30 second review: L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water

L'Oreal Hydraphase Aloe Water
L’Oreal Hydraphase Aloe Water

Well this really is a little bit genius if you are currently sweltering in the British heatwave, or heading off to sunny climes this summer.

Don’t get me wrong, I *love* heat – humid, tropical climates are my jam, but when it comes to skincare I don’t want cloying, sticky creams and balms. I want cooling, quenchy gels that really hydrate and don’t irritate my skin (I still stand by this review of Astalift that ticks all these boxes and more).

I’ve used Hydraphase range from La Roche Posay in France for the last few summers. It’s fab, really hydrating, light and non-irritating. I particularly like the light daily moisturiser with broad spectrum SPF20 and the intense serum for a serious hit of hydration.

But I’m in the UK at the mo and this was on offer in Boots; plus in the heat-haze I was sucked in by the ‘Aloe Water’ quenchy tagline.

The Aloe sap and Hyaluronic Acid are its top billing ingredients. The ‘liquid care’ texture is a hybrid gel/cream that’s a super light-weight water-based formula. I cleanse as normal then when my skin is still damp I slather a pump or two of this on. It’s sucked in super quick, doesn’t leave the skin tacky and I know it’s a skincare cliche, but it does feel like your skin’s had a drink. It smells really good too – a summery, marine fragrance. I then apply my sunscreen over the top (Ultrasun SPF 30) and I’m good to go. I use more targeted skincare in the evening (wrinkles, pigmentation etc), this isn’t going to do much on that front, but for keeping your skin hydrated and peachy during the day – it’s a winner.

There are versions for dry/normal and normal/combination skin. L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, Boots.com – currently £6.66 – normal price £9.99

Autumnal cleansing: L’Oreal Skin Perfection range and Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

So, other than the big wardrobe update, my beauty cabinet has undergone a bit of an overhaul with the change in season, too.

It’s a bit of a L’oreal love-in this season. Specifically their Skin Perfection range.

I’m not sure if it’s turning 30, but this season I am being meticulous about my skincare routine – upping the anti with at-home treatments (I still adore the Balance Me Radiance mask), never skipping on a serum (I’m currently trialling the Skin Perfecting Advanced Correcting serum, verdict is still out, I’ll report back) and *always* double cleansing.

I’ve just finished my second bottle of Skin Perfection Purifying Micellar Water (currently at £3.33 in Boots, it’s significantly cheaper than my usual Bioderma habit), which has always been my ‘Step 1 cleanse’ as I can sweep off eye make-up with it, too. With the prospect of a drop in the mercury and the drying effects of central heating, I’ve now switched to the brilliant 15-second Miracle Cleansing oil (£5.33, normally £7.99 at Boots) from the Skin Perfection range. The slimline bottle has a pump action which makes it great for travelling, the light-weight oil changes to a milk formula on contact with water, so after a thorough massage on dry skin I loosen it up with a little water and splash the residue away. It’s a great non-drying, but thorough cleansing step. When you don’t want ‘squeaky clean’ skin that feels tight and dry, but want it to feel truly, deeply, clean. The Radiance Revealing Exfoliator is great too, one of the only physical exfoliators (I’m usually an enzyme exfoliator fan) that I’ve found that feels like it leaves skin refined and renewed, yet cushioned and hydrated too.

I am interchanging the cleansing oil with the truly MARVELOUS Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm*. I know the world and its beauty blogger have reviewed this, to much acclaim, but I am only just discovering *how* wonderful it is.

You may remember how much I love Eve Lom’s cleanser. Well, call me fickle, but it doesn’t even come close to this. Its 100% active natural oils (a heady rose and mimosa mix) plus starflower, elderberry and opitmega oils make it more of a treatment than your everyday cleansing routine (hence the £40 price tag). One scoop of the super smooth golden butter in the palm, it immediately starts to melt. It is a balm, so it’s weird to say it’s light-weight but compared to say, Eve Lom, it is a super refined, lighter texture.

Again, after a thorough massage to loosen make-up, I wet my fingers to turn the oil to milk. Then, my favourite step, I soak the supplied flannel in hot water and press it over my face, with a brisk wipe-off (and deep inhalation of the gorgeous aromatherapy oils) the balm has disappeared, my skin is buffed but still balanced, soft and SUPER clean. Like ‘facial treatment’ level clean (which is no coincident as the formula was developed for Elemis’ facialists to use during treatments). I haven’t suffered with my usual ‘time of the month’ outbreaks this month which I wholly attribute to upping the anti on the cleansing front.

It’s no secret that Elemis is up there as one of my top beauty brands. I’m a dedicated user of their tri-enzyme range and this is a GREAT addition to my skincare routine this winter.

I’m still following this with This Works No Wrinkles Wonder Essence (full review here), then either the Skin Perfection serum, or my trusted Astalift Aquarysta rejuvenating jelly concentrate (third pot and counting). Then during the day, L’Oreal’s Revitalift Day with SPF15 (if you can get past the yoghurty smell, the glow it embues, not to mention the fine line smoothing and general hydrating, is FAB).

At night I’m still sticking to just a night cream, but have switched to a slightly heavier texture with Elizabeth’s Daughter Intensive Moisturiser – I’ve been using this on and off for years and every time I revisit it I fall in love all over again with its comforting nutty scent and over-night complexion boosting hit of nourishing oils.

In the depths of winter I will be adding a couple of drops of facial oil to my night cream so in preparation, this week I’m going to be trying my hand at making my own Rosehip facial oil. I’ve been a HUGE Trilogy fan for ages, it’s my go-to winter oil to nourish and protect – I’ll be sure to let you know how I get on!

*PR Sample

 

 

Boots Autumn Beauty Haul

So, just a short post – still trying to catch up after a digital-free weekend in Cornwall – I have gone *slightly* crazy in Boots this week, picking up a few skincare pieces from L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection range that I’m really excited about for Autumn – especially the Advanced Correcting Serum and partnering BB cream, as well as a cleansing oil and daily exfoliator.

As it’s ‘buy one get the 2nd half price’ on make-up at the mo, I also had a little lippie splurge – picking up a Rimmel ‘By Kate’ in a vintagey nude rose (my favourite Burberry Lip Mist in Field Rose is down to the barrel); another classic red with orange tones from Bourjois (below), as well as a glossy, punchy pink from their Limited Shine Edition that is nourishing and softening like a balm with a buildable pop of colour. I’ve worn it non-stop for the last two days and it’s already a ‘love’ product.

There are a couple of nail colours in the mix too – a creamy beige from Barry M that I thought was a softer take on the white nails that are everywhere at the moment, plus another vintagey rose colour that was just too pretty to leave on the shelf, from Max Factor’s Glossfinity range that promises ‘7 days chip-free’.

Last but not least, I’m intrigued to try the 1,2,3 Perfect Foundation from Bourjois – billed to ‘correct and conceal blemishes’. It’s also got a CC-vibe, with green pigments to balance out redness, mauve for radiance and yellow to conceal dark circles. It’s a hydrating formula with SPF10, too.

Phew. That’s it for now! I’ll be trialling them all over the next few weeks and I’ll get back to you with my thoughts…

CF x

Winter skincare: my daily routine

I wrote about my three skincare hero products back in the autumn, but I thought I’d update you on the winter skincare products I’m using in my daily routine.

From left to right:

Elemis Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser* – At the moment Elemis are doing their full-size (200ml) cleansers with a FREE full size (200ml) toner. How brilliant is that? I have been using the ‘revitalise & replenish’ duo for ten days now and *love* how a simple switch in my cleansing routine has completely cured my winter skin problems (dry, flaky cheekbones, super oily T-zone and dull complexion). The rosepetal cleanser smells gorgeous, like Turkish Delight, I slather it on with clean fingertips, working all over my face and neck to dissolve the day’s make-up and grime, then tissue off the excess. For already dehydrated winter skin, I think a cleansing wash can sometimes exacerbate the depleted moisture level problem. I love how soft this leaves my skin and I was surprised at how efficient it was at removing all traces of make-up. I’d always eschewed ‘milk’ style cleansers in favour of a good wash as I was convinced they didn’t remove make-up as well but I was wrong.

Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner* I think the cleansers efficiency at retaining my skin’s natural oil/moisture levels (ergo barrier to winter battering) is the fact it is used in conjunction with this brilliant toner. I know, toner – so 80s right? Wrong. This is alcohol-free so no squeaky skin; it regulates your skin’s pH levels and ensures it is a completely blank canvas for serum/moisturiser to sink straight in.

L’Oreal eye and lip make-up remover – I have super-sensitive eyes and this two-phase, non-greasy remover gets rid of all my layers of liner/mascara without leaving my eyes stinging or dry. It effectively removes my beloved bold, bright lippies, too.

Astalift Jelly Aquarysta – you can read my full review here – I use this in place of a serum, it is my second pot and I can’t imagine ever giving it up. My skin is soooo much more even, clearer and brighter. Love, love, love it.

Clarins beauty flash balmagain, you can read my review here but suffice to say this is a perennial favourite on my dressing table. I pat just a little over cheekbones as a final, dewy layer when I’m going make-up free to give my winter skin some much needed oomph.

At the front:

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes – I got this tiny sample in this month’s Glossybox. It’s slightly thicker than my usual choice of eye cream (Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Eye) but so far seems to be plumping, super moisturing and softening around tight, dry eyes.

Lanolips 101 treatment balm* – I’m not shy to say I used this medical-grade lanolin balm religiously when breastfeeding to keep my nipples in tip-top form. You’ll be pleased to know readers that my nipples are safe from cracking and chapping now but alas my lips, knuckles and heels are not. So, here it is. Near my bed so I remember to slather a thick layer on before bed. If you hate the herbal smell of Elizabeth Arden’s 8-hour cream then this is the one for you. I use it on Country Bebe’s cuts and grazes, too.

I’d love to hear what you are using over winter, or if you change your skincare regime at all depending on the seasons? I’m always looking for idea and tweaks to my own routine!

* = press samples

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