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Review: Bioderma Créaline H20 Cleanser

October 30, 2011


Créaline H2O cleanser


It varies from website to website but I bought my 500ml bottle for £14 on Zuneta (after checking the site they have actually sold out but are expecting more this winter). Guru Makeup Emporium also sell it.

What does it claim to do?

"An extremely mild and gentle make up remover and face cleanser. Bioderma's Crealine H2O is a cult product loved by make up artists and models alike for its effective, gentle and hydrating properties for removing makeup over and over again. A Micellar lotion requiring no water to rinse it is hypoallergenic, soothing, fragrance & alcohol free." - Guru Makeup Emporium

What do I think?

My MAC cleanse off oil ran out last month and as much as I love it (and will definitely be repurchasing) I am always keen to try new cleansers, especially when they have glowing reviews. The Bioderma Créaline H2O cleanser is a really highly rated product and I've been using it for the past couple of weeks.

I apply it to a large cotton wool pad and then remove all of my make-up with it- simple. It feels like you are just applying water to your face but it obviously has some good stuff in it as it removes all make-up really easily, even waterproof mascara. It feels so gentle and lovely on the skin and my skin has had no breakouts since using it. After using it my skin feels super clean and really refreshed. Whereas with the MAC cleanse off oil I would cleanse a second time, with the Bioderma it's a one step process. The most annoying thing about the Bioderma Créaline is that its not readily available (unless you live in France, lucky folk) but it does seem to be popping up more online which is great.

Would I re-purchase?

Yep! This is a fantastic cleanser.

On the subject of cleansers and skincare I have written an article over at Boxed which is about my top 5 skincare products. Go read!

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Hello! I am back blogging after a 2 week break whilst I moved into our new flat and got settled. We now have TiVo, the internet and everything is feeling all home-ly. I've had a busy weekend seeing friends in Leeds but wanted to share a few Instagram photos of our place as I love seeing where people live and generally having a nosy. I will share some 'proper' photos soon when the flat is more tidy!

Chris' parents wanted to buy us something and so we (well, mostly I) chose this from TK Maxx. TK Maxx is the best for random house additions as I'm sure Lucy will agree!

♥ A glimpse of our lovely (and fully working) fireplace.

♥ Part of the kitchen, part of my hoody and a peek at the other houses in the street.

♥ Another look at the kitchen!

♥ A feature in our bedroom- perfect for make-up and girly stuff! It also has a handy cupboard underneath. Need to decide how to organise everything properly.

♥ The new 40 inch TV. For me as soon as we bought a TV, the place became a home. It was too quiet before!

October Sun

October 16, 2011
Photo taken with the Instagram app

This weekend the weather has been gorgeous and so warm for mid-October. On Saturday my parents, Chris, the dog and I headed to West Wittering beach near Chichester for the day. I was so glad we did as it was beautiful there and Charlie had such a great time running around. We set up camp on the grassy area outside the beach and cooked lunch on a camping gas stove before chilling, reading papers and walking on the beach. I would definitely recommend visiting West Wittering- it's a huge gorgeous beach and has won awards too.

I thought I would share some photos that we took on the day- all using my iPhone and some that Chris took.

I know I'm biased but he is such a beautiful dog. And he looks so happy here!

Did you make the most of the lovely weather this weekend?

I don't think there will be any blogging for a while as my laptop has broken (am using Chris' now) and we move to London tomorrow so it'll take a while to get the internet up and running. I will be back though!

September Favourites: My Favourite Three

October 13, 2011
Here are my three favourite products from the month of September. I know everyone says it every month but I can't believe it's October already!

♥ Boots Build Up Removal Expert Shampoo - I wash my hair every other day, and on the 'other' day I use Batiste to revive it. Using Batiste regularly means that my hair can really get a build up a product which makes this shampoo a real essential for me. I've been using this for a long time now and just think it's fantastic. It costs around the £2 mark which is a bargain and it totally does the job. After using it my hair always feels lighter and free of product.

♥ L'Oreal Lash Architect Mascara - this was featured in my mascara collection post and after seeing the photos of my lashes with it on, I realised how great it was. I have been using this most days since and think it is fantastic. It lengthens, volumises and separates to perfection.

♥ Stila Quad pink blush - I received this for my 18th birthday (so quite a while ago now and a product I probably shouldn't still be using!) and so have no idea of the name, however I have been loving the blush that came in this quad. It is so highly pigmented and looks so lovely and pretty on my cheeks. This weekend all I've been wearing is the Liz Earle Skin Tint, L'Oreal Superliner and this blush. I'm so excited that Stila has returned to the UK and think I'll be purchasing from them soon.

It's the Dawn of the Freak...

October 11, 2011
Last week a mysterious black box arrived at my house. Inside was an envelope sealed with a mark, a scroll, a silver shell and a black pouch containing a perfume sample, all wrapped up in purple confetti. This was my introduction to the new Illamasqua fragrance 'Freak'. Illamasqua describe their first foray into perfume as:

'..a concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers which Illamasqua has unashamedly blended together to celebrate the night'

How stunning is the bottle?

The perfume is made up of the following...

Top Notes
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion

Heart Notes
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss

Base Notes
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses

My taste in perfumes definitely leans towards the girly, sweet fragrances and so I was expecting to not like this however although it is a dark and sultry scent there is something about it that makes it a little different. It almost has a sweet element to it that makes it not too overpowering. I also tried it for the first time when Chris was in the room and he really liked it so I am a fan of this. Whether I would actually purchase it myself I'm not too sure but I will be continuing to use the sample bottle and think it will be a great perfume for evenings out.

Illamasqua 'Freak' costs £59.00 for 75ml and you can pre-order and watch the 'Freak' video on the Illamasqua website.

What's on my bedside table?

October 08, 2011

Unfortunately the gorgeous picture above is not my bedside table but I do have a lloyd loom which I use for all my bedside products (and other random bits and bobs). I was tidying my room today and thought I'd share everything that is gracing it at the moment- both beauty and random. These are the items that are used regularly so always interesting to see. Let me know if you decide to do this post too!

I have three different moisturisers on my bedside table- Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser, Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (review here). I use the Liz Earle Superskin most nights as its not too heavy and really works well with my skin, and then use the Embryolisse a couple of times a week as it's more rich but I adore it. It feels so luxurious to apply and blends in so easily. The Liz Earle Skin Repair Light is a recent addition which I'm trying and so far, so good. Will post a full review soon.

I have a couple of eye creams- the Clinique All About Eyes and the Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream (from the Boudoir Privé beauty box). Both are great- the Clinique is more gel-like and the Colbert is a thicker consistency where you only need a tiny teeny amount.

Finally I have the Liz Earle Spot-On which I apply before bed when I have blemishes.

Now onto the more random pieces. My iPhone 4 is always on my bedside table, usually charging overnight (and whilst I mention the iPhone, RIP Steve Jobs- such sad news. As Obama said "There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his death on a device he invented").

I also have a hairband which I use all time when cleansing my face, a hair tie, a pen, my Kindle light and some Sudafed. I have my second cold in a month so this is my life savior- I think the commute to London and all the new office germs are making me ill!

My foundation collection

October 05, 2011
Apologies for my terrible blogging recently. Life has been busy as I've been settling into my new job (absolutely love it) and also flat hunting in London. This evening our offer was accepted on a beautiful flat in Clapham so as long as references are all OK we have a new place to live from mid-October! All very exciting.

I have a few bits and bobs to post about, namely the new Illamasqua perfume 'Freak' and a review of the Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser however I thought I would share with you the foundations/tinted moisturisers I currently own.

After receiving the Boudoir Privé box I decided to utilise the gorgeous box the products came in and have been keeping my foundations and tinted moisturisers in there. I'm tempted to sign up for a few months just to build up a collection of these lovely boxes! But anyway, onto the foundations...

These are my two most expensive foundations; the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light and Nars Sheer Glow. I wasn't really impressed with the Nars Sheer Glow when I first tried it (I think I was expecting proper amazing results) but recently I have been mixing it with some of my cheaper foundations and it works fantastically. My skin always looks great when I wear this and is a perfect colour match (Mont Blanc fyi). What are your opinions on the Sheer Glow foundations?

Here are my four more mid-range foundations. The Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid is great for mixing with other foundations as I think it's slightly too dark for my skin- it provides lovely coverage and blends so easily. L'Oreal True Match is probably my favourite out of the four- it's such a lovely coverage and really does 'match' to my skin. The Rimmel Recover is what I used all through summer and especially on holiday- it makes your skin glowy and doesn't feel heavy in the slightest. Finally the Revlon ColorStay which I used to use every day without fail- I've actually hardly used this and will probably throw it out soon. I find it far too heavy and if I use it will mix it with a lighter foundation. I did used to love it though.

Finally I have three products which are more tinted moisturiser types. The Origins VitaZing (review here) a summer staple for me and I definitely agree that it's a wonder product- am unsure of how much use it'll get in the winter months however. Could rave about it for a long time! The Garnier BB Cream (review here) is also brilliant although a bit dark for me now so I'm going to have to buy the tube in fair. Finally, the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint (review here) which I didn't give a fantastic review of, but have found myself wearing it a lot and really liking it.

What foundation/tinted moisturiser are you currently loving? If I had to pick my three favourites out of my current collection I would choose the L'Oreal True Match, Nars Sheer Glow (mixed with other foundations like the Maybelline) and Garnier BB Cream.