My Skin Care Routine // Week Three

Hi everyone!

I’m here to review last week’s routine and then debut this week’s skin care routine after that. If you’re not familiar with this new skin care feature, click HERE to get up to speed. The two second rundown is that I am using one AM skin care routine per week and one PM skin care routine per week and then reviewing them 7 days later.

Click HERE to see all the details and products that I used last week.

My feedback is going to be a little more simple than last week because my routines for the week of March 21st were WAY better than my routines from the week before. I experienced no breakouts, no irritation, and no dryness. All My Skin Care Routine // Week Twogood all around. For the AM, I still think the Kiehl’s toner is just so/so but I’m trying to use it all up before giving it up. I still will not be purchasing it again. The Grape Water from Caudalie is again, an unnecessary step, but I like the added moisture before putting on my serums and oils. I stuck with the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution and I will say, the tiny pimples I got on my face last week, left absolutely no dark spots after healing. I’m guessing this product had a lot to do with that. As for the Boscia Beauty Oil – YES! I loved this in the AM as opposed to the PM. I used way less product than I would have at night, which means the bottle will last longer and I really feel like the hydration lasts all day. For some reason my makeup lasted longer throughout the day too! You wouldn’t think that would happen, but it did! Some people mix this into their foundation so I should have known it would be good shit, but yeah, pleasantly surprised with this one. Finally, my eye cream from Omorovicza (click here to see all product details and links for purchase) was pretty great. It’s light enough for day time but still very moisturizing. I loved the cucumber smell in the morning too, so refreshing. Oh yeah, definitely liked the Blue Moon Cleansing Balm more in the AM. I am almost out of this and while I liked it, I do like other balms a bit more.

For the PM I LOVED adding the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil back into my routine. This one is inexpensive too and lasts forever. It literally dissolves all of my makeup and makes my second cleanse feel like it’s actually cleansing my skin s opposed to removing makeup. Love that. The second cleanse balm I used this week was the Beauty Counter My Skin Care Routine // Week TwoCleansing Balm. I liked it. Good and oily and my skin felt nice and nourished afterwards. Nothing spectacular to report but I will keep using and report back. The big change to my PM routine this week was adding the P50 toner lotion into my routine. I have loved this guy for awhile now and I haven’t used it in a few weeks and now after adding it back in, I am in love all over again. It is SO good! My skin looks SOOOO plump and young when I use this consistently. Ugh…love it. SO good! The Kypris Moonlight Catalyst seems to be helping also. I just felt like my skin looked really great this week and it must have been from the addition of the Kypris product and of course, the P50. My eye stuff also seemed to be working better than what I was using last week but those results are harder to judge as eye products take a bit more time to “work” in my experience. Finally, my favorite night balm by Decleor was also amazing. It is so relaxing and nourishing to use this at night and I feel like my skin is still super hydrated in the morning. This was recommended to me years ago by a Bliss facialist and I seriously think she deserves a thank you note for this one. So good!

Oh hey, I forgot to mention that I did use a peel and face mask this week on Thursday night. I took a bath and I always pamper my skin while in the bath. I used the Ole Henricksen Power Peel and then used the Karuna Hydrating Sheet Mask. I skipped my nighttime routine that night and just slathered on a moisturizer and passed out. Did this affect my skin care results for the week? Probably BUT I will be using a peel at least once a week, it’s just good habit 🙂

Here are some photos of my skin throughout the week.

Taken Tuesday (3/22) morning after cleansing and before makeup

Taken Tuesday (3/22) morning after cleansing and before makeup

Taken Wednesday (3/23) after cleansing and before makeup

Taken Wednesday (3/23) after cleansing and before makeup

Taken Wednesday (3/23) after light makeup

Taken Wednesday (3/23) after light makeup (same makeup as previous weeks)

Taken Sunday (3/27) afternoon with light makeup.

Taken Sunday (3/27) afternoon with light makeup.

Taken Sunday (3/27) night after full PM routine

Taken Sunday (3/27) night after full PM routine

Rating of my routines this week: Morning 8/10 and Night 9/10

Now, what will I be using this week!?

For the third week of my weekly skin care feature (3/28-4/3), I will be using very similar products in the AM routine as I did last week, however, I wanted to put the P50 in the morning to see how it helped my makeup apply. Everything else will be staying the same. I will likely run out of the Blue Moon Cleansing Balm this week too so my final thoughts on it will be in next week’s post.

My Skin Care Routine // Week Three

 

For the PM routine for March 28-April 3rd, I really changed things up. I am going to keep the same cleansers since I had no complaints from last week. I forgot to take a photo of my eye products, but I will be using the same eye creams and serums as last week (click here to see). Since I swapped out the P50 and put it in my AM routine, I decided to add the Shisheido WrinkleResist24 toner. It is technically called a “balancing softener” but yeah, it’s a toner. I have used this in the past sporadically, however, it has not compared to the P50 yet so I am excited to try it out for a week and see what I think. Now, the rest of my routine, I am SO excited about. I am OBSESSED with Sunday Riley’s Luna Oil and Good Genes Treatment but I usually use them seperately (Luna at night and Good Genes in the AM), however, I have been hearing SO many good things about using the Luna Oil first and then letting it sit for a few minutes before applying one pump of Good Genes right on top. People are dying over this combo so while I love each product individually, I am really excited to see the difference when I use them together. Just some quick background — the Sephora website states the following, “Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment exfoliates and moisturizes the skin while smoothing the appearance of fine lines. Luna Sleeping Night Oil contains a powerful, yet gentle trans-retinol ester and moisturizing botanical oils to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and sun damage while preventing flakiness and irritation.” Are they pricey? YES! So, if you want to give them a go, I highly suggest trying this kit first before splurging on the full price products. I will be topping those two off with the Sunday Riley Tidal moisturizer. I didn’t have great first impressions of this guy so hopefully I’ll have better feelings after this week. It is supposed to deliver an intense water drench with two forms of hyaluronic acid and tamarind extract, for hydrated and visibly plumped skin. Meh…we will see! Come back next week to see what I’m thinking! I am so excited!

My Skin Care Routine // Week Three

Here are some photos from this morning:

Photo from morning of 3/28 after routine and before makeup

Photo from morning of 3/28 after routine and before makeup. You can see the hyperpigmentation (darker skin) on my cheeks in this photo). Hopefully I will see some change this week

Photo with light makeup on the morning of 3/28. Same makeup as posted in previous Skin Care posts

Photo with light makeup on the morning of 3/28. Same makeup as posted in previous Skin Care posts

Do you love any of these products?? Have you tried any of the products from my previous posts? Thoughts/Feelings/General Feedback on this new series?! Lemme know 🙂

UPDATE

Review of routine posted on 4/4/16

Hi guys! So I used the routine above for an entire week and I gotta say, these routines were SO great for me!

In the AM, I LOVED using the P50. I feel like this product makes my skin feel so plump and supple and my makeup applies so easily when I use this product. The Blue Moon cleanser I finally ran out of and eh… it’s fine. I won’t be buying again because I like other cleansing balms more, but I’m glad I gave it a go. I definitely liked the Boscia oil more in the morning (instead of using in PM) BUT I struggle with how much to apply. If I apply too much then it takes forever to absorb into my skin and my makeup ends up looking weird on top, but if I apply too little then I look dry around 3pm. I haven’t given up on it… it really does give great glow… but yeah, I don’t see much noticeable change in my skin aside from adding moisturizer. People have asked me if this oil is a “must have” and the answer is, no. Is it fine to buy and use? Yes. Is it a game changer? No.

Other readers were wondering if the Dr. Gross Ferulic Acid was giving noticeable results yet…. and to be honest, I’m not sure. Pictures are below. You tell me! I will still be using this product for this week (April 4th-April 10th) so yeah…wish me luck 🙂

In the PM, I die. Kill me. This routine….I don’t know how I am going to top it next week! I haven’t really had any “wow” moments with anything in this routine other than the Good Genes + Luna Oil from Sunday Riley. My cleansing routine was A-okay, as were my eye creams, but yeah, Good Genes + Luna is just heaven. My skin looked so great this week! Even MJ said to me, “Your skin feels so tight and soft. It’s seriously really plump!” Again, MJ doesn’t compliment stuff like this very often, so yeah, I was impressed. I will say that my skin was a little bit more sensitive than usual. For example, when I use a cleansing balm I rinse my face with a wet terry face cloth and if I scrubbed just a little bit too hard, my face turned super red. The redness never lasted long, but it just felt pretty sensitive. Remember that I was using P50 in the morning too so there was a lot of face exfoliation going on in my routine this week. Was it worth it? I think so!!!

Here are some photos throughout the week. Be sure to click HERE to see what I’m using next week! xo

Taken on AM of March 30th before makeup

Taken on AM of March 30th before makeup

Taken on morning of March 31st before makeup

Taken on morning of March 31st before makeup

Super light makeup on March 31st

Super light makeup on March 31st

 

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Comments

  1. Loving this new series and also loving the makeup-free photos too! Thanks so much for sharing!

    I see you have Luna, but wondering if you have used any of the other Sunday Riley facial oils, and if so what your opinion(s) are? If you have used any in the past, sow do you think they compare with the Boscia beauty oil? I have SR’s Artemis and wondering how it compares and if it would be worth it for me to pick up the Boscia to throw into my routine.

    Also interested to see what your longer-term opinions of the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution, now that you will use it 3 weeks in a row. It is on my list of things to consider purchasing for the Sephora spring sale that should be coming up soon, but wondering if it is really worth the plunge.

    I’m not sure of my feelings on Good Genes. I just felt like it didn’t last me long at all, and at such an expensive price point, I felt like it was gone before I had it enough time to formulate a solid opinion about it. Do you use a full pump every time? What is your take on how long each bottle lasts you?

  2. Thanks so much for your post, Corrie! Sooo I also have the Sunday Riley Artemis oil and I REALLY like that one BUT it’s totally different than the Boscia oil. I would say the Artemis oil has a thicker than olive oil consistency whereas the Boscia oil is super light weight. I can really layer on the Boscia oil and make it really thick on my face but I prefer to use a drop or two and just pat it into my skin in a very light layer. Like I mentioned in my posts, I’ve been liking the Boscia oil in the AM as opposed to the PM. I would say the Artemis oil, for me, is a PM oil. Do you need both? Tough for me to answer. If you want to try an oil in the AM underneath your makeup, then Boscia would probably be something you would want to pick up. If you’re cool using a moisturizer under your makeup then you can stick with just the Artemis in the PM 🙂

    Good Genes – UGH!!!! It’s the best AND the worst, am I right?! SO expensive and I totally agree, it does not last very long. I just looked at the bottle I am using right now and I probably only have 1/4 of the bottle left. I ONLY use one pump. I cannot justify using more than that especially at the price point. I would say that I use 1/2 a pump to 1 pump every time I use it and that is enough to cover my entire face and most of my neck. If I had been using it every day, I think the bottle probably would have lasted only a little over a month or so. Since this week I am layering the Good Genes OVER the Luna oil, I am trying very hard to only use 1/2 a pump. Hopefully it will last me a bit longer that way 🙂

    I’ll keep you posted on the Ferulic Acid. I am using it all over my face but it can also be used as a “spot treatment”. The bottle would last a long time that way and you’d definitely be able to easy gauge results. Since results can be slow, I try to focus on the “protection” factor. I have a ferulic acid product from Skinceuticals that once applied lasts 3 days! Now I’m wondering if the Dr. Gross one is similar…does it protect the skin for 3 days? I’ll have to do some digging 🙂

    Thanks for all of your questions! I will keep posting makeup-free selfies. It kills me to do it… but I will 🙂