Lazy Skin Day

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A pile of ‘lazy day’ products have seemingly collected themselves on my vanity; these are products for days when you have things to do and not much time to spare on skin. I am a person who enjoys spending quite a bit of effort on my skin, but if I can find products that cut down on time I am all for that.

IMG_0334First up is cleanse; two to mention, both rather different in concept. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water* is a smartly-packaged micellar water with the innovative inclusion of hydrogen water, the same ingredient at the heart of the rather unique Perricone H2 Elemental collection. I recommend this article on hydrogen skincare, but essentially hydrogen is an antioxidant with a unique activity in the skin that up-regulates NRF2, which in turn increases our body’s own antioxidant production. So we have hydrogen, sake, willowbark, royal jelly, and rose all acting to soften, cleanse, and resurface the skin. For those who love that squeaky-clean feeling, this is an incredible one-and-done rinse-off (please rinse it off) cleanse.

For those with a penchant for a traditional cleanser, CLE sent me their Oxygen Foam Cleanser*. This is applied to dry skin where it can dissolve makeup and cleanse the skin in one step, though I would always go in twice on days I am wearing liquid foundation to ensure every last bit is taken away. This too gives that squeaky-clean feeling, and I do enjoy how bright and even-toned my skin looks after application. This does say it assists in promoting the production of collagen, which I am sceptical of, but as a cleanser this is a comfortable option.

I have a few bottles of Avène Thermal Spring Water lying about, and though I have tried and tried to make these work I never see any difference when using them despite having tried Avène’s and both the regular La Roche-Posay and Serozinc. The infusion of minerals is supposed to act as a supplement to the skin, though again I never notice anything different. Nevertheless, I quite enjoy spraying them on my skin mid-day to refresh or before a moisturizer to sheer it out and make it feel lighter. For me this step is necessary whenever I wear Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream*, which I tried to like but just could not get on with. I quite enjoyed it the first few days I used it, but several weeks later my skin had developed red bumps across my temples and even a few hours later I could feel it on my skin. I was rather disappointed because Caroline Hirons just dropped it into her Hall of Fame, and I have heard wonder-stories of people who have replaced most of their routine with this one product. Its claim-to-fame is its inclusion of ceramides, which are lipid molecules that exist in the stratum corneum and protect against water loss and the entrance of foreign substances into the skin. I suppose not every product is for every person, but I still wholeheartedly recommend giving this cream a try if you have compromised, problematic, or mature skin.

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To finish the lazy look, Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Advanced* is an after-moisturizer skin perfecting serum that provides both instant gratification and long-term benefits to the skin. I am always sceptical of luxe products in higher price brackets, but this is truly remarkable. Within a few minutes its optical powders mildly blur imperfections like moderate dark spots, impart a subtle glow to the skin, minimize the appearance of pores along the top of my cheeks, and subdue minor texture along my jaw. What is unique about this is that it also has long-term benefits, stemming from the inclusion of longoza extract which acts to both increase collagen and elastin production and ease gravity-related sagging, and opilia extract which aids in dark spot correction, red spot correction, and the reduction of visible pore size. Critics say these ingredients are unproven, but if we look at skincare as a whole the only ingredients which are relatively ‘proven’ are ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, green tea, and vitamin C and even so, most of these studies are far from extensive nor are they done on the product but rather the ingredient and often tested in vitro rather than in vivo. So in all honesty, if a product makes you look instantly better, makes you happy to use it, and will not kill you, then it is aces in my books.

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.

 

April Favourites


I suppose this is closer to a ‘this year thus far’ favourites roundup, because I have been rather tardy in the filming business. So many things have happened recently, and as this blog is more of a personal hobby than a profit-generating job I tend to push it to the back burner. So, before I go into my recent favourites I will catch you up with my life.

01. I work at Sephora. Yes, the dream has come true; I am training to be a skincare consultant at Sephora. That means I can do what I love, which is chat about skincare with anyone and everyone, every day. Yes, please. As an employee of Sephora I do have to make it clear that, as always, the views expressed on this blog and anywhere else on social media are my own opinions; not of Sephora’s. I do not speak for Sephora, nor any of its brands/vendors. I have always refused compensation for product reviews here, and I will continue to do so, but I may mention a product that I received as gratis from Sephora or a brand during the normal functions of my job. As always it will be clearly noted as such.

02. I moved. The changes, I know, but I am now living in a house to be shared with a few other people. During the summer, however, it will be just me and that hopefully means more videos and content here on the blog. I also have my own fully-functional kitchen, so prepare yourselves for the return of baking. I have a few ideas for content already, so keep your eyes peeled.

I believe that to be everything of importance, so on to the favourites. I have a wide assortment of things to share, from skincare and cosmetics to housewares and literature. As always, you can watch the YouTube video here or skip directly to the links below.

Products mentioned

Skincare

Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment*
Indeed Laboratories Facial Powder Exfoliator
Hylamide Sensitive Fix Advanced Calming Complex Booster
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil*

Body care

Everyone Soap Shampoo + Body Wash + Bubblebath in Coconut and Lemon
Crest 3D White Deep Cleansing Toothpaste and Whitening Treatment

Cosmetics

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation
NYX HD Concealer in 01 and 12 Green
Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Flax*

Houseware

White basket from IKEA, similar here
GURLI throw in grey from IKEA

Books and literature

‘Disclaimer’ by Renée Knight
Vogue, May issue with Taylor Swift
What to Bake and How to Bake It’ by Jane Hornby

Disclaimer: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were given to me free of charge. I receive countless products each month, and say nothing about the majority of them; I will only review a product if I think it is worthy of words, either negative or positive. Links are to the easiest and most common retailer. All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of the companies mentioned, nor my employer.

The New Skincare Routine


If you have been following me on Snapchat you will know that I have been a tad unpleasant about my skin lately; it seems to be all over the place. That is, I suppose, the thing about acne; your skin’s texture can be wonderful and luminous, and yet you still have acne. My approach to skincare is always about nourishment, which can be frustrating at times because nourishing products often don’t feel as if you are making any progress while drying products have a satisfaction to them. That being said, I am trying my best to stick with a consistent routine of skin-helping products to help bring my skin back in check after a dalliance with a few not-so-fantastic products.

If you are a more visual person, watch my YouTube video where I chat about everything.

Morning

Cleanse: Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser. I was worried about this being a superfluous purchase, but I really like this cleanser. It is formulated with DMAE to firm the skin and increase luminosity and alpha lipoic acid to reduce puffiness, redness, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size. I find the scent of talcum powder to be wonderful, the fine gel texture foams slightly, and skin feels clean and smooth after use. A miracle cleanser? No, but I do enjoy it so far.

Hydrate: Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream. I was a prolific user of facial oils as a morning moisturizer, but they don’t quite work the best under makeup. I only bought this because it is quite a nice value for your dollar. The gel texture is smooth and leaves skin plump but not juicy. Plenty of antioxidants are here, as I am a big fan. Every morning here, because my skin is far too juicy for an oil and a gel in the evening.

Evening

Cleanse: Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser. Same as above. I’m not into using two different cleansers in one day; I always find it to be rather confusing to my skin.

Treat: Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask. This is a rather unique mask in that it should be used every evening, for twenty minutes, four days in a row, and then every few days after that. I have just finished the every day period, so now will be moving into the maintenance phase. Blue Tansy oil and willow bark purify pores while fruit enzymes gentle exfoliate the skin. I have noticed—and I will chalk it up to this—that my skin does look rather calm in the morning after using this. We’ll see how it works in the long term.
Treat: Indeed Labs Retinol Reface. Retinol is the master ingredient at the moment. A derivative of vitamin A, not only is it incredibly effective for minimizing the visual signs of aging but it also aids in the prevention of hyperkeratosis, a primary cause of acne. I am currently on my way to building up a tolerance and using it every evening.

Hydrate: Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil. Blue Tansy reduces redness, squalane balances oil production, jojoba hydrates, kukui supplies antioxidants. I use it every evening to seal everything in. Skin feels so comfortable after using this, and the oil is rather ‘dry’ so you don’t have to worry about sliding around your pillow at night.