Thursday, 19 June 2014

Skin Care Week #3: My Weekend Routine!

Hi, everybody! If you've been following, reading, or lurking lately you'll know that Skin Care Week is in full swing! Sunday was all about My Morning Routine and on Tuesday I brought to you My Evening Routine. Today's post is all about the products I use over the weekend! I'm at my boyfriend's place for most of the weekend, so I of course have a separate stash of goodies in his cabinet. I love my weekly products, but who wants to haul them back and forth!? While my Monday to Friday basics are slightly more gentle and natural, I tend to incorporate a couple more medicated options for the weekend to insure my breakouts are really kept in-check. My routine is also extra simplified Friday to Sunday, as to prevent product overload. And, completely tangentially and randomly, all of my weekend products are green! Like, literally. But I digress... ;)

And before I delve into my reviews, a quick note about my skin type. You can read a full description of my skin type in my Morning Routine, but here's the gist: My skin is combination to oily, acne-prone, sensitive, and prone to pigmentation and redness. I can't guarantee that the products below will love your skin as they do mine, but hopefully I can introduce you to a product or brand that might fit with your needs too!

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
I got this amazing cleanser for Christmas and finally got around to using it a couple months ago. This has a rich, luxurious texture, a mild, relaxing scent, and really removes all traces of makeup! I find it doesn't wash quite as clean as my Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils, but all traces are gone after my double cleanse. This has never broken me out and is rather affordable- so happy I gambled on this one!

B. Kamins Acne Wash
I have raved about this time and time again- and plan to never shut up about it! This medicated acne wash has potent ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid and is ultra effective at removing any remaining traces of makeup. Despite its toughness, its minimally-foaming formula never strips or irritates my skin. It has worked wonders to keep my skin clear and smooth without upsetting my complexion's natural balance. I'll never be without it! 

The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
I bought this a few months back as part of a Springtime Body Shop Haul and am so glad I did! While there's nothing bold or sexy about this toner, it does the job well. The alcohol-free, aloe-based formula cleanses gently, removes lingering debris, and never irritates or breaks me out. In fact, it feels quite soothing! No complaints at all. 

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel
I received this as part of an Arbonne Calm range sample kit. While the whole line didn't quite agree with my skin, this eye gel is really a wonder! It's lightweight, yet hydrating and feels incredibly refreshing and cooling on the eyes. With cucumber and chamomile, this is perfect on both tired nighttime eyes and puffy morning peepers. It's a lovely weekend treat!

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Age
This was a staple a few years ago and I was smart enough to re-introduce it to my skin care regimen a couple months ago. This product is the best of both worlds- it fights aging while tackling nasty breakouts. Perfect for my 30+, acne-prone complexion! It includes glycloic acid to smooth and exfoliate and vitamin C to brighten, while also hydrating with a light feel. I generally apply this at nighttime after my toner has dried and I always wake to calmer, clearer skin!

Garnier Skin Renew Even Tone Daily Moisturizer SPF28
I bought this on a whim a while back when I was looking for a potent daytime SPF and was instantly impressed! This not only protects against UVA and UVB rays, it also deeply hydrates and brightens the skin via vitamin C. It applies smoothly without a heavy feel and really does instantly illuminate and even out my complexion! Plus, it smells fresh and citrusy. Mmmm :) This does lead to more mid-day shine breakthrough than a more matte offering would, but nothing a bit of blotting won't fix! I may have to switch to something lighter-weight when the dead of summer hits, but this is a fantastic SPF for the cooler months. 

So there you go- the products that keep my skin clear and relaxed over the weekend! Still haven't decided whether having a separate weekend lineup helps or hinders my skin, but it's a great opportunity to integrate some extra goodies into my routine!

What skin care products do you use over the weekend? Have you used any of the brands or products I've featured here?

Thanks for reading and look out for my next post- all about the face masks in my rotation! :)


  1. OK, I need that Vichy Anti-Aging stuff! I hope they have it in our pharmacies :)!


    1. The Normaderm line really is great! xo

  2. i would agree with the sentiments of the TBS' butter. (though i'm not a fan of the shu as you know) double cleansing gets the left overs off.
    A Beautiful Zen

  3. Great overview of products you have here! I haven't tried any products you have here, but these will be added to the never ending list of products for me to try!
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  4. I'm so nervous to try new things because I have pretty sensitive skin that reacts to things instantly. haha. I'm so intrigued to try new products but it's always nerve-wrecking!

    1. I'm the same way! That's why finding new products that work is extra exciting for me :)

  5. Great selection. I have never tried TBS cleansing butter.

  6. Body shop products are sooo good. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

  7. Great selection of products Jen.
    And may I add how pretty they all look together!!
    Definitely need to more from The Body Shop and that toner seems like a good place to start!
    Great post I am loving skincare week

    1. Thanks, Tanya! The Body Shop has really been ramping up their skin care offerings lately :)

  8. The products look great, we always look forward to your review and make up tips!

    Have a great weekend!

  9. Everything's so green, gah can't believe I haven't tried the cleansing butter yet, need to get on that!!

  10. This is such a great post! That calming toner sounds like a nice one to have. Have an amazing weekend. :)

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  11. truely like it!<3

  12. Jen ! I missed you so much!

    love this post. Come and visit my new space! Save it on tour bookmarks because I don't have bloglovin' yet :D

  13. I love how all the products have green in their packaging. I have the Body Shop cleansing butter but I haven't opened it yet because I'm waiting to use up more products. I can't wait to try it out now that I know that you like it!

    1. Hope you've given it a go by now and that you're loving it :)


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