The award for "most asked about product on instagram/blogs" this month has got to go to the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, and I completely understand why. There was a massive hype about it last year but with no set instructions on how it should be used: Is it a hydrating mist? A toner? Does it really do anything for your skin? When I first bought this I hated it. I prepared for this outcome by buying the smaller size to avoid wasting a good £30. But despite my reservations, it's a grower and when my little 30ml bottle bit the dust last week, I was straight out to Space NK for a new one - the big one this time. There are no strict guidelines on use, but this is how it works for me:
That "Morning Kick Up The Arse For Your Skin Toner": Most descriptions will say that the BE smoothes features, tightens pores and gives a boost to your skin, making the perfect morning kick up the bum for your skin. When I first purchased this I was spritzing it on from the bottle. This was useless as the smaller bottle doesn't create a mist, but more droplets, so only parts of the skin come into contact unless you drown your face in it. I recently starting spraying this onto a cotton pad and sweeping over my skin in the morning, post cleanse, for a lovely glow. This is where the love affair with the beauty Elixir began. I don't use it every day but for mornings where my skin is lacking a little lustre, this is just perfect.
That "I'm On Public Transport & I'm Not Feeling Too Fantastic" Saviour: The one reason this wasn't given away to a friend instantly. The smell of this is borderline over powering, but I personally like a good peppermint scent. However when you're on a long haul flight or a very nauseating train journey, I spray this onto my face or a scarf and take a deep breath. This has saved me from being sick on a fair few flights over the past year and I wouldn't travel abroad without a mini one in my possession.
And there you have my uses, I don't use it as a hydrating toner as it contains alcohol and although it has glycerin it in to counteract that, my skin always just needs a little extra hydration. If you're thinking about purchasing this I would go into a Boots/Space NK/pharmacy and firstly have a sniff to make sure you like the smell.
It's also a good idea to asses whether your skin needs this - the majority of people who get on with this are early to mid twenties and up. Even I find that on a good skin day this will have much less effect and I put that down to the fact that younger skins generally have a healthy glow regardless of a heavy night or poor diet (mine used to anyway). So, as with most products, if your skin is already lovely you probably won't need this. After a series of late nights this week i'm definitely not in the "lovely skin" club... pass me the beauty elixir and a cotton pad STAT!