Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring Skin Care Haul

Spring is almost here! And what that means is no longer hiding behind a) layers of clothes and b) layers of makeup. In preparation for the warmer months ahead, I took a trip to my local Sephora to stock up on some old favorites as well as some new goodies to make sure my skin is in tip-top condition for Spring!

REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
For starters, I've noticed that the REN Skin Care line has been getting lots of praise in the beauty world lately. I may or may not have mentioned, but ever since I went off of the birth control pill my normally combination skin has taken a nose-dive into seriously oily territory. I have been on the hunt for an oil-controlling cleanser to use in the mornings. The REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel got great reviews on, so I'm going to give it a shot! I especially appreciate that it is free of all the baddies like parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances. You can purchase this here

Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer
Ever in search of that elusive glow, I also picked up the Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Radiance Renewer. I was watching a video from Kate from ghostparties who has amazing skin and mentioned that she uses this, so I was sold! This serum is meant to be used under your moisturizer to gently exfoliate, even skin tone and lighten any discolorations. If I can get my skin to look even half as luminous as Kate's, I'll be a happy lady! You can purchase this here.

Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer
Kate Somerville's Nourish Daily Moisturizer was a repurchase. This moisturizer has been my holy-grail night cream for the past few months. It is lightweight, intensely moisturizing and just lovely on my sensitive skin. I even converted my boyfriend to using this and he loves it as well! You can purchase this here.

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42
The Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector was another repurchase. This is hands-down the best sunscreen I have found on the market. It feels like you have nothing on the skin. For a full review, click here.You can purchase this here.

I would love to know how you are getting your skin Spring-ready! Please let me know what your holy grail skin products are.

Thanks for reading!



  1. I think my first REN purchase will be a mask or a serum! Some of my skincare HGs right now are the cleanser from Pai, Weleda skin food and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair!

    1. I would love to try one of the masks from REN as well! Let me know how you like them if you do try one :)

    2. Hi,

      I have combination skin that flares up with acne too, and one of the best masks that I have tried is REN's Clearclam 3 Clarity Restoring Mask. I hear they're discontinuing or changing the formula soon, so am stocking up on it wherever I can find it. Try to get a one while you can. :)

      Based on your reviews, I also went out to buy the Yonka treatment and Origins Mega-Mushroom Face Soothing Cream. I am now using the latter as my night moisturiser, but the SA suggested that I use Yonka Age Defense Pamplemouse PNG cream as my day moisturiser, topped with Origins Mega-Bright SPF40/PA++ Skin Illuminating UV Protector. My skin has been happy!! :D I love your skin care routine reviews.

  2. I just got my Shiseido sunscreen, it's the extra smooth one.

    1. Doesn't Shiseido make the best sun care products? ;)

  3. SPF is always my holy grail of skin care. Loving your products here. I like Clinique very much.
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  4. oo that Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer has me interested. I wonder if it would work ok on oily skin...

    1. Hi Kelly! I only use this at night. However, it is very light weight and my boyfriend who has oily skin uses it day and night and loves it :)

  5. why must you tease me with all these gorgeous products.
    I have bought my mum Pomegranate Noir for Christmas. I hope she likes it.
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