Another cleanser today, but this is a high street one. Your Good Skin is one of Boots brands and relatively new, I haven’t seen a lot of reviews on the products and what I have tried has been a bit hit and miss.
Calming Cream Cleanser is part of the blemish clearing range. It’s more of a gel-cream rather than a traditional cream texture. This has salicylic acid in which I do like to have in a cleanser as well as an acid toner, how I use this is dampen my hands and apply, leaving it on while I wash my body and hair in the shower.
I love this cleanser, it’s perfect for me as an AM cleanser, it has a light fresh scent so would appeal to both genders and all ages. Calming Cream Cleanser makes my skin feel so clean and smooth without that awful stripping feeling. I bought this in late spring and it’s still going!
The tube is 125ml and excellent value at £5.99, although often on promotion.
I love Barry M nail polishes, they are super affordable and I think the quality is great. I picked these three glitter toppers from Superdrug.
This is a fine gold glitter topper, you could probably build this up to be a full coverage polish.
My favourite of the three is Whimsical Dreams, this is a cloudy looking polish with a blue undertone. The glitter particles are small but powerful at reflecting the light.
This is another gold, but this time it has small sequin pieces in that I really love. I don’t particularly like plain sequin toppers, I find them boring so this combination works better for me.
I love that you can use these over any colour and it will transform the shade. Of course being glitters they do last and can be a bit difficult to remove. I use gel removal foils and I find that is much easier.
These are also a bargain at £2.99 per bottle you can find them at Boots and Superdrug.
I love Beauty Kitchen, and particularly their Abyssinian Oil range. I bought one of their starter packs ages ago and this came in it.
This is another Five Minute Miracle Facial Mask which is similar to the Seahorse Plankton range but it has been made with Abyssinian oil instead.
5 Minute Miracle Mask is a quick clay mask that is firming, hydrating, smoothing and clearing. You can use it between 5 and 15 minutes and afterwards it leaves your skin feeling so clean and refreshed.
I find myself reaching for this a lot because it’s so quick and easy. I love the effect it has on my skin, which always feels so smooth and looks clearer. It’s a brilliant budget mask that is pleasurable to use as it smells divine. A full 50ml size is £14.99 and often on offer in Holland and Barrett.
Today I have a shower product from Faith in Nature, Lavender and Geranium Shower Gel and Bath Foam.
I love lavender, it is my favourite essential oil. I know a lot of people don’t like it and find it old fashioned but if you get a good quality oil I find it’s more herby than floral.
I bought this shower gel in London whilst on a trip to Whole Foods, they have a brilliant health and beauty section which is always my to go! I have tried shampoo and conditioner from Faith in Nature but nothing else so I grabbed this.
No SLS in this formula but I have to say it felt a bit drying on my skin. And the scent smelled very synthetic to me which I was really disappointed by. I ended up throwing it away which was a shame.
I’m not sure I would necessarily buy from the brand again, I wasn’t impressed with this product and the shampoo and conditioner wasn’t the best I had tried. So all in all a bit of a dud.
I have another Laboratoire SVR product today, Topialyse Baume Intensif.
This is an intensive body lotion for severely dry skin so I knew this one for me. Topialyse is a surprisingly light texture that sinks in easily, contains Omega 3,6,9 and Niacinamide. It soothes your skin quickly stops the god awful itching that you can get with extreme dry skin conditions. Topialyse contains no mineral oil or fragrance so if you are having a sensitive time this would be a great option.
My sister has also been using this, she has got very dry itchy skin after surgery and she has found relief with this. I am thrilled that it helped her as well as it has helped me. Personally this is my budget holy grail lotion, I bought a 400ml bottle months ago and such a little goes a long way. I buy mine from http://www.easyparapharmacie.co.uk for £12.44 for the largest 400ml bottle. A fantastic find that I know will look after my skin all year round, I don’t have to look for an alternative option.
Today I have a product from La Roche Posay, Effaclar Duo+ that has been my product of the summer.
Having oily, hormonal spot prone skin I haven’t really found a product that will really help prevents those monthly jawline beasts that crop up and sometimes can be very painful. This product WORKS! With ingredients like Niacinamide (which my skin loves) Lipo Hydroxy Acid and Salicylic Acid that helps to unblock pores and Zinc that helps to reduce sebum.
I had brilliant results with this, Effaclar is a light gel serum texture, layers well under moisturiser and SPF, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. As well as helping with existing breakouts, it helped to prevent new ones. I saw the most dramatic results around my jawline, Effaclar has really balanced my skin.
What I love is that this is a spot treatment yet you don’t have that awful drying side effect you get from most traditional products. It’s much more friendly to skin yet uber effective.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone who is suffering with breakouts, it really does deserve all the hype it gets. A real gem! A 40ml tube is £16.00 so affordable too and you can often find it on promotion online.
Today I have this SPF from Altruist, a brand I hadn’t heard of until I was browsing on Amazon one day.
The company was set up by Dr Andrew Birnie, a consultant in dermatology who specialises in skin cancer. Dr Birnie is based in Canterbury in the UK. Together with a friend David Westerbeek van Eerten who is an economist with a skincare background, the pair set up Altruist to supply affordable sunscreen that everyone can use.
I’ve been using this SPF50 formula, which is suitable for both face and body, easy to apply and reapply and I have to say I love it. It’s the lightest SPF50 I have EVER tried and as an oily gal I appreciate that very much! The recommended amount for your face is a teaspoon amount which is just over 5ml. It’s a fantastic Sunscreen and a definite repurchase. The twin pack (yes you get two!) is £7.50 for two 100ml tubes, possibly the best value SPF I’ve ever come across and the most enjoyable to wear. It’s a keeper! To find out all the science behind it go to http://www.altruistsun.com