Sunday, July 17, 2016

REVIEW: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Complexion Correcting Serum

Lately I've become addicted to French skincare so I was so thrilled that Caudalie recently got in touch to send me their new Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: a satin-soft serum that is scientifically proven to lighten dark spots in just 4 weeks; leaving your skin brightened, renewed, and looking gorgeously radiant. Now, who doesn't want that?!
Caudalie is a brand I already use an awful lot and in fact a post on their recent Vinosource range is here. What makes the brand so special is that they are a 100% independent French family that represent the very best in French-made cosmetics. Caudalie was founded over 20 years ago on the vineyards of Bordeaux, utilising the exceptional anti-oxidant powers of the grape and vine, backed by innovative scientific research and technology. Several years later, they have now successfully built up a cult following, adored by the press, celebrities, beauty bloggers, make-up artists and winning numerous industry beauty awards which has meant that Caudalie has grown into a global success story.

The premise behind the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is that, used morning and night, it works to correct existing dark spots and prevent the appearance of new ones. It's a product that is perfect to use in combination with your sunscreen which is fabulous news for someone like me who needs to be very careful with how I protect my fair skin from the damaging rays of the sun. However, if you like to tan sensibly, this serum will also encourage an even, longer lasting tan.

What I loved about this serum is how beautifully light it is. It's so silky and the thin consistency absorbs into the skin instantly meaning you can apply your SPF or moisturiser seconds after applying and it will make your skincare application a breeze. Also, I love to use lots of skincare but I hate how heavy my skin is left feeling so products like this that sink in instantly are a dream, are they not?

My skin is very typical of your average redhead with a true porcelain colouring that is incredibly sensitive to the sun. But as well as sensitive my skin is quite quite combination in temperament and I can get an oily t-zone. I have natural freckles but thankfully no scar marks or age spots. Nonetheless, I love how over the weeks I tested this for it just made my skin look really healthy and radiant. And actually, so many people have commented on how 'healthy' I looked and normally people think I look a bit sickly with my pale skin so I'm putting those wonderful comments down to this! It's also gorgeously mattifying so it makes the best canvas for make up.

This serum also packs a punch of anti-oxidant and anti-ageing actions that stimulate collagen and elastin production in the skin. As such, this serum is also ideal for smokers, scar marks, sun-derived or age-related dark spots or pregnancy marks and will give your skin a more unified appearance, leaving you with a luminous complexion all round.
A huge thank you to Caudalie for letting me try this beautiful wonder serum. I can't wait to have this in my skincare collection and when I run out (sad face) I will absolutely purchase one myself.

Caudalie is a brand you can find very easily at French pharmacies and Space NK here in the UK, but if you're looking for something to be delivered easily, the online website has some fantastic offers such as free shipping with orders £30 and over, free gift wrapping with any £60 spend and 3 free samples with any purchase. 

How many of you are Caudalie fans? Do you also adore French skincare like me? They just seem to get it oh-so-right, don't they? If you've tried this serum, or anything from Vinosource range let me know what you think. For more information about all of the products mentioned click here

Saturday, July 16, 2016

REVIEW: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment

Any of my fellow long-haired girls out there will know that the struggle to keep your locks in tip-top condition is a full time job sometimes, and especially when it comes to protecting it from heat styling and the sun. And with time so often lacking in a busy, stressful world, a product that can cut down styling time and damage is even more appealing.

So enter hair angels Redken who so kindly got in touch and asked me if I wanted to try their new 'Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment'.
There's a plethora of blow styling products out there but what seems to make Redken's Pillow Proof Blowdry Express Treatment Primer Cream unique is that it has an innovative formula that works to strengthen and shield from breakage whilst being a non-greasy, multi-beneficial cream that speeds up drying time, provides heat protection up to 230°C and delivers twenty-four hour volume without extra weight. Phew, that's a lot of gorgeous sounding promises there! So how does it work for me?

I would describe my hair as fairly complex. It's very long and I should probably get it cut more than I do (raise your hand if you're with me!) so it is prone to dryness at the ends and can be slightly frizzy. I often blow dry my hair than straighen it all over because I like the that healthy-looking bounce blow drying gives.

The consistency of the product is a white cream so it definitely felt really light and wonderfully doesn't way your hair down which is everything to me as I hate sticky feeling products in my hair. Because my hair is thick and long it can take a while to blow dry but I can confirm this did speeds things a bit to make my usual styling of 20 minutes about 15 minutes which is pretty good for me- an extra 5 minutes is everything after all! Especially in the morning!

And voila the last photo above are the results from the first time using the Pillow Proof Treatment Primer and I'm incredibly happy with the results! It looks slightly fly-away on the end strands of my hair but normally it takes a lot of work to get my hair that super smooth just from blow-drying so I'm incredibly impressed with how well it worked. My hair definitely feels primed and perfected. What I liked the most is that I just used one product to style my hair as opposed to a lotion, a heat protector, de tangler etc. This does it all and I think that's so handy to have in your collection. I think a slick of argan oil or similar would all I would need afterwards.
Redken also kindly sent me lots of American sweets and a travel sized version which is straight in my bag packed for my summer holiday. Again, it's so lovely to have just one hair product to travel with as opposed to two or three! It all adds up in those little plastic bags after all!

A huge thank you to Redken for letting me try this and I look forward to using it more and more.To keep up to date with Redken their twitter handle is @RedkenUK and you can see other results from this little wonder prouct on the #mypillowproof hashtag. The product is available at Redken salons nationwide and online right here for £17.

Has anyone tried this before, or any other Redken procucts? If so, what did you think? Let me know your current haircare must-haves below.

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