pack to go away for Thanksgiving. I will use all of the products I plan to take with me the Wednesday before I leave to make certain that i have no adverse reactions. I will then pack them used them while I am gone and then continue using them until they are finished. Then I’ll switch back to my full sized products.

If that makes sense.

So before my current skincare line goes on hiatus for a week, let’s look at what we have and how it is currently performing.

The Daytime Lineup

Deodorant: Native Deodorant Cherry and Vanilla Macaroon

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Thayers Facial Toner Rose Petal

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Moisturizer: Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel from DHC

The majority of the products used in the morning line up are holdovers from last week. The toner and moisturizer are new but the rest are products already in use. The deodorant still smells a bit like cherry pie when I move around. It isn’t a bad scent, but I don’t think I will be purchasing this again. I still have high hopes that I can find the Native Peppermint as it is a Holiday scent and my absolute favorite. I liked it a lot last year and may be stocking up. Providing I can find it. The Cherry scent may be a holiday scent as well. It is nice, but not one I would want often.

The elemis Cleanser is fantastic. As it is a cleansing milk it doesn’t foam up all that much when I wash and I do kind of miss that, even though I know it isn’t that essential. The scent of the cleanser does make up for it though as it is a fantastically fresh scented clean.

Crest, recommended by my dentist and loved by my teeth. I don;t know what sort of detoxifying my gums needed to do, but with the deep clean my mouth gets, I’m happy to let them get on with it.

The bottle of Thayers toner is new to the line up, but not new to me. It was for a really long time, my go to toner. witch Hazel was a big thing in my house growing up and my skin recognizes it’s old friend. I know some of you are seeing the Rose Petal in the name and thinking it must smell perfume-y and very rosy, but it doesn’t. The rose more or less counteracts the witch hazel scent so that the product has very little scent at all. It works just as well as it always has and I am happy to have rotated a new bottle into my line up for the moment.

The 111Skin essence, Vitabrid C12 Serum and Verso Eye Serum are doing fabulously well. At the moment my skin looks and feels fantastic and I think that all three of these products play a roll in that.

The new moisturizer is interesting. I am currently researching the main ingredient, Astaxanthin, but i still need to look into it a little more. I rolled this moisturizer in when I ran out of the sample sizes of both my night and day creams. The gel claims to be for both night and day use and since i knew I was soon to open travel creams I figured I would open this and just use it for both.

It is an orange colored cream that quite frankly doesn’t smell of much. It is however far too thick for me to use during the day. I used it this week, but had to be very careful, using only very small amounts. I used it at night and it was fantastic. I’ll cover the night use below with the night products, but I think I am going to be very light with the day time use until I switch to my travel products and then once I switch out of travel products and back into my regular line up, there will be a new day cream rolled in to replace this. it is simply too heavy for day time wear for my skin type. If I had drier sklin I might be able to use it both day and night. But alas, I can not.

And so, shall we switch to the night?

The Nighttime Line up

Cleanser: Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Toner: Thayers Facial Toner Rose Petal

Essence: 111Skin Antioxidant Energizing Essence

Serum: Vitabrid C12 Dual Drop Serum

Eye cream: Verso Super Eye Serum with Retinol 8

Night Cream: Astaxanthin Collagen all in one gel from DHC

Lip Mask: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Berry

Again the only changes to the night time line up are the Toner and the Moisturizer. I know the Prai Cream is in the photo, but I moved it into the skin care shelf so that i can start using it tonight and add it to the upcoming week’s skincare list. I haven’t actually opened it, I just didn’t want to forget about it. I will be taking before photos tonight and then start to use it to see how it performs. I’m actually quite excited about trying it out. But that is not for this post.

So the Thayers performed just as well at night as it did in the day. Indeed everything else on the list performed just as well in the night as it did in the day. the exception is of course the moisturizer.

The DHC moisturizer is a thick cream. It is a gel cream though so even though it is thick it doesn’t feel heavy. It does however take a while to absorb into the skin. After applying my moisturizer I needed to wait at least half an hour before laying down or my cheek sort of stuck to my pillow a little bit. Thus far that is the only night time problem. To be honest, I am really enjoying this as a night cream. Giving it that half hour is the part to remember. After that, I woke up in the morning and my skin felt hydrated but not greasy. The skin was soft and I really liked the way it felt and looked.

Admittedly i think the fact that it did hydrate so well at night contributed to the reason that I didn’t actually like it as a day time moisturizer. It just felt like too much to use it again in the day time. I still needed a day time moisturizer, but this was not it. It is fantastic at night, just not for double duty use. For me that is not a deal breaker. I actually don’t mind having separate products for day and night time use. Mostly because my skin has different needs during the day than it does at night. At night I need a moisturizer that will sink in, repair any damage and leave me to wake up with hydrated skin. In the day time I need hydration that can sit under makeup without causing problems. The DHC cream does not sit well under makeup. It is great for night time hydration.

It is good to know your strengths. In skincare it is good to know what products do well so you can deploy them appropriately in the skincare battlefield.

Now I know.

As these are all full sized products, I will be using them through Tuesday night, then setting them aside for my Holiday travel skincare. As I mentioned above, once I return i will finish out the samples and then switch back into this line up and continue using it to really see how they perform. And as they are full sized products there will be more in depth reviews coming soon. with all of the samples to keep track of I feel like I’ve gotten behind on some of my in depth reviews. I have a bunch of Hair care product reviews coming up, mostly because I will be styling my hair more with the holiday gatherings coming up so I’ll actually be using more products and tools. But we will be getting back into more in depth skincare reviews soon. The research has already begun.

But for now that is the skincare line up for this week. I know it is a bit placid, but what can I say, for the most part these are all good products that do their job well. It may not make for the most dramatic reviews, but it does make for good skin.

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