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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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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

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Skincare series: Brand #1 – Biologique Recherche

I have been using this brands’ Lotion P50W 150ml, 43Euro, and Creme Contour Des Yeux VIP O2 30ml, 57Euro, for 3 months now and wanted to post my findings. On recommendation of a facial aesthetician whilst away on holiday, I bought these pricey items after a bit of thought and research online. A description of both products:

“P50 Balancing exfoliator, P50w Lotion Result : gently exfoliates and balances the epidermis. Product description : this is the gentlest exfoliator with a formula rich in anti-inflammatory active ingredients. Direction for use : all over the face, neck and cleavage. Apply to the eye area once or twice a week. The first week: Saturate moistened cotton pads with Lotion P50W and apply to the face, neck and cleavage. Thereafter: Saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion. Remove Lotion P50W with L’Eau.(www.biologique-recherche.com)

“Crème Contour des Yeux VIP O2 Result : smoothes and tones the eye area and reduces bags under the eyes. Product description : this cream’s unique, oxygenating and moisturizing formula combines Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids with the Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex to help reduce wrinkles and brighten the gaze. Direction for use : apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Creme. (www.biologique-recherche.com)

My first impression of the P50w was awful, as it has a strong unpleasant scent and stings upon application (I dilute my application with some water to ease the process), needless to say using this felt like work. I know that the effort can pay off in the long term, but I do like to make my skincare enjoyable by choosing products I like smell of – and don’t smell anything like vinegar- and feel good! In comparison the eye cream was pleasant to use, no scent, absorbed into the eye contour area well, and the pump provides just the right amount of product too, unusual for eye cream pump packaging.

How I apply P50w: I take a small cotton round, douse it at close range with Avene thermal spray water, add an equal amount of P50w on top and apply to my face. I let this dry for around a minute and then remove it with a cotton round soaked in water only – my skin is sensitive so I find this is the only way I can avoid irritation, although, as mentioned, one night a week I will leave it on.

VIP o2 eye cream: I use one pump and apply to the contour areas of both eyes and using gentle patting motions with my ring finger until fully absorbed.

My thoughts One change I have seen is that the tone of my skin is more even with use of the P50w, and if I apply and leave it on in the evening my skin literally is glowing in the next morning. Now, I do have to be careful not to use this too much as my skin does get some irritation, but if I use this diluted around 3 evenings a week I have been able to get the same effects without the sting or reaction – yay! Now, I have been given a sample size of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner which seems to follow the same concept as the P50w, so fingers crossed as the P50w isn’t convincing enough for another 43Euro splurge. But on the bright side, after 3 months use I still have around 1/5 left over (I took the picture, above, some time ago).

The eye cream has discernibly improved the hydration of my skin around the eyes and I have noticed the sunken in circles have lifted and become less harsh – another yay! I still have around half – guessing (!) as the tube is completely opaque, so can’t really tell how much I have left – which is pretty normal, for me eye creams last 3 months, but the quantity of this one is much more generous than eye creams I have purchased in the past (usually 15ml), so that does have me wondering if really this is quite a fair price after all…

Negatives: Price! Scent of the P50w… and not being able to tell how much I have used of the eye cream. The brand is not stocked at many places in the UK.

Positives: The two items I have bought from this brand have performed well and I am happy with the results. I will most likely try to purchase a more affordable eye cream and see if I end up missing the VIP O2 creme, if that happens there is nothing I can do about it, but at the very least I will have tried to please my purse :). On the other hand, as mentioned I will not be missing the P50w lotion, as even after 3 months the scent makes me want to wash my face again (the scent does dissipate after a minute, but as I have a sensitivity to smell it ends up bothering me for longer)

Toner line-up to follow: Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Thayers & Pixi. Eye cream line-up to follow: Elizabeth Arden, Imedeen, Ole Henrikson & YSL.

Currently Biologique Recherche is available at Liberty of London and E F Medispa. Have you tried the Biologique Recherche line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for alternative toners & eye creams. Thank you for reading!

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Skincare series: Serums #1 – Olay Regenerist Serum Fragrance Free 50ml

Serums are my favourite skincare product and as such I felt it befitting to start this skincare series with a serum I have in my skincare arsenal. There is no way anyone needs as many serums as I have, but I like to try new products and to have ye-old-favourites at hand, it’s a comfort thing I suppose.

First up, and the most repurchased of my unhealthy (although I do believe having a good serum is healthy 😉 ) serum collection is Olay Regenerist serum fragrance free 50ml, £24.99

“Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum uses our exclusive amino-peptide complex combined with Olay moisturise. Our formulation visibly helps regenerate skin’s appearance and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. perfect for normal skin, dry skin and combination skin. Add it your skin care routine to:

• Soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly
• Hydrate for skin that feels visibly firmer and more elastic” (olay.co.uk)

How I apply this: one pump smoothed over the face and neck after cleansing, but before moisturiser.

My thoughts: I love how this serum calms redness and helps accelerate healing of pigmentation marks left from breakouts.

Negatives: When I get to the last quarter the pump can no longer get to the product as the tube normally sits in one corner and the serum isn’t liquid so doesn’t settle back down but instead clings to the edge of the bottle, I use a thin spatula to get the last dregs.

Positives: High performing, basic, with out any frills or fancy claims and, most important for me, fragrance free.

The serum line-up to follow: Caudalie, Imedeen, Yves Rocher, Ole Henrikson, Hydralauron, Elizabeth Arden & YSL.

Currently the Olay regenerist line is included in the 3 for 2 offer at boots.com.

Have you tried the Olay Regenerist line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for serums & thank you for reading!

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L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml & Oil-Cream 50ml

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L’Oréal Age perfect Extraordinary Oil & Oil-cream

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml, £19.99

Extraordinary oil is a pleasure to apply, it has a distinct spa massage oil scent, feels quite luxurious for the price and is comparable to higher end face oils I have tried in the past.

How I apply this: taking a few drops in the palm of my hand, warm through my hands and then press the oil onto the face, being careful not to rub.

If I want to do a face massage after a relaxing bath I will take 5-6 drops, press first onto my face and gently massage – I like doing this when I feel tension in my face – as I have a awful habit of frowning when I am working on my computer.

I have replaced my Josie Maran argan oil and Trilogy oil with this for 2 weeks now and am very happy with the results this oil has provided. My skin is much more hydrated, looks less dull and I have found that my base makeup is applying better too. Another bonus for me is that I can use this during the day time as it is much lighter in texture than the face oils I have used before.

There is one negative… the bottle is clear and so I have been keeping it in a dark area on my vanity to keep it from spoiling. I will continue to purchase the Trilogy oil as I like the renewing effects it gives but most likely stop buying the Josie Maran oil as I feel Extraordinary oil does the same job but at a lower price point.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil-cream 50ml, £14.99IMG_6936

I have been following Extraordinary oil with this oil-cream and have found it to be very rich and, again, with quite a luxurious, albeit stronger, spa massage oil scent. Very little goes a long way as there is a lot of slip to the texture of Extraordinary oil-cream, and after using this for 1 week I must say that it is too rich for my skin and left my face feeling like a oil-slick. I also have had a few breakouts, being breakout prone this is something I experience with many products and does not mean this would cause breakouts in everyone, but if you are prone to breakouts I would say it may be best to try the face oil alone first.

Using the oil on its own I have found this to be enough moisture for my PM skincare routine. My mum has already expressed that she would like to give this line a try, so I will be passing the cream on to her to try hoping she will have better results.

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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