Monday, April 23, 2012

American Mom, Parisian Skin? Darphin Paris Review






Let's face it: French moms have it made.

They're skinny.
Their kids are well-behaved.
Their handbags are fabulous.


So it stands to reason that they've got great skin, too. Which should make me hate them all the more. But thanks to Darphin Paris, I got the opportunity to attempt luxurious Parisian skin right here in the good old (slightly-overweight, land-of-maniacal children) U S of A.

Pierre Darphin,who established Darphin in 1958 as one of the first beauty institutes in Paris, believed that a woman's skin acted as a mirror, showing the world a reflection of her life. For that reason, many Darphin products are known for their transformational effects.

If my skin is a mirror, than a little transformation is definitely in order. Stress, grief, and way too many M&Ms have turned my usually dewy decent skin into a dull, blotchy, tired-looking mess. I might even be starting to look (gasp!) my age...

Based on an analysis of my skin's individual needs, Darphin sent me three products: Arovita C Line Response Firming Serum, for combating the first signs of aging and renewing natural radiance; Ideal Resource Smoothing Retexturizing Radiance Cream, for minimizing pores and eliminating rough texture, dull skin and expression lines and wrinkles; and Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel, which smooths fine lines, preserves elasticity and protects the eye area from environmental factors.

When my day is finally over—the kids tucked in, the dishes done, the dog walked, the day’s writing complete—it takes every bit of strength I have not to collapse, fully clothed, onto my bed and skip all those bothersome bedtime tasks. Like putting on pajamas. And brushing my teeth. Adding an actual skincare regime (instead of splashing water on my face or, more often, going to sleep with my makeup still on) seemed daunting. But the first thing I noticed about the Radiance Cream is that it smells amazing. Instead of rushing through my nighttime tasks, I found myself taking my time and treating myself to a minute or two of luxury.
Wide-eyed at 6AM. No makeup, no filter!

In the mornings, I discovered something even better. The Eye Gel? Uses caffeine as a main ingredient to combat dullness and signs of fatigue. Yes, that’s right—CAFFEINE.

As in coffee.

As in getting my first shot of salvation before I even pour my first cup.

Brilliant.

The Firming Serum, the second component of my new AM Darphin regime, was lightweight and almost sticky going on, but in seconds it dried to an invisible, silky finish. When I layered the Radiance Cream on top of it, something unthinkable happened—my pores, the bane of my existence since middle school—actually looked smaller. Much smaller. Almost like a foundation primer, the combination of the Serum and the Radiance Cream gave me a noticeably smoother, brighter complexion.
After a few days, the improvements in my complexion were noticeable. I even skipped my daily application of tinted moisturizer and concealer, applying a quick swipe of sunblock instead. Then I dabbed on mascara and some lip gloss…and hit the road.

Shaving a few minutes of my hectic morning routine was lovely. I even got to take a few extra sips of coffee before I herded the kids out the door. And I’d like to think that my preschool mom friends noticed my sophisticated, glowing Parisian-esque skin (and overlooked the fact that I was wearing the same outfit two days in a row. Oops).

I may not be skinny.
My kids might be a far cry from angelic.
But I can still rock a fabulous handbag.
And my skin can still look great.

Darphin Paris calls itself “more than skincare, an art.” If transforming my dull, exhausted, never-stop-moving Mom complexion into glowing skin with that certain je ne sais quoi can be considered an art form (and not an act of divine intervention), I’m inclined to agree.

And here's the even better news: Darphin is giving away skincare products, valued at a minimum of $100! To enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win, please check out the rules and leave a comment below answering the question "What Darphin product would you like to try, and why?"


Plus, Darphin has a special offer (one of their best!) just for readers of this post: Get a free Age Defying Dermabrasion Deluxe Sample, Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum Deluxe Sample and Spa Headband with any order at Darphin.com through 5/31/12. Use code BLOGGER at checkout.

Sweepstakes Rules:
No duplicate comments.
You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.
This sweepstakes runs from 4/23 – 5/24
Be sure to visit the Darphin brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!


As always, all writing and opinions on Karma (continued...) are strictly my own.

49 comments:

  1. I would love to try the Cleansing Micellar Water because it is gentle.

    tweeted at
    twitterDOTcom/#!/TwatteringOne/status/194451175888785408

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  2. I would like to try the Firming Serum and the Radiance Cream, because my almost 5 month old is teething, and my skin is suffering from lack of continuous sleep.

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  3. If I could go out without tinted moisturizer, I would give up dessert (okay, I may indulge in the a treat here and there). But I'd love the firming serum and radiance cream.

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  4. This aging boomer just realized it's past time to buy quality skin-care products! Based upon the descriptions in the piece, I would love to try either the firming serum to arrest the oh-so-apparent effects of gravity, or the anti-fatique smoothing eye gel because I ALWAYS look tired... my children may be grown and out of the house, but I still lose sleep worrying about them!

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  5. I would love the anti fatigue eye gel. This tired mom has very tired eyes.

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  6. The Radiance Cream sounds amazing!

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  7. Not entering here - just commenting. I'm so glad you've found something that makes you feel good! It's important to pamper yourself now and then!

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  8. firming serum because i'm not getting any younger and my skin has been abused by my 20's of not using sunscreen.
    i have sensitive skin which is constantly pink. not rosacea but might as well be. i think Darphin would be able to help me tone down and minimize the skin I would love to all the products you featured I heard they smell great! I think the serum would help me out a lot

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  9. I would love to try the firming serum & the radiance cream. I have been a faithful devotee of the Stimuskin eye cream for many years, but need to step up my game. I work, keep the home and have recently had the pleasure of having my 89 year mother in law come to live with us. I enjoy it very much but need something for me.

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  10. I was a Darphin devotee for several years and my skins looked fabulous, those wonderful facials from their Holt Renfre Darphin counters were the best. I miss it all and the one product I miss the most (and this as a super tough choice as they are all fabulous) is the Predermine Anti Wrinkle for Dry Skin with the Rose Aromatic Care. Wonderful!

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  11. The Fibrogone serum and moisturizer, it is the only part of the line that Space NK does not carry. I like to go into a location and purchase but Space NK and Neiman both have told me they don't carry the Fibrogene line! I have not had a chance to try the new formulation. I stopped using Darphin 4 years ago do to skin sensitivity but have found there really isn't another line out there that nourishes and compares to Darphin!

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  13. Jenna Schwartz ‏ @jennaschwartz

    So @jennyfeldon blogged about @darphin and I want in! Check her out at http://www.karmacontinued.com

    Okay, I tweeted :-) xoxo

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  14. i would love to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum


    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  15. Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum is my choice. I have sensitive skin prone to redness, and I have a lot of trouble finding effective products for my condition.

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  16. I would love to try Darphin’s Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment. I have very visible age spots and the brightening serum sounds amazing and might help with my issue.
    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  17. tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/196506213561806849

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  18. the serum! thanks!

    nesssf at gmail dot com

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  19. I'd like to try the Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream for my fine lines problem.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  20. https://twitter.com/#!/tcarolinep/status/196820419582500864

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  21. I would like to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum to get rid of my dark circles

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  22. https://twitter.com/#!/ElenaIstomina/status/197103740577255424

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  23. I would like to try the Stimulskin Plus Rejuvenating Lifting Serum because I would love to even out my skin tone.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  24. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/wizardewu/status/197141798177615872
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  25. ORGANIC TANGERINE AROMATIC CARE (IT'S ESSENTIAL OIL FOR FIRST SIGNS OF AGING... NEED I EXPLAIN? I'M GETTING THE PERMANENT WRINKLES THAT GO ALONG WITH YEARS OF SQUINTING, UGH!)

    THANKS FOR THE CHANCE! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  26. 2ND ENTRY TWEET https://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/198722905587204096

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  27. I would love to try the Clear White brightening and hydrating creme to even out my skin tone

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  28. Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum for my sleepless nights
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  29. tweet
    https://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/199364407132815360
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  30. Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream because I need help with my wrinkles
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  31. https://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/199928583412649985
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  32. Mandatory Entry:
    i would love to try the: Organic Myrrh Aromatic Care
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  33. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/anashct3/status/200542079938609152
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  34. I would love to try Darphin’s Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment.
    To much fun in the sun has a price :-)
    Lynnemarieobrien@yahoo.com

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  35. I want to try the cleansing milk and see if it helps with my blemishes. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  36. tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/201248129092288512
    songyueyu at gmail

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  37. I'd like to try the INTRAL Redness Relief Soothing Serum.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  38. tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/KerryBishop/status/202218603620212738
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  39. I would love to try the De-puffing Eye Serum to help with my aging eyes!

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  40. I get some redness around the eyes so I'd love to try the Intral Cleansing Milk.

    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  41. The main thing I do is moisturize and stay out of the sun. I'm starting to see some signs of aging anyway though at age 47 so I'd love to try Anti-Dark Spots Perfecting Treatment!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  42. i tweeted here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/205152317379588096

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. i'd like to try the Dark Circles and De-puffing Eye Serum - always looking for a good product for dark circles


    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. CLEAR WHITE Brightening and Hydrating Cream sound like it would help me because of my dark spots

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

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  45. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/205505955360813057

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  46. I really need something to improve the look of my eyes and the Anti-Fatigue Smoothing Eye Gel sounds like it would do the trick. Age has really done a number on my eyelids and I need to exert at least a little control.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  47. I would like to try the age-defying dermabraion because next month I turn 51.

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  48. I would like to try the new ideal resource serum, so I can compare it to my arovita c serum I have been using for a long time. Marine 28170@gmail.com.

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  49. I would like to try the new ideal resource serum, so I can compare it to my arovita c serum I have been using for a long time. Marine 28170@gmail.com.

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