Musings of a Muse

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Mar 18, 2009

Kenzo Belle de Jour Review

I normally don't like blogging skincare until I've used it for a month or more but seeing as I'm so excited about Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer I'm thinking that I'll rewrite my set of rules and tell you all about it!



The Muse tends to think outside the box and couldn't help but think "Oh Belle de Jour moisturizer, how very Billie Piper of Kenzo..." What? Am I the only demented one that was thinking of Billie Piper after they heard "Belle de Jour"....oh come on now you know you were thinking the same bloody thing.


Yeah, Billie's grown up since her day's as a companion!

Anyway....

If you put aside all the great benefits of Kenzo Belle de Jour and simply embrace the amazing packaging and incredible smell of the moisturizer you should be happy as a little clam. These things make a difference when you're a girly girl who adores anything that looks and smells pretty.


Bell de Jour is scented with the gorgeous smell of white lotus. Truly a stunning treat for the senses. After blogging for so long I suddenly realized one day out of the blue that some women don't like scented moisturizers. I couldn't believe these people actually existed. I happen to fall into the category of loving my facial moisturizer scented and Belle de Jour completely captivates with a fresh floral blend that's really something you have to experience for yourself to understand. Truly it's a key selling point for me as the smell is just amazing.

Ok, enough of gushing about the scent....packaging....

Packaging always matters. You know how shallow we all are. We love beautiful packaging, sweet packaging, and kawaii packaging. Don't lie now, your Muse knows you well and she understands how important beautiful packaging is. Belle de Jour comes housed in a large white box with a beautiful lotus surrounding all four sides of the box. Inside you'll discover a tiny little book that goes into great detail about what your new facial moisturizer will do for your skin, small things like this make me smile and take note that the brand put a little extra love into the packaging. The jar is typical Kenzo design that has that chic edge to it. It's a simple cream jar with a slight slant and a beautiful lotus on the lid. The words Belle de Jour grace the bottom. The simplicity of the jar make it elegant and very pretty to display on your vanity.



Now that we got all the shallow stuff out of the way how does the moisturizer perform?

Kenzo Belle de Jour is a face cream to enhance the skin's natural beauty by protecting it from free radials and the harmful stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical found in saliva, which increases significantly when a person is stress. The Muse images she has tons of Cortisol running around all over the place! High levels of cortisol increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system, making the body prone to illness and fat accumulation, see I told you that I had a ton of cortisol running through my body, take a look at my chubby little cheeks you'll see what I mean! 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application. Further tests and studies show that the skin surface showed a 28% reduction in reactive oxygenated elements (free radicals) on the skin's surface.

That's probably a little too much information but the moral behind the story is that free radicals can create havoc with your skin and Belle de Jour is a moisturizer meant to prevent that chaos. White Lotus, is a natural and potent ingredient which helps restore skin to it's natural balance and stimulate cellular metabolism leaving behind softer, luminous skin. Simply put the cream increases radiance of the skin, moisturizers, soothes, and protects skin from free radicals.

What's the Muse say?

The formula is a nice thick moisturizing cream which is recommended for all skin types. I do think it's a heavy cream so I'd recommend it for night use if you have oily skin or even dry skin for that matter as it can work at improving skin as you sleep. A tiny bit goes a very long way at moisturizing skin and your face feels interestingly refreshed after a single use. The cream absorbs easily and as mentioned above smells heavenly. It sinks in completely and leaves behind softer skin upon contact. It's one of those facial moisturizers that you'll see results right away upon application. For example, dry patches on my cheeks were instantly soothed and relieved with one application.



Now as per my recommendation of using it as a night cream, for it's price you're going to want to take note of whether or not you want to indulge in it as both a day and night cream or just one or the other. If you live a face paced lifestyle in a large city with plenty of pollution, sun exposure, and just general nastiness that will easily take it's toll on skin, I recommend using this as your day cream. The point of the cream is to act as a barrier between you and all that insanity that surrounds you during the day. It wraps skin in a cocoon and acts not only as your moisturizer but as a self defense system for your skin. If you work or travel in a slower town and aren't as exposed you may settle on using this as a night cream. As I mentioned the formula is thick yet manages to be fluffy and absorbs easier so for a day cream it can work well when applied in small amounts.




Restoring the balance of my skin may take a few uses but as of now my skin just feels nicer. I do feel like my skin can take advantage of feeding off a superior facial moisturizer such as this.

I like this one alot and I feel a Muse Approval coming on but I'm going to keep testing it out and I'll revisit with you in another post soon to tell you how it's doing with my skin. So far, count this Muse impressed.

Visit www.kenzousa.com for further info or to place an order. Orders over $75 USD get free shipping and three free samples.

What do you think?

Tried Kenzo Belle de Jour?

Love it?

Wanting to try it?

Tell the Muse!

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you list the price of product you review from now on at like the top of the post because I find it very helpful that way

March 19, 2009 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

sure thing. I do forget occasionally to list prices!

March 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Shefali said...

OMG Muse...I totally thought of Miss Billie Piper when I read Belle de Jour, LOL!!! Love that show BTW.

March 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hehe shefali!

:-D couldn't help but think of her!

Me too! I absolutely adored Callum Blue as her BF this season damn shame they didn't follow it through!

March 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

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