Friday, July 27, 2012

Face Cocktail

Happy Friday, lovelies!  I'm trying to use up a few products that I don't exactly adore, but can't bear to throw out or give away.

A while ago, I won a SkinCeuticals serum from Beauty Crazed in Canada but I didn't review it because I wasn't the hugest fan.  It's a preventative serum, so I realize that there won't be any immediate effects, but honestly, the whole thing threw me into a bit of an existential crisis: "How will I know if it worked?  What if I'd used something else and it would have worked better?  Jesus Christ, what if it makes my skin worse down the line because we really don't have enough research to determine the long-term effects of bottled antioxidants??"  I like to think that as a writer of all things beauty, I'm allowed to be that dramatic.

I've resolved to finish the bottle at least, because it's an insanely expensive product -- on Amazon, it's $113/oz.   My biggest issue is the way it felt on my face.  It's just so sticky.  I'm okay with a certain amount of greasiness on my face at night, but it was awkward touching my face after I put this on.  Maybe that's a good thing, so I'll stop touching my skin as often, but I like to be fairly comfortable when I sleep.  Anyway, I moved onto another night serum and tried this in the morning under a number of moisturizers and I've finally decided on my pairing.

I bought the Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 after I got a sample at an apotheke and I haven't looked back since!  It makes my skin feel cushiony.  That's a word.  I said so.  Anyway, one day I was rushing out the door so I put in 3 drops of the Phloretin CF serum.  Then I proceeded to kick myself for not thinking of mixing it with something else earlier.

This combination leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy at all.  I try to moisturize as best I can in the summer, but it's so tempting not to when your face starts feeling oily less than two hours after applying it.  This combination gives my skin that freshly-washed-but-hydrated feeling you get when you use a milk cleanser.  I'm almost sad that I don't have a lot of the serum left -- if only I'd figured this out sooner!

I'm so into mixing my face products now.  What's worked for you?


  1. YEAH! i just started using the vinoperfect radiance serum and it feels so lovely on my skin! only slightly afraid i will one day drop the bottle on my unforgiving tile floor...

    1. I got a sample of that! I'm totally in love, but it's soooo expensive here! It's heartbreaking to spill things, I spilled a huge sample of Ren's Rose 012 serum, and I swear I heard my heart break. I'd love to know how the Vinoperfect works out for you!