SKINCARE | All about Vichy hydrating serums


I wanted to do this quick overview of some of the Vichy hydrating serums that I’m currently using in my life. Its no secret that Vichy Mineral 89 (C$41.95 for 50mL) is an absolute staple in my skincare routine. It’s the ultimate step 0 serum as it is super hydrating, very lightweight, and overall improves the health of my skin over long term use. I’ve used up at least five bottles and I don’t see myself stopping.

What’s different between Mineral 89 and the Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum (C$42.95 for 30mL) is that Mineral 89 is a step 0 serum, meant to be used as the first step to your skincare routine even before toning. You apply it direct to your clean and towel-dried skin, and it was absorb immediately, leaving you with plump, very hydrated, beautiful skin that is ready for the next steps. Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum is a true hydrating serum, meant to be applied after toning and before moisturizer. I use this right before moisturizer, after my active serum for the day, which can either be a Vitamic C+E combo for day, or a brightening / exfoliating serum at night. I have very dehydrated skin so I love a good hydrating serum.

Mineral 89 is a great skincare product for all skintypes. You can be literally parched and enjoy this as equally as someone who has oily skin. I have very dehydrated and dry skin so I layer this underneath many products, including the Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum. If you have oily skin, you can use Mineral 89 with just your toner and moisturizer, and it can even help to rebalance your skin and reduce oiliness.

Aqualia Thermal Rehydrating Serum, while also nice, I don’t love as much as Mineral 89. I find that it does a great job at hydrating my skin and creating a moisture barrier, but it can also be sticky if I apply too much (which I have the habit of doing because I’m used to my skin being dry). There is zero stickiness or residue with Mineral 89.

Now Vichy’s newest product is the Mineral 89 Eyes (C$34.95 for 15mL), a step zero serum for the eye are. I used to be pretty terrible with taking care of my eye area, applying eye cream maybe 50% of the time at night only, but I’ve been very good about consistently applying the Mineral 89 Eyes. It is recommended that you apply this with an eye cream, but sometimes I apply it alone because I am lazy and alone is better than nothing. Similar to the Mineral 89 for the face, Mineral 89 Eyes is super lightweight but still very hydrating, and very gentle on the eyes. It doesn’t contain any fragrance or alcohol, and I’ve accidentally gotten it in my eyes with no stinging. It’s a great starter eye product for those who are just starting to venture into the world of eye care.

I absolutely love Mineral 89 and Mineral 89 Eyes. It’s definitely something I think everyone should have in their skincare routine. In the world of step 0 serums, Vichy’s are relatively affordable (see Sulwhasoo and Dior for other step 0 serums that I like and they are definitely way more expensive), but still do a fantastic job. I’ve used up more bottles of Vichy Mineral 89 than any other skincare product in my entire life, so that has to account for something.

I hope this was useful!

Products were provided by Vichy for review consideration or as gifts from media events. All opinions are my own.

Review of pre-serums, featuring Vichy Mineral 89, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex and Dior One Essential

Review of pre-serums Vichy Mineral 89, Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex and Dior One Essential

Ever since I wrote about Shiseido Ultimune more than three years ago, the original pre-serum serum, the market has been flooded with other brands introducing similar products. I’m still skeptical of the benefits of using a pre-serum, but I love layering skincare and any excuse to add more products to my regime is a good one. Today I have three pre-serums to share with you, ranging from affordable to the ultra expensive.

Priced at C$40 for 50mL, the Vichy Mineral 89 is the most affordable and most easily accessible of all pre-serums. It contains 89% Vichy thermal water, powered by 11 different minerals, and only 10 other ingredients. It is ultra light, very watery, and fast absorbing. This is also the simplest of all of the pre-serums, in that it claims to hydrate, plump, and fortify the skin. I think it does a fantastic job at hydrating my skin, and I can even use this alone as a hydrating serum during the day. It does help the absorption of other products, which I am loving, but whether or not it helps to boost the other products’ efficacy is hard to tell. Based on its superior hydrating properties and its reasonable price, I’d re-purchase this.

Priced at US$84 for 60mL, the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex contains the most plant extracts, harnessing the power of traditional herbal medicine to create a product that’s good for you on both the inside and outside. The texture is a super lightweight gel. As with most Asian skincare, it does contain alcohol. It’s not as fast absorbing as the Vichy Mineral 89, but it feels significantly more nourishing, like a step above simple hydration. Despite its higher price tag, you do get a good decent amount. I use one pump for my face and one pump for my neck, and the bottle has lasted me a long time. I can see myself wearing this as a serum on its own as well in the summer as on its own it performs decently. Sulwhasoo is a high end luxury brand, and this product seems to be priced on the lower end. It’s a great entry level product if you are interested in trying more from the brand.

The Dior One Essential is the most expensive product talked about today. Its priced at C$162 for 50mL, or you can also purchase a smaller size of 30mL for C$130. The Dior One Essential has the most claims of all of these products, as it claims to “detoxify, regenerates and boost skin for a revitalized complexion,” and also targets UV rays, stress, and pollution, as well as indoor toxins such as carpet, glue, varnishes, and electronic devices. I generally have pretty good skin so I didn’t see many major changes. I do feel like my skin is a tad brighter and less dull after incorporating this in my routine for a few weeks, likely because pollution is one of the major causes to skin sallowness. In that sense, it worked pretty well!

But let’s not end it here. I’ve previously talked about the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster (C$405 for 50mL), which is probably the most lux pre-serum on the market. I only had a small sample of it so I wasn’t able to test it over a long period of time, I have heard that some people consider this a favourite and game changer. If you have some cash to spare, consider looking into the La Prairie as well. Another brand that released a pre-serum around the time that Ultimune was released was Elizabeth Arden, called the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (C$119 for 50mL). I’ve never tried theirs but it’s another option to look at.

If I had to pick in terms of price and value for the benefits, my top choice would be the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX. It’s not the most expensive, but comes in the biggest bottle, and also has the most nourishing herbal ingredients. If you are looking for a simple, straight-to-the-point hydrating pre-serum, the Vichy Mineral 89 is a fantastic choice. If you are looking for a do-it-all and aren’t worried about price, then the Dior One Essential can be your friend. With so many pre-serums on the market, you’re bound to find one that fits your needs.

Sulwhasoo, Dior, and La Prairie are available at Holt Renfrew. Vichy and Elizabeth Arden are available at London Drugs.

Products were provided from companies for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Multi-masking your way to glowy skin with Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask, Pore Purifying Clay Mask, and Quenching Mineral Mask

Vichy Mask review

My new found hobby is masking – I use a face mask every night if I can, with treatment times ranging from 15 minutes, sometimes up to 1.5 hours (yay May Lindstrom!). Recently Vichy came out with a new mask trio that I’ve very happily added to my mask bar.

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask review

The Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask is a cute peach-toned gel mask that’s aimed at exfoliating the skin to create a glowy complexion. It contains Vichy’s mineralized thermal water, as well as fruit enzymes as chemical exfoliants in the form of bilbery extract (vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract), sugar cane extract (saccharum officinarum extract), orange fruit water (citrus aurantium dulcis fruit water), lemon fruit extract (citrus lemon fruit extract), and sugar maple extract (acer saccharum extract). It also contains volcanic rock (pumice) as a mild physical exfoliant, and vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) for brightening.

I use this mask on the most sensitive parts of my face during my multi-masking sessions – my cheeks. The fruit enzymes in this mask create a mild tingling on the skin. Despite the presence of pumice, this mask is ultra refined and gel-like – I could not feel any grittiness. My biggest dislike about this mask is that the thicker gel texture means that it almost creates a cushion on the skin, which makes it extremely hard to wash off. I washed this off in the shower, and it still took a few minutes of the water blasting directly in my face, I can’t imagine what it would be like in the sink.

After using this, my skin feels SO incredibly soft, and it allows my other skincare products to absorb faster too.

This mask is perfect for those who live in the city and lead busy lives. Our skin tends to get congested when faced with a lot of pollution and stress, so this mask is great for slowly giving us back our glow.


Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask ingredients

>Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask review

The Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask is a ultra refined, almost milky clay mask aimed at deep cleansing and purifying the skin, as well as tightening pores. It contains kaolin and bentonite clays to draw out impurities, Vichy’s mineralized thermal water, as well as aloe vera to soothe the skin.

I wear this in my T-zone and on my chin during my multi-masking sessions. For a clay-based mask, this is very gentle. I left it long for slightly longer than the 5-10 minutes of recommended treatment time, and my skin didn’t feel dried out at all. Due to the thin consistency, a little bit goes a very long way, but is still effective. I found that it doesn’t dry out fully hardened, like other clay masks, but I also need to remember to keep an eye out on it because I don’t have that reminder to wash it off like other masks. My skin felt clean, my pores felt tight tight, but I didn’t feel stripped at all.

The Pore Purifying Clay Mask is great for anyone with congested skin. I think for a clay mask, this one is quite gentle so even those with dry skin can use it, it’s not just limited to oily or combination skin types!


>Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask ingredients

Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask review

The Quenching Mineral Mask is an ultra lightweight, hydrating gel mask. This has the lightest texture out of all these mask, and contains a high concentration of glycerin for hydration, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide) for brightening and soothing the skin.

I would always use this separately on my whole face, usually after multi-masking with the Double Glow Peel Mask and Pore Purifying Clay Mask. This Quenching Mineral mask is SO cooling and hydrating. It feels like a breath of fresh air on the skin! The lightweight texture is super easy to spread, and immediately I can feel my skin becoming plumper. Vichy recommends using this for 5-10 minutes, but I’ve been reading that people are using this as overnight masks too, which I think is an awesome idea. I left mine on for about 20 minutes, and after washing it off, my skin just felt so plump and bouncy!

I recommend the Quenching Mineral Mask for all skin types. Seriously, anyone can use a dose of hydration, and this one is so lightweight that even the oiliest of skin types can use it to help balance out their skin. The slightly cooling effect is great as an after-sun treatment as well.


Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask ingredients

In terms of scent, all of these have that very faint fresh scent that’s a signature of Vichy’s products. It’s not overpowering at all, and washes away completely with the mask.

Even better, these masks are available for just $34! And you get 75mL of product, which is pretty generous. Do I recommend these? Absolutely! The Vichy masks offer great efficacy at a pretty affordable price. You can purchase the Vichy masks at Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs, and everywhere else Vichy is sold.

Vichy Mask review

Vichy provides some ideas for ways you can use these masks to multi-mask:

Vichy mask

Lastly, Vichy is offering readers of Maddy Loves a 25% discount off your entire order until September 30 with the code MaddyNormaderm, when you purchase two or more Normaderm products.


Sun protection: physical versus chemical sunscreens, featuring Avene, Vichy, and Arbonne

As  follow up to my last sunscreen post where I talk about sun safety and the importance of sun protection and also some good sunscreen options from La Roche Posay, I have a few other sunscreen options to share with you. In today’s post, I will also be defining the difference between physical and mineral sunscreens. Both types of sunscreens provide protection against the sun, and it mostly boils down to personal preference and skin sensitivity as to which type to use. I personally prefer chemical sunscreens because I find them to be lighter in texture and don’t give off that white cast.

Physical (AKA mineral) versus chemical sunscreens – we hear the terms thrown around, but what does that mean? The easiest differentiator is that physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide that form a protective and reflective layer on the surface of your skin which reflects sunlight and the accompanying UV rays. Chemical sunscreens (Dr. Jennifer Beecker, the National Chair of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Sun Awareness Program, says the term is misleading because everything is a chemical – it’s more like organic sunscreen) contain ingredients that absorb the UV ray and neutralizes them. The most common ingredients in chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

Physical sunscreens are more recommended for those with extra sensitive skin, such as increased sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation or if you have allergies to certain ingredients. The issue is that most physical sunscreens often come with that ghastly white cast that’s hard to get rid of. Thankfully, recent technological improvements have diminished that white cast, or have added tints to the sunscreen itself to lessen the effect of a white cast.

Arbonne's Liquid Sunshine

In terms of purely mineral options, Arbonne’s Liquid Sunshine line is great. In this range, there is a Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 For FaceMineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 For Body, and Lip Balm Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15. The Lip Balm is excellent because most people forget that your lips need sun protection as well. I found that the white cast is a lot more minimized with the Liquid Sunshine range, which is great. You also get that SPF 30 full spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 for Body contains Zinc Oxide 7.9% as the active sunscreen ingredient, and the Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 for Face contains Titanium Dioxide 1.7% and Zinc Oxide 4.4% as the active ingredients.

Arbonne's Liquid Sunshine
avene sunscreen review

I’ve also used the new sunscreen range from Avene. The range includes Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ (with Titanium Dioxide 18.99%), which is a purely mineral sunscreen; High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ (with Titanium Dioxide 2.6% and a mix of chemical sunscreen ingredients), which is a mix of physical and chemical blockers; and High Protection Spray SPF 50+ for face and body (with Titanium Dioxide 3.4% and a mix of chemical sunscreen ingredients). I have to say that I really dislike the Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ because it leaves a really thick and really opaque white cast that’s extremely hard to blend out. I used this on myself as well as my mom, and while I liked that it must have really good sun protection (because it’s so opaque), it’s just not entirely wearable for every day. I plan on taking this with me on vacation when I really do need that very high sun protection. The High Protection Lotion SPF 50+ is a tinge better, while it still leaves a cast, it has more of a light beige tone rather than pure white. This makes it a lot more wearable. The High Protection Spray SPF 50+ is great for the body because you can easily spray it on your friend or your child and just rub it in the skin to help it absorb (yes, that rubbing step is necessary).

avene Very High Protection Mineral Lotion SPF 50+ review
avene High Protection Spray SPF 50+
Vichy Ideal Soleil review

For those who prefer chemical sunscreens (I am one of them!), I really enjoy using the new Vichy Ideal Soleil line. Vichy has a lot of marketing around its signature patented Mexoyrl XL-SX sun filtering system, but the low down is that it is a chemical sunscreen system that provides protection against short and long range UVA rays, and UVB rays. The Ideal Soleil range comes in a huge variety of creams, mists, lotions, and sticks with SPF 30 or 50, depending on your personal needs, as well as a product for kids, a tanning care product, and after-sun care. The Face Ultra Light Lotion in SPF 30 and SPF 50 are both among my favourites in terms of Western sunscreen products (I generally prefer Japanese sunscreens, but I use Western sunscreens when I’m going to be outside for a long time because they seem to protect for longer periods of time compared to Japanese brands).

Vichy Ideal Soleil review
Vichy Ideal Soleil review

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or dermatologist, and I’m not a specialist in sun care. Information presented here was gathered from my online readings as well as my conversation with Dr. Jennifer Beecker at the La Roche Posay event. For further information about what I’ve written about, please do your due diligence and do your own online research. It’s the only way of being (more) certain that whatever information you read is correct. You should never take information from one source as the be all and end all.

Review: Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer

Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer review

Vichy is a well-known skin care brand that traditionally markets more to women but like many other established brands, Vichy has launched a line specifically for men.

The Idealizer Moisturizer comes in two versions: Frequent Shaver and 3-Day Beard and +.  The former has a focus on calming ingredients while the latter has more hydration and coating ingredients.  Since I tend to have stubble on more days than not, I tested the 3-Day Beard formulation.

What it claims (from

5-in-1 Multi-action.  The 1st multi-action moisturizers for sensitive skin that are adapted to men’s shaving habits.

Common active ingredients in both products:
– [Hyaluronic acid+Caffeine+Adenosine]: act on the upper part of the face, leaving the skin hydrated and fresh while reducing the signs of aging.

Specific active ingredients in 3-Day Beard and +:
– [Aquabioryl+Waxes]: provide skin with long lasting hydration and coating for a more supple and well-groomed beard.

Price: $29 CAD for 50ml

Texture/Scent: A very thin lotion that spreads easily.  A bit sticky but that quickly fades.  Happily the scent is not too fragrant.  A lot of men-only skin care is overloaded with perfumes which not only make it unappealing but also not as effective as it should be.  The alcohol used to make those scents dries out skin and counteracts the moisturizing ingredients.  The Idealizer Moisturizer definitely has a male-appropriate scent with end-notes of sandalwood, vanilla and a hint of pine.  It settles down fairly quickly and then has just a lingering scent.

Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer review
The good:  I definitely rank this above typical drug store lotions.  My skin got along well with it.  With cheaper products I often find myself using more than one application, especially after a long shower.  Not so here.

  • Did leave skin hydrated with only one application.
  • Mild scent that’s not too strong but noticeable enough that I did receive complements on it.
  • Pump dispenser did a good job of providing the right amount.

The bad: The 50ml size is fairly small.  A toothpaste-sized amount actually goes a long way but when you compare on cost there are definitely some lower-priced alternatives.

  • Not the most economical
  • No unscented version available

Overall: A good product that really surprised me.  From the type and strength of scent to its hydrating ability Vichy has hit a lot of the right notes.  I definitely see that this is not just a reworked version of an existing product with a manly scent mixed in but something formulated specifically for men.  It is pricier than I would like but in this case my experience has been that the price is worth it.

Product: 18/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 25.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Absolutely.

Thanks to Mark for another awesome guest review!

Ingredients for the Frequent Shaver

Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer frequent shaver ingredients

Ingredients for the 3+ Beard

Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer 3+ bearch ingredients

Vichy Homme Idealizer Multi-Action Moisturizer review

Getting your body summer-ready with L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Summer is coming! That means it’s time to prep our body for the beach. Apart from exercising and looking awesome, it’s important to also take care of your skin so that you can have glowy and smooth legs in that mini skirt. Today I’m reviewing three body lotions that I’ve really enjoyed using – L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream, Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk, and Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk.

L’Occitane Whipped Body Cream

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

You know that L’Occitane makes some of my absolute favourite body products, and this one is no exception. Containing 10% shea butter, this Whipped Body Cream (C$28) has the consistency of thick whipped cream and just melts into the skin. It leaves my body feeling ultra soft and smooth, and keeps those scaly looking legs away just in time for summer. It’s just very lightly scented of their usual shea butter fragrance, making it a delightful experience to use after a nice shower at night. Of the three body lotions reviewed today, this one is the most moisturizing and would be best suited for night-time use. It also comes in a Whipped Shea Butter Hand Cream (C$12) formula that’s also very lightweight, but still has that same shea butter moisturizing property.

L’Occitane uses sustainable shea butter from Burkina Faso, harvested in a fair trade partnership with the women who produce it, so you know you’re directly supporting these women whenever you purchase a shea butter product from L’Occitane. You can purchase the Whipped Body Cream at L’Occitane boutiques as well as online.

L'Occitane Whipped Body Cream review

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

Vichy Ideal Body Milk review

The Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk (C$22.50) is new for 2015. A body milk designed to smooth and hydrate the skin, it contains Apricot kernel, Passionflower, Corn, Rice Bran, Sunflower, Blackcurrant Pips, Rosehip, Coriander, Macadamia and Jojoba oils combined with LHA. The texture is more of a liquid gel than a milk. It’s very lightweight, but doesn’t absorb immediately so you have time to massage it in your skin for a more toning effect. It leaves my skin slightly tacky, so you will need to let it “air out” a bit before putting on clothes. My skin does feel super moisturized, soft, and smooth once everything has absorbed.

Of these three body lotions, this one is most suited for day time/pre-beach use because it contains micro shimmers to create the look of luminous skin, which would look great for the day (otherwise no one will see it when you’re in PJs!). Personally I’m not a fan of micro shimmers in skincare products, so I wouldn’t repurchase this again, but if you don’t mind that kind of look, this is a great body lotion to look into.

You can purchase the Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Vichy.

Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk

Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review

The Nivea In-Shower Body Milk (C$7.99) is one of the coolest innovations of 2015. It a body milk you apply after washing your body with shower gel, and then you rinse off before you get out of the shower. This version, designed for the driest of skins, contains almond oil for the deepest hydration; it also has has a formula for dry skin, as well as for normal to dry skin. As someone who spends a lot of time massaging in body lotion after a shower, this is actually super convenient and great for early morning or post-gym rush showers. Of the three body lotions, this one is the most suitable for use any time, but especially if you’re in a rush and don’t have the time or the space to slowly massage in body lotion, for example during the morning rush or after a workout session at the gym.

The only thing I really dislike about this in-shower body milk is that I feel like it leaves a slippery residue on the bottom of my tub from the wax/mineral oil. It’s not too bad on its own, except that soap and other gunk will eventually stick to the residue and you end up having to deep scrub your tub more often than if you weren’t using this. Other than that, it really works like its advertised – my skin feels moisturized enough that I don’t need to use a separate body lotion after.

You can purchase the Nivea Nourishing In-Shower Body Milk at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other places that carry Nivea.


Nivea In-Shower Body Milk review

Winter skincare – Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum & La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide

My skin becomes super dehydrated and tight in the winter, and I always need copious amounts of hydration in the forms of lotion (i.e. hydrating toner), serum, and moisturizer. This winter, I found a combination that just worked wonders on my skin, and helped to alleviate several of the issues that I encounter during this dry time of the year. This combination of Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum and La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide tones down redness, hydrates dryness, alleviates sensitivity, and allows the smooth application of makeup.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum

vichy aqualia thermal serum review

The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum is part of Vichy’s extensive range targeted at simply hydrating your skin (I’ve previously reviewed the Night Spa here). The serum is a blue-toned fluid that is very light and somewhat gel-like in texture, with the same signature Vichy “ocean-like” fresh scent. It contains ingredients such as glycerin, sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) and is formulated with Vichy’s famous Thermal Spa Water.

On my skin, the serum just absorbs right in. I use this as the third step to my daytime skincare routine (cleanse, hydrate with a hydrating toner, then serum, moisturizer, and sun protection), and it helps to plump up my skin, getting it ready for makeup application. I also find that my moisturizer spreads easier, and I can use less of it after I use this, because my skin is also plump full of moisture.

It leaves slightly smooth finish, which I feel is probably the work of the dimethicone (third on the ingredients list).

Will I repurchase? It’s very likely.


vichy aqualia thermal serum ingredients


La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Fluide

la roche posay toleriane ultra fluide review

La Roche-Posay is very well known for their products designed to alleviate allergies or ultra-sensitivity in the skin. These products contain simple, effective ingredients that target specifically the issue being treated. The Toleriane range is designed to do just that; made for intolerant skin, these products are preservative-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free, alcohol-free, colorant-free, and lanolin-free.

The Ultra Fluide, new for winter 2014, is an intense soothing fluid created for combination to oily-prone allergic skin. It is a non-oily formula, and can be used on the face and eye area. Formulated with glycerin, squalane and shea butter, skin is left soothed and comfortable.

This is probably one of my favourite skincare finds this season. This moisturizer is medium texture, not runny like a true fluid, but not thick like a conventional cream. It spreads incredibly easy on the skin, sinking in quickly and leaving zero residue. Applying a sunscreen after this doesn’t leave my skin feeling heavy or overwhelmed either; it just feels moisturized and healthy. My skin is extremely comfortable after application, with decreased redness, my skin feels protected against the cold outdoor air, as well as the dry indoor office air induced by heating, both extreme irritants on the skin.

The bottle design I think is pretty great – it is a clear plastic tube featuring a pump, but the moisturizer itself is housed inside a plastic sack inside the plastic bottle. This means that there is no air being let inside the bottle, and every last drop of it will be used up due to the plastic bag being squeezed each time product is being pumped out.

Repurchase? Definitely!


la roche posay toleriane ultra fluide  ingredients


Also, I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and happy New Years!

Quick reviews: Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light and Medium & Idealia Eye

Vichy Idealia BB Cream review

As a continuation of their Idealia line, Vichy recently released a BB Cream and an eye cream/illuminator called the Eye Contour Idealizer. I previously reviewed their Idealia Life Serum here so I was interested to see how the BB Cream and the Eye Contour Idealizer would fare.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream

Available in two shades – Light and Medium, the Vichy Idealia BB Cream is presented in a sleek, tall pink tube that is great for slipping in your makeup bag for the day or in your travel bag. The texture is light and creamy, and it is also lightly hydrating, which is perfect for the fall weather.

The Vichy Idealia BB Cream is very, very sheer, as in there is almost no coverage. Even though it is ultra sheer, I’ve really enjoyed using this on a daily basis because I feel like it helps to brighten my skin overall, as if someone was holding a diffused light in front of my face. My skin looks and feels healthier and more radiant, and I’m okay to sacrifice a bit of coverage for that. Because it is so sheer, the range of skintones that the light and medium will work for is quite wide. I use the light but I can probably also use the medium. I haven’t tried using this as a primer, but I feel like if you wanted more coverage, you can either use another foundation on top or apply some concealer to the places where you need it.

Overall I like, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re looking for something ultra natural to wear on weekends and are okay with the low coverage, then you should check this out. If you want something with more coverage, then you’d better skip.

Vichy Idealia BB Cream review
Vichy Idealia BB Cream review
Vichy Idealia BB Cream review



Vichy Idealia Eyes

The Vichy Idealia Eyes is labeled as an “eye contour idealizer,” and claims to correct dark circles, smooths fine lines and illuminate shadows. The product itself is presented in a long pink tube with a plastic spatula applicator. The texture is a light, sheer, pink cream with lots of illuminating shimmers. The plastic spatula applicator is very easy to use as you just squeeze a bit out of the tube, then smooth it onto the eye contour area either with the back of the flat applicator or with your fingers.

I was quite disappointed by this product because I felt like it didn’t really do anything for me. It neither corrected my dark circles, nor smoothed my fine lines, and because it was so sheer, it didn’t illuminate the shadows under my eyes either. I feel like in order to make those claims, the product would have to be more moisturizing and at the same time provide more coverage.

Definitely skip this because I didn’t see it do anything on my eye contour area, sadly.

Vichy Idealia Eye review

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Idealia line?

Summer essentials: Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate for Dark Spots and Uneven Skin Tone

Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate review

I’m reviewing the Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate, a recent release to the Vichy ProEven range, which targets dark spots and uneven skintone. Summer is here and that means lots of sun, tanning, and likely freckles. My skin is extremely prone to freckle-development from sun exposure, which is why I rely so heavily on brightening products to help even out my skintone.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t very impressed with this product. I couldn’t really see any improvements to my skin, but after a few weeks of use, I was hooked. This product left my skin looking brighter and more luminous – my skin looked healthier and more well rested. I use this product only at night (as the name suggests), and in the morning I feel my skin is better prepped for my morning routine and makeup. While it isn’t very hydrating – I would use a hydrating serum on top of this if I’m using it in the winter – it isn’t drying at all (a characteristic that most brightening products tend to have), it just locks in your skin’s usual moisture.

Unfortunately, I felt that it didn’t do much in terms of targetting dark spots, such as freckles and acne. Also for those who are more sensitive to silicones and alcohol, this product contains both of those ingredients.

Priced at $49 for 40mL, this product is also 33% bigger than other serums of this type. You can purchase the Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and other stores that carry Vichy.

Recommend? Maybe. Definitely go check this out in store to see if the texture is right for you. In terms of a drugstore brightening product, this is one that I’ve seen better results with.


Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate review
Vichy ProEven Night Overnight Concentrate review

Review: Vichy Idealia Life Serum with LR2412 + LHA

Vichy Idealia Life Serum review

I’ve always been fascinated by these skin perfecting serums. Before I used the Idealia Life Serum, I’ve also tried the Lancome Dreamtone serum which is a similar concept (both companies are owned by L’Oreal Paris, and use the signature ingredient, LD2412, in their products). I really liked the Lancome Dreamtone serum, of which I used #1, and I did feel that it helped to brighten my skin and even out my skintone in general. I was really excited to see what Idealia Life Serum could do for my skin if I used up an entire bottle.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from The 1st lifeproof skin idealizer.
For a spectacular transformation of skin quality: fresh complexion, even skintone, refined pores and rested features. For every woman, no matter the age, with an intensive life as full as it gets and looking to transform her skin quality. Suitable for all ethnicities and skin types, even sensitive skin.

Price: $59 for 30mL, available at London Drugs and other drugstores that sell Vichy

Scent & texture: Light, sweet powdery scent; thick gel texture, feels like a dry oil almost

The good: Applied over toner and under moisturizing in the mornings and evenings, this serum absorbs quickly into the skin. It almost feels like a primer for my moisturizer. It’s hydrating but not oily or heavy, and there is no leftover residue on the surface of my skin.

  • Moisturizing
  • Absorbs quickly
  • No leftover residue
  • A little goes a long way

The bad: It’s easy to over-apply because it absorbs really quickly, so you may feel the urge to apply more on top. That’s really not necessary because just a bit goes a long way. Also if you do over-apply, I felt that due to the primer-like slick texture, it made my foundation sit on the surface of my skin, making it look slightly cakey.

  • Easy to over-apply
  • Absorbs too quickly so may feel urge to apply more

Overall: I really didn’t feel that this did very much for my skin overall. It was hydrating, but that’s about it. In the first week or so, I was looking out for any drastic improvements because the advertising claims that you should see improvements within the first 8 days. I do have to note that I went out for lunch with some friends after about a week of using this, and someone commented that my skin looks great, so I do have to give it credit, but overall I felt that it didn’t do much to improve the look or texture of my skin.

Product: 15/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 2.5/5
Overall: 20.5/30 | C
Repurchase? Probably not

Vichy Idealia Life Serum review
Vichy Idealia Life Serum review
Vichy Idealia Life Serum review

Vichy Idealia Life Serum review and ingredients