Product Review: Vichy

Hello, Hello!

I have a semi-product review for you today! A few months back, when I first started this blog I posted about my new Vichy products when I had just purchased them. I used up all of what I had a couple of months ago, and I have been using other random moisturizers and cleansers in place of them. However, last week I went to the store and repurchased the moisturizer. It came in a box set with a couple of other goodies as well, which I will talk about. I also bought a different cleanser than I had before due to recommendation from a friend.  So here is what I think:
I have the Aqualia Thermal moisturizer in “light” and it is the item I repurchased. I love it! It feels soft and smooth on my skin and it smells heavenly! I am so obsessed with the scent. I couldn’t wait to repurchase this!

The two things that came with the box set are the Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water and the Aqualia Thermal Night Spa. The essence water is supposed to act as a toner and make your other products go on smoother and benefit you in the best way that they can. I am really not an expert when it comes to skin care stuff, as I only know what works best for me. I haven’t noticed too much of a difference using the essence water so far but it has only been about a week. I do however love the way it feels when I put it on. It feels very refreshing. It also smells amazing! One thing Vichy knows how to do, hands down, is make their products smell luxurious!
As for the Night Spa or Night Mask, this has suited me just fine. I like having two different moisturizers from day to night, and I’ll tell you again how good this smells!! I have no complaints about this product at all. My skin feels soft in the morning and I like that just fine.

The last product I bought was the Purete Thermale 3 in 1 cleanser. I recommended the Aqualia Thermal daytime moisturizer to my friend a few months ago and when she purchased it, it came with this specific cleanser. So, when I went to buy my old loves, I was torn between trying this one or my old favourite (click here). My friend absolutely loves the 3 in 1 cleanser. She says it takes off all of her makeup even waterproof stuff, and she also doesn’t mind that it’s a milky cleanser and so it doesn’t foam. I wasn’t too concerned about the foaming, but I loved the thought of my makeup coming right off. So I went ahead and grabbed the 3 in 1. DSCN0678Unfortunately for me, it is not a love. The 3 in 1, as always I’ll say it again — smells amazing– but I don’t find it takes my makeup off very well at all. I am left with raccoon eyes that I just can’t get rid of. I will admit, after trying the milk cleanser, I do seem to prefer the foaming more simply because it makes me feel like I am really getting all of the dirt out. I can also use it with my exfoliating brush and I don’t feel like I could do that with the 3 in 1. I will hang on to it, and most likely finish the bottle since I can’t let myself waste a product, and it is good for days when I am not wearing makeup and just want a soft moisturizing rinse. However, I will more than likely be heading back to the store to get the foaming one I had before since that one was more to my liking.

Have you tried any of these products before? What are your favourite skin care products? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

xo Sara

Love Your Skin!

Hi there! It’s me again!

I hope you all are having an awesome day! Today, I wanted to talk a bit about skin care. Let me be the first to say, I am definitely NOT an expert in any way, shape or form. In fact I am quite the newbie when it comes to actively taking care of my skin. However, I wanted to tell you guys about my new found routine!

For the last year or so, I have been using coconut oil in replacement of moisturizer on my skin. More specifically, on my face. My sister has really gotten into the “all natural” ways with her skin care and also her food over the past couple of years and so she is the one who got me into it. I used it for a long time since I loved the idea of having chemical free ingredients going onto my skin and once I got used to the texture of it, it wasn’t too bad. The only thing that I found frustrating was that I wasn’t seeing the same results as my family was. My sister swore that her pores got smaller, her frown lines disappeared and her skin tone completely evened out. I did not feel I was seeing the same effects. Although I am lucky enough to have grown up with fairly decent skin, I do still have the usual blackheads and discolouration that most people deal with. I was hoping to see a miracle with coconut oil and I wasn’t. I was also noticing that my skin was looking sort of patchy and dry, which was really bothering me.

I let this go on for a while until just about a week ago. I went to Shoppers Drug Mart in search of two things: a cleanser, and a moisturizer. Usually when I go into these stores, I am overwhelmed by products with weird ingredients that I know absolutely nothing about. Plus, I am always too shy to ask anyone. This time, the manager of the cosmetics department stopped me and asked me if I needed help. I admitted that I did. I told her what I was in search of and what my issues were and she got right on board to help me. First, she tested my skin with this little device to see what I was dealing with. It turned out that my skin was severely dehydrated! She asked what I used for moisturizer, and when I told her she said that the coconut oil is absolutely great for the oils in your skin but that my skin was missing the water it needed. She then pointed me in the direction of Vichy products. I chose the Vichy Aqualia Therm20150221_202106al Creme for my moisturizer and the Vichy Purete Thermale Purifying Foaming Cleanser for my cleanser. Keep in mind, this is my 20150221_202042first time purchasing any sort of fancy products (I normally stick to $10 or under). I absolutely adore the way the moisturizer smells! It makes me feel so luxurious when I put it on. The cosmetic manager also said that I could balance everything out by using coconut oil on my face at night, and then my new moisturizer in the day time. I haven’t gone back to my coconut oil just yet, because I just really get excited when I buy new things and I want to use them all the time! I will say though, I am absolutely loving the moisturizer! You really don’t need to use a lot and it makes my skin feel so soft and my makeup goes on so much smoother without the dry patches!

I also had my eye on an exfoliating brush that my friend had mentioned to me, from Sephora. I am not a frequent shopper at Sephora either. I have literally only purchased something from there twice. An eyelash curler about two weeks ago, and the Dynamic Duo Face Brush that I just bought this past week. 20150221_201951When I mentioned the exfoliating brush to the cosmetic manager at Shoppers, she told me I could also use the cleanser with that and I would really see a difference in my skin. I know it has only been one week but I actually am seeing a huge difference and I am really pleased about it. I am a lot more confident to go out without makeup on and I feel like my skin is getting the attention it really needs. I am still using the coconut oil on my body, and I will definitely be going back to using it at night again, once the novelty of my new products wears off! Coconut oil is beneficial in so many ways that I could never give it up completely, but for now I am in skin care product heaven! I use my cleanser every night and every morning now and I really rub it in to get off all of the dirt. My goal is to do more research on different products and benefits for skin care so that I can really treat my skin well! Anyways, I know I always end up with really long posts so I am going to stop now before I get carried away!

As always, thanks for reading!

xo Sara