Starting my French beauty affair

Sorry for the lack of posts of late. I have been super busy with SELF Organics (my little biz) and I will be sharing what went down at my first market stall. So watch out for that will be my next post…today it’s all about my French beauty affair!

It was around a year ago now that I was introduced to a range of skincare that would change my life! It so happened to be a coincidence that I stumbled across Bioderma, as I entered an online competition held by another beauty blogger and surprisingly won! The only knowledge of Bioderma at the time was very little and all I heard about this product was that it was hard to get in Australia and it was also one of the best make up removers.

And since that day, I have been a faithful follower of the Bioderma Crealine and Sebium facial cleansers! Whenever I would talk about this product to people, they would have already heard the hype but may not have tried it. Now it is made widely available in Australia at Priceline and Terry White Pharmacists, and everytime I walk into those stores the shelf is very much empty.

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Last week I met with Arnaud who represents a company in Australia called Cosmetiques de France. He came all the way to Perth to specifically talk to fellow blogger Sophie from Born to Buy and I about the Bioderma, Uriage and Nuxe range. It was an exciting experience to hear from the horse’s mouth about these beautiful products. We sat down at Subiaco’s Cafe Cafe with our fat buttery croissants and me with my chai (so typical of me!) to talk about beauty.

It was very interesting to learn about dermacosmetics and how they are specifically formulated to treat skin problems such as acne, rosacea, ezcema and other types. All the three brands are considered dermacosmetics but they all focus on different ingredients to solve these issues. Nuxe uses botanical extracts and their outstanding product is the Huile Prodigieuse (Dry Oil), Uriage uses a properties of thermal water and Bioderma is recommended by Dermatologists for its treatment of skin disorders. They have to go through strict measures to ensure that they are beneficial for the skin and can be a product that solves skin problems, otherwise they wouldn’t have the support of Dermatologists.

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I learnt so much, and my interest has always been in skincare. When the meeting was over, Arnaud pulled out a goodie bag with products to try and review.  I have heard only positives about them over the bloggasphere and can’t wait to get into them and share my experience. The one I am most interested in is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, or dry oil. Only because it is such a versatile oil that can be used on the face, body and hair…and I am that kind of ‘one product does all’ kind of girl.

So tell me…have you tried any of these brands before? Have you thought about buying a product from a chemist that can help with your skin problems?

We’re having a long weekend here in Western Australia. So I can’t wait to catch up with my R&R because it seems to be non-existent this week. I may have forgotten how to do this…Hope you have a great weekend!

E-von

 

Repurchased 2013 favourites

In 2013, I discovered a lot about my skincare and make up routine that have seem to stick with me. It surprises me actually, because when I finish one product I tend to try out something else. It is very seldom that I repurchase a beauty product unless it has absolutely blown me off my feet!

So I decided to stay loyal this time, because these products made my skin happy in 2013. And I have gone and repurchased the following two in the Priceline post Christmas sales. Do you remember when they were having 40% off make up and skincare. It was the perfect time to get back these winners.

I’m sure many of those in the beauty blogging world would have come across the Bioderma Sebium makeup remover. This stuff has almost reached cult status. It simple melts the makeup away leaving the skin feeling refreshed and cleansed. Like with most make up removers I feel I have to go through a second cleanse, but this does the job first time every time!

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I couldn’t find the exact bottle on the shelves at Priceline so I went with the last of the Bioderma Crealine. And this does the exact same thing, cleanses the skin without the harsh smell of regular perfumed cleansers. This is a large 250 ml bottle too, so I wonder how long will this last me. The little one took me 6 months!

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Next, is the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation in Nude. It has SPF 20 and the coverage is light but buildable. This one has stuck with me throughout 2013 and will also be with me through 2014. I found I stopped using my Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour foundation because it was just too heavy and made me break out so I changed to Revlon’s Nearly Naked foundation instead. It has saved my hip pocket and it feels so smooth and comfortable on the skin.

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Well…I sure was a good little beauty blogger post Christmas, as I restrained myself from overspending. Sometimes these sales can trick me into buying more than I need. And then they end up at the back of the beauty cabinet! However, these two I definitely will NEED in the new year…can’t see how I will live without them.

Do you have any make up or skin care favourites that you have repurchased? What is it and how many times is your greatest repurchase?

Hope you’re all loving the short working week!

E-von