Fall Skincare Lineup

Fall is in the air.  Personally, I’m super sad to see summer and the warm weather dwindle away.  I’m not the typical pumpkin spice, sweaters, and scarves kind of girl.  I prefer to be feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin. Alas, good things come and go, so I can look ahead to future warm weather and make do with what’s coming over the next eight months or so.

New seasons (well, not technically) call for skincare change ups (according to skincare experts, anyway).

I mentioned briefly in a previous post that I tried The Ordinary skincare products over the summer, and I will be posting a full review on what I tried soon.  I need to take an “after” photo for comparison purposes.

In the meantime, I popped into the drugstore yesterday to buy an under-eye colour corrector, and I ended up walking out with much more.  Yikes!

As always, I’m hopeful with the promise that the product will deliver.  I used all of the products I bought last night and this morning, and so far, I’m pretty pleased.  Details to come.

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12-Week Customized Training Program

Yup. That’s what I’m doing.  Can you believe that so much time has passed since my last post, that I’ve actually completed a 6-week challenge program?

I had great results with it (I lost 8 pounds and a couple of inches), that I decided to continue with a customized program to continue and maximize my results.

This will be a continuation of my 6-week program, but body re-composition (muscle gain) is the main goal, as opposed to weight loss.

So far, my meal plan is pretty much the same, except to start off this 12-week round, I did get a slight bump up on my carbs (vegetables and sweet potatoes). Every other measurement remained the same.

On a makeup/skin care note, I am trying some Ordinary products and will have a review shortly.  I wanted to give it a fair chance before I made my final recommendation.  I actually took a “before” photo.  I will be taking an “after” for comparison.

Pixi-24K Eye Elixir (Update)

As promised, this post is an update to my Pixi-24K Eye Elixir post.

I stopped using it.  I found that my eyes got itchy and burned a bit every time I used this. At first I didn’t connect the dots, but I eventually noticed that the itching and burning only happened when I used this.

It’s now out of my rotation.

Pixi
24K Eye Elixir

 

Farmacy-Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

I received a sample of Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm when I placed an order at Sephora.

Farmacy
Makeup Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

The product claims to:

…gently melts away stubborn makeup and impurities caused by pollution, without stripping skin.

Cleanse effortlessly…

I wasn’t sure what to expect of it, but this stuff worked!  I absolutely love it.  It truly does feel like my makeup melts right off.  I concentrate mostly on my eyes when using this (the rest can be cleansed with my face wash).  Eyeliner and mascara are gone, and I didn’t have to scrape my eyes to get it removed.

Once my eye makeup is thoroughly removed, I wash my face with Lise Watier’s Deep Cleansing Oil.

I went online today with the intention of buying a full-sized jar, and I got sidetracked by some of the reviews.  I always read the negative ones first.  The negative reviews were mostly not about performance, but rather, the fact that this product contains plastic. Now I’m not so sure I want to purchase this.  I left it in the cart.  😦

Other negative reviews said this didn’t remove makeup effectively.  Seeing as how it worked for me, I just don’t know how that’s possible. Maybe they’re not spreading it around for long enough?  Maybe they’re just wiping?  Maybe they’re makeup is military grade?  I kid.

Disclaimer:  All reviews are my own. I received this product as a sample, and have not received compensation for my review.

Andalou-Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

I’m always on the lookout for a face product that produces results, so I thought I’d take advantage of a 20% off sale and try Andalou’s Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

Andalou
Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

This product claims to:

… gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

Upon application, I immediately felt a warming/tingling sensation, so I knew this stuff was, most likely, going to produce results (I had the same effects/results with the Eminence Almond and Mineral Treatment ).

Because I felt the tingling right away, I made sure to follow the instructions and leave it on for no more than 10 minutes (I have since increased my mask time to the maximum 20 minutes).  The tingling did subside after a minute or so (it did not last the entire 10 minutes).

Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

After I removed the mask, I applied a serum and night cream, and went to bed.

When I was ready to start my makeup application the following morning, I couldn’t help but notice how much smaller my pores looked.  Wow! This stuff actually worked for me. Not only did it work, the pore minimization was apparent the following day as well.  I am super impressed with the results.

I have been using this mask approximately every three days and continue to use my Lush Cup O’ Coffee mask on Saturday mornings.   Based on my awesome results from both these masks, I will continue to use them consistently.  I believe, with time, my skin will improve drastically.

In summary:

Pros:  The scent is VERY reminiscent of Eminence’s Yam and Pumpkin Enzyme Peel.  To me, the scent is pleasant (earthy), but I can see this being an issue with others that are sensitive to fragrances. Application was easy.  Results lasted longer than one day.

Cons:  Removal was a bit tedious. Had to press harder than I would have liked to completely remove traces of mask. I will most likely start using a warm washcloth (as opposed to my hands) for removal.

I am, without a doubt, keeping this in my rotation.  I don’t think I’ll ever give this one up, and I don’t think I need to find any other masks (unless this suddenly stops working for me).

Disclaimer:  All reviews are my own. I purchased the product myself, and have not received compensation for my review.

Lise Watier-Deep Cleansing Oil

When I purchased Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner, I also picked up a new face wash.  I wasn’t really enjoying the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, so I thought why not?   This was different to me in concept in that my cleansers are not normally oil-based.

Lise Watier
Deep Cleansing Oil

The product claims to:

  • Dissolves makeup
  • Moisturizes
  • Nourishes skin

This product contains sweet almond, avocado, and coconut oils.

I am just about finished the bottle, and I have to say that I really, really like this product.  It does not leave my face overly dry, and it does not leave my face oily (at all).  The fragrance is really light.  Not overpowering at all.

The cleanser is very watery when dispensed, and it spreads super easily on the face, which is just fine with me, because I give my face quite a few once-overs before I rinse it off.  It removes makeup rather effectively, although I would still say not 100% on the eye makeup (eyeliner and mascara).  It performs way better than the mud cleanser I was using.

When you rinse the product off, it turns somewhat milky, but doesn’t change much in consistency, i.e. still watery.

I will definitely re-purchase this product and keep it in my rotation.

Disclaimer:  All reviews are my own. I purchased the product myself, and have not received compensation for my review.

Lise Watier-Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner

I entered the drugstore with the intention of buying a tinted moisturizing cream for days when I don’t wear a full face of makeup but have to head out to run an errand.  I also like a little bit of coverage for when I go to the gym and don’t want to put on a full face of makeup.  [On weekdays, I usually have a full face of makeup on, because I go to the gym after work (otherwise I wouldn’t)].

I love looking for and buying makeup, but sometimes there’s so much selection, that it becomes quite overwhelming.  Disappointingly, I didn’t walk out with any tinted moisturizers, but I did walk out with this:

Lise Watier
Soothing Rose Petal Gel Toner

The product claims to:

Eliminates all residue of makeup remover

Leaves skin fresh and invigorated

Tones skin

Something about the item that caught my eye.  The consistency.  It wasn’t watery.  As the name suggests, it was more gel-like .  I was also intrigued by the tiny pieces of rose petals floating inside.  When I unscrewed the cap, I was immediately drawn to the scent.  Some may say that it’s old lady-ish, but I rather like it.  I’m drawn to more subtle, natural scents like shea, coconut, almond, rose, etc., as opposed to fake smelling and overly-manufactured chemical smell.

I bought this along with a CC cream, which I will blog about in a separate post.

As I was paying for the purchase, the beauty consultant said that she brought this product and it was  game changer for her skin.  Gave me hope, but I’ll take that with a grain of salt and test it for myself.  Everyone’s skin is different, and everyone reacts differently to a product.

It’s still a bit early to notice any significant changes in my skin, but I have to say that I look forward to using this product every night.  As mentioned, I love the scent, and I love the cooling feeling it gives.  Because it’s a bit thicker in consistency, I give it a little longer to “dry” before I apply my night cream.

I also have to mention that while it does remove traces of left-over makeup (after washing with a cleanser), it doesn’t do a very thorough job, because when I wash my face in the morning AND use another toner (that I’m trying to finish up), that toner removes makeup still not completely removed from two previous washings and one toner application.

That said, I do like it enough that this one’s a keeper for me and worth the $26 price tag.

Disclaimer:  All reviews are my own. I purchased the product myself, and have not received compensation for my review.