The Bioderma Dupe- Believe The Hype!

So most people are familiar with the Bioderma H2O Micelle Solution. It’s works great as a gentle make up remover or a toner or whatever you want to use it for really. You can buy it online, I was getting mine from Escentual but it is also available on Amazon as well as most French pharmacies and some Boots stores I think. On Escentual it ranges from £4.50- £18.40 and if you’re going to be using it everyday then your probably going to want the largest size. It does a good job and removing both face and eye make up and makes a nice transition to proper make up removal if you’re a bit of a makeup wipe fiend as I was once upon a time.

However it isn’t the easiest thing to get hold of and if you order online you need to wait for it to arrive and pay postage and blah blah. So I decided to try the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which, as far as I can tell is the same thing (even the packaging is v. similar) but for the more handsome sum of £3.99 for 400ml. I know there are a few other Bioderma dupes out there that don’t really cut the mustard but this one really does. It does the same job just as well, it feels the same on the skin, it even smells the same. Whats not to like?!

It’s available at Boots online and in store and of course if you’ve got an Advantage Card you bag yourself 399 points. Back of the net!





Time To Face Facts

Guess what y’all… After my rant about only ever using face wipes I now have an actual skin care routine!!!!!!!!! DUN DUN DUNNNNNN. Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit, however I don’t use face wipes anymore! (Sorry Kate, can’t find my Papa Roach hoody either. End of an era.) Since turning Twenty something something I decided that it was probably time to take my skin care up a notch.

So I now use the ever popular cult classic Bioderma (Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution) which is a French product. It’s a SUPER gentle cleanser that basically feels like using water on your face but has loads of good stuff in it to help cleanse impurities. I think it used to only be available in France and certain websites but I’ve heard rumours that due to its growing popularity it will soon be available in some Boots stores- Praise be! If you can’t wait ’til then, I got mine online from Escentual. I just soak a large cotton pad, sweep it all over my face (using both sides) and then use another soaked pad to remove my eye make up. I feel so clean in refreshed afterwards and my skin actually feels quite soft. If I’m feeling really flash I then go over my face again with an Olay toner to make sure I’m squeaky clean- I accidentally picked up the anti wrinkle one so guess that’s an added bonus, though not really sure how it works…

Anyway thennnnnn I use a little bit of La Roche- Posay Effaclar Duo [+] on my T- Zone. Another French product which has the beauty blogging world buzzing (I’m probably the last one to get it.) It helps with oily, blemish prone skin and stops marks and scars from forming. It’s also Paraben free and claims to unclog blocked pores and gently exfoliate and is suitable for even sensitive skin! I mean if you read the description on Escentual it literally sounds like the all in one miracle worker you’ve always wanted! It’s not even bank breakingly expensive and you can buy it here.

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I still use my apricot scrub now and again but I’ve also incorporated a thermal mask from Sanctuary, also purchased from Boots. It heats up on contact with skin to open pores and then immediately cools and you only have to leave it on for 5 mins! I then just wash it off with a face cloth.

So anyway HOW FANCY AM I THESE DAYS?! I feel like a proper grown up and stuff and I can really feel the difference in my skin already. I mean, duh, I still sleep in my make up now and again and will def. be reaching for the wipes when I’m in a hurry or feeling lazy but hey, baby steps.