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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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

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash

Hi beauties,

Today is the budget Cleanser Deep Action Cream Wash from Clean and Clear. I bought it on a whim when I was browsing in Superdrug one afternoon. I was looking for a Cleanser that had salicylic acid in for those times when I get breakouts to try and get rid of them quickly.

I always check ingredients as I want to avoid SLS so I was really pleased to see this didn’t have any in! It can be hard to find high Street cleansers without SLS and mineral oil in so this is a great option. 

Deep Action Cream Wash has a lovely creamy texture and while it does say it removes makeup, I personally wouldn’t use it for this purpose. For me it is a morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening. It also contains menthol which makes your skin feel tingly and fresh after use, if you are sensitive to menthol and essential oils I think it would be best to avoid it.

You only need a pea sized amount, I find it really refreshing in the morning and my skin feels very comfortable afterwards. I didn’t think it would be as good as it is, partly because of the price and these type of cleansers do have a reputation for being harsh. It’s very enjoyable to use, I don’t use it every day, about 3 times a week and it works for me well. I bought mine from Superdrug for £3.25 and it’s a 150ml in size so it would last a good amount of time.

If you have oily skin and are looking for a cleanser that will help with those pesky breakouts this is definitely a good option!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Gatineau Refreshing Cleansing Cream*


Hello lovelies,

Another Gatineau product I want to talk about is the Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream. I am a huge fan of the Melatogenine sub range in Gatineau, the eye cream (click here to read review) and the Futur Plus mask (click here to read review) are really fantastic so I was pleased to get a sample size in my goody bag from the QVC Beauty Bash.

As the name suggests, it is a cream texture, however when you add water it turns into a lovely mousse. Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing cream is a 3 in 1 cleanser, is very effective at removing makeup as well as all the other daily grime, it tones and micro exfoliates. It leaves your skin feeling so soft and smooth. I like all in one cleansers as they are efficient and quick, so no excuse for not cleansing your skin properly!

It’s good at taking of a face full of makeup, but I do like it for my second evening cleanse. The smell is beautiful so it’s lovely to use and as I don’t need to use a toner afterwards I use it when I am really tired and need my routine to be as quick as possible. It certainly makes your skin feel refreshed afterwards, but you do have to use a lot of water to mousse it up. The first time I used it my skin felt tight because I had used too much and not applied enough water to dilute it. Once you get used to that, then there’s no problem.

I will definitely replace this cleanser once this size has run out, I get good results from it and cream textures are pretty much my cleansers of choice. Another Gatineau product that works so well. I would recommend this if you want something quick and easy but also has skincare benefits.

*This product was included in my goody bag from the QVC Beauty Bash*

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Argan 5+ Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil

 Hello!

Last month I did a post on the current cleansers I have in my routine (Click here to have a look) but like most beauty addicted peeps there’s nothing I like more than trying a new product. I have had my eye on this cleansing oil as soon as it came out as I love the body butter and argan oil from this range so I didn’t think I would be disappointed.

Argan 5 + Synergy is started with with their Precious Oil Elixir which is a blend of 6 oils known for restorative and moisturising properties: Argan Oil, Baobab Oil, Kukui Oil, Moringa Oil, Sacha Inci Oil and Tamanu Oil. I had great results using this on my face, body and hair and the smell is beautiful (using essential oils of Ginger, Black Pepper and Lavender) so I was really keen to try the Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil so while I was in my local Waitrose last week I picked up a bottle.

I’ve wanted to try an oil for a long time, while I really love the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, it is very expensive and I do find it a bit fiddly to use having to scoop it out of the jar and then warming it up before applying it to my face. I just find the oil texture in comparison much easier (no balm underneath nails!) and it’s ready to be smoothed over my face as soon as I’ve shaken a few drops into the palms of my hands.

The oil base is Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil and the other 5 oils mentioned above as part of their formula. It promises to be “a perfect solution for removing dirt and all traces of makeup” and they weren’t wrong! I don’t wear a lot of makeup every day but I did test it when I went out for a night out with my BFF so there was mascara, bright red lip stain, more foundation and a bit more blush than I would usually wear. The oil removed it a treat, when I did a second cleanse there was nothing left on the cloth and my skin was super soft and comfortable.

I have also tested it on a normal day which I wear Ultrasun Face 50 as my day cream, again I double cleanse as it is a once a day SPF so I am very conscious of removing it properly and I still had the great effect of feeling so soft and clean. The smell is like the Precious Oil Elixir and as it has essential oils in it may not be for those with super sensitive skin but I am quite lucky in that these do not affect me at all.

I tend to do about 5 drops of the bottle, (don’t squeeze the bottle as far too much comes out!) and apply it to dry skin. It does recommend adding water to emulsify into a milk and then removing with a hot cloth, however I have removed without turning into a milk texture and it works just as well.

Having really oily skin my skin does feel gorgeous when I have used the oil, as I said before so clean and comfortable that I will definitely be repurchasing this, for me it’s a great option replacing the Elemis balm. It’s pleasurable to use and I adore the after effects! It’s a 200ml bottle and it costs £10.99 which I do think is really good value.

What do you think of cleansing oils? Leave me a message and give me your thoughts.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx