Avene Cleanance Range Review - Mattifying Lotion, Mattifying Lotion and Soothing Cream

I first dabbled into French skincare with La Roche Posay Effaclar products and they quickly became holy grail items. When Farmaline asked if I wanted to try some more French goodies, I jumped at the chance.

You may have heard me mention before that I have extremely oily skin, which is prone to breakouts. My skin has dramatically improved since my teens, but I still have the odd painful breakout around my time of the month. The oiliness hasn't really improved so I look for products to combat this.

Avene's Cleanance range is intended to help fight breakouts and spots and the build up of oil on your face. I was eager to see how this range compared to La Roche Posay's Effaclar line.

Avene Cleanance Mattifying Lotion*
This lotion is inbetween a toner and a acne lotion. I remember having a topical lotion from the doctors when I was younger and this is very similar. You splash a few drops onto a cotton pad and smooth the lotion over your face, avoiding the eye area. I can instantly feel the lotion drying and tightening, to leave a matte complexion. I love the tightening and mattifying feeling, but do avoid this if your skin is dry. Another side note is the smell, it's not the most pleasant smelling product, but I've fallen in love with it, so I'll put up with it!

Avene Cleanance Mattifying Emulsion*
After the lotion has left my skin feeling a little tight, I love to pat some of this moisturiser into the skin. It's very much like La Roche Posay's Effaclar Mat, which I love. I honestly can't tell much difference between them, both add a touch of moisture to keep the skin balanced and both help create a matte base for make-up.

Avene Cleanance Hydra Soothing Cream*
This stuff is a godsend! I often over to it with acne products, as soon as a spot appears I wage a war against it. I use drying lotions and potions to make the little blighter decrease in size, sometimes this can leave the rest of my skin very dry and dehydrated. This cream just lightly rehydrates tand soothes the sore and irritated skin.

I'm very impressed with the Avene Cleanance range, I love it as much as my beloved La Roche Posay products. Have you tried any products from Avene?

*This post contains PR samples

My Red Lipstick Collection and Mini Reviews

I feel more confident with a red lip, so I thought I'd share the rouge hues that I have in my collection.

Red lipstick collection MAC, Lime Crime, Revlon

Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet (Old Version)
There has been a hell of a lot of tweets and blog posts on the #boycotlimecrime thread, I've heard parts of the story but have come to a decision not to buy from Lime Crime again and also give this lip stain away. This one is actually the old formula and honestly I never got on with it, I just kept it for it's cult status. I found it dried to an uncomfortable texture and would ball up in the corners of my mouth, not a good look. I would not recommend this product at all!

Revlon Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow
My blog was named after this Revlon creation; a raspberry red that has my heart. I cannot fault this lipstick, although I do believe that they have discontinued it, but I have a back up. It's a really comfortable matte lipstick that lasts hours. I want to try more shades from the range, as I was really impressed by this product.

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red
A new favourite, I have a rather large MAC lipstick collection and couldn't by pass a red lipstick from MAC. It's a classic mid red with a matte finish, perfect for nights out as it has great staying power.

Red lipstick Collection
NV Colour Cosmetics Lipstick in Siren
NV Colour kindly sent me some goodies to review and this red lipstick really caught my eye. You can read my Siren lipstick review here and view swatches.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang
Again, like the Lime Crime red, I found this lip stain so hard to wear. It was just too thick and no matter how little or carefully I would apply it, it wouldn't sit right and would smudge at the smallest touch. Everyone raved about this release but honestly, this shade and formula didn't work for me.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
Unlike the other red shades I've picked out, this has more of a sheer, glossy finish, opposed to a traditional matte. I reach for this shade when I need a small pop of colour on my lips, but don't to go all out with lipstick and lip liner. It's very moisturising but it does wear off after a few hours. I think if you are going for a red lipstick, you would be better with a matte version of this, as it can slide a little too.

What's your favourite red lipstick?


HAIRCARE: KeraStraight Maintain Conditioner, KeraStraight Glossing Texture Creme and KMS California Free Shape Spray Review

My hair is CRAZY, just unmanageable! Anyone with naturally curly hair will feel my pain. I spend hours blow drying and straightening my mane only for it to curl and wave back to it's natural curl. Girls with straight hair, I envy you!

The lovely people at TheHut.com came to my rescue and sent me some hair goodies to try. I told them of my hair woes and how I dreamed of smooth, frizz-free straight hair and here is what they recommended...

KeraStraight Straight Maintain Conditioner*
Recently I've been doing some research on proteins in haircare, they protect and strengthen the hair with continual use. This conditioner, *here comes the science bit*, has a low PH of 3.5, which helps lock the hair shaft and protects against environmental stress. I really enjoyed using this conditioner, I can't fault it, it left my hair feeling silky smooth!

KeraStraight Glossing Texture Creme*
Another product from the KeraStraight range, and when it's used in conjunction with the conditioner, my hair is so much more manageable. I have used a finishing creme like this before from Tigi Bedhead called After Party, which has a light formula, I find this one from KS to be a little heavier. Don't let that put you off, this beauty item tames all my frizzy ends, keeps my locks moisturised, resulting in my straightened style lasting longer.

KMS California Free Shape 2 in 1 Styling and Finishing Spray*
I've never seen any 2 in 1 products like this, you can use it before and after styling. I'll lightly use this spray before I grab my GHD's, it helps to protect the hair against heat damage and then I'll spritz this after to keep the style in place. It works well to keep my hair straight but it's amazing on holding curls. Seriously you need to try this finishing spray.

I would recommend all 3 of these products, I feel my hair is in a better condition and the products really help to keep frizz at bay.

Have you tried any of these products?


Lush Spring Haul

Lush's little black pots and paper bags filled with sweet smelling bath bombs have slowly invaded my beauty stash. As a New Years Resolution, I wanted to look after my skin more this year. I've been very reluctant to bathe for long periods of time and moisturise after washing, I was more of a quick shower and get dress kinda girl. I've slowly introduced more Lush products to my beauty cupboard, and find myself craving long baths so I can use up the latest bath bomb I've purchased.

Lush Blueberry Mask

As you may have seen from my previous pots, I was kindly invited to a Lush blogger event to preview the Mother's Day and Easter goodies. While the team demonstrated the latest releases I was making a mental shopping list, the ladies at Chester Lush kindly gave us some bits to try out and I topped up my stocks with some more bath bombs and soaps.

I wanted to get this published as soon as possible to avoid the items selling out, so dash to your local store if you like the sound of anything. Also sorry that I haven't unwrapped the items, I just can't take them out of the packets until I use them, I want to keep them all nice, beauty blogger problem ey?! You can see what they look like on the Lush website, if you use the links provided.

Lush Chester Spring Products

It's Raining Men Shower Gel*
This honey scented shower gel just makes me want to sing 'It's Raining Men' in the shower. Yes I'm an excellent shower singer.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Soap*
The solid round of this, which they cut from, is just a rainbow glittery dream. It's an uplifting scent created by Mandarin Oil and Rose Absolute.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt*
This bath bomb has a fizzy outside and a melting inner core, it looked amazing during the demonstration, it's a show stopper. It also reminds me of the golden egg from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask*
This is the mask we made in store with fellow bloggers, I can't wait to try it. I know that Lush only use fresh ingredients but you can't get any fresher than making it yourself.

Chester Lush Spring Products and Bath Bombs

Carrot Soap
As soon as I smelt this soap I knew it had to be mine. The scent reminds me of a passion fruit or tropical juice, it's a summery scent.

Blackberry Bath Bomb
Not something I probably would have picked up in store on my own but I was recommended this, it's a fruity but relaxing scent, perfect for before bed.

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds
A recommendation from the Manager at the event, I struggle to unwind and fall asleep so I ask for something that would help me drift off. Even just smelling it through the paper bag has me relaxed.

Have you seen the latest Mother's Day and Easter releases? Have you bought anything from the collection?

Lush Haul from Chester

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