Category Archives: Dermalogica

Current Skincare and Makeup Loves

Makeup Peek
A peek into my current skincare and makeup routine.

Last year I resolved to use up all of the skincare and makeup I had been hoarding during the last few years. Some of it went in the garbage but most of it was used up to the point where my stash got pretty lean, something the old Carla would have hated. The current Carla is pretty happy with the size of her stash, there is plenty of room for new green additions.

I worked my way through quite a few cleansers, exfoliators and moisturizers. Along the way, I developed an interest in oil cleansing. I was reading everything I could on essential oils and carrier oils until I finally started using my own blends to remove my makeup and moisturize my skin. There was a period of adjustment but I found that I really preferred oil cleansing to how I use to cleanse my skin, it was relaxing and left my skin feeling better than ever. I was hooked but more on that later…

As for makeup, there are two things I have not purchased recently: foundation and concealer. I know a lot of you can relate to this, I had so many bottles of foundation and tubes of concealer that I forbid myself from buying any more. For the most part, I stayed the course. Small samples don’t count, right? I still have some foundation to work through but I’m almost at a point where I’m ready to scoop up some products I’ve been dying to try. I’m looking at you, Gressa and Kjaer Weis!

Do you know that feeling when you’ve gone for a long walk and you realize the end is in sight? That’s how I feel about this foundation/concealer “no buy” of mine, I’m glad it’s nearly over!

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Dermalogica Active Moist: Lightweight Hydration for Oily Skinned Gals

In honor of my little sister’s birthday today (she’s 26, Happy Birthday Vania!), I’m going to talk about a line she introduced me to… Dermalogica. She was the one who I hijacked the Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment from. When she worked at a salon, she’d bring home samples of various products and I just ignored them. Bad move on my part.

Fast forward a few years later and I’m browsing the Dermalogica display at Ulta wondering what she used. I picked up Dermalogica’s Normal to Oily Skin Kit to take with me to New York last month and I didn’t expect to find a moisturizer that I would love as much as my current one but I did. Dermalogica’s Active Moist was an unexpected surprise.


This moisturizer from Dermalogica is perfect for those of us with oily skin, that includes me. I’m loving it right now because it’s so lightweight and you can use it year round. Active Moist is a little on the thin side, a little runny, but really all you need is a penny sized amount to moisturize your skin. I didn’t expect to get as much hydration out of it with that texture but my skin is more than satisfied with Active Moist. Unlike some gel lightweight moisturizers I’ve tried in the past (I’m not naming names), this doesn’t dry up immediately and leave my skin feeling a little parched. It leaves a nice little base for my makeup for the day and does it all without any irritation or brake outs (in my experience of course).

The price tag for this moisturizer may give you a little pause, it certainly gave me something to think about. After using a deluxe sample of Dermalogica’s Active Moist for over a month now, I’m definitely picking it up when I run out (which may be in a week or two). If a tiny little tube can last this long, I can only imagine how long the full sized tube will last. I’ll keep you posted on that. 🙂

Have you used products from Dermalogica? What did you use and what did you think? Let us know in the comments.

Dermalogica's Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment

Meet Dermalogica’s Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment. I’ve been using this product for a little over a month and I’ve noticed a real improvement in my hands and nails.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment This product is a great hand cream for those of us who want to give our hands and nails a little extra attention. It contains Pro-Vitamin B5, vitamins A, C and E, algae extract, licorice extract, grapeseed extract and Ginkgo Biloba. This product also has a great consistency to it, not too thick and not too thin. It also sinks into your skin quickly, I love that this product doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy. I noticed that I can wash my hands a few times after putting this on and my hands still feel soft and moisturized. It also has a light citrus scent to it, some may say it smells like sunblock but I actually like the smell. The only drawback I can see is the price tag, this product is a little spendy. I’m finding that a little goes a long way though, so a tube will last quite a while. I hijacked this product from my sister, let’s hope she doesn’t remember I have it.