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La Roche Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

After using this for two weeks, I am so pleased to say that this has helped normalise the oil production of my skin. I was heading towards combination to oily, something was going a bit wonky, and so when this kit came in the post I was overjoyed. I had read about them on a couple of my favourite blogs (Click to read their posts: Caroline Hirons & Ruth from amodelrecommends) and that had peaked my interest as I had not come across the toner in boots before.

The cleanser I noticed is labelled as PH5.5, and I knew that would help balance my skin which has been breaking out a little lately. The cleanser, although labelled as foaming gel cleanser, does not produce as many suds as a regular foaming cleanser and doesn’t dry out my skin at all. I use this after my first makeup removal cleanse and followed up with the next two steps in the kit.

The toner has to be shaken before use, and is a very thin refreshing texture. Again, this doesn’t dry out my skin at all. I am pretty sure this alone has been helping with the breakout areas, as my skin is better prepped and ready to utilise the ingredients of my serum (healgel is the b*mb.com, reveiw coming soon). The improvement of my skintone is amazing. I feel as though this step has been helping the following steps in my routine lots. The only problems lies in the next paragraph.

The 3rd step is the one I skip now. I found after a few days my skin broke out with whiteheads, not something I often get at all. So, ignoring the non-comedogenic claims I went ahead and removed the last new product added to my skincare, the Effaclar duo, and the white heads stopped appearing – yay! This rule is something I tell anyone who mentions skin issues to me, work your way back to when you were happy or start picking the lasts steps added out one by one.

So the upside is the cleanser is available to purchase as a stand alone, but the toner, at present, is exclusive to this set – BOO! Nevermind. I will most likely just slot good ol’ Pixi Glow tonic in instead.

P.s. Loving the daily skincare routine posts on instagram by Caroline Hirons, here’s a link ! Sharing is caring 😉

This post contains a sample provided by Boots, and is available here, priced at £32.50.

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Haircare series: Oils #2 – LOreal Elvive Extraordinary oil for All Hair types 100ml

LOreal Elvive Extraordinary oil for All Hair types 100ml, £9.99

This oil is similar in to the original Morrocanoil I reviewed but lighter in texture. I haven’t tried the lighter version of the Morrocanoil, so can’t comment there – though it is on my next to purchase when I have finished my current bottle.

How I apply this: I take half a pump and warm through my hands and apply to wet hair from chin-level down – due to breakout paranoia. I can also use this as a smoothing product for fly-aways after blow drying, something I couldn’t do with Morrocanoil.

How I have got on: this oil gives my hair the best finish after blow drying. It makes my hair more manageable and tidy looking, BUT I have noticed more and more static in my hair lately, so switched back to Moroccanoil for wet hair, L’oreal for dry and problem solved… so not sure what that’s all about as ingredient-wise these two are similar. I am quite liking this combo for now, though I do feel a little high maintenance with the number of hair oils alone occupying my bathroom shelf at minute … lol.

Other hair oils I have tried are Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, Charles Worthington Salon Miracle Repair Elixir Oil, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist, Bumble & bumble Hairdressers invisible oil, Josie Maran Argan oil hair serum; all of which will be included in this series.

I can happily use this as a light finishing oil for now, as in the winter months with central heating etc it helps to keep my hair looking smooth, although with it being problematic for wet hair I don’t think I personally will be repurchasing this one as I have achieved better results with other products.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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