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Skincare Update – August 2019

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It has been four months since I gave my last skincare update! Time certainly goes by fast!

I really do try to give skincare updates as often as I can but sometimes when I find favorite go-to products, I’m definitely going to just keep using them because why change something good?

I’m still using a couple of the products from my first skincare post:

I’m not using:

  • Both toners I mentioned; I finished the second bottle of Indie Lee’s CoQ10 toner and I’m debating buying a third. I’m just not sure I see enough difference using a toner vs. not. If you have thoughts on this, let me know!
  • The goddess serum by Edible Beauty – it was a nice serum but it was pricey and The Ordinary’s Buffet, I feel, is equivalent if not better than the goddess serum, and I also got this hyaluronic acid serum in France that I love so it kind of has replaced the goddess serum.
  • Weleda Skin Food – I’m not using it currently because it’s summer and my skin is not as dry in the summer. Even the light version is a little too heavy for me to use in the summer.
  • Herbivore’s Phoenix Oil – I stopped using it because of the warmer months and also I noticed that it turns all my manicures a light orange tint even though I wash my hands with soap afterwards!

Additionally, from my April skincare update, I mentioned I was trying out the following products:

And here’s my review of each:

The Ordinary’s Niacinamide: so I’ve done some reading on the benefits of niacinamide and the reason I bought this was because of Gothamista on YouTube and her review of niacinamide. It has been proven that niacinamide reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, helps even skin tone, wrinkle prevention, and balancing hydration. It has also shown to improve the fatty acids and ceramides in your skin which helps your skin hold on to water which means hydration and plump, healthy, glowy looking skin! Niacinamide also helps with blemishes and rosacea, although not the best and there are probably other products that help with this better.

I didn’t really see a big difference with this product. I used it for a couple months and I had to start mixing it with The Buffet because when used alone, it pilled so badly. So, just a heads up that if you want to use niacinamide, mix it with another serum so it doesn’t pill as badly. Once I finish this bottle, I don’t think I will be buying another one. I just don’t really see much difference in my skin! I also don’t really have enlarged pores or uneven skin so that’s probably why I’m not seeing much of a difference.

The Ordinary’s AHA + BHA peeling solution: omg, hands down one of their best products. The price is AMAZING for a highly concentrated AHA + BHA peel and this bottle will last you quite a while. There are some warnings about this – it is STRONG so if you are using retinoids/retinol, you cannot use them the same day. It also says you cannot keep this product on your skin for more than 10 minutes and definitely take that note to heart. I actually slowly upped the time that I had it on my skin because it does tingle quite a bit initially. I was being cautious and letting my skin get used to it before I did a full 10 minutes. I started with 5 minutes then the following week 6 minutes, and so on.

You can do this up to twice a week but I find that once a week is perfect. I LOOOVE this peel. As soon as I wash it off, my skin is so much brighter and softer. It’s amazing and you can’t beat the price. I also love that it’s a dark purple, haha

Paula’s Choice: I’m just going to ‘review’ them all at once because it’s easier. Long story, short…I returned them all. They made me break out which is really interesting because PC products usually are for sensitive skin folks and don’t typically cause that but I guess I’m just opposite!

Cerave Eye Repair Cream: I hated this eye cream initially because it comes out of the tube like cottage cheese or like curdled milk. It was so incredibly hard to dot along my eyes. I then figured out to just use the fine point of the tube and directly squeeze it onto my eyes. While that makes it work slightly better, I’m still not totally in love with this eye cream so once I’m done with it, I’ll be looking for a new one.

Dr. Sam’s Flawless Cleanser: I talked about Dr. Sam in my previous post. She’s the most sought after and popular cosmetic dermatologist in London. She treats skin from the inside out and uses products that don’t have a lot of frills but just get to the point.

That’s what I love about her flawless cleanser. No frills and it doesn’t strip away your skin’s natural pH balance. It leaves your skin very soft and buttery but it also cleans it very well. I wouldn’t say it will take off your mascara and eyeliner; I do an oil cleanser on a cotton pad prior to washing my face when I have makeup on to help the facial cleanser get it all. I also like that the ingredient list isn’t massive. She only uses ingredients that you need, so basically only active ingredients and nothing harsh. It’s really good for all skin types. It’s a jelly-based cleanser, fragrance-free, oil-free, and a bottle lasts me about four months.

I actually just ordered two more bottles and the travel set because I found it a bit hard to get the gel into my own travel bottles.

Unfortunately, you can only order on her website and it ships from the UK…BUT I will say, it’s fast for coming from England. From the time I order, it takes about 5 days to get to me. Probably because I’m also on the East Coast, but still — it’s really not that bad!

Okay, so what’s going on with my skincare routine now?

Well, I went to France and I picked up a whole slew of new skincare because you know French skincare is amazing and the EU has way better cosmetic standards than the United States.

I should’ve known better when I picked up the French skincare because these products are AMAZING and have been doing such great things for my skin but I can’t easily restock them. In fact, I don’t think I can unless I buy a plane ticket to France! It’d be one expensive skincare line I’d be investing in!

Ugh, but I will still review them for you soon! Here’s what is in my current lineup:

Jennifer Vieira

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

I am totally OBSESSED with The Ordinary's line of products. I'm 45 years old and use the Squalane Cleanser (AM and PM), Lactic Acid (AM), Granactive Retinol 5% in Squalane (PM), and the 100% Squalane (AM). My skin has become so soft and dewy and more evenly toned since I started using these products. You absolutely cannot beat the price for this line either! I would gladly pay much more, but I'm sure glad that I don't have to :)

Julie Wampler

Friday 4th of October 2019

I just recently bought their hyaluronic acid; I want to try their squalane too!


Friday 30th of August 2019

Appreciate your honest reviews! The Nuxe products are great! You can buy them on Amazon but at a higher price than in France. I also found them in South Korea. The Ordinary product reviews are really helpful, thanks!