French Pharmacy Favourites

French Pharmacy Products

I feel that I’m always banging on about French skincare products and I suppose I am, as I’m obsessed with and do make up a large part of my skincare routine, but they are worthy of the praise lavished on them. These are my top French Pharmacy skincare products that I definitely couldn’t bear to run out and not have a back up they are that good!

Manual exfoliators were definitely in exile territory until the Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream came into my life. I found that they would often cause my skin to break out days later probably due to micro tearing of skin, but when I tried Caudalie I was converted. It smells divine, is oh so gentle and does a bang up job of leaving my skin smooth and soft without causing breakouts.

I first picked up La Roche-Posay Serozinc back in September and I absolutely cannot get enough of this incredible toner, so it’s handy I picked up 4 bottles over there! It’s so light, gentle and soothing. I use it for all sorts of things as well as part of my daily cleansing routine and despite using it daily, I’m still on my first bottle!

I’m pretty faithful to my Origins masks but recently another face mask integrated itself in to my routine, and I have to say it’s pretty darn good. Unfortunately you can’t get Cattier in the UK at the moment as far as I’m aware but this Green Clay Face Mask is well worth picking up if you happen to be on the other side of the channel. It’s not meant to completely dry on your face so it doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight but still extracts all those horrible impurities.

It wouldn’t be a French skincare post without the much hyped Bioderma Micellar Solution. I usually use the Sebium version, but I picked up a Crealine version as the Sebium one has been irritating my eyes of late. It’s still one of the best makeup removers out there despite fierce competition from the Garnier Micellar Water and I absolutely wouldn’t be without one of these bottles on my dressing table.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ is one of the most raved about over the counter blemish treatments and I’ll tell you now, if you’ve not tried this yet you absolutely must! It’s a light texture, helps to either get rid of blemishes or bring them to a head but best of all, it fades red marks in quicksticks (or at least faster than they would without any treatment).

Finally to top off my skincare stash is the Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum. I still haven’t found any serum quite as good as this and that’s ok because it proves how bloody fantastic this is. It injects a healthy dose of hydration in to my skin so that I wake up with glowy skin without it being greasy, what more could you want?

What are your favourite French skincare products?

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish Review

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish in Berry Stain

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish in Berry Stain swatch

Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish – £4.49

I’ve really been getting back into my budget beauty buys recently, probably because so many quality products are popping up at the moment. One such product is the Maybelline Forever Strong Nail Polish. I’ve heard Amelia go on and on about these nail polishes and it got to the point where I said to myself “girl you have got to try these out”. I picked up the colour Berry Stain for two reasons- one, I love purple and two, that particular colour was on offer.

It’s got a nice fairly wide brush and goes on easily. It’s also fairly quick drying and as it’s a gel nail colour, leaves a nice glossy high shine finish. In terms of living up to it’s 7 day claims, I tried it with two coats and no topcoat. I did notice some chipping after a couple of days – mainly on my right hand – which is probably due to the fact it’s my dominant hand. However the left hand remained intact, only showing minimal signs of tipwear after four days.

I’m actually really impressed in all honesty, it lasted longer than my usual polish without a topcoat so I imagine it’s staying power would be far greater with one. In terms of the actual chips themselves they’re not that bad and my nail polish definitely isn’t peeled off half my nail by the end of the week.

Ok so it might not last the full seven days, but I am actually quite impressed with this polish. It definitely lasts longer than most polishes I’ve tried before even without a topcoat and I’ve been pushing my beloved Essie polishes to one side for this so I may have to pick up a few more colours.

Degustabox February

Degustabox February
Degustabox February Whole Earth Three Nut Butter
Degustabox February Melba Thins
Degustabox February Lily O'Briens Cocoa Cookie Crunch
Degustabox February Lemon CakesDegustabox February Laimon Fresh and Peanut hottie

It doesn’t feel that long ago that I wrote last months post, but here we are again with the February Degustabox. I’m always excited to open my box each month although I wasn’t as excited with the contents this month as I have been in previous months, I just felt that I didn’t get as much for my money and I didn’t actually like many things. Also it was slightly irritating as I’ve just gone on a strict diet to get rid of this post birthday indulgence, so boxes filled with cake and chocolate isn’t the best but alas! I can’t blame Degustabox for that!

Whole Earth Three Nut Butter
I’m yet to try this but as I’m a massive fan of nut butters, I can almost guarantee I’ll probably love this. It has cashews, hazelnuts and peanut and contains no added sugar so it’s pretty good for you!

Beet It Sports Bar
I was very intrigued by these interesting additions. These are actually flapjacks made with oats and high concentrated beetroot juice. I’ve never heard of beetroot improving energy before so this is new to me but I’m looking forward to trying one before a workout to see whether it has any impact. I’m a little worried about the taste as although I like beetroot, it has that earthy taste which may be bizarre in a flapjack.

Melba Thins
If these are anything like the Finn Crisp crispbread I received in January’s Degustabox then I will definitely love them. I initially wondered how much use I would get from Melba toast as I’m not one for dishing out canapés on a Friday evening dahhhling, although sometimes I wish I did. I do however, like that they give you suggestions such as cheese or thinly cut meat which I could definitely enjoy as a late night snack. I’m yet to try these so I can’t comment on whether I’d buy these again but if I had to choose between these and the crispbread, so far the crispbread wins hands down.

Schwartz Flavour Shots
I was slightly disappointed to receive these as I received the flavour shots just a couple of boxes ago albeit different flavours, and the one I tried of those I wasn’t much keen on.

Lily O’Briens Cocoa Cookie Crunch
I’ve not had Lily O’Briens Chocolates for years but I remember how good they were so I was excited to try these and they didn’t disappoint. These cocoa cookie crunch remind me slightly of Dairy Milk with Oreo, but nicer! I’d definitely grab these again!

American Muffin Company Lemon Cake Bites
These lemon cake bites are probably my favourite item from the box. I wasn’t sure initially whether they’d be much good as I have to admit I haven’t eaten any gluten or wheat free cake type products for many years and I remember them to be quite dry and crumbly and well, just not as good as a real cake. Let me tell you though these are amazing! Incredibly moist and perfectly lemony- as good as a homemade slice of lemon cake and you couldn’t even tell they were gluten and wheat free. I’d honestly recommend these if you’re trying to eat less gluten or if you have an intolerance!

Peanut Hottie
At first I thought this sounded quite delicious, I’m a huge fan of peanut butter. In fact I like to eat it out of the jar with a spoon so I thought this would be right up my street but after trying this I wasn’t very keen on it. It definitely smells peanutty but it was just…strange. I think I’ll stick to my Cadbury’s hot chocolate.

Laimon Fresh
Laimon Fresh is a light sparkling lemon lime and mint soft drink made with 100% natural ingredients. I personally hated this drink, I hated the mint flavour of this which ruined it for me, otherwise I think it would have been nice. I gave this to Harry and he didn’t seem to mind it but I definitely won’t be buying this again.

Jack Links Beef Snack
This reminded me of the pieces of beef jerky you get from the supermarket. I liked the taste but I didn’t really like the texture but Harry enjoyed it so I think he would probably buy it again, but I wouldn’t.

I’m slightly disappointed with this box, it’s been a bit of a hit and miss with me and there’s not many items I actually enjoyed. Hopefully I’ll receive better items next month otherwise I may have to reconsider my subscription.

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk Review

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk

Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk – £15.00

Sometimes it’s difficult to write a post, like in the case of this one, which has been sitting in my drafts for a while now and its usually because I’m ambivalent about the product. In the case of the Caudalie Gentle Cleansing Milk well, I don’t dislike it by any stretch, I just find it’s rather an unremarkable product in my eyes.

I picked this little tube up on a whim while I was in France. I was eager to try out more from Caudalie’s range and this cleansing milk with sweet almond and cornflower sounded promising.

It has a very light creamy texture- almost gel like- which melts into a milk upon contact with water, which I found lovely. I don’t really care much for the smell to be honest, in fact it does remind me slightly of sour milk. In terms of cleansing it does a good job leaving the skin cleansed without feeling dry or stripped.

I am a little disappointed however, mainly because I usually like everything Caudalie has to offer but this let me down as it didn’t wow me in the same way others did. it’s not to say it’s not a decent product but I won’t be repurchasing as I have other cleansers that I prefer.

The Beauty (Birthday) List – February

the beauty list february
I cannot believe how fast February has come around, and indeed my birthday which is this weekend! I’ve combined this month’s beauty list with my birthday list of things I’m hoping to treat myself to this month. It is a little bit of a boring list – or at least I think so – but I’m pretty happy with my skincare routine at the moment and I’ve not seen many things that have really made me want to pick them up so a lot are just repurchases I’m afraid.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+
This isn’t a new purchase, as I originally tried this back in September, but I’m coming to the end of my tube and I couldn’t possibly be without it so I definitely need to pick another tube up this month. You’ve probably heard lots of really good things about it from many other sources, but if you want to know how much I love this then check out my thoughts on La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + in my original review.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
Yep! Another repurchase, in fact I probably still have quite a lot left, but it is one of my absolute favourite foundations and I couldn’t bear to be without it. I’ve heard that Debenhams will be stocking MUFE soon and I’ve got a few gift cards so I think I’ll definitely be spending some serious moolah at the MUFE counter when it finally does arrive.

Bourjois Colorband Crayons
This is probably one of the only new releases that I’m genuinely quite excited to try out. I love eye crayons and I love Bourjois so it’s a no brainer really! I’ve definitely got my eye on them all, aside from the black and the grey, but the pink and purple ones have really caught my eye! Watch out for a review soon of those I really hope they live up to the hype.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Isn’t it funny how you start running out of all your foundations at the same time? Like the MUFE foundation I have currently got a bottle of this, although there is a considerable amount less in this, with the telltale signs of pumping air out along with the foundation and it making that horrible stomach churning noise that you know means it’s nearly all gone and you’ll have to shell out another thirty odd quid for a bottle.

Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer
After falling seriously in love with Make Up For Ever as a brand, I am now itching to try out some more products and top of the list is this concealer. I must have about a million on the go but I cannot help but lust after this concealer too.

Sephora Cream lip Stain
Every blogger under the sun is raving about these lip stains and I’ve not really bought into the whole lip stain mainly because I really don’t like drying lip products, but I’ve heard how comfortable these creamy lipsticks are and I want to try one out.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I’ve spoken of my love for Nars Creamy Concealer before and I’m just about coming to the end of my tube now. It’s got to the point where I shove the applicator in at an angle in a feeble attempt to get any remainder of concealer from the sides of the tube. I will definitely be repurchasing this as I can tell I will be lost without it in my makeup bag.

What’s on your beauty lust list this month?
Have you tried any of these products?

Makeup Tips to Fake a Good Nights Sleep

makeup tips for faking a good nights sleep

We’re all guilty of partying a bit too hard when we should be getting our beauty sleep and it often ends up showing on our skin with blotchy skin and dark puffy eyes. Hiding behind big dark sunglasses whilst we’re sat at our desks isn’t an option for most of us so I’ve put together a few tips that will take no time at all and leave everyone thinking you’ve had a good 8 hours.

1. Soothe those puffy eyes
I find the best way of soothing puffy eyes is with cooled tea bags or ice wrapped in a towel. They were both particularly effective when my eyes practically disappeared into my face after putting insect repellent too close to my eyes (mozzies were biting my face and I was desperate).

2. Apply an eye cream
An eye cream will not only help soothe and cool your peepers it’ll hydrate and plump up the thin delicate skin around them, filling in any lines and reducing those dark blue bags. Currently I’m using Benefit’s It’s Potent but Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream is particularly good if you really need a pick me up!

3. Cover it up
A heavy duty under eye concealer is a girl’s best friend in times of need, covering up those tell tale dark circles quick as a flash leaving you looking bright eyed and bushy tailed. There’s a whole host of concealers that I would recommend, including the Nars Creamy Concealer but I find the Seventeen Phwoarr Paint is a nice thick creamy budget offering that doesn’t budge. However if you’re prone to fine lines and creasing I’d opt for the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer instead.

4. Fake wide awake
Curling your lashes will not only give them a bit of extra oomph but also open your eyes and make you look perky. Also using a flesh coloured liner on your waterline is an absolute must as it can make your eyes look wider and also take away any redness around the inside of your eyes. I’d definitely opt for Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof liner, it’s waterproof (obviously) creamy and easy to apply, plus it’s purse friendly.

5. Shimmer and highlight
If you’re thinking today is the day you’re going to wear your new copper toned eyeshadow- step away! A light coloured neutral eyeshadow will work wonders for removing any redness and giving you that natural effortless look. On days like these I usually reach for Mac Naked Lunch as it’s a lovely champagne peachy pink with a subtle sheen that just opens my eyes. Adding a little highlight to the brow bone and corners of your eyes will also make them pop, I use the Topshop Glow in Polished, it’s a lovely cream highlight that gives a glowy radiant look to your skin without being shiny.

A quick fix here and there and people will think you’ve been tucked up in bed by 10pm as opposed to coming home at 3am with heels in hand and cheesy chips in the other.

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