Friday, 25 March 2016

Requested Reviews - follow-up



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Well it would appear we broke blogger's comment system. The original requested reviews post (here) has so many comments that it is impossible to reply to them all, so I thought I would list them here - along with the ones that I won't be reviewing with a brief reply as to why. I will keep the comments on this post tighter so that we can have a conversation - sorry - I know it's frustrating.

Most requested reviews will start soon - ones that I'm not reviewing are also listed:
  • CeraVe - lots of votes for this - I've already bought it and started using. So far so good, although I avoided the heavier face moisturiser due to its mineral oil content.
  • Drunk Elephant Glycolic Serum - ordered from the States, on its way
  • GOOP - ordered the entire range - this is arriving next week
  • Glossier - can't get this in the UK - will have to get shipped over from the US (head's up Jordan!) ;)
  • Retin-A Cheat Sheet - this is coming along with retin-a/retinol recommendations
  • Honest Beauty - more in-depth reviews on individual products as opposed to the original overview - these are coming
  • Fresh products
  • Kat Burki - I have these, they're on the review list
  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth and Oils of Life
  • Facial tools - Foreo, Clarisonic etc. I'm not a fan of either of these, but it's worth mentioning that I have lots of readers that love them.. to each their own
  • Herbivore
  • Nuance by Salma Hayek - will try and get from the US 
  • OSKIA
  • MV Organics
  • Dennis Gross MD Serums
  • Bare Minerals new skincare
  • Verso
  • Mizon Snail products - too grim. Not for me.
  • philosophy Purity Made Simple - too drying IMO
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye and Night Cream - too thick, both very sticky and similar to the original Magic Cream. Although good for extremely dry skins IMO. Great for making dry/dehydrated skins look glowy really quickly, other than that, too heavy.
  • Natura Bisse/La Prairie/Sisley - may do the odd product but in general I don't tend to review things in the multiple hundred of pounds (I know there has been the odd exception in 6 years, but as a general, no-one has £££ to spend on skincare). I talk about how much I would be willing to spend on products in this post: cheat-sheet-top-tips-for-great-skin
  • OM Skincare
  • SK-II
  • All asian skincare - will review as and when I come across it but I don't intend to particularly seek it out, it's not really new, just new marketing for the big European market etc
  • Bravura
  • Clark's Botanicals - I like this brand. Most of what I've tried is good.
  • Medical grade skincare - mostly love. Some is a little harsh for me, but will review. This includes Obagi, NeoStrata, Exuviance etc - but it is worth bearing in mind that everything is considered over the counter unless it comes with a prescription. Whether a brand chooses to only retail to clinic/salons/spas/doctors is their choice, but calling it 'medical grade' is a little spin on marketing.
  • Biologique Recherche products other than P50 - probably won't do, I literally only use the P50s. I didn't particularly like the other products whe I was training.
  • Origins Maskimizer Mask Primer, Night-a-mins etc
  • Paula's Choice
  • Kiehl's - probably won't review. It's ok, just not earth-shattering.
  • Indeed Labs Vitamin C24 - this was too silicone-y for me. Didn't sit well underneath moisturisers.
  • January Labs moisturisers
  • Mario Badescu - won't be reviewing, have mentioned previously, not a huge fan. I have a couple of items I can review, but that's about it.
  • Sunday Riley Tidal/Blue Moon - not in my plans to review
  • Sarah Chapman - not in my plans to review
  • Rodial - won't review. Disagree with the ethos and the product names. I have softened towards Nip+Fab purely because they are hugely more affordable than their parent company and accessible to a lot of people.
  • Eucerin
  • Cetaphil - the cleanser can be drying on the wrong skin and is certainly not good for removing makeup
  • Olay - mostly like and the reviews are coming
  • Dermalogica - I feel similiarly to Dermalogica as I do about Kiehl's. I don't 'dislike' them, I'm just not wowed.
  • La Roche Posay
  • Rodan & Fields
  • Peter Thomas Roth - yes, have lots of this, need to review - will get on it
  • NIOD - major overview from NIOD already on the blog, I can look to review once I've worked through them
  • Murad
  • DHC
I think that's most of them. If you have any others please do let me know. I've closed the comments on the original post to save confusion. 

Reviews incoming. :)



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250 comments:

  1. Mary Kay new time wise Repair skincare!

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  2. Hi Caroline!

    Thanks so much for all the reviews. I was just wondering if there's a reason you're not going to review the new Tidal cream from Sunday Riley? I'm just asking because I recently got it, and it seems to be working and not breaking me out ( miracle). I was looking forward to your thoughts. But still very grateful for all your other reviews!

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    1. If you're enjoying it and seeing results crack on! :)

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    2. Thank you!

      I started reading your blog about a year, year and a half ago and you transformed my skin. I can't thank you enough. I have a fourth of the breakouts I did before. I'm really thankful for your advice.

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    3. I'm so glad it helped Alice. x

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  3. Can you include the vitamin C serum from Drunk Elephant as well? I'm interested to see how it compares to Skinceuticals, esp since it's in a pump instead of dropper form and cheaper (although still expensive). Thank you, Caroline! I highly value your opinion.

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    1. Maybe next time - this shipment is already on its way and is taking forever :)

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  4. Kind of an odd one, but it would be great to hear your opinion on things like Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Concealer. I know that's makeup, but I would be curious to know whether products like that - makeup that claims to also have skin care benefits - actually function as skin care, or if it's just a gimmick.

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    1. I love it. I did a video with them last year and have used it ever since. That and the matching foundation are great.

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    2. I love the video of you and Hannah! My sister had just given me the BB compact with the concealer and corrector and taught me how to use them. Just got the serum versions and love it. Also love Perricone's No eye shadow eye shadow which is like a serum and a great base so my lids don't look crepey.

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  5. Love you to the moon and back! One Love Organics? And Thank you!

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  6. Hi Caroline, I'm new to your blogs/vlogs but Discovered you when I took a long look in the mirror and thought it was time I got some much needed advice! Don't know if it's stress/bereavement induced (lost my child/mother) but my skin has definitely lost its mojo/sparkle!!! Currently morning routine is Estée Lauder perfectly clean (straight on dry skin) warm flannel removal, no7 protect and perfect intense - eye cream,serum,moisturiser - night - EL perfectly clean, EL advanced night repair/NR eye followed by No7 lift and luminate night cream. I want to be brave and go for an oil/acid/decent moisturiser but feel completely overwhelmed! I'm 53, combination skin and just need a kick in the right direction!! Just need to give myself some TLC and a lift in spirits - thought if I look better, might help do the trick?? Would love your help/advice. Kind regards, Trish xx

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    1. Hi, I'm not Caroline, obviously but we are the same age and seem to have the same skin type so I thought I would throw in my opinion for what it's worth! Clarins do a lovely face oil for normal to oily skin and Alpha H Liquid Gold works wonders - I also love the acid toning pads from FAB beauty, recommended by Caroline and also reasonably affordable, win, win! :)

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    2. Hi Trisha. I'm so sorry for your loss.
      Your routine seems a little harsh for your age - try switching to a balm cleanser and investing in acids first, I think you'll see a big difference. Best of luck and lots of love to you.
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    3. Hi Trisha, I am 50 with combination skin and I have been loving the Pixi Glow Tonic and Nourishing Cleansing Balm. Been getting compliments. I also use Prevage by EA and Josie Marin (any formulation) oil, which I have used for years, but have noticed a big difference recently since starting the Pixi stuff.

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  7. Hi Caroline,
    What your thoughts on Origins mask primer, is there such thing (a primer for face masks)? Or is it a total rip off? I'm really not interested in the product, but I have a feeling everyone will come up with their mask primer. Also, what you think of konjac sponge? I tried to come up with more question (because I am an annoying reader) but I couldn't. But I really envy your knowledge in skincare I'm almost 30, and I'm not ashamed to say: when I get older I wanna be just like you (I'm totally aware that I'm too old to say that, but I don't care).

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    1. I don't like any sponges. Sorry. I'll try the primer but I don't know if it will do anything on top of what an acid would do if used first? And thank you! :) x

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  8. Wow thats a super extensive review list-cant wait to read it all! I feel like Soap and Glory have come out with loads of new skin care products of late and I'm just wondering if any of it is worth it? I'm thinking mainly of their serums :)

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  9. Hello Caroline!
    What are your thoughts on:
    - SkinMedica TNS Serum
    - Luzern Labs (Force De Vie Creme Luxe)
    - Yes To Carrots Cream Cleanser (Fragrance Free)
    - Eminence Organics Bamboo Firming Serum
    - Sulwhasso Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream

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    1. haven't used any of those - I have a couple of them though. x

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    2. Hi Caroline,

      I use SkinMedica TNS Serum as well as Force de Vie.
      Would really love to hear your thoughts on them if they are among the ones you have. Especially the former

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  10. I am not suggesting this for actual reviewing. However, I would like to know what you feel about using at-home LED red light devices for anti aging? (ex. Baby Quasar MD Plus, LightStim, etc...)

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  11. Thanks! Super excited to see your reviews. Quick question - why aren't you reviewing tidal/blue moon?

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    1. Honestly? I've gone off the brand and don't want to give them the oxygen. Woah that was a bit too honest for a Saturday morning?! LOL

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    2. Love your honesty gf! I thought you were taking it easy over Easter break and hols!! Be well x

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    3. I've been wondering about this rift with Sunday Riley for a while :-)

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    4. Rift? That sounds a bit dramatic. Maybe she is just over it. Some of the products seem a bit repetitive. But I have enjoyed Luna

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    5. No rift. Just being honest. No drama. Products are great. Carry on. :) x

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    6. Haha, Caroline, thanks for clarifying. I clearly have no life as I have been really thinking about this lately :-) Thanks again so much for all these reviews that you are planning!!

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    7. Don't worry - the products I've reviewed are great. That hasn't changed. But everyone was asking me about Blue Moon and Tidal and I'd rather be honest about why I'm not reviewing. There are plenty of reviews online for both by now I'm sure. :)

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  12. Hi Caroline,

    This is a huge list!! I also would love to hear your opinions on more Omorovicza products. Especially on Hydra Melting Cleanser, Miracle Facial Oil, and Cleansing Foam. I know you don't like foaming cleansers, but this looks a bit different than the regular foam all over cleansers. Thank you!!

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    1. Haven't tried those but I like the other Omo products. only if you can afford though. They are expensive. x

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  13. Oy Caroline! Let me know if I can help you with anything from the states. I am on the West Coast, btw.

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  14. Can't wait for your DHC reviews!
    I mostly like their stuff. It's very basic, simple, no frills skincare here (in Japan). Their makeup is affordable and surprisingly decent, too.
    DHC Cleansing Oil is my number one favorite, no flannel required.
    And yes, I'm a card carrying DHC club member. Gotta stock up on the sunscreen.
    The new versions have just been released.

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    1. Thanks for the tip will do. :) Lucky you in Japan eh? I have always wanted to go to Japan. Since I saw You Only Live Twice when I was a kid LOL
      Is all the blossom out? x

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    2. In Tokyo - yep.
      Nothing yet where I live. It snowed this morning. WIll snow again tomorrow. Yuck.
      Come and visit!
      When you go skincare shopping you're gonna feel you died and gone to heaven.
      :-)

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    3. I cannot live without the DHC Eye Bright for puffiness. I will run out and when I get more, I still am in awe of how well it works.

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    4. When the blossom is out I want pictures pleaseeeee! x

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  15. Aurelia skincare, & chantecaille skincare. Thank you Caroline. Your awesome!!!

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    1. 1. Love.
      2. Love but expensive. Make sure you can afford.

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  16. Hey Caroline anything coming up for Mila Morsi or Omorovicza?

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    1. Not at the mo but see comments above x

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  17. I picked up Estelle and Thild's Super Bioactive line while on vacation in Stockholm (from USA) and it's replaced my La Mer products (except I caved the other day and bought La Mer Genaissance, figured if it works, it's better than Fraxel). My dermatologist pushes Neova DNA Damage Control, Académie White Derm Acte - Brightening Essence, and Matis products, haven't tried them yet would like to know if they're any good.

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    1. OMG how is the Genaissance? It's SOOOOO expensive. Let me know. I don't know the other two but Matis is old school.

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  18. So excited for the upcoming reviews! Can you please consider renewing Trilogy? Especially their Age Proof Replenishing night cream and face cleansers. :)

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    1. I like Trilogy. It's not earth-shattering but if natural is important to you, crack on. xx

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  19. I'd love to know your thoughts on Filorga products 😊

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    1. Haven't really used but Ruth (A Model Recommends) loves them and has LOADS of stuff on her site/youtube about them x

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  20. Ultraceuticals from Australia please!! Has retinols and other good serums. You are a superstar by the way

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    1. Don't know if I can get but I'll try. x

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    2. They do a fantastic sunscreen. Huge bottle, non sticky & feels amazing. Hard to find if you're not in Oz though...

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    3. I second ultaceuticals and ultra md - can help you procure some fi you need, Caroline!

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  21. Hi Caroline! I'm new to your blog and I simple love your blatant reviews of products! I've also changed up my daily routine based on your cheat sheet and I have learnt a lot from those popular posts at the side of your page. I mean seriously, I've never heard of an acid toner in my life and have quickly purchased a bottle off sephora to add it into my daily routine. Just a quick question though, what's your take on replacing products with all natural ones (e.g. apple cider vinegar as acid toner and coconut oil) in the daily routine? Just wondering about it. Love love love your blog and thanks!

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    1. I'm not a fan. Natural has its place but as you age I would advise embracing the chemical :) x

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  22. I can't wait to read your Retin A cheat sheet/recommendations. I have sensitive skin & can't seem to get past Paula's Choice Skin Recovery serum with retinol, which has little impact. I would love more reviews on Bobbi Brown skincare please. Your list made me smile!

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    1. I like most of Bobbi's skincare. :) x

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    2. Thank you for replying xxx

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  23. Thank you very much from Spain! I love all your reviews. What about African Botanics, Ling and maybe Fillerina?

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  24. SheaMoisture skincare & Derma E(Both sold at ULTA). Andalou (Sold at Wholefoods). More Pacifica skincare. Please & Thank you :)

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    1. i love all of them. Esp Shea and Pacifica xxx

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  25. How about Vichy Idealia range Caroline or any thing that you think is very good from Vichy?

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    1. It didn't have the same effect for me as it did for Sali hughes. I liked it but it wasn't the 'holy grail'. And the Sleeping Cream was too silicone-y for me and not hydrating enough. x

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  26. Hello Caroline. Please can you show your massage technique. You showed it briefly in a vlog, but it would be great if you went through it. Thank you.

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    1. That would be great! Massive list above and I really enjoy the honest, to the point comments! Love your blog. Thank you for all the work you out in. You are now the voice in my head when I shop for skincare.

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    2. Yes! I would love a video showing an oil massage technique.

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  27. I'm so looking forward to reading your reviews! But I am also wondering - why aren't you reviewing the new Sunday Riley products? does that mean we should avoid them? Thank you!

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    1. See comment above. No you shouldn't avoid, I'm sure they work fine - I'm just having an extended (ie permanent) break from the brand. ;) x

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    2. Whoa... Anything you're allowed to talk about? Not meaning to pry it's just tht they're an expensive brand and they're products are great but if they're shady...

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    3. No the products aren't shady at all. It's nothing against the products at all. :) Carry on!

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    4. Ok, great! Thank you, enjoy your Easter! :) xxx

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  28. Can I ask what's grim about snail products? The snails live a great life unlike pig collagen creams. I used mizon for a scar and after 6 months it went away so I'm a fan. Just curious to hear your standpoint of im missing out on something :)

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    1. I don't see any data to support that they live a great life - by their own admission, the manufacturers 'stress' the snails to get the slime. How do they do that? Not for me. Sorry! x

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    2. I can tell you in great detail how they stress the snails. It's not pretty. There's an industrial snail farm couple of towns over from where I live. Also a beetle farm and a butterfly farm. All for cosmetic purposes, mainly for export.

      With horse oil and pig collagen, these are the byproducts from already slaughtered animals that otherwise be wasted. Similarly with sheep and pig placenta. But snails are kept alive and abused (let's call it what it is) to produce slime.

      Having said that, I bought one snail product by mistake (similar packaging to a non-snail product) and it was indeed amazing.

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    3. OMG...They told me they feed the snails great food because they need to live well to produce the slime!!!! I didn't use horse oil nor the collagen cream stuff even though they are meant to be so effective because of the animal welfare issue but it seems I got the wrong info. Thanks for letting me know! This jar will be my last jar.

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    4. It sounds like it really works - it's a shame!

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  29. Organic pharmacy (besides the carrot butter cleanser)

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    1. I worked for them years ago. I like the products but they are very expensive and make a lot of claims that aren't clinically trialled - to my knowledge. Love the Carrot Butter. x

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  30. Really looking forward to this thank you :-)
    Would you be able to do anything a bit more budget such as Boots/Supdrug own brand as some of the Optimum range looks good but I don't have the know how to know if that's true.

    Or maybe a list of ingredients we might want to steer clear of as I'm an avid label reader now but it's all a bit scientifically over my head !
    In an ideal world we would all have a beauty version of Siri on our phones we could whip out in the middle of the shop and ask ...I think Caroline would be an excellent name for said app ;-)

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  31. Vitamin C serums too? :) X

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    1. Ooh yes, I'd love to know more about these too... Some say that the vitamin c oxidises unless it's buffered or something. I've been looking at the Judith Williams Vitamin C serum wondering whether it was any good?

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    2. It varies by product. Some are more stable than others. x

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  32. Radical Skincare please & thank you for all the good work and reviews to date - very much appreciated.

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    1. I mostly like Radical. That is to say I haven't yet used anything from the brand that I did not rate. x

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  33. Looking forward to you Retin A recommendations. A vitamin c serum cheatsheet would also be lovely. Also what are your thoughts on Medik8 products?

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    1. Medik8 are great and a cheaper alternative to brands like skinceauticals - and they have worked for me.

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  34. Hi Caroline,
    I had requested some reviews in the original post:
    Pai Rosehip Oil and Pai Copaiba Zinc Serum (and their AHA Copaiba Mask)
    Black Chicken Remedies Hydrate My Face
    Antonia Burrell Forest Dew Skin Conditioner
    Grown Alchemist Antioxidant + 3 Detox Serum
    Dr Dennis Gross All-in-One Cleanser with Toner
    May Lindstorm The Problem Solver
    Thayer's Alcohol Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner
    Sonia Dakkar Clarifying Silver Face Wash
    DS Laboratories Hydroviton Skin Perfecting Cleanser
    (I think there were a couple of extra items on my original list but I cannot find my comment anymore).
    Would be awesome if you could confirm that these are suitable for unnaturally acne-prone skin that breaks out despite 3L water, foam-free double cleansing, sugar-, dairy-free diet and hydration. Thanks muchly!

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    1. Sorry you must have been lost in the middle somewhere:
      1. Like, but not 'holy grail'
      2. Love
      3. Love
      4. Haven't used but I would expect it to be good
      5. Wouldn't use a two in one, unless on a plane etc
      6. LOVE
      7. Haven't used but sounds lush
      8. Haven't used
      9. Haven't used
      Yes they all sound good to use. x

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  35. Could you add a cheat sheet/post for rosacea/sensitive skin to your already huge list ;-)

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    1. This would be excellent! I'm not sure if I'm scarred by acne, at the start of rosascea or just a bit rosy cheeked - so general redness tips would be fabulous!

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    2. P.S. Merci beau, my skin is ever so smooth thanks to you

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  36. Oh sorry another - the best SPFs for face for under foundation I've just found a great foundation but it doesn't have sun protection & unfortunately I've rosacea prone skin grrrr!!

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    1. The ones I recommended last year still stand as my faves. they're all listed under 'SPF'. x

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  37. Hi there!
    I'm interested in the balm balm range, in particular the frankincense cleansing balm and rosehip serum. Any experience of their products?
    Thanks and happy holidays!
    http://balmbalm.com/

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    1. Yes they're nice. For how plain they are. All good. x

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    2. Thank you, will give their try me size a go! X

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  38. Hi Caroline, as to the vit a cheet sheet could you discuss other prescription retinoids. I'm on epiduo which also contains benzoyl peroxide and was wondering if it has similar benefits to other retinoids. Thanks!
    Also a vit c / e cheat sheet / product recommendations would be hugely appreciated.

    Your blog has genuinely changed my skin so thank you very very much. X

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    1. Yep have that listed will do. Thank YOU for reading. xx

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  39. Probably too late to add to your enormous list but possibly for the future - more of the Elemental Herbology range. Thank you for doing what you do. X

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    1. Hi Angela, EH is a lovely range. Carry on :) x

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  40. Looking forward to all your reviews (my bank account probably doesn't :P )
    Good to know your thoughts on Kiehl's. I got the midnight recovery concentrate last year and I've been using it for 8 months and haven't seen any earth shattering change on my skin and won't repurchase!
    Wishing you happy Easter!

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    1. That's what I mean. It's great if you're new to skincare.

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  41. Hi Caroline, have you tried Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask from Peter Thomas Roth? Would love to hear your opinion on that one, considering buying it due to its claims but despite being targeted to sensitive skin I've read people with sensitive skin complain that it was super irritating. In fact, do you have a favorite rose mask? The Aurelia one, Sisley, etc. are all too expensive for my budget. Thanks.
    PS. Not sure if Radical is in your radar but would like to hear your thoughts on their SPF.

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    1. Love Radical. Love most of PTR that I've used. the Fresh Rose Range is lovely. Have you tried?

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  42. Hi Caroline! I actually really like how you've presented this list. Very helpful to just list them all in one place. I thought I had asked if you could review some of the lines from Korres in the original comments section, but perhaps not. I've used a few products from various lines of theirs (yoghurt, Wild Rose, pomegranate), but I'm curious as to your take. Sephora especially has been promoting their Wild Rose serum lately, so I'm curious what you think of the range. Thanks so much!

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  43. Dear Caroline,

    I apologize if I'm not posting this in the right place.
    Have you tested the 3 serums from Chanel Le Jour, La Nuit, Le week-end?
    I would love to have your thoughts on them (especially Le Week-end) if you have tested them.

    Have a lovely Easter week-end!

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    1. Love all of them - I think the La Nuit was my fave in the end. x

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    3. Hi Caroline

      Did you try Le Lift as cream as well?

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    4. Gave that to Mum - who loves it. :)

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  44. Hi Caroline, I am really interested in products by Codage, Dr. Sebaugh, Sensai, and Le Métier de Beauté. I know they are pricey brands, but they are highly available where I live unlike many of the brands on your blog. I´m afraid it is mostly impossible to get samples shipped. I have bought the Pixi Tonic, and Temple Spa balm cleanser based on your recomendations, (grabbed the cleansing balm 2 for 1, WAY TO GO, and thanks for the head up)

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    1. Codage is ok - from what I've tried.
      Sebagh is hit and miss. Some nice, some a bit harsh.
      Sensai is ok if you can take the fragrance content.
      i LOVE LMDB but it's SO expensive. If you can afford, carry on. x

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  45. Hi Caroline! I was wondering if you have any recommendation for early twenties, extremely dehydrated Skin? Using the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm and the Pixi Glow Tonic currently but need a good moisturiser recommendation, if you could - At a loss! Thanks Mrs Hirons! XX

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    1. try anything from Boots around the Avene/La Roche Posay/Una Brennan line. Affordable and good. No need to spend £££.

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  46. Thank you for such a quick reply...I mix them up a bit, (plus a few others including Retin A) I have a wonderful relationship with my Cosmetic boutique and am offered a lot of clinical trials with most of the above companies, especially Sensai. We are in the same time zone, I can see you are working devilishly away on your computer this morning! Have a wonderful holiday! XXX from not so sunny Northern Spain!

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  47. Thank you!! So excited for these, particularly the Body Shop and LA Roche Posay. I've been reading your blog since December when I had a horrible reaction to something and my skin has improved so much overall! I was going through old posts yesterday and came across one on your favorite pharmacy in Paris and got super excited because I work two minutes from there. Let's just say they have received a substantial part of my paycheck these last few months, haha. I've been particularly liking Caudalie, Nuxe and SVR (make a really soothing eye cream which I desperately needed). Thank you for your fantastic recommendations!

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    1. ooh Parashop? Lucky you. :) you can spend 30/40 Euros in there and come away with loads!

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  48. sorry but I went through the list again and noticed that Sarah Chapman is also on the no-review list. Is there something we should know/ avoid? ��
    I didn't see the comments from the first post but is it too late to throw in a few more suggestions? Namely, mahalo skincare and Leahlani (both from Hawaii). Mahalo is available in Europe and Leahlani ships internationally but the duties are exorbitant so I wanted to see if all the buzz is worth it. Thank you!

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    1. No absolutely not. Products are great. Carry on. One of my instagram readers uses Leahlani - I'd love to get my hands on it. :) Will investigate :) xx

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  49. Totally agree with you about the Charlotte Tilbuty night cream; despite my post menopausal dry skin, I actually ended up washing this off as it felt like honey on my face. Couldn't stand the stickiness (I think I prefer more lighter layers). Fortunately they give you the option to pick two free samples when ordering from their website, so had not paid for it. Wish more brands did this. I still love and will continue to buy her make up and will try other skincare too.

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  50. Hi Caroline! Aesop facial skincare products please! I have seen flashes of them here and there in your videos but nothing in-depth apart from control. xxx

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  51. just want to say thanks for this! looking forward to all the reviews :) x

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  52. Hi Caroline,

    Will you review any skinceuticals products beyond c.e. ferulic and aox eye gel? I love you blog and vlogs - thanks for all your great tips!
    Andrea

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      I've liked most Skinceutical products I've used. If you can afford them they're great. If not, stay with the more affordable brands.

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  53. Hi Caroline, love to know your opinion about Bobbi Brown skincare (cleansers & moisturizers) and Forever Young skincare uk (sr skincare). Last one has great ingredients. To good to be true or? ... Thanks in advance! Have a great Easter weekend! Ann x

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    1. I wouldn't buy a 50% peel, never mind one that is £8. Most of the Bobbi Brown skincare is good. The odd one contains mineral oil, so I avoid, but in general, it's one of the better MUA skincare lines.

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    2. Thanks so much for your feedback, Caroline! I would never buy a 50% peel, no matter what the costs are, way too strong for non-professional use. All in all, I am not really satisfied with the sr-skincare, (some creams stay forever on top of my skin), so I'll give Bobbi's line a try...
      Love your blog, keep up the great work! Ann x

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  54. Loved Organics day & night moisturisers and facial scrub (I know you don't like scrubs but this one uses walnut seeds and has a wonderful uplifting smell). Really good value. It's a micro brand only available at www.lovedorganics.bigcartel.com. I'm looking forward to trying the healing balm - getting a sample with my next delivery.

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  55. Would love to hear your thoughts on Dr Jart :-)

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  56. Hi Caroline, would love to hear a proper review of the new Pixi Glow Peel Pads. Okay for daily usage at night? Also interested in your thoughts on micro current as a treatment; including optimal times to start (20s, 30s, etc.) and frequency. Absolutely love your insight!

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    1. they're 20% so would be too much every evening. Go easy! MicroCurrent depends on your lifestyle really, but I would say closer to 30s onwards as a general guide.

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    2. yep I learned this the hard way. bought them and started using every night....lovely red dry scaly patches:-/ but my own stoopid fault and now fixing x

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  57. Hey Caroline. I dunno why I'm commenting as unknown. But this is just a thanks for being so lovely about replying to all of these comments. So kind. That is all.

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  58. Oh lordy this is so confusing! Not the routine but what products to actually use within a person's budget 😜

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    1. Read the Cheat Sheet about what to spend in your routine - that may help you start? x

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  59. Yikes, Caroline, just how many hours are there in your day?? don't know how you do it all!

    Looking forward to all the reviews, even of things I can't afford, but particularly Superdrug.

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  60. Thanks so much Caroline!! One brand I have been hearing a lot about is SW Basics - formulated by the author of the book Skin Cleanse, which I have also been hearing about. Seems like a very natural/limited ingredients used type of line... Can that be effective? I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks!

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    1. it's probably fine from a cleansing/moisturising perspective but if you want hardcore anti-ageing I'd go more chemical. :) x

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  61. Can I just say Caroline that you are absolutely bloody amazing, you are my queen and your blog is my bible, honestly! Haha
    I've always wanted to work in the skincare industry and ever since finding your blog my interest has only sky rocketed and since I'm currently not working in the skincare industry and really struggling to get my foot in the door your blog is like my little piece of heaven were I can just gorge myself on skincare to my hearts content, I'm pretty sure I've read through nearly every single tag on your blog!!! (So sad but I cannot get enough of your writing). Whenever I'm considering a new product/brand straight away I'm always like I'll see what Caroline has to say about it!
    Im literally waiting with baited breath to read your reviews on MV organics and I'm sooooo excited for your rocasea/sensitive skin cheat sheet!!!
    Can I just say that you are my idol I honestly think your the bee's knees haha!
    And I think I can say for everyone we all appreciate the time and effort you put in for all yours blog posts and vlogs (don't even get me started on how excited I get for your vlogs)
    You are simply fabulous and I know, because it's evident, how super busy you are but if you could take the time to even just reply with a smiley face to this comment I think I would wet myself with giddiness haha!
    And even if you don't thankyou for taking the time to read this and I hope it put a smile on your face :) xxxx

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      i'm so pleased you enjoy it and I wish you the best for your work in the industry. Good luck - if you want any advice please don't hesitate to ask. If I don't know, I'll know someone who does.

      Cx

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  62. Hi Caroline, thanks for this.

    I wondered whether you would recommend Medik8 products? I'm umming and ahhing over whether to buy the Red Alert serum (I have mild rosacea) but your opinion on the line generally would be really helpful :)

    Have a lovely Easter weekend. x

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  63. Hi Caroline. I may be too late with this request (or someone else may have already suggested it) but I would be interested in your take on the primer/spf combos that seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment (EH, Murad, etc etc). In your opinion, do they give enough day to day SPF protection? If not, please could you do an update on SPF protection that works under makeup. Thanks. Caroline x

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    1. I like separate SPF as you would be inclined to use it everywhere as opposed to a primer which I would probably only put on my cheeks and forehead? x

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  64. Hi, I'd love to see reviews about Radical Multi Brightening Serum, Youth Infusion Serum, Eye Revive Creme and Skin Perfecting Screen SPF30. If you could get your hands on it I'd love to see reviews of a brand called NIA24. Available at the US Space NK. Not sure if it's available in the UK. Thank you.

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    1. i like and use Radical - and NIA24 used to be in SpaceNK here. Niacinamide is a brilliant ingredient, I remember people in SpaceNK talking highly of some of the products.

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  65. Would love to know if you've tried any of this brand (occo skincare)
    I picked the wax cleanser and hydrating toner up in TK maxx for 1/4 of the price and like them
    http://www.occo-online.com/shop/index.php/products/gentle-softwax-cleanser.html

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    1. Thanks for the reply :) they have full ingredients list on website(!) if you ever fancied a browse
      The wax cleanser is like a v soft balm

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  66. Happy Easter, Hirons! I would love your always honest opinion about Elixir Cosmoceuticals, especially the Niactil gel/creme. So hyped everywhere but not sure if it is worth my student loans :D

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  67. Hi Caroline, just wanted to ask why your not reviewing Sarah Chapman products? I have only used the Raped Radiance Cleanse when feeling oily/ spotty and is great. Also wanted to know if cleansers with AHA's and BHA's in them actually work? as it's not really on your face long enough. Thanks x

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    1. Yes the cleansers with those ingredients in work. Like I said, the Sarah Chapman products are for the most part great, keep using them!

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  68. Well done Caroline for responding to all the comments and ordering products just to test. Wow! To be honest seeing the endless list of brands and products ( many of which I've never heard of ) makes me long for the 1980s when you only had the likes of Helena Rubinstein, Clinique, Lauder, Charles of the Ritz, Erno Laszlo, Orlane, Lancome, Arden, RoC, Vichy and maybe 10 or 15 other brands to choose from. Now there seem to be literally 1000s of brands trying to get a slice of the action all launching and at the same time discontinuing products at a dizzying rate. I applaud you for even attempting to keep up with the skincare roller coaster!

    Regarding Biologique Recherche I have used a couple of other products ( Masque Vivant - stinks likes soya sauce / yeast) and some of the creams ( beautiful) but I think they need to be prescribed by a facialist which I guess is why they don't sell online. I agree that Kanebo Sensai is too perfumy but some of the products ( especially cleansing creams & cream masks ) are a lovely add on if a bit " old school". I love Astalift ( and not just the jelly) - it's a quality product and for some reason a love the rosy scent.

    Love the blog. Thanks x

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    1. Thanks Zah. I remember Charles of the Ritz. That's going back! And my Mum worked for Rubenstein in the 80s. Happy Days. :)

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    2. BR's range is my personal HG! The masks are out of this world and I've grown to love the smell of vivant! I think you can buy their stuff without a "prescription" at EF Medispa though. Just head in & ask for whatever you want.

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  69. Thank you, Caroline! Looking forward to so many of these.

    I'd love to know what you think about Yuli Skincare. Are their claims backed up by their ingredients? I'm on the fence about trying the serums, after mediocre results from the elixirs. I love the Halcyon cleanser, although it costs more than I'd usually invest in a cleanser. I find that it's a perfect morning/second cleanse (and personally I love the herbal scent).

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    1. I haven't used Yuli - it seems like a mix between Vintner's Daughter/Kypris etc.

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  70. Hi Caroline. There are only three products that I've tried that make an immediate positive impact on my 49 yr old face. Natura bisse glyco extreme peel, Le Metier de Beaute rejuvenating night cream ( w/ 5% retinol and some high tech delivery system), and Tata Harper resurfacing peel. Two of them cost $$$ but at Neimans every few months they offer 30% back in the form of a gift card if you hit a certain spend threshold, which combined with a 5 to 10 % rebate, can bring the prices down considerably. They also sell Tata Harper products which I love so it all works out well. I actually have been trying out Le Mer Genaissance since I received four 5 ml samples bottles and noticed no difference whatsoever. Right this week I'm starting to try out Tata Harper's new elixir vitae eye serum which I'm excited about because they are giving out 4 ml samples with every $50- Tata spend. It's very $$$ so the samples are really useful.
    I thought one day about how it would be so awesome if you had an app where you listed all the myriad skincare ingredients and had your thoughts on each of them since you are implicitly trusted by so many of us. I'm sure most of us would much rather consult your app than run to google only to get confused and discouraged. Take care.

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    1. Hi Planet Scooby LOL,

      I know - I get a lot of requests for an app - the only thing that outs me off is the constant maintenance. Can you imagine? it would probably need to be daily! And that's a great way of getting your hands on $$$ for $$! :) x

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  71. Hello
    Whats your opinion on Babor, Carita and Dr.Obagi? Thank you for eveything:)

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    1. Don't know Babor, Carita is ok in parts and Obagi is good. :)

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  72. It literally send me up the wall that products like zo skin, Obaji etc are such a pain to get that I have given up trying with them. When a brand makes something that isn't prescription needed so hard to get it puts me off even delving into them

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    1. I know what you mean. Where do you live? x

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  73. TheBalm's Geranium face toner! I think it's a good dupe for Pixi Glow?

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  74. Woohooo at all the incoming reviews! *happy dance* thank you Caroline!
    I wanted to ask about Biologique Recherche - what didn't you like about the other products? Or are you against their philosophy (from what I understand they're against extractions)? I went to a BR facialist who told me that I had damaged and hardened my epidermis from overusing products (too much acids, anti-aging, etc. at 28), that I need to stop with the oils (noooooo), and that I should just use (cleanse) + P50 with their Dermopurifiante cream and leave it at that... maybe with a hydrating serum added in.
    Which after nearly 4 years of following your blog sounds totally crazy!!
    But since nothing has ever truly done anything miraculous to my skin (I still have large pores and tons of blackheads :( )...my skin just looks dirty all the time), so I don't know... might BR be worth the investment?
    OR... should I go see one of your recommended facialist colleagues when I'm in London and see if they can sort me out?

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    1. Hi Nightmoth,

      I trained at BRs flagship in Paris about 15 years ago. The products seemed overcomplicated and I know it sounds strange but they smelt and tasted grim - Please note I don't make a habit of eating creams, but when you use their machines it does go in the mouth! Having said all that, Mr and Mme Alloche, the founders that I trained with, were brilliant in their field so I'm sure the products work. i just can't get past the training experience, although it was clearly worth it because it introduced me to P50! :) x

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  75. Do you rate veneffect or bakel? Have both and on the fence re the former (other than the lip cream) but liking the bakel serum for dehydrated skin. Ps love this blog i

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  76. And I thought I was the only one underwhelmed by Kiehl's. :) How about Gunilla of Sweden products? Lerosette is one of the best masks I've ever used. Cleared up hormonal acne like nothing else.

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  77. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this for us! I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on Darphin. Worth the money? I am really liking what I have tried - the aromatic renewing balm is so similar to May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon but smells soooo much better.

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  78. Hi Caroline, can't wait for these reviews. Am 3 weeks into using retinols ( Indeed Labs Reface,every second night now) & noticing a great difference & it's not aggravating my rosacea. Have purchased the Nip & Fab glycolic extreme pads & Neostrata 10% glycolic moisturiser & wondering how best to work them into my routine, day or night, where to apply etc. Thank you x

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  80. Well, for those who can read/understand German: Shenja from Incipedia did one of her "INCI checks" just a few days ago with Bodyshops "Oils of Life".
    http://www.incipedia.de/inci-check-the-body-shop-oils-of-life/
    Conclusion: not recommendable. products are full of "bad fragrance" and some even contain a lot of alcohol denat. Everyone who wants to avoid those can save their money.

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  81. Hi Caroline!
    What about a what to buy for Darphin?
    And for acne do you think the skin mat or the intral range is better?
    I love you and your blog!
    Xx

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  82. What do you think about:
    Tata Harper Lip products (Be Adored (it has a bit of a tint), Be True, Be Fierce)
    Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
    Elta MD UV clear sunscreen SPF 46 (it has 5% niacinamide)
    Lancer Skin Care Products (From celebrity Dermatologist Dr.Lancer)
    Arcona Golden Grain Gommage (Cleanser)

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  84. Hi Caroline, greetings from Portugal. Love your blog. What do you think about estherderm? What's better for 40's skin? Good Easter.

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  85. Hi Caroline
    Thanks for taking the time to reply :-)
    Love your honest opinions.
    Any thoughts on
    1)Rituals skincare
    2)Biodermal
    3)Payot
    Last question... TBS softening cleansing gel/Oil. Still nowhere to be found. Ive asked them several times and through social media but they never reply.
    Thanks so much and have a lovely easter weekend
    Xx

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  86. I would love to see a review on the ExfoliKate Cleanser! I know you generally like KS, but have said in the past you weren't a fan of the cleansers. I would also like to see reviews on Boscia (I guess it is Asian skincare, but has been around in the US for a while, and I don't personally perceive it as part of the new marketing push on Asian skincare) and Algenist.

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  87. Hi Caroline,
    there is an Australian brand, Moo Goo, that I know is available (online, if not easy to find in store) in the UK. I'm a big fan of the range, especially the MSM cream, and if you can get your hands on something I would love to know what you think. Thank you!

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  88. Hi Caroline, love your work as always. I'm exhausted just reading the list, so can only imagine how you're feeling - maybe you should do your own line? Make it easy for us all lol. That aside, I'd be interested to know your thoughts on the hyped Cult 51 cream from Cult Beauty? I got a sample in a GWP bag from either CB or SNK and it seems good, but not sure about only using this as (i.e. No serum or eye cream required as per marketing, possibly to help justify the price) - apparently skin can only absorb so much actives (again, according to the marketing)?? Would really appreciate your view.

    Oh, and any advice you have on facial eczema! Not as bad now as it has been, but GP only offers steroid creams and petroleum based creams... Steroids ok I guess in the short term, but not great in the long run!

    P.s. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom - my previously very dehydrated face will be forever grateful xx

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