#MyLittleSkincareProject - Normal Skin # 4 - Final product reviews

29 Dec 2013

After four months of #MyLittleSkincareProject posts, the project has finally drawn to a close. The final project post concentrates on normal skin, with my normal skin bloggers Rosie, Vanessa and Sophie reviewing products aimed at normal skin and specific skin woes. The part of the project I have enjoyed the most are these weekly product reviews - it's all well and good a brand suggesting their products as perfect for your skin, but how can you be sure? I've found the product reviews from each of my bloggers in the project, who have really put each and every product to the test, so helpful. So let's stop rambling and get straight into the final reviews, shall we?

Rosie has normal skin

"Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate* (Kiehl's*, 50ml, £49): This is one of what I would describe as Kiehl's 'cult products' - products with big claims that many say live up to their hype. It has many devotees, who say that it reduces fine lines and brightens the skin. Having browsed reviews prior to being sent the product to try I did notice that a few people said that it causes them to break out so it might be worth getting a sample before buying it if you are considering picking one up. Personally I really like it - it made my skin feel more supple and brightened, and I love the smooth texture. I used it morning and night and it was perfect for putting on before make-up as it creates such a smooth, satin finish.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream* (Kiehl's*, 50ml, £24): I started using this before the other products so that I could see how moisturised my skin felt after using this without using the other treatments and serums. It is a nice, light, creamy moisturiser that absorbs quickly and isn't greasy or oily. I did find that it left my skin feeling moisturised throughout the day but it didn't blow me away - I enjoyed using it but I probably wouldn't re-buy it.

Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado* (Kiehl's*, 14ml, £20): I was a bit nervous of using this as I get a bit of oiliness under my eyes and other eye treatments have sometimes made this worse. I was slightly reassured by the fact that it had quite a creamy, rich texture and didn't feel greasy. When I apply it initially it sort of glides on but then feels like it melts into the skin and the skin feels tightened. I haven't seen any noticeable results yet but I'm looking forward to continuing to use it and seeing if this could be the wonder product I've been searching for to sort out my dark circles and uneven skin tone under my eyes.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* (Kiehl's*, 30ml, £36): Another Kiehl's cult product, another product that people are often nervous about splashing out on because of the price, but one that they definitely should! I must admit that I was so excited to try this as I'd heard so many people rave about it and say that it's the one product that they religiously use. One of the great things about this product is that you only need a very small amount (two drops) to cover your face and see results in the morning. You put it on before bed and it smells lovely. I did find that after using it my skin felt smoother, and more supple and moisturised in the morning. I will definitely be buying this again but I think it's going to last a long time before it needs re-purchasing!

Vichy Idealia Life Serum Skin Idealizer Serum* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50): I'd not actually tried any Vichy products before I trialed this serum so I was really intrigued to see what it was like. It has a light texture and can be used either on its own or with your daily moisturiser. Again I found it a great product to use before putting on make-up (instead of using primer) as it makes your skin feel smooth and fresh and you can apply foundation straight away without getting that horrible peel-y effect you sometimes do from other serums and primers. Although it hasn't blown me away I have enjoyed using it - it smells lovely and I can definitely notice how much more moisturised my skin feels immediately after using it, I'm just not sure I've noticed any long term effects."

Vanessa has normal skin

"Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10* (Boots*, 30ml, £29.50): This anti-ageing serum, contains hyaluronic acids which seems to be the product de jour. I've been using this every other morning before my day cream. It has a really light texture and has left my skin feeling hydrated and plumped. As for it’s anti-ageing properties, I always find it hard to judge. I’m 26 and my skin is looking fairly youthful still (at least I think so!) This is really great for adding moisture to the skin, so particularly great for normal and dry skins.

La Roche-Posay Pigment Control* (Boots*, 30ml, £29): I have some pigmentation on my arm, so I decided to use this there rather than on my face. It made a noticeable difference! The speckling is much less noticeable than it was before I started using. It’s a great product, but I found I needed to moisturise the area more often as it was a little drying on the skin. Great for hyper-pigmentation or lentigo.

Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate* (Kiehl's*, 50ml, £49): I love, love, loved this. It’s so lightweight you can barely feel it and it sinks in within seconds. It’s very matte, so doesn't leave skin looking dewy or shiny. It helps to even out the skins surface - I do have a couple of fine lines on my forehead, and they seemed to disappear when using this. Again, I used it alternate mornings under my day cream.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* (Kiehl's*, 30ml, £36): Another great product from Kiehl’s. I’m a big fan of using face oils at night to help lock in moisture, and this is up there with the best of them. It smells divine, very spa like and relaxing. It melts into the skin and works its magic overnight, leaving skin looking refreshed by morning. Great for normal skin, but I think it would be ideal on any skin, even oily. This is sure to be a firm favourite from now on and I can’t imagine not having it in my routine now.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica lightweight Cream* (Kiehl's*, 50g, £45): This wasn't quite as lightweight as I was expecting given the name, it’s quite a thick cream that does take it’s time to absorb. Nonetheless, it was a very nice base for cream makeup. This contains a rare flower, the “Haberlea Rhodopensis”, also known as the “Resurrection Flower” which is known to increase skin cell vitality. It does leave skin looking hydrated and plumped, and I think it’s a great product for those with normal skin."

Sophie has normal skin
(Please excuse the edited in product - not all products were to hand when photographs were taken)

"La Roche Posay CeraLip* (Boots*, 15ml, £7): It's not often I really don't like a product, but this is one of them. I want a lip treatment to last on my lips and feel like it's doing its job, but I found neither of these - as soon as I applied it, I felt like I was wanting to put more on again as it just seemed to instantly disappear. I felt like it wasn't really doing anything for my lips because I had to reapply so often - I'll be glad to go back to my trusty Carmex.

Kiehl's Calendula Herbal Extract Toner* (Kiehl's*, 250ml, £34.50): The girly part of me loves the little leaves and flowers floating in this - it seems too pretty to put on your skin! I never usually use a toner in my routine purely from never seeing one have a significant effect on my skin. I've been using this for well over a month now, and it still feels like a step of my routine I could skip. The good thing is a little goes a long way - this has barely gone down since I started using it, and I do look forward to seeing if I feel like this has made a difference once the bottle is finished.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser* (Kiehl's*, 75ml, £17): This is one of the few products from this project where I feel I've noticed a difference. My skin generally does feel a lot more hydrated and moisturised, compared to when I was using my usual Simple one. I've had a hefty cold for a few weeks now and would usually be suffering from awful dry skin around my nose, but I've had none of this since using the Kiehl's moisturiser!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate* (Kiehl's*, 30ml, £36): I have fallen in love with this product - the smell alone smells like it's going to be doing my skin some good! My skin feels refreshed when I wake up in the mornings, and I have even noticed a reduction in the fine lines around my eyes. Again, a little bit goes a long way, and I am very fortunate to have found this product.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution* (Kiehl's*, 30ml, £36): Unfortunately (or fortunately, maybe?), I have no use for this product. I have no dark spots, uneven skin-tone or pigmentation to test it out on to see if it makes a difference. The only time I could maybe think to use it is to get rid of the little red patch left behind from spots, but I already have products I love which do this job for me!"

Thank you Rosie, Vanessa and Sophie for the final product reviews for normal skin - and to all of the girls for each skin type, for making this project a wonderful project to work on. 

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