Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sephora Mother's Day Review & Giveaway (Canada only)

My search for better skin care products started when, a few years after moving to Canada, I noticed my sensitive/combination skin wasn't responding well to the dry Canadian climate. Calgary is notoriously dry year-round, and especially during the winter months. The basic face creams I'd been using were no longer cutting it - my skin was dry, flaky and irritated, and so I started hunting around for quality moisturisers that would help keep my skin hydrated through the winter months.


When Sephora offered to let me try Peter Thomas Roth's Viz-1000 I jumped at the chance. Peter Thomas Roth's Viz-1000 is a super-concentrated face serum that attracts 1000 times its weight in water from the moisture in the air. It promises to leave skin feeling "healthy, supple, and youthfully radiant."


It's fragrance-free, which I like, and is infused with all kinds of reputedly miraculous ingredients such as silk proteins, sea algae, honey and yerba santa. It all sounded very impressive on the ingredients list, but I was eager to see the actual results for myself.

The first night I applied the serum to my face before bed and then used my regular moisturiser over the top (Weleda Soothing Almond Facial Cream). As I applied the serum, I felt it sinking right into my skin and at first wondered whether it was going to be a little dry. But the next morning after my shower, I applied it again underneath my moisturiser, and immediately noticed a difference.

My face felt smooth - the kind of smooth you get after using a face scrub and mask. Later in the day, I inspected my face again. Some of the flakiness on my forehead seemed to have gone. The second day I noticed once again that my skin was smoother than usual, and again, a little more of the flakiness on my forehead had disappeared.

By the third day, the flakiness was almost completely gone, and I was noticing a new, pleasant glow to my skin. 

Overall, this is a very nice little product. I've used serums in the past and haven't seen great results. This one? I will probably keep using it. It's a pricey habit to keep up, retailing at $75 CAD. Definitely more than I'd usually pay for such a product.


GIVEAWAY

With Mother's Day right around the corner (May 8th in case you didn't know), the nice people at Sephora are kindly offering one of my readers (sorry, Canadians only) the chance to win one of these products.

Happy Mother's Day!

ENTER

To enter, all you need to do is leave me a comment, telling me what you do to look after your skin. For extra entries you can tweet this giveaway, follow me on Google Friend Connect (or tell me you do), or subscribe to my feed. A separate entry for each.

Giveaway closes on Saturday April 30th at 9:00 pm (MST). A winner will be picked using random.org.

Only open to Canadians.

Good luck!


**********  Giveaway Closed  *********

The winner is mean green mom, commenter #21. Congratulations!


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76 comments:

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I just got a Clarisonic skin brush for Valentines and I LOVE it - really deep cleans!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I RT'd - I hope that counts as a tweet!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I follow you on GFC!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I subscribe to your feed. :)

BookGirlB said...

I put on a moisturizer with sunscreen everyday!

BookGirlB said...

I follow you on GFC.

BookGirlB said...

I tweeted the link to your page as well @bookgirlb

Loukia said...

Awesome giveaway! :) I recently bought my first NIGHT CREAM. That's where I'm at, my friend. I use just an Olay night cream and day moisturizer, and I know I should probably upgrade to something better, but I'm not sure WHAT!

Loukia said...

I follow you on GFC!

Loukia said...

And... of course I subscribe! :)

Marianne @ MyLittleBigLife said...

I have been blessed with fairly good skin, so I don't need to do much to it.

I do get occasional dryness, though, and thanks to the helpful gals at Sephora, I'm now a *huge* fan of Philosophy's Hope in a Jar moisturizer.

Sparkless said...

I put on sunscreen when I'm outside. I really need a good moisturizer that doesn't make my face break out.

katrina Brady said...

I moisturize day and night and never ever go to bed with makeup!

sweetpeg at gmail dot com

katrina Brady said...

http://twitter.com/#!/sweetmamabrady/status/62931699121668096

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The Tompkins Family said...

I'm horrendous on my skin. I use whatever face wash and moisturizer is on sale...so usually $3 or so!

The Tompkins Family said...

I follow you!

Sara said...

I finally decided to splurge a little on my skin too since it was a disaster. I tend towards oily so I went with an organic mask Kibio and a Dermae skin lightener to fade old brownish spots. Been using less than 2 weeks and I already am seeing a difference! Bought both at Shoppers.

Amanda said...

I agree that Calgary is tough on the skin. My hands are the worst these days, with all the diaper changes and hand washing, so I'm constantly slathering on hand cream. Approaching middle age (!!!!) is making my face complicated... breakouts combined with crowsfeet and fine lines... what to do, what to do? I'm still searching for my perfect combination, but I do now wear moisturizer with sunscreen every day.

Amanda said...

p.s. just subscribed to your email feed.

mean green mom said...

These products sound great! I usually just wash my face twice a day and use oil of olay lotion.
Thanks
meangreenmom[at]gmail[dot]com

mean green mom said...

I'm a blog follower too
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Anonymous said...

Cetaphil, Biotherm exfoliating scrubs a few times a week and as much cream as I remember to apply is my routine. Nonetheless age and Alberta weather is killing me! I ask: When did I start to look so old? Blame it on the kids I guess!
I'll RT you on Twitter. @poundlounge

Tammy said...

I switched last October to Arbonne RX9 anti aging line and I really like it...definitely has made my skin feel so much nicer and looks better too. This product review sounds amazing!!! Would love to try it!!

Erin @ CanadianGiveaways said...

I also wash with Cetaphil and Olay moisturizer with spf....though I think I'm reaching that age where I should start with an anti-aging routine.

casper (at) dublin.com

Erin @ CanadianGiveaways said...

tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/canadagiveaways/status/63086106064863232

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Carrie said...

I moisture with a night cream every night

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Carrie said...

I follow you on GFC - benz1973

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Carrie said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed

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Carrie said...

http://twitter.com/Siekogirl/status/63095790612119552

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katrina Brady said...

http://twitter.com/#!/sweetmamabrady/status/63276833294139392

sweetpeg at gmail dot com

Gemma said...

I cleanse, tone and moisturise every day.

gemmamousley(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

WhisperingWriter said...

Nice.

I use lotion on my skin. It can get pretty dry.

Terrymac said...

This product sounds exactly what I need1 I have very dry patches, especiallyaround my eyes, and really don't have much success with purchased moisturizers.
Giving myself an egg facial occasionally and cleansing daily help keep my face soft and clean.

terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

Terrymac said...

new subscriber

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Terrymac said...

following you on GFC as Terrymac

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Terrymac said...

tweeted about your giveaway with a link back here
http://twitter.com/#!/Days1st/status/63406518527197184

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Fiona said...
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Fiona said...

Another blog gave me this, the easiest DIY face treatment ever. Take some rolled oats and grind them a little finer (not to flour). Wet your face and massage the oatmeal on. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse off. Your face will feel so soft, and over time this really helps with sensitive skin.

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Glogirl said...

To look after my skin I cleanse, tone and moisturize everyday. I also love using a facial mask at least once a week to deep clean my skin.

ajmizen(at)hotmail(dot)com

Glogirl said...

Tweet:
http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/63439188632154113

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Anne-Marie T said...

To look after my skin I try to stay out of the sun and wear a sun screen all of the time.


amt(at)telus(dot)net

Anne-Marie T said...

Tweeted (@amt946)
http://twitter.com/amt946/status/63440851656904704

amt(at)telus(dot)net

Anne-Marie T said...

Subscribed to your RSS feed-google reader
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Christa said...

Cliche.. I know, but SUNSCREEN! LOL
I also just only use plain warm water on my face with a cloth..no soap!
I hardly ever get acne!
Muddernewf79 @ gmail .com

Anonymous said...

I just wash my face with cetaphil and in the day i put on olay of oil with spf before i put on makeup.

billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

Caroline said...

As I've gotten a little older and wiser I've started staying out of the sun more and wearing my sunscreen. My skin is very sensitive and dry so I have trouble finding products that agree with me. This sounds very gentle

Caroline said...

I tweeted about giveaway

http://twitter.com/#!/Carolineinbc/status/63474950991921152

Caroline said...

I am a GFC follower

Caroline said...

I subscribe to your rss feed

missbobloblaw said...

I always use toner to make sure my face is clean and refreshed!

talkingmomcents(at)hotmail(dot)com

missbobloblaw said...

I follow w/gfc (talkingmomcents)
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LisaDay said...

I use Olay cleaner and moisturizer.

Happy Mother's Day everyone.

LisaDay

blueviolet said...

I can't enter because I'm not Canadian, but I do kinda like how it seems to work and that it gave you a nice glow. :)

A Mountain Momma said...

Hmm, sorry, I think I messed up my last comment.

I tweeted you, why does that sound dirty?

I use Oil of Olay regenerating serumand soap and water.

This stuff sounds awesome, expensive, but sounds like it is worth it.

Belinda M said...

I always put a day moisturizer on right after my shower every morning and at night I wash with a mild soap and water and then put on night moisturizer. I try to never miss a day

bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

Belinda M said...

I follow on google friend connect


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Belinda M said...

tweeted

http://twitter.com/#!/Prairiebelle/status/63639824065757184

bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

Summy.B said...

To take care of my skin I use a wash, toner and moisturizer ...and sunscreen if I go outside :)

Summyb@rocketmail.com

tanyab79 said...

I use moisturizer.

tanyab79 said...

following via GFC

Pam said...

I always use a tinted moisturizer with spf

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

I always use a tinted moisturizer with spf

melacan at hotmail dot com

momtodc said...

I care for my skin with the usual cleanse, tone, moisturize routine and then I use eye cream at night.

momtodc(at)gmail(dot)com

momtodc said...

I follow with GFC

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katrina Brady said...

http://twitter.com/#!/sweetmamabrady/status/64004423390740481

sweetpeg at gmail dot com

Christine said...

I've been using an organic goat milk soap bar to wash my face, and I use some lotion and eye cream on it before bed.

ceeenndee at gmail dot com

Christine said...

GFC-Christine Davis

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Panadila said...

I put on a moisturizer and once a week yogurt mask

Panadila said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/panadilata/status/64411273600831489

katrina Brady said...

http://twitter.com/#!/sweetmamabrady/status/64431738427932672

sweetpeg at gmail dot com

Panadila said...

I subscribe to your feed. :)

ModernMom said...

Oh I do try and moisturise every single night. Try!

ModernMom said...

I follow on GFC:)
modernmom at rocketmail dot com

Stephanie Faris said...

Congrats to Mean Green Mom!!!

LeahB said...

I try to not to use any harsh products on my skin and always moisturize

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