I shared my skincare routine last in August 2017, and said I’d make it a more regular segment here on the blog, if only for my personal reference, to remind myself of what works (and what doesn’t). What you may notice is that while the products will switch around and change from time to time, the structure of my routine remains pretty much the same, which is what makes it a “routine”.
In August, I was all about calming down my skin that was feeling sensitive. By September, my skin was calm and zen, and I was ready to play around again. But I set myself a goal.
I had a bunch of skincare that were either on their last legs, or almost expired, and I gave myself a challenge of either using them up, or tossing them out.
Happily, I ended up using up and emptying quite a few items, which made me very happy. I know it is odd to be happy about emptying a skincare product (I should be sad, as it means I have to purchase something to fit its missing hole in my routine) but I have other similar products waiting in line to take its place, and I was excited to have a go at them! 😀 #beautyjunkieproblems
So, here’s my skincare routine in September 2017 including what I’d finished, and I’ll tell you if I’ll repurchase them 🙂 Feel free to share your thoughts, or even your routine with me! I’m a nosy parker 😀
Where the products have been reviewed, links will be given to the review so you can read my thoughts in full detail, find out prices and where to buy etc. This is an overview with some additional follow up thoughts.
Day time Skincare Routine
After getting my skin back to normal from its sensitive self, I decided that it was time to start clearing out the random bits of skincare I had left behind. I often find I leave random remnants of skincare lying around, and I wanted to clear my dresser.
Cleanser – Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser (empty)
The Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser is one I like, with a scent that always, without fail, reminds me of a steaming hot “pau”. Makes me hungry everytime! LOL I like the texture and how lovely it makes my skin feel, and how hungry it makes me in the morning. But I’m not too crazy about the packaging. I’d prefer if it came in a pump packaging instead of a tube. Like toothpaste, by the time you reach the end of the product life, it gets harder and harder to squeeze out product. It’s empty now, but I like it, and I have a back up now. Yay! So yes, it’s a repurchase for me!
Face Mist – Caudalie Grape Water Spray (empty)
I spritz out the last of my Caudalie Grape Water Spray just 2 days ago, and I was a little sad about it. This is soothing and calming and adds a little moisture to the skin. It makes a nice base for oils that follow and acts as my “toner” step. This one’s an empty, and it’s a repurchase because I have a spare waiting in line too!
Facial Oil – Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil
I don’t usually use facial oil in the day as it can feel heavy, but I made an exception with the Trilogy No. 15 Limited Edition Beauty Oil, which is lovely and light and makes my skin feel comfortable all day. In the day, I use just 2 drops, massaged into my mist-dampened skin. It sinks right in, and leaves my skin feeling soft and comfortable. It’s packed full of antioxidants, which I felt made it suitable for use in the day. It is a limited edition product, and has been flying off the shelves, so I advise that you fly, don’t even bother running! 😀
Hydrating Serum – La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (empty)
I can’t help noticing how quickly I used up the La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum after my August post. I had about a quarter of the bottle left there. Now, it’s all gone. Every last drop! I’ve had this since January, and I used it for about 2 months straight before scaling back, because it was running out and I loved it so much. I feel like the La Mer serum gives my skin an additional boost of hydration and to get over dryness or sensitivity. But I also felt that because I loved it so much, I owed it to myself to finish it. So I did. It’s all gone, and I’m a little sad looking at the empty bottle. I would love to repurchase because I love it that much, but the cost is rather prohibitive, and for this reason, I’ll bid it au revoir for now – till I scrape up enough moolah to buy it again.
Moisturiser – Melvita Apiscoma Soothing Face Cream (almost empty)
My skin loves the Melvita Apiscoma cream especially when it’s feeling sensitive or just off kilter. I would love to keep this as an emergency skin cure, but I also realised that because it’s an organic product with a short shelf life, I wouldn’t do it any justice letting it expire. So, I’m using it up right now. Just a few more uses left. Yes, it’s a repurchase!
Eye Cream – Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream
I’m lax about eye creams, but some time in September, I was invited for a very exclusive event to introduce the luxury range of Shiseido Future Solution LX, and because I don’t have an eye cream in my routine, I slipped it in immediately. I quite like it. It is thick and creamy, but does not give me oil seeds, nor clog my pores. It feels comfortable and with regular twice a day use, seems to help depuff my tired eyes, make my eye bags look less red, and give a little lift to my lids. I’ll post in more detail in a later post to come.
Sunscreen – Shiseido Perfect UV Protector SPF50 PA++++ Wetforce
I had finished the Hydrofresh version, so I went back to the regular Shiseido Perfect UV Protector. This is still my first pick for sunscreen, despite the hefty price tag. I tried one from Senka in the middle of the month, that comes highly raved, but felt it didn’t protect my skin enough. I detected some new sun spots that did not make me happy. So I’m back to this Shiseido one. I might have found a substitute, but let me try it more and let you know later!
Night Time Skincare Routine
For the night, I too dug out some old products I’d almost used up, to clear out. I really did not want perfectly good products going to waste!
First Cleanse – Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm (empty)
I told you about the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm a while ago, and I said that it was a decent product. But you are better off sticking to its clone, the Clinique Take The Day off balm cleanser, which has more product in there and better bang for your buck. Once I scraped the bottom of the tub, I was actually quite shocked at how little product there is in the tub. The base of the tub is about halfway from the bottom of the packaging, which is very deceptive. As a product, it is decent, but because it’s just too expensive for so little product, I will not repurchase.
Second Cleanse – Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
As I told you before this, you’ll be seeing quite a lot of the Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, as I’m working through it, and it’s gentle enough for a second cleanse if and when I need it.
Toner /Facial Mist – Caudalie Grape Water Mist (empty)
I forgot the mist in the picture, but it’s the Caudalie Grape Water spray again, to hydrate the skin and to act as a toner.
Facial Oil (Treatment) – Odacite Pa + G Papaya and Geranium serum
I decided to see if I could do something to lighten my pigmentation (the Senka sunscreen did not cut it!) and found the Odacite Papaya and Geranium serum for hyperpigmentation in my stash. I tried using it twice a day as recommended, but I have a suspicion it makes the problem worse (I’ll elaborate on this later) so I kept it to only for night. 3 drops, because its supposed to be potent. Will update in a separate post.
Eye Cream – Shiseido Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream
While waiting for the oil to sink in, I go in with the eye cream again. This is one of the few times that I’m actually hardworking about eye creams! Partly because I do like this, and the creamy texture that sinks right into my skin nicely.
Antiaging Serum – La Mer Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence (empty)
The Genaissance de La Mer The Serum Essence is something I told you about quite a long time ago. A premium range in the already premium La Mer skincare range. I’ve been a little hesitant to use it, because when you have a very expensive product, you keep wanting to “save it for something special” which usually never comes LOL! So, I decided I’d finish up what’s left of it.
The serum itself is quite nice, if I’m to be honest. It sinks in nicely into my skin, and it does seem to make my skin happy. I am not a fan of the La Mer creams, but their serums have been quite good for me, if a wallet-bustingly expensive habit to upkeep. But what this does for me, is give me well rested, calmer, more even textured skin. My skin feels soft and smooth, and redness is evened out and reduced. It reminds me a lot of the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Think of it then like an incredibly expensive version of the famous ANR. They are by the same parent company so I’m not surprised if there is some technology transfer. The difference will be the addition of La Mer’s Miracle Broth infusion in this product. If money is no object, this is a very nice serum. But money is an object for me, so I finished up the bottle, and with great reluctance, will not be able to repurchase 😛
Night Cream – Melvita Nectar Supreme La Creme (Empty)
The Melvita Nectar Supreme La Creme is a cream I like very much, and for those who want something natural and organic, this is the one you should go for. Beautiful texture, and leaves your skin soft and firmed. I had some scraping at the bottom of the tub left, and I told myself to finish it. It was too good to waste by throwing out! Will I repurchase? Well, maybe. Some day. For now, I have more exciting creams to try 😀
Night Skincare – Alternate Treatments
On alternate nights, or about 3 times a week, I give my skin a break and do a reset. These are the 2 products I use.
Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate oil
I use this after cleansing and the mist. 5 drops warmed up in the palm of my hand and massaged deep into my skin, and that’s it for that night. Read the review, and read this post if you want to know more about why I do this and why I use this oil. This bottle is a repurchase and I will keep repurchasing!
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
This is also a repurchase. Multiple times over. When I use the Alpha-H Liquid Gold, I use it after cleansing, by dropping some onto a cotton pad and wiping all over my face, neck and decolletage. That’s it for the night. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 😀 I love my Pai and Liquid Gold nights! LOL 😀
And that is briefly what I was using in terms of skincare for September 2017. If you are reading this and comparing it to my Instagram skincare routine posts, and wondering why they are different, do note that I switch up a lot, as long as products don’t irritate my skin, and I know my skin well enough to pause when I need to pause, and to ramp it up, when I need to ramp up my routine 😀
Righty then, do you have any questions on the products or my routines? How about sharing your empties!
I’m happy to answer questions. I’m actually really pleased to have amassed a nice collection of empty bottles and tubs to toss out. Now, I can move in my new skincare! Yay! haha 😀 What was your routine like? Did you have any empties to throw out and will you repurchase your empties? 😀