LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT

I was recently invited to the La Roche Posay skin event at Noho Studio’s in London. Read on to find out about the event and to learn more about acne prone skin.

LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT

The event was to introduce their new spot scanner, which is available for you to check out HERE.

There was an in depth panel discussion about adult acne, the causes, triggers and treatments with dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth, Ex model and online influencer Ruth Crilly from A model recommends and IT cosmetics brand ambassador Rose Gallagher.

LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT

We also got to discover the amazing Effaclar range and bring home a fabulous goody bag.

LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT
LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become blocked.

Tiny glands in the skin called sebaceous glands produce an oily substance called sebum to lubricate your skin and hair and stop it from drying out.

In acne prone skin the glands begin to produce too much sebum and mixed with dead skin cells the hair follicles become blocked causing whiteheads and blackheads.

What triggers acne?

Acne can be hereditary, so if your parent’s suffered with it there is a greater chance that you might too.

One of the well known triggers of acne is hormones. This can trigger acne to form in teenagers as they go through puberty, just before or during a period, during pregnancy and can also be found in those suffering from homone related conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome.

Other triggers can be cosmetics, this is not as common now as many are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Some medications such as steroids and medication to help treat depression and epilepsy can also be a trigger.

How do you treat acne?

Treatment for acne can take some time to really get the oil production under control. For mild to moderate acne you can try to treat with over the counter skin treatments. Try not to use anything too drying a lot of the more popular brands (not naming names) often strip the skin, which in turn makes the skin produce more oil.

That is why I really do rate the La Roche Posay Effaclar range, it’s formulated by dermatologists and contains some really great ingredients for helping control the oil production, reduce the appearance of spots and unblock pores whilst still being kind to the skin, keeping it hydrated and not causing any irritation.

If your acne is more severe you may need to visit your GP for a prescription grade cream, oral contraceptive or antibiotic. If you still seem to be suffering asked to be referred to a dermatologist.

Does diet affect acne?

There hasn’t been any conclusive proof that certain foods affect acne overall. However many people notice a link with dairy, especially semi skimmed milk, processed carbohydrates and excess sugar consumption.

Whether you have acne or not it is very important to try and have a healthy diet, so once you have tried over counter skin treatments maybe look at where you could reduce processed foods and excess sugar in your diet first before eliminating dairy. Eating a diet containing lots of wholesome fish, meat, fresh fruit and veg will ensure your body and skin gets the correct nutrients.

My experience with the Effaclar range

So as a teen my skin was lovely and clear, I went on to have my children, I then hit 30+ and boom the spots appeared. I’d never really experienced spots before apart from the odd one or two around the time of the month.

The spots were getting worse and were mainly along my jawline, chin and around my mouth. That is when I discovered La Roche Posay Effaclar range.

I used Effaclar H cleansing cream to cleanse my skin once my makeup was removed at night and again in the morning.

Then I spritzed on Serozinc and followed with Effaclar duo.

Effaclar duo is a gel moisturiser that contains Niacinamide, Lipo Hydroxy Acid and Salicylic Acid and Zinc which help reduce the appearance of spots, unclogs pores and mattifies the skin.

It also contains Procerad to help reduce pigmentation marks and Glycerin to keep the skin hydrated. The minimalist formula contains no parabens, perservatives, soap, colourants or lanolin. It is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, which means it won’t block pores.

I used this as my mosturiser every morning and night until my skin cleared up. I did also go on a contraceptive to regulate my hormones as I was also suffering with miagraines and the two together cleared up my skin.

My clients that suffer from acne prone skin

This is what really sparked me to attend the event. I have a lot of brides that either suffer with acne and have since their teen years or sometimes with the stress of wedding plans etc a clients skin can flare up.

If you have seen some of my before and after pictures I think you will agree that I do a pretty good job of covering it up for the day. However like anything skin related my passion is to educate others how to treat their skin concerns rather than just cover them with makeup.

When I have a client who has acne prone skin or is suffering with some breakouts I am always super grateful when they let me take a before picture as I know it can help others who also suffer with their skin realise that it can be covered for a special occasion.

Seeing a perfected complexion on an after photo can make someone who is really struggling with their skin think that that person’s skin was clear to start off with and it’s not always the case.

Whilst makeup can disguise the redness, pigmentation marks and scarring obviously it can’t cover lumps and bumps under the skin, however keeping the skin more matte will help the skin look more smooth in general.

LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT
LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT
LA ROCHE POSAY SKIN EVENT

Skincare for acne prone skin

This doesn’t need to be a complicated process you just need to choose products that are effective with key oil controlling and spot reducing ingredients, yet gentle on the skin.

Have you tried La Roche Posay? If not then give it a try and let me know how you get on!

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION

CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION

So the latest foundation release from Charlotte Tilbury hit the shops a few months ago now and I have held off posting about it until giving it a thorough testing. Let’s see how the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation fairs up in my foundation test.

I have the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in both my personal makeup bag and also in my professional kit and love it! It’s more of a light coverage, which is slightly buildable and fantastic for anyone that likes a natural, skin like finish and doesn’t need too much coverage.

For some reason I didn’t take to the Magic foundation, so I was excited to try the New Airbrush Flawless Foundation.

I ordered it online so had a browse through their shade range on the site, which by the way is very extensive, and seemed to cover a wide range of tones by offering cool, neutral and warm in most of the shades.

I usually use a 7 in the light wonder but bronze up so I ordered the 7.5N (neutral) as the description on the website was “Golden beige, full coverage foundation for medium skin with neutral undertones”, I also ordered the shade 5N.

First impressions, the packaging is absolutely beautiful but I didn’t really expect anything less from Charlotte Tilbury, and yaye, it has a pump! so I pumped one pump onto the back of my hand and began applying with my real techniques expert face brush.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION

Initially I thought “oh no it’s too light” however it seemed to oxidise on the skin a little (react with the air and turn darker) and as I continued it blended with ease and with a little bronzer it was actually a good match shade wise.

Now I have quite a yellow/olive undertone to my skin which is a good job as I found this shade quite yellow toned which then made me wonder how the other tones C (cool) and W (warm) would compare.

I asked my daughter to try the lighter shade as she usually wears shade 4 in Light Wonder however it was far too dark and extremely yellow on her, making her look somewhat jaundice, not a good look!

CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION

That aside the texture and coverage of this foundation is phenomenal, a little goes a long way, it has great coverage yet feels super lightweight on the skin.

This foundation could easily be sheered out or built up and I would say it has a satin finish on the skin, which I love.

Through the day it wore beautifully on my skin and almost seemed to get better throughout the day. When I first applied it there was a little creasing where I had applied too much product you really only need the smallest amount and it’s better to add gradually and really buff into the skin especially where expression lines, under eyes and sides of mouth, but I didn’t use any powder as I wanted to see how the foundation lasted on it’s own and I am extremley impressed.

It did go slightly more glowy through the day but again I didn’t apply primer or powder and with having quite a dull, dehydrated skin I actually liked the glow.

This foundation retails for £34 which I would quite happily pay as it is a gorgeous foundation and with the pump delivery system and only needing one pump for the whole face for a good medium/full coverage I can see this product lasting a while.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FOUNDATION

I definitely would consider stocking Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation in my kit and I have been using it everyday so far on myself as I NEVER thought I would say this but I’m actually preferring this over my holy grail Doublewear foundation on my skin.

However what I would say is before stocking it in my kit for my clients I will definitely be going in store to test out the colours and making sure I am confident in the shades and how much they oxidise first and I would suggest anyone thinking of purchasing this foundation does the same and pops in store.

Have you tried this foundation yet?

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USING UP COSMETICS BEFORE BUYING NEW ONES AND CHANGING MY OUTLOOK

CHANGING MY OUTLOOK AND USING UP COSMETICS BEFORE BUYING NEW ONES

I am a nightmare for buying things, especially cosmetics. The hundreds and probably thousands I spend on them is ridiculous. So I am making a concious effort not to buy things so frivolously….some weeks are better than others!

In my defence it is my job and I am in the beauty industry however the large majority of my purchases are still unnecessary.

So as well as trying to cut down on the amount of products I am buying, I am also trying to, as this post is headed, use up cosmetics before buying new ones.

Now this might not happen before I buy them but I seem to be succeding in not opening the new items before finishing off the opened ones.

Which is helping me not to buy as many cosmetics, as I have new ones sitting here waiting to be opened.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who seems to have bags, boxes and even cupboards filled with opened cosmetics which once opened will need to be used within 3 and 12 months.

CHANGING MY OUTLOOK AND USING UP COSMETICS BEFORE BUYING NEW ONES

Now with both skincare and make-up I do like to switch products around and sometimes I use more treatment like products on my skin, then other days it may need more nourishment so I do have a few products open at one time… so there is definitely no need to be adding more to the drawer, box or cupboard.

So if you are like me and have hoards of opened products that you haven’t yet finished, make a concious effort to use them up, once they are used up you have more space to either see what you have got more clearly or replace them with either the same product or something new to try.

A lot of the time it’s down to poor organisation or the sheer fact we have too many items that can lead us to buy something and open it only to later realise we already had one opened.

CHANGING MY OUTLOOK AND USING UP COSMETICS BEFORE BUYING NEW ONES

So first things first go through all your items if you know it’s been there a looooong time whizz it in the bin, if you are unsure smell the product and you can usually tell. Old products may not be as effective, passe their shelf life or even habouring bacteria so just get rid.

Anything with only a little bit remaining, that is fit for purpose, keep to the front, after another few uses that will be empty and allow you more space.

Anything you really really didn’t like get rid of, there’s a reason you didn’t like it. If it’s clean and usable offer it to a friend or family member.

If you have any unopened products that are unwanted, gifts or raffle prizes etc then donate them, there are lots of women’s refuges and other charities that would be really grateful of such items, see HERE.

Once you have cleared out the unnecessary items you can focus on what you do have and maybe get some clear containers and segregate the items for easier use so if you only have a small collection you could keep your daily things together and any other treatments or products seperate.

Or if you are like me and have almost your own beauty department then you could seperate by item such as cleansers, masks, serums, moisturisers etc

With “Influencers” being a bit part of today’s culture we are always tempted with the latest products by pretty girls and guys on social media or celebrities in marketing campaigns and I for one am sucked in by these sometimes more than others depending on my mindset. So whilst I feel this way sometimes I hide certain things from my newsfeed or refrain from watching hauls etc.

CHANGING MY OUTLOOK AND USING UP COSMETICS BEFORE BUYING NEW ONES

My over active brain really does make me aware of what influence I am having on people too so whilst I have already spoken on my blog about how what we eat and our lifestyle affects our skin I think I want to focus more on that and also more on techniques for applying your skincare and makeup that can be used regardless of the products.

There will still be product reviews and if I love something I will tell you about it, however I will make sure I really do love it first….or will explain why I don’t love an item and hopefully save you some pennies

I hope this post has inspired you to maybe organise your collection and also be more aware of the products you already have and maybe to think a little more about whether you really NEED to be spending more money on things you already have.

If there is something you’d like to see on the blog or if you have any comments I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below

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FINALLY MY VERY OWN JO MALONE

I’m definitely late to the Jo Malone party, having inhaled the luxurious scents of the candles and spritzed myself in the delightful fragrance everytime I passed through Selfridges, I’ve longed after a bottle of my own but never had one….until now!…Finally my very own Jo Malone.

It was so difficult narrowing it down to just one fragrance as I fell in love with quite a few, however the one I found myself returning to time and time again and also the one I felt lingered on my skin the longest was the English pear and Freesia.

FINALLY MY VERY OWN JO MALONE

English Pear and Freesia Cologne

What Jo Malone says: ” The essence of autumn. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. Luscious and golden.”

My thoughts: Firstly the packaging is just beautiful, sleek and elegant. The particular scent I chose I feel is just amazing it’s fruity and light so suitable for day yet has an earthiness and is so long lasting it’s stunning for evening too. It’s also an all year round fragrance just because it’s flowery and fruity doesn’t mean it’s a summer fragrance, it’s by far my favourite.

Price: They come in 3 sizes 30ml £48, 50ml £69 and 100ml £98, I got the 100ml size

FINALLY MY VERY OWN JO MALONE

English Pear and Freesia Hand and Body wash

What Jo Malone says: ” Our refreshing Body & Hand Wash with meadow foam seed gently cleanses and deliciously scents your skin with golden English Pear & Freesia. The sensuous freshness of just-ripe pears is wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias, and mellowed by amber, patchouli and woods. The enhanced formula helps leave body and hands feeling conditioned and soft. Its crystal clear gel transforms into a rich lather and its uplifting fragrance fills the bathroom, immersing you in delicate scent.”

My thoughts: Again as with the cologne beautiful, sleek packaging and the most amazing scent which definitely lingers on the skin. It’s definitely not something I’m going to leave around the bathroom for the kid’s to wash their hands with or pump away in the shower but for special occassions and layered with the fragrance, it’s my luxurious treat.

Price: £32.00 250ml

FINALLY MY VERY OWN JO MALONE

Which is your favourite Jo Malone fragrance?

P.S Check out HOW TO TREAT HUNGOVER SKIN

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CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

After finding my perfect lipstick at the Chanel counter (click here to read that post) I thought I would add a couple more additions to my lip collection along with the extremley Insta-worthy Chanel Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-colour Powder.

CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

Les Beiges – Healthy Glow Luminous Multi-colour Powder – Limited Edition

There’s no doubt about it, this is one of the prettiest, most chic looking products ever to pull out of your handbag for a table-top touch up, this stunning, sleek palette can be seen on many Instagram posts but how well does it stand up to my ever increasing powders, let’s take a look.

The beautiful, chic, nude and black palette is just stunning, complete with it’s very own velvet pouch. Open it up to find a very decent sized mirror and round brush, perfect for on the go top ups.

Underneath is the eye-catching, multi-colour product, stripes of warm golden tones, perfect to enhance any skin tone. I got it in the shade medium.

CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

What Chanel says: ” The exclusive creation HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR enhances the natural radiance of the complexion with a veil of fresh, sunny colour in a single step.
Its cream-to-powder texture melts onto the skin while remaining weightless, for a makeup result as lightweight as it is luminous.
Intuitive and multipurpose, HEALTHY GLOW LUMINOUS MULTI-COLOUR offers endless possibilities, from the subtlest natural look to the most sophisticated. Never has a radiant healthy glow been so spontaneous.
The iconic LES BEIGES case contains a large mirror and a half-moon brush applicator.
Three powder harmonies are available to adapt to all skin tones.
Limited edition.

My thoughts: This is a lovely textured powder with a slight luminosity, without any glitter. I think it does exactly what it “says on the tin” and creates a healthy glow. Even though it has the different shades running through it, it is a one shade product. It would be perfect for someone who didn’t wear much makeup and didn’t want to be too bronzed and contoured, just wanted to add a touch of warmth and look healthier.

Ths product is Limited additon and whilst it is a nice a formulation and super pretty, it doesn’t blow me away for the price.

Price: £42

CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour

As I wrote in my “I have finally found my perfect lipstick” post, I like a hydrating, natural lip colour. My perfect everyday shade is 434 Mademoiselle and I was so happy with both the colour and texture of this lip colour that I decided to try a couple more shades from the range.

What Chanel says: ” ROUGE COCO, the iconic CHANEL lipstick, reinvented. A new formula for more sensoriality and hydration all day long. A new range of shades inspired by the close friends of Mademoiselle Chanel, those who simply called her Coco. The ROUGE COCO clique is composed of 24 shades: Arthur, Adrienne, Roussy, Dimitri and more.

• The combination of three vegetable waxes−mimosa, jojoba and sunflower−hydrates, nourishes the lips and ensures immediate and lasting comfort.
• A silicone wax delivers a new sensory experience. Softer and more melt-away, gliding on more easily for an immediate sensation of fusion with the lips.
• A new polymer film and silicone microbeads encourage lasting hold and boosted shine.

My thoughts: Both these shades would fit nicely into my bridal kit as they are soft in shade and hydrating in texture. I wanted to check the shades on my own lips and see how they compare to others in my kit.

428 Legende – This looked similar to mademoiselle online however when swatched its quite a bit more pink. When I swatched on my hand I wasn’t too sure about the colour for me personally but on my lips it is actually quite pretty, it looks like an iridescent yet soft pink which has a bit of brightness yet is very wearable, due to their hydrating and slightly sheer texture even though it is slightly lighter than my natural lip colour I don’t get that dreaded line inside my lips.

402 Adrienne – Again because of the sheer, hydrating texture this is quite a forgiving light nude on me, usually I don’t really like or suit lipsticks lighter than my natural lip color amd this is probably the lightest I would personally go, however the shade and texture are beautiful, I would probably team this up with a slightly darker lip liner for a bit of definition.

I just love this texture of lipstick it’s shiny and gloss like, whilst being hydrating and without any stickiness, I’m not a huge lipstick fan on myself and get a lot of clients that are the same so I would highly recommend giving them a try if you like a similar finish.

Price: £31.00

CHANEL HEALTHY GLOW POWDER AND NEW LIP ADDITIONS

Hope you have found this post interesting. Which is your favourite Chanel product?


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