Best Buy: Avon E-Defence SPF 50

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I realised that I’d spent most of the summer so far banging on about oil-free “weightless” sunscreens that “disappear into the skin” and “don’t leave a residue”. But there are people who don’t particularly want a weightless sunscreen; they want to feel as though they’re wearing something protective, or they prefer a slightly richer texture, or they [...]

French Skincare: What I Bought at the Pharmacy

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A much-requested video; half the world now seems to be obsessed with the mysterious delights that are kept locked up in the legendary French Pharmacie. I don’t tend to go pharmacy shopping as much as I used to, and that is mainly because the things that I used to stock up on are now widely available. [...]

Alcohol-Free Toners and Effaclar Testers

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I’ve never been a huge advocate of toners; most that I tried in my teens and early twenties left my face so dry and stripped that my skin would be completely knocked out of balance. I think that there was a real trend, then especially, for “cleanser and toner duos”; you’d cleanse with a lotion [...]

Reader Offer: Pai Skincare for Your Sister!

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Pai Skincare have launched some brilliant beauty kits, the Anywhere Essentials Collections. I have always loved Pai for their gentle, soothing formulas; their Echium Eye Cream is my number one post-shoot eye treatment because it’s so great at calming down any soreness and their Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is one of the best rejuvenating face oils out there. Potent, 99.8% organic and [...]

Time Bomb: Two Brilliant Moisturisers On My Radar

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Here’s a new discovery: Time Bomb skincare. I had heard of the brand before, but it grabbed my attention properly when I found out that the range had been snapped up by Selfridges, both in-store and online. I have tried a few of the products and all have been very nice indeed. I have to say that I am [...]

Summer Holiday Skincare and Self Tan Favourites

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Some holiday (or pre-holiday) skincare essentials. The VO5 Hot Oil is a bit of an anomaly because it’s for your hair and not for your face, but it was orange and summery and looked good in my photographs! Hot Oil is one of those beauty products that seems very old fashioned, now, because it’s been around for such a long [...]

Testers Needed: New Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

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**UPDATE: chosen testers are Harry (h.nortonshaw), frances.barcelos, bethanrabjohns, dianalloyd5 and Andrea Lutton. Thanks to everyone who left a comment, I wish I had hundreds of these sets. (I’m working on it!) Testers; you’ll receive an email shortly from La Roche-Posay. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo was an absolute skin-saver for me when I had my bout of adult [...]

Skincare: do I really need to use a Serum?

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There have been loads of questions recently about serums; people wanting to know what they are, what to do with them and – this seems to be the most frequently asked question – whether they are worth the money. Are they just another marketing ploy to get us to add a step to our beauty [...]