L’Oreal Skin Perfection Advanced Correcting Serum




For month’s I’ve been lusting after Lancomes Dreamtone Serum but every time I get close to buying it there’s a voice in my (or usually my boyfriend moaning next to me) that spending £69 on a serum is ridiculous, even if I am convinced that it’s a magical potion that will provide me with perfect skin.

Nevertheless, being more serious about skin care nowadays, I wanted to add a serum to my routine. Now I’ll admit I have no idea what a serum is meant to do and why I should use one regularly, but I’m willing to go along with what other people tend to do. Yes, I probably would put my hand in a fire if everyone else was. Then, the L’oreal Skin Perfection range was launched and it seemed to be the answer to my Lancome lusting on a tight budget. The pink packaging does make it look like the peasants version of Dreamtone..

The entire range promises to help refine skin, tighten pores and even and brighten skin tone, visibly improving skin quality. And, if you are to believe the campaign with Cheryl Cole as the face, it will improve your skin so much that you can be confident enough to go make up free. And this is the line I fell hook line and sinker for, giving me such high hopes for this product especially when I found out that the serum contains the same ingredients as Lancomes Vissionaire Serum, just at half the concentration.

The packaging is pretty good. Like I said, it looks really similar to the Lancome Dreamtone due to the pink glass bottle, the glass making it feel a bit more high end than your usual drug store skin care. The pump is great, with one pump dispensing the perfect amount of product for my face.

The product itself was also quite nice to apply. Not as thick as a cream and, I don’t know if this will make sense or not, but its quite “gooey”. Saying that though its very light and doesn’t feel at all heavy on my skin. I should also mention that there’s a definite scent to the serum which I found to be quite pleasant.

In terms of results, its pretty much “meh”. Maybe its because I didn’t use the full range, but I didn’t see any sign of my skin being perfected,a nd you can see that I’ve used over half of the bottle and was using it morning and night on a daily basis.

Now, over the last few weeks my skin has been playing up quite a bit. It’s been oilier than usual and blemishes are becoming so regular that they’re now the norm (they’re always making an appearance in the EXACT same place, is that normal?). Now I’m not saying it was this product, and I can’t prove it because I’ve changed quite a few items in my routine lately (Hello Clarins!), but since I stopped using it after growing impatient and bored with it, my skin, ironically, has clearly improved. It might not have been this, but I have a feeling that it wasn’t helping at all, especially as all the other items in my routine had been part of it for a while before.


An American Wishlist


So exactly 3 months today, I’ll be at Manchester airport waiting to board a plane to go to sunny Florida for my first holiday with a boy (EEK!)

As excited as I am for the theme parks and burgers, I’m a bit more excited for the days we go shopping. I plan on stocking up on as much skin care and makeup that my luggage allowance will permit (we’re going to pay a bit extra for an extra case between us so there’s no need to hold back!)

But as much as I want to stock us on as many Mac lipsticks as possible, I want to takw full advantage of being in the US and buy things that are not available in the UK. So I need your help and inspiration! What do I need to add on this list?! Be it skin care, makeup, anything!!

The Body Shop Seaweed Skin Care Range

ImageI’ve been on the look out for a reasonably priced mattifying cream and after talking myself out of spending £40 on the Premae Harmony Creme Balm (which is amazing), I clocked these products in the Body Shop. I don’t usually think to ever go into the Body Shop but for some reason I decided to have a browse and I’m glad I did. They had this set of products in an offer for £32 for the complete set so I decided to give it a go.

The range is made using bladderwrack seaweed that grows in clean waters off the south-west coast of Ireland and is ideal for combination/oily skin. It promises to help restore skin balance and control excess oils to help give you a shine free, matte finish.

In the set, I received the following items:

Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser, £8 for 200 ml

This clarifying lotion helps to remove make up and excess oil. It is massaged onto the skin using fingertips and then removed in circular motions using a cotton pad or a muslin cloth. I’ve found that I prefer to use a cotton pad. It feels light, smells lovely and it does help with oil control, but I’ve found it doesn’t completely remove all traces of make up. My face doesn’t feel clean or totally fresh after using it and I’ve found I definitely prefer to use a facial cleanser that is rinsed off with water.

I don’t think its worth the price tag in terms of removing make up, but it does help with oil control.

Seaweed Clarifying Toner, £8 for 200ml 

This is a good toner. It helps clear the skin of any make up that resisted the cleansing stage but it is definitely not eye friendly. Its quite harsh on the old eye area and stings quite a bit so I wouldn’t recommend using it on this area. But it does what you expect from a toner.

The only problem is I seem to be getting through it quite quickly, so it will need repurchasing quite often but it is good for combination/oily skin types.

Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator, £9 for 75 ml

I tend to use this product once or twice a week and it definitely hasn’t replaced my Liz Earle Gentle Exfoliator. It has a gel-like consistancy with grains that give your skin a good scrub, without being harsh at all. My skin feels extremely clean and fresh after using it.

The scent, unfortunately, isn’t at all like the scent of the other products in the range. It is so heavy and strong, and not at all pleasant so I don’t like to use it that much. Other than that though, it great. Its just that its a massive con for the product.

Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream, £10 for 50ml

This moisturiser is oil free and gel like in texture. It feels really greasy at first but mattifies almost immediately when rubbed into the skin. Due to the texture, a little goes a long, long way so the 50ml will probably last for a long time. The matte effect lasts all day and my skin is a lot less greasy at the end of the day. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all and it feels really soft and moisturised throughout the whole day.

The scent is lovely. Its really light and fresh and makes it even more of a pleasure to use.

Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment, £11 for 30ml

As I have oily skin, I tend to stay away from night treatments/moisturisers, as they are usually too heavy. But this serum is perfect. It’s light and helps to balance the skin and reduce oil, yet it still hydrates and my skin is so soft after using it.

As its a serum, a little goes a long, long way and you only need the tiniest amount of product. It does exactly what you want it to.

If I were to pay for these products individually at the full price, I would think that other than the day cream and night treatment, they are slightly overpriced. But other than the cleanser and the exfoliator, I will definitely be repurchasing them. It’s the perfect skin care regime perfect for oily skin.

All products are available here from the Body Shop

Philosophy: Purity Made Simple 3 in 1 Cleansesr


I subscribe to both GlossyBox and Birchbox and my initial plan was to blog about what I receive in each box, but that can be a bit samey. Also I don’t always try everything I get, if it doesn’t interest me then I won’t use it, so I’ve thought it’d be better to write about the products I actually purchase after sampling them in the box.

First up we have the cult skin care favourite from Philsophy, the Purity Made Simple 3 in 1 cleanser, which I received in the August GlossyBox and as soon as I started using it, I knew I had to make this an essential part of my daily skincare routine.

This cleanser is meant to act as a one step, 3 in 1 product and promises:

  • to act as a make up remover, cleanser and toner
  • deep clean pores and eliminate make up build up
  • natural oil extracts help condition skin
  • fragrance free

I’ve been using this in two different ways: to double cleanse my face after using the brilliant Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser; and also on its own when I can’t be bothered spending too long cleaning my face. To apply, the instructions are to “massage a “size of a 20p piece” onto a lightly damp face, massage for 30-60 seconds, rinse and pat dry. Follow with an appropriate treatment and moisturiser.”

I’ve been following this up with the Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Toner and Mattifying Day Cream/Night Treatment, and my skin looks and feels great. I think the psychology of using a foaming, soap like product has made my skin feel so much cleaner after giving it a good wash, and it’s definitely less greasy at the end of each day. Another massive plus is that it is so gentle. Its definitely eye and contact lens friendly, and it doesn’t make my skin feel tight in the slightest, which is what I usually experience when using a foaming product as my skin can decide to be quite sensitive sometimes. My skin is also helped by the fact that its fragrance free. Fragranced products usually cause breakouts in me like I don’t know what.

As soon as I started using it I could feel its benefits. I was suffering from an unsightly breakout on my chin at the time and a couple of uses of this and it was almost completely gone.

It terms of make up removing, I’ve found that it doesn’t completely remove stubborn eye makeup but it does make it a hell of a lot easier to remove with a bit of toner and a cotton pad, which means the area around my eye is being treated a lot better! Other than that I haven’t found any other trace of make up on my face after using it, even when I use it on its own.

I received a 30ml sample in my GlossyBox and I still have a quite a lot left in my bottle. Its available in three different sizes:

  • 90 ml for £8
  • 240 ml for 17.50
  • 480 ml for £28.80

We were also given a voucher for £5 off the item at any Debenhams store in the GlossyBox, so I put this to good use and purchased the 480ml bottle. I highly recommend trying this product and Debenhams are giving out the 30ml bottle as samples so get your hands on it and try it!

Liz Earle Daily Essentials

Liz Earle Daily Essentials

Liz Earle Daily Essentials, Image via http://uk.lizearle.com/daily-essentials

Liz Earle is a brand that I’ve been familiar with for years. My mum has used their products for as long as I can remember since she was first introduced to the brand on QVC. She recommended it to almost every female in my family and they, too, are now avid fans. I honestly have never known any of them to use any other brand.

Now, I’m not the best person at following a skin care routine. I’m really bad for going to sleep with a full face of make up still on and just reapplying over it the next day. I know. I’m disgusting, I’m sorry. But the last couple of weeks I’ve promised myself to clean my face on a daily basis, and so far so good. So, when I made this promise I had no other brand in mind (white lie there: I did consider Emma Hardie but I have never had any problems with Liz Earle, so why fix whats not broken?!) . I usually get the Daily Essentials, a three step skin care regime, products each Christmas, but once they’re gone, they’re gone and my mum has a habit of using them up on me. So while I wait for pay day, I’ve been using hers as payback. And I’m determined to keep it up.

The Daily Essentials kit consists of three products, all of which can be bought in a handy travel bag for £43, but bought individually can cost a bit more. The products are:

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, suitable for all skin types.

This product is available in various sizes and in various packaging (you can choose from 100ml pump to 200 ml tube). I have the 150ml pump, which I can’t see on the website at the moment so I don’t think its available any more.

To use this product, you just apply some to your face while dry and then use a warm, wet muslin cloth (provided in the starter kits) and cleanse your face using circular motions. I’ve got to say I love this cleanser. It removes really thick make up (my face was proper done up yesterday for my brothers graduation and I had no problem removing all my make up with this, and it only took one go) and also water proof mascara. It has a gorgeous fresh smell, which I put down to the Eucalyptus, a smell I love.

Instant Skin Boost Tonic, suitable for all skin types

The second to this three-step skin care regime is this toner. Containing ingredients such as aloe vera and geranium, it, too, is light and fresh. Even when I was in a habit of not cleansing my face, I always used to use this to brighten my face up and feel fresher. It does a good job of clearing up the bits of make up the cleanser failed to remove, but I have to say it almost always has no left over make up to remove

Skin Repair Moisturiser, available in oily, normal/combination, and dry/sensitive

Now the smell of this product isn’t exactly my favourite. Its quite hard to describe but I’m going to go with musky and heavy. Saying that though it does a great job of moisturising my face; my skin has been looking excellent lately and my make up has been staying put better (might be because of my new primer that though). I’ve been using the normal/combination formula but I plan on getting the oily formula when I get it myself, as I have quite oily skin.

Even though the products are expensive they are definitely worth it. To back up my argument that it is a fantastic skin care regime I should mention the experience my uncle had with the brand. He used to work in a factory where he was exposed to a lot of sawdust everyday. As a result he developed a skin condition that was quite bad. He visited doctors and specialists and was prescribed medication and creams but nothing worked. Following the advice of my aunty, his wife, he started to use her Daily Essentials kit and soon ended up buying his own. His skin cleared up ridiculously quickly and he continues to use the products every day! Its now available for men but he still just uses the female ones. The brand really is brilliant and works wonders!