2017/06/13 12:00 AM

skincare routine: four new additions


Welcome to the party.


Changing weather and changing seasons means it's time to rotate some aspects of my skincare routine. Not much has changed since I posted my winter routine a few months back, but there are a few notable new additions to the family.

1) Glossier Priming Moisturizer

I took Glossier's Priming Moisturizer for a spin about a year ago, but at the time wasn't all that enthused. I felt like it didn't hydrate my skin well enough, though I think that may have been because I wasn't applying as much as I needed. Second chances are a good thing, and I absolutely love this product now. I've got the proper portions all figured out, and it creates just the right balance of a matte and dewey finish on my face. I'm finding that I don't have to set my makeup with translucent powder as often - another plus, considering I like to minimize my makeup during the summer. My jar of Priming Moisturizer Rich will be going into retirement for now to wait out the summer season, but I may try it as a night cream once I run out of my favorite by Origins.

2) philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Mask

This is a great once-a-week exfoliating treatment for me. As mentioned in my previous skincare post, philosophy's Purity face wash has been a staple for me for the last four years or so. When the mask came out, I knew I had to try it.

I have several face masks that I rotate through depending on my skin's needs, but I hadn't found the right exfoliator. My skin is a little sensitive, so most exfoliators I'd tried were too harsh for me. I like that this only needs to stay on my face for ten minutes, tops, and that it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth once I take it off. I don't have a lot of clogged pores on my face, but I do notice an improvement in the area around my nose after using this. My skin looks extra glowy the morning after.

3) Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

Where to begin with this product? I wasn't planning on buying another face mask when I went into Lush that day, but I'm glad I did. Again, my skin doesn't really break out; it just gets red in some areas. I'd gotten a little extra sun on my lunch break a few days back, and while it hadn't reached full sunburn status, I was definitely feeling it.

The saleswoman at Lush explained to me that the Rosy Cheeks mask has calamine lotion in it, making it excellent for post-sun exposure and redness. She was right. The morning after using this, my skin had a more even tone and the redness almost completely gone. It's been great for reducing redness from an occasional blemish, too.

Extra points for this product: because it's part of the Fresh Face Mask family, it has to be kept in the fridge. After a hot shower, applying something cool to your face feels heavenly. (And the rose scent isn't overly strong, either. Another bonus.)

4) Adorn Eau de Parfum in Rose Quartz

Not so much in the "skincare" realm, but I wanted to include this little gem - literally, as there's a tiny crystal at the bottom of the bottle. This cutie perfume from Adorn has become my new spring and summer fragrance. I usually wear fragrances that smell warm and woody - vanilla, amber, sandalwood, and so on. Outremer's Vanille and Atelier Cologne's Vanille Insensée are two of my favorites. When I'm going out or getting dressed up, I'll occasionally wear Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf, but that's on a case-by-case basis.

Now that the weather is warmer, though, my usual scents seem a bit too heavy and intense for the sunshine. I have the rollerball size of Maison Margiela's Lazy Sunday Morning, and love how light and fresh it smells. But, I like options, and that's where the Adorn perfume comes in. I smelled it on a whim at Urban Outfitters and fell in love. I don't go for floral scents; they always smell stuffy and give me a bit of a headache, so this is the first one I've actually liked. Rose Quartz is a very subtle and delicate rose scent, unlike others I've smelled that make me think of, for lack of a better term, "old lady perfume". Rose Quartz makes me think of sitting next to an open window above an English rose garden. And if that image doesn't work for you, think of it as Mario Badescu's rosewater spray, but in eau de parfum form.

Until next time,