Skincare Sunday: SISLEY Ecological Compound Review and Ingredients

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Hello lovelies,

today’s Skincare Sunday is devoted to a product that’s been present in my routine for several years: Sisley Ecological Compound.

Ecological compound is a moisturizer/serum and it is available in two sizes: 50ml tube/bottle and 125 ml pump dispenser bottle. The smaller one retails for GBP 85, while the bigger one costs GBP 139.

This is what Sisley web site says about it:

“Ecological Compound is formulated with a synergistic complex of plant extracts including Centella Asiatica, Ginseng, Rosemary, Hops and Horsetail selected specifically for their stimulating and revitalising action. Its unique composition helps to moisturise the skin and restore its comfort and radiance while helping skin fight environmental stress such as pollution or cigarette smoke to create more toned, supple skin.

The Ecological Compound is also beneficial for preparing skin to receive other skin care treatments (applied subsequently). Its fluid, non-greasy texture leaves skin with a matte appearance.”

INGREDIENTS:

Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Centella Asiatica Extract, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance (parfum), Stearyl Alcohol, , Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Butylparben, Ethylparaben, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylparaben. (cont. linalool, coumarin, limonene, benzyl benzoate

Ingredients show that there’s nothing in there to justify the price – the main ingredients are water and mineral oil. Like a majority of high-end skincare, Ecological compound is way overpriced and doesn’t contain any effective anti-aging ingredient.

Ecological Compound has a very runny consistency and unusual scent. It takes some time to get used to it. A little goes a long way and it sinks immediately.

I’ve started using this a couple of years ago – I had several samples and, at that time, it turned out to be a great summertime moisturizer for my oily, dehydrated skin. I purchased several smaller full sizes since then. Ecological compound provided sufficient hydration to my skin – there were no flaky, dry patches – without making it greasy. A winning combination for summer. Even back then I didn’t find it sufficient during winter – dry air really wrecks my skin and it is no wonder that this lightweight serum couldn’t help much. I tried using it under a moisturizer to enhance its effectiveness, but it didn’t give any noticeable difference.

I’ve introduced it again into my routine this month and I can see that my skin has changed and that Ecological Compound is nowhere near effective. Last spring it worked, but this spring it seems like it doesn’t provide enough moisture. When I started using it, my skin was not dehydrated, but now I can see (and feel) that my skin is not as moisturized.

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase it. It is a nice moisturizer for someone with normal/combination skin, but my skin currently has different needs, so I’ll turn to other creams.

xoxo Tamara

SISLEY Sisleya Global Anti-Aging Cream Review

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Hello dear readers,

I’ve been incapacitated for everal days and barely had enough strength to go to work. My skin was a complete mess too – extremely dehydrated and constantly flaking. To battle such a condition, I needed a real weapon: Sisleya Global Anti Aging Cream. I have several GWP  jars (5ml) which I use sparingly because I’m not willing to shell out over $470 for a jar.

The cream is very thick and has a nice herbal scent. To apply it, I take a small amount and warm it up by rubbing it between my fingers. This makes the consistency less thick so you can apply smaller amount and spread it easily. It won’t sink immediately, so I usually put it on an hour before I go to bed. It is possible to use it underneath the make-up, but be sure to use extremely small amount so that it can sink quicker.

As for the effects, Skinleya is great.  It instantly fixes up all the traces of dehydrated skin. Sisley Masks are good, but some things are even beyond their repair, so this is where Sisleya comes it. The skin is completely healed, renourished, smooth and soft.  My skin is typically oily and dehydrated, but this Sisleya isn’t too rich for me. My skin feels greasy, but only until the cream sinks in. However, if you have a drier skin type, you should probably look into the version for dry skin.

Skinleya is definitely one of my favourite creams, although the price makes me look for cheaper alternative. If you know one, feel free to recommend one :)

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Zdravo drage čitateljice,

zaadnjih sam nekoliko dana bila izvan stroja, jedva imajući snage da se dovučem na posao. Koža je također bila u potpunom rasulu – jako dehidrirana i perutava. Kako bih ispravila to stanje, trebala sam naći pravi lijek: Sisleya Global Anti Age Cream. Iman nekoliko posudica kreme koje sam dobila kao poklon uz kupnju i koje jako štedim jer mi je puna cijena od cca 2500 kuna ipak malo previše.

Krema je jako gusta i ima krasan biljni miris. Nanosim ju tako da malu količinu kreme lagano protrljam među prstima kako bih ju zagrijala i kako bi krema postala lakšom za nanošenje. Krema se neće odmah upiti, tako da ju obično nanosim sat prije spavanja. Moguće je kremu koristiti ispod šminke, ali tada to trebaju biti jako male količine kako bi se krema što prije upila.

Što se tiče učinkovitosti, Skinleya je super krema. Odmah briše sve tragove dehidrirane kože. Sisleyeve maske su inače jako dobre u tome, ali u nekim situacijana ni one ne mogu pomoći te tada nastupa Sisleya. Koža je potpuno izliječena, nahranjena, glatka i mekana. Moja je koža obično masna i dehidrirana, ali ova krema nije prebogata. Krema je na koži malo masna, ali to nestaje kako se krema upija. Doduše, ukoliko imate suhu kožu, radije isprobajte verziju za suhu kožu.

Skinleya je definitivno jedna od meni najdražih krema, iako zbog cijene tražim jeftiniju alternativu. Ako znate koju, slobodno preporučite :)

SISLEY Hydraflash Formule Intensive Review and Ingredients

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Dear readers,

today I’ll review one of my favourite Sisley products – Hydraflash. It is a hybrid between a mask and a cream (you can use it both ways) which comes in a 60ml tube and retails for cca $150.

The mask claims that it contains beta-hydroxy acid, but I don’t see it listed on the ingredients list.

Hydraflash is a thick cream. As I have mentioned it can be used as a mask (you wipe it off after 10 minutes) or as a cream. It has a natural scent which reminds me of lavender and sage.

Hydraflash is supposed to leave your skin moisturized and radiant and on my skin it really performs as it should. I usually apply a generous amount of the cream twice or thrice per week and simply leave it on. Since I spend a lot of time outside (and the cold weather is killing my skin), this mask is a real saviour. I have noticed that when I use Hydraflash, my skin doesn’t require much of additional moisture and I have no problem with flakey skin.

The mask sinks in very quickly and leaves almost matte finish.

My only issue, and the reason why I’m so hesitant to purchase the full size, is the fact that it doesn’t last me a long time. I have to use really huge amount of the product for the mask to be effective and I simply can’t afford to spend $150 every two or three months.

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Dragi čitatelji,

danas ću recenzirati jedan od meni najdražih Sisley proizvoda – Hydraflash. Hydraflash je zapravo kombinacija maske i kreme (može se koristiti na oba načina) koja dolazi u tubici zapremnine 60 ml te košta oko 1100 kuna.

Na proizvodu piše da sadrži BHA, ali ja tu kiselinu ne vidim izlistanu na sastojcima.

Hydraflash je gusta krema za koju sam već spomenula da se može koristiti kao maska (obrišete ostatak nakon 10 minuta) ili kao krema. Ima prirodan scent koji me podsjeća na lavandu i kadulju.

Hydraflash bi trebao hidratizirati kožu te joj dati blistavost. Na mojoj koži ta krema zaista tako funkcionira. Obično nanesem obilnu količinu kreme dva ili tri puta tjedno te ju ostavim na licu preko noći da se upije. Budući da provodim dosta vremena vani (a hladan zrak mi ubija kožu), ova maska me zbilja spašava. Primjetila sam da kad god koristim Hydraflash ne trebam koristiti nikakvu drugu hidratantnu kremu te nemam problema s perutanjem kože.

Maska se inače upija jako brzo te ostavlja gotovo mat finiš.

Jedini razlog zbog kojeg još nisam kupila punu veličinu nego koristim testere je činjenica da se maska brzo troši. Zbilja trebam nanijeti ogromnu količinu proizvoda da bi maska bila učinkovita i jednostavno mi je trenutno previše davati 1100 kuna svaka dva ili tri mjeseca (koliko bi mi, po mojim proračunima, trajala jedna tubica).

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Sisley Hydraflash INGREDIENTS (sastojci):

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BIODERMA Sebium Hydra Moisturizing Cream Review

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During the last month I’ve been using Bioderma Sebium Hydra moisturizing cream. According to the pharmacist, this cream should moisturize skin without making it too greasy. I haven’t purchased the full-size, but the pharmacist gave me several 5ml samples to try.

The cream has a very thick consistency, but it isn’t greasy. It spread easily, but I need to use quite a lot for my face. It has a very mild scent which shouldn’t bother anyone.

My skin is oily and dehydrated with huge pores. As for the efficiency on my skin, I find the cream okay. It helped (to some extent) with dehydration, but my skin needs much more moisture in the winter. From what I can notice, the cream hasn’t clogged my pores or caused any breakouts.

Since it didn’t make my skin greasy, I think this might be a nice solution for late spring or summer.

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Proteklih mjesec dana koristila sam Bioderma Sebium Hydra hidratantnu kremu. Ova krema bi trebala hidratizirati kožu bez mašćenja (barem mi je tako magistra rekla). Nisam kupila punu veličinu (mislim da košta oko 80 kuna), ali mi je magistra dala par testera of 5ml da isprobam.

Krema je dosta gusta, ali se ne čini masna. Lako se razmazuje, ali usprkos tome trebam dosta veliku količinu kreme sa lice. Ima jako lagan, jedva primjetan miris koji ne bi trebao ikom smetati.

Moja koža je masna i dehidrirana s ogromnim porama. Što se tiče učinka kreme na mojoj koži, ova krema mi je samo ok. Pomaže koliko-toliko dehidriranoj koži, ali trenutno moja koža traži puno više hidratacije. Dok sam koristila kremu, nisam primijetila da čepi pore ili uzrokuje prištiće.

S obzirom na to da nije mastila moju kožu, ova mi se krema čini kao idealno rješenje za kasne proljetne ili ljetne mjesece.

SISLEY All Day All Year Review and Ingredients

All Day All Year is, together with Creme Reparatrice, Floral Toning Lotion, Express Flower Gel and Lyslait, one of Sisley’s signature products. I’ve been listening the glowing reviews for years and I’ve always wanted to try it, but I could never get a sample so I didn’t want to risk.

The full-size All Day All Year comes in a 50ml pump bottle and retails for $398. Luckily, I got 5 GWP samples, each containing 10 ml, so I practically got the full-size for free. I’ve been using it once per day (in the morning) for two weeks and I haven’t even spent a half of the tube.

All Day All Year has a slightly unpleasant scent, which disappears upon the application.

When I squeeze it out, the consistency feels whipped, but when I spread it on the face, it feels thick, greasy and sticky (like a heavy sunscreen). However, half a minute after it dries up to a matte finish. I use it underneath the make-up – it is a great base to put underneath the foundation.

All Day All Year boasts with sunscreen, but it never says which SPF it has, so I wouldn’t put much confidence in it to protect me from UVA/UVB rays.

Ever since I’ve started using this (in conjuncture with some other products – Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar, Ecological Compound, Sisleya Radiance Serum and Floral Toning Lotion), my skin feels and looks great – soft, radiant skin with minimal oiliness and no dehydration.

I was a bit worried that it will break me out, but luckily it didn’t.

I recommend this cream as a basic day-time moisturizer because it protects my skin primarily from the environmental damage (cold and dry air). I trust the claim about UV filters to protect me during cloudy winter days, but it wouldn’t be my go to sunscreen in spring, summer or fall. The only drawback is the price, which is steep for something so basic, but I hope that the samples will last me a long time.

All Day All Year INGREDIENTS:

Water (aqua), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, squalane, isopropyl palmitate, cetearyl alchohol, corylus americana (hazel) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), sesamum indicum (sesame) extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, propylene glycol, polysilicone-14, cetearyl glucoside, phenoxyethanol, salix alba (willow) leaf extract, potassium cetyl phosphate, dimethicone, tocopherol, butylene glycol, polyacrylamide, ceteareth-33, methylparaben, C13-14 isoparaffin, xanthan gum, silica, juniperus communis fruit oil, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, arginine, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, butylparaben, thymus mastichina herb oil, ethyparaben, laureth-7, disodium edta, citric acid, propylparaben. (cont. linalool, limonene).

DECLARÉ Hydro-Energy Moisture Boost Cream-Gel Ingredients and Review

Hydro-Energy was my introduction to the Swiss brand Declaré.

I was intrigued by it for a very long time; however, while not too pricey, it was still too expensive to buy it without previous testing.

When I saw that they offer travel-sizes of some of their creams, I couldn’t resist. I’ve bough Hydro-Energy for a start, although in winter I may try something richer.

The travel-size creams come in a 15ml jar and Hydro-Energy retailed for $8. Others cost approximately in the range of $10-15. If I remember correctly the full-size of the cream costs somewhere around $20-25.

The travel-size cream doesn’t come in a box, but the opening is sealed with a foil which is pretty difficult to open.

The consistency of Hydro-energy is just like the name suggests: a creamy gel; a bit more creamy than, let’s say, Sisley Floral mask. The cream has a light mint colour and light, inoffensive scent which disappears upon application. A little goes a long way – a pea-sized amount was more than enough for my face.

Once applied, it sinks in quickly and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin.

As for the effect, it is amazing. Since it is a cream-gel I didn’t expected it to be so moisturizing, but it is. My skin type is oily, but very dehydrated so I’m always trying to find something that will moisturize without being greasy. Hydro-Energy perfectly moisturizes my skin without making it too oily. It works well under make-up, too.

It definitely fixed my skin after Dior One Essential Serum ruined it. Hydro-Energy didn’t give me any breakouts.

All in all, Declaré is the brand I’ll pay more attention to in the future and I can’t wait to test some of the richer creams in the winter.

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L’OCCITANE Shea Ultra Gentle Moisturizer Review

I have received two samples of the new Shea Ultra Gentle Moisturizer with my purchase. Each sample contains 1ml, while the full-size product comes in a 50ml pump bottle and retails for $40.

Even though it is fragrance free, it has a very weak scent – probably the natural smell of ingredients.

The moisturizer contains 8% of shea butter. It has a light, slightly runny consistency. A little goes a long way – 2 ml I had lasted me for eleven days. However, I wasn’t as thrilled as I hoped to be.

The moisturizer provides enough hydration for my skin, at least during summer. I have dehydrated, but oily skin which often gets flaky, but Ultra Gentle Moisturizer kept dehydration under control.

In spite of being moisturizing, the cream hasn’t made my skin oiler that it usually is.

Its light texture and quick sinking into the skin make it a good choice to wear under the make-up.

My main issue with this cream is that it breaks me out. This was a bit shocking to me, since I have tried many L’Occitane moisturizers, some even very rich, but neither has broken me out.

I would still recommend it if you are looking for a light moisturizer, but be sure to test it before purchase.

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OLAY Complete Daily UV Fluid Review

 

 

After being pretty satisfied with Olay Complete Night Cream, I have tried several more Olay products. I’m currently on my second bottle of Daily UV Fluid and I’m afraid it will be my last.

Daily UV Fluid for normal/oily skin comes in a 100ml bottle with a tiny opening on the top. It has SPF15

The consistency is a bit runny and it feels very light. A little goes a long way. After you apply it, you have to wait for several minutes (10 to 20) for it to properly sink in.

I have oily but dehydrated skin with enlarged pores. I’m normally NC15-20 and my skin tans easily without burning.

I have primarily bought it to use it as a daytime moisturizer/sunscreen during winter/early spring/late fall. I thought that this way I’ll get both – extra moisture that my skin is craving during those periods, and a light sunscreen (since the sun at that time isn’t as strong so I don’t want to use SPF50).

As a moisturizer it did its job pretty well. My skin was noticeably less dry while I was using it. However, I don’t advise to use it under make-up – it takes a long time to properly set and it can flake off from the skin when you try to apply foundation over it.

However, as a sunscreen it was a total fail. Usually during winter I loose that bit of summer tan I got and I’m super pale in spring. With Olay Daily UV Fluid, I lost almost none of the summer tan. The foundation I was using at that time was too light – usually it is a correct match or even too dark. I don’t think that SPF15 is too low – I used Lancôme Primordiale which had SPF15, spent the whole day on the March sun and my skin didn’t tan at all (my sister, on the other hand, got pretty good sunburn – she’s more sensitive to sun than me). I applied a huge amount, so this couldn’t be the cause too. I’m currently using it on my arms just to spend the bottle.

Another huge “no” is the fact that Daily UV Fluid is perfumed. This is not the problem per se, but if I apply it too close to eyes, or even if I only wave with the hand I was applying the fluid with in front of the eyes, they start to water. My eyes usually are not sensitive, but something in the fragrance irritate my eyes.

I can recommend it as a moisturizer, but don’t count on it to protect from sun – use something else with it as a sunscreen.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the ingredients, since I’ve thrown the box away, but I’ll update if I find out.

BIODERMA Sebium AKN Purifying Correcting Care Review

I’ve been using this cream for quite some time – in fact, I have finished it a couple of days ago, so I decided that it is high time for me to write a review.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Correcting Care cream comes in a 30ml tube and retails for around $16. I have bought mine when thtey had it in the set with Sebium Micellar Solution and at the same time got 20%off, so I got quite a deal (just micellar water costs around $13).

The cream promises to clean out the pores and  minimize the production of sebum without drying the skin out. It sounds like a miracle but it doesn’t perform so miraculosly.

The cream has a very light, almost gel-like texture and light smell, which disappears immediately upon application. A little goes a long way. I needed approximately a pea-sized amount to cover the whole face.

I haven’t noticed any noticeable difference in clogged pores and the production of sebum. My skin has improved, but I can’t say that this is strictly because of this cream.  

However, I have to admit one thing – this cream won’t dry out your skin. I have dehydrated, but oily skin and soem creams really can make my skin flaky. It was not the case with Bioderma. It didn’t put additional moisture on my skin (but it isn’t supposed to do this), but my skin was never dry, dehydrated or felt tight.

You can apply it under make-up. I haven’t noticed that it prolongs the wear of make-up (but even if I put make-up on my naked face, it will last for at least 8 hours), but it doesn’t interferes with foundation.

Overall, I liked the cream, but I’m not sure about repurchase. There is also Bioderma Sebium Hydra cream which should moisturize. I have 5ml sample and I’d like to test this version prior to repurchasing Sebium AKN.

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SISLEY Hydra-Global Anti Age Cream Review

I have received several samples of Sisley Hydra-Global anti ageing cream with my purchases. So far, I have used up 10 ml, which lasted me for approximately 2 weeks of daily usage. The pump bottle of 40ml retails for $250.

My skin is oily but dehydrated and I’m in a constant chase for a product that will properly moisturize my skin. The closest to the holy grail was Diadermine Hydra Matt Cream. Sisley claims that Hydra-Global “helps restore optimum hydration normally found in young skin”. Sadly, the product fails to deliver.

I’ve started using Hydra-Global immediately after I have spent Diadermine cream, so my skin was at its best when it comes to the moisture level. From then onwards, my skin got drier and drier. I cannot say that Hydra-Global dried out my skin, but it has certainly reversed the good effect of Diadermine.

The consistency of the moisturizer is extremely light – almost gel-like. It has a light scent that disappears upon application and it doesn’t bother me.

All in all, this was a great disappointment. I’ll probably use up the rest of the samples during summer, when I don’t need much moisture, but I wouldn’t recommend Hydra-Global in treating the dryness.

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DIADERMINE Hydra Matt Day Cream Review

Ever since finishing Sisley Creme Reparatrice, I’ve been using Diadermine Hydra Matt Day Cream. So far, I’m pretty happy with it.

The cream comes in a heavy 50ml glass jar and retails for around $5-6.

My skin is oily, yet very dehydrated, so I usually pick more moisturizing creams since flaky skin to me is far worse than oiliness.

Diadermine cream is a thick cream, but it spreads easily. It is very moisturizing – ever since I have started using it, I have almost no problems with flaky skin.

As for the mattifying claims – I don’t think they are something special. My skin didn’t feel anything less oily than usually.

The cream doesn’t clog my pores, so this is another plus.

The one thing that baffles me is that they claim that the cream has SPF, but I couldn’t find which factor, although I have found UV filters listed in ingredients.

I have to add that I haven’t been using foundation for two weeks and my skin has greatly improved in appearance – it seems that I have less whiteheads and bumps, and the pores look much cleaner and tighter. Since Diadermine helped with dryness, I could say that my skin is as close to perfect as possible :)

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SISLEY Creme Reparatrice (Restorative Facial Cream) Review

Claimed to be their most famous cream, Crem Reparatrice retails for $185 for 50ml jar. Since its major claims are that it protects and repairs skin damaged from sun and wind exposure, I thought this would be the right time to test it.

So far I have used up two samples of 4 ml which totals to 8 ml of the cream. These two samples lasted for approximately month and a half of once per day usage.

First, I’d like to describe the scent. This is one of the most pleasantly scented Sisley creams – the scent reminds me slightly of a Coca Cola mixed with lemon (it’s weird, but this was my first association). The scent disappears upon application.

The consistency is thicker – it is definitely not one of those „a little goes a long way“ moisturizers. It sinks into the skin relatively quickly, but I need to use a greater amount compared to other, lotion-like creams.

As for its efficiency, I think that saying the cream repairs the skin is going a bit too far. However, it is one of the best winter-time moisturizers I have encountered so far (keep in mind that I have dehydrated oily skin). It works great for me, but I don’ t think it will be enough for severely dry skin.

The cream doesn’t clog my pores. I haven’t noticed any other changes on my skin after a month of usage besides more moisturized skin and no flakes.

To conclude, Creme Reparatrice is good, but not $185 good.

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L’OCCITANE Ultra Rich Face Cream with Shea Butter Review and Ingredients

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Ultra Rich Face Cream with Shea Butter costs $40 for 50 ml. It claims that a high percentage of Shea Butter (25%) protects and nourishes the skin.

The cream comes in a jar.

TEXTURE

The cream is relatively thick – it is just a slightly thinner than Shea Butter Hand Cream. Unlike many of L’Occitane moisturizer, this cream does not feel like a silicone primer (even though it contains a bit of dimethicone). The cream doesn’t spread as easily as I’d like (because of its thickness) and you’ll need slightly larger amount to cover the face.

REVIEW

I’ve used 3 samples (each containing 1ml of cream). 3ml lasted me for 12 days of once per day usage, which surprised me as you need quite a lot of moisturizer to cover the face.

The cream is advertised for dry and dehydrated skin, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you have serious problems with dryness.

My skin is oily but very dehydrated, especially now, during winter. My cheeks are especially flaky. Since it is called “Ultra Rich” I have expected it to be more emollient and maybe even slightly greasy, but this was not the case. The cream went on feeling almost matte on the skin.

Ultra Rich Face Cream didn’t do much to combat dehydration. I admit that my skin felt more comfortable, but the tell-tale signs of dehydration (flakes) were still present.

The cream’s thicker texture didn’t cause me any heavy breakouts or more blackheads.

The cream has a light, non-offensive scent – the same as the rest of Shea Butter line. I wouldn’t worry about the scent much – it is very light and disappears immediately.

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Project 10 Pans and Sample Challenge Update #4

It’s been ages from my last update. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally spend all of these products. However, I haven’t been as disciplined when it comes to the new purchases. I’ve got several nailpolishes and a primer. I’m also planning on a foundation purchase (even thought I have half a bottle of Clarins Everlasting and half a bottle of Dior Airflash) if the foundation I’m currently testing proves it is worth it.

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THALGO Ultra-Matte Moisturizing Fluid Review

Thalgo Ultra Matte Moisturizng Fluid promises a matte skin that is at the same time moisturized.

I have a total of 4ml of this fluid and during the week I’ve been using this, I have spent only half.

I was hoping that this might be a much more affordable (and more moisturizing) version of Sisley Tropical Resins Lotion, but alas, it is not.

The fluid has a very light consistency and a light scent. It spreads easily and a little goes a long way. It is mattifying, but only upon the application. The effect unfortunately doesn’t last for a very long time – the maximum is an hour and a half.

It delivers more on the moisturizing part. My skin is oily, but dehydrated and it starts to flake as soon as I use a product which is not very moisturizing. After a week of using Thalgo fluid, my skin is still as normal as it can get. I haven’t noticed any dehydration.

During this period, the fluid didn’t break me out. (If the product is bad for me, I’ll usually break out in the first two days of using it).

I would not recommend this product for oily skin as there are much better products (afore-mentioned Sisley or L’Occitane Rice Fluid) out there. However, this might be a nice choice for someone with normal to combination skin.

Overall:

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Project 10 Pans Samples Challenge

During spring, I’ve made a plan of finally finishing some products from my stash. I haven’t updated it for a while, but it is only because I haven’t managed to spend anything. Later I have also announced a possibility to include more samples in the challenge.

Last week I have finally managed to find some time so I’ve been rearranging my cosmetics storage and I have figured out that I have tons of samples and testers. As I’m a bit afraid that they don’t go bad, I’ve picked several products I would like to spend. Some of these are already reviewed, as I’ve been using them before, but some I’ll have to test for the first time. I will only write a review if the product was tested for at least a week of daily usage.

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SISLEY Moisturizer with Cucmber Review

Whenever I was asking for a light moisturizing product, the SA were continuously pushing Sisley Moisturizer with Cucumber. Thanks to that, I have managed to accumulate 6 sample sachets (each contains 4ml of the cream) which add up to 24ml of the cream (more than enough to do a proper review).

The full-sized Moisturizer with Cucumber comes in a glass jar packaging which contains 50ml and costs $200 (ouch!, especially considering the fact that this is one of the cheaper Sisley Creams).

The texture of this cream is very light and not too thick. It spreads easily and sinks in quickly. The cream has a light, fresh scent which disappears upon application.

I’ve started using it during my vacation (over a month ago) and up to now I have spent 2 samples and started a third one. I can’t say that this is a type of the cream where a little goes a long way – I need at least a pea sized amount for my face.

Moisturizer with Cucumber is very moisturizing. I’ve really thought that it won’t be moisturizing enough, but it dealt very efficiently with my skin which was completely parched because of sun and salt. It doesn’t mattify, but it won’t make you look like a grease ball.

This is a cream which I will definitely take into consideration if I decide to shell out such an amount on skincare product.

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SISLEY PARIS Tropical Resins Complex Review

Sisley Tropical Resins Complex is definitely the best oil-controlling product out there. It costs an arm and a leg, but it works. 50 ml pump tube retails for $155 (ouch!).

I have really oily skin, which becomes dehydrated during winter. As the summer approaches, the oiliness becomes impossible to deal with. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Tropical Resins Complex and it has been a staple in my summer skin-care routine ever since.

The texture of the cream  is really light, almost gel-like and the cream spreads easily. Usually I need one press of the pump for the whole face. The cream sinks in immediately, giving an instant matte feeling.

The cream can be used on its own, or underneath the make-up as a primer. With the cream underneath the makeup, my skin stays completely matte for at least eight hours.

If I apply it both in the morning and in the evening during a longer period of time, my pores appear smaller. This effect, of course disappears after you stop using the cream. I do not use it that way, because the effect is temporary and the cream is too expensive to get wasted like that.

Now, here comes the warning. Use this cream only if you have seriously oily skin. If your skin is slightly oily or combination, please AVOID this (instead, you can try L’Occitane Ultra-Matte Face Fluid). Tropical Resins Complex will only dry out your skin.  

I have to add that the cream has slightly milky scent. It might not bother many of you, but I can’t stand the smell of the milk.

The mattifying effect is “aggressive” in a way that I have to stop using this every fall, as my skin becomes dehydrated. Nevertheless, I can’t find more effective mattifying cream for the summer.

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L’OCCITANE Angelica Hydration Cream Review

Angelica skincare line is the new L’Occitane skincare line which is replacing Almond  Apple line. I’ve received several samples of the Angelica Hydration Cream (Creme Radieuse) with my purchase, which I’ve been using for the last two weeks (and I still have some left).

The full size product comes in a 50ml jar packaging which retails for $39 (33 euros in Europe).

My first impression is that this moisturizer is a radical improvement to Almond Apple Velvet Concentrate.

Angelica Hydration Cream is actually moisturizing and it is very good at keeping my dehydrated skin under control (my skin is dehydrated, but very oily). The smell of the cream is a bit weird – it takes some time to get used to it.

From the texture, I can feel that the cream is filled with silicones; therefore it makes the skin feel very smooth. It also works great underneath the make-up. The make-up applies easily over the cream – it is almost as if you have used a primer.

Overall, this is a decent moisturizer for normal/dehydrated skin. I’m not wowed by it, but I cannot find any fault besides the packaging.

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OLAY Total Effects Day SPF 15 Moisturizer Review

I’ve received a big sample (15ml) of Olay Total Effects Day Moisturizer together with my Beauty Fluid purchase. The regular version of this moisturizer comes in a jar, which isn’t the best solution as the UV filters will lose its effectiveness more quickly.

I use this moisturizer primarily as a sunscreen. While SPF15 would not be enough for a whole day of sun exposure, from my experience, it is enough for me during the most of the year, as I don’t spend a lot of time in the sun.

Olay Total Effects is not as lightweight as Olay Beauty Fluid (my favourite). It is much greasier and it takes more time to sink in. I can apply foundation immediately after applying Beauty Fluid, but when I use Total Effects, I need to wait for at least half an hour for it to sink in. Since Total Effects is, to my understanding, an antiageing line, I can understand that it is not very appropriate for oily skin.

What I really like about this moisturizer is, that in spite of being a bit too heavy for my skin, it is amazingly moisturizing. I’ve been using it in the combination with Avene Diacneal, which is a retinol-based cream and which very often dries my skin out.  However, this time this wasn’t the case. As long as I use this combination (Total Effects + Diacneal), my skin doens’t have dehydration problems.

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