Friday, March 20, 2015

Winter evening skin care routine

I told myself that I have to post this review before the snow in my yard is totally I finally managed to finish the 2nd part of the winter skin care routine (part 1 morning routine), and yet I can only see 1/5 of my lawn and the rest is still covered by snow.

It may seem that I included a lot more products in the evening routine, that's because I usually have weekly treatments at night, and of course I don't use all the treatments at once. 

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Makeup removing

Muji Cleansing Oil (mild)

I use cleansing oil to remove overall makeup only mostly in the winter months and mincellar water in the summer. This bottle has lasted for 2 winters.   This oil removes all my makeup, including waterproof mascara nicely without irritating my eyes even before rinsing. My skin feels clean and still hydrated without greasy feeling after rinsing off with warm water. 1 full pump of oil is efficient to remove light makeup. 

200ml, about CAD$12 (I got mine in Taiwan)  

The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

You can call it a dupe of Lancôme BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, but there are plenty of oil-water formula eye makeup removers in the market. This is my second bottle as I use it on a daily basis: when I wear only eye makeup (without using cleansing oil) or when I wear a lot of eye makeup (before using cleansing oil). This remover effectively removes waterproof eye makeup yet is very gentle and moisturizing to the skin and not stinging my eyes.  Make sure to shake the bottle well before using since there is oil and water in the bottle.

It is listed 100ml $16, but The body shop always has promotions either online or in store.


The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser

I had been using Cetaphil cleanser all year round for a while, somehow at the begining of this winter my skin felt dry after using Cetaphil so I had search for other options. I bought this cleanser along with the pomegranate cleanser. It does the same job as the pomegranate one which I use in the morning, but this Vitamine E cream cleanser is a bit more moisturizing. It does have a strong floral scent but my skin does not react to the fragrance.

200ml $15 (again, check the promotion at The Body Shop)

Sundari Sandalwood Cleanser (weekly)

This is the only product that I use to buff up the skin this winter. On the label it says for normal to combination skin, somehow it works for my dry skin as well. It contains the exfoliating beads that smooths out my skin. It foams slightly but cleans without over drying. I use this exfoliator once or twice a week to prep my skin for the masks. It is an expensive cleansing product, but a little goes a long way, plus I use it on a weekly basis. I've been using this bottle for almost two years and there is still a few months worth of product left.

180ml $35


STRIVECTIN Advanced Retinol Eye Cream  

I use this eye cream both day and night as my first step of moisturization. This eye cream, as the product claims, does brighten and hydrate the skin around my eyes and provides an instant lift without irritating my eyes and skin.  

15ml CAD$83

NUXE Nuxuriance Serum - Brightening Intense Re-Densifying Serum   

This is the other product that I use both day and night. This serum not only helps prevent pigmentation and firm up the skin, it also moisturizes the skin at the same time, which my skin needs for the winter. It applies nicely to my skin and has the classic Nuxe floral scent but does not cause irritation to my skin. So far I have used up half of the bottle and I can see improvement on my dark spots. 

30ml CAD$72

Lancôme BIENFAIT MULTI-VITAL NIGHT - High Potency Night Moisturizing Cream VITA-NUTRI 8

For extra moisturization that helps my skin get through the night, this night cream does the job. This is actually a deluxe bonus item of the Lancôme BIENFAIT MULTI-VITAL Hydrate & Protect Set that I purchased from Sephora and I've been using it for over a month.  The product does not claim to have anti-aging benefit, but this night cream locks in the moisture so that my skin wakes up feeling soft and "vitalized". In the morning I'm happy to see my skin in the mirror still looking moisturized. Although I like this night cream for the winter months. However I usually avoid buying moisturizers in jar container. I'm not sure if I will purchase this cream in full size. 

50g $68

Gilchrist & Soames London Lip Balm

This anise flavored lip balm may not be for everyone, but I like the warm and sweet flavor to use it before going to bed! 

3* .2oz pots for $10 USD 


Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask   (affiliate link)

This mask is probably the most moisturizing cream mask that I've tried. it contains hyaluronic acid that helps maintain skin's moisture. For the deep freeze weeks, I used it 2-3 times a week to add extra hydration and moisturization to my skin. The product suggests to leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes, but I usually wear the mask for 15 or more.  

75ml $36

Bio Beaute by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask

This gel texture mask helps to eliminate the impurities and to clarify the complexion without drying the skin. In fact, the gel transforms into a milky emulsion when it contacts with water. I apply a thick layer of the mask and leave it for 5 minutes and give my face a quick massage before rinsing. My skin is brightened, soft, and still feel hydrated. I will continue to use it in the warmer seasons as a hydrating mask. 

50ml $27


In the winter I usually avoid using clay masks as they dry out my skin. This cleansing mask is designed for normal to dry skin that gently cleans and holds moisture with kaolin clay, oatmeal and honey.  I use it alternatively once a week with Nuxe's Detox Mask. 

100ml $19 (look for discount)

The Body Shop Canada $5 shipping on $50+

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