Review: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme

La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Creme

I reviewed the initial Rosaliac range from La Roche-Posay back in 2012 (you will find it here, complete with really bad photos). The Rosaliac AR Intense serum (as mentioned in this post I now use it daily regardless of whether I’m wearing make-up or not) and the Rosaliac UV Riche Moisturiser are still staples in my skincare routine. When I heard they were adding a CC cream to the line up I was intrigued. I love the idea of a product that contains skincare benefits and offers some coverage without the need for a full on foundation, but the ongoing BB and CC cream craze has largely passed me by as the majority of them are too dark.

I had hoped that the Rosaliac CC Creme would be different, but upon seeing review after review pop up in my Bloglovin’ feed I was concerned that despite being created with Celtic skin in mind this universal shade would still be too dark for my paler than pale skin. The only way to know for sure was to try it out. €22.50 is a lot to fork out for something that may not be the right colour match, so I asked for some samples the last time I was in a pharmacy.

The first thing I noticed about the Rosaliac CC Creme was the scent; it is the most heavily scented La Roche-Posay product that I’ve come across. The scent lingered on my skin too which was a bit surprising. I have used other La Roche-Posay products with Parfum/Fragrance in them, but it has never been as strong as it is in this one.

The cream itself is neither too heavy nor too light and blends in really easily. I used my fingers to apply it and had no trouble, but you could use a brush. I was pleasantly surprised when it seemed to be the right shade for me, but as the day wore on the CC Creme darkened to the extent that I was bordering on orange when I finally removed it. It covered my redness, which is predominantly across my nose and cheeks, well and at first it looked nice, natural and ever so slightly dewy until the orange showed up and spoiled the party.

Skincare wise this contains; La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Water, Glycerin, Shea Butter and the active ingredient Ambophenol, a natural extract from the Tambourissa Trichophylla plant which is found in Madagascar. This same ingredient is what makes the AR Intense Serum as good as it is by acting as an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and also providing vascular protection. It also has SPF30 which is my preferred choice for daily wear when not in direct sunlight, i.e. most of the time.

I wanted so much to love this product as I’m a big La Roche-Posay fan, and as a moisturiser it did fare well on my dry skin, unfortunately the issues with scent and colour meant that  it wasn’t to be and I will be sticking with the Avene High Protection Tinted Compact for covering my redness on a day to day basis.

Irish Skincare Brands: Bia Beauty, Kinvara Skincare and Skin Essentials by Mariga

We all know that I love a good skincare product and in my quest for the best skin I can possibly obtain I have discovered some really great skincare brands. Today I thought I would talk about three of my favourite Irish skincare brands. As much as I adore the French skincare lines I do enjoy being able to support local businesses knowing that my skin is being well looked after in the process.

First up we have the Cork based Bia Beauty whose motto is ‘feed your skin’. Their products are made using plants and foods with proven benefits for the skin.

Bia Beauty - Hand Gift Set

A gift from a friend, of the Lemon Myrtle Hand Wash (€12.95) and Lemon Myrtle Hand Lotion (€12.95) was my introduction to Bia Beauty. These products all smell divine and the hand wash doesn’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate so there’s no risk of already dry hands suffering even more.

I have heard nothing but good things about the Skin Food (€12.95) and intend trying it out at some point. It sounds like a great multi-tasker and who doesn’t love a product that has more than one use.

Next up we have the Galway based Kinvara Skincare. I’ve mentioned some of their products on the blog before (you’ll find the reviews here), but the range has since been streamlined and repackaged.

Kinvara Skincare

It now consists of the Absolute Cleansing Oil (€20) which I originally reviewed back in 2011 and updated here, the Rosehip Face Serum (€28) and the Active Rosehip Day Cream (€24). When I originally tried the Face Serum my skin was at its driest and this stuff worked wonders. It worked equally well when I repurchased it last year when my skin was all over the place and I was suffering from medication induced spots.

Lastly we have the Wexford based Skin Essentials by Mariga. I’ve already waxed lyrical about my love of the Nourishing Oil, Hydrating Cream and the Enzyme Exfoliator so I won’t go into too much detail here except to say that these products work. (clicking the links will take you to my reviews). Boy, do they work.

Skin Essentials by Mariga

The Enzyme Exfoliator has been the single best skincare discovery I’ve made so far. It is that good. Go buy it, you can thank me later. Or curse me for draining your wallet, whichever you prefer.

Bia Beauty can be purchased here, Kinvara Skincare can be purchased here and you’ll find Skin Essentials by Mariga here.

Do you have a favourite Irish skincare brand? Are there any products or brands you think I should check out?  Let me know in the comments below.

Note - I received some Kinvara Skincare samples in 2011, but have since repurchased some products. The same goes for Skin Essentials by Mariga, I received some samples in 2012 but have since repurchased those products and more. This is not a sponsored post I just really like these brands.

Review: Avene High Protection Tinted Compact

Avene High Protection Tinted Compact (Beige)

Given the recent storms we’ve had writing about sunscreen might be the last thing you would expect, but as I type this the sun is shining and I’m clinging to the hope that Spring is well and truly on the way so bear with me. Besides, it can serve as a reminder that we need to protect ourselves from sun damage no matter what the weather.

I’ve written about the importance of wearing sunscreen, especially for Irish men, before and have provided a rundown of the complete Avene suncare range here. As you can probably tell I’m a fan of the French pharmacy brands like Avene, La Roche-Posay, RoC and Vichy when it comes to suncare. They seem to get the balance right between providing sufficient protection without irritating sensitive skin.

One of my current favourite sunscreens is the Avene High Protection Tinted Compact in the shade Beige (RRP €25)*. I like it because on days when I’m not wearing any makeup, which is most days, it helps to cover up the redness in my skin as well as giving me broad spectrum UVA and UVB coverage.

SPF 30 is usually my go-to on a daily basis with SPF 50 being used when we actually have sunny weather, but since this is a dual purpose product for me (i.e., it replaces my foundation) I don’t mind that it is at the highest end of the scale. My skin is quite photosensitive at the best of times so I figure that it’s better to be safe than sorry. I know not everyone needs such high protection on a day to day basis, but at a minimum we should all (and that includes men) be wearing SPF 15.

Application wise I use either my fingers or a foundation brush. I find them easier to use than the sponge that comes with compact.

Avene High Protection Tinted Compact (Open)

The tinted compact is available in two shades with Beige being the lightest one. In the pan it looks ridiculously dark, but believe me when I say that it blends seamlessly into the skin. Covering redness as it goes without actually changing skin tone. I am left with skin that is still my natural pale colour minus the pigmentation issues that my Rosacea can cause. I’m not sure exactly how it manages that, but I am grateful that it does.

*PR Sample

Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam

I ordered a copy of Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam almost as soon as I finished reading this review by Lorraine of John, It’s Only Makeup! Any book that compels a person to read it multiple times is guaranteed a place on my to-read list and in this case I wasn’t disappointed.

“Tommie is eleven. David Lamb is fifty-four. There’s nothing wrong with that, is there?”

With these words, written on the book’s cover, the scene is set. An accidental meeting leads to an unconventional and at times incredibly disturbing friendship between David Lamb, a middle aged man whose life doesn’t seem to be going to plan, and Tommie, a young girl whose home and school life aren’t exactly picture perfect.

Lamb decides to ‘save’ Tommie from her humdrum life and convinces her to go on a road trip with him. What follows is an experience that asks just as many questions as it answers leaving the reader not only with a knot in the pit of their stomach, but with their heart in their mouth on more than one occasion.

Nadzam has a beautiful way of writing about outdoor scenery that rivals the prose of Annie Proulx. Every word serves a purpose, there are no excesses here. In Lamb the descriptions of mountains and sky are scattered amongst a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You know it can’t possibly end well for Lamb and Tommie, but you can’t quite figure out the moment at which it will all come crumbling down around them.

I won’t give too much away, but I will say that Lamb is a novel that stayed with me long after I turned the final page. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Perfumes The A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

Perfumes A-Z Guide by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

A book about perfume written by a scientist and a perfume critic is going to be boring, right? Wrong. Turin and Sanchez have a way with words that not only make the world of fragrance accessible, but also entertaining.

Perfumes The A-Z Guide introduces us to perfume criticism, takes us through the different ways we perceive feminine and masculine fragrances, teaches us how to go about choosing a new scent, and gives us a brief history of perfume. This is all before we come to the frequently asked questions section which is the most comprehensive I’ve seen anywhere. Each chapter is written with not only knowledge, but more humour than you thought possible when discussing perfume. All that’s left are the perfume reviews.

Oh, the perfume reviews. There are almost 1,500 no holds barred, if we think a perfume is awful then we’ll say just that, reviews to dip in and out of. Preceding each review is a star rating out of five, a price indication (based on the standard US retail price) and a two word description of the perfume’s main character, e.g. Alien by Thierry Mugler is described as a woody jasmine.

I’m not going to lie, I went straight to my favourite perfumes to see what Turin and Sanchez thought of them. Isabella by Isabella Rosselini is not listed and the others didn’t fare as well as I would have liked, MyQueen by Alexander McQueen received two stars (not recommended) and Alien by Thierry Mugler received three stars (good). Although it was interesting to see where our opinions differed, there is no fear of me changing my mind and we do agree that Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb is far too rosy.  I’ve said before scent is a personal thing and you like the perfumes you like even if others don’t. That’s what we love about them and is one of the reasons why there are so many on the market.

Whether you are a newcomer to, or a long time lover of, the world of fragrance there is something here for everyone. Perfumes The A-Z Guide would make a welcome addition to any book shelf or coffee table. Luca Turin’s other book The Secret of Scent is firmly on my to-read list and my to-try perfume list has almost doubled in length.