All posts tagged: french cosmetics

Review: Bioderma Photoderm Spot Cream SPF 50+

I decided on my adventure of testing Western sunscreens, I would try a local brand of my current surroundings: Bioderma. Bioderma was innovated by French pharmacist, Jean Noël Thorel, in the 1970’s & reached skincare noteriety by 1985. The company caters to a wide variety of skin types, they are well-known for hair & scalp treatments as well. The company became dedicated to socially conscious innovation in 2009, the first campaign was providing pharmaceutical aid in Cambodia & Vietnam. PURPOSE This is a chemical sunscreen that offers UVA & UVB protection. It is strong enough for normal daily activities, but does not claim to be waterproof or sweat resistant. This product is designed for sensitive & problematic skin, specifically protecting scars & preventing hyperpigmentation like age spots. ROUTINE PLACEMENT This type of product is for AM routines only & it would be applied towards the end of a skincare routine. There is some debate whether chemical sunscreens should be applied before or after moisturizer, certain chemical sunscreen compounds are shown to be activated by skin contact & …

The Skincare Sample Week Challenge II

I apologize for the hiatus! If you follow me on the social media then you might have noticed I am officially a French resident, my first “celebration” of this move was to get sick! I noticed while I was packing for the move from Austria that my skincare sample stash was starting to overflow so it seemed like a perfect time to do another round of Skincare Sample Routine Week! My initial post in April goes into more depth about my attitude towards free samples, personal methodology for de-cluttering & some conclusion statistics on my “sample findings”. The initial post is linked above if you would like to read more, otherwise TL:DR version is I throw away most free skincare samples & I only keep samples I genuinely want to try. The Challenge Before we jump into the samples, I will just preface with a few variables because cosmetics & reviews are such a personal thing! I have a dry & dehydrated skin, my MAC shade in NC20. I do have scent sensitivities that can trigger migraines, but …