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Caudalie

17 Oct

Ah the long awaited Caudalie Blog!

I have been promising this for months but failed to deliver. Well HERE I AM!

I started using Caudalie maybe six months ago (maybe a year ago? It’s been awhile) and have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. It’s better hydrated (so much so that the aesthetician I see a couple times a year for facials actually remarked on it), clearer, softer, more refined, and with fewer wrinkles and less noticeable pores. It feels healthy and looks healthy and honestly I think I owe most of the “pregnancy glow” comments I have gotten not to Junior but to Caudalie products.

So what am I using? Well, that’s the tricky part, and part of what has held me up from writing this blog for so, so long. Although I have stuck entirely to Caudalie products, I have drifted between different ones and found them all largely to work the same! Now obviously I don’t mean a cleanser is a serum is a moisturizer (duh), I just mean the cleansers are largely the same, the serums are largely the same, etc. ad nauseum. I have found it’s less about which specific Caudalie products I choose, and more about the regimen I follow. And that regimen is:

AM

  • Wash
  • Eye moisturizer (under eyes and around sides)
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer

PM

  • Wash/Cleanse
  • Lip Balm
  • Serum
  • Moisturizer

If you go to Caudalie’s website, you can customize what regimen you want, but again – I have found most of the products to be pretty comparable, regardless of price. This is important, because some of the products (such as the Premier Cru line) are priced OUTRAGEOUSLY and offer little benefit other than those I find from all their products (that line does smell especially nice). Additionally, part of the reason I have switched products multiple times is that they keep discontinuing the products I am using. I am not sure what’s going on, but it’s pretty annoying. Thankfully, since all the products are similar, it’s not been too much of a hassle.

There are always exceptions to every rule, however. That being said, here are the Caudalie products I STRONGLY endorse:

  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir – Not part of my daily routine, but a lovely, refreshing water you can spritz on your face any time. Especially nice in the hot summer months after spending some time in the sun.
  • Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser – LOVE this, my go-to face wash. NO sulfates but nice and sudsy, gets my face uber clean without drying it. Much prefer it over their gentle cleanser, which leaves me feeling greasy. Could not recommend this more highly.
  • Caudalie Vinosource Riche Moisturizer – Pricey but worth it, and lasts forever. Super thick and hydrating, maybe not for those with oilier complexions. For me it is PERFECT. I mix a pea-sized dollop with…
  • Caudalie Divine Complexion Tinted Mineral Cream – Don’t be scared! I do not get a line. I mix a pea-sized drop of this with an equal amount of the Vinosource Riche, rub them between my hands, and smooth them all over my face, jaw, and down onto my neck. The difference is VERY subtle but definitely brightens up my sometimes sallow complexion. THIS is the pregnancy glow, ladies, combined with a dusting of my favorite bronzer.
  • Caudalie Cleansing Water – A little of this on a cotton pad and all my makeup is gone. Soft and gentle.
  • Caudalie Moisturizing Concentrate – My go-to before bed serum. Smells fantastic and gives an extra moisture layer.

So I love Caudalie. I think this is the longest I have EVER stuck to a single product line in my life. I am actually convinced that there is nothing better at a comparable price currently available on the market. If I had to choose just one product to insist you try, it would be the Foaming Cleanser. Two, and it would be that and the Tinted Mineral Cream. Both have changed my life and my perspective on skin care.

Even so – the most important thing about caring for your skin is not the brand you choose but how it works for you. There are some fabulous drug store brands out there, and some fabulous top of the line brands. Be consistent, explore, and find what makes your skin look its best!

 

Got the Blemish Blues?

20 Jun

Got the following message from a friend on fb:

hello Ms. Kate! Congrats on all your great news approaching: baby, business, seems like life is falling together well 🙂 I had a question for the resident beauty product girl 😉 perhaps you can make me a recommendation? haha i hope its not irritating that i ask you!! 🙂

Adult onset skin issues: blackheads and the every now and then red spot….any suggestions on products to diminish these? the daily cleaners leave my skin so horridly dry (i use the purity cleanser)…so do you know of good spot treatments? facial masks? once a week treatments? also, ingrown hairs…i get them something awful from tweezing on my face…i heard witch hazel helps to prevent the chronic issues..have you heard this or experienced anything?

by the way, mederma for scars worked but it takes FOREVER for old scars. once i get medical insurance making a dermatology apt might just need to have lazer treatment…

I actually LOVE that I am now product girl and can offer my insights and do something useful with all the product knowledge I have! Here is my response:

Hi! No it doesn’t bother me at all, and thank you for all the congrats – and congrats to you as well! So proud of you!

I have been blessed with awesome skin for most of my life. That said, pregnancy has be wreaking HAVOC on my face and I have been having terrible breakouts. My recommendations are:

Burt’s Bees Blemish Stick: Best herbal blemish remedy on the market. You can apply it a couple times a day with no ill effects.

Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment: For more serious issues, it’s a benzoyl peroxide medication and works great.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque: I recommend it on my blog (https://lipglosslife.com/2012/04/01/spa-out-your-bathroom/) and I stand by it. It’s cheap, it’s proven, and it does the job – totally dries out problem zones and cleans the heck out of your skin.

Ingrown hairs: I blessedly don’t get these anywhere but my bikini line, but there, I get them BAD. I have been using witch hazel since I got pregnant but honestly it hasn’t helped much. Before that I used PFB Vanish and Whish Flawless, both of which my esthetician recommended, and both of which worked awesome. Before that I used Nufree Finipil, which works best of all, but can be hard to get ahold of.

My scars fade really fast and pretty much disappear… you almost can’t even see the one from my operation last year (again, just really lucky, I guess), but I did use Vitamin E Cream on it daily for weeks after it had healed, which may have helped.

One last note: Cleansers that dry your skin too much can actually cause more problems than they solve. I am definitely not a cream cleanser proponent – I hate having my face feel oily after washing – but if your skin feels really tight you might want to consider switching cleansers or using cold water to wash your face (if you’re not already). When your skin gets too dried out it actually goes into oil production overdrive (or so I have heard) to try to protect itself. I currently use Caudalie’s Foaming Cleanser (their whole line, actually) and absolutely swear by it.

OH one other thing, but you’re not going to like it. The best exfoliator I have found anywhere is Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate but it is super expensive. If you want I could put some in a little tester size and send it to you so you could see if it’s worth it to you, or you might be able to get a sample at Sephora. I use it every other day and it is awesome.

Okay, whew! Hope that’s not too much info! I might post this as a blog, with your questions (anonymously) first, if that doesn’t bother you?

Kate

There you have it! Not only did she agree to let me post her questions here, she has also graciously offered to try out my recommendations and get back to me with thoughts, so we can get a second opinion on some of these products. Hope this helps someone!

Three Cheers for Suki Skincare!

18 Mar

Suki Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion

As I believe I have mentioned before, I am not a big fan of cleansers that leave a residue-feeling on my face after washing. I wash my face because I want it to feel squeaky clean, and I moisturize it afterward to restore it. I don’t need my face wash to leave anything on my skin. I was therefore understandably a bit reluctant to try anything called “cleansing lotion,” but I’m a good sport and I love natural skincare, so I thought, one day won’t kill me.

I first sniffed it – may seem weird, but I am super scent-oriented and anything too perfumey totally puts me off. In the bottle, it smelled like lemon meringue, which was a huge plus for me. During use, however, it has a strong, distinct herbal smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s almost a medicinal smell, but (to me) that’s not a bad thing. I would much prefer a medicinal/herbal/antiseptic smell caused by some natural ingredient than a strong fake odor caused by a chemical fragrance (I’m looking at you, Lancôme).

The bad news: It definitely leaves a noticeable residue. My skin does NOT feel “squeaky clean” in the way I like and am used to. But wait, don’t stop reading yet.

The good news: My skin has never looked better. I am soft, dewy, and hydrated. My friend Somer told me today that I look like I’m glowing! All these years, estheticians have recommended cream face washes to me because I am prone to dry skin and take uber hot showers, and I have tried many different ones only to give up because I don’t like that residue feeling. But if there’s a natural cleanser that smells okay AND is going to make my skin look like a million bucks – well, I guess I better get over my residue issue.

I’ve been using this cleanser for almost a week now, and haven’t experienced any clogged pores or breakouts. And when you see the ingredient list, it’s small wonder why – this is a super natural product. The top ingredient is rose water!

I will definitely keep using Suki Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, and probably investigate the rest of their line as well. C’est magnifique!

Suki Pure Facial Moisture – Nourishing

In conjunction with the Suki Moisture-Rich Cleansing Lotion, I also started using Suki Pure Facial Moisture – Nourishing. It comes in a little glass bottle with a dropper applicator. There’s not much I can say about it that I didn’t already say when reviewing the cleanser – it’s “100% natural & free of any synthetic ingredients, parabens, lake, fd & c or coal tar colors, preservatives, genetically modified organisms, & nano-particles” per their website, as are all of their products. It smells similar to the cleanser – an herbal, slightly medicinal smell that I don’t mind at all, and that doesn’t linger. It’s an oil – its first ingredient is jojoba seed oil – but it’s light and soft on my skin, and doesn’t leave me feeling “coated.” And as I said with regard to the cleanser, my skin looks radiant. I am absolutely delighted to discover a new, natural skincare line that I really like. Nicely done, Suki!

AM Skin Care: The Estée Lauder Edition

24 Feb

I change my skin care up ALL THE TIME, so this is only the first installment in what will be ongoing skin care reviews.

Right now, I am on an Estée Lauder kick. In the shower, I use Estée Lauder Soft Clean Moisture Rich Foaming Cleanser.

I like it for a number of reasons. One, no sulfates! Two, it’s thick, but still foams. Three, it cleans my skin but doesn’t dry it out. And finally, it’s hydrating without being oily or greasy – I cannot STAND washing my face with something that feels like it’s left a film on my skin. Only complaint is that it’s a little strong on the smell for my taste. (Note – I use a Clarisonic in the shower, as well as an exfoliator 2 – 3 times a week, but those aren’t Estée Lauder, so I’ll cover them in a different post.)

When I get out of the shower, I pat my skin dry, then start with Estée Lauder ‘Idealist’ Even Skintone Illuminator.

I used Idealist in the AM and PM for a few weeks and found a very noticeable, positive change in my skin tone. With my vitiligo, I am prone to blotchiness and uneven skin tone, and Idealist really seemed to make a difference in that. I now just use it in the mornings before moisturizing, and am still a huge fan.

Next it’s time for eye cream. I used to spurn eye cream as pointless, but I was perpetually plagued by milia, and an esthetician finally told me one day when I was getting a facial that they can be caused by using face cream around your eyes! Apparently (according to her), face cream is too thick for the delicate skin around your eyes, and can clog up the pores and cause milium. I have to admit, I don’t think I’ve had ONE since I started using an eye-specific cream, so she may very well have been right. I’m currently using Estée Lauder Time Zone Anti-Line/Wrinkle Eye Cream.

I like it. I can’t say I have noticed a huge wrinkle difference, but as I mentioned, the milia have not reappeared, so it’s a-okay.

My final step in the morning is moisturizing. I have been using Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15 and REALLY like it.

Smooth and velvety, it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized, but not heavy or weighed down. I look dewy and healthy but not too shiny. Finally, it has a nice, light, cucumber smell that I find really pleasant and spa-like. Totally endorse this 100%.

I can’t say if it’s these products, the products I use during my nighttime routine, the Clarisonic, or some combination thereof, but my skin has looked pretty fabulous lately. Even complexion, rosy cheeks, dewy, elastic skin tone – a definite plus at almost 34 years old.

I’ll post the evening routine later!