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My Summer Beauty Routine: Face & Body Care

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Face: Water, Milk, Toner & Creams

Perfect for summer travel: the Eau Micellaire Thermale (Thermal Micellar Water) of Uriage gently cleanses and removes my very sensitive combination skin, providing a feeling of freshness. I put it in the fridge to multiply that feeling! 

As my dermatologist prefers that I use a cleansing milk with a tonic, I also use the Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk and Gentle Tonic Lotion with rose petals. A caress for the skin! The Comforting Cleansing Milk doesn’t irritate the eyes. 

For care, I’m minimalist in summer. In the morning, I apply the excellent Skin Contour Cream of Janssen Cosmetics, a German brand I discovered recently. Nourishing and very pleasant texture, it smoothes the skin and brightens the complexion. I also like its discreet perfume. 

Before going to bed in the evening, I use the Nuxe Nuxellence Detox to repair/prevent the harmful effects of the sun on my skin. As always with Nuxe cosmetics, the smell and texture are fantastic! I love sun, sea and outdoor cafes and no way to deprive me of these, even though I avoid the hottest hours. So before and after sun exposure, I treat my skin, to heal, moisturize and nourish it!

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Body: Scrub and Cleasing Gel, Foam and Balm

For taking a shower twice a day without stripping my skin, here are some the products added in my suitcase! The Rituals Wai Wang is an exfoliating body scrub made with organic White Lotus, Yi yi ren (a cereal) and really fine particles of organic Bamboo. I apply the scrub to damp skin in very light massage, then I rinse with cold water to amplify the freshness feeling. 

As you may know, I’m a fan of the Rituals shower foams, including the Zensation Foaming Shower Gel Sensation with organic rice milk and cherry blossom, has an incredible good scent! 

Finally I discovered the famous italian brand Collistar! Two products especially for beach: the Moisturizing restoring after sun body balm in the shower. This balm cleans, moisturizes, firms and refreshes, amazing! And the After sun shower-shampoo moisturizing restorative for all those who wish to keep their holiday tanning back home.

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Body: Oil & Creams

I really enjoy natural oils and I’ve been addicted to Weleda body oils for months! This time, I really liked the 100% natural Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil that activates cell renewal. A blessing for my skin! And the pomegranate fragrance is awesome! I apply the oil all over the body, just after the shower on damp skin with circular massages from bottom to top and then I rinse with cold water. Tonic effect and good mood guaranteed! As it contains essential oils, I use it in the evening only to avoid skin reaction in the sun (photosensitizing).

I sometimes change by applying the velvety cream, Mandi Lulur of Rituals, that contains rice milk and frangipani fragrance. 

I am obsessed with feet. What a pleasure in summer to let them breathe! But often they overheat with friction. So in the evening, So in the evening, I refresh them with a jet of cold water, or I plunge them into a tub of water filled with ice. And then I apply the Rituals Tao Loa Tze Cooling foot balm, with China mint and Yi yi ren. And the feet are soothed and fed. 

For hands, I always have with me the Rituals Ginkgo’s Secret cream with ginseng and ginko biloba. The nourishing light texture softens my hands. I really like its discreet perfume too.

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Specific Care and Suncare

Recently I use ultra concentrated serum, Pure actives collagen + hyaluronic acid of Collistar, to prevent sun damage on the décolleté and breasts. With its high performance ingredients, I find this serum full of promise, but I can’t tell you more now, I’ve just started. I will update the article in a few weeks. 

My darling sunblock is the Uriage Bariésun Stick SPF50 + that I apply on the face (no ugly white layer), décolleté or hands. Super practical and hygienic, I slip into a pocket, it weighs nothing! 

Usually I don’t use an after-sun care on face. But conquered by the Bariésun Stick SPF50 +, I tested the Bariésun Soothing Cream After Sun after a long exposure to the sun. And guess what? It really calmed and deeply moisturized my skin. 

Last and not the least! I decided to get back to sport (yes I know I say it often !!!). 10 000 resolutions later: a bit of running, hiking and a Bikram yoga class (yep). So for dealing with aches, my miracle product is the Weleda Arnica Massage Oil

Do you use these products? If yes I’d really like to know your opinion! And what is your summer beauty routine? I enjoy discovering new products!

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Caudalie: the new Vinexpert anti-aging regimen

All those who have followed this blog

for a while know how much I love Caudalie products! For nearly 3 months, I’ve tested the new Vinexpert regimen (new products formulation and packaging). And this test reinforces in my opinion : Caudalie is great! I really appreciate these products don’t contain parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils and sodium laureth sulfate. And of course the concept of Vinotherapie.

I tested first the Vinexpert anti-aging regimen two years ago. My skin was in bad shape and received an electric shock. As dehydrated and dull, after few months using the Vinexpert products, my skin turned toned and radiant.

At the time I really liked the Night Infusion Cream. So Iabsolutely wanted to discover and test the new formulation with Resveratrol-Oleyl vine (do not panic!) “New generation” that “stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and stops at the source glycation , responsible for wrinkles“(Caudalie).

Honestly I don’t think we can avoid wrinkles by using serum or cream, just delay or improve them … more or less long term (lol)! In fact I am interested in the Vinexpert serums (picture 1) for their tensor effect (all yo-yo girls can understand me). Among my favorites, the Vinexpert Firming Serum is very fluid and contains Peptides, Argan proteins & Resveratrol-Oleyl. I apply it morning and evening, following the gestures described in the product packaging. This short facial gym twice a day amplifies the tensor effect of the product. It’s very fast and gestures easy to remember.

And a more or less similar gesture is assigned to each product. My very sensitive eyes tolerated very well the Eye & Lip Serum. I used it more as a super moisturizing than a puffiness lifting serum (as mentioned on the packaging).

My thunderbolt product of this new Vinexpert  line

is the Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid SPF15 (picture above). This product contains Hyaluronic acid and Resveratrol-Oleyl is fantastic! A really nice texture, slightly tinted with matte finish on the skin. A dream for combination skin! The skin is soft and comfortable (understand hydrated).

From the first application and without makeup: people asked me if I was coming back from vacation so I look good! The complexion is radiant and the skin looks healthy and unified and slightly brilliant. Excellent fluid, inspired BB creams it seems to me. Caudalie should consider a version with a sunblock protection for countries with strong sunshine. It would avoid to add a layer of sunblock for the combination skins!

In the evening, I apply the Night Infusion Cream (picture 2) which calms, soothes and nourishes my skin. Well during this long and harsh winter, the coldest days I replaced the Broad Spectrum SPF15 Radiance Day Fluid by this ultra nourishing cream with Shea. In conclusion, this anti-aging Vinexpert regiment has a real effect on my skin. These cosmetics have a discret pleasant smell and a lovely light packaging convenient and feminine! All femal globetrotters will appreciate …  

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Estée Lauder: Advanced Night Repair & Revitalizing Supreme, The Efficient Anti-Aging Duo

This spring I tested the star duo of Estee Lauder

during two months : Advanced Night Repair Serum and Revitalizing Supreme, the ultimate global anti-aging creme of Estée Lauder. I was looking for a firming anti-aging cream, particularly nourishing (but not greasy) to boost my combination skin which is extremely dehydrated, sensitive and dull at the end of winter (gray beige tone, lol). I needed a real effective care that brightens my poor skin. Very demanding the girl! I’m like nude-nude (no make-up) complexion and that means a beautiful skin well groomed! And beautiful skin means daily cares.

After the first week of use, I noticed a slight improvement: my features were smoothed. The following weeks, my skin became brighter and relaxed (good hydration) and sanitized (with less redness). Great for the mood! Yet throughout the test period, I have been lax in my beauty routine, limiting myself to a minimum. For cons, I daily appied these two products in synergy every day at least once a day. Some evenings, I only put the serum which is really great (!). It lasts long.

Great first experience with Estee Lauder products : I really enjoyed the ease of use, textures and flavors. And quickly, the effects are visible (so important to keep the motivation!). But don’t expect that beauty products as good as they are, can erase wrinkles and fight alone against sagging. I believe more in the lifestyle, daily treatment (with cosmetics of course, cares and massages), genetics and happiness (yes!), to prevent or improve wrinkles and sagging … nothing new (I know I’m repeating myself, lol)!     


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