Skincare, Lately: Products I’m Testing

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I didn’t really know what to call this post. I’ve been testing some skincare products and thought I’d share some quick reviews. That’s about it!

CLE Melting Cleanser

$28 / 4.05 oz

Available on the CLE website

I actually purchased this from Ulta in December (basically to make Platinum for 2018, don’t judge), but I no longer see this brand on the site. Kind of disappointing, because I really like this cleanser! It’s what I wanted Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to be (and MJC just wasn’t). The CLE cleanser has an interesting jelly-but-not consistency that nourishes skin, but still cleans effectively. I can use it to remove makeup on a minimal makeup day, but I prefer it as a second cleanse or AM cleanse. Perfect for my winter skin!

Farmacy Honey Drop

$45 / 1.7 oz

Available at Sephora

By now, I think I’ve been pretty clear about my love for the Farmacy Honey Potion* mask. Farmacy expanded the honey line with Honey Drop, a lightweight moisturizer to soften and smooth skin.

I had really high hopes for this, but it just doesn’t work for me. It feels really good when I apply it to my skin – refreshing with the guise of hydration. However, about a minute later, it sinks into my skin as if I put nothing on. I’ll try this in the summer again to see if it works better when my skin is less dry, but I’m amazed by how little it does. Disappointing.

First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist

$16 / 2 oz

Available at Ulta

I love facial mists. Now that so many brands are coming out with mists, I’m looking for mists that do more than just refresh/lightly hydrate my skin. I really like that the First Aid Beauty mist is full of antioxidants and vitamins B5, C, and E, plus is alcohol-free.

This is one of my favorites at the moment. It is refreshing, but it also feels like it hydrates a bit deeper than some other mists. Like properly hydrated (unlike the Farmacy moisturizer). Despite being alcohol-free, it still absorbs in a reasonable amount of time.

The only drawback to this is the smell. It’s weird. Like kind of smoky? It doesn’t bother me so much now, but I thought I’d bring it up.

I just saw this is listed under “final sale” on the FAB site (for half off!!) and had that panic that it’s discontinued. That says to me that I’m really into this mist if I am worried to be without it. I sent a message to the brand to investigate – I’ll update with any information.

Mount Lai Facial Roller

$34 for Jade* or $44 for Rose Quartz

Available on the Mount Lai website

My friend Stephanie recently started a company to sell facial rollers. She sent me the Jade roller to try, and I since purchased the Rose Quartz one. I had always wanted to try facial rolling because I heard so many great benefits.

It was really hard to get myself to put this in my routine, but once I did, I loved it. I don’t know how many skincare benefits I can attribute to this roller, but I mostly have noticed an improvement in my sinuses. I have chronic sinusitis and feel pressure in my face constantly. The roller feels amazing on these areas and I have had a reduction in sinus pain this winter.

Nooni Dual Moisturizing Toner

$22 / 10.4 oz

Available at Ulta

This toner was part of my Ulta order to make Platinum in December. I was drawn to the minimal packaging. You know me.

There are 2 layers in this toner, so it needs to be shaken first. Directions say to use a cotton pad or pat into skin (more like an essence). I use it both ways. It’s very watery, so a cotton pad is easier, but I find it more moisturizing when applied like an essence. It provides a very lightweight layer of hydration and softens my skin. I feel like it does a nice job prepping my skin for any treatments or serums as well. I actually quite like this!

Purlisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant*

$20 / 0.5 oz

Available on the Purlisse website

I am a big fan of Purlisse skincare (cleanser + moisturizer are faves), so I was excited to try their mud mask. It has little cellulose grains in it to exfoliate while white clay detoxifies.

My skin is quite sensitive to physical exfoliants, so I have to be careful with this one. I like to mist first because I find it applies easier on slightly damp skin. I feel a slight tingling as it starts to dry down, but it goes away within the first minute or two. I leave this on for 10 minutes before removing with water. Directions say to use circular motions to exfoliate during removal, but again, this is too harsh for me. I use a bunch of water and try to limit how much I touch my skin.

After removal, my skin doesn’t feel very sensitive. It looks bright and feels soft. This helps diminish traditional pimples, but it does not reduce skin texture issues or small bumps. I like this size for travel and think it would come in handy while I’m away, but I won’t repurchase it if I finish it.

Rosalena Lip Conditioning Balm*

£18 / 10 g

Available on the Rosalena website

I have a great appreciation for the UK brand Rosalena. When I first tried their oils over a year ago, they were a game-changer for me. They recently expanded their line to include a lip balm, which they kindly sent me to try.

I didn’t like this at first. They scent was reminiscent of their oils, which I thought was weird on my lips. It was also a little difficult to apply to my lips. However, as I’ve used this more, I completely changed my mind.

The balm was kind of hard at first, but it has softened, making it easier to apply and smooth over my lips. It’s very nourishing without feeling heavy. I’ve really enjoyed it this winter. The “oily” scent has grown on me and I barely notice it now. The only thing holding me back from repurchasing would be that it ships from the UK, making it a little pricier than I’d like. If there is a promo or if I am purchasing other products from the brand, I’d add this to my order without question.


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