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. 1.09.2019 .
Damn, it's really been a minute since I put up a skincare post. To be fair though, I didn't do a lot of posting in 2018 so that's probably the reason.
When I say my skin has been acting up lately, I'm not even joking. Just this afternoon, my mum asked me why I had a huge ass pimple on my cheek. Now don't get me wrong, I don't have perfect skin, not even close. I struggle with hyperpigmentation, clogged pores and texture issues but not acne. I've been fortunate in that area, I rarely ever break out. Which is why it's so bizarre that I've been breaking out fairly frequently as of late. It's nothing over the top but it's still weird and I don't like it at all. I think it's something to do with my diet as my skincare routine hasn't changed recently but we'll see. Hopefully, I can figure out what's causing it pretty soon.

Anywho, I'm going to be sharing some skincare treats that I've been using lately. Lately as in November haha. Obviously, I haven't been blogging so I'm sharing all of this super late but better late than never right?  I'll be sharing these products from my absolute faves to my least faves. Happy reading xx

Erm, just want to point out that none of this is sponsored. Bought all the products mentioned with my own money soooo just putting that out there. 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  
Rating: 4.5/5. 
Before, I was a fan of the Garnier Micellar Water. I'm still a fan actually. That stuff is pretty great, it gives a very good first cleanse*. But, there's been a lot of talk about sustainability and how we all need to pay more attention to our planet. I also read online that cotton pads are non-biodegradable and I use about five everytime I take my makeup off not to mention an extra pad to apply my toner afterwards. I decided to switch to a cleansing oil so that I could be less wasteful.

DHC is a Japanese brand and I'd read great reviews about the oil online so I purchased it (the 70 ML bottle) and hoped for the best.

Pros:
-Comes in a pump bottle which makes it easy to use, especially if you want to pump more when you've already started rubbing your face.
-Melts makeup off instantly
-A little goes a long way so bottle tends to last a while.

Cons:
-Has a strong olive oil scent which can be off-putting to some.
-Stings a bit if it gets in your eyes so you have to be careful when rubbing the eye area.

Overall, I'm really happy I bought this and I definitely see myself repurchasing it.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask 4/5
I got this mask as part of a mini trio that I purchased from Caudalie. I wanted to try some of their masks as I had read great things so what better way to try them than to buy the mini trio? I will be speaking on the two other masks next.
This Instant Detox Mask is a pink clay one. It comes in a tube container and so you simply squeeze it out. This has done such a good job for my nose as it constantly gets clogged up. I tend to leave it for ten to fifteen minutes and I find that this works magically if I exfoliate beforehand. This tip goes for any clay mask really. Exfoliate with an acid* first then follow with your clay mask, I got this from one of the Sephora employees. In case anyone is interested, my acid(s) of choice is the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary. It's very effective and very affordable, might not be the best for sensitive skin though. For a full review, read my post here.

So yeah, I really like this mask, it definitely helps with my clogged pore situation. The mini is only 15 ML and I've gotten four or five uses out of it so that's pretty good (Note: I use it once a week ). Would I repurchase it? The 75 ML tube costs $40 and that's totally fair as it would definitely last months but the thought of forking out that much for a mask makes my chest hurt a little haha. We'll see. 

Caudalie Masque Creme Hydratant 3/5
This is a hydrating mask and it came as part of the trio. You can leave it on overnight or rinse it off, depends on you. This is going to be pretty short. I think it does a nice job hydrating my skin but it feels too rich if that makes sense? And it's heavily fragranced which I don't appreciate at all. I think this would be very good for someone with dry skin but for my oily skin, it's all a bit too much. Would I repurchase? I highly doubt that. 

Caudalie Glycolic Peel  2.5/5
I really played myself with this one. For some reason, I had high expectations for this and I was disappointed. This mask is supposed to be an exfoliating one and it actually does exfoliate but it's too gentle for me. The concentration of glycolic acid in it is not as high as I usually like. If you're new to exfoliating with acids then you might like this but it's a no for me. I would pick my peeling solution (mentioned above) from The Ordinary any day over this. 

That's it, folks, these are the latest additions to my skincare cabinet. I'm currently testing out a Vitamin C serum but I won't talk about it just yet, not till I conclude on its effectiveness. I plan on writing a lot more skin care posts so if there's anything you would like to see or need clarification on, please let me know! 

Glossary:

* First Cleanse - In the double cleansing method, your first cleanse is usually to take off your makeup and your second cleanse is to wash your face. So it's usually an oil-based cleanser (a balm/oil) then a water-based one (face wash). It's really important to double cleanse, especially if you wear makeup. 

*Acid - I'm referring to exfoliating acids. They fall in two broad categories; Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). Glycolic Acid is the most popular AHA and Salicylic Acid is the most popular BHA (really good for acne prone skin too!)
Since I started chemical exfoliation (acids), I haven't gone back to physical exfoliation (so, scrubs). If you're interested in learning about how to use acids then you can check this detailed post from Into The Gloss.

Note: Acids do increase your susceptibility to sun damage and so when you use them, you HAVE to wear sunscreen.

Until next time lovelies! 

Damn, it's really been a minute since I put up a skincare post. To be fair though, I didn't do a lot of posting in 2018 so that's probably the reason.
When I say my skin has been acting up lately, I'm not even joking. Just this afternoon, my mum asked me why I had a huge ass pimple on my cheek. Now don't get me wrong, I don't have perfect skin, not even close. I struggle with hyperpigmentation, clogged pores and texture issues but not acne. I've been fortunate in that area, I rarely ever break out. Which is why it's so bizarre that I've been breaking out fairly frequently as of late. It's nothing over the top but it's still weird and I don't like it at all. I think it's something to do with my diet as my skincare routine hasn't changed recently but we'll see. Hopefully, I can figure out what's causing it pretty soon.

Anywho, I'm going to be sharing some skincare treats that I've been using lately. Lately as in November haha. Obviously, I haven't been blogging so I'm sharing all of this super late but better late than never right?  I'll be sharing these products from my absolute faves to my least faves. Happy reading xx

Erm, just want to point out that none of this is sponsored. Bought all the products mentioned with my own money soooo just putting that out there. 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil  
Rating: 4.5/5. 
Before, I was a fan of the Garnier Micellar Water. I'm still a fan actually. That stuff is pretty great, it gives a very good first cleanse*. But, there's been a lot of talk about sustainability and how we all need to pay more attention to our planet. I also read online that cotton pads are non-biodegradable and I use about five everytime I take my makeup off not to mention an extra pad to apply my toner afterwards. I decided to switch to a cleansing oil so that I could be less wasteful.

DHC is a Japanese brand and I'd read great reviews about the oil online so I purchased it (the 70 ML bottle) and hoped for the best.

Pros:
-Comes in a pump bottle which makes it easy to use, especially if you want to pump more when you've already started rubbing your face.
-Melts makeup off instantly
-A little goes a long way so bottle tends to last a while.

Cons:
-Has a strong olive oil scent which can be off-putting to some.
-Stings a bit if it gets in your eyes so you have to be careful when rubbing the eye area.

Overall, I'm really happy I bought this and I definitely see myself repurchasing it.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask 4/5
I got this mask as part of a mini trio that I purchased from Caudalie. I wanted to try some of their masks as I had read great things so what better way to try them than to buy the mini trio? I will be speaking on the two other masks next.
This Instant Detox Mask is a pink clay one. It comes in a tube container and so you simply squeeze it out. This has done such a good job for my nose as it constantly gets clogged up. I tend to leave it for ten to fifteen minutes and I find that this works magically if I exfoliate beforehand. This tip goes for any clay mask really. Exfoliate with an acid* first then follow with your clay mask, I got this from one of the Sephora employees. In case anyone is interested, my acid(s) of choice is the AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution from The Ordinary. It's very effective and very affordable, might not be the best for sensitive skin though. For a full review, read my post here.

So yeah, I really like this mask, it definitely helps with my clogged pore situation. The mini is only 15 ML and I've gotten four or five uses out of it so that's pretty good (Note: I use it once a week ). Would I repurchase it? The 75 ML tube costs $40 and that's totally fair as it would definitely last months but the thought of forking out that much for a mask makes my chest hurt a little haha. We'll see. 

Caudalie Masque Creme Hydratant 3/5
This is a hydrating mask and it came as part of the trio. You can leave it on overnight or rinse it off, depends on you. This is going to be pretty short. I think it does a nice job hydrating my skin but it feels too rich if that makes sense? And it's heavily fragranced which I don't appreciate at all. I think this would be very good for someone with dry skin but for my oily skin, it's all a bit too much. Would I repurchase? I highly doubt that. 

Caudalie Glycolic Peel  2.5/5
I really played myself with this one. For some reason, I had high expectations for this and I was disappointed. This mask is supposed to be an exfoliating one and it actually does exfoliate but it's too gentle for me. The concentration of glycolic acid in it is not as high as I usually like. If you're new to exfoliating with acids then you might like this but it's a no for me. I would pick my peeling solution (mentioned above) from The Ordinary any day over this. 

That's it, folks, these are the latest additions to my skincare cabinet. I'm currently testing out a Vitamin C serum but I won't talk about it just yet, not till I conclude on its effectiveness. I plan on writing a lot more skin care posts so if there's anything you would like to see or need clarification on, please let me know! 

Glossary:

* First Cleanse - In the double cleansing method, your first cleanse is usually to take off your makeup and your second cleanse is to wash your face. So it's usually an oil-based cleanser (a balm/oil) then a water-based one (face wash). It's really important to double cleanse, especially if you wear makeup. 

*Acid - I'm referring to exfoliating acids. They fall in two broad categories; Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). Glycolic Acid is the most popular AHA and Salicylic Acid is the most popular BHA (really good for acne prone skin too!)
Since I started chemical exfoliation (acids), I haven't gone back to physical exfoliation (so, scrubs). If you're interested in learning about how to use acids then you can check this detailed post from Into The Gloss.

Note: Acids do increase your susceptibility to sun damage and so when you use them, you HAVE to wear sunscreen.

Until next time lovelies! 

16 comments

  1. I think the instant detox mask would be something I need to try - I also have the issue of my nose getting clogged!

    http://skylish.co.uk

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    1. You'll probably like it, it really does help with clogged pores! :)

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  2. It never occurred to me that cotton pads might not be biodegradeable so thank you for being that to my attention! I'm a big fan if micellar water but this definitely makes me think about switching them out with a cleansing oil or balm.

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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    1. I had no idea either! Thank God for people who spread awareness on these things, glad I've been able to pass the info along as well :)

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  3. I love these Caudalie masks! They're so good!

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. The instant detox one is really a dream, thanks for stopping by Emily! :)

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  4. These look like great products! Thanks for sharing your recommendations! :)

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh hey gurl, new blog template yass. Been a while since I stopped by the blog. Happy New Year. I'm not big on skincare and luckily I have fairly okay skin. Now I've never heard of these products but I've been using the Arami essentials glow oil on my face everyday and I really like it, I'm already on my 3rd bottle. I hope you figure out what's been causing your breakouts.

    Princess Audu

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    1. Heyy Sarah! Happy new year to you too :)
      I've been seeing Arami on everyone's Instagram for ages now, I'm dying to try it! Thank you :)

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  6. Helpful posts. Thanks for sharing. I really should get the instant detox mask - I also have the issue of my nose getting clogged!

    amakamedia.com

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    1. Thank you Amaka! You should definitely try it out if you can :)

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  7. I really want to try the Caudalie masks but don't know which one!!

    Jenny | localleo.co.uk

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    1. Well, I would definitely suggest the Instant Detox one. It's really good in my opinion! Thanks for stopping by Jenny :)

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  8. Ooh I like the idea of getting a mini set of something to sample different products :) Hope your skin is feeling healthier! Winter always does a number on mine hah... -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  9. A word of advice; keep the skincare routine as simple as possible when acne is showing up! Hydration is the key, no matter what skin type you have. It works all the time for me.

    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN

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I read and appreciate every single comment. I'll definitely check out your blog. ❤

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