The Skincare Line Up: July 30th, 2021

The full line up of products

This week was an interesting one with my skincare line up.  I made a few changes, some planned and some just sort of happened.  Part of the change is due to weather and my time spent outside.  I’ve been limiting it more this week than I have before so things have been adjusting. Shall we take a deeper look?

The Day time Products

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Dove O% Deodorant

Cleanser: Balance Me Pre and Probiotic Cleansing Milk

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper serum

Eye Cream: ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer

Moisturizer: OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Okay, let’s talk about the changes. First up is the deodorant. Put simply I ran out of my Naticve deodorant.  I made a note to pick up a new one and then forgot.  So I ended up with the Dove 0% deodorant.  It is free of many of the same things that Native is free of.  And I usually like dove antiperspirant.  So it was a bit of a no brainer. I was prepared for the sweat.  I was not prepared for the stink.  I was a bit stinkier than I liked this week.  I will concede that this was a brutal heat week so it does push most products to the breaking point.  The stink wasn’t bad, at least no one remarked on it.  But I was not a fan.  And actually on the day when I did have my big meeting, I went with the Dove Antiperspirant I have as back up.   Think I am going to try using the Dove when I am working inside and use the antiperspirant at the gym, at least until I’ve used up more product.  I just don’t like wasting product.  However I doubt I will get through this product and   I certainly won’t be picking it up again.  I love Dove, but this one was a fail for me.

Also a fail, the Balance Me Cleansing Milk.  It works well but it is like washing your face with furniture polish.  Using I, I found myself thinking of reasons to not wash my face.  Finally I just gave in and went back to using the Korres.  (it is listed in the night time line up.  So at least I was washing my face at night).  I love the thought behind the Balance Me products and when I use them they work really well.  I just can’t take the scent for most of them.  A couple of their serums I can push past the scent and use anyway.  This cleanser is not one of them.  I do not like it and to be honest, I will not be finishing the sample.  I am done with it and it will not return.

Don’t worry, everything is more positive from here on out.  I decided that I would use the Elemis eye mask at night, but that I would rotate in some of my eye cream samples for day time use.  Even though they are small, I use so little eye cream each day that it takes forever just to get through a sample size.  Which is fine, I actually like that kind of value in a product.  However I do have a substantial pile of eye cream samples I need to work on using up.  Since the Elemis is a large jar (no complaints, it is a fabulous product and I’m glad I get to use it a long time.) I will be spending a log time working through it.  So I’ll use it at night and try other things in the day.

The current sample is an ESPA product.  (They have a big sale on now if anyone is interested, the link will take you to it).  I really enjoy ESPA products but I have to admit, I have mostly used their Hair products.  (Highly recommend their Pink Mud Scalp mask).  This eye cream is proving just as good as their hair care products.  I am very much enjoying it.  The sample tube is a pretty full one so I think it will last long enough for me to get a really good impression of the product.  For the moment, my first impressions are really positive.

The moisturizer I am currently using as my day cream is the OSEA Atmosphere Protection cream.  I rotated it in because the Air repair moisturizer was just too thick and heavy a cream for me to use during the day.  This is much lighter and my skin seems really happy with the change.  This is my first OSEA moisturizer actually.  Generally if I am purchasing an OSEA product it is their cleanser. It smells exactly like a lemon lime slush from Sonic, and works fantastically.  I’m hoping this moisturizer, despite not smelling quite as yummy as the cleanser, will work just as well.  OSEA is a great natural brand and I love that their products come in beautiful frosted glass bottles.  The frosted protects the cream as well as looking pretty and the glass just feels super lux.

The rest of the products in the lineup are continuations and I am quite pleased with how they are working out.  This morning I used the very last drop of the Coola Silk Serum Sunscreen and am very sad that it is now empty.  I will be putting it on the repurchase list as I really enjoyed it. It absorbed well without breaking me out and prevented sun damage.  It was a great sunscreen.  I have a couple of other sample sunscreens to try out so hopefully they will work just as well.

The Nighttime Line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid62% Hydrating Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

There is only one change to the night time line up and that is the addition of the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Hyaluronic Acid Serum.  I tried it a while ago when the brand sent it over in a package.  I used every last drop, loved it, put it on my repurchase list and have now in fact repurchased it.  It is a fantastic serum.  I’ve noticed more lines appearing due to both time and more time spent in the sun so it is time to call in the big guns.  Yup, Hyaluronic acid. My skin responds really well to it and so I have added it back in.  I love that one pump gives me enough product to cover my entire face.  A second pump covers my neck and upper chest.  Since I have finished up my latest bottle of the Dermelect Self-esteem Serum, I will be using this on both the face and neck.  Both sections of skin need all the help they can get.  The serum looks like clear water, but comes out as a gel like consistency and is less runny than a lot of serums.  It also absorbs fairly quickly which also makes me happy.  It is early days with this serum, but I have used it before and the last bottle worked fabulously, so I am happy to trust a second one will work just as well. Plus it is nice to actually order something from my reordering list.

Used but not daily

In other skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis and Minerals Facial Scrub

In other skin care this week I am still using the Phat Glow Facial twice a week.  The product is still fabulous but that pump is going to drive me bonkers.  The lower the product level drops in the container the stiffer the pump is and the harder I have to work to get the product out.  Has anyone else had this problem?  I went looking on line but all I could find were raves about the product.  Which admittedly, the product is quite fabulous.  I just wonder if I got a faulty pump since no one else is mentioning it. So use is continuing, product fabulous, packaging needs work.

In addition this week I have an exfoliator I have added to the list of products.  I know, there are chemical exfoliates in the Ole Henricksen, but this is a physical exfoliator.  It is a gentle one.  I don’t use a lot of physical exfoliators, but I do like using them on occasion.  This one is gentle enough that I have no problem incorporating it into my routine.  I love the brand Hey Honey.  Their Good Morning Honey Silk Serum is one I fell in love with a long time ago.  I actually have a backup in my skin care drawer waiting until I have cleared out a few of the products I haven’t tried before.  As soon as I feel I’ve tried enough new, I will break it out.  Actually I have quite a few sample sized moisturizers as well as masks from Hey Honey that I might rotate into use soon.  But that is another story.  I opened this Come Clean Exfoliating scrub because after the deep pore cleans from Go-to Skincare’s The Removalist Mask I wanted a physical exfoliator.  I used it as an excuse to open this one. 

And I am not sorry at all.  It smells like fruit and nearly good enough to eat.  Don’t worry, I won’t be eating it.  Only a little bit of product is needed to get a fantastic clean and it feels wonderful on the skin.  The package recommends applying it and then wetting the skin for a better clean.  I found the formula just a little too stiff for me to enjoy that, so I wet my face first (just a little) and then applied the product worked it in and then added more water.  The little bit of water on the damp skin really helps it to get going and then more water activates it more fully.  Since it is now open, I will be using this once a week.  Which trust me, isn’t a hardship.  I could probably get away with using it more often, but with the Ole Henriksen mask working with chemical exfoliates, I think caution is in order.  So The Phat Glow Facial is Tuesday and Thursday and the Hey Honey come Clean is a Saturday use product.  I feel this gives me enough space between product usage so I am not over doing it, but still enough that the products do what they are supposed to do. And again, I am always happy to have Hey Honey back on my list of products in use.

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The Removalist for Face Mask Friday

This mask was in my IPSY Glam Bag plus this month, but I have to admit it is one that I have been toying with picking up for a while now.  In general I like Go-To Skincare products.  The only item I;ve tried that I wasn’t incredibly fond of was the Exfoliating Swipies and even that wasn’t a complete dislike.  I liked the formula and the pads but I thought they were a little too exfoliating for daily use and worried that the pre-moistened rounds would dry out before I could actually work my way through them.  Otherwise they were great for a once a week use.  I’m actually slowly working my way through the open container I have.  As of yet they haven’t dried out so perhaps my fears were unfounded.

Regardless, this  mask has been one I have wanted to try for a while.  Clay masks in general are my favorite.  Ones that can get deep down into the pores, especially in the summertime are essential. While I have several that I enjoy using, I am always looking to try new masks from brands I like.  And this one’s description just sounded interesting.  According to the Go-To Skincare Website The Removalist Mask is …

A luscious clarifying clay mask that replenishes while it detoxifies so you get clear, radiant, bouncy skin, without any gross, dry, tight afterfeel. No more clogged pores! No tight, dryness! No worries!

Packed with soothing minerals to calm and clear skin, and plenty of skin-loving antioxidants to brighten, hydrate, and protect, this clay mask takes away impurities, absorbs excess oil and eliminates the blahs.

Suitable for all skin types (even sensitive!) and particularly useful for the oily, congested, or acne-prone, in just 10 minutes The Removalist will reset your complexion, giving pores a big-time clear out and levelling up your at-home facial by at least 200%.

This isn’t your average clay mask. This is your weekly all-out cleanout for healthy, nourished, clear skin.

I kind of like the thought of having a weekly clear out of my pores.  It’s like laundry day for your skin.  Well, if it works that is. 

So on to the skin it goes.  To apply the mask I am using a silicone masking spatula. Mine is from Cosmedix if you are interested.  I really like the rounded corners, but really any silicone masking brush will do.  I like using the brush because it keeps things a little tidier and wastes less product. 

The mask is an interesting purple color as it applies and oddly enough smells a bit like candy.  I always sort of expect clay based masks to smell a little earthy (although my favorite from Herbal Dynamics Beauty smells like chocolate so I shouldn’t be terribly surprised)

Once in place there is nothing to do but sit back and relax for a bit while the mask settles in. The mask was hard to relax with at first as it tingled slightly.  The tingles soon faded and I was left listening to my History of Rome Podcast while the mask did it’s job.  In the background my La Playa Candle from Paddywax (I have the salted blue agave at the moment) burned, still smelling summery fresh and oddly mixing well with the still slightly candy scent of the mask.

At the end of fifteen minutes I blew out my candle, finding that the mask had firmed up but not gone the solid hard of most clay masks.  I could still move my face without leaving a fine powder of cracked clay behind.  As recommended I used a warm, damp wash cloth to remove the mask.  It always makes a mess of the wash cloth, but I have a set of wash cloths I specifically use during masking and I also do my mask just before throwing on a load of towels for Friday afternoon laundry. So the mask filled wash cloth will soon not be an issue. 

I know it sounds silly, but as it is sometimes difficult to wash a mask completely out of a wash cloth just by rinsing it out in the sink, I have occasionally stretched the wash cloth out to dry, forgotten there were mask remnants on it and then put mask remnants where I didn’t particular want them, so I now time my Friday afternoon Towel wash accordingly and just pitch the still damp wash cloth in.  Easy peasy.

But how does the mask feel? 

skin before the mask on the left, skin after mask removal on the right.

Actually it made my skin feel quite good.  One of the things that makes your pores look bigger is having them filled with gunk.  So even though I know thee is no actual pore shrinking, they look a little smaller in the areas that usually concern me because they are now freshly cleared.  I suspect that in a few hours I may have a few clogged pores brought to the surface.

One of the reasons I wanted a pore clearing mask was that my moisturizer this week was too heavy for my skin and in addition to noticing a lot more of an oil sheen to my skin, I was getting more clogged pores.  I wanted something to clear them out.  I figured that if the Go-to Skincare The Removalist Mask didn’t work I could always take out my Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clearing mask.

However I think it might not be necessary this week.  I believe The Removalist has done its job.  I will have to check in a few hours to see if there is any change to the clogged pores beneath, but at the moment I am quite happy with my skin and will happily use this mask in the future.

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The Skincare Line up: July 23rd, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome to Friday.  It is time once again for the Skincare lineup.  There are a few samples I rolled in so I could try them out and a few issues with some of the existing products.  Let’s get into is shall we?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Purlisse Watermelon and Charcoal Purifying Cleanser

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Byroe Bell Pepper serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Sunscreen: Coola Sun Silk Drops Sunscreen

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The first change to my weekly day time line up this week you will see is in the cleaner.  This week’s cleanser is from Purlisse.  I am a big fan of the brand and they tend to rotate in and out of my skincare routine quite often.  I picked this up as an add on through IPSY because it sounded interesting and was a Purlisse product I had not tried before.  Due to the charcoal it is a slightly off putting blackish gel when you dispense it, but it immediately foams to white when you apply it to the skin.  It is not terribly foamy but it does make the skin feel nice and clean without feeling stripped which is nice.  For me the scent was a bit much.  It smells a lot like watermelon candy.  I found I didn’t mind it in the morning, but really didn’t like it at night, hence the reason my night time routine sticks with my Korres Cleanser.  I will continue using the Watermelon cleanser as it is a really good cleanser but because of the scent I am not certain I would purchase this in a full size.  I would definitely use a sample if it came my way again, but a full size might just be too much watermelon for me to take.

The Byroe Bell Pepper serum is supposed to sooth and calm irritation.  Thanks to the Time Revolution Artemisia Essence, I don’t need a lot of extra calming but the two working together have really helped improve the minor sun damage and irritation.  (I’ll mention that a little bit more when I get to the other skin care section below).  I haven’t been using this Byroe serum long but I am liking the way it has performed thus far.

This week I also rotated a toner into my line up and I really like it.  Used in the morning it lets me make certain the remnants of my sleeping mask are removed and in the evening it makes certain that he last vestiges of makeup have been cleared away before I add my other skincare.  If you notice the product level in the bottle, I did not go through this much toner in one week.  I tried it and set it aside for some reason I can’t remember and now I am going back to use it up. I really like this toner. Murad is one of those brands I like keeping around but tend not to use consistently.  For example I have a Murad Cleanser that is acne fighting.  When I was getting a lot of maskne, that was an excellent cleanser to help dry oily bits out.  It is too drying to use more than occasionally, but it is great in a targeted regimen.  The Hydrating toner I can use pretty much long term though.  This isn’t my first bottle of this toner and probably won’t be my last.

The Air Repair moisturizer was a little bit problematic for me this week.  It works well at night, but it is a little too heavy for me during the day.  It is a very thick formula and I have noticed a few issues with heaviness and greasiness when I wear it in the day time.  For now I am going to keep it as a night time moisturizer so that it doesn’t go to waste and then roll in a different moisturizer for daytime use. This is the last week it will be featured in the daytime.

Since I have several sunscreen samples I am rolling them into the line up to try out and see if I like them.  This week is the Coola Sun Silk drops.  It is a chemical sunscreen and one drop basically covered my face.  It absorbs well and gave me no problems under makeup.  I have to say I really enjoyed this serum sunscreen and would definitely consider buying it in a full size.  I’m actually kind of surprised actually as there are a lot of sunscreens that I just don’t like.  This one is light weight and I was really impressed with it. There is a light orange scent to it, which I think is covering up the chemical scent of the sunscreen.  I actually like the scent of it.  It fades away pretty quickly though so it isn’t a big issue, just something to be aware of if you are scent sensitive.  Or don’t like oranges. I am about half way through my sample and will continue using it until it is gone and then rotate in another sample to try out. This is definitely a product I will look into buying in the full size.

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Peach Pudding Makeup Cleanser from Peach Slices

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Murad Hydrating Toner

Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

The big change in the night time skincare this week was the makeup remover.  This is more like a cream than it is a balm.  Peach slices is a brand featured on the Peach and Lily website.  It was part of the group of products I ordered last month during their big sale.  Unsurprisingly is smells like peaches and actually looks a bit like pudding.  Not a lot is needed to cover the entire face.  Thus far the only product I had issues about removing has been the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Magnet Mascara.  For that I had to call in my Klorane Coneflower waterproof eye makeup remover (which took it off instantly with no stinging eyes).

Everything else, including other mascaras have come off beautifully with this Peach Pudding makeup cleanser.  I do use a regular cleanser afterwards.  This cleanser has the word hydrating in the description and while that does help to make certain the skin is not stripped, it also means that I feel like there is a slightly greasy residue left behind.  As it is step one in my nightly cleanse, that doesn’t really bother me. My Korres Cleanser takes off the residue easily leaving my skin clean without stripping it down. I am very much liking this Peach pudding makeup cleanser as it really does a good job removing makeup.  Unless something goes horribly wrong by the end of my usage, I will certainly be purchasing this cleanser again.

In Other Skincare

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial

My trial of this facial continues.  I still like the product and how it makes my skin feel.  I am less enthused by the pump.  Because the mask is of a rather heavy consistency, the pump has to work really hard and it really doesn’t like dispensing a lot of product at a time.  So many, many pumps have to occur to get enough product out to cover the face.  So the pump is not my friend.  But the product is. I have had a bit of sun sensitivity from the product though and while I am now limiting my time outside, especially on the days after I have used the product (I use this Tuesday and Thursday Nights).  I also tend to use the Time Revolution and the Bell Pepper essence more on Wednesdays and Fridays.  I’ve actually started rinsing my face after being outside and then just applying a few drops of the Time Revolution to the skin so the Artemisia can soak in and take care of the sun sensitivity.

Over all the products and combination of products I am using at the moment are working well for me.  I will be rolling in a daytime moisturizer that will hopefully be more suitable and once the Purlisse Cleanser is finished I will try out another of my sample cleansers.  I will also be looking at some other samples that I might want to try just so I can clear out some of my samples so the samples box will no longer be overflowing.

But for now this has been the skincare line up I used this week.

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The Skincare Line up: July 16th, 2021

Good morning and welcome once again to the weekly skincare line up. Here I line up all of the products I used this week and give you some brief thoughts about how i feel about them. It’s not an in depth review but just a little bit of a progress report. So let’s dive in shall we?

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

  • Currently on sale for 40% off

Serum: Whal Myung Anti-Oxidant Rejuvenating Serum (finished on Thursday morning) and Byroe Bell Pepper Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer (finished Thursday night) and Air Repair Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Most of the elements this week remained the same. Actually all of the repeat items are working beautifully. The Whal Myung Anti-Oxident Serum was a sample size and I did finish it out this week. It felt very good on the skin, light and refreshing, but with only just under two weeks with the product there were no visible results so i have to go on non-result based opinion with this one. To be honest as good as it felt, it smelled quite perfume-y. There are some perfumy products that I’ve used where i have gotten past the scent and enjoyed using. I don’t think this is the sort of scent i can really move past. i don’t enjoy it and I think that if I were to buy a full sized bottle I would slowly stop using it because of the scent. And that would be wasteful. So I am going to just appreciate the chance to try it out and then send it to the empties bin with no plans to repurchase.

The Byroe Bell Pepper Serum I picked up from my skin care drawer simply because I was in a hurry. I need to look into what it is supposed to do. For the moment it feels nice on the skin and has almost no scent to it. Which is kind of nice after the Whal Myung. I’ve only used it twice at the point so there isn’t much else to say. Next week I’ll have a better handle on how it performs as well as what to expect (I’ll be looking that up later today.)

The other change was the First aid Beauty Moisturizer. It was a fantastic product and one I will repurchase. I had a couple of more weeks left in the jar, however I accidentally forgot to screw the lid on tight enough and it accidentally got knocked over and was left to drip out of the jar creating quite a mess as no one caught it before most of it was gone. I was not happy and have to bear at least 50% off the blame since i did not tighten the lid properly. As I am not the one who knocked over the jar, I’ll give the other 50% to someone else. However it was a very good lesson in double checking the lids before leaving the bathroom.

It was a very good summertime moisturizer for me.

I have brought in a tube of the Air Repair moisturizer. A while ago I tried a sample and thought it was okay. I remember being on the fence about whether I wanted to buy a full size or not and then I ended up with a full size in a subscription box. So now I get to try it out. I’ll admit, I partially chose it because it is in a tube and not a jar. Hence, no spillage. This morning was my first use of the tube. It is thicker than I thought it would be and I am still getting used to the switch from the lighter gel cream. I’m sure I;ll have deeper thoughts for you next week, but for now that is about it.

Everything else is chugging along. The Time Revolution essence is still fantastic after too much sun. I did realize this week that it is not a toning essence though. Which you would think would be obvious. However my last essence was a toning essence so I opted out of adding a toner to my skin care routine while using it. This coming week i will be pulling one of my toners into the line up.

In addition i noticed that I have more cleanser samples than I thought so I might be pausing my Korres and trying them out, just to clear out some of the samples and decide what I want to think about repurchasing. Many of the samples have less than a week’s worth of product in them so i figure I can use the sample and then fill in with the Korres. That way I can clear out a few of the sample sizes as my sample box is now overflowing.

But that seems to be all for the day time products, shall we peep into the night?

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: Air Repair moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

Night Mask: Wander Beauty Do Not Disturb Overnight repair serum

Toothpaste: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean

Twice weekly: Ole Henriksen’s Phat Glow Facial

As in the day time, the moisturizer and serum changed. but the only real difference has been the addition of the Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial to th line up. I am currently using it twice a week to see how it works. Thus far I have noticed a little sun sensitivity on the morning after I use the mask. It isn’t a lot of sensitivity, but it is noticeable to me. Admittedly this week i spent a lot of time in the sun, which could have played an additional role. In the upcoming week there will be less in the sun time so I’ll see how that effects things. My skin is soft and the stress blemishes I had from earlier summer events are fading and being cleared away without scarring, which is nice. The pump is kind of driving me a bit crazy though. I think because it is such a thick formula the pump is not happy about pumping the mask out. But other than that I really like the product. I will be monitoring the sun but I am happy to continue using this.

You may notice one extra addition in the lineup that doesn’t match the description. And that is the cleansing balm. I have been using the Elemis Cleansing Balm (one of my all time favorites). I used the last of the product in the jar last night and so replaced the empty with the brand new Peach Pudding Cleanser that I just ordered from Peach and Lily. It hasn’t been opened, but I moved it into place in anticipation of this evening.

Everything else in the list is still performing beautifully. I know that doesn’t make for a very exciting post, but it is good for my skin. And next week there will be more details on the newer products as well as some new trials rolled into the line up. But for now, my skin is quite happy with the products used.

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Let’s talk First Aid Beauty…

I’ll be honest, I know a lot of people look to First Aid Beauty as one of those Ride or Die Brands. I have Friends who have used them for years, love them and would never consider using anything else. I have tried a few products from them and generally put them in the ‘I’ll use it if it comes in a subscription box, but I won’t go out and buy it.’ The products seemed okay, but easily forgettable.

Until now.

And I have to say, I absolutely love it. For the past month i have been using the Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer from First Aid Beauty. The jar I have is 1.7 fl oz (I think that is a deluxe sample size, but I’m not certain. It might actually be the full size. They have several sizes available on their website.). After about a month of use, I am about half way through the jar.

My skin is in the ultra weird category most brands call Normal. A fact that always amuses me. What it boils down to is that how my skin acts depends more or less on the seasons. I can get away with using the same products in spring and autumn but summer and winter are entirely different. In winter I lean towards dryer skin and in the summer I lean towards oily.

Half gone after a month of use

This moisturizer from First Aid Beauty has the thinner consistency I like with my summer weight moisturizers. I simply couldn’t use this in the winter time. It is slightly thicker than a water cream but not as thick as a gel cream. With oil control products, even in the summer time, I have to be careful because many of them are designed for skin much more oily than I become.

In the product description First Aid Beauty Claims

This oil-free cream instantly mattifies and delivers weightless hydration without clogging pores.

This ultra-light formula provides optimal hydration for oily skin without leaving a greasy after feel. Oil-controlling ingredients deliver a powder soft finish, help minimize the appearance of pores and keep skin shine-free all day.

In the first week, it applied well, absorbed fast and didn’t make me feel greasy. Generally the first week with an oil control product is fine. It is the second week where issues start cropping up. So I kept an eye out. I looked for overly dry spots, flaking and redness. None occurred. I continued using it and after a month, it is still performing well.

It absorbs into the skin but doesn’t overly dry me out. There is no real scent to the skin so if you have issues with fragrances in your skincare you should be fine with this. I have to say that after using this First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer for a month, it actually meets and eve exceeds everyone if its listed claims. This is one First Aid Beauty Product that is going on my repurchase list. It will only go on my summertime skincare list though. While I do like the hyaluronic acid in the list as well as the oat and licorice root, I only really need oil control products in the summer and this would simply be too lightweight for me to use once the seasons turn. For now though, it works and it works well. I will happily continue using it for a second month thus finishing out the moisturizer. While our summer heat won’t have faded by then, hopefully the moisturizer that follows will prove just as summertime worthy.

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The Skincare Line up: June 18th, 2021

And so another Friday rolls around.  Skin care has been tried, it has been used and I am ready to talk about it.  There weren’t a lot of changes this week, but there were a few. So let’s take a look and see what happened.

The Daytime Line up

Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (product gifted by brand)

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Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (product gifted by Influenster)

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

Okay lets go down the list.  At the moment the Native Deodorant is still working, but I will be picking up an antiperspirant for days where wet circles under the arms are a no go. Otherwise it is a really good product. The summer time is just extra sweat inducing.

This week I rotated in the Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser.  I’ll be honest, the reason I put off using this is because I have the face mask from the same Greek Yoghurt line and I suspected it would smell the same and because of the dairy scent, my face wouldn’t feel clean.  The cleanser however has a nice fresh clean scent to it. It is not as yoghurty as the face mask. It goes on to a damp face like a cream and then you add a little more water and it foams as you massage it into your skin.  The cleanser rinses off cleanly with no residue left behind whatsoever and my skin felt clean and fabulous.  I was very impressed with it’s first week of use and look forward to giving it the full test run to see how it performs for a month or even the length of the product as I suspect the tube will last longer than a month.

This week I was also really happy to have the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment essence in my line up as well.  While I have been adjusting my walk times to account for the sun and increased heat and I have been wearing sunscreen, there was a lot of sun this week.  I also had some time spent in the garden which added to it.  This essence felt fantastic on the skin after too much time in the sun.  I have noticed that if I use it in the morning, I tend to use one or two drops and it absorbs in completely with no issue allowing me to move on with the rest of my skin care.  At night however, if I have spent too much time in the sun.  I soak one of my reusable cotton rounds with the essence and apply a thicker layer to the skin.  Then I let it sit for about ten minutes before returning to the bathroom and the rest of my nightly skin care. This extra product and extra time really helps soothe the skin. And I’ll be honest, I don’t mind stretching out my nightly skincare for a bit of personal pampering.

This week has also made me realize that I need to pick up a gardening hat. If anyone has any suggestions send them my way as I will begin the gardening hat quest this weekend.

But back to skin care.  You may notice that my Peach and Lily Glass Serum was swapped out this week.  It will be returning soon.  I received this Lancome serum sample in my Macy’s beauty box and the stopper was a little damaged.  I think the seal is still okay, but it looked like something I shouldn’t leave sitting for long so I decided to roll it into the line up just to use it.  I’ve been using it for almost a week and still have about three or four days’ worth of serum left.  I had high hopes for this as I really enjoyed the eye cream from the same line and this serum has been raved about by those reviewing it.  

To be honest, I wasn’t blown away.  It is a good serum.  There is no doubt about that, but from the reviews I expected fabulous.  It isn’t.  It’s good, but not fabulous.  At least for me. While I will more than likely pick up the eye cream from this Lancome Line, I think that when this serum is finished, I will bid it a fond farewell, but it will not make the list of items to purchase in a full size.

And so now we look to the night.

The Nighttime line up

Nighttime Skin Care

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: Korres Foaming Cream Cleanser Pre + Probiotics Greek Yoghurt

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha (Gifted by brand)

Serum: Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum (gifted by Influenster)

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), no lip scrub

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

This week everything has been chugging along with the night time.  All of the changes to the line up were also changes made during the day time line up so there is little to add for most.  The Time Revolution is going to be a summer time favorite.  After too much sun it is just really soothing on the skin as well as performing like an essence is supposed to and opening the skin up for additional skincare.

The Bloomeffects I used only twice this week.  I had some blemish eruptions on my chin from stress, so I took care of them with some Peace Out Acne Dots and then just went with my current moisturizer.  Twice a week added the extra moisture I needed and my skin cleared up. I am very impressed with the First Aid Beauty Oil Control Moisturizer.  I tend to be hit or miss with First Aid Beauty but this was a clear hit.  It provides the moisture my skin needs without feeling heavy or greasy.  This is definitely one of the products I need to mark down to remember and reorder for summertime wear.

I don’t know if the photos show it or not, but my Dermelect bottle is empty.  The Self Esteem serum is no more.  I will continue to put serums and creams on my neck and chest, but I really liked having the Dermelect handy.  Not only did it work well, but its presence reminded me that I needed to take my skin care down my neck.  Seeing that red bottle was a really good visual cue not to miss that skin.  Admittedly it was also a good product that I really enjoyed using.  While it will be reordered at some point, right now I have a lot of new skin care to try out so I will be adding it to the list but refraining from repurchasing at the moment.

This week there is no other skincare to add to the line up.  I skipped the Sunday Prism mask as I was on the phone hearing all about my brother’s move to a new home and I also forgot to use the retinol and oil this week as well. So there is no other skincare to add.  Despite the stress and the need for the Peace Out Acne Dots, over all this was a really good skin week for me.

The Skincare Line up: June 11th, 2021

Welcome my darlings to the weekly skincare line up.  Most everything this week is still in motion from last week but there was a little change.  This week I tried out a new lip Scrub and I swapped out my essence product. So let’s see what products there are in the lineup this week.

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Daytime Skin Care

Deodorant: Native Powder and Cotton Deodorant

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

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Toning Essence: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

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Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

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Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

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Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Sunscreen: Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield in SPF 50

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Pretty much all of the continuing products are doing well.  The La Roche Posay cleanser has been a go to for quite some time and at this point I am slowly just working my way through the bottle.  Because everything else is stable though, I am thinking of switching it out for the upcoming week.  I have several cleansers I want to try and they are ones I haven’t used before.  While I still have about a quarter of the bottle of The La Roche Posay left, I kind of want to keep it in reserve in case one of the never before tried cleansers cause problems.  I kind of like having that familiar back up as I try out some of the unknowns.  Plus at the moment all of the other elements of my skin care line up are pretty stable.  I know how they work with my skin and none of them cause issues.  So this might be the perfect time to test out a new cleanser. I will look in my skin care drawer later to make my final determination.

The new item this week is the Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence. It was sent to me for the purpose of review by the brand Missha.  Missha is a Korean skincare brand and if you have never heard of Artemisia, it is a fancy way of saying Mugwort Essence.  I’ve actually used it in a face mask from Facetory so I knew mugwort worked well with my skin.  It was actually one of the ingredients that really helped sooth my skin after I had that really bad sunburn last year. The product has zero scent to it.  I could detect nothing when I sniffed, and I tried to find a scent.  There was nothing.  On the skin it is very light weight and soothing.  It also feels like it is opening the pores, which is essentially what the essence category of skincare is supposed to do.  An essence is supposed to help your skin prepare for other products.  I noticed that when I used it the serum (currently the Peach and Lily Glass Skin Serum) absorbed more quickly.  I’ve also been spending more time outside latly and in the sun.  While I have my sunscreen on,  my skin is feeling the effects of more time in the sun so having a soothing product on hand is a nice idea.  This was my first week of trying the product out, but I am really enjoying it and will keep it in the line up.  Once I’ve used it long enough to determine its effects over time, I’ll break it out into a full review and we’ll go deep into Mugwort land. For now, I like it and will continue using it.

And the glass bottle looks lovely on my skin care shelf.  Which isn’t the most important thing, but it is a nice perk.

The only item I am having any issues with this week is the Native Deodorant.  Technically it isn’t really an issue but more of a reminder.  A deodorant and an antiperspirant aren’t the same thing.  Given the intense heat and humidity I have already accepted the fact that my workout t-shirts are going to be sweat stained and grungy.  It is one of the reason I work out in Hanes t-shirts.  They are relatively inexpensive ad can take a beating.  I wear them, I seat in them, and then I wash them until they reach a point where they can no longer really be washed.  Then I relegate them to the rag bag and buy a new pack.  The Native Deodorant works well with this system.  I have had to pick up am Antiperspirant for when I go out though.  Some clothes and situations, I don’t want to be showing pit stains. That is just a fact of my life. For that I went with the Dove Powder scented antiperspirant.

And so now we look to the night.

Night Time Skincare

Makeup Remover: Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Cleanser: La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foam Cleanser

Toner: Time Revolution Artemisia Treatment Essence from Missha

Serum: Peach and Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum

Eye Cream: Elemis Pro-Collagen Eye Revive Mask

Moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Oil Control Moisturizer

Eye Serum: Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum

Neck serum: Dermelect Self Esteem Beauty Sleep Serum

Lips: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask (in Maple), Avant lip Scrub

.Night Mask: Bloom Effects Royal Tulip Nectar Night Mask

Again there really isn’t much change.  I am using the Time Revolution Essence at night as well as in the day, and if anything, I like it better at night because it soothes the skin after having been in the sun. 

This week I also used the Avant Lip Scrub.  You can read my full review of it here.  The short version is that while all of the ingredients are nice and it works really well, it tastes awful.  I am going to keep it around and try to use it once in awhile just to use it up because I hate waste and it does work nicely.  But because of the taste it will be a once in a while thing rather than regular usage. I’ll need some time between uses to forget how bad it tastes. I will be trying out a different lip scrub in my lip care routine.

In other Skincare…

Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum

Herbivore Prism AHA + BHA Glow Facial

Go-to Skin Care Face Hero Facial Oil

To be honest, this past weekend I ended up using the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Cacao and Chamomile mask instead of the Herbivore.  I had some clogged pores mostly around my nose that I wanted to bring to the surface and get rid of.  It worked as beautifully as always and of course smelled fantastic. 

And as my week spiraled out of control, I ended up skipping the Tuesday and Thursday Retinol and oil routine.  So all three of the items in my other skin care list were skipped this week.  So exfoliation was skipped.  I might go for an exfoliating face mask this afternoon to make up for it.

So that my darlings was my skincare line up this week.  Most of the products are chugging along, I am testing out a new essence that appears to be working well and I skipped exfoliation. Next week I’ll be trying out a new cleanser and a couple of my skin care items will have reached the thirty day mark.  I can’t wait to look at the before and after photos. This time, I made sure to put them in a safe file. And not accidentally purge them. Like I did with my last eye cream trial photos. But for now, this was my week with skincare.


Using the Grown Alchemist Mandarin and Rosemary leaf Body Cream

I have to admit, I was quite surprised by this body lotion from Grown Alchemist.  A while back I received a night cream from the brand in a subscription box.  As I am always on the lookout for a good night cream I tried. It.  While it worked very well, it was so highly floral that I made it halfway through the tube and then set it aside to use something else.  I will return to the night cream some point soon so that it doesn’t spoil and can be used in a timely fashion but I needed a break from the scent.  I think it may be a product I roll in and out of my skin care line up just to use up because that floral was just so intense I couldn’t take it on a nightly basis.

I expected the body cream to actually be more intense.

Oddly enough it isn’t. 

The Grown Alchemist Body Cream is in the scent mandarin and rosemary leaf.  I saw the rosemary on the list and thought it would dominate and the cream would smell medicinal.  It doesn’t.  The mandarin and rosemary balance really well.  The rosemary keeps the mandarin from being too sweet and the mandarin keeps the rosemary from being too medicinal.  In addition, while it does have a noticeable scent when first applied, it fades back fairly quickly.  If you lift a hand to your nose, you can still smell it, but otherwise it fades away to nothing. 

The softness remains.  The cream absorbs quickly and not a lot of cream is needed to hydrate the skin.  It isn’t greasy and keeps the skin hydrated for quite a while. 

I actually really like that it is a body cream that isn’t too sweet.  Many of my body lotions smell like candy as they have vanilla in the mix.  While I don’t mind this, it is nice to have a bit of a change.  The rosemary gives it a slightly earthy note and combines with the orange to feel and smell really fresh. While I wasn’t terribly enthused by this cream to begin with, I have to say it has won me over.  I am far more impressed with this than I was with the overly floral night cream. I am very glad I tried it and I would definitely consider adding this to the list of body lotions I would repurchase once it runs out.



Sand and Sky for Face Mask Friday

Today’s face mask is one that I have used many times in the past and will no doubt use many times in the future. I have gone through several of the small tubes as well as many of the larger, full sized containers. It is a clay mask that always makes me feel refreshed after using it.

I really like the Sand and Sky Australian Pink Clay mask. First of all, I like most clay masks. Clay masks are just my happy place. This one is one I like when I feel just a little bit greasy from sweating, but don’t have a lot of major clogged pores or breakouts to worry about. It helps to kind of close down the appearance of my pores, but is less intense than some of my clearing masks.

At the moment my skin is looking really nice. I’ve had fewer breakouts and I personally feel my skin looks great. Plus as strange as this sounds, I don’t want to use something like the Herbal Dynamics Beauty Clearing Mask today because it will bring things to the surface. I just want a mask that makes my skin feel cleansed and hydrated while shrinking my pores. I didn’t need a deep cleanse.

Mostly because I am actually going out tonight.

I know, Leaving the house. For social reasons. Squee!

Can you feel the excitement?

My babydoll and I have been invited to a barbeque. I had to laugh when I received the invitation. It was just kind of amusing. it wasn’t just a, Hey we are having a Memorial Day weekend kick off barbeque, wanna come? sort of invite.

Almost dry… soon I can change facial expressions again

Oh no. It was more like…

Hey, we decided to have a barbeque because no one is really traveling for memorial day. It will be outside in the yard and on the back porch and including you two there will only be about six people and everyone invited has been vaccinated.

It was the first time I’ve been invited to a social event with so many specific notations.

Well, there was this one time where I attended a family thing where no one was allowed to mention that one of my seconds cousins was getting divorced because her husband slept with her business partner and they wanted to get through their son’s fourth birthday party before the divorce went down.

But that’s family.

And no one asked about my vaccine status.

But beyond that, it is a night out with friends. I am so looking forward to it. So today’s mask, was chosen in part because of that. It is a mask that will clean out my pores but not go deep enough to cause any clogged pores to rise. It will make my skin feel good and me feel fresh and ready to socialize.

The Sand and Sky mask goes on like any other clay mask. I highly recommend a silicon masking brush. the one i am currently using is from Cosmedix. I like it because it has a curved edge to it so I can get everything covered more easily without poking myself in the eye. The masking brush also keeps everything neat.

Although it does sound a bit extra, if you use a lot of masks, I highly suggest picking one up. You can get them relatively inexpensively in pretty much any place that sells skin care tools. I saw a boat load of them at TJMAXX last time I ventured through their doors. And even though it sounds a bit extra, the time it saves you in clean up post masking makes it so worth it.

This mask lightens as it dries and even though it says ten to fifteen minutes i like to make sure that it is actually dry. I try for a thin even layer of mask, but my cheeks always take a little longer to dry. Once the mask turns a uniform gray then I loosen it with a little water rubbed into it and then wash it off. It does take a little bit of rinsing to get it all off, but in the end the skin is clean, smooth and fabulously refreshed.

I really like this mask actually.

I’d like to say that I lay back and relaxed while wearing it, but I made the mistake of checking my e-mail just after I put it on, thinking I’d make sure there were no emergencies before i relaxed with the mask.

It turned out there was an emergency.

I dealt with it and then removed the mask. Now I feel ready to face the rest of the afternoon and then, oh yes my darlings, then it is time to socialize. With real people. Who don’t live with me. It’s a great way to kick off memorial day weekend. I plan to enjoy it fully and completely. I also plan to take the next few days off. So Monday there will be no posts, but Tuesday i will be back, bright and early. I hope you have a great weekend.


Incidentally if you are looking for a really good deep cleansing clay mask the Chamomile and Cacao clay clearing mask from Herbal Dynamics Beauty is one of my absolute favorites. And at the moment they have memorial day sales going on. You might want to check them out.

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Reviewing the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist

For the past three or so months I have been using the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist as my toner. Because I am using the Byroe Toning Essence in the mornings, I have only been using this in the evenings. I actually chose to put it in the evenings and not in the mornings due to the product, but I’ll get into that as we discuss my thoughts on using it.

I know Toners aren’t the sexiest category of skin care. They are often skipped and not really talked about. They are however important. what they do is make certain that every last little bit of makeup that your cleanser might have left behind is gone. In fact you know your cleanser is working by looking at the proof on your toner pads. But they are more than just cleanser insurance. They help restore your skin’s PH balance and can help improve the texture of your skin. The right toner can also help add backup to the serums that you plan to follow with after you’ve finished toning.

I am personally a big fan of them.

Well I’m a big fan of the right toners anyway.

So let’s look a little closer at the Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist.

This alcohol-free, 100% vegan, hydrating toner was deemed the “Holy Water” by Allure magazine. Rose and Neroli flower waters form the base for our superfoods formula, creating a non-sticky mist that both improves elasticity and maintains the pH level of the skin at optimum.

In addition, Balance also enhances the skin’s ability to absorb nutrients thanks to anti-microbial and exfoliating salicylic acid from White Willow Bark, which prevents build-up in pores; as well as antioxidants and carotenoids from Saffron stem cell extracts, which aid the skin in repairing and regenerating. Balance is the ultimate staple for all skincare routines and skin types.

Full Ingredients: *Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, *Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water, Aqua, Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Crocus Sativus Meristem (Saffron) Cell Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment
*Organic or Wildharvested

Okay this is an ingredient list I like. It is short and to the point without a lot of extras cluttering up the space with hard to pronounce words. Seven ingredients in total including water. Water as we all know is good for the skin and since there were no claimes put to the water (like minerality or special sourcing) we’ll just leave it with: Water Good and break down the other six ingredients. Are you ready? Fabulous.

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water: In general a flower water is a diluted version of an essential oil derived from a flower. In this case rose, it still has some of the same qualities as the essential oil, but less concentrated and tends to cause less sensitivity.  Rose flower water has been used in skincare for literally centuries and contains some antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds, as well as some fragrant components. (don’t worry we’ll cover secnet after we run through the ingredients.)

Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Water: Like the Rose, this is a flower water, although derived from Neroli. While this does have some skin toning benefits (although every source I looked into was vague about what they were) it is mostly there for scent as the scent has been known to promote relaxation.

Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract: This is an anti-inflammatory and was actually used as the precursor to aspirin. Most of what I have found has been about new studies regarding its use in pain relief. This Ingredient Spotlight suggests that it is helpful in diminishing wrinkles, always a plus in my book.

Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is an antimicrobial preservative that also moisturizes and conditions the skin. I’ve used this in several different products and I tend to like seeing it on a list.

Crocus Sativus Meristem (Saffron) Cell Extract has anti inflammatory properties and in addition to being one of the most expensive spices in the world, saffron may actually have anti-aging and possibly even anti-cancer benefits. I went down a rabbit hole with medical journals on that one. No one seemed to be conclusive, but it is an interesting group of studies. I suspect if it is true the cost of saffron will go up as well. But that is another discussion. Since so many ingredients are demonized for the possibility of causing cancer it is nce to see something that is being studied for helping to prevent it. I’m sure it is is here for the anti-aging parts but I just thought that was neat. (and yes I am geek enough to go diving into the medical studies over the weekend when i have a little more time.)

Lactobacillus Ferment is a probiotic with anti-acne benefits.

Okay so those are our ingredients and I have to say the list looks good. But a list can look as fabulous as it wants, it is how it works that matters. First off, as I am sure you can see from the above photo and probably guessed from the term mist in the name, it is a spray toner. I’ll admit, at first I didn’t like spray toners. They are however growing on me. This one sprays well and evenly. I also have to say I love the frosted orange glass bottle that it comes in. It is really pretty and looks luxe as well as feels luxe in the hand. I know, looks shouldn’t matter, but I feel really fancy using it.

The scent is predominantly neroli with a hint of floral from the rose. It is far more orange than rose. I know some people have issues with the Rose scent, but it really just keeps the neroli from smelling like orange juice. The scent is, in my opinion, lovely. It lightly lists on the skin and then I take a reusable round to wipe off the excess and remove the last of the dirt and makeup residue from my skin.

Here is the trick with this toner though. If you are too heavy handed with the spray, your face will feel sticky and it will take forever for the toner left behind from the cotton rounds to absorb into your skin. This is one of the reasons I started using it only at night. I have more time in the evenings and to be honest I like breaking my nightly routine down into sections and drawing it out. Don’t get me wrong, some nights I am exhausted enough to just wash my face and slap some moisturizer on before falling into bed, but most nights I kind of luxuriate in a lengthy night time ritual. It helps me unwind before bed and is sometimes the only quiet time in the day.

So the fact that I have to wait for the toner to settle down a bit isn’t a problem in the night time routine.

And it is very easy to apply too much (because the spray feels nice) and to get a little sticky.

Beyond that, my skin really loved it. I had a couple of days where there was too much sun (even though I did use sunblock) and this toner did help calm and sooth my skin as well as take off the remnants of the day. I was over all very impressed with it. I will continue using the toner until it is gone and add it to my products to repurchase list. I will still only use it at night however as it does need more time to settle than I generally have in the morning. Over all though, I am happy to have this Akar Skin Balancing Toning Mist in my skincare routine and will certainly look into other products by the brand for future skincare trials.

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