Hello, everyone! While the majority of posts here on the blog focus on makeup (which is no surprise, since I'm a total makeup fiend), I'm also a sucker for skin care. Few things get my beauty geek senses tingling more than applying a new cleanser, cream, or mask for the first time. A truly sensual (dare I say, religious?) experience! If you're a skin care junkie too, you'll know what I mean ;)
So I'm going to make an effort to give a shout out to my favourite complexion products more often here on the blog. Hope you'll be on board! I'm planning to post full morning and evening skin care routines soon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd spotlight two of my go-to, reliable serums. One rocks my boat overnight, while the other jazzes things up in the morning.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
I'd heard so many raves about this re-vamped skin care classic and finally gave into the temptation late last Fall. This nighttime treatment is touted primarily as an anti-aging wonder, but also promises to purify, smooth, hydrate, and even skin tone. A tall order! I can't attest to all of these claims, but Advanced Night Repair has remained a staple in my evening routine because it's lightweight, yet deeply moisturizing, doesn't break me out, and always leads to calm, glowy skin come morning. It's never irritated my sensitive complexion and it layers nicely under night creams. Handy, effective, and it comes in a dropper style bottle, which I'm always a sucker for. Anyone else? ;)
Le Jour de Chanel Morning Reactivating Skin Care
This was released last Fall as part of Chanel's 3-part Re-Synchronizing Skin Care range, consisting of Le Jour, Le Nuit, and Le Weekend. As my wallet couldn't muster the entire lineup, I opted for Le Jour. Chanel promises that this morning serum "energizes skin so that it can react to the environment throughout the day" (from chanel.com). I chose it because it seemed to fit my skin care needs the best of the three, as it aims to invigorate (with fresh-smelling jasmine), exfoliate and minimize the look of pores (thanks to salicylic acid), and brighten (via licorice extract). I have to say that it does all three nicely! This feels super light and refreshing on my skin (so needed in the morning!), creates a lovely glow, and leaves my face looking bright and clear. Plus, it has a fresh, cheery scent that doesn't anger my reactive skin. A perfect pick-me-up for the early hours!
In combination, these two serums keep my skin in pretty darn good shape, both day and night. While neither are miracle potions, they both work to keep my extremely finicky complexion in a balanced, luminous state. Can't ask for much more!
Have you tried either of these products? What are you favourite daily and nightly serums?
Thanks for reading! xo