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Protect your face at any price.
While having my makeup applied a few weeks ago, the makeup artist told me that my skin was quite dehydrated. I was surprised, I apply moisturizer twice a day! Sometimes more! Plus, I drink more water than anyone I know! How much more hydrated can I be? I went home and looked at the mirror and realized that my skin was dehydrated, I could see it in the crepe-iness of the skin around my eyes, my cheeks and my forehead. Continue reading KIEHL’S // ULTRA FACIAL OVERNIGHT HYDRATING MASQUE
Since I’ve been using Tactuo (a prescribed medicated acne-fighting gel), I noticed that even my oily skin was becoming combination-y, which, in my opinion, was causing scarring from my breakouts and frustrating foundation applications. So I figured, to counteract the dryness of the Tactuo but keep my face matte, I needed a day cream that would give sufficient moisture and control oil throughout the day. I visited the trusty staff at my local Kiehl’s and asked them for guidance. They recommended the Sodium PCA “Oil-Free” Moisturizer (by the way, can anyone tell me while the oil-free is in quotations?). I’ve been using this stuff for almost 9 months now–it’s a great all year round moisturizer– nourishing enough for the dry winter months, but not too rich for summer time. I always apply this right before I put on foundation, it makes it go on soo smoothly. For the most part, I no longer get dry patches, but for the odd days where I go a bit crazy on my zits (hello salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil!), I need to bring in the bigger guns. Like most Kiehl’s products, it’s seems to last forever (which is great unless you are obsessed with trying new products, ahem, which I am guilty of). Anyone with normal, combination or oily skin will love this, however I don’t think it’s strong enough for dry skin.
With the summer months rolling around comes higher hemlines, spagetti straps and a lot more skin showing. And I don’t know about you, but that stresses me out big time. As if I wasn’t pale enough to begin with, my legs seem to be looking extra pasty after a long winter hidden away under layers of thigh-high socks and stretch-denim. However, the urge to finally wear my long forgotten shorts and skirts has overcome me and I’ve had to scramble to kick my legs into gear. And here’s what I’ve used.
Saint Tropez One Night Only Instant Glow Body Lotion is literally heaven-sent. If the title didn’t spell it out for you, it’s an instant body tanner that washes off at the end of the day. It comes out a dark earthy-brown tone (a bit intimidating the first time), but once all massaged out, looks like a natural olive tint. It covers any pinkness or visible veins for all you pale girls out there. It doesn’t smell like that awful tanner smell and it washes off your hands in a pinch. It doesn’t transfer onto clothes once dry, and lasts all day. However, it does look a little funky at the gym if you happen to sweat…
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Body Lotion is one of the most expensive body lotions I’ve ever used on myself. At first, I couldn’t justify using a $40 (for only 250 mL) (!!!) lotion, considering I only need a little moisture for my legs and arms after showering. Sure enough, I figured out why people go crazy for this stuff. The texture is truly luxurious. It soaks in immediately, and leaves your legs looking immediately healthier, shinier and softer. It also happens to photograph really nicely (even Garance Doré agrees). And to be fair, I’ve been working at the 500 mL bottle since Christmas, and I’m only halfway through. Well worth it, nonetheless.
I heard somewhere on a blog recently that toners don’t do anything. And thinking about it, it’s so hard to know which products are working when you’ve got a billion different steps to your skincare routine. A toner, by definition, is used to finish cleansing the skin and exfoliate the pores of impurities– thus, ‘tightening’ the pores. But with ‘acne-fighting’ and ‘age-defying’ products on the market, who’s to know what works? We’ve got lotions and creams that also fight these skin concerns. Nonetheless, I’ve used toners that have been obviously doing something, I’ve used toners that have worsened my skin just in general, and I’ve used toners that do absolutely nothing at all.
I don’t have a specific toner philosophy (like Amanda), and I generally use just one after cleansing– I usually go for an acne fighting one. Amanda swears by the Beauty Mouth method, which is using an exfoliating toner, then followed by a moisturizing toner. I tried that method with Peter Thomas Roth and Mario Badescu products, and felt like they just did nothing.
Tried and true, Yonka and Kate Somerville take the top spots for me. Yonka’s Emulsion Pure is an acne-fighting toner, which you’re supposed to apply after cleansing, then leave for thirty minutes, then moisturize. I saw results after about two weeks, and as soon as I swapped it for another toner I wanted to try, I saw immediately that I was breaking out more. That being said, I do have oily skin, and for drier skin types I would recommend using the Yonka only where you’re breaking out rather than all over the face.
Kate Somerville’s Clarifying Toner is another acne fighting toner that actually stood out from the abundance of products that clutter my countertop. I noticed after using up the entire bottle that my acne scars around my mouth had significantly faded and that my breakouts, while still there, were minimal and not meltdown-worthy. These two toners don’t give that typical toner ‘sting’ that some people live for, which is probably for the better
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.
I LOVE FACIAL OILS because they all have different weights and ingredients making them perfect for any skin type. They can add an extra-hydrating oomph to all faces, making them a great product for surviving winter without a dry, dehydrated or chapped face. At night, I love to use them on their own, or under a moisturizer, and during the day, I sometimes will blend a drop or two into my moisturizer before application if my skin is feeling parched.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, don’t be scared! Oils are for you too. You just need to make sure you pick the right one. I have dry/dehydrated, acne-prone skin (a winning combo), and none of these oils aggravate my pimples.
I have three different face oils here for you–all with different weights and viscosity. I pick and choose which one to apply every night depending on how my face is feeling, or what I think it might need.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I’m not completely sure if this is supposed to be classified as an “oil”, but it has a lightweight, silky texture, and an oil-like feel. I think that it is meant to be used as a serum under a moisturizer, but on days when my skin doesn’t seem parched, and I just need light hydration, this is perfect. It has a pretty smell as well and doesn’t feel oily on the face.
Hydrating ingredients: squalane, lavender oil and evening primrose oil
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil
This oil can be used every night on it’s own, under moisturizer, or for oilier skins, every 2 or 3 nights. Like all of Aurelia’s products, it is beautifully scented with neroli, lavender, mandarin and more. Perfect for pumping up a moisturizer, whether during the day or night. Wake up to brighter, hydrated skin.
Hydrating ingredients: kalahari oil, mongongo oil, kigelia, baobab and hibiscus
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I bought this oil when it felt like no matter what I did, I could not get my forehead to not look crepe-y, tight, dry and dehydrated. This oil is so incredibly hydrating, you only need a drop or two to quench your thirsty skin. I definitely would only use this at night. Despite being extremely hydrating, it did not break me out. If you are concerned about it being too heavy on your oily, acnaic skin, I recommend the Blue Lotus facial treatment oil instead, it is made for oilier skin.
Hydrating ingredients: hazelnut oil, rosewood oil, patchouli oil, blue orchid oil
Accent is the perfect blush for winter–pink with bronze to warm up paler skin tones
“The main reason why I love this mascara so is the incredible brush (which I learned is really what differentiates a mascara from the pack). It has a small plastic brush so you can really get in there, and it grabs on to each lash with a bit of tension, so you get that long, defined lash, never any clumps. “
“I apply it before doing my eye makeup in the morning so that the two minutes of waiting time goes by without noticing it. The result is a more even and matte complexion that lasts for hours.”
“It has the perfect amount of thickness and pigment for coverage but never ever clumps or gets stuck in fine lines. It just. doesn’t. budge. Just smooth it on and never worry about your makeup moving around again.”
“The be-all and end-all of foundations. It has the ever-so-slightest pearlescent sheen to it that gives you a magic glow and watch as it erases all unevenness and blemishes.”
“I shouldn’t have been so blasé, this palette is actually amazing. Every single colour I have tried looks great. Every. Single. One. And! They are super long-lasting. The colour stays true all day long, without a primer “
“I woke up with a more younger-looking, plumped up face. The skin around my eyes looked so much better–the lines had faded, and the skin was smooth. My skin had a more even and luminous tone. “
“If you have the money, these are really a great investment for your face, they will make a noticeable difference in your skin. “
“I must admit, at first the smell put me off, but you see the results. My chin acne is pretty much gone now, and my skin is clearer and has a more translucent, glowing quality to it.”
“The consistency is quite thick, but not sticky at all, and you barely need any of the honey and grapefruit-scented formula to save your lips from that tight, dry feeling.”
“It decongests the pores and works well to help fade post-acne scarring, blackheads, blemishes and sun-damaged skin.”
“The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight.”
“It creates such a smooth, voluminous blow dry, without weighing hair down. Seriously–your hair looks like it came from a shampoo commercial.”
“Overall, this line holds my blowout longer (3 days!), fights frizz and most importantly to me, doesn’t feel like I have any product in my hair. Winners all around, and at a great price.”