You may remember a recent blog post of mine for the YSL Primer & Foundation, in which I discussed having seen someone write about a one brand approach to products. If not, here’s brief overview: as consumers we tend to overlook products or not get the whole benefits from them as we are not using a one brand approach. This is where you use a whole product line together and don’t mix and match brands together. The reason being is that many products are formulated to work better with their own counterpart, and not a competitor brand. When you think about it really makes sense, and when I tried it out using YSL it worked. But as that was only makeup I wanted to delve deeper, and use a whole one brand skincare routine.
I have been using various different Caudalie products for quite some time but have always mixed them in with other cleansers, or masks, etc. After recently meeting with Caudalie I was very kindly given their new Vine[Activ] range to try out. After realising I now had a whole day and night skincare closet with some of the items I already had, it was time to put the one brand test in action.
FOR THE DAY AHEAD
To start my daily skincare I use the Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk as it’s a really lovely lightweight formula so it won’t sit on my skin or spoil how my makeup applies. It contains sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil so it’s very moisturising, yet doesn’t leave a residue. I apply this to my dry skin and across my eyes before removing with a warm damp flannel. I then pat my face dry and head in to my makeup table to apply the Vine[Activ] Glow Activating Serum. The Vine[Activ] age is a range aimed at the modern day woman, who may live in a busy polluted city, is stressed and whose skin needs a boost. The serum feels a little watery and only one pump is needed to cover the whole face, with half a pump then for the neck. Whilst the serum is getting to work sinking in to my skin and making me look alive I apply the Vine[Activ] Energising & Soothing Eye Cream. I absolutely love this stuff, it makes my eyes look a little brighter, less tired and whole lot less dry. I love the Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream, but to me it’s too thick to wear under makeup, whereas this one feels just as hydrating as the Avo, but nowhere near as thick, nor does it take as long to sink in. By the time I have finished with the eye cream it’s time to add on Vine[Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturiser. Don’t let the little tube fool you, as when I first saw it I thought it looked a little small for a moisturiser, but the tube is a 40ml one, and a little of this really does go a long way. This is an anti-wrinkle, anti-pollution, non-comedogenic and glow activating cream that I now cannot be without, and trust me that nearly happened when I took it to France with me. It’s very moisturising and so once I have applied it all over my face I add a tiny dab to any dry spot healing areas I have and let it work its magic whilst I go off and brush my teeth.
TAKE IT ALL OFF
I don’t know why but I much prefer my night time skincare routine, I think it could be as I see instant results when all the makeup suddenly disappears. With a dry face and 3 pumps of the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil I gently remove my makeup by massage the product across my face, then over my eyes to remove my mascara. If I have had liquid lippie on I first apply the oil to a cotton pad and swipe this across my lips – it removes even the stubborn Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines. I remove the oil, and my makeup, with a wet flannel before then using the Cleansing Milk to make sure all my makeup has vanished. I like to let me skin breathe for an hour to two before applying the star of the show…
The Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Oil… OH MY WORD this stuff is a dream, and it blows my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Oil out of the water. This is a very light oil that strangely enough feels like a hybrid between a normal facial oil and a dry oil. I apply a drop to my forehead, 2 to each check and 2 for my chin and neck, and yet there’s no greasy feeling or slip too it. It sinks in to the skin like a dream and is more than enough for combo skin, however if your skin is on the drier side it does state you can apply a moisturiser over the top of this. Once this has been on for about 15 minutes I can already start to feel my skin plump up and feel bouncier. By the time my alarm goes off in the morning (too early for my liking) the oil has all but sunk in and left a lovely glow to my skin. If I could only use one oil for the rest of my days, as of right now I would pick this one.
FOR THE WEEK
Once or twice a week I like to do the big skincare bits, like exfoliation and masks. I’ve being using the Caudalie exfoliators for an age now and I love them (you can read about them here). I tend to use the Gentle Buffing Cream a couple of times a week & I then use the Deep Cleansing Exfoliator one a week to help clean out my pores and slough away the dead skin. On the same day as my deep exfoliation I also use one of my Caudalie Masks (I have a few), but have found myself reaching for Instant Detox the most lately to give my skin a boost.
And if you don’t believe my hype on the products let my little stories help you: I bought my mum the Caudalie Deep Exfoliating Cleanser for her birthday in April as part of a skincare hamper, she was texting me non-stop then about how amazing it is and where did I get it from. I also took the VineActiv range camping to France with me, and everyone else forgot to bring a moisturiser, so I kindly let them use the 3-in-1 Moisturiser (obviously only a tiny bit, cos I love it too much to waste on them) and both people loved it, and tried to steal it from my makeup bag. I absolutely adore my new routine and cannot rave about it enough, Caudalie has been a favourite of mine for some time, but now I would go so far as to say they’re my number 1, which is a very bold claim for someone who has as much skincare as I do.
Have you ever tried a one brand approach, I would love to know your thoughts on it either way.