Skin care laboratory

Recently I've been sampling lots of skincare. Skincare is the least sexy beauty category for me, because I'm an instant-gratification girl who loves the immediate payoff of experimenting with colors and formulas. That's part of why sampling skincare in small doses is a bit of a fool's errand. Results often are not seen until you've been using something long term. Plus, the way I've done it is even sillier — I've sampled many products at once, so if I did have results, I wouldn't know exactly what product I could thank.

Regardless of my silliness, here are some thoughts on some products I've been playing with:

Nip + Fab Skin Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum — You know I bought this for the name. It has a silky consistency that kind of reminds me of Smashbox's foundation primer, but more slippery and hydrating. I've been using it day and night instead of moisturizer, and my skin has felt pretty soft and nourished without any shine.

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (in small white container) — People rave about this $100+ brightening lotion that I tried to fade my hyperpigmentation marks from acne. I asked for a sample at Sephora along with Flora. The main ingredient is lactic acid, which is available in other (cheaper) products. I want to say that it slightly lightened my marks over a few weeks, but not in a way that makes me want to run out and drain my bank account. Plus it kinda burns.

Sunday Riley Flora Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil (small oil in container with black cap) — Smells a little like flowery Crisco. Claims to improve skin elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I like adding a few drops of this to the Dragon's Blood serum to make me look a bit more luminous and awake. Plus it feels soothing and moisturizing. 

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads — I got these not for my face but as a budget alternative to the Bliss salicylic acid pads Into the Gloss recommended to combat ingrown hairs. These work like a charm. I use them twice a day when I remember and they keep ingrowns at bay, and when I forget, it's ingrown city.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum — I've screwed the pooch on this one because I haven't tried it much, yet think it will probably be the most beneficial (and at $60, it's more in my price range for fighting hyper pigmentation than Good Genes). Jen at From Head to Toe raves about this. I'll report back if it helps when I use it consistently.

Sephora Sleeping Masks — I like how inexpensive these are and like the idea of overnight face treatments. However, there's definitely more than enough product in one package for multiple uses, yet it's not packaged in a way conducive to multiple uses. I didn't see any "wow" results from these, but they're OK.

Lush Pearl Massage Bar — This bar has argan and rose oils, smells like Lush's Rose Jam fragrance and melts onto my skin as a super-softifying lotion. I keep it on my nightstand in the metal container Lush sells and especially love rubbing it into my ashy elbows.

Have you tried any skincare lately? Do you try one product at a time or lots of samples?

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