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Skin Care Sunday – More Serums!

I use a lot of serums and essences – my skin responds to layering. I usually apply an essence (or wear a sheet mask), and use a vitamin c serum and a hydrating serum minimum.

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I bought this based on really good reviews from other bloggers and vloggers and I didn’t really look as carefully at the ingredients as I usually do. When I opened it to start using it, I was smacked in the face with the smell of alcohol. It smelled and felt exactly like using Purell on my face. I didn’t notice any excessive drying so I used it all up, but this has gone on my “nope!” list.

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I purchased this in a kit last year that cost just as much as this sized bottle alone. It was expensive. But it was my birthday, dammit, and what’s the point of adulting if you can’t splurge once in a while? This took forever to get through. Long enough that, if you really like the product, it’s a good deal. For me, it was just okay. I liked the watery texture. I almost put it in a spray bottle more than once. (I don’t know what stopped me except for guilt at not following directions.) In four months I didn’t notice any change, positive or negative, in my skin. While I don’t precisely regret this purchase, I’m still on the hunt for my holy grail essence.

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Ipkn New York is  K-beauty brand that hits Haute Look once in a while. I actually enjoyed this serum, which works best when mixed into other products. But I hated the packaging with the burning passion of a thousand suns. The serum was very thick and someone at Ipkn decided the best delivery system for a thick gel was a dropper in a long bottle. The dropper didn’t work for long. After a few days, I got desperate enough to open the bottle and try to shake some out. None of my beauty spoons worked. I gave up. I would totally buy this again if they changed the packaging to a pump or even a pot. But this experience made me wary of Ipkn in general.

And now for a quick montage of repurchases I’ve finished and will probably repurchase again!

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Skin Care Sunday – Indie & Organic

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I use cuticle oil like it’s going out of style, but it takes so long to get through a container! I have them stashed everywhere! I kept this pen in my purse and used it throughout the day. Raspberry Vanilla is one of my all-time favorite scents.

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I was a little afraid of this serum at first! I had tried out the Avalon Organics vitamin c toner last year and it burned the ever-loving crap out of my skin. Despite having used other vitamin c products since then, I was still a little sensitive to this. But it was tolerable! By the time I was through with the bottle, I was only feeling a slight pleasant flush. I loved the orange scent.

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I have cancelled my Rainbow Honey subscription, but I have quite a bit of backstock to go through! Their lotions are very moisturizing and sink in fast. I definitely think they’re worth the spend! Especially for someone looking for ‘cone-free creams. Some of their fragrances aren’t for me, though. I never really took to this one. It didn’t give me a headache or anything, but it had a fresh, yet old lady-like quality to it, that I couldn’t quite pin down.

Sample Saturday – Some Daytime Serums

I layer a lot of skincare at night. At minimum, I have a vitamin c serum, a hydrating serum and moisturizer. Most of the time I have a third or fourth serum in there depending on what they do, sometimes an essence and/or a sleeping mask. Since I don’t use silicones or items with a high alcohol content at night, most of my serum samples get used during my less complex morning skin care routine.

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I really liked the Truth Serum. This sample took me a few months to go through. It smelled like oranges, wasn’t sticky, sunk in well, tingled just a little to tell me it was working, and sat well under moisturizer and makeup.

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This one smelled straight-up like alcohol, which shouldn’t have been a surprise because it’s second on the list of inactive ingredients. It didn’t negatively affect my skin, but I moisturize very well. I won’t be trying this one again and wouldn’t recommend it.

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This one was just okay. It had a strong fragrance. Lots of high-end brands do, unfortunately. It had a slimy texture. I didn’t see a change in my skin, good or bad. So it didn’t hurt! But I’m not sure it helped.

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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Skin Care Sunday – Some serums and creams

I don’t know how, but I often use things up simultaneously. I finished a bunch of treatments this week. And one I just broke up with.

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Tony Moly’s Appletox Honey Cream is actually a gel. For me, the jury’s still out on those kinds of moisturizers. It wasn’t hydrating enough to use by itself on my dry skin, so I used it as a serum in conjunction with a cream. I loved the apple scent. And I washed out the container to reuse. But the cream itself I could take or leave.

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I used this cream as a day moisturizer under a separate SPF. It wasn’t too heavy, smelled nice, and sat well under makeup and over serums. It would make a good light night moisturizer as well.

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This is my second bottle of the Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum, and I liked it just as much as the first bottle. My skin has gotten used to its strength. That doesn’t mean it’s not working though!

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I tried it first as a night serum, but didn’t care for the texture and put it away. I pulled it out again and used it during the day. It’s not thick, but it is sticky. And silicony, which my skin doesn’t always appreciate. So I’m letting this one go.

De-stash & Trash – April 2015

I used up some interesting things in April!

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First off is a bottle of Simple Micellar Water. I’ve been a Bioderma user for a year. I did the math on cost-per-ounce¬† and found that Simple and Bioderma are comparable. (I usually spring for the 500 ml bottle of the Bioderma.) Simple is a lot easier for me to get my hands on because so many of my local stores have it now. Performance-wise, though, I actually like the Simple brand a little bit better. Both brands are very gentle on the skin. I can use both on eyes and face, but Simple’s version feels slightly more moisturizing on the skin.¬† I am so excited to have a drugstore option that I really love. Kudos, Simple!

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I finished off a bottle of non-acetone remover. I use this to remove non-glitter polish and for any post-stamping cuticle mess I wasn’t able to prevent.

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I really, really enjoyed Cover Girl’s Professional Remarkable Waterproof mascara. I stumbled across it while researching tubing mascaras and picked it up when my Kmart had them on clearance. (I don’t think they’re discontinuing it – it’s still on the CG website.) It doesn’t transfer on me at all, and actually gives me a little volume. It’s very similar to the Clump Crusher in formula, but is waterproof and has a natural brush.

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This was a lemming purchase that I wound up regretting. On my eyes, it was in no way extreme. It wouldn’t build, it transferred, and I lost a lot of lashes the one day I wore it. Which could totally have been coincidental, but it was odd and I don’t want to risk it.

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This scrub was a little messy, but very effective and had a lovely scent!

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I used up some samples this time around. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this cleanser, as I was a bit underwhelmed with the mud mask. I don’t know if it’s worth the price for me just yet, but I would probably snag it if it ever showed up at TJ Maxx in future.

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This serum was okay. There’s no way to judge its lifting properties in the week or so the sample lasted (which are dubious to begin with in my opinion), but it didn’t break or dry me out, which is great!

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Bioderma! Probably my last bottle for a while, thanks to Simple.

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I can’t remember where this sample came from. As micellar waters go, this one is unimpressive. It was heavily fragranced. I had to use the whole bottle over multple applications to get anything off my face, and ended up having to follow up with another one to remove everything.

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I probably got the fail of a micellar water in the same batch of samples that this All Nighter bottle came from. It was nice. I don’t think I like it more than other sprays I have used. I probably won’t end up buying it that often because of the price.

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This serum was one of the products that got me through the worst of the winter. It does have a little dimethicone in it, which I’m trying to stay away from in my nighttime routine, but I don’t think that weensie amount of ‘cones hurt anything in the long run.

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And, finally, I cracked this open and used it as a moisturizer/primer before makeup. It was very creamy and very slippy. Midway through the day, I started looking and feeling very dry. Probably thanks to the dimethicone and alcohol high up on the ingredient list. (6 & 7 out of a few dozen.) My skin didn’t like it much. But it was worth a try!