Ingredients:

Water, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trehalose, PEG-10 Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone Silylate, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Silica, Coconut Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Bismuth Oxychloride.

They say:

A foundation-and-concealer in one for a natural, beyond perfected look that lasts all day. Lightweight, moisturizing makeup covers thoroughly without clogging pores. Skin breathes comfortably, colour stays true, even through sweat and humidity. Due to the rich pigment level that enhances this flawless coverage makeup, shades may appear deeper when first applied. Leave the foundation to settle just for a few minutes, this will allow the high pigment in the formula to adapt to your skin tone which is why you get such a flawless perfected finish. Suitable for ALL skin types.

I say:

I had high hopes for Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. Clinique are a brand I respect and I use at least a couple of their products pretty much every day. They also offer a good selection of foundations in a wide range of colours and finishes.

On paper, the Beyond Perfecting Foundation sounded ideal for my combination, sensitive skin type. First, it’s supposed to provide a light, natural, and yet full, coverage. Secondly, it claims to be moisturising even though it’s oil-free. Thirdly, add to this a sweat-resistant formula, plus a fairly inoffensive ingredient list and I was expecting great things. After wearing it for a week, I’m still on the fence. I don’t know how I feel about this foundation. I’m confused. Really confused.

On the left – bare face. On the right – after applying Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer.

Beyond Perfecting Foundation comes in a weighty glass bottle with a doe-foot applicator which is useful for spreading and dabbing the product onto the face. The texture is quite thick and creamy and a little goes a long way. After dispensing a small amount and applying using a beauty blender (my preferred method for liquid foundation) the results were all good. On the positive side, my skin looked smooth and fairly flawless; the colour seemed fine (I’ve got the lightest shade in the bunch – 01 Linen) and the finish was nice – a bit dewy, but not greasy. It all seemed to be going so well. After about ten minutes, though, the finish had changed.

From a distance it looks okay (left) however, close up (right), you can see patchy areas, especially around my nose, and some gathering around my laughter lines.

Close-up in the mirror, I noticed the foundation was clinging to all my dry patches. It had settled into my fine lines and wrinkles. It looked heavy and obvious on my skin. My complexion felt sticky and moist to the touch which, for me, being prone to oiliness, wasn’t ideal. Additionally, my face did actually become greasy, fairly quickly.

Due to these results, I didn’t feel entirely comfortable wearing this foundation. I worried about it during the day and was always aware of looking very shiny, despite powdering regularly. Because the product was also sinking into my wrinkles and becoming patchy in areas, I just lost confidence in it.

As a result, I wouldn’t buy Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer again. It’s not a bad foundation by any means, in fact, I think it has a lot going for it; it’s just not for me.

It doesn’t look too bad when first applied and viewed from a distance!

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So many things can cause a rosacea flare up. Because of this, it can be difficult to know how to treat your skin. I’ve had rosacea for about six years now and although most of the time I have it under relative control, occasionally the red face of itchy stinging shame will rear its ugly head. And I’m still shocked. Every time. I get used to coasting along managing my condition, then BAM, overnight my skin has become bumpy and sore and scarlet. So I wanted to share some of the things that have helped me out during this trying time.

Try And Work Out The Cause

This can be tough. Things that seem to affect me are stress, overindulging and, the most common one, a reaction to something I’ve put on my face, or something that’s touched my face; I’m talking cosmetics, skincare, washing powder, fabric conditioner; and the annoying thing is, that sometimes it’ll be a product I’ve used happily for months, but my face then takes a sudden dislike to it. What’s that about?

Of course a rosacea flare up can be caused by any number of potential triggers: exercise, hot drinks, sun exposure, cold exposure, alcohol – so it’s really worthwhile to try and figure out what affects you. One way of doing this, (which is particularly boring, but effective), is keeping a diary*, day to day; of what you eat; your stress levels; the weather; the skincare and makeup products you used; any medication you took etc. This way, you may begin to notice a pattern and can then cut things out accordingly.

*There’s also a free Rosacea Trigger Tracker Sheet you can download and print out here.

Calm It Down

Of course, everything I’ve written above is all well and good, but if you’re already having a rosacea flare up: what then?

For me, if I know it’s an allergic reaction to something, this is what I do:

  1. Take an antihistamine*- Because histamines are released during a reaction, popping a pill can help calm it down. They don’t always work straight away, but I know if I take them for about a week, they absolutely speed up recovery versus not using them at all. I always have some on hand just in case and any one will do (you can get cheap ones from the supermarket or Boots/Superdrug) as long as it’s one that treats skin allergies; it usually says on the packet or you can ask the pharmacist. You don’t have to buy the mega expensive branded ones; you’re just paying for a name.
  2. Strip back your skincare regime – You need to stop using any potentially aggravating products that you can normally handle. I’m talking retinoids, acid exfoliants, essential oils, fragrances. You want a basic ‘wash your face, then moisturise’ routine. Even this can be a struggle. When I’m having a rosacea flare up, I can’t use any of my normal serums and whatnot; even one’s which are specifically aimed towards sensitive/rosacea skin types. I know my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm won’t sting, when washing my face, during a flare up, however, I’ve yet to find a plain, lotion or cream, moisturiser that doesn’t. I went into Boots recently and looked at their section dedicated to skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, and practically all the moisturisers they offered for these conditions contained fragrance/parfum or alcohol; it was completely baffling. And they all said ‘suitable for babies skin’: unbelievable. So I’m now on a mission to find something that DOESN’T STING when I apply it to my ravaged face. I’ll be sharing my findings. Meanwhile, if you’ve discovered anything, do please let me know!
  3. Use a suitable cover-up – Sometimes you might need a little extra makeup to deal with any redness. Obviously, in an ideal world you’d give your skin a break and not wear any. But the world is far from ideal and going out with a face like a smacked arse is not fun. Mineral makeup up is particularly good during a flare up; you can achieve quite a full coverage and it’s very gentle on your skin; it’s what I tend to stick to when raw and inflamed.
  4. Chill – I know; when you’re having a rosacea flare up the last thing you feel like doing is chilling. But do it anyway; whatever it takes; meditation, yoga, watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (my favourite), chatting to a mate, taking a nap; it doesn’t matter, whatever floats your boat. Because stress makes rosacea worse; and it’s a vicious circle; the worse your rosacea is, the more stressed you become; and the more stressed you become, the worse your rosacea gets. It’s upsetting and depressing having this skin condition; but it is manageable. It just takes a lot of trial and error, and a bucket load of patience, to learn how.
  5. Try some hydrocortisone cream* – Hydrocortisone is a topical corticosteroid which can help reduce redness and itching. It’s used a lot for eczema and I was constantly smothered in the stuff from a baby until my mid-twenties because my eczema was so bad. It can cause thinning of the skin if a higher percentage is used over a long period, however, I’m talking about using 1% strength for a few days (no longer), just to help ease flare up symptoms. You don’t need a prescription for it, you can just buy it over the counter. Apply it sparingly to any affected areas.
  6. Protect your face from the elements. It’s extremely important to still wear sunscreen when you’re having a rosacea flare up if you’re going outside. The problem is, it’s a bit of a minefield; there’s so many out there and some can sting, particularly if your skin is red-raw; so where do you start? Again, it’s a matter of trial and error to find out what works for you. Nowadays you can get samples from most high-end brands, which gives you a chance to try before you buy. Unfortunately, some other makes come in sealed tubes or containers, so you have to take a chance and maybe waste your money. I use Clinique Super City Block SPF40 (no I’m not being sponsored by Clinique; though I should be!) which doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I’d really like an SPF50 and will be trying and reviewing some new ones soon. Other popular ones recommended for rosacea/sensitive skin sufferers include: Eau Thermale Avène Very High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50+ for Intolerant Skin £13.50| SkinCeuticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF5o £36.75 | SunSense Daily Face SPF50+ Invisible Tint Finish Sunscreen £18.85 |Ultrasun SPF 50+ Anti-Ageing Ultra Sensitive Facial Sun Cream £22.99 | Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF50 PA++++ £36.00

Avoid Your Triggers

It doesn’t matter what they are: wine, coffee, saunas, dairy products, vigorous exercise – just avoid them; at least until your flare up is over. I know we should be avoiding any potential triggers at all times, but invariably we make mistakes or fall off the wagon. My skin drastically improved when I implemented a healthy lifestyle change (you can read about it here), and since I’ve returned to many of my old bad habits, my skin has really bared the brunt. And I know I need to change my ways, but at the moment struggling. I’m only human; and quite a weak-willed one at that. You can only ever do your best and beating yourself up is not going to help matters.

If In Doubt See A Professional

It can be overwhelming dealing with rosacea on your own. It’s great to read up on the condition as much as you can and speak to fellow sufferers, but sometimes we need to see a professional. This could be your G.P (if you trust and like them) or a dermatologist. If a flare up gets really bad you may need antibiotics or some kind of cream or tablets that can only be prescribed. Maybe you need to see someone about how miserable rosacea is making you. There is also help out there in the form of forums and specialised websites. In the end it’s about finding out what works for you; and whatever helps, go for it. Flare ups do pass, so keep on keeping on. Oh, and if anyone has any advice or tips they want to share; please do so below.

*Do check though that you’re able to take them, especially if you have any existing medical conditions, or are on any medication. Also, some antihistamines cause drowsiness, something else to consider. I’m not a doctor, just someone giving advice!

*Also check that you can use hydrocortisone cream for the same reasons as above.

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I thought I’d do an eyebrow mascara review because I think they’re extremely effective, but there’s so many to choose from. I tried to pick three that had positive reviews and were from different price points.

My eyebrows are very light and rather sparse. As a teenager they were still light, but there was a lot of them; in a good way. They needed a tidy but the basics were there. When I was seventeen and on a modelling assignment, the client in charge of the shoot decided it would be a good idea to completely pluck my eyebrows to within an inch of their lives. They looked ridiculous, however you were told never to argue with the client, so I stayed schtum.

As my eyebrows returned, I tried to get them back to their original shape, but I really didn’t know what I was doing; we didn’t have things like ‘Brow Bars’ back then. In the end they became so overplucked that they never fully recovered. Nowadays I don’t touch them; ever. They’re still on the thin side, but I think they’re probably the best they’re ever going to be. I give them some help with a bit of shadow to fill in any gaps and then I use some eyebrow mascara to give the hair’s some colour. I thought I’d compare and review three popular eyebrow mascaras to see how they fared. I’ve applied them on bare eyebrows – no filling in with pencil or powder – I wanted to find out how effective they were on their own.

M•A•C Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set

MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set in Quiet Brunette.

The beauty of MAC’s eyebrow mascara is its choice of six shades, (including a red, which is rare) plus the fact that it’s waterproof. I took MAC’s Brow Set on holiday with me and after applying it, and some waterproof mascara, I was good to go. It stayed put in the swimming pool, and the sea, and didn’t budge, even in the intense humidity.

This is easy to apply and has a small, neat brush; good for cack-handed people such as myself… It’s also oil-free, doesn’t clump and is ophthalmologist tested, so okay for sensitive eyes; besides which it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I’m pretty sure this tube of mine will last for ages, so at £14.50 I reckon it’s good value.

All in all, I can find no fault with this product and I will definitely repurchase.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after using MAC's brow mascara - close up on the eyes.

Before and after using MAC’s brow mascara – close up.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after using MAC's brow mascara - full face.

Before and after using MAC’s brow mascara – full face.

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Brow Gel

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Volume Gel

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Volume Gel in 01 – Light.

Available in three colours, Benefit’s Gimme Brow was a little harder to get on with than the MAC. I found that the brilliantly shaped little brush came out loaded with product and it was difficult not to get it all over the skin surrounding my eyebrows. I resorted to wiping off the excess onto a tissue, and although this helped, it just seemed like such a waste. Especially when this is the most expensive at £20.00.

The best thing about Gimme Brow is the fibres contained within the gel, which should should create more fullness to the eyebrow. I did notice a little more thickness to my brows than with the other two I tried, but it doesn’t seem to have translated to the photos below.

This is an award-winning (though I can’t find which award) brow mascara which seems to be very popular and it’s good, don’t get me wrong; I just don’t think it’s great.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after using Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Gel - close up on the eyes

Before and after using Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Gel – close up.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after using Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Gel - full face.

Before and after using Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Gel – full face.

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Blonde.

Oh Maybelline Brow Drama, with your bizarrely shaped scratchy brush head thing: what an enigma you are.

I don’t fully understand the design of this brow mascara. The big, bobbly bit on the end is the only part of the brush you can actually use on your eyebrows, so the rest of the wand is surplus to requirement. You have to be gentle with the little ball on the end of that wand though, it’s a wee bit perilous to use and can cause some skin chafing.

This turned out to be a bit of a surprise actually. It’s not spectacular in terms of performance, however, I do think it gave the most natural effect, was easy to use, and coming in at £4.99, is the cheapest of the bunch. There are three colours to choose from along with a transparent option. It definitely does the job and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara close up on eyes

Before and after using Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara – close up.

Eyebrow mascara review - A picture of before and after of Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara full face

Before and after using Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara – full face.

I like eyebrow mascara; it’s a quick and relatively easy way of grooming your brows. Of the three, I’d probably go for Maybelline Brow Drama for an everyday natural look; MAC Brow Set for bolder eye makeup looks and holidays; and Benefit for…well, I’m not sure. I’ll keep practicing with it.

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EXPERIMENTING WITH EXTRAVAGANCE

When Victoria Beckham’s makeup collaboration with Estée Lauder hit the scenes last year, it sold out pretty darn quick! I’m glad they’ve brought it back (with a couple of new additions) to give us mere mortals a chance to get their hands on it again.

I’ve got four items to play with and I love them all. Two pieces have won a permanent place in my makeup bag and the other two I will probably use more sporadically. For the purposes of this review, I’ve piled all of them onto my face, though this is not a look I would wear everyday. Perhaps if I was off to some very dark nightclub for a Saturday evening boogie, but at my age, my nightclub days are pretty much over… I actually rather like this makeup, although if I went to Tesco on a Wednesday morning looking like this, it’s entirely possible I’d be arrested for taking part in the Scary Clown Challenge…

Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Bronzer in 01 Java Sun

It’s hard to find the right shade of bronzer for my pale skin; most of them end up looking too orange, too dark or too obvious. This bronzer on the other hand is a muted, medium brown, completely matte, and it imparts just the right amount of colour to leave you looking healthy and sunkissed rather than glowing like a Belisha beacon. It’s also housed in a lovely compact which feels luxurious and expensive (which you’d bloody hope for, for the price).

Overall, it’s a winner for me and something I would repurchase from the collection unless they sell out, and don’t restock it, which is a distinct possibility.

There’s also a new shade, Saffron Sun, available now, which as far as I can make out is even paler than Java sun.

Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Lipstick in 01 Chilean Sunset

My oh my this is a bright lipstick. It’s a beautiful, orange hued red which I think probably looks better with a bit of a tan. It’s not a shade I would normally go for, but I wanted to step outside of my nude comfort zone and try something different.

I wore this lipstick a lot on holiday recently when I was fake-tanned-up and it felt right to be rocking a bold red lip in a setting of extreme heat, palm trees, a turquoise sea and cocktails. Back home in Blighty, with the incessant grey dampness, it’s a very cheering colour to wear, but what puts me off a red lip generally is the maintenance. This lipstick has a comfortable, very matte finish which is gorgeous, but I still manage to get it all over my teeth. And mouth. And face. And hands. I’m a messy pup.

All in all it’s a gorgeous lipstick, which doesn’t seem to have made a comeback alongside the re-release, perhaps because it’s more of a summer colour. Victoria has, however brought out another matte finish lipstick called Nude Spice which I don’t have, but which also looks fab.

Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Eye Metals Eyeshadow in 01 Bitter Clove

This eyeshadow was a major surprise for me. I assumed I’d feel fairly ambiguous about the colour and texture, but I’m digging it, man! It makes your eyelids look like they’re covered in a wash of glorious grungy glossiness, like the kind of makeup Kate Moss might have worn on the cover of i-D magazine in the nineties. One of my favourite looks for the eyes is that smudgy, glossy effect, but it’s a difficult one to achieve without your eyelids looking like they’re greasy enough to fry a couple of eggs on.

The shade I’ve got, Bitter Clove, is a lovely, glistening, brown which is pretty much universally flattering. The only downside is that you do get a fair amount of fallout from this product and it’s not highly pigmented, so you kind of need to layer it on for a stronger effect. Apart from that it’s a winner in my book. In fact, I think there should definitely be more shades available in this formulation! Are you listening, Victoria? Victoria? Vic….. – Oh, never mind.

Victoria Beckham for Estée Lauder Eye Foil in 02 Blonde Gold

This is probably the most superfluous item in the collection, although I still like it very much. It’s a white, sparkly cream, which, when patted onto the top of any eyeshadow, will give it the lustrous effect I’ve just described above. Or you can dot some into the inner corners of your eyes, or use it as a glittery highlight if you’re off to that darkened nightclub. Whatever; it’s a fun, but unnecessary bit of kit.

This is without doubt an extremely high-end, luxury collection, but unlike some, I think that most pieces are wearable, flattering and suitable for any age. Sure, they’re bloody expensive, but it’s a collection you can pick and choose from; you don’t have to buy every item. Unless you want to, of course; in which case I don’t think you’d be disappointed with any of them.

This was taken just after I checked the receipt and saw how much money I’d spent… #selfstrangulation

 

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They say:

Based on a unique partnership with dermatologists worldwide and through extensive research, La Roche-Posay introduces new Effaclar Duo[+] anti-blemish cream, specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin.

Proven efficacy on:

  • Clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes
  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Helps to refine skin texture
  • Controls the appearance of shine
  • New – Fights against the appearance of marks.

Unique formulation including new active ingredient ProceradTM [a patented Ceramide]

Niacinamide – LHA- Piroctone Olamine- Linoleic Acid- Zinc PCA
New fresh, gel-cream texture
Non-comedogenic.
No parabens.
Suitable for sensitive skin.
Also suitable for acne-prone skin.
Tested under dermatalogical control.
Formulated with soothing and softening La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
How to use:

Apply to the entire face morning and evening, after cleansing with Effaclar Purifying Foaming Cleanser. Apply before make-up. Can be used alone or with a moisturiser.

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Zinc Pca, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristyl Myristate, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Nylon-12, Poloxamer 338, Linoleic Acid, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Salicylic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, *Parfum*

I made a bit of a boo-boo when trying out La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo [+] Anti-Blemish Cream. At the time of testing, I was having what’s known as a ‘Rosacea Flare-Up’ (which I’ll be writing a post about shortly). Over Christmas, I had been housesitting, and had made the rookie mistake (I really should have known better) of washing my face flannels in the homeowners biological, (nooooooooooooo), washing powder. Within a day or two, my face was red and sore and stingy and spotty (at least I matched the traditional Noël themed decorations…) and I was left desperately trying to calm it down. At that point I thought, aha, this would be the perfect opportunity to smother my face in the extremely popular Effaclar Duo to try and get rid of these pesky pimples while also reviewing the product at the same time. Stupidly, I failed to do what I advise all other rosacea sufferers to do: READ THE INGREDIENTS LIST!!! As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I can handle a little fragrance in my skincare, especially when it’s the last ingredient on the list (see above) and my skin’s in good working order. But, not not not, when it’s suffering the effects of a reactive meltdown.

But I didn’t heed caution and read the list, I blithely applied this to my poor face every night, diligently, for a month, all the while wondering why my fare-up wasn’t flareing-down. Really, I should have been a tad suspicious when noticing, each time I used it, that Effaclar Duo (to me anyway) smells like lemon washing-up liquid and therefore probably had some sort of fragrance in it. And I know this is not a product designed specifically for rosacea sufferers, however, it does claim to be suitable for sensitive skin.

So my face stayed red and sore and became dryer and dryer (due to the salicylic acid, I guess) and my spots weren’t healing in any way. Because the spots were a reaction to the earlier washing powder debacle, and were not normal spotty spots that the Effaclar Duo is meant for. Duh!

The difficult thing is knowing whether or not this product would have worked for me under normal (I use the term loosely) circumstances or if  the Effaclar Duo is best kept out of my arsenal of skincare. I’m loathed, now that my skin is beginning to settle down and recover, to give it another try. First, because obviously the same thing might happen and secondly because I tend not to get blemishes anymore; I think because I’m really careful in avoiding things that tend to bring my acne back. Having said that, I do suffer from blocked pores and post breakout red/brown marks which this also allegedly treats, so maybe I’ll come back to it at some point; give it another go.

Look, as far as I can tell, this is a really popular and successful treatment for tackling certain minor skin complaints and I’m not going to burst anyone’s Effaclar Duo bubble. On the other hand, I’m not going to pretend that a product has worked for me when it hasn’t. That would be tantamount to lying, which I’m not prepared to do. Especially when it could cause discomfort, embarrassment and even pain. All I’m saying is, be careful, if you have rosacea or sensitive skin. Sometimes I see other bloggers or YouTubers using products I long to try. Products that promise perfect skin and eternal youth (I’m a sucker for a bit of clever advertising); products which get rave reviews and sell out in a matter of hours. But, I know I can’t use some of the best loved creams and lotions that the majority of the general public can, that’s just the way it is. It’s rubbish, but I’m stuck with this stupid skin condition and I have to manage it the best way I know how. There are definitely worse things in life…

Have any fellow rosacea sufferers tried Effaclar Duo? Or non-rosacea sufferers? Do let me know your experiences in the comments section below. It’s really helpful to find what works or doesn’t work for other people!

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I’ve fallen in love.

With a lipstick.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Charlotte Tilbury has well and truly knocked it out of the park.

Contained within a snazzy rose gold tube is a little bullet of loveliness that packs a big punch. How Charlotte and her team have managed to come up with such an incredible formula is beyond me; it’s like pure alchemy. How can a matte lipstick be so nourishing, so comfortable, so luxurious? Not a clue. However, I don’t care, because they have, and it’s mine, all mine I tell you!

Charlotte’s Lip Cheat lip liner, in Pillow Talk, has become rather a cult product. With it’s velvet texture, waterproof staying power and universally flattering nude tone, it’s not hard to see why. I think this lip pencil would suit anyone, regardless of skin tone.

Now, there’s a lipstick to match and it definitely doesn’t disappoint.

I would describe the colour as a dusky rose pink, with a satiny matte finish that defies logic. I associate matte lipstick with a dry, uncomfortable finish, which is why with my seriously parched lips, I stay away from them. This lipstick is different; it slides on like velvet and stays that way. You can apply it in a sheer layer, almost patting it in with your fingers like a stain, or really lay it on for a more pigmented finish. Either way it’s gorgeous; more of a statement than a nude nude, but still an everyday, extremely flattering shade which you can apply and then just forget about.

Ooh, and the smell; delicious. When I was little, and not bouncing a tennis ball off the wall or playing with Lego or my Domino Rally set (can you still get Domino Rally?), I used to collect things: stamps; pencil sharpeners; and also rubbers (I was an only child – I had to amuse myself somehow). Not as in condoms, just to be clear; I mean as in erasers that you rub pencil out with. Anyhoo, my favourites were the ones that smelled rubbery and caramelly and vanillary all at the same time; this lipstick smells like that! It takes me right back and makes me want to eat the lipstick just like I wanted to eat those rubbers all those years ago. I didn’t by the way. Eat the rubbers. I did once put a load of sequins in my ear; but that’s another story. (Is this an only child thing?)

So yes, the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick is pretty much perfect in every way and there are some other gorgeous shades to choose from and I want them ALL!!!

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This is my first installment of Try Three Things Thursday (which I shall abbreviate to TTTT), when on the first Thursday of every month I will… drum roll… yes… you’ve guessed it folks… try three things! Complete madness, I know.

The point is to compare the same either three similarly priced products or maybe one budget, one middle of the road and one high-end – mix it up basically – and see which one, if any, comes out best. This month, it’s gel moisturisers. With my combination skin, heavy, rich moisturisers tend to make me break out; on the other hand, I still need hydration, especially at this time of year, so I want something light which is also soothing and emollient. And no irritation thank you very much; my sensitive complexion really doesn’t need it.

Here are the three I tested.

From left to right – Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin Hydrating Cream Gel – Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

Ingredients: PR-016936 Aqua, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol, Synthetic Beeswax, Sorbitan Olivate, Laureth-7, C12-14 Pareth-12, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Benzoic Acid

First up is Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel-Cream, a simple, no nonsense product at a great price. It contains some decent humectants to keep the skin moisturised and has a silky-smooth texture due to the silicones included. It’s light, matte, oil-free texture is best for combination/oily skin, in my opinion, and though Neutrogena recommends it for extra-dry complexions, I’m not sure this would provide enough moisture. There’s no fragrance to this gel-cream, it caused no irritation to my rosacea and I would definitely purchase it again. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream costs £12.99

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Sucrose, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Trehalose, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Sorbitol, Oleth-10, Tromethamine, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Extensin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, PEG-8, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 , Yellow 5

Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief definitely has a more sophisticated ingredients list than the Neutrogena Gel-Creme, though they do share a few components known for their surfactant and emollient qualities – which provide moisture, and the mix of silicones – which give that silky smooth feeling to the formulas. Clinique, however, has included antioxidants in their product, like Birch Bark Extract, Lady’s Thistle, Green Tea and Saccharomyces Lysate but, because of the jar packaging, it’s possible that these are rendered useless as soon as you remove the lid. (The Birch Bark Extract can potentially cause irritation due to its astringent properties. It’s never given me a problem, but it’s worth bearing in mind.) There’s also a peptide included along with vitamins C and E.

I like this moisturiser very much and come back to it again and again. The texture leaves my skin smooth and hydrated without stickiness and is gentle enough for my sensitive skin. What I struggle with is the price. It seems to me that this gel-cream does much the same as the Neutrogena Hydro Boost, but at nearly three times the amount for exactly the same 50ml. The ingredients are very similar except for the antioxidants and vitamins, which I get from other skincare products I use, so, I think from now on, I’ll be sticking to the cheaper Neutrogena version. Clinique Moisture Surge Thirst Relief is £34.00

 

Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin Hydrating Cream Gel

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetyl Esters, Sorbitan Stearate, Squalane, Tridecyl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Cyathea Medullaris Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol

Finally, housed in yet another jar, Darphin’s contender is a gorgeous, pale green, bouncy cream which smells of freshly washed cotton sheets drying outside on a beautiful spring day. Unfortunately, that’s the problem with this product: the scent. This lovely, cooling gel contains some great soothing, moisturising, skin-conditioning ingredients, some of which it shares with the Clinique and Neutrogena offerings, but then it goes and chucks a load of sensitizing fragrance into the mix. Not just once either. There are over ten fragrance-based ingredients in this cream with the potential to cause massive irritation to the skin. And yes, Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin Hydrating Skin Gel has a lovely bouquet, but for the sake of my face, I’d rather it didn’t. It’s just such a shame because the texture is splendid, rich yet light (it’s definitely the creamiest of the lot), which leaves your skin feeling comforted and soft. I persevered in using it because sometimes I can handle a little perfume in my products, however, this was too much. After a few consecutive nights of using it my skin felt sore and stingy, so I gave up.

Darphin Hydraskin Light All-Day Skin Hydrating Skin Gel costs £35.00

 

All in all, I liked all three of these gel-creams for their ability to moisturise without leaving you feeling like a grease-monkey and in terms of texture, they work really well for my dry/oily/combination/godknowswhat skin type. For value and performance overall, I’d say the Neutrogena is the winner. Have you tried any of these? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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From left to right – Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Indiscretion, Mac Mineralize Rich in Cybernaut, Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 04 Beige Pop, Maybelline Colour Sensational in 710 Sultry Sand, Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising, Maybelline Colour Sensational in 728 Honey Beige.

I love me a nude lip. A smoky eye paired with a nude lip is pretty much my everyday look. I think nude lips look clean and elegant.

These are the lipsticks I’m using at the moment; obviously there is an enormous choice out there, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new nudes to try. So come on: let’s get naked nude!

 

 

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Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Indiscretion.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour Collection Limited Edition in Indiscretion is a funny one; not funny haha (as you can tell from my rather stern looking photo above), more a, I can’t work out whether I like it or not, funny.

Now I know this post is called my favourite nude lipsticks, however the one I lurrve from Laura Mercier, which I wanted to include, is NO. LONGER. MADE. And I’m gutted. Not to the point of tears, it is only a lipstick after all; but, be that as it may, there is sadness in my heart… It was an absolute winner in terms of texture and colour; and now it’s gone; and I have to move on.

I bought this alternative on-line, hoping it would be similar, and although the colour is close, the texture couldn’t be more different. Where my favourite, discontinued lipstick, was buttery and soft and smooth, this is dry and chalky and uncomfortable to wear. I do like the colour, very much; it’s a pale, slightly peachy, nude, but unless your lips are in perfect condition – which mine are not – it catches on any dry bits and accentuates them. Then, as it wears off during the day, bits of colour cling to any chappedness (is that a word?) and looks gross. So colour – yes; texture- no. I can see what Laura Mercier is trying to do – and matte lipsticks can look great – but for me, this is just tooooo matte.

 

 

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Mac Mineralize Rich in Cybernaut.

Moving on to Mac’s contribution, this shade, called Cybernaut, is a neutral, slightly blueish pink, which errs on the pale side without making you look too washed out. It’s moisturising and soft, and according to Mac, features a 77-Mineral Moist Complex. I don’t if that means it’s got 77 minerals in it, (are there 77 minerals?), or what. Anyway, it’s comfortable, but wears off fairly quickly. I personally experience that with all lipsticks though. I think it’s because I’m constantly drinking and eating… Water and lettuce only, obvs.

 

 

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 04 Beige Pop.

This Clinique nude has a bit more pigment than the rest and is probably the pinkest of the bunch. It’s demi-matte and contains a primer; which does what exactly, I’ve no idea. It claims to keep the colour true for longer and the lips moisturised for eight hours straight and while I dispute that, it is a lovely lipstick to wear.

 

 

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Maybelline Colour Sensational in 710 Sultry Sand.

Here I’ve gone a bit sixties with this very pale, verging on white, nude.

I like this colour with a smoky eye, I think it looks striking. It can make teeth look a little yellow, so I just don’t smile when I wear it…

It’s maybe not an everyday shade and requires some maintenance, but Maybelline have come up with a fab formula for a great price.

 

 

Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising

My favourite, favourite, favourite is this nude by Nars. It’s just the easiest, most comfortable lipstick to wear and this shade, Cruising, is my perfect nude. It’s the, my lips but better, nude. I love it and will never be without it. And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

 

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Maybelline Colour Sensational in 728 Honey Beige.

Finally, another offering from Maybelline, this is the most brown nude of the bunch.

Sometimes this colour can look a little muddy and draining, however, I think this shade is sheer enough and buttery enough to look more 90’s Supermodel nude, than 90 year old corpse nude.

 

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From left to right – Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Indiscretion, Mac Mineralize Rich in Cybernaut, Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in 04 Beige Pop, Maybelline Colour Sensational in 710 Sultry Sand, Nars Sheer Lipstick in Cruising, Maybelline Colour Sensational in 728 Honey Beige.

So these are my favourite nudes a la momente; what are yours?

 

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I’m always hoping that someone somewhere will discover a cure for rosacea. Until then, I have to concentrate on keeping it under (some) control with lifestyle choices and skincare choices. Still, coming across a new (to me) rosacea treatment is akin to winning the lottery (maybe a couple of thousand rather than thirty-six million): that’s how excited I get. So when I discovered this little tube of green, cream, I may have leaked a little bit of wee (step away, President-Elect Trump). Did this excitement last? Let’s find out.

I haven’t been able to uncover a huge amount of information about Dermalex, the company behind this cream, other than the fact that they also make products for eczema, acne and psoriasis, none of which I’ve tried. I first read about this rosacea treatment cream on Talon-Ted Lex’s blog here. Lex is a fellow rosacea sufferer and her website is informative and eminently readable – well worth checking out. After Lex gave this product the thumbs up, I knew I had to try it.

Now, obviously, the thing about rosacea is that it’s not one size fits all and what works for Lex may not work for me. Until they come up with a definitive cause of rosacea (and I’m not sure they will; it seems to be caused by lots of things), that’s just the way it is. However, some ingredients have been proven to ease rosacea while others absolutely make it worse. Therefore, I think it’s worth giving something, that’s specially formulated for rosacea and sensitive skin, a go as long as it seems legit and isn’t going to break the bank.

This is what Dermalex say about their cream:

 

Dermalex Rosacea is for the treatment of rosacea symptoms. It does not contain steroids, which are contraindicated, or antibiotics.

It works through a unique technology that provides a triple action:

  • It creates a moisturising micro-shield on the skin that calms and soothes.

The loss of ceramides results in a thinner top layer of the skin (the so-called epidermis). This makes the skin more vulnerable to external irritants that cause flushing. Our product protects the skin with an invisible film containing UVA and UVB filters.

  • Repairs the skin barrier function

The ceramides in the cream help to restore the weakened skin barrier. This is important to prevent further moisture loss and to keep external threats from entering and causing new flare-ups.

  • Relieves the symptoms

Dermalex Rosacea reduces redness, dryness and visibility of spider veins. It protects and soothes the skin.

This product is a medical device.

Clinical research

Dermalex proved to be effective in clinical tests.

Dermalex Rosacea with 95% of the test participants noticing a reduction in redness. 80% of participants also saw more even skin tone after using Dermalex Rosacea. Moreover, the tolerability was judged good to excellent by 100% of the test subjects.

Ingredients:

Tri-solve®, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Purified Water, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Bisabolol, Esculin, Triticum Vulgare Germ Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, CI 42090, CI 19140.

(I’ve checked out the ingredients and they all seem pretty good for restoring the skin’s natural barrier.)

The cream comes in a smallish tube (30g) and costs £18.00. It has a green tint (green tones down redness), has a light texture and smells vaguely medicinal. The scent reminds me of Vosene dandruff shampoo, which was around when I was a kid. I apply a small amount to my most affected areas and it’s cooling and emollient with a mattifying effect that doesn’t dry out my skin. It also sits well under my sunscreen and makeup and I treat it as a light moisturiser, which is exactly what I need.

Let’s look at the results after three months of using Dermalex Rosacea Treatment.

On the left – before I started using Dermalex. On the right – after using Dermalex for about 3 months.

I think there is a difference. For a start, my face looks much thinner in the right hand picture, but I don’t think that’s anything to do with the Dermalex; probably more to do with not eating as much cake… My skin does look less red overall, however, I’m reluctant to attribute this completely to the cream. As far as I remember, the picture on the left was taken after I’d just had a shower, which always leaves me a little flushed. And on some days my skin is worse than on others, therefore the left -hand picture could have been a worse day than the one on the right. It’s impossible to know. Perhaps I’m being unfair and any positive changes are purely down to the Dermalex Rosacea Treatment.

On the left – bare, freshly washed face. On the right – with a thin layer of Dermalex.

I don’t think the green tint makes a huge amount of difference. The only real change after application is that some of my natural ‘shine’, (greasiness), has gone.

Having said all that, I like the Dermalex Rosacea Treatment very much and will continue to use it. It works well as a moisturiser for my combination skin and at the same time is hopefully tackling my rosacea in the long term.

You can buy Dermalex Rosacea Treatment here.

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It’s official: Rose Gold is E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E: rose gold sunglasses, shoes, laptops, kettles, furniture, hair, hair straighteners, mobile phones, cars; in fact anything goes when it comes to rose gold. And the trend shows no sign of abating. Personally, I love it. Rose gold is pretty and opulent: delicate on jewellry; edgy on a pair of trainers. I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. So here are a selection of my favourite rose gold goodies and two rose gold inspired makeup looks. Overkill? Maybe; but I don’t care. Rose-gold-tastic-baby!These Swarovski Fine Hooped Pierced Earrings for £45.00 are really pretty and delicate. I love me a hooped earring and these are just the right side of bling without being too in your face.

This sublime, glitterfest of a nail polish by Smith and Cult is called Gay Ponies Dancing In The Snow. Who could resist a name like that? It’s £18.00 from Cult Beauty.

 

 

I’d feel very happy removing this smart Metallic Rose Gold Notebook from my bag, perhaps to jot down some spontaneous poetry, limericks and a riddle or two! Or, perhaps not… Available from Not On The High Street for £15.95

 

 

 

 

 

Add a bit of glamour to your outfit with this Skinny Full Metal Rose Gold Waist Belt from Asos. At £20.00 it won’t be a waist of money. See what I did there? Waist/waste? Oh, never mind.

Oh my, these elegant rose gold shoes, with their unusual heels, from Kurt Geiger at Very Exclusive are beeeeeautiful! The fact of the matter is I couldn’t walk in them and at £220.00 I can’t afford them. Apart from that they’re perfect in every way. Come on, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Keep your finger on the rose gold pulse with this striking Thomas Sabo ring, (I should be in advertising), which has the added bonus of being in the shape of the protective symbol of Nazar’s (who?) Eye. Old Nazar, heh; always so thoughtful… £70.00 from Hugh Rice.

ZOEVA make quality, affordable makeup brushes. This luxurious set covers all your makeup needs and have a glitzy rose gold touch. Eight brushes in a handy clutch bag will set you back £65.00 from Selfridges.

Rose Gold Makeup

Going through my vast amount of makeup, I discovered I already had lots of rose gold in my collection; the only item I bought, brand new, for these looks was the nail varnish (as you can tell by the grubby and worn out stuff in the above picture) and it’s a wearable, long lasting formula that I’m sure I’ll get lots of use from. I was worried that using such a plethora of similar hues might be a bit of rose gold overload, but actually I was pleasantly surprised and really liked the two makeup looks.

Rose Gold Makeup Look 1

The two photos on the left are taken using artificial light (hence the darker face) and the photo on the right is under natural light (hence the ghostly face). Unfortunately the light changes constantly in the winter!

The lipstick I used in this look is the L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick in Nude Gold. There are five metallic shades to choose from and the Nude Gold shade is spot on for the rose gold trend. It’s a comfortable lipstick to wear, moisturising and rich. I’m not mad about the scent though, it’s quite sweet and fizzy, reminiscent of Parma Violets: bleughhh.This is Mac’s Cream Colour Base in Improper Copper, which I’ve used as blusher. It can also be used on the eyes and lips, so it’s multifunctional. It gives a lovely sheen to the face and there are 18 shades to choose from.

This is Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Ample Amber. I love the Chubby Sticks range and have a few of the colours. They’re really foolproof, leave a lovely wash of pigment and are easy to blend. Then they set and stay put, even on my oily lids. I used this as a base for the powder eyeshadow to cling to.

When I first got my mitts on this Nars Shimmer Shadow in Outer Limits, part of the Christopher Kane collection, I thought it was a gorgeous, but unwearable, shade. How wrong I was. It leaves a sheer, perfect rose gold, colour on the eyelids and is really unusual. The intensity can also be ramped up by using a damp makeup brush. Love it!I finished the look off with some rose gold nail varnish. This is by essie and is in the shade, oh behave!

Rose Gold Makeup Look 2

Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre in 82 Émerveillé, on the eyes, gives a pretty, sheer wash of colour and makes a great base for powder shadow.For eyeshadow, I used Urban Decays’ Naked 3 palette, which is a useful mixture of nudes (and not so nudes) in matte and shimmer effects. I went for a combo of Buzz and Trick all over the lid and a bit of Blackheart on the upper and lower lashlines for some definition.Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher is famous and known for its good quality and affordability. This classic little number in Rose D’Or is no exception.This lipstick is Estee Lauder’s Pure Color in F2 Brilliant Bare, a flattering nude with a hint of gold. I can’t seem to find this shade in-store or on-line anymore, however, Tiger Eye looks like a sumptuous rose gold colour alternative.

What do you think of my rose gold looks? Am I obsessed? Have I gone too far? Am I losing my marbles? Do I look a tad smug in my photos? Shall I have pizza for supper tonight? Am I asking too many questions? Answers on a postcard please.

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They say:

Patented Marvel of Peru

Advanced biotechnological derivative targets multiple roots of sensitivity and visible skin redness.

pH-Balancing Golden-Eye Grass Complex

Independently studied plant complex counteracts skin pH imbalance in the immediate and short term to reduce signs and feeling of sensitivity.

Ingredients:

AQUA (WATER), SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CURCULIGO ORCHIOIDES ROOT EXTRACT, TAMARINDUS INDICA SEED GUM, MIRABILIS JALAPA EXTRACT, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PROPANEDIOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, LACTOBACILLUS/ERIODICTYON CALIFORNICUM FERMENT EXTRACT, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, CITRIC ACID, PHOSPHOLIPIDS, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM CITRATE, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, LEUCONOSTOC/RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE.

I say:

I had high hopes for this product.

Hylamide is owned by Deciem who also produce NIOD (a range, which has received rave reviews) and they have a really good reputation as innovators of affordable and effective skin care. I’d tried the Hylamide Subq Anti-Age Advanced Serum which I liked, although I wasn’t blown away by it, and thought the Sensitive Fix sounded perfect for my skin type.

The description of this serum isn’t extensive, however, it states that it targets redness and sensitivity; right up my alley. Also, I thought the ingredients sounded intriguing and the price was fair.

It comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, has a light watery texture and sinks into the skin pretty quickly, though it does leave a slightly sticky film on the surface of the skin. Smell wise, it certainly has a scent to it, although it’s not one I can readily describe.

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Unfortunately, this serum stung my face as soon as I applied it. I’m not sure which particular component of the serum my skin didn’t like, but it definitely didn’t like it. The stinging was followed by increased redness and although I did persevere in trying to use this product just in case it was my rosacea being more sensitive than usual, the unpleasant tingling upon application continued, even though all my other products were working fine as normal. So it was unquestionably the Hylamide causing the problem.

I’ve since given the bottle to my boyfriend whom, although not possessing sensitive skin himself, is happy to slap anything on his face as long as it means he doesn’t have to go out and actually buy his own skin care products. He says the serum is ‘fine’ (he’s descriptive like that) and when pushed, added ‘it’s nothing special’. So there you have it, a detailed review from my other half…

To be fair to this product, it does generally get really good reviews, praising its ability to combat redness, sensitivity and rosacea, so it’s probably worth a shot if you have any of those skin complaints yourself. For me, alas, it is a no-no.

Hylamide Sensitive Fix Advanced Calming Complex is available from Boots for £18.00

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They say:

This effective formula dissolves makeup and daily impurities from skin’s surface, thoroughly cleansing the skin with a silky blend of biocompatible oils and esters, while leaving the moisture barrier intact. Leaves a soft, refreshed, non-greasy feeling.Thoroughly cleanses while providing vitamins and nutrients.

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Product Benefits:

  • Effectively removes makeup without stripping the skin.
  • Thoroughly cleanses with vitamins and nutrients.
  • Moisturizes skin and preserves hydration.

For best results, apply directly to dry skin and massage thoroughly over face. To remove eye makeup: saturate a cotton pad and gently apply to eyes and lashes. Rinse with warm water. Use daily AM & PM.

Recommended For: Dry and sensitive skin types, or as a makeup remover for all skin types.

Ingredients:

Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Olea europea (Olive) Oil*, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Polyglyceryl-4 Oleate, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis, Jojoba Esters, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Aroma**, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Arnica montana (Arnica) Leaves and flowers*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) Leaves*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) flower Extract*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool *Ingredients from Organic Farming

I say:

This cleanser is divine: I mean it. If you told me that angels made it by crying into golden goblets, I’d believe you. It’s that gorgeous.

This is the first Tata Harper product I’ve tried and it makes me want to buy the whole collection. Which I won’t because I would then be completely bankrupt. Tata Harper is expensive. But somehow that’s okay. This cleanser feels extravagant, though in spite of that, I don’t resent the price. Since not only is this cleanser beautiful to use, Tata Harper as a company, are ethical, moral and care what goes into their products. They don’t test on animals; they’re environmentally sustainable; they use natural, high-quality, non-toxic ingredients; they make all their products on their own farm in Vermont and all their concoctions are 100% vegetarian. Tata Harper makes you feel like they really care. And I think mostly you get what you pay for. Producing high-quality components is a costly process.

I wouldn’t ordinarily have bought this cleanser because it contains ingredients which aren’t recommended for sensitive/rosacea skin types. Think Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool and essential oils. However, I received a free sample which I managed to eek out over the course of a week and because I had suffered no adverse reactions and enjoyed using it so much, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the full size. I find washing my face incredibly dull. It’s one of those mundane tasks like dusting or vacuuming that needs to be done over and over again. Imagine if you only ever had to clean something once and then it was clean forever! Luckily, this cleanser makes washing a luxurious, sensory experience.

TH box front editTata Harper Nourishing Cleanser comes in an attractive green and yellow box. I think Tata’s packaging manages to look chic, scientific and hippyish all at the same time. It’s aesthetically pleasing and tactile. Inside the box is a lovely, heavy, frosted glass bottle which houses the sumptuous oil. There’s a convenient pump on top and I find that one pump is enough to cleanse my face and neck.

One of the best things about this oil is the smell. It’s hard to accurately describe it, but it makes me think of lying in the sun, perhaps in a Rhiad in Morocco, drinking in the scent of citrus trees and exotic flowers. Now obviously you shouldn’t buy a product just for the way it smells. Well, actually I’ve got that completely wrong haven’t I, seeing as that’s why people buy bottles of perfume… My point is though that the aroma of this oil adds to the whole experience of using it. It feels opulent.

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I would never use this as a first cleanse – it’s just too nice. After removing the bulk of my makeup/sunscreen with a first cleanse, I’d then take a pump of this and really take the time to massage it in. Facial massage is a pleasurable way of relieving tension in the muscles, bringing blood to the surface of the skin and alleviating stress. This oil lends itself beautifully for that with its luscious texture and exquisite fragrance.

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After a good old kneading of my face I rinse the oil off with lukewarm water. It’s definitely effective at cleaning, because I can see the dirt in the sink as I wash it off. This cleanser doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight, nor does it make your skin greasy or oily. Skin feels clean and soothed and the whole cleansing experience gives you the sensation of having been pampered and, as the title suggests, nourished. I don’t think you can ask for more than that. I think this cleanser would suit most skin types, but particularly dry and sensitive.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser is available from Cult Beauty for £54.00

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I’ve joined the gym!!!

I know what you’re thinking, so what do you want, a medal? But I’m actually allergic to exercise. I’ve been diagnosed… By myself, to be fair. However, I did a lot of research on the internet before diagnosing myself and although there aren’t any verified cases of Exercisus Allegicus, I feel quite strongly that there should be.

I’ve joined the hellish world of keep fit gym because I’m overweight and flabby and probably on the verge of a heart attack, due to my love of chips and cake. Having recently turned 42 and only (just) able to fit into my rather hideous stretch Tesco jeans, and no other article of clothing that I own, I decided enough was enough. I felt like my bottom was walking five paces behind me, it had gotten so big: almost like a separate entity. Ergo, I’ve overhauled my diet (reluctantly and between bouts of weeping as I gaze longingly at chocolate bars) and begun an exercise regime. Another motivating factor is that I’m off on holiday in a couple of weeks and the thought of subjecting the general public to the shocking sight of me in a swimming costume fills me with horror. I’m beginning to see the benefit of a Burkini.

So for the past few weeks I’ve been forcing myself to visit my local torture chamber leisure centre in order to participate in various classes and gym sessions. It’s horrific. Truly horrific. So far I’ve tried Zumba (which is not a fun dance class set to latin american music. I mean it is a dance class set to latin american music, but it ain’t fun), Hoola Hoop Fitness (whirling a circular piece of plastic around your waist for an hour while listening to hardcore techno, ain’t fun), Dance Atomic (please refer back to Zumba) and Cyclone (an original form of torment, which involves pedalling on a static exercise bike as hard as you can surrounded by sweaty, almost hysterical, competitive sporty types that give exercise a bad name. I repeat: it ain’t bloody fun.) In reality, I didn’t complete Cyclone, because I genuinely thought I was going to die. I could feel the smug looks of my fellow idiots cyclists as I beat a hasty retreat. Well, slowly staggered out of the exit whilst hyperventilating.

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Me before a visit to the gym.

Deciding that exercise classes are not for me, I determined to stick to the gym where I can work out at my own pace. It’s not much better. I feel like I’ve entered some secret club where in order to be accepted, you have to be:

a) Young

b) Already fit

c) Young

d) In full makeup

e) Young

f) Comfortable posing in front of a mirror

g) Young

h) Able to maintain your dignity

i) Young.

Unfortunately, I am none of these things. I mean I know I’m not old, not at all. But compared to the other twats gym goers: I’m old. I find exercising really embarrassing. It feels like being in a room full of people, completely naked. I feel exposed: vulnerable. And there’s something faintly ridiculous about a bunch of people, running next to each other on treadmills, not actually going anywhere. Plus working out brings out the worst in me. It makes me cross and out of breath and sweaty and smelly and tired and most of all red in the face. (There’s no ‘buzz’ of adrenaline, just a fierce buzzing in my head that makes me feel like I might have a brain tumour.) Training at the gym plays havoc with my rosacea. While my skin is normally a light shade of beetroot, exercise makes it puce. My face pulsates and stings and resembles a swollen raspberry, ready to burst like a fruit bomb. I’ve tried lots of things to combat this distressing dilemma. Water spray that I keep in the fridge, a mini fan, a cold, damp towel around my neck, drinking copious amounts of icy water. Nothing works. And trying to carry round all these accoutrements from gym machine to gym machine is a logistical nightmare. I walk around clutching this useless baggage, swearing under my breath, wishing I was at home with a box of doughnuts.

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Attractive huh? I haven’t even started exercising yet… (I have really!)

Then there’s the changing rooms: Slimy, wet floors: gross; showers that drip lukewarm water, trying to squeeze my gym bag, which contains 50,000 items, into a tiny locker and catching sight of my crimson countenance in the myriad of mirrors. Going to the gym is a kind of torment. Still, I have lost half a stone; my Tesco jeans are beginning to feel baggy and my bottom is only walking two paces behind me now rather than five. The red face is still a problem, but when, eventually, I’ve got the body of Elle McPherson (hahahahahahahahahahahahaha), a scarlet complexion will seem a small price to pay.

This policy is valid from 08 June 2016 This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Claire Adams at claireadams123@gmail.com. This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org