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My Summer Skin Care Essentials

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I Really Like Oils!

Here are two super gentle oils to cleanse and remove makeup that I apply with light massages and rinse with cold water. I try not to use cotton except when I have to remove heavy make-up. 

L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil (above left picture, 2) and the Huile Fondante Démaquillante (Milky cleansing oil with avocado oil extract) of Payot (above left picture, 3), in handy travel size. This mini product lasts I brought with me in several short trips recently. 

Last winter, after a treatment, the My Spa By Payot in Meribel (French Alps) offered me some products, including a travel kit. I knew the brand by name. The products are excellent, with dreamy textures and scents. They perfectly match the needs of my skin! 


As a moisturizing tonic, I spray all over my face the Eau thermale minéralisante de Vichy (a pure mineral-rich water / above left picture, 1). Without waiting for the water to completely dry on the skin, I apply my cream mixed with little shea oil, organic olive or coconut oil. I use this mist anytimes of the day.  

Targeted Skincare

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In Summer, My Combination Skin Overheats

between sun, sweat, sea water, sand, dust, sunscreen applications and cleansing in the morning+before and after the beach+evening (too much!). So I need to boost my routine with a gentle peeling and a recovery mask.

I have finally discovered the famous French brand, Garancia, with the Pschitt Magic New Skin (above left picture, 1). This micropeeling without abrasive particles nor glycolic acid is a foam for daily use to cleanse and refine skin texture. “Its active ingredients “melt” the dead cells and give the skin the ability to regenerate itself from the inside out.

As I have a very sensitive skin, I prefer to use it 2-3 times in the week, usually at night after removing the make-up. Or before going to a dinner. In this case, after applying my moisturizer, I add the new Garancia Hallucinogen, 4-in-1 Sheer Veil Foundation – Liquid powder (above left picture, 2) to brighten the complexion.

Good base for a light makeup that I finalize with the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer. And the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes – Pure Color’ All-Over Illuminator (above picture right, 2) which is also my subtle pearlescent pink lipstick and eye shadow. A little bit of black mascara and pencil and basta! I’m not into I don’t do contouring makeup, nor Cleopatra eyebrow.

When I do a peeling, I like then to apply a mask. So I tested the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask with 2X Hyaluronic Acid. La pause du masque demande une certaine dextérité (c’est mon premier masque façon “coréenne”). Putting the mask requires some dexterity (well, it’s my first “Korean style” mask). The texture is thick and the skin tingles during the 10 minute pause (!). But what a surprise by removing the mask! My skin is plumped like a baby. 

Serums and creams

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I simplify

I love to test many products of the same range. So let’s start with two moisturizing creams for day and a night, with very pleasant textures and discreet scents : L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid  (1) and La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care (2).

I use them all the time! And when my skin is reactive, I stop everything except La Roche-Posay Toleriane (specific for intolerant sensitive skin). I also like their airless container, more hygienic.

I’ve almost stopped using my anti-aging cosmetics for few weeks. I will go back to my anti-aging routine next fall, to repair the sun damage. Nevertheless, several times a week, I apply the Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum and Expert Liquid TapeThey have a firming effect and I remain faithful to Estée Lauder.

Sun, Sun!

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Please, I Need Sun Without Wrinkles!

I am both lazy and active and I really enjoy outdoors activities and water sports! My selection of sunscreens is very limited but super effective. I’ve almost never travelled without a sunscreen of La Roche-Posay Anthelios (thanks to my acne past!) or Vichy!

My favourite for the face is the Anthelios XL SPF50+ Gel crème Anti-brillance de La Roche Posay (in Belgium and France) / La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Face Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 (in the US / picture below, 1). Great for my combination skin that turns oily in summer!

I also really like the body sunscreen Anthelios XL SPF50+ Spray Ultra Légère de La Roche Posay (in Belgium and France) / Anthelios 60 Ultra-light Lotion Spray (in the US / picture below, 2). Nice texture, easy to apply and no white marks. 

For the late summer, I also added in my bag two new products of the Vichy Ideal Soleil range : for the body, the Gel de lait ultra-fondant sur peau mouillée ou sèche SPF30 (in Belgium and France). And for the face, the Soin anti-taches teinté 3-en-1 SPF50+ (in Belgium and France, photo below 3). As always with Vichy, textures are really nice to apply. 

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Caudalie: The Vinexpert Regimen For Skin Lacking Vitality

It began more and less one month ago

at the Caudalie Vinexpert line‘s ten years celebration. Do I really need to repeat today’s anti-aging is for any women: from mature women fighting against wrinkles to the youngest loosing firmness after a drastic diet ? Every women, you and me, mom… Seduced by the packaging, few days later I decided to test the famous Resveratrol patented and stabilized by Caudalie (named “the best anti-ageing molecule” by Harvard’s Department of Medicine”, “Thanks to Resveratrol, the wine is able to renew itself several centuries“,  Caudalie). 

The first days, I didn’t pay attention to the draws inside box. Too bad, those draws explain how using the serums (1 & 2) and the creams (3 & 4). Industrious, I stick the draws on a thick sheet I bring with me to the bathroom to memorise the right gesture of each product!

Following this order, every moorning and night, I apply the Vinexpert Firming serum (1) that contains the most Resveratrol concentration. Then the Vinexpert Anti-aging serum eyes and lips perfectly moisturizes my higly sensitive eyelid contour. The  two serums have a pleasant light texture, absolutely not sticky.

As a day cream, I use Vinexpert Radiance day fluid SPF10 (3). The fluid texture penetrates really quickly and matifies my complexion, protecting the skin with a SPF10. After few weeks, it makes my pores of skin smaller and brighten my complexion all day long. Recently I’ve really noticed it! 

And  the best for last :  the Vinexpert Night infusion cream (4) is my bless cream I love to apply each night. Its amazing thick texture nourrishes and regenates my skin. My “hug” cream that smoothes and relaxes my features. For one month my skin’s completely changed, most of my spots have been reduced to match skin’s natural, overall tone. Toner, my outline of the face has a better shap. Repeating the same gesture twice a day is like a firming draining massage to the skin.

The Vinexpert regiment is my best beauty surprise after the summer holidays. Cause I’m not the kind to trust anti-aging creams! And when I started testing the products, I didn’t expect more than a good moisturazing! For ending I do love the very discret scent of Caudalie’s products and the fact they don’t have parabens, phenoxyethanol, artificial colorings, mineral oils… No testing on animals. And they are non-comedogenic. “What else?”.

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Caudalie: La ligne anti-âge Vinexpert

Tout a commencé il y a un peu plus d’un mois, 

aux 10 ans de la ligne Vinexpert chez Caudalie, le soir de la Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. Inutile de vous répéter qu’aujourdhui un anti-âge s’adresse autant aux femmes luttant contre les rides qu’aux plus jeunes ayant perdu en fermeté après un régime drastique? Bref à tout le mode, vous, moi, ma mère, le cousin… Charmée par le packaging irisé (l’éternel féminin), je décide quelques jours plus tard de tester LA fameuse ligne au Resvératrol de vigne breveté par Caudalie (“sacrée meilleure mollécule anti-âge  par les chercheur de Havard” qui permet à la vigne de vivre 100 ans. Caudalie).

Les premier jours, je n’ai pas vraiment prêté attention aux dessins à l’intérieur des emballages. Grossière erreur, ils expliquent comment appliquer les sérums (1 et 2) et les crèmes (3 et 4). Scolaire, je décide de coller tous les dessins sur une feuille Canson que j’emmène avec moi dans la salle de bain matin et soir, pour bien mémoriser les bons gestes par produit!

Dans l’orde, j’applique matin et soir le Vinexpert Sérum fermeté (1) qui a la plus forte concentration en Resvératrol. Puis le Vinexpert Sérum anti-âge yeux et lèvres qui hydrate parfaitement mon contour des yeux ultra sensibles : aucun problème niveau tolérance. Ces deux sérums de texture très légère, non collante fondent illico dans la peau.

J’utilise comme crème de jour, le Vinexpert Fluide bonne mine (3). Sa texture pénètre vitesse supersonique et matifie mon teint. Il contient un filtre protecteur UVA/UVB (IP10). Au fil des semaines, il ressert mes pores et éclaircit mon teint, le rendant lumineux tout au long de la journée. Dernièrement c’est encore plus flagrant!

Et le meilleur pour la fin : ma crème plaisir à appliquer, la Vinexpert crème tisane de nuit (4), j’aime énormément sa texture épaisse mais non grasse qui nourrit la peau. C’est ma crème câlin. Le matin au réveil, les traits sont lissés. 

En un mois, je n’ai plus la même peau, la plupart de mes tâches se sont nettement estompées, uniformisant mon teint. Et je trouve que le contour de mon visage s’est affiné qu’il est plus dessiné. Le fait de répéter quotidiennement ces gestes, fait office de massage, stimulant, drainant et tonifiant la peau. La défroissant aussi. L’excellente surprise de ma rentrée, car je n’attendais rien de particulier : juste une bonne hydratation pour un meilleur confort. Et cerise sur le gâteau l’odeur très discrète des produits Caudalie qui ne contiennent pas de parabènes, phénoxyéthanol, phtalates, huiles minérales, sodium laureth sulfate et ingrédients d’origine animale.

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