REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial – Review

Well, it’s not often that you try a new product and it instantly transforms your skin, but I can truly say this does just that!

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Image courtesy of Sephora.com

I had seen all the positive news and reviews about this product and decided to give it a go.  I do love vitamin C and strongly believe in its power to brighten and reduce pigmentation – so as it has ‘water-activated vitamin C’ I was easily seduced (vitamin C is quite unstable and loses potency quickly if not stored correctly or kept stable by some other means – so this sounded interesting!). I must be honest that I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this good…
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I was very surprised by the texture, it shoots out of the tube with short tiny bursts, as if it was finely chopped ice being squeezed through a funnel, but it’s actually rather soft and non abrasive. You can instantly smell what I associate with ascorbic acid/vitamin C (I take ascorbic acid in a powdered form mixed with water from Holland & Barrett, it’s an excellent product and can also be used to make your own vitamin C creams and serums at home), sour and a little like iron – this may just be my own interpretation – my point is it smells like something that is going to work!

After rubbing onto a dry/dryish clean face,  wet your hands and continue to massage to activate the vitamin C. Then leave on for one minute, rinse and feel the difference! Skin is super soft, smooth, bright and clear – literally transformed, the before and after feeling is like night and day. The formula also contains Boswellic Acid to relax facial muscles and Glycogen Magnesium for energy and radiance – to be honest I hadn’t heard of either of these before, but I think I like them already! As with all REN products, there are no nasties in there either.

It is recommended that you use this a couple of times a week – I’m desperately trying to resist using it every day!

The Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is available anywhere you can buy REN products including selected Boots, all department stores and online from renskincare.com.  It costs £32 for 75ml, so fantastic value for money 🙂

This is an absolute must-have product for fresh, bright skin.

Let me know if you have tried it and what you think!

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New foundation launches: YSL, Maxfactor & BareMinerals

Here is a quick review of a few of the most anticipated foundation launches this autumn.

YSL Fusion Ink, £30.50, available at Boots and all department stores.

This foundation has been in the headlines recently with 12000 people on a waiting list, NASA technology etc… Regardless of all of that, this foundation is more than adequate to create a buzz on its own, it’s quite simply amazing.

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Firstly, there are colours to match very pale skin which is always greatly appreciated by people like myself. I’m a BD20, and there is still a BD/BR10 for those lighter. Secondly the texture is light and thin and feels completely weightless on the skin while giving good coverage. Thirdly, although a matte finish, this foundation is not dulling at all, I would say the finish is more satin, and it’s not at all drying. Lastly, although I’m not convinced it stays put for 24 hours, I can definitely say it outlasts any of the other foundations I have tried, remaining fresh throughout a (usually stressful) work day.
Overall a fabulous foundation, my skin felt comfortable and looked natural. For the price, its definitely a great buy.

Maxfactor Skin Luminizer, £11.99 at Boots

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Maxfactor makes great foundations, with FaceFinity being one of my and many other peoples favourites. The new Skin Luminizer foundation is said to offer medium to full coverage with a more dewy, radiant finish thanks to swirls of light reflecting particles -totally up my street!

My colour is 40 Ivory Beige, the lightest colour, and it’s a really good match. The first time I wore it I applied it with a makeup brush and I was quite unhappy with the result. The foundation is thick and it seemed to stick to my skin in certain (probably drier) parts of my face. I felt like it sat on the skin and gave a rather matte, dull look, not quite what I was expecting…
Since, I have switched to applying with my fingers and have found the result much better, but still nothing close to what I was expecting. The consistency is thick and rich, and I find the finish more matte than luminous and dewy. Overall I was disappointed with this foundation as it doesn’t live up to what it promises.

It’s available at all good Boots & Superdrug stores.

BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum foundation, £26, available at Selfridges

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I have been using various BareMinerals products for the last 5 years or so and I like the brand, but prefer a liquid foundation. It must be said though that their concealer is the best concealer I have ever used, hands down!
I was very interested to try their new foundation, as it’s their first liquid mineral foundation, and includes added skincare ingredients like vitamin C for brightening – music to my ears as a pigmentation sufferer.

From the first application I was sold. It’s fabulously light, and very concentrated, 2 drops can cover my whole face and the formula contains no water – amazing! The finish is as close to natural skin I have ever seen, dewy and healthy looking. It doesn’t sit on the skin or gather in ceases, and it really does make your skin look brighter. With repeated use it should also start to reverse dark spots and pigmentation, and they have the clinical trials to prove it:

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95% OF WOMEN EXPERIENCED A
MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE
APPEARANCE OF DARKSPOTS*
*Based on independent U.S clinical study of 94 women
after 8 weeks of use (courtesy of bareMinerals website).
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I’m. In. Love.
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BareMinerals have also made a special brush for a beautiful buffed-in application (left), available for £24. The idea is that you add a few drops of the foundation into the well and buff into the skin. It’s a nice brush, but at the price I don’t believe it’s worth it, nor is it necessary – I use my fingers and get a beautiful result.
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BareMinerals BareSkin Brightening Serum foundation is available from larger Boots, all department stores and online, and I can’t recommend it enough!

MUA Undress your Skin Highlighting Powder

Finding a good quality powder highlighter is not an easy task. For years I used Smashbox Soft Focus, £25 in Soft Rose Petal Shimmer, and I must admit that it’s a great highlighter, but since it ran out a little while ago I have been looking at other alternatives – with not much luck. Formulas are either too silver, too pink or just too glittery – I’m not a big fan of glittery face products. My ideal highlighter needs to be very fine in texture and offer a more natural-looking glow.

I was overjoyed to find MUA (Make Up Academy) have a fantastic highlighter that performs just as well as the Smashbox, and it costs only £3, perfect for any beauty budget!

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As you can see the powder is fine, pearly and not at all glittery – hooray! I am also happy to announce that they have just released  a new gold version, perfect for a slightly tanned complexion or particularly for brunettes.  I checked in store today and it’s currently only online as far as I can tell. A £3 each – why not get both?

MUA products are available from larger Superdrug stores and online.

MUA also make the most fantastic matte lip glosses, Velvet Lip Lacquers, also for £3 each. Take a look at the range of colours available  HERE. I have 3 (Funk (pink), Serene (peachy nude) and Reckless (red)), and get compliments every time I wear them. They last for hours, but be warned they are VERY matte and if you have dry lips, you might find them drying – totally worth it for the colour pay off though!

Best Hydrating masks for all budgets

I am constantly on the lookout for products to hydrate my dry skin. I love the feeling of plumped, smooth, relaxed skin, and I love how masks can deliver this fast and easily. In this post I will look at  various hydrating masks at prices to suit all beauty budgets.

First up Glamglows’ ThirstyMud Hydrating Mask, £49.99

I have been wanting to try a Glamglow mask for a while, as everyone seems to be very impressed by them. ThirstyMud is the one in the range that best suits my skin type, although the whole range claims to be for all skin types. Firstly the mask is an opaque light brown colour and the texture seems almost gel/cream-like. It spreads easily over the skin and is immediately cooling with a strong menthol feel and smell. After about 30 seconds I could feel the mask going to work with a quite strong tingling sensation. This and the strong cooling menthol sensation lasted the entire 15 minutes, it’s definitely an active mask.

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Ingredients include hyaluronic acid, coconut oil and apple extract to name a few.  By the end of the 15 minutes I was quite keen to take it off as I found the menthol increasingly overpowering! The mask remains on the skin and doesn’t sink in and disappear , so you really do need to remove it. Once off, although the menthol lingered with me for the next few hours, the results were incredible!
I can honestly say that I have never seen such dramatic results from a cream mask before, the only masks that I have tried that offer such visible results are hydrogel masks (see my post on them HERE).

With Glamglow, my skin appeared visibly brighter, more even and glowing. Even more apparent was the reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. They had definitely smoothed and relaxed, appearing far more shallow. Of course the results aren’t permanent, but for at least the next 24 hours my skin looked and felt bright and youthful.

In my opinion this mask is the most effective hydrating and brightening cream mask (i.e. a mask that you apply to the skin and then remove) that I have tried to date. My only fault would be the excessive menthol. For me it was way too much, and I usually associate products with menthol as being for oilier skin types, rather than for a hydrating product (not that oilier skins don’t need hydration!). That said others may love the menthol, it’s very much a personal preference. Overall a fabulous mask, that is worth the high price tag.

CHANEL SUBLIMAGE Essential Regenerating Mask, £145 at Boots

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Now this mask is a total splurge! It’s from Chanel’s complete anti-aging Sublimage range, and it is rich and luxurious, as you would expect from Chanel. Ingredients include vanilla extract, argan oil and lotus flower (it smells amazing), all of which result in plump, relaxed and hydrated skin.

I find the best way to use this mask is overnight – when you wake up your skin really does feel amazing – silky smooth and supple. Fabulous mask at a fabulous price. As lush as this mask is, unless you have a very large beauty budget it may unfortunately be out of reach!

NUXE BIO-Beaute Soothing and 24 hour Moisturising mask, €16.20

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I really like the NUXE BIO-Beaute range and the previous BIO-Beaute mask I tried, the Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask (see post HERE) I really enjoyed, so I was looking forward to trying this mask.

The mask has a fine texture and smells amazing, just like sweet clementines. It goes on smoothly and instantly feels cool, soothing and quite refreshing. Once on, it tends to dry and leave your skin feeling a little tight which I felt was a bit odd for a hydrating mask. It contains an impressive list of organic ingredients including clementine, poppy petals, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and pear seeds – and of course no nasties. After about 20-30 mins (the box suggests only 10 mins, but I prefer to leave it on longer) I massaged the remaining cream into my skin. Instantly the cream seems to turn into a kind of oil and relieves any tight feeling. After removing with a toner (I used diptyque’s Infused Facial Water – which is amazing by the way), my skin felt comfortable and happy, and lightly hydrated. It’s a lovely mask, but the results were not dramatic on my drier skin, so I think it’s more suited to normal skin that is not severely dry.

Overall I do like the mask and will continue to use it at least once a week, but I am not sure that I will repurchase as its not hydrating enough for me. I bought mine at CityPharma in Paris for €13.90, but until the range is available in the UK, you can buy online from Farmaline for €16.20.

Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask, £55 at Boots

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I am a big Clarins fan and this mask is absolutely gorgeous. The texture of the cream is fine, and the consistency is thick and rich. The smell is also lovely, hard to say exactly what is is, but it definitely reminds me of other Clarins products. Similar to the NUXE above, this mask dried a bit on the skin causing it to feel a little tight. After wiping away however the results are great and my skin feels very soothed and comfortable. I would recommend not rinsing the mask off with water, but rather just wiping off the excess or using a gentle toner to remove. I also recommend sleeping in this mask.

You can buy Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask at Boots or most department stores.

Sisley Express Flower Gel, £77.50 at johnlewis.com

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This mask is a little different, perfect for those who want really fast results, anytime of the day. This is a 3-minute mask. You apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 3 minutes, wipe away (no rinsing with water) and continue with your usual moisturiser/skincare routine. Active ingredients include flower extracts iris, rose, sesame and white lily.

For something that stays on the skin for such a short time, it really does give great results. Skin feels fresh, plump and definitely toned and supple. Makeup goes on smoothly afterwards and skin glows. Its perfect for a quick morning lift if your skin is looking a bit tired and dull, or an absolute skin savior on long haul flights.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask, £9.75 at escentual.com

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Avene is a great French brand if you have sensitive to intolerant skin. The whole range is based on their Thermal Spring Water which is known for its soothing and anti-irritating properties. One of my all time favourite face washes comes from Avene and I can’t resist mentioning it: Avene Ultra Rich Soap-Free Cleansing Gel with Cold Cream, £6.80.

Anyways back to the mask. This is a great basic mask that’s good value for money. Its not the kind of mask that you need to wash off – you can just let it sink in (10-15 minutes), massage in the excess and carry on with your routine. It is not an intense moisture surge, but rather soothing and nourishing. The beauty of this mask is that it’s gentle yet effective, fairly priced and will never react with your skin.

Overall a great mask that leaves skin soft, hydrated and very smooth. Although a French Pharmacy brand, Avene products are available in most Boots stores, many independent pharmacies and websites. My favourite place to buy Avene products is Escentual.com because they have a really wide range and often have great offers.

Happy masking 🙂

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo/Conditioner/Mask

I was jumping out of my skin with excitement to try this product when I heard it was coming out – I literally bought it the first day it hit the shelves. I have always had fine, limp hair that I have found endlessly frustrating. Curls fall out, product just adds weight and brushing is a nightmare.

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I bought myself the shampoo, conditioner and mask (I must admit that I haven’t used the other 2 products in the image above). All their products contain a revolutionary new ingredient Filloxane. Filloxane is meant to penetrate the hair fiber while it’s wet, and then expand on drying – so when the hair dries, the Filloxane dries inside the hair shaft and expands. The result is thicker hair.

Unfortunately, although the process seems logical, it really didn’t work for me. I used the shampoo, conditioner and mask for over 4 months, with little to no difference. It must be said it’s not a bad shampoo, it smells nice and my hair felt healthy, but just not thicker.

I have read many good reviews on this range, so maybe my fine hair is just beyond help – this was just my experience.

I have now moved onto the French brand Klorane and their Flax Fibre range for fine hair, which is unfortunately not available in the UK (most of their haircare products are available here on escentual.com, although this specific one doesn’t seem to be), but you can buy it from Farmaline for €8.23. So far I am enjoying this range more – I will post about it after a bit more use.

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology range is available from Boots with prices starting from £2.99, although based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Mattifying powders: bareMinerals Mineral Veil vs Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java

I rarely have the need to mattify as my skin is not oily, nor am I a massive fan of the matte look on me (personal choice). But in the heat of summer and particularly in humid conditions, a mattifying powder can come in handy indeed. In this post I will look at 2 loose mattifying powders from different price brackets and give my opinion on which is better value for money.
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BareMinerals Mineral Veil, £20 at Boots. This is a great product that’s been around for years and still sells incredibly well. It instantly mattifies, banishes shine and sets make up. I do however feel that if I put to much on, my skin can feel a bit tight and look a bit dull. This could of course be down to the fact that my skin is usually on the dry side. If you love the matte look though, this one is for you. I would keep it in your handbag, as touch ups are likely to be needed.

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The Bourjois Poudre De Riz De Java is £9.99 from Boots, so half the price of the Mineral Veil, and I find much better suited to my skin. This powder is one of Bourjois oldest, and most popular products and was relaunched last year for their 150th birthday with a formulation overhaul (it must also be mentioned that Bourjois and Chanel are part of the same company and their product are made in the same factory, although with slightly different ingredients, but Bourjois will definitely benefit from Chanel R&D). It is super fine, and easily mattifies but thanks to a slight pearlecence, the final look is more of an illuminated matte healthy glow than a dull, lifeless matte. I am happy to use this powder even in colder, drier weather to help set my make up, because the finish is so lovely 🙂 I feel it does what the Mineral Veil does, but even better. Bargain Buy.

CHANEL MOUSSE DOUCEUR Rinse-Off Foaming Mousse Cleanser Balance + Anti-Pollution

Although Chanel is usually out of my beauty budget, I have recently been gifted some Chanel goodies for my birthday. In this post I will take a look at my new Chanel cleanser and compare it to what else is on the market with a similar feel.

Firstly, I must admit my love for all things Chanel.

No. 5 is one of my all time favourite perfumes, with 2 bottles in my collection. I am also a big fan of their makeup, especially their foundations which are really excellent in terms of finish, coverage and natural feel. So as you can imagine, I expect, and want to love this cleanser, but of course as always, I will be completely honest!

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The cleanser I have is the CHANEL MOUSSE DOUCEUR Rinse-Off Foaming Mousse Cleanser Balance + Anti-Pollution. This face wash looks so good in my bathroom, I can hardly bring myself to use it!

It comes out in a kind of thick, pearlescent paste, that I wouldn’t really call a mousse, but once you rub between wet hands it turns into a lovely, rich creamy foam that feels amazing on the skin. The smell is really beautiful and floral, and the whole experience is quite a treat – it feels expensive. There are some incredible ingredients and sciencey bits behind all their cleanser formulas which are very unusual and very interesting. The whole range contains Tulip Tree Extract and Bioglucane. The tulip tree uses a special wax to coat its leaves to catch impurities in the air. Both the wax and the impurities then get washed away when it rains. Chanel uses the wax from the tulip tree to replicate this action on the skin and depollute it – very clever! The Bioglucane also helps to restore and maintain the skins ecosystem naturally, by stimulating helpful microflora. MOUSSE DOUCEUR also contains Mallow Extract known for its smoothing, anti-inflammatory effects as well as helping to support moisture levels in the skin.

The verdict: the mousse is an absolute pleasure to use, a really sensorial experience. The part I like the least is rinsing, as my skin gets that ‘squeaky clean’ feel. I must mention that it’s a mild squeaky clean feel and not a completely outrageous one. If you don’t know what I mean by the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling, it’s a difficult feeling to describe, but it’s as if you have just washed your face with soap. This is a feeling that you either love or hate. Since I have naturally dry skin, it isn’t usually a feeling I enjoy. Every now and again I do want to feel this kind of clean, but I associate that feeling with a dry tight feeling, so I generally don’t look for cleansers that give this effect.
That said, even though the mousse is labeled for normal to combination skin types and I am ‘dry’, I must admit that after drying my face, my skin wasn’t particularly tight feeling at all, which was a welcome surprise and relief (as I mentioned before I do desperately want to love this cleanser!).

So overall the whole experience of cleansing is amazing, the rinsing does give a slight squeaky clean feel which is a personal preference issue, but once dry my face didn’t feel tight and uncomfortable. If I was one of those people who like the squeaky clean feeling, this cleanser would have to be up there as the best. For me personally, it gives just the right amount of squeak, although I think it’s best kept for an evening cleanse (in the morning I would rather go for something lighter and fresher like Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser £7.50 for 50ml at lookfantastic.com, or Clinique Liquid Facial Soap, £16). But it must be said, its a fantastic cleanser, and as expected, I am in love.

CHANEL MOUSSE DOUCEUR costs £30 and is available from most larger Boots, Boots.com, House of Fraser, Debenhams etc. It is expensive, but it isn’t outrageous considering the luxurious feel and level of efficacy…did I mention it whips off mascara with ease? Just don’t get it in you eyes, it stings!

If £30 is out of your budget, and you are a fan of the squeaky clean feel, there are some other really great cleansers out there that work just as well, with a slightly less luxurious feel and scent, and a slightly more dry, tight feeling afterwards (not a problem if you don’t have dry skin). Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (£17) is a great alternative, with very similar results – in fact in my opinion, all Clinique cleansers are excellent.

Laneige Multi Cleanser is another cleanser that leaves your face cleaner than clean, and although I love it, I find for my dry skin, it can leave me feeling a little stripped. For those with more oily or combination skin I highly recommend you try this cleanser, it’s from a great Korean brand and is very cost effective! You can buy it on StrawberryNET for £16.50.

On a final note, Chanel have a whole range of cleansers for all skin types. They do have a cleanser specifically for dry skin, CHANEL LAIT CONFORT Creamy Cleansing Milk Comfort + Anti-Pollution – Face And Eyes, but it’s a cream cleanser, and I’m generally not a fan of cream cleansers. That being said I haven’t tried it – I probably will!

Boots No.7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation – AKA ‘The One’

There is nothing worse than someone wearing the wrong shade of foundation, particularly one that is too dark, and I fear I have been guilty of this many times over the years. When I was younger, being tanned was of utmost importance, and unfortunately my pale skin, with its tendency for hyper pigmentation, was unable to match up nicely to the rest of my body. I rectified the situation with foundation that was far too dark for my skin (cringe!)

Moving on, although I no longer feel the need to have a year round tan (I’m a Londoner now – why bother?) and I have embraced my pasty skin, I am faced with a new problem – finding the correct foundation shade.

I am assuming that many other pale-faced people like myself, particularly in London, are struggling with the same dilemma – so why is it so hard to find the right shade?

To give you an idea of how hard I have looked, below you can see 12 swatches of my current foundations, unfortunately none of them the perfect match.

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I think one of the main issues is that most high street brands don’t even make pale enough shades. Most of the above swatches are the palest shades by brands like Maybeline, Dior, YSL, Clinique, Bourjois, L’Oreal, Max Factor – you name it! I even struggled with brands like Chanel, Laura Mercier and NARS – which I had the closest match to, a shade called Gobi – but still not the one (very caky on my dryish skin).

I was starting to worry that that I would never find ‘The One’, but strolling through Boots one day it finally happened! Hooray!

I had never really given much thought to the Boots No.7 range, but I decided to check it out, out of sheer desperation, and I am so, so impressed with their range of shades and finishes.
Stay Perfect Featherlight in Calico is the perfect foundation of me. The formula is thin and light, but has fantastic light to medium, build-able coverage. The finish is dewy and long-lasting, which is surprising as most long-lasting formulations have matt finishes. It has an SPF of 15, perfect for an added layer of protection (I wear SPF 50 everyday underneath my foundation).

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imageI find that it applies very well with both fingers and a foundation brush. I only recently began using a makeup brush to apply foundation, probably because my previous ones weren’t very good. Now I love it, I find it adds another ‘glamorous’ dimension to doing your makeup (note: this may well be a ‘me’ thing!). My current favourite brushes are Real Techniques, of which I use both the Pointed Foundation and Buffing brushes. I particularly like the natural finish of the Buffing brush, and it feels amazing to use. The brushes are also super easy to clean (I use J&J baby shampoo), reasonably priced, and mine haven’t shed at all, so I highly recommend them over more expensive alternatives!

Overall, this foundation is the most perfect foundation (for my needs) that I have found so far. A 30ml bottle costs £15 and you can buy it in any Boots store or online at Boots.com. If you prefer a thicker consistency try the Perfect Match in Calico- again as I mentioned there are various finishes to choose form, so there should be something to suit you.

Great price, and great product! 🙂

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser

The first product that I (immediately) tested from my recent French Pharmacy haul in Paris, was this amazing cleansing mousse from Caudalie. I have seen it around and have been eyeing it out as its such a beautiful looking product, and I have been dying to try Caudalie products in general.

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I’m happy to announce that it performs brilliantly as well looks fabulous in my shower! I was concerned that the mousse may cause my skin to feel a little dry, particularly as it’s not specifically formulated for dry skin (it’s for ‘All skin types’), but it left my face with no tight feeling whatsoever, my skin felt cleansed and supple.

Key ingredients include red grape extract for its antioxidant properties and sage for its purifying effect. The foam itself is a strange consistency compared to normal gel or cream cleaners as it’s very light and airy, but a real pleasure to use.

I bought a pack of 2 for €16.99 from CityPharma (RRP £15 in UK for a single bottle). You can buy Caudalie in the UK on various websites and stores including SpaceNK,  Selfridges (although they don’t currently have this cleanser) and Escentual.com, which have the best range of French Pharmacy I have seen, and they are often on 1/3 off (that offer is currently happening, and is on until the end of June, so hurry!).

Overall, fantastic value for money.

BIO-Beaute by NUXE: Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask

Until my OTT shopping spree in CityPharma in Paris, I wasn’t even aware that NUXE did an organic range, what a pleasant surprise! BIO-Beaute by NUXE is an organic range designed to be effective and affordable. Although I’m not too concerned about organic or non-organic, the promise of active fruit extracts is very appealing! I restricted myself to buying only 2 products which was difficult as the whole range looks amazing. I was particularly in the market for masks, so I bought the Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask and the Smoothing and 24Hr Moisturizing Mask with Clementine Cells. The moment I got back to London I tried the detox mask (perfect post-holiday).

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This mask is a little different to most that I have used before. The mask is technically catagorised as a cleanser and goes through 3 stages; gel, oil and milk. The idea is that you spread the gel onto your skin and leave for 5 minutes, then you massage into your skin, at which point the gel turns into an oil, and finally you rinse with warm water and the oil turns into a rich milk. The consistency is thick, and reminds me a bit of honey. It goes onto the skin nicely and spreads easily to cover the face – I only used as much as is shown on my finger and it was enough. Warning – although most masks aren’t glamourous, I looked particularly scary with this on!

The smell of oranges is lovely and strong (it contains orange water), so lovely that I must admit I had to taste it too, and it tastes quite nice! The gel is cooling and comfortable. When I started  massaging it in, it quickly turned to oil with the heat of my hands, and when it touched water it became the whitest, richest milk I have ever seen with a skincare product. Afterwards my skin felt clean, fresh and radiant. I am looking forward to using this mask at least once a week, and I think I am going to try to keep it on my skin for much longer next time as it’s super cooling and the citrus scent is energising.

Unfortunately for us in the UK, BIO-Beaute by NUXE products are not available here, but you can find the whole range and other French Pharmacy brands on Farmaline here, where this mask goes for € 17,91 and next day delivery to the UK for an additional € 5,95. I bought mine from CityPharma in Paris for € 13,90, so in my opinion a brilliant value-for-money buy.