I spent a majority of last year growing my makeup and skincare collections. All in an attempt to find what works best for my skin, and what works with my skin type. Not all was lost with my accidental entry into the VIB Rouge level at Sephora. It was a total accident I swear…
So before I get into the products and what they do, I’ll just tell you a little bit about my skin. I don’t really have problem skin, I never really did. I was the girl in high school you asked about my skincare routine and my answer would be soap and water. Never really had to worry about acne, not that I never got the occasional pimple; I was just lucky. On the other hand though, I have normal/combination skin. Oily in the T-zone, cheeks are pretty standard.
For my 18th birthday my mother thought it would be a great idea to get me skincare. Bless her soul she had the right intentions, only thing is she didn’t quite understand my skin. Next thing you know I’m trying this product that is making me break out, and for something that’s supposed to fight oil, was making me more oily. Not a fun experience. I spent the next couple of years trying to figure out what my skin responded well to. Through that I found that it’s pretty sensitive to A LOT of the products out there. Now I’m sure it’s probably a reaction to a couple of ingredients in there, I just haven’t gone deep with the research to figure exactly what to stay away from. Mostly working through trial and error, which is why I love Sephora because you can get the samples before making that commitment, even though their return policy is pretty good as well.
It wasn’t until I began shopping on sephora.com that I actually started buying skin care from there. I love going to the store, don’t get me wrong. However the location closest to me is in the middle of downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre. It gets quite busy and I don not do well in crowds.
The Laneige Hydration Trial Kit
It comes in this cute little pouch, and don’t get confused by the ‘trail kit’ in the name. The products last you a good long while. It retails for C$38.00 and here’s why I think it’s totally worth it. Sure the products are small at about 1oz average, but you don’t need a lot of product when you use them. There’s more information here with all the details and how-to’s.
The cleanser was a life saver when my skin decided to go crazy and work against me breaking out like crazy. Its creamy and gently exfoliates, but its safe for everyday use. I also restocked on the full size which retails for C$29.00. The balancing emulsion and water bank serum are lightweight and soothing. According to my shopping history (which is a feature I’m glad exists on the Sephora website) I bought my kit at some point in May last year, and as of last week have I fully run out of the balancing emulsion and and the serum. Which is incredible and I can’t believe they last me that long. I have yet to place my order to replace them, still recovering from the Christmas shopping and rent and responsibilities. The moisturizer on the hand was pretty standard I feel. It was smooth, creamy and hydrating but I don’t necessarily feel the need to rush and restock it.
In my experience, the products are gentle on the skin a and really hydrate well. I’ve only ever had an issue with the toner, but my skin has moments when it doesn’t respond well to toners, and other times it does. My absolute favourite will have to be the Water Sleeping mask. I bought the full size which retails for C$33.00 and I think I have like four more tester sizes somewhere. If I saw it as a sample on my many online orders I made sure to grab it. You only really need to use it 1-2 times a week to give your skin that boost of moisture it’s been craving, but since winter rolled in I’ve been using it every day. It just leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and happy. I can’t explain it, it’s just done wonders for my skin; not to disregard everything else in this pack.
So I’ve mentioned I have combination skin but listed all these hydrating products which might be a tad confusing. From what I’ve learned from reading up online, and getting information from the professionals at Sephora about my skin type, oily skin tends to be dry/thirsty which is why it overcompensates by producing extra oils. Now I’m not saying that since using these products that I have defeated the oil and am now living the normal skin life, I just find that my skin is happier and healthier since bringing them into my routine.
If you’ve made it this far, drop a comment and let me know what your favourite skin care products are and how they’ve helped.