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Skin Care Sunday – Some Serums & Clarisonic Weirdness

I finished off a couple of interesting serums recently!

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Hydraluron is a hyaluronic acid serum, but its texture is closer to a gel cream, so it ended up being one of my last steps. Since I layer a lot of skincare at night, it wasn’t my favorite just because it was so thick. But it did the job just fine.

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I didn’t think I would like this strawberry serum from The Balm as much as I did, but I really loved it. Its consistency is a that of a thick liquid, and it’s very strong – it gave me quite a flush and some heat upon application. I had some flaking overnight. My skin is better used to AHAs these days, though. I wouldn’t recommend this one for someone who’s an AHA novice.

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I swapped out my Clarisonic head this month. This was one of the radience brushes. This was my second, and I’m starting to wonder if there are some manufacturing inconsistencies with this kind.

I bought them in a two pack. The first brush had a lot of give to it – so much so that I felt like I needed to help the device along a little. The second brush was much stiffer. It may have just been a weird one-off. I’ve been using the Clarisonic for over a year, and each sensitive brush head I’ve used has been like every other.

I used up several things over the past couple of months that I talk about all the time. So here’s a collage!

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De-stash & Trash Skin Care – October 2015

Today’s D&T is brought to you by all the things you’ve seen before in these posts!

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The Simple wipes are the only ones so far that don’t hurt my face; I like their micellar water better than Bioderma; I love Garden Girl skin care but Bright Idea is so thick I have to cut it with some oil; I used up bottles of acetone and non; and finally, I switched out my Clarisonic brush. This was the sensitive one.

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I ended up with some fragrence samples. I rarely can tolerate mainstream purfumes, and these were no exception. Instant headache.

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I got this cleansing water in a Beauteque bag. My skin didn’t like it at all, and it wasn’t as effective as a micellar water for eye makeup removal, so I didn’t finish it.

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I love the scent of this body wash.  It does smell exactly like a lemon cake!

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I stumbled over this and another Hyaluronic acid gel in the Walgreens clearance aisle. I loved this enough to repurchase at full price. It’s a thin not-quite-water consistency that doesn’t mess with the other things I use on my face at night.

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Okay, I know. This is completely unnecessary. But I ordered this to see what the fuss was all about. I hate it that I like them as much as I do. Let’s be clear: these fancy cotton squares don’t work any better than any other similar products. But they are so soft. There’s no texture, no random scratchy bits. They bring just the slightest bit of luxury to my nighttime routine. Do I need them? Nope. Do I want them? Absolutely.

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And finally, some samples! I knew I liked the Burt’s serum. I’ve already been through a full size of it.

I really enjoyed the eye cream, but I think they may have discontinued this. I went to order it and found a new face and eye cream combo that contained dimethicone as its second ingredient. Which is something I have cut out of my nighttime routine. Sad now!

And I used the Mizon gel cream as a primer under makeup and it worked really well!

That’s it for skin care! Except for masks, which get their own post upcoming!

De-stash & Trash – May 2015

May was so busy! We spent a lot of time traveling or preparing to travel and then I hurtled directly into our busy season at work. I guess, I can rest when I’m dead, right?

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First off, my Real Techniques sponge/Beauty Blender experiment has a definitive result. I’ve spent the past six months alternating between the two sponges. Using them with the same foundations, cleaning them with the same soaps the same way. While I felt performance was comparable, I went through four Real Techniques sponges before my Beauty Blender started to wear out. Which means, I spent $4.00 more during that time on the inexpensive sponges than I did the high end.

When I first started using the Real Techniques sponges, they would last a good three months with daily use. Now I’m lucky to get six weeks with every-other-day use before they start to disintegrate. I hate to throw down $20 just for a sponge, but with the decline in Real Techniques’ quality, the Beauty Blender is actually the most economical choice.

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I did a lot of traveling this month! I picked up a couple packs of these to use so I wouldn’t have to take a whole bottle of micellar water with me. They actually did a pretty good job removing face makeup and didn’t hurt my skin like most wipes do.

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I also grabbed samples and things that were almost used used up to take with me on my travels. I got this gel moisturizer in a beauty box. It was very blue. It did moisturize, but I’m starting to learn that I don’t like gels very much for my own skin. It didn’t sit under makeup well, and it wasn’t moisturizing enough for nighttime.

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Finished off a Jordana 24hr Made to Last eye pencil. It looks like there’s a lot left, but it wouldn’t sharpen anymore. I really, really like this pencil! It’s one of the few I’ve tried that doesn’t transfer on my watery allergy eyes when I tightline. It’s easy to use, inexpensive, and removes fairly easily.

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I finally finished this concealer! I ended up cutting the tube open and scraping out the remainer once it got hard to squeeze out. I started to miss it after a couple of weeks and ended up getting another tube.

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I actually finished off a couple of these this last month. I have them in a few spots in the house. Vanity, bedside table, living room, bathroom. My daily routine isn’t always routine. I love this stuff and how gentle and effective it is!

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This was okay. I love me some serums and this one was as effective as anything else I use. But while most other serums take me 2-3 months to use up, this one only lasted about three weeks. And it was spendy, even at TJ Maxx prices.

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This was last year’s sunscreen. Time to replace it!

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Good old Coty Airspun unscented. This did the job, but I found an Indie powder foundation that I like for that purpose as well as for setting. So I probably won’t repurchase.

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So, I my skin pretty much burns right through SPF no matter how much I apply. I got some sun while I was out of town and ended up dark enough to wear this and give it a good test. I was surprised at how oily my t-zone was after wearing this for a while! It might be a good full-coverage option for winter for me.

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Got through a bottle of Rainbow Honey cuticle oil in the Frozen Flame scent. I really enjoyed it!

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Finished off a couple of toners. The first was nice! It felt refreshing, tingly, and hydrating at the same time. It had a natural herbal scent to it. I’ve always had good luck with Andalou Naturals.

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Garden Girl’s Soothing Harmony is my favorite toner so far. I like to try other things, but I keep coming back to this one.

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I switched out my Clarisonic head this month. This was the radience one. I definitely didn’t like it as much as the sensitive. The bristles are longer and softer and they bunched together. I had to do some scrubbing to feel like it was effective.

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I de-stashed some skin products. The Andalou Naturals BB Cream is pretty much done. L’oreal Visible Lift had a gritty texture I didn’t care much for. The sunscreen is expired in that tinted moisturizer. I never did get the Konad CC cream to work for me. It just made me look orange. And the Manic Panic white foundation was a good idea, but my skin reacted badly to it. I’ve since found other white foundations I like for mixing that don’t burn.

Mel’s Best of 2014 – Skincare

2014 was a do over year for me as far as makeup and skincare go. I had a 180 degree change in skin type in 2013 – from oily to dry in a matter of months – and I had to learn what works all over again. Almost from scratch.

I’m still experimenting, but there were a few things that I found myself going back to and repurchasing over and over again over the past year.

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Like MJ Care’s sheet masks. I mask regularly. Sometimes daily. I have tried a ton of masks and these, for me, have the perfect amount of serum, fit my face the best, and are the most cost effective. I find them on Amazon in 10-count variety packs for $10.00. They’re extremely moisturizing and contain hyaluronic acid, which has become a magic ingredient for me.

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I have been exploring some indie brands and have developed a deep love for Garden Girl Skin Care. Particularly their Quench Coat moisturizer and Soothing Harmony toner. The moisturizer is light, silicone-free, and contains my beloved hyaluronic acid. The toner feels fresh and hydrating, doesn’t contain alcohol and has tea tree oil in it, which I really like.

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My face is so sensitive to product. My skin gets red and tender and flaky if I use the wrong thing just once. This is the only makeup remover (besides straight-up oil, which I hate using) that doesn’t do that to me. I can use it on both my eyes and face without worry. And although it’s expensive, I can usually find a two-pack of 500ml bottles for between $40 and $50 on Amazon, which that lasts me a good six months. My budget’s okay with that.

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I went deoderant/anti-perspirant-free this year. Yeah, it was a process. I use this once after my daily shower. It kills any remaining bacteria so I can sweat but not stink. Not stinking makes me happy.

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I hopped on the Clarisonic train this year. I had the Olay version, but I found myself fighting the rotation of the brush head and decided it wasn’t worth the frustration. This is different. The bristles vibrate, I’m in control of where it goes, there’s a timer that I can pay attention to make sure I get even coverage, and I can use it daily without dryness, flaking, or sensitivity. I’ve been using it since August, and I feel like it’s made a difference in the texture of my skin:

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Taken last winter.

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Name tag selfie taken for work last month.

You can see the difference mostly in the forehead area.

Thats it for skincare 2014! I hope to find even more “holy grail” elements for my regime. I’m actively on the hunt for eye cream and the perfect face wash.  Next up will be makeup and nail polish favorites!