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making faces :: where the wild roses grow [and lots of other things too]

wild rose moisturiser
sure roses look lovely and they smell divine [as long as they're "proper" roses and not the chemically-buggered ones you can pick up at the corner store for $6 a dozen], but if you just have them as a pleasant olfactory and visual adornment, you're really not getting the most out of them. for one thing [again, provided you're not dealing with the chemically buggered variety- and yes, "chemically buggered" is my phrase of the day], they're delicious. well, rose water is delicious. you can add it to baking or to beverages for a refreshing sweet taste, or stew the petals in vodka for a wonderful infused flavour. but roses are also amazing for your skin- one of the most amazing ingredients you can find. 

i was excited to find out that select shoppers drug mart/ pharmaprix locations in canada have started carrying the korres skin care line [they're also at sephora, but we don't have one that i can get to frequently in montreal] and have a "starter kit" of their wild rose products along with a couple of others. i love it when brands offer the opportunity to buy a bunch of little packages of their products to try them out like this, because it can be frustrating and expensive to buy full-size skin care treatments that don't work for you. 

this little set is particularly well thought out, including two small tubes of wild rose 24 hour moisture cream, one tube of the concentrated wild rose serum, one tube of white tea facial cleanser and one tube of evening primrose eye cream. in other words, they give you a proper regimen for your skin, day and night. best of all, although they look smallish, i found that there was easily enough product to last for a month, which is what you need to tell whether or not you're seeing the results you're supposed to. the "try-out" pack costs $49cad, which is about equivalent to a full-size version of any of the products. [the cleanser is cheaper.]

FIND OUT THE RESULTS...
my skin is what i consider fairly average. i'm luckier than i deserve, because if my skin were my child, it would have been taken away from me years ago by social services. my cheeks and forehead tend to be a bit dry, particularly in winter. while i wouldn't characterise any area of my face as overly oily, my nose can get pretty shiny if it's warm or if i moisturise too much. i have some crows' feet around my eyes, but no other wrinkles and i'd like to do what i can to keep it that way. since my eyes are deep-set and because i'm very pale, i do have some discolouration under my eyes and i'm prone to puffiness. meaning that my eyes are really my one "problem area". the rest, i'm just trying to keep balanced and healthy the best i can. 

wild rose serum
korres claims that their wild rose cream and serum should help with the appearance of wrinkles and brighten and even skin tone. my expectations are always moderate when it comes to wrinkles. obviously, the deeper you're wrinkles are, the more that you're going to notice the effect of an anti-aging cream, but if you're just starting to develop lines, even a 30% improvement in the depth and length is likely going to go mostly unnoticed. since this cream is not specifically advertised to combat signs of aging, i figured that if i could detect any improvement, or if my skin generally felt softer and better hydrated, it would be a good sign. i'm always a little leery of claims about skin brightness and evenness, since i think this is something that's hard to detect. vitamin c, which is plentiful in roses, is a great aid to fighting that dullness and slightly mottled look that we can all develop when we're tired, stressed, dehydrated, stressed or deprived of sunlight for months on end. or all of those. but whether or not skin looks brighter and more even is something that often depends on the light you're standing in as much as anything else. again, i figured i'd just see if i noticed a difference. 

i applied the cream morning and night and the serum at night only and was shocked. completely against what my skeptical mind might have predicted, i started noticing results within a little over a week. and the first result was the one i would have thought to be the most elusive- my skin actually did look brighter, as if some noble little elf was secretly lighting me from all angles, wherever i was. it really didn't take much product to achieve this, either. [although even if i used more than was necessary, i didn't find that the end result was greasy, just that it took longer to absorb.] even applied to the edges of my nose and my chin, areas where i can break out if i use a product that's too oily, i experienced no problems. both the cream and the more concentrated serum were very delicate, scented lightly of roses and felt very gentle on the skin. and i had to concede that i did absolutely notice a healthy glow. and my skin generally was soft, supple and made me want to touch myself a lot. in the face. moving on...

i agree that this would be suitable for almost all skin types because it just naturally seems to balance, whether it's applied to an oiler or drier area. those on the extremes of the spectrum might need something additional, but it provides enough moisture to be intensely hydrating without any issues clogging pores. a full size jar of 

as far as the other products included in the set, i would rank them both as being more appropriate for younger skin. the white tea facial wash left my skin feeling very fresh, but just a little tight. honestly, i don't often use a facial cleanser beyond what i use to remove my makeup and an exfoliator as needed. for oily to normal and youthful skin, i think this would be a perfect solution. 

the evening primrose eye cream, again, felt nice, but i didn't necessarily feel it was having much effect. it made the skin around my eyes a little softer, but i found that if i wanted my crows' feet to look more relaxed, i was better off just using the wild rose cream. [note: korres doesn't recommend either the cream or the serum as an eye treatment. i had no problem using either under my eyes but, you know, make your own decisions.] korres does have other creams more appropriate for maturing skin that might work better on my eyes. for young women who want some relief from the stresses that the day can put on their eyes, this would be a perfect everyday cream. 

at the same time, i also picked up a package of korres' milk proteins cleansing wipes. i've used ones from mac for years and have tried other makeup removers as well, so i was curious to see how these ones compared. overall, i'd rate them very highly. i did feel that the mac wipes were a little more efficient in removing makeup- i had to work at it a little more with these ones- but at the same time, the milk protein wipes felt gentler a were a little more hydrating. [note- neither wipe is as good at removing makeup as my beloved shu uemura cleansing oil, but a lot of people find wipes easy to work with. plus, of course, they're more portable if you're headed to the gym, changing makeup at work before going out, etc.] despite having to work a bit harder, i was easily able to remove my makeup, mascara included, even if i was wearing something fairly dramatic [like my "leprechaun" look], with a single wipe. my only real gripe with these is that they come in one package size- 25 wipes for $16cad [$12usd]. i'd love if you could get a larger pack at a lower price per wipe. [mac has packages of 30 and 100, i believe and the larger pack is a great deal.] 

and lastly, i bought a bottle of basil-lemon shower gel. although i can't say i noticed anything distinctly basil-y about the scent, it had the typical zesty, refreshing citrus notes with a tang of something herbal. it's a wonderful scent to get you going in the morning. i found that while it filled the shower with its springlike aroma, the scent faded very quickly on my skin. that might disappoint some people, but since the skin on most parts of me requires a mosituriser anyway, it doesn't really effect me one way or the other. if you really like the scent, you could always pick up the matching body butter. at $22cad/ $19.50usd a bottle, this isn't a cheap option for shower gel, but it requires very little to work up a lather, so it will last longer than you might think. korres totes the formula as moisturising, which i didn't find it to be, although i didn't find it to be drying either. to be honest, i've never found a shower gel or cream that i would characterise as moisturising. they either strip moisture away from my skin or they leave it pretty much as they found it. this one falls into the latter category, which means i would absolutely purchase it again. [i'd actually like to try out some of their other scents, although they seem to have discontinued the cedar one, dammit.]

overall, i'm incredibly impressed with korres as a brand. too often, natural products make one feel good, but don't provide much in the way of results. these do both. across the board, i loved the fact that their products had scents that were enjoyable but never overwhelming, that their formulas were very gentle, causing no irritation whatsoever and that they generally provided a good value for money, given that relatively little product was needed on a per-use basis. i've already purchased a full size jar of the wild rose cream and will certainly be going back for more. 

in addition, korres also have a full colour cosmetics line. i can't wait to find out what that has in store for me!

korres is available in canada at select shoppers drug mart/ pharmaprix locations, at sephora internationally and through zuneta as well [who seem to have products that no one else does]. 

all images are taken from https://www.korresusa.com/

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