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April 14, 2014

Review: La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream

spf foundation for covering redness in skin

La Roche Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream is a gorgeous base that is advertised towards those who suffer from redness in their skin and want a product that will help even out their skin tone. I am a prime example of someone who suffers from redness in their cheeks (as well as around my nose) and I'm always on the lookout for base products that offer good coverage without breaking me out or feeling too heavy. This CC Cream has a very thick consistency that works wonders at hiding all of my skin's sins (open pores, blackheads, spots and redness). I actually love the level of coverage that it gives, especially as it offers high coverage without feeling too heavy. It is a tad heavier than the base I'd been using previously - Bourjois' CC Cream, review here - but I prefer the finish the La Roche Posay CC Cream gives and I also don't have to worry so much about powdering my t-zone which makes it less hassle to wear. I think it's great for those want something that's really easy to apply, long lasting and has offers protection from the elements.

colour of foundation for covering redness in skin

This CC Cream comes in one shade that is supposed to be suitable for fair-medium skin. I've swatched the CC Cream (quite heavily) in the above photos so you can get a sense of the colour at its darkest but you can also see just how little product you'd need to use to get a full coverage finish! I only need to use the smallest amount to get a medium-full coverage look that completely covers all the redness in my face. The colour works on my skin but it is definitely more my "summer colour", as it is a shade or two darker than I've been wearing over the last few months. I still think it is a very wearable shade and it does a nice job of warming up my complexion without leaving me looking orange. Given that this CC Cream has SPF 30, together with the colour of it, I think it will work perfectly as a summer base product - in the summer it will be a perfect colour match for me and having a built in SPF is something I need otherwise my skin is prone to burning. In the photo below I'm wearing La Roche Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream as my base - you can see that it leaves me looking a touch darker than the skin on my chest but I think it is still a very natural looking shade and finish.

Wearing la roche posay rosaliac cc creme

What I'm Wearing
La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Cream*
Seventeen Stay Time Concealer in Fair
NYX Powder Blush in Taupe
Topshop Glow in Gleam
Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (lower lash line)
Sleek Respect Palette
Catrice Tinted Brow Gel
L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash in Romy

All in all, I'm really happy with this CC Cream from La Roche Posay and I think it is a great option for anyone who wants to mask redness in their skin but are looking for something that feels more like skincare than heavy make-up. I'll definitely be continuing to use this throughout the summer and no doubt I'll feature more 'face of the day' photos featuring it! You can find La Roche Posay's Rosaliac CC Cream on for £19.50*.

Have you tried any CC creams? What make-up base are you loving at the moment? 

April 13, 2014

My "Sunday" Shampoo: Lush's I Love Juicy Shampoo

natural affordable clarifying shampoo

I picked up Lush's I Love Juicy Shampoo in their yearly Boxing Day sale so I've been using this for quite a few months now! It's a very clarifying shampoo and I only really use it weekly, or after I've gone a bit OTT on the hair products - so usually after "nights out" when I've actually done something special with my hair. What I've found is that it is pretty wonderful at completely de-gunking hair and leaving it fresh, light and squeaky clean. It definitely isn't something you'd reach for daily but it is a great option to have lying about the shower. My bottle doesn't expire until the sixteenth of October this year (and I bought it in December) so even if I only reach for it occasionally I'll definitely finish this 100g bottle before then - I could probably feasibly finish off a 250g bottle - so don't let Lush's use by dates put you off trying it. Although I do really like it, I have recently tried out a sample of Lush's Rehab Shampoo (here's a link to the post where I mentioned it) and I have to admit that I think it's the slightly more luxurious version of I Love Juicy. I'd recommend giving both a try, but I'd definitely ask for samples before you buy so you can see which you prefer. You can find I Love Juicy Shampoo for £5.25 for 100g in Lush stores or online here.

Do you use a clarifying shampoo?

April 11, 2014

A Budget Must Have: MaxFactor's Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink

My love affair with cream blushes is far from over....

MaxFactor's Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink is in fact the nicest 'drugstore' blush I've come across. It has enough pigment to give a good colour without being at all difficult to work with and the formula is slightly tacky to the touch which means that it does stick around on your cheeks throughout the day. The wearability of this is a big part of the reason I like it. It doesn't disappear to nothing after an hour or two, but like all cream blushes, it doesn't have the same lasting power as a good powder blush. The colour of 'Soft Pink' is so gorgeous, it gives such a natural looking flush to the cheeks that I find incredibly flattering. For minimal make-up days this is all I'm reaching for and on days when I'm wearing more make-up I just add a little bit more than normal to amp up the colour - because among all it's other positive characteristics, it's really easily buildable. But really, you need to see this blush in action to get a sense of the colour and look of it so I've included a day-time make-up look in which I've used it on my cheeks.

What I'm wearing

Have you tried any of MaxFactor's Miracle Touch Creamy Blushes? What do you think of the shade 'Soft Pink'?

April 09, 2014

Review: Lush Full of Grace Facial Serum

natural skincare serum facial oil preservative free

Lush's Full of Grace Facial Serum bar is one of the most unassuming of Lush's assortment of beauty goodies. It's pretty colourless, sinks into the background and I haven't really heard many beauty obsessives talking about it - so, naturally, when I spotted it, I had to give it a try…

Full of Grace is a facial serum in bar form. I apply this after I've fully cleansed and toned my face but before (or instead of) applying moisturiser. Full of Grace is essentially a bar shaped facial oil, you can rub it on your hand or directly on your face to melt some of the facial oil goodness and then you just massage the product into the skin on your face. And et voilĂ , you have seriously nourished, smooth skin. I didn't love it at first - initially I found it a bit, well, weird I guess and I found it hard to store so that it kept clean. However, now it is housed in a little plastic tupperware box (well, what's left of it, I'm nearly done with it) and I've gotten quite attached to it!

It contains goodies such as murmuru butter, cupuacu and organic almond oil as well as portabello mushrooms which are supposed to do wonders at reducing redness in the skin. I can testify to the hydrating and evening properties of Full of Grace. I used it on and off until I finished my trusty Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate (read my full review here) at which point it became my night-time serum. Since I've started to use it full-time I found that it did a great job of keeping my skin evenly hydrated, my cheeks didn't get dry patches and it didn't aggravate my oily t-zone. I also think it does a lot to even out the pigmentation in my cheeks - more than the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate did, which is saying something really. All in all, I think it is a good option for combination or normal skin types but I think it isn't as deeply hydrating as the facial oils that I've tried in the past. However, if you were to follow up with a moisturiser as well (I don't always do this) then this could also work as part of a skincare routine for those with dry skin. You can find Full of Grace for £8.25 online here.

Other evening serums/facial oils I've reviewed:
Antipodes Divine Facial Oil (read my review here)
Hydraluron Moisture Booster (read my review here)
My Favourite Facial Oils ft. Liz Earle, Trilogy and Decleor (read my review here)

What evening serum/facial oil do you use?

April 07, 2014

A Great Beauty Staple: Gosh Defining Brow Gel

affordable drugstore brow setting gel

For quite a long time now I've been using a coloured brow gel from Catrice (you can catch a glimpse of it in this post here). I've been on the look out for an affordable clear eyebrow gel for a while and when I spotted Gosh's Defining Brow Gel in Superdrug I thought I would give it a go.

affordable drugstore brow setting gel

I haven't tried that many brow gels before. I received one in a beauty box from HD Brows which I used for a long time but I didn't feel like splashing out £20+ when it came time to replace it. I've also give some budget clear mascaras a try, including MUA's £1 Clear Mascara (link to my review here), but I really wasn't all that happy with it. In my opinion, Gosh's Defining Brow Gel is infinitely better. The want is better at evenly distributing product and the product itself isn't too wet and sets quickly offering day-long hold. If you like to keep your eyebrows looking neat and groomed without looking 'overdone' then I'd definitely recommend the product to you. It's a beauty step that lots of people overlook but I find that it can make a big difference to my appearance. At £4.99 in Superdrug (link here) Gosh's Defining Brow Gel is a pretty affordable option and I'd definitely recommend it!

Do you use a brow gel? What other brow products would you recommend?

April 06, 2014

Falling for Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion

Review of hydrating toning skin treatment

Boom. It's here. The first (non-exfoliating) toner that has seriously wowed me.

I received Origins' Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion (what a title, eh) as a Christmas gift - so quite a while ago now - and being at its heart a toner I didn't exactly get too exited by it. Toners are generally the only skincare step that I'm prone to forget about, there's something about rubbing more cleasing-esque product onto a cleansed face that makes me go 'meh'. However, I've been trying to be good - double toning good - and I've been following up my trusty Biotherm Purefect Skin Micro Exfoliating Purifying Toner (link to my review here) with Origins' moisturising offering and I've noticed a real difference in my skin.

Just in case you didn't know, "double toning" is when you use an exfoliating toner first and then follow up with a hydrating toner to help balance the skin and inject some added moisture. It seems like a lot of extra effort but I find that using an exfoliating toner really helps refine my pores and reduce skin congestion. And Origins' Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion makes for an absolutely gorgeous hydrating toner. It's quite a thick liquid, but is quickly and easily absorbed by the skin, and it has the signature peppermint scent of the Make A Difference range. After my success with Origins' Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment (you can read my review of that here) I should have expected good things, but sometimes it can be hard to expect much of something as unassuming as a toner. What I've found is that this hydrating toner is seriously gentle, nourishing and hydrating and it does more than any of there toners I've used in the past. I think that it would be great for all skin types (I have combination skin) but especially those concerned with dehydrated skin or dry patches. I'm always battling with dry cheeks that are prone to redness and incorporating this into my routine has definitely helped. At £20 for 50ml (available from it really isn't the cheapest product, but I would still recommend it as it is the best hydrating pre-moistrusrising treatment/toner that I've come across.

Do you use a toner? Have you tried any of Origins' skincare products?

April 04, 2014

Trying Something New: Smashbox Primers

Not so long ago, I fell in love with Benefit's Porefessional (link to my review here) and have since been on the hunt for a primer than I liked as much. There have been a few constants in my life over the last two years, L'Oreal's Lumi Magique Primer is wonderful at target highlighting and, of course, a mainstay of mine has been The Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (link to my review here) which I like to use on my t-zone. However, I've had the urge to try something new for a while now. 

When I went shopping last week, I got chatting to the wonderful sales assistant working at the Smashbox counter in my local Boots and I asked her about Smashbox's primers - they have a whole range of different ones. She very kindly gave me a sample of their Photo Finish Foundation Primer (the white coloured sample) and the Photo Matte Anti Shine Primer (the nude coloured sample). You might be surprised, but the amount of product in my photos above lasted me four full-face applications. A little goes a very long way, and both primers made an incredible difference to the look and wear-time of my make-up. Both apply pretty colourlessly to the skin but they both offer a great base for the application of make-up. The Photo Matte Anti Shine Primer had a more powdery, matte finish on the skin than the Photo Finish Foundation Primer which feels more hydrating but still offers a nice 'buffer' between skin and make-up.

Both really impressed me and this is one of those occasions when samples have completely won me over! I'll be looking into purchasing both of these in the coming weeks (as soon as I feel I can afford them). I'm now also very keen to try other products from Smashbox, their cream eyeshadows and liners look like a good place to head to next!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - 30ml for £25 / 12.5ml for £12.50 
Smashbox Photo Matte Anti Shine Primer 15ml for £17
Both can be found online here.

What make-up primers do you like using? Have you tried anything from Smashbox before?

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April 02, 2014

A Lush Sample Selection

Quite a while ago now, I popped into Lush looking to try a whole host of new products. One of the lovely sales assistants in Lush's Leeds store was kind enough to give me some samples to try out. A lot of places don't give samples, but I absolutely love that Lush does. If I get a taste of a product and I like it then I almost always go back to purchase the full size! Sachet samples in magazines, counter samples, beauty box samples - they're all wonderful ways of getting introduced to new products and starting new brand obsessions! As per usual, Lush's products haven't disappointed me and I'll almost certainly be picking up some of these in the near future. Read on to hear my thoughts on Angels On Bare Skin, American Cream, R&B and Rehab.

Angels On Bare Skin (cleanser)
After falling in love with Lush's Fresh Bouche de Noel Cleanser (link to my post here) I was really keen to try another of Lush's cleansers. Angels On Bare Skin is actually even nicer than Bouche de Noel, it has a really gentle scent and it does a fantastic job of cleansing the skin. It's suitable for sensitive skin types and I had no issues with this aggravating my skin in any way. I'm really keen to pick up a full size of this once I finish my current cleanser.

R&B (leave in hair treatment/perfume)
This is a very heavily scented leave in hair product. It smells strongly of Jasmine (which I like) but the product itself is also quite heavy so it is essential to apply this sparingly. I've gotten the amount I've used wrong in the past and ended up with greasy looking hair - definitely not what you want! However, when you apply just a touch of this to damp lengths and ends it offers a bit of leave-in-conditioning goodness as well as helping smooth and define your hair. I was sold at the scent and have actually already got my hands on a large helping of this, courtesy of my friend Wil who blogs over at The Gingerbread Lad - thanks Wil!

American Cream (conditioner)
I've wanted to try this conditioner for ages now. It smells gorgeous, it's rich and sweet with a lingering vanilla scent that makes it feel wonderfully indulgent to use. It's quite nourishing without being too heavy and it doesn't weigh my hair down but it still leaves my hair soft, smooth and shiny. All in all, I really like it and I have two conditioners to work through (Lush's Veganese and L'Oreal's EverRiche Conditioner - link to my review here) but once I'm through with them I'd really like to pick up a full size of this!

Rehab (shampoo)
To me, Rehab comes across as the slightly more sophisticated version of Lush's I Love Juicy Shampoo. Rehab is fruity, lathers gorgeously and leaves my hair looking seriously wonderful for days. It's great for oily scalps and when I use it to wash my hair I can go three days without shampooing, a length of time which is almost unheard of for me! I don't hear many bloggers talking about it but it is a fantastic alternative to I Love Juicy (which I currently use as a detox shampoo - there will be a review of I Love Juicy going up in the next week or two). As soon as I'm through with I Love Juicy, which I think will take a little while, I'll be replacing it with Rehab.

Overall, my first impressions of all these products have been great! As usual, Lush has left me with a seriously long wish list and I know that I won't be able to hold out on these goodies for very long. Is there anything from Lush that you're lusting after?

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