Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Empties: Caudalie skincare

Hello beautiful strangers,

I used up a lot of skincare products recently so there will be lots of mini reviews on my finished products coming up. Up first today, are three products from Caudalie. If you haven't tried Caudalie before, I hope you find this helpful :)

Beauty Elixir
Inspired by the 'elixir of youth' used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, Caudalie Beauty Elixir smoothes features, tightens pores, and gives the complexion a burst of radiance. An excellent base for make-up, this water awakens the skin in the morning and livens it up before a night out."

This is one of those products that you don't really need, but feels really nice to use anyway. And after you've finished it, you really miss it. This oily herbal concoction is really refreshing and the herbal scent really wakes you up: great for groggy mornings or as an afternoon pick-me-up. I like using this after a clay mask, or if I've been attacking my blackheads, as an astringent. Also, make sure you've closed your eyes before you spritz!  

Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum
"Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum provides intense, long-lasting hydration to skin that needs it most. Enriched with soothing organic grape water, plumping hyaluronic acid, and packed with antioxidants, it reveals a radiant, dewy look to any complexion."

I really like the scent of this, it has a light refreshing fragrance (kind of like cucumbers, except I hate cucumber scents). The serum is very lightweight, but this doesn't compromise it's hydrating properties. It's extremely hydrating, leaving your skin feeling plump and supple. Your skin will feel much more comfortable after application, but it's not going to miraculously resolve your dry patches right away. So I feel like, this serum is more for maintaining a high level of moisture in your skin, rather than healing it (if that makes any sense). It's light consistency makes it suitable to be used all year round; soothing and comfortable in Winter, and during Summer, it's not going to feel heavy and make you oily. The serum also sinks in quickly making it good for under make up.    

Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
"Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet is a sensitive skin saviour blended with organic grape water to hydrate and calming chamomile. This gel-cream formula has immediate soothing properties and leaves skin refreshed and comfortable. Ideal for any skin type that experiences reactionary sensitivity, this nourishing formula leaves skin clear, smooth and soft."

This has such a funny texture, it's a gel-cream formula and feels kind of like soufflé. Because of the texture I expected it to be light and sink in quickly like the serum does, but instead it dries kind of shiny and you can definitely feel it on your skin. But I suppose it's a little bit richer as it's aimed to soothe reactionary sensitivity. It does provide a lot of moisture and is very gentle on the skin, though I still have mixed feelings for the moisturising sorbet as it doesn't dry down, making it not so appropriate for sweaty humid HK Summers.   

Overall, I really enjoy Caudalie products as they're very gentle on the skin. They also don't contain any nasties like, Parabens, artificial colouring and fragrance, mineral oils, etc. I've already got a back-up of the beauty elixir and the S.O.S. serum will definitely be repurchased once I use up more of my skincare. (Who else is guilty of being a skincare hoarder?)

I hope you enjoyed the mini reviews and if I've enabled you to want to try these out, Look Fantastic currently have some great coupon codes running, I'll list them below so do check them up. Caudalie is also available at Sasa and online at Feel Unique, Beauty Bay, and Cult Beauty.

Apologies for the lack of posts last week, I've been busy busy. I hope it's not raining where you live,

Linzi x

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