Estée is really ramping up their roster of spokesmodels this year!
As you’ll know from a few months ago, Kendall Jenner was announced as the new face of Estée Lauder, bringing a more youthful model to their roster of supers.
In case you haven’t already seen Kendall’s announcement on her Instagram, she is the new face of Estée Lauder. Continue reading NEWS // KENDALL JENNER LANDS ESTÉE LAUDER
Red alert! Or should I say red and green alert… Continue reading NEWS // CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY AT SEPHORA
As much as the products in my evening skincare routine have changed, they have finally settled, and I have found what seems to work best for my skin (in case you didn’t already know, hormonal acne-prone and slightly dry). Continue reading MY EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINE
Don’t get me wrong, I love the luxurious packaging and Sephora’s beauty insider points, but there is something so satisfying in finding a great, sometimes better than high-end, inexpensive product at the drugstore.
I have pretty thick eyebrows that don’t really need filling in, but one of my essentials is a clear brow gel to keep them in place. I’ve used the Anastasia one, another from Estée Lauder (which doesn’t seem to exist anymore) before I stumbled upon Maybelline’s Great Lash Gel. It does take a little longer to dry and it is an unusually liquidy formula, but the end result is the same, and for a product that you technically don’t actually see, it makes no difference what brand it is.
As for the mascara, I can’t take all the credit. My friend bought it in brown by accident and gave it to me. I didn’t know what to expect– I’m not a huge mascara girl. I usually wear brown, I just think black is too obvious on me. And that’s the other thing– I like a really seperating and just tad volumizing formula, like as natural looking as possible.
I had been using Clinique’s High Impact, but it was getting a bit funky, it had been a while. I gave this one a try, and man, it was like love at first sight. The formula is really… wet, you know what I mean? The brush was easy to manoeuvre so I could get right to the roots. I was left with defined and voluminous lashes. My only complaint, and I really mean it when I say only, is that it flaked by the end of the day, which doesn’t really surprise me because I’ve found that most drugstore mascaras do that. Nonetheless, I’m so pleased with this one I’m probably not be going back to high-end mascaras for a while.
There’s a new BB on the scene…Estée Lauder’s Double Wear All-Day Glow.
Riffing off of their beloved foundation, Double Wear, they have now translated their long-lasting formula into a long-wearing BB.
I personally, absolutely hate wearing foundation on a day-to-day basis, and wear tinted moisturizer everyday unless I am going to a big event–so I want what I’m using to be pigmented and long-wearing. I just hate the feeling of something covering up my skin, so this is right up my alley.
I was a bit skeptical at first that this product would be thick like their Double Wear (it does what it says though) and not very breathable–the consistency of this BB was already thicker than my usual Dior Hydralife–but it actually feels very light on the skin, much like my tinted moisturizer.
It is very creamy, and does require a fair amount of the product to cover your whole face. However, it is pigmented enough to give good coverage and leaves a healthy, luminous finish.
The cream is infused with the healing and correcting powers of Vitamins E and C–I cannot attest to these working as I haven’t used them long enough–and of course, SPF 30.
I still needed powder for my nose in the afternoon, but this is normal for me. It looks like skin while perfecting and evening so it works for me. There are several shades available which is actually unusual for BB’s (normally they come in 1 or 2 shades), My only gripe is that you do need more of the product and the bottle is small and quite expensive (Dior = 1.7 oz for $45.00, Estée = 1 oz for $45.00). But! The Dior only comes in two shades.
So: if you need a bigger shade range and a long-wearing, pigmented tinted moisturizer, this is your gal!
This is probably one of the least glamorous-looking beauty products out there. But, it’s efficacy makes up for it’s un-aesthetically pleasing white tube.
I have now been on Differin for more than three months now (supposedly how long it takes to actually work), and I can definitely see an improvement in my skin.
It has really purged my pores of little under the skin bumps, pimples, blackheads and more. However–don’t get me wrong–I still have some blackheads on my nose, some comedones on my chin and forehead and the occasional cystic pimple. But there are far less of them and this adapalene gel makes them much more manageable.
I used to experience a never ending circle of cystic pimples on my chin and cheeks and now, I may get 1 every two weeks (more likely around my special time of the month) and instead of lurking around for a week before disappearing, the Differin brings down the size and pain significantly in one night and speeds up the healing process to only a day or two. This in itself, for me, is magic.
If you’re expecting Differin to clear up your skin by 3 months, you’re probably dreaming. When I was frustrated and approaching my second month (and going through what seemed like purge cycle upon purge cycle), I found online that Differin really needs at least 4 months to be given a chance. There’s definite improvements so far, so I’m going to stick with it.
Tips for using Differin:
- Make sure you have thoroughly cleansed your face beforehand, and then wait 15 minutes before applying a pea-sized amount to your entire face. This is not a spot treatment.
- I usually give the gel a few minutes to sink in before applying my other skincare. If you have oilier skin, you might be able to go without any moisturizer on top, but the retinol can be quite drying.
- Don’t use any heavy serums, oils or moisturizers over top. Keep it light.
- If you have uber-sensitive skin, then start slowly by only using it every other night for the first week.
- Follow the directions: only use a pea-sized amount, cover your entire face and do wait those 15-20 minutes: I read a blog post about a girl who was complaining about it’s efficacy but she was using it totally wrong (using it as a spot treatment after applying moisturizer).
- Clinique TTDO balm, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and cream cleansers like Clinique, and Weleda.
- Clarins Gentle Exfoliator in the morning and Biologique Recherche P50W in the evening.
- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum in the morning and Estée Lauder ANR in the evening.
- Biologique Recherche Crème Dermopurifiante and a few nights a week I layer over Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa for added moisture.
- One night a week I will use Kate Somerville Exfolikate and one day (when I’m not going outside) I use Alpha H Liquid Gold.
- Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda 3-4 times a week.
- Clarisonic only for morning cleanses.
- Always, always, always SPF 50 before going outside (I like Kiehl’s, La Roche-Posay and Vichy).
Differin cannot be bought from a department store: you need a prescription from your doctor. As a beauty blogger, I am so lucky to receive many products for free, but all in all, this is the best product that I don’t have to pay for (thank you benefits). So, for now at least, I’ll keep truckin’ and keep you all updated with the results in a few months.
Sometimes, in the skincare world, all it feels like anybody talks about is exfoliating–scrubs, brushes, toners, masks, moistruizers, serums, etc.etc. the list goes on and on.
I’m a huge fan of exfoliation, but over-exfoliation is dangerous territory. Skin can become red, raw, inflamed, and thin which makes skin more sensitive to touch and the sun.
It can be hard to restrain yourself from too much exfoliating–who doesn’t want baby smooth, soft skin every time they wash their face? Exfoliation is necessary, but we must be careful what we’re doing it with and how often.
If you are using several different treatments on your skin, i.e. serums, toners, moisturizers, retinol, acids, etc., then it is important to make sure that what you’re using doesn’t cancel out another product’s function. I, myself, am now using a doctor-prescribed retinol at nights on my face (for acne), so I need to make sure that I’m not combining retinol with glycolic acids, because glycolic will actually render the powers of retinol redundant.
As of right now, my exfoliating includes using my Clarisonic in the morning, followed by Clarins Gentle Exfolliator which contains a small amount of glycolic acid.
At night, I simply just double cleanse, apply my retinol and eye cream, wait an hour (to let the retinol sink in), then apply moisturizer. Retinol on its own will resurface the face, and can cause some flaking or peeling, so it is important to be gentle with the skin when using this ingredient. Once or twice a week I may do a scrub (Exfolikate, which yes, contains glycolic, however, I rinse off the scrub so it doesn’t matter) if my pores are feeling congested, and one night a week I might use Alpha H’s Liquid Gold.
So here we are finally. Onto the review of my two toners.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator: This is a great introductory toner for someone who is nervous about using acids. It is so gentle, no burning or stinging, and has a lovely slightly thick feel to it. Less watery, more lotion. Lovely.
Alpha H Liquid Gold: This is a much stronger exfoliator, at about 5% of acid. I use this totally alone at nighttime. I know. So boring and plain, right? But, by excluding any extra serums or moisturizers, it allows the acid to work, uninterruptedly. Don’t worry, your face may feel slightly dry at first, but the feeling goes away. It can be used under a moisturizer, but I prefer to let it work to its full potential.
Who knows–this still may be considered as too much exfoliating for one person, but I really feel like my pores get congested easily, and this formula helps to keep breakouts at bay and my skin smooth.
As always, please remember: If you are using any products at all that contain any acids or retinol, you MUST use a sunscreen. Your skin becomes more photosensitive from these products and any anti-aging/scar or dark spot diminishing you were hoping to accomplish will be all for naught if you don’t wear a sunscreen.
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Now, for the last layers of hydration in your skincare routine–serums and creams. These are your last line of defence against the cold winter wind. I hope you are all wearing moisturizers with adequate hydration for your skin–if you aren’t, your dry skin could become windburned and chapped from being outside (especially with this horrible polar vortex windchill every day). Doesn’t sound fun, right?
Again, I’ve got a light, medium and heavy option for moisturizers. I also have one hydrating serum, Hydraluron, which I’ve already reviewed before.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
Now, this is my summer moisturizer, but I have dry skin, so it would work perfectly for oily-skinned gals out there who need some protection, but don’t want to smother their face with a thick cream.
Clarins HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry Skin
This is really my holy grail moisturizer, and has been for two years now. I keep coming back to it. It’s the perfect thickness, has a pretty smell, and is like spreading on a fluffy layer of moisture onto your skin. My skin soaks this stuff up, and it never ever leaves me greasy or oily. If my skin is a bit dryer, I’ll sometimes smooth on a bit of oil first. Also, it creates a great base for makeup.
Vichy ProEven Eye Cream
Creates a great base for makeup and you only need a tiny amount to hydrate your eyes and protect the delicate skin from the cold.
Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night
Now, this is the most buttery and thick cream I have ever use. This is meant for aging and mature, and severely dehydrated skin. Will replenish even the driest of faces.
Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Eye Cream
Much like the face cream, it is an intensely thick cream that will inject moisture into the delicate eye area.
If you’re looking for hydration, but really like your moisturizer/are afraid of changing it, Hydraluron could be the product for you. It’s a thin, gel-like serum that is applied under your moisturizer. It works with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the deeper layers of the skin. I’ve written about it’s wonders before on VP.