Some of my recent skincare trials and how I like them and a quick review of what I’ll repurchase and what not. I don’t experiment with too much skincare, but when something really nice and intriguing comes along, I don’t mind giving it a go.
Marula by Jonh Paul Selects Pure Marula Cleansing Lotion ($38; sephora.com) - its a 100% natural cleansing lotion enriched with Marula Oil, Aloe, an AHA complex of five fruit acids and natural plant peptides. Its quite a thin lotion that helps get rid of makeup, without drying skin too much. The AHA’s help with a bit of exfoliation and brightening and can get a bit too much for my sensitive skin on a daily basis, so I used it not more than 3 times in a week. Its effective in removing makeup completely and doesn’t leave skin feeling tight. There is a strong scent though that might bother some, but definitely a nice one to check out if you want effective makeup cleansing and don’t want to something too drying.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Powered by Ceramide is a new range from Elizabeth Arden Skincare and a good anti-aging line to try that helps refine skin texture and adds moisture back without the heaviness. The Moisture Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30 ($50) is really nice - its has a smooth, very light texture that absorbs instantly without any sort of a whitish cast or greasy residue. I might get a jar of it once I’m done with the other moisturizers I have been using. The Caplet Serum ($60) is nice too, but I prefer it more under makeup as a primer though since it is not too tacky and makes for a good base. There is no visible sheen from the pearls, once crushed, but it does leave skin looking instantly plump and a bit brighter. The Ceramide Eye Gel ($40) is great. Its very, very light, yet moisturizing and great under concealer. Absolutely no greasy residue as well. The whole range is priced quite well for good skincare and definitely worth taking a look at.
Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Power Serum ($56; sephora.com) is a hydrating serum with a light moisturizer consistency, not too runny or too thick. It is super fast absorbing and if you don’t have very dry skin, you might not require a moisturizer over it, but I definitely need one over. Its a good serum, decent price that is lightweight and packaged well. It does help temporarily to make pores look a bit smaller and smoother.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II ($62 $92; shop.nordstrom.com) - It look me a while to try out this uber popular serum by Estee Lauder and I absolutely love it. Its one of my skincare staples now and layers so well under any kind of moisturizer. Its a well formulated, solid serum to look into if you don’t want anything too heavy, or silicone-y. I love how quickly it absorbs and the packaging as well. Most likely a repurchase for me, unless I find something at a better price point that works similarly or better.
Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($22; sephora.com) - After trying out Origins’ Drink Up Intensive Overnight mask, I wanted to give the fragrance-free Clinique version a try. Clinique’s is a bit lighter than the Origins version, but just as moisturizing and great for sensitive skin or skin that is prone to a lot of redness issues. Its priced well too and definitely a staple for my in the coming months that I would absolutely re-purchase.
*This post contains some press samples sent for review consideration.