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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review - Eau Thermale Avene High Protection Compact Foundation SPF 50

Phew...that's a mouthful of a name. As I am always on a foundation search I requested a sample of this beauty to try. Alot of my clients would ask me about different foundations to suit their skin types and as its coming into summer most want something lighter in coverage. Now, I am definitely a fan of medium to full coverage and wasn't expecting much from this for me, as it states its a tint -  that word actually scares me. Boy was I shocked with this. It has now replaced all my usual day foundations of MAC, Estee Lauder and Christian Dior. I tried it the first day with a sponge provided and it applied way too thick and mucky, but I then used the Real Techniques buffing brush and it goes on like a dream. Once you apply your concealer for the olde bags and set this with powder you are good to go. I think its just the best idea, not only have you lovely fresh looking skin, it has factor 50 and excellent coverage. Irish people tend to forget about any kind of sun protection but apart from the whole skin cancer fear there is also the dreaded fear of ageing!!!!...I think I'm really now starting to think of skin and aging now that I'm hitting mid thirties..sob sob..why did I fry myself in baby oil when I was younger!!!
What I also love about this is that its a compact, I haven't used a compact for years since I used the muck that is Elizabeth Arden but I find it so handy to whip this bad boy out if I need to have a quick touch up.
I think this foundation will be brilliant for anyone that doesn't have very oily skin. I have normal skin type with an oily t-zone and this is perfect for me - once I set this with powder. It doesn't leave me very shiny and find I'd only touch up my makeup once after about 8 hours. This would look fab on someone with very dry skin as its going to add natural dewiness to your skin. You don't need a separate sunblock, and it's very gentle on your skin. One thing to remember with this foundation is that it has an SPF of 50 so its not camera friendly, perfect for every day but not good if your planning on having photographs as the SPF diffuses light and make you look ghostly.

Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
·Handbag friendly size
·Protects against UVB/UVA sunlight
·Conceals imperfections and evens out skin tone.
·100% mineral free
·No chemical filters
·Fragrance free
·Paraben free
·Water resistant
How to use
Before sun exposure, apply thin layer (at least 1g) of product onto facial skin, reapply frequently (every 2 hours) and after towel drying, swimming, or perspiring.
Avoid contact with eyes.
Eau Thermale Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 Beige €25.41,10g

Pros:
• Provides SPF50.

• Gives flawless natural skin and blends easily

• Suitable for sensitive skin types.

Cons:
• Limited shade range. Only two shades are offered, and while both are workable for me, this is really not right see as there are more skin shades out there...get on it Avene. The lightest shade, which is the one I have Sable/Beige is about a NW25 from MAC and the darker shade is the Dore/Honey shade, which can turn slightly peach on skin. Its about a NW30.

• Not suitable for oily skin types.

Laters...xx

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review - La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution

Howdy...
I have been on the hunt for a new cleanser for a while now. The last cleanser I have just used up is the La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution.




Physiological Micellar Solution
A micellar cleanser is a water-like cleanser specifically tailored to sensitive, imperfection-prone skin. It cost me 15.00euro from Cassisy's Pharmacy Ennis which I thought was great until I realised I had the whole thing used up in under 2 weeks. If you're on a budget, using this as a makeup remover, especially if you love slapping on the muck like me, will end up being a very expensive product. I will repurchase this but will keep it only for a morning cleanser or maybe as a quick fix after I come in from a night out.
What I think this would be perfect for is someone suffering from breakouts or Rosacea or even a cleanser to take on holidays if your planning on being sunburned. It doesn't irritate sensitive skin and eyes, isn't drying and this cleanser will leave your feeling clean and refreshed.
I wouldn't recommend this for teenagers and early twenty-somethings, who often prefer a more aggressive cleansing process due to higher oil production, I might suggest using this as a toner--it will sweep away dead skin, but it won't irritate skin, which can often be counter-productive for dealing with oiliness or acne.
 Hope this helps.