Hi all, sorry I haven’t had time to blog lately- it’s been hard to find time since I started working. I will try to aim for at least 3 posts a week! I usually talk about makeup on my blog, but today I want to talk about one necessary step in my skin care routine, is toner.
By the way, I went to my first beauty blogging event today called BlogVancity held at Metrotown and met so many other Vancouver based beauty bloggers, and it was an eye open experience! PR publicists from Lush, London Drugs, and Fashion Capsule was there to give great advice about the blogging world. Content is so important in the beauty blogging world and I’m disappointed that I’ve been slow on my blogging lately. Additionally, I received an awesome swag bag full of makeup, so I can’t wait to review my stash!! Especially excited to try the CC cream!
Back to the topic on toner! After I cleasne my face, I need to put toner on. When I finish showering and I am not going to bed yet, I put toner on. After I take off my makeup, I use toner to not only cleanse and refresh my face, but I check the cotton pad to see if there was left over makeup.
There are a lot of toners out in the market today that can act as a toner and a serum, some that brighten your skin, some moisturize, and some that can claim to do everything. There are also now different names of toners too, such as “mist” or “lotion”- it can get confusing. The first step in choosing a toner is knowing what kind of skin you have. If you have acne prone or oily skin, you should choose a toner that contains salcyclic acid. You would also want a refreshing toner to cleanse the skin. For those with sensitive skin, you would want a toner that doesn’t contain a lot of chemicals and alcohol.
The toners I aim for is used for my normal/combination skin. I rarely get breakouts. I’ve asked many beauty advisors about my pores, and they’re not considered big, though I find my pores fairly visible. I don’t have sensitivities, my skin is fairly hydrated, but my nose does get oily several times throughout the day.Interesting, sometimes if I skipped washing my hair and it feels oily the next day, the skin on my face feels oily too although my skin care routine stays the same. I tend to buy toners that aim for hydration and cleansing. I do tend to navigate to pricier toners, but I always keep a bottle of a less expensive toner to refresh my face between showers, coming back home to refresh my self, or makeup removal in the middle of the day.
Here’s my collection of emptied out toners and toners I am using right now.
The ones I am currently using right now is Shiseido Hydro-Nourishing Softener Lotion and Simple soothing facial toner. This is my third bottle of the Hydro-Nourishing Softener Lotion and I’ve used up at least 4-5 bottles of The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner in the past.
Out of all the empty bottles of toner, this is what I think about them:
- Dior Purifying Toning Lotion (200mL): I bought this at the Bay when there was a GWP purchase (I got this along with the milk cleanser which I absolutely love.) This toner use Crystal iris to remove traces of makeup and revive the complexion. In my opinion, I found this toner quite ordinary and the smell of alcohol is too strong. Alcohol is the second ingredient on the list, and the smell of it can testify that. For a while, I used this with the Dior milk cleanser and the moisturizer- my skin continued to be clear, but I didn’t notice any superb changes to my skin.
Where to buy: Bay, Sephora $40 CAD
- Shiseido White Lucent Balancing Softener(150mL): Before I tried this one out, I’ve already used Shiseido’s Hydro-Nourishing Softener but I wanted to try something new. I also bought this at the Bay when there was a GWP event going on. This product is the most expensive out of all the toners I’ve ever used, and not one I would buy again. This is the one containing alcohol, although there is also one that doesn’t contain alcohol. I didn’t feel my skin got brightened much complextion wise, though when I have dried out pimples, it did tone down the redness. However, given the price, I wouldn’t repurchase.
Where to buy: Bay, London Drugs, Sephora $64
- Caudalie Toning Lotion (200mL): This is one of my favourites because it can be used on face and eyes. However, when I went back to Sephora to see if this product is still available, I don’t see it anymore and I only see the Caudalie Moisturizing Toner for sale. This product is not as pricey compared to the other higher end products, but it did the job I excatly wanted. It prepped my face before putting on moisturizer and it removed any remainder traces of makeup. When I woke up in the morning after using this with my moisturizer, my skin felt so much smoother! It also smelled just like grapes and it was very, very refreshing. I also love that this product could be used for eyes. I’m terrible at removing eye makeup and it’s pretty harsh to constantly use my products to wash my eye, but this toner softens it right away. If I see this exact product again, I would stock up. I think I will try the Moisturizing Toner next time though.
Where to buy (if available): Sephora $28
- Caudalie Beauty Elixir(30mL): This product acts a dual toner and serum. If purchased alone, it’s quite pricey for $19, but I got this when I bough a Caudalie travel set. This is used as a mist and I spray it twice to cover my face. This is one of the most refreshing products I used because it has a minty, cooling sensation. It also smells a bit herbal, which may or may not be a turn off for some people (my boyfriend thought I smelled like Chinese herbal tea.) This is great to wear alone (minus moisturizer) or prepping makeup. I used it after applying a charcoal mask to close my pores. When I spray this on, I felt that there was a “lift” in my complexion. The size of this bottle is great to carry around for travelling around.
Where to buy: Sephora $19 for 1 oz(30mL), or $53 for 3.4 oz
- The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner: This toner has a short ingredients list, and works simply too. It’s comforting for skin with redness and I use it non-sparingly in making sure I removed my makeup. I’ve gone through bottles of these, since Body Shop always have sales so I stock up on these. I’ve discussed this product previously here.
Where to Buy: The Body Shop $14 (Stock up on buy 3 for $30/ buy 2 get 1 free etc sales!)
I am currently using…. Shiseido Hydro-Nourishing Softener and Simple Soothing Facial Toner
- The Shiseido Hydro-Nourishing Softener(150mL) is an absolute favourite of mine. This is my third bottle. I bought this one when Shoppers Drug Mart had a spend your points event. This product also contains alcohol, but I can barely detect it when using it and it smells so fresh, like cucumbers. The texture of the softener is not watery, but more of a gel/serum. This makes my skin supple and more hydrated. It’s a wonder in prepping my skin for moisturizers. Instructions on the back of the bottle says to saturate a cotton pad and gently wipe over face, but I just use my hands to pat the product on my skin after cleansing so the product does not get wasted. It gets absorbed easily, and 50% of it is gone by the time I put the cotton pad on my face.Where to buy: Sephora, The Bay, London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart $43/$44 – Look out for gift with purchase deals when you buy this product, the Bay often has a GWP if you purchase $43 worth of products! Also, London Drugs also have GWP events too.
- Simple Soothing Facial Toner (200mL): Simple is a newer brand (I think) that entered the drugstore market in skincare. This product is meant for sensitive skin and it contains products such as pro-vitamin B5, chamomile, witch hazel, and allantoin. There is barely a hint of fragrance of this product and I use this product generously for midday refreshing/cleansing. I like the fact that it doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients and it just soothes and softens my skin if I feel stressed. However, there isn’t much moisturizing properties, which is why I have two types of toners around. Using a moisturizer after this product is necessary for me. (I have skipped using moisturizer at night sometimes when I use the Shiseido product if I have an extremely lazy day.) The price of this toner is affordable, especially when there are sales at drugstores. I bought this product at London Drugs for $6.99!
Where to buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs $6.99-$10(?)
I realize it’s ridiculous how much toners I use, but I can’t help it. I am tempted to try Kiehl’s toners after I finish these products. What kind of toners do you use, any recommendations?
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