These 3 products from #biologiquerecherche are eligible for #cultbeautyskincarechallenge day 15, 17, 18 &19. BR is an investment because of the price, not cheap... but it does the job very effectively. I trust the brand with most issues I have and these 3 products follow me almost everywhere all the time and will constantly repurchase. Like many others, #carolinehirons blog post about routines and exfoliants introduced me to Lotion P50 and I have never looked back. This lotion is a true skin savior, I use it almost everyday to tone and gently exfoliate. Since I always have pigmentation issues I decided to try the new formula "PIGM 400". In combination with my other products my dark spot get lighter faster. I will go back to my regular P50V as soon as this bottle will get empty (P50 1970 is the one I prefer but it's only sold in the US because of the phenol ...).
I discovered The skin elixir at BR spa during a facial, this was put as a finishing step. It's a serum slightly oily that perfects the "éclat" (glow) of your skin which is always a good thing if you are lost on an island (or in the jungle like me right now) and you suddenly stumble upon your Prince Charming ...Gotta be ready at all times right ?!? .
L'eau oxygénante is a refreshing nutritive /antioxidant /hydrating mist that complements the two others perfectly, this is my bedside friend.
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MY STORY: I dislike changing my routine just for the sake of it. If something works for me I'll stick to it unless something has better evidence behind it or equal efficacy at a lower price.
There are times however when I just like the look of something & this was one of those occasions.
I've been double cleansing intuitively for years, even before I knew it was a thing, purely because I was paranoid about the amount of makeup left on my face. It singlehandedly had the biggest impact on reducing my breakouts.
This cleanser is divided into half balm & half cream. The balm is good at melting away make up & emulsifies without feeling greasy or leaving an oily residue, the cream similarly emulsifies & washes away leaving skin feeling well balanced.
Despite the various types of oils, I didn't break out, there's no fragrance or nasties. The balm outlived the cream which is a shame as I enjoyed using one after the other - I almost feel that they should either be sold separately or the cream proportion should be increased.
Does it feel nicer than my e45, yes it's more silky & luxe. Does it have an impact on how my skin looks & behaves, again in comparison to my e45 not really.
If you hate the idea of a mineral oil based cleanser & are keen to try a balm/cream then this is a lovely choice, but with the active ingredients being washed away I'm not sure it provides much more benefit to my skin than e45 - both cleanse efficiently without stripping my skin or breaking me out back.
I've already made the switch back to e45 without noticing any change my skin.
AIM: use in PM for quick double cleansing to remove SPF & makeup.
DIRECTIONS: apply balm to dry face & remove with hot damp cleansing cloth (I use a brush) then use cream similarly.
Balm - vitamin E, camellia, evening primrose & avocado oils
Cream - Vitamin C, peptide complex, arginine & aloe juice
PROS: non greasy, leaves skin balanced, removes makeup. Will suit most if not all skin types. No fragrance.
CONS: cream runs out before balm. Pot packaging gets messy with dipping in & out of it.
Recent purchases: Power Couple Duo by Sunday Riley. I purchased this kit from @meccamaxima for $114. It contains 15mls of Good Genes and 15mls of Luna Sleeping Oil. I've been testing them both for approximately 2 weeks and so far I'm quite impressed. I'll continue testing them for a few more weeks and then do a full review.
Who doesn't love a great charcoal product?! The Charcoal Makeup Melter from @boscia was just OK for me. The consistently was surprisingly thick- it didn't really melt into an oil (which is what I prefer)- which made it feel like it was hard to move around and actually massage/cleanse my face with the product. I imagine this would feel great on dry skin or for people who just enjoy a creamer consistency for their makeup remover, but with so many other great options (like @carolinehirons Double Cleanse x @pixibeauty) I won't be adding it to my full product buy list.
Skincare part 2! 1- after cleansing and toning next is always eye cream. I have dark circles thanks to genetics (no amount of sleep changes them!) so my primary goal is to lessen that, but I also want to take good care of that thin sensitive skin. Don't skip this step!! 2- moisturizer!! I'm naturally pretty oily however your skin still needs moisture, so just play with some different types and see what works for you. Tomorrow I'll finish up my skincare faves! All products are tagged. Happy Wednesday loves!!
8/16/17: Last night's routine
I come back from vacation in a couple days and school starts in like two weeks and i'm not okay with either of those things. Minus the masks this is pretty much what I've been using every night on this trip..
Pixi+Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Drunk Elephant Babyfacial Sample: I have a full size at home, I can't believe I haven't shown this on here because it's one of the best things that's ever touched my face. Literally makes you instantly look like you've had a facial and with continuous use it has improved the texture of my skin so much.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (sample)
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cream (sample): This little packet has lasted almost a week. It moisturizers my under eyes really well without feeling heavy or giving me milia, I think I'll be purchasing a full size.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
Andalou Brightening Mask: I ended up using a different mask last night (took the pic yesterday morning) and used this one this morning. This burned the hell out of my skin within three seconds of having it on. Threw it in the garbage right away. Maybe this has some exorbitant amount of Vitamin C that my skin is not used to, but after seeing the mixture of citrus oils in this, i doubt it.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer
Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil Sample
French Girl Organics Under Eye Oil
La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: I never use this in conjunction with another active in the same night but I have a really stubborn breakout on my cheek and using this+babyfacial is my kill move.
Farmacy Honey Savior