Another month and another “Finish Line” report for my Low-Buy Year. Since I over-purchased in 2017 I have been working on using up any products that I had in my makeup “stash,” learning more about skincare, and researching the companies who provide the products.
This month has flown by, but I did manage to use up one category of skincare–day cream. So after a year-and-a-half I finally have a chance to make a decision and purchase a replacement product. (I had too many!)
As I’ve stated before, I’m not a minimalist, but I’m striving to consume less. I went through the KonMarie method for decluttering clothing, household items, and so forth. Eliminating (using up) excess makeup and skincare products and focusing only the items that “spark joy” has made for a less complicated beauty routine (and more room on my vanity.)
Note: While trying these moisturizers, I’m using the same serums, oils, and night cream. By trying one new item at a time I will know how that product reacts with my skin and skincare routine.

What I Tried This Month



Pictured among the day cream samples is a sample of Lancome’s Absolue Night Cream. I didn’t catch it when I took the photo. Ooops! I will review it in the future when I review Night Creams.

In my post “The Great Moisturizer Debate” I discussed my tried-and-true favorite day cream product–Dior’s Hydra Life Creme–and a variety of others, including IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce. Both creams by Dior and IT Cosmetics work well to moisturize my very dry skin. Since I had so many samples of the Secret Sauce, I was able to test it out for more than a month.

This month I started with a sample of Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Drink of H20. It worked well, but the sample was too small for me to make a total determination. I would love to try it again in the future and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a travel size when I go on a trip. It has a light scent that fades quickly.
I really enjoy Tatcha’s products, especially their cleansing oil, but the sample of The Water Cream did not work for me. It’s designed for people with oily to normal skin. My skin is very dry–especially in the cold weather–and I started to notice dry skin flakes. I stopped using it after a few days and passed it on to my sister-in-law who has oily/normal skin. (It’s a good-sized sample jar.) She enjoyed it very much and said if I get any more samples to send them her way.
The Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme is a product I have used for years. It is an excellent moisturizer and my skin looks fantastic when I use it. But I use the same product with SPF (they make 2 versions) when I plan to spend time outside, and I like a little bit of variety. So for this purchase it’s out of the running–although I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has normal/dry skin.
(A note on SPF: I layer products when I’m outside. I use a day cream with SPF and apply a sunblock with 40 or 50 SPF to my face. I am extremely fair. I don’t want to burn.)
Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer is also a wonderful product. The scent is clean and, well, fresh. You feel like you are visiting a spa when you put it on your face. The company claims that the cream will work for 24 hours and I believe it.

What I Purchased.

Out of all of the products that worked well on my skin, I decided to order Dior’s Hydra Life Cream. First–it was on sale. But the fact that Dior uses recycled packaging for their products and reusable glass jars also swayed me. Of course, my purchase came with more free samples, so I will have new products to report on. Dior is my choice for now, but that could change in the future.

What I Learned

Over the course of this experiment I learned so many things! But for the sake of brevity I will focus on the three main lessons.
Primarily I found that there are many high quality products available on the market (at a variety of price-points) that do the exact same job. I have a list now of products that I could order when the Hydra Life Cream runs out. I can look for items on sale and not worry that my skin will suffer or that I will waste my money.
Second I learned that I don’t have to snap up multiples of a product when a sale hits. It’s okay to have just one product going at a time. I don’t need a stash.  I purchased one jar of the Hydra Life Cream and will not purchase another day cream until it’s close to being finished.
Finally I learned that I like using samples. I kept them, unused, for so long waiting for “just the right time” to try them. No wonder I had such a large collection. Now instead of waiting, I plan to “make time” in my skincare routine to try them. I might find another jewel.

Do you have any “tried and true” products that you use? Have you wondered if there is something “better” out there just waiting to be discovered? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the products discussed.






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