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MyChelle Dermaceuticals Skin Care


Quite a few months ago I was sent three skin care products to try by the vegan, cruelty-free brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals.  MyChelle’s tagline is ‘Seeded in science and rooted in nature’, which sums them up perfectly.  Their products are all made from nontoxic, natural ingredients, which have been chosen and formulated specifically for their concentration and nutrient levels, which can help the skin look and feel healthier.

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MyChelle’s products are organised into five steps which, when combined, create the perfect skin care routine – you just have to pick the right products for your skin type!  Step 1 is cleansers, Step 2 masks, peels and scrubs, Step 3 serums, Step 4 mists, and finally, Step 5 creams.  The three products I received, and have now been using for a while, are their Fruit Enzyme Cleanser* from Step 1, Pumpkin Renew Cream* from Step 5, and Fabulous Eye Cream*, also from Step 5.  I haven’t tried any products from Step 2, 3 or 4 so cannot comment on how well the routine works as a whole, so I will share my experience of each product individually.

Fruit Enzyme Cleanser – 61ml – £8.50

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MyChelle say: Gentle deep cleanser uncovers remarkably fresh, smooth skin. A special blend of natural multi-fruit Alpha-Hydroxy Acids unclog and purify pores, and increase cellular turnover for a more youthfully refined look. Strengthening and antioxidant Turmeric keeps skin calm and eases signs of irritation, while Fructooligosaccharides from sugar promote and protect skin’s health.

I say: The Fruit Enzyme Cleanser comes in a squeezy bottle with a mess-free click lid, which makes it really easy to control how much of the cleanser you use, meaning there’s no waste.  MyChelle recommend using a dime-size amount to cover the whole face, which in English money is about the same size as a five pence coin.  In my experience that is enough for a good cleanse, so even this 61ml bottle will last a good while.

The cleanser contains a mixture of natural oils and plant extracts, but the one that dominates is orange, so it has a gorgeous sweet orange scent, which happens to be one of my favourite toiletry scents.  It also has a light gel consistency which massages in like a dream, and doesn’t feel greasy at all.  The gel washes off easily with warm water and leaves the skin feeling soft, fresh and incredibly clean, without that tightness you sometimes get from facial cleansers.  I’ve noticed my face has looked a lot clearer since I started using this cleanser and I’ve had far fewer breakouts which is brilliant.

Pumpkin Renew Cream – 35ml – £21.00

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MyChelle say: A lightweight, hydrating formula blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with reparative Peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from Micro-Algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss. EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration.

I say: MyChelle’s Pumpkin Renew Cream is not orange in colour as you’d expect, but a pale minty green.  It smells absolutely beautiful – fresh, but with a sweet and spicy note of nutmeg which really stands out.  The formula is light, and in the pot looks a little bit oily which, I’ll admit, worried me slightly at first, but I was relieved to find that it doesn’t leave behind any greasiness on the skin.  Rather, it is absorbed nicely and is incredibly moisturising and softening, and also has a calming, soothing effect on tired or angry skin.

MyChelle’s Pumpkin Renew Cream is suitable for all skin types, including combination skin like mine, and can be used as a day or night cream, so it’s a great little all-rounder.  I’ve been using my pot in the morning as a base for my make up, and it hydrates dry patches and evens out oily patches for a perfect finish.

Fabulous Eye Cream – 15ml – £19.00

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MyChelle say: Advanced formula nourishes the delicate eye area while minimizing the look of fine lines. Revolutionary Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells inhibit collagen breakdown and are clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 15% after only twenty days of use. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture within the skin, smoothing and firming the eye area.

I say: Once again, MyChelle’s packaging prevails with this cream and the easy squeeze tube and narrow nozzle make it really easy to control how much cream you use, and you really only need a little bit of this to cover the whole eye area.  The cream itself, like the Pumpkin Renew Cream, is non-greasy and easily absorbed, and gentle enough for the eye area, causing no irritation.  The Fabulous Eye Cream smells different to the other two products (I love how they all have a different scent!), with a delicately sweet, almost floral aroma with hints of coconut, lavender and orange.

Being only 23, I don’t yet have many wrinkles around my eyes, but I’ve been using this almost as a preventative, and it’s doing a great job so far.  After application my eye area feels smooth and firm, without being uncomfortable, and it’s definitely been helping to reduce my morning eye puffiness!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend MyChelle’s products and I’d love to fill the gaps in my routine with more of their offerings.  My skin is really quite sensitive and I often have allergic to reactions to facial cleansers and moisturisers, but I haven’t had any such reaction to MyChelle.  Definitely something to remember if you too suffer from sensitive skin!

You can view MyChelle’s full range here.

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My parcel from MyChelle also contained two packets of Pur chewing gum, and since I am a gum addict it was a nice little surprise to receive these.  The gum comes in two flavours – Peppermint and Wintergreen, and is aspartame and sugar-free, so it contains no nasties.  It’s also suitable for vegans, diabetics and those who are gluten and lactose intolerant, so it’s a really inclusive product.  The gum itself has a nice, powerful flavour and tastes and chews just like any other gum, so it doesn’t suffer in that respect, but the flavour doesn’t last as long as I’d like.  Still, for a natural product that pretty much anyone can have, it’s impressive.

Naomi x

*These products were sent to me by MyChelle Dermaceuticals for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

BeTrousse Summer Break Beauty Kit


Last week I received my third BeTrousse box – the newly released Summer Break Beauty Kit.  The new kit contains five full-sized, high-end products which BeTrousse believe are perfect for summer and for taking on your holidays.  So, without further ado, here is what you will find in the BeTrousse Summer Break box…

From Left to Right:

  • Benta Berry G-1 Moisturising Face Cream
  • Orhis Nourishing Face Cream
  • Cinq Mondes Roses Petal Rain Mist
  • Lilas Blanc Secret Éclat Jeunesse
  • Cosmetoo Nails Nail Art Express Kit

I have mixed feelings about some of the products in this box, but the same can be said about all of the beauty boxes I’ve tried.  However, my thoughts are mostly positive and this is definitely my favourite BeTrousse box so far!  I was very happy to see the nail art kit in there too, as up until now everything I’ve received has been based around skincare.  BeTrousse are unique in their concept of providing full-sized products, which is one of the things I love about them.  They feel it’s important to feel the full effects of a product before you repurchase it, which is why you’ll never find a sample product in a BeTrousse box.  As such, I will only be telling you a bit about each product in this post, and reviewing some of them in more detail at a later date when I’ve finished using them.

Now for the fun bit – the goodies!

Benta Berry G-1 Moisturising Face Cream – 30ml – RRP £12

Benta Berry’s G-1 Moisturising Face Cream is one of my least favourite products in the box.  I like the simple, modern packaging and the fact that it is made from 100% natural ingredients, and the lotion itself is quite nice (it’s very hydrating and, though a little on the thick side, it absorbs well), but that’s where my love of this product ends.  Why?  Because it smells funny!  The scent is subtle (and apparently designed by a famous perfumer) but I find it really off-putting.  It’s slightly woody, but not in a pleasant way, and smells almost bitter if that’s even possible.  This cream isn’t for me but I can see it being enjoyed by those who don’t like sweetly scented products.  It’s aimed at ‘filles et garcons’ too, so is probably more suited to a teenage audience.

Orhis Nourishing Face Cream – 50ml – RRP £28

This Orhis Nourishing Face Cream, on the other hand, is lovely and probably my favourite item in the box!  The dainty little bottle is the perfect size to carry in your handbag and the box is very pretty and girly.  The face cream contains Cottonseed and Argan Oil, which makes it extremely nourishing but also protecting and, according to BeTrousse, is great for prolonging a tan!  The formula is very light and massages in flawlessly, and despite it containing Argan Oil it doesn’t leave your skin greasy at all.  It’s also 99.1% natural so causes no irritation.  I am definitely going to continue using this and would even consider repurchasing it in the future.  Look out for a more detailed review of this one at a later date.

Cinq Mondes Roses Petal Rain Mist – 200ml – RRP £28

Another beautiful treat for the skin!  Cinq Mondes Roses Rain Mist is extremely refreshing and very moisturising.  It has a very light oily consistency which when sprayed directly onto the skin is instantly cooling (perfect for the summer heat) and sends up a cloud of rose scented sweetness.  Gorgeous!  When rubbed in the mist is absorbed quickly, and delicately moisturises your skin for long lasting softness.  A definite summer must-have.  In fact, I’ve been using this pretty much constantly since I received it – I love it!

Lilas Blanc Secret Éclat Jeunesse – 50ml – £36.50

Yep, another face cream.  Part of me wishes I had more faces to use all these lotions and potions on!  Unfortunately, I can’t use this one myself as it contains salicylate which I’m allergic to.  I swatched this on my arm yesterday and the  formula is quite nice (very light and creamy), but my arm immediately started to itch and go red – not good!  It smells nice though, very citrussy like oranges, and has the bonus of being organic which is always a winner with me.  My mum’s been after a nice anti-aging cream for a while so I’m going to let her have this one as she really likes its scent and lightness.  It’s a thumbs up from her, at least!

Cosmetoo Nails Nail Art Express Kit

As I said earlier, I was very pleased to see something a little different in this box, and what better than something to decorate my nails with?  I’m a big fan of nail art so I’ve already given these a go and I’ll be featuring them as my Nail of the Day later today, so check back this evening to see what they look like on.  The kit contains two sets of nail stickers of the same design, a small bag of nail gems and a wooden stick tool.

The products in the Summer Break kit have a total RRP of £109, but can be purchased in this box from BeTrousse for just £19!  Though I didn’t get on with a couple of the products, £19 is definitely worth it for the ones that I did like, so if you like the look of anything then do give it a go.  After all, anything you don’t like can be given as gifts 😉  To purchase the BeTrousse Summer Break Kit, visit here.

Naomi x

*I was sent this BeTrousse Summer Break Beauty Kit by BeTrousse for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own*

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