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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Is Sebamed Clear Face skincare the answer for acne?

Is Sebamed Clear Face skincare the answer for acne?

I’d never heard of Sebamed when I was approached by them to see if I would try out some of their products. Their Clear Face collection is a range of products developed for acne prone skin, it reminds me of the sort of thing I would have used back when I was a teenager when there seemed to be loads of this sort of thing around (anyone remember Biactol!?). I was sent a Sebamed Clear Face 3-step skincare regime to try, consisting of Cleansing Bar, Deep Cleansing Facial Toner and Care Gel and I was asked to use them for a month to see what effect they had on my skin. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose, and I am very prone to spots particularly on my chin, along my jawline and just under my cheekbones. The Clear Face range has been developed to restore skin’s pH level to 5.5 – that of a healthy skin. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar – I just LOVE a...

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Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Skincare | 3 comments

Dibi Milano – Pure Perfection Sebo-Balance Cream & Cleansing Gel

Dibi Milano – Pure Perfection Sebo-Balance Cream & Cleansing Gel

I’d never heard of Dibi Milano before a couple of weeks ago, but I have a feeling they’re going to be big news over the coming months. It’s one of Italy’s best-selling skincare brands and they’ve recently launched here in the UK. Their products are split into seven product lines, each one targeting a specific skin issue including sensitive skin, dull skin and wrinkles. I was sent two products from the Pure Perfection range, aimed at oily and problem skin, which help to balance the production of sebum (oil) and fight bacterial growth. Pure Perfection Sebo-Balance Cleansing Gel* – this is a translucent pale golden cleansing gel that you can use morning and night to cleanse the skin. I found it a bit strange because you expect it to foam when you apply it but it doesn’t, it works a bit more like a cream cleanser in that you massage it into the skin then rinse it off with warm water. The bottle is very rigid and I found...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

Lancome – Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover

Lancome – Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover

Today I wanted to share one of my favourite eye make-up remover products with you. Unfortunately I don’t currently have a full-sized bottle to photograph, so the image above is of a sample-sized bottle that I received in last year’s Selfridge’s Beauty Advent Calendar. I have included a stock image below of the full-sized product though so you can see what it looks like. Lancome Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover is a bi-phase liquid, this means that the liquid is split into 2 layers – a pale turquoise layer at the bottom and a darker blue layer on top. You need to shake the bottle before use, and the 2 layers merge into one shimmery pale blue layer. You can see the bi-phase 2 layers clearly in the stock image below… The bottle of the Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover says that it is non-oily but I actually disagree, I do feel that it has a slightly oily texture but this is why I like it. It has a pleasant fragrance and glides...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Skincare | 6 comments

Bioderma – Sebium Masque

Bioderma – Sebium Masque

I had read some great reviews of Sebium Masque* from Bioderma, so when I was offered the opportunity to review it I jumped at the chance. Sebium Masque is a ‘sebo-regulating purifying mask’ for combination and oily skin, in other words it aims to control the amount of sebum and oil that your skin produces which in turn helps to reduce breakouts. It is paraben free and hypoallergenic, and I really like the packaging as I feel that it looks quite clinical as many French skincare brands do. The mask is white and creamy with a strange powdery texture. It has a lovely refreshing cucumber scent and it’s really pleasant to use. You do need to apply quite a thick layer of the mask to your skin (it is a bit tricky to apply it thickly and evenly given its powdery texture) and then it dries although not too hard. To remove it you can either rinse it away with warm water or you can buff the dried mask with your...

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Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Skincare | 7 comments

The essential facemask to help control your acne

The essential facemask to help control your acne

I have combination skin with a very oily chin that regularly experiences breakouts of spots and acne and it would be great to find a product that could keep my skin under control. This Clarifying Mask from Murad is aimed at skin that has acne, and contains a unique combination of clays which draw out impurities and absorb excess oil, leaving skin looking smooth and shine-free. The Murad brand was developed by Dr Howard Murad who has a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, and he believes that health can only be achieved by treating all cells of the body – by eating healthily, managing stress and nourishing skin with topical creams and treatments. This is a thick, white clay-based mask which contains kaolin and bentonite clays – these draw out and absorb pore-clogging dirt and oil from the skin, whilst liquorice extract comforts, calms and soothes irritated skin, reducing redness and inflammation. The mask has a clean slightly clay-y menthol fragrance and the skin tingles when it...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Skincare | 2 comments

Eve Lom – Rescue Mask

Eve Lom – Rescue Mask

I love a good face mask, and this Rescue Mask from Eve Lom has won In Style’s award for “Best Mask for Congested Skin” for seven consecutive years, so I was looking forward to trying it out. The ingredients include Camphor, Almond and Honey-infused Kaolin Clay and Eve Lom describe it as ‘the perfect weekly deep clean to keep your complexion in radiant condition’. The Rescue Mask is recommended for stressed skin, for example blotchy skin, irritable break-outs, jet-lag or puffiness, so it’s perfect for a skin treat after the excesses of Christmas and New Year! I assumed that this would be a creamy moisturising type of mask however when I squirted it out onto my fingers I found it was a thick clay-based mask – a creamy colour with rather large dark-coloured exfoliating grains in. It has an earthy scent with a menthol undertone that I found rather unpleasant (I think this is the scent of the Kaolin Clay coming through), and the smell stayed all the time...

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Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Haircare | 0 comments

The Body Shop – Rainforest Balance Shampoo & Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

The Body Shop – Rainforest Balance Shampoo & Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter

You may have already read that I have recently made the move to using natural shampoo and conditioner, following a problem with an itchy scalp (read about that here). I was interested to find out what other natural shampoos and conditioners were out there, and came across the Rainforest haircare collection from The Body Shop®. As this is such an affordable range I thought I would try it out, and none of the Rainforest range contains any silicones, colourants or parabens which can irritate the scalp. Rainforest Balance Shampoo is for oily hair, so I chose this as I have found that that my hair and scalp have been more oily since I started using natural shampoos as they don’t strip the oil from your hair like regular shampoos. This shampoo contains a number of natural ingredients including pracaxi oil, white nettle and seaweed plus Community Trade sugar and aloe vera. The thick, clear shampoo gives an ok lather on the first application – better than a lot of natural...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Skincare | 0 comments

Garnier – Moisture Match

Garnier – Moisture Match

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to receive 3 small samples of Garnier’s Moisture Match moisturisers, a new range of moisturisers customised to meet specific skin needs. Basically Garnier have created five new colour coded moisturisers, each one with different benefits aimed at a different skin type. I had requested the samples from Garnier’s website, and after answering a few questions about my skin they sent me the 3 samples which they thought would be best for my skin type (combination): Shine Be Gone for oily to combination skin – Shine Be Gone, enriched with green tea extract, is oil free and helps to reduce the appearance of shine. It comes in a green tube and is a very pale mint green lotion with a light, fresh cucumber-y smell. It has a strange powdery texture, feels cooling and refreshing on the skin, and my face didn’t feel oily after applying which is good. I liked this lotion, but would have preferred if it was left uncoloured. Protect & Glow for normal skin – Protect...

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