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Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:40 pm      Reply with quote
When I heard that EDS was going to be carrying Kate Somerville I was very excited. Why? Not sure. I hadn't really even heard of the brand until I read some reviews on here and then checked out more reviews on MakeupAlley. I guess I hoped it would be the cure to my skincare woes! Although my skin was looking better when I went back to using mostly IS Clincial, it was still suffering from blackheads and dehydration.

I sent an email directly to the Kate Somerville site and was suggested a routine for my skin issues. And being the impulsive person I am and thinking along the lines of "VISA? That's not REAL money!", I ended up ordering everything they suggested. Not the wisest thing to do because who knows who my skin would react and I would possibly be wasting a great deal of money. I was excited though to try it all, so onto my credit card it went.

This is what they suggested for me (with the exception of the Quench which I just really wanted to try) based on my comments that I had fine lines, hyperpigmentation, monthly tendency to breakout and blackheads in nose/chin area).

Gentle Daily Wash
Total Vitamin Antioxident Complex
Nourish Daily Moisture
Line Release Under Eye Repair
Quench
Kate In A Jar
Protect Sunscreen
Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8
Clearing Mask

I already had the Clarisonic (which they suggested I buy) that I had been using since last summer.

Following are my reviews of each product I tried. As of tomorrow, I will have been using these products for three weeks.

Gentle Daily Wash - LOVE this stuff!! I use it with my Clarisonic brush at night and by itself in the shower in the morning. I love the thickness to this gel. It works GREAT with the Clarisonic ... my other cleanser (YonKa Gel) wouldn't stay at thick under the brush as this stuff. The Gentle Daily Wash really gives the brush a good slip on your face without drying up as you're using your brush. Also, it doesn't make my skin feel dry either! I can wash my face and it doesn't feel after washing.

Total Vitamin Antioxident Complex - it would be interesting to know the percentage of active ingredients in this serum. It has a noticeable "vitamin c" smell to it, but that quickly goes away in a minute or two and it also sinks in very nicely. I did notice over the few weeks of using this that my skin did appear maybe a bit brighter. I was previously using Vivier 20% C serum which I also liked, but I think I might prefer this one. I think the Vivier was a little more shiny on my face than this one. I had been using Vivier for a few months and if I saw some additional brightening after using the KS product, then I think for me it must be pretty effective.

Nourish Daily Moisture - this cream is suggested for anti-aging. It goes on very nicely and light. However, I do notice it does make my face more shiny during the day then I used to be. I'd thought it was the sunscreen, but when I went back to my Remergent SPF30 with this moisturizer, I still had the shine. So I do need to powder my face now mid day, BUT I am also finding that my skin is alot more hydrated (I think before the ISC stuff was dehydrating my skin a bit), so I guess it's a good payoff. I can't tell if this moisturizer has any anti-aging effects for me ... my few fine lines seem to be the same, so they aren't any worse, nor are they better (but it's only been three weeks).

Line Release Under Eye Repair - This seems like a very nice eye cream. I did find it was maybe a bit too moisturizing during the day, but I might have been using too much. My concealer seemed to be disappearing early in the day and I'd have to retouch it often. When I used the Ice Elements eye cream, I never noticed that happening. So I made sure to just use a tiny tiny bit in the AM and then a little more at night. I had fine lines already developing around my eyes, and just the other day I was looking at my face close up, and THOUGHT I could see my fine lines looking more pronounced (more on the one side than the other ... the side that sees more sun when I'm driving!). Now maybe they've been that way all along and I just noticed, because I am happy with this eye cream and it is nicely moisturizing. I even thought I MIGHT see some very slight brightening. So I'm going to use up the container and then judge if I would repurchase. I was going to try the Cellcosmet eye cream before I was sidetracked by KS, so that may still be something I'd like to try down the road as well. Oh, the other thing about this I notice is that sometimes when I pump out some product, it comes out a bit like it has separated a bit ... not all creamy, but partly creamy and partly really runny. When I opened the container though and peeked inside, it all seemed to be well mixed though.

Quench - Even though this wasn't suggested to me, I really wanted to try it. I figured it would be nice for those days when I felt like I might want a bit extra moisture and especially might be nice in winter when it gets so dry here. Every now and then when I feel dry I will use this at night. I try to keep it on my cheek area (and not in breakout prone areas as per the KS rep who I emailed cautioned me against). I really like this serum and sometimes I have used it all over my face. I am still breaking out here and there, so it's hard to say putting this all over my face contributed to that or not. But it IS a really nice serum and does help when my skin feels a bit dry.

Kate in a Jar - This is really nice. The first time I used it, I didn't put enough on and didn't really notice any effects. However, the next time I put a bit more on and saw my face get a bit red when I washed it off. I do find it makes my pores seem smaller afterwards and my skin looks nice and smooth after using it. I do still use my leftover PSF Microcrystal cream around my nose if it gets extra flakey because it seems to get rid of the flakes a bit better I think.

Protect Sunscreen - I had a reaction to this sunscreen the first two times I used it (then I gave up!). From looking at the ingredients, I think it seems more like a chemical SS and I think maybe my skin on my face prefers a physical screen (I had a similar reaction to La Roche Posay on my face). My face felt "prickly" when I used it, so I'm now using it on the rest of my body.

Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8 - Not sure I've seen any major differences from using it, but I don't have any wrinkles and just some fine lines so maybe there's not as much to correct. I think I might repurchase when I'm done just to judge some longer term effects. I know my face is looking nicer, so it might be the combination of all the products or a single product or two. Unfortunately when you try it all at once it's hard to tell what is doing what! Smile It is a really nice feeling cream though and not too thick or greasy on your face.

Clearing Mask - This was suggested as a spot treatment for when I did get some breakouts. I think it works ok for that. Usually I'll dot it on any blemishes and leave it on overtime .. it MIGHT help a bit making the blemishes smaller, but it's not a huge difference from any other treatment. The odd time I'll try it as a mask. Not sure I'd repurchase because I think more of a real "spot treatment" might be better for me than using a mask as a spot treatment.

Overall, I am happy with these products and will probably repurchase most of them. I haven't seen any lightening of pigmentation (but nothing else has really helped either). I do think I might be seeing some overall brightening of my skin. I MIGHT see some slight brightening under my eyes (but this is so hard to really say because one day I might think I see something and the next day I don't). My skin was feeling a bit dehydrated from the IS Clinical I'd been using before this new routine, and now I do find my face is more hydrated and less flaky than it was. I am still breaking out though and still suffering from blackheads (which I try to extract myself and end up causing most of my breakouts. Sad ). I think I was breaking out less from the IS Clinical, but this line makes my skin look more hydrated and I think I'm happier with this routine (now if I could just stop messing with my face and creating more breakouts!).

I'm really glad EDS brought in this line so that I could try it.

This is my current routine:

AM:
Gentle Daily Wash
Total Vitamin Antioxident Complex
Nourish Daily Moisture
Line Release Under Eye Repair
Remergent SPF30

PM:
Gentle Daily Wash (with Clarisonic)
Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8
Line Release Under Eye Repair

Other:
Kate In A Jar - 2-3x a week
Clearing Mask - spot treatment when/where needed
Quench - when/where needed
Protect Sunscreen - Use this now on my neck/chest, etc.

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Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:09 pm      Reply with quote
Wow! Maybe the Total Vitamin Antioxidant Complex is better then Vivier.

I totally agree with you about the Line Release. It seems strange how it comes out but I still like it. I don't wear it during the day, evening only and after a week of using it, I'm still not sure if it made any changes. Sometimes from lack of sleep, I do get a bit red on my eyelids. Line Release seem to tone down any redness. Same goes for Deep Tissue Repair.

Have you noticed in my reviews that I like a bit of a shiny/dewy look? I still love Nourish and I'll have to see how well it will work in the winter. Otherwise, I plan to go back to Cellcosmet Ultra Vital.

I liked the clearing mask and did use it as a spot treatment but I don't think it is strong enough for acne that you can feel that is growing.

I'm afraid to try KS sunblock because I love Skinceuticals UV Defense SPF 30 instead.

Your post was an enjoyable read. I hope Quench does not break you out.

BTW, with respect to Nourish, it also has vitamin E in it. Personally, vitamin E seems to make me breakout. I wonder what the dosage is of vitamin E in Nourish?
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Fri Jun 22, 2007 7:47 am      Reply with quote
EDS sent me some KS samples, so it's interesting to read your thorough review of the products. I liked some of the stuff I had.

I LOVED the Purifying Exfoliating cleanser. It's pepperminty, and foams up-- I love a foaming cleanser. This is one I'd consider buying.

I didn't care for the Gentle Daily Wash. It smelled nice, like lavendar, but I felt it left my face feeling slimey.

The Goat Milk Lotion-- I used this for a week, and I liked the finish it gave, and the imparted my skin with just enough moisture for this weather, BUT, I'm afraid it gave me a couple pimples...

Kate in a Jar-- I love this! It minimized the pores on my nose and left my skin really glowy, even the day after.

So, there's my mini review. Hope you don't mind me adding it to yours Moonstar!
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Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:23 am      Reply with quote
Thanks for the reviews Moonstarr Very Happy

I was just going to start a new thread asking for news about KS products/

And the list gets longer and longer.... Razz
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Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:55 am      Reply with quote
OMG...I can't believe that you bought all that without trying samples first!!

My line release sample seperates too, I was never sure what to do, so I just ignore it, LOL.

Great review.

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Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:42 am      Reply with quote
abejita wrote:
OMG...I can't believe that you bought all that without trying samples first!!

My line release sample seperates too, I was never sure what to do, so I just ignore it, LOL.

Great review.

liz


I know it was crazy impulsive! I'm just glad I'm happy with most of it. Smile

I just asked for a sample of the Cellcosmet eye contour cream, so hopefully I can try that and see if I might like it better. I'll still use up the Line Release and then decide if I want to repurchase or change to the Cellcosmet. The seperation bothers me with the KS product. I'm sure it still works fine, but it just doesn't seem like it should be doing that, you know?

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I also wanted to add to my review above the following sample I'd tried:

Detox Daily Cleanser - I only used this once, but it was too drying on my combo, leaning towards dry skin. I did use it with the Clarisonic though, so maybe on it's own it might not have felt so drying to my skin.

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I've also decided to try the Jan Marini Bioclear Lotion to see if that might help my blackhead problem and Transformation Cream, as well as the Peter Thomas Roth Potent Skin Lightening Gel for hyperpigmenation. Hopefully these products added to what I'm using from KS will complete my routine and my skin will be perfect! Laughing Laughing
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Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:42 pm      Reply with quote
Wow!! it's such a long review. Thanks so much for your reviews. I'm going to be curious in this brand. I will read your review carefully to decide which one is suit to my skin.
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Tue Jun 26, 2007 9:31 am      Reply with quote
I approached this thread with some trepidation as last time I read one of Moonstarr's posts I ended up buying two new handbags! Well you didn't get me this time, Moonstarr, as I just made an EDS order and no Kate Somerville products. However, I am still thinking about that Kate in a Jar thing Very Happy
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Thanks for the reviews. I can't wait to try the other products. I'm almost done with a Deep Tissue repair sample. I love the smell of this stuff. Does all KS smell similar?

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appletini wrote:
I approached this thread with some trepidation as last time I read one of Moonstarr's posts I ended up buying two new handbags! Well you didn't get me this time, Moonstarr, as I just made an EDS order and no Kate Somerville products. However, I am still thinking about that Kate in a Jar thing Very Happy


Laughing Don't worry ... I'll get ya next time! Smile

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Thanks for the reviews. I can't wait to try the other products. I'm almost done with a Deep Tissue repair sample. I love the smell of this stuff. Does all KS smell similar?


I wouldn't say all the stuff I have smells the same, but there is some simularity there for sure I'd say. Except the Total Vitamin which definitely to me smells like orange juice or something. Smile
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Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:38 am      Reply with quote
Very informative post! Smile I'm excited about trying some KS products myself now..
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I have got some samples of kate frome EDS and ready to try them. Very Happy
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yeah, I got some samples from EDS, can't wait to try them Very Happy Thank you for reviews.
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Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:35 am      Reply with quote
Also got a sample to try with my recent order. Can't wait to try it.
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Thu Oct 11, 2007 11:02 pm      Reply with quote
I got some sample of KS with my order. It's eyecream and sunscreen. I quite don't like sunscreen. it's too oily for me (I'm oily skin). I love their eyecream as well.
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Let me know how you like Kate in a Jar. I have been thinking of trying this... Sounds like you are just as bad as I am. Laughing

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I ordered Kate in a Jar and it came yesterday. Just with one application before I went to bed last night I have woken up with my skin feeling and looking FABULOUS! I think I have found the answer to milia. Anyone with milia, congestion - T zone hell should try this product. I would only do it once or twice a week though - it is abit stingy and has an after-sting - you don't need much at all. Magic, sheer magic!
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Yeah! I still love my KIAJ Very Happy
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Thank you Moonstarr.Thank you for letting me know that many.I have been concerned about the recent Kate,I will buy:
Total Vitamin Antioxident Complex
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I'm sorry to hear you didn't like the Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8. I love this stuff it leaves a glow to my skin the next day and does not break me out.
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