9.7.17 PM Skin

Some hormonal acne/congestion popped up on my chin today so tonight’s routine is focused on calming that breakout.

🌿This was my 3rd time using the sample of the Tara Harper Clarifying Mask and I’m not really impressed. I haven’t seen any amazing results 🤷🏻‍♀️I still have some left so I’ll keep trying it out.

• Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

• Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

• Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator –

• Tata Harper Clarifying Mask – applied just on congested areas

• Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

• Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil  – used as spot treatment

• Stratia Liquid Gold + Tamanu Oil

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Andalou Naturals – Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher – Review

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.”

In a Few Words
A face mist toner with anti-aging ingredients.

Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher states it is ideal for dry and very dry skin, dull and flaky skin, prematurely aging skin, and those with fine lines and wrinkles. “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol, CoQ10, and aloe vera polysaccharides instantly hydrate and replenish with essential nutrients, gently sooth irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH, geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion. Resveratrol and CoQ10, super antioxidants, support skin well being and essential building blocks, collagen and elastin, for a softer, smoother appearance and vitality. Skin’s truest self is fully realized with a portfolio of a nature’s most potent bioactvies and the innovation that captures it all.” The toner comes in a plastic spray bottle, has 6 oz of product and sells for $13.00.

The Takeaway

I bought my toner at Ulta a little over a week ago and have used it once a day since then. I picked out this toner because I love to try new face mists – I  keep most of my skincare the same, but toner is one step that I like experimenting with. I usually go for hydrating face mists/essences like Belif Hungarian Water Essence or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. I liked that this toner has a base of aloe juice and has CoQ10, Vitamin C, tea extracts, and fruit stem cells. The price was right and the bottle was pretty big so I decided to give it a try.

A minor complaint it that the mist is not fine and gentle, it sprays a ton in a small area. I could overlook that if I really liked what was being blasted on my face, but I don’t. THe toner burns the dryer areas on my face around my eyes and cheek bones. I have dry skin, but I take good care of it, and my eye area can be dry and sensitive, but I don’t usually have any issues with it… except with this mist. I kept using it thinking that it wasn’t really burning or maybe it would stop irritating my face, but nope. Looking over the ingredient list, my best guess for the irritation/burning is alcohol in it. Admittedly, I knew there was alcohol  in this toner before I bought it. This toner has Phenethyl Alcohol for fragrance and inhibiting the growth of bacteria – according to my research fragrance alcohols are similar to simple alcohols and can be drying and irritating. Normally, I would have never bought a toner with alcohol in it, but it was pretty far down on the ingredient list, I liked other ingredients, and I was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something from brand I really hadn’t heard of. Unfortunately, the formula just really does not work with my skin.

Hard pass if you have dry or sensitive skin; the other ingredients don’t outweigh the alcohol in this toner.

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Notable ingredients it DOES have:
CoQ10 – antioxidant
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate – Vitamin C

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Parabens

Possible irritants:
Phenethyl Alcohol – fragrance, anti-bacterial
Essential Oil

Vegan: Yes

Tested on animals: No

Country of origin: Made in the United States

Other Info:
Gluten free
Non-GMO Verified

Complete Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Juice (Organic), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauric Acid, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis), BioActive 8 Berry Complex (Organic), Resveratrol, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Extract (Organic, Fair Trade), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extracts (Organic, Fair Trade), Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Oil (Organic), Geranium Maculatum Oil (Organic)

9.7.17 AM Skin

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I am on a roll with Jordan Samuel Plié Cleanser! It is just so enjoyable to use – it’s hydrating and gentle and smells lush.

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner

• Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

• Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil+ 1 pump Tamanu Oil

•Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

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9.6.17 PM Skin

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9.6.17 PM Skincare

If only 11 PM meant it was time for bed. 😴 my skin was feeling a bit worn out so I passed on actives and sealed everything in with @januarylabs Moisture Balancing Lotion.

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Deciem’s The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Solution 7%

• Josh Rosebrook Hydration Accelerator
• Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

• Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm

• Stratia Liquid Gold + 4 drops of Deciem’s The Ordinary Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed OilSeed Oil

• January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

9.6.17 AM Skin

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9.6.17 AM Skincare

 

• Jordan Samuel Skincare Plie Cleanser

• Sally’s Organics Rose Water

I love this rose water, but the spray on this particular bottle is a fire hose.

• Deciem’s The Ordinary Buffet

• Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

• Stratia Liquid Gold + 1 pump of Tamanu Oil

 

9.5.17 AM Skincare

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9.5.17 AM Skincare

* Cleanse * Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

* Hydrating Toner * Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea

* Vitamin C * Deciem The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%

* Eye * Belif Moisturizing and Firming Eye Cream

  • This one is new to me and I love it, it’s extremely thick and hydrating but not greasy and great under makeup.

* Oils * 1 pump of Tamanu oil mixed with 4 drops of Sunday Riley UFO Ultra Clarifying Face Oil

  • I usually mix  treatment oil with a more basic, hydrating oil. I like Tamanu because it can help acne marks heal quicker.

* Moisturize * Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

 

9.4.17 PM Skin

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Tonight is retinol night so I tried to keep everything else simple, hydrating and nourishing.

 

Not pictured is makeup removal with Heimish All Clean Balm.

I cleansed with Stratia Velvet Cleansing Milk.

Acid tonight was Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (I prefer this over an AHA when I am using retinol).

Hydrating toner was Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner. Normally, I would do the Seven Skin Method, but tonight was about a four-ish skin method … I was in too much of a hurry for all seven layers.

Next, I used a thin layer of prescription Tretinoin 0.05%.

Followed by my favorite Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm focused on the corners of my eyes where I can get very dry.

Finally, I took one pump of Stratia Liquid Gold mixed with four drops of Deciem’s The Ordinary Rose Hip Seed Oil for extra hydration.