Today I’m bringing back my On Trial Series where I review my experience with products so far. It takes time to see the long-term effects of using a skincare product. Because of this, I like to update you guys every so often with my thoughts on a product, before coming to a final conclusion. This gives me a lot of flexibility as a reviewer–if my thoughts on a product change or I realize it doesn’t work as well in combination with other products, I can tell you without having to edit an old post. For example, I’m almost finished with this bottle of Bioderma, but what I’m going to write about it today is a far cry from the shinning review I originally gave.
New Skincare On Trial
First up is Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream $60, which you might have seen in my wishlist. Well, I decided to get it during the Sephora VIB sale because $60 is a lot for a face cream I plan to use everyday. So far, I think its pretty good. Everyone hypes this up as the most hydrating, rich cream ever, but I have to disagree. It feels very hydrating and nourishing at first, but then it sinks in and I don’t feel the hydration as much. At first I assumed that my super-dry skin was responsible for this, not the product itself. I tried to layer an oil on top and the product totally pilled all over. That disappointed me, because the product is supposed to be made up of oils, so one would think putting an oil on top wouldn’t be a problem. Jury’s out until my skin levels out a bit.
Pai’s Roesehip Oil $40 has been hyped up a lot this past year, and I’ve just been gifted it by my mom. For the past few years, I used Life Flo’s Rosehip Seed Oil $5, which I actually think is better than The Ordinary’s $9.80 version. My initial impression of the Pai version is that it’s texturally richer than the other two and it also stains my face orange before it soaks in. I’m not sure why this one is so intensely orange compared to the amber color of all the other rosehip seed oils I’ve used. I love rosehip seed oil because of how hydrating and brightening it is. I haven’t noticed that the Pai version offers a higher quality version of those effects yet, so perhaps paying the extra $35 isn’t worth it.
La Mer Genaissance de la Mer Serum Essence $635 is easily the most expensive product I’ve ever used in my life. I reviewed it here on my Instagram the other day, but I’ll reiterate here. This is a good product. It’s hydrating, brightening, and softening. I didn’t want to like this product because I know I’ll never repurchase it. But I do. I do and it suuuuckkksss. I’m going to keep savoring this and stop telling you all nice things about $635 serums.
Last of my new-ish purchases is the Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover by Shiseido $27 (full disclosure, I found this at Tj Maxx for $13). I’ve been noticing that my double cleanse doesn’t really get off all my mascara and I hate rubbing my eyes to get the makeup off. I’ve heard this is amazing at removing mascara with ease and I’m happy to say that it does. I haven’t been rubbing my eyes nearly as much lately and the skin looks tighter and brighter. Although it’s expensive, I think of a high-quality eye makeup remover as an anti-wrinkle investment.
Previously Used Skincare On Trial
So, I’ve extensively written about my love for P50 V by Biologique Recherche $98 on all of my social media channels. As I’ve now been using it for a few months I can give you all a bit more information. The first few weeks of use will seem miraculous. Your skin will look better than it ever has before in tone, texture, and brightness. The results will eventually plateau, but don’t be disappointed. Whenever I ditch this for a few days I notice my skin doesn’t have that same bright and clear quality anymore. If you deal with sebaceous filaments this will be your life savior. I’ve dealt with them on my nose forever and they’re so much less visible now. I still love this, and time has proven it a staple in my skincare routine.
Last up in skincare is Bioderma Senisbio Micellar Water $14, which I used to love, but no longer do. I’m not sure what changed with my skin, but Bioderma now dramatically dries out my skin. In fact, most micellar waters seem to now. I wash them off like you’re supposed to and follow up with majorly hydrating products. Has anyone else had this issue? I’ll finish the bottle, but I think micellar waters are off the table for me.
Finally, Tom Ford Santal Blush $230 has been my latest perfume obsession. My best friend and I smelled this at Neiman’s back in high school and fell head over heals for it. I believe we called it “the european hotel smell perfume”. No kidding, I dreamt of this perfume for years before finally purchasing it. When I did finally buy it, I almost never wore it. I thought it smelled amazing in the bottle, but kind of grandma-ish on the skin. One day I put it on and that grandma scent association was just gone. It’s now one of my everyday perfumes. I’m shit at describing scents, but I’ll still try for you all. This scent has no harshness, no sharp top notes. It’s smooth all the way through. The scent opens with warm Indian spices which lead into a gorgeous blend of light florals, sandalwood, oud, and musk. I spray this on all of my sweaters and the scent sticks around for weeks on them.
So that’s all that I’ve been putting to task lately. I’m pretty bummed out about Bioderma not working for me anymore. Learning that my skin is apparently so dry that even Lala Whipped Retro can’t tame it also sucks. Such is life though. Let me know what you’re testing out below! And as always, follow my Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Bloglovin’ to stay up to date with me.