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The Experimentation Thread

What products are you currently experimenting with?  It could skincare, makeup or hair.  It could be a tool or a technique.  It could be a foil or full sized product.

 

This thread is meant to give us a place to chat about things we are using *right now*.  Maybe it's something you just tried once and loved right away, or something you aren't sure about until you use it some more - but you want to post about it while you're experimenting.

 

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I've been wanting to experiment more, but haven't truly needed to buy any more skincare.  So, inspired by an old thread on BIC, I decided to shop my stash.

 

I started with old hair oils.  I fished out my ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment Oil 1.7 oz/ 50 mL as I had turned my back on my usual hair oils.  I guess the texture was about the same, and at first I thought I had re-discovered an old love.  Unfortunately, this isn't robust enough for the condition my hair is in now since it's so long.  Maybe once I finally get a significant cut I can try this again.

 

I tried my sample of Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil 1 oz/ 30 mL again.  The first time I used it I was very underwhelmed.  I liked it better this time around, but again I needed something with more oomph.  If you are looking for a lighter oil, or one that is on the thinner side, then I rec checking this out.

 

As for skincare, I tried adding The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL into my nighttime routine, and this time I'm loving it.  My skin has gotten dry, and I wasn't sure if it was dry or dehydrated or both.  Either way, I'm waking up to more supple skin in terms of look and texture.  Even using this twice a day!

 

I've been dragging my feet on getting more peptides onto my skin.  I started by using The INKEY List Collagen Booster Firming Peptide Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL and while it got a bit much applying it after TIL hyaluronic acid, I did feel like I was doing right by my skin.  I got greedy, and tried my The Ordinary "Buffet" b/c I had read on BIC it's really good for peptides - I mean, they're right up there on the ingredient list.  I bought mine in October or so, and put it aside for various reasons b/c I wasn't impressed right out of the gate.  It's thicker and tackier than I remembered.  The tackiness wasn't a deal breaker, though.  I used it last night again, and I woke up with some red spots on my cheek.  To be fair, they mostly went away by the end of the day.  Still, I will be more conservative with trialing this in the future.  

 

If anyone has an peptide recs, please let me know.  I prefer light formulations, but am all ears about anything.

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Oh, I’m glad this thread got bumped! I’ll post a few updates on items from my last post: 

 
SOBEL SKIN Rx 4.5% Retinol Complex Night Treatment 1.7 oz/ 50 mL - I got about 3/4 through the bottle before I switched to a different retinoid a couple weeks ago. Overall, I liked it. I can definitely say it’s effective: I saw noticeable results faster after 5 months of this product than I did with a 1.3 years of The Inkey List Retinol. That doesn’t mean TIL Retinol is ineffective (it’s not), it just means the Sobel Skin retinol works faster. I’m very glad I started with TIL Retinol and built up to nightly tolerance to it; this made transitioning to the Sobel Skin retinol very easy. I did experience some irritation with this one—mostly because 
 
I started The INKEY List Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment 1 oz/ 30 mL too soon after boosting Sobel Skin retinol usage from 4-5 nights a week to nightly. 🤦‍♀️ The result was EXTREMELY painful skin. EXTREMELY: lots of redness, massive peeling on my oily zone and cheeks (I’m talkin’ “did you recently get a glycolic acid peel done at a doc’s office” peeling), occasional hives, super fun swelling under my eyes, and skin so sensitive to touch I couldn’t even gently wipe a wet Makeup Eraser across it without severe stinging/burning pain. And look, kids, this is why you do not want a broken skin barrier. It took my skin 5 weeks to heal, once I stopped using everything except cleansers, a very simply formulated licorice root serum, and thick balms as moisturizers (Aquaphor Ointment and CeraVe Healing Ointment). I restarted retinol a couple weeks later, cutting back to just 1-3 nights a week temporarily. I havent restarted tranexamic acid yet because Im very gun-shy about it now. 😬 
 
The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer 1.7 oz/ 50 mL - At first, it worked quite well. But eventually my skin decided “eh, it’s about as effective as any other shea butter moisturizer for me”: middle of the road, no plushly hydrated feel, and definitely not moisturizing enough for cold weather. Shea butter’s a great moisturizing ingredient for many people but, for some reason, my skin’s always just kinda meh about it. I think this moisturizer’s a better option for someone whose skin loves shea butter. 
 
Oh, and @ShortErica : the jar is reusable, hooray! 
 

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Thanks for letting me know @WinglessOne! Hopefilly it works with the Florida weather and my fairly "normal" skin. I picked it and The INKEY List Ceramide Hydrating Night Treatment 1 oz/ 30 mL for my birthday order 😊

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@WinglessOne Oh my!  What a terrible skin situation.  Glad you're on the mend!

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My hair needs HELP.  Therefore I'm actually having fun trying new hair products--I just ordered Olaplex 3 for the first time so fingers crossed that it ends up being "worth the hype" for me 🙂

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@CookieGirl1 Trying new products can be fun - it gives me a reason to shop, experiment, etc.  However, I do get stressed when I "have" to find a new product - like if I'm having a problem beauty-wise.  Best wishes!

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@greeneyedgirl107 thankfully it isn't a problem that I feel like I need an instant "fix" for. Sooner would be better than later but in the meantime I'll have fun playing :-).

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@CookieGirl1 Glad to hear you can focus on the fun part!!!

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@CookieGirl1 - My fingers are crossed! 🤞 I know how hard it is to find a good hair product.  Best wishes! 💖💖💖

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Thanks, @Titian06.  I really love trying new things so if it doesn't work out as well as I'd like, there will always be something else 🙂

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@CookieGirl1  I hope it works for you! 🙂 

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Thanks, @WinglessOne! I do and I don't; I really want to love it like everyone else seems to but wish it wasn't so expensive, lol. 💰

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I've been trying to buy more 'wellness' items and things I'll actually use and that will be beneficial, rather than just more skincare and makeup and stuff that I have too much of already.  so when there is a good deal or extra cash back, etc. I jump on it.

 

so I found Pacifica's 'Happy Beauty' Drops on clearance at ulta online.  I'm not sure if they work (maybe I'm too stressed out, lol), but they taste nice and I like the bottle, sturdy glass-like.

 

and I finally got Pacifica's Deodorant Wipes, which I've been wanting to try.  sadly they were out of the coconut ones, which I was most interested in, so I got the rose and coconut pineapple.  only tried the rose so far but theyre nice, and so convenient.  I have the YUNI shower wipes, which I love, but theyre individially packaged, and since theyre big and I just use a lil bit, I feel like its more wasteful if I'm in a hurry and forget to close it up, or do and then they get dried out anyway.  So I'm glad that these are reclosable, so convenient AND cheaper.  These things are a lifesaver for us lazy, sweaty hippies or anxiety types. LOL.

 

I also got NATURALLY G4U super greens detox powder, and some charcoal toothpaste which I havent tried yet lol. 😅

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I had Ulta's $5 off $10 coupon burning a hole in my pocket, so I picked up some mini claw clips and Tree Hut Sugarlips Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar.  I've used the lip scrub twice and had two totally different experiences.  The first was perfect - excellent, easy exfoliation.  The second time was painful - the sugar pieces were large and kinda jagged.  Curious if anyone else has experienced poor results from a drugstore lip scrub.  It's a good thing I own a nice Bite lip scrub.

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@greeneyedgirl107  The cheapest sugar lip scrub I've used is ColourPop Lippie Scrub, and I've never had a painful experience with it. Sorry the Tree Hut scrub was abusive. 😞 Good thing you've got a reliable backup. 

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@WinglessOne Thanks for weighing in!  If Ulta ever has the ColourPop, I'll be sure to get it 🙂

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@greeneyedgirl107  the only lip scrub I've tried was a bite sample. kept rubbing and rubbing and didnt seem to do anything.  I just use a hot washcloth, works better I think AND make my lips nice and rosy. 😚

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@treestar86 I should give that a try!

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@greeneyedgirl107  you should!! 🙂  have you tried Glow Recipe Lip Pop Duo ? apparently it's supposed to be a scrub/balm...I was thinking about getting it during the sale, but passed cuz of the mixed reviews and it was a little pricier than the other balms I was looking at. 

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@treestar86 I haven't tried the Glow Recipe.  It wasn't really on my radar.  It's tempting, but I think I'm just gonna stick with cheap-o lip scrubs for now.  The Bite one I have IS good.  Just for some reason I wanted to try something different and the Tree Hut really caught my eye.  I use their shave oil under my shave gel, and I do really enjoy it.

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