I hope you are all doing great. You must have noticed that I am a little quiet on the blog front as well as on social media. My mother sent me an sms yesterday asking me "Are you ok? You haven't post in Instagram since two days!" and yes she was right. I was basically sick, laying in bed since two days but still it made me laugh that she figured that out by checking my Instagram account!
After my travels I was trying to return back to schedule but then a monster head ache hunted me on Sunday night. I suppose it had to do with my stomach being weird but I don't know that for sure. It can be gladiator viruses I received at Colosseum in Rome. I was knocked down two days straight and today I started feeling a little better. I hope tomorrow I will be able to return to work and slowly to blog and social media as well. Bad thing, I still haven't taken my things out of my suitcase, good thing, Thursday is a bank holiday, yay!
Since I was mostly rolling in bed, I was not testing makeup for a few days. But I would like to share my thoughts about two products which I have been testing over two months now, since I have posted them at Instagram. These are new products to Darphin range, a sunscreen for the face, called Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare and a serum called Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum.
|Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum & Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare|
Darphin Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare is a moisturizing and sun protective (UVA/UVB) cream for the face. It comes in SPF 30 and 50 options. My skin changes color even under candle light(!) so I went for SPF 50 after trying SPF 30 and getting more tanned than I wished for.
Last year I was using Chanel's sun screen and went to the beach house of my parents with that one. Some of the neighbors asked my mom why my face was looking so white. They thought I was ill. Do you get a similar effect when the sun screen sits on top of your face instead of being soaked in? Although I didn't have the opportunity to test Darphin Soleil Plaisir to the beach and check with the same nosy neighbor, I can already see that it looks less clay like, more like a moisturizer which leaves a dewy finish while being absorbed much better into the skin. I try not to read the press information before testing but my observation definitely holds with their claims. It is written that the quick absorption is provided by Karanja, Avocado and Coconut oils. I can also definitely see the dewy finish and moisturizing effect, as the cream is given to contain Hydraulic Acid and Vitamin E too.
Since it feels very moisturizing and definitely doesn't look like I am wearing sun screen, I wonder how effective it will be when I go to the beach house. I will definitely keep you posted. Meanwhile it is my go to sunscreen for my everyday life. Office to home and back that is. Definitely recommended for dry skin ladies who doesn't like a clay look on their faces.
A few more notes on this, it has a slight white flower scent, it doesn't contain parabens, it is non-comedogenic and given to be water resistant. It is not supposed to be applied around the eye area. It has 50 ml of product and costs around 30€.
|Darphin Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare|
Next is my new find, which I thought I should review before it is finished. In two months I have used half the bottle. Since the glass is milky you have to look closer at the photo to see, the level of mine is right below the Exquisage print already. Previously I have reviewed Darphin's Intensive Skin Hydrating Serum and told that it would probably be great for combination and oily folks but for me with dry skin, the hydration was not enough. Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum gives me the right amount of hydration and comes with additional anti-aging benefits. Anti-aging claims are always hard to test but to me Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum is a great all rounder. It goes perfect under my foundation since it absorbs fast, leaving the skin smooth and hydrated. At night I can also use it under my cream. This is how I managed to half the bottle. Exquisage is Darphin's new anti-aging line which also has a matching cream which I haven't tested. These are given to have CelluVie™Complex for revitalization with skin-renewing ingredients such as Artemia Extract and Antichoke.
The bottle has 30 ml of product and costs around 90€. It is not cheap but regardless it is a candidate for repurchase for me as I am simply loving the texture and the feel of my skin after the application.
|Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum|
Final thoughts: Darphin Soleil Plaisir Anti-Aging Suncare brings moisturizer and sun screen together and results in a very pleasant texture which is well absorbed into the skin unlike any other sun screen I have tried, because they usually leave a white cast on the face. I am loving it for everyday use at the moment. Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Serum is a great all rounder for me, under the foundation as well as under my night cream. It is absorbed quickly, leaves the skin smooth and hydrated. It is not one of the cheapest serums I have tried so far but definitely a very effective one.
What is your favorite sun screen for face at the moment? Do you also have the white clay and nosy neighbor problems?
Disclaimer: The products in this review were provided free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.