Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Winter 2014 Skincare Additions: IOPE, Shiseido and Clarins


The harsh winter we've been having in the Northeast is no match for this trio of effective skincare treats. My skin is normally oily combination and seriously prone to spots but since I've been on this day and night three-step regimen, my skin has healed considerably and already looks more radiant.

After misting my skin with an Innisfree toner and patting the excess moisture off with a cotton pad, I pour a quarter size amount of the IOPE Bio Essence in my palm. I pat my palms together and press the water onto my face. The essence is just like water; it has no scent or coloring. It literally could just be water and I would have no idea.... But this stuff works. I have only been using this for the past week and a half but I already see and feel a difference in my skin, especially in the inner cheek area where enlarged pores are my biggest enemy. The Bio Essence is good for improving the texture of the skin and smoothing it. I can't wait to see if the results will improve months after using this.

While the Bio Essence is still sinking in, I squirt two pumps of the Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum* into my palm and again, pat it into my skin. I have already written about this serum in my recent "How I Treat and Prevent Acne" post. This serum is great for improving the tone of my skin and fading acne spots. Having used this for about a month and a half, my complexion is more even and spots fade more quickly.

To lock in all all the beneficial ingredients in the essence and serum and to add moisture to my parched skin, I use a pea sized amount of the Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream. I warm the cream up between my palms and once again, press the moisturizer into my skin. This prevents me from applying too much since this moisturizer is meant for dry skin types and is a bit too much for my oily skin if I heap it on. My boyfriend's mother gifted this to me and while I have been enjoying it, I wouldn't repurchase it since the scent can be a bit strong (pleasant, but just a tad too in your face) and it's a bit heavy for my liking. In the future, I want to go back to using my HG moisturizer, La Roche Posay's Toleriane. I don't know why I ever stopped using that but I really want to get back to that. On a side note, my skincare favorites pretty much all come from East Asia or France nowadays.

To see how the serum and cream look and to find out more about price points, watch my detailed video below.


What has been the most effective skincare product you've tried? Anything you would repurchase over and over again?

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