In September, I extolled the virtues of my favourite quick cleanser (and I still love it lots!)…
Bioderma Crealine / Sensibio H2O Cleanser – Review – Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
So, this is it…
The Holy Grail of cleansers.. used by celebrities, models, MUA and now me.
Does it live up to the hype?
Actually it is pretty awesome.
However, let’s be clear – this ain’t some miracle “1 swipe all makeup gone” cleanser… which although tempting to imagine, is utter nonsense. Infact, I don’t find it as effective on my eyes as my Boots Botanics eye makeup remover (the dual phase one) but let’s not forget that Bioderma is working it’s magic without the help of various oils.
This stuff is plain Jane. If it didn’t have a label on it announcing the contents – I could easily mistake it for half a litre of Evian. It’s odourless and colourless with a texture just like water.
And this is where it’s greatest strength lies, it is incredibly gentle on the delicate eye area and does a good job at removing all sorts of makeup including waterproof mascara. I still cleanse afterwards with water and whatever happens to be ”cleanser of the month” sitting by my sink… but this is just so handy to dip a q-tip into to neaten up your eyemakeup or lipline.
There’s gonna be someone out there who’s skin is sensitive to this stuff… but I’d be happy to bet they’re few and far between. After cleansing, my skin feels clean, non-tacky, non-oily and surprisingly soothed and moisturised. If I ever go camping or backpacking (heaven forbid) I’d make sure this was safely packed before I’d even think about packing knickers.
Bioderma have recently rebranded this from “Crealine” to “Sensibio” so if you’re after a bottle, make sure you look out for either name – they’re the same product.
You can purchase a 500ml bottle from the UK at LeGuideSante for a reasonable £8.45 however shipping is a prohibitive £6.50. Better yet, bribe someone holidaying in France to look it up for you and bring it back as a pressie (like I did – fanks Mum!)
We all went on an Aussie adventure (yes, even Leila!)
My Aussie Adventure! – Monday, September 7th, 2009
I received a curious invitation a few weeks ago inviting me to take part in a 3 part Aussie event, the first involving a “Secret Silos Treasure Hunt”. I was left feeling slightly confused by the invitation – but as a nerdy geocacher, there was simply no way I was going to be able to resist a ‘treasure hunt’.
Roll forward a couple of weeks and I received a strange purple envelope in the mail… upon opening it, I saw this:
There was also a solitary silver key rattling about in the bottom of the envelope… hmm, curiouser and curiouser!
Come Saturday morning, there was I, eager eyed and bushy tailed. I dragged my husband and daughter down to the train station to come along with me for the day. She’d never been to the “big smoke” before.
Here she is, looking like a little troll waiting for the train:
Upon arrival, I knew exactly where I was headed to find the Secret Silo. A couple of years ago I’d had to make my way to The Strand to get a last minute visa for a trip to Sydney… so when we got off the train at Victoria, we marched straight to Australia House!
Here’s one for the fact fans, Australia House was the setting for Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – ooh! Didn’t know that did you?
As we rounded the corner, I saw a couple of silver trunks and a solitary figure suspiciously hanging about under the “Australia House” sign that you can see in the above pic. I approached him cautiously incase I had got the location completely wrong, but when I saw the Aussie Roo logo on one of the trunks I gave him a big smile and waved my key about under his nose!
The suspicious man turned out to be a rather nice fellow called Tim, who chatted to me about the event whilst Leila tried to work her charms on him.
Using my mysterious silver key to open up the trunk, he pulled out this rather lovely (and big!) box which he said was full of some lovely goodies – woo hoo!
Before leaving, he took a piccie of me holding my ‘goodie box’ under the “Australia House” sign (I looked a complete state!) Paul and Leila ran away when the camera was produced – scaredy cats!
After all that excitement and adventure we scooted off to Soho to get a coffee and do some window shopping before a very weary trio headed back home to Southampton on the train.
Once home, I was barely through the door before I was pulling off the cover and opening my Aussie goody box!
Lots of Miracle Moist (I already have a bottle of the shampoo, so know I lurve this stuff!), A mini bottle of the 3 Minute Miracle – I know this is cult, but I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never tried it – can’t wait to give it a go and you can expect a review soon! I also got a huge bottle of 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Remedy (will it tame my flyaways I wonder?)
Now, as if that weren’t enough. There was also a £25 Topshop gift card lurking in the bottom of the box! Wowee! I’ve already planned my shopping spree – thanks Aussie! I believe some ladies were also lucky enough to get a £50 spa voucher! But my box didn’t have one of those (boo!) so I’m not sure if they were prizes for being ‘first finders!’ I should have got my brood up earlier!
Last but not least, there were some little cards for me to hand out… so here we go, a virtual handing out!
YES, that means YOU! Go check it out!
Thanks for a super and VERY original afternoon Aussie!
and I went all “Maybe She’s Born With It…” wish a trip to L’oreal HQ
Maybelline Bloggers Event 10/09 – Saturday, September 12th, 2009
I’m not going to give a blow by blow account of the evening as this will probably be the 27th recap of the event you’ve read on various blogs over the past 24hours, and they’d all be far better than mine. Instead I will simply say that I had a lovely time, met lots of lovely people, got lots of lovely makeup and learnt a little bit more about one of the world’s biggest cosmetic brands.
What I want to do instead, is share a few pictures from the evening and finish off with a FOTD styled entirely with the Maybelline products I received and some very quick thoughts on each product.
haha! look at that saddo pointing at the L’oreal sign, what a mupp….oh.
One of the motivations for the blogger event was to demonstrate and promote 2 of Maybelline’s latest product releases: Pulse Perfection Mascara (new to me!) and Color Sensational Lipsticks (which I’m already a big fan of). These deserve posts of their own, so you can expect some kind of review coming up in the next couple of weeks.
I also wanted to mention the friendliness of everyone involved in the organisation of the event. It was heart-warming to see the Maybelline ladies so interested in our obsessive little world of beauty blogging, they seemed to be both fascinated and bemused by our community and how we all know one-another through the written medium, but meet up in real life and treat each other like long lost buds! It was clear that they were enthusiastic for the brand and worked hard to explain and demonstrate the products. Nothing was too much trouble. So thanks Katie (x2 – one of which I baby bored to death, sorry!) and Charlotte (great name) for such an engaging brand experience. Also, a big thanks to Natalie at HeadstreamPR for all her hard work, answering stupid questions and being a fab Saints fan (ok, so not relevant… but it SO is, shutup).
So, on to my Maybelline FOTD!
I’m not naked, honest.
She definitely wasn’t born with it *cough*.
Here’s the products used:
~ Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation in Light Porcelain (Really love the feel of this on the skin & a nice skintone match - average longevity… finish was beautifully soft and smooth and I can’t stop touching my face – spots for me tomorrow!)
~ Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Concealer (Nice match for my skin, works under eye without creasing – doesn’t give amazing blemish coverage though.)
~ Maybelline Expertwear Blush in Rose (Ha! Nearly didn’t bother opening this as I thought it would totally suck and I was really rather surprised.. shade was lovely on, a great matte blush which builds pigmentation nicely on my ultra pale skin for a subtle sweep of colour).
~ Maybelline Eyecolour Express in Vintage Rose (I REALLY like this, so easy for on the go.. it’s something I would normally totally turn my nose up, so I’m very happy to have received this to try.)
~ Maybelline Eyestudio Mono in Black Metal (blends much more easily than I thought it would, great with a swipe of UDPP underneath)
~ Maybelline Line Definer (well pigmented with a lovely firm but non-scratchy applicator. Unfortunately, my pen is leaking badly, so I’ve had to bin it.)
~ Maybelline Kohl Express (very soft, beautifully pigmented, average longevity)
~ Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara (hate the packaging; love, love the product!)
~ Maybelline Superstay Color in Red Passion (Sian already told me I’d love this, she was RIGHT!) Awesome pigmentation, look at that glossy red! As long lasting as you’d want without fading unevenly. It is still drying though… benchmarks: Less drying than Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick, more drying than GOSH Everlasting Lips.
I shall definitely be adding The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara to my mascara series for further review and I’ll be testing the foundation more before passing final judgement. I also have another Superstay Lip Colour in my stash and I really want to try some of the more pinky or nude shades (26 shades in total!).. so stand by for further posts on those too!
OK, so about my FOTD (or perhaps FOTN is more apt.) I chose a slightly more dramatic FOTD (for me, anyway) because I’ve been noticing that Maybelline products are pushing the envelope more than ever in terms of their reputation as just another high street/drugstore brand for cosmephobes* (that word is in the dictionary, go look it up if you don’t believe me).
You only need to look at some of the recent releases to draw this conclusion, which is why I tried for something that would not be particularly work or school-safe… in essence, a look that you’d usually use your ‘best’ makeup to achieve instead of the high-street brands. Well, looksee… this high street brand is keeping up admirably!
None of the products gave me application difficulties (unless you count my leaky eyeliner) and all powders blended seamlessly. The effect is slightly more smoky than the photos suggest and I’m still wondering what the postman thought of me rocking this look as I opened the door early this morning burp cloth in one hand, baby in the other… pair of fluffy slippers completing the ensemble.
I lastly want to give a quick shout out to the lovely ladies who went shopping with me yesterday afternoon… we had a neat time in Charles Fox, MAC, Shu Uemura, Space NK et al… perfect enablers… each and every one of them! Sian, Sophie, Lydia and Leanne – thank you for being so much fun!
* cosmephobe – ok, I lied, Did you really try look it up? Go on, tell me! Did you really? I would be so embarrassed if I was you right now…
Hope I’m no boring you too much with these lookbacks! It’s really hard to pick just 3 from a month when I post so much!