Sunday, 28 March 2010

Caudalie Experiment

I went into Space NK yesterday to return an eye cream that I was sceptical about using. I only wanted to get my money back but ended up getting sucked into spending a bit more and buying a 'Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting'. 

I was so close to going back for a refund next week (and resist the any form of eye contact with the sales people), but when I read a bunch of review online, the majority were very positive so I thought I'd try it out and keep a log on the progress.

It costs a whopping £43.50 for 30ml. It comes in a glass jar with a dropper - I reckon thats where most of my money was spent on (the packaging). I am not comfortable about it being in a light coloured glass jar because I heard that formulas are ruined by sun exposure the moment air gets into it. So i'll keep it in the box, in my wardrobe where the sun does not hit it. The product is a far more runny consistency than your average serum and the smell is quite nice - almost like the smell of the Origin skincare products.
Product Description: In four weeks, it claims to:
  • Correct existing dark spots, prevent the appearance of dark spots, and boosts the complexion`s radiance.
  • Provide anti-oxidant protection and offers your skin unique anti-ageing action 
  • Make your complexion look even and radiant
For maximum results, you use it morning and evening before your moisturiser. It also claims to be ideal for smokers, scar marks, sun-derived or age-related dark spots, pregnancy marks.

So lets do an experiment and see if it works! I have red scarring from a row of old spots, and and the dark spots have been there for over five years. The use of sun cream on my face has helped any new ones from appearing, but I really want to get rid of these uglys. So these are the two areas on my face that I will base on whether or not the products have worked for me. Plus its supposed to help even out the skin tone. With typical indian skin, the area around my mouth and nose is darker than the rest of my face. Hopefully this serum do something combat this trouble as well.

The lady in the store says that the serum should last me about nine months... I'm not too sure about that. I'll also give the experiment longer than 4 weeks. I'll take pictures of the offended areas every week for eight weeks. At the end of that, I'll compare the pictures to see if it was money worth spent. 

The serum also came with two very small samples of their day and night cream in this range which they recommend using for optimal results. But I have a bunch of products and samples I need to finish off. So here will be my routine:

1. Serum
2. Moisturiser (I am finishing off the Olay 'Complete Care Multi-Radiance Daily Illuminating UV Fluid'. I am also going to use up samples of 'Creme Fraiche moisture emulsion', 'Jurlique day cream', Eve Lom 'TLC Radiance Cream' and the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion')
3. Clinique face cream spf 40

Night time
1. Boots Rose water & Glycerine or the Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng toner if my skin feels like it needs it
2. Serum
3. Home Health Goji Berry Facial Cream

I tried to take pictures of the two offending areas I want to concentrate on but they came out far too blurry, but I will try again in a different light.

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