Tag: Clarifying

Review: Innarah Skin Care

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Innarah Skin Care Update 4/9/14: Innarah amazingly sent me full-sized versions of the other items, so I updated the photos. They also sent a product I hadn’t tried before, so I’ll review that separately.

When last we talked about my skin, it was in excellent condition. I must have jinxed it, because shortly after writing that, I started to notice weird, bumpy pimples springing out on my upper cheeks. And a field of zits broke out on my chin and refused to go away (and they weren’t even hormonally induced!). So when someone from Innarah skin care reached out to me about trying some of their products, I knew that I had nothing to lose! (Even though I just keep thinking of Inara!!)

I know that it was just a fluke of proximity, but I received the products the day after they were mailed out. That’s unheard of. And inclined me to feel favorably towards them. BUT, would they live up to these favorable feels?

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Samples Soliloquy #1

Soliloquy noun \sə-ˈli-lə-kwē\

: a long, usually serious speech that a character in a play makes to an audience and that reveals the character’s thoughts

I decided to start a series in which I (finally) review the (copious amounts of) samples I’ve procured from Sephora (among other places), so it seemed a fitting title. 🙂

DSC_1491 Finding a good use for my empty Birchbox boxes. 😉

(In order to keep track of all my samples, I’ve started to write the names on the top in Sharpie and then using Scotch tape on top to keep it from smearing. I figure if I ever buy the full size, I can refill the sample size and use it for traveling.)

I’m going to use my first entry to discuss the collection of skincare items that, along with the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, I credit for helping to clear up my face after the Liz Earle Incident. Which means, yes, I like them, and, yes, I would purchase the full-size items. (And intend to!)

I’ve read about Ren Skincare everywhere, so when I saw that Sephora had the whole line, I grabbed a few items to try. And, boy, am I glad I did.

DSC_1492 The heroes of the day.

My first pick was the Ren Hydra Calm Cleansing Milk. I specifically chose this because it’s for sensitive skin and I thought my skin was upset enough as it was. I chose this over the gel since, as I’ve said, everything I’m reading these days is saying that any kind of gel or foaming cleanser is bad for you. So I started using this after taking off my makeup with Bioderma Crealine H2O. It smells nice, it feels gentle on the skin—almost like you’re not even putting anything on your skin, which is good for upset skin—and then using the muslin cloth from the Liz Earle kit and hot water to remove it. I put the hot cloth over my face for a few seconds, and then I gently scrub wipe off.

Once things started to clear up after using the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, I introduced the Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I didn’t want to overstrip or overdry my skin with the clay, so I only used that at night, and continued with the Hydra Calm in the morning. But I have to say that this feels plenty milky as well. It does smell clay-like, and I also remove it with the muslin cloth and hot water.

After that, I used the Ren Resurfacing AHA Concentrate. This is to help brighten and clear your complexion, with acidic exfoliators. This is especially good for helping to get rid of the marks that zits leave on your face. Which I know firsthand.

Then I use the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. On top of that, I’ve been using the Ren ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum. This helps treat the pimples and also helps with the redness and marks. (You only use the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate for 7 days at a time, so this works in the interim.) It’s amazing to wake up in the morning and literally see that your skin looks better.

(I’ve had a deluxe-sized sample of the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask for a while, so I’ve thrown that in once a week as well to help fade the red marks and discoloration. [I did not receive this one from Sephora. I don’t even remember where it came from!] Especially since Lisa Eldridge mentioned her love of lactic acid treatments for exfoliation.)

Then, rounding out the sample saviors, is Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment (the oil-free one). I mentioned I was liking the Ole Henriksen Vitamin Plus moisturizer sample I got, but the Origins pulled ahead in the end. I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve gotten samples of this about 7 times now, since I can’t be without it. It feels so nice on the skin, it feels perfectly hydrated, and it smells amazing. I don’t get over oily from using it, and my skin has really turned around over the last few weeks. (Although I do find that if I use the acid exfoliators during the day, it does overstimulate the oil production in my skin, and I get oilier, so I don’t use it during the day.)

These are just in place of those things I was previously using. I’m still using the same toners. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just go back to my old cleansing routine after the Liz Earle didn’t work out. I am, too, but I am trying to take to heart the urging not to use foaming/gel cleansers, and both of the ones I was using fell under that category. Also, this stuff has really been working and I haven’t paid for it (yet). :p So…

And now my skin is looking so much better and I’m grateful.

Next time, I’ll discuss some of the makeup samples I’ve gotten.

Have you tried any of these products? Are you sampling anything from Sephora lately?

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The seismic shampoo shift

Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. You find a shampoo that you love. You use it and you have shampoo commercial hair. People tell you how nice your hair looks. YOU notice how nice your hair looks. You don’t know how you’ve ever lived without this shampoo.

You’re about halfway through the bottle, several months later (well, in my case, since I don’t shampoo my curly hair as often as other people), and suddenly you style your hair and it looks absolutely blah. Like, so blah. You think that maybe there was something off in your styling. Maybe you didn’t add the products in the right order. Maybe it’s more or less humid.

So you take your next shower thinking nothing of it. And your hair comes out SUPER blah. And you know. You know.

Your shampoo has stopped working.

Now, I just googled this, and everyone assures me there is no such thing. That it is just a myth. Well, then my hair is freaking mythical, because it does happen.

02686 Mmmmmm coconut…

About a year ago, I got Lush’s Curly Wurly shampoo, and for several months, my hair looked fantastic. Amazing. And smelled even better. And then one day, the shift happened.

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So then I started using Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner (with the Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner thrown in once in a while), as I’ve mentioned. And my hair has been looking great since then.

Well, it’s happened again. Last week I washed my hair, and it was just disastrous. So I went back to an old shampoo I had, and it looked fine again. I used that for a couple of shampoos, hoping that if it was just buildup or fatigue, a break of a few shampoos would help act as a clarifier.

Nope.

Now, this wouldn’t be so annoying if I only used drugstore shampoo. But I have always been gullible believed that they have higher quality ingredients, and my hair is one of my best assets, so it’s worth investing in. At least with the Davines products, I was able to get the travel sizes.

On a hunch, though, I tried the Curly Wurly again last night, and it seems to be “working again.” So maybe that’s a bright side. I can finish my container of Curly Wurly, and by the time it stops being effective, I can finish up the Davines!

Still. Sigh. What a pain!

Do you find that your shampoo stops working? Do you have anything tried and true? Anything that you’ve had to give up?