September Skincare favorites | Penn Smith Skincare | Master Esthetician
i have a favorites and fails video for you today today i’m actually going to be sharing all my skincare favorites but i also have fails for you as well so i want to get right into it if you are new here my name is penny i am a master esthetician in portland oregon and i’m super excited because i have lots and lots of favorites but i do have some fails to share with you guys so we’re just going to bounce back and forth we are going to start with a favorite from the k beauty space this is the purito scentella unscented serum now this serum is a 49 cintella asiatica i did an instagram and igtv a little video about scentella and how i think it’s pretty amazing for students the skin for healing the skin for post peels and i am going to be doing a series of peels in the fall and i’ll be sharing that with you guys i’m going to do the dermalure the red carpet peel and i’m going to share the whole experience with you guys this serum i picked up for the centella and then i got a look at the rest of the ingredients you guys this is an incredible serum and it is so easy on the pocketbook i find it to be incredibly hydrating and soothing so the way that i’ve been using this serum is that i’ve been putting on my sukiyaki suhara after i cleanse in the morning and before it is dry i am putting on my serums so whether i’m stacking in mfl i’m stacking in this one that’s when i put on my serums while my skin is still damp now what i’m following that up with what i’ve been using for a moisturizer is another k beauty favorite and that is the bona jour i talked about this on instagram you guys and i cannot tell you how much i love this i mean i can’t express enough how much i love this this is the green tea water bomb it comes in a squeezy tube obviously and this is huge this is 3.
38 ounces and it is one of those water creams so it’s like a um you know milky cream gel consistency if you live in the states you maybe have seen something like this with the neutrogena hydro boost it’s kind of that similar kind of consistency and what this one has that is so special is of course it has the green tea and the green tea is like very forward in the ingredient deck like one of the top i think three ingredients and of course i’ll share ingredient decks on the screen but this one also has peptides and it has penthonol penthonol is pro vitamin b5 which is also super soothing and hydrating more hydrating than hyaluronic acid this has hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate which is a cousin to hyaluronic acid so what you get when you use this is an intense rush of hydration i mean super super intense rush of hydration so i have been pairing these super hydrating very very soothing with green tea and scentella and penthenol sometimes beta glucan i’ve been i’ve been pairing all of those kind of soothing hydrating ingredients along with my morning skincare and my essences and i’m finding that my skin is looking so hydrated so much so that i pulled out a foundation that i haven’t used for a while because it is um a little drying for me now and that’s the chanel vita aqua lumiere it was a favorite for so many years and as my skin got more and more dehydrated i couldn’t use it well i’m wearing it today i love that foundation if i’m properly hydrated and i’m super excited because i feel like these have reintroduced the hydration back to my skin now something else that i’ve been doing and i’ve talked about this so many times is i’ve been taking my liposomal c and i’ve been very very diligent about that and i do think that that might be contributing to the rehydration of my skin and i’ve also been diligent with my emma pell and i think that that might also be helping the hydration of my skin which leads me to my next favorite and then i’ll share a fail or two and that is the emma powell now i have been asked over and over and over which out of the night cream or the serum is my favorite so i made myself pick one for this video so that i you know just to really you know down to the nitty gritty and it’s definitely the night cream if i only could choose one as a favorite definitely the night cream it could be a one and done for many people’s skincare routine so it will never be a one and done for me personally but it has retinol it has niacinamide it has peptides it has ceramides it is shea butter i mean it’s full of pretty much everything that you need at night as far as skin care and also hydration but then of course it has that mep technology which is going to help mimic estrogen if you happen to fall in that perimenopausal menopausal postmenopausal range age range or situation in life so if you didn’t get a chance to check out my mfl video i will link that here in the cards and i do encourage you to check it out but the night cream is definitely a favorite i’m getting down there i don’t know if you can tell i’m gonna use just a little so you guys can at least see it is a creamy lotion it is not crazy thick i mean it’s thick but it’s not it it soaks right into your skin it’s almost like it looks like a cream but soaks in like a lotion so it’s very very comfortable i want to emphasize that if you were somebody who picked this up and you have any irritation from it you got to back off it does have that retinol in there and retinol all by itself and niacinamide those two things when they’re used you know every single night right off the bat they can be irritating so you want to start slow on this stuff not to mention it’s expensive so if you start out slow your first jar should last you months it should last you months because you should be progressing in how often you use it you probably aren’t going to get to use it every single night for like two months so it should last quite a while the first jar okay so next up is another thing that i talked about several videos ago and that is acne patches this is probably my favorite of all of them now this is the mighty patch i picked this up on amazon when i bought a ton of patches i like this one in particular because it combines several elements it has the micro darts so the little tiny um little tiny darts in each of these you can see i’m down to the last two and i have reordered some so each one of these little dots in this particular version has half a percent of salicylic acid and they have the micro darts so you can actually push them into the blemish i don’t know if it’s my changing skin i’m sure it has something to do with testing all kinds of products and it’s also wearing a mask but i’m breaking out all the time now i break out pretty regularly and i’m super careful with my skin care and i’ve eliminated some things that i think and i’m gonna share one of those with you in my fails that kind of contribute to that these have really helped quite a bit you can’t tell right now i have a little bit of a breakout going on right here but last night i used these and you know i put them on my face and they serve this purpose of their you know injecting if you will a little bit of salicylic acid which is going to help its anti-you know bacterial anti-inflammatory and then it’s a little bit of a medication that’s going to help if there is actually you know any acne bacteria going on in there but what else it does is it provides this barrier so that you can’t mess with your face and as much as i always tell people not to pick their face it’s really hard for me it’s just like i i will notice myself just kind of picking at my face and i think what are you doing and i know a lot of people are like that you can be super aware of your skin and diligent about it and still just mindlessly pick at your face if you have a blemish so these have been fantastic and i particularly do like this mighty patch so these are called mighty patch micro point for blemishes this is the salicylic acid 0.
5 and like i said i got this one on amazon now they do have also where it’s the hydrocoil colloid i’m never going to be able to say that and those are essentially like the blister patch you know blister covers those are actually really really nice too but i i like the ones with salicylic acid the best next i’ll do a fail you guys and that is the sunday riley good jeans now listen i know that there are going to be a bunch of you who absolutely love this and that is just fine i ordered it again because i want to tell you that the ingredient deck is cool i mean i look at it and i love the idea of lactic acid it’s at a very low ph it’s like a i want to say 2.
6 or something that’s low ph so the free acid that’s in here is somewhere between 4.5 and 5. i mean it is there’s a lot of acid to go to work exfoliating your skin which is why a lot of people get a lot of surface exfoliation from a lactic acid which lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is a larger molecule than like glycolic acid and it kind of sits on the surface a little bit more than glycolic acid and it’s a little more gentle plus lactic acid is a humectant so it actually kind of plumps and gives your skin that hydrated look also i love lactic acid so much this also has licorice in it and licorice is soothing anti-inflammatory and can brighten your skin so i love that i love those ingredients this used to have something in it called dmdm height and toen it’s not in the ingredient deck anymore so i reordered it something in here causes me to break out that is one of the products that i figured out was the culprit for some of my breakouts when i took this back out of my routine i started to clear up so that’s what’s going on with here it could be the fragrance that is in here there is a lemongrass scent if you’ve used this you know and i know it may not be in there as a dedicated fragrance but i’m wondering if that’s part of what’s causing me sensitivity and to break out not sure but this is definitely a fail because it was a pretty serious breakout that i had from this one now i want to give you guys an alternative to that i gotta grab it i remembered i wanted to just tell you guys about that this is the isn’t tree this is not in my favorites actually guys i just want to tell you about it i haven’t used it long enough to call it a favorite but this is the is entry clear skin eight percent aha essence and it’s four percent glycolic four percent lactic but the ph of this one is that 4.
5 so like i said with the good genes the ph is like at a 2.6 or something below three it is a really low ph which means it’s going to be more potent and be stronger but also could be more irritating this guy is gonna be a lot more gentle because 4.
5 is a relatively high ph for glycolic and lactic acid but that means that you’re going to get a much more gentle exfoliation and this one also has that licorice in it and so that piqued my interest because it’s almost like i’m not saying they’re dupes at all you guys but it’s almost like a super gentle version of this so if you ever used the good jeans and it was just too harsh for you you couldn’t do it i don’t know this one is actually the fact that it has the four percent glycolic four percent lactic and it has the licorice it’s definitely an interesting one to try and i’m testing it out so i will report back on that but i just wanted to share that little little tidbit with you let’s do another fail i picked this up a while back when it first came out and i’ve been using it and it is the lineage let’s see if it can lineage cream skin milk oil cleanser i do not hate this at all i don’t hate it what i think is it’s too thin it’s like so lotiony that when you put it in your hand it’s actually hard to get it onto your face to use it as a cleanser it’s like kind of runny if it were a little bit thicker i think that it would work better it’s literally the uh consistency of it that i don’t like i also feel like as cream cleansers go it does not leave my skin super hydrated it doesn’t leave it stripped or anything like that but it doesn’t leave it super hydrated so if you have been interested in this one then i would say you know i don’t know that this is my very favorite cream cleanser i actually really like the one from la roche posay much much better than this i think that it’s equally hydrating and they’re both kind of neutrally hydrating the la roche posay one that comes in the pump that i’ve loved forever you get a lot more it’s less expensive and neither one of them are more hydrating than the other kind of thing um and the last thing i want to tell you is the cream skin toner that was launched first a long time ago like a year and a half ago or something that on the other hand is crazy hydrating if you were somebody with super super dry skin the toner that is in this line is amazingly hydrating so a little goes a long way and it’s crazy hydrating the cleanser not so much okay another favorite you guys is lee lash lilac is a lash growth serum and i used this for years and years and years for years and then what happened was they got sued by allergan or something happened because they were using a prostaglandin and basically they were competing with latisse and it worked just like latisse i’ve used latisse also for years but lee lash went away it was gone you couldn’t get it in the united states anymore well it came back and when it first came back i questioned whether or not the ingredients were the same as the original lee lash that i used years ago and loved and um so i compared them the newly lash definitely still has the prostaglandin which means it has the component in it just like latisse that will actually cause your lashes to stay in the growth cycle longer so that they get to grow longer and not just like peptides and conditioners and whatnot which those are fine and everything but if you want something that is like latisse you got to get the prostaglandin in the formula and this has it and it works i don’t know if you can tell you probably can’t tell because i have on the mascara but i’ve been now using this for about two months it’s probably been about two months and i’m starting to really be able to see my lashes like they’re starting to bloom and get longer so this is a huge favorite and i i don’t even know why i ever stopped using my lash serum i kind of got lazy and and just quit using it i was using new lash forever that’s a great one as well and i just love this one it’s less expensive than new lash it is less expensive than latisse and it works as well it as well for sure okay so we’re gonna do another uh we’re gonna do another fail unfortunately this is from laneige again i picked this one up also i’m sure some of you are gonna love this and i’m not this is the glowy makeup serum base nothing wrong with uh the ingredients or whatever i got this thinking that this would be a great way to include kind of an oil hybrid primer underneath my makeup give me kind of that textural improvement that oils do and if you don’t use a facial oil and you have textural issues sometimes using a little bit of an oil really can change the way the texture of your skin looks that’s what i was hoping for with this now you put it on and it does have a little bit of a luminosity to it it’s not like glittery or anything it’s not but when it dries down it’s tiny bit tacky which is also not that big of a deal the thing about it is it literally did nothing for my makeup it did nothing that it said it was gonna do it doesn’t make my face look any glowier it doesn’t make my makeup last any longer in fact my makeup might last a little less long so it’s one of those products that is going to end up in the um what do we call it the graveyard that’s where this is going to go i’ll end up giving this one away so i wanted to share this with you because i do think that going forward it’s super important for me to share all the stuff that i try that is also like nah don’t waste your money and this is one of them now if you loved this one please comment down below and maybe maybe i’m not using it right but it was definitely a fail for me okay a favorite we’re gonna go back to favorite the event this is the lip product i’m sure that i have shared this before you guys but this is one of the best hydrating healing lip products i’ve ever used it is so good it does have a white it’s like a white cream it’s a seca product and so you definitely have to when you use it like during the day do you see how thick that is when you use that during the day you have to be really mindful to kind of like wipe the inner part of your lips and massage it in or else it almost look like looks like you put lotion and it can gather in this part of your lips not good but if you use a little bit less like when i’m getting ready to put on makeup i’m doing my skincare and that kind of thing in the morning i can massage this in really really well and it makes a huge difference in just the the appearance of my lips because they’re not dry and kind of shriveled up and it’s just my lips feel and are a lot softer using this i have had this same tube for like seven months i mean i have had it forever and it goes a really really long way now you can slather it on at night and it is a fantastic overnight lip mask i want to say it’s under 20 bucks but it lasts forever and ever it is a great great product this one is also a favorite from um the k beauty space and this is the cosrx d panthenol ampule b5 okay so the deal with this you guys is this is vitamin b5 pro vitamin b5 panthenol in here and it is an ampule that you open up it has a little depressor on the back you dispense some i’ve got that you just spent some into like the palm of your hand and then you put it on like a serum now this is not something that i would use every single day what this is to me is a treatment for post peel it can be a great treatment for a few days after you needle panthenol is incredibly hydrating so it’s a great ingredient to infuse if you’re dehydrated and it can be very very soothing so it’s kind of just a concentrated way to get some vitamin b5 some panthenol in to your skin in moments that you may need it more immediately so like i said this is not something that i use every day but because i am doing a series of peels i find that panthenol and cintella asiatica and beta glucan those kind of ingredients that are soothing and hydrating are really really great post peel to help to heal your skin and keep it really hydrated as you go through the peel process and this has been one of those products that i’ve really really liked there is an accompanying um moisturizer that goes with this my skin loved it it absolutely loved it but again really for special circumstances if you’re planning to peel or you know you’re going to do some kind of a treatment that is going to render your skin super dehydrated and dry you might want to think about having in your arsenal things like you know matticaside zika panthenol beta glucan as kind of a little army of hydrators and soothers and wound healers that you pull out in those instances but maybe you don’t use them every single day and i love the k beauty space because i feel like it’s so inexpensive that we can kind of have that special little arsenal for those times and not break the bank so this is a huge favorite okay i have another fail for you guys i ordered this one off of yes style and um i was so hopeful it is the sk2 this is the cleansing oil please tell me if you use this and you love it um and maybe i’m doing something wrong but i use this just like i use any other cleansing oil i this is definitely a huge splurge but what i have found is that it doesn’t really loosen up like my eye makeup isn’t loosened up enough and i have to end up washing my face like two or three more times or i have to go in with this after i rinse i can still see like makeup stuck to stuck to my face like this moved it around but didn’t actually loosen it up like a first cleanse should so i’m kind of thinking this might be great for facial massage when i don’t have a lot of eye makeup on or something because i’m certainly not going to waste it but it was kind of a fail as far as the first cleanse is concerned this next one is a cautionary tale you guys i ordered a blind buy perfume i was really wanting to treat myself to a new perfume i had my 15-year wedding anniversary and i decided i was gonna treat myself to something um you know my husband treated me to something as well but i was gonna treat myself and so i was researching a bunch of fragrances and a good friend of mine here on youtube kathy from kathy’s beauty care chats i’ll link her channel she’s so into fragrances right now that i got a little excited as well and i ended up blind buying this armani prive this is called rose malachite this was a ridiculous splurge you guys it was super duper expensive especially for something that i’d never smelled before now i did order this one from selfridges so i got the benefit of our conversion and so it was actually less expensive than buying it in the states and i waited for them to deliver it you know it took a little bit because it’s perfume and the way they have to ship not only do i not like it i wore it and i was in the car with my husband and he never says anything and he was like oh you did you try a new perfume thinking that maybe i like just sprayed a sample and i said yeah and he’s like oh i mean and i knew because i didn’t love either it just it’s it doesn’t smell good on me okay i know that there are people who absolutely love this that’s why i ended up buying it i watched reviews of people who love it my cautionary tale to you is to consider instead getting samples i have ordered tons of samples from luckyscent.
com and i’m definitely not affiliated or sponsored or anything by them but i just wanted to tell you about it in case you didn’t know you literally can order and pay a couple dollars and order little fragrance samples right they come labeled and then you can test them out so i’ve ordered several and then you get to preview you know especially right now because we can’t go into a store and you know you can’t really go in you can’t go into sephora and pick up fragrances and touch them and spray them you can’t do that anymore and not that i’d even want to do that right now during this time but this is a really really great way to do that and what’s super cool about this i have all these samples in here because now i’ve tested them all i’m gonna send them on to my friend lizzy i’m gonna send them to her so she can test them all and you know keep the ball rolling and then that way nobody else or maybe other people who won’t make the mistake i can’t even think of who to give this to that i love because i don’t want to smell it so it was such a big letdown and i wish that i would have ordered samples so that is a psa for you guys and this this is a huge fail not because the fragrance it’s a huge fail of me to be smart about ordering samples ahead of time so that’s the fail not the perfume you know just because i don’t like it doesn’t mean other people won’t anyway you guys those are my favorites and my fails i do hope that you guys will visit my blog at pensmithskincare.
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