Kerastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner Review

In the past, I’ve used Kerastase hair masks as conditioners so I thought I should try one of their actual conditioners. I am a big fan of their hair mask for color-treated hair (although mine isn’t) but they recently reformulated it and I wasn’t sure I’d like the new formula. I chatted with a Kerastase representative and asked which conditioner would make my hair feel soft and they recommended Fondant Fluidealiste from their Discipline line.

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Biologique Recherche Lotion P50W Review

I’ve been using a P50 lotion for nearly 4 years. I started with the P50V 1970, then P50 , and have used P50V for the past couple of years. I recently decided to try P50W because I don’t really have acne and have skin that is on the drier side and prone to redness. I’ve seen P50W advertised as being for sensitive skin, rosacea-prone skin, and also drier mature skin. And I’ve also seen P50V advertised as being for dry and sensitive skin. Either way, I believe P50W is the gentlest formula.

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COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser Review

The COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser is my favorite cleanser right now! It’s a very popular cleanser with lots of good reviews. If you google it, you’ll see lots reviews from other bloggers as well. I’ve read varying pH values with some people finding a value of 5.0 and others finding a value of  5.5, and and others a value of ~5.0-6.0. So know that what I found is based upon using these pH strips.

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Products with pH Levels of 6.5 or Higher

I try to test every product I come across and tweet the pH level so that I don’t re-test it later or spend time googling for the pH level. Below is a list of the products that I’ve tested with a pH of 6.5 or higher. A haphazard list for now just to get the information out there.

And if you found this post via a google search and are interested in finding low pH level products, please visit this page with a list of products by category.

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Le Petit Marseillais Cotton Milk & Poppy Extra Gentle Shower Creme Review

I am a big fan of the original French version in Lait. Like if a friend is visiting France, they are bringing back a couple of bottles for me. So I was delighted to learn that Le Petit Marseillais is now available in the USA. The bottles are larger and they don’t offer Lait. So instead, I purchased Cotton Milk & Poppy in hopes that it would be a similar scent.

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Whamisa Organic Flowers Deep Rich Toner Review

Whamisa’s deep rich toner is somewhere between a toner and an essence, I think. It seems to have a lot of positive reviews and people just love it. The instructions say to pat it on with your hands instead of using a cotton ball. This sorta implies you could use a cotton ball and use it like a toner if you wanted to. The texture, however, is a thick liquid so it is easy to apply using just your hands. A big selling point for me on this product is that it has fermented ingredients.

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Hydropeptide Solar Defense SPF 50, Non-Tinted Sunscreen Review

This product review is not my typical review that is related to the pH level of skin care. But I felt that I had to write a review of this new sunscreen because I couldn’t find any other reviews specifically on the SPF 50 . I purchased it anyway, hoping that it would be as good as the SPF 30.  Unlike the SPF 30, it is not tinted. I have not actually tried the SPF 30 but it has some good reviews. [Update: Click here to read my other sunscreen reviews.]

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Does refrigerating CE serums work?

Updated May 2018: I’ve added a photo a 4 month (120 days) photo of the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum.

Updated April 2018: I’ve added a photo comparing Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum that has been opened for 30/60/90 days.

Updated March 2018: I’ve added photos at the end of this post of Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day serum that has been open for 2 months.

Updated October 2017: I’ve added photos at the end of this post of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic that was stored in the refrigerator for around 7 months.

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I’ve used SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum for many years and it would turn darker over time in the bottle. Because I didn’t know any better, I’d use it up until it was gone. Then, I read online that when it changes color and oxidizes you shouldn’t use it on your face. So after throwing out 1/2 of a very expensive bottle, I decided to look for cheaper alternatives.

I read that some folks had very good luck storing their serums in the fridge and taking out smaller quantities at a time to store in their bathrooms for daily use. Refrigerating the serums kept them clear over many many months. After reading that some bloggers had success with Timeless 20% C &E serum and that Timeless guarantees their product to stay fresh for 3 months, I bought it.

After using it for 6 months, I decided to stop using products with alcohol in them (fatty alcohols were the exception). My guess is that the Timeless C&E serum has such a tiny amount of alcohol in it that it doesn’t dry the skin but I wasn’t taking any chances.

I then purchased Cosmetic Skin Solutions Vitamin C & E serum because it is a duplicate for SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum in terms of ingredients, although the pH level is higher (although still acidic). And unlike the Timeless serum, it doesn’t include (possibly) drying alcohol as an ingredient. But, I was worried it might oxidize over time even if I kept it in the fridge.

Here are the results…

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