L'Occitane Iris & Angelica Sublime Essence

When we talk serums, most people have no idea which ones to use and even when they find the fitting serum – most have no idea what to do with them. I've heard whispers that claim serums do nothing and are most likely a marketing trick to get us into spending more money than we should. I think serums are actually extremely useful and ever since I've entered their little world, I cannot make myself not search or learn for more. Serums I like to look upon extremely concentrated little working bees that deliver amazing results. In general, serums shouldn't be too heavy in texture although they are very potent in ingredients. The best way to explain how I differentiate a moisturizer between a serum (besides the obvious labeling and packaging, lol) is that moisturizers are something of a protective cloak. Moisturizers form a protective barrier between the skin and the outside environment, enabling the skin to keep as much moisture as it can. Serums on the other hand are fast working, fast absorbing miracle workers which deliver fast results.They are more potent, more effective and relatively better focused on their tasks. I think I've found my HG serum and it's a blessing for my skin. L'Occitane Iris & Angelica Sublime Essence – oily and combo skin types, listen up! This may be very interesting and valuable to you…

Kada govorimo o serumima, vecina potencijalnih korisnica nema ideju koje serume uopste da koristi a cak i kada pronadju odgovarajuci – javlja se problem jer ne znaju kako da ih koriste i uklope u postojecu njegu koze. Nije me zaobisao sapat glasine da serumi u biti ne cine nista te da su marketinski trik kako bi potrosaci izdvajali sto vise novca. Licno mislim da su serumi izuzetno korisni i od trenutka kada sam usla u njihov mali svijet, imam neprestanu potrebu da ucim sve vise o njima. Na serume gledam kao na izuzetno koncentrirane vrijedne pcelice koje pruzaju fantasticne rezultate. Uopsteno, serumi ne bi trebali po teksturi da budu isuvise teski uprkos tome sto su prave male ‘bombice’ dragocijenih sastojaka. Najbolji nacin na koji vam mogu docarati kako u svojoj glavi razdvajam serume od hidratantnih krema jeste da kreme formiraju zastitni oklop kozi. Kreme formiraju zastitnu barijeru izmedju koze i vanjske sredine te agresora, omogucavajuci da koza zadrzi sto vise vlage. Sa druge strane, serumi su brzodjelujuci, brzoupijajuci cudotvorci koji pruzaju rezultate u kratkom vremenskom periodu. Mocniji su, sadrze vece koncentracije djelujucih sastojaka i tacno, precizno su skoncentrisani na ispunjavanje svojih zadataka. Mislim da sam pronasla HG serum koji je preporodio moje lice. L'Occitane Iris & Andjelika Esencija za besprijekornu put – vlasnice masne i mjesovite koze, paznja! U narednim recenicama se mogu kriti vrijedne informacije…

There are different types of serums out there – from hydrating, exfoliating, anti-ageing, firming, brightening to those containing antioxidants and others geared towards oily skins. L'Occitane Sublime Essence would fall into the brightening, perfecting and calming kind with the added bonus of that it acts as a fabulous primer. Made with the intent to make skin look and feel perfected, this perfecting serum is conjured out of organic extracts from two angelic flowers: white iris and angelica. The velvety and luminous white iris offers its powers of brightening and evening the skin while angelica intensively hydrates and gives the skin vitality. This serum is pure luxury from start to finish. The packaging has the minimalistic aesthetic with clean lines and subtle colors.The bottle is quite heavy and of a ‘cold’ material which makes me think porcelain – it's colored glass, though. What makes this particular serum stand out is its fab texture and versatility. Sublime Essence promises to smooth and refine skin's texture, tighten pores, reduce redness and blemishes, provide radiance and evenness, hydrate, plump the skin whilst keeping it velvety to the touch. The best bit? It delivers as promised.

Postoje razlicite vrste seruma na trzistu – od onih za osvjetljavanje puti, za eksfolijaciju, ucvrscenje teksture koze, za usporavanje starenja, hidratantnih pa sve do onih namijenjenih za masnu kozu ili do onih koji su bogati antioksidansima. L'Occcitane Esencija za besprijekornu put (30ml/ 97KM) bi spadala u kategoriju seruma koji posvjetljuju put, usavrsavaju ten i umiruju kozu uz dodatni bonus jer se ponasa kao idealna baza za make-up. Napravljena sa namjerom da ucini da koza izgleda ljepse ali i da je ljepsa na dodir, ovaj usavrsavajuci serum/esencija se sastoji od organskih ekstrakata dva ‘andjeoska’ cvijeta: bijelog irisa i andjelike. Barsunasti i posvjetljujuci bijeli iris upravo djeluje posvjetljujuce na kozu dok je andjelika intenzivno hidratizira i pruza joj vitalnost. Ovaj serum je cisti luksuz od samog pocetka do kraja. Pakovanje je u notama elegantnog minimalizma uz ciste linije i suptilno prelijevanje nijansi. Bocica je dosta teska i od ‘hladnog’ materijala koji me asocirao na porculan – ipak se radi o vjesto obojenom i tretiranom staklu. Ono sto cini ovaj serum posebnim je njegova tekstura i mnostvo zadataka kojima je posvecen. Esencija obecava da izgladi i poboljsa teksturu koze, suzi pore, umanji crvenilo i bubuljice, osvijetli te ujednaci ten i hidratizira uz pomoc barsunaste formulacije. Zelite znati sto najvise volim? To sto mu mozete vjerovati jer ispunjava svoja obecanja.

Upon first contact, the scent of this serum is heavenly. I'm a bit reserved to scented skincare but I've yet to fault L'Occitane for this. Serum smells floral, fresh and powdery at the same time – it definitely has a slight iris undertone I adore in perfumes. The fact it's scented never bothered me but sensitive skins probably should do a skin patch test prior to purchase. The texture? Beyond divine! This is the ideal texture for oily and combo skin. It's of a white coloring, gel-like but creamy, velvety and disappears when massaged into the skin. Leaves no slip or residue (skin drinks it right up!) and skin is extremely hydrated afterwards although it looks matte. Such a perfect make-up base this serum is. It can be used morning or evening and you can never apply too much although only one pump is enough to cover entire face. It never broke me out or irritated me. As for it's super-duper claims, it has managed to even further tighten my pores, reduce redness around my nose (make it less shiny too!) and around my blemishes. I freely apply it over blemishes as it doesn't disturb them. Skin is definitely evened out and generally looks very healthy. You can apply it under any moisturizer you have, use it alone as a skin treatment or improve the texture of a foundation,, tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream. It's a super serum in my eyes and well worth my money. I cannot recommend it enough as I think it's a perfect offering in its category.


Tokom prvog upoznavanja sa ovim serumom, miris me oborio sa nogu. Inace ‘vagam’ njegu koze koja je intenzivno namirisana no jos uvijek nisam naisla na L'Occitane proizvod koji trpi zbog mirisa (koji je uspus receno, caroban). Serum ima miris koji je cvijetnih, puderastih ali i svjezih nota – definitivno osjetim njezan podton irisa koji inace jako volim u parfemima. Cinjenica da je ovaj serum primjetnog mirisa mi nije imala utjecaj na kozu u smislu da parfem u serumu nije izazvao iritacije. Ipak, ako ste izuzetno osjetljive koze preporucujem tester prije nego se odlucite na kupovinu. Tekstura seruma? Bozanstvena! Posjeduje idealnu teksturu seruma koji bih zamislila da je namijenjen masnoj i mjesovitoj kozi. Mlijecno bijele je boje, gelast je ali i njezno kremast, barsunast na dodir i nestaje pod prstima. Ne ostavlja nikakav skliski trag (koza ga automatski ‘popije’) a koza je divno hidratizirana nakon upotrebe i to osjetite sami dok, kada je gledate – potpuno je matirana. Zbog tog mat finisa, esencija je savrsena baza za sminku. Mozete esenciju/serum koristiti ujutro ili navecer, nikada ne mozete kolicinski pretjerati sa njim iako je objektivno jedna pumpica dovoljna za cijelo lice. Nikada mi nije izazvao bubuljice niti iritacije. Uspio je dodatno da mi suzi pore, ublazio je crvenilo oko nosa i umiruje bubuljice. Bez problema nanosim serum preko bubuljica jer ih ne iritira. Mozete ga nanijeti ispod hidratantne kreme, koristiti ga samostalno ili uz njegovu pomoc poboljsati teksturu tecne podloge, tonirane, BB ili CC kreme. U mojim ocima, ovo je ‘superserum’ i vrijedio je izdvojenog novca. Ima moju toplu preporuku posto ga smatram najboljim u svojoj kategoriji.

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