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Most Worn Lipsticks Clinique Nude Pop Lip Pop Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Mac Velvet Teddy Blogger Favourite Nude Pink

When it comes to makeup products, lipsticks are always something I've never really purchased that many of. In my current collection, there is no more than ten and even then they're not all lipsticks (gloss, balms etc...) so to say I'm particular is probably an understatement. I do find it difficult to find a good lipstick, being of the paler skin tones I often find it hard to find products in stores (shop lighting is the worst honestly!) and online without feeling totally overwhelmed and that compliment my skin tone. That being said, I do have three lipsticks that I have on rotation; you know those products we all have in our makeup collections that we just know work well and end up being some of our most loved and worn products, that I thought I would share...


July Favourites Monthly Beauty Skin care Summer Hydration Loreal Dover Rosie for Autogrpah Marks and Spencer NYX Ultra Sun SPF 30 Sun protection

Monthly favourites are always a difficult post to put together for me as I feel like they always include the same things month to month, though that probably says more about me than it does anything else. So for this month's favourites, I made more of an effort to include things that I don't usually. Here in the UK, July has been a rather warm one, so this month's favourites has more of a focus on hydrated summer skin, minimal effort makeup that would be long lasting and sweat proof. 


La Roche Posay Effaclar 3 step anti blemish solution review skincare spot prone acne french pharmacy treatment

Since the start of the year, I've been going on and on about how I overhauled my previous skin care routine, choosing instead to try and test an array of new products in a bid for blemish free, glowing skin. Turns out this was a stupid thing to do. Over the course of the last few month's my skin has been giving me a few issues, because of this I went on a one woman mission in Boot's (drugstore) to find products I could use that would actually agree with my skin's needs. 

Hello, La Roche Posay.  I've used a few products from this brand over the years, I've loved some and hated others, but I never used the products consistently enough, or had an entire regime of their products to really see results. That being said, I knew the brand well enough to know that they work in conjunction with dermatologists to provide people with products targeted at certain skin problems, for example, the Effaclar range is targeted at blemish prone skin. Whilst on my one woman mission for skin care products I noticed this 3-step solution was offering me the results I wanted, clearer and smoother looking skin, and was also on offer so I picked it up and hoped for the best. 

The Effaclar 3 step system is the first anti-blemish system inspired by dermatologists recommendations; a simple regime with clinically proven results. 3 steps, twice a day, for a clearer complexion in 4-6 weeks. 

Step 1: Cleanser. After removing my makeup with a micellar water, I use the Purifying Gel cleanser which aims to reduce excess sebum and removes bacteria that can lead to spots. I found that this is also really gentle on my skin, it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped. 

Step 2: Toner. I then apply some of the Clarifying Toner to a cotton pad and take it over my face and neck. The toner aims to reduce the appearance of pores and mattifies the skin. It also helps the overall texture of the skin appear smoother. 

Step 3: Correct/Hydrate. Effaclar Duo [+] is a cream clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, as well as helps to unclog pores and reduce the appearance of red/brown marks on the skin. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar 3 step anti blemish solution review skincare spot prone acne french pharmacy treatment

For my skin's needs, I was looking for a range of products that would target breakouts, dry patches and oily areas and in the last month where I have been using these products only, I have noticed a markable difference in the overall appearance of my skin; its texture is smoother, it looks clearer and any breakouts (hormonal) I've had have been small and have healed and disappeared faster. My only negative, and it's literally the only one, is that the Effaclar Duo [+] is not 'hydrating' my skin, which having tried this single product previously I already knew would be the case and so to combat this I have been applying L'Oreal's Hydra Genius twice a day also. 

Aside from that, I have been so happy with the results. Blemish free skin is unattainable, but to go from cystic spots that would just weep fluid, scab over and leave me with patches of dry, cracked and flaky skin for weeks to smaller, refined spots that appear and disappear within a few days is a drastic, welcome change. 

So if we go back to what I said at the start of this post about overhauling a perfectly good skin care routine to try out new things and it backfiring completely leaving you with the worst breakout's you've had in years... to summarise I guess the moral of this blog post is don't fix a skin care routine that isn't broken. 

 V xxx


Summer Bronzers Top Favourite NYX Benefit Hoola Rimmel Sculpting Palette Reviews sun kissed skin 2017

Bronzers, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. As a woman with fair skin, it can be difficult to find the right balance of 'bronze' and also natural. For this post, and seeing as the weather here in the UK is rather warm, I thought I'd share my top 3 bronzers that I use to give me a natural, subtle flush of colour to my skin.