Loving This Week: Multi-Tasking Serums + IDLF for Uniqlo

Monday, May 19, 2014

Uniqlo IDLF Sweater - SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel - SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic Serum - Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum - Uniqlo IDLF Jersey Wrap Dress

Do you use serums as part of your daily skincare routine? I’m a bit of a serum fanatic. I already use a few, mixing and matching as needed, and I’m always looking out for the next big thing. This week I repurchased an old faithful and ordered a serum with rave reviews for the first time, plus I have a new serum foundation on my radar.

Beyond beauty, I’m also picking my favorites from the Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo capsule collection. The French fashion icon has created a fabulous set of basics for Uniqlo, and several must-have pieces are on sale this week. Here’s a peek inside my online shopping cart this week…

1. Uniqlo IDLF Light Short Sleeve Skipper Sweater, $29.90 (was $39.90)
This simple v-neck sweater from the Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo line is a great basic for pairing with skirts and trousers for the workday, or slouchy shorts for the weekend. The weave is a bit translucent, which is quite lovely for days off, but might require an under-layer for the office. It’s available in black, white, and navy.

2. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $78.00
I’ve been using this hydrating serum under my moisturizer for a couple years, at the suggestion of my esthetician. It definitely helps to increase overall skin hydration in a noticeable way. My skin is bouncier and more plump (in a good way) thanks to this simple serum step. I just ordered my fourth bottle – I’m running about two a year. I can’t imagine dropping this little wonder from my routine any time soon. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend giving this a try.

3. SkinCeuticals C+E Ferulic Serum, $157.00
I just ordered this much lauded serum for the first time. Not only does my esthetician rave about it, online reviewers can’t seem to say enough good about it. Its claim to fame is that it makes skin instantly more radiant, which sounds fabulous. The less obvious benefit is that it boosts the protection ability of your daily SPF with an antioxidant layer that can’t be rubbed off or washed off for up to four days. That kind of anti-aging benefit strikes me as well worth the lofty price tag.

4. Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, $55.00
This new foundation serum from Perricone MD is officially on my beauty radar. The Perricone MD label has recently started rolling out a whole line of “No-X” beauty products. These items, like No Bronzer Bronzer and No Blush Blush, have the beauty benefit of makeup, but act kind of like skincare too. I know I should be dubious, but the Perricone MD label hasn’t let me down yet. I’m sure to break down and give this a try soon.

5. Uniqlo IDLF Jersey Wrap Dress, $14.90 (was $29.90)
Another classic find from the Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo collection, this lightweight jersey wrap dress is that kind of piece that looks put together but feels like pajamas. I love that. It’s available in black, red, beige, and navy. At this price, you might as well buy all four colors and keep them on hand for those days where you need to look good, but really want to be comfortable. I don’t see how anyone could go wrong with this purchase.