Skincare: What I’m Using Right Now

I’ve always been a bit of a skincare nut… but I feel like it has really amped up over the last few months. I’m not sure if it’s the ‘self-care’ aspect of taking care of my skin, or the fact that I’m 43, but I’ve been enjoying treating myself.

My main skincare concerns are fine lines around my eyes and sun spots on my cheeks. I typically don’t get many pimples and my skin tends to lean dry, especially in the winter. I thought it would be fun to share my current favorite products with you.

Long Term Favorites:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser ($25) & Daily Lotion ($28)

Philosophy website links: cleanser and lotion

I started using the Purity Made Simple face wash and lotion back in 2019 (you can find my initial review here) and it is consistently exactly what my skin needs to stay soft and supple. The cleanser foams up nicely and both products are very lightly scented.

Way of Will Brightening Face Serum ($37.50)

Way of Will website link: serum

I received this serum in my Fall 2020 Causebox and as soon as I started using it, I fell in love. This brightening serum fights free radicals, hydrates skin, and is made with Vitamin A and C. I use it as my day serum: each morning after I wash my face, I use the dropper and put about 4 drops in one palm, rub them together to warm the serum and then apply it all over my face. Any extra gets smoothed onto my neck and collarbone area. The scent of this one is a little like citrus. I let it soak in for a few minutes before topping it with my Philosophy Purity moisturizer.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($55)

Sunday Riley website link: Luna night oil

I recently decided to add a retinal to my products and after a ton of research I ended up deciding on the Luna Sleeping Night Oil from Sunday Riley. I’ve only been using it for a few weeks now, but I’m already a big fan. This is my nighttime serum, so in the evening, I wash my face and then put a few drops on my fingertips before massaging the oil into my face. I let it soak in for about 5 minutes before applying my night cream. The softness and glow I have in the morning is unbelievable!

This one is a bit more expensive; I bought the .5 oz size for $55, but at this rate it will last for quite a long time. It also has a scent that is really hard to describe — kind of earthy and musky? Perhaps it is the blue tansy or the chamomile. It doesn’t bother me, but if you are sensitive to scents you may not like it.

DERMA-E Hydrating Night Cream ($29.50)

DERMA-E website link: night cream

I received this night cream in my Winter 2020 Causebox and initially was not very enthused about it. However, I’ve been using it for about a year now and can say that it grew on me. After washing my face each evening, I apply this cream and wake up with smooth and hydrated skin each morning. After a year of use, I’m only halfway through the jar but I plan to keep buying this once I run out.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask ($65)

Nordstrom website link: Tata Harper Mask

I think I’ve been using this mask since 2018? I received a sample back when I was getting a Birchbox subscription and have kept buying it. It’s got a super weird jelly-type consistency and you spread it on your face in a very thin layer for about 20 minutes or so. It is said to ‘deliver instant glow, help minimize the appearance of pores and is formulated to purify and remove surface debris and dead skin for a refreshed, instantly revitalized appearance.’ I use this about once a week and while the jar is pricey, it lasts me for over a year.

New Additions to My Routine:

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Under Eye Cream ($16)

Amazon link: Neutrogena eye cream

I started using this eye cream in April and the jury is out whether it is impacting my wrinkles at all. I do find it hydrating and it doesn’t irritate my eyes, which is great. I plan to use the full tube and once it runs out I’ll make a decision whether to buy it again. With my Luna Night Oil, I may not need this one.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($34)

Supergoop website: unseen sunscreen

After years of being mostly satisfied with Neutrogena sunscreen, I found this one by Supergoop and it’s SO MUCH BETTER. I don’t know what magic they use, but the sunscreen goes on easily and it totally invisible. It doesn’t leave you greasy at all, so you can apply it in the morning and slap some makeup over it if that’s your thing. I’m trying to become better at being a daily sunscreen wearer and this Supergoop is super helpful!

On Order and Arriving Soon:

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment ($85)

Sunday Riley website link: Good Genes

When I received my Sunday Riley Luna oil, they sent me a few samples. One was for the Good Genes lactic acid treatment. On their website, they recommend using the Luna oil, letting it soak in for 5 minutes, then topping with Good Genes. I’ve been enjoying the sample, so I decided to order a bottle to try it long term.

Pro tip: check Poshmark first! Apparently one of the quarterly subscription boxes included Good Genes in their box and there are a bunch on Poshmark for half the price of retail. I ‘liked’ a few that showed that they were still fully sealed in plastic wrap and ended up buying a 1 oz bottle that retails for $85 for $40! It should be arriving soon, so I’ll keep you posted on whether I love it.

Here are my favorites in clickable form:

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A Quick Mayari Birkenstock Update

Last summer, I got back into Birkenstocks and wore the heck out of my Gizeh sandals. I ended up buying a pair of Mayari sandals mid-Summer (you can read the full post here: Birkenstock Review: Mayari Birko Flor Sandals) and love them too.

A month or so ago I started being stalked by Birkenstock advertisements on Facebook and Instagram and one particular style kept catching my eye. They came out with a Mayari sandal with a patterned footbed!

Source: Birkenstock.com

I ordered the Ochre color because I like how it looks kind of tan in some lights, but more goldenrod yellow in others. As for sizing, I typically wear an 8.5 – 9 in shoes and a EU39 in Birkenstocks fits me perfectly.

If possible, this pair somehow fits even more comfortably than my other pair of Mayari sandals. The leather straps are super soft and the cork bottom hugs my foot. I love the little peek of pattern that you can see on the footbed! I anticipate wearing these all summer long with all my summer outfits.

I’ve already started wearing them around the house every day since it’s getting too warm for slippers, but my feet don’t appreciate going barefoot for too many days in a row.

They are selling out of sizes, so I did some searching and found them at a few retailers:

They are not cheap at $135, however this truly is one of those ‘get what you pay for’ items. I now have three pairs of Birkenstocks that I regularly wear (one secondhand) and they all look and feel as good as new!

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I’ve Been Influenced

While I’ve gotten very good at telling myself I don’t need things, or putting things in my online cart and then shutting the window so I don’t buy them… I still stumble sometimes. I recently did a great big unfollow on Instagram because I’m sick of people who try to sell me stuff all the time. However, I have been recently “influenced” and bought a few things. Was it a good choice or a mistake? Well, lets see!

Baggu Masks, 3 for $32 (on the Baggu website here or on Amazon here)

Source: Baggu.com

I follow a few groups on Reddit and I think this purchase was influenced by the Female Style group. Someone asked for the BEST face masks that people have found and the Baggu masks came up again and again. It seems like I’m always on the hunt for the *perfect* face mask that is comfortable, cute, keeps me protected, fits well and doesn’t hurt my ears. I went ahead and ordered a set of three to try them out and… I LOVE THEM.

They have nose wire, as well as a pocket for a filter insert. The best part is the design – there is a little sleeve that flips up to go over your nose and one that flips down to go under your chin. You can talk and the mask stays securely on your face and the patterns are super cute. I’ve been wearing the crap out of them, throwing them in the wash and letting them dry flat. No regrets on this purchase at all!

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Under Eye Cream, $17 (on Amazon here)

Source: Amazon.com

I somehow came across a Dr. Dray dermatologist video on Facebook and followed it over to YouTube and then fell in the hole of Dr. Dray videos. I think I started with a sunscreen video and then got sucked into recommendations for anti-aging skincare. On one video she talks about how most ‘wrinkle’ creams are crap and don’t do anything. However, she did recommend this particular Neutrogena cream. I haven’t had much luck with creams that go around my eyes because they typically irritate me; however, I decided to give this one a shot.

I’ve been using the cream for about 6 weeks and while I can’t say it’s erased my wrinkles, I do find it hydrating. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all and I feel like it’s worth giving it a try for a while to see if there are any improvements. FYI – Dr. Dray also recommends wearing sunglasses whenever you’re out and about and sunscreen every day.

Swedish Hasbeen Clogs (No links, not sure if I love them)

The last ‘influenced’ purchase I have to share is my Swedish Hasbeen Clogs. I follow a couple people on Instagram that make the clogs look SO DANG CUTE. Some people wear them with tights all winter long (adorable) and other’s pair them with bare legs and skirts/dresses/jeans. I found an almost new pair on Poshmark for just $60 (they go for around $300 new), so I decided to give them a try.

Let me say… they are NOT comfortable. These are not walk-around-all-day-on-cobblestone-roads kinds of sandals. The straps are leather, but not worked in yet. And the soles are full-on wood. With that being said, they are super cute. I started by wearing them around the house with fuzzy socks to break them in and wore them out to dinner (lots of sitting, not much walking) the other day. I wish they were more comfortable though… so I may try adding some gel inserts to see if that helps. Jury is out on this one for now — luckily I got them secondhand so if they are a mistake, it’s not a $300 mistake!

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