Sunday 11 February 2024

Skincare Review | Blue Beauty with Biotherm

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I’m back today with a one brand review of Biotherm and some products I was sent that I’m either finished or very nearly finished! To give a little history of the brand, it was founded in 1952 and is a division of L’Oréal. Their hero product is life plankton, a microorganism found in the French Pyrenees that contains 35 nutrients to deliver intense regenerating hydration for visibly soothed and soft skin. It is 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable and works to balance, firm, provide antioxidants, smooth and refine the skin. Biotherm’s focus is on hydration and they are committed to using more renewable ingredients, creating more formulas that respect the oceans, developing more sustainable designs and empowering a global community of water lovers.


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Starting off with the Biotherm Cera Cream to Foam Cleanser RRP $38 CAD* and I’ve always been a bit wary of foaming cleansers so honestly expected this to dry my skin out as it really does lather up more than any other cleanser I have tried before! It’s a vegan formula that is soap free and contains bioceramides, niacinamide and life plankton. It left my skin feeling squeaky clean, hydrated and soft and never felt dry or tight. I also love the scent though I know some people don’t like added scent but this is fresh like the ocean! The packaging is also made from 24% recycled plastic packaging and the formula is 99% biodegradable.


The Biotherm Life Plankton Elixir RRP $107 CAD / £69* is a beautiful hydrating and soothing serum that contains glycerin, life plankton and Vitamin C. It’s also scented and I am obsessed with the smell – it’s so fresh and “blue” and it really adds to the experience for me. This makes my skin feel hydrated and supported and it looks brighter and feels smoother! I notice my fine lines less and I love the packaging too, the dropper has a chrome look, it just feels so luxe!  


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The Biotherm Cera Repair Barrier Cream RRP $65 CAD / £58* was a dream to use! I loved this as my daytime moisturiser as it sat so well under my makeup and kept my skin hydrated all day. That will be thanks to the ceramides as well as the life plankton! The formula felt thick yet sank in straight away and worked overtime on drier patches around my nose, repairing my barrier. My skin felt soft, soothed and well supported and I abandoned all my other day creams for this as I loved it so much! 


biotherm blue retinol range review

Moving onto a couple of retinol products now and the Blue Retinol Night Serum RRP $99 CAD / £75* contains 0.25% retinol as well as life plankton, glycerin, HA and niacinamide. This has worked well to smooth and even my skin tone while targeting fine lines and I use it 2-3 times a week. The formula is creamy and doesn’t cause any sensitivity or peeling for me! 


biotherm retinol review

Also at night, I loved the Biotherm Blue Pro-Retinol Multi Correct Cream RRP $103 CAD / £72*. It’s a rich overnight cream containing pre-retinol, life plankton and niacinamide that smoothed my skin leaving it plump the next morning and making fine lines less visible. It felt so luxurious and hydrating and I used this on nights I also used the serum as well as nights I didn’t! I’m not sure what percentage retinol this equates to and I can’t find it online but my skin drank it up and I am missing it from my routine now it's finished!


Read more about the Life Plankton Elixir, Retinol Night Serum and Pro-Retinol Multi Correct Cream which made it into my Best Skincare Discoveries of 2023! The products are pricey but I have really enjoyed using them and they are regularly on sale (there is a sale on their website right now for Lunar New Year!). 


Biotherm products are available to buy from their website and Shoppers Drug Mart in Candada and Look Fantastic in the UK! Have you tried the brand?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 14 January 2024

Best Beauty Discoveries 2023 | Makeup

Back again with another round up of new favourites from last year, this time in makeup! I covered my best beauty discoveries in skincare last week so don’t forget to give that a read  too if you haven’t already! I am a lip product, blush and bronzer addict so this is heavy on all of those type of products!


best beauty discoveries makeup 2023

First up, the Haus Labs by Lady Gaga Powder Sculpt Velvet Bronzer in Light Level 2 RRP $55 CAD / £35. This is actually the newest bronzer in my makeup collection and I got it in November with 20% off. It gets great reviews on Sephora and I had previously swatched in store so was confident on the shade. The formula is super smooth and easy to blend. There isn’t a lot of fallout and Light Level 2 is a great neutral shade for me that adds just the right amount of colour. It seems impossible to go overboard with this formula and I have been reaching for it almost daily since I got it!


Before Haus Labs came along, the Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Divine Bronzer in Nude Honey RRP $53 CAD / £40 was my go to and absolutely deserves a mention in this post as I still love it! As soon I saw this released earlier last year I waited patiently for one of the websites many sales as I am obsessed with the blush from this line and knew I would love this. The bronzer is a beautiful neutral shade like the Haus Labs so no looking muddy here! It’s another smooth formula that blends easily and I can go back in with my brush if I want to build more colour.


Onto blush and I couldn’t resist the NARS The Multiple Cream Blush, Lip and Eye Stick in Dolce Vita RRP $53 CAD / £33 mini which came in a set at Christmas. I believe this shade is limited edition which is strange as the powder version is part of the permanent line. It’s a dusty rose shade and blends easily whether I apply directly to my check or with a brush! The lasting power is great and it makes me look like I have a healthy glow!


To apply these, I have been reaching for my Rephr Brush 05 RRP $57 USD non-stop! These brushes are handmade in Japan using uncut natural hair so feel super soft and number 05 is a do it all cheek brush that like I said, have been using for bronzer. It fits perfectly into the hollow of my cheek, never picks up too much pigment and helps the bronzer blend seamlessly into my foundation.


Moving onto lip products now and the Fenty Skin Hydrating and Strengthening Lip Oil in Cherry RRP $33 CAD / £20 is so good I’m already on my second one this year! See my review of the first one I finished here! Definitely the best lip oil I have tried and miles ahead of the Dior and Clarins in terms of hydrating and conditioning my lips! This is long lasting, smells great and so easy to throw in my handbag!


I’ve also enjoyed the Lawless Forget the Filler Lip-Plumping Line-Smoothing Tinted Lip Balm in Georgie RRP $35.50 CAD. This is a warm nude shade so a little different to my usual pinky shades which I like! I didn’t realise this was so pricey but again I picked it up with 20% off and it gives me long lasting hydrating and leaves a lovely colour on my lips! I do not like the packaging though, this one is faulty and I will need to see if I can exchange it as the mechanism to wind the bullet back down stopped working!


Finally, the Glossier Ultralip High Shine Lipstick with Hyaluronic Acid in Villa RRP $24 CAD / £18 has been another constant in my handbag when I am going out for the day as the formula is so good and Villa is a perfect my lips but better shade for me! It’s a dusty rose colour and definitely more of a tinted lip balm than a true lipstick in my opinion. It does a great job of keeping my lips moisturised and I am definitely going to look at getting more shades! 


best makeup discoveries swatches
l-r: Glossier Villa, Lawless Georgie, NARS Dolce Vita, Pat McGrath Nude Honey, Haus Labs Light Level 2

Let me know if you have tried any of the products I’ve mentioned today and what you thought! If you want to check out my best beauty discoveries in makeup from previous years you can see 2022, 2021, and 2020 here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 7 January 2024

Best Beauty Discoveries 2023 | Skincare

Happy New Year! I have a couple of best beauty discoveries posts to round off some new favourites from last year starting with skincare! Nothing new really stood out to me in the haircare and bodycare departments but makeup will be coming soon! 


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Starting with cleansers and the e.l.f. Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm RRP $14 CAD / £11 really impressed me this year! It’s the only skincare product I have tried from e.l.f. but I will definitely be checking out the rest of the range! It contains sunflower seed oil, ceramides, and glycerin and the balm melts into an oil making easy work out of removing makeup! It’s lightly scented, lasted me a good amount of time and it’s super affordable! Definitely not as luxurious as my all-time favourite cleanser – the Emma Hardie Moringa cleansing balm – but for the price it’s impressive!


Moving onto serums and I tried a few this year that I can’t get enough of! The Biotherm Life Plankton Elixir RRP $116 CAD / £69* is a beautiful hydrating and soothing serum that contains glycerin, life plankton and Vitamin C. It’s also scented which I don’t mind but I know some people do but it’s so fresh and “blue” smelling it really adds to the experience for me. This makes my skin feel hydrated and supported and it looks brighter and feels smoother! Sticking with Biotherm and I have also been enjoying their Blue Retinol Night Serum RRP $99 CAD / £75*. It contains 0.25% retinol as well as life plankton, glycerin, HA and niacinamide. This has worked well to smooth and even my skin and target fine lines while also not causing any sensitivity or peeling due to the formula!


Next up is a classic that I only started using last year and I finally get the hype! The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair RRP $108 CAD / £65 is a restorative serum containing peptides and hyaluronic acid bifida ferment lysate (an ingredient that’s also in the Biotherm Life Plankton Elixir) which helps protect against UV damage and repair skin. It’s called night repair but can be used AM or PM though I tend to use it in the evening and I wake up with hydrated, plump and firm skin. Lastly for serums, I have the Pixi Clarity Concentrate RRP £26* which has been my go-to when I have been experiencing breakouts and it’s been a saviour over the festive season! It contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acid as well as probiotics and aloe and really helps to gently exfolaite my skin while still keeping it hydrated and my breakouts have been healing faster!


For moisturisers and SPF’s, I found quite a few I fell in love with this year! The Naturium Multi-Peptide Moisturiser RRP $20 USD / £21 is a great, simple, lightweight moisturiser I used in the AM that kept my skin hydrated and worked well with SPF’s and my makeup! At night, I loved the Biotherm Blue Pro-Retinol Multi Correct Cream RRP $103 CAD*. This is a rich overnight cream that smoothed my skin leaving it plump the next morning with less visible fine lines. It felt so luxurious, and, as I mentoned, I love the scent of Biotherm products!


For SPF’s I really rate the older version of the Fenty Hydra Vizor – the Invisible Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 RRP $49 CAD. This seems to have been recently reformulated to a mineral SPF and I am gutted I replaced it without realising the new one gets awful reviews. It seems to be out of stock in a lot of places but hopefully she brings it back as it’s perfect under makeup, no pilling, hydrating, protecting and smells good! Sticking with the purple theme and the Isntree Onion Newpair Sunscreen SPF40 RRP $30.64 CAD* was another stand out product. It’s lightweight, again didn’t pill with my makeup and hydrates all day. Not pictured as I used it up way earlier in the year is the Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics SPF 50 RRP $24.08 CAD which I couldn’t not mention as it might be my favourite SPF ever! Super lightweight, this feels like you have nothing on and like the others, doesn’t pill or react with other products or makeup. It just stands out a little more to me and I like that it’s SPF 50! Another product definitely worth the hype!


Did I mention any of your favourites? Let me know what your favourite skincare discovery was this year! If you want to see my previous best beauty discoveries in skincare you can check out 2020, 2021 and 2022!


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Danielle xx


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Sunday 31 December 2023

Product Empties #47


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I left it a bit too long with these empties so couldn’t fit them all on a flatlay - they all just seemed to empty at once! Anyway, as always, I am glad to get them in the bin before the new year! 


haircare empties


Living Proof PhD Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo RRP £38/$61CAD*

Loved this – it works a smidge better than the OG which I also finished and works way better than drugstore dry shampoo! This jumbo size lasted me ages and I find I use much less than drugstore dry shampoo! It has a fresh citrus scent which isn’t my favourite but not a deal breaker! I just repurchased a few Christmas sets while it was on offer! 


Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo & mini

As mentioned, this works great and I have already repurchased! I can get away with a couple extra days without washing my hair as it actually absorbs the oil! See my full review here! 


Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

This worked better than it normally does for me and didn’t leave a white cast this time! It good for the price and I use it if I only need to get one day more out of greasy hair as opposed to more! Would repurchase on offer!


Kerastase Nutritive Conditioner for normal to slightly dry hair RRP £33.50*

Obsessed with the scent of this range, it’s so fresh and clean and the conditioner itself is lightweight and hydrating and didn’t wear my hair down. I have a full review here and will repurchase this in the future once I finish off some more haircare in my stash!


Briogeo Scalp Revival Micro-Exfoliating shampoo RRP $57*

Another love – this worked so well to remove build-up and exfoliate my scalp leaving it refreshed and my hair clean! Read my full review here and I will repurchase in the future!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep conditioning mask RRP $53*

A lightweight mask that left my hair soft and hydrated and didn’t weigh it down! I do have others I prefer but would repurchase this if on a good offer! 


Living Proof Triple Bond Complex RRP £42*

Seems like I finished a lot of haircare favourites because here’s another one! This is a leave in treatment after washing hair and it’s made my hair feel so much stronger and smoother and my split ends much less noticeable! I prefer it to Olaplex! Read my full review here! Have already repurchased!

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Lash and Brow Serum

This worked so well to reduce fall out in my lash and brow hair! Have repurchased! 


bodycare empties


Olay Retinol Nighttime Body Wash

I enjoyed this body wash, it was nicely smoothing and moisturising and smelt like parma violets! Would repurchase on offer!


Sephora Lagoon Moisturizing Body Lotion

This was lovely to use during summer as it’s very lightweight but not hydrating enough for me in winter. I also liked the scent which was very inoffensive and fresh! Can’t seem to find it on Sephora anymore so it might have been discontinued but I would have repurchased!


Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF RRP £39*

This worked great throughout summer on hikes and kept me well protected. It took a little more work to rub in than say an invisible SPF but didn’t leave me feeling sticky once it absorbed! I’d probably go for something more affordable in the future so not a repurchase for me! 


Fenty Skin Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream

This felt so luxurious and had a lovely subtle scent. It was rnicely moisturising and I enjoyed using it at night as it did feel a little oily for during the day. Would repurchase on offer.


Maelys Get-Showy Body Cream RRP $44.99CAD*

Enjoyed using this up, it felt lightweight but hydrating enough for my skin which gets drier in winter. The scent was subtle and weirdly familiar but I’m not sure why and while the pink colour of the cream is fun I did find it stained some clothing which puts me off repurchasing!


Necessaire The Hand Cream

Love the packaging but otherwise this is a pretty boring but functional hand cream. It moisturised my hands well and didn’t leave any residue behind but there is no scent and its expensive so not a repurchase for me!


Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Touch Hand Cream

Loved this one, I know the scent is love or hate but I love it! It was hydrating and smoothing and a little went a long way. Like the Necessaire, it didn’t leave any residue behind and its expensive so I would only repurchase on offer or as part of a set!


Goldbond Healing Hydrating Cream

Picked this up in America on a recent trip as I only had hand luggage and didn’t take a body lotion! This worked well to hydrate but I have others I prefer so not a repurchase for me! 


skincare empties and reviews


Burt’s Bees Refining Cleanser RRP $16.99CAD*

Really enjoyed this cleanser, it contains vitamin E to moisturise and natural exfoliators to smooth and refine skin. Whilst “scrubby”, it still feels gentle enough to use every day and cleanses my skin leaving it well prepped for my next steps! Have others I prefer more but at this price I would repurchase! See my full review of this and the next two cleansers here!

Biotherm Cera Cream to Foam Cleanser RRP $38CAD*

Another cleanser I loved – this one lathered up more than any other cleanser I think I have tried before. It is soap free and contains bioceramides, niacinamide and life plankton and while it left my skin feeling squeaky clean and soft, it never felt dry or tight. I also love the scent though I know some people don’t like added scent! This is fresh like the ocean! Would repurchase on a good offer.


Versed Wash it Out Gel Cleanser*

This is a lightweight gel containing rosewater, seaweed extract and ceramides. It doesn’t lather up as much as the Biotherm but still made my skin feel cleansed and soft. It does have a strong scent of mint however this doesn’t make my eyes stream at all! Enjoyed this but I have others I prefer so not a repurchase and I believe this has been recently discontinued!


Biotherm Blue Pro-Retinol Multi-Correct Cream RRP $103CAD*

I loved this cream, it was perfect for night time! Rich but didn’t clog my skin at all and kept it hydrated all night leaving soft, brighter skin in the morning! Would repurchase on a very good offer!


e.l.f. Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Loved this cleansing balm! It quickly melts into an oil then a milky emulsion to remove makeup effectively! It contains hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides so my skin felt soft and hydrated. The scent is not overpowering at all and it’s so affordable I will repurchase this soon!


Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturiser SPF 30

Loved this. Lightweight but hydrating, my skin felt protected and this didn’t pill with my other skincare or makeup products! Scented very lightly and I would repurchase though it seems like Fenty have reformulated and the new version does not get good reviews!


Nivea Double Effect Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

The best waterproof eye makeup remover! So gentle and effective as well as being affordable! Forever repurchased!


Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

Have been through a couple of these minis over the years and I really enjoy it! Perfect as a second cleanse or morning cleanse and leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft. Would repurchase. See my full review here! 


Biossance Squalane and Hyaluronic Toning Mist

I took this to work with me and it was nice to use to mist through the day over makeup. The mist comes out so finely which I loved but not worth a repurchase for me!


Burt’s Bees Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream RRP $32.99CAD*

This was nicely hydrating but left a bit of a white cast as I rubbed in. I have others I prefer so not a repurchase for me!


Burt’s Bees Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizing Cream RRP $32.99CAD*

Like the eye cream, this was hydrating but left a white cast so I really had to rub it in. I used this at night time so that was fine for me! I didn’t love the smell but this kept my skin soft and hydrated and I think it’s a great budget option! Would repurchase.


Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

I don’t love this brand and do not get the hype. A pretty boring, standard cream that does the job but is not worth the money! Not a repurchase.


Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

Love these for a treatment once in a while! Gentle yet effective and my skin always feels and looks smooth and soft after use! I don’t experience any sensitivity and would repurchase!


Skinceuticals Phloretin CF RRP $208CAD*

A vitamin C serum I really enjoyed, this has kept my skin looking bright and I haven’t been noticing fine lines much since using it! This also helped with oil control especially around my nose. Unfortunately, this is way out of my price range so not a repurchase!


Benton Deep Green Tea Toner

A nice basic hydrating toner that I was glad to have on trips! Would repurchase!


Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

This was just OK, I’m glad I tried it and it wasn’t bad but I don’t get the hype so not a repurchase for me!


Dr Jart Ceramidin Serum

Nicely hydrating but not a repurchase for me though I love the cream in this line!  


BioEffect EGF Serum

Another super hyped product and one I didn’t notice a difference with. Would like to try again but at this price I’m glad I didn’t fall in love! Not a repurchase!


Vivier Radiance Serum

Got this from my beautician and it was another nicely brightening and smoothing Vitamin C serum. Like the Skinceuticals, it’s out of my budget so not a repurchase for me!


Lancome Advanced Genefique Serum

Been through a couple of these minis now and really enjoy them when I am on a trip! Feels very hydrating and supportive on my skin but again with its price tag not a repurchase!


Pai Rosehip Oil

Lovely oil for an extra hit of hydration overnight as well as tacking pigmentation. Would repurchase!


Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

One of my most repurchased products! I love this lip balm, it lasts ages on my lips and keeps them moisturised and smooth! Have already repurchased!


makeup empties


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Love this and the bottle lasted me ages as I used my finges to apply as opposed to a beauty blender or brush! Its medium-full coverage and lasts all day on my combo skin, easily ocvering blemishes and making my skin look perfected but not cakey. Have already repurchased!


Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray RRP $25CAD*

I don’t notice a huge difference in staying power with this unfortunately! Not a repurchase!


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Love this powder, adds a touch more coverage and blends easily making my skin look perfected. I do find I get oily around lunch time so it’s not completely fool proof, but I forgive it! Have already repurchased!


Maybelline Sky High Waterproof Mascara

My favourite mascara, this doesn’t smudge and adds length and volume while keeping my lashes separated! Already repurchased!


Fenty Skin Cherry Treat Conditioning Lip Oil

Another favourite, this is the best lip oil I’ve tried! Hydrating and lasts on my lips giving a nice sheen. Have already repurchased!


NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Fast Lane

I enjoy these tinted lip balms but they aren’t the most longlasting! This was a lovely mauve shade and I have repurchased in the dolce Vits shade!  


miscellaneous empties


Purely Inspired Collagen Peptides x3

Love this, works well to help my joints, already repurchased! 


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Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50 RRP£66*

Gutted I didn’t get this finished before it went bad! It’s a mineral sunscreen that shields against digital blue light damage, UVA, UVB & pollution. The formula is lightweight and has a peachy tint that is easily worked into the skin leaving no white cast (I have pale skin for reference). It sits well over the rest of my skincare as well as under makeup and I love that its SPF 50, my skin feels protected and the formula is beautiful, no difficulty rubbing in or pilling either! See my full review here!

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50

Unpopular opinion but I really didn’t get on with this, I found it drying and my makeup did not sit well over the top. I never reach for it so it’s got to go!  


Garnier Anti Dark Spots Anti Pollution Super UV SPF 50

Same as above for this one too unfortunately! I definitely prefer the creamier SPF options than liquid/high alcohol content ones!


Congratulations if you made it to the end of this post! I hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a happy New Year! Let me know if you saw any of your favourites in this post!


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Danielle xx


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