La Roche Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

Hi beauties,

You guys know I LOVE a cleanser, I probably own more cleansers than any other skincare. I’m always on the lookout for one I’ve not tried before and when I was very kindly sent this sample in a care package from Sari @talesofskincare in January.

This came at a perfect time, you all know my skin has been acting up over the past few months so needed something that was gentle, but removed makeup when I wanted it to.

I love this cleanser, it’s brilliant. Easy to rinse off in the shower or to remove with a cloth in the evening. It’s a light lotion texture that’s spreads well so no rubbing on sensitive skin. It’s also fragrance free so excellent for those who don’t want or can’t have fragrance in their skincare.

I struggled to find this, but found it under a different name, Toleriane Caring Wash on various pharmacy websites. I bought a 400ml bottle from http://www.easyparapharmacie.co.uk for £12.92. Caring Wash is for facial use, but I did try it as a shower gel too. My skin was left feeling soft and not stripped at all, so I would take this away with me for a multi use cleanser. A definite repurchase!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Liz Earle Limited Edition Lavender and Vetiver Cleanse and Polish

Hi beauties,

Today I have THE best cleanser I have ever tried. It’s my favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but this version is made with Lavender and Vetiver.

The cleanser essentially is the same, still the cocoa butter base, it’s the fragrance that has changed and I have to say it’s the most divine scent I’ve ever smelled! Beautifully calming lavender but with woody Vetiver that gives a fresh and sophisticated edge.

This limited edition is my favourite Liz Earle have done, I have already asked them to add this to the range! I think I might have to buy another one before it disappears into the ether!

Limited Edition Lavender and Vetiver is £21.50 for a 150ml pump bottle with two muslin cloths, available from http://www.lizearle.com

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Lotta Skincare Botanical Beauty Balm

Hi beauty lovers,

I have a multi purpose product today by an independent brand, Lotta Skincare. Lotta is made by Charlotte who when starting her degree realised she could no longer afford the high end products she previously bought. As Charlotte studied Chemistry at university, she discovered what kind of chemicals were in conventional skincare, this led to three years making and testing her own products using natural ingredients that were beneficial for skin. Botanical Beauty Balm is one of her products.

Botanical Beauty Balm is multi use, you can use it as a cleanser as well as a moisturising balm for dry skin. I’ve used it as an overnight treatment on body, face and hands and I have to confess I love it!

The balm is Macadamia Seed Oil based with Sweet Almond, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Oils and beeswax. There are essential oils of Clove, Lavendin, Tea Tree and Geranium. It has a gorgeous texture, it is thick so you do have to warm it up by massaging into the skin. Perfect for as an overnight mask, Cuticle Treatment, Lip Balm, foot cream, any dry skin it Botanical Beauty Balm calms and hydrates your skin.

I love it, you only need a small amount as it is concentrated. I think the most surprising thing to me was the price, for 50g is £5.95 (plus shipping) it is SO affordable. You all know how much I love to find fantastic value for money, Lotta Skincare definitely offers that. Charlotte’s Night Owl Facial Oil is an extremely reasonable £15.95 for 45g. Check out her shop on etsy.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Natural Cream Cleanser

Hi beauties

I have another Beauty Kitchen product, their Abyssinian Oil Natural Cream Cleanser to tell you about today. I’ve reviewed two other products from this range and I have fast become a fan.

Abyssinian Oil comes from the Crambe Abyssinica Plant, it is supposed to be more potent in moisturising than Argan and Jojoba Oils and mimics human sebum making it suitable for all skin types.

As the name suggests, this is a Cream texture which is my preference. I fell in love with a very famous Hot Cloth Cleanser years ago and Cream has been my favourite ever since, and while I love Cleansing Oils, I have more creams than anything else! This is a light cream texture and it’s easy to rub into your skin. The pump only dispenses a small amount, so I do ten pumps for Face and neck which sounds like a lot, you may need less. I’m known for being generous with product so see what works for you.

The cleanser can be removed in two ways, one you can simply rinse off which makes this great for a morning cleanse as well as a makeup remover. Second is using a damp cloth, it removes makeup, and all general filth from your face without stripping. It also has the signature smell for this range which is a very sexy floral. Quick note on packaging, it’s an airtight pump that pushes up from the bottom So not one bit of product is wasted. Beauty Kitchen use recycled carbon neutral packaging as per their ethos.

Natural Cream Cleanser is £12.99 from Holland and Barrett instore and online and also at the time of writing on a buy one get one half price promotion.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm

Hi beauties,

I have another British brand White Rabbit Skincare and their Cleansing Balm today, White Rabbit is a luxury vegan skincare company based in Scotland. I think everyone can agree that animal testing has no place in the modern beauty industry, (I can’t believe a brand such as Nars are going into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory – I think that shows the greed on behalf of Shiseido but that is another rant for another day). White Rabbit go further than this , using no animal derivatives such as beeswax making them Vegan friendly and I am thrilled to see no petrochemicals (I am sure you all know my utter hatred of mineral oil!!) or SLS, artificial colours, fragrances or ingredients. Products are made in small batches by hand to ensure quality. Also the brand use and recycle packaging – there is a loyalty bonus for sending in your packaging to be recycled.

So down to the product! It’s base is Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Olive Oil and Olive Wax with essential oils of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavender. The balm has a waxy-like texture, take a small amount and rub between your hands and apply to dry skin. I LOVE the smell of this balm, herby and refreshing, it leaves your skin feeling so clean. I have to be really thorough to make sure I remove it properly as it does not emulsify (which is my preference for cleansing balms). I find it takes off makeup very well, including mascara. When I test any cleanser I always to my “mascara test”. this means slathering on lots of layers of mascara in the morning so it’s had time to dry, before doing my evening cleanse. I also do that with all the mascaras I have too (I like many of you have more than one!!) so I can get a good idea of the cleansers effectiveness. After that, I sweep some micellar water over my eyes to see if there is any residue. My skin was left feeling soft, smooth and most importantly clean! Drier skin types I think will like this too as the cleanser definitely lives up to its name by being comforting.

I found this brand through You Beauty Box and tested the 15ml size which is £3.00, the full size is £15.00 for 100ml so very affordable. I do love it when a brand does travel/discovery sizes, great for trying products and of course putting them in your travel bag. You can buy from http://www.whiterabbitskincare.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Decleor Micellar Oil

Hi beauties 

As you all know, I am obsessed with oils and obsessed with cleansers so I just had to try Decleor Micellar Oil.

I got this in a Decleor Today’s Special Value a while ago and was being good and using some other cleansers up before opening this. I’ve been testing it now for some time so it’s time to let you know what I think.

I love Oil cleansers, I find they get rid of grease, grime and makeup really effectively without stripping and Decleor Micellar Oil is no different. 

Ingredients: Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-20,Glyceryl Trisostearate, Vegetal Squalene (derived from Olive Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT.

The fragrance is a strong floral so obviously is fragrance isn’t your thing for whatever reason, this is not for you. I like pretty smells and I’m not adversely affected by essential oils or fragrance so I’m lucky in that sense. I use two pumps to cover my face and neck, sometimes I emulsify it and sometimes not it depends on what I feel like on the day! I’ve also used it in the shower and rinsed it off so it’s a versatile cleanser.

If you are on the look out for an oil cleanser you couldn’t go wrong with Micellar Oil. It’s £26.00 for 150ml available currently at £17.40 from Look Fantastic. 

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

Foreo Day Cleanser

Hi beauties,

Today I have the Foreo Day Cleanser Awakening Radiance Yogurt. Blimey, that’s a mouthful! I don’t actually have a Foreo Cleansing device (I have a magnitone) so this cleanser was tested without a device.

Firstly, I want to start with the name. Sorry Foreo but it’s bloody ridiculous. Awakening Radiance Yogurt?? Day Cleanser is sufficient enough and actually describes the product. 

Anyhoo, on to the cleanser itself. It’s a Gel-cream like texture which doesn’t foam. It has a light and fresh bergamot scent but my big problem with this is you have to use so much! 10 pumps I use and I know my face is chubby but it’s not huge lol. Perhaps you would need less if you use a Foreo with it, however when I use my magnitone I use the same amount. It’s a pleasant cleanser, it doesn’t strip or make your skin feel tight so good for all skin types.

I am ambivalent about this cleanser, it’s ok, but I wouldn’t buy it again, it’s £25.00 and to be honest it isn’t worth that much. If it was half the price I would consider it but I’m not even sure that would sway it. I got mine when it was available from a You Beauty Box so I didn’t buy direct from Foreo. I think there are better cleansers out there to use, with Cleansing devices and without. Awakening Radiance Yogurt is available from http://www.foreo.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx