Skin Care: I am also interested in your products for skin, particularly in the serum, moisturizer, and anti-aging categories to start. I am in my late 30s and have combination skin that used to be very oily and acneic. My skin is finally clear, unless it is aggravated by products that don't work for me. After washing, I feel some tightness which will disappear even without any products in close to an hour. When I use a serum with some oil content, I often do not need to apply additional moisturizer, though when I am outside, I do want to apply some sun protection. I am starting to feel I need the moisturizer in the winter. I have large pores on the nose and cheeks, and the pores are somewhat clogged at times. As my skin was protected by being oily, I have minimal developing wrinkles, but want to minimize their development due to age now that the skin is drier. I notice some loss in tone. I have autoimmune and somewhat sun-sensitive redness, so antioxidants are great. I have both moderate dark circles under and redness around the eyes. I also have some discolouration - liver/sun/age spots - at the bottom of the orbital (on the cheekbone below the middle of eye) and on the top and sides of my forehead. So, what would you recommend I try? What are your thoughts on BHA and AHA toners for me? I have tried neither. I am sensitive to (eating) oranges but not other citrus, so I'm uncertain of putting the orange Pore product on my skin. Awesome Sauce vs. Facelift serum vs. Super Serum vs. Vitamin C serum? Do some combine use of serums to address multiple concerns? Would you recommend that in my case? What moisturizers should I try? If I try one of these two - is Firming better than Intensive for my moisture requirements or are both likely to be too rich?
First of all, I don't recommend changing too many things at once. If foundation is your target for now, test that for several weeks before changing your skincare routine. If you have a cleanser you like, I would start with a serum. Again, they are all good serums and would work for what you are targeting, but chances are, they will not all agree with your skin. Try Super Serum first as it is usually the most potent, but again, because it is the most potent, proceed with caution. We have as many that cannot use the product as those that absolutely love it. Then, I would try Awesome Sauce. For general hydration, you might want to consider the Oatmeal or Green Tea & Aloe Serum. I think the Firming Moisturizer would be plenty, but you may need the richer oils in the Intensive for winter. It may be that you just need a simple moisturizer with your more complex serum. I really can't predict how your skin will respond to any of the products. Please sample and add things in slowly.
Lip Products: I look forward to trying a few of the beautiful-and-good eye and lip products too! Perhaps an easier question: I love the colour of Clinique Tenderheart. What is similar to that of the options here? Tenderheart is a gentle MLBB colour for me (as is Revlon Colourburst Pink Truffle), and I enjoy colours in berries, mauves, and brown-pinks, as well as the occasional brighter pink along the lines of Revlon Colourburst Lollipop. What others would you recommend in the moisturizing and matte or glossy but not intensively sparkly category?
Birthday Suit is very close to Tenderheart. Nectar is just a little redder. Sweet Nothing a little mauver. None of these have any shimmer. For more berry tone, try Berry Nice.