Morning must haves

It’s officially heater season and with it comes dry skin and a runny nose for me.

Fortunately I’m not having to worry about people seeing my flaky skin but it’s still a concern so I’m doing everything possible to protect my skin.

With all the skincare I have, I probably overdo my routine but I do have some staples I stick to:

Saturday Skin 10% Glycolic Acid + Pore Control Compkex (gifted) : helps refine and smooth skin’s appearance. I use this 4-5 times a week

Peach & Lily The Good Acids Pore Toner : an exfoliating toner that’s gentle enough for daily use. It’s designed to wipe away dead skin cells and has ingredients to keep your complexion clear, which is perfect for mask enduced acne.

Innisfree My Lip Balm : this is a mousse texture balm that instantly hydrates your lips. I apply this right after toner and leave on while I finish my skincare routine and makeup.

Fresh Beauty Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (gifted) : this is for smooth, luminous skin and makes my skin feel instantly hydrated.

Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream with Avocado (gifted) : helps with dryness, dark circles and puffiness. This adds instant hydration to my undereye area.

Tatcha Serum Stick: a concentrated treatment and touch up balm. I use this on my chin, my eye socket area and between my brows. These are my driest and most wrinkled areas so I figure they require the high intensity stuff

Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence (gifted) : help with dryness, dullness, uneven texture and oiliness. This is described as “an essence that drenches the skin in esencial moisture” and that’s exactly what it does.

Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (gifted) : helps with dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a great moisturizer that doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and is lightweight.

Are any of these part of your morning routine? What are your must haves?

Dr Denese Skincare Review

I was gifted various skincare products from Dr Denese Skincare for review.

I love a brand that offers a full range of skincare products, I think it’s the easiest way for someone to establish a routine.
These products contain a range of ingredients including: Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen, Ceramides and Retinol to name a few.

I’ve been using some of these for a few weeks now, slowly integrating them into my existing routine, and I love the results I’ve seen so far.

One of my biggest concerns is a very oily t-zone, the face serum helps mattify this area without drying out the rest of my face and gives me a blurring effect.

The hydrating dream cream is hydrating without making me oily and the spf offers a lightly tinted matte finish that really smoothes out my skin, tones down my redness and doesn’t make me oily.

Of all the products, the sunblock is the one product that I was most blown away by. With this, I’m able to go without foundation and just set my face with powder and have an almost flawless complexion.

I enjoy using the eye masks before applying my makeup and I feel like it helps hydrate and absorb creams in this area. My favorite part of this are the little plastic tweezers that come on the inside of the lid to help grab the eye masks.

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone starting a skincare routine and also to any skincare junkie.

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup removing balm

Recently I’ve been enjoying buying mini sizes of products for two reasons. I can try the product out before committing to it and there’s more of a chance I’ll use it all up and feel better about my spending habits.

Last night I finished 0.4 fl oz of the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup removing balm

I enjoyed the scent and how soft it melted onto my face. It doesn’t feel oily or heavy and it removed my makeup nicely.

I did have to focus on my mascara more in order to get it off but that’s pretty standard; I use two or three coats of mascara.

I enjoyed this balm but have another to use up before deciding if I will purchase a full size.

Mamonde Essence Mask

Available at https://www.octoly.com/c/hf1f7/r/hb70x

Mamonde gifted me with these face masks
This face mask is so thin and feels like a second skin while my face absorbed all the “skin loving ingredients”! It had a nice scent that made relaxing so easy and it didn’t slip around at all. After 20 minutes my skin felt soft and hydrated.
The best part is these masks are biodegradable!
The other part of this brand that I really connected with is the the work they’ve put in to help protect honey bees

Who ever looks good in a face mask anyway?
OK, maybe this guy

Thank you again to Mamonde and Octoly for the opportunity to try this product

Farmacy Daily Greens Moisturizer

I was gifted the new Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer to test and here are my first impressions:

Now available at Sephora!

The first, and most important (to me), thing to note is this does NOT smell like papaya. The moringa definitely drowns out the papaya scent with its fresh and springy scent.

Second, this isn’t your typical gel moisturizer that feels wet and gooey. I would say it’s more of a hybrid between a gel and light cream moisturizer.

It’s vegan, cruelty-free and contains four types of hyaluronic acid.

From Farmacy’s website

Overall it left my skin feeling hydrated and not at all oily.

While I enjoy the packaging I wish it came with a scoop to help get the product out, or it came in a more hygenic container.

It claims to help clear pores and reduce shine as well as soothe minor irritations. I’m excited to keep using this and see if I notice a difference in my pores and the amount of shine my skin has. (while I don’t want to have dull skin I also don’t want to look like I’ve been well oiled throughout the day)

Derma E Mist Mood Enhancing

I recently received three different Derma E Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing to try.

I’m obsessed with using sprays to prime, set and refresh my face so I was excited to try these. My favorite is the Uplift mist, it has a nice subtle citrus scent that I have been loving this season. The spray is nice and even, it feels refreshing and doesn’t leave any sticky residue.

  • Create: Contains aromatic waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients: Rosemary, Lemon Sage & Eucalyptus Essential Oils – energize one’s senses. Brahmi & Alma – adaptogens to help to re-focus – help to reduce fatigue and anxiety
  • Uplift: Contains citrus waters, coconut essence and witch hazel. The key Ingredients: Rosemary, Cinnamon & Cardamom Essential Oils – help to lifts the senses. Cordyceps & Long Pepper – adaptogens that have anti-aging properties
  • Calm: Contains herbal waters, fofcint essence and witch hazel. The key ingredients : Lemon, Jasmine, & Chamomile Essential Oils – soothe skin and calm one’s senses. Eleuthero & Artic Root – adaptogens that help to reduce fatigue and anxiety.

DERMA E is dermatologist recommended, proven and effective – their slogan is “Proven Clean Beauty”. All three of these mists are:

  • 100% Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Recyclable & wind energy certified
  • Formulated without GMOs, gluten, or soy

You can get yours here: https://dermae.com/search?q=mood+mist

Thank you to Derma E for sending these for me to test and review!

“Bubble Bubble No more Trouble”

I’m the kind of person that hates washing my face. There, I said it.

There’s something about having product in my face as I blindly splash water up in the hopes of rinsing everything clean.

When I saw The Creme Shop carbonated bubbling oxygen clay mask I was intrigued. I’ve used bubbling sheet masks in the past and have liked them, but this one was more than just a sheet mask.

Here are the claims off their website:

All-in-one cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores.

Our Bubble Bubble, No More Trouble Carbonated Bubbling Oxygen Clay Mask is a powerful all-in-one that deeply cleanses, exfoliates skin of dead skin cells, blackheads, and unclogs pores by removing dirt, oil, and sebum.

Additional nutrients like Collagen, Green Tea, and Lavender replenish and smooths the skin for a soft complexion and youthful glow.

That’s quite a bit of action!

I had a CVS 40% off coupon so I decided to try it. I thought maybe the bubbling action would make it exciting enough for me to want to wash my face.


Day 1: I wasn’t sure what to expect so I applied a layer just thick enough to cover my face. I rubbed it on using my fingers and waited for it to do its magic. It didn’t take long to start to tingle, not in a bad way, and bubble and soon the five minutes were up and it was time to see the results. I could tell it had removed all of my makeup, avoid eye contact (and make sure your mouth is fully closed, this doesn’t have a pleasant taste) but it left my skin feeling dry.

I used it again the next day, this time using a thicker layer of product


I noticed more bubbles this time, and it was easier to rub off as I rinsed my face but again, it left my skin feeling very dry and stripped.

I’ll have to continue using it to see if it’s something my skin needs to adapt to or if it’s too harsh for daily use.

Overall I think it’s a cute idea that works well. I can’t decide if I would recommend this yet because of how dry my face is left.