Archives for category: Caudalie

2014-01-03 10.20.27Ingredients: VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL*, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL*, ISOAMYL COCOATE*, COCO-CAPRYLATE*, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE*, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER EXTRACT*, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL*, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OCTINOXATE), BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE (AVOBENZONE), TOCOPHEROL*, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE (OCTISALATE), PALMITOYL GRAPE SEED EXTRACT*, SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT / LEAF / STEM EXTRACT*, CITRIC ACID*, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, HYDRO XYCITRONELLAL, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, LIMONENE, CITRONELLOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, GERANIOL. (107/084). *Plant origin.

Product Description: “This multi-purpose, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes and enhances the skin thanks to its unique formula made with an exceptional blend of oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan) combined with our patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance, with woody notes. Use it on the body, hair, nails, in the bath or as a massage oil.”

2014-01-03 10.21.02My Experience: Oh, Caudalie Divine Oil, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First of all, I adore the packaging. It’s chic and screams quality. Though I wouldn’t dare travel with it for fear it would break and I would lose precious drops of golden oil, I sometimes find myself musing on how utterly gorgeous it looks on my desk. Can you see the grapes etched into the glass in the picture on the right? Soooo pretty! I keep this oil next to the mouse for my computer, which is like saying it sits at the right hand of God. And I use it every single day. The smell is, as the name would suggest, divine. It’s a bouquet of flowers and herbs of delicate yet alluring strength: dreamy but not overpowering. It’s also well designed for an oil, because there’s no worry about tipping too much into your hand or not enough. I use 4 sprays at night, which is a generous amount, and then sweep the oil onto my face and neck. It’s rich and silky and my skin drinks it up. It also seems to smoothe my skin texture and calm the redness in my face. When I wake up my skin looks like a light has been turned on inside it. For day, I use 2 sprays gently massaged into my skin before my moisturizer. I also use a couple sprays for my hair if the ends are looking dry and lack lustre, or massage a little into my nails when the cuticles are looking rough. This has been my saviour throughout the skin-parching months of winter, and it actually lasts a long time. I’ve been using the large bottle since Christmas and it’s only half empty. And when I’m out of it, I will snap up another bottle. I can’t imagine not having this product in my life. Love it!

The Skinny: A luscious-scented oil that improves and nourishes skin, hair and nails. A brilliant multitasker and a beautifully packaged product. Absolutely swoon-worthy.

Cost:

USA: $9 for 0.5 oz, $32 for 1.7 oz, $49 for 3.4 oz from Sephora

UK: £24.30 for 100ml or £16.20 for 50ml from feelunique.com

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

Firstly, I have sensitive skin. I’m prone to random splotchy redness and blemishes stick around forever – if I dispose of them myself they will scar for weeks, if not months, so I tend to leave them and let them run their course. My skin texture is quite bumpy, so I need to exfoliate frequently. Now that I’m thirty-something I’ve noticed fine lines creeping in, as well as some loss of elasticity and darker circles under my eyes – mind you, I’m being quite critical; these are only minimal issues and are not things other people tend to notice, but I’m letting you know because they have an affect on the products I buy and the expectations I have. I’ve always had quite good skin, to be honest (not many breakouts and such), but my skin is a lot different to how it was when I was a teenager, which is only natural. Please be aware that my reviews are based on my own experiences, which may differ from yours. Please also note that the ingredients lists below are not complete; I am merely listing the ingredients as seen on the packaging, so for full information please visit the necessary websites. So, with skin profiling and other business out of the way…this is my current routine:

1. Caudalie Gentle Cleanser 200 ml – 6.7 fl oz

Ingredients: Grape-seed polyphenols, cornflower extract, oat extract, sweet almond and jojoba oils, shea butter.

0% parabens, phenoxythanol, artificial colorings, mineral oils…Against animal testing. Ophthalmologically tested.

Skin type: All

Cost:

UK: £13.50 from Feel Unique: http://www.feelunique.com/p/Caudalie_Gentle_Cleanser_200ml

USA: $26 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/gentle-cleanser-P6026

What it’s supposed to do: This smooth and velvety cleanser leaves the skin clean, soft and protected against free radicals.

My experience: I snapped this up from a Sephora during a recent trip to the USA. I was after a cleanser that was inexpensive, gentle and came in a decent size bottle with a pump. I did some preliminary research (because I’m obsessive like that) and decided that, per ounce, this cleanser was less expensive than some other high end brands and came in a larger size than most high end brands. And I’m currently loving it. I’ve been using it everyday for a month and I’ve used about a third of it. I use two pumps for my whole face, which is quite generous. The texture is indeed velvety and it washes away easily. I’ve used it on and around my eyes without any irritation (and my eyes are tres sensitive). The smell is light and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and comfortable. I love the packaging as well. It’s sleek, simple and sheer so you can see how much of the product you’ve used. I use this with my Clarisonic in the evenings.

The Skinny: Great packaging, gentle yet effective and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. I feel it’s neither cheap nor expensive for the quality. It does exactly what it says on the tin: what more can you ask for?

Rating: 5/5

2. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 75 g – 2.6 oz

Ingredients: Green tea, ginkgo, colloidal oatmeal, grapefruit and licorice

Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £30.40 from lookfantastic: http://www.lookfantastic.net/dermalogica-daily-microfoliant-75gm/10362640.html

USA: $50 from Dermalogica: http://www.dermalogica.com/us/html/products/daily-microfoliant-11.html

What it’s supposed to do: This unique rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing papain, salicylic acid and rice enzymes that micro-foliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Helps to balance uneven pigmentation and calm the skin, leaving it clear and refreshed.

Note: not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products.

My experience: I use this everyday after my Caudalie cleanser, but only in the mornings. It’s not cheap – in fact, it’s quite dear. But it does work, and it is gentle enough to use everyday. A little does go a long way, so one bottle will probably last you months. I have used tons of grainy exfoliation products claiming they are gentle for every day use that have left my skin irritated and dry. I have no problems with this at all. You use a half teaspoon in wet hands to create a paste. I focus on applying it to my nose and forehead, where my skin most needs exfoliation, and then massage it outward. There are tiny particles but for the most part application is smooth. Once I rinse off my skin looks more even and the texture is definitely more smooth. It’s so easy to rinse off too – it’s not messy like some scrubs and you don’t have to rinse your face a million times because you’ve still got bits stuck in your hair. I’ve been using it every morning for a month without any irritation. The packaging is good: simple and durable.

The Skinny: Gentle enough for everyday use, improves skin texture and evens out discoloration. The only downside is it’s very pricey.

Rating: 4/5

3. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion SPF15 75 ml – 2.5 fl oz

Ingredients: Octinoxate 4.9% and octocrylene 5.0%

Skin Type: No information provided

Cost:

UK: £60.50 from John Lewis: http://www.johnlewis.com/228019/Product.aspx

USA: $52 from Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/benefiance-wrinkleresist24-day-emulsion-spf-15-pa-P173614

What it’s supposed to do: There is not much information on the packaging other than it’s meant to help prevent sunburn, but this is basically an anti-aging moisturizer with sunscreen.

My experience: I really, really like this. I recently started using the Shiseido Extra Smooth Protection Lotion SPF30, which I like and will review later, so I was interested in trying another product from Shiseido. I did some research and found that this was one of Shiseido’s cheaper moisturizers and you get a good amount of product (75 ml – 2.5 fl oz). It also comes in a lovely chic bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle is sheer so you can see how much you’ve used (in one month I’ve used one third). I use two pumps for my whole face, which is a generous amount. The texture is rather different for a moisturizer – it’s quite runny, like yogurt. It spreads very easily and absorbs quickly. After a few minutes my skin feels very soft and happy, like it’s been infused with moisture and goodness. The fragrance is light and subtle. I’ve only been using this for a month so I can’t speak for it’s wrinkle resistance, but it’s my new favorite moisturizer. I love the packaging, the feel of it and how my skin drinks it up, and it seems to calm down irritations and redness a bit. And I love that it contains SPF.

The Skinny: A great moisturizer that sinks in quickly, contains sunscreen and calms skin, leaving it feeling velvety soft. Pricey, but you get a decent amount and I think it’s worth it.

Rating: 5/5

4. Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream 30 ml – 1.06 oz

Ingredients: Pueraria lobata, pelvetia, dehydrated plant-based micro-pearls, pequi pulp, shea butter, selenium from tomato extract

Skin Type: All

Cost:

UK: £65 for 50 ml from Clarins UK http://www.clarins.co.uk/Super%20Restorative%20Day%20Cream/C010409001,en_GB,pd.html

USA: $114 from Sephora http://www.sephora.com/super-restorative-day-cream-spf-20-P95038

Note: The one sold at Sephora appears to be SPF20, although the version on the Clarins UK site contains no SPF.

What it’s supposed to do: Replenish the skin by restoring elasticity and reduce the appearance of dullness, age spots, deep lines and wrinkles.

My experience: Okay, first of all I’m reviewing the travel size version. This is a pricey cream, but you can snap up travel sizes on ebay for about £10, which is what I tend to do. It lasts me a couple weeks maybe more if used every day. Second, I’m currently using this at night even though it’s a day cream. Third, it’s technically for mature skin that has gone through hormonal changes. All that said, I think this is a great moisturizer. I’ve been using it off and on for a couple years now. I love the travel size because it’s great for traveling – durable and small with a little spout I can squeeze a very controlled amount of product from. It smells of flowers and spring and loveliness and it’s thick and rich. It feels wonderful to massage in and leaves the skin baby soft and plumper looking. I use the night version when I can, but recently was only able to get the day version from ebay and it works just as well at night. I wake up with skin looking bright and refreshed. I think the fine lines under my eyes have diminished slightly, but other than that I can’t speak for it’s anti-aging properties because I don’t really have wrinkles. It’s packed full of good ingredients and antioxidants that stimulate the production of collagen, restore cell cohesion and soften the skin. So who cares if it’s for mature skin if it’s a great moisturizer? I think anyone would benefit from this.

The Skinny: Wonderful moisturizer packed with good ingredients and antioxidants that makes skin feel very soft and pampered – just wish the full size was cheaper.

Rating: 4/5