Bioderma Crealine H2O

Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm definitely no stranger to micellar waters. I've made my way through the UK's various offerings over the past couple of years and while I've enjoyed using them, Bioderma has always sat at the very top of my to-try list. Unfortunately, it's not the easiest thing to get hold of in the UK (although it is starting to pop up in some pharmacies, especially in the South!), so I made a mental note to grab a bottle during a recent trip to Paris. This stuff is a cult favourite in the beauty industry and has a very loyal following, so I was excited to finally put it to the test myself.

Bioderma is a gentle, water based cleansing makeup remover. To use, you simply soak a cotton pad and wipe over your face - fuss free and easy! For more stubborn eye makeup it takes a little longer - it helps to hold the cotton pad down for a few seconds to help dissolve the makeup before swiping away, but generally this stuff does a great job of ridding my eyes of even waterproof mascara. This is a makeup remover rather than a cleanser, so I make an effort to follow up with a more traditional cleanser to make sure my face is squeaky clean. However, for lazy (or slightly tipsy!) evenings, the Bioderma alone does the job well enough.

For me, Bioderma beats other the micellar waters I've tried because it's so ridiculously gentle yet effective at the same time. Other offerings have been either a little too harsh and stung when I've used them around the eyes, or been gentle but not quite up to par in terms of makeup removal. Using Bioderma feels exactly like using water, except much more effective. My only wish is that it was more readily available - I'd love to be able to pop to Boots to stock up when my current bottle starts running low, the way I do with my L'Oreal or Vichy versions - however it's easy enough to find online. I'm pretty sure that it works out cheaper to buy from France (I think I paid around ten euros for a 500ml bottle from City Pharma), so I'm kinda kicking myself for not filling my suitcase full of the stuff when I was in Paris! I think it's safe to say that I'm definitely a Bioderma convert. 

You can find Bioderma online at Escentual, Amazon and John Bell & Croydon, among others. Prices vary.  

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I used to be a little dubious when it came to facial oils - although my skin isn't overly oily, the thought of slathering oil directly onto my face sounded like the perfect recipe for greasiness and breakouts. So, while I'd heard great things, it was somewhat tentatively that I first put Balance Me's Radiance Face Oil to the test... I've been using this oil on and off for over a year now and needless to say, I was completely wrong - this stuff is simply wonderful.

Containing a cocktail of nourishing and natural ingredients such as Amazonian buriti nut, moringa and camellia oils, Balance Me claim that this oil boosts and smooths the skin, while adding a healthy dose of radiance. I like to use this on a night a couple of times a week, before moisturiser and after serum, focusing on the drier areas of my face such as around my nose and then rubbing any residue over the rest of my skin. By morning it has completely sunk in leaving absolutely no greasiness - just smoother, nourished, soft skin. I really love this oil and while I've strayed a couple of times and tried other brands, this is one that I keep coming back to as it simply does the job perfectly.

I have the handy 10ml rollerball version of the oil, which retails for £15, but also available is a 30ml bottle for £30. You only need a really tiny amount for the entire face so you while it may initially seem a little on the pricy side, it lasts forever. It's definitely one that I will continue to repurchase as it has become a part of my skincare routine that I can't imagine being without.

And Katie © // QUINN CREATIVEs