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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L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Global Care Day SPF25, 50ml

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L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Global Care Day SPF25£19.99 (currently£13.33 on offer)


L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Peeling Lotion (Left) and Global Care Day SPF25 (Right)

There are lots of SPF face products on the market, this one is specifically for those trying to fade dark marks/ spots and reminds me of the Olay Regenerist Flawless SPF30 -which I loved for a long time until my skin decided to turn dry on me – because it includes niacinamide (vitamin B3) which helps fade discolourations. The texture of this is much more hydrating in comparison to Olay and leaves my skin feeling very comfortable.

How I applied this: I apply half a pump to my cheeks, as I have darks marks from breakouts there, and then take another half pump and apply all over my face, then another half pump for my décolletage. As I have been using the peeling lotion at night I use SPF regularly (mainly in an effort to fade dark marks) when I am not wearing makeup and top up with powder with SPF when I am wearing makeup.

The bottle design has a pump which can be turned and locked (yay for lockable lid-less pumps!). Also, the pump can be controlled to dispense how much product you want (another yay!). The feel of the product is light with a very subtle scent, is very easy to apply, absorbs without leaving any residual greasiness on face and no whitecast, I repeat, no whitecast at all, on my nc30 skin.

Here is the product description from boots.com:

“Introducing new Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Wrinkle + Anti-Dark Spot skincare regime. Helps stimulate skin surface cell renewal leaving your skin’s past behind. With patented 3% Pro-Xylane. Appears to help protect from premature skin ageing. Proven Effectiveness. Wrinkles appear reduced. Reduces the look of dark spots and helps prevent new ones from forming. Clarifies, skin tone looks brighter.

How to use: Apply the Global Day Cream SPF25 every morning to a thoroughly cleansed face in circular motions. To complete your regime:

– To refine the look of your skin apply Laser Renew peeling lotion nightly.

– For intense action, apply Laser Renew Super Serum before this Global Care SPF25.

– For targeted action, use Laser Renew Precision Eye Pen around the eyes.”

Summary after using for 3-4 days: I have not used this again, as it did break me out a little. I ran the ingredients through CosDNA and found that it contains Isopropyl Isostearate, which is rated 5 for Acne causing and 0 for Irritant. I have passed this on to my mum and she loves it, and also finds it performs better for dry skin than the Olay Flawless, which she also loved for fading dark spots.

Samples provided by boots.com.

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

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L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Peeling Lotion Night 125ml

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L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Peeling Lotion Night, £24.99 (currently£16.66 on offer)


L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Peeling Lotion (Left) and Global Care Day SPF25 (Right)

This is like a emulsion/toner, and if you know the purpose of Alpha H Liquid Gold then you will be pleased to hear this is like a drugstore version of the cult favourite. It isn’t much cheaper, but seen as it will be stocked in boots makes it more readily available, and boots always have those offers that suck us in. I think this is not as strong – 3% glycolic acid – as Liquid gold as it doesn’t sting on application at all, so perfect for me as my skin could not tolerate Liquid Gold without a reaction or irritation bumps (luckily I had a sample to try).

How I apply this: Soak a cotton round and sweep on cleansed dry face, being careful not to rub. 2-3 times a week. I have no idea if it is ok to apply anything after this, but I have had great results with this alone on my skin overnight. My skin does not feel uncomfortable or dry, but like I have applied a thin layer of mask. This makes my skin glow in the morning, dark marks from breakouts are fading quicker after I started using this and dry patches have now been cleared  – yay! *Important: Use a high SPF containing product in the daytime, I use a Neutrogena Sheer touch SPF70 under makeup or Avene SPF30 which I reapply after 2-3 hours if I am out all day.

The bottle design is perfect, the bottle can be squeezed to dispense product on to a cotton round with ease without spilling or over dispensing. The feel of the liquid is slightly slippery, so it is very easy to apply smoothly.

Here is the product description from boots.com:

“Introducing Revitalift Laser Renew Anti-Wrinkle + Anti-Dark Spot skincare regime. Helps stimulate skin surface cell renewal leaving your skin’s past behind. With Glycolic Acid, a key ingredient used by dermatologists for peeling treatments. Proven Effectiveness. Wrinkles appear reduced. Reduces the look of dark spots and helps prevent new ones from forming. Clarifies, skin tone appears to look brighter.”

Next up will be a review for L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Global Care Day SPF25

Samples provided by boots.com.

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

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Sephora Haul :)

A trip to the US usually leads to a Sephora pitstop (*ahem* plus pre-trip orders!). I wanted to share my purchases and finds. Once I have tried the new items I will post reviews as I work my way through 🙂



List of products and, where possible, links to Sephora product pages:

Sephora Favourites Beauty Oils Essentials $58, can’t find this, there were only two on the shelf in store…  – SORRY!

Josie Maran Matchmaker set in Light/Medium $68.

Laura Mercier Flawless Radiance Beauty insider gift – no longer available online – again, SORRY!

Kat Von D Ladybird Eyeshadow Pallete $36, no longer available online – similiar here – I managed to get this in store.

Josie Maran Argan Oil Light 15ml $16 – I picked up this smaller size for travelling.

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist sample, Full size is $25 here.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base sample, Full size is $25 here.

Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar sample, Full size is $25 here.

Ole Henriksen truth serum Vitamin C collagen booster sample, Full size is $48 here.

Ole Henriken skincare ranging from $8 Truth to Go face wipes to $45 skincare kits, available here – I am really liking this line at the moment.

GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment $69 – a must have once a week mask, one pot has lasted me 5 months!

Fresh Sugar lip treatment SPF15 mini size trio (available near checkout in store), Full sizes are $22.50 here.

Kat Von D  Lock-it Tattoo Foundation samples, Full size is $34 here (FYI: M53 seems to match me well, I am Beige clair 53 in Bourjois healthy mix serum foundation and NC25-30 in Mac)

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, and I would love to hear from anyone with Sephora recommendations – as shopping in their stores can be a little overwhelming-!


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Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Day Cream and Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Day Cream 50ml, £29.99

New Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream and Dark Circle Correcting Eye Swirl are the perfect regimen partners for luminous skin. Day after day, skin appears visibly energised and more even, while the look of dark spots and discolouration is reduced. Penetrates 10 layers, deep into the skin’s surface and renews it layer by layer to reveal more even, luminous pearl glowing skin. Apply morning and evening.” (Boots.com)

With continual use my complexion has brightened quite a lot over the last few weeks. I am so pleased with the results. My skin type is dry and uneven skin tone around my mouth, clog prone and sensitive. This cream has improved the tone considerably and hydrates well without being too thick. I use very little and never feel I have slick of cream on my face and at the same time this keeps my skin hydrated well all day. This is going on my repurchase list, as I have seen such great result.

There is one negative… This day cream does not have any SPF, so if I don’t have any SPF in my makeup I have to go over the cream with a light sunscreen like Neutrogena sheer touch, as it’s the only one that goes on well on top of other products whilst leaving a good base for makeup.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Anti-Dark Circle Correcting Eye Treatment 15ml, £29.99

“A distinctive dual-swirl gel and cream brightening formula to hydrate and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Apply morning and evening around the eye area after Skin Tone Perfecting Cream.” (Boots.com)

I have been using the Olay Regenerist line for years but this is the first time I have used a eye product as the price point is close to department store products, but now that I have tried this I know they are worth it. They absorb really quickly and brightened my undereye area within a few days of use! Also, my concealor goes on smoother ontop of this eye cream, so fab bonus. The only negative is the fussy packaging, as I travel the bottle is bulky for a eye cream and the lid has a tendency to pop off in transit… Other than that I would highly recommend for brightening dark circles!

Samples provided by boots.com.

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

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Skincare series: Brand #2 – #ElizabethArden

I have been using this brand’s products for 7+ years, as you can see I have added bits over the years but what sparked my initial interest in Elizabeth Arden was their 8 hour balm – I first purchased this on a ferry trip 7 or so years ago to France in the duty-free store 🙂 . I have repurchased this balm 4 times now, original fragranced tubes and fragrance free version, plus added plain & tinted balm sticks, and they make great gifts, too (my mum loves this now and I often get gwp travel sizes that I have passed on to my sister – she isn’t a fan of the exfoliating nature of the balm so only uses this at night).

Here’s a list of my Elizabeth Arden skincare arsenal, a little information about the products, my experiences and thoughts so far (and for the record, I have Combination, Sensitive, Clog-prone skin with pigmentation from blemishes and dryness on cheeks… It’s a mouthful, I know):

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance-Free 

“This fragrance free version of the legendary skincare classic works wonders to moisturise and protect anytime, anyway you choose. Shape brows, revitalise shine, soothe dry hands and smooth cuticles and nails. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips. No wonder it’s loved by makeup artists all around the world.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £18.

I use this on dry areas, such as lips, cuticles, elbows, to smooth eyebrows, and on dry areas on my face – if I am going away I’ll mix a little with my moisturiser before the flight and it stops my skin getting excessively dried out. I love love love this and cannot imagine using anything else. I often layer this on top/underneath a very drying lipstick (sometimes colour wins over formulation…), or on top of a lip liner for a paired down weekend look and love the comforting feel this give my lips.

Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

“Elizabeth Arden’s renowned Eight Hour® Cream in a super-protective, portable stick for lips. Enriched with emollients, protective sunscreen and vitamin E.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £20.

This is my on-the-go lip balm, it is expensive for the amount you get but mine, with frequent use, lasts around 6 months, which a regular lip balm cannot do for me. I don’t reapply often throughout the day, maybe twice at most, as my morning application keeps me going until lunchtime. I’ll use this as a base for lipstick in the daytime or a just a plain SPF lip balm – my lips are pigmented enough! I also love the tinted versions of these in Blush and Plum, great for a two in one quick flush of colour (these can be found here at boots.com).

Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen High Protection PA+++

“Provides powerful SPF 50 PA+++ protection to help shield skin against UVA/UVB rays that can cause sunburn, surface skin cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Lightweight, oil-free lotion helps protect your skin from sun exposure while hydrating for up to 8 hours. PABA-free.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £26.

The cream is very thick on application, so I use a toning mist or Avene thermal water mist and apply quickly so that I can blend it in well, it can have a white cast for me if I don’t take time massaging in the product. I really like this as it is the only sun cream that protects my skin from breaking out in rashes from spending a long time outdoors in the sun. I find that if I wait 10 minutes it absorbs better and makes applying makeup easier. It can be a bit much reapplying this on the beach as it is so difficult to blend in, but after a few years of struggling I decided to try out the balm stick and now use that to top up protection on beach holidays – less mess and fuss, plus, more time crafting my sandcastle 🙂 – yay!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence Stick for Face SPF 50 High Protection

“Target sensitive, over-exposed areas such as lips, nose, earlobes, even scars to help shield from the burning and ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays for healthier looking skin. This maximum defence, lightweight stick glides on smoothly and invisibly for easy one-handed application. Powerful SPF 50 sunscreen protects against sunburn, surface cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Eight Hour hydrating benefits sooth and smooth for up to 8 hours. Oil-free and PABA-free. Water-resistant and Perspiration-resistant. Non-acnegenic & Non-sticky. Ophthalmologist, clinically and dermatologist tested. Suitable for all skin types. Non-comedogenic.” (Available at boots.com for £15)

As mentioned in my thoughts of the previous product, I use this to top up my sunscreen when I feel I can’t blend in the SPF50 cream I top up my spf protection by slathering this balm all over! It’s give a really fine application

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner

“It can be difficult to refine and tone dry skin without causing irritation. But this alcohol-free toner does both beautifully while gently preparing your skin to absorb the vital moisture it needs. Leaves your skin feeling soft, refreshed and resilient. Clinically and dermatologist tested.” (Available at boots.com for £18)

I bought this as a set from Boots, sorry I can’t seem to find the price I paid and it looks like they don’t have this set anymore, and have been enjoying it over the last 5 months. I use the Pixi glow tonic first straight after cleansing and then follow with this. I have found that the dehydration lines that had formed on my forehead have eased a little and now feels less tight. Honestly I haven’t been wowed by this one, and am not sure if I will be repurchasing it, but it is nice to have something work and not cause any issues. I have the Thayers rose water toner lined up next, a break from a product always better shows me if I really just liked something or if I took it for granted, we’ll see if this will be joining the EA-repurchase list.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Hydrating Cream SPF 15

“For those with dry skin, it can be an ongoing struggle to moisturise properly and remove rough, dead skin without causing irritation. We’ve drawn from over 100 years of spa science to create a cream that hydrates gently yet continuously while helping to slough away dead skin and reveal your own smooth, healthy looking skin. Helps your skin maintain its own ideal moisture level and leaves your face feeling fresh and smooth.” (Available at boots.com for £34)

This day cream came in the set with the toner. I have been using this during the winter months and have found it moisturises my skin very well, but I think I prefer the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face SPF 15 (£30). This cream gives my skin a nice glow and provides a hydrated base for makeup but I have found during the few warmer days we’ve had here this can look a bit too dewy – eek! I would say this would be better for someone with straight up parched dry skin, as I am combination I find it’s just a tad too much for me now. I would like to try the combination skincare, again – I tried it last year and wasn’t too impressed then – but maybe this is where my skin is at now… will keep trying 🙂

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift & Firm Eye Cream

“Targets fine lines and crow’s feet to plump, lift and firm the look of skin in the eye area as it minimises the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Light-weight yet intensive eye care formula. Lifts and firms the look of skin in the eye area for a younger, more rested look. Dark circles appear minimised as it targets puffiness. Delicate skin in the eye area is gently brightened and smoothed. Encapsulated SPF 15 sunscreens provide full spectrum protection without irritation” (Available at boots.com for £40)

I got two of these as gwp samples, I gave one to my Mum and have been using this alone during the daytime as it contains SPF 15. The little tub is just under half the size of the full 15 ml version, and I have got through about 1/3 over the last 2 months. I like this but find it too rich in texture for me and makes my collection 2000 concealer slide around a bit, I will use it up and try to find another SPF eye cream in the meantime.

All in all, as you can see, I have been enamoured with Elizabeth Arden skincare for some time. I am willing to give most of their products a go, as my skin seems to take well to their line and I have never had adverse reactions – *crosses fingers and toes*. I might try their makeup soon, I had a little look last week and saw some intriguing bits.

Have you tried any EA products? If so, which ones? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions and general feedback. Thank you for reading! Follow on Bloglovin