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!  

 

biotherm skincare review

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?

 

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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.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

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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!

 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

See my full disclosure here.

 

Danielle xx

 

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