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Si by Giorgio Armani (Giorgio Armani 2013) is a sharp floral.  It’s bright and sweet but also fresh.  I can’t say that it’s a particularly unique fragrance for 2013 but it is pleasant.  The notes of cassis, freesia, ambroxan and vanilla are most prominent to my nose. It’s a bit like an updated version of some 1990’s/2000’s aquatic scent – modern (for its time), clean, affable and bound to be popular with many people.

Today I’m reviewing two ultra popular skin care products: Crème De La Mer, Moisturizing Cream and Kiehl’s, Midnight Recovery Concentrate.  Both of these products are used for anti-aging purposes and they claim some of the same results, however my skin definitely favored one over the other.  I tend to think that when a product has such varied reviews and intense media coverage that what that really means is that you have to try it for yourself (get samples).  What makes one person’s face a disaster can be someone else’s miracle elixir.

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Simply put, I hate Kiehl’s, Midnight Recovery Concentrate.  It made my skin drier and my fine lines worse (the opposite of what it’s supposed to do), caused multiple pimples and burned a bit when I put it on.   It’s not terribly cheap either.  In all fairness though, I did notice a slightly brighter complexion after multiple uses, although given that it caused pimples and aggravated my wintery fine lines I didn’t particularly care. There’s likely irritating ingredients in this concentrate so if you’re prone to breakouts or have sensitive skin it might not work the best for you either (but, again, I’m sure there are exceptions).

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I wasn’t expecting to like Crème De La Mer, Moisturizing Cream at all.  I’ve read so many bad reviews and negative articles about this product that I’ve never purchased it, but a while back my curiousity got the best of me and I hunted down this sample jar. Now, I’m confused because as far as I can see this stuff is utterly fantastic.  I mean, it’s really, really nice.

First, it applied fabulously well.   I didn’t have to use much of it to cover my entire face and neck (and I’m not talking about just barely covering it either).  It smells delightful.  My skin was dewy, soft, but not greasy and it absorbed quickly.

Crème De La Mer moisturized my skin really well (or so it seemed), added radiance, my fine lines were diminished and it shrunk my pores – all things that other products can do well, but La Mer excelled.  Matter of fact, I liked it so much that I’m probably going to be purchasing a jar of Crème De La Mer, Moisturizing Cream in the near future (or try to hunt down a tin of German Nivea).  It makes me wonder if Clarisonic (another hyped-up product) lives up to its promises too..   Hmm.

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