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#ProductCrushes: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Cleansers Review

It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve started using the Neutrogena new Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Cleansers and I am pleased to report that they are BOTH excellent products!

I have actually been using both at the same time. One for my morning skincare routine and the other one in the evening.

I’ve been experiencing quite a few breakouts in the last couple of months. Not major ones, just little micro-cysts & small pimples which have been driving me nuts. I was therefore looking to take my skincare regimen back to basics and those 2 cleansers have helped me just do that.

Read on for my take on those 2 newly adopted facial soaps!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Wash: a freshly scented gel-like texture which applies really well (1 pump is enough for the whole face) and dissolves gunk/impurities acquired overnight, leaving the skin re-energised (it’s quite citrus-y!) and feeling clean. No drying effect. A very simple yet great cleansing gel, easy to adopt and fit into a routine.

For my particular skin type and to rid it of any blemishes, I will eventually go back to my original Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser which I find just works that much better for me. But if I do manage to clear up my skin I will certainly use this one again!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore & Shine Daily Scrub

Neutrogena Pore & Shine Daily Scrub – I’ve used this one in the evening to give my skin a good scrub and eliminate any traces of that day’s make-up & gunk.

Again, a lovely citrus-y scent and a very soft texture. The exfoliating beads aren’t too harsh so won’t leave your skin looking red & bothered…. An OK product I guess. I have however been using another cleanser/make-up remover and made sure I’ve double-cleansed my skin as I find it doesn’t quite work through ALL of my make-up if I’ve been wearing heavy foundation for example. I therefore apply some of my Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse oil to break it all down, rinse it off THEN use the Daily Scrub to clean my skin a second time.

I do however find it leaves it all soft. No sign of any dryness. I was at one point a bit concerned it might be a bit too much to use it everyday but so far my skin has reacted pretty well to it so I shall keep on using that one :)!

Have you guys used any of these products? What do you think?!

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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #4

Can you guys believe we’re already in November?! That’s just mad, where does time go!

And I can’t believe I am sitting here blogging about my fourth What’s On My Face feature either yet here I am.

And so here we are with the products I have been using AND loving lately!!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear® 2 in 1 Wash and Mask – a great great time-saver product!! You can use this amazing product as a daily face wash (quite an effective one at that) and as a weekly deep cleansing mask! Been using it for a few weeks now and really liking it so far….

La Roche- Posay Serozinc – I mentioned this product in a previous post and remember I wasn’t too sure about it… well, I have now been using it for a while and must say I actually really like it! It is a purifying yet soothing zinc sulfate solution which just adds that extra touch in your cleansing routine! All of my favorite bloggers keep on raving about it and I am starting to see why! I bought mine from France and not entirely sure we can actually find it here in the UAE… will defo investigate and let you know.

Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate – since I’ve visited the Dermalogica spa and found out I had some sensitivities on my cheeks I’ve been using this calming & soothing serum twice a day after my toner and before my moisturiser. It has been over 2 weeks now and the redness has definitively gone down and my skin feels ‘repaired’ if that makes sense! Again, another amazing product from Dermalogica

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster – I did mention in my Dermalogica treatment review that my therapist had found my forehead and T-zone to be quite dehydrated which could eventually cause fine lines and so she recommended this genius little serum which I actually had a tube of at home! I have been applying it twice a day since! You’ve gotta keep those little lines at bay for as long as possible right?!

Dermalogica Soothing Eye Serum – OK, I know this is now the 3rd Dermalogica product but really, their stuff is pretty amazing! I was gifted the new Soothing Eye Serum a couple of months ago and been not only using it every evening but loving it too! The texture is a like an oil but it sinks right into your under eye skin and does not leave any greasy film at all! It reduces dark shadows and nourishes the very sensitive skin under your eyes…

Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel – I have mentioned this one too in a previous post and I am still very much using this amazing eye gel in the morning as I just love the refreshing and awakening effect it gives! It also hydrates and plumps up my under eye skin beautifully and makes for a great make-up base. Plus it’s organic and that’s just like a great bonus to me!

Elemis Pro-Collagene Marine Cream – I wrote a full review of this amazing moisturiser and so won’t go on about it here. Just check out my post here.

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen – Same here with this SPF which has been a regular in my skin care routine for almost 6 months now and probably will be for a very very long time!! Full review here.

Herbline Essentials Apricot & Honey Face Scrub – Ladies, you’ve GOTTA exfoliate at least once a week to get rid of dry skin and impurities! And no, this is not up for a debate! I’ve been ‘scrubbing’ for years and my skin is very thankful for it. An excellent one is the new Apricot & Honey Face Scrub from one of my top skin care brands, Herbline EssentialsThis delicious smelling scrub has a deep moisturising effect whilst the apricot oil and fruit extracts work together to help remove blackheads, nourish dehydrated skin, exfoliate and even out the skin tone. 

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub – I’ve got to confess to have been a smoker for many years (way too many in fact but I’m French yeah, that’s what we do!) and so have been suffering from dry lips ever since! I did quit the cancer sticks a while ago but still have very dry lips so really, discovering this genius little lip scrub was a revelation! You just rub it in, rinse and voila! Gorgeous soft & hydrated lips guaranteed! This one is from Lush’s Christmas collection and I also have the Pop Corn Lip Scrub which is yum!

Biorderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution – I discovered this genius little pink product in the Special Edition Tala Samman GlamBox back in June (read the full review) and have been using it to remove my eye make-up every night every since! As a contact lenses wearer I need to ensure I use a non-irritating eye make-up remover and this one is just perfect at both taking even the most stubborn mascara off and soothing my eyes at the same time. Defo a keeper!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s What’s On My Face post. If you have recently discovered a product you absolutely love (or hate) do share in the comments section!

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#BeautyCrush: WOMF #3

Hope y’all had an excellent weekend! Mine just flew by really… doesn’t it always! Still, I found time to blog about my current skin care routine and here are the products I’ve been using over the past few weeks including a couple of newbies!

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Eau Precieuse

Now this is one of those cult beauty products which I remember my grand-mother AND my mother using! The Eau Precieuse (Precious Water in English) was in fact created in France back in 1890! This miscellar water is known to fight imperfections & black heads. During my recent holidays at home, I was chatting all things beauty (of course) with my mates and one of them mentioned she was not only still using Eau Precieuse but loving it too. She has fantastic skin so it must work!!

Off I went to my local pharmacy & picked one up. I’ve been using all over my face to remove my make-up & as a pre-wash in the morning and so far, not complaining!

Neutrogena Deep Clean cleansing gel

Yes, I have gone back to my 1st love when it comes to cleanser and been again using my favorite one EVER! I’ve blogged about this amazing face wash a few times already but got to admit it is still the best at removing my make-up and preparing my skin for the rest of my routine.

L’Oreal Eclat Sublime Tonique Clarifiant

I mentioned this toner in one of my ‘French Fancies Beauty Haul‘ posts back from when I was on holidays. I’ve actually been using it for a few weeks now and really like it! It is very fresh and just wakes your skin up in the morning. It contains Vitamin C for an added ‘glowy‘ effect. Not sure you can get this one in the UAE just yet but if you are travelling to Europe I strongly recommend you pick up a bottle!

L’Oreal Sublimist Serum

And another one of my ‘French Fancies‘! I picked up this serum from the new L’Oreal Sublimist range and been using it every morning since then. It is said to give you that ‘perfect skin’ effect and although I can’t see any major difference, I do find it adds a little more ‘glow’ to it if that makes sense? It acts a bit as a primer and smooth out any fine lines or blemishes which then allows my BB cream to just glide onto my skin. Will keep on using it for the next few weeks and report back on any improvements!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 30

Nothing new here. I am still using AND loving my good old Neutrogena sunscreen. I did try the Clinique one for a few days but really, this one is my favorite one. I just love the fact that the texture is so light and non-greasy and it’s an absolute bargain.

L’Occitane Sublime Beauty Cream

I’ve talked about this one too in the past but really been using it on a regular basis since I went on holidays. Must say, of all the BB creams I have tried, this one is probably my favorite one. The texture is light & sheer but provide excellent coverage. The colour (medium) is just a superb match to my skin tone.

Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum

OK, I am being a little ‘unfaithful’ to my beloved Herbline Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel BUT, I do have to try different things don’t I?! I just recently discovered the Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum and been using it for over 2 weeks now. The oil-like texture is pretty amazing actually! It just melts into your under eye skin and kind of smooth it out… I’ve gotta say it is a pretty damn good product! It doesn’t have the ‘refreshing effect’ the Herbline Essentials gel gives but it seems to be excellent at filling up those little lines (damn these!) and makes a perfect primer for your concealer… I can’t really tell which one I prefer, I like them both and will probably use the Herbline Essentials gel in the morning and use the Dermalogica in the evening as it feels a little more ‘nourishing’.

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub

I started using Lush’s lip scrubs a couple of months ago and absolutely adore the Pop Corn one. I tried the Santa’s Lip Scrub the other day and loved it too! You just rub it onto your lips, rinse it off and your pout is baby-soft & rid of any dry skin… amazing!

Well there you have it, this month’s low down on my skin care routine. I shall be back soon with some hair products I’ve recently been using so watch this space!

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In-flight beauty essentials

#beautycrush: Come fly with me…

So tomorrow you all know (I’ve been facebooking my daily count-down!) I’ll be jetting off home to the South of France for a much much needed holiday!

I’ve already blogged about my Summer Holiday Capsule Make-Up Bag

Now I wanted to share with you my ‘In-Flight Beauty Essentials‘… yes, I do have a little beauty kit for when I fly long-haul… as you do!

No need to remind you that when in an airplane, your skin gets completely dried-out by the air-con and, if you’re wearing make-up, well it probably will end up down your face by the time you land. SO, here are a few tips on how to emerge on that tarmac looking fab & glam (or at least, fairly refreshed!).

First off girls, please do me a favor and TAKE OFF that make-up before take-off (if that makes sense)! There. Sorted.

Now, before you doze off, take a wipe and clean up your face. I use the Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Wipes.

Spritz a little ‘mineral water mist’ to complete the cleansing process. I really like the Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray.

Pat dry with a clean tissue.

Then, apply a rich moisturizer (you should re-apply every couple of hours to keep the moisture locked in throughout). I’ll be using the L’Occitane Immortelle Creme Precieuse (the night one) which encourages cell renewal and regeneration! Beauty sleep in a jar (or, in my case, a handy little sachet)

Keep a lip balm close-by too,  as your lips might get dehydrated! I’ll be of course carrying my Figs & Rouge one!

About 30 mins before you land, clean up again with a fresh wipe, pat dry, re-apply some moisturizer, sweep a little bronzer all over your face (I’m using the Body Shop Honey Bronzer), add a couple of coats of mascara (I’m SO in love with Le Volume from Chanel) and you’re good to disembark, looking GREAT!!

Careful, you might turn a few (envious) heads!

Fly safe :)

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#RamadanBeautyCrush: 7th (Skin Care) Heaven

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Can you believe it’s already been almost 3 weeks?! Not long to go before the much awaited Eid celebrations!

And in keeping with looking gorge throughout Ramadan to ensure we spend the Holidays looking fabulous, here is a bit of a What’s Been On My Face Lately post!

Being a blogger and obsessed with beauty products, I try EVERYTHING that’s new! Sometimes, it doesn’t quite work out but when I do find an amazing product, I just want to share it with all of you glamistas out there so you don’t have to do the hard work ;)!

So here are my star skin care products this season:

1. Cleanser

I’ve picked the Neutrogena Deep Clean face wash a few weeks ago and been using it ever since. A great drugstore contender, this soft gel dissolves make-up and dirt in no time, leaving you with a deeply cleansed canvas you can really work with ! See my full product review here.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleansing Gel

2. Exfoliation

Now THIS is my SUPER STAR product! I’ve actually discovered this genius thing a couple of months ago .

The Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel is a 2-step daily super peel which you can use at home. This one not only diminishes the appearance of fine wrinkles, it helps complexion problems, balances oil, tones skin and increases clarity and radiance all the whole minimizing pores and scars… I mean do I really need to say more?  At AED400 for a 30-day course, it isn’t the cheapest BUT I’ve used it every evening for a week now and can tell you my skin has never looked SO good, so it was well worth it!

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3. Toner

I wrote a full product review on this fabulous Herbline Essentials Cucumber & Rose Water Skin Toner so check it out here.

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It smells divine, feels so fresh and soothing and is made of 100% natural products.

4. Serum

Another one of my latest discoveries, the new L’Occitane Essence Sublime Serum which helps to correct skin irregularities, soothe & reduce redness, refined texture and reduce the appearance of pores… again, need I say more? This one was around AE280 but was assured it would last me for a few months as you only need a pea size amount twice-daily.

L'Occitane Serum

5. Moisturiser

In the same L’Occitane range, please meet the new Sublime Beauty Cream! This one really has made it to my favorite BB Creams lists from the 1st time I tried it. The share (medium for me) is just perfect, adapted to my skin tone in seconds and felt oh so amazing!

The Sublime Beauty Cream offers all the benefits of a moisturise AND foundation in one! It gives the complexion a fresh, natural, dewy look and has a built-in SPF30! Genius!!

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This one was AED169.

6. Eye Cream

Here is another fantastic produce from Herbline Essentials! Their new Aloe Vera and Honey Under Eye Gel hydrates and tightens your under eye skin with the use of the powerful and multi-tasking Aloe Vera ingredient. The Honey provides micronutrients and moisturises also protecting your eyes from the ill effects of the sun and environment. Dark circles are  reduced, with bags and fine lines being washed away, giving a flawless, natural result. At AED99 it’s a real bargain!

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7. Overnight cream

Can you tell I like to mix and match different skin care brands?!  Let’s say that I like the best of both (in this case 7) worlds!

Another product I discovered at a recent bloggers event is the Elemis FreshSkin Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser (AED125) which works to rejuvenate & replenish your skin whilst you’re asleep. You’ll woke up with deeply moisturised and restore skin!

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Well there you have it again, my current skin care routine which I hope will inspire some of you to try some (or all) of these fabulous products!

Do share your favorite beauty staples.. I’ll soon be on the look out for new ones :)