Skincare on Trial

Hi, my name is Kelsey, and I am a skincare addict. I'm always after the best thing for my skin - I have this vision in my mind of how I want my skin to look. It's glowing, bright, and impossibly even, and I pretty much want to look like I've slathered it in rosehip oil all day long. I buy and accept a lot of skincare products while I'm on this mission for the perfect product, and lately it's gotten so overwhelming that I thought I'd put a post together to start getting my thoughts out there.

Skinfood Yuja Water Line | That glowing and bright look I was talking about? These products have basically got that covered. Yuja extract helps the skin retain moisture and it works to brighten the skin, so basically that's everything I look for in my skincare. I've got the Toner,* Emulsion,* and Serum* to test out, and so far so good. I'm planning on putting together a more thorough post on these because they really have been promising. You can also find select Skinfood products at Ulta.

Klairs Cosmetics | Klairs is such a lovely Korean beauty brand that really meshes with my overall beauty aesthetic - their motto is "simple but enough," which really speaks to me. I was sent their Midnight Blue Calming Cream,* Supple Preparation Facial Toner,* and the Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion.* All three are winners for me so far. I had an allergic reaction to a product (not mentioned in this post) that left my chin broken out in sore, flaky hives and dabbing on a bit of the calming cream a few times per day soothed and cleared them up quickly. The toner has also really been helping me achieve that impossible vision of what I want my skin to look like - I just feel like it helps to even out my skin's tone and texture with every swipe. I love using it morning and night, but I feel like it really shines in the morning before makeup application. And the sunscreen is probably one of my favorite facial sunscreens as it doesn't feel chalky on the skin, but rather creamy and moisturizing.

Marlonda Currie | I've also recently been sent a couple lip care products - Marlonda Currie's Lip Exfoliator* and Lip Hydrator.* My lips are extremely picky about what I put on them, and so far these two products haven't caused any problems. The exfoliator is a thick sugar scrub that almost has a paste-like consistency. I really like it because it sticks to the lips more than something like the Lush lip scrubs. The hydrator is really lovely too - it's not as thick as my usual Glossier Balm Dotcom, so it works nicely underneath lip products and still keeps my lips hydrated. 

Drunk Elephant | I mentioned on my Instagram Story last week that the day I ran out of my cold-weather moisturizer also happened to be the day I got a promotion at work. I took the opportunity to treat myself to something that had been on my wishlist for awhile, the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. And because I can't just order one thing, I also threw in (she says, like it didn't cost the same amount I pay for a week's worth of groceries) the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. Together the two have been solving all of my dry skin woes, and I feel ready and prepared for the dry winter air. The oil is light but still extremely moisturizing, and it smells faintly nutty. The cream is the most beautiful texture and melts into the skin. I've been layering it over the oil morning and night lately, and it's the most beautiful combination.

Perricone MD Cold Plasma | This month I was super excited to receive two products from Perricone MD's Cold Plasma Line, the Cold Plasma Face Treatment* and the Cold Plasma Eye Treatment.* They are meant to be the ultimate anti-aging treatment, and while I'm only 24 I still really like the effects of anti-aging products on my skin - they really plump it up, evening out texture and really boosting hydration levels in a way that I think any age could benefit from. The Cold Plasma face product is meant to be used underneath a moisturizer, so I've been treating it as a serum step. It definitely benefits from being put under something because honestly, I really don't like the smell - it smells like a mix of fish and something metallic to me. But the smell doesn't linger and quickly disappears once you put another product on top. So far, the results of the product make the smell 100% worth dealing with. It smooths out my skin so much that it really feels like porcelain. It really diminishes the look of my pores, and the splotchy redness I tend to have around my nose is virtually gone by the time I wake up in the morning. If you want to try these or anything else from Perricone MD, they've kindly given me a 20% off code to share - just use KelseyDPMD at checkout until November 22!

What new skincare bits have you been trying out?

*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.