What happened with the weather this winter? Over here in the west, we barely had any snow and the river beds are pretty dry. I’m always concerned that there isn’t enough water in the mountains, because it affects all of us.
So even though it’s hardly felt like winter 99% of the time, I still treated my skin like it was -30 out there only because it was very dry. Over the last 2 months (I’m doing a combined post because I went on vacation for part of it), I actually managed to finish a couple bottles of products I’ve been using for almost a year so I have something new to show you – yay!
I am excited to show you a new cleanser I’ve been using 3x a day for the entire month of February (once in the morning, double cleanse at night). I slowed down in March only because I blew through half a bottle in one month and I want it to last longer, so now I only use it for my morning cleanse. I would normally be skeptical of because it’s a daily exfoliating cleanser. I’m not a big fan of daily exfoliators because they’re usually too harsh on your skin – but one would be hard pressed to find a more gentle exfoliating cleanser than True Nature Botanicals Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser. When I have a chance, I’ll write an actual review, for the time being, I will say that even if you have very dry damaged skin, you may really want to give this cleanser a shot. I’m having a great time with it and I have combo blemish-prone skin. I typically rinse with water, but you can also wipe it off with a damp cloth and from my own experience, my skin feels soft and supple either way. NO strippage. NO tightness. But just because my skin doesn’t feel squeaky clean doesn’t mean I have more clogged pores after 2 months, because I don’t. Perhaps it’s the combination of this cleanser and their Pacific Balancing Oil that slowly got rid of the dry spots around my jaw line.
At long last, I finished my bottle of Yuli’s ME serum at the end of January, just in time because True Nature Botanicals Pacific Balancing Oil had arrived on my doorstep 2 weeks prior. If you’re thinking about using oils and have blemish prone skin like I do, this is the one to try. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients to clear out our skin as well as moisturize. Just like their cleanser, I’ve been using this every single day and night since February so I can document my experiences. I will say their scent is not typical – it’s a little smokey and peppery, but it leaves my skin super soft, and my husband seems to have no qualms with the scent and he’s very sensitive about smells. A lot of the time, this is my only moisturizer during the day, and always my only moisturizer at night.
I am still using Dr. Alkaitis’ Organic Soothing Gel as my toner. I have to work fast because it’s absorbs so quickly. I have mere seconds to apply it after I pat my face dry, and another couple of seconds to apply my Balancing Oil while my skin is still moist from the Soothing Gel. I am very happy with the results so far. I also swear that this stuff is helping me keep the blemishes away because I’ve really noticed a difference since I started using it.
I finally finished my Dr. Alkaitis Eye Creme, and I had a bottle of Pai’s Echium & Argan eye cream patiently waiting for me. The bottle is tall and skinny which allows it to squeeze anywhere into my crazy drawer of skincare, and the lotion is light and breezy on my skin. Half a pump of this stuff goes a long long way. When it comes to application and absorption rate, I have a little more wiggle room with Pai’s eye cream – I don’t have to work quite as fast.
I have to share my Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation because it’s so lovely. I’ve even pumped some into a little jar for my mom to use. There’s a reason why so many celebrity makeup artists use it.
In addition to my list of ‘Finally Finished’ is Pai’s Geranium and Thistle Balancing Cream. I forgot to talk about it last month, and it stopped pumping out lotion earlier this month. I often wondered how the bottle stayed fully white during the last few months and now I know. This is what it looks like inside:
I eventually cut it open to use up the last drops, but not before I opened my travel sized Chamomile and Rosehip moisturizer from Pai’s Anywhere Travel set. This is the moisturizer that got me hooked on Pai. Oddly enough, I have never liked drinking chamomile tea, but I think the smell of chamomile is wonderful. The moisturizer leaves a nice semi-matte finish, particularly coveted during the warm sweaty months.
It’s been years since I used a powder for my brows but I thought I’d give Anastasia a try – because it seems everyone under the sun uses her line. If I go by the shade descriptions (and by multiple Sephora associates), I technically fall under the Ebony duo, a neutral brown palette, but I really didn’t like the brown in my brows – it looked really different from my hair colour which is a natural brown/black. So I bought Granite, a cool dark brown duo, which is supposed to be for darker skin tones and darker hair, and I love it. When I want a natural lighter look, I reach for Ash Brown, which I dare say a lot of Far East Asian girls will probably like.
What are your favourites this month?