Skin Care I’ve Been Testing Lately: Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+, and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

I’ve been so gun-shy about putting new skin care on my face since my breakout in January. I haven’t wanted to upset the apple cart, but you know how it is… You’re going along, doop-da-doo, and your skin is happy 😊 for a while, but then it starts acting up in a certain way, and you think, Maybe there’s something new out there that I have to try.

This is a pattern I repeat over and over, LOL! My big things at the moment are 1) that my skin’s been super dry, and 2) that I’ve been looking for a new sunscreen.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner ($44)

Yup, I’ve been on a rose-scented kick (thank you, Trader Joe)… Can I call this $44 hydrating rose toner life-changing? I’ve only been using it for a couple weeks, so probably not quite yet, but I really dig the scent, which is deliciously rosy but not headache-inducing, and I love seeing the rose petals flit about inside the bottle.

“Tone down pores. Tone up hydration. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is a cleansing toner that removes impurities and refines the appearance of pores for a deeply hydrated, healthy-looking, velvety soft complexion. Infused with real rose petals, the gentle formula clears the skin of surface debris, pollution particles, and residual impurities, while leaving it feeling refreshed and prepped for the skincare ritual that follows. It also contains rosewater and rose flower oil to help soothe and nourish the skin, while angelica leaf extract and hyaluronic acid help to retain moisture.”

Also, I swear that I can hear my cheeks and the corners of my mouth (which have been Sahara-caliber dry as of late) sigh with relief after I use it… Too bad it’s quite expensive.

❤️❤️❤️ 3 out of 5 hearts.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce SPF 50+ ($40)

I’ve been all about this face and body sunscreen from Shiseido lately, particularly because it disappears without a trace into my skin, also known as “NO WHITE CAST!”


“-Avobenzone 2.5%, Octinoxate 4.9%, Octocrylene 5%, and Oxybenzone 3%: Provide sunscreen protection.

Water, Dimethicone, Sd Alcohol 40-B, Talc, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Triethylhexanoin, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dextrin Palmitate, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Polybutylene Glycol/Ppg-9/1 Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Xylitol, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Peg/Ppg-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isostearic Acid, Calcium Stearate, Trisodium Edta, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Bht, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Syzygium Jambos Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-2, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Iron Oxides.”

It also layers fantastically well under makeup. Plus, all of the notoriously sticky parts — my neck, the backs of my knees, the crooks of my arms — feel like velvet afterwards. There’s none of that greasy, slick business.

❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4 out of 5 hearts.

kiehls midnight recovery fresh shiseido

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil ($32)

What is it about old-timey blue bottles? If something looks vintage, I want to try it.

This oil-based cleanser/makeup remover is made for all skin types (including dry skin = ME!), and it smells like rosemary, thyme and lavender (so relaxing). It feels thicker than usual (but a lot like my go-to DHC Deep Cleansing Oil).

“This lightweight essential oil cleanser emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently yet effectively dissolving even the hardest to remove makeup and impurities without over-drying. Enriched with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils—squalene, a planted-derived lipid with a natural affinity for skin, evening primrose oil, rich in omega-6 fatty acids, and lavender essential oil, this all-in one cleansing formula leaves skin balanced, soothed, and prepared for optimal night-time replenishment. ”

It takes care of almost everything — foundation, blush, eyeshadow, the works — but it doesn’t work miracles. I still need to use a separate cleanser for waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

On the plus side, my face hasn’t freaked out yet! And I also love the smell.

❤️❤️❤️ 3 out of 5 hearts.

How about you? Have you tried any new skin care lately?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. T-G-I-F. 👍


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