Skincare Wishlist and Why: Sephora, Beautylish and Ulta.

Feel free to skip to bits of the blog most relevant to you; the products in order are: Caudalie Glycolic Acid toner, Tarte Knockout Tingling treatment with lactic and saliycylic acid.

The Ordinary glycolic acid, Bioderma HydrabioMicellar water. 

Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel, PETER THOMAS ROTH 8% Glycolic Toner, FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads, Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment (HG. 5th re-purchase), FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 40, Murad Environmental Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50.

I am on a No Buy. The intention is to stretch it to 3 months. July, August and September. (saving up for a Canon camera. July No Buy post here)

At the end of this No Buy the most pressing items will be in skincare. (makeup I have enough and only one face to use it all up on)

I will desperately be in need of a chemical exfoliating toner. I went through my second bottle of the Pixi Glow tonic and did not have the same ‘my skin is so glowy & amazing’ effect that I hear and read about.

I know it must be good because Caroline Hirons says so 🙂 She changed the way I treat my skin and for that I will always be grateful.

But I want to give Pixi Glow a rest.

Now the best out there is the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V  but at $101 dollars + tax I literally cant…even… “When I get my dream job P50, your a$$ is mine”

So the contenders are

Sephora Wishlist:

Caudalie Vinoperfect Glycolic Brightening Essence: Ho hum reviews. I have used Caudalie before and haven’t been impressed. The reviews on this seem to be “did nothing” which was exactly what my previous experience with Caudalie has been. Nice to have but does nothing.

Not sure what the Glycolic acid % in this is. Also essences are typically watered down so this might suit a very sensitive skin type and that’s not moi. So my research continues.

Just FYI: Nuxe is better in my opinion.

TARTE Knockout Tingling Treatment: This has both salicylic acid and lactic acid and I have long wanted to have both AHA and BHA in my arsenal. Now I wouldn’t typically look to Tarte for skincare but Stephanie Nicole, whose skincare recommendations I trust, has given this a good review. This will most probably move from Wishlist to Cart.

Beautylish Wishlist: 

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution: Seriously fk The Ordinary. For the past 2 years I have been trying to buy skincare, any skincare, from The Ordinary, and the moment I put it in my cart it is “Out of Stock”. I have reached a point where I can not be bothered anymore.

This has 7% glycolic so stronger than Pixi Glow and that’s the bit I like. But I did read a review where it dried up a blogger’s skin. Everyone’s body chemistry is different but dryness is a risk I hesitate to take.

Hmmm. if it’s still in stock by Sept. I will buy it only because it is at a price point where I can afford to take that risk.

Murphy’s Law: By Sept. when I am ready to pop this in my cart it will be ‘out of $%^ stock’

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar water: Hydrabio is for dry dehydrated skin. I have been normal but now veering towards dry as I age.

People, articles etc. etc. will tell you how the Garnier Micellar water is a dupe for the Bioderma. I have now used the Garnier Micellar water twice, Pink and Blue and I am done. I am going back to Bioderma.

I did review the Garnier a few years back (post here) and I didn’t like it then and I don’t like it now.

Ulta Wishlist 

Tula Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel: I have never heard of this brand but read reviews on Influenster. 10% sounds good, but is it too much ? what if it is too drying ? At the same time I like the fact that it might be Ph balanced and has Turmeric in it.

They recommend using it twice a day so maybe it’s not going to that harsh?  Oh I dont know??!! I think I will have to see closer to the time when Wishlist moves to Cart.

PETER THOMAS ROTH 8% Glycolic Solutions Toner: I have used heaps of Peter Thomas Roth face masks and have been like eh ?? Like Caudalie I am not impressed with this brand either. But the 8% glycolic has got me.

As it stands, it is a toss up between Tula and Peter Thomas Roth. Either 1 will go into my cart or neither will. This is not saying much but with these two I am still trying to work it out in my head.

FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Pads: I have used these before. I really can not remember what they did ? Anyhoo FAB is a good brand, it’s convenient and I would like to give it another try and make note of the results.

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment: This one I LOVE !!!! This would be my 5th tube. I use it as an in-shower treatment and my skin is baby-butt soft (read post here)

FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen MoisturizerSPF40: Applying SPF is a pain in the a**. With the chemical ones it’s all about waiting. Wait 20 mins, wait 30 mins blah blah. (Read post My SPF is driving me Crazy here) I am not even going to attempt to address how one ‘re-applies it over makeup because I don’t. Ha!

Is spray on SPF an option ? Well try spraying 1/4 tsp worth over your makeup. I had a white face, white blobs and makeup streaming down my face. You know what fk this. I just wont go outdoors…..ok I digress.

Lately chemical sunscreens seem to block my pores so I have decided my next buy will be a mineral sunscreen. Also I am looking for a moisturiser + sunscreen ( because this ‘waiting’ business pisses me off )

There are plenty mineral sunscreens to choose from but the two I am eyeing are the First Aid beauty one (spf + moisturiser) and the Murad Environmental Shield City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 / PA++++

While the First Aid beauty is cheaper than the Murad one, I like the fact the Murad one has Vitamin C in it but not sure how moisturising it will be in lieu of an additional moisturiser.

Decisions decisions.

Ooo Now I am excited about my shopping spree come Sept :). No wait a minute what about saving for a Canon camera ?

Decisions decisions.



Beauty Diet: No Buy July 2018

July 2018 is my first No Buy month. No buy includes Makeup and Skincare. My aim is to go on a 3 month no buy ie July, August and September.

Why? Well I am eyeing a Canon camera. A simple point and shoot with really convenient features. I really liked it and decided to put in a ‘sacrifice’ of sorts, so I could ‘earn’ this camera.

July 2018:. No Buy: <check>

I did have a wobbly moment when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette (yes that one) went down to $21 dollars, but I recovered soon enough, probably because it was always out of stock haha.

Truth be told I am not worried about makeup, I have enough to go on a 6 month no buy, it’s skincare that is going to pose a real problem.

At an alarming level is my Pixi Glow tonic (glycolic acid). Chemical exfoliation is my thang, especially in summer when I am out in the sun so much. These will last me probably 1 more use.

Then what ? Leathery skin for the next 2 months? In the past this would be the time that I would panic…and…BUY. But not this time. I really want this No Buy to be a success.

OK, so alternatives?  I am looking at an lactic acid alternative which is basically a plain yogurt face mask.

MASK: Plain Yogurt + turmeric. Lemon juice; optional. This wont be as strong as the Glow Tonic so I am assuming I would have to do the mask at-least twice a week.

Another alternative is also a face mask which is my Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. I LOVE this one !!! This is my 4th tube. It has Salicylic acid, Lactic acid and Fruit enzymes. Once a week in the shower. My face is baby soft after this.

At worrying levels are my mini Cerave Hydrating Facial cleanser and my full size Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum. 

The Drunk Elephant Vitamin C serum is going to be hard. It’s summer and I am outdoors a lot. I really need that vitamin C.

God/cosmos/universal energy give me strength. (breathe…aim…keep Canon steady within the crosshairs )

I have the Derma E vitamin C serum that might carry me through(read post here). However the vitamin C in the Derma C is different to the Drunk Elephant one but the derivative is getting positive reviews so fingers crossed.

The Cerave Hydrating facial cleanser ? I have no alternatives. I use that in the shower, mainly post a workout and that will have to be on ‘pause’.

Skincare divas tell you NOT to wash your face in the shower as water temperature is typically hotter than what is recommended for your face. …Oh but the convenience of the shower…sigh.

My Garnier micellar water is EMPTY, it’s done. The micellar water is my first step in removing my eye makeup before I go in with a my double cleanse. Micellar water is great in correcting/wiping off eye makeup fk ups too.

My Neutrogena Oil-free makeup remover and my (‘magic’) makeup removing micro-fibre washcloths are viable alternatives. However the Neutrogena does give me fuzzy eyes (like an oil remover does). Also it is pretty emollient so I hesitate to correct eye makeup mistakes because I feel it will aid to more smudging or ‘moving” of the makeup.

Ok August…come on in!