La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + Review

Saturday, 29 August 2015

A week last Wednesday I won La Roche-Posay's twitter competition 'Wish Wednesday', I received a message off a member of the team on the day to say it had been dispatched and it arrived the morning after. Amazing service!
I've tried a few products from La Roche-Posay in the past such as the Serozinc and Rosalic Moisturiser and I've always been seriously impressed. The product tells us that after 24 hours it can make the skin look visibly less red and within 8 days imperfections appear significantly reduced. For me my redness is a big problem with my skin, I've always had oily skin and suffered with acne until around 2 years ago. Currently my skin is red, oily, clogged with a few scars I have leftover from my acne and of course the occasional breakout. 
I've now been using this for 8 days day and night and I can already see the difference in my skin. It's a lot less red and irritable and there's no sign of any breakouts on the horizon. Another benefit of using the product is how much softer and smoother my skin has become over this past week. 
I apply the Effaclar Duo after I have cleansed and moisturised in place of a moisturiser, day and night. It's made of a gel formula which is super soothing on the skin and has a mattifying effect to it making it an excellent makeup base as your makeup can stick to it! 
I'm definitely going to be keeping this as part of my skincare routine for a long time coming and I'll definitely purchase it in the future! I'm also going to be looking forward to seeing what effects this can have on reducing my scars and dark spots.

Amelia xo

My love for Apple Cider Vinegar!

Monday, 24 August 2015

My love for Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) started around 6 years ago when BubzBeauty posted a video for a scar reducing mask and toner recipe which I loved. Over the following years I went on to do more research into ACV and it's other benefits.. in this post I will be rounding up my favourite uses for it as well as other health benefits. 

1) Weight loss - it's been proven in studies that ACV makes you feel more full, as well as this it also helps to regulate your blood sugars. If your blood sugar levels are constantly altering your body will store fat, this can lead to problems such as diabetes and heart disease. I'm not going to lie to you all and say it's pleasant to drink, it's not. The best way I've found to drink it is warm with 2tbsp ACV, 2 tbsp lemon juice and a dash of cinnamon. 

2) Hair - ACV helps to remove the built up dirt in your hair without damaging your hairs natural oils. After I've shampooed I mist my hair with the mixture I've made up earlier, leave to soak for a few minutes then rinse thoroughly. For this I use a spray bottle that hairdressers use, fill it up with water and half a tablespoon of ACV. As well as this you can also use is as a rinse to help deal with dandruff, the ACV helps to alter the pH of the scalp. Mix two tablespoons into a glass of water then rinse your hair with it whilst in the shower. 

3) Teeth whitening - gargling with this every morning helps to remove stains and bacteria from the mouth.

4) Face mask - as mentioned earlier my love affair with ACV stared 6 years ago when I stumbled across this face mask. The acid in this mask helps to gently exfoliate the skin, dissolving dead skin cells. I'll include the recipe for it below:

- apple cider vinegar 
- green tea bag 
- honey 
- sugar
- put one teaspoon of ACV in a bowl 
- add two teaspoons of green tea 
- then add five teaspoons of sugar 
- finally, add one teaspoon of honey!
- stir the mixture well and if you want more of an exfoliant add more sugar. 

Amelia xo

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Thursday, 20 August 2015
Clinique released their offering of a cleansing brush back in June of last year and I've owned mine since December. I decided to take my time before reviewing this as I wasn't always consistent in my use of it. A couple of weeks back now I had a really bad breakout and decided to introduce this back into my daily routine. 
The brush is designed to be part of Clinique's 3 step skin care system but I incorporated it into my routine using other products. I start off by removing my makeup with either my Clinique take the day off cleansing balm or The Body Shop's camomile silky cleansing oil then I go onto use my Liz Earle cleanse and polish then follow up with my Clinique brush with Liz Earle's gentle face exfoliator. 
After a week of use my skin feels noticeably softer and brighter! Any spots that appear seem to be smaller and generally less aggressive. The brush head is specially designed with the green bristles being angled to get in the awkward nooks and crannies with the bristles being firmer and shorter to specially target the oily T-Zone. The white bristles are generally softer to work on the delicate cheek areas. There's a time on the brush with it going off after 30 seconds to make sure you don't overwork your skin. As well as this the battery life is amazing! 

Amelia xo

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Review

Tuesday, 18 August 2015
I've been a fan of this handy little product for a while now thanks to Amelia Liana's videos but stopped using it around 6 months back due to having to get it shipped over. When in Glasgow a few weeks back I almost squealed with excitement in Boots when I realised they had started stocking it!
This nifty little toner easily fits into my skincare routine and is hassle free. I use it after cleansing and before moisturising in the morning and in between cleansing and applying my serum of a night time. It's super soothing helping to reduce red and irritated skin, apparently this is due to the zinc in the product. You can apply it in a few different ways, I typically spray it into a cotton pad and then continue to sweep it over my face, you can also spray it onto the face and pat in or just leave to absorb, as I have been known to do in the hot weather. Needless to say I wont be going without now that it's being stocked in the UK, in fact I may have just placed an order at Boots to add to my back up! 

Amelia xo

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream // Review & Uses

Saturday, 15 August 2015
Whenever I bring this little tube of heaven up into conversation I always get two responses; either they've never heard of it before or we spend the next 10 minutes fangirling over the product. Not once have I met someone who has said a bad word about it.
Eight hour cream was created in the 1930's and originally used to soothe Arden's horses legs. I'd spent around 6 months reading about it online, but yet I never felt the need to go out and purchase. In the end my mum bought me a tube as a stocking filler for Christmas 2 years ago and I've never looked back, it's one of them products that as it's running out I run out and buy a new bottle so it's ready and waiting. 
Firstly, the texture. It's an apricot coloured balm which I know can scare off a lot of people, leaving them thinking 'What do I do with this?!'. Secondly we need to address the scent. I personally love the smell, however the vast majority hate it. Don't let this put you off though as it's also available in a unscented version. 
I mostly use this on my lips, cuticles and heels. I suffer really badly with dry lips and this is one of the only products I know that can recover them. I can go to bed with chapped lips, slather a load of this on and wake up in the morning and the flakes have gone and my lips are feeling plump, leaving me with long lasting results. As well as this I also use it on my lips for some gloss in the rare occasion that I'm out and about without any lipstick on me. 
Personally I don't like cuticle oil, we just can't see eye to eye. This is where the eight hour cream steps in, it's a fare more thicker consistency and just seems to work at keeping my cuticles nourished and healthy. 
My final favourite use for the eight hour cream is for hydrating my heels. I have a serious case of nurses feet, they're left cracked, sore and dry from the 13 hour shifts. I try to use Scholl Express Pedi at least 3 times a week and most nights to lather my heels in the balm and put some cotton socks on over the top and leave to soak overnight, in the morning they feel soft, smooth and plump.
Is there anyone out there who doesn't like the cream? Or has anyone got some uses that I may not know about? Leave me a comment! 

Amelia xo