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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, Serozinc Spray & Thermal Spring Water | Review

Monday, 20 March 2017

Hi all! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I know I say this all the time but honestly, I had an incredible weekend but then again you can never complain about a weekend spent with family. I know it's only Monday but I am already looking forward to the weekend. It's Mother's Day on Sunday. I hope all you kids have something extra special planned. My sister and I are being little daredevils and getting our Mum's presents towards the end of the week, as we're working all week (we're all about that busy lifestyle). We're also taking her out for dinner. I think we're more excited than she is, but then again she has no idea of our plans. Hopefully she isn't reading this!

Today I will be talking about one of my favourite skincare brands, La Roche-Posay. This brand has been such a huge part of my acne journey. I first came across the brand whilst shopping in Boots and picked up the Effaclar Duo out of curiosity, when my sister came over to me and said she had read a tonne of great reviews on the product from people that had suffered from acne/scarring, so of course I had to purchase it and see what all the fuss was about. Now this was a really long time ago and I have been using it ever since and have really seen a difference on my acne scars, they are barely visible. I try not to use it as regularly as I used to, rather every few days as I don't want my skin to get used to it and then have the product stop working altogether. I would really recommend trying it out, if you are someone that suffers from or has done in the past from acne/scarring. 

What it says on the box:
  • Clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes
  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Helps to refine skin texture
  • Controls the appearance of shine
  • Fights against the appearance of marks
I've never come across a product that does everything it says on the packaging, but the Effaclar Duo is definitely one of those rare products that do exactly what they claim to do. 

Before I went on holiday last year, I was on the lookout for some face sprays that would not only help cool me down in the hot weather but also help with my skin (and hopefully not break me out). Of course I went straight on to the La Roche-Posay website to see what I could find (I'm a loyal customer). I came across the Serozinc Spray and the Thermal Spring Water. 

The Serozinc Spray is specially formulated for oily and blemish prone skin. Now if you know me you will know that I haven't had a break out in absolutely ages but I do suffer from really oily skin and in countries with hot weather, oily skin is an absolute nightmare and I definitely didn't want to look like I had just enjoyed my Mum's amazing curry a little too much (to the point where I dunked my whole face in the pot). This really helped to keep my skin look as matte as it possibly could and it didn't break me out which was a huge plus. 
The Thermal Spring Spray is mainly just to soothe sensitive skin, refresh your skin after cleansing and hydrate your skin in warm weather. Both these prays worked extremely well together. After cleansing I would use the Serozinc spray because it does a little extra for your skin and the Thermal Spring Water was something I kept in my bag, so I could use it on the go to soothe my skin in the hot weather. Both these products are huge, 150ml to be accurate, so they will last you absolutely ages, just make sure you use them before the expiry date.
Both the Serozinc and Thermal Spring Water are hypoallergenic and don't contain any perfumes. The Thermal Spring Water is just pure thermal spring water, so it doesn't contain any other ingredients (how insane is that?).
La Roche-Posay is an extremely affordable brand, which is great especially if you're someone that is on the hunt for skincare products that are effective but won't break the bank.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - available here
La Roche-Posay Serozinc Spray - available here
La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - available here

Please note that what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone. Just like clothes, what fits me may not necessarily fit you, but we all try things on! This is just what works for me and therefore I am sharing with you. I have used a lot of products in the past that were recommended by others but they didn't always work for me, which is fine. It takes a lot of time, trial and error to find things that work perfectly for you, so just be patient and always do your research!

Yogita x

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask | Review

Monday, 13 March 2017

Today is going to be a face mask and good book kind of day, so I thought I'd share the mask I will be using and my thoughts on it as I have used it a few times before and reach for it quite a lot when my skin is in need of some pampering.

I am a huge fan of the fairly new L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks and couldn't possibly choose a favourite out of the three but I love anything with the word 'glow' on it, so of course I reach for this one the most. It doubles up as an exfoliator as it contains small beads. I absolutely love the exfoliating element of this mask because it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and extremely clean. I find that with a lot of other masks that don't contain any exfoliating ingredients in them, even when you wash them off they leave a not so pleasant feeling to the skin. I find that the beads not only help exfoliate your skin but they also help by making sure your skin is thoroughly clean and no residue from the mask is left on your skin.
I have extremely oily skin and I find that skincare products that contain clay really help keep those deep frying pans that live inside my pores at bay.
This mask genuinely leaves my skin looking so radiant and it smells incredible, the smell kind of reminds me of saffron.

The mask contains three different types of clay, Koalin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul. It also contains Red Algae Extract which is known for it's brightening properties.
  • Koalin is an effective natural clay which helps absorb impurities and excess sebum and is known to give a soothing effect on irritated and sensitive skin.
  • Montmorillonite is very rich in minerals and helps eliminate imperfections.
  • Ghassoul is a pure clay high in vitamins and helps clarify your complexion.
The pot will last you absolutely ages and it's pretty inexpensive at £7.99 (it's currently on offer at Boots for £5.99). I try to use a face mask at least once a week usually on the weekend and apply it using a flat foundation brush. It's the perfect pick me up for your skin after a week's worth of gunk (that your daily cleansing couldn't tackle) sitting in your pores from the jam packed trains and heavily polluted air clouding over my beautiful London (or wherever you live).

I hope you guys have a great week ahead!

L'Oreal Pure Clay Glow Mask - available here

Yogita x

Sabyasachi Spring Couture 2017 | The Udaipur Collection

Thursday, 9 March 2017

You guys know I'll have to mention Sabyasachi Mukherjee at some point of my blogging lifetime so why not now? I love him, honestly. Sabyasachi recently dropped his new Spring 2017 collection via social media and it is the talk of the town (that's actually nothing new because this man is incredible. Incredible being an understatement).
If you don't know who Sabyasachi Mukherjee is... Erm have you been living under a rock or something?! 
He is an Indian fashion designer from Kolkata. Another fun fact is that he is my absolute all time favourite (did I say that already?). His celebrity clientele include the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Sridevi Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Aishwarya Rai, to name a few and soon I will be amongst these names (dream on you numpty!).

There's something incredibly regal about all his designs, the heavy flowing skirts, the intricate embroidery, the jewellery; everything about his designs scream royalty. It's safe to say his outfits are definitely fit for a Queen or King.

I love the western twist on the outfit above, it has a saree vibe to it, with the pleated material going across the model's shoulder, the waterfall sequinned cape and a long gown look to it, all at the same time.

"Whether the Maharanis in their French chiffon with European flora and fauna print, the maharajas in their quiet arrogance, the exuberant interiors of their majestic palaces, their culture, traditions of clothing, their often eclectic tastes in luxury, all of those notions and insinuations come to life with my creative liberty in the Udaipur Collection. While there is global exposure to these iconic people, they are also extremely insular and proud of who they are and where they come from. And the existence of that feral dichotomy to me is the essence of empowered luxury" - Sabyasachi Mukherjee speaking of his new collection.

Some of the colours in his designs are extremely subtle yet make such a huge statement. It's very evident that he puts a lot of thought into his designs. Where he has a heavy design he's always sure to combine it with something simple. Even with such eye catching colours, they don't overpower the details in his designs, which I think is extremely important. I love that his designs appeal to a whole heap of women, whether you like to show a little skin or cover up as much as possible, he never takes away the glamour of it all. You can still look incredibly beautiful in his designs even with your skin covered up.

He makes everything from sarees, bridal outfits, men's suits, jewellery and he's also collaborated with Christian Louboutin in the past, you can view their collection here. There is literally nothing this man can't do.
If there was one designer I could pick to design my wedding outfit and all the other 348758 outfits that you need for a big fat Indian wedding, it would, without a doubt be Sabyasachi.
I love that he combines floral prints and embroidery into the traditional saree, it isn't something you see very often.
The simplicity and the grandeur of his designs are just beautiful. He's probably the only designer that can combine a bold design and make it simple at the same time.

Appealing to males is even more difficult than women at times but Sabyasachi combines beautiful designs for men whilst keeping it simple because let's be real no man wants a tonne of sequins and glitter on his suit. Look at the footwear, I mean what man wouldn't want to be seen wearing these?! Every little detail is just stunning.

I love the dupatta's on the outfits above, the skirts have a Banarasi vibe to them so the floral print really compliments his design. I would have never thought to put Banarasi and floral print together. The wide border on the skirts look so flattering. Another thing I love about his designs is that the skirts aren't just flat, they have pleats, they have shadows. You can tell just how much work and material has gone into each piece.

How incredible is the skirt above?! I love that the blouse and the dupatta are fairly simple, it just draws your attention to the details on the skirt and the neckline of the blouse. I love that the suits are simple too but the turban's are printed, it just looks insane! I couldn't love Sabyasachi more if I tried!

All these beautiful photos for the new collection were taken at the beautiful Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur by the incredibly talented photographer, Tarun Khiwal.
These photos make me want to move to India even more now (if you know me you will know how much I love going to India, I'm obsessed). 

Can we just look at the blouses below! Whether you want a simple white outfit or a totally in your face bright pink outfit, this man has it all. I love that Sabyasachi doesn't match everything up, he'll have a maroon blouse, green skirt and a bright pink dupatta, it's just incredibly pleasing to the eye. I could stare at his designs all day. I would love to spend a day at one of his stores in India, preferably the one in New Delhi because that store is an interior masterpiece. It won't be surprising if someone finds me amongst the pile of hangers in his store room in the middle of the night because I bet, even his hangers are impressive.

I have seen so many real life brides on his Instagram page and it's just incredible to see real women wearing his outfits because we're all used to seeing his outfits in films and on the catwalk, which of course look great but I love seeing his delightful designs on real women, different shapes, sizes, religions and even different themed weddings. 
He's literally taking over the world. Yet there is something incredibly humble and simple about the man himself, which makes him so likeable. In my opinion he is extremely underrated. He represents India through his designs perfectly and that's extremely beautiful to witness. It's incredibly easy to lose your vision in the hopes of global domination just to appeal to an audience that may not necessarily be interested in your vision. I love that Sabyasachi has collaborated with the likes of Christian Louboutin and still made sure his ideas aren't suppressed in the process, instead he's made sure the whole world knows exactly what he represents.

Images: Sabyasachi

You can view the whole collection over on Sabyasachi's Instagram or Facebook page.
Sabyasachi is available in the UK at Aashni + Co along with a whole bunch of other incredible designers.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post because I sure as hell enjoyed writing it. I am now going to drool over Sabyasachi's Facebook page. Toodles!

Yogita x

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash | Review

Monday, 6 March 2017

I always get uber excited when the weather is amazing in London and today is one of those days, so I will start off by talking about the weather, as we all do in awkward situations (not that this is awkward). It's Monday guys, only a few days until Friday (ha!).
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I had a pretty fantastic weekend. I went for a spot of shopping and lunch with my Mum and sister. Is it me or does everyone feel like a child again when they go shopping with their Mum? I bloody love it! Obviously she didn't get me the scented glittery gel pens I wanted, but whatevs, her loss.

Today's blog post is on the L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash. I have become a huge fan of L'Oreal's skincare range especially since they came out with the whole clay mask range, those masks are incredible! I was even more excited when I spotted the Fine Flowers range in Superdrug. I had run out of my trusty Boots Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash (available here). If you have read my skincare post, you will know exactly how much I love this Foam Wash, so this was the whole point of my shopping trip, to stock up on some more which is when I conveniently came across the Fine Flowers range and instantly picked the Gel Cream Wash up, it contains Rose and Jasmine so I was really excited to smell it (out of all things to do with a cream wash), plus it's pretty inexpensive at £3.99 (currently on offer for £2.65 at Superdrug), so I couldn't not pick it up!

I have been using it for around 2-3 weeks now and I actually really like it; I mean it hasn't done anything incredible for my skin, it pretty much works the same as my Boots Botanics Wash, although I prefer the Boots Botanics Wash because it really helps brighten my skin. It hasn't broken me out or caused any irritation which is a massive win for someone who has previously suffered from severe acne and has extremely sensitive skin, if you have the same sort of skin problems as me or have done in the past, you will know exactly how daunting it is to try something new not knowing what the outcome will be. I think the fact that the wash does not contain soap or alcohol really helps. It's a runny gel consistency so you really don't need a lot, which also means it will last absolutely ages (providing you use it before the expiry date). It leaves my skin feeling really soft and gives it that really clean feeling (does that even make sense? you guys know what I mean).
The only thing I absolutely hated about the wash was the smell, it does not smell like Roses or Jasmine in the slightest, now I'm not sure whether it's just the one I bought or whether they all smell the same but mine smelt like washing up liquid, which is great for washing the dishes but not so much for my face. I was really disappointed with the smell because it was one of the things that initially drew me to the product considering it contains ingredients that should really smell incredible. For this reason I won't be repurchasing it but I will be picking up the Toner on my next shopping trip because I've heard it smells a lot better and it's pretty good, so I shall keep you guys posted.

L'Oreal Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash - available here

I'm now off to my white board to master a plan that will trick my Mum into getting those scented glittery gel pens for me, wish me luck, she's a tough little cookie. I hope you all have a lovely week ahead and I will see you in my next post. Toodles.

Yogita x