My First Skincare Haul of 2022!

I am proud of myself to say that my first set of skincare purchases of 2022 was back in March, all of which replaced an empty that couldn’t be replaced by another item in my skincare collection. You’ll notice many of the ones I will mention are French Pharmacy, and a couple of purchases was specifically for my post – CO2 Fraxel laser care.

Before you continue reading, please be sure to check out the following relevant blog posts that may provide further insight into this one:

Let’s Low Buy! My Rules for 2022 | Journey to Minimalism
Skin Update #6: Acne + Scars
Low Buy Update #1: 3 Month Check-In + Skincare Empties


Skincare I Purchased

Please note that products marked with an “*” indicates a PR item or gift. Links marked with “*” indicate an affiliate link – by clicking on this link and making a purchase, I earn a small commission. MICHXMASH Disclosure

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water

The first time I tried micellar water, I wasn’t the hugest fan. Looking back, it was probably because I wore a full face of makeup on a daily basis, so a soaked cotton round just wasn’t enough to achieve a properly cleansed face. Now that I wear minimal makeup with no foundation, and was quite lazy near the end of 2021 – micellar water just seems to fit.

Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water
* https://rstyle.me/+9vL2Sj3BkuGIkRLZdjfcig


Avene Thermal Spring Water

While recovering from CO2 Fraxel Laser (3 times), my skin was in dire need of something soft, light, cooling, and just overall gentle. The Avene Thermal Spring Water spray produces a fine, lovely, cloudy mist all over my face and neck and gave my skin immediate relief from irritation. I also like having this on hand for days my skin has become sensitized, or it just needs a bit more TLC.

Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
* https://rstyle.me/+KfcqhEIiWH7FO05wV3ocHA


Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume

Are we suprised here? Emptied so many tubes and bottles of the Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume! It’s my holy grail moisturizer; It comfortably moisturizes my skin without exacerbating my acne and is a great value for the price.

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume
* https://rstyle.me/+53FftnxpnGicuzKJTUhk8Q


Bioderma Cicabio Pommade x2

The Bioderma Cicabio Pommade has replaced my previous go-to, La Roche Posay (LRP) Cicaplaste Baume. I find they both do the exact same thing in terms of lowering inflammation, only I prefer the texture and finish of the Bioderma Cicabio Pommade more. It has a tackier finish rather than greasy, and no white cast! I was limited to only nightly use or post-laster recovery days with LRP, but with this I can comfortably use any time of day. I love this pommade so much, I’m already on my second tube!

Bioderma Cicabio Pommade
https://www.caretobeauty.com/ca/bioderma-cicabio-pommade-soothing-repairing-ointment-40ml/


That’s all for my first skincare haul of 2022. Considering that we are already 4 months into the year, purchasing 5 products ain’t too bad. 2 of which I use daily in my skincare routine, and the others which I still like to keep on hand in case of a skin-mergency.

As always, I hope you find my content helpful and informative!

xo, M

Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk Review

Back in the summer, I had quite the splurge-fest and purchased almost all of the products from Violette_FR’s beauty line – perfume, makeup, and skincare. As I mentioned in my Unboxing and First Impressions video, the brand just spoke to me. I appreciate Violette’s aesthetic and what she emits into the beautysphere.

In this post, I will be reviewing Violette_FR’s Boum-Boum Milk. Violette described it as a 3-in-1 cream spray (toner, serum, moisturizer), something that can be used on your face, hair and body. In addition, she wanted to create a reliable product when one has done too much to their skin – something anti-inflammatory and moisturizing, all the while promoting a minimal skincare routine.

I finished my second bottle, so I have a pretty good idea of what the product is all about and how it works/doesn’t work for me in my skincare routine.


General Information on Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk

The French tradition of science-backed beauty innovation paired with the desire to streamline the skincare routine (for reasons of sustainability and minimalism), led to the formulation of Boum-Boum Milk. The key ingredients— Fermented Birch Sap, Glacier Water, Olive Leaf Extract— were selected for their results-driven composition by veteran chemists with over 20+ years of experience in the clean beauty world. The 3-in-1 “smart” product efficiently acts as a toner, serum and moisturizer. With one or two sprays (boum, boum!), it acts as a toner (balancing and moisturizing), a serum (highly concentrated, quick absorption) and as a hydrating moisturizer. Suitable for all skin types.” – violettefr.com

Price: $58 USD
Amount: 100ml
Packaging: Clear plastic spray bottle with a frosted gold cap


Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk Ingredients

Up-close photo of the Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk Ingredients list.

WATER (AQUA)(EUA), BETULA PENDULA (BIRCH) SAP, GLYCERIN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, SQUALANE, AESCULUS HIPPOCASTANUM (HORSE CHESTNUT) SEED EXTRACT, ARTHROSPIRA PLATENSIS EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM, CETETH-20 PHOSPHATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, DICETYL PHOSPHATE, TOCOPHEROL, LEVULINIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, XANTHAN GUM, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, CITRIC ACID

INCIDecoder

Glacier water and fermented birch sap make up the base of the formula. I believe the former is sourced from Iceland, so I’m under the assumption it has mineral content as well as the soothing properties similar to classic French Pharmacy spring thermal water mists. The latter makes up 38% of the formula and was explained by Violette to be what the French drink the day after a lovely night out to “detoxify”. While that’s nice to hear, that’s ingestion, not topical application. Fortunately, Korean skincare has gone down this route of using birch sap in their products! It’s rich in probiotics (when fermented), soothing and contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It’s overall a nice, different kind of humectant to have in a skincare product, and fermentation in general can boost nutritional properties of an ingredient. I would say overall, glacier water and fermented birch sap are a nice vehicle alternatives to the classic distilled water.

As for olive leaf extract, the third highlighted ingredient in the Boum-Boum Milk description, it seems to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. But there are other extracts in the formula that also offer these benefits and are more well-known:

  • Horse chestnut extract – anti-inflammatory and wound healing
  • Calendula extract – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
  • Camellia sinesis leaf extract – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial

Some lovely moisturizing ingredients can also be found in the formula such as glycerin as a star humectant, followed with emollients capriylic/capric triglyceride, sunflower seed oil, and squalane. Arthrosperia platensis extract and tocopherol make appearances in the INCI list as well for antioxidant benefits.


My Experience Using Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk

Upon first spritz, I noticed right away the moisturizing properties of Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk. The finish is very reminiscent of the Laneige Cream Skin Refiner (reviewed) in that it has an emollient feel, however I do find the Boum-Boum Milk sinks into the skin more and there’s a more obvious calming effect after application. After a few more uses, I’ve come to realize I’m not a huge fan of the spritzer; It’s a bit assertive, does not have even distribution of the liquid, and I noticed product leaking from the spout.

As seen in my Summer 2021 Nighttime Skincare Routine, I used the Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk in my hydrator step by applying a few spritz to the palm of my hands and lightly massaging the fluid on my face and neck. I have also used the Boum-Boum Milk over makeup and a refresher throughout the day if my skin felt dry. In addition, I’ve decanted some of it in a mini spray bottle and took it with me to the beach to remoisturize my skin after taking a dip in the salt water. I found I most enjoyed the Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk when I used it in the last two ways.


My Final Thoughts on Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk

PROS

  • Gentle.
  • Calming and soothing.
  • Can use it in a number of ways to add moisture to my skin – in my skincare routine, throughout the day, at the beach 😀
  • I recall Violette saying in one of her Instagram lives that she wants clinical trials conducted on the Boum-Boum Milk – it would be a biased study mind you, but at least she wants data to show how it helps certain skin conditions.

CONS

  • The packaging – the spritzer does not dispense the product evenly, the mist itself is quite direct and not a gentle veil, and the fluid leaks.
  • Shipping – this is just a general con when ordering from violettefr.com, but it was a bit pricey. After speaking to my friend, the shipping is becoming more expensive :\ If you plan on investing in the Boum-Boum milk, be sure to keep the costly shipping in mind.

Two bottles later, I definitely like what the Violette_FR Boum-Boum Milk offered for my skin in terms of gentle and light moisturization, but I am ready to move on. Not just because I can’t actually repurchase it where I am, but the cost in CAD plus the seemingly increasing shipping prices is just becoming too much. I also have the NIOD SDSM waiting to be opened! It seems to also offer a gentle, light hydrating effect plus effective antioxidant protection. If Violette_FR finally ships to the country I’m residing in, I may consider repurchasing.

Where to Buy: Violette_FR Official Website

As always, I hope you find posts like this helpful and informative!

XO, M

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ – New Canadian Version (comparing it to Europe’s Shaka Fluid) SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #17

When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”

In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.

Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to share my thoughts! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.


Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.

Price: $29 CAD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS (Total: 7):
Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%
Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 5%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 2%
Ensulizole 0.5%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~60)
UVA: LRP Canada said on their Instagram the PPD is 35.


ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID VS. SHAKA FLUID

Feel free to skip past this part if you really don’t care lol.

CANADIAN LRP INCI Canadian website
Active ingredients: Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%, Bemotrizinol 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 2%, Ensulizole 0.5%
Inactive ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Perlite, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

EUROPEAN LRP INCIDecoder
Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

SHARED UV FILTERS
Mexoryl XL – Drometrizole Trisiloxane  (UVB UVA)
Tinosorb S – Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Bimotrizinol (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Avobenzone – Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVAI UVAII)
Octisalate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB)

CANADIAN ONLY
Octocrylene (UVB some UVA II)
Homosalate (UVB)
Ensulizole (UVB)

EUROPEAN ONLY
Mexoryl SX – Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Uvinul T 150 – EthylHexyl Triazone (UVB)

In short, first 10 inactive ingredients are the same, 5 of the same ingredients are in different order, and there is 1 different ingredient:

Canada – Disodium Edta – viscosity
Europe – Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride – emollient

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.

As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).

In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!


My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.

STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.

WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.

SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.


Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
  • This does not sting my eyes

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
  • Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
  • I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe

The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.

WHERE TO BUY:
Well.ca *
Shoppers Drug Mart

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As, always I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M