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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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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Boots Haul

I recently posted a picture on Instagram of my Boots 3for2 purchases -I made two trips, the above picture is what I picked up during the first trip- and thought I’d follow up with a quick post of initial thoughts behind the purchases and, if I have tried them out, what my first impressions are. There have been things that have caught my eye over the last few months and I had been resisting purchasing them as at the time I really didn’t need anything… so with the recent 3 for 2 offer and a few gaps in my skincare I thought I’d try some new bits but in the end it turned out to be a new purchases (N) and repurchases (R) trip.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml, £11.50  – N. I have been finding my skin quite tight after cleansing so thought I would add a rehydrating mask once a week.

Avene Very High Protection Spf 50 Cream 50ml, £10.13 (clearance offer) – R. I am running low on my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Sun Defense Spf 50 and didn’t want to fork out £26 this time, maybe next time as I do love it.

Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask 125ml, £11.00 – N. This is something I have picked up and put down on lots of occasions and popped Neutrogena wash + mask in my basket instead, well this time I thought I’d – finally – give it a try.

Avene Thermal Spring Water 300ml, £10.00 – R. I have used this consistently for 5 years now. I find it indispensable as I have redness prone sensitive skin, so I use it to soothe irritations or just as a spray to cool my skin after epilation or a mist for after I have applied makeup. Love. It.

La Roche Posay Smoothing Moisturizing Body Milk Anti-Flake 200ml, £10.50 (clearance offer) – R. Lately I have been finding my skin isn’t really taking to my usual Soap & Glory lotion too well, so I thought I’d use this on the exceptionally dry areas – the usual culprits: knees, elbows, shins…

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash 125ml, £9.99 – N. I was running low on Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser and didn’t feel it did anything exceptional so I decided to give this one a try.

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked too lovely to pass up, so I popped this in my basket. I imagined I would use it like a refreshing mist but I have been using it after Pixi Glow Tonic as a rehydrating mist before moisturising.

Botanics Superbalm 11ml, £4.99 – N. This looks really interesting and has some great natural and organic ingredients such as shea butter and rosehip oil, I’m looking forward to trying this out once my Caudalie lip balm is finished up.

Botanics Nourishing Body Oil 150ml, £5.99 – N. I prefer to use body oils after a long soak and, again, the ingredients really pulled me in so this, too, went into my basket.

Boots Tea tree and Witch hazel Body Back Spray 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked good for skin breakouts (for after *ahem* waxing…), yep not the prettiest purchase but a definite necessary one.

Soap & Glory Daily Smooth Body Lotion 500ml, £10.00 – R. A favourite.

Nivea Firming Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream 200ml, £10.89 – R. Thought I would give this another try, as I haven’t been so good on frequenting the gym :-/.

Dove Summer Glow Fair to Medium 250ml, £4.99  – N. I wanted to get a gradual glow back, and this was mentioned in Boots haul I watched on youtube beforehand, helped me filter through the different options saving me time to look at other bits that didn’t make it to my basket.

Dove Summer Glow Medium to Dark 250ml, £4.99 – N. (enabled by Mouldyfruit 😉 )

I spent far too much time and money in boots, but I am really pleased with my haul as the things I have tried so far are working out well – I love it when this happens!

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, but did anyone else go a little overboard?

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Haircare series: Oils #1 – MOROCCANOIL treatment 100ml

MORROCANOIL treatment (for all hair types) 100ml, £19.99

“Moroccanoil® Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.” (www.moroccanoil.com)

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…- and then run what remains through hair near the crown to minimise the frizz the rain has been helping my hair fashion!

How I have got on: having used this for two weeks now and, honestly, I can say this oil gives my hair the best finish. It makes my hair glossy and silky smooth, BUT on the days I don’t use this I have noticed my hair has become drier and drier at the ends. I haven’t been using Moroccanoil long enough to form a reliable opinion – I will update this post in a couple of weeks – though for the meantime I am addicted to the shine it imparts!

Other hair oils I have tried are L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil , Ojon Rare Blend™ Oil Total Hair Therapy, Charles Worthington Salon Miracle Repair Elixir Oil, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist; all of which will be included in this series.

I am using Moroccanoil as a heavy conditioning oil for now, to make my hair look healthier, although I anticipate once I have my hair trimmed this oil will become redundant and I will turn to lighter formulations once again.

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

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