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Is Luxury Skincare Worth It? *discussion*

Please add your thoughts in the comments below! I want this to be an open discussion because our skin types and experiences are all so different. To begin: my skin type is combination sensitive dry with an oily nose and chin *and* I am prone to rosacea flare ups. Please keep this in mind when reading... Is luxury skincare worth it? Luxury can mean different things to different people—generally, luxury to me means that it costs over $40-50. It’s not really defined by designer names or anything like that. For me it’s difficult to justify spending tons of money on products without being able to test run them first...because there is no guarantee that the product will work for you and if you have to return it, it can be bad for the environment. Here are my thoughts on some luxury skincare I own:
Allies of Skin Triple Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Allies of Skin - Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum
First off, I won this in a giveaway—you WILL NOT catch me paying $72 for a skincare product ever. Second, I had heard rave reviews on this for a long time and was excited to try it. However, it just burned my skin and disrupted my skin barrier. It’s a thick serum and the fragrance is SO sickeningly sweet it kind of makes me nauseous. The brand said they are working on a version without fragrance but idk if I would try it since I had such a bad reaction to this one. It contains fruit acids as well which confuses me since it’s supposed to be hydrating. I used it after cleansing but before moisturizing. I can’t recommend this to anyone with sensitive or dry skin.
mxt - custom mixed serum for me. #mxt - Custom Mixed Serum[products]# I won this in a giveaway as well, however I have very different feelings on it. This serum cost was $56 after my customizations, which is expensive for about 1oz of product. HOWEVER, mxt takes you through a skin quiz and custom mixes your products based on your skin concerns. The fact that it is mixed for you makes it worthwhile to me—it’s not like they are just selling the same mixed product to everyone—it’s just for you. Also, the bottle customization is very cute. My custom serum has a light scent (but no fragrance ingredients) but is very lightweight. I use it after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. I highly recommend trying this brand out at least once. I WILL be repurchasing this once it runs out!
BONUS: TOOL - FOREO Products. FOREO - LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin- I purchased this with a gift card gifted to me—it costs $300 😱. I have yet to try it, but right now I use the FOREO - LUNA fofo
on days when I need a little extra exfoliation on my skin without using a scrub or damaging my skin. I absolutely love FOREO products—they are silicone so they are anti-microbial and gentle enough for sensitive skin. Highly recommend to everyone!!
What are your thoughts on luxury products? #CheriePartner
Sep. 29, 2020
robind_xoI absolutely love my Foreo Luna 3, it was expensive but I think it was totally worth it
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It is something you should buy no matter how expensive it is👍 Best Facial Device
Nowadays many girls have a good sense of skin management. Sometimes they may spend a lot of money on skincare, smart facial devices are their buying priority, which is always very expensive. However, there is controversy over these facial tools. Some think they offer good value for money, others say girls are absolutely cheated by so-called high technology. I have my reservations about other expensive skincare tools, but a facial cleanser is really an invaluable tool for me.  My sister ever used the FOREO Luna 2 Facial Cleansing FOREO - LUNA 2 for Normal Skinfor one year, now she has wonderful skin. After seeing there was a huge difference in her skin. I saved money and bought the FOREO Luna 3 for sensitive skinFOREO - LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin, as a gift to celebrate my birthday.  In the beginning, I feel painful to spend so much money. Later I console myself that it's an investment, I don’t have to replace pricy brush heads again. So I think that I actually save money in the long run. Ok, back to the point. My skin unfortunately is highly dry. I used to never use brushes because I have very sensitive skin. That's why I chose Luna 3 for sensitive skin. It is super smooth, so gentle and my skin feels softer without any tightness. It has cleaned very well, made my face less dry, brighter, and with less redness in the first use.  In addition, even the stubbornly clogged pores on my nose are gradually getting cleaner after a time. Amazing! It also allowed my skin products to get absorbed faster and better into my skin. I find it interesting that after using the Foreo, whether in the morning or in the evening, I need much less of my skincare products than before because the skin is so well prepared. Although it’s a great product, my sincere advice is that facial cleansers can not be used every day, otherwise, the skin will become more sensitive and fragile, twice a week is enough.  Hope you can get good results too!
Foreo Luna 3 for sensitive skin
Thoughts: This device is something unique and well thought out. I truly love just how soft the stubs are and how they don't hurt my face. I'm always excited to use my foreo because I feel it does help my skincare routine sink in much better. The wonderful thing about this is whatever cleanser you decide to use on this it doesn't get sucked up and it evenly massages it onto your face. This does have a timer that can be set up on the app once you connect so you can choose how long to use it. The plus being this could be used for many months (650 uses I believe) before having to charge it. This doesn't die out fast and I never have a problem when water get's on it. It's pretty easy to use and I can easily grip it without a worry of it falling or having to be in an awkward position. I'm glad I was gifted this because I was curious to know how it would perform and how different it was from my Amazon bought cleansing brush. I been using it for four months now and I can tell you this device does more than just cleanse. This massages my face in circular motions and has helped me with my fine lines. I have a firmer forehead and some wrinkles smoothed up thanks to the 8,000 T-Sonic pulsations this gives per minute. This is and I think will always be a staple in my routine. I'm never going back to my amazon brush that would die out in weeks. Claims: to lift away impurities while the firming massage it gives out leaves skin smooth and younger looking. Targets: Acne and signs of ageing. Texture: soft rubber kind of stubs and a soft velvety body. Price: $199 (Worth it) Recommendation: I do recommend this little guy because it's quick and easy to use. Also if you want to splurge and like a massaging/cleansing device. FOREO - LUNA 3 for Sensitive Skin
Top Cleansers of 2020!
Starting off with my top first cleanses because it’s important to double cleanse!!! Top Oil Cleanse: TATCHA - Pure One Step Camellia Oil Cleanser This cleanser is one that I won’t stop talking about. It’s a great texture that emulsifies easily and doesn’t leave a film on my skin at all. It’s pricey, but it’s an experience. Top Cleansing Balm: FARMACY - Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm I picked this up while travelling (sigh... early 2020...) and I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. I’m very much one to not buy into the hype of products, but now I understand why there is so much hype! It’s a sorbet texture that emulsifies and doesn’t leave a film on the skin! Top Misc. First Cleanse: Dr Dennis Gross - Hyaluronic Marine Makeup Removing Meltaway Cleanser (📍) This is a new find from me, but none the less, it’s amazing. This cleanser is very unique, because it’s one that you don’t have to rinse... let me explain. So this as a milky cleanser that melts away face and eye makeup or SPF, but can we wiped away with a face cloth, like a Makeup Eraser. I honestly didn’t think that this would work, but I’m actually very surprised by this. I was sent this product by the DDG team and am featured in a video on the @ddgcanadateam instagram using this cleanser, go check it out to learn more! And now with the second cleanses. New Favourite: skinfix - Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser This was actually more of a new find because I began using this in September. At first, I was confused because of the “foaming oil cleanser” title. I went to use this as my first cleanse one night and it went horribly. Now that I know that this is a second cleanse, I use it almost every night. This and my FOREO - LUNA fofo (📍) pair amazing together. OG Favourite: comfort zone - comfort zone Essential Cleansing Milk I got a facial done around May, and the aesthetician used this product, I instantly fell in love. This does have a smell to it, but it’s so lovely. This is gentle and hydrating so I don’t have to worry about my skin being dry, red and irritated. Love this stuff!
Skincare Journey.... help please!!!
Hey! So I am in desperate need of help please help a lost girl out! Is this fungal acne, is this hormonal acne, is this normal??? I’ve literally been having breakouts since I was 10 and I’m 29 About 2 months ago I really wanted to step my game up and work on clearing my skin and just feeling better in my own skin, I’m not big with any makeup so my goal is to have a more natural glow and smooth bright skin.. 😂🤦🏼‍♀️ ik thats everyone goal Anyway I need help! Maybe I introduce too much at once or is this my skin purging .. 48 hrs ago I decided to stop using everything and just use my boy friends dandruff shampoo once a day at night and nothing in the morning. My AM Routine CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin FOREO - LUNA fofo bliss - Glow & Hydrate Day Serum TRADER JOE'S - Ultra Hydrating Gel Moisturizer with Aloe & Green Tea Extracts My PM Routine CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin bliss - Renew & Smooth Night Serum CeraVe - PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion My sometimes product used mostly at night DICKINSON'S - Witch Hazel Liquid (Only used sometimes mid day if I felt super oily, or at night during a bad breakout) HERO COSMETICS - Mighty Patch Original for Madewell (Used this for hard stubborn painful pimples)
Are these the real allies for your skin ??
Allies of Skin @alliesofskin - Molecular Multi Nutrient Day cream The name says it all. This day cream is a perfect blend of many ingredients that works as an multi nutrient diet to the skin. ✨ Especially made for oily skin types or breakout prone skin ✨ Helps to brighten the skin and discolouration ✨ Nutrients helps the skin to repair itself ✨ Contains ingredients such as centella leaf extract to sooth the skin. Key Ingredients:- -1% Dioic Acid -Moringa Extract -Centella Asiatica Cells -Hyaluronic Acid -Niacinamide -Tamanu Oil -Green Tea -Caffeine -Licorice Root Extract -Ceramides My Experience:- ~ Amazing day moisturizer ~ lightweight and provides all the hydration w/o feeling heavy ~ Pile up too easily if layered with many products underneath. ~ Not enough on its own for my dry skin if not paired with hydrating toners or essences. Price:- $99USD for 50ml Would I repurchase?? No. Because of its piling nature its difficult to use layered with other products. . . @alliesofskin Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum * One of my most favourite hydrating serum right now .. ⚡️ Provides Hydration to skin and help retain Moisture ⚡️ Works as an amazing skin soothing product ⚡️ Leaves the skin more brighter and plump ⚡️ Works great under the Serums containing active ingredients by refining the skin surface Key Ingredients :- -Hyaluronic acid -Niacinamide -Strawberry)Fruit Extract -Licorice Root Extract Vitamin E My Experience:- ~ Love the texture and smell of this product ~ leaves my skin looking plumped and hydrated ~ Sometimes I use it as an moisturizer, layered with hydrating toners underneath ~ little goes a way ~ Pair really well under my active ingredient treatments by reducing the irritation ~ Absorbs into the skin really well / doesn’t pile up ~ Helps retaining the moisture in the skin Price :- $75 USD for 30ml Would I repurchase?? Yes. I love the benefits it provides while being a multiple tasker. I can see myself repurchasing it in future. Also @alliesofskin is having a 30% sale on their website. Use code :- ALLIESFORLIFE30 YOU NEED SOME ALLIES FOR YOUR SKIN 😍
My Favourite Serums✨
My skin is sensitive, redness-prone, normal-dry depending on the season, and I have some rosacea on my cheeks. These 4 serums have made a big difference in the texture and overall appearance + health of my skin. I’m going to tell you a little bit about each of them below! • SKINCEUTICALS - Serum 10 Aox+ - I’m sure you’ve heard of the cult favourite Skinceuticals vitamin c serum and this version is just as effective, but for sensitive skin. It has a water-like consistency and sinks into the skin right away. I have definitely found that this has helped to brighten and even my skin tone. I really love this vitamin c and would definitely recommend it (even though it’s pricey). • Corpa Flora - Antidote 03 - Redness Relief - this serum has more of an oil-like consistency and a light floral scent to it that I just love. I have found that when I am consistent with this serum it definitely decreases the redness I have in my cheeks due to rosacea. I typically mix a pump of this with a pump of their Corpa Flora - Antidote HB5 Hydration and it’s the perfect hydrating + soothing cocktail! For anyone with sensitive, redness-prone skin like me, this duo is a must have to combat that! • Allies of Skin - Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum - I didn’t know what to expect from this serum but it has blown me away. I often have texture on my cheeks and also get hormonal breakouts and this serum does an amazing job at fighting both of them. I always notice a difference in my skin the next morning when I use this at night! My favourite way to use it is to mix a pump of this with a pump of the Allies of Skin - Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum (if you can’t tell, I love mixing serums to create the perfect skincare concoction). Both of these products are pricey, if you’re going to splurge on one, make it the Mandelic! • CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution - this one is a favourite in the skincare world and for good reason. The overall brightening and tone-correcting effect this serum has is amazing. I love the clean scent it has and the milky, smooth texture. It sinks into the skin quickly and isn’t sticky or tacky. I wouldn’t say this is a must-have compared to the others listed here, but if you’re a product junkie like me it’s definitely worth having in your collection. #CheriePartner
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TLC not for me... but I’m not going to waste it
TLC not for me... but I’m not going to waste it
DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum A while back I tried this product out for about 6-7 weeks so I feel like I got a good idea of how it would work for my skin. In the first three weeks I noticed little white head pimples and some peeling but I thought my skin was just purging and get used to the product. As the weeks went by the peeling and pimples continued so I realized it was an irritation. I tried lessening the frequency and/or diluting with moisturizer, HA and oils to see if that would minimize the irritation. I never had a huge reaction or redness so it was difficult to tell whether I was just getting used to the product or it was causing a minor irritation. At the end of the day I think this product was just too strong for my skin and I couldn’t get it to work for me. Once a week and extremely diluted was the only way I could use it with no irritation and I didn’t really see much benefit from such an infrequent use maybe I would with more time. While I do think this would be a good product if your skin is more tolerant or used to acids or if you don’t have sensitive skin like me the serum did not work for me. Just goes to show you just because a might work for one person it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. Unfortunately in the skin game I end up with allot of trial and error. Although il the product didn’t work for my face, I do really like this product for my back. I started putting one pump on my upper back where I usually get some breakouts every other day I haven’t seen a single breakout on my back since. The skin on our bodies is thicker and more resilient then on our face and skin in our bodies can usually tolerate higher concentration of acids. I would never buy the product just for my back because of the cost but I’m using up the rest for this.
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
DRUNK ELEPHANT-T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum
Glowing skin that’s not oily i
Glowing skin that’s not oily is the most beautiful summer look ever. I’ve found a couple things that help me glow all day long and I figured I’d share! First up hydration is so, so, important, so going in with an alcohol and fragrance free toner can be a great call. So can a thick creamy oil free moisturizer. Using a thick moisturizer can make your skin more oily than dewy or glowy so avoid those. You can also use a serum such as the bliss - Glow & Hydrate Day Serum . Also, I’ve found that the more smooth your skin is, the more your glow shines through. An easy way to smooth out you skin is by using an ice bath. While it’s not true that your pores can “grow” or “shrink” it IS possible to smooth out your skin tone using de-puffing products or methods. The three most common methods are ice baths (plunging your face in ice water), chilling jade rollers, and skincare fridges or just putting products in the fridge. The act of using coldness to de-puff and purify works by slightly numbing your skin, bringing redness to your skin, and then allowing it to cool to room temperature, often enliminating redness. Finally, I was thinking about starting a weekly series where i de-bunk skincare, beauty, and makeup myths. What do you think? Let me know down below which myths to test!
Glow & Hydrate Day Serum
bliss-Glow & Hydrate Day Serum
Favourite barrier recovery serum for breakouts
Favourite barrier recovery serum for breakouts
If you’re acne prone and on retinoids, this an amazing multi-tasker. I started my differin journey 2 months ago and was in dire need of a serum that calmed breakouts but also repair my newly sensitized, damaged barrier. By Wishtrend - Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule I would classify this as a calming antioxidant serum that aids in acne recovery. It sinks into the skin instantly and leaves a slightly dewy finish. This does not feel sticky or heavy, but instead gently nourished and less irritated. I only need 3 drops to cover my entire face and use it overtop an azelaic acid serum. This definitely helps speed up the healing process of my breakouts and keeps my skin healthy, hydrated and supple. I wouldn't rely on this alone if you're dealing with acne, but use it more as a supporting recovery serum alongside tried-and-true actives like salicylic acid or azelaic acid. It truly put By Wishtrend on the map for me and I'm excited to see what other products they come up with. Yes it's a pricier ampoule but this bottle will last a while since a little goes a long way. I will definitely be re-purchasing this when it runs out!
Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule
By Wishtrend-Polyphenols in Propolis 15% Ampoule
Week 1
Week 1
Sorry for the late response. Long story short I had a lot of personal/family issues throughout the week. Some nights I couldn’t do my usual skincare routine but still do every morning. Well enough about that stuff so after week 1, I don’t see much difference. Perhaps a little lighter but I also have been using other products I have not mentioned a long with basic spray on sunscreen to prevent further sun damage and wrinkles. Along with that Korean skin care routine it has been said (no cite sourced) that the oriental culture and their secret to youthful bright skin is because they are raised with using and live by sunscreen. Apparently the recommendation (still haven’t read the can) is that we should apply sunscreen every 2 hours that we are outside. We should even use it in the winter/all other seasons because we still get those UV rays. I did not know this! I thought one application and we’re good but nope! No wonder I still get tanned/sunburn after application in the past! So back on to the rest of the products! OBAGI - Exfoliating Polish - I still really love this product, I felt like this first week and 2 I have not used it as much as I liked. I have dry skin and with the other products that cause dryness (will explain later) I should have used it more. I have combination so when I have dry skin I use this product 2-3 times a week. On my “oily-er” days. I use it 1-2 times a week. I bet if I used this product more my milia/clogged pores would have diminished quicker. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Exfoliating Cleanser Normal Cleanser - I actually like this cleanser. I find it odd though, perhaps because I’m not used to having normalized skin lol, but afterwards my skin does not feel tight nor oily. This is by far the best cleanser I have used when it comes to my combination skin. However, I’m not sure if things will change during winter due to the fact that my skin is extra dry during cold weather but for the summer it seems to have my t-zone and other areas balanced. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Complexion Renewal Pads - er... I have brought down my rating due to the fact that I do not see any difference. I meant to get my vitamin-c brightener from Zein Obagi and accidentally got the wrong bundle but I tend to love all their products so I was willing to try. I see no difference in my skin and either this product or the Acne Control dried up my skin for the first week. I will not be getting this product again. Although, this may help with sensitivity and ph balance. Their other products tend to have multi-purpose (eye cream has retinol which also fights acne, milia, clogged pores, blackheads.) So I’m not too concerned about using this particular product. I rated it a 3-star because it did not break me out or cause any redness. ZO SKIN HEALTH - Daily Power Defense - I also lowered the ratings for this because you literally won’t see any(to be continued..)
Complexion Renewal Pads
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Oils !
Oils !
✨ skin oils ✨ @helloglowskin - Skin Lovers: sunset edition • • What is it: 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free oil packed with fatty acids for the help of repairing and relieving the skin. • • Ingredients run down: ✨ Tamanu Oil 5% : this special ingredient is known for fighting blemishes, cystic acne, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea and stretch marks. ✨ Golden Jojoba oil: This oil targets excess oil - which excess oils on the face could be a main culprit for you acne. ✨ safflower oil: This particular oil targets Eczema & Psoriasis, which a must for my stubborn skin especially in winter but also in summer. ✨ lavender essential oil + melaleuca oil: These types of oils are both antiseptic and is full of healing properties. Both calm swelling that my poor face needs. ✨ seabuckthorn pulp extract CO2: this type of oil helps with signs of aging & dehydration. Which is amazing in all climates as skin can always be dehydrated. This oil is has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals that boost the skins elasticity and collagen. • • Review: This oil ranges for $39.95 I was abit scared to purchase this as it was new on the market, and oils never tend to work on my skin. I have had this oil for abit over a month and I absolutely love it, With it’s amazing ingredients I have definitely found my holy grail oil. As stated every time I do a post that I have hormonal cystic acne + sensitive skin, and my skin loves absolutely loves this. I have used nearly the whole bottle because my skin just drinks it all up. It is recommended to use a basic routine: cleanse, tone (optional), HG serum and SPF. I like to use this with my jade roller, I didn’t experience any purging but everyone skin is different. I’m glad I took the plunge and purchased this when I did I can’t wait to purchase more, and especially with free shipping to all my Aussie babes/guys. • • I do have a discount code if your wanting to purchase: casey15 for 15% making your order to $33.95. I don’t make any money off this code it’s just for my lovers 💕 • ✨ what are some smaller brands you love and I need to try? ✨HELLOGLOW - Skin Lover Perfecting Serum / Sunset Edition
Skin Lover Perfecting Serum / Sunset Edition
HELLOGLOW-Skin Lover Perfecting Serum / Sunset Edition
Thank the Buzzy Bois 🐝🍯
Thank the Buzzy Bois 🐝🍯
I have S U P E R dehydrated skin that is acne-prone and quite sensitive; which also ends up making it oily thanks to lack of hydration 🤦🏻‍♀️ I started using this Honey Propolis Enrich Essence with the hope that it would help my skin stay hydrated throughout the day, and man it delivers 🙌🏻 Since I’ve switched my routine to a hydration focused line instead of acne / oil line, I’ve seen a HUGE improvement in my skin, not only in blemishes but also in oil production and texture. Do I like it? YES, absolutely. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Feeling / Texture? The texture is kind of like honey (no jokes here or intended puns) it does feel a bit sticky / tacky and putting too much on your face will definitely end up being a turn off for a lot of people on this product. I don’t particularly enjoy the texture and at first I was using way too much. BUT! I have found the perfect way to apply it; I put just a few small drops in my hands and rub them together for a second and then apply it to my face in a circular motion, towards the end I just gently pat it in for absorption. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Price? The price is a bit steep, for me, but not compared to other essences. Also, considering that a little goes a hell of a long way, the bottle will last awhile. (I use mine AM and PM for the last three weeks, every day, and it’s still almost completely full). ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall Judgement? Ultimately, I’m not fond on the price or how easy it is to accidentally apply too much and get sticky. However, the fact that it has been a key product in my skincare routine that has helped keep my face feeling hydrated and plump all day long has me already looking at buying another bottle and I’m not even halfway through! I have to admit that this is the product that has opened my mind and eyes to using honey / royal jelly / propolis in my skincare routine and I’m now looking for more products of the same sweet honey type to add to my hydration routine ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommended for? I would honestly recommend this for every skin type, even oily (I’m oily too 🙋🏻‍♀️). Its a bit sticky but using only a tiny bit goes a long way and it helps to keep moisture binded to your skin since honey is a natural humectant. Therefore, all skin types could benefit from this product, but especially dry and dehydrated types. For my sensitive skin it doesn’t bother it at all. BUT ALWAYS DO A PATCH TEST FIRST, YOU DO NOT WANT TO USE THIS IF YOU’RE ALLERGIC TO BEE POLLEN, BEE PROPOLIS, HONEY, ROYAL JELLY, ETC. Ingredients? Propolis Extract, Honey Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Lactobacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium Edta, Carbomer, Arginine
Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence
SKINFOOD-Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence