Feb 04 2018

February Skincare Haul: A Bunch of New Stuff

I’m calling this post my February skincare haul, even though I really purchased most of the products I’m about to feature in January. For the past several months, my skincare routine has been somewhat erratic. While there are several items that were staples (like the Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil) I found myself using lots of deluxe-sized or travel-sized products in an attempt to clear out my stash. This is definitely a good thing as I made some great discoveries, experienced epic fails and was rewarded with the satisfaction of “finishing stuff up”.

Despite trying so much new skincare, however, I found myself desperate for some skincare inspiration. That’s how this February skincare haul came about. I’ve spent the past month carefully curating a selection of skincare products that I’ve had my eye on for months (years) and now I’m gonna try them all. Maybe not the best move as you’re suppose to “gently” introduce products into your line-up. But, hey, I feel like being a rebel!


February Skincare Haul


The Virgo in me says, let’s start alphabetically…


February Skincare Haul


Do you remember Aztec Healing Clay? This stuff first hit the YouTube beauty circuit in a major way back in 2012? 2013? Anyway, in the midst of dealing with a major case of hormonal acne – all those before and after photos piqued my interest. Apparently, this powdered clay mask works best when mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar (the raw, unprocessed variety).  In light of the fact that May Lindstrom’s Problem Solver has been sitting in my cart for ages but I just can’t bring myself to checkout, I thought I’d see if mix-it-yourself masks are really my thing. Let’s start out the under $10 option first, shall we?

Hey, big spender…pass me some of that Chanel Sublimage Ultimate Regeneration Eye Cream! Seriously, though. This sh*t is expensive. It was Sarah from Not Your Typical Doll-face who first planted the seed of desire for this product in my mind. Again, I could never bring myself to spend the $$$. With a soon to expire gift certificate in hand, however, I finally took the plunge.

Redness. I’ve been dealing with it my whole life. What the heck is Cicapair and is it here to save the day? First of all, this tiger-grass based product promises to soothes skin damage caused by dryness, irritation, and inflammation. Thus, reducing redness. We shall will see. I found this cute Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum Plus Set on Amazon where you essentially get two travel size serums for free. I’m saving those for my upcoming Disney trip. (BTW, if you’re interested in what we did, um, err…will do on our trip? Then be sure to follow me over at My Mommy Years where I feature more non-beauty related posts).

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy. Phew. That’s a long a** name. With rave reviews on Sephora and a glowing recommendation from Tarababyz, this is next make-up remover/first cleanse in my life.

Honey. Yes, plain old honey. A step up from what you’d usually find in the grocery isles, I was looking for some raw, cold-pressed and unfiltered Manuka honey to use as a mask and a treatment.  This one from STEEN’s looked promising and I like that it is a squeeze tube for easy application and storage.  Why do I want to use honey as a treatment? Not only does Manuka claim to improve hydration, but also fight acne and aging.

What do plastic surgeons have to do with face cream? Plenty, according to It Cosmetics who claim their Confidence in Cream was “developed with plastic surgeons—the leading experts in skin regeneration”. This wonder product “combines collagen and hyaluronic acid to visibly plump fine lines and wrinkles, while niacin, peptides, a super ceramide complex, and other active ingredients smooth texture, intensely hydrate, and enhance firmness”. Sounds delicious. Mom grabbed two of these on a recent shopping trip and decided to share. Love you, Mom.


February Skincare Haul 2018


Indie Lee is a brand I’ve not read or heard anything about. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any reviews out there, I just haven’t seen or looked for them. I wanted some COQ 10 in my life and needed a new toner. Why not kill two birds with one Indie Lee COQ 10 Toner? (Yes, I’m a dork). It promises to hydrate, helps close pores and balance the skin’s pH level using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid.

These days if you say you use a foaming cleanser people will look at you like you told them you rub dirt and manure on your face before going to bed. Bad humor, aside, I do have to admit that as the skin on my face has “matured”, I don’t get on as well with foaming cleansers. Plus they’re bad, real bad. I’ve seen quite a few bloggers and vloggers talk about La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Cleanser so I thought I’d give it a go (probably for the mornings). The formula promises to “gently cleanse off face and eye makeup, dirt, and impurities, while maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH.”

If you haven’t tried anything from The Ordinary, then you’re living under a rock.Err. Hang on while I just crawl up from under here and dust myself off.  While, I’ve got a long list of products I want to test, I decided to start small.  Not only does the Ordinary’s Azelaic Acid claim to help brighten skin tone while visibly boosting texture and minimizing blemishes but also promises not cause irritation. Furthermore, it has been shown to reduce redness and rosacea. Yes!

If not for Stephanie Nicole and her amazing video interviewing the founder, I’d probably never have considered the Vintner’s Daughter Botanical Serum. Especially at this price point. Moreover, with the way this serum has been described you would think it’s liquid gold. Time will tell what this “luxurious, multi-correctional infusion of 22 of the world’s most active, organic and wildcrafted botanicals” can do.

Interested in checking out some of the more difficult to find products featured in this post?

On Amazon you can find the Aztec Healing Clay, La Roche Posay Hydrating Cleanser  and the cute Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Serum Set.


February Skincare Haul Aztec Healing ClayFebruary Skincare La Roche Posay Hydrating Cleanser

I’m loving the Detox Market where you can find products from some of the more niche brands like Vintner’s Daughter Botanical, Indie Lee, and May Lindstrom.

February Skincare Haul Vintner's DaughterFebruary Skincare Haul Indie Lee COQ 10 Toner


In this way, Detox Market is kind of similar to Cult Beauty if you’re in the UK (or anywhere, really). However, they mainly feature natural, pure, and organic products. Not to mention,  they’ve got an awesome points system where you can earn points with purchases ($1 spent = 5 points) or writing reviews (1 review = 100 points). In fact, the best part is that Detox points translate into cash to spend at the Detox Market. Yes! And no, they aren’t sponsoring this post (I only wish I was that special, lol).

So that’s my February skincare haul (so far). I’ve got another large order coming soon which I’ll try to share in the next few weeks. What skincare products have you hauled or are lusting after lately?


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    • Gabrielle on February 4, 2018 at 11:43 am
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    I love Farmacy’s mask, so now I have to try that cleansing balm!

  1. You’re brave to overhaul your skincare all in one go like this! I have to introduce one at a time or else I won’t know what my skin freaks out about. 😛
    Oh yeah, I remember the Aztec Healing Clay hype! Never tried it though – I hope it lives up to the hype! I have in the past bought powder Bentonite clay from health food store to make my own mask and it worked fine – nothing revolutionary but maybe the clay wasn’t the “special” Aztec kind.
    The Farmacy cleansing balm has been on my wish list for ages – I’ve gone a few other oil / balm cleansers to go through first (namely the Eve Lom one, that’s also a cult product)
    Hey, I *just* started trying The Ordinary and this is a homegrown brand right from my city! 😆 I’m using their Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% (vitamin C) and Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%. I’m using them together in hopes that I’m making my own version of Skinceuticals C E Ferulic concoction.
    Hope your skin will love your new goodies!

      • Kimmy on February 19, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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      You’re probably right (about shocking the skin with too many new things at once). Whether subconsciously or not (maybe because my deepest self knows better), it just so happens that I’ve pretty much been introducing one or two of the new products at a time. As something runs out, I open something. Lol. Funny, I recently purchased the Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% as well – it hasn’t arrived yet but I’m hoping it’s good. 🙂

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