Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Anti pigmentation power product!

I have never used La Roche-Posay products before, but after trying the Effaclar DUO[+] anti-blemish cream (RRP £15.50), I am definitely converted! 

As many of my followers will know, my aim used to be clearing my skin, but after the miracle Pantothen did for my spots, the issue I've had since is covering up my pigmentation marks. To be honest, I hadn't really tried anything for it religiously, as those products I did use didn't seem to do anything. I then was sent this when it launched and honestly noticed a difference within less than a week. After a couple of months of using this morning and night, my skin is completely clear and both blemish and mark free, meaning I can now wear tinted moisturisers rather than foundation - something I'd never dare to do before! And for that price point, I think it makes it even better!

Here's what the official blurb is:

La Roche-Posay introduces new Effaclar DUO[+] anti-blemish cream, specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. Clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes. Unclogs pores and refine the look of skin texture. This daily skincare solution is suitable even for sensitive skin.

Karlie Kloss for L'Oréal Paris

Wow, LOVE this collaboration!

Check out Karlie Kloss for L'Oréal Paris - love these images.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Silky, smooth skin

I love a hot cloth cleanser, and Liz Earle is definitely up there, but at the moment cannot get enough of the amazing Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. It’s full of lovely products to help keep ageing at bay, but I just love how soft it leaves my skin, even when I wake up the next morning! It dissolves all make-up and dirt from the skin (although I still use make-up remover first to get a proper clean) and the buffing action of the cleansing cloth gently exfoliates at the same time. The texture is an oil-like balm that you massage onto the skin (you don't need much at all), then you wet your fingertips and carry on massaging, before you then wipe off completely with a hot cloth. You can leave it on for 10 minutes as a treatment mask too, although I haven't tried that yet.

My skin has a glow to it that I’ve never had before and it keeps the texture soft and supple. It also lasts such a long time, I’m about ¾ of the way through now but have been using it twice a day for about 9 months!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Barely there make-up

I don’t think there are many people who haven’t heard of the amazing results bareMinerals Original SPF Foundation provides, but there still seem to be quite a few who haven’t actually tried it, myself included.

I think I’d always been slightly wary of using a powder foundation as my skin can be quite dry, and to be honest, I didn’t think I’d get the coverage from a mineral powder, but bareMinerals has completely changed all that! You also don't need to use a separate concealer as you simply apply the foundation with a concealer brush on any blemishes or dark circles and they disappear!

I absolutely love this product, the coverage is amazing, my skin looks so healthy and natural, and it really lasts all day. The buffing technique does take slightly longer than my usual liquid foundation application, but probably only an extra 30 seconds, and you can keep applying depending on how much coverage you want. I still tend to use my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear for a night out, but this is such a great daytime foundation, and the fact that it’s good for my skin is a bonus! The foundation on its own is £25, and the buffing brush is £24, so it’s well worth popping to your nearest counter to get colour matched and pick up the starter kit for £50 which includes the foundation, buffer brush, blusher brush, concealer brush, bronzer, finishing powder and primer – bargain!

I’ve only been using a small amount each day, and a little really does go a long way, so it’ll last much longer than my usual day foundation and keeps my skin healthy to boot – what more could you ask for? Here is the video from bareMinerals to explain a little more...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Supersize volume

My hair is very typical for a Caucasian British girl, it’s quite a fine texture but I have a lot of it. Lots of people have a similar hair type but think their hair is thick, and this is where they can go wrong when choosing haircare and hair styling products. 

 Anyway, I digress slightly, but due to my hair type it loses volume VERY quickly, and day two after washing is completely flat. I’ve tried hair dusts to boost this volume at the roots, and they are great, but I find them slightly messy to use and can leave the hair very sticky, otherwise drying in a mousse always works, but what happens if you want to boost volume on dry hair? 

 This is where the fabulous L'Oréal Paris Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray comes into its own. I LOVE this product and at £3.79 you can’t go wrong! Simply spray on for instant volume, and keep on spraying depending on how much texture and volume you want! It lasts until I wash it out without feeling dirty in my hair, and by massaging slightly whenever I feel it’s dropping, it instantly refreshes my look. This is definitely one of the easiest products I’ve ever used for such an instant and long lasting result, and the price is a bonus too!