La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

I like to use a cleanser a couple of times per week that is more of a scrub than just a cleanser.  I like the gentle exfoliation, along with the side benefits of that like radiance and smoothness.  It seems like a good thing to get rid of dead skin and excess oil with something scrubby.  Of course, you want to avoid anything too harsh because that will do more damage than good.  A lot of scrubs and facial exfoliators use things that are just too gritty I think, so it can be hard to find something that is the perfect mix of cleanser, gentle scrub, and actually good for your skin.  I think the La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub is a good mix of all of those qualities and has worked really well for me.

La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub
La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub

The “Physiological” part of this scrubs name comes from La Roche-Posay formulating it, as well as the other cleansers in this range, to do the job of cleansing but maintain the delicate pH balance of your skin.  This is formulated for sensitive skin and is just what you want, or don’t want as the case may be, in your cosmetics:  no parabens, no soap, no alcohol, and no artificial colours.  And of course, it is enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water too which is exceptionally rich in anti-oxidant selenium. The water has soothing, softening and anti-irritating properties which makes it perfect for any type of cleanser.

The little bits that do the actual scrubbing part are very fine, much smaller than most scrubs, and do their work without feeling harsh at all.  To be truthful, unlike almost every other scrub like this I have used, you really can’t even feel the exfoliating action, but you can definitely see and feel the results when you are done.  It’s gentle enough that you could use it every day, but I prefer to only use it a few times per week; three or four, depending on how my skin is looking in a given week.  Also, it will remove makeup but since you can’t use it around your eye area, or at least you really, really shouldn’t, you’ll need to use something else for that super delicate area.

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have found it to be a great switch from other scrubs.  Since it is free from soaps and alcohols and anything that will overly dry the skin, it never leaves me with that tight feeling.  Instead my skin looks really fresh and glowy.  I think it is even working to improve the texture a bit.  I definitely think my skin is looking better since I’ve started using this.  I feel like when I use a good scrub like this my makeup looks better and smoother.  Plus, I think my skin care works more effectively too.

I purchased my first tube from FeelUnique for the full price of £10.00 for the 50 ml tube.  I think that is a super fair price and would gladly pay that again, but luckily for me FeelUnique is having their French Pharmacy brands sale right now, so I don’t have to pay full price to get another one.  Throughout the rest of the month you can get the La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub for £6.66, and if you order more than £10.00 of stuff you get free shipping too.  I like it so much that I ended up buying a second one since it is such a good deal right now.   You can also find this at Boots for the same regular price of £10.00.

 

Up To 1/3 off French Pharmacy Brands at FeelUnique

Get your French pharmacy favourites at up to 33% off at FeelUnique in June!
Get your French pharmacy favourites at up to 33% off at FeelUnique in June!

For the rest of the month of June, you can get great discounts on the French pharmacy cosmetics brands at FeelUnique.  This covers brands like La Roche-Posay, Vichy, Klorane, Caudalie, Eau Thermale Avène, Embryolisse, and a few others.  The sale says “up to” 33% off because mostly all of the stuff is 33% off but there are a few exceptions that are 20% or 25% off instead.  Caudalie products seem to be consistently just 20% off.  It’s all quite good savings though.  But you really need to hurry because they are selling out of stuff quickly!  I’ve already missed out on a few things I wanted to try, though I’m hoping they get them back in stock before the end of the sale.

I’ve got a couple of reviews that I’ll be posting this week about some of my recent French pharmacy finds.  I’ve got reviews of the following:  Vichy Liftactive Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes, Vichy Idealia Life Serum, as well as La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub.  For the condensed version, I would have to say that they are all really great and I will be buying them again.  I especially love the Vichy Serum 10 for eyes and lashes because it works well, but doesn’t irritate my eyes at all and you can put it on your entire eye area, even the lid, without causing irritation or problems.  It is normally £25.00 at FeelUnique, but with the 33% off from the sale it is just £16.66, which is far less than the Lancome Hydra Zen eye cream that I used previously (£32.00 at FeelUnique for the same size container), but works just as well.

For years, people have been talking about how great all of these French pharmacy brands are for various beauty needs.  The big reason they get so much love is that (for the most part) they are less pricey than premium cosmetics brands but give really great results with high quality ingredients, often including thermal water. So, this is a perfect time to try them out if you are unfamiliar, but curious.   If you’re looking for some suggestions, I found some great articles that give plenty of recommendations:

bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen

I have two bad traits for summer:  I have super fair skin and I am prone to sweating across my nose and cheeks.  Neither are great for summer and they are even worse when it comes to protecting myself against the summer sun.  With my pale skin, I really need a high level of coverage.  Of course, if I use a sunscreen that is too heavy I will get sweaty across my nose and cheeks and it will just run off and leave them exposed and reddening by the second.  It’s a real problem that I have struggled with for a long time.  Luckily, skin care always seems to be improving with the amount of products with SPF increasing and the texture of everything lightening up quite a bit.  But the ultimate lightness is mineral makeup or powder.

I’ve worn bareMinerals makeup for a number of years and have always really liked it for various reasons, not the least of which is the incredibly light texture that makes it seem like you’re not wearing anything at all.  So, when I found out that they have a sunscreen I was most definitely interested.  I don’t know how I’ve missed this previously, but I’m glad that I’ve found it now.  I’ve worn it a few times now and think the coverage is great and so is the light texture.

bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen
bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen

The bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen protects agains UVA/UVB rays with a pretty high level of protection (it’s right there in the name).  It is able to offer such a good amount of protection due to the physical barrier created by the Micronised Titanium Dioxide.  Plus, it has good antioxidants Vitamins A,C, and E to help nourish your skin, as well as aloe vera extract to provide some skin soothing properties.  All of this while being so light feeling on your face that it is hard to think that you have anything on at all.

No one likes that greasy feeling that you get from so many sunscreen products.  Not to mention, the greasy sheen that it leaves you with doesn’t look ‘lit from within’ just oily and gross.  I prefer to avoid that whenever I can, so the mattifying nature of the bareMinerals sunscreen is perfect for me.  I will also say, you look better in summer photos without the shine from the usual SPF face creams and lotions.  The other thing you won’t have to worry about with this, is the clogged pores from a heavy sunscreen cream.  I’ve tried some things that had good protection but clogged my pores so much that my skin rebelled and got all spotty and horrible looking; also not a top summer look.  However, the bareMinerals sunscreen is light as a feather and won’t clog your pores or cause you to have a breakout.  I have usually found that the bareMinerals makeup helps clear up breakouts too; that could just be me though.

I ordered the light version of the sunscreen, but it also comes in medium and tan.  It is very light in texture and colour, kind of like the bareMinerals Mineral Veil really because when you apply it you can’t really see it on your face.  I did notice that it gave my skin a slightly more even look, but it isn’t like wearing a foundation for sure.  The sunscreen comes with a very cool container with brush applicator all-in-one type of package (as you can see in the image).  So, all you have to do is open it up by twisting the bottom of the container, then you shake a bit of the sunscreen powder into the brush, and use the brush to apply it to your face, neck, chest, or wherever.  When you’re done you just twist it close and pop the lid on the brush and you are good to go.  You can also just twist it open partially to use the brush without getting any powder released.  I applied the sunscreen over my moisturiser (which has an SPF25), but the bareMinerals sunscreen brought down the shine and seemed to make my other sunscreen/moisturiser stay put better too.  So, I ended up not looking shiny at all and the level of protection was great.  I was out in the sun for a few hours and didn’t get even a little pink, nor did I get all sweaty, greasy faced feeling.  The other thing that is nice about the powder sunscreen is that you can put it right up by your eyes without it causing you a problem, or running into your eyes, and causing irritation.  It’s also nice because you can easily apply it wherever you want it, face or body, without a worry of greasiness.

So far I am a big fan and will certainly be using this all through the summer.  With it’s very light texture, this is perfect to use over your regular makeup as a finishing powder.    The all-in-one packaging is also compact enough that you can definitely find space for it in your purse or beach bag without any trouble.  I went to the park over the weekend and threw it in my bag so that I could touch up if necessary.  I didn’t find it necessary to add to it though but it was good to know that I had it available if I would have needed it.  As I learned from experience, you have to make sure that the little cap on the powder end is correctly seated and tight, or the fine powder will shake out and get all over everything.    It’s lightweight, doesn’t clog your pores or make you look greasy, gives great coverage, and is highly portable.  What more could you ask for in a sunscreen?

I got my bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen at FeelUnique (see my post on Monday for my great customer service experience with them when the first one they sent spilled in the package).  You get a 4 gram package which comes in the all-in-one package with the brush applicator for £21.95 at FeelUnique, which is the best price that I found.

Super Customer Service from FeelUnique

I like ordering from FeelUnique because they have such a wide variety of brands for all types of cosmetics, hair and nail care.  Expensive to inexpensive, they’ve got a very wide variety, and pretty much all of my favourite brands.  Plus, they do free delivery worldwide!  I love free delivery and like it even more when they don’t take forever to send things out just because it is free.  Not to mention, they also send out free samples, that you get to choose, with all orders.

FeelUnique was great when my parcel was protected by more sunscreen than was left in the container
FeelUnique was great when my parcel was protected by more sunscreen than was left in the container

I’ve been ordering from them for a couple of years now and haven’t had any type of delivery issues, so I hadn’t ever had a reason to really turn to their customer support team.  Unfortunately, there was a bit of a problem with my most recent delivery and I had to turn to them for help.  I had ordered three things and one of them didn’t arrive in good shape.  The bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen, which is a powder and comes in a brush dispenser – the powder goes in one end and the other end is a brush that you use to apply it – that I ordered was seriously not as it should be when it arrived.  Unfortunately, the bottom of the powder container wasn’t on properly and that meant that powder had been shaking out of the container for who knows how long, but definitely all during delivery.  The powder was in the product box, on the outside of the product box, and then all over the inside of the shipping box and everything else too.  It was a bit of a powdery mess.  Truly, when I opened the box I knew something was wrong right away because there was a little puff of powder when I set the box down.

After I determined that the sunscreen was the culprit and that it was down to it not being properly closed, I wondered what I should do with it.  So, I went to the FeelUnique site and filled out their email form to contact Customer Service.  It’s an easy form to fill out and only took about a minute.  I figured that they would tell me to pack it back up and mail it back to them and then they would send me a new one.  Which would have annoyed me because that would have taken more time than I wanted and involved far more hassle too.  But I was amazed when they responded within MINUTES!  Yes, just a few minutes, not hours or even days, like a lot of online retailers.  Honestly, I think they responded within ten minutes, and that is amazingly good and responsive customer service.  It’s like a customer service dream really.

But then Esther from FeelUnique wrote the magic words that every customer with a problem wants to hear:  I’ve sent out a replacement.  Just like that, they sent me a new one and didn’t demand that I send the messed up one back first or fill out some form in triplicate.  Or buy a new one and send the messed up one back. I’ve had that happen to me before too and thought it was kind of lame of the company because they had twice the amount for the product while I was sending one back that was messed up and hoping it would be handled correctly and they would give me a refund, which they eventually did but it took a whole month.  Nope, none of that messing about was necessary, it was handled smoothly and with the least inconvenience to me.  They didn’t require that I do much of anything except await the arrival of the replacement.

That’s how all customer service should be, in my opinion.  I’m not a person who is continually having problems with my orders and stuff, but when I do have an issue come up, I would like it handled quickly and not be a colossal inconvenience or expense for me.  I don’t really think that is asking that much.  In any case, FeelUnique rocks!  And that’s just one of the reasons why I love shopping there.

By the way, I’ll be doing my review of the bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen later this week, along with some of the other stuff I got in my order.

Bank Holiday Sales at Two of My Beauty Favourites

FeelUnique: Save 10% or 15%

Dior Vernis Cherie Bow Nail Glow from FeelUnique
Dior Vernis Cherie Bow Nail Glow from FeelUnique

I have written about FeelUnique quite a lot since I started this blog, because they are my goto beauty supermarket. I buy skin and hair care there quite a bit, and they are always the first place I turn when I’m looking for makeup too.  They have a ton of different brands, both expensive and not, and are always adding new ones too.  The one brand they don’t carry that I really like, is Chanel, but I’m hoping that changes in the near future.  Their prices are really good too, usually very comparable to Amazon.  They also let you choose a couple of samples during checkout now too; I think the number of samples you get depends on how much you order.  The really cool thing they do now though is their Try Me program.  When you buy any of the products in their Try Me collection, they send along a sample size of a product that you have purchased so that you can try it out first to see if you like it, and if you don’t you can return your unopened full sized product.  I order from them once or twice a month usually and love how they have free delivery (worldwide actually) and their packages always arrive really quickly.  I placed an order with them around 5 pm Friday evening, and miraculously they had it shipped out Friday night too.  That’s an impressive turnaround time.

So, this great website is having a sale for the Bank Holiday where you can save either 10% or 15% depending on your order size.  If your order totals less than £30.00, you can save 10% using the code UNDER30 at checkout.  If your order totals more than £30.00, you can save 15% using the code OVER30 at checkout.  This makes it the perfect time to try out some new products!  And if you’re going to place an order, be sure to check out their Special Offers page.

DHC: Free Delivery on Orders Over £30.00

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

I’ve been using DHC for years and years, so long that I don’t even remember how long it has been or how I even heard about them the first time.  I do know that it was the Deep Cleansing Oil that first got me hooked on DHC though.  It is a wonderful cleanser and certainly my favourite.  It leaves your skin perfectly clean, but still retaining all of the natural oils.  It can take off all of your makeup even stubborn mascara and eye liner.  It’s something I always have, I even have a small size that I use when I travel.  I love DHC so much that when we went to Japan last summer (where they are from), we took some extra time to do some DHC shopping and I brought back a lot of stuff (we actually ended up buying a new suitcase to fit my items in).  I love just about everything of theirs that I try.  In the last year, I’ve even started trying out more of their makeup because previously it was just their skin and hair care products that I used.  All of the makeup that I have tried is really nice too, and I’m planning on getting their mascara as well because it is in a lot of the Lisa Eldridge videos, so I figured I would give it a try.  Plus, if you order from them and really don’t like something or it is a problem for you, like it breaks you out or something, they have a 60 day guarantee.  I also like that they always let you pick four samples during checkout from their huge list of products, no matter how much your order total.

For today only, you can get free shipping on any order over £30.00.  If you’re going to order from them, I highly suggest the Deep Cleansing Oil. You should also make sure that you check out the sales and discontinued items because they often have really good deals in those areas.