Thanks to Deborah for reviewing Caudalie 1st Wrinkle Serum and Cream.

What they say:

1st Wrinkle Serum
Highly concentrated in anti-oxidants, this serum immediately corrects the 1st signs of ageing and tired skin. Wrinkles appear smoothed and your skin looks more supple and incredibly luminous

1st Wrinkle Cream
Filled with smoothing and energizing active ingredients, this velvety cream protects your skin and visibly reduces the appearance of tired skin and visibly reduces the appearance of tired skin and the 1st signs of ageing. Wrinkles appear reduced and skin luminous and perfectly moisturized

Both contain Grape-seed polyphenols, which Caudalie have patented and are powerful natural anti-oxidants, designed to neutralize free radicals.

I received a 40ml tube of the cream and a 30ml bottle of serum. The (quite limited) instructions on the inside of the tube told me to apply the cream over the serum, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, to the forehead and neck ‘with one hand after the other’. And so I did, religiously, every day for 6 weeks (which is more dedication than I think I’ve ever shown to one particular product!)

What I say

First impressions were great, I loved the light texture and fresh scent of the serum. The pump on the bottle dispensed just enough product and I found that with 2 to 3 pumps I could cover my whole face and neck. The serum sank into my skin quickly and left it feeling very smooth. I then followed with the cream, which although quite thick, if used quite sparingly, was a great moisturiser and surprisingly also sank into my skin really quickly. The two products together made a great base for my make-up and I began to notice that my foundation looked a lot smoother and went on a lot easier than over my old moisturizer. In fact, I think I’d keep using the cream just for this.

But, after 6 weeks, does my skin look more supple and incredibly luminous? Are my wrinkles visibly reduced? I have some quite deep expression lines on my forehead, which sadly I don’t think have reduced, certainly not visibly. I think this cream might be more suitable for very fine lines around the eyes and mouth and not for deeper set expression lines. However, after some careful studying of my face this morning, I do think my skin looks more supple and luminous and in fact, over the weeks, I have been using less foundation and some days I even felt happy enough to just conceal, which, bearing in mind I wear foundation even in summer, is high praise indeed! Considering I’m in my final weeks of Uni and am sitting my finals, applying for jobs and working at the same time, my skin really does look much more awake and healthy.

Would I part with my cash for this product? This is a tough one… I have loved the products as a base for make up and have really enjoyed the radiance it has brought to my skin, but for around £40 each, these products are not cheap. Overall, the products have performed exactly as they claimed and in that respect they are worth the price tag. Final score – 7/10.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.



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Cemo from London tests the Poetic Waxing Kit, £35 at www.blisslondon.co.uk

I love the idea of a wax kit without using cloth or paper strips, because I’m very hesitant as to how often to use each strip, when a strip is overloaded or whether I’m not getting the most use out each one! So bonus points for shedding my strip issues entirely! The instructions in the pack were simple; I had to warm the cup of wax in a pot of water heated over the hob, and within minutes a lovely smooth texture of wax begun to form. I used the spatula to apply the wax onto the designated area and within seconds it formed into a nice hard wax.

I formed small circular patches as instructed but when it came to removing the wax, it cracked off too easily. It crumbled and snapped at each attempt when pulling it away from the skin. Because I didn’t find it worked well on large areas of skin such as the leg, so I focused it on smaller parts. The wax worked effectively on my moustache and eyebrow area, perhaps because the hair is less coarse, and left a nice soft, clean finish. I’d say Poetic is a no-no for large areas and coarse hair unless you’ve used the system before and really know what you’re doing.

What’s great about the wax, though, is that it is pain free and probably the most gentle wax kit I’ve ever experienced. The kit came with a post waxing oil which pleasantly smelt of rose water; and a cleansing solution.

Overall, I will still rely on visiting my own salon for those scary big jobs, but if I need a quick fix-up for those small areas of the body…I’ll get the water boiling.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.



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