The Next Brand You’ll Want to Try

After my perspective-changing experience with the Mila Moursi line I decided that the best way for me to experience skincare products going forward is to use as many from the line as I can, which also lessens my chances of having reactions to certain ingredients without being able to tell which one of the products I’m testing is causing it. Pai had been on my list of brands I wanted to try and jumped to the top of my list for these three reasons 1.) the brands philosophy behind creating products for sensitive skin 2.) achieving that while still using natural ingredients and 3.) cruelty free.

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Don’t Pick and Choose Your Skincare

I am not beyond spending hundreds on my skincare routine.  When Beautylish offered me the chance to try a brand that was on the high end with the added bonus of a paid for cleanser and toner I took it.  I hadn’t heard of Mila Moursi before, but the more I learned about her philosophy behind skincare I knew it was a perfect match.  The two items I purchased for the routine were the Refining Lotion and the Dual Action Serum.  After following this routine for six weeks I finally figured out what I had been doing wrong for so many years now. Continue reading

The New Acid Toner You’ll Want

 

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For years, many years in fact, the only toner I swore by was Proactiv’s Revitalizing Toner.  That was until I met Biologique Recherche’s P50.  The reason my Proactiv toner was so beloved was because it contained glycolic acid.  For my skin type, it was a great way to tone the skin after cleansing (very important step) and treat it.  Since I’m acne-prone with oily skin the glycolic acid was an effective yet gentle exfoliant that kept my pores from becoming clogged, but also kept the surface of my skin smooth.

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February “Try Outs”

My “try outs” always consist of deluxe or regular sample sizes.  I get so many with my orders or because I specifically want to try out a product before purchasing the full size.  This month had a few stand outs that I will definitely purchase the full size, if I haven’t already.

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January “Try Outs”

Since my new approach to skincare is using the entire line, I’ve been trying out more masks, exfoliators and eye creams while keeping the basics the same.  My search for the perfect mask for when my skin is breaking out is still underway, but I might have found my eye cream and exfoliator which I’ll talk about in my current skincare routine post.  For January these were a few things I tried.

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December “Try Outs”

I recently reacquainted myself with the very important lesson that pick and choose skincare is not always your friend.  After a lot of frustration with trying so many things and not being impressed I put everything aside and used an entire line for 60 days to see if I could hit the reset button on my skin.  All that aside, and more to come in a future post on that subject, here is what was in my December “try outs.”

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Have You Tried An At Home Peel?

If you’re looking for an effective way to boost your skin tone, even out blotchiness, refine texture, lessen the appearance of fine lines, then you need to try at home peels.  They range in strength and price, but can be an affordable way to get impressive results from your skin without a trip to the dermatologist.

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October & November”Try Outs”

DSC_0037Whenever I watch youtube videos of my favorite bloggers and they do a monthly favorites video they always start off by saying “I can’t believe (whatever month it is) is already over.”  They’re right! However, they have a luxury that I do not, which is they get to spend all of their time blogging while I still have a 9-5.  I had to combine October and November since the time flew and here is what I tried and tested during those two months:

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The $5.95 Honest Company Free Trial

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It’s no secret that people are starting to look at what they are putting, not only in their body, but on it, more selectively.  There’s been quite an influx of really good product lines putting out skincare and makeup that are all natural, cruelty free, organic, non-toxic etc.  Where I trained to be an esthetician we used the Yonka product line.  The benefits of getting to know natural ingredients and their strengths in-depth was something that really shaped my outlook on how you treat your skin.

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September “Try Outs”

I haven’t written too many posts in between my August and September “Try Outs”, which is directly related to my 9-5 taking its toll.  But, onto the fun stuff!

In last month’s “try outs” I introduced this monthly post since I’m always trying out new products and what their quality and impact might be and decided whether it’s something I’d repurchase or buy full size.  Some of these were from my sample lot that I talked about here, so without further ado…

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know by now that Peter Thomas Roth is my desert island product line (whatever that means).  And of course, this cleanser is no exception.  I loved it.  Worth every penny for the amount you get AND it actually is effective.  Up until this cleanser I always pushed aside cleansers that claimed to do anything more than cleanse your skin, but this cleanser proved that even being on your skin for a short amount of time, the active ingredients do work.  In this case, those ingredients are Glycolic (AHA) and Salicylic Acid (BHA). The glycolic and salicylic acid hyper-exfoliate your skin which is great, but I would suggest that you balance this cleanser with another gentle cleanser, otherwise you might get too much flakiness if you’re not exfoliating on a daily basis.

GlamGlow Youthcleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Skin Type: Combination/Oily

iconWhen these cleansers were first introduced I saw them as a marketing ploy rather than a good product.  I had used the mask and thought very highly of it, but I thought the cleansers were simply a way to expand the line.  I was partially right.  The cleansers are almost like the masks in a thinner consistency formula.  For me, this works very well because I have oily acne-prone skin.  If you’re on the oily side, you could use this cleanser day and night.  I haven’t tried the hydrating mask or cleanser which a dry/combination skin might prefer.  I would definitely purchase the full size of this.  It proved to be just as effective as the masks.

Caudalíe Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream

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Skin Type: All Skin Types

I did not like this product.  The consistency of the cream was thick, but not in a luxurious creamy way, it felt more like it sat on your skin.  After a few uses I broke out and decided this was not a match for me.  I have tried other products from them with great success, such as their masks, but this was not a winner for me.  However, it seems to be reviewed really well so it could be a bad match for my skin.  If you have oily acne-prone skin like myself I’d skip this one for the consistency alone.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

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Yes, this oil smells not the best, and yes it is an odd blue color, but it’s absolutely amazing so I am more than willing to look over those two things.  There have been plenty of high praise reviews for this product so I’ll spare the regurgitation and just say that I have already purchased this FULL SIZE since running out only two nights ago, so that’s something.  One thing I will say about this product that is worth noting is that it contains retinol, but it’s formulated in such a way to be very gentle on the skin so you don’t get the red-patchy-flaky skin that one might get when using a retinol product.

Please leave comments below on what you’ve been trying out lately and if you tried any of these products with the same or different results.  I love hearing what other people use and what works for them and doesn’t.