Saturday, November 5, 2016

A (Mini) Luxury Skincare Haul

Call it getting older or living in a desert climate, but my skin has been in need of some extra care in the last year.  I try to keep my skin care affordable as much as possible, opting for DIY mixed facial oils and drugstore lotions that have worked for years.  Sometimes, though, products from the drugstore just won't cut it.  Desperate times, desperate measures, right?  Or as my best friend would enable advise me, "Treat yourself! You deserve it."  

Lately, my eye area has been quite dry and I've noticed some tiny wrinkles where my face creases when I smile.  Do I smile less or get some cream for that?  My wallet wants to say, "No smiling ever again," but my sanity told me to just buy the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream.  I've use this eye cream in the past and it's reliably creamy, hydating, and nourishing on the skin.  Or, as the beauty community would call it, HOLY GRAIL.

I also tried the Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate when I was at the beauty counter.  I don't normally buy serums because they're mostly water, glycerin, and dimethicone with an expensive price tag, but I decided to give this one a try.  I also picked up a mini of the Laneige Bright Renew Original Serum in a trial kit.  The verdict's still out on the long term effects of these serums, but they both make my skin feel smoother and more supple.

Finally, I picked up the Clinique Sun SPF 50 Face Cream after running out of my Clarins sunscreen.  I seem to freckle and tan rapidly in California so sun protection is necessary for both health and vanity reasons.   This sun cream is a rich formula that's not too thick and sinks into the skin without leaving a white cast.  It works well under makeup and is a staple in my morning skincare routine.

Luxury skincare doesn't come cheap, but I also expect these products to last a really long time.  As my skin's grown more dry and sensitive, I'm accepting that it will need more care than before.  I see my skincare products as more of an investment than a splurge.  Like almost everyone, I enjoy a good pamper so it's nice to have a soothing self-care routine every morning and night.

What about you?  Any skincare products you'd recommend?  I'd love to hear about them!


  1. Ooh, I've never heard of these before! (also love the photos, so cheerful!) I usually stay within the #greenbeauty zone when it comes to skincare because I have very very acne prone skin and it's just too sensitive... this month though, I've been loving the Omorovicza Deep Cleansing mask which is great for soothing redness and breakouts and their moisturiser/BB cream which is a dream... it was a pricey one though, but totally worth it.

    Another brand favourite is REN - love their moisturisers and serums too!

    Cherie | sinonym

  2. These products all sound lovely! I've recently reduced my skincare routine to just jajoba oil, but that eye cream really sounds like something to invest in. This is so helpful, thanks!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  3. Clicked immediately as I love new skincare products! I've never tried Shiseido before but the eye cream sounds like a dream, I'm keen on anything that keeps my wrinkles at bay too. I've also been really interested in Korean beauty at the moment, I've got my eye on the Missha Time Revolution Night Repair and Essence Mist but the delivery time is so long!

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

  4. i forgot to say the new header looking solid <3 and the photos are so good. you can't go wrong with shiseido and laneige, really. i think with luxury skincare, it's an investment to the skin as they will let the price do the talk. i also love kiehl's. they're too good.

  5. It is important to never go to bed with make-up on. It sinks right into the pores and clogs them up. This creates blemishes. Lauren conrad beauty tips