Wednesday, 22 April 2015

5 Days, 5 Faces

Having lost the will to live with the horribly bad camera in the iPhone 6 Plus, I caved and am now the proud owner of the Canon G7X - which means I am taking pics again! Loads of them. YAY.

Tata cleanse, Clinique Mild Clarifying, Tom Ford Essence, Dennis Gross MD eye, Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair and Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich moisturiser

The last five days have seen my usual swapping and changing - the only constant has been the Dennis Gross MD Ferulic + Retinol eye cream, which I am loving. Tom Ford Essence has become a regular, hard to describe exactly what it does other than to say my skin looks 'tighter' and 'fresher'. I'll do a proper review when I can form a complete sentence.

The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter cleanser, FAB pads, Tom Ford again, Dennis again, Kate AGAIN, albeit in the Mega-C, not Deep Tissue Repair and Sjal Cela Intuitif

If you haven't yet tried Sjal, it is really worth looking in to. It works out expensive in UK£ which I think has impeded their popularity somewhat, but the range contains some beauts.

Emma balm, Tata 2nd Cleanse, P50, Clinique Moisture Surge Spray, Dennis Eye, Sunday Riley Luna with BioEssence Water Droplet mask on top. 

Ooh this was a good night. :) I literally only have to double cleanse when I wear makeup and I haven't worn a lot recently as I have better control of my diary and tend to do all my meetings in one day, so this was a real treat. The BioEssence mask compensates with extra moisture on top of Luna while it gets to work.


Tatcha oil, Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Pads, Bioderma Crealine spray, Dennis eye, Kate Mega-C and Lauder Revitalizing Supreme.

If you follow me on social media you'll know that I recently had a cartliage piercing that was painless to have done and then OWWW for days after. Really bad, to the point that I couldn't sleep. Ridiculous behaviour!
Anyway: the Bioderma Crealine spray worked wonders. It contains zinc, potassium and magnesium and definitely speeded up my healing time. Meanwhile, those Dennis Gross pads hidden between Tatcha and Bioderma continue to be utterly brilliant.

Tata cleanse, Clarins Gentle Exfoliator, Dennis - again, Vichy Aqualia Thermal, Kate Deep Tissue and Tata Repairative Moisturiser

That Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser is SO lovely. This was my attempt to bump up my hydration levels - the Vichy serum works wonders on top of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator and Tata's Repairative Moisturiser seals the deal.

I'm looking forward to being able to get back to taking more pics, not just of skincare - in general!


42 comments:

  1. I'm so confused. Previous guidance was that nothing can really get through Luna oil, so to ignore the Sunday Riley advice to put Good Genes on top. But this mask can go on top? I've been putting it under my Luna. Gutted if this has been a waste.

    Can you give more insight into layering rationale? I feel quite lost here. :/

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    1. Yes that would be helpful I'm so confused about layering especially over oil serums. I use kheils midnight recovery concentrate and then out my moisturizer over top and I recently stopped using my expensive night creams because I don't know of anything a getting through the oil?

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    2. I think Caroline mentioned that nothing get through sunday riley JUNO oil. LUNA is much different to Juno , way more thinner, more liquid and i Personally use it beneath good genes. I remember her Luna review where she also added in the comments, that Luna should go first followed by gg. When i use Juno i always put it on top of all treatments/ Serum because really have the feeling nothing gets through it.

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    3. In general, oil(s) should go on last. Oil can penetrate water, but water cannot penetrate oil.

      If I put moisturiser on top of Hydraluron and top it off with an oil, it seals the moisture and prevents it from evaporating. If I put oil on top and then moisturiser, my skin starts to feel tight-ish within minutes.

      There is a rationale that moisturiser on top of oil can help the oil 'sink in' better. You're not getting the actives from the moisturiser tho.

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    4. Anonymous, that is incorrect. The guidance was about Luna. Caroline even said she would not use Good Genes in combination with Luna at all.

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    5. I just checked the Luna post including comments again and Caroline answered yes, when someone asked of Luna can be used in conjunction with GG. Really confused now since I use both products. Caroline, can you please clarify??

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    6. On March 4 when I commented that I was dismayed to see Sunday Riley recommending putting GG over Luna, Caroline replied:

      "I wouldn't worry. I still don't understand that thinking. Nothing really penetrates oil, so i would advise using GG and luna on separate evenings.... Sorry if this confuses you more! :)"

      Comment here: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/03/beauty-myths-no12-you-have-to-use.html?showComment=1425462613922#c8175347261266555269

      So now I'm confused about why one would put the Bio-Essence mask (which I LOVE!) over Luna. Caroline owes us nothing, it's amazing that she offers all this guidance for free - I just want to know the rationale so I don't have to check everything with her every time I'm uncertain! I'm sure that gets old fast for Caroline.

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    7. Oooh long thread! Sorry peeps. Been busy. Retinols need to go on first. I like the essence mask on top purely because it's more comfortable for me. In an ideal world I'd use the mask the next morning once the Retinols had done its work, but the added mask in the evening just gives my skin more comfort. Try it! No hard and fast rules. Play and see what feels good on your skin! Xx

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    8. Oh you totally right Jackie, Caroline owes us nothing. Sorry if I gave that impression. These s. Riley products are so expensive to me, so I am little bit Crazy about using them in the correct way. Think I'm going to use GG and Luna on seperate evenings now, so being sure each product can do its job.

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    9. Thanks so much for the response, Caroline!

      Anon, I feel the same about pricey products.

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  2. I have been following your blog since January. I am slowly easing into a good regimen. I cannot thank you enough for breaking things down into language I can understand. I LOVE to follow your blog. In fact, I don't go to bed until midnight (US time) and I wait until I see your email update for the day and can then go to sleep.
    Currently, I am using mostly drugstore products (thank you for the introduction to Indeed and Boots) with a few upscale products thrown in. I'm finding my way.
    Keep up the great work on skincare! Kudos!!!

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  3. It is obvious that you love the Tata Harper purifying cleanser but would it be to drying for a dry/dehydrated, acne prone skin type?

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    1. Ditto question re: Tata Harper Purifying. I have normal to dry skin, but am prone to breakouts (usually due to silicone not oil), but, truly, one never knows...

      I use their Regenerating Cleaner but want to buy another. Wondering if the Purifying is too stripping. Thanks!

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    2. It's actually very mild feeling and not stripping at all. Very pleasant :)

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    3. It's actually very mild feeling and not stripping at all. Very pleasant :)

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  4. I wonder how you keep track of all your products, I really struggle to get mine on a good rotation...

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  5. Huge fan. Found yours through Pixiwoo. Totally changed my routine and added washcloths. I was wondering if you could do a cheat sheet or routine for ppl with hypothyroidism. I've had near perfect skin my whole life and now my skin temperamental while suffering during thyroid treatment. Would love any advice or thoughts xo

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  6. Ouchie. Also high five! Cartilage piercings can take a year or even more to fully heal because it isn't very vascular tissue.

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  7. love that you have included a Vichy product, I seem to have fallen in love with the brand and am enjoying their moisturisers...

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  8. Why Oh Why haven't you still done a proper review of KS Deep Tissue Repair???!!

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  9. I'm confused. Why would you put something on top of an oil? I was told to put the oil on last by a dermatologist. She said it would make the other products work better. Also, nothing will get through the oil.

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    1. I would go with your dermatologist's opinion over a vlogger as they are a professional and have done a degree specializing in skincare.

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    2. I would also say oil last (was advised by a Biologique Recherche facialist to use their body / face oil as a "top coat" in winter). Am cutting back on oils altogether though after reading this article - was quite blown away by the before and afters (for once)

      http://www.sarahjagger.co.uk/is-your-facial-oil-ageing-your-skin/

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    3. That article is full of junk science. People of all ages produce sebum. Sebum doesn't create holes in the skin for water to leak out lol.

      Lipids are an essential part of the structure of the epidermis and play an important part in its barrier function. Many skin complaints are caused by lack of oil in the skin. Occlusive topical oils not only lock in moisture but PUFA containing oils deliver essential lipids to help repair the epidermis.

      Besides, the author followed a regime that amounts to massive skin peel. That's why her face looks different. Not becase she stopped using oils.

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    4. All I can say is that I used to have incredibly oily and slightly spotty skin but since using facial oils for the last 5 weeks my skin is way less oily (make-up actually stays on now, before it used to be gone by 11am), not a single spot - my skin looks fresher and younger as it feels much more hydrated instead of just oily.

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    5. Ok. It's good to get an alternative view. I was forwarded that article about facial oils ageing your skin by a friend concerned by me wanting to buy yet another facial oil ( I already have two). But the before and after pictures were quite convincing lol. Maybe I need to do a deep skin peel!

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    6. I don't think oils 'age' your skin. Even if they made your skin dehydrated (which they don't), fine dehydration lines are temporary. They are caused by lack of water in the upper layer and can be easily fixed with good moisturiser and locking it in.

      True ageing-related wrinkles are caused by loss of collagen and elastin in the dermis, not lack of water in the epidermis.

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  10. It makes me absurdly happy to see you using Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion. I've used it for years, ever since it came out, and it's one of my few true holy grail products. My sensitive, allergic, rosacea skin loves it! I actually find it feels very soothing and calming to apply.

    Enjoy your new camera!

    ~El

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  11. Hi Caroline, as a guy who obviously doesn't wear makeup, do I need to double cleanse at night if I wear a daytime moisturiser with SPF in it?

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    1. I think the Lady Hirons once said that double cleanse is necessary when using SPF. I didnt remember where though.

      Not a guy and obvs not CH, but I double cleanse when using SPF and/make up. Ut just feel cleansr that way.

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  12. Oh man....I just got the 6+, is the camera rubbish!? I have only used it for a few Instagram snaps (and while it seems slow the quality of the pictures is WAY better than my 4S). Yipes. Love your regular rotation...........I am trying to do the same and actually use what I have before acquiring more (which is so hard)!

    xo
    Sara

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  13. I was wondering if you could do a video showing how you do your cleansing routine - it would be really useful to watch a pro do the routine in live action.

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  14. Is Tom Ford skincare made by Lauder? I have steered clear of Lauder / Clinique since the whole "sell in China = animal testing" thing but am liking the sound of "fresher and tighter" :-)

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  15. Hi Caroline - thanks so much for your wonderful advice, as always! I am a recent (devout) convert to the blog, and absolutely loving it. I have sensitive, dry skin, so nervous about spending loads on new products without trying them out on my skin first. Can you recommend a good place to go for samples so I can try before I buy? I'm finding lots of 'starter' kits, but often I'm not looking for a whole set of items! Thanks! Amanda x

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  16. Hi, can anyone help... I would like to buy a new product to help improve skin texture from old acne scaring. I have red marks and uneven texture. My skin is oily and quite sensitive. Preferably a night treatment. Thanks Anna x

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    1. Retinol could be the answer..... Skinceuticals is good.

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  17. Never would have thought of using a spray on a piercing to make it heal faster!

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  18. You are literally the skincare queen!!

    http://hiiexcist.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Hi Caroline! Please do a review on the Tom Ford Essence and the Estee Lauder Micro Essence.

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  20. Caroline, I was wondering what your view is on Hydraluron these days, I haven't seen it lately in any of your posts and was wondering if might have lost its lustre? I have been using it myself since your recommendation and am debating with myself if I will pick up a new tube or just move on to something more exciting (I don't have extremly dry skin but of course it needs its moisture). I would love to know your thoughts on this :)

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  21. Hi, firstly I love, love, love your blog and videos. I have a complicated problem in that I suffer from a condition called Ehlers Dahnlos Syndrome which is a lack of collagen, fortunately my skin is not as badly affected as some but it does tend to be dry. I take a lot of medication and have spent a lot of time in hospital recently due to a ruptured gallbladder. My skin just looks a bit grey and I was also gifted rosacea for my 40th. Where do I start sorting all this out?

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  22. Caroline have you used any of Merumaya's skin care products other than the melting balm cleanser I know you've tried? I'm really liking the look of her products and the ingredients she uses, and her ethos is nice and sound. I'm highly considering trying some, even though it means a higher price point than I currently spend, I'm perfectly willing to do so if I know they're good products. The reviews on her website all sound great, happy customers, but I'm keen to know if you have a point of view on her products. Many thanks Gilly :)

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