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On Wednesdays We Shop – Products Review

Chanel Review
Chanel Review

On Wednesdays We Shop – Products Review

Have been meaning to share Part A of my (morning) routine.  I call it Part A since I don’t use these products every day.  I am a firm believer on area treatment and that routines should vary depending on your current needs and progress. I do try to give the products, at least 4 weeks to decide if they are great for me or not, but skin, like anything else will adjust to those products over time and they may not do for your skin, what they are supposed to.  The only two items, that I don’t move around are my melasma fading cream and SPF.  Those are non-negotiable for obvious reasons. 

Also, I try to only post what works for me, meaning that they have already passed the 4 weeks test. Stay tuned for Part B and even C and of course what I use for my nightly routines.

  1. Step 1: Clean – Currently loving Youth to the People Kale + Green Tea, Spinach Vitamins Superfood Cleanser 

From their website: “Our powerful, but gentle daily face wash is formulated with cold-pressed antioxidants – kale, spinach, and green tea – to give your skin the ultimate cleanse. It works effectively to prevent buildup in pores, remove makeup, and balance pH without drying or stripping. This is the green juice cleanse for your face.”

My opinion:  It is light and it does clean well.  Very light fragrance and works great for lazy nights when I don’t want to remove my makeup with creams, so I go straight to YTP.

  1. Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence 

From their website:  Benefits : Visibly restores radiance and luminosity. Evens the look of skin tone. Moisturizes the skin

Formula :98% ingredients of natural origin. Oil-free formula and as with all Caudalie products, no parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or animal-derived ingredients are used.

My opinion: Since I don’t use tonic in the morning, I replace that step with this essence.  Love the fragrance and how it wakes my face up and prepares it for moisturizing. After I use it (applying drops directly to the face with my bare hands) not with cotton balls since I think that it wastes product, my skin looks shiny with added softness.  Because of this, I am considering the whole line of Caudalie products.

        3.  Regarding the Chanel Hydra Beauty Camellia Water Cream and the Chanel Essentiel – SPF 50.  I stick to them because my face loves them.  It is amazing how both products are fast absorbed by my skin so there is no lingering product or white cast, prior to makeup application.

     4.  Eye Cream is Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream.  

From their website: “a delicate eye cream that delivers a combination of nature and efficacy for a smoother more youthful and radiant appearance.  83% of its ingredients are natural products.”

My opinion:  it is worth the shot and the price.  I bought it based on reviews and the fact that it is sold-out in some places.  Not disappointed.  I never knew how much my eyes needed a great eye-cream, until I started using Le Lift.

I have been fascinated with Chanel products and this one was a no-brainer addition because I am constantly looking for a fabulous eye cream.  I went from only night time use to twice a day because this great product does everything for my eyes that I need. 

For your convenience, I linked these beauties below. I’d love it if you leave me a message about this review and what you currently using! As usual, looking forward to your comments!

xo Kathia
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Embracing My Melasma

I love my melasma
I love my melasma

Embracing My Melasma

Hydroquinone (HQ) is not a permanent solution to treat melasma. After you stop using it, the spots will come back. Certain strength of HQ may be too much for our skin to bear and expecting it to work miracuously and make melasma disappear, is putting too much faith on a product that has to be used with caution. And let’s not forget the fact that it is not a safe product because its side effects are damaging to the skin to the point that it is considered a prohibited substance in several countries.

When I used it, I got positive results and although the dark spots faded, eventually my melasma reappeared. When I stopped using it for almost a year, I dedicated myself to using gentle products and slowly, I saw a difference, which is not much, but it has been effective and lasted longer. As we know, melasma is mostly hereditary and it is a symptom of hormonal disbalance and inflammation so as I get more seasoned (pretty word for older), I have discovered that my melasma spots are very slowly fading. I have spent lot of time learning my own skin and invested in basic non-abrasive ingredients, regular exfoliation, dermaplaning, microneedling, religious use of sunscreen, and lately, tranexamic acid, and finally, I am seeing a difference. More importantly, my 53 years old skin, is at its best. Most products, which promise the cure, cause stress to our skin and make it worse.

There is no miracle. This is an endurance race, there should not be any rush. It is not easy to accept this, but in our desperation, we are making companies very rich, but not seeing concrete results. I have stopped doing so, I rather put my money in a savings account so I can treat myself to something special. You are beautiful and you know what else? Most of our immediate circle (the ones who matter) don’t care about our spots, they care about us being happy and most importantly, healthy.  They think we are beautiful because we really are. I am going to leave you with this: I love myself, melasma at all. I hope that you do, too!! 

xo Kathia