Angelica has combination skin
"Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99): I’m not usually one to reach for cookbooks but I've really enjoyed reading this one. Now, this isn't your average cookbook. Yes, there are recipes (and my goodness are some of them yummy- I’I've made one of the soups and they were delicious) but what it offers that is different is that you can choose a recipe based on any of your skin’s needs. I suffer from mild Roseacea (a skin concern that this book covers) and the tips it has given me to help improve my skin have been so useful. It’s very easy to follow and I feel as though if you’re a lover of beauty and food then you’d probably enjoy reading it.
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic* (Liz Earle*, 30ml-200ml, ££5.50 - £36.75): Oh Liz Earle, you've done it again. I’m a very recent convert to Liz Earle’s skincare products but they just keep winning me over. The Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer is a toner, with the most gorgeous floral scent, that delivers a really fine spray of product. I find that it really soothes and calms my skin (which is fantastic as I have quite sensitive, dry cheeks) and it leaves my face just a little bit more balanced and refreshed after cleansing. I find it particularly good to use after I've removed heavy make-up as it gives my skin the added TLC it needs.
Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate* (Liz Earle*, 2ml-28ml, £6 - £40.50): I’m a big lover of facial oils, I really think that they can do so much for your skin. Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate has been particularly good for my skin over the last couple of months. It’s quite a rich oil but it isn’t too heavy. I apply one to two pumps every evening before bed and all the product completely absorbs into my skin with no issues. At first, I found the scent a little bit overbearing and was worried it would aggravate my skin. However, I’ve been using it consistently for months with no bad reaction. I’ve found that it does wonders for balancing out my combination skin – my t-zone gets less oily and my cheeks are much less dry. If you have combination skin then this may well be the facial oil that your skincare routine needs.
La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector* (Boots*, 15ml, £9.50): Spot treatments are an essential product for me as my skin still behaves as though I were a teenager. The Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector is among my two favourite products to reach for when I have a blemish. I apply a small amount straight from the tube and I find that it gently exfoliates my skin whilst also calming the spot. The result – spots appear far less visible with less chance of any dark pigmentation left behind. I’m a La Roche Posay convert and I’d very highly recommend the Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector."
Hayley has combination skin
"Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion* (Liz Earle*, 50ml-150ml, £5.50 - £29.25): I tried Eyebright out in two different ways.It worked to remove light eye makeup but not as well as a micellar water would. I also used it on my ‘naked’ eyes to refresh them when they were puffy but didn't see any results other than a small rash that has lasted for a few weeks. I can’t be sure the rash is caused by the lotion but it was the only different eye product I used over the three weeks the rash developed. With no positive results and my eyes still looking tired on a daily basis I have to say that unfortunately I won’t be keeping Eyebright in my routine.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Light Moisturiser for Combination/Oily* (Liz Earle*, 15ml-50ml, £7.50 - £54.75): Liz Earle moisturisers have been a part of my routine for a few years. Because this moisturiser is so light it makes a smooth base for makeup application, it doesn't sit heavily on the skin so it’s perfect for AM and PM, and it leaves your skin feeling smooth with a healthy glow. I’m very careful when it comes to moisturisers as some have caused breakouts on me, Liz Earle’s Skin Repair has never caused a single breakout on me and because of this it’s one that I repurchase over and over again.
La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector* (Boots*, 15ml, £9.50): I've tried a fair few spot treatments in my time but was yet to try La Roche-Posays offering. I was eager to try it and hopeful that it’d work but I think my spots are far too stubborn and need something that packs a bit more punch. It’s paraben free which is great and it didn't irritate my skin at all, I was surprised that it didn't have the signature sting that most spot treatments have when you apply them; it was a welcome surprise to not have to fan my face while making “ooooh-aaaah-ow” noises.
Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99): This is an interesting read for anyone wanting healthier skin, it gives you helpful tips and yummy recipes that are not only healthy but beneficial for your skin. Dale Pinnock the UK’s first medicinal chef explains simply what your skin needs and how you can incorporate the right vitamins and minerals into your diet."
Nuala has combination skin
"Clear Skin Cookbook* (Viridian Nutrition*, £7.99): I have a confession to make. I don’t read books and I can’t cook to save my life, so The Clear Skin Cookbook is quite a difficult item for me to review. If, unlike me, you do not have the taste pallet of a 2 year old and enjoy reading and cooking, I would recommend checking out the Clear Skin Cookbook because it is contains lots of healthy recipes as well as useful information on how our diet affect the appearance of our skin.
Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Normal/Combination* (Liz Earle*, 15ml - 50ml, £7.50 - £54.75): I’m usually a big fan of Liz Earle products, their Hot Cloth Cleanser and Deep Cleansing Mask work really well for me. I also love the fact that this brand does not test on animals and carries the leaping bunny logo. However I have to be honest and say that this moisturiser broke me out. The formula of this product is very light and it absorbs well into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. The ingredients include echinacea, hops, avocado oil and Vitamin E, and they have been formulated to protect the skin and keep it moisturised. A few days after I started using this product, I broke out. I stopped using the moisturiser until my skin had cleared up. When I decided to give it another go, I broke out again. I think it must be one of the natural ingredients in the product that simply does not agree with my skin which is a shame because I usually love Liz Earle products.
Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot* (Boots*, 15ml, £10.50): This is a spot corrector which you only apply onto your breakout. Like most spot correctors, it tingles slightly when you apply it. This product works really well at reducing the size of spots and making them disappear. I’ve been using this when I break out and it does a great job at making those unsightly blemishes vanish, which is exactly what you need form a spot corrector.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K* (Boots*, 30ml, £13): I was incredibly excited to receive this product because La Roche-Posay is a brand that I keep hearing amazing things about. Their Effaclar K fluid has been designed for oily imperfection prone skin with a dull complexion. Now my skin type is combination. I have an oily T-Zone but my skin feels dry everywhere else. I don’t think this product is suitable for my skin type because it just wasn’t hydrating enough. Having said that, I will be purchasing the Effaclar Duo as I’ve heard so many of my favourite beauty bloggers raving about it. Hopefully it will be more suitable for my skin type!"
Thank you Angelica, Hayley and Nuala for sharing your reviews with us of these fab products! Great to hear you all got on with most of them. Next week we'll be doing the final product reviews, on normal skin. Putting products aimed at maintaining and perfecting normal skin, and whether they really meet their claims. In the mean time, be sure to check out the previous posts in the project!
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