Tried and tested: Serum, mousse and cleanser

Caudalie Paris Vinexpert Anti-Ageing Serum for Eyes and Lips, €44.46.


Caudalie Paris Vinexpert Anti-Ageing Serum for Eyes and Lips, €44.46 @ (incl. delivery) ***

There is nothing in this serum that means it cannot be used all over the face. The formula is fragrance-free and has some nice antioxidants and emollients, including argan oil and hyaluronic acid. Considering this range is marketed on the benefits of the vine, Caudalie could perhaps be more generous with the grapeshoot extract.

Kiehl’s High Potency Skin Firming Concentrate, €58 ****

This is a fragrance-free, moisturising serum with good, nourishing ingredients that can help restore skin’s natural moisture barrier. A good buy, especially if you’re suffering from “winter skin”.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Super Capsules, €100 (for 90 caps) *****

I am super-impressed by the ingredients list on these new capsules. The original formula was a simple but effective serum for normal to dry skin. I thought those capsules were too small. These are bigger and better, with two kinds of skin-restoring ceramides and heaps of potent antioxidants and emollients. The caps are fragrance and irritant-free and ideal for eczema or rosacea-prone skin. I would give these “Best Buy” if they weren’t so expensive!

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, €31.99 ****

This is a silky serum that contains a great variety of beneficial ingredients for the price. Skin-repairing niacinamide can boost skin’s fatty acid content and help reduce discolouration. Paired with a daily broad-spectrum SPF cream (as all these serums should be) it is a good, nourishing serum for normal skin. Unfortunately, it contains fragrance.


Kérastase Mousse Bouffante, €23 ****

This is expensive for any mousse, much less one with so little product in the can. However, it is a fabulous product, yielding flexible, voluminous hair that smells terrific. The formula provides UVA/ UVB protection and nourishing vitamin E. Suits all hair types.

John Frieda Volume Building Mousse, €6.31 *****

This product proves you don’t have to spend loads to boost your locks.

The formula is non-sticky and provides generous, long-lasting volume for all hair types. The finish was not quite flexible enough for my taste but this mousse still deserves top marks.

Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam, €19 ***

This is a great formula for fine hair, using honey, burdock and marshmallow root to create tangle-free volume. It does not provide quite as much height as the others and is expensive, especially as you need two-pumps for medium to long hair.

Moroccan Oil Volumizing Mousse, €24.85 ****

Argan oil, for which this range is named, is relatively rare and therefore very expensive. Whether you opt for this mousse depends on how much you like to smother your hair in the stuff. For the thick, coarse or curly-haired, this is an effective and indulgent treat.


The Body Shop Aloe Gently Facial Wash, €10.95 *****

One way to test whether a cleanser is gentle enough not to damage skin’s natural moisture barrier is to check if the foam stings when it gets in your eyes. This cleanser’s foam does not. It is kind, effective and a good price.

Caudalie Paris Instant Foaming Cleanser, €18.53 @ (incl. delivery) ***

This cleanser is best for normal skin and a bit pricey, considering the pretty standard ingredients. However, it does work well without leaving skin dry. This contains fragrance, which can cause irritation and sensitivity over time.

First Aid Beauty Daily Treatment with FAB Antioxidant Booster, €18.20 @ (incl. delivery) ***

This cleanser rinses with no residue and is best for normal to combination skin. It is unscented and non-drying. It contains lots of antioxidants and anti-irritants. This is a wash, so they wind up flowing down the drain before skin can really benefit.

Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Foaming Cleanser, €33.50 **

This cleanser contains orange oil and other fragrant ingredients that can cause irritation, especially to the eyes.

And unfortunately, my skin was left feeling tight.


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