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Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25

In a world filled with stress, pollution, sun damage, bad diet our skin can suffer just as much as our health. That’s why sometimes we need to slow down.
When I noticed the Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 a few months ago, my attention was grabbed by the promises for healthy skin, protected from the everyday harmful factors. I really wanted to share with you the pros and cons for me because it’s quite a popular skincare item. I have to say, I’ve been mostly using it in the warmer months and that might be the reason for the negative side of my experience but I’ll continue testing out the fluid in the fall/winter.

I really like the idea of Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 and the way it’s expressed because it’s not presented as an anti-ageing product but as one that aims to prevent premature ageing. The concept is inspired by the “Slow Movement” and doing everything at the right pace in order to achieve the best results. When it comes to skincare, this will mean protecting the skin for the longer term well-being.

First of all, the packaging of the Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 is stunning. It comes in a weighty glass bottle (not travel-friendly but it’s beautiful) with a lovely colour theme and a pump, it’s so simple yet so pretty. The glass isn’t transparent, so you can’t really tell how much product you have left.

My decision to pick up the fluid was made by the fact that I have combination skin and this is supposed to be a lighter version of the cream from the line that is suitable for drier skin types. The products from the range are paraben-free and hypoallergenic. The fluid formula combines three naturally active ingredients and broad spectrum filters. The active ingredients are Baïcalin, Bifidus and Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
Baïcalin is a powerful antioxidant which has roots traced back to traditional Chinese medicine. In combination with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and the SPF 25, it works to slow down and correct the signs of ageing by protecting the skin against daily pollutants and aggressors. Sadly, Baïcalin is at the end of the ingredient list which means the concentration is very low. Bifidus is the ‘good’ bacteria, it’s probiotic-derived and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function against factors that may weaken it such as stress, UV and pollution. The Vichy Thermal Spa Water is rich in 15 minerals and helps rebalance the skin’s pH and improves the overall quality of the skin.
The product is not fragrance-free, so have that in mind in case you have sensitive skin. Vichy Slow Âge Fluid‘s fragrance was developed to mimic the fresh volcanic force of the Vichy mineral water and nature in general.

When I first looked at the texture of the fluid, it seemed quite thick to me but once I applied it on my face, I noticed how milky and lightweight it actually was. It absorbs quickly and gives a nice glow to the skin, feels nourishing and hydrating and smells amazing. But then the downside appears. The radiance is replaced by shine because of my combination skin, the makeup doesn’t apply that well on top of it and even my long-wearing foundations don’t last that much if I’ve used the fluid underneath. That’s why I like using it on days when I have to apply my makeup really quickly using less than 5 products or with no makeup at all.

I don’t think I can say something about the anti-ageing properties just a couple of months after using the product but I have to admit, my skin does look a bit brighter and more even now.

I love the concept and how Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 mousturises the skin while providing sun protection and  if I wear just a bit of concealer and mascara, it’s all ok. However, if I want to use foundation, I need to apply another moisturiser underneath my base. That’s why I’d like to try it again once the weather gets colder, hoping that it won’t interfere with my makeup and my T-zone will look less shiny. Also, Baïcalin is the ingredient that is the base of the brand’s campaign for the range but the quantity of it in the formula is actually very small. I like the fluid, just I can’t say I love it or at least not yet.

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Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks

When I think of face masks, Origins is probably the first brand that comes to mind. Whether it is a purifying or hydrating mask, they just seem to get it right. Sheet masks are really popular at the moment and when I learned about the Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks release, I couldn’t wait to see them in stores.

The masks have been insipired by the naturally radiant beauty of florals and they aim to help providing an instant boost of radiance and dewy moisture. The masks are made of natural Bamboo which makes them very soft and are formulated with pure flower extracts and essential oils. They all smell lovely as you’d expect. There are 6 types in total: Jasmine, Lavender, Orange, Raspberry, Rose and Violet. I’ve tried 5 of them because Rose never seems to be available but I keep trying to get my hands on it. Each mask is sold separately in individual packaging.
It’s suggested to leave the masks on for about 10 minutes after cleansing and toning but I often turn them over after this and use them for 10 more. Then I’d massage in what’s left from the essence and continue with my evening moisturiser. I wouldn’t say they’re expensive at the price of 55 kr but they’re not the most affordable ones out there.

Origins Flower Fusion Rose Hydrating Sheet Mask
A rose infused sheet mask that hydrates the skin and is rich in Vitamin C to leave skin smooth and bright. Like I mentioned above, it’s the only one I haven’t tried yet.

Origins Flower Fusion Violet Nourishing Sheet Mask
A mask rich in antioxidant Vitamins A and C with a violet infusion that acts to hydrate, calm and brighten the skin. I feel like this is a very gentle one even for those of us with combination and problematic skin.

Origins Flower Fusion Jasmine Softening Sheet Mask
A jasmine infused and scented mask that soothes and hydrates the skin leaving it silky soft and smooth. To me, this mask is great for a weekly boost of hydration no matter what your skin type is.

Origins Flower Fusion Lavender Soothing Sheet Mask
A lovely relaxing and brightening mask. I find it’s great applying it before bed as the scent is very calming. Lavender is antiseptic, so this is a good one for those of you with sensitive or irritated skin, it also helps reduce redness.

Origins Flower Fusion Raspberry Refreshing Sheet Mask
This is my favourite mask when my skin gets a bit more oily in the hot days. It’s indeed refreshing and bursting with vitamins and antioxidants.

Origins Flower Fusion Orange Radiance-Boosting Sheet Mask
Zesty, awakening, refreshing… I used this mask for the first time before going to a concert in the evening and I got a beautiful healthy glow, my makeup applied really nicely afterwards and I felt great. The most brightening one of them all, this mask is perfect to use in the long winter days or when your complexion is a bit dull and you want to bring your skin back to life.

I honestly cannot say anything bad about these sheet masks, I actually love them because they’re a quick fix in some of my not so good skin days, they smell lovely and I can easily find them around me.

Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream

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I’ve been wrongly prescribed an excessive amount of antibiotics this year which resulted in many internal and external issues. My skin has been suffering a lot and I was told by specialists that I’d probably need about six more months to sort it all out.

In order to bring everything back to normal, I’ve been trying to simplify my skincare routine and to incorporate more pharmacy skincare products into it. Most of them are known for me, I’ve used them before and I trust them but I found the Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream randomly. I needed something to calm my irritated skin, to be purifying but to also feel soothing, have anti-bacterial properties and to be suitable to use on both, face and body. I found out that most of the French pharmacy brands had similar products but one of the points was always missing and Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream promised everything I needed.

It has thick consistency but it’s not hard to apply it and a little goes a long way. Feels a bit greasy at first but soaks in well. I use a small amount twice a day, especially if it’s on the face because the thicker texture can make the make-up sit a bit bad on top of it. This cream contains thermal water to soothe, soften and calm the skin and Copper -Zinc Sulphate Complex that is purifying and anti-bacterial.

My skin tends to scar quite easily, I get this post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can take months to heal but with this cream it starts to fade much quicker (especially if it’s a recent one) while also calming active breakouts. It reduces the redness, as well and stops the itching and burning feeling that sometimes may occur. Avène Cicalfate Repair Cream can also be used on lips, scratches, cracked skin, after hair removal or laser procedures and even on babies with nappy rash.

I use a lot more skincare products than this one, of course but it is an excellent healing cream for me and I can’t recommend it enough. In the past few months, I’ve done many purchases like this as an act of desperation but it’s great that the majority turned out to be successful and hopefully, they would help some of you, as well.

Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Liquid Care

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A few weeks ago, Lancôme released a new skincare line, inspired by Korean beauty and their technologies. There are three products in total and I was mostly drawn to their Énergie De Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Care.

With warmer days slightly approaching back when I got it and luckily, already here, I wanted a lightweight moisturiser that could also give me the needed hydration, radiance and healthy look. The concept of the product and the whole range, actually, is quite interesting and that was what made me really curious about it.

Designed to help us and our skin with the intense lifestyle most of us have, Énergie De Vie The Liquid Care combines two plant extracts, Goji Berry and Lemon Balm Oil. Both ingredients are powerful antioxidants to keep the skin fresh and healthy. It comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a pump and has a lovely, delicate scent.

It’s suggested to be used morning and evening but I just use it as my daytime moisturiser and one pump of it is enough for my entire face and neck. It’s the first time that I’m using a liquid moisturiser, the texture reminds me of some of my concentrates and serums and it’s really refreshing. It absorbs almost instantly, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue and indeed, makes my skin softer and smoother. Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Liquid Care is also a great make-up base exactly because of this serum-like texture.
I was really surprised how such a lightweight product can hydrate my skin so well. I’m not really sure if it’s going to be enough in the winter or for those of you with a bit more dry skin but it’s great on me in the warmer months.

The brand suggests that Lancôme Énergie De Vie The Liquid Care is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive.

I’m really pleased with this product, it’s an amazing spring and summer moisturiser that is incredibly lightweight but gives a serious boost of hydration and absorbs quickly. I can say my skin really feels and looks fresh and radiant and I’m curious about the rest of the range.
Have you tried anything from the new Lancôme Énergie De Vie line?

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

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Cleansing is the most important part of the skincare routine because it removes all the impurities built up throughout the day, prepares the skin for the steps that follow and even enhances them. No matter how amazing the rest of the products in our regimen can be, if our skin isn’t well-cleansed, they just won’t give us the best results.

I’m passionate about my cleansers, I always double cleanse and I’m really excited when a new cleansing product is released. Estée Lauder are adding a few new items to their signature Advanced Night Repair collection and I had the chance to try the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam*. I also went to my local beauty boutique and got a sample size of the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. Although I’ve used it only about 4-5 times, I can say I liked it, considering my skin usually doesn’t get along with balm cleansers. It does make my eyes cloudy, so I wouldn’t use it around the eye area but it takes make up off really well and it doesn’t break me out. It feels pretty silky, it’s not too heavy or greasy and it’s quite calming.

But now to the subject of this blog post, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam*. It comes in an easy to use tube and it’s actually a lightweight cleansing cream. The texture is milky, it doesn’t really foam, it kind of emulsifies in contact with water. I wish they didn’t use the word ‘foam’ because I know many people that are scared of foaming cleansers and will be put off by this. Foaming cleansers often are drying or stripping, this one has a luxurious creamy feel, it gently but thoroughly cleanses without leaving the skin feeling tight or irritated.
It has a very delicate and calming scent, almost like an oil cleanser which makes me enjoy my evening rituals even more.
I use this product as a second cleanse, I remove my make-up with one or two different products before that and then I cleanse my skin with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam* avoiding the eye area. I prefer it that way because the formula is fortified with Lavender and Chamomile aromatic blend, Watermelon fruit extract, Lentil fruit extract and Apple fruit extract which are powerful antioxidants that make my skin feel really soft and hydrated.

I feel like this cleanser could be suitable for different skin types because it’s neither too rich, nor too drying and just feels lovely on the skin. I have combination skin that is often dehydrated, as well and I haven’t faced any drying with this product. It doesn’t break me out,  it doesn’t take away the moisture I need and it’s not harsh, at all (it doesn’t contain sulfates). After sweeping on a toner afterwards, there is no grime left on the cotton pad, so the skin is properly cleansed but also feeling repaired and nourished.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam* retails for 295 kr in Norway. I’ve been using it every evening for about a month now and I’m really happy with how my skin feels and looks at the moment. If you’re looking for a caring evening cleanser that won’t strip your skin, I’d recommend giving this one a try. It has a lotion-like texture, it’s not too foaming, it doesn’t dry out the skin and just leaves it well-cleansed, soft and ready for the next steps of the evening skincare routine.

*PR Sample