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    13 April 2012
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    23 February 2017
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Get all-in-one sun and skin care with the Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing Formula SPF30, a lightweight formula that offers all day protection. Utilising the very latest in skincare advances, the formula delivers high protection from the damaging effects of UV rays while reducing fine lines and the appearance of skin damage. The airless pump dispenser prevents the product from contamination, which is ideal for sensitive skin. Ectoin stimulates cell production for plumper and more youthful looking skin, as well as the enzyme S.O.D. which neutralises free radicals stimulated by sun exposure. Boron Nitride reduces fine lines and reduces moisture loss, so that skin retains its hydration level. The high all-day protection of UVA 98% and UVB SPF 30 together with its water resistant formula makes the Face Anti-Ageing Formula the perfect companion for the summer. Its non-greasy formula makes for a lightweight and easy way to wear sunscreen. Vegan. At the request of Ultrasun we are unable to ship their products to China, Hong Kong SAR China, Macau SAR China, and Taiwan.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Simple, effective and no breakouts
Date:23 February 2017
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I've been using this as my daily moisturiser since I started trying to fade my sun damage 18 months ago. It's excellent, giving great all day protection without breaking me out in spots. For me this is the holy grail of suncare, as almost all 30+ spfs turn me into Spotty Muldoon.
My skin is in good condition, too, as I can put a hydrating serum underneath in the winter to combat dryness and a matifying one in the summer. My top tip is to use this as your day cream, then just whisk a little face powder and/or bronzer over the top for a really natural day look (I favour the Guerlain Teracotta Jolie Teint powder).
+1point
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Blur the appearance of pores, blemishes and fine lines with La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, a new generation skincare hybrid that absorbs oil all day long. Specifically tailored for oily skin, BB Blur will provide day-long control of shine with Aircilium, a cutting-edge ingredient that forms a supple and resistant film over the skin that smoothes its surface whilst letting it breathe. NASA-used Aircilium absorbs 3 times its weight in oil, keeping the skin matte and unified with a velvet finish. Added Perlite composed of silica is 5 times more powerful than talc, and protects against humidity with its continuous blotting paper effect. Suitable for the most sensitive of skin, the skin-perfecting formula contains blurring technology that scatters light to visibly fade pores and fine lines. The cream mousse contains shade adapting pigments that work to colour match the skin on application, whilst providing medium coverage that will erase imperfections and leave a radiant, flawless finish. Apply daily to clean, dry skin for an instantly mattified complexion. Paraben free. Oil free. Non-comedogenic.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Quick, easy and effective for a lazy Mum
Date:20 January 2016
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Eye colour: Blue
Colour appeal: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Longevity: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
I'm a Mum and I'm busy and scatty and I don't really bother with foundation apart from on special occasions. I have combination/oily skin with spots sometimes (especially in the summer) and I'm 50 this year, so I have some redness and broken capillaries on my chin and cheeks and around my nose, along with some hyperpigmentation around the edges of my face. (Writing it down makes me think I really ought to wear a full face of full cover foundation every day!)
Anyway, I'm too busy and lazy to bother putting a full face on every day; usually I get by with brushing my hair and putting on some mascara. But this was like using moisturiser, so it's easy. It feels very odd at first because it's a mousse that comes out of a tube, so the texture feels a bit dry or pasty, but it has lots of silicone in it so it slips across the skin easily and blends out smoothly.
It has adaptable technology, so as you start to rub it in, there is a darker and more tanned moment as the pigment releases, but it blends in well and gives a nice even light coverage. I have Light/Medium and it's great on my yellow-toned pale skin, even now in midwinter.
The finish is lovely and velvety without being chalkily matte, and I can still see my freckles through the coverage but my redness is taken right down. I love the effect it gives me - I look like myself but better.
+4points
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 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Fulfil your desire for lush, incredibly intense lashes with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has been created with a nourishing, collagen-fuelled, clump-free formula enriched with film-forming polymers for smudge-proof long lasting wear. Acacia Senegal tree extract thickens for larger than life lashes, whilst unique peptides provide a truly deep, intense black. The specially designed brush has a unique shape that will give extraordinary base-to-tip curl with voluptuous volume. One coat of this wonder blend and lashes are full, defined and lusciously long. Two coats and they're reaching unimaginable heights. Three coats and you'll be hooked forever. Apply to the base of your lashes and sweep upwards, whilst gently moving the brush back and forth. Add additional layers until you're happy with the finished look.
 
Overall Rating: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Nope, not even better than a snog.
Date:12 October 2014
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin tone: Fair
Eye colour: Blue
Colour appeal: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Ease of use: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Longevity: 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Oh dear. I wanted to like this. I love the name! I love the claims! But it didn't live up to any of them. I may try using the formula on a different brush to see if it's any better and then comb through, but frankly, the performance so far has been deeply disappointing.
Yes, it's black. That's the best thing I can say - good pigmentation.
But the gloomy formulation and awkward brush give little or no lash separation or definition and quite a few problems with clumping. I think I may even have seen some flakes.
Not worth the money to me, I'm afraid. If I am going to splash £19 on a mascara, Escentual have plenty of other brands that do what they claim. I'll go for one of those instead.
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Gently cleanse your sensitive, normal to dry skin with the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, an ultra-mild, non-rinse micellar water cleanser and make-up remover. Created to suit the needs of those who experience skin irritation and redness, the alcohol-free formula soothes and cools as it cleanses. Sensibio H2O guarantees cutaneous and ocular tolerance for the skin and the eyes with its physiological pH and soap-free base. The cleanser removes impurities using micelles, which micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin's balance. Added decongesting active ingredients prevent irritation, making the skin feel instantly refreshed, perfectly clean and free from all make-up - including water resistant mascara. Use twice daily, in the morning and in the evening. Soak a cotton pad with the Sensibio H2O solution, and cleanse the face and eyes. Repeat with more cotton pads until they come away clean. The solution is no-rinse, but you should gently dab your face with a clean towel after use. The Bioderma Sensibio H2O micelle water is fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and contains no phenoxyethanol.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
It's as good as they say
Date:27 July 2014
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I read about this product on a few blogs and decided to try it. I'm a lazy trout and want the simplest, fastest way to get all my makeup off at the end of the day, or wipe off the grease and grime if I've been au naturel. So I've tried various different products and micellaires. This one really does knock the old socks off.
It gets off my mascara and my eyeliner (not all micellaires do that, as I favour Benefit's They're Real mascara and Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliner) and it leaves my skin feeling clean when I use it just as a simple cleanser. No, it doesn't open your pores and scrub them out, but that's not its job - for that you need to get out your big guns and your exfoliators. This does what it's supposed to do and it does it very well. This is the best micellaire I've tried, and I've tried a lot of them.
+1point
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Repair and soothe with Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream, a fragrance-free barrier cream that will relieve discomfort caused by a variety of dry skin irritations in babies, children and adults. Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream is the perfect skin healing solution for the whole family. Packed full of healing agents, its protective formula stimulates keratinocytes migration which repairs broken, irritated skin 2.5 times faster than your body's natural healing process. Its rich creamy texture glides across skin instantly soothing the affected skin for a feeling of comfort that lasts. Infused with postbiotic biotechnological, C+ RestoreTM, which relieves cracking, tightness and redness due to dry or irritated skin. Together, with the anti-bacterial zinc and copper complex, which ensure your best hygiene to minimise further irritation. Finally, a hydrating dose of Avene thermal spring water will naturally calm angry skin as well as help to soften it. Why We Love It There's nothing better than finding a skincare product that your whole family can use. Whether it's nappy rash, scratches, hair removal, peri-oral irritation, superficial cuts, post-superficial sunburn or intimate itching, this cream will ensure all your loved ones irritated, dry skin is taken care of. Its handy tube design makes applying this cream easy and ensures the formula stays hygienic. How To Use It Ensure that skin is clean and dry before applying the cream to the affected area twice a day. Works Well With For the ultimate repairing skin regime use this cream alongside any other product within the Avene Cicalfate collection. Values Fragrance-free, preservative-free. Non-comedogenic.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The only thing my allergic skin could tolerate
Date:27 July 2014
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I recently had an allergic reaction to a shampoo that sent my whole face and eyes into a meltdown. My eyelids had excema-like red, itchy weals on them, my scalp was on fire and I was going crazy trying not to scratch myself raw.
Because I didn't want to use hydrocortisones on my face, I picked up a tube of Cicalfate at Escentual's shop in Cardiff and it was my saviour. It was literally the only thing that could calm the itching and soothe my angry skin. I put it on several times a day, as and when I needed it - even on my eyelids - and my skin healed beautifully. It is now a very definite 'must have' in my bathroom cabinet. I will be trying it on all kinds of skin problems.
+1point
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 Eye Makeup Remover Lotion 100ml
Eye Makeup Remover Lotion 100ml
Remove your eye makeup the gentle way with the Klorane Eye Makeup Remover, a mild solution that is especially suitable for sensitive skin. The soothing Eye Makeup Remover clarifies the very fragile eye contour without irritation, as its pH is similar to that of tears. Completely safe for contact lens wearers, the solution is also hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist, and dermatologist tested. The softening and anti-inflammatory properties of French cornflower has been traditionally used for centuries in skincare. The cornflower used in this remover has been harvested during full blossom and dried out in special clay ovens. The resulting cornflower water is distilled from these flowers with all of the precious active ingredients and purity still intact, making for a potent and effective natural extract.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
It's a classic for a reason
Date:22 April 2013
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I started using Klorane eye makeup remover decades ago, when it was reviewed in the glossy magazines as a wonderful new thing. It is no longer a new thing, but it is still wonderful.
Over the years, I have used many eye makeup removers, with different levels of success. Some make your eyes sting: Klorane doesn't. Some make the eye area greasy or tight: Klorane doesn't. Some aren't able to dissolve all the mascara and eyeliner I wear, leaving me needing to scrub at them: Klorane doesn't.
It's simple and very effective and it doesn't sting your eyes or leave them red from scrubbing. (I should point out that I don't wear waterproof mascara.) It's a classic for a reason; the same reason I'm still using it after all these years. It's very good.
+2points
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 Vichy Normaderm Night Detox 40ml
Vichy Normaderm Night Detox 40ml
Target the causes of oily skin as you sleep with the purifying Vichy Normaderm Night Detox moisturiser. Normaderm Night Detox is ideal for both teenagers and adults whose skin produces too much sebum over night, which can lead to blemishes and greasiness. Designed to regulate your complexion during these crucial twilight hours, the lightweight fluid offers oil-free, targeted care that's even suitable for sensitive skin. The supercharged formula tightens pores, evens the skin's texture, reduces imperfections and enhances radiance for clear and purified skin upon waking. Though powerful and effective, Normaderm Night Detox is kind to the skin, with an infusion of Vichy's famously soothing thermal spa water. Apply every night to clean and dry skin, avoiding the eye contour area. Tested under dermatological control, paraben-free, hypoallergenic and non comedogenic.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Excellent night-time spot treatment
Date:13 April 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I am in my mid forties and am suffering from hormone-related spots on my jawline. I thought I grew out of this kind of breakout when I left my teens!
I've tried various old tricks to clear up my spots and nothing worked. It just seemed to be getting worse. Then I took advantage of the 1/3 off off in March to try a couple of spot treatments from brands I already use and trust. This was one.
I already used Vichy Normaderm Triactif daily moisturiser and found it good, so I decided to try adding this to my routine. It has done the trick. It's taken a couple of weeks of nightly use, along with a careful cleansing routine and an occasional daytime reapplication of La Roche Posay Effaklar AI blemish treatment on the worst of the zits to bring them under control.
Unlike many spot treatments, this one smells nice and doesn't dry my skin out or leave it stinging or flaky. It's a cream, but it's definitely not greasy. It's easy to apply and rub in and it seems to be working very effectively to reduce the spots that were there and keep new ones from appearing.
I'd recommend it. It's not harsh and it works.
+7points
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 Normaderm Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care 50ml
Normaderm Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care 50ml
Care for oily skin with the Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Anti-Imperfection Hydrating Care, an all-in-one, daily-use hydrator that is clinically proven to fight the cycle of imperfections. The lightweight, oil-free fluid treats imperfections, provides 24 hour hydration and leaves a long lasting matte finish. Its unique Hydra Peeling technology is a new association of 3 peeling ingredients in daily hydrating care (salicyclic acid, glycolic acid, LHA). The three ingredients are combined in a hydrating emulsion-gel texture that is quickly absorbed into the skin and provides a matte finish. Normaderm Tri-Activ provides anti-sebum and anti humidity action to reduce shine and minimise the appearance of pores. Within 7 days the skin appears clearer and healthier-looking. The skin's texture is smoother and complexion is purified. Cleanse the skin thoroughly, before covering the complexion with a thin layer one to three times daily. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, paraben-free.
 
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Ideal for combination skin with imperfections
Date:13 April 2012
Location: South Wales, UK
Age: 40 or older
Gender: Female
Skin type: Combination
Fragrance appeal: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Effectiveness: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ease of use: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I am in my mid-forties and have fair, freckled skin which is oily in the t-zone and less oily on the cheeks. In hot conditions, I tend to become oilier, and I also suffer from spots on my jawline, linked to hormonal imbalances.
This Vichy moisturiser is the good quality you expect from the brand, and it does indeed leave my skin matt and keep it matt (apart from when the temperature is in the 90s, when nothing can hold back the oil). However, unlike many mattifying moisturisers, this one hydrates my skin, so I don't get tight or itchy skin on my cheeks, and my wrinkles don't get any worse.
This moisturiser neatly balances my ageing skin's need for hydration with my desire not to look like an oil slick. Furthermore, it doesn't make me break out in spots and is 'safe' to carry on using as my daily moisturiser when I am suffering with an attack of the zits. I use the Normaderm Night to help deal with the spots, as that seems to be stronger. This is gentler for daily use and just keeps things under control.
I recommend this. It's a repurchase, which says a lot. It's a great daily moisturiser which does everything I need it to. And I'm awkward and demanding.
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