9.30.2013

The New Moisturizers.

It wasn't long ago that I was relying on my beloved Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè to cover all of my facial hydration needs, both day and night, and don't even get me started on my body. Laziness + lack of caring meant that I was lucky if I moisturized my body once a week. Cringe-worthy, I know.

With the return of the cooler weather (and rain...yay -_-), I vowed to start taking better care of my skin, and that required acknowledging that I probably needed a more heavy-duty nighttime moisturizer and definitely a more consistent body moisturization routine. And, I think I've succeeded. *pats self on back*

I was recently given the opportunity to try the Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream ($20.95), and since I was kind of on this new moisturizer kick, I thought, "Sure, why not?" After my first use, I knew it was a great product, particularly for combination/oily skin types. It has more of a light, lotion consistency rather than a true cream, and it absorbs extremely quickly into the skin. It leaves the skin with nothing more than a faint, rejuvenating scent of fresh oranges, and no greasiness whatsoever. Often times, I notice that my skin is more grease-prone on no-makeup days, yet when I use the Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream, my face remains relatively shine-free even at the end of the day. 
I'd say it offers enough hydration for oily skin but would only suffice on combo skin in the warmer months. Drier skinned ladies should steer clear. Though I've absolutely been enjoying using it, I'll likely need to swap it out for my Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè soon as the temperatures continue to drop.

In terms of night creams, I've recently tried and completely fallen head-over-heels for two: Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins ($39.50) and NUDE Cellular Renewal Moisturiser ($92 for the full-size; pictured is a mini from a duo pack). The first smells of freshly squeezed orange juice and the latter, faintly of baby wipes (sorry, but it does). They're both thick and luscious creams that melt into the skin, as opposed to simply sitting atop it, and leave my skin feeling plump and nourished come morning. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm more than a little obsessed. They're quite heavy and ultra-hydrating, but never greasy, making them absolute perfection this time of year when my skin is calling out for the big guns.

Lastly, my body. Oh, my poor, neglected body. It gets such little love and is overlooked more than I'd like to admit. Though I love a good body butter, on days when I decide to take a morning shower and am rushing to get dressed and out the door, I don't have time to wait for everything to sink in, you know? I prefer using thick body butters before bed so that I have all night for my skin to become "clothes-ready." With the Osmia Organics Body Oil (I have the scent Stream) ($20), I apply it all over my arms and legs right out of the shower when my skin is still wet and allow it to dry while I brush my teeth and go through my skincare routine. By the time I'm done and ready to get dressed, my skin is just about dry and miraculously, the oil is completely absorbed, leaving no trace of greasiness to be found. And, my skin feels soft and hydrated for the entire day. Definitely not as intensive as a body butter, but perfect for everyday.

And that, my friends, are the new moisturizers. Phew.


Disclosure: The Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream was sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this post. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experience with the product.

18 comments:

  1. I love the sound of the Origins cream and it might just be something for me since my skin always craves hydration! Xx

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  2. Night-A-Mins is a favorite of mine too. It totally rejuvenates the skin. Great picks!


    Lindsey| fairmaquillage.blogspot.com

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  3. I've actually been getting so good at moisturising my body these days! Try to do it every time I come out the shower - but defos prefer doing ti at night when I'm being lazy and it can just sink in

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  4. Oh the Origins one looks interesting. I'll have to take a look. I've been reading lots about Osmia too. Another brand on my wishlist :-)

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  5. ooo i've been debating that mini nude kit. HMM!!

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  6. I am enjoying catching up on your blog after a goodie search led me to your review of Emma Hardie cleansing balm where I also found info on Pai Camelia Cleanser which I was also interested in learning more about. It's wonderful to find such a comprehensive blog reviewing lesser known brands outside the US as it can be hard to find info on such great brands! I am also going to be looking into your blog in case you've tried Liquid Gold from Alpha H as that is also a major curiosity of mine as I begin replacing all my skincare for the season. Thank you for such great diverse and well versed reviews on such an array of skincare brands!

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  7. I always see Sibu at a local drugstore but never thought to try anything of theirs, that moisturizer seems right up my alley as someone who suffers from oily skin. Thanks for the review!

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  8. Let me know what you think if you give it a try, Charlotte! It's a great night cream :)

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  9. I hate ones that sit on top of my skin too, Jennie! Loving the Origins one so much :)

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  10. So, I've definitely used the NUDE oil and cream together before, and honestly, I thought it was fine, even on combo skin. I save the combination for days when my skin feels extra dehydrated though. Also, one time I did it, and the cream started to pill as I applied the oil on top for some reason. Not sure where I went wrong! But I'd still recommend getting the duo even if you don't plan on using them together. Both are just sooo nice!


    And yeah, the oil is really nice if you're just looking for everyday hydration, but there's also so many other things from Osmia you HAVE to try! ;)

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  11. Glad you love it too, Lindsey! It's such a great cream :)

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  12. Ooo, I need to be more like you, Rachel! What's your go-to body moisturizer at the moment?

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  13. Loving the Origins cream, and yes, you NEED to try Osmia! Loving so many of their products!

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  14. It came out to be a really great deal when I did the math! And, they're great products :)

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  15. Awww, thank you so much for the kind comment! I'm glad you've been enjoying my blog. Unfortunately, I haven't tried the Liquid Gold :-/ Maybe one day!

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  16. No problem, Sylvia :) I think you'd enjoy it then if you have oily skin!

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  17. I think oils are usually applied under moisturizers, which might explain the pilling! It's still a little odd given how compatible they're supposed to be. I'll have to test it out at Sephora. :)

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  18. Oh, I didn't know that! I'm such a dummy! Haha

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