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 Moisture Quenching Mask Review

Thalgo Moisture Quenching mask is a moisturizing mask which should be applied in a thicker layer on the dry face, left for 10 minutes and wiped away with a tissue. I adore such masks as they visibly improve the appearance of the skin. Sisley Floral Mask is my favourite for the nights when I barely get 4 hours of sleep (and as the college workload piles up, those nights will be more and more frequent).

The full-size of Thalgo mask (50ml) costs arounud $30, but I have tried only a 5ml sample (which lasted for over 10 uses).

Unlike Sisley Floral Mask, Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask is a thick white cream. It has a light smell, but it disappears quickly.

The mask is indeed rich – it feels very greasy on the skin, but it hasn’t caused any breakouts (I’ve used it twice per week for almost two months). It won’t sink into the skin immediately – sometimes it took almost half an hour for the mask to be completely soaked into the skin. You have to keep in mind that I never wipe away such masks – I prefer to leave it on overnight as an intensive moisturizing treatment.

Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask really helps with my dehydrated skin – the skin feels soft and moisturized for days after using the mask.

While it doesn’t transform my skin like Sisley Floral Mask does, it is still very effective and much cheaper that Sisley.


L’OCCITANE Almond Milk Concentrate Review

L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate retails for $40. A jar contains 200 ml.

For the last several days, I’ve been using several samples of Almond Milk Concentrate, which I have managed to accumulate during time. So far, it seems like an amazing product.

Every sample has 8 ml, which was enough to use it two times on the whole body (and I’m pretty big). I don’t have an extremely dry skin, so I’ve been using it sparingly, but it was enough.

The cream is a bit thick (thicker than lotions), but it spreads easily and only small amount is necessary. It sinks in almost immediately, which is a big plus in my book, as I can immediately put the clothes on. Another plus is that it is not sticky at all and it doesn’t leave a residue which then washes of (those who have read Dove Body milk review know what I’m talking about).

Almond Milk Concentrate leaves skin incredibly smooth and moisturized. The cream has very light scent (the same as Almond Shower Oil), but it is milder and disappears after half an hour.

I absolutely love this product. It is light, yet moisturizing. The only issue is the price (while I have no problem shelling out $40 on an eyeshadow or a lipstick, I’m not so willing to pay as much on a body milk).

Overall: 5


L’OCCITANE Ultra-Matte Face Fluid Review

L’Occitane Red Rice Ultra Matte Face Fluid was one of the product on my Project  10 Pans list. I’ve only used 2 samples, each containing 1 ml of the product, but during this short period, this moisturizer really amazed me and so I’ve decided to write a review.

Ultra Matte Face Fluid comes in a 30 ml pump bottle which retails for $26 (22 euros). They claim that zinc rebalances oil production, while red rice vinegar acts as astringent and powdered red rice mattifies.The product is recommended for combination to oily skin-type.

This moisturizer really lived up to its claims. The texture is lightweight and it easy to spread. The only slight problem is that I have to use a lot more of the product, because it sinks immediately in the skin.

It has that silicone feeling that I hate in the moisturizers, but this makes it a great primer. I think that Ultra-Matte Face Fluid is a great alternative to the primers. The foundation spreads easily over the fluid and the fluid definitely prolongs the staying power of the foundation.

The fluid has a light scent – it smells as rice on milk, but the smell disappears upon application.

The product really does what it is supposed to. It is one of the best mattifying product I have found so far. It makes my skin matte for over 7 hours (and I usually get oily after two hours).

What really made me fall in love with this product is that, unlike Almond Apple Concentrate, Ultra Matte Face Fluid doesn’t make the skin dehydrated and I haven’t experienced any flaking. It really surprises me how something so mattifying can at the same time be so moisturizing. This is a great solution for those with oily but dehydrated skin.

Although the product is recommended both for oily and combination skin, I don’t think that the fluid wouldn’t perform as well on those with really oily skin.



CARITA Ideal Douceur Masque de Cotton Review

Carita Ideal Douceur Masque de Cotton is a moisturizing mask which you do not have to rinse off. I like such masks very much, as I have found that they are ideal when my skin is particularly dehydrated. Such masks give an extra moisture boost and I usually see a visible difference on my skin. My favourite mask of such type is Sisley Express Flower Gel, but for the last month I’ve been using a 5ml sample Carita Masque de Cotton twice per week.

Full-size packaging of Masque de Cotton has 1.69 fl.oz. (50ml) and retails for $62 (37 euros).

Masque de Cotton looks like a really thick moisturizer. It has really mild, barely perceptible scent. The cream spreads easily, but it feels really heavy on the face. The instructions say that you should leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then wipe off the residue with a tissue. I usually don’t do this with Sisley Express Flower Gel because I prefer to leave the mask on during the night. However, I wash off Masque de Cotton, because it seems very rich. Even used that way, Masque de Cotton is really moisturizing and for a couple of days after applying the mask, my skin is considerably less dehydrated.

This is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to Sisley. It is not my HG, but I will certainly consider purchasing a full-size when I finish off Express Flower Gel

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AVENE Hydrance Optimale Legere Review

Hydrance Optimale line consists of 4 moisturizers: Hydrance Optimale Legere (for combination and oily skin), Hydrance Optimale UV Legere (SPF version), Hydrance Optimale Riche (for dry skin) and Hydrance Optimale UV Riche (SPF version). I’ve been using a 5ml sample of Avene Hydrance Optimale Legere for 15 days. Full size product comes in a 40 ml tube and costs around 17 euros.

The first thing that I’ve noticed is that the smell of this moisturizer reminds me of hospital – it is very medicine-like. It took me some time to get used to it and later it didn’t bother me since it disappears upon application.

The moisturizer is thicker (a bit surprising for a product for combination/oily skin) – I’ve been expecting the texture to be more lotion-like. Nevertheless, it spreads easily and sinks in immediately.

It is moisturizing, although since it is winter I could use a bit more moisture. However, it doesn’t make me oily and I could see it as my spring/summer favourite.

Now, the bad news: Hydrance Optimale Legere breaks me out. Very much. And I rarely break out – I mean, I can put a ton of Nivea Creme or Sisleya Global Anti Age (these moisturizers are really rich) and never get a breakout, and yet Hydrance Optimale Legere breaks me out. My skin is far from perfect, but I haven’t had such a breakout ever since my teenage days. Really a shame. I could ignore a minor pimple here and there, because the moisturizer is almost like custom created for my skin, but over 10 acnes appearing at the same time is a bit too much to ignore.

In spite of the breakouts, I won’t lower the grade too much because this moisturizer is indeed amazing. Just be sure to test it before making a purchase.

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L’OCCITANE Almond Apple Sweet Peel

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been testing several product at the same time: Carita Eau Lactee, Carita Masque de Cotton and L’Occitane Almond Apple Sweet peel. So far, I’ve only used up one sample packaging which contains 5ml. I have still two to go. One sample lasted for five uses (I’ve transferred it to a small jar).

This exfoliator has the same smell as the whole Almond Apple line, and I’m not a fan of the smell.

Almond Apple Sweet Peel is a very gentle exfoliator. The exfoliating beads are very tiny. I cannot see them, but I can feel them when I’m exfoliating. I like the size of the exfoliating beads, since I believe that tinier beads offer better exfoliation.

However, there isn’t a lot of exfoliating beads inside. I like the exfoliators which have tons of exfoliating particles. Almond Apple Sweet Peel has even less exfoliating beads than Shiseido Exfoliating Cleanser.

Since Almond Apple Sweet Peel is an exfoliator which should be used twice or thrice per week, I have expected stronger exfoliation. As it is, I think that I could use it daily, as the exfoliating cleanser. Nevertheless, I think this would be a great exfoliator for sensitive skin. It is not very harsh and I do think that it wouldn’t be irritating.

The full size exfoliator comes in a 100 ml (3.5oz) jar, which retails for $34 (25 euros). Price-wise, it is not too expensive, and it would definitely replace Sisley Creme Gommante as my HG exfoliator if it were a bit stronger.

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