[Side note: Sorry for the poor lighting in these pics!]
B. Kamins Matte Moisturizer with SPF 15 - I didn't even buy this; Sephora gave it to me as a skincare challenge reward and I was happy to receive a matte moisturizer with SPF 15 since I have oily skin. I tried it once just to make sure it doesn't irritate my skin and it performed well. But I haven't used it since that day because I'm working through the other products first. I'll probably start using this regularly in late spring/early summer.
Just as an aside, I was a little miffed at Sephora for passing out products they were phasing out as "rewards" for their loyal customers. You can't find this product at Sephora anymore but click on the link above to see the full description of the product at the B. Kamins website. Recommended for oily/acne-prone skin.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 - This is my winter morning staple. During warmer seasons it's too heavy, but for the cold drying winter days, this is just right if I use a light application. Using too much at once seems to clog my pores, resulting in breakouts. Typically I look for some SPF in my morning moisturizer because layering sunscreen, moisturizer, primer and foundation is (a) way too much work, and (b) my poor sensitive face will probably explode if I wear so many products all at once. I'm about halfway or two-thirds through this bottle.
Aveda Outer Peace Acne Relief Lotion - I used every single product in this Outer Peace line except for the Cooling Mask. This Outer Peace line saved my life in the summer. It does a great job of fighting acne without stripping the skin dry like many other products do. Aveda is also known for using natural ingredients. It's pretty pricey, though. While I'll skid by with cheaper products when my skin is doing okay, I'm willing to go to further lengths when my skin starts acting up. This entire line is well worth it.
Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Antiwrinkle Day Cream SPF 10 (sample size) - You know what? This product is all right. The texture feels weighty and heavier than what I'm normally used to, but my face felt plump and moisturized after I patted it lightly into the skin. But it feels rather heavy for a day moisturizer so I've used it at night even though it contains SPF which can be irritating to the skin. I won't buy the full size, but I think it should be fine for the normal/combination skin types out there.
Dermalogica Clean Start Welcome Matte SPF 15 - I got this sample along with the matching cleanser and face mist but those are long gone. I really like this one and was using it happily when the cold season hit and I had to shelve it for the Cetaphil instead. I would recommend the entire line for oily/acne-prone skin types. I think it's marketed for adolescents and teens (assuming that the adults are using the original Dermalogica products) but I had a good experience with this line and might think about getting the full size products this summer to ward off the breakouts. The samples are from Sephora but the line is not listed on their website. I have spotted it at certain Sephora locations, though, as well as at random spas and skincare boutiques. (Basically, wherever Dermalogica is sold.)
Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Gel-Cream - I've raved about this several times in the past. For such a cheap product, it's one of the most effective moisturizers my face has ever had the pleasure of benefiting from. It's light, smells wonderfully fresh, and actually hydrates my face without irritating it or making it feel heavy and greasy. Right now I use it as a night cream, but it's great for all times of the day and all year-round.
Here's a look at the interior.
One conclusion I'm drawing from these skincare inventories is that I'm much more high-maintenance when it comes to makeup rather than skincare. It worked out that way simply because my skin reacts badly to expensive skincare products for some reason. (Remember how I had to return the entire line of Ole Henriksen products to Sephora?) Well, lucky me - I get to save some money in this area. However, I am concerned about the lack of anti-aging products in my skincare routine, but we'll discuss that in depth in the next inventory re: skincare treatments.
So, what are your daily moisturizers or night creams? Have you found one that is truly effective for you? What are your thoughts on expensive skincare lines versus drugstore brands?