Wednesday, August 26, 2015

La Roche-Posay "Effaclar" Products Review

I've been accumulating a few products of La Roche Posay recently. They're all from the Effaclar range and I have been repurchasing some that have become a must for me these past months. I thought I'd review these 3 products.

Effaclar MAT
Amazing product for making your skin matter than ever, which is awesome when your oily skin makes you shiny... I used it under my makeup making a great base/primer and sometimes used it on its own in the mornings on weekends when I wasn't wearing makeup but still wanted to get rid of the shine. Perfect for my girls with oily skins! However, I will disadvise you to buy this to use only as a primer because there are some way cheaper primers that can also do the job. (*cough cough* Rimmel Stay Matte Primer). Overall, extremely pleased with this product, but extremely sad/frustrated daily now that I'm done with this tube.

Will repurchase this.
Effaclar H
My mom actually bought this by mistake one day, but I stil wanted to try it out. I've been liking this moisturizer, but I wasn't that amazed by it. When I apply it to my face I do feel how moisturized and healthy my skin is afterwards, but it doesn't sink in the skin super fast, doesn't make my skin crazy better, and I enjoy other moisturizers that are cheaper.

Will not repurchase this.

Effaclar DUO+
This is an old favorite of mine. I bought this product after seeing a lot of beauty bloggers and youtubers raving about this cream a few months/years before. I gave it a try and I LOVE it. It's an anti-imperfections cream, which basically treats your pimples and makes them disappear quicker. It really helped my skin during the winter and I finished a 2nd tube. However, if you have actual acne I don't think that this product would be effective enough to get rid of it, it wouldn't help your skin immensely. Even for a few of my persistent pimples, I would apply this product but with the Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil layered on top to make it super effective. Overall, amazing product for your pimples despite it being expensive.

Will repurchase this.

Tell me what you thought of these products if you've tried them before. 

Cecile xx

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Monday, August 3, 2015

My Summer Essentials

Exfoliating Scrub: I've made the mistake this summer while in Croatia of not bringing an exfoliator with me. Biggest mistake I tell you. When my skin started peeling off (along with my tan...sniff), I regretted not packing an exfoliator to scrub off all the white dead skin cells. Not cute! The exfoliator I'm currently trying out is the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1. The small exfoliating beads in it are rather gentle on the skin and would have been great to use on my vacation.

After Sun Lotion: After a long day of tanning at the beach, you have to moisturize your skin in order to maintain the tan you just got. The after sun I was using was the Yves Rocher After-Sun Lotion 3-in-1. Ran out of it, so I don't have a picture of it but it goes to show I really enjoyed it. It moisturized my skin and made it smell delicious which is mostly why I loved it so much. The new one I bought over there is the Nivea After Sun Moisture which also does the job greatly. However, I'm not a big fan of the smell: it smells like mens' shaving cream to me. Will repurchase the Yves Rocher one asap!

Matifying Moisturizer: Skip this product if you don't tend to get shiny on your T-zone. I know that with oily skin however, it tends to happen. My forehead especially is shiny 24/7 and to avoid looking like a disco ball out in the sun, I use a matifying moisturizer. My lifesaver is the Effaclar Mat by La Roche Posay. I've done a review on it here, and I still love it as it keeps me looking matte.

Sunscreen: Always be safe and apply SPF on your entire body. I used an SPF 30 and the one I used on my face was the Nivea Sun SPF 30. It does the job, smells nice, and I applied it underneath my matifying moisturizer. I don't know if you can do that, but I just did and it worked well. However, I would love to find a good matifying moisturizer with built-in SPF 30. It would make my life easier ngl.

Body Mist: To smell nice during those summer days, I used Zoella's Blissful Mistful Body Mist and I LOVE IT. I've been a big fan of Zoe's for quite a while now and this body mist smells delicious: citrusy, fresh, and light is how I'd describe it. I loved to spritz some especially before going out for dinner in the evenings. I have to say perfumes and body mists are definitely my thing and I would buy many more if I could. Congrats Zoe and can't wait to get my hands on the new mist from the new range, much excite!

Waterproof Mascara: Finally, the beauty essential I like to bring with me during summer is waterproof mascara. I usually only wear some in the evenings because I don't like to worry about it much during the day. The one I absolutely adore is the Gosh Waterproof Mascara. It seperates my eyelashes, holds the curl nicely, and does not clump. Also, I decided to try out Maybelline's Waterproof Lash Sensational Mascara and did not like it. I find the formula very thick and clumpy. I think all the hype was more for the non-waterproof version which I will then maybe try out, but I did not enjoy this one.

Tell me some of your summer essentials!

Cecile xxx
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