Skincare Review: Do Changing Seasons Upset Your Skin? Caudalie Vinosource to the Rescue!

Hey everyone!

About two weeks ago I went to the Caudalie Vinosource press event and received some samples to try out. I have been using them over the past two weeks, and I have come to my verdict. I started using this line when my skin was acting a little crazy with the changing seasons. It was dry, tired-looking, and not as plump. With the help from this line however, my skin very quickly went back to normal! I have been a fan of this brand for 8 years now, and I have not tried anything that is a dud. With that said, let’s take a better look at the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, Moisturizing Matifying Fluid, Moisturizing Sorbet, and Moisture Recovery Cream!

The S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum has a feathery light texture. Sticky and heavy are not the words you would associate with this serum. It is easy breezy to smooth it out on the skin, and it is then absorbed with lightening speed. This is not a serum that comes with fancy claims like brightening, anti-aging, and whatnot. However, if you want your skin to have a hydration boost, this serum is a good bet!

The Moisturizing Matifying Fluid is a must-try for everybody with combination skin. Having combination skin myself, I am very partial to products claim to moisturize my cheeks while matifies my T-zone. However, nothing I have tried worked for me. They usually keep my cheeks hydrated, but my T-zone still gets shiny really fast. This one, however, keeps its promise. I love to use this as day cream on my “I’m just working at home” days, but it works just as well under my foundation. My cheeks are soft and hydrated, and my T-zone doesn’t shine like a disco ball in a matter of hours. People with combination skin, rejoice! Here’s something that will streamline your morning routine! It has a very light texture and is absorbed fast, like everything else in this range (or dare I make a grander generalization about all Caudalie products?).

The Moisturizing Sorbet is a relaunched product. It used to be housed in a pump bottle, but the new formula is found in a tube. I had the old formula and loved it, but it was a while ago so I can’t really compare the two! What I can say is, they’re both super light, yet they moisturize well. It doesn’t claim to be matifying, but I find my T-zone very happy with this sorbet. So happy in fact, it doesn’t feel the need to produce sebum too fast! Actually, if you have “oily skin,” it is a good idea to check if your skin is hydrated enough. The problem with those with oily skin is that they could get too aggressive with cleaning and they don’t put enough hydration back. As a result, their skin feels the need to produce even MORE sebum to replace the lack of hydration. Don’t. Use a light, yet effectively hydrating product like this one. It really won’t make you shiny faster! This product targets those with sensitive skin, so it is super gentle (though all Caudalie products I have tried are gentle and effective). It has an interesting yogurt-like texture, as you can see in the picture below.

Last but not least, we have the Moisture Recovery Cream. This is for dry skin, but I use it as my night cream. It is slightly heavier than the rest of them, but still it doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. Besides a good dose of hydration, it also offers more moisture, which I welcome at nighttime! Those with dry skin can definitely use this as their day cream.

All of these can be used day and/or night. Like other Caudalie products, they smell insanely good. I can’t quite put my fingers around it. It’s not the type of “essential oil” smell, but nor is it artificial-smelling AT ALL. It’s just all kinds of amazing. If you haven’t smelled any Caudalie products, I strongly advise you do that as soon as possible. It is never the smartest strategy to buy skincare products just because they smell good, but it’s a great place to start!

Bottom line: Gentle, effective, and hydrating, the Vinosource line has something for everybody. If your skin is taking a hit because the seasons are changing, try to lay your hands on one (or more) of them that suits your skin type!

Have you tried anything from Caudalie before? How do you pacify your skin when the seasons are changing? What are your favorite hydrating products?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

Review: Skincare HG! L’Occitane Foaming Rice Cleanser, Purifying Rice Toner, Ultra-Matte Face Fluid, Exfoliating Rice Powder

Hey there, how is everybody doing on Monday? Still hanging in there?

Today I’m here to talk about my holy grail skincare products. I have combination skin, which means my forehead and nose are oily and prone to shininess. Moving to a colder/drier climate didn’t completely solve this problem, but at the same time the rest of my face becomes a bit drier and more sensitive. I’ve always been a huge fan of L’Occitane products, and since I now live next door to where they are produced, I was more than willing to give their red rice line a try. As you can see, except for the mask I own everything! When I first came to Belgium I experimented with some pharmaceutical skincare products, but none of them was satisfactory. Ever since this line came into my life though, I have never looked elsewhere. I have repurchased all the products at least once, and I will continue to do so as long as they are still on the market/my skin is still combination/oily!

The Foaming Rice Cleanser claims to contain both zinc and red rice. Zinc supplements are recommended for those with acne problems, and zinc in skincare products is only effective if it has a certain concentration. Since the concentration is not stated on the packaging, the resident chemist of Mostly Sunny (Dr. D!) cannot evaluate whether it might be effective. From a consumer point-of-view though, the rice cleanser is amazing! I love how little I need each time (think one peanut and a half), how easily I can make luxurious foam, and how my skin is perfectly clean yet not tight or dry afterwards. The packaging is pretty nicely-designed. I have used about 2 bottles all the way to the end, and there is VERY little you can’t get out with the pump. Also, it is plastic, but it is not cheap plastic. It has accidentally fallen to the floor of my shower from the rack a million times, but it never broke (as opposed to the pump of my bottle of Aveeno facial wash, which broke into several little pieces the second time it fell)!

The Purifying Rice Toner is a bi-phase toner that slightly mattifies skin. It reduces shine and leaves my skin feeling fresh, but the rice powder in the product doesn’t feel heavy or pore-clogging at all. I have specifically asked Dr. D to go through the ingredient list and see if he can spot alcohol, and I am happy to report there is none. From my experience I can tell you it doesn’t dry the drier part of my face out. I apply it with a cotton pad every morning (in the evening I prefer something a bit more moisturizing).

The Ultra-Matte Face Fluid is another wonder. I tried several NUXE lotions which claim to work for combination skin, but each time I was left disappointed. The texture of those lotions are heavy, and they did nothing to help reduce/delay shine on my nose and forehead. This one, on the other hand, has a lovely light texture. It keeps the drier part of my skin moisturized, and it delays the shine on my forehead/nose. I wouldn’t exaggerate and tell you my face doesn’t get shiny at all with this lotion, but it does help. It is again an extremely concentrated product that you only need a teeny bit each time.

I can’t find the Exfoliating Rice Powder on the website anymore. The US website says it’s not in stock, but the French one simply doesn’t list it anymore. I hope they didn’t discontinue this powder… or even if they did they would come up with a better one. The Exfoliating Rice Powder is a facial scrub. Unlike most scrubs, it is not a paste. Instead, it is just a can of tiny rice flakes. It is used when the face is clean and wet. The rice flakes are very fine, so it does not feel abrasive at all on my face. It also foams up a tiny little. I was told to take my time with it, making gentle circular motions with my fingertips. I have tried plenty of facial scrubs in the past, but this one is my favorite! It leaves skin feeling fresh and clean, while the process stays gentle. Special attention does have to paid to storing this scrub though, as if you live in a humid climate or leave this lying around in your bathroom, the powder might absorb humidity and become chunks.

Like all L’Occitane products, these aren’t cheap (20 dollars a pop for both the cleanser and toner, and 26 for the face fluid). However, as I have mentioned, they are so concentrated that you only need a teeny tiny bit each time, which is likely to make them last longer than drugstore products. Also, they are formulated with some organic ingredients if that speaks to you 🙂 The fragrance is light, pleasant, and not overwhelmingly chemical-smelling.

Put your hand in the air if you have combination skin/have tried these products/are interested in trying them! Let me know what you think about these and whether you might want to give them a try in the comments. I will come back with another post soon 🙂