As many of you know one of the benefits of having a blog is the friendships that are made with other bloggers. I love having friends across the United States and in different countries – it often feels like I get to visit and talk with them everyday. I didn’t know when I clicked over to the Mom Deal of the Day (around mid July) and discovered the deal was samples of Votre Vu French beauty products that I would also meet a new friend.
I contacted Arlene about getting samples and she sent me about five to test. When they arrived there was a nice letter explaining the products and offering a person-to-person to give me instruction on application. We chose to “talk” on Yahoo Instant Messenger (she’s in California and I’m in Georgia), and I’m so glad we did.
Arlene sent me the products for oily skin because my face is particularly oily during the summer months. She sent the cleansing gelee, tonic (Peau Equilibree Tonic for Oily Skin, serum (Peau Equilibree Serum Balance Pour le Visage) and moisturizer (Peau Equilibree Creme de 24/7). Note: Please forgive my lack of punctuation with the French words. And, as a bonus, I received a sample of Tarte d’Amande Luxe Hand Creme, which is actually one of the best hand creams I have ever tried. In addition to the luxurious feel of the cream it smelled heavenly. Note to self: Buy some!
The first thing I noticed was how even the skin on my face looked. I looked and felt extremely refreshed after using the products in the order instructed. Truthfully, I was pretty amazed. As an admittedly skincare fanatic, I’ve tried many facial products and this is absolutely one of the best. (The photo above is before and the one below is, of course, after. I’m not sure if you can tell the slight difference in how my face looks oiler in the first photo.)
The cleanser was gentle, the tonic – which is sprayed on – was refreshing and the moisturize was not overpowering. The only thing I didn’t like was the serum because it felt a little sticky at first. The second time I used it I made sure not to use as much and that seemed to alleviate the problem. However, as I’m reading over the IM notes I think I was supposed to rinse it off. Ut oh. LOL.
The best part about the products? When I perspired my face didn’t feel like it was leaking oil, which is how I normally feel with the products I’m currently using. So, obviously, I’m extremely please. Not so pleased that I’m out of samples though! LOL.
Just a little information about the products from my IM with Arlene:
She suggested the cleansing gelee because “the other cleansers are milk based but for oily skin you need the gelee as it has natural ingredients to calm, detoxify and stabilize as well as prevent breakouts and take care of … blemish causing issues.”
About the tonic: “This helps with shine and gives your skin that perfect ph-balance to be receptive to the next step. It has calendula, rose water and sage extracts so it smells wonderful. It also helps to tighten pores and there is no soap or alcohol.” (My two cents: It smells divine.)
About the moisturizer: “This is nice as it boasts high levels of vitamins E, A and B, grape seed and apricot kernel oils, rosemary and geranium oils and more. It is nice and light.” (My two cents: Love, love, love it.)
Let’s wrap this up:
In the process of learning about the products, Arlene and I chatted about our children, etc. It was a conversation that I really enjoyed. Not only did I get my skincare fix, but I think I made a new friend. :-)
If you’re interested in checking out the products for yourself, hop on over to the Votre Vu site. I think you’ll love how there are brief videos about the products. I’m off to stalk the site and see how much the luxe hand cream is (in the Duette that Arlene told me about) and to price the oil skin facial products.
Disclosure: I received Votre Vu French beauty treats to facilitate my review, but that in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. No other compensation was received. Special thanks to Arlene and Mom Deal of the Day. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.