The Beautylish Gift Card Event is starting and I would love to share an update on some previous purchases, new favorites, and also a recent huge surprise!
FIRST, AN UPDATE
I purchased several products from Sunday Riley during the previous Beautylish Gift Card event: the C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, the A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum, the Luna Night Oil, the 5 Stars Retinol Eye Serum, the Good Genes Treatment. More recently, I purchased the ICE Ceramide Cream. I am integrating these products gradually due to my sensitive skin and I also want to be able to associate the results to a specific product. I tried all of them a few times just to make sure there is no reaction, but some products are yet to be thouroughly tested.
My update is on the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Serum as it has become a favorite. I will soon start to include the Luna Night Oil in my skincare routine. This Luna oil was in my skincare routine many years ago but I stopped using it in favour of a serum that I became obsessed with, but I will be back to the Luna because my favorite serum got discontinued (it was from Amore Pacific). I am curious to see what the Luna does for me, now that my skin is even more demanding than several years ago.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum
I ordered the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Brightening Serum full size bottle during Beautylish’ last gift card event in March. I had tried a small size of this product and loved it, I was ready to get the full size to see if I could notice even more improvement in the longer term. It has now been 5 months since I included this serum in my routine, just once a day.
I have extremely dehydrated, dry and sensitive skin, I am 52 and need to be very careful with the products I put on my skin. I have a lot of sun damage and in 2022 I started to see the darker spots on my face becoming larger and more pronounced.
A month after starting this serum, I started to notice that my skin looked brighter and healthier. The results haven’t been influenced by a different moisturizer or serum as I had only added this product in my skincare routine. The weather was getting warmer as time was passing but it’s the only variable.
After two months, the dark spots started to become less obvious, they didn’t go away completely but there is a very noticeable improvement, my eyes are not drawn to them. I am very happy because I see a change happening.
I also need to get a smaller sample size bottle so that I can take this serum with me when I am travelling, I miss it during my trips. It’s a big hit for me and it works on my skin, which is quite extraordinary. I wish I could share some pictures of the before and after but I will take some now so I can update you again in the future.
I also want to mention that I used the A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum for a month before starting with the C.E.O., I stopped temporarily so that I could test the C.E.O. alone. When using the A+ Retinoid Serum, I had no skin irritation at all, this is surprising as I tend to react very easily and very quickly. I saw an improvement with the pores and noticed my skin was smoother, this is very promising and I will definitely repurchase this serum duo and reintroduce the A+ Retinoid in my skincare routine.
But before that, I need to finish my evaluation of the Chantecaille cream – but more about this cream further down in this post!
MY NEW FAVORITES!
I have already mentioned and recommended RMS blushes in the past, but I have to add this new shade: Crystal Slipper.
It reminds me of some of the Mac blushes I loved and used more than 10 years ago, I don’t have them anymore and don’t remember their names but this is exactly what I was craving for, a blush that doesn’t hit you with color, but instead enhances, it’s chic, and it’s gorgeous!
It’s a lighter version of the RMS Maiden’s blush, it looks like it has more shine but once on the skin, the shine tones down and it just glows.
Surratt Artistique Bronzer
I am light to medium, I would say a NW20/25 in Mac terms. Surratt recommends the shade Soleil Doux for lighter complexions and the Clair for darker ones. I can definitely wear both and I think that the shade Soleil Clair is appropriate for light skin too. It’s a good idea to adapt the brush accordingly, but they are very easy to blend out.
I use both shades, the Soleil Doux has a warmer golden undertone and the Soleil Clair is darker with more redness. I love both but prefer the shade Clair, it’s more unique and has the wicked ability to make me feel so happy and sexy!
I use Doux when I go for an all over application to warm up the complexion and Clair for a more sculpted or targetted application. If I travel, I just grab the darker shade (Soleil Clair, always with me!) and use only this one.
I use bronzer every single day – either applied all over or as a more structural application. It depends on the foundation I am using and my mood. Sometimes I will skip foundation but I still throw some bronzer on. For those reasons, I don’t mind spending more on a good bronzer as I am not wasting product. I found the Surratt to be a wonderful formula, easy to blend out, enhancing without looking like I have bronzing powder on. I cannot see product under direct sunlight and this is often very important for me.
In the swatches, I included the Surratt Grisaille contour shade and the two RMS blushes, just to show them together. You can click on the video to open full screen and I hope the direct sunlight shows the color and finish a bit better.
AND A HUGE SURPRISE!
The Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+
Maybe you have been reading some of my previus posts where I mention the struggles with my skin. These struggles started in my childhood, they had an impact on my skin and my digestive system. I was always sick when I was a child but doctors could never find out why. Years later, they realized it was linked to the water I was drinking. The only water that was available for me to drink was from a fountain nearby, it turned out that the fountain was contaminated. They said this is the underlying cause of my gut and skin issues. So, today, my skin has very specific needs, but it’s also basically very dry and very dehydrated.
Several years ago I found the Laura Mercier Repair creme, it was incredible and the only moisturizer that truly helped me. With the Laura Mercier Repair creme I could even comfortably wear foundation, this was new to me and I was so happy!! Unfortunatelly, Laura Mercier decided to discontinue the cream. As soon as we were told this, we created a task force and with my friends, we bought all the stocks we found in our paths around the world!! I have been living on my backups these past couple of years while desperately looking for a replacement.
I have tried hundreds of creams of all levels and all budgets, it’s very upsetting to waste so much money on products that are certainly very good, but that don’t match what our skin needs. By the way, in the middle of those hundreds, I found two that worked but the 50ml pots were over $600 in both cases – this is not a viable option either.
I recently tried a sample of this Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+, and surprisingly, it worked. I checked the price: $355 for 50ml. It’s not cheap by any means, way over what I want to spend on a moisturizer each month, but so far, it’s the only one I can use successfully.
I have been applying it during the summer, in mild weather here in Switzerland and also abroad. When I am travelling, usually the water is softer in comparison to where I live and the air has more humidity -these are better conditions for my skin. Conclusion: I still need to use this Chantecaille cream during the winter here in Switzerland and see how it works with extreme cold and dry weather.
So far, my skin looks great, it’s not feeling tight, it’s not craving more hydration or comfort. It’s truly amazing and I hope I can have a similar comfort in winter. I talked to Beautylish and they were so kind to send me a little pot to use when the cold weather starts, and I hope that I will be able to confirm the results. This cream is made in Switzerland and Chantecaille claims that it’s ideal to use on dry skin and in cold weather. Cold weather is just around the corner so I’ll know soon.
I was spending a few days with a friend here in Switzerland, she loves skincare so when she visits, we pay a visit to the most amazing brands. We went to a place where they also sell Chantecaille, they they told us that they believed this Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+ was being discontinued. We could not believe it… not again! I contacted both Beautylish and Chantecaille, both confirmed the cream is not being discontinued – nor changed!
I will still continue to keep an eye open and search for other moisturizers because we never know what can happen, and this one is quite expensive but at least, I have a solution.
I apply it morning and night, it’s the last step in my skincare routine. When I go to bed I keep touching my skin because it feels so good. I have stopped all other skincare products for some weeks just to make sure that this feeling was due to the cream, and it is. There is no greasy film sitting on top of the skin, yet I feel like a barrier is active, the skin feels protected and so smooth. I also noticed that fine lines are reduced and I also see some lifting, how this can happen I am not sure… but I am thrilled.
Now I really want to try other products from Chantecaille’s skincare range, starting with the Bio Lifting eye cream. If you have tried their skincare, I would be really happy to read about your experience!
The Beautylish Fall Gift Card Event starts on October 19th and ends on October 22nd. For every $100 we spend, we receive a $20 Beautylish credit, and they may also have some special bundles or offers going on.
Disclaimer: I have purchased and paid for all the products mentioned here. The only item that was gifted to me is a small pot of Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+ to use this winter, I had already purchased a full size beforehand.