Yesterday's Priceline 40% Off Skincare Haul!

Woohoo! Another Priceline 40% Off Sale! Yesterday morning, I woke up at the crack of dawn (ahem, 8 pm) and dragged myself off to the nearest Priceline to shop the sales. These sales aren't like the Boxing Day sales, but they do run out of stock quickly, especially if they don't have much left in stock prior to the sales. I like to get there early to ensure that I pick up everything I might need, and to avoid the crowd that's sure to develop towards the middle of the day. I have little patience for crowded places, so, in this case, the early bird gets the worm.

I had a list of skincare products that I had written down for weeks because I didn't want to miss anything and I didn't want to ooh and ahh over everything in the store. As much as I love visiting Priceline, I'm not a morning person, especially if I've only had about 4 to 5 hours of sleep. I spent a lot of time researching the new additions to my routine because I don't want to pick something up that might not be compatible with my skin. Priceline has a no-returns policy on products that have been opened or used, so I don't want to take that chance.

Since my last Skincare Mission post, I've been to the dermatologist and was surprised by what they said. They told me that my skincare routine was useless. Needless to say, I didn't take their words seriously, because I see a huge improvement in my skin since last year, so I must be doing something right.

SugarBaby Vita + Skn Super Serum - this is my third bottle of the stuff, and I don't think I'll stop using it anytime soon. I've mentioned before why I love this product, so I think it doesn't need another horn-tooting. My skin loves it, and it looks and feels better now than it used to before I started using this serum. It's vegan, cruelty-free, Australian-owned and boasts a lot of natural ingredients. I'm a regular at my local Priceline and one of the women who works there tell me they don't like the serum because of the smell, but I think it's fine. Sean says it smells like coconuts.

Sukin Sensitive Skin Cleansing Lotion - I contemplated trying a new cleansing lotion out, but I've liked this one so far, and I didn't see a point in changing something that works for me. It's super gentle and hydrating and, while it feels a little emollient, it washes off completely. The bottle has undergone a redesign - I think they're trying to make it look different to their regular range.

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner - I've lost count of the bottles that I've used up. I think this is my fourth or fifth bottle, and it's not going to stop anytime soon. I know that it's said that toners are an unnecessary step in a skincare routine, but this one makes a difference in how my skin looks during the day. It reduces oil production as opposed to when I don't use it, and it makes my complexion look even, not blotchy.

Now it's time for the newbies to my routine!

I was on the hunt for a new moisturiser, because the SugarBaby Creme de la Creme Daily Moisture Cream was almost finished, and while it didn't make my skin worse, it didn't make it better. It leaves behind a residue, and you need a decent amount to completely cover your face. I went for the Innoxa Thirsty Skin Day & Night Creme because the ingredients looked quite hydrating, and it included sodium hyaluronate, the vegan form of hyaluronic acid.

Lastly, I wanted to get a hyaluronic acid serum, because Kevin James Bennet keeps talking about how it's really good for oily skin pre-makeup application as the hydration it provides reduces oil production. The one that he recommended was this one, the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Serum, owned by Deciem, which is cruelty-free. This is relatively affordable compared to other vegan Hyaluronic Acid serums.

This was quite the haul, one that I put a lot of thought into to make sure I had my money's worth. I tried out the Hyaluronic Acid in place of my usual moisturiser today, and then grapeseed oil as a primer, to see how foundation went on top of it. I applied the serum on top of my toner so that it really took in the moisture. There was significantly less oil production today, but my skin looked dry and flaky right from the start. I've yet to figure if that's because I didn't moisturise, or if the Innoxa Thirsty Skin moisturiser didn't do a good job when I applied it last night.

Time to experiment, methinks. I realised that I didn't quite follow Kevin James Bennet's guide to stabilising oil production to the T, so I'm going to try this again tomorrow, properly.

Have you ever used a hyaluronic acid serum before? What did you think of it?



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