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Are you "trialing" a new product ? Want to talk about it ?

trying new products can be...overwhelming. do you love a product because it works ? can you tell right away if it's performing the way you want it to ? sometimes i'm so happy to finally try something and let my enthusiasm blind my actual impression of it (at least at first Smiley Wink )


it takes time to come to proper conclusions ! particularly when it comes to skincare, but makeup too.


so here's a thread where we can discuss our experiences while trying a product  for a first time. it can also be a place that people can reference if they're considering a new product.


right now i'm trying a sample of the REN v-cense night cream. i've only used it for 2 nights so far, but i LOVE IT. i love it so much i'm tempted to go ahead and grab it up, but i need to make sure it doesn't break me out over time (it contains shea butter which *can* be a breakout trigger for me, but not necessarily). it smells of frankincense which i adore, but i know for some people would be a turn off.


i'm also checking out the VICHY aqualia thermal serum. i really love the CAUDALIE vinosource s.o.s. thirst quenching serum, and prefer the texture of it to the VICHY, but think the caudalie may break me out slightly (i also was probably overusing it...i was very enthusiastic). so i'm just trying to figure out which i prefer.


how about you ?



post trial edit about the products above: i had to skip on the REN because the shea butter in it was too heavy for my skin. and i suppose buying something simply for the smell isn't the best use of my moola Smiley Wink

the VICHY aqualia thermal serum, however, is in my permanent arsenal. i've already repurchased once since starting this thread, and have turned a few people on to it too ! 

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I have been trying out the Ole Henriksen makeup-removing wipes in the orange packaging. I usually use my trusty YesTo Cumcumbers but I was intrigued by the brightening benefits. 


I have been breaking out horribly in the last few weeks I have been using them and I thought it was because I did my switch to my winter skin products however this is the only item that is truly "new" to my routine. I'm going to finish the pack I think to see if my skin can adjust to them because other than the blemishes, my skin does seem brighter and more even but I think I will go back to my YesTo Cucumbers.


sigh... Sensitive skin problems.

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Aw, that's a shame that they're not working out for you -- those are my absolute favorite wipes...which I rarely use since they're so expensive!

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Since late August (around my 28th birthday), my face has revolted against me.  I've been experiencing acne in the jaw region and now on my cheeks.  I'm trialing the Dr. DermaDoctor Ain't Misbehavin Acne Cleanser.  So far, I don't see anything great about it.  Has anyone had success with this?

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Is the cleanser rather harsh? With my daughter's I've noticed a definite correlation between them striping their skin of natural oils using harsh cleansers - like the Neutragena Grapefruit - and new acne breakouts occurring. When they switch to gentler cleansers, the levels of new acne forming seem to reduce ...

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alright, a few updates.


i'm on the fence with my REN v-cense. i'm obsessed with the smell and ritual of it. it's a treat. the other night i was going to bed and i thought my skin felt a bit parched, like it wasn't hydrating enough. though when i woke up my skin felt so incredibly soft. i'm almost out of my sample but i need more time !!! i need a proper deluxe sample. even though the actual size of this cream is tiny and that's the other reason why i'm hesitant to invest.


so far, i think the VICHY aqualia thermal serum has helped me to an incredible extent. my chin area in particular became very dehydrated about 2 weeks ago--a bit oily due to hormones mixed with tightness and discomfort. obviously--you guys know--i have a hoard of products i used. but i've been using this sometimes once but often twice a day and my skin texture is so....comfortable. it just feels healthy. i still need to use it for a bit longer but so far so very very good (to my surprise, actually).


LOVING my REN rosa centifolia hot cloth cleanser but i've only used it a few times so more on that on another date !

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I'm loving the Ren Rose Centifolioa hot cloth cleanser too! Received it as a Thanksgiving Gift, but opened it early as thought it might have stuff for the children inside that I'd want to hide, and the minute I saw it with a name tag with my name on it, I knew I had to try it ASAP. I love the scent sooooo much Smiley Happy IT makes such a wonderful change from that frankly abysmally stinky Eve Lom Cleanser I have a giant sample of and am trying to use up fast! Smiley Wink

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I've been using the boscia Tsubaki cleansing oil-gel and the oil Tsubaki beauty oil as my moisturizer for a few weeks now. So far it's been wonderful and my skin is really soft with no side-effects. I'd like to add the Tsubaki exfoliating powder next. 


I used to to use a beauty oil by Juice Beauty but slowly every store I could buy it at dropped it and I'm always product-hopping anyway. But I'm glad I'm back on the beauty oil bandwagon. 

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The more Boscia products I use the more I fall in love with them. I just got their make-up break-up cleansing oil. I've been eyeing the Tsubaki oil for a while but I don't know if I can take the plunge just yet.

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Right now, I'm trying to find a new base makeup product so I've been playing around with the following:


1.)  Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (newest packaging) -- I absolutely loved this product when it was packaged in the awful pump bottle, and I love that Hourglass finally got rid of it in favor of the squeeze tube...but I also suspect that it might have been reformulated as well?  What I loved about this product is the mousse-like texture and above all, how it made my face look lit from within, almost as if a subtle highlighter was infused in a tinted moisturizer.  The newest version feels a bit heavier and thicker in texture, and the finish looks much more matte -- I'm not getting any hint of glow at all.  I asked two different SAs at my local Sephora and received two very different answers regarding the formula.  Are there any BTers who have used both the old and new versions, and can weigh in?  


2.)  Armani Luminessence CC Cream -- This product is on a serious mission to replace the Hourglass Skin Tint, Diorskin Nude BB Cream, and Diorsnow BB Cream as my base makeup of choice.  The texture is incredibly light -- even lighter than the Diorskin Nude BB -- and feels very breathable on the skin.  I love that it gives a very subtle and natural-looking glow to the face, and it doesn't accentuate the pores at all.  The only thing that's holding me back from purchasing the full size is how sheer and uneven it looks when it's initially applied; sometimes I forget to let it settle out on my skin and I end up applying a bit more than I probably need.

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I'm intrigued by the Armani CC Cream; as I love this brand's foundations so much, but prefer to wear CC creams, this could be the perfect option; however I'm concerned it may not have as much coverage as I like for this time of year, so I'm thinking of trying it out in the Spring - if the Spring ever comes ... toomuchwinteralready#

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I finally got around to trying my Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Meh. It's nowhere near as good as my Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara. My favorite mascara hands down. I'll try Better Than Sex a few more times (it was a free sample), but I am unimpressed.

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I just can't stand the brush on that TF mascara, I can't make it work for me! The formula is okay so I will finish my sample. I'm kinda going through my new mascara samples I got with some points since I gave away my others to my sisters and mom. I also bought two Guerlain maxi lash and one Armani eyes to kill during the Nordstrom buy two get one free. I've used Guerlain and like it a lot but I have yet to try Armani, don't want to open all these mascaras since they have a short shelf life.

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I've just debuted a few new products for trial. I'm always switching things up. I get bored even when I really like something.


-Perricone Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser........ I like how calm my skin looks after using this but I'm having a hard time adjusting to the "gentle" feel.  Clearly I was over stripping my face before but darn it- I LIKE the way I feel when I'm scrubbed shiny clean


-Perricone Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer......... My face has been too dry since the weather turned cold so I needed a heavier moisturizer. I confess that I bought this because the SA rubbed it on the back of my hands and they felt divine afterward. I think maybe it did more for my hands then it's doing for my face. Used at night, I still wake up feeling dry and tight. Used during the day... it's not playing well with my foundation. Can you say "slip and slide"?


-Lea Journo Revive French Plum Oil...... My stylist has been on an extended vacation and I really need a trim but I don't trust anyone else with my hair. I bought this oil to try to put some life back into my dry tangle prone ends. I've never had any luck with oils (for hair or skin) but so far I am really liking this stuff.


I've been using all three of these products for less than a week. I tend to jump to conclusions about products waaaay too quickly. I like the idea of this thread and taking our time to fully adjust to a product before making assumptions about it's performance.

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Update: I've ditched the two Perricone products. The cleanser was really hard to rinse off and it felt like it was leaving a strange coating on my skin. The moisturizer wasn't enough for nighttime yet it was too much for day. Temporarily going back to my Clinique 3-step products because I still have them on hand. Planning to order a cleanser and moisturizer from Nude to try next. I don't see a toner in the Nude line though so I may try the Fresh Black Tea one.

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when that CLINIQUE moisture surge supercharged concentrate was a 100pt perk, i stocked up to check it out. i'm really loving it. i LOVE me a good hydration serum, and this one definitely works. i'm finding i particularly love it for day time. works really well with makeup (my inner cheeks can sometimes fall victim to the dehydration puddles of dread--where your foundation sinks into your pores) and this keeps that at bay. obviously i still apply moisturizer on top.


would totally recommend.

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Crossposting the Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% from the Deciem thread, but also including thoughts on the Alpha H Vitamin B serum I'm trialing.


Azelaic Acid:


I've been trialing the Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% for a while now and wanted to come post some thoughts.


The Ordinary states it's for brightening and improving skin texture. I've used this about 4 or 5 times, and am still working my way up to seeing whether I want to use it nightly or continue more sporadically.


The product is a gel-ish cream, not too thick but feels plush.  When you apply it to the face it has that sort of silicone slip, but also a bit powdery.  It absorbs really quickly, and makes my skin look very matte.  Each of the times I've used it, when I wake up the next day my skin does look a little bit brighter, but the bigger thing I noticed is that any redness I might've had from active breakouts was significantly diminished.  After using it a few times, I've also noticed the problematic 'orange peel' pores that my prescription retinoid left me are getting a little less prominent.


Overall I'd say so far I'm pleased, and I'm definitely going to continue using it.

Alpha-H Vitamin B serum:

I've been using this since I finished my Ordinary Niacinamide Zinc serum a few weeks ago.  The main ingredients are niacinamide, copper peptides, chia and ferulic acid.  


Because of the copper (and the INCI tells me a bit of blue dye) the serum is a pale but clear aqua blue.  It's a bit thinner than the Ordinary's niacinamide serum, but has a tackier finish on the face.  I always follow it with an oil or moisturizer so that doesn't bother me, but it's worth noting.  It also has a bizarre mesquite-y/rosewood type of scent to it, but it doesn't linger for long.  


So far I've noticed it has helped with plumpness in my skin.  I haven't seen much in respect to correcting uneven skintone but I don't have much uneven tone to correct.  I feel like my skin is a bit more hydrated/comfortable throughout the day than usual.


I'll be sure to follow up some more after I've used it for a longer period of time.

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 Things I've been trialing:


1. Adapalene (as in differin): I couldn't use any retinoid so far, tretinoin or retinol, but this works without irritation. Differin's pretty inexpensive too.

2. Dior Pump n volume mascara: I really like it. I'm quite picky in terms of mascara, this is at least on par my two other favorite mascaras, both from Chanel. This one might be even better. 

3. Kevin Aucoin sensual skin enhancer: mixing it with Dior dreamskin skin perfector (primer?) makes it a perfect concealer. It can def. be used as foundation if I add more dreamskin, but I tried that way only once since I don't feel like wearing foundation at all these days. BTW, Dior dreamskin's so perfect (my absolute favorite). 

4. Mario Badescu Aloe toner: really basic, but I love it for being gentle. Never ever burns my skin. 

5. Pixi: I've been using glow toner, mud mask, and hydrating mist and repurchased all of them. Never expected to love them, especially glycolic acid toner, since glycolic/lactic acid never worked on my skin before. Mud mask sometimes give me burning sensation, but I don't get any spots or visible reaction. 

6. One Love organics vitamin B cleansing oil: I've been only using Shu Uemura ultimate since forever, but I felt like trying something new. This was a sort of random choice, but I love it very much. Smell too good...somewhat like pineapple, and it is really really gentle& effective. Feels thick, but washes off well without leaving residual feeling (or any makeup residue). 


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Yuni shower sheets- 

Really like these. Used one after a morning run to freshen up and felt good all day. At first it seemed like it was going to leave a residue but once it dried down it didn't. I will be buying a box of these for sure! The dislikes were it was barely big enough (or maybe saturated enough?)for full body and I'm a small gal, and also it was a little sensitive to the lady parts at first but that wasn't lasting and could be easily fixed by carrying a wipe or wash tailored to that area in particular if needed.

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I picked up Naked cosmetics loose pigment stack stack in Sierra Nevada from an ipsy offer. So far the pigments have been long wearing as eye shadows and I have not  had any issues with irritation. The jars can be a bit messy or I'm just not good at handling loose powders.

All shades except the black used


Using the two lightest shades over Tom Ford golden peach cream shadow as highlight. The lightest has a pretty lavender shift on skin. 

naked stack.jpg

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Background info: I am in my mid-20s and have fair, dry skin. I get flaky patches during the winter and have some redness and mild sunspots/uneven skin-tone. I did not use ANY skincare products for a few years and washed my face with water, but recently I wanted to have a routine to make me feel pampered as well as prevent more sunspots from appearing as I age. I only realized earlier this month that my skin seems to have become very sensitive after I had a terrible reaction to a mixture of products - burning/redness/peeling for weeks + swelled up for a couple days. I used to try a lot of products as a self-conscious teenager and never had a reaction before this. Below are some reviews about products I have tried in the past month. 


Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face: This sunscreen is decent but not a perfect one that I actually want to wear. This smells nice and does not have the usual sunscreen odor. It is a liquid, runny texture that I had trouble blending in. I feel this would be better for normal-combination skin as it sat in any dry patches I had. However, it did feel weightless on my face and I enjoyed that. My biggest complaint about this product is that it leaves a white cast on your face (many zinc oxide sunscreens do) and even after it absorbed and the white cast faded a bit it did not completely go away. Using a wet beautyblender to apply, it looked a bit better and more even, but still left the impression that I was wearing a badly matched foundation. As sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours, using a beautyblender on the go is not convenient. This did not make my sensitive skin react so it will do until I find my perfect match. 


Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub - I REALLY did not like this. I expected it to be gentle after reading the many positive reviews on it, but after one use my skin was left feeling raw. My cheeks were red for days and I feel that it may have damaged the moisture-barrier in my skin, leading to increased sensitivity to the products that caused my bad reaction a few days later. 


Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation - I liked this moisturizer and feel like it is a solid choice. It is very lightweight, absorbed quickly, and I did not feel like I had anything on my face. I don't consider it as heavy-duty as the other moisturizers in my review but I think it would be a much better option for normal-oily skin or perhaps as a summer moisturizer for me. I did not use it long enough to see results in dark spots/uneven skin tone. It was gentle on my sensitive skin. 


Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter - I liked this moisturizer as well even though I did not like it at first. Initially I found this to be too heavy on my skin and I thought the scent was odd. However, after my skin freaked out and became even drier, I found this to be soothing, buttery, and gentle enough to use on my raw and flaky skin. This is a moisturizer that you can definitely feel on your skin after it's applied. I would recommend this for people with dry skin or as a night cream for people with normal skin. My only gripe with this is that it pilled very easily, even on a freshly clean face. I cannot see anyone with a multi-step skin regimen using this, or wearing this during the day if you plan to wear makeup on top. However, it made my skin feel more luminous and I liked it enough to buy the 100% Argan Oil original + light mini duo to use at night. 


Belif Peat Miracle Revital Eye Cream - I loved this product, probably my favorite of the ones I tried. I don't have any wrinkles yet so I can't say anything about that, but it made me look more refreshed. The main reason I enjoy using this so much is because it feels very rich, luxurious, and hydrating. It is extremely thick and my eye area feels smooth and plump for hours after I apply. I have dark under-eye circles and I don't think this lightened them much or at all but I did not expect it to. The price point is solid as it comes in a 25ml jar and eye creams usually come in 15 ml jars. A Sephora SA filled up a sample container for me, and I have been using it twice a day for 3 weeks and have only used about 1/4-1/3 of the sample. 


Belif Hungarian Water Essence - I really wanted to like this product but it was disappointing. I loved it initially as it is cool, refreshing, and light. It felt good on my skin and seemed to add a ton of moisture under Belif's Moisturizing Bomb that I layered on top. However, a couple days after I started using this product, I had a major breakout that I believe was caused by this. I have literally NEVER had acne before, even while I was going through puberty. I have never had more than 1-3 pimples at the same time, and now I have at least 20-30 covering my nose, above my lip, and around my chin. It is a shame because I really liked this product at first and I would still recommend trying it to see how your skin reacts as it seems from the reviews that my breakout is not a common occurrence. 


Belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb - This was the best of the moisturizers I tried and I bought the value set that contains the full size moisturizer after I finished my sample container. I expected it to be a thick cream but it actually feels lighter than Josie Maran's face butter while providing intense hydration to my skin. It was gentle enough for me to use while my skin was raw and peeling. I did not find it to be that different in texture from the Belif Aqua Bomb even though it is supposed to be for drier skin than the aqua bomb. The only setback that I am worried about was the breakout that occurred when I was using this + Hungarian Essence, but I think it's more likely that was caused by the essence as I was using this for a week with no issues before adding in the essence and experiencing acne. 


Belif Peat Miracle Revital Cream - This is the face moisturizer to go with the eye cream. I did not use this on my face but I swabbed it in store and was very impressed. This is what I imagined the moisturizing bomb would feel like before I tried that - thick, dense, and luxurious, just like the Peat Eye Cream. I loved the texture and think it would be perfect for winter or as a night cream. It is even more moisturizing than the moisturizing bomb. However I did not buy this as it is very pricey ($58 for 1.7 oz) and the moisturizing bomb works great already. I think this takes longer to absorb and would not be appropriate in the mornings if you plan to put makeup on top. I may pick this one up during the next 20% sale. 

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I am trailing the Drunk Elephant Maruja Oil.


First impressions: My skin is not absorbing it, it sits on top of my skin feeling oily and tacky :s


I will try it again tonight and see how it goes but I'm so glad I didn't rush to buy the full size before testing it out.