Why you need to try the Vichy Dermablend range

I’ve mentioned before that I have suffered with bad skin through my teenage years and it is only in the last year or so that I have managed to get some control over it. One of the products that has helped me on my bad days in the Vichy Dermablend Foundation which I have previously reviewed. The coverage is amazing and really helps to boost my confidence when I am having a bad skin day. So I was thrilled to be asked if I’d like to try out the Dermablend Corrective Stick* the Dermablend Setting Powder*.

While I have been trying to opt for a lighter coverage now the weather is getting better, I still have those days where I have a couple of blemishes and patches of redness. During times like these I reach for the Vichy Dermablend range to improve the appearance of my skin.

For the Dermanblend Corrective Stick, I went for the matching shade to the foundation I already own, Opal 15. It is slightly darker than my actually skin tone, but it does blend really well so it isn’t obvious. Because it is slightly more orange than my skin (not in a terrible fake tan kind of way, don’t panic), the colour is perfect for erasing the blue toned dark circles under my eyes. As orange is a complementary colour, it neutralises the dark circles making my eye area look brighter and more awake.

The coverage is brilliant, especially when used with the foundation. Any blemish or redness is completely hidden. When I wear these products I actually feel like my skin has been airbrushed, that’s how perfect it looks! I usually worry that concealers can be quite drying, but not Dermablend. My skin genuinely looks flawless all day long. What more can a girl really ask for?!

As my skin gets pretty oily as the day goes on, I have previously had problems wearing the Dermablend Foundation with powders which just can’t hold up to the test. I’d have to blot and reapply powder throughout the day to stop my face looking greasy and horrible. Since using the Dermablend Setting Powder this just hasn’t been an issue. Despite walking two miles to work in the sun my make up was still flawless when I arrived at work. When I got a chance to look in a mirror at lunch time it was still oil free – usually by this point I’ve needed to touch up! It was only as I was taking my makeup off late that evening there was a slight sheen of oil, which for me is very impressive!

Trying the Corrective Stick and the Setting Powder has just reinforced my love for Vichy products even more and I will definitely be repurchasing these when they run out – which wont be for ages because a little goes a long way with the concealer and there is loads of powder in the pot!

I highly recommend the Vichy Dermablend range for anyone who needs a little extra coverage from time to time and those with oily skin looking for a powder that lasts. It’s currently 1/3 off of all Vichy products from Escentual at the moment so the Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick is just £10 and the Setting powder is only £11.33 – bargain!

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Dermablend range?

La Roche-Posay Skincare Effaclar Review

La Roche-Posay Skincare Effaclar
I feel like I have always had problems with my skin, but in reality my problems really began when I was about ten years old. The hormones were beginning to hit me, I grew really quickly and my skin suddenly transformed into the skin of a teenager three years too early.

However, as an adult, my spots changed. Now I was suffering from large inflamed under the skin type spots along my jawline, neck and chin. They were painful,  prominent and very embarrassing. I tried a lot of spot treatments that didn’t really work and I was on the verge of booking a doctor’s appointment when I read some really positive reviews of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo on various beauty blogs. French pharmacy products were a pretty big thing in the blogosphere at the time (and still are) so I thought I would give it a try.
So the next day I made a beeline for Boots and happily found they were running a 3 for 2 offer on skincare products so as well as Effaclar Duo, I picked up the Purifying Foaming Gel and Astringent Lotion Micro-Exfoliant. The cardboard packaging (not pictured sorry) sported a label saying that it if it didn’t clear your skin, you could get your money back. Sounded pretty promising to me!

I absolutely love the Purifying Foaming Gel, it has replaced all my other face washes. It removes any traces of oil from my face and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. The formula is soap and alcohol free so it does not leave my skin feeling tight and dried out.

I don’t use the Astringent Lotion Micro-Exfoliant as much as I should do simply because some days I am running late and want a minimised skincare routine on work days. But I have found it to be very refreshing and I love that it is an exfoliant as well. I must prefer to use chemical exfoliants than scrubs because they are less harsh on the skin as well.

Honestly though, the hero product has to be Effaclar Duo. I use this twice a day, every day. Throughout the summer I have used in instead of a moisturiser, but the rest of the year I like to apply a light moisturiser over the top. The cream has cleared by skin up and on the rare occasions when a pesky spot does crop up, the cream helps to eliminate it very quickly and reduce any redness or scaring that is left behind. I have used a few tubes of this product and I am still loving it, so I can definitely say this is going to stay a major part of my skincare routine for a long time to come!

I religiously use these products and I cannot express enough how much good it has done to my skin. All of my spots have cleared up and I rarely get any now. My pores were once prone to clogging and huge and I while they are still on the large side (thanks genetics!) they are not clogged and look smaller.

My family and friends have even complimented me on my skin since using these three products so it has really boosted my self-confidence. So If you are struggling with oily skin, acne and blocked pores and you have not tried this range, I cannot recommend them enough! You can get them from Boots and often for a discounted price from Feel Unique.

Have you tried La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo? What skincare products do you rely on to keep your skin blemish free?

Skincare Haul

Recently I have been having a bit of trouble with my skin. My skin has by no means ever been perfect, but normally I might suffer just one or two spots once in a while. However for the last couple of months my skin has been pretty bad, and I think the culprit was wearing sun cream on my face. It completely blocks up my pores and makes me breakout.

I have also been a little bit lazy with my skincare routine, and I have often skipped cleansing and toning and made do with a face wipe – terrible I know! So because of this my skin has got worse. I feel like I have about 2319478274 spots right now.

So I popped to town this afternoon to make a few purchases to help improve my skin, and I will definitely be letting you all know how I get on with them.

Image of Must Have Girl's Skincare Haul
Okay, so this is not strictly skincare…but it goes on your skin and I bought it today, so I’m counting it! I’m a really big fan of this self tanner so I’m going to devote a blog post to it in the near future, as the sun has disappeared a few of us might be in need of a little of this! So watch this space! In the meantime you can get hold of yours for a meagre £3 from Wilkinsons. Bargain!
I really needed to get a cleanser and toner but I’m a little bit broke at the moment and that means I really can’t afford to splash out on anything expensive. While this is a bit bargain basement, it is from Boots so I trust that it will do the job. I will let you know how I get on though. Boots are currently running a 1/3 off deal on these, so you can get the Cleansing Lotion for £1.86 and the Toner for £1.79
I have never tried this before, but I normally love Soap and Glory products, they always smell delicious. After reading the back of the box I just had to buy it. The Detox Mask essentially melts away all the dirt, oil and blackheads leaving your pores unblocked. Sounds like just what I need at the moment. The mask actually changes colour once it has worked, so you know how long to keep it on for. I am also very happy that it is paraben free and it contains natural essential oils. You can purchase the mask from the Soap and Glory Website, or in store from Boots where it is retailing at £11.50.

I haven’t tried this either, and I have heard some very mixed reviews. I’m not expecting this to be a miracle cure, but I’m hoping that it will reduce the redness and swelling if I do have a large spot that appears. The cream claims to reduce size and redness within 4 hours which sounds very promising, but I will let you know how this goes for my skin! Again I purchased this cream from Boots for £4.26.

I will review these spot busting products in a couple of weeks and let you know if they are working for my skin. In the meantime if anyone can recommend some wonder products please do!

Have you tried any of these products? What would you most like to use?

Laura