Saturday, 20 August 2016

Effaclar Duo[+] Unifiant review

Effaclar Unifiant review

There's a new kid on the Effaclar block, and it's a corker. La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant* is probably best described as a tinted moisturiser comprising the same magic ingredients as Effaclar Duo(+) but with added mineral pigments to create a light, natural coverage, perfect for the day.

At times I look at my skin and wonder what I'm doing wrong. No-one (bar the basic bitch) deserves blotchy, porey skin. I often feel guilty wearing a full-on face of foundation, clogging up my pores, so this is where I find Effaclar Unifiant appealing - a moisturiser with the same efficacy of Effaclar Duo(+) but with actual coverage. Guilt-free. Boom.

Nitty-gritty wise; it contains anti-inflammatory niacinamide, LHA (for skin-cell renewal), linoleic acid to regulate oil, and Procerad to diffuse inflammation and treat hyperpigmentation. With three Effaclar products sold every minute worldwide, the popularity of the line speaks for itself.

Formula-wise, it's very light, non-sticky and reminds me of a lighter version of the Bourjois 123 CC cream (big fan). To avoid inflammation, it's recommended not to heavily rub in products, and I did find this hard to resist at first but after a few days' use, I mastered the art of simply smoothing it across my skin, and the melt-in texture really helps with this.

Effaclar Unifiant review

Effaclar Unifiant light

I've been using it daily for a couple of weeks, applying after LRP's foaming gel, which I use religiously (see why here). My skin was smoother, imperfections were concealed, and I felt confident enough not to add foundation. Alas, after a long day in the office, its staying power was tested and my skin didn't seem as 'flawless', so I found myself reapplying before after-work goings on. I also tried it as a primer to see how that fared; I was impressed and will definitely be incorporating it into my night-out routine but prefer wearing it alone during the day to let my skin breathe a bit.

While I can't say for sure that I noticed a reduction in marks and colour imperfections (clinically proven to, with 78% agreeing), I can say that I haven't had any breakouts since trying it, and my skin has been less oily. I'll take that.  Oh, and my mum has been complimenting my skin too so it's clearly faring well.

The Cinderella of tinted moisturisers, outshining its sister product of the almost-same name, Effaclar Duo(+) Unifiant is my new favourite daywear product. Interested in trying it? There's currently a £3 reduction online at Boots. Just saying!

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*sent to me free of charge for review purposes

Saturday, 5 September 2015

ASOS sale picks


Bag £4.50 | Jacket £45.50 | Floral jacket £12 | Black boots £18 | Butterfly dress £33 | Zebra flats £22 | Jumper £12 | Lace-up heels £21 | Cutout top £11 | Embellished dress £41 | Heart glasses £7

It's the inaugural ASOS sale, a time when my saved items are full to the brim and the temptation to add everything to my basket is a serious threat to my bank balance. Alas, I remember how grateful I must be that these particular items are discounted and often justify an order while the items are discounted. Winning. So, here's my top picks of the current sale, and with a further 10% off the 70% sale (code: YAY10), soz, but I deffo won't be resisting a little treat here and there. I already ordered the black flats and boots and can confirm they are a thing of beauty. 

*whispers* There's ANOTHER timed sale coming up from 7th September along with 20% off for students on 9th and 10th September so get stocking your saved items now!

Have you nabbed anything in the sale yet?

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Monday, 17 August 2015

London Fashion Weekend 2015

With London Fashion Weekend coming up in September, I thought it was about time I blogged about my visit there back in February. My lovely other half spoilt me at Christmas with two Luxe LFW tickets at the one and only Somerset House in London. I've never really thought about going before as I always felt it was a bit out of my league; as much as I love stalking super fashionable people on Instagram, shopping my little heart out and putting an outfit together, I don't consider myself a fashionista or designer-hungry girl at all, but I was really looking forward to hitting Somerset House to find out what the fuss was about.

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW 
While I was excited, I was also a little nervous about what to expect; I imagined I'd feel completely out of place among the throngs of the so-called fashion elite, but I ended up having a great day. I might not have been the coolest kid there (deffo wasn't!), but I enjoyed the endless bubbly supply, the front row catwalk seats (can finally say I've been frow) and browsing the rails of designer gear (with their faintworthy price tags).

These Luxe tickets were a hefty £130 each, and this allows you VIP access to a lounge with prosecco and canapés (pretty much consisting of nuts), a style talk (scheduled to be 45 minutes' long but sadly was much shorter), a front row seat for the trend catwalk show, a Pringle of Scotland tote bag (featuring label.m, Maybelline, and Essie goodies) and a private till point with shopping collection service (which we weren't really informed about on arrival, so we didn't actually use it).

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

The main draw of the day was the catwalk show. I'd never been to one before so it was a complete first for me. Rather than focusing on one specific designer, the show featured all the up and coming trends (now pretty well known considering this belated post!), namely florals, monochrome, shimmer/shine, and the good old 70s (think suede, fringing and flares!). The bulk of my photos are of the show so I'll stop the babbling and let the photos do the talking...

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW, OOTD, outfit

London Fashion Weekend 2015, LFW, Somerset House

All in all, I had an amazing day. I couldn't resist treating myself to a gorgeous cream preppy Winser cardigan that screamed Blair Waldorf at me with it's pearl buttons and high round neckline. And while the Luxe tickets are a tad overpriced in my opinion (standard entry tickets are just £20), they did make a big difference: we avoided the lengthy queues to access the catwalk show, which would have eaten into precious browsing/shopping time; the goodie bag was obviously great and of course allll the prosecco, which was unlimited and nice to carry round with you as you browsed.

Will you be going to September's LFWeekend? 

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