Beauty: La Roche-Posay Anti-Blemish System

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If you are a regular reader of blogs then it's pretty likely you would have heard about La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo - it has been hugely popular and described as a miracle worker. I had a bad experience with the original Effaclar Duo but strangely the Effaclar Duo+ hasn't caused me any issues.

The success of the product has led La Roche-Posay to introduce the Effaclar 3-step Anti-Blemish system which is a simple and effective at home routine, designed for oily blemish-prone skin. It combines three quick steps which when combined produce unrivalled results - according to the brand. The products aim to target and help with; blemishes, clogged and enlarged pores, excess sebum, uneven and rough skin texture and red and brown marks.

So what are the three steps...

1) Cleanse - Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser
This targets excess sebum and impurities and is a gel cleanser which you massage into the skin with a tiny bit of water and then rinse off. It can be used morning and night and is free from soap, colourants, parabens and oil.

2) Tone - New Effaclar Clarifying Toner
This step focuses on large pores and oily skin. It aims to smooth and mattify the skin whilst helping to tighten pores and crucially the toner contains no alcohol so is gentle enough to be used daily and on sensitive skin. As with any toner, you just dab the product onto a cotton pad and sweep onto your face.

3) Correct and Hydrate - Effaclar Duo+ Anti Blemish Cream
The final step targets blemishes, pores and marks and is their best selling product. The formula is described as the ultimate multi-tasker and addresses blemishes, oiliness, blackheads, clogged pores and also treats those pesky red marks that are often left behind. It also provides 24 hour hydration and is a great make-up base.

So how have I got on with the anti-blemish system? My skin has been relatively trouble free for the past few years (after lots of acne fun and games when I was a teenager) as I have been on a pill which helps with my skin, however I've recently taken a break from it as have been on the pill since I was 18 and felt it would be good to take some time off from using it. Anyway, since being off it I've noticed a few spots appearing and so this arrived at a perfect time.

The products are lovely to use- they feel light, refreshing and feel good for your skin. When treating troubled skin you just don't want fussy, fragranced products and these are the complete opposite. It cleared up most of the spots that had appeared overnight which I was really impressed with. I am going to be religiously using this trio!

The set launches this month and can be found exclusively in larger Boots stores and online at RRP is £32.50.

Daisy x

Beauty: CoverGirl Bombshell Curvaceous Mascara

When I was in Florida earlier this year, I bought quite a few mascaras including CoverGirl's Bombshell Curvaceous. It caught my eye straightaway as was one of their new launches and was such a fat, chunky, pink tube. Love!

It was kept safely in its packaging until I saw my brother's girlfriend Georgina (hi G!) and noticed that her lashes were looking super long and lovely. She told me she was wearing the Bombshell mascara (we had both bought it) and so I had to give it a try.

As you can see, this mascara is a two step product and aims to give volume, curl and intense lashes.  Step 1 uses a curved 'push-up' brush and also has a volumising basecoat formula which gives your eyelashes a boost and curve. Step 2 is a dark, intensifying topcoat that seals the look and makes them look very black and glossy. Both brushes are huge.

This mascara has gone straight into my favourites list - I adore it. It gives my lashes volume but still keeps them looking long and seperated. You can also build it up for a more dramatic effect which is good for evenings out.

The main negative is that this mascara is an absolute pain to remove. I tried using Bioderma to take it off and it was just taking forever- I ended up pulling half my eyelashes out! I messaged Georgina to tell her my woes and she agreed that it is a nightmare but that waterproof eye make-up remover is the best thing to use. I went out and bought one and it has literally been an eyelash saver.

Sadly CoverGirl isn't available in the UK but MaxFactor are almost the same brand so hopefully they will launch a similar mascara as this is the Bombshell Curvaceous is ace.

Daisy x