Thursday, 17 April 2014

Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care Vs Bioderma Sebium Purifying Care

I purchased a few months back two very similar french pharmacy face creams from Escentual to try out. I got Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying care and Vichy Normaderm Anti Imperfection Hydrating care. They don't actually describe themselves as moisurisers but thats what I have been using them for. They both target the same things like blemishes, scarring, acne, pores, shine etc. I used the Bioderma one for about a month and then changed to the Vichy one. 

The Bioderma purifying care is an ok cream, feels like a gel and sinks into skin quickly. You only need a small bit for the whole face as it applies smoothly. It's meant to reduce spots and blackheads but I didn't really notice any difference in my imperfections while using it and I think it did dry up my skin a bit. This might change over long term but as it wasn't adding anything to my routine, I decided to stop using it and try out the Vichy one. Overall this cream isn't suited to dry skin, its not bad but I would only give it a 6 out of 10. 

The Vichy hydrating care cream is a whole different story. In my opinion it hydrated my dry skin, it felt softer and smooth, and I would even go as far to say that my imperfections seem to be reduced in a few weeks. This is a thick cream but is very easy to apply, you also only need about 1 pump for the whole face. I only use this in the morning as it suggests and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated all day. I have never suffered from shiny, oily skin or big pores so I can't comment on it's effectiveness. I love this cream so much and I will carry on buying it again and again, I give it a 9 out of 10.

Thanks for reading

Chloe x 

P.S. Have you tried any of these creams? If so what did you think? 

I also featured the Vichy cream in my March favourites video (10:00 minutes) if you want to hear more information 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tanqueen Fake Tan

So as the warm weather slowly makes its way to England it also means that fake tan season is starting. I am not one to spend a lot of money on fake tanning as I am quite naturally tanned anyways. I normally just buy the cheap stuff from Savers (St Moriz) but I was recently sent a sample from Tanqueen Tan* to try out. They mostly specialise in professional spray tan kits but they also sell an instant tan. Their products are paraben free and Eco certified which is brilliant. £19.95
The tan is a mouse formula which I prefer and is so easy to apply. Tanqueen Instant Tan retails for £19.95 which is the average price for a good fake tan. Sorry that the photo's aren't great but it's hard to capture the true colour of the tan. 

1 application (right leg) washed off
After the first application it gives a very light tan. There is no orangeness at all and looks really natural. 

2 applications (right leg) washed off
The second application intensifies the tan more and gives a really nice colour which I love. The tan lasts for a few days, maybe 2 showers, and fades evenly. It doesn't go patchy which is great so you can keep reapplying whenever you like. I have been using this tan loads since I received it and I think it will last me ages. 

If you want to purchase Tanqueen Instant fake tan you can do so on their website or on Twitter 

Lots of love 

Chloe x

P.S. If you want to hear more about this tan I feature it in my March favourites video 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

A couple of months ago I won the Smashbox Full exposure palette in a competition that Marie Clare were running on Twitter. I had heard amazing things about this palette so I was so excited when I heard that I won. Its has 14 neutral shades, 7 shimmers and 7 mattes, ranging from dark browns, to cream to black. £36.00

This palette does retail for £36 which is close to the Urban Decay palettes. In my opinion this is quite expensive but these palettes are incredibly pigmented and well made, and they will also last a very long time. It also comes with a very good brush with a flat eyeshadow applicator brush on one side and a fluffy crease blending brush on the other. I love that it has a really bigger mirror so you can take it around everywhere with you can apply it. It has strong hard packaging with a flip lid which closes using a magnet. So of course it is worth the price, I am just used to high street prices and don't like to spend too much money on make up palettes, unless I'm feeling like treating myself. 

The shades are in the Full Exposure palette are extremely pigmented and easy to apply. It starts off on the left with a dark chocolate brown, gradually getting lighter through golden browns to a shimmery cream and matte white, then going up to a taupe brown, then a more dirty dark brown and finally into black and a shimmery grey. Each of the shimmer shades have large glitter particles in so look very noticeable on the eyes and really hit the light. This palette is perfect for smokey eyes. I normally use a few light matte shades during the day and add the darker shades and shimmers for the night. It is so incredible versatile as you can get loads of different looks out of it and is a brilliant all rounder.

I am so happy I won this Smashbox palette as I probably wouldn't have purchased it for ages. It is such a wonderful product and so worth the money, so if your looking to treat yourself or add stuff to a birthday list then I would recommend this palette. 

This palette can be purchased from the Smashbox website, most drugstores, department stores or online.

Lots of love

Chloe x 

P.S. This palette was featured in my 2014 favourites so far video. Check it out here 

Friday, 11 April 2014

Zatchels 3rd Birthday Flash Sale!

I am pretty sure you have seen or heard of zatchels* at some point already. They are known for their high quality leather satchels and bags which are handmade right here in England! They are currently celebrating their 3rd Birthday and are thanking customers with a massive flash SALE!

For 48 hours only, starting tonight 11th April 6pm, they are offering upto 70% off selected tote bags, satchels, backpacks, clutches etc.  They have so much to choose from including loads of different colours, pastels, polka dots, mens bags and beautiful quilted leather. I am sure when you look on there you will fall in love with something straight away. Normal prices range from about £70-£150 so with upto 70% off you will find some amazing bargains. I can't believe how much discount they are offering, so I will definitely be having a cheeky look on the Zatchels website tonight. This sale will also be on offer at their boutique in Westfield London.

The Zatchels sale will end at midnight Sunday 12th April so why not treat yourself this weekend and make a purchase. You can find Zatchels here and if you have any questions they will be happy to help. 

Thanks for reading

Chloe x 

P.S. I am 4 followers away from 600 on Bloglovin, please give me a helping hand 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Argan Dew

I recently received a few samples from Argan Dew* which is a premium hair care company based in Israel. They sent me a few samples of their replenishing hair mask and miraculous Argan oil. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know I am a lover of argan oil so I was excited to give these try. $44.00

First lets start off with the replenishing hair mask. This is a mask that you use in the shower, apply to wet hair, leave for 5 minutes, then rinse out. It is easy to apply and there was loads in the sample which I was very happy about as I have a lot of hair. The mask is a luxurious thick formula with a soft scent which is hard to describe. Sort of floral and spicy, I instantly recognised the smell but I couldn't figure out what it was for ages. Then in the shower it suddenly hit me that it has the exact same scent as the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi purpose dry oil, and I mean exactly the same! The product is quite expensive but if you can afford high end products then it is probably worth the price tag as it would last a long time and it left my hair feeling great. Overall my hair is a lot healthier since using this product but $44 is a bit too much for a mask in my budget. $39.00

After I get out the shower I use the Miraculous Argan oil while my hair is still damp. There is loads in each sample even for me so a little goes a long way. Its a gorgeous golden colour and the smell is absolutely beautiful. Its a light spicey smell, of cinnamon and sandalwood, every time I smell it it reminds me of a warm Moroccan night. It is quite an expensive product but the colour, texture and scent makes it feel really premium and luxury. It leaves my hair manageable while keeping it soft and thick. Again you might think this is too much to pay for a hair product but most good quality hair oils are expensive as they are premium products which are pure and not mixed with loads of chemicals. 

Overall these products are perfect if your looking for a luxury treat for your hair. My favourite was the Argan oil and I would love to purchase a bottle (just have to save the pennies first). The bottles look really sleek and modern too which is a nice touch. As the products are coming from Israel, shipping can take a week or two but it is worth the wait. Prices on their site are in dollars so remember to convert to pounds. 

If you want to purchase Argan Dew then you can do so on their website or find them on Twitter

Thanks for reading

Chloe x 

P.S. Have you seen my 2014 favourites (so far) video. Check it out here

Saturday, 5 April 2014

2014 Favourites (so far)

Another post I haven't done in a short while is a favourites post as most months my favourite products are the same. However I have some new products to show you which I have loved using so I thought I would do it in a video for you.

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation - Boots £8.99
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette - Smashbox £36.00
Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara - Boots £4.99
Nuxe Reve De Meil - Escentual £9.50
Avene Hydrating Serum* - Escentual £17 (Currently £14.45)
Vichy Normaderm Hydrating Care - Escentual £13.50 (Currently £11.45)
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - Boots £4.99 (Currently £3.33)
Tanqueen Fake Tan* - Tanqueen £19.95
Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo - Boots £2.69
Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner - Boots £2.69

I hope you enjoy this video

Chloe x 

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