I have been regular with my facials since my postpartum hormonal acne, i believe that the facials had a big role in clearing up my acne. After about 2-3 weeks postpartum, i had the worst ever acne of my life on my face, most of it on the cheeks, lower jawline and the upper part of my neck. I tried countless products, even high end one’s, not even considering the prices. The acne had made me stop looking at the mirror, i really felt depressed due to it.
I used to have facials every 1-2 months but this time it never came to my mind that i didn’t get a chance to go for a facial since last 3-4 months due to my schedule after delivery and new baby. I went to India for my brother’s wedding after my baby’s 2 month vaccination and there i had my Mom to look after my kids and finally i booked my appointments for Sothy’s facials at Lakme Salon. Sothy’s Paris is a brand originated in Paris, where it had its roots as a beauty institute and it offers a wide variety of moisturizers, eye care, skin, and body products since 1946 worldwide. The facialist usually examines your skin, ask few questions about health and diet, then she gives the options of the facials available for the particular skin concern. In the starting i took facial every 2 weeks for 2 months. It drastically improved my skin. I think it was the massage and the products used to combat my acne and improve blood circulation that helped. They have different steps in the facial for different products and skin concerns.
Then, it was time to come back home. I was back in Canada and here i googled and found salon that had Sothy’s near my home. I have been regular with facials, every 6-7 weeks and i just love them. It is the best me-time i get these days to pamper myself and be back to my senses after work and 2 little kids at home.
My pregnancies have made me love my skin, hair and body more and more, so i just love to find and use good products. Above is something i bought during my last facial trip from Sothy’s and i will be using it after i finish off with my current serum.
Have you tried this serum, let me know if it worked for you?
If you have been reading my previous posts, you may be knowing that during and after my pregnancy, i have been really on hunt for good skincare and hair care products and this is one of those gems i found during my pregnancy. I have been using this oil since last one year and still love it the most among my hair care arsenal. I have medium wavy hair with sometimes dry flaky scalp. After including this oil in my hair care routine, i do not remember when was the last time i saw flyaway or frizz, even though i do not use it regularly, but in rotations with other hair oils. I tried this oil as a deluxe sample from Shu Uemura Canada website while buying the Cleansing Oil, which is also one of my favorite product from the brand. Shu Uemura is a Japanese luxury brand for Skincare and Hair care products.
I have to say that this is one of the best oil serums out there in the market for the overall nourishment, tame frizz and fly aways and enhance shine. It can be used on wet hair before blow drying, on dry hair before heat styling, or as a pre-shampoo treatment. It works great no matter how i use it. It leaves my hair very smooth and shiny. I feel like my hair has been healthier since I started using it. It’s more nourishing and moisturizing than other typical silicone-based serums, yet very light, not greasy or heavy. I really like the smell of this oil, which is very subtle sweet floral scent that doesn’t linger.
As this oil is so light, it’s not the best heat protectant. If i am blow drying or styling my hair using heat, i mix this oil with another serum that has a higher silicone content or otherwise use an additional layer of a heat protectant product.
It doesn’t sit heavily on my hair, but I use it most on my mid hair to the ends, although I work it throughout my head. Other important thing i have noticed is that if i am using more than 2-3 pumps of this oil, it behaves differently, makes my hair become oily sooner. So, in my opinion, it will take 1-2 times for everyone to adjust and set the amount of this oil that is perfect for them, depending upon the hair type and hair length but i am pretty sure, this will work for everyone. You may have noticed till now that how much i love this oil… Overall, this oil really feels luxurious. I like the packaging and the 150ml bottle lasts me for more than 6 months. This oil has increased my love and hunt for more Japanese hair care and skincare for my hair type and skin type.
The price of this oil is CAD $69 for 150ml excluding taxes and i will be repurchasing it once i finish this bottle.
This is one of the best masks i discovered that actually works Period. I really mean it. I have been in love with the P50 lotion from the Biologique Recherche but this is one of the best thing after the lotion. I found this mask while searching for something for my hormonal acne and combination skin. I didn’t see a huge difference in my skin when i had the hormonal acne but once my acne cleared up, this worked wonders. The look and feel of my skin really felt better after using this mask.
The only thing that bothers me about this mask is the smell, generally i am not sensitive to smells or in other words i don’t even bother about the smell if something suits my skin, but this mask is an exceptionally stinky mask. Yes, it is not something that u get used to, not in this case, every time i apply this mask on my face, i have to mentally prepare myself to get started. Believe me, i do so only after thinking about the after effects of this mask.
Biologique Recherche claims this mask to be brightening, toning and refreshing for the skin. And i fully support them with their claim. It has worked wonders for my dull combination skin, making it glowy and flawless. I have also seen improvement in the size of pores on my cheeks and blackheads on my nose have really reduced.
I always use this mask during evenings, my routine when i use this mask is
1. Double cleansing with oil, followed with a non foaming cleanser(if i wore makeup during day, Otherwise single cleanse with non foaming cleanser)
2. Acid toning, p50 lotion or First Aid Beauty Radiance pads. This step can be avoided too.
3. Thick layer of Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant, avoiding the eye area.
4. I usually keep it for 20-25 minutes and then rinse it with warm water while massaging my face.
5. Use my Biologique Recherche Cream Dermopurifiante, which i will be reviewing in few days.