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Skincode 24h cell energizer cream + a mini review of other moisturizes that I’ve been using

Skincode 24h cell energizer

Today I will type about a face moisturizer that is very dear to me, which I have previously reviewed in a collaborative post about Skincode products. But I wanted to devote a few more lines to this cream, and express my opinion about it after more than a year of use.

The cream comes in a classic pot made of glass with a plastic white lid, some love pots, some do not , and I found the solution :). I have a little spatula with which I scoop out the product from the pot, and Skincode had the same idea so you get a little plastic spatula with this cream.

The cream has a thicker texture – it’s not too thick thought. It’s recommended for all skin types, with which I agree because it really is not too heavy so I think that it would even work on oily skins (but keep in mind that it could make you a bit more shiny than usual).

The cream itself is white, and it has a delicate scent. It doesn’t contain perfume so the smell is actually the scent of the ingredients themselves.

I have been using it for more than a year, and this one pot lasts for about two and a half months, maybe three if I don’t bathe in it. Admittedly, I love to pack it on, especially before going to bed, so I would say that  for me it lasts for about two months rather than three.

I have a combination skin, but in the winter period it becomes very dry (especially cheeks, nose, around the mouth , etc.) so this cream is a little miracle for me, literally. I’ve noticed that my skin is less flaky since I’ve been using this cream, and I no longer have that uncomfortable dry feeling. Even though I have a combination skin I always buy those creams that will nourish and moisture my skin rather than those that will balance it out. I don’t mind getting a bit oilier in my t-zone but I most definitely mind the dryness, dry patches, tightening of the skin etc.

Actually my biggest skin issue is that it is overly sensitive to almost every living thing, so for me to find a product that won’t cause any skin issues in the long term has become a true skill. This cream is such a product for me. So if you have a sensitive skin and have tried all sorts of things, ask for a sample of this cream, you might be pleasantly surprised.

I’ve tried a lot of Skincode products, but this cream is my top product of the brand. I’m not so thrilled with others, but there are still products that I want to try :) .

The price of this cream is around 35 euros, and you get 50 ml.

Overall grade 5/5

Ingredients: aqua, caprylic/capric triglyceride, C12-20 acid peg-8 ester, glycerin, butylene glycol, dimethicone, peg-8, cetyl alcohol, oryza sativa (rice) starch, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, caprylyl glycol, potassium cetyl phosphate, nylon-12, carbomer, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), sodium hydroxide, sodium polyacrylate, pentadeca-lactone, ppg-26-buteth-26, peg-40 hydrogena-ted castor oil, citric acid.

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skincode 24h cell energizer

skincode 24h cell energizer

Skincode 24h cell energizer

Skincode 24h cell energizer

skincode 24h cell energizer

Skincod 24h cell energizer

Skincode 24h cell energizer

Now onto the mini reviews of the two creams that I’m currently testing out. Why mini, well because I have them in the sample size packaging of 15 ml which is not enough to type a proper review, but I can share some of my first impressions with you.

I’ll start with the Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creamoverall I like this cream, the only thing I do not like about it is that it is scented. It has a bit of an odd texture, unusual for a moisturizer I would say. It’s kind of a mix between a gel and a cream, a gelish cream. I believe this is due to the silicone(s) in this cream (there are few in it). It really has that silicone feeling and silicones will make your skin beautifully smooth and your foundation will just glide over them. Overall I do like it, but I like it more as an moisturizer that I would put under my foundation as a base, and less as a moisturizer that would do something beneficial to my skin. I wouldn’t buy it.

Ingredients: Aqua, Dimethicone, Isohexadeane, Glycrine, BIS-Peg-18, Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phyllostachys Nigra (Bamboo) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, cucumis Stativus Fruit Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb extract, Whey Protein/Lactis Protein, Caffein, Sucrose, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sorbitol, Polysilicone-11, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seedcake, Isododecane, Acetyl Glucosamine, Ergothioneine, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-32, PEG-6, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Polyethylene, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Disodium Edta, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499.

And now onto the last cream that I’m currently using, and it’s the La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30. This cream has a relatively thick texture and it is slightly heavier on the skin; heavier in the sense that it leaves a bit of a greasy feeling on the skin once applied and it does need a bit of time to get fully absorbed. If you have an oily skin then skip this one because it will make you shiny in a jiffy. I absolutely love this cream on the dry parts of my face but on my t-zone it’s a bit too heavy.  The main issue that I have  with it is the scent (again), it is very strong and must definitely sniff it before purchasing. Despite being a bit heavier I had no problems with spreading it onto my skin and my foundation goes nicely over it. It’s not like some other SPF creams over which is practically impossible to apply foundation. I love that it has such a high SPF factor, makes it ideal for summer months (but this also depends on your skin type). I would recommend it dry to normal skin, I think it would suit really nicely to those skin types. Given its price I think I’ll skip it, but in another parallel universe where I am uber rich I would like to have it for the winter months.

Unfortunately I do not have a list of ingredients.

Pictures

Estee Lauder & La Prairie

Estee Lauder & La Prairie

Estee Lauder La Prairie

I have two questions – What cream are you currently using?

Do you like bigger pictures in the post and a bit of a different layout?

Martina

New In – Skin care & Hair care products

New in

I do this type of shopping every couple of months and some products I buy every month (such as Supradyn supplements).

I’m a bit under the weather for the last couple of days and my immune system is a bit down lately so I’ve rushed and bought my Supradyn supplement tablets, I take them regularly and I really like them. They pick me up, make me feel energized and fresh. I do notice the difference when I forget to take them, which I occasionally do. You know how it is with this type of things, you simply forget. I think it would be good for me to set up an alarm so that I’m reminded every day to take my vitamins.

Speaking of supplements, I’ve bought for the first time Natural Wealth hair vitamins, I hope that they are good. My local pharmacy had a 20 percent discount on them so it wasn’t hard to select them from the bunch. I love a good deal, can’t help myself :).

Vitamini

My mom has certain issues with her hair, well with lack of it to be precise, she suffered a hair loss on her scalp when she was younger and the hair on that area is much thinner and finer than the rest of her hair. So, we are always on a hunt for products that maybe can help with strengthening the hair and maybe (maybe with a big M :D) restoring the hair where there is none. I know that there aren’t miraculous products that will restore hair where there is none, but you know we always hope there is one. So we (I’m talking in the plural, because everything she tries I try as well, we are a team in this :D) began to use Vichy Dercos Neogenic treatment for hair regrowth, has anyone tried this, did you like the results? Accordingly, I also bought the Vichy Dercos shampoo against hair loss and L’Erbolario Balm with millet and soy. I haven’t used these products so far, neither has she, so when we properly test them I’ll type a review. Just to explain that I don’t have hair issues like my mom has, but I think it’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, I believe that these products can’t do harm to my hair, and considering that I really often colour my hair I see no reason why I shouldn’t use these type of products that can help strengthening my hair.

Vichy Dercos, L'erbolario

And now let’s go onto the fun part, skin care products – I’ve repurchased  Skincode 24h Cell Energizer Cream and Nuxe Contour des Yeux prodigieux eye cream. I love these two products and they are irreplaceable in my skin care routine for the past couple of years. Each skin is different and what suits one does not mean it will suit the other, but honestly I really really like these two creams and they suit my skin and it’s needs. For the first time I bought Nuxe Lait Demaquillant aux 3 Roses Cleansing Milk, I think Vesna had and praised it , but unrelated to that I like Nuxe cosmetics, and somehow I think that I will like this product as well. The colder months are approaching and my skin becomes more dry than usual, and my t-zone becomes less combination, so I need to ”boost” my care, in the sense that I need products that will nurture my skin and provide moisture. I still love my Bioderma micellar solutions, but I prefer cleansing milk or oil for colder periods of the year.

Nuxe, Caudalie, Skincode

And onto the last product, but definitely not the least, it is the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S serum and I’ve heard nothing but praises about it so I have really high hopes. I really hope that it will nourish my skin and make it nice and shiny :D, we’ll see…

Caudalie S.O.S. serum

What do you regularly buy every month or so?

Martina

My current skincare routine

Vesna has already published a post with the skincare she is currently using, and today I’m bring you my own.

It is interesting that even though we have the same skin type (combination skin) we do not use any of the same product for the face.

I’ll start with face products:

Currently I’m usin Skincode Essentials Intensive Moisturizing Emulsion, which is fine, but I prefer using it in the summer time while in winter I prefer Skincode 24h cell energizer cream, I love that cream because it moisturizes my skin so nicely which gets really dry in the winter time (except for my t-zone which remains oily, but not as much).

In addition I’m also using Nuxe Contour des Yeux Prodigieux eye cream which I find to be great, it nicely moisturizes my under eye area which is quite dry. Occasionally under the eyes I also apply Skincode Essentials Firming Eye Zone Gel and it gently tightens the area. It’s not too aggressive nor it further dries that area, it only slightly tightens it and that is currently more than enough. Biorad Propolis cream is great for all the spots/scars/allergic reactions/blemishes that every now and then appear on my face, I put her on before going to sleep on certain areas and by the morning the inflammation calms down, sometimes completely. For the same purpose  I use ESI Aloe Vera Gel, but I apply her quite generously on the whole face, because I use it as a mask/peeling as well. I love Aloe Vera and it is a product that I continually renew, either summer or winter, I must have her. It’s great for sunburn, but please do not even get them (avoid the sun during the summer from 12 to 5 pm). Ups, I’ve noticed that I haven’t mentioned my Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm that I use for my lips, he is on the picture as well.

While we are on the face products, let’s move on the makeup removers:

Currently I’m using Biopha micelle solution which is ok, it nicely removes all the makeup and dirt off the face. The only problem that I have with it is that it stings my eyes when removing makeup from that area. So I’m avoiding her in eye area, before I used Bioderma Sensibio micelle  solution with whom there was no such a problem. To remove eye makeup I use Kemig almond oil, which is great. Almond oil is an excellent makeup remover, it will remove everything, and it also nourishes the eye area. Avene Cleansing Milk  I also use to remove makeup, I go back and forth with Biopha and Avene. I like to use it when my skin is quite dry. Because it is gentle and great.

Now, on to the body products:

You will notice that I have a lot of body butters, it is simply because I adore them. I love their texture, the smell, the relative quick absorption into the skin and the soft feeling of the skin during the whole day. I’m currently using Ulola body butter Orange&Cinnamon one (wonderful smell),  it has a bit more oilier texture that I love and that my skin loves. Then I have a couple of Body Shop butters which I hit the pan already, I use them for body and my hands and they smell divine. And I have a rose butter and a coconut butter from Lilith Natural Cosmetics. I give the advantage here to the coconut one because it smells heavenly, it is also almost used up so I will have to reorder one soon. If you like coconuts and their smell you will love this butter, they also nicely nourish the skin and keep her like that through out the day.  I have two body milks, one is  Biopha with Argan oil, which doesn’t smell nicely, but it nourishes and moisturizes my skin very nicely. The other one is John Masters Blood Orange and Vanilla body milk. I must admit I’m not a fan of the smell, even tough a lot of people really like it. That is why I rarely use it and I have it for some time now.  L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand cream is a must for my hands, and I totally love it. I have very, very dry hands and this cream nourishes and moisturizes them and they stay like that for the whole day.  Finally, Lush Lemony Flutter which I’m currently using for my cuticles, the citrus smell is divine, but unfortunately it is not strong enough for my dry skin and softness does not last all day.

And the last category, hair products:

Currently I’m using John Master Bare shampoo and Citrus&Neroli detangler. Great, top-quality hair products that I have been using for years now, well Bare is a new addition and I just bought it a month ago, but I’m talking about the entire hair line of John Masters products. I am very happy with their shampoos, the Citrus&Neroli conditioner is my HG one. Once in two weeks I use Macadamia hair mask which is also great, it nicely feeds the hair and gives her volume. Almost every day, for the styling purposes but also to give a fine smell to the hair, I use Macadamia hair oil. But for in-depth hair care I use Oshadhi macadamia oil, Kemig cold pressed coconut oil, and honey and olive oil (they are not in the picture because I really didn’t want to put honey and a bottle of olive oil here, but I use home made honey and home made olive oil). And the last thing that I use for styling is Macadamia Reviving Curl Cream, this and the Macadamia oil are the only two products that I use for styling my hair, don’t like to use foams, gels or hair sprays. I use it when I let my hair to be wavy (as it naturally is), and this cream control’s my waves/curls, so that my hair doesn’t end up being frizzy.

What do you think about my skin/face/hair care? Do we share a love to a particular product?

Martina

Skincode cosmetics

Skincode

I’m always on a hunt for a gentle and fragrance free skincare products so I came across Skincode cosmetic line. Skincode is a Swiss brand that has only recently came to Croatian market, and their products can be found in pharmacies (below is a list of pharmacies where they are available).

I have tested the following products – 24 cell energizer cream, protective day cream and firming eye zone gel. 

I have also tried out their under eye cream, but I did not liked it so I won’t be buying a full size (it has a shiny particles in it which purpose is to lighten the area under the eyes, but for me those particles didn’t do much except peel off).

I recommend that before purchasing you ask for testers to see whether will this products suit you.

I have a combination skin (slightly oily t-zone), which tends to get dry over the winter. I wanted a cream that will nourish my skin, prevent patchiness, but also that will not make my t-zone even more shiny.

Now onto the products themselves, I will start with the 24 hours cell energizer cream

I loved this cream, it gets quite quickly absorbed into the skin (probably depends on the skin), nourishes the skin and does not leave it greasy or shiny. The cream has a very nice texture and after the application it leaves a pleasant fresh feel to the skin. At first I planned to use this as a night cream because I was afraid that it would be too heavy for the day because of its rich texture, that I will make me shiny. However, the cream does not make me shiny at all.

Cream comes in a pot and contains 50ml of the product. I’m not a fan of pots, I prefer tubes. However, Skincode was smart enough and they included a small plastic spatula with which you can take the product out, without having to touch the cream with your fingers. It has no smell (according to the list of ingredients it does not contain fragrance) which is plus for me because I do not like perfumed products.

The price of this cream is around 34 euros.

Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, BUTYLENE Glycol, Dimethicone, PEG-8, Cetyl Alcohol, Oryza sativa (rice) starch, sodium carboxymethyl beta-glucan, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, caprylyl glycol, potassium cetyl phosphate, nylon-12, Carbomer, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), sodium hydroxide, sodium polyacrylate, pentadeca-lactone, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogen-ted castor oil, citric acid.

Protective Day Cream

I have this cream in a tester which contains 25 ml of the product, but I’ll buy the full size. I think that the full size of this cream contains 50ml of product and that it also comes in a pot.

I will compare it with Avene Legere Hydrance Optimale (I love Avene cosmetics).

Avene has a lighter texture while this cream is a bit thicker (it has a richer texture). Both are very easily absorbed into the skin, but is Avene gets absorbed quicker (which is not a plus in the winter time because I find that it doesn’t feed my skin enough, but in the summer this is a plus because it doesn’t make me oily). Avene leaves a velvety feeling on the skin with a subtle glow while Skincode Protective day cream isa  bit heavier on the skin and it gives more of a shine. Aveneis definetly lighter and is more suitable for the summer period while I find Skincode cream better for the winter period when my skin is thirstier and needs more of a nourishment.

Both creams have their advantages and disadvantages. Avene was simply not strong enough for the winter period, and so I started looking for more nutritious cream. Although for the summer period Avene will remain my first choice.

Firming Eye Zone Gel

And last, just a few words about the firming eye zone gel. The first time I applied it it kinda gave me a tingly sensation so I have tested it on my other family members (guinea pigs) and nobody had that tingling feeling so it obviously was just me and my skin. Now I have been using it for some time and I no longer have that tingly feeling. I do not really know what to think of this product, I do feel that it tightens the under eye area, but I do not know is it performing well because this is my first product of that kind, and I do not have any wrinkles. However, because of the prevention I will continue to use it and probably buy the full size.

I hope you find this review somewhat helpful.

List of pharmacies where you can find Skincode cosmetics:

Pharmacy 4 list: 15 Sava, British Square 8, Pakoštanska 5 – Jarunska market, Draškovićeva 3, Ozaljska 87; Pharmacy JOUKHADAR, IBMažuranić 20 Maksimirska 104; Pharmacy Avicenna, Malešnica 31; Pharmacy Bonapharm, Importane center; Pharmacy Bamaphram, Jurišićeva 3 , Pharmacy Filipovic Zagorska 42; Pharmacy Nuhbegović, Savska 85, Town Pharmacy, Av V. Holjevca 20; Biofarm, Jarunska market, Arena Center; Medikor, Prague 10th

Have a good day everyone :)