PIXI SKINTREATS – ROSE CREAM CLEANSER

With Rose & Chamomile Flower

Comfort Cleanser

“ Nourishing cream cleanser with mineral rich mud cleanses skin as it helps strengthen & soften. Rose & avocado conditions. Chamomile & Aloe vera soothes. For all skin types, including very sensitive .”

When I’m in a shop, like in Sephora on the Avenue Hausmann in Paris, my eye is immediately drawn to anything that says “ cream cleanser “ …. That’s why I picked up this one, for a try. Not a bad choice, but I disagree with the “all skin types, INCLUDING SENSITIVE “ claim, as for me, it’s already a borderline case, due to the noticeable presence of (some) aromatic ingredients (essential oils) , that feel quite stimulating on your skin. “Gentle” ? Hmmmm, not so sure.

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On the other hand, when you’re a fan of a nice cream cleanser, and have a somewhat dry, DULL skin, this might just bet he right pick for you. The product definitely gives your skin a special feeling, I guess the – typically PIXI – clay part, plays a role in this.

I’m not sure this product would remove all make-up for ladies who use a full make-up (concealer + foundation), but it’s surely good for some lighter make-up like a tinted SPF. In case you wear heavy make-up, use it a a second cleanser, after make-up removal.

Positive points : definitely a “typical” PIXI product, due to the special formulation with diatomeous earth (clay). Skin feels very soft & VERY CLEAN. Stimulating effect for dull skins

Negative points : I feel some essential oils are quite present and could pose a risk for sensitive skins !

Overall : not bad, not fabulous either.

Texture : clay/cream

Skin types : all (according to the brand) ; my opinion : not for sensitive skin

Use : morning cleanse or second cleanse in case you’re using full make-up

www.pixi.com

 

 

 

TIME SERIES BY ICI PARIS XL

Recently Ici Paris XL Belgium reached out to me and asked me to test their FULL Time Anti-Ageing Skin Care Line. I gladly accepted, as I’m always interrested in finding good products form y readers. MEANING : YOU !!

The line consists of :

  • Cleansing Balm
  • Daycream
  • Nightcream
  • Overnight Mask
  • Day Serum
  • Night Serum
  • Eyecream
  • Handcream with SPF 15

As I wrote in my previous (Skin Moments) article, I suppose Paris XL felt the need to create their own brand in order to offer a competitive price range for some of their clientèle. Not everyone can/wants to buy upmarket products.

Overall, the products are nice. I felt the textures are light, absorb quickly and are NOT STICKY to the skin. Which is a plus, isn’t it ? All feel good, cause no irritation whatsoever and I personally believe will be liked by many women (and men).

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Fragrance is present, not overwhelming and in the “Lotus” type, I would say (but I’m not a “nose”, so some of you might feel different ; feel free to react if you think otherwise).

Pricewise, they can compeet with many of the drugstore brands we find nowadays. A cleanser will cost you around 13 Euros, a cream will be about 25.

Active ingredients are not present in hughe amounts (it wouldn’t be possible for this price), but there’s one that caught my eye, because it’s quite original : WU-ZHU-YU Extract, which comes from traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wu-Zhu-Yu extract comes from the small berries of a plant called Evodia Ruteacarpa and has been used in traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries. In skincare, it has ILLUMINATING, BRIGHTENING properties and it fights dullness of the skin, leading to a glowing, more even complexion. Nice one, Paris XL !!

Furthermore we find some antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid for MOISTURE in the products.

I personally would present this line as a PREVENTATIVE rather than a full anti-ageing line, not only because of the choice of active ingredients, but also because of the light, airy textures. For more mature skins, textures might be a bit light, especially during winter …

BOTTOM LINE : if you are usually shopping in the lower price segment and are looking for an original skin care line, consider this one. It offers a range of original products with light, fast-absorbing textures. Great before make-up application, by the way.

A word of thank to Isabelle Poncelet and Christine Thyange from Içi Paris for asking my (humble) opinion J

Time Products are exclusively available at Içi Paris stores or through thei webshop.

www.iciparis.be

www.iciparis.nl

CREME REPARATRICE POUR LE CORPS – SISLEY PARIS

As I told you in a previous blog, Sisley Paris is a big player on the luxury skincare beauty market and it has also becom one of my FAVOURITE of  most favourite brands. Such superlatives come from my passion I feel for their products !

Sisley masters the art of creating formulas that are not just lovely to use, but actually really WORK for the skin condition they are meant for. Botanical actives are their absolute specialis mand I have seldom seen such active formulas based on natural ingredients…

Crème Réparatrice pour le Corps is a botanical Body Lotion with a rich, creamy & velvety texture. If you’re struggling with dry winter skin (or hands), or just couldn’t find the perfect body cream/lotion for your typical dry skin’s needs, I urge you to try this one.

I know the price is upmarket, but it’s definitely word saving fort his one, because it delivers absolute results. Gentle & EFFECTIVE, nourishing yet not sticky. Smells divine and absorbs quickly, leaving skin supple and smooth.

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The formula is made up af a mix of nourishing plant oils and a hint of essential oils (they serve also a a natural fragrance). Just enough to enjoy, but still very much ok for sensitive skin. My skin loves it and I’ll get my second one soon !

Some of the active ingredients highlighted :

  • Carrot Oil : antioxidant & extremely nourishing
  • Biosaccharides : hydrating action
  • Chestnut : improves microcirculation
  • Karité : nourishing and a source of essentiel fatty acids
  • Allantoin : skin calming
  • Phytosqualane : derived from olives, mimics skin’s natural defence barrier

Skin type : all, especially dry (Winter) skins

Age : all, but I think especially after 30, when skin tends to “need” a bit more nourishment.

Texture : creamy, absorbs quickly.

www.sisleyparis.com

www.sisleyapris.be

www.sisleyparis.nl

 

CLINICAL VERSUS CLINICALLY INSPIRED PRODUCTS

I got the inspiration for this article from a question recently got : “ Is brand xxx clinical or not ?”

Without mentionning the brand this person asked me about, my answer was short & direct : “no, it is NOT, as you can buy it in a perfumerie store ….”

Shocking as this may be for some of you, my answer to the question “ What brands are truly clinical” is led by the following ideas :

  • Products that are available from perfumeries, beauticians or department stores generally are formulated, to be tolerated by all skin types, even sensitive ones. This inevitably means that concentrations, pH-values and combinations are adapted to a larger public.
  • Products from brands sold or prescribed by dermatologists, or sold at private clinics / in doctors’ offices DO take the risk of possible irratation/adaptation time, as patients generally are supposed to come back for follow-up treatments.
  • Products sold in perfumeries do not need clinical trials to prove their effectiveness.
  • Products sold by doctors/clinics do generally have (lots of) clinical studies to prove their claims.

Next question that rises is : “Are clinical products always better ?”

Honestly : No, I don’t personally thinks so ….. BUT, they will give you more RADICAL and faster results than any other product. This, for me, is a FACT.

Being an ambassador for the Neostrata brand (AND it’s daughter brand Exuviance, both owned by Johnson & Johnson), I know what clinical trials & tests mean and what a truly clinically formulated product can do. That’s why I simply get angry when I see other brands claiming to be “clinical” simply by the fact that they use certain ingredients. “Clinical” sounds good and makes sales go up, it’s as simple as that. But ask these brands for THEIR own clinical studies ….. You won’t get them, because they don’t have them.

There are several good clinical brands available. There are some excellent non-clinical brands available. But there is a lot of confusion too. That’s why I felt the need to write this article. I’m generally a nice & easy person. But just don’t get me angry. Especially not in the cosmetics field 🙂

SISLEYOUTH BY SISLEY PARIS

Blue Light Shield

Energizing

Super Hydrating

Youth Protector

“The perfect partner for everyday life” . “Fights the harmful effects on the skin induced by al types of pollution. Indoor, Outdoor and from NEW TECHNOLOGIES (Blue Light). Sheltered, the skin is optimally protected, it’s youth is preserved”.

Let’s face it, high-end skin care can be luxurious and efficaceous at the same time. This product, in my opinion, certainly combines both. Sisley Paris just masters the art of making delicious products that simply do what they promise.

Active ingredients in the product are :

Adenosine : energizer

Hydrolyzed Pea Extract : the peptides have a stimulating effect on COLLAGEN production

Panax Ginseng Root Extract : powerfull ANTIOXIDANT, thus Cell Protection

Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract : the same

Actidia Chinensis Extract : Kiwi Fruit Extract also has powerful ANTIOXIDANT properties

Hence, quite a few interresting ANTIAGEING ingredients, gathered in a ever-so-lovely smooth & silky texture.

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The product has no parabens and doesn’t contain mineral oil, in case this might worry you. I personally do not avoid product containing these ingredients, but some of you may have an issue with them…

BOTTOM LINE : the product delivers what it claims. Very nice texture, lovely smell (aromatic). Can be used day & night. Good price for a Sisley product, by the way !

I personally use this both day and night. Day, I like it as a serum/under cream and under SPF. At night, I use it on its own or over a (Sisley) Serum or Essence (Sisleya).

Product type : day & night cream

Use : over a serum or under SPF

Texture : creamy, yet easily absorbed

Smell : lush !

Age : as a preventive from 25 years on, but good for oldies also J

www.sisley.com

www.sisley.fr

www.sisley.be

www.sisley.nl

 

LOW POO by YVES ROCHER

Gentle

All hair types

Non-foaming cleansing cream

Every now and then I like to “splurge” on a product that falls into the category of “budget buys”. So does this one. Well, it used to, because it was in fact a second buy for me, but I had to spend about the DOUBLE to get this one this time….

Yves Rocher beauty shops always look like delightful gardens of beauty where the “all natural” rule seems to be the only truth. Plants, flowers, you name it, as long as it’s natural. And most of the time, products are on a kind of –  what seems to me like –  a  permanent offer, which makes you SAVE a lot of MONEY. Well, you think you save a lot of money when you look at the “original” price tag that always comes with the “offer” price tag…..

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Unfortunately, I walked in at the wrong moment and it wasn’t my lucky day L. I paid my Low Poo Shampoo FULL PRICE (about nine Euros) and still haven’t digested that ! The girl in the shop told me they COULD IMPOSSIBLY put all items on offer all year round, because the company would go bust if they did.

REALLY ?

Anyway, enough of that, I wanted the product and got it. Even at full price, this is an item that I seriously recommend to any of you troubled by an itchy, irritated scalp.

The formula, which is non-foaming and creamy, leaves your hair supple and soft, with absolutely no sticky or greasy feeling. I find, that there is no need for a conditioner aferwards, which is great also. Your hair feels ever SO CLEAN and FRESH and is easy to manage afterwards.

Agave Fructans and Hawthorn Extract were added to the formula to improve microcirculation around the hair bulb and to strengthen the hair shaft. Great, in case your worried by some seasonal hair loss (autumn) or damaged hair (coulour processing, frequent blow drying/curling).

Lauryl Glucoside is the active “washing” ingredient and this is derived from sugar.

This product proves (once again) that you don’t nead a “good foam” to get clean. Be it hair, body or face, by the way. It’s not the foam (like in soap) that gets you clean. It’s the emulsifying capacity of a product formula. This one get the job PERFECTLY DONE without any foam. Great job Yves Rocher!

Product type : “Low” Shampoo

Hair type : all, especially good for itch scalp, I’d say

Texture : creamy, non-foaming, leaves hair fresh & clean

www.yvesrocher.nl

www.yvesrocher.be

www.yvesrocher.fr

 

LOW SHOWER by YVES ROCHER

Anti-Drying

Sensitive Skin

Face and Body

Immediately soothes skin thanks tot he formula enriched with organic Which Hazel that feels incredibly comfortable.

Protects skin thanks to a formula enriched with botanical oils. Skin is nourished in the shower.

I must say it’s the first time I ever pick up a “non-foaming” body cleanser. Well, in fact, some products I use form y face are recommended for body also, but it’s the first true body wash of this type I try.

As the product claims to be gentle enough for face also, I decided to give that a try also and used it as a second cleanse while I was in the shower. Honestly, I was PLEANSANTLY SURPRISED by the GENTLENESS of this product. Considering also, that this is an item I would put into the “budget buys” category !

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The product itself compares to a cleansing cream or milk (not runny) and it has a very soft feeling on skin. The same goes for face too. After cleansing (and drying) skin feels supple, soft and hydrated, just likes the company claims.

Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera) and Shea Butter (listed as Butyrospermum Parkii) are – I suppose – the “botanical oils“ mentionned in the company’s description and they do their job just fine.

So, if you’re ready for something new, non-foaming, non fragranced (and thus not very sexy), but very, VERY GENTLE, go tot he Yves Rocher shop or visit their website and get yourself one of these!

Product type : face & body cleanser / Shower cream, non-foaming

Texture : creamy

Skin types : all

Fragrance : frangrance free

www.yvesrocher.nl

www.yvesrocher.be

www.yvesrocher.fr

 

BETA GLUCAN CLEANSING MILK & TONER BY KLAPP COSMETICS

Source of Balance

“Nowadays, more and more persons suffer of allergies. Part of these allergies are caused by certain ingredients in cosmetics. For this reason Klapp Cosmetics develloped an skincare programme that responds to the specific needs of these persons : BETA GLUCAN.”

Bèta Glucan by Klapp Cosmetics is free of perfume, colouring, chemical emulsifiers and preservatives. The formula is preserved by a hydrating ingredient that was integrated into the formulas. For this reason, all skintypes with permanent and/or temporary sensitivities can benefit from this product line.

The main active ingredient, Bèta Glucan, adheres to specific receptors of our skin cells and builds a protective layer against environmental pollutants/allergens. This way sensitive skin can be protected.

Composants/main Active Ingredients :

  • Bèta Glucan : fights allergens
  • Panthenol : vitain B5, calms skin
  • Aloe Vera Juice : source of Amino Acids, moisturizing & soothing
  • Allantoin : skin calming
  • Squalane : skin replenishing ingredient
  • Macadamia Nut Oil : source of essential fatty acids, skin repleneshing

The cream also has Hyaluronic Acid for moisture retention.

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I have been using both the Bèta Glucan Cleanser and Toner off and on for the past seven years. I absolutely do love them, especially at times that my skin is more sensitive, which can be caused by changing weather conditions, as well as by changes in my skin care regimen (see the skin moments articles on the blog).

The milk is creamy, yet light and easily rinses off with tepid water, leaving just a slight residue, that can easily be dealt with by using a soft washcloth. It leaves skin feeling soft, hydrated yet VERY, VERY CLEAN. For the ladies with make-up ; it’s a good make-up remover too!

The Toner is just LUSH, it’s one of the BEST toners I’ve EVER used. It’s ever so fresh, yet very MOISTURIZING and prepares your skin beautifully to what comes next. Lovely after a (long hot) shower or after exfoliation/peeling. Great in the morning also. And for the guys : after shaving !

Bottom Line : highly recommend, especially if you like FRAGRANCE FREE products without too much blabla that just deliver what they promise !

Skin type : sensitive/reactive, or in combination with certain treatments like Acids or Retinoids (Retinol)

Age : all, great for youngsters too.

Texture : milky, creamy (cleanser), fresh & very hydrating (toner)

www.klappcosmetics.nl

www.klappcosmetics.de

www.klappcosmetics.be

 

 

 

SISLEY PARIS EAU FLORALE

FLORAL SPRAY MIST

“ Acombination of extracts of Rose, Corn Flower and Witch Haze lto soothe, soften and refresh skin for immediate comfort.

Alcohol free

Spray Floral by Sisley is an ever so nice, multi-functional spray mist for face. Its plant extracts do indeed soothe, calm irritation (like RAZOR BURN, HEY YOU GUYS) and gives your skin an immediate feel of comfort & hydration.

You could perfectly use this spray after cleansing, INSTEAD of a toner (it IS a toner, in a spray), or after using an exfoliating product (be it an acid toner or a “scrub”).

Sisley is an upmarket brand and tends to be in the higher price range. Up to you if you want to splurge on this – LOVELY – product. I can just say I’ve been using mine for about two months now on a daily (morning) basis and it is still not finished. I recon i twill last for about three months with daily use.

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This is very a very “pure”, uncomplicated but effective product. If you have sensitive skin, it is great. If you want something luxury, hydrating and you  like your toner in a spray, this one is for you. Unless you’re on a tight budget. But it will be X-mas soon, won’t it. NO this is NOT an add, merely a suggestion J!

Skin types : all, especially sensitive, dehydrated

Age group : all

Use : am/pm after cleansing or as an “in between” refreshment

Detail : the packaging is 125 ml, so don’t put it in your handbag when you go on a plane !!

My product was a press sample

www.sisley.com

www.sisley.fr

 

REPACELL

Anti-aging cream

Version for normal skin

Repacell was introduced by Health Cosmeticals (part of the German Klapp Group) several years ago and has been an ongoing succes for years now.

Repacell offers an “in salon” alternative to several (expensive) upmarket brands and is available at spa’s and selected beauty salons.

It’s mode of action is based on “plant stemm cells”, which by no means are able to do any miracle, like some stories seem to imply. However, what plant based stemm cells CAN do, is offer your skin an extra boost of ENERGY and REGENERATION, simply by the fact that they contain a cocktail of active ingredients like amino-acids, peptides, vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals.

Good stuff, but just no miracle.

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I personally love this product for its very REPAIRING properties, I had the experience once after having had a mesotherapy treatment done to my face. I looked like I just came out of a war zone, but Repacell treated the agression in just one night. Effectiveness confirmed, as far as I’m concerned.

You will mostly be attracted to this product if you like high-end, luxury textures and are looking for an all-round antiageing product.

Very nice when combined with retinol and/or acids !

Repacell cream comes in 5 different textures, which is GREAT, because it means you can choose depending on your SKIN TYPE/SKIN CONDITION. No other brand offers this many textures in just one product (to my knowledge).

Repacell Cream for Combination Skin (has a tiny bit of Salicylic Acid)

Repacell Cream for Normal Skin (my favourite)

Repacell Cream for Mature Skin (rich)

Repacell Cream for Sensitive Skin (with extra plant-based skin soothing ingredients)

Repacell Cream for Dry Skin (Ultra-nourishing)

Need I say more ?

www.healthcosmeticals.com

www.klappcosmetics.com