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Even oily skin needs hydration sometimes | Intense Moisture Mask

31 October 2013

Despite having combination, blemish prone skin it occasionally needs a moisture boost, no doubt due to all of the drying and exfoliating ingredients in my usual skincare routine. This Intense Moisture Mask from the Super Facialist Rose range by skincare specialist Una Brennan is perfect for all skin types.

It really gives my skin some much needed hydrated after just 5 minutes. When wiped away my skin is hydrated, calmer and slightly more radiant (possibly because its not so dehydrated). This is a fast acting, simple mask suitable for even sensitive skins, although it does have a strong rose scent so it might not be for you if you don't like the smell.

Its a creamy, cooling masks that adds moisture without being greasy or oily. This is perfect for my skin type, its definitely more for dehydrated skin rather than really dry skin. Remember dehydrated and dry skin are very different, dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks oil. This means that oily skin can still be dehydrated, particularly below the surface.

The Super Facialist range is high performing, reasonable priced and exclusively available at Boots. There's also a 3 for 2 offer on at Boots at the moment so why not check out some other products in the Super Facialist range.

Super Facialist Intense Moisture Mask, £8.99 | Boots.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | Treatment or Moisturiser?

29 October 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, £13 | Boots

Or you can find it on where they currently have 1/3 off French Skincare making the Effaclar Duo only £9.04

The Effaclar Duo is described as a corrective and unclogging treatment/ moisturiser. It contains 4 key ingredients which are Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine to fight against a build up of bacteria which leads to spots and imperfections, and LHA and Linoleic Acid which unclog blocked pores, preventing the spot from forming.

I bought this a while ago during a time where I was desperate to find something to work on my breakouts. I used this for about 2 weeks and then gave up with it. I know I should have given it longer, but I just wasn't seeing any results and my skin just didn't seem to be in a very good condition. The other issue I was having was that it wasn't giving me a good base for my foundation and my foundation looked awful after a few hours, despite it saying that it makes a good base for makeup.

About a week ago however I read a blog post somewhere...sorry can't remember who it was, but they mentioned that they used the Effaclar duo as a treatment, and then used their regular moisturiser on top. I decided to give this a try and I am liking the results.

I only use it in the morning, underneath my Origins GinZing moisturiser, but it has worked to improve the overall texture of my skin, and it has helped to clear up the small spots that I had. It hasn't really worked on the larger ones, but I guess I just have to give it more time for those. In the evenings I use a different treatments which I'll let you know about in a few days.

I have recently noticed the La Roche-Posay is becoming more widely available in Boots stores so you might not have to order it online and wait for it to arrive.

What are your recommended spot fighting products?

Pictures Post | Mini Break to Jersey

25 October 2013

This is the view out of the front of the hotel...Gorgeous weather for October! 

Hotel room | Wanted to bring this wardrobe home with me!

Panoramic view

Jersey Wildlife Park

Jersey Wildlife Park

Jersey Wildlife Park

St Brelades Bay, Jersey | Taken moments after being attacked by a seagull! Watch out for them!

The most seafood I have ever seen in one dish...I don't like seafood so I didn't eat this but I wanted to share it with you as it was ridiculous!

This however is the stunning dessert that I had at the Oyster Box. I was confused as I had ordered chocolate mousse...check out the next photo.

And there is the chocolate mousse inside | All of the desserts at the Oyster Box were presented absolutely beautifully and so original!

Lastly a lovely view of the bay.

The Pro Hygiene Collection | Cleanser for your brushes and your makeup.

24 October 2013

I found these whilst I was browsing the Cult Beauty website, that browsing session quickly changed into a buying session.

Firstly a bit about the brand... The Pro Hygiene Collection is created by The Pro Makeup Shop. It was developed to help professionals quickly clean and sterilise their brushes and tools. Both of these products kill 99.9% of bacteria whilst also dissolving oils and residue that accumulates on brushes.

Having blemish prone skin I like to clean my makeup brushes regularly, but it probably wasn't happening as often as it should as it is quite an effort to wash them properly and they take forever to dry, eugh. The Makeup Brush Cleanser from The Pro Hygiene Collection enables you to quickly and easily clean your brushes in between applications, although I would still recommend doing a thorough, deep cleanse of your brushes every 1 or 2 weeks. This product is gentle, yet effective, so it removes bacteria, oils and product build up whilst still being gentle to your brushes and therefore it won't reduce their lifetime. You simple just spray once or twice (depending on the brush size) onto the brush, dab it out on a cloth or tissue (I usually use a bit of kitchen roll as it is stronger than tissue) and then the product comes off onto the tissue and within 60 seconds your brushes will be free of bacteria. 

The other product in The Hygiene Collection is the Makeup Antibacterial Spray. This wasn't something that I had ever thought about before really...all the bacteria building up my powders, blushers, bronzers and tools such as tweezers and eye lash curlers. Sure I am paranoid about bacteria on my brushes...but why had I never though about bacteria on the actual products! Well this products sorts all that out. A quick spritz onto your powders, creams or whatever and within 60 seconds it is dry and has killed 99.9% of the bacteria that it was harbouring. 

These products are fuss-free, reasonably priced and they just make the whole process of cleaning brushes, products and tools so easy. You need to get them!

The Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Antibacterial Spray, £15.00 - link.
The Pro Hygiene Collection Makeup Brush Cleanser, £9.00 - link.

Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2 in 1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask and Peel....what a mouth full!

23 October 2013

I love Soap and Glory's face masks, they always seem to deliver. Originally I didn't take Soap and Glory's skincare range too seriously, maybe it was all that pink packaging and cartoon-like writing but after their recent revamp their packaging is a bit more muted and looks a bit more like some serious skincare products. That being said even when I did use the old range the contents in side the crazy packaging were always up to scratch.

I reviewed the old version of the Fab Pore Facial Peel mask back in August - link here where I made the bold claim that it was my favourite mask ever. So how did the re-formulated version compare...

For starters they have changed the name slightly...well added to it to make it even longer! The old version was just called the Fab Pore Facial Peel, which seemed to confuse a lot of people as it was in reality a face mask...the 'Peel' referred to the exfoliating nature of the mask. So the new version is now called the Fab Pore 2 in 1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask and Peel.

The first thing that struck me when I walked into Boots looking to repurchase my new favourite mask was that all of the Soap and Glory products had been repackaged so that they are more subtle and toned down. I love the new packaging, within the boxes the tubes and tubs are a clean white colour with a single colour of writing on them and they look very sleek and minimal.

What I hadn't expected from Soap and Glory was that as well as the repackaging they have in fact reformulated all of the products in their range, removing parabens and changing up a few ingredients here and there to make the products better.

When you open up the tub, the next obviously difference is that this product is a pale minty green, whereas the old product used to be a cream colour, although they seem to smell exactly the same to me.

This contains Superfruit YUZU and Poreshrink-r technology to help smooth, cleanse and purify skin and pores. This product says that it is best for Combination/Oily skin but can be used on any skin type, although personally I really wouldn't recommend it to people with dry or very sensitive skin as it does tingle a bit when you apply it and it can be drying.

What I like about this mask, like the old version is that you can just use it for 5 minutes as a quick pick me up or you can get a really deep cleanse by leaving it on for 15 minutes. I think that if you are battling breakouts leave it on for 15 minutes twice a week. I see the best results from this when I use it regularly as I don't think that its results are particularly long lasting, but you do see an improvement immediately, so use it often!

Personally I think that I saw more immediate results from the old version, but the new version still works and it is pleasant to use. Plus knowing that parabens have been removed from it makes me sway slightly more towards favouring the new version.

Soap and Glory Fab Pore 2 in 1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask and Peel, £10 - link. Also Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on selected skincare, body care, vitamins and minerals!

What do you think to the reformulated Soap and Glory products? I'm thinking of trying the Peaches and Clean cleanser next.

Finally some much needed skin hydration...

18 October 2013

I decided that after reading so many rave reviews that I would take the plunge and part with my £24.99 for a tube of Hydraluron. For those of your who haven't heard of Hydraluron...where have you been?

Hydraluron is a serum from Indeed Labs that promises to increase skin hydration, increase skin elasticity and reduce surface roughness. The main ingredient in Hydraluron is Hyaluronic acid which is found naturally within the skin, but decreases as we get older. Hyaluronic acid is capable of holding 1000 times its weight in water, therefore increasing hydration within the skin when it is used regularly.

I wasn't sure that it was going to be for me as I have quite oily skin, but strangely using Hydraluron has made my skin stay oil free for longer. After a lot of reading around the issue I have come to the conclusion that my skin is in fact dehydrated and is therefore producing more oil to counteract this. Adding Hydraluron into my regular skincare routine is gradually helping me to rebalance my skin by injecting some hydration into it.

I have been pleasantly surprised by this product as I am always sceptical when there is a lot of hype surrounding a product. However it has been a dream to use, the cool gel glides on, it isn't sticky and it sinks into the skin really quickly. It has increased the hydration within my skin, and my skin seems to be appear plumper and a bit healthier. Also the little tube seems to be lasting waaay longer than I expected as you literally onto need a pea-sized amount.

I'd really recommend adding Hydraluron to your skincare routine...whatever your skin type.

You can find Hydraluron in your local Boots store or online here for £24.99

Currently loving | Non-Beauty

14 October 2013

Just a quick post this evening to share with you a new found love of mine...jasmine tea. My usual tea of choice is Earl Grey but when I was in the supermarket the other day I saw Twinings Jasmine Earl Grey tea bags which made me intrigued. I had previously had Jasmine Dragon Ball Tea, but it is super expensive to buy so I bought the Twinings Jasmine Earl Grey and instantly loved it.

Then I saw Twinings had brought out a range of posh looking tea bags in silk pyramid bags and one of them was Green Tea with Jasmine Pearls! I got rather excited that the Jasmine Pearls (just like the Dragon Ball tea) was readily available in my supermarket. The other plus...we all know the benefits of green tea, but the taste for me just isn't that great. Add in some Jasmine Pearls and it tastes totally different. Brilliant.

So there you have it, I'm loving all things Jasmine at the moment. Is there anything else that you think I should try?

Loreal Paris Hair Expertise EverPure Shampoo and Conditioner

Its been a while since I have tried out a new shampoo and conditioner combo. For a while I have been trying to use up the various bottles that I had in my bathroom cabinet. This included a lot of half bottles of shampoo, as for some reason I seem to go through conditioner way faster than shampoo. So up until recently I had only been buying the occasional conditioner, then I managed to get my hands on the Loreal Paris EverPure shampoo and conditioner that are for coloured hair. I got the Colour Care and Volume version as I have thin hair that lacks any kind of volume, but they also do a Colour Care and Smoothing version and a Colour Care and Moisture version.

The first thing that I noticed when I tried this for the first time was the smell! It smelt absolutely amazing as it contains botanical rosemary and juniper oils. It really doesn't smell like any other shampoo that I have ever used. Add that to the non-sulphate cleansing and conditioning that it offers and it may well be a new addition to my favourite hair care products. From the first use it seemed to keep my hair oil-free for longer for some reason... I'm not sure why this is, but its an added bonus for me. It possibly has something to do with the conditioner doing such a great job that I used less of it, therefore my hair stayed grease free for longer?

I have heard great things on other blogs about the EverRiche shampoo and conditioner from Loreal Paris, but not so much about the EverPure. I decided to go for the EverPure over the EverRiche as my hair isn't particularly dry, and I was really impressed that I could get a shampoo and conditioner that would add volume as well as caring for my coloured hair. Normally I have to compromise and go for one or the other.

So with EverPure you're getting a sulphate-free, colour friendly, volumising products that smell great...what's not to love. Also, like I said earlier if volume isn't your thing you can get a smoothing version and a moisturising version.

Currently in Boots Loreal Hair Expertise products are 3 for £12, but you might have to order them online as I've never actually been able to find them in my 3 local Boots...I found them in Tesco of all places? You can find the shampoo here on the Boots website for £5.99 and the conditioner here also for £5.99 also. Don't be put off by the price though, they are in a huge tube and you don't need a lot of the product so they are going to last for ages.

Back to Basics | Skincare

Hi, sorry it has been ageeees since I've  posted. I had a few posts planned for while I was away for a few days, but I hadn't planned on being so busy once I got back. Therefore the whole of last week a lot of posts that I had planned to write have been put off until now...

If you have been reading my blog lately you will know that my skin has been acting out and generally being very horrible. I think this could have been due to a few new products that I tried and then continued experimenting trying to find something to fix it.

This was a bad idea! After a few weeks I realised the best thing to do was to go back to basics, stick to a simple cleanser, toner and moisturiser routine, in a gentle formula that wouldn't irritate my skin.

So I went back to the trusty skincare brand Simple and bought their Clear Skin Oil Balancing range, the cleanser, moisturiser and exfoliator. Despite not having tried the cleanser and moisturiser before I have used the exfoliator and the face wipes in this range for years so I decided to go all out and just use products from one range which is something I have never done before. I knew that these products would be gentle on my skin, yet as they are developed to control oil and blemishes they still contained ingredients like witch hazel and zinc PCA to help my skin.

I noticed a difference after the first day. My skin was less red as the gentle ingredients in the Simple products did not irritate my skin. The blemishes seemed a bit less angry and inflamed but of course they were still there...we can't expect miracles (or can we..keep an eye out for a new skincare product I am loving!).

Onto the products:

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash  It is gentle, but maybe the exfoliating beads would be too much for an everyday cleanser for people with truly sensitive skin.
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub I've used this for years, its a gentle, creamy exfoliator and doesn't leave your skin red or tight from the scrubbing.
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser A simple moisturiser, that is slightly mattifying whilst also soothing the skin with Vitamin E. Its not special but its great for my back to basics routine.

If you're having problems with your skin I highly recommend going back to basics and giving your skin a chance to balance itself, before trying more and more harsh products which could be making it worse. Simple are a great brand for products that are quite basic, with some natural ingredients, and skin loving vitamins, and there is something for all skin types in their ranges.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Oil Free | Beauty Blogger Hype

05 October 2013

I finally caved in and treated myself to a little Space NK splurge in my lunch hour. Working right near Space NK is going to be so bad for my bank balance.

I decided to treat myself to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Oil Free in Porcelain. Its a product that we all hear so much about and nearly everyone seems to have tried it so I thought that it was about time that I gave it a go.

My skin has been quite bad recently, which has seen me putting on more and more foundation/powder to cover it which can't be doing it any good at all. So I decided that I needed some lighter coverage in my foundation collection. The LM oil free is perfect for those of us with combination/oily or acne prone skin.

The LM oil free is a balance of skincare and makeup. It controls oil yet still manages to hydrate your skin. It gives a sheer coverage or colour and also gives you a little glow. It also contains SPF20 so it is ideal for protecting your skin during the day. It really is a brilliant product. Its not just for people with oily skin either, because it is hydrating it is suitable for all skin types. In reviews that I have read I have noticed that people with all different skin types prefer this version (the oil free) as it has a bit more coverage than the original formula.

For those of you who are worried about it being too sheer though, you can build it up in areas where you need more coverage, or you could wear your normal foundation on top of this where you need to extra coverage. I like to use it with my Real Techniques expert face brush as this method just seems to provide a little bit more coverage.

I've been really impressed with this product since buying it last week. It has not made me break out or anything, it really is suitable for acne-prone skin. I found there to be an excellent range of shades and in Space NK the staff were really helpful. They sat me down and tested out a few different shades on me in order to find the right one.  I have the shade porcelain which is the lightest shade, although they do have a new pale shade out called Cameo but it has more of a pink undertone, whereas the porcelain is more yellow based. Thanks Space NK ladies.

Overall this product is great for anyone wanting some light coverage, that won't make any skin problems worse. Granted the coverage isn't great, but that's not what I expected from a tinted moisturiser. I have foundations and concealers to do that...

You can buy the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Oil Free on the Space NK website for £33.00 for 50ml. Its bigger than your average foundation bottle and a little goes a long way so don't be afraid to splash out a little.