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 Effaclar Mat review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat
If you have been reading my blog recently, particularly my post reviewing the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo you will know that I suffer from oily, spot prone skin (lucky me!). I have had such a good experience with the three products from the range that when I spotted Effaclar Mat on the shelf in Boots I just had to give it a go.

I love the packaging of La Roche-Posay products, it is so clean and clinical looking it almost looks medicinal. However, unlike the rest of the collection, the tube has a matte finish to mirror the use of the product – it is details like this that I just swoon over! (I know I am sad!)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat is a sebo-regulating moisturiser, meaning that it controls the levels of sebum produced by the skin. Sebum is the proper name given to the oil in your skin, those like me with oily skin produce more sebum than those with dry skin. The moisturiser claims to be anti-shine and to reduce pore size.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

I have been applying the moisturiser twice a day after cleansing including around the eye and neck area. The product feels very light which is preferable to me, I found because of this it sinks into the skin quickly. It is just the right level of hydrating for me. My skin feels plump and soft but not greasy and there is no sticky residue left behind.

I have found that my skin gets less oily throughout the day. Before using this cream I would need to blot a couple of times a day at least, but now I can get away with just blotting at lunchtime so I feel a lot more confident in myself knowing that my forehead isn’t glistening!

I can’t say that I have noticed that much of a difference in pore size, but I don’t really believe that any product can shrink them, it is just genetics. However my skin is looking clear and healthy with no signs of breakouts after three weeks of use so I am really pleased.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat moisturiser is £14 for a 40ml tube in Boots (who are currently doing 3 for 2 on skincare GO GO GO!). Personally I am more than happy to pay this because I can see a difference in my skin so it is likely to be something that I will repurchase when I finish the tube.


What products do you recommend for oily skin?

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?