Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Deal Alert: Marcelle Skincare Set over 75% off on Birchbox

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Just a quick post to let you know about this great Marcelle skincare set I bought from Birchbox last week, which is still available. For $15 you get a full-size moisturizer, a full-size micellar water, a full-size gel makeup remover, and a mini bi-phase makeup remover. It's cheaper than buying the moisturizer ($27) or even the micellar water ($17) alone. It also comes with a travel bag that seems to be fairly sturdy and useful. I just got mine, so all I've used so far is the moisturizer, which is a lovely light gel formula--and unlike most gels, comes in an airless pump, not a jar. I've used the bi-phase makeup remover in the past, though, and it's extremely effective.

Shipping is $5 (or free over $50).

(When I bought my set last week, there was also a 25% off code that Birchbox hasn't bothered to stop advertising on the brand page, but it's expired. Awesome deal nonetheless!)

Monday, May 14, 2018

More Moisture! Review of e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence

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I have to admit, I've been skeptical of e.l.f.'s skincare line ever since it came out a couple of years ago. At the time that it launched, most of the products looked very basic and uninspiring, but priced higher than I would expect for basics from e.l.f. (which seems to be true of many of their products lately). Nevertheless, earlier this year I ended up buying the e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence, so I'll explain why I think it's worth it.

I picked this up after searching for a hydrating essence to add to my routine. Now, I know there are lots of Korean and other Asian essences out there, and some of them have been recommended to me on good authority, but despite a few forays, I still haven't delved completely into Asian skincare. It just seems like a whole other field of study I'd have to master, and I have enough research on my plate at the moment. This e.l.f. essence have the advantages of being easily accessible (ULTA, Target, etc.), and only costing $10 for a huge 5 oz. bottle.

I got interested in adding an essence to my routine after looking enviously at all the people who seem to have achieved beautiful, problem-free skin apparently through applying layer upon layer of moisture. I'm sure there's more going on there, but having moved to hotter and drier climates this year, I figured that more hydration surely couldn't hurt. (Yes, I'm kind of using "hydration" and "moisture" interchangeably here, but technically they are different.) As it turns out, I do believe my deep dive into increased hydration has helped my skin. I don't think it has made permanent, dramatic changes, necessarily, but I think the increased moisture has done some good things, like decrease the appearance of the hollows under my eyes. For example, compare this photo from last September, when I asked for advice about reducing that sunken eye look:


With this one in similar lighting from February:


Or this one I just posted today. Or this series without makeup in harsher lighting. The improvement in my under-eye area isn't the same as if I'd got fillers, of course--it's not preternaturally smooth and it's better some days than others--but the overall plumping effects of increased moisture in my skin are noticeable.

Now, I'm not saying that this e.l.f. essence is solely responsible for these differences. It's just one of many hydrating and moisturizing products I've been using in my routine (steps outlined here), but I've been using it consistently for a couple of months now, and I like it.

Oddly enough, e.l.f. does not emphasize what I would consider the more interesting ingredients in its marketing of this essence, the ones that tend to be lauded by skincare-obsessed people on Instagram and Reddit. It doesn't seem to be aimed particularly toward us weirdoes. Instead, they note that it is:
A lightweight and nourishing essence infused with moisturizing effects of purified water, coconut water, algae, and coffee.
Ok. The moisturizing effects of water and some other stuff. Let's look at the complete ingredients.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Trehalose, Niacinamide, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Urea, Polyquatemium-51, Triacetin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Xanthum Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum) 
So it contains glycerin, trehalose, niacinamide, and sodium hyaluronate, and you're going to talk to me about algae? I mean, carrageenan is a fine ingredient, which is probably mainly in there to thicken up the essence a bit, but I assume they're trying to get you to think of the magical algae in La Mer products by highlighting that one. And sure, coffee extract is a good antioxidant, so thumbs up there. My research into coconut water in skincare is less conclusive, but it seems like it might have some moisturizing properties.

Overall, e.l.f. seems to be using exactly the opposite marketing strategy for this product that The Ordinary uses. They emphasize the ingredients that sounds familiar, natural, and generally pleasant, instead of the others that are effective, but "scary," scientific-sounding chemicals. As a result, I think they are going to miss out on some of the skincare nerd market, so I'm here to draw your attention to some of the other fun shit in there.

Glycerin is just straight up one of the most effective humectants out there, so seeing it second on the list is a good sign in a hydrating essence. It's also nice that they haven't canceled out any of its effects by including drying alcohol like some other "soothing" and "cooling" products out there do.

Trehalose is particularly interesting, because for some reason e.l.f. chose not to emphasize that this essence contains the mystical powers of *~~*~mushrooms~*~~*. A missed opportunity--especially since living in L.A., which tends to be on the cutting edge of health woo bullshit, I've been seeing miraculous (non-hallucinogenic) mushroom extracts all over the fucking place. Trehalose in skincare, however, seems not to be nonsense. It has hydrating, and possibly antioxidant, properties.

Niacinamide is one of my favorite ingredients (though patch test, because not everyone's skin likes it). It's a vitamin B that can help with enlarged pores, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and, in my experience, acne.

Sodium Hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid, another of my favorite ingredients. This form is generally considered more effective than regular hyaluronic acid. It's a fantastic humectant that always makes my skin very, very happy.

There are other nice ingredients in there, and nothing that particularly worries me, but I thought I'd just highlight those four. Because there is so much water (it's the first ingredient), the concentration of each of these ingredients is going to be lower than in a serum, naturally--but do note that they all appear near the top of the ingredients list, well above the fragrance. The fragrance in this product is noticeable when you apply it, and it's a floral, sort of rose, scent, but it's mild. I can't smell it once it's on my skin. I'm guessing it would be okay for all but the least tolerant of fragrance, but it's something to keep in mind.

As for a review of this essence in actual practice, it has a thin, runny texture, a bit thicker than water. I dispense a few drops into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and then spread it on my face. It absorbs in a couple of minutes, but you can apply several layers if you want more of that bouncy, hydrated feeling, and it will continue to absorb. It doesn't cause any sensation on my skin other than comfortable hydration. Other products apply well on top of it. I even like the packaging, which tends to be a factor that's pretty low in importance in my assessment of things. It looks pretty and it's functional, with just a small opening for drops to be shaken out. I really have no complaints!

I also used the e.l.f. essence to make my own soothing/hydrating mist, by mixing it about half and half with water in a spray bottle, and it works very well for that purpose, too.

I've been using my bottle now since early March, almost every night, and I've finished less than a quarter. of it I have a feeling it will easily last me a year. $10 for a year is pretty great. This e.l.f. Hydrating Water Essence is a great example of an effective product with top-of-the-line ingredients at a good price. That's pretty much the best I can hope for from e.l.f. Now I'm wondering if any of their other skincare products are worth a second look. Thoughts?

Oh, in case you're wondering what makes a hydrating essence different from a hydrating toner? Nothing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The duochromes always get me: Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows in Crescent Moon, Full Moon, and Moon Kissed

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Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows in Crescent Moon, Full Moon, and Moon Kissed

Two duochrome posts in a row? Is that allowed? (As usual, we ignore the word "holographic" when it's in the name of a makeup product.) I love duochromes, and they make me pay more for drugstore eyeshadows than I normally would. More for eyeshadow singles in general (though there was that time I paid full price for Urban Decay X, and I don't even really like it). These (deep breath) L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows are $13 a piece, so I suggest waiting for a sale, which will always come sooner or later for drugstore makeup. I had a B2GO Free deal from, but if I hadn't also had Ulta points from my credit card to spend, I might have balked even at that.

None of that is to say that I don't think these eyeshadows are amazing and totally worth picking up if you are a duochrome fiend like I am. They're absolutely lovely.

The formula of these eyeshadows is interesting. Though they have the "Infallible" name attached to them, they're not the same as the regular Infallible singles (reviewed here), which come with little plates on top to keep them densely packed. These Galaxy shadows have a more spongey texture--not as squishy as Colourpop Super Shock eyeshadows, but if you press your finger into the pan, you can feel it compress a bit. I dropped Full Moon on the floor and, instead of shattering, the whole shadow came loose in one piece inside the pan. I was able to press it back in place with a finger. Like the L'Oréal Infallible eyeshadows and the Colourpop Super Shock shadows, these apply best with a finger. With a brush they go on very sheer and a little patchy.

How about I let my many, many photos do the talking? My swatches were made with a brush without primer. Each one is several layers, because these shadows are sheer, and in swatch form they don't show up clearly in a single layer.

Left to right: Crescent Moon (sheer beige with green shift), Full Moon (white gold), and Moon Kissed (purple with blue shift).

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

You can see that Full Moon (gold) is both the most opaque and the most reflective, but probably has the subtlest shift. Crescent Moon (beige) has the most shift but is quite sheer.

I swatched them all over black eyeliner too. I like to do this with sheer products that are close to my skin tone, like Crescent Moon, to see if they are just blending into my skin. As you can see, the beige base of Crescent Moon is almost invisible over black, while the green really shines. On every shade, the base shows through more over bare skin and the shift shows more over black.

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

Swatches of of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows

I also made some comparisons to other duochrome eyeshadows I own. Here is Crescent Moon compared to some other beige/brown-green duochromes. Not much similarity here. Left to right: L'Oréal Crescent Moon, Total Intensity Bewitched (reviewed here), Urban Decay Sideline (reviewed here), Makeup Geek Ritzy (reviewed here).

Swatches of L'Oréal Crescent Moon, Total Intensity Bewitched, Urban Decay Sideline, Makeup Geek Ritzy

I don't have a comparison for Full Moon, because I don't have anything like it. (The white gold City Color cream shadow swatched here would probably be similar, but I got rid of it, because the formula didn't work for me.)

I swatched Moon Kissed next to other blue and purple duochromes, but as you can see I don't really have anything else like it either. Left to right: L'Oréal Moon Kissed, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts (limited edition, reviewed here), and Ulta Holographic Highlighter in Fairy (discontinued, reviewed here).

Swatches of L'Oréal Moon Kissed, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts, and Ulta Holographic Highlighter in Fairy

Now let me show you these babies on my face! First up is Crescent Moon, which, as I've said, is very sheer. In these first three photos, I applied the shadow with a brush, over primer. You can see how weak the results are, despite the primer. In all of the rest of the photos below, I used my fingers, which worked much better.

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon is more intense, as the swatches showed, over a darker base. Below I'm wearing it over Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, but an even darker base makes it pop more. For that reason, I suspect this eyeshadow would totally shine on darker skin, especially since it doesn't have a white base. I haven't found photos on someone with a deep skin tone, though, so if you've tried it, I'd love to hear how it worked.

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Crescent Moon

And here's Moon Kissed. Pretty pretty pretty! (Sorry for the first eye! It was the best angle to show the color. I wasn't being murdered.)

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Moon Kissed

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Moon Kissed

And finally, Full Moon, which was the one of the three I wanted most originally. I've been looking for a vibrant white-gold like this for a while. I was really attracted to a shadow like this from the Nars Danger Control palette, but I knew I'd never wear most of the pinks in it. Full Moon is everything that I hoped it would be! I love how it brightens my eyes, though I'm not sure these photos really show it off.

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Full Moon

Review of L'Oréal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow in Full Moon

Full Moon also makes a gorgeous highlighter. It's what I hoped the Marc Jacobs Glowstick (reviewed here) would be. I bet Crescent Moon would work great as a highlighter too, but I haven't played around with it that way yet.


I'm really enjoying these eyeshadows. They're on the sheer side, sure, but that's not a flaw. I'm going to have to do more layering with them and see what I can come up with. Of the three, Full Moon is my favorite. Crescent Moon is probably the least spectacular, but it's very versatile.

I'd recommend these shadows whole-heartedly--at least if you can get them on sale. (I just noticed, though, that they are apparently exclusive to Ulta, which is annoying for those of you who don't have access to one.)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

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Review of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

I love my Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss in Oil Slick (swatched here), and so I was curious about how a similar formula would function as a blush. The eyeshadow has intense glitter and dries very quickly--neither of which are qualities I'm looking for in a cream blush. And Butter London's promotional photos weren't very inspiring. (My Instagram stories commentary on their ad below.)


Actually, yeah, that is a pretty accurate photo, I suspect, if you just smeared an opaque layer of this blush on your cheek in a circle. If you want to avoid that look, like I do, it's kind of a tricky product to use. I'll get to that later.

First, the texture. It really is unusual. It's gelatinous and jiggly. I made you a GIF!

Review of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

Swatches! I chose the Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer, because it looked like it had the strongest duochrome, and I can't resist a duochrome shift. This blush has a warm reddish-pink base with a gorgeous golden shift. Here are far too many photos in different lighting to demonstrate it:

Swatches of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

Swatches of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

Swatches of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

Swatches of Butter London Glazen Blush Gelee in Glimmer

Because the blush dries incredibly quickly, and blush application is all about blending in my opinion, this shit is tricky. Usually I apply cream blush with my fingers, but doing that with this gelee means that (a) too much product gets picked up, and (b) it ends up blotchy. Like the eye gloss, it's quite pigmented, so you really only need a few specks of product for each cheek. That means a special technique and/or tool is required to get this stuff to work.

There are two methods with which I've had some success. The first is using a wet beauty blender type of sponge. The advantage of the sponge is that the water keeps the blush from drying quite as quickly, so you have a couple more seconds to blend it. The downside is that the damp sponge sometimes picks up some blush from my cheek, so it can end up a little blotchy anyway. I've had a bit of luck applying it with the sponge and then quickly blending with my fingers. A mini sponge works better than a full size.

The other method, which works a bit better, is to use a stippling brush. I have the small stippling brush from e.l.f. Stippling brushes work well for highly pigmented products that you want to sheer out, because only the longer bristles pick up product, but you can use all the bristles together to blend it out. This type of brush helps here, but work quickly! Normally with I use cream blush, I tap my finger in it, pat it on both cheeks, then go back and blend the first one and then the second. I can't do that here. I have to tap the brush in the pot and then immediately blend blend blend before the blush sets. Sometimes a little extra blending with my finger is useful.

(I've read some reviews that say this blush can mess up makeup that's underneath it, too. I haven't noticed that, but I don't use full coverage foundations.)

If you can get Glimmer to work, it can be really pretty, provided you can wear warm blushes. I have fairly neutral coloring, so I can wear most blushes whether they're warm or cool, but if this shade won't work for you, there are three other options. Glimmer will give a somewhat natural, yet glowy, flush. Because it has a lot of red in it, it gives a kind of fairytale effect on me that's emphasized by the red lipstick I'm wearing in the photos below. With less dramatic lipstick, it looks subtler.



Even though I really like how this blush looks on me, it's hard for me to recommend, exactly. It can provide a lovely effect, and there aren't many wearable duochrome blushes out there. Also, I've experienced really good wear time with it. Still, I hesitate to suggest a product that can only be used if you have the right tools or one that can go wrong so easily. If you're up for the challenge, now might be the time, because ULTA has the Butter London Glazen Blush Gelees on sale for $15, down from the usual $26, which in my opinion is a bit too much for something so fiddly.

Have you ever used a blush like this? I'm also curious about the other shades. If you've tried one, is it as tricky to use as Glimmer?

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% for cystic acne, plus my skincare routine

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Review of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

For some reason, after I moved to California back in December, I started to experience more breakouts than I'd had in a long time. They were worst on my chin, but also happened on my nose, cheeks, and forehead. I had a combination of inflammatory acne (the scabby, infected pores on the surface) and cystic acne (those deep, swollen, underground pimples)--the latter concentrated on my chin and upper lip. I don't know what caused my skin to react this way. Something hormonal? Climate? Different water? Since I couldn't prevent it, I decided to treat it.

I bought this tube of The Ordinary's Azelaic Acid (for some reason I spell azelaic wrong in a different way every single time) back in July when I made a small order from Well.ca and had it shipped to my sister in Canada. I mainly chose products based on what had the best reviews, because I was curious about the brand. In addition to this stuff, I ended up with their Caffeine Solution (reviewed here and passed on to a friend), Buffet (which I've finished and will review soon), and the Matrixyl + HA (which I'm currently using).

(I know there has been drama and bad publicity about Deciem, the parent company of The Ordinary, lately. I don't really know what to think of it, and since I bought this months before any of that happened, it wasn't a consideration. You can easily find out what's been going on with a Google search and make up your own mind.)

After I wrote my post about not having a use for The Ordinary's Vitamin C, I looked at this tube and kicked myself. Another brightening product? Really? Well, azelaic acid in fact has a number of functions, and perhaps what it's most often used for it to treat acne. For instance, it's typically part of the acne medication prescribed by Curology. Yet The Ordinary's description of the product on their US site doesn't mention anything about acne (though it does say it fights acne in Canada). They write, in in much more straightforward prose than is typical for them:
Found in grains, Azelaic Acid is produced naturally by yeast that lives on normal skin. It brightens the skin tone while visibly improving the evenness of skin texture and reducing the look of blemishes. It is a multi-functional support ingredient for all skin types and also acts as an effective antioxidant. This formula offers a very high 10% concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid in a lightweight cream-gel system.
If it's often used for acne, why no mention of that here? I suspect it has to do with drug labeling laws. If a product claims to treat acne, then it's classified as a drug by the FDA and has to have "drug facts" and other information on its label. There are other regulations for products classified as drugs in the US as well. For instance, Paula's Choice sells two versions of its popular 2% BHA liquid with the exact same ingredients. One is labelled as an acne treatment and one isn't--the difference is in the labeling, not the product itself. (So buy whichever one you can find on sale.) Deciem, I assume, has chosen to avoid the extra burden of these regulations by simply not mentioning acne and relying on its unusually informed consumer base to know the properties of azelaic acid. (I don't fault them for going this route, although they might miss out on some potential customers.)

Fortunately, I read about azelaic acid for cystic acne somewhere (probably Reddit, but I can't find the exact post now) and was excited to find that I already had a tube of it in my hoard. According to Deciem, you only need to use a pea-sized amount each day, and they generally seem to advise applying it at night.

Review of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

It's a fairly thick cream formula, and it dries in seconds, so you need to spread it quickly. I find it easier to use a patting motion than rubbing. It has a mildly unpleasant smell, kind of like the bedroom of a college boy with moderately-good hygiene, but it doesn't linger. I concentrate the product in the problem areas mentioned above, though as you will see in my skincare routine described below, the moisturizer I put on top probably causes it to be more evenly distributed across my face in the end. It's not gritty like The Ordinary's Vit C, and I don't feel any sensation at all on my skin when I apply it.

I decided to do a proper test of this product by applying it daily for a month without adding any other new products to my routine, limiting my use of strong actives like retinol for the first couple of weeks, and taking weekly photos of my skin. I wanted to keep going for at least a month, since my cystic acne breakouts tended to be worst the week before my period. I'm really glad I have documentation, because sometimes it can be hard to see progress without photographic evidence. When I took the last of the four photos below, I considered not even posting them, because I thought there hadn't been any real improvement over time. But I think the photos say otherwise. Left to right, weeks 1 (immediately before beginning azelaic acid) through 4 (all without any makeup):


The most dramatic improvement is, in fact, not really visible in these photos: the decrease in cystic pimples. I still get one or two during the week before my period (I'm actually in the second month of using the azelaic acid as I write this), but they are much smaller, less painful, and they disappear in just a few days instead of a couple of weeks (or more!). I just had one pop up a couple of days ago, and it's almost gone today.

The reason I thought there wasn't a visible improvement, despite being happy with the results, was that I still had an unusual amount of inflammatory acne on my chin. I've managed to get that under control too, though that's a topic for another post (spoiler: honey mask). I think you can see from the photos that even with remaining acne on my chin, nose, and forehead, the redness in those areas had decreased significantly with just the addition of the azelaic acid. Really, that should have been more obvious to me, because I've found myself needing to do less color correction/concealing (as described here) with continued azelaic acid use. (The one thing that's sticking around is that red scar/PIH/PIE mark in the middle of my top lip that was left behind by a cystic zit. If anyone has suggestions for fading it more quickly, I would be grateful.)

This is all very exciting for me! It's rare that I get such good results from a new product in this short a time. I thought I would list out my full skincare routine here, so that you can see where the azelaic acid fits in. As I've pointed out recently, you don't need to use nearly as many products as I do to have nice skin. I like to try new things and especially to review and blog about them, so I use more than I necessarily need. I haven't listed products I use sporadically like masks and oils. This is my daily routine.


Morning

Gentle cleanse (currently Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Cleanser or Simple Micellar Water)
Exfoliate with BHA (currently Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid)
Wait 5-10 minutes
Hydrating serum mixed with a couple of drops of niacinamide booster (currently The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA and Paula's Choice 15% Niacinamide Booster)
Light Moisturizer (currently Clinique Moisturizing Gel)
Wait 10 minutes
Sunscreen (currently La Roche-Posay SPF 60 Fluid or Kinesys SPF 30)


Night

Double cleanse (currently Neutrogena Cleansing Oil and Simple Micellar Water)
Hydrating serum (currently Paula's Choice Redness Relief Serum)
Azelaic acid treatment (currently The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%)
Wait 5-10 minutes
Heavier moisturizer (currently Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Origins Night-a-Mins Cream or Paula's Choice Hydrating Treatment Mask)

I think I still have another month or two worth of this azelaic acid in my tube, and I'll probably replace it with the same thing when it's empty. It's been an excellent addition to my routine. Besides Deciem's website, it's available places like Sephora and Well.ca ($10 off $40 CAD with code brutallyhonestbeauty--anyone can make a coupon code). But do you know of any other good, non-prescription sources of azelaic acid out there? Paula's Choice sells it outside of North America (I assume not here because of some of those drug regulations discussed above), though I'm hoping that some recent social media posts they're written about azelaic acid mean they'll offer it here soon, too.

Has anyone else had good (or bad?) results with azelaic acid? Did you use a prescription product?

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