Summer Skincare Update

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.

Summer Skincare Update-1

Summer Skincare Update-2

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.

Summer Skincare Update-3

Summer Skincare Update-4

  • 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.

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  • Kiss & Make-up

    I love how everything is so nicely displayed :-) I agree, that TBS cleanser is pretty great, I lie it too!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Melissa! ^_^

  • ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I would like to try the body shops cleansing oil because I’ve heard a lot of fantastic things about it. :]

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    • Xuvious

      It’s great but I also want to try the cleansing balm version.

  • rachna sharma

    that cuticle oil looks good i might pik it up next time!

    • Xuvious

      I like it a lot! I used it more now and I’m glad it’s not a drippy oil, it kind of stays in place like a film.

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Can I just say I love the tiles in your bathroom? THAT COLOR!

    I have the Pai cleanser, oil, NUXE lip balm, and Bioderma Sensibio. Love them all! I’ve been wanting to try some Recherche Biologique. You’d think it’s easy to get here because France is right next door but no. There is ONE spa in Brussels that carries it so I will have to go out of my way to hunt it down!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Sunny! It look for 3 weeks to decide on that colour. :p
      Same here, just one Spa in Mumbai. Atleast they ship to other cities! It’s almost like BR is the Birkin of skincare.

  • Bhuvana

    Such a good choice of products.. Must say the bathroom color just struck me first as seriously wow.. You must love taking a bath everyday:-)..

    I have the nuxe and love using it.. Tho I don’t use it everyday.. Only when my lips feel dry.. N then don’t need to use them at all.. They do the job so well. Im using the fab radiance pads n loved using them.. I’m currently getting spots all over my face so stopped using anything.. Only cleansing n moisturizing. Don’t know how to stop them

    • Xuvious

      Hahaha, I totally do! Extra motivation to follow a skincare routine diligently! 😉
      Dealing with spots is tricky, especially if it’s hormonal (which I tend to get), I just have to ride through it. Glad you like the Radiance Pads. I have a tub which I’ll be using soon. :)

  • Corinne C

    Your bathroom looks amazing. Woo. Also, I love Dermalogica products!

    Corinne x

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Corinne! Oddly enough, it’s the only Dermalogica product I’ve tried. Which other ones do you recommend?

  • Linda Libra Loca

    I had the same thoughts when watching the PLL finale. Not about the potholes, I don’t pay that much attention, but about the way they linked transgender to being mentally ill. Of course I get that was not what they wanted the explanation to be, but it is dangerously close.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      I’m so done with PLL. They’ve been so messy about the whole thing on twitter.

      • Linda Libra Loca

        I have had that hashtag blocked for ages, i didn’t want to risk anyone spoiling it for me.

  • fiona furtado

    Lovely set of products. I loved the Pai cleanser.

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Fiona! ^_^

  • Krithi Marla

    u have such lovely products and overall regime
    I like the white tray ,it is so nice :)

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! Lol, regime is the right word, I think I take it too seriously. :p

  • Jennifer Monforton

    What an amazing lineup! The Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is one of my favourite masks and the Body Shop Camomile range is fantastic :)

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Jennifer, I do want to try the cleansing Balm from the Camomile range it some point.

  • Jessica

    Oh man, your bathroom situation is so perfect! I can only dream of having a neat little shelf to line everything up on, haha. I just keep cleansers and towels and a mask or two in the bathroom and everything else in my bedroom. We have quite a few similar staple products too, even though it’s not in this post I really like the sound of the Keihl’s MRC so I’m glad to hear you like it so much too.

    jessica –

    • Xuvious

      With MRC the consistency and the glow I got next morning was amazing. It’s not something I’ve been able to get the Pai Rosehip Oil. It’s moisturising and all that but I do miss MRC. :)

  • Lena L

    Your bathroom vanity is so pretty!
    I’m getting into skincare more and more and am happy to read about your routines. I used to laugh at “Korean 10 skincare steps”, but I’ve just realized mine has stretched to 9 although this is an evening routine including all cleansing steps! ;o

    • Xuvious

      Same here, even 3 years ago I barely had a skincare routine, now I take it so seriously. I’ve always wanted to try more Korean products, so I’m hooked to your reviews as well! :)

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I love the tile in your bathroom! I wish Pai was available at brick and mortar places in the US. If it is I haven’t found it!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Erin! I can only buy it online unfortunately.

  • Sindhura Gurazada

    such lovely products ! your bathroom looks so organised 😀

    • Xuvious

      Thanks, that’s very kind! ^_^

  • nausheen

    Your bathroom look so perfect, mine is totally mess:D. I never keep products properly and keep so many of them that they keep dropping :d

    • Xuvious

      Lol, it’s more messy most of the time but had to tidy it up for the blog. :p