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Ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid: helps restore the skin’s moisture.
Katafray extract: helps reinforce the skin’s surface barrier effect and helps prevent dehydration.
Sorbier bud extract: reinforces skin hydration and radiance.
Inca peanut extract: helps restore the hydrolipidic film.
Chondrus crispus extract (red algae): helps stimulate skin’s natural moisturization process.

Product Description: “Intensive, moisture-replenishing care. As invisible as it is comfortable, this bi-phase serum acts at all levels of the skin to help restore the skin’s natural hydration mechanisms. It replenishes very thirsty skin and promotes soft, comfortable, radiant and matte skin.”

My Experience: First of all, profuse apologies for my lack of blogging. I’m in the throes of an MA and finding it difficult to maintain any life outside my studies. Your patience is greatly appreciated!

It was not my intention to buy this product; I’m rather dubious about serums, but I was lured by the siren song of the free gift set so I purchased this in addition to a moisturizer (a review of which will follow in another post). The serum is blue and watery, so care is needed when pumping it out. My skin feels comfortable after I use it, but not quenched, as the name suggests. In fact, the serum does something quite peculiar. It leaves a film on my face. If I happen to rub my face after I use it, it literally pills on my skin and the gummy residue sticks to my fingers. Not nice. And this only happens when I use this product. It’s rather alarming: I want a serum to absorb into my skin and work its magic from within, not sit on top of my skin like the sticky lacquer on a coffee table. This isn’t its only downside, I’m afraid. I’m not opposed to scented products, especially if they smell flowery and French, but this is so heavily dosed in artificial fragrance that a pump of it is like a punch in the face. Blue coloring and heavy artificial fragrance? This is a no-no for ultra sensitive skin. In fact, I don’t think this serum is doing anything beneficial for my skin, despite the acid and extracts it contains. My skin doesn’t feel any more hydrated with this product than without it, and the film it leaves is hugely unpleasant. I love the heft and sleekness of the packaging, but that’s not enough to justify the price. Such a disappointment!

The Skinny: I can’t think of anyone I would recommend this to: it’s heavy with artificial color, fragrance, and it leaves a film on the face that pills into a gummy residue. It’s not intensive or quenching, either. Big disappointment.

Cost:

UK: £40 from lookfantastic

USA: $58 from Clarins

Rating: 1/5

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Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

Winner of multiple skin care and beauty awards

Product Description: “The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed”.

My Experience: This product has been on my radar for a long time. And I’ll admit, albeit sheepishly, that I bought two Clarins products just to get their promotional gift pack, which included a travel size of this balm. Anyway, this is a little tube of wonder and shall remain a permanent fixture in my life. It’s loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients. My skin drinks it up and within minutes I can see and feel the difference. My pores look smaller, my skin tighter, and the glow is akin to a wilting flower surging to life after a much-needed infusion of water. Skin texture also improves. It’s plumper, more even and makeup glides on butter smooth. As others have said, this isn’t something you use everyday, lest your skin get used to it and fail to noticeably perk up. I’ve been using it once a week, on a day when I want to look particularly fresh and beaming. This isn’t a cheap product, but everyone would benefit from a little slice of radiance to brighten their skin on a lacklustre day. I know I do.

The Skinny: A wondrous balm that tightens and improves the look of your skin while imparting a radiant glow. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £25.20 from feelunique.com

USA: $45 from Sephora

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