Beauty: The wonderful world of Vichy

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Last Wednesday, Georgina and I headed to Rook + Raven near Oxford Street to be immersed in all things Vichy. A raspberry bellini and ginger mojito in our hands, plus a cake pop saved for later (they were delicious!) we walked around various different stands which showcased the new and exciting products that Vichy have introduced to their ever-growing offering. We then got to pay a visit to the Vichy pharmacy where we could pick a few products to take home with us - Georgina and I were like kids in a candy shop. 

The Idealia range was very much of interest to me.  This range claims to visibly smooth the appearance of the first signs of ageing and wrinkles- something I have definitely started to think about as I head towards 30 (even writing that makes me feel slightly panicky!). The exciting new product in this range is the Idealia Skin Sleep - this is a night time gel balm which recreates the look of a good night's sleep - even when you only have a few hours kip. The Idealia Life Serum was another product which called out to me as it's great for skin which is exposed to stress, pollution, smoke or an unbalanced diet. Living in London I'm always interested in products which help with the effects of pollution - boo London smog! 

Both products have a gorgeous texture - very light and blend into the skin super quickly. They also have an almost rose-gold shimmery glowy colour to them which makes it feel super luxurious - and the scent is just divine. I love using these before bed as it instantly relaxes me. It's too soon to comment on how effective they are but I've been waking up with my skin looking really glowy and healthy so hope it's down to these two products!

The other two products that I decided to try were the Dermablend Corrective Foundation* and Ideal Soleil BB Cream SPF50+*. The foundation has been featured on a number of Lisa Eldridge's videos and is one of their best-sellers. It gives up to 16 hours coverage and covers mild to medium imperfections, creating a flawless and glowy base (which was unexpected as thought it would be quite matte). I have got it in shade 25 and it's perfect for my skin in summer. I am really liking this foundation - it provides good coverage without feeling too heavy, and really does cover up imperfections. I hardly needed any concealer after using it. 

I wasn't aware that Vichy had a whole sun-protection range but they do and it's pretty great. The Ideal Soleil BB Cream SPF50+ called out to me straightaway as I want to wear a high SPF on my face in the summer months and on holiday but often find I have to go without foundation if I want to wear a suncream. This is a BB formula which enhances and illuminates and is available in a natural tan shade. I tried this today and it is extremely dewy and illuminating - I love dewy skin but this was almost too much and I really did look very shiny so it may be best suited for dry skin (I have combination/oily). Once I'd applied powder it took the shine down completely but I wouldn't be able to wear it on its own. 

You can find out all about the different ranges and all of Vichy's exciting new launches on their website here.

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