Water Creams|Hot or Not?

If there’s one thing that gets under my skin, it’s a bad face cream.

No? Ok, I’ll start that over.

There’s nothing worse than needing a drink of water on a hot day and just not being able to get to one. It leaves you parched, dry and feeling a bit like the Sahara.

On the flip side, a nice cold glass of ice water on a hot day refreshes every part of you like nothing else.

Lately my skin has been crying out for that extra touch of moisture. I haven’t been able to get by without a face cream, for which I’m actually grateful. I never used to use face cream because every one I tried left me feeling greasy and like I was wearing a mask that was suffocating me. It wasn’t until this past year that I tried a water-type cream and it revolutionized my skin care routine.

Here are the ones that I have tried and my thoughts on them.

Garnier
SkinActive Moisture Bomb
$16.97/75 ml

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This moisturizer claims to be an antioxidant super moisturizer. I picked it up because the 50% off stick slapped on it caught my attention. Then I noticed it had hyaluronic acid in it. Since I’ve been on the hunt for a super hyaluronic acid cream, this sounded pretty good.

Can’t go wrong. Right?

Ok, so I don’t love this one and I don’t hate it. It has the consistency of sunscreen, looks like sunscreen and smells like sunscreen. Not necessarily a bad thing, but because of that, it left a slight film on my face. I wasn’t in love with the fact that it caused me to worry about clogging pores and budding acne. It didn’t, but I thought about it way too much. My skin actually did feel soft, hydrated and plumped to perfection. So, all in all, the end result was ok.

Glam Glow
Waterburst
$62/50 ml

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I think I would have loved this one if it didn’t have such a strong smell. Don’t get me wrong, the smell brings me to a land of lollipops and sugar plums, but it makes me feel like I’m cheating on my diet when I apply it.

Wait, I just realized that it smells like the fruity, minty toothpaste that the dentist uses.

Besides the smell, the texture is nice and turns to a water-like consistency when applied. My face definitely felt hydrated after using this.

Tatcha
The Water Cream
$82/50 ml

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The smell of this one reminds me of a day at the spa. It is definitely something that I love when it comes to skin care. The consistency is a bit of a thicker water-like texture, but definitely not heavy or pore clogging.

When I just opened up the jar to smell it again, I noticed that there was a tiny bit of product left in the lid. That makes me so happy!!

Lise Watier
Sublimessence
$116/46 ml

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I don’t even know what this is supposed to be for, but let me tell you. I love the smell of it and the watery/serum type consistency is beautiful. When it dries down/absorbs, it doesn’t get tacky at all. I’ve been using this every day and my face constantly feels refreshed and rejuvenated! A friend gave this to me and I will definitely be looking into this product more!

Tarte
Mermaid Skin Hyaluronic H2O Serum
$55/50 ml

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I feel like this one is similar to the Lise Watier serum, except the scent is ever so faint. The consistency is more of a serum than a cream and when applied, stays tacky for about 3-5 seconds. When it dries down, my face feels like it’s a new day with a clean, smooth slate to start with.

Dr. Jart+
Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel
$48/50 ml

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Agghhh! This is by far my favourite of all of the creams I’ve tested!! This one literally makes my skin feel like it is drinking a tall glass of ice water. The consistency is perfect, watery-gel-like perfection that has no residue, no stickiness and leaves my skin feeling like it can take on the world!

All in all, I’ve learned that skin care is expensive. However, good quality skin care is absolutely worth it. Leave me a comment letting me know if you think spending money on skin care is worth it.

When I have a plethora of pocket change, I will use the Lise Watier. Until then, I will add Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse to my skin care staples.

Skin Care Routine | Spring 2018

Although I’ve loved makeup for a long time, I haven’t always loved taking care of my skin. I always found it to be a hassle taking off my makeup before bed or applying cream, serum or anything. I kind of had the thought that skin care products would cause my skin to radically dry out.

I’m grateful to say that I’m a little older and bit wiser in this area. My skin has changed so much since I started really caring for it. I learned that finding the right products was key in keeping my skin fresh, hydrated and healthy.

Before we dive into my current routine, let’s see how my skin care routine has changed a bit over the last few years.

2016
FCO
This was literally the only thing I used on my face (besides makeup). You can use FCO as an eye makeup remover, makeup remover and moisturizer, all in one. My face was never dry or greasy when I used this (although it is comedogenic, so you want to be careful with it).
Reason why I switched? It bothered my eyes so much that my vision would be blurry for about 2 hours after using it.

2017
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
FCO
Makeup Eraser
I admit, I continued to use the FCO to take off my eye makeup because it worked so well. I never had to scrub, it just melted it away. Closer to the end of 2017, I tried to use just the Makeup Eraser, but I felt like it left a film on my skin, so I added a cleanser. I tried a sample of the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and I loved how it cleaned my skin. I just couldn’t get over the smell and how dry my face felt afterward.

So, I switched. Again.

2018
Nivea Eye Makeup Remover
Biore Powder Cleanser
Tatcha The Deep Cleanse
Tatcha The Water Cream
This year has been an amazing start for me with skin care. It all started because I was travelling to Israel and wanted to pack in a carry-on. I did a lot of research on cutting edge products and found a powdered cleanser – which would eliminate that out of my liquids allotment. The problem was that it was so expensive and I wasn’t sure if it worked. I began looking for a cheap version of it when I found Biore had one. It was $6, so I couldn’t resist trying it.

I love it!

I know this is kinda gross, but my pores felt like they were exploding dirt right out of them! My face felt so clean after. The only problem was that it tightens and dries the skin as tight as I used to roll baby diapers.

I needed a cream.

I had a sample of Dr. Jart+ Hydrogel that I started using and I LOVED it. It wasn’t heavy, moisturized my face and literally felt like water.


Then I ran out of it.


I immediately ran out to Sephora to get a new sample or possibly buy it, but they didn’t carry it in the store. I decided I would get a sample of the Tatcha Water Cream and see if that compared. I got distracted, like usual, and tried the Tatcha Deep Cleanse on my hand. I’m sure if they have cameras in the store, they could pull up first of all how I accidentally squirted a boatload onto my hand, but secondly how excited I got with it.

Seriously.

I was talking loudly. To myself. In a very animated monologue. Then, in the middle of my monologue, I turned around and a shaft of light ignited the end-cap in front of me and I found myself staring at a travel size duo, for just $30.

Um, yes?


So I did what any beauty lover would do. I bought it and ran home to wash my face.

At 10:00 in the morning.

I’m not even going to tell you anything about it, cause I’m saving that for a full review, but I will say that it quickly made it’s debut into my skin care regime.

So now, I feel like my skin is the best it’s ever been. I owe it all to my new skin care routine.

1. Remove eye makeup with Nivea
2. Take off makeup with Biore Powder
3. Wash my face/neck with Tatcha Deep Cleanse
4. Moisturize with Tatcha Water Cream

Do you have a tried-and-true skin care regime? What is your favourite product? Comment below.