Saturday, February 15, 2014

Yves Rocher - 7.9 Elixir Review and 1500+ Subscriber Giveaway (2/14)

Hi friends,

I am so excited to have reached past the 1500 mark of YouTube subscribers that I have decided to do a giveaway for products from my favorite skincare line: Yves Rocher.

Many of you know that I am a Yves Rocher affiliate, which means that I receive a small commission for purchases made through my links. Honestly, I am being very careful with the affiliates I chose and only affiliate my blog with those companies I either use and like and truly believe in.

Before I get into the giveaway, though you can scroll all the way down now if you want to know about it, I wanted to take the time to give you an honest review on Yves Rocher's brand new 2014 - 7.9 Elixir skincare line.

As you may already know, I am a huge fan of the 7.9 Elixir Serum. I have been using it for almost two years without interruptions and find it to be the best serum of the market (for price, quality and results). Last month, Yves Rocher launched its coordinating line of day/night creams as well as a new Roll-On Eye cream. I just had to try them and of course, you are now getting the full review.

As a small disclaimer, these are my own opinions, I was not contacted by Yves Rocher to do a review on these products (though I wish they would since I  love that company so much) and I also purchased all the products below on my own.

Here are the products I am going to review today:

Elixir 7.9 Youth Intensifying Serum:

Elixir 7.9 Youth Energizer day and night creams:

Elixir 7.9 Youth Energy Eye Care Roll-on:

***UPDATE*** For some reason my affiliate links are not working or are too old, sending you to pages where the products are not on sale. To view these and other products online via Yves, use the small green Yves Rocher logos throughout this post. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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Let me start with the one product I have been consistently using over the past two years:

Elixir 7.9 Youth Intensifier

Elixir 7.9 Youth Intensifier

Elixir 7.9, with 7 plants and 9 anti-aging patents, delivers all its concentrated power to your skin with one single drop. To be used every day, morning and evening, under your usual day cream to greatly increase its rejuvenating effectiveness or, as a 1-month intensive treatment 2 to 3 times per year, when your skin needs it. Paraben-free formula, tested under dermatological supervision. Suitable for all women and all skin types. Elixir 7.9 has been tested and approved by nearly 200 women during a 1-month period. They noted visible rejuvenating effects on their skin: - Smoothed wrinkles, - Boosted radiance, - Protected skin, - Refined skin texture, - Redensified skin, - Relaxed skin, - New skin effect, - Revitalized skin, - Firmer skin. 1 fl. oz. Bottle with dropper / 30 ml
Why do I love this product so much? It simply does the job! The texture is that of a milky serum, it is now gooey or tacky to the touch. It glides onto the skin and penetrates immediately. Personally, I find the texture to be exactly what I need since I do not like products that require working them into the skin by pulling it all sorts of way to get the it to penetrate.
YR recommends that you use it 2-3 times per year as an intensive treatment. I have been using it day and night all year long without any issues and  find that it preps my skin just right before applying my Serum Vegetal 3 creams. On a side note, it does have a strong fragrance (that of fresh cut grass) which may not be suitable for all. I have no problems with it, as a matter of fact, I like it very much.
With regards to wrinkles, I find it noticeable when I have not used it for a few days, my skin becomes parched and small fine lines start to appear, I also tend to become dry on the side of my cheeks. I cannot say enough good things about this Elixir 7.9 youth Intensifier!

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Day Cream
Its moisturizing texture combines the comfort of a cream with the freshness of a gel. 3 out of 4 women noted re-energized skin.
I fell in love with this new product. Typically I would use a thick  formula for day/night cream and found it very refreshing to try something less heavy (despite the rough winter months). I have been using this product for a little bit under one week and can already see and feel results. It has the same scent than the serum (the comments above will apply here as well on that regard) and the texture is that of a creamy gel, but it is fluffy, almost like a soufflĂ©. It applies very well and penetrates the skin after only a few strokes and without pulling or needing work.
Overall, I found that my skin was "put together" after using this cream for only a few days. I had a few dry patches alongside my cheeks which are now gone. Best of all, it absolutely does not interfere with my makeup in that it does not sip through like other creams would. I just love it.
Here is the best part about this Youth Energy Day Care cream: It comes with an eco-friendly refill option. The jar itself is comprised of two parts, the container and the cream which is contained inside a pod, once there is no more product, you can purchase the refill pod instead of the entire jar, saving you a whole bunch of money (full price on the jar is $48, the refill is $22). The full item is currently on sale at $26, so even on sale, the refill pod is still a bargain - great work YR!

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Night Cream

This night cream is a little bit different in both texture and fragrance but works equally well. It is richer in that I mean it is thicker in consistency and needs a bit more work to penetrate. That being said, the results, thus far, are equally impressive. As for the fragrance, I thought it was a bit stronger than the day cream or even the serum. It is still within the "cut grass" scent category though.
As with the day cream, you can purchase a refill for a bigger bargain afterwards, not to mention saving the environment.

I only have one complaint about these two products and it is very similar to other reviews I mentioned in the past. One cannot distinguish the day from the night jar without having to read the label. While it may seem minor to some, I find it annoying. Though it does clearly state on the front that it is either day or night (with a little moon logo), I tend to not wear my glasses when I go about my skincare routine and find myself constantly looking at the front of the label to ensure that I am using the right product. It would be nice if YR was providing different colored jars to distinguish them from one another (say for instance a dark and a light green or a different lid color). Until then, I will have to resort to using a sharpie and marking the lids accordingly.

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Youth Energy Eye-Care Roll on:

Eye Care Roll-On

Wow! Here is a miracle product for you! In the past, I shied away from roll- on applicators, having had a bad experience with Mary Kay's Targeted Action Eye Revitilizer. I thought the product smelled absolutely horrible, in the like of stale vinegar, and did not care for the huge roll-on ball that came with it. I have read that roll-on balls have a depuffing benefit and I can imagine why, they are cold to the touch and apply even pressure to the area in need of added blood flow and oxygen. So I gave this one a try, wanting to experience the full line of 7.9 elixir products.
This one comes with a set of three mini roll-on balls that are cold to the touch and tiny enough to target those areas in need, without overdoing it.
After only one week of use, I found that the upper part of my lids (the hooded part) has shrunk visibly, at least to me. Fine lines are less visible, crows feet still there, but then again at my age, what did I expect?
All you have to do is squeeze a bit of product out of the tube and apply. I use it day and night. So far, I am loving it and will definitely repurchase.

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So, that was my full review of the new 7.9 Elixir skincare line from Yves Rocher. I need to add that the company also offers skin type options within this range: sensitive skin and dry skin options are available.

I would give it a 4.5 stars out of 5 (fragrance and labeling being an issue).

If you want to know more about these products you may want to check out my coordinating YouTube video below:

How about a giveaway?

You guys have been outstanding supporters over the past 18 months this blog has been running and I dare say I would not be able to make it as a content writer and minor (very minor) YouTube celebrity without your continued support and sharing of my blog.
And since I now have over 1500 YouTube subscribers (as of 02/14/14), It is time I give back with yet another Yves Rocher Giveaway and it is an opportunity for you to try some of their products:

You could win all the products below:

In the giveaway I have included the following brand new Yves Rocher products:

* 2014 Yves Rocher Green book catalogue
* Pure Calmille Cleansing Milk (full size) - I like it a lot especially as a makeup remover.
* Wrinkle Reducer Face are for ultra sensitive skins (this is a brand new line to me and did not try it yet).
* Micellar Cleansing Water (travel size) which I use as a toner and spoke about in my last video.
* Laotian Lotus Flower Deodorant (can't live without it)
* Fizzy Bath Cube in Vanille Or (vanilla) - smells divine
* Pouch to carry it all.

Here are the rules:

You must be 18 years or older (otherwise parental approval is needed).
You need to complete the Rafflecopter giveway entry below (the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win).
You must be a subscriber to my YouTube Channel.
Like me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
Open Internationally.

The giveaway is open until 2/28/14, at which point the winner will be announced here, on Facebook and Twitter. You will then have one week to respond to me with your address.

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  1. I'm a vlog fan but check your blog for references at times. I love when you do organizing videos.

    1. Hi Ivy, if you mean the links, I just realized they are not working and had to come up with plan B The affiliate company that carries the link for YR is really not all that good and I constantly run into problems with them. Thanks for the headsup.

  2. I love all of your posts, but my favorites are your DIY and organizing!

  3. My favorites are the organizing videos.

  4. i am new here but i enjoy watching your organizing videos and your reviews are outstanding

  5. My favorite vlogs are of you organizing or doing different projects or if you can do just "A Day in a life of Sophia"...
    I enjoy ALL your videos and blog - Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. I love all of your blogs/videos, but if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be the ones about cleaning and organizing. Keep up the great work Sophia! I always look forward to watching your YouTube videos!

  7. I love all your videos, but my favorites are the organizing and cleaning ones. Thanks for the chance!!!

  8. My favorite videos are the planner ones. I also enjoy the cleaning and organizing videos. Thank you for sharing with us.

  9. Great stuff I've never used that brand

  10. I like your DIY/organizing posts as well as the beauty reviews ones.

  11. Can't wait for the contest tomorrow :-)

  12. Vee/Veruzka ColantonioFebruary 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I Love your cleaning videos with the dawn


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