Changing Up My Skincare Routine (and a new lipstick!)

It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about what products I use to prep my skin for makeup. Many of those products are tried-and-tested great, but I’m still battling some skin issues that I hope a few of these swaps will help me resolve. I did some research, read lots of reviews, and after lots of careful consideration, I placed a skincare order…


Redness continues to be my most major concern. I don’t have rosacea, just bright red skin. Some of my skin is discolored from acne I had in my teens, but my ruddy complexion is my number one enemy.

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(Yikes for two makeup free pics on the internets, but you can see the redness)

Although I love my Liz Earle Hot Polish Cleanser, I started to suspect that my skin is reacting to some of the essential oils in the product (like the rosemary and eucalyptus.) I love the way it feels on my skin, but I think it’s adding to, not helping with, the redness. After doing some research, I’m hoping that the NUDE Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly (holy lordy mouthful) will help soothe the redness. I didn’t get any red flags from the ingredients list (although rosemary extract is on the list way way way way down.) I’ll continue to use the Clinque Take the Day Off Balm (because there is NOTHING BETTER out there) to take my makeup off first, but I’m excited to give this new cleanser a go. With my Sephora points, I got a deluxe sample of the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel because why not? I’ll use this too after thoroughly trialing the NUDE gel, to see what I think.

I also added two new products to my skincare routine lineup, and both are from Tata Harper. The first is the Hydrating Floral Essence. This is a spray to layer over my serum (or acid-toning step), and under my moisturizer. It contains hyaluronic acid to help my skin maintain moisture. It’s the dead of winter, and my skin looks it. Although I’m drinking water like a fiend, and trying to be very very gentle to my skin, it still looks dehydrated about midway through the day. This spray will be one more defensive layer against losing vital moisture as the day goes. It smells amazeballs too.

The other Tata Harper product I added is the Replenishing Nutrient Complex. Again, in my quest to not be gross Flaky McCrepeskin, I’m adding an oil to my nighttime routine. I tried one previously, and we didn’t get along, but I’ve read a lot about this one, and I’m hopeful. I’ve been using it for a week now, and so far no noticeable breakouts or additional redness. Again, this should help my skin retain natural moisture, not kick my oil glands into overdrive because my skin is stripped.

I also grabbed a deluxe of the Clinique Acne Solutions gel with a few more of my Sephora points. I don’t need a full size, as I don’t experience breakouts as often now (whew), but I like having a spot treatment on hand in case something decides to ruin my life.

Finally, because I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t, I added a lipstick into the basket as a “I wish it was Spring” treat. I got the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick (seriously, brands, WTF with names so long?) in Defiant Coral. I have a bit of a lipstick problem (something I’ll try and tackle in another post) and I cannot stop myself from buying them and collecting them like little precious colorful gems.

See how awesome this lipstick is?? It’s literally Spring in a tube…




I’ve got lots of trialing to do. I’ll report back in a month or so about which products I keep, and which I’ll either return or never repurchase. Here’s hoping I have good luck with my new friends!

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