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I don’t know man, but you know I’m kind of at a loss these days. I research products before I buy. I read some blogs, and also look at website reviews of products before I buy anything. Sometimes, I’ll buy a product because it’s a brand I like and have products that work for me already.

But this summer, I bought a few things that were highly rated and had good reviews, and in the end, they just didn’t work for me at all.

1.Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser


This has an almost 5 star rating on Sephora, so you’d think I love it. Nope. It breaks me out like crazy and dries my skin out. It’s just way too harsh for my skin type. I passed it on to my hubby who has oily skin, so at least it wasn’t a total loss. He likes it fine, but it’s not life-changing as many of the reviewers say it is. Lesson learned: Cream Cleansers are what work for my skin like the Avène one, and also oil cleaners like the Tatcha Cleansing Oil I use to remove sunscreen. No more foamy cleansers for me.

The next two products are from Algenist. I love the brand and trust it, as I have used a few products that worked so well for me. But these two next products were huge fails for me.

2. Algenist Reveal Concentrated Color Correcting Drops


I bought this when the whole colour-correcting phase was hyped up a few months ago. It’s not a bad product, but it’s so full of silicones. I hate silicones as you know. What happens is that sure, this helps with my redness but it accentuates any dry spots on my face. That and I can’t stand the silicone feeling on my face. It makes me feel like my skin can’t breathe. So, this went back to the store. And in case you’re wondering if I bought another colour-correcting product the answer is NOPE. After this encounter I kind of realized how DUMB the whole crazed up hype was and why would I want to add another step to putting on makeup? Like no thanks man. I’ll just use my foundation only, thanks.

3. Algenist Power Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum


Yup, another Algenist product. To be honest it’s not the product I have a problem with it’s THE STUPID PACKAGING. WHY do companies insist on using a freakin’ dropper as a way to dispense a product that isn’t liquid enough? This serum is thicker-like a lotion, so the dropper doesn’t work AT ALL. I had to dig a q-tip in to get some out and WHY. After a week of that nonsense, back it went as well. So I’ll never know if it is a good wrinkle fighter or not. And come to think of it, this is the 3rd product from Algenist I’ve had issues with. Three strikes means:  yer’OUT Algenist. You are off my list of trusted brands now.

HYPE. BAD PACKAGING. Fake reviews making me believe products are good? Maybe? Here’s why I’m thinking that last one is plausible: I was contacted by a company-can’t remember who, but it was for a skincare item to review. Well, in exchange for the product, they didn’t want a blog post. They wanted me to go to Amazon and write a positive REVIEW. And once I posted that review, they’d also pay me $20. UMMMMM…..NOPE. I don’t do that shady shit. But I’m thinking a LOT of people do.

I think I’m just going to have to be even smarter before I purchase products. What I’m trying to say is this: remember your skin type before buying something someone else likes. KNOW what ingredients don’t work for you, and those that do. I can’t stress these two points enough. If you remember them, you’ll honestly save yourself a lot of grief AND not fall for hype…as much…haha. Oh, and shop at a place that has a good return policy! This is one reason why I don’t shop for skincare(unless it’s something I already use like Avene or Vichy or La Roche Posay) at Shoppers Drug Mart. I’d much rather shop there don’t get me wrong, as I’d love to get Optimum Points instead of silly Sephora Perks. But, at least Sephora will take back my failed purchases. Nordstrom Canada does as well, so that’s a good place to shop if you have the option. I’d wish The Bay would adopt Nordstrom’s return policy because wow, have you checked all the brands they’ve been adding online, like Erborian? So cool! I do not know about Holt Renfrew’s return policy as it’s just not an easy place for me to shop at, so if you know, let us know!

As for hype? Yeah, well that’s a hard one. What helps me avoid hype is again knowing what I like and don’t like. For example, I just don’t do eyeshadows anymore. I don’t bother anymore with them, and now that I’ve accepted that fact, I’m pretty immune to any new makeup releases that involve shadows. Any palettes with them, I don’t care about AT all. Lipsticks on the other hand? GIMME. Also, I don’t follow the big blogs that showcase all the new products. Most of the time I have no idea about new products, until I get an email from a website, or if a trusted friend reviews it. Being oblivious really helps with avoiding hype  😛

Do you rely too much on good reviews as well when purchasing a product? I hope I haven’t steered anyone wrong … and if I did I hope you returned the failed product I liked! 

I think my skin’s dislike of glycolic acid is well documented on ze blog here. It’s just an ingredient that doesn’t work for me. Mind you though, it did at some point? When I was in my 30s it did work well for me. But now as I age? No way can do thank you very muchly. It just irritates my skin and breaks me out like crazy. But, I WANT to be able to use something to exfoliate my skin chemically because dude-it’s just the easiest way. Not that I’ll give up my manual exfoliator though-but I find I kind of need both to keep my skin clean and clear.

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Lactic Acid Party!


So, I started looking into products with Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid is of course derived from milk, and our bodies make it as well. That means there’s less chance being allergic to it, and therefore it’s a good option for people like me with sensitive skin. And it’s especially good for those of us with..ahem..mature skin. Lactic Acid will exfoliate, deep clean them pores, improve hyperpigemntation and even out skin tone, take care of any fine lines, and even stimulate natural collagen production. Sign me up!

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask($45)

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Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask($45)

I first heard about the Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask from Liz@Reductionista awhile ago, and filed it in the skincare section of my beauty mind palace 😛 I remember being intrigued but of course, it’s a cleanser and I was am up to my knees in cleansers. But when I started looking for products with lactic acid, this one kept coming up in my searches, and after asking Liz if she still liked it, I picked one up at The Bay.

I like it too! It’s a nice creamy cleanser that’s got the added benefit of being able to be used as a mask! And that’s how I mainly use it. After my workouts, I apply about 2-3 pumps all over my face and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Well, until I feel a tingle. That’s when I know the magic is happening. Then I hop into the shower and rinse it all off. I think it’s a great, first-step into lactic acid exfoliation, especially for us older chicks. It doeesn’t dry out skin, and even brightens it up a bit. Right now, I use it about 3 times a week, but you can use it every day if you like. It’s not a cleanser to remove makeup though. This is a great second cleanser to have, or to use AFTER you’ve removed your makeup with a cleansing oil or a wipe.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant($52)

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Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant($52)

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is the next step up in using lactic acid to exfoliate. I use this one once a week to really deep clean and exfoliate my skin. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and Bazinga! Smooth, brighter, more even skin is mine! This is probably the most gentle exfoliating mask I’ve tried, so it’s perfect for sensitive skins like mine. It does a great job at keeping any dry, flaky skin at bay as well, which is what I’m pretty sure clogs up my pores causing breakouts. It doesn’t make my skin drier either, so YAY for that.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel ($108)

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Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel ($108)

When I had that god-awful breakout in California last week, I of course walked into Sephora at Downtown Disneyland to get SOMETHING to help me. I already mentioned the Murad products that helped, but I also got a sample of the Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel after talking with a nice SA about mature skin and breakouts. She said this was amazing for older chicks with skin that still think it’s 20 and breaks out when environment or life changes(hello menopause) happens. After trying the sample, I decided to use my #EpicRewardsFail $50 coupon to get a full-size, because after one use I fell in love.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel is a leave on at night baby peel that combines retinol, glycolic and lactic acid to resurface skin. And even though glycolic acid is an ingredient, my skin seems to tolerate it in this combo for some strange reason. You can use it every other night, but the SA told me to just keep it to once a week, and I agree. For me, once a week is enough, but if you have more resilient skin than me(WHO DOESN’T) then go to town and use it as recommended. Over night my skin looked smoother and it helped my breakouts look SO much better as well. And since I’ve been home and the breakout is gone, it’s taken care of any scars toot sweet. NICE. The only thing I dislike about it is the SMELL. It smells like a wet washcloth on my face. It sort of goes away and you get used to it? But yeah, it’s not a nice smell at all so try a sample first and see if you can stomach the scent. The results are worth the stench I swear!

Happy Friday All! I hope your week was good! Mine was ok! Trying to get back in the swing of things here, but it’s been hard. My MS legs are having a hard time getting better and rested up, so I haven’t really done much this week to be honest. I hope I’m better this weekend…I want to start purging STUFF and doing something productive around here. Wish me luck!

What’s an ingredient that’s made a difference in your skin lately?