Product testing: La roche posay serum

For the last 30 days, I’ve been trying out a new serum in an attempt to rehydrate the skin more. The lucky product was a serum from La Roche Posay, which is a French brand that is very popular here in Norway. It’s called Hydraphase Intense Serum. It’s containing thermal mountain spring water and hyaluronic acid, it says. So, how was it?


It kind of makes the skin smoother right away after being applied, but that’s it. The skin is as dehydrated the following evening as it was the morning before application. In addition, I lost the bottle to the ground once, and the mechanism went out of function. It’s not very robust, though.

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would give it a 4, mostly because of the pleasant odour.



Product testing: Kerastase

I’ve been recommended the Kerastase brand many times earlier from friends and acquaintances, and I finally ordered a package with my first product about 2 months ago.


The product is called Nutritive Nectar Thermique, which is a leave-in cream that should make your hair easier to style, shinier + a strong heat protector.

What it actually does? It makes the hair a little straighter and easier to handle. I don’t feel it made the hair easier to brush, because the tangles in my thick, long hair were still present. I didn’t notice any difference regarding shine.

The scent was pleasant, but it only lasted for a few hours before it disappeared.



Rating: 6 out of 10


Product testing – Dermalogica Active Moist

As I work at a pharmacy, I get to test a lot of products over time; both new and well-established products. A fairly new but quite popular brand here in Norway is Dermalogica, which is a brand developed by American beauticians.




For approximately 4 months, I’ve tried the moisturizing cream Active Moist. Overall, I think it’s a good cream, very light though so it’s probably not the best fit if you have a normal to dry skin. The consistency is very light and easy to apply, but the smell is too “botanical” for my taste. It’s water-based, which fits oily skin well. I used this cream during the summer, but it will be exchanged by a richer cream soon now that the cold weather is arriving. (A general tip here if you live in a place with cold winters – use two different moisturizers through the year, one for the winter-season and one for the summer).

The brand itself is quite expensive, but as a local beautician told me, the 100 ml tube will last just over 6 months.


If I had to rate it at a scale from 1 – 10, I would give it an 8.