Thursday, September 12, 2013

Discover Hydrobrio from Bioderma

The best way to find out about a product is to see what other users are saying - here's what some people say about  Bioderma Hydrabrio line of products:

"Okay ladies, I will be completely honest with you! Have you ever felt clueless about what to do with your dehydrated skin ( dry skin )!!!??? I wish i had known about the Bioderma products when I was younger, because this stuff is insane! I live in Canada & let me tell you, the weather here is quite confusing, especially during our cold blizzarding winters, my skin changes like the weather does! I have extremely dry skin so for me these products worked! Now don't think i only got myself this cream, i had to get the whole dang family!! If anyone's interesting in knowing what i did for my skin, inbox me and i will gladly explain to you which products i've used in the Bioderma line and how i used it".

"I brought this light cream because it was recommended by Lisa Eldridge's French pharmacy favorites video, her recommendations are very comprehensive & professional. On to the product, it is a light weight cream for sensitive & dehydrated skin, although my skin is mostly oily, I often feel dehydrated in winter indoor heat & outdoor dry weather, I love how lightweight Hydrobio Legere is, it penetrates really quick & well, it doesn't break me out or make me feel greasy, it provides lightweight, breathable moisture. I use Hydrobio Legere on top of La roche posay's Effclear Duo, I noticed that my skin is less oily & less tight after changing to this routine. Hydrobio Legere doesn't promise a million things (whitening, anti-aging, firm, etc) but it does the basics exceptionally well! Too bad Bioderma's products are hard to find in the U.S".

"If you have active acne or any acne, do not use this product. This product smells nice and it's a decent moisturizer and can be use for sensitive skin but not for acne skin. When i used this product, my acne became so red and irritated. It was terrible and I had to remove it. I thought it was because i was sensitive to this product but i use it on my neck and the areas of my skin with no acne and it seem to be fine. Just be careful when using this product".

Available in the following formats :

Bioderma Hydrabrio Cleansing Moisturizing Lotion-250ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Cleansing Moisturizing Mousse-150ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Exfoliating Cream-75ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio H2O Miccelaire Solution-250ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Light-40ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Mask-75ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Rich-40ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Serum-40ml

Bioderma Hydrabrio Tonic Lotion-200ml

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Have you yet discovered Bioderma H2O? Ubiquitous product in French parapharmacies

Look at  some reviews have to say about the Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Solution DUO-2 x 500ml-Most popular format

I use makeup every weekday for work and I love how this product takes everything right off. I just put some on a small cotton pad and it removes the foundation, eye shadow, concealor and mascara off very gently and thoroughly. I have combination skin and this product doesn't dry out my cheeks at all. I am also a contact lens wearer with sensitive eyes and this is the best product so far that I have found that removes all my eye makeup thoroughly. It is an amazing product because I don't know how it works without having oils or alcohol in it. It never leaves residue on my skin.
A little goes a long way and my bottle lasted me several months despite daily use. Definitely worth the investment. Now my skin is always clean before I go to bed and I have less problems with clogged pores etc. Buy it!

I was glad to find this product. This is a product that is ubiquitous in the French pharmacies, but not easy to find here. I saw this product recommended by Lisa Eldridge just as the other reviewers are. If you search the web, you will see many similar ringing endorsements for this amazing product.

The product has no scent and the texture is remarkably like water! I am no scientist and don't really no what micellization is, but whatever it is, it makes for an amazing cleanser.
I haven't used a soap-based facial cleanser for a long time, and my usual cleansing routine is the Shu Uemura oil cleanser. The Shu Uemura oils are really expensive, over $70 USD. I found the Bioderma Crealine (also known as Sensibio now) to be a great alternative (and cheaper) to my old routine. I find it very effective for removing even heavy eye makeup and dark lip colors. When I soak cotton pads and place them over my eyes and gentle press to release the product on my lids, the dark shadows, gel eyeliners and mascara lift easily into the cotton pads. There is no need to scrub vigorously to get the makeup off. It is not as fast and easy on waterproof mascara, but does take a few more times to get it off. It comes off, just takes longer. In that case, I will use a separate bi-phasic eye makeup remover.

It will also take off foundation, any sunscreen, base product off the rest of your face. You will be amazed at how much gunk comes off. I rinse with water afterwards and my face feels completely clean and refreshed with no dryness or any irritation.  I think I've found a lifetime cleasing product!

Lisa Eldridge strongly recommends this product so I recently bought it. It is an incredible cleanser and does a brilliant job at completely cleaning up the skin and preventing blocked pores and breakouts.

I absolutely love Bioderma Crealine H2O! I would most definitely re-order this product. I have very sensitive skin and this did not aggravate my skin at all. I use it at least once a day. It wipes away all your make up, even water proof mascara. I would tell anyone who wants a mild cleanser and make up remover to order this. You won't reget it!

ordered this Bioderma Crealine H20 Micelle Solution after seeing it featured on Lisa Eldridge's YouTube channel on her cleansing routine. I was familiar with micellar water, using one by YSL in the past. I preferred this one over the (MUCH PRICIER) YSL. This is so gentle, it didn't irritate or dry out my skin at all, like the YSL product did. For reference, I have sensitive, combination skin which gets oily on my t-zone and dry in the cheeks near my mouth. This is great for removing ALL your makeup, from foundation to waterproof eyeliner and mascara. It's much more effective than eye makeup remover pads like Neutrogena and Almay, which made me feel like I was doing a lot of tugging and rubbing (NOT good for the delicate skin around your eye area). I simply put some of this solution on a facial cotton or cotton ball, and gently press it against my eye for about 10 seconds, giving it some time to start dissolving the makeup, then I gently wipe and most, if not all, of my makeup is gone! Then I repeat if needed. I am impressed with this product and I hope to never be without it!

Not everyone likes it…"I have been looking for a cleanser that wasn't harsh on my sensitive skin and would remove my makeup without leaving my face greasy. I read the Bioderma reviews and decided to give it a shot. I have to say that I am extremly disappointed. It felt like I was just applying water on my face. Bioderma did not remove my makeup.  I would not recommend this product.<BR><BR>

I don't know why I waited so long to try this. No rubbing off eye makeup anymore. At almost 40 that's a good thing.

This is much less expensive than the Lancome cleansing water I have used for years and does the same thing. I much prefer cleansing water than soap or a foamy product; it's gentler.

Also available :

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Solution-100ml- Travel Format

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Solution-250ml

Bioderma Crealine H2O Micellar Solution-500ml

Bioderma Crealine H2O Wipes-25 wipes

Bioderma Crealine T.S. (Dry Skins) H2O Micellar Solution DUO 2 x 500ml

Bioderma Crealine T.S. (Dry Skins) H2O Micellar Solution 250ml

Bioderma Crealine T.S.(Dry Skins) H2O Micellar Solution-Scent Free-500ml

Bioderma Sebium H2O (Oily Skins) Micellar Solution -100ml

Bioderma Sebium H2O (Oily Skins) Micellar Solution -250ml

Bioderma Sebium H2O (Oily Skins) Micellar Solution -500ml

Bioderma Sebium H2O (Oily Skins) Micellar Solution DUO -2 x 500ml

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New Products from La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay - Old Line Cosmetics with soothing Thermal Water

Having spend several days at the La Roche Posay resort in France, I can speak of this product with some personal reflection.   The resort itself is 'resort' French-style with a handul of modest bungalow-type rooms surrounding a sizeable pool consisting of water from the thermal springs that have a produced the world-wide La Roche Posay cosmetics behemoth that it is today.

La Roche Posay is available in various outlets in the USA.   This is a mixed blessing, a kind of Catch-22.  Although it available of necessity the products have to go through the  FDA approval process.   As the FDA is notoriously slow in approving advances in cosmetics this probably means that the La Roche Posay products available in the USA are not the most advanced products available.

For the 'average' consumer this again is not a problem.  Go to Walgreens or CVS and you can probably get what you need.  For the more discriminating or like us, the Francophone among us who believe that everything French is better, your best best for La Roche Posay is probably a site like FrenchCosmetics.Net that only provides the French formulae and usually at comparable prices, but as with all good things getting these items from France is not an instant-gratification thing and need some patience.


Vichy - Season-End Sunscreen Review

If you visit the French Vichy website, you will immediately notice that their sunscreen range is show as a new product range.  What is new on closer examination is that they too have eliminated parabens.  So it looks as though consumers will have to forget about whatever texture sunscreens used to have with the old paraben-included formulaes and get used to the new textures from Vichy and all other major sunscreen makers such as Avene and Bioderma

New Idealia Products from Vichy

When old-line French cosmetic company Vichy  introduces a new product you had better sit up and take notice.  Vichy has recently introduced four additions to its Idealia line - two BB creams in light and medium shades, a brown spot cream and a serum that is possibly generating the most attention. You can find more details at the links below;

Vichy Idealia BB Cream SPF25 Claire Shade -40ml

Vichy Idealia BB Cream SPF25 Medum Shade -40ml

Vichy Idealia Life Serum -30ml

Vichy Idealia Pro Deep Brown Spot Corrector -30ml

and the old, but not that old Idealia items

Vichy Idealia Smoothing Lighting Cream-Dry Skins-50ml

Vichy Idealia Smoothing Lighting Cream-Normal Skins-50ml

Check it out...     


Friday, September 6, 2013

Vichy and Avene - Made in France vs Made for the USA

As the oldest and most established skin care companies out of France, Avene and Vichy suffer from the same malady.   While they both have solid product lines and have myriads of faithful followers, Avene and Vichy have image problems - not-innovators, stodgy, slow to introduce new products etc.

As unabashed Francophiles, we see another issue that they are the most likely to be imitated by cheap fakes from 'elsewhere' and they also make products specifically aimed at different markets.  For those skeptics among we don't need to remark that with the FDA in the US so slow to accept innovative products, the impression given is that Avene and Vichy products available officially in the USA have of necessity been  to adhere to most stringent and very likely out-of-date product ideals.  It is the nature of the best that American consumers are at the same time the most protected from harmful products and the most deprived of new products for a long time.

Hence for the average US customer for Avene and Vichy we say 'no matter' - go for the best price at the most convenient local supplier.  For the more discriminating consider francophone suppliers like FrenchCosmetics.Net