500 follower beauty bundle giveaway

It’s official, last week I hit 500 followers on Bloglovin’! Woohooo! I never really imagined that 500 of you would be interested in what I have to say, so to thank you for sticking around and reading my ramblings about the latest products I’ve been trying out, I am hosting a giveaway!

I’ve had a little help with this from the La Roche-Posay Team who have kindly given me two tubes of Effaclar Duo*, one for me and one for you (if you’re lucky!) I have mentioned this wonderful product on my blog before, and I genuinely believe that this (along with other products in the range) helped to clear up my skin. I used to have those horrid under the skin type spots around my chin and jawline that could sometimes last for weeks. But after a few months of using Effaclar Duo my skin began to clear up. A year later I am still using it as a precautionary measure and it is still working wonders, so I cannot recommend this enough if you are prone to spots.

Along with a tube of Effaclar Duo, I am also giving away a few other beauty bits and bobs:

  • Makeup Revolution Essential Shimmers palette
  • Bee Natural Pomegranate Lip Balm
  • Benefit’s Roller Lash Mini
  • Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum Mini
  • Primark Fashion Nails with an ice cream print
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5. The giveaway will close at midnight on 15 July.
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Good luck!

August Empties

So with August over I want to share with you my empties from this month and tell you a bit about them, whether I liked each product and if I would repurchase. I like reading these posts because it is great to get a final verdict on a product rather than an opinion after a swatch or couple of days trial. So without further ado, here are my August empties!

First up is the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir Eau de Parfum. I purchased this little gem in the Boots sale after Christmas, so I think I got the set half price, which was an absolute steal! I love the berry scent of this fragrance and I think it is a great every day kind of perfume that I wear to work and when I’m just out and about. I would definitely repurchase this either on sale or for the full retail price because I think the scent is gorgeous. I also love the packaging, the bottle is so girly and looks lovely displayed on a dressing table, so I will be sad to get rid of it now it is empty!

Next up is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo cream. If you saw my previous blog post where I reviewed three wonderful products from the La Roche-Posay Effaclar range, you will know that I absolutely adore this product. It has done wonders for my skin and I think this will forever hold a place on my dressing table. I have already repurchased another tube so I can confirm this is a true favourite!

I have sadly hit the pan on a great little concealer from Seventeen, Phwoarr Paint. I use this concealer to hide dark circles under my eyes and for the price, I think it is pretty good. It is not as good as higher end concealers I have used, but I think it is a good dupe for Benefit’s Boi-ing Concealer. I have actually repurchased this concealer already as I think it is a fab budget beauty product.

I found this small sample pot of the Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream hiding in the back of my bathroom cabinet a few weeks ago, I must have got it from a Nivea Set at some point, but I forgot just how much I love this moisturiser. It is a great multi-purpose product that can be used on the face, body and hands so would be the idea product to take on holiday or to a festival. The cream smells absolutely amazing and leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I am definitely going to pick up a full sized version next time I’m in town.

Lastly, I finished up MAC Fluidline in the shade Blacktrack this morning. This is my go to eye liner and I use it everyday. It is highly pigmented and I find it stays on all day due to the gel formula. As long as you use a good brush, the gel applies really smoothly and evenly on the lid. While this product lasts for ages, I do find that it starts to dry up a little bit over time, which is a shame. I’m not sure if gel liners from other higher end brands do the same, but I’d be interested in giving them a try. I have already repurchased this liner because I wear it every day and I hate risking that I might run out of an every day essential!

How many empties have you collected this month? Do you use any of these products?

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?