Until Caroline Hirons came along, cleansing really wasn’t sexy. I’ve known Caroline since the very early days of this blog nearly seven years ago, and she’s always been on hand with helpful advice and simple suggestions that can make a huge difference to your skin. She’s the one who got my boyfriend into high potency fish oil supplements for his eczema (and changed his skin completely,) as well as introducing me to the benefits of double cleansing; Caroline was also the woman who introduced us all to the wonder benefits of Pixi Glow Tonic, and as a result has had an incredibly close relationship with the brand over the years. It was a natural fit for them to team up for her debut (and much anticipated) skincare product, and even more natural for it to involve double cleansing. The result of this partnership is an effective, affordable and innovative looking cleanser that’s sure to be a sell-out when it launches in January.
One side of this little pot features a solid oil cleanser to remove makeup and impurities with ease, without any greasy residue on the surface of skin, while the other offers a cream cleanser to help remove any last impurities and leave skin feeling supple. I adore balm and oil cleansers and this is no exception: the solid texture melts upon contact with the skin to leave behind a rich oil that glides over the surface with ease. Although cleansing creams aren’t my fave, this provides a great way to finish off your cleansing routine and is perfectly suited for all skin types. Caroline has ensured this is a product that everyone can use (removing any fragrances and making it cruelty free,) but it’s in no way generic or underwhelming; if anything, this is what you need to get you excited about cleansing again.
The only downside for me is that we’ll all tend to use more of the solid oil than the cream cleanser, meaning you may be left with more of one than the other – however, the fact that this little pot includes two products makes it perfect for traveling or trial. Both of these cleansers are brand new to the Pixi brand and haven’t just been re-jigged from existing products; Caroline told me herself that she thoroughly checked the ingredients against the brand’s INCI listings to ensure there was no cross-over! Her reputation depends on these kind of details, so it’s good to know she was thoroughly involved from beginning to end. Many blogger collaborations involve little more than a name printed on-pack and a rather large cheque being cashed at the bank, but for me this is as authentic and natural as it gets. I’ve heard from a little bird this is the first of many collaborative products, so I can’t wait to hear what’s next for the Caroline Hirons and Pixi duo.
Are you a fan of double cleansing? Are you excited for this product to launch in January?
Over the past couple of years my knowledge of beauty and skincare has expanded further than I ever thought it would. My skin was relatively clear as a teenager, and as such I didn’t pay too much attention to skincare. I used an eclectic combination of whichever basic drugstore skincare was currently on offer and went on my life. Sure I had the occasional break out here and there, but it was never anything serious – never anything that didn’t pass in a few days. My elder brother on the other hand, did have acne as a teenager, and low and behold the genes finally caught up with me in my twenties.
When La Roche-Posay offered me the chance to visit one of the leading dermatologists in London – Dr Stefanie Willams at Eudelo, I jumped at the chance. I’m always interested in learning more about acne, treatments and skincare and I knew that with Dr Stefanie I’d be in good hands.
I brought along some of the skincare products I’d been currently using, and we spoke about my lifestyle as well as any skin complaints I had. Dr Stefanie first analysed my skin using a magnifying lamp, and then took me to through the high tech approach and analysed my skin using the Visia Skin complexion analysis machine. We then discussed a skincare regime using solely affordable skincare from La Roche-Posay that would work for me. Skincare is difficult to get right for sensitive skin, which is why La Roche-Posay has a unique tolerance testing method on 450 people with sensitive skin – if just one person reacts, they go back to reformulation.
A product I hadn’t considered adding into my routine before was an anti-ageing cream. I was recommended the La Roche-Posay Redermic R which is an anti ageing concentrate containing 0.3% retinol. The Redermic R is designed to correct the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and premature sun damage. The cream itself is incredibly silky, and easy to wear. It feels light, glides across the skin on application and I actually found that it didn’t irritate my skin despite the retinol . I’m hoping it can help correct some of the UV damage my skin is suffering from, and I’m hopeful that on my next derm appointment – I’ll see a difference in my skin analysis after using it alongside a good SPF.
The La Roche-Posay SPF50 Anthelios XL is a product which has quickly found it’s way into my favourites list for the fact that is contains a high amount of sun protection without feeling heavy, or greasy on my skin – which is a rareity.
Another product on my recommendation list from Dr Stefanie williams, is the La Roche-Posay Puryifying Micellar Water. At morning time, I’d gently cleanse my skin and sweep some of the Micellar water onto my skin using a fresh cotton pad for a simple fuss free cleanse. It feels cooling, non sticky and super convenient. Micellar water is fascinating because it can remove makeup, dirt and and grime without the need for rinsing afterwards, which makes it great for those sleepy Monday mornings where you’d rather be in bed. It takes it’s name from Micelles – miniscule round balls of cleansing molecules which are suspended in water and act like magnets – clinging to the dirt and grime and taking it away with them in one clean sweep!
I tried a whole variety of products from La Roche-Posay, and if you’d like to hear about some of the other products I tried, then be sure to watch my review video below.
I admit, when it comes to hot weather – I fail miserably. I’ve been travelling more and more recently, and during a trip to LA, I got to experience the hottest weather I’ve ever been subjected to.
There were a few things I learnt during that trip to LA. One thing being to never travel to a warm climate without a deep conditioning hair mask & hair oil. The second being that a good SPF is absolutely vital.
The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch creamis one of my favourite SPF products. I love how easy it is to use – with a small amount being all you need to cover your whole face. It’s light on the skin and blends out beautifully without leaving a greasy texture behind. This has certainly been a skin saviour for me in recent months, and It’s one of the first items I reach for come morning time.
For quick summer morning skin prep, the La Roche-Posay Micellar water (which I previously spoke about here) is a winner – especially come morning time. It’s packed with micells to help remove dirt & pollution from your skin. It feels soothing oand a quick swipe over your face with a cotton pad in the AM is often all you need before you’re ready for makeup application.
For those on the go, the brand new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifiant could be the saviour you’ve been looking for. Ideal for post gym makeup application or if you’re having a no makeup day. It’s the same formula as the Effaclar Duo [+] that helps to fight against acne-prone skin this time with a hint of a tint to unify the tone of blemishes while working to reduce their size and redness whilst unclogging pores at the same time. Ideal for those days when you have no desire to apply makeup but would also like a little coverage, Alternatively, if full coverage is your thing – you can also wear it under foundation as a primer to get the best of both worlds!
It’s Winter and as such skin is so easily and quickly chapped: be it the lips, hands, feet, elbows or even the cheeks (yes really!) – basically anywhere the icy winter winds can attack, they will. Now I don’t know about you but I don’t have the gumption – nor budget – to be purchasing a hundred and one products to care for all my skin ailments, I would much rather have one multi-tasking product. As variety is the spice of life, I have whittled down my top three “use everywhere balms” so you can get on with the more important things in life, such as finally getting around to watching the Gilmore Girls. No judgement here.
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream£26 – link
The original and arguably the best (what can I say I’m a ride or die kinda gal) – yes I am of course talking about Elizabeth Arden’s iconic 8 Hour Cream. This thick, gel-come-balm has saved my skin quite literally, more times than I can count; yes it can be a little greasy but this do-it-all potion, quickly and effectively injects moisture when and where it is most needed. Safe to use anywhere – including the face – Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream offers a blanket of instant hydration and continues to moisturise for up to 8 hours – hence the name. No long haul flight or Winter skin survival kit should be without it, and if ever hesitant about the thicker than average texture, mix a little into your regular product (hand cream, face cream, body lotion – it all works) and apply to the skin for a lighter, less daunting but ultimately the same moisture rich, quick fix. Continue reading →
I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic. As a child I juggled school with Brownies and three dance lessons a week, preferring to fill my time with activities rather than sitting around getting bored; as soon I was old enough I was working double shifts and juggling restaurant responsibilities with mini bar duty, and even at Uni I had a ‘day time’ job in House of Fraser and a ‘night time’ job in what can only be described as a drinking hole. (The emphasis on hole.) When I started this blog it was as a hobby; a form of escapism and a creative outlet that filled my otherwise dull evenings between dinners with friends and a cheeky cocktail or two. For years I always had my blog to turn to when there was nothing in my diary and even less on the telly, but this became a habit that was hard to break once it became my job.
Over the last three years I’ve really struggled with achieving a balance between work and play, spending many of my evenings and weekends taking photos or catching up on emails – rather than actually enjoying my free time. It’s hard to close a metaphorical door when the work never stops, especially when you’re a one-woman-band who’s set on world domination. My blog and the tasks that surround it have become somewhat of a comfort blanket, but over the years that comfort blanket has become suffocating – to the point where I don’t know what to do with myself when it’s not there.
In the last few months I’ve made a concerted effort to put down the laptop and read a book, do some colouring, run a bath or watch something on Netflix; I’m trying to be more sociable and spend more time with friends, popping for a couple of glasses of wine or to see the latest film at the cinema, rather than ploughing through my to-do list. As Christmas gets closer and closer I’ve started to unwind and have even taken a few days off just to wrap presents, wander around town, get my hair cut or snuggle on the sofa wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea… And it’s glorious. Having time away from what you love provides the benefit of a fresh perspective and passion channeled into a clearer vision.
Usually this time of year involves tonnes of planning and work that takes me right up to the very last moment, but I’m seriously winding down and making an effort to wrap things up with a few days to spare so I can thoroughly enjoy the festive season (and basically spend it in the pub.) Usually I’d take my laptop with me wherever I went, filling every spare moment with an opportunity to get ahead with content, but this year I’m leaving it behind so I can focus on spending time with my loved ones and actually relaxing like everyone else. Usually I’d spend those few days between Christmas and New Year prepping and planning, uploading new posts and taking advantage of the relatively quiet social media platforms to get ahead; right now I can’t imagine picking up work until the New Year, simply just because.
This is the only time of year the majority of us get the opportunity to refresh our bodies and minds, preparing for a whole new year and the challenges it brings, so I hope you’ll all take a leaf out of my book and make the most of it. Burning the candle at both ends only works until they meet in the middle (and our metaphorical fingers get burned.) My out of office is on, I’ve got nothing planned but lunches, champagne and catch-ups with my nearest and dearest until Christmas Day and I couldn’t be more pleased.