It’s Elemis for Face Mask Friday

Today my darlings is a bittersweet masking moment.  I reached into my masking drawer and pulled out one of my favorite masks. I was very happy to see it because I haven’t used it in a while.  It is the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask.  I think this actually might be my third tube of this mask. I liked it enough that I picked up several tubes. I think they might have actually changed the packaging a bit since my last stock up, so it is probably good that I finished this out. I actually like everything I’ve tried from the Superfood line actually. I have the cleanser from the line waiting in my skincare drawer ready to be called into use as well. I don’t tend to buy a lot of backup products, but that cleanser and this mask are two that I will pick up back ups for and tend to order multiples of during sales.

Elemis Best Sellers- Superfood Facial Wash

This Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is a long term favorite. I tend to lean on this mask when I want my skin to feel soft and hydrated just like I turn to the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cocoa Clearing Clay mask when I want to bring relief to deeply clogged pores.  It is a masking staple for me.

So why is it a bittersweet moment with this mask you ask?

Because as I put the mask on I realized I was using the last of the product in the tube.  Oh yes my darlings, the mask container must now journey to the empties bin. There is nothing left inside. And it was the last backup of the mask I had on hand.

It does feel fantastic on my face and the scent just says spring is here and the world is full of green and growing things.  This mask does have a definite vegetal scent o it which I really like.   I also like the way my skin looks when it is washed off.  Today I used my Cosmedics Masking brush to apply.  Any silicon masking brush will do actually.  While it is a bit extra, if you do have a masking brush, this is the mask to use it on.  It has a creamy consistency and if applied with the hands there is a lot of product that remains on the fingers.  And thus has to be washed down the drain.  If you use the masking brush this isn’t an issue as the product goes on your face and not your fingers. 

And while a masking brush is an extra skin care tool to add to your collection, I do recommend them.  You can easily pick one up relatively inexpensively and it really does help you to use less product.  I may not be sold on the usefulness of jade rollers yet, but this is one skin care tool that has earned its place in my skin care arsenal. I am currently using the Cosmedics brush because it came in a Boxy Charm Box and I really like it.  It is sturdily built and I really do like the curved corners that let you get into the not so flat spots on my face.  I still use my very cheap silicon masking brush that I picked up on Amazon for less than a dollar, and it works fine.  The only issue is the squared off corners.  And to be fair that really isn’t that big a deal. I think if I were looking for a new one, I would look for one with rounded corners as that is the only difference that seems to matter.  But you really don’t have to spend a lot on these.

My masking moment today was less relaxing than usual as I had to take a call in the middle of it.  Luckily the Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask is not a clay mask and allows my face to move while wearing it.  And the people I was talking to didn’t mind being on speaker phone so  I didn’t get mask all over my phone.  I did end up keeping it on longer than intended (by about five minutes).  I also cast longing looks at my unlit candle and I-pod.  I never got around to using either.  However the candle will decorate the bathroom when I lounge in the bath with my hair mask on this weekend.  I’m going with the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud  which has to sit on the hair for about twenty minutes so I’ll have plenty of time to use the candles then.   I just won’t use them today.

My skin didn’t have any issues with the extra five minutes of masking time.  And quite frankly I feel very pleased with the end results.  My skin is hydrated and refreshed. 

But now comes the hard part.  This is one of my standard favorite masks.  I am trying to work through all of my stockpiled masks and not purchase new ones until I’ve cleared out some space.  Not immediately reordering this is going to be difficult.  I think I may have to look at the drawer and figure out when I can reorder.  Maybe when I use up three more masking products I can reorder this mask.  Possibly two. We’ll see.  But this is one of my favorite masks and one that I will definitely reorder.

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The Skincare Line Up: May 7th, 2021

The full line up

Welcome once again to the end of the week skin care line up review.  I has been an interesting week for skincare.  Many of the items are reaching the end of their trials and even more are reaching the end of their product.  Soon new products will be rolling in.  One product that I had planned to roll in last week, but didn’t was a different Sunscreen. My plan was to set my favorite Volition Prismatic Luminizing shield to the side and give one of the sample sunscreens in my collection a try, but I’ll be honest, I completely forgot.  So with Sunscreen I stayed with Volition. There were of course many days where I did not see the sun.  However my skin was protected from even the things I could not see.

The Day time line up (accidentally including my makeup removing oil)

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 7)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 6)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 7)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 7)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 7)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

I am liking the Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant a lot more than I liked the scent of the Water Lily and Orchid.  It starts off light and fresh and fades to nothing by the time I leave the bathroom.  As silly as it sounds the scent makes me feel fresh so I am good with it for a while.  My Full year of Native Deodorant trial will take me through the summer and into the fall so the real test has yet to come.

The La Roche Posay is slowly but surely being used up.  It is about at the one third of product gone mark but at one pump per use it does last a while.  Not that I am rushing it, I really like the formula of the cleanser and with so many products about to change out of my line up and new ones coming in, it is nice to have a steady product that I like.  I just have to make sure other products are steady around the cleanser when I get close to replacing it.

Likewise the Byroe Essence is only used drop by drop.  One drop each day onto the palm and then on to the face, so its use is quite slow as well.  Again though I am not rushing it as I really enjoy this toning essence.

The L’Oreal Midnight serum however is almost empty.  I tried peering inside and given the level I suspect I will make it through the weekend and maybe have Monday, possibly Tuesday to use the serum before it is gone.  This serum I really liked in the first two weeks of use and thought it was absolutely fabulous.  Continued use however didn’t make me more fond of it and I will actually not be sorry to see it go.  My review for this should be up on Monday if all goes as planned. I’ll go into details then.

Also nearing the end is the Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream. Well nearing its end is probably not the right phrase.  The tube is empty.  All used up.  This morning I used the very last drop of this eye cream.  I know because I rolled the tube to see if there was any more.  It was a good eye cream and I will be sad to see it go.  It is a sample size and I will be putting this on my list to try in a full size at some later date.  Although technically the sample did last long enough that I could actually do a full review on it.  Which I might.  I take notes as I use products, regardless of whether or not they are samples or full size. What can I say?  I like evaluation.

Tonight however a new eye cream will roll into the line up.  I have a couple to choose from but I haven’t chosen one yet. A decision is nigh though as I will need a new product to use tonight.

The 111skin Y Theorem Day cream is still in use.  The review went up this past week actually.  This link will take you there if you would like to see the break down.  It is a good cream and I enjoyed using it.  It is more of a cooler weather cream than a warmer weather so I think I used it at exactly the right time.  I would purchase this again, but not until the summer time heat has faded.  I should finish it up sometime next week. As I know there is a moisturizer coming in my Boxy Charm Premium this month that I am kind of excited to try I think I might try a sample size of day time moisturizer so that I can roll the new moisturizer into the line up when it arrives.

But that is for another week.  Are you ready to face the night?

The Night time Skin care players

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (End of Week 7)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Neogen dermalogy probiotics youth repair cream

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C (end of week 2)

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.

You know, as much as I complain about the scent of the Yensa CBD Cleansing oil.  It is a good cleanser and the more I use it the more the scent fades into the background.  It is one of those scents that with repeated use I just may be able to get over.  Especially as it really takes makeup off well without stripping my skin. The level continues to drop.  I’m not entirely certain that I would buy this cleansing oil again, but I think that if it showed up in a subscription box I would definitely use it rather than pass it on.

The Akar Skin Balancing Toning mist actually falls into the same category, even though I actually really like the scent of it.  It is a good toner and so little of it is really needed that it will last a while.  It has lovely skin beneficial ingredients in it, but it makes my skin sticky and takes forever to sort of lose that stickiness.

The Too Cool For School Moisturizer sample I was using ran out and I replaed it with a Neogen sample of the probiotic Youth Repair cream.  This was the same company that made the fermented Rice essence that I really liked.  This sample is definitely a moisturizer that I will be looking into a full size of.  The cream feels thick when it applies but it melts into the skin quickly.  It smells vaguely like candy, which you’d think after the SYS prickly pear scent would turn me off, however there is a kind of freshness under the sort of candy scent that bypasses the ‘if it smells this sweet it must be sticky’ button in my brain.  I haven’t done a full break down of the ingredients as it is a sample (and if the remaining sample lasts the weekend I will be surprised) but I think it might be the probiotic element causing me to think of it as fresh rather than sticky sweet. Whatever the cause for my brain bending, I think this cream will definitely go on the list of products to try in the full size.

I did try it both with and without The Nue Co Topical C added to it.  I liked the cream both ways.  I have been using the Topical C Powder more often. I had to move it in front of my tooth brush stand so I wouldn’t forget it.  I really like the way the powder melts into the cream without leaving any grittiness.  It is too early to see results (and my use too inconsistent) but I like the addition to my line up, now that I’ve remembered to start adding it.

The Tuesday and Thursday Night crew

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

The Retinol Serum is used on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the oil is used after to provide extra post retinol moisture.  Thus far they are working as a good pair. I also think that two days a week is enough retinol for me right now. O the testing of these two might take a bit longer to see real results and it will be a while before I am ready to review them.  At the moment I am content to chug along using them.  I have had no sun sensitivity and no other issues which is quite nice. I’ll have to see how they progress before I report in.

Next week there will be a few new items rolling in to replace products leaving.  Luckily they all don’t roll in at the same time.  I like to space out the new arrivals.  That way if my skin does freak out I have a better chance of figuring out where to look for the issue.  This afternoon I am going to take out the sample of sunscreen I want to try out and put my Volition in the cabinet so that I don’t automatically reach for it.  While I do love that sunscreen, I wouldn’t mind having a few sunscreens on my list that I can grab when I need them.  Right now I really only have the one.  And I know the list won’t expand if I don’t try out the others.  So It is a temporary farewell to the Volition SPF 50 as it takes a small vacation from my skin care line up.  Have no fear, it will soon return.

Kerastase

Reviewing the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Anyone who has read my posts for any length of time knows that I love trying new skincare.  Because of this I often try samples to see how they perform.  I find this saves both on money and waste.  After all regardless of the price there is no point in purchasing something that you won’t use.  While samples can’t tell you the whole story, they can give you an idea of how the product will work.  They can let you know if you like the feel of it, or if you are going to have any reactions to it. 

Somewhere along the way I managed to test a sample size of the 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream NacY2.  I’m guessing it was a subscription box, but I have no idea which one or when it arrived. I tend to put my samples in a plastic container and just reach in when I want to try something new or set up a travel bag. But one morning I did pull the sample from the container and tried it until it was gone. If memory serves it lasted a little over a week. During that week, I liked it enough that I put it on my ‘to test in a full sized version’ list. For the past six weeks or so I have actually been using the full sized version of this day cream. And I am now ready to give my thoughts on it. 

First let’s look at the official description.

The vitamin, antioxidant, and Hyaluronic Acid-infused formula plumps and revitalizes the complexion while keeping the skin feeling hydrated and nourished. This rich Day Cream works to infuse the skin with anti-ageing active ingredients whilst providing a protective barrier to shield the skin from harmful aggressors. Ideal for people who work in polluted or urban surroundings, the Y Theorem Day Cream NAC Y2 is formulated to reduce the effects of environmental aggressors.

NAC Y2: A fusion of three ingredients that all improve antioxidant levels, providing the optimum environment for collagen and elastin production and reducing the effects of environmental damage. HYALURONIC ACID: A humectant naturally occurring in our bodies that captures and retains moisture in the skin, improving hydration and causing a plumping effect. VITAMIN COMPLEX: A potent combination of Vitamin A, C, E, F and H to help repair damaged skin and protect against environmental pollution.

Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERIN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ORYZA SATIVA BRAN (RICE / RIZ) OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, CARBOMER, PEG-7 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POLYSORBATE 20, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHEROL, LINOLEIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM EXTRACT, ACETYL CYSTEINE, FRAGRANCE / PARFUM.

PARABEN, PARAFFIN, SILICONE AND SULPHATE FREE.

111Skin

So let’s look at that a little deeper at a few of the top listed ingredients.  Water, I think we are all familiar with and know it needs to be in any skincare that seeks to plump the skin.  After all it is hydration that helps with the plumping and the water has to come from somewhere. It is much better coming from the cream than deeper in your skin. ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE is an emollient and it helps the skin retain moisture.

PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL I actually find kind of interesting.  I’ll admit I went a little science crazy in the deep dive of this ingredient but don’t worry I’ll keep it short (and provide a link or two for those interested.  Put simply it is too large a molecule to be absorbed into the skin and so it stays on top and stops moisture from leaving.  I found that really interesting.  I’m used to sing ingredients that help lock moisture into the skin as they absorb but I never really thought about having something that doesn’t penetrate the skin preventing moisture from leaving. 

It makes sense and I am certain other moisturizers use it, I just never thought about it and I don’t think it has been a part of any other moisturizers I have broken down before.  So I found it a bit fascinating.  This is one of the best articles I found to most concisely explain it if you want more information.

CAPRYLIC / CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE is coconut oil mixed with a glycerin and it helps both to smooth skin and soften it. In fact most of the ingredients on this list are used to both smooth and soften skin as well as work as antioxidants.

To be honest I really like this moisturizer for a couple of different reasons.  The first is that it is a day cream.  I know this sounds a little strange, but walk with me on this one for a minute.  I know that the thought of having one cream that you can use for both day and night time use is a good plan. However I am noticing that my skin needs different things in the day time and night time.  During the day I need a moisturizer that absorbs well, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t make me feel greasy when I work out.  So during the day I need something on the lighter end of the spectrum. 

At night, especially in the winter when we have the heater running and the air in the house becomes drier, I need a heavier cream to get me through the night. I am not opposed to putting a sleeping mask over my moisturizer, but I would really rather have a good night cream and just occasionally add a sleeping mask to my routine.

This 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream worked really well in that aspect.  It is too light for me to use during the night but was perfect for me to use during the day.  It absorbed well and I quite frankly had no real problems during my trial of the cream.  It has a light clean fragrance that fades into the background and becomes a ‘skincare’ scent rather than something you can identify by scent profile (ie. cucumber, rose and so on). So there were no scent issues.  The moisturizer absorbed well and fairly quickly.  I have been using it for the past six weeks and we have been having an unusually cold spring.

In the past week warmth has returned.  This past weekend I actually got some of my seedlings finally transferred out of the greenhouse and into the garden. As a reference point usually that is something I do the weekend after Easter where I live. As it is warming up, I find I am having more problems with the cream absorbing.  I have been having a little bit of a greasy feel to my skin which is not something that happened at all in cooler temperatures.  I have a week or two left of the 111Skin Y Theorem moisturizer left in the jar and I suspect as the temperatures increase I will find it a little more greasy.  This cream seems to be a very good moisturizer when the weather is cool, not so much when the weather turns warm. 

I could be wrong (lord knows I have been wrong many, many times before) but I suspect it has something to do with the PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor oil. According to all of the information I found, it is designed to sit on top of the skin.  In cooler weather this isn’t an issue, as the temperatures rise you can feel something sitting on the skin and for me it feels a little greasy.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not a major grease bomb, but it is noticeable to me.  I’ve had to pat my t zone with powder mid afternoon just a little bit more now that the central heating is not running.

You will notice that there are no before and after pictures with my skin and this cream. Part of that is because I accidentally deleted the photos in my grand spring purge. (I was so excited to make space on my hard drive that I simply didn’t think about what I needed to keep.) The other reason is that while this moisturizer did moisturize, any real work done on reducing fine lines I am pretty sure was done by other products. The hyaluronic acid in this moisturizer may have contributed, but serums and eye creams did the heavy lifting. This is a moisturizer and an environmental defense shield, it is not amazing at dealing with fine lines.

Over all, I do like this Day cream and I am very glad that I did try it in the full size.  I think that if I were to purchase this 111Skin Y Theorem Day cream again, I would do so knowing that it would be a moisturizer I would use in the cooler months and that I would need to pair it with some heavy duty anti-aging serums. Everything else has its season, why shouldn’t moisturizer. So in conclusion, yes I would repurchase this moisturizer, but I would be strategic as to when in the year I used it and what products I used it with so as to use it to its best advantage.

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Using the ESPA Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Cleansing Hand Spray

This ESPA Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Cleansing Hand Spray was an interesting product to try and review as I had to spend a lot of time chasing it down so that I could use it.  From the first spray to test the scent my babydoll loved it.  Eucalyptus is one of his favorite scents and it is strongly scented in the eucalyptus scent range.  There is some tea tree oil there as well, but it is mostly eucalyptus.

The term cleansing hand spray could be slightly confusing so let’s look at what the ESPA site says about the product before we get into performance.

An alcohol-based cleansing hand spray that is infused with a luxurious blend of pure essential oils, including Eucalyptus and Tea Tree. It contains 60% alcohol, and is a quick-drying, no-rinse formula which makes it perfectly suitable for busy lifestyles.

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Linalool, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limonene, Fragrance* (Parfum), Geraniol. *100% Natural Fragrance.

ESPA Skincare

The full sized version of this product is 50 ml and retails for $12.We have the deluxe sample that contains 35 ml.  It is, simply put a hand sanitizer.  I know several of you are looking at that and thinking so, I have a lot of hand sanitizers.  I understand.  If I were to round up all the bottles from the various rooms, purses, and cars I would probably have a bucket full of them myself.  The thing is that while most hand sanitizers dry out your skin and leave you reaching for the hand cream.  This actually leaves your hands feeling moisturized.

Denatured alcohol, we all know is very good at killing germs.  It is also really good and drying out the skin.  This is why it is one of the ingredients I look for an avoid in my skin care.  With hand sanitizer it isn’t possible to pick one out without it, the denatured alcohol is sort of the point of the product.  If you remove it, you no longer have hand sanitizer.

The ESPA Cleansing Hand Spray seems to have the right balance between denatured alcohol and moisturizing oils.  It sprays on like any hand sanitizer.  The mist is very fine so it is easy to cover your hands. As always, you rub your hands together after spraying to make certain everything is covered. 

You do not get the cooling sensation as the alcohol evaporates. I’m sure it is there and that it kills the germs, but it isn’t the overriding sensation.  As you rub your hands together the oils absorb into your skin.  I managed to gain control of the ESPA Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Cleansing Hand Spray for a full week.  During that time I used it several times each day and skipped my hand cream chaser. 

At the end of the week my hands felt smooth and moisturized instead of desiccated and cracked. I was very impressed.  At no point did they feel oily or greasy.

My only issue is the scent.  It is very strong.  When you spray it, the spray is sort of a eucalyptus bomb.  However, the scent doesn’t last long on the skin.  A minute after spraying and it was barely detectable on my hands.  There was a trace on the back of my hands, but not on the palms but after a minute more even that faded.  It lingers in the air a little bit longer, but not by much.  It is a strong scent, but not an overpowering or long lasting one, which I appreciate. 

I especially appreciate that it is a product my babydoll is willing to use.  As I mentioned, he loves the scent of eucalyptus.  He is also using hand sanitizer several times a day.  He has dry skin in general and rarely remembers to use any moisturizers.  He has his Cerave that he puts on his few spots of eczema, but he won’t moisturize anywhere else.  It sort of drives me crazy and it is also why I make sure he has moisturizing soap in the shower.  Thank goodness he likes the scent of the Dr. Squatch soaps as they have really saved his skin.

Moisturizing is an ongoing battle.

His hands have taken a beating with the extra washing and the hand sanitizers though and so as much as I really like the ESPA Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Cleansing Hand Spray, I let him talk me into giving it to him.  He feels like he won a victory and now gets the “fancy” thing he likes the scent of and I worry less about his hands.  As the full size is only $12 I have gone ahead and ordered the full size of this spray.  Actually, I ordered two.  One my babydoll will take to work with him and the other will stay in the house.  With luck I’ll actually get to use some of it myself.




The Skin Care Line Up: April 16th, 2021

The full line up, Day, Night and a couple of times a week

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.

The Day time lineup

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)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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

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)

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist (end of week 3)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

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. 

bare skin to the front

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.

And mug shot 1 to the side

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.

and mug shot 2 to the other side

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…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule

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.



The Skin Care Line Up: April 9th, 2021

It is time once again for the weekly skincare line up.  Above are all the products used this week (don’t worry they weren’t all used at once.)  You may notice that there a few missing from last week.  Lately I have been testing a Versed Press Restart Retinol, an Earth Harbor Marina Biome Balancing Ampule and using up the last of my Sunday Riley Good Genes. Usually I use the retinol followed by the ampule (oil) for extra moisture on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then add the Good Genes for some AHA balance the morning after. This Tuesday I was out of commission and I think I might have washed my face because I was overly sweaty and felt gunky.  I didn’t do much else.  By Thursday the excess sweating caused breakouts so I decided that I was just going to skip the retinol and friends this week and for my face mask Friday go in with my clearing mask and then once my skin settles down return to the retinol trial. So that is why those products are absent.  I did however add a vitamin C powder to my night time ritual and I will get to that when we reach the evening.

So…

Daytime skin care

Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser (end of week 3)

Toning Essence: Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence (end of week 2)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 3)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 3)

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream (end of week 3)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

And in case you are wondering, yes that is the order in which I apply them.  The moisturizer needs a little time to settle before I apply my sunscreen but the sunscreen is the last element to my morning skin care.  I am currently using the Volition prismatic luminizing shield in SPF 50 (and have been for a while and will continue to do so for an even longer while).  This is billed as the sunscreen for people who don’t like sunscreen and I have to say I fall into that category. This sunscreen looks like skin care and lives with my skin care and so I put it on with my skin care so that I don’t forget.  It is very light weight and goes on like a moisturizer and doesn’t break me out. 

And because I very much just go down the line with my skin care in the morning, because it lives on the skin care shelf, I don’t forget it.  I am the first to admit that before my coffee I function on Autopilot.  I wash my face, pat it dry, go to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot and return to the bathroom to finish with my skin care while the coffee brews. Anything that isn’t in the lineup gets forgotten.  Making sure the sunscreen lives there means I don’t forget it. The big trick right now is remembering to take it down my neck to my upper chest.  Enough of my shirts have v necks that I was getting some sun damage to the upper chest last summer because I couldn’t remember.  This year I am remembering.

I know that is a lot of time spent on sunscreen but we are getting into warmer weather now so more time is spent outside.  Plus I was utterly horrified but the Vogue interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on her skincare regime. But enough has been said about that dose of misinformation.  Just remember to wear your sunscreen. My morning skin care has remained the same since last week.  Several of the products I am using are approaching the end of three weeks of use. Most skin care needs at least thirty days of use before you see any results.  While I try to remember to post pictures of my bare skin in these posts each week (I took them last week but forgot to post them like a dingbat) Once I’ve used a product for over a month I’ll start to post the before and afters with the full product review. Thus far I have no major issues with my morning routine.

A quick update on the native Deodorant. The temps are starting to climb and as you know when I switched to the natural deodorant I had huge issues with wet underarms.  No stink but very large sweat stains.  They were large enough that pit stains didn’t do them justice.  After a while they started getting smaller.  I think part of that was my body adjusting to a deodorant instead of an anti-perspirant. At the same time thought the weather was cooling off.  It is now warming up and there has not been a return of the overly dramatic wetness. High summer will be the true test but I feel my body has adjusted.  I’ll keep you posted as the weather warms and I spend more time working in the garden.

Night time Skincare

Makeup Remover:  CBD Superfood Dual Cleansing Oil from Yensa

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser  (end of week 3)

( 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 2)

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum (end of week 3)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream (end of week 3)

Moisturizer: SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly Pear (end of week 2)

Vitamin C Powder: The Nue Co Topical C Powder

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.

Last week I finished off the Clean It Zero cleansing balm and so this week I rolled the Yensa CBD Super Food Dual Ceansing Oil into the line up to take it’s place.  You may notice that it is half full.  It is a good cleansing oil and it really does work well with my skin.  However the scent is very strongly CBD oil.  Some products are a surprise “Oh there’s CBD in this, I never would have known” . 

Bare skin at the end of the week

This is not one of those.

Blindfolded you could sniff it and know there was CBD in it.   I did a full review of it and you can read the full review here if you’d like.  It is a good product.  After I used and reviews it, I set the oil to the side.  While I don’t mind the scent of CBD after a while it does get to me.  It is a good product sold at a decent price it just has a potent scent. I will be using this and hopefully using it up.  I will not be repurchasing it.  I like cleansing oils as the first step in my double cleanse but there are other oils that work just as well, are comparably priced and don’t have a scent I have to power through.

mug shot to the side to show off those crows feet

With the exception of the Vitamin C powder all of the other products are holdovers from last week.  I am surprised that the SYS Superfood Moisturizing cream is still going strong.  Since I am using a Day cream as my primary moisturizer 9and the 111Skin Y Theorem is definitely a day cream with my skin) I decided to work through some of my sample sizes in the evening. I thought I would only have enough product for two weeks in this sample sized tube, but I am now at the end of week two and there looks to be enough product for another two weeks so I may get a long enough trial to do a full review of it.  I am still on the fence about the product so I am happy to have a little longer to decide.

and mug shot to the other side

Last night was the first time I added in the Nue Cos Topical C powder.  I noticed that my IPSY this month had something from the Nue Co (and no it hasn’t arrived yet, I just checked the site) and I thought it sounded familiar.  So I looked in my skin care drawer and found the overlooked powder.  Since I finished the Vitamin C from Herbal Beauty Dynamics that I was using I decided to add it in.  The product mixes in with my nightly moisturizer.  It was interesting last night, but it was the first night I used it and so it is far too early to say other than interesting.

The only other thing to report is that since I have been using the Agave lip mask from Bite Beauty in Maple I have not needed the lip scrub each week.  I was using the lip scrub once a week.  Now I think it is knocked back to once a month, which I am good with.  Also the maple scent has caused my babydoll to suggest we have pancakes and waffles more often despite the fact that he says he can’t smell it. Not that it means much in terms of skin care, but it has been an interesting morning trend. And that is the current state of my skincare this week. Everything is chugging alone and pancakes have been requested. I hope you have a great Friday and I will see you back her later for the Friday Face Mask.


Challans de Paris

Goat Milk Hand Cream with Dionis

I’ll admit I wasn’t terribly enthused when this arrived in one of my IPSY bags. Partially I was irritated as I specifically told them in my profile that i didn’t want hand creams. The reason I didn’t want hand creams isn’t because I don’t use them. I do. Quite often. Several times a day in fact at this point.

For a while I wasn’t using them as regularly and my hands became very dry and cracked from excess washing and the hand sanitizer chaser. So now I am back to using the hand cream. I have to say i was intrigued by the Goat Milk Hand Cream. While I have a wide variety of creams in my house I don’t have any that are goat based.

Not that I am opposed to the idea. I have a very fantastic goat’s milk soap that I pick up periodically and really love. I had just never tried a goat milk hand cream. So Despite having other options I decided to go for it and use it until it is used up. Only a little bit now remain and soon the tube is destined for the empties bin.

Before I tell you my thoughts on the Cream, lets talk a little bit about it. Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream is sold at both Ulta and Macys. Ulta has the full size listed at $10 and the travel size (which I have) listed at $5. Currently Macy’s has the fill size on sale for $7.64. The Travel Size is 1 oz (28 g) and the full size is 3.3 Oz (93 g). The Brand website for Dionis has the hand cream in a large pump top container (which I find really hand for hand lotion) containing 8.5 oz (240 g) for $12.

So in general it is a reasonable price and you can get the cream in whatever size suits you from several locations. It’s always nice to have options. The links will take you to the brand site in case you are wondering (I have no affiliation and make nothing from the links) and the information about the product is also taken from the brand page.

So what do they have to say for themselves?

Dionis Lotion is a non-greasy formula that leaves your skin soft and hydrated. The lotion absorbs quickly, helping to keep your skin moist and beautiful. Use as needed, wherever you have dry skin.

Our rich and creamy body lotion, with regular use, will ease rough skin and make it smooth and silky without leaving a greasy residue. Our formula is made with natural Goat milk that is packed with vitamins and minerals used to nourish and help retain skin moisture, making it ideal for those of us with dry skin.

Our 8.5 oz. Body Lotion comes with a pump

Made in the USA
Paraben Free
Cruelty-Free

Dionis Goat Milk Skincare

I will say that my skin always reacts well to goat milk. I’ve tried a couple of different soaps made from it and generally find it gentle and soothing regardless of the brand so I had high hopes for a hand cream. And I was not disappointed. Despite the washing and the hand sanitizer, the rough and dry skin of my hands is gone. I was especially having issues with the skin around my joints and now, that is not an issue. The skin is soft and supple.

I was concerned that because it is listed as for dry hands it would be a heavy formula. It is nice. It is a very light weight cream that absorbs well and quickly into the skin. It feels almost as though it has a whipped texture to it. Almost. it is as light as a whipped formula, but massages in a lot more quickly. Like the claims made, it leaves no greasy residue behind.

I have noticed that with goat related products, they can smell a little, well, goaty. It is completely understandable, however this didn’t have that issue. It is listed as Vanilla Bean and it is definitely a vanilla bean scented product. There is no goaty scent to it at all. The vanilla bean is a little strong for me. It is very sweet when applied to the skin. Luckily, the scent does fade down once the cream is absorbed. Overall I have to say that I did like the cream and despite having other products to use, am rather sorry that the tube is now virtually empty. I will more than likely finish out the tube today and send it to the emoties bin.

I very much enjoyed using it and I think that I would definitely consider buying this product in a full size. I probably wouldn’t pick up a travel size to keep in my purse as the scent is really strong and I think using it in public would cause the strong initial scent to travel to others who might not enjoy the vanilla bean as much. I would actually consider buying the full sized pump top bottle to keep by the sink. Our kitchen is relatively open and the scent dissipates quickly. I also like keeping a hand cream near where I wash my hands so that the triple hand care can just become habit. Wash hands, dry, apply hand sanitizer and then add the hand cream. I think this is the way to keep germs down and my skin from drying out again.

For this, the pump top would be a fantastic option. In addition, my baby doll really likes the scent. He likes it a bit more than I do, but then he does have a stronger sweet tooth and things that desert is imminent when i use it. Once he got over his no creme brulee disappointment he used and liked the cream as well. As it is really hard to get him to use a cream regularly, I am more than happy to repurchase one that he thinks he will use. This very much argues for a full sized purchase in the near future. I also think that I may have to branch out and try some of their bath bombs, or body scrubs as well. Perhaps they too will be something my skin will appreciate. All of the products on the site seemed to be reasonably priced when i perused it so trying several products from the brand won’t be cost prohibitive. And at the moment I really need to stock up on bath bombs and other bathing products. I’ve been using up a variety of sample sized products in my bath and have almost cleared out my entire collection of bath time samples. Soon it will be time to make some full sized decisions.

But that is a tale for another day. For now, the Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream goes on my list to repurchase. However it is one that will be used at home where the strong scent will just make my babydoll think of delicious desserts.

The Skin Care Line Up: April 2nd, 2021

The full line up of in use products: Day, Night and only a couple of times a week.

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

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

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)

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: 111Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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)

Toner Akar Skin Balance Toning Mist

Serum: Loreal Midnight Serum

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Smoothing and Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: SYS Superfood for Your Skin Moisturizing Cream in Prickly Pear

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. 


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Trying out the Pearl Brightening Sleeping Mask from LAPCOS

Recently I have been using the Pearl Brightening Sleeping mask from LAPCOS as my final touch at night.  Make no mistake, it is not a night cream.  Night creams tend to have a thicker consistency so that they can slowly soak into the skin overnight.  This sleeping mask has a much thinner consistency to it.  It is a light cream that oddly reminds me of a water cream as far as texture goes.

According to the Lapcos website…

Our Pearl Sleeping Cream features a 2-in-1 formula with a convenient spout that makes it so that you can enjoy the brightening, skin tone evening efficacies at home or on the go. For an even and energized appearance, this balancing formula revitalizes dull, lackluster complexions come morning. Pearl Extract & Glycolic Acid both lightly exfoliate to clarify skin and reveal a glowing complexion. Bilberries contain both strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to even and resurface the skin tone, and defend against spot-causing environmental aggressors. 

How to use:  After face cream, apply the cream evenly across face (avoiding the eye area) as the last step of your nighttime skincare routine. Cleanse in the morning with warm water. Use two times per week or when needed.

Now, I am currently using a moisturizer that is a day cream. I do have an actual night cream on hand as well. I have about half a tube of the Grown Alchemist Night cream left.  It is a good cream and I need to write a full review of it, but basically I like it, but needed a break from the heavy floral scent of it. I can only take the scent for so long before I have to put the cream away. However, for this I can rotate it into use if needed since I know it works well.

Here is the thing with this sleeping mask. If I used the sleeping mask as the last step over the day cream that I am currently using (111Skin’s Y Theorem Day Cream) then I had to use it every night because the day cream really isn’t enough of a moisturizer for night time use. If I tried using the sleeping mask over a night cream (Grown Alchemist) then is never really absorbed.  The night cream basically had it covered and the services of the sleeping mask were not needed. 

And so the mask sat on my skin.

Well, actually the mask absorbed into my pillow case and now my pillow case has a grease spot from the side of my face. I’m hoping it washes out when I do laundry this evening.

I tried the sleeping mask on its own without the day cream as sort of a replacement night cream, but I just didn’t like it.  The sleeping mask absorbed almost all the way, unlike when I paired it with any other product, but it didn’t feel like my skin was getting the correct level of moisture. 

For me the trick with this mask was finding the right balance.  It couldn’t be used in conjunction with a night cream and it couldn’t really be used on its own.  So I had to use it after my day cream absorbed in simply because my day cream wasn’t providing enough moisture for the night. 

I really wanted to like this mask.  I would love to have an affordable sleeping mask that I could just have on hand.  This one is very affordable, but I’m afraid it just isn’t for me. Perhaps if I had much drier skin I would be able to combine it with a night cream and be happy, but even when my skin is at its driest, it isn’t dry enough for this sleeping mask.

This is a sleeping mask for people with really dry skin.

I would much rather just get a good night cream and skip the sleeping mask.  It would have been a lot less trouble. I am all for adding a variety of products to my list.  I don’t mind having a long and detailed arrangement of skin care products.  when it comes to skincare I am not a minimalist.  However, if an item is on my list, then there is a clear benefit. Sleeping masks have a benefit.  I have tried several that I really like.  This just isn’t one of them.


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The Skin Care Line up: March 26th, 2021

The Line up: March 26th, 2021

Let’s talk skin care. We all know by now it is a topic I can talk about for hours as I find the ingredients endlessly fascinating. While the products each have their own dedicated post discussing the ingredients and details (once they’ve gone through the full trial), this is more of a general feel for the products I am using as they are being used.

The products:

Make Up Remover: Clean it Zero Cleansing Balm from Banila Co with Klorane Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

The cleansers

Exfoliator: Didn’t use a physical exfoliator this week

Toner: Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist

Essence: Finished the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence and will start the Byroe Bitter Greens Toning Essence

Akar Toner, 111Skin Moisturizer and Perricone MD eye cream

Serum: (can’t talk about until March 31st)

Retinol: Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum (Tuesday and Thursday nights)

Oil: Earth Harbor Marina Biome Brightening Ampule (after retinol)

AHA: Good Genes Sunday Riley (on the mornings after using retinol)

Retinol and friends: Versed Retinol followed with the earth Harbor oil and then the next day the AHAs of Good Genes are deployed

Eye Cream: Perricone MD Soothing Hydrating Eye Cream

Moisturizer: 111 Skin Y Theorem Day Cream

Night Cream/Mask: Pearl Brightening mask from Lapcos

The lips: Hanalei scrub and Bite Beauty

Lip Scrub and Mask: Hanalei Sugar lip scrub and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Neck: Dermelect Self-Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Deodorant: Native Water Lily and Orchid Natural Deodorant.

While the Klorane eye makeup remover is usually something I hold on to for removing difficult makeup, I found myself using it a lot more this week as the Clean it Zero cleansing balm sort of stings my eyes a bit.  What I found myself doing was using the cleansing balm on the lower half of my face and then finishing it off and using the Klorane to get all eye makeup off so that my eyes wouldn’t sting.  Then I would go in with the wet Makeup Eraser to get anything that was missed before washing my face. (By the way currently Makeup Eraser sends 10% of it’s proceeds to clean water initiatives. You can click on the link to go and look at more details if you are interested.)

my favorite neck serum

I really like the La Roche Posay Purifying Foam Cleanser, which really shouldn’t be a surprise as any time I run out of the cleanser I’m using and I haven’t thought to order another one or have none in my skin care drawer I tend to pick the La Roche Posay up at Target. 

It is a really good cleanser.  I damp my skin and rub it on in its cream like form.  I like to make sure everything is covered and this is how I do it.  Then it foams up when you add more water during rinsing.  It is a very gentle cleanser and I can also use it post gym work out to remove sweat and have no worries of over drying my skin.  I am a big fan.

bare skin facing front

I also wanted a cleanser I could trust as I start to go back to the gym.  I’m working out with a mask on and I can see several breakouts thinking about rising from the increased masking time.  Thus far I’ve been able to deal with them without a major outbreak, but it made the cleanser a really important element (not that it isn’t always) in my routine.  I have several cleansers I need to try out, so I may have to pause my use of this bottle at some point to try something new, but I wanted something I knew my skin liked.  Sometimes tried and true does beat new.

and to the side so you see all the lines

The toner I am using from Akar is working well.  I tried the sample size of this a while ago and liked it.  I’ll have to do a full review on this when I’m done but I’m kind of on the fence about the product. There are some things I’ve noticed using it for a longer period that didn’t really show up in the trial size. I do however like the fact that it is a spray toner.  I am finding that with the reusable rounds replacing my disposable cotton rounds, the reusable ones soak up a lot more product, so you have to use more to get the same results.  With a spray it is less of an issue as I spray my face and then go in with the cotton round. It is a bit of an adjustment, but I like using the reusable rounds so I am okay with adjusting.

And to the other side so you see them too: and in case you are wondering about the look on my face in this one as I was taking the picture there was a strange sound outside the bathroom door just as I pressed the button. I just didn’t manage to get back and retake the photo.

I finally finished up the last of my Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence.  The link will take you to the full review of it.  I am now rotating in the Byroe Bitter Greens toning essence.  You will notice that it is not full once I show the initial picture next week. (I didn’t put it in the line up pics because I haven’t officially rolled it into the line up yet.) 

I tried this as a toner a while back and wasn’t sure I liked it as a toner (technically it is a toner and essence in one).  As I needed to think about it a bit, I set it to the side.  I am going to try it as an essence and see how it works with using the Akar as the toner.  I might have to play around with the two to see what I prefer, but I will start roll the Byroe into my line up this evening.

Everything else is chugging along and working fairly well.  I suspect the Pearl Night mask won’t last the weekend so I will have to decide what to replace it with.  I’m not entirely certain I like the Pearl Night Mask.  It is one of those products that has it’s pros and cons.  The final review of it will go out next week as I rotate in a new, as yet to be determined product.  I am thinking of raiding my samples and seeing what night masks lurk.  Because I am using a day cream as my moisturizer I will certainly have to have a different product to use at night.  The Y Theorem day Cream by 111 Skin is definitely a day cream.

My deodorant is still holding up well. when I switched to the Native in the summer I was concerned about the wet armpits, however after a few weeks of use the sweat became less as my body adjusted. It hasn’t been an issue at all lately. Part of that is of course the cooler temps of autumn and winter. I think some of the sweat was the summer sun and some of it was my body adjusting. As the temps heat back up (admittedly in fits and spurts right now) I’ll be keeping a close eye on it. The scent of this Water Lily and Orchid is fine. I like the scent, but I think I might try a different scent when this one runs out. As they generally have several to choose from, I’m sure I’ll find another one to try. I suspect I will end up eventually going back to the Cucumber and Mint, but I want to try out some of the others first.

Over all everything seems to be working well.  I have a few more potential break outs from wearing my mask more but thus far they are under control.  I will be using the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Chamomile and Cacao Clearing mask this afternoon in an attempt to take care of them further, but none of the products is causing me any major issues. At the moment, I think my skin isn’t looking too bad.

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