Settle in for a long skincare post! I wrote extensively about my skincare routine a while back. It’s been a few months since there are couple of new products I’m playing with. I thought I’d go over my entire routine in brief. I’m on the fence about a lot of them but they seem to be working.
Warning, there’s also a Pretty Little Liars rant at the end.
The Bathroom Situation
All my cleansing, toning, face mask products are dutifully lined up on the glass shelf in my bathroom. They’re usually not so equidistant.
In order of appearance –
- Cleanser : Pai Camelia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser : Though not very effective at removing makeup as advertised, this a great second cleanse product! I love using this in the morning and in the evening after removing makeup. It’s a cream consistency and removes rest of the dirt and grime without drying out my skin.
- Cleansing Oil : The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil : I love this for it’s excellent makeup removing abilities! Waterproof mascara, stubborn eye liners, staining lipsticks, all gone! I do feel this oil is heavier than the Shu Uemura oil and it does leave a bit of residue. I may not repurchase this, I still like SU a lot more.
- Exfoliating Toner : Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V : Review : I’ve written too much about this already in my recent review. Basically I love it and I think this is a step I can never skip henceforth. It’s cleared up my skin and improved the texture.
- Hydrating Toner : Avene Gentle Toner : Review : This is an old favourite and one I like using in the mornings after cleansing. It just feels really cool and refreshing!
- Chemical Exfoliant : Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant : Review : I’ve gone through 3-4 tubes of this now and it’s a great weekly exfoliating treatment. You put it on for 10 minutes, a stings a bit but you’re left with clear and bright skin afterwards.
- Cleansing Mask : Aesop Parsley Seed Masque : I like this a lot but recently discovered that this contains denatured alcohol. I love using this though! It’s light, does the job of clarifying my skin, does dry me out horribly and the lavender scent isn’t too strong. I’m not sure if I should repurchase this. I’m still deciding.
- Hydrating Mask : Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask : This is one step I can do without and just use my facial oil instead in the future. I do like this mask though, it smells like a fruity cocktail and is very moisturising. My skin looks very supple and plump. I’ve used this a few times as an overnight mask and it works just as well.
- Lip Scrub : Forest Essentials Sugarcane Lip Scrub : This was an impulse buy that won’t be repeated. Aside from the very strong sugarcane scent which leaves an odd taste, this just isn’t gritty enough to work for me. The emollients leave you with very soft and smooth lips but that doesn’t mean it’s gotten rid of all the dead skin. It also dissolves too quickly! I’m going to use this up but I’ll be better off just making my own scrub next time.
The Dresser Situation
All my moisturizing goodness lies in the confines of this tray from Elan. It’s a bit scattered, but I like having everything easily reachable.
- Moisturiser : Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Moisturizer : I is a repurchase and I’m still in love with it. It’s perfect for humid or dry weather where you need hydration but no greasiness. It also absorbs very quickly. Love it!
- Oil : The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil : This is embarrassing but I’ve been tackling some chest acne. I read a lot about using diluted tea tree oil. I only got it a week ago and the problem has reduced but not completed gone. This can be used anywhere but I’m only using this on my body at the moment.
- Facial Oil : Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil : I use 3 drops every night and you can’t really tell because it looks full but I do like this oil. I’m not sure if I like it more than the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate though. While it hydrates just as well, I don’t have that glow on my face when I wake up in the morning as I did with MRC.
- Makeup Remover : Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water : Review : Staple product, can’t live without it. Great at taking off the bulk of my makeup without irritating my eyes or leaving behind an oily residue. Something I don’t talk about often but this is also incredibly useful while taking all those swatching photos!
- Cuticle Oil : The Body Shop Almond Nail and Cuticle Oil : I got this when I bought the Tea Tree Oil because it was on sale. I’ve never used a cuticle oil before, I’m just usually using my hand cream for hydration. The pen like packaging intrigued me! Friday evenings are designated for nail cutting, buffing and painting. There’s a new routine now. I take off my nail polish on Thursday nights and apply the oil all over my nails and cuticle area, leaving it overnight. I wake up to shiny moisturised nails that apply a new coat that evening.
- Lip Balm : Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip balm : Review : Staple product again. I use this every night to hydrate my lips again. I love the texture and not so shiny finish.
- Lip Balm : Nivea Lip Balm : This is great for winter and usually in my purse but too thick to use at the moment. I’m just trying to use this up everyone now and then.
- Eye Cream : Pai Echium & Argan Eye Cream : I finally got my hands on this. I love it. It’s thin, moisturises my eye area really well. I usually only apply this at night but I can wear this in the morning underneath my makeup as well, doesn’t make my concealer slippy.
- Sunscreen : Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50 : Review : I’ve repurchased this many times and it’s one of those great affordable products that just work. No whitecast, no greasiness, matte finish. Can’t ask for more at Rs. 75. I prefer buying the smaller tube so I can carry this around with me sometimes.
- Spot Treatment : La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I. : Review : I’ve been using this for years now and it helps small spots disappear over 1-2 days. If you have a full formed pimple, it will help dry it out quicker but it’s not going to disappear. Granted, I’ve haven’t used this much over the last few months but I still keep this around just in case.
Finally, I’m going to talk about the PLL Finale because I need to get this off my chest. Look away now if you don’t want to be spoiled! It might seem like a stupid show to watch but considering how few female centric shows there are where they’re not consumed by their boyfriends, this show does a good job of portraying well formed female characters. They might be bafflingly stupid at times but then you can’t reach 6 seasons by being smart all the time.
I just can’t with this show anymore. I mean, I say that for every finale and get sucked in again because I’m a completionist but there are so many glaring plotholes that don’t make sense!
- How was she prom queen and in the yearbook if she was at Radley the whole time?
- If she’s fully transitioned why would she dress up as a guy during the dollhouse prom? That’s actually offensive.
- Charles and Bethany ages don’t match up during the roof scene. There was a scene where Ali & Toby almost kissed (as teenagers) and Marion walked in on them, how is that possible if she was already dead when Charles was so little? Also, how could Jessica have paid off Wilden during Marion’s death, he’s not that old!
Finally, the way they’ve gone about the transgender and mental illness ‘explanation’ is very irresponsible and problematic. They’re essentially correlating the two and have not done a good job of separating the two issues, making it seem like she’s mentally ill because she’s transgender. A good viewer might realize that it was the isolation and neglect that led to her being A but they really should have done better. It sets a very bad precedent when we’re living in a society where they have to face so much discrimination already. I can’t anymore.