Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Haul or New Skincare Routine...again

You may remember from a few weeks ago when I said that the Murad Acne Complex line didn't work for my skin. I'm pretty sure that's because I'm one of those few people that Salicylic Acid doesn't work for. Benzoyl Peroxide doesn't work for my skin either, both work for a little while. Then no matter how consistent my regimen is, I end up with dry, irritated, painful acne in just a couple of weeks. Like I've said in the past, the Liz Earle products helped a lot, but they weren't perfect. The products aren't for acne exactly, but they are natural and soothing, so I thought I might head down that route again, and add in a few acne products as I go.

When I did my big Sephora Haul at the beginning of the year I purchased the Caudalìe Cleansing Water and the Caudalìe Gentle Cleanser
Since I already had those and my skin liked them, I decided to make most of my routine Caudalìe. So I placed and order at both Caudalìe and Sephora to make sure I got the most bang for my buck, since they were each having shipping deals. If I'm ordering around, not only do I compare the cost of the items I'm buying but I also factor in the shipping. If an item is $30 at one place and $32 at another but the first website charges $10 for shipping and the second charges $5 then even though the product is more expensive at the second place you're getting the cheapest price. With these orders I was trying to meet their free shipping marks since I was ordering everything anyway, but Sephora was sold out of one of the products.

First up is my order from Caudalì Isn't the packaging amazing?:

Samples of the Premier Cru Eyecream, Vinoperfect Serum and Vinoexpert Radiance Day Fluid with SPF 15
I ordered the Moisturizing Toner,

 the purifying Mask,

 and finally the Lip Conditioner.
The Moisturizing  toner is nice, you only need one pump depending on how you use it. I love the smell and it feels very soothing on my face.
The Purifying mask is probably one on of my all time favorite masks and is well worth the $40 I paid for it. I love the way it smells on my skin, I love that even though it's a clay mask it never hardens or makes your skin feel overly tight. And the smell, some people may not like the smell but I adore it. It's very herbal and spa like. I will be repurchasing this, as soon as I run out of this. I love what it does to my skin and how it soothes my angry red spots, and even if I don't stick with this routine forever, this will always be in my collection of skincare products. It's such a treat to use and I want to use it every night.
I've had the Lip Conditioner before and my Husband swiped it, so I decided to order myself another one. Turns out he'd run out of his and stole this one too. It's probably one of my favorite things to use from Caudalìe and I will be purchasing myself another one soon while his is still close to full. The Tubes last ages (apparently our puppy got a hold of the last tube he'd had, but that was actually my fault.), and it is the best thing for that horrible chapping you get in the winter.

 From Sephora I ordered the VinoSource Moisturizing Sorbet,
 and DermaDoctor's Ain't Misbehavin'.
 I really like this moisturizer, of course the scent is lovely being that it's from Caudalìe and I only need a bit to cover my entire face and feel completely moisturized. It's definitely another winner.
Ain't Misbehavin' was recommended to me by a lovely lady who works at the Sephora in Crestview Hills who has similar skin issues as me. I kinda love it so far. I use it as a mini mask for just 3 minutes or so every morning, putting a thin layer all over my face and a thicker layer over my problem areas. My skin's not perfect yet, but I've only been using this for a few weeks and I am already seeing results.

This isn't actually my complete skincare routine, I'm slowly building it. I'll be changing the cleanser, probably just to a different Caudalìe one, because I'm almost out of the Gentle Cleanser, which is now called the Gentle Cleansing Milk, and adding in a Retinol to help more with my acne and a Sunscreen because the SPF in my foundation isn't going to be strong enough with the addition of the Retinol. Currently I'm trying out samples of both of the last two products and will be deciding which one to get very soon. S

Honestly it's a bit out of my way, but between Maxwell and Aimee, this Sephora is definitely my favorite and is well worth the few minutes extra drive.