Thursday, 11 September 2014

La Roche-Posay Anti-Blemish System

If you are a regular reader of blogs then it's pretty likely you would have heard about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo - it has been hugely popular and described as a miracle worker. I had a bad experience with the original Effaclar Duo (post here) but strangely the Effaclar Duo+ hasn't caused me any issues (post here).

The success of the product has led La Roche-Posay to introduce the Effaclar 3-step Anti-Blemish system which is a simple and effective at home routine, designed for oily blemish-prone skin. It combines three quick steps which when combined produce unrivalled results - according to the brand. The products aim to target and help with; blemishes, clogged and enlarged pores, excess sebum, uneven and rough skin texture and red and brown marks.

So what are the three steps...

1) Cleanse - Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser
This targets excess sebum and impurities and is a gel cleanser which you massage into the skin with a tiny bit of water and then rinse off. It can be used morning and night and is free from soap, colourants, parabens and oil.

2) Tone - New Effaclar Clarifying Toner
This step focuses on large pores and oily skin. It aims to smooth and mattify the skin whilst helping to tighten pores and crucially the toner contains no alcohol so is gentle enough to be used daily and on sensitive skin. As with any toner, you just dab the product onto a cotton pad and sweep onto your face.

3) Correct and Hydrate - Effaclar Duo+ Anti Blemish Cream
The final step targets blemishes, pores and marks and is their best selling product. The formula is described as the ultimate multi-tasker and addresses blemishes, oiliness, blackheads, clogged pores and also treats those pesky red marks that are often left behind. It also provides 24 hour hydration and is a great make-up base.

So how have I got on with the anti-blemish system? My skin has been relatively trouble free for the past few years (after lots of acne fun and games when I was a teenager) as I have been on a pill which helps with my skin, however I've recently taken a break from it as have been on the pill since I was 18 and felt it would be good to take some time off from using it. Anyway, since being off it I've noticed a few spots appearing and so this arrived at a perfect time.

The products are lovely to use- they feel light, refreshing and feel good for your skin. When treating troubled skin you just don't want fussy, fragranced products and these are the complete opposite. It cleared up most of the spots that had appeared overnight which I was really impressed with. I am going to be religiously using this trio!

The set launches this month and can be found exclusively in larger Boots stores and online at boots.com. RRP is £32.50.

Daisy x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Jenny Packham & Neom Candle Collaboration


The 1st September marked the launch of the Jenny Packham & Neom Organics candle collaboration which is such a lovely partnership. Jenny and Neom founder, Nicola wanted to create a candle which would capture the beauty of a Jenny Packham gown and the excellence of a Neom fragrance. 

The result of this collaboration is two candles...
 
Happiness – This candle is a beautiful ivory and 18 carat gold design inspired by Jenny’s iconic bridal wear. The scent is described as elegant and sparkling and is blended from the purest essential oils of white neroli, mimosa flowers and lemon.

Real Luxury – Real Luxury is a noir and 18 carat gold creation which represents Jenny’s ‘Film Noir’ 1940’s inspired collection and is a rich and heady scent blended with spicy notes of ultra-relaxing lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood essential oils.

The candles have been created in two sizes: Ultimate (a huge 2000g candle with 150 hour burn time) which costs £295 and Luxury (390g with 50 hour burn time) which costs £80.

Jenny Packham for Neom candles will be available to buy at neomorganics.com, jennypackham.com and leading International retailers from this month.

Daisy x


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Monthly Summary: August


Doing:
  • Living in chaos whilst our new kitchen has been installed. We had the old one completely taken out and have replaced it with a gorgeous one from Howdens. I will do a before and after when it's painted!
  • Spent the evening at Secret Cinema presents...Back to the Future. It was a fantastic experience - a real 50s bubble. Loved seeing the Doc walking around and interacting with all of the Hill Valley Residents. The film of course was great, and extra special with it being a live cinema experience.
  • Celebrated my friend Lucy's birthday with a picnic on Clapham Common. We enjoyed sitting outside late into the evening. 
  • My Mum came to stay which was lovely. We visited the National and Portrait Galleries and had afternoon tea at The Wolseley which I highly recommend.
  • Met Chris after he completed the Prudential Ride 100
  • Escaped up to Lincoln for the weekend as the kitchen work was still going on and we needed some normality (and for a lot of washing to be done!). We celebrated my Grandma's birthday with lots of delicious food and cake at her house.
  • Spent a lovely weekend with friends in Bury St Edmunds.
Reading:
Watching:
  • This one minute tribute to Robin Williams is just beautiful. It had me in tears on the train.
  • Chris and I started watching Aladdin after hearing the sad news about Robin. I haven't watched it in years and am appreciating the Genie even more this time around! Love that most of his lines were improvised.
  • Essie and Aslan have been travelling around Scandanavia and vlogging each day - their vlogs are brilliant and it's great to explore with them! 
  • Taylor Swift's video for Shake It Off - so catchy!
Daisy x

 

Thursday, 28 August 2014

August Favourites: My Top Three


Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer - this under eye concealer is my new favourite. I bought it in America and have been using it ever since (alternating with the L'Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Concealer which has now run out and I need to repurchase!). It's super easy to apply and the sponge applicator is strangely satisfying to use. It covers up under eye circles perfectly and I've also been using it as a general concealer too.

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Foundation - this foundation has had rave reviews and so I was very excited to find that their counters were giving away free 7-day samples. I went along to the Debenhams on Oxford Street, got colour matched (my shade was BR30- it looks far darker in the picture than it actually is) and walked out with my sample. In short, I am in love with this foundation. It glides on so smoothly and makes your skin look like velvet, without feeling like you are covered in foundation. It also lasts all day long- something I rarely find with foundations. I am definitely going to be buying the full size version.

 Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover - after using the CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara (full review here) I was in need of a oil-based eye make-up remover as Bioderma and Garnier's Miscellar Water just wasn't cutting it. This was a bargain buy from Boots (currently half price at £1.79) and is a two-strength formula with both oil and water that you shake up vigorously before using. It does the trick and removes my tough CoverGirl mascara with ease.

What are your favourites this August? 

Daisy x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Little Sunset Box


Yesterday I received my second 'My Little Box' (you can see the July box here) and love it just as much as the first.  'My Little Box'* is a monthly lifestyle box from France which is soon to launch in the UK. As with the first it is beautifully packaged and I will be definitely be finding a way to reuse the box. 

So what is inside? Firstly you get their magazine and although it's in French you can see that it has great content and the images are beautiful. You also receive three sunset themed postcards.

The two lifestyle products this month are a pack of cards and a lovely little bracelet. The beauty products are presented in a cotton drawstring bag (again, will totally be re-using) and you receive a lipbalm from My Little Beauty, Fresh Exfoliating Gel from Laino and a little pot of L'Occitane's Precious Cream. There is also a little book explaining what each product does.

I am very much looking forward to the UK launch of this box! You can view the My Little Box website here.



Daisy x


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Things I would love to tell my 16 year old self...


This week was GCSE results week and I realised that it has been 11 years since I got my results - this is quite terrifying as it really doesn't feel like that long ago! So I thought to commemorate I would give my sixteen year old self a few pieces of life advice...

1) Don't wear pale blue eyeshadow - it really doesn't look great on you. Neither does the Barry M Dazzle Dust in Fuchsia.

2) Enjoy seeing your friends every day and not having to plan meetings weeks in advance because life is grown up and busy!

3) Buy a super gentle cleanser like Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish and stay away from those harsh face products (ahem, Clearasil and Clinique's facial soap) - they are not the answer for your bad skin.

4) Really really enjoy spending your weekly earnings from working at Topshop. There are not many times in your life when you can spend your cash exactly how you want to. 

5) All you need on your face is a good tinted moisturiser, a volumising mascara and a cream blush.

6) You are going to be so much happier once you get to sixth form college and leave school.

7) Keep loving and obsessing over celebrities - it will end up being part of your job!
8) And finally - start a blog before it grows into a huge phenomenon!

What would you tell your 16 year old self? I'd love to know!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chill* Ed Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner


I am always up for trying a new 'purple' shampoo and conditioner set. I have highlighted blonde hair and so find that these kind of products are very useful for keeping my hair looking bright and not brassy!

The ed blonde shampoo and conditioner are new products from chill* (a brand I've not heard of before) and claim to transform dull, brassy shades of blonde into silky smooth locks. The products are made up of a blend of grape seed oil, proteins and violet pigments and these assist in the toning down of brassy or yellow tones in blonde hair.

Both products are a bright purple and so a little scary to use if you're not a regular purple shampoo user. The shampoo can just be used as normal, and the conditioner is left on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing which allows the violet pigments to release violet tones into the hair instantly giving it a fresher, toned blonde finish.

This duo have been just as good as other purple/silver products that I've tried and I'd definitely use them again. They brightened my hair, made it look like a fresh blonde and also made it feel really silky and nourished.

chill* is available in cool hair salons and the shampoo and conditioner cost £9.99 each. You can find out more on their website here.

Daisy x

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