Skin Analysis & Drugstore Skincare – Advertorial

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.


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Big Beautiful Eyes

Why we love it!
This portable kit is all you need to conceal, contour and line your eyes like a pro. Included brushes and illustrated makeup lesson shows you how in just 4 steps!

How to apply
Download the illustrated step-by-step lesson on how to apply. view instructions

Kit includes:

boi-ing 02 medium 1.8g Net wt. 0.06 oz.
alabaster pink base shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.
cocoa shimmer contour shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.
rich chocolate brown liner shadow 0.8g Net wt 0.03 oz.
Beauty tip
Finish off your look with BADgal lash mascara for big, beautiful eyes AND lashes!


In order to make the Best Products list, anti-acne products must be able to truly make a difference in breakouts by:

  • Disinfecting to kill acne-causing bacteria
  • Exfolating the skin’s surface and inside the pore
  • Not containing needless irritants like alcohol or menthol
  • Not triggering excess oil production
  • Working to absorb excess oil

For killing acne-causing bacteria, benzoyl peroxide is considered the most effective topical treatment. Generally, benzoyl peroxide products come in concentrations of 2.5%, 5%, and 10%. As a general rule, it’s best to start with a lower concentration to see if that works for you. If not, you can then try the next higher concentration.

If you find that the higher concentrations of benzoyl peroxide don’t work, then it may be time for you to consult a dermatologist for a prescription topical disinfectant and/or for other topical acne treatments (e.g., Retin-A, Avita, Tazorac, or generic versions of these [active ingredient tretinoin, and, in the case of Tazorac, tazarotene]). Differin (adapalene) is also a very good prescription option.

For exfoliating inside the pore lining and helping with blackheads, BHA (salicylic acid) is preferred over AHAs (such as glycolic acid) because BHA is better at cutting through the oil inside the pore. Penetrating the pore is necessary to exfoliate the pore lining. However, some people (including those allergic to aspirin) can’t use BHA, so an AHA is the next option to consider. If that describes you, please refer to the list of Best AHA Exfoliants elsewhere on this site.

For absorbing excess oil, use gentle, non-drying cleanser and, when needed, mattifying products or absorbent masks. Oil-blotting papers are also an excellent way to keep facial shine in check when you’re away from home.


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  • Acne Breakouts, Enlarged Pores
  • For All Skin Types
  • 3 products: CLEAR Cleanser, CLEAR Extra Strength Exfoliant, CLEAR Extra Strength Blemish Treatment

Last Minute Mothers Day Inspiration!

So there’s 48hrs to go until Mothering Sunday (or Mothers Day) here in the UK and if you haven’t picked a gift out just yet, there’s no need to panic. I wanted to share a quick gift idea with you that I know my mum would love and maybe yours will too.
I remember when the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfumes first were released, I was obsessed, and I did my best to convert everyone into loving it too. There have been numerous versions since, and with every release the scents are both classy and sophisticated whilst being suitable for women of all ages, which is no easy task.
The Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Set from House of Fraser* is just pure perfection from the moment you open the box. The cool powder blue tones of the bottle really did make me squeal the moment I saw it the first time! I’m so obsessed with this gorgeous shade of blue, and with the daisy embellishment, it just makes the bottle to die for.
I’m absolutely shocking at describing scents, but I’d say it had a fruity sweet smell that isn’t overpowering and it reminds me of smelling fresh flowers at a florists.
At £54.00 it’s a respectable amount for a 50ml bottle of perfume, shower gel and body lotion. Or £39.00 gets you the perfume alone leaving enough cash left over for a bunch of flowers to go with it!

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Can cosmetics change the acid balance of your skin? The Beauty Brains

Do you know how cosmetics can change the acid balance of your skin? Then you should listen to this episode! Plus this week we begin a brand new feature: a game called Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t.

Click below to play Episode 22 or click “download” to save the MP3 file to your computer.

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Show notes
Beauty Science or Bull Sh*t
In this new game, I give Perry 3 beauty science news stories and he has to tell the real from the fake. You can play along at home – just hit the pause button before I give the answer and see if you can outsmart Perry. Here are this week’s headlines, can you tell which one is TRUE?

1. Researchers have developed a vegetable alternative to petroleum based aerosol propellants.
2. Researchers have created the first detailed 3D model of curly hair.
3. Researchers have increased skin lotion stability with oil droplets shaped like hamburger buns.

Question of the week: Does the skin’s acid mantle affect how AHA products work?
BrainyBimbo asks…I’ve been told hydroxy acid products have to be in a certain pH range to work. But I’ve used products that were NOT in that range and they seemed to work for me. Is it possible that my personal skin acid mantle changed the pH of the products so they would work? Continue reading