SVR Topialyse Baume Intensif

Hi beauties,

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.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+*

Hello beauties,

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.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen SPF50

Hi beauties

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

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Beauty Pie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser

Hi beauties,

Beauty Pie again! Today it’s the turn of Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser.

This is a thick milky gel/balm that turns into an oil and then emulsifies with water into a milk. I love this kind of formula, it’s amazing at blitzing makeup and grime but doesn’t make your skin squeaky.

Japanfusion Pure Tranforming Cleanser is a definite repurchase and one I would recommend for all skin types. You can use it both for AM and PM cleanses and of course for makeup removal. I love the versatility of it, it is absolutely brilliant. £25 for non members, but members pay just £6.58.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Skintruth Soothing Toner

Hi beauties,

Today is a toner from Skintruth which is a salon brand you can get from Sally’s and Salon Services.

I have been looking for a budget toner in a decent sized bottle and that was alcohol free, something that I was finding really difficult to get. I love a toner step and really miss it when I don’t have it in my Routine.

I found Skintruth’s Soothing Toner, no alcohol but it is fragranced with Lavender and Chamomile which I have to say is perfect for me. This is so beautifully hydrating, I’ve got it in a massive spritz bottle and it’s lasted me forever!

This particular one is a 500ml bottle which means I can be as lavish as I like, I find if I apply my oils to my skin when it’s damp with toner the effect is so much better. It applies more easily and absorbs more quickly. A definite repurchase, I get mine from eBay and the 500ml size is £12.95. Another great affordable skincare staple.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Poppy Austin Vitamin C Cleanser

Hi beauties,

Today I have Poppy Austin’s Vitamin C Cleanser Anti Aging Wash.

Poppy Austin is a vegan, organic, cruelty free company that makes products with Organic Moroccan Argan Oil. According to their website the instructions on how to create the purest of Argan oils were discovered by a British couple during a house clearance in 2007 and these instructions inspired the “birth of the company”.

This Vitamin C Cleanser is Aloe based with 15% Vitamin C for smoothing and antioxidant properties. It’s a gel cleanser that can remove makeup, but not eye makeup, sulfate free and gentle.

I use this mostly as a morning or second cleanse, it’s nice but I’m not blown away by it. I think there are better face washes that are much cheaper (I’m thinking Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral Face Wash) and for me more pleasurable to use.

I bought mine from Amazon where it does vary in price. I paid £17.49 while at the time of writing it is £16.62. I wouldn’t buy this again, I think it’s expensive for what it is, I didn’t see any of the benefits of the Vitamin C element. I’m not sure I will try anything else from the brand, there are many other things on my wish list before I would consider it.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Skin Republic Foot Peel Foot Mask

Hi beauties,

I have a confession to make: I have seriously scabby feet. I mean so scabby I would be totally ashamed to post a picture of them. Think yellow heels….I’ll leave that lovely thought with you.

So I thought I have to do something about them. I struggle using my electric pedi thing, I find to make any difference I have to use it constantly and my back just won’t let me. I had heard of all these foot peels and I wanted to see if they would make a difference to my horrendous trotters.

I chose Skin Republic’s Foot Peel and used it for the hour and a half that was prescribed. It was only near the end of treatment that my feet started to tingle a bit but other than that it was completely painless.

It was after 7 days that I started to notice some peeling, only on the upper side of my foot which is baby soft. This product made no difference on my heels and stubborn skin under my big toe at all. So a complete waste of time.

Luckily I didn’t pay full price for this, it was one of my choices for my Latest in Beauty Box. I certainly wouldn’t be shelling out a tenner to peel the tops of my feet which are perfectly fine. Very disappointed, and I know I have to bite the bullet and go to the salon.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx