NUXE CREME FRAICHE SERUM: REVIEW

After reading this review of Nuxe Crème Fraiche Mask on beaut.ie I headed into my local Nuxe stockist to purchase it, however, I am easily distracted. There were so many Nuxe products on offer that I ended up buying the serum because I had recently run out of the serum I was using.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Serum
The first thing I like about this is that it’s for face and eye contour, AND you can use it day and night. I find it annoying when you can’t use the same product on your whole face or it suggests you only use it for morning or night; not both. You end up with day serum, night serum, day moisturiser, night moisturiser, eye serum, eye cream and you can even have a day eye cream and night eye cream. Just imagine how mental you look packing all those products to go away for a weekend. What I really want from skin care is simplicity and quality ingredients. I’m getting fed up of all the hyped up science yarn and big promises of targeted this and that for a smidge less than a 100 bucks with little noticeable results. All I want to know is will it do what it says it’ll do. That’s the beauty of Nuxe Crème Fraiche Serum.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Serum
The promise here is your skin will be “moisturised for 24 hours and energised, skin feels fresh and looks radiant. The appearance of visible signs of fatigue is reduced”. It uses a combination of 8 plant milks and essential oils to provide all this moisturisation and anti-fatigue benefits. I’ve been using this for 5 weeks now and I can say that I am really happy with it. I use it morning and night under my Comfort Hydramemory moisturiser. The lotion texture is lightweight and sinks in quickly. There is a light floral scent but it fades quickly. It hydrates my skin really well and leaves it bright and radiant; not shiny or greasy. Its a good base for my makeup.

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It didn’t promise to make me look like that last ten years didn’t happen, but it does make sure that dehydration lines don’t add to what’s already there. This is €32.95 for 30ml, which I think is good value.

Have you tried any of the Nuxe Crème Fraiche range? (Here is a link to their website if you want to check out their product range https://uk.nuxe.com/ )

CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM: REVIEW & PICTURES

Clarins new Double Serum launched in Ireland in February. I purchased this serum seven weeks ago now and I have been using it day and night ever since. I wanted to give it a thorough testing before posting my review. Now I know there have already been loads of reviews of this product weeks ago from bloggers who received it to trial before it was available to buy, but I had to wait to buy mine and so having parted with €69.50, I’m going to tell you if I think it was money well spent.

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So what’s the hype? The bottle has two 007-esque chambers housing both an oil based and a water based, high-tech age defying formulas. It has over 20 plant-based active ingredients. It promises younger looking skin by targeting 5 important areas: hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration. This should all help to make your skin look smoother, firmer, and more even, while improving the appearance for fine lines, and minimising pores.

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The pump dispenses the water and oil separately and you mix them when you rub your hands together to warm the serum as recommended. It is also recommended that instead of rubbing the serum in, you pat it in all over. Even though there is oil in it and I have oily skin, it does not make my skin feel or look greasy at all. It sinks in quickly and feels light on. But does it work?

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I do love the serum but probably not for the right reasons. I love the scent. Clarins are known for their heavily perfumed cosmetics, which I’m not normally too fond of, but the smell of this is just gorgeous. I would love a diffuser in this scent. I also find it to be a great moisturiser, but in reality there are plenty of great moisturisers out there for a lot less than €69.50.

I think it has made my pores a bit smaller but it definitely has not helped reduce the pigmentation marks on the tops of my cheeks. I was really hoping it would. The dirty scould-ey frown mark between my eyebrows is every bit as noticeable as always and the crescent moon creeping across my forehead is still creeping. There is an immediate plumping of fine lines but unfortunately this is temporaty. After seven weeks I porbably have about two weeks left in the bottle, so not too shabby value wise.  I am still tempted to repurchase it, but I’m going to hold off as I have a sample size of Lancôme’s Visionnaire serum. If I like the sample I may buy the full size and see if that fares any better at easing the ravishes of time.

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All in all it wasn’t a waste of money but it isn’t a holy grail status skincare product either. I’m still looking for the miracle in a bottle.

My Current Skincare Routine

I’m afraid my skin care routine could be a long post. Looking natural takes a lot of time and money folks. So lets begin.

Cleanser – Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 €13.57. Your can use it as a cream cleanser, scrub, or mask. This reduces sebum production, removes impurities and I find it great for removing my make up. There are loads of reviews online for this so I won’t go into too much detail. I like it but even though the scrubby bits are gentler than most scrubs, I’m not sure I should be exfoliating with a scrub every day so I might try something gentler when this runs out.

Serum – YSL Forever Youth Liberator €77. Fancy! I know. I bought this because I heard a radio personality say that she was accused of using botox by a reporter since she started using the YSL Forever Youth Liberator moisturiser. Since she is about the same age as me I had to have it. I like it, it’s a good serum, but my expression lines are no better or worse since I started using it. I’m only 32 so maybe it’s is too soon to be spending so much on anti-aging, but I have always looked younger than my age and want to keep that trend going for as long as possible. Will I repurchase? I already have once but I want to try the new Clarins double serum that should be out soon.

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Eye Cream – Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA for eyes €26. I like Vichy products and often return to them when there is nothing new and exciting on the waiting list to try. It’s an all round good product. More or less does what it says and I find Vichy products will never irritate your skin. Still not quite the miracle in a bottle I’m looking for but will do until that comes along. I am particularly concerned about creases around the eyes. I have two older sisters, 14 and 17 years older than me, so I know what’s in store for me in terms of crows feet.

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Day Moisturiser – YSL Forever Youth Liberator Fluid €77. I bought this in duty free thinking that combining this with the serum would definitely improve results. Again it’s a good moisturiser but it doesn’t light my fire. I bought the fluid instead of the cream because I have oily/combo skin. Since it’s so expensive I only use two pumps on my whole face, so it has lasted ages but in this frosty weather two pumps just don’t seem soothing enough. That said I probably will be tempted to but it again at some stage, but I’m already on the look out for something else for when it runs out. Now someone older might see better results and love it, just bear in mind that I haven’t been ravished by time too badly, yet.

Night Cream – Vichy Liftactiv Nuit €32. Vichy again. This is a great night cream and the day version is just as good and maybe my go to next time I need to purchase a day cream if nothing else entices me. I have repurchased both many times, I like to wait for boots 3 for 2. It’s a great product for the price. It feels really luxurious but not too heavy for my oily skin.

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So that’s all my regular products. Seeing the prices listed out like that is a bit shocking. When you pick bits and pieces up here and there you don’t realise just how much you are spending. I like trying higher end products, but as you can see by my love of Vichy you don’t have to spend big to get great quality.