Eau Thermale Avène – Tolerance Extreme Range: A review

Dear Ladies,

A while back I told you about what went on at the Eau Thermale Avène and Lierac bloggers’ event. You can read and see snaps from the evening over here. After having used many of the products which I was given religiously, a new post was due.

Eau Thermale Avène is one of Europe’s top dermatology & hydrotherapy brands using active thermal spring water and as few ingredients as possible. The products are aimed to target sensitive skin but can be used by everyone. Avène Thermale Spring water is believed to have healing and calming properties which soothe the skin and prevent it from becoming irritated.

The Tolerance range immediately caught my eye. It is a range that “respects your skin’s physiology” while providing a soothing sensation as well as hydration.

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Initially I tried the Tolerance Extreme Cream in Rich Texture. I enjoyed this very much and it is in fact quite rich. Since my face isn’t very dry, it was a bit heavy for me to use in the morning before foundation. I thought it would be better for me to use it as a night cream. That’s when I decided to try the Emlusion (Light Texture) to possibly use in the morning.

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I tried the Emulsion and fell in love with its’ consistency. It gets absorbed very quickly without leaving your face feeling greasy. I started applying this daily in the morning before applying my foundation.

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As for my evening routine, I have been using the Tolerance Extreme Cleansing Lotion. This is a 200ml tube of goodness! Nothing feels more soothing on your face then this cleanser, after a day at work where the ACs tend to suck in all the moisture! This cleanses all of my make up, including eye-make up and the most stubborn liquid lipsticks. It leaves my face feeling clean and well hydrated.

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Following toner application (I wish that there was a toner from Avène!), I apply the Rich Cream in the evening as a moisturizer. It does not feel heavy at night since it has more time to be absorbed and it leaves my skin hydrated up until the moment I wake up.

What I haven’t told you yet is that this range comes with D.E.F.I packaging (Device for Exvlusive Formula Integrity). This packaging ensures that the product remains sterile and no bacteria from the outside gets in. Thanks to this packaging the product can be free from preservatives and is protected throughout the whole use.

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There is also a masque in this range which I look forward to purchasing and trying out.

I have been really enjoying this brand and have seen changes in my skin, where it is looking more vibrant and clearer altogether. Ever since I started using Avène products, most days I do not feel like I need to put on foundation as my skin has been looking so much better.

I cannot recommend this brand enough… The products are rich and provide you with all day hydration and no irritation. Most of all it is great to know that you are not putting any “dodgy” ingredients on your skin, including preservatives.

Oh and for you ladies, I have 5 10% off vouchers to be used on Eau Thermale Avène products from selected pharmacies in Malta*. The first 5 of you readers to share this post on their Facebook account will get a voucher 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post and get sharing!

Love,
M.

*Vouchers can only be distributed to readers living in Malta.

At the Eau Thermale Avène and Lierac Paris Bloggers’ Night

Good evening Ladies,

About a month ago, I was invited to a bloggers’ night by PharmaMT. The event was aimed to help us get to know all about Eau Thermale Avène and Lierac Paris. We had a presentation about each brand going into the ranges of products, who they are aimed at and what concern they are targeting. We had the opportunity to swatch and sample some of the products, noting the texture and effect of the products.

Here are some snaps from the evening:

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It was a fun event which started with prosecco and sushi and ended with generous gift bags. We were lucky to have been given a number of products to try out, most of which I have been using religiously. I look forward to revieiwing these products and let you know all about the Lierac and Eau Thermale Avène staples in my skincare routine.

You can find these brands in various drugstores around Malta. If you want to get to know more about these brands, make sure to like their pages here:
https://www.facebook.com/AveneMT/ and https://www.facebook.com/LieracMalta/

Have you ever tried any products by Avène and Lierac? I’ve learnt that they’re exactly what my skin needs. Stay tuned for my reviews!

Love,
M.

Review for Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour 24Hrs

Dear Ladies,

A few weeks ago I announced that I will be writing about my favourite liquid lipsticks and then I shared a teaser photo on my Facebook page all.things.lady. (Don’t forget to press ‘Like’ to see all my updates!)

When it comes to liquid lipsticks, I first fell for the ebay hype but found these rather drying. I had also tried one by NYX and another by Rimmel a while back. I have recently also tried Matte Me by Sleek. However I do not think that I’ll be spending money on other brands because I am pretty confident that nothing compares to these lippies by Max Factor.

You will find other liquid lipsticks at a cheaper price, but I don’t think you can compare the quality. These retail at €13.99 but they are totally worth the price tag as you are getting a good quality product which is truly longlasting.

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These are the three shades that I have so far. Each lip colour comes with step one which is the colour and step two which is the shine. I usually only use step one as this gives a very long lasting matte colour. But occasionally I do use the shine when I feel like going for a different look.

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I find that these lip colours are super long lasting and not at all drying. They do not budge not even after eating or drinking hot coffee as with other liquid lipsticks. These truly stay in place all day long and when I get home after a long day I can still see the lip colour perfectly in place. You need a good makeup remover to take these off.

Here are the swatches of the three shades I have. This is what the shades look like before they dry. By the way, these dry in seconds but still give you enough time to correct any errors.

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Swatch no. 1: 350 Essential Brown
Swatch no.2 :125 So Glamorous
Swatch no.3: 180 Spiritual

And here’s what they look like when dry… Right above the colour swatches, I swatched the shine stick.

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They have a doe foot applicator which gives you the right precision. I do not usually have time to use lipliner or go round my lips with concealer before going to work… So using the doe foot applicator only, I apply the colour and I’m good to go.

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Here are some photos of me wearing these lip colours. I apologize for the quality but I took these early in the morning when I was still sleepy…

350 Essential Brown

350 Essential Brown

 

125 So Glamorous

125 So Glamorous

 

180 Spiritual

180 Spiritual

 

As I said earlier, these are by far the best liquid lipsticks out there. Without the gloss stick they are completely matte, not drying but not sticky. They do not crack or budge and do not leave any residue on cups and glasses either. When using the shine stick, I noticed that colour is less longlasting but still lasts a good 4-6 hours. It gives a polished glossy look which is always in style. The glossy stick gives you a good 6 hours of hydration.

My only regret is that there are hardly any deep shades in the range but I’m hoping that these will be added soon…

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As for shades, I find that Essential Brown is more of a mauvey colour while Spiritual is the perfect brown toned nude. So glamorous is the classic red which, by the way, is as long lasting as the rest – perfect for a Saturday night out with the girls! I can’t get enought of these lipsticks and 390 All Day Seductive is my next one.

That’s all about these babies. Have you ever tried them?
What are you waiting for? 🙂

Love,
M.

 

Review for Declaré proyouthing Detox Night Cream

Dear ladies,

Today I will be writing about a skincare product which has recently become part of my routine. A few months ago I blogged about a beauty training seminar I was invited to by Paloma Cosmetics. You can read all about this seminar here. This company has brought Declare to Malta, a high end luxurious Swiss skincare brand.

At the event we were given some good sized sample products with a generous amount of product which allowed me to really test out the product and experience the changes in my skin.

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Now that I am officially in my mid-twenties, I had been thinking that it might be time to start using anti aging products to reduce the chance of getting fine lines and wrinkles. I was given this product at the right time!

I have been applying this daily after applying toner. At first I thought this product was greasy, but after a few uses I realised that a little goes a long way with this product and one needs to use much less product than when using other moisturizers. The magical thing about this product is that before applying it, my skin is usually looking dull and tired, but the next day, my skin looks renewed and fresh and gives me just the right boost for the day. This product leaves my skin feeling perfectly hydrated till the morning and I have been applying it religiously.

I’m not sure about the price tag on this one but I know it was a bit pricey. However, after seeing how wonderfully it works on my skin I am considering getting the full sized product.

That’s all from my end. Have you had the pleasure of trying any products by Declare? Give them a go and you’ll love them! I will soon be posting about their stress balance anti irritation serum.

Love,
M.

Review for PUPA Milano BB cream for Combination to Oily Skin

Dearest Ladies,

Today I will be reviewing yet another BB Cream by PUPA Milano. I recently received a few products from Medimports, the agents for PUPA Milano here in Malta and was given the option to choose a BB Cream from their range. I chose the BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin.

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I have mentioned the Pupa Milano Professionals BB Cream + Anti-Eta’ in two posts featuring favourite products, in this post here, and here. I have really enjoyed using it and found that it was perfect for everyday use.

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I must say that while I like the Anti-Eta’ cream, I prefer the BB Cream for Combination to Oily Skin. It gives a matte effect without having the need to set it. Now my skin is quite on the dry/dehydrated side these days but I still found it to be perfect. While it gives a matte finish, it is not drying at all. Here is a photo of me wearing it (without powder and concealer, to test out its longevity and coverage):

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I find that it has a blur effect on my skin and covers up some imperfections. It has a faint smell to it which I don’t mind, even though I usually prefer fragrance free face products. Here’s a swatch of the shade 001 NUDE:

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And here’s how it looks after blending it out with my hands.

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The only downside to this product is that there are only two shades even though it seems to adapt to one’s skin tone. In fact at first glance I thought the lightest shade was still a tad dark for me but as time went by it seems to have adapted.

This BB Cream has SPF 20 and is oil free which is something I really enjoy.  It is also non-comedogenic and paraben free. It claims to also be a primer but I have never tried it using it in this way.

This product retails at €15.95 and can be found at Evans Pharmacy Qormi and other leading Pharmacies in Malta.

This has become my go to product for whenever I want some coverage but something light on my skin that feels like I have nothing on! It’s a product you must try and I’m very confident you’d love it.

Have you ever used PUPA Milano BB Creams? What are your thoughts about them?

Until my next post…

Love,
M.