Are you obsessed with French skincare yet? Because I totally am…

Beauty bloggers have been singing the praises of the French pharmacy brand La Roche Posay for a few years now. It took me a while to give into the hype, but ever since I started sampling the other French brands they share the shelves with – Vichy and Avène, to name a few – I can see why they’re all so popular!

If you haven’t spotted them before in Boots, they’re easy to single out when you know what to look for. The products usually have white, minimalist packaging, and very chic French-sounding names, like “UV Légère” and “Idealia”. Oooh.

At about £15-£20 on average, they’re at a pretty perfect price point à mon avis: that middle ground between cheap and blah drugstore options and premium brands like Clarins and Clinique.

And best of all, even though they’re “pharmacy” brands by trade, the ingredients are as well thought-out as the premium options.

The vast majority are paraben-free, for starters. Then you get onto labels like “non-comedogenic” and “hypoallergenic”, spot-busting ingredients like salicylic acid, moisture-locking gems like hyaluronic acid, added vitamins to prevent wrinkles, and both UVA and UVB protection.

Finally, most of the lotions and potions are fortified by some kind of thermal spa water. Although I’m not entirely sure what that means.

Either way, I’m hooked. And my skin is happy.

So if you’re currently shelling out for premium skincare options, or fancy stepping up from Nivea and Simple, why not give the frenchies a go?

Vous ne regretterez rien.



Review: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

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If you’re anything like me and have combination skin, you’ll know what a nightmare it is to find the right moisturiser!

Anything rich enough to tackle that parched feeling on your forehead completely overwhelms your oily nose and chin. Meanwhile, everything that gently moisturises your oily nose and chin is not enough for your fod.

The obvious solution is to buy two moisturisers to do two different jobs. But there’s a pretty large spanner in the works where that’s concerned, and it’s called money.

So, I looked at The Body Shop’s Seaweed range. Which is specifically designed for combination skin.

And did I like it? Well, it’s a combination.

One one hand, the Mattifying Day Cream did do the job nicely. It had a vaguely gel-like consistency which didn’t feel too heavy on the oily parts of my face, while the thirst of my forehead was suitably quenched.

On the other hand, the stuff smells like seaweed. As in, it smells like the sea. And not in a good way. In a fishy way.

So yeah. Make what you will of that.

And in the mean time, I’ll continue my search for a nice, non-fishy face cream.


Remember, remember…


Another day, another birthday bath product. As tonight is the 5th of November – a night of bonfires and fireworks in the UK – it seemed thematically appropriate to lob something in the bath that promised a spectacle, too. [Edit: tonight WAS the 5th of November. Scheduling fail!] So I chose Lush’s Northern Lights bath bomb, which my sister bought me for my birthday.

I struggled to put my finger on the scent. It’s got something floral or herbal there – I was reminded of liquorice – but there was also a charcoaly, ashy scent that felt very apt on bonfire night. According to the Lush website, it’s meant to smell like jasmine and ylang ylang, so I was sort of there with the floral thing!


Once I’d lobbed it in the bath, the jasmine and ylang ylang really came through. I only used half the product, but my whole bathroom (and some of the hallway) smelled like a spa afterwards. The scent also stayed on my skin, which was nice, and it felt lovely and soft afterwards.


The best thing about Northern Lights is definitely the light show. The purple outer soon starts fizzing when you throw it in the water, and after the water turns purple too, bright yellow swirls start to appear, and there are hints of bright blue in the centre of the bath bomb too. As with all Lush products, it’s impressive that Northern Lights has such bright colours as well as beautiful smells.


Have you tried any of Lush’s limited edition products? What did you reckon? Remember remember to leave a comment!

Effie xx

Review: Lush Limited Edition Gold Fun


My sister was kind enough to buy me the limited edition Gold Fun for my birthday, and I couldn’t wait to try it!

If you haven’t experienced Fun before, it’s a colourful putty-like product designed for use in the bath or shower. It lathers up nicely, contains skin and hair-helping things like bergamot oil and sweet wild orange oil, and of course it smells beautiful. Which is particularly rewarding when you sniff it for the first time, expecting to smell salty play dough. You don’t. It’s nice.

When I added some Fun to my bath, I discovered that a little bit goes a long way. I moulded a little star out of the gold putty, and it produced all these bubbles!



I think it’s fair to say it lathered very well, but most of the bubbles disappeared when I got in the bath. It didn’t matter though, the water smelled fantastic and had a beautiful gold tint to it. Sometimes when Lush produces yellow or orange bath bombs, people say they give the water a bit of a…well, excuse my frankness, a pissy quality. But this felt very luxurious. If I looked closely, I could also see little flecks of glitter shimmering in the water, which was a nice effect.

That’s something worth noting, actually. Glitter. With a few of the Christmas bath bombs, people complain that they get out of the bath looking like a bauble themselves. We all know how glitter sticks to skin at the best of times, but when your skin is damp, it just won’t come off.


I had no such problems with Gold Fun – even when I smoothed the stuff onto my skin, the shimmer left it instantly when I washed it off. Ideal!

Luckily, the scent of the stuff didn’t wash off – I’m still sniffing my arms now. To give you an idea, if you like ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ and ‘It’s Raining Men’, you’ll love this too. It’s sweet but not sickly so, and has a certain toffee-ish richness to it, which I can’t get enough of. It’s also left my skin feeling nice and soft, which is great.

Oh, and did I mention you can make shapes out of it?

Thank you Maddie for such a tasty birthday treat! I can’t wait to use it again! Xx