Just Charlie G

Gosh, do you remember when micellar waters first reached the UK? Bioderma was absolutely the one to have but it was hard to find for a while. Now of course lots of brands offer micellar water cleansers but for many the original and best will always be Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water. I reviewed it back in 2011 and it’s been a staple on and off ever since. Strangely though I never really looked further into Bioderma products. I’m certainly aware that French Pharmaceutical skin care lines are known to be the best out there and given the enduring popularity of Bioderma Sensibio H20 Cleansing Water, I know that Bioderma are top of the game. With that in mind it’s been a treat to try out Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel and Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution.BiodermaStarting with the Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution.  This alcohol free cleansing water is designed for those of us with sensitive skin and/or dehydration (that’ll be me then). To use, you simply soak a cotton pad with the solution and wipe away impurities and dirt, twice a day. Active ingredients treat congestion and your skin is left comfortable, clean, smooth and hydrated. And I really like it. Although it’s perfectly suitable for removing make up, I wear so much make up I have trust issues, so my preferred way of using this is to remove my makeup with it, then follow up with a face wash. I’m not sure it’s necessary but that’s what I like. Worth also mentioning that if you have sensitive eye (mine are occasionally), this won’t irritate them, it’s incredibly gentle.

Which leads me neatly on to the Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel. I have been following up the Micelle Solution with this Foaming Gel, and again I’m not sure it’s totally necessary to use both. There have been times where I’ve been really too tired to double cleanse and have just used this, and I have found this removes every last trace of make up with ease. I know there is a school of thought that foaming products aren’t great for the skin, but seriously, I suffer with dryness often when I use the wrong products and I’ve not had a hint of a problem with this cleanser. I’m always going to have skin that leans on the dry side, but I’ve not noticed additional effects. After use, over quite an extended period (two months approx), my skin was left smooth, clean and calm.  A great product and in fact I’ve bought a bottle for Chloe after she tried mine out. She’s ten but starting to get blackheads and spots on her nose, but also suffers with eczema, this has been working a treat for her and as she gets a bit older I will look further into Bioderma products for her delicate skin.

I would recommend both of these products to anyone, but in particular if you suffer dryness and or sensitive skin, these products work really well to leave your skin feeling clean but without that tight dry feeling you can sometimes get after cleansing.

Bioderma Sensibio Mild Cleansing Foaming Gel is £10.50 for 200ml and the Hydrabio H20 Micelle Solution is £5.10 for 100ml or £10.80 for 250ml.

You can find more information on all Bioderma Products on their website  and I do really like Escentual as a stockist but you can also find Bioderma products at Feel Unique and Boots.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes


Just a quick heads up for the Foreo Cleansing Discovery Must-haves gift set.

Fores Cleansing Discover Must HavesRegular readers will know I’m a big fan of the Foreo devices and the LUNA Play is perfect either for travelling or for someone who just wants to try out a Foreo cleansing device before plumping for one of the larger models. The LUNA Play is a small silicone face cleansing device that is good for up to 100 uses and then you bin it, and this gift set comes with 15ml Day Cleanser and 15ml Night Cleanser. The gift is a steal at £29 because if you bought the products separately it’d cost £43.

You can see my full review of the Foreo LUNA Play here but it’s definitely a worthy purchase and a great idea for your beauty loving friend who has everything or for yourself! I’ve got one of these in use and another two tucked away for future use. I can’t imagine anyone regretting buying one of these, the cleanse really well along with your chosen product, as well as giving you a massage.

foreo cleansing discovery

Also available in Mint as well as Pearl Pink as shown.

For this and other sets available for Christmas, head over to the Foreo website.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes

Just a little heads up if you’re contemplating taking the plunge and trying out the Foreo Luna Play. I’ve tried several of the Foreo Cleansing Devices and have loved them all, but currently am using my Foreo Play most of all. If you’re interested in a full review, you can find mine here. I think mine is reaching the end of it’s lifespan now so I’m really pleased to have a new one, the Luna Pay Save the Sea Special Edition.

Foreo Play  Firstly, for the price of the Foreo Play (£29) you also get two 15ml cleansers included free of charge. The Day Cleanser and the Night Cleanser. The Cleansers are designed to work in perfect harmony with your Foreo Device.

So it’s a good bargain, but in addition 100% of Net proceeds will go towards the protection of ocean animals as Foreo have partnered with GreenWave and Sea Life Trust. The campaign supports initiatives such as the rehabilitation of endangered sea life and the creation of ocean farms to foster wildlife habitats.

You’re getting a great deal and doing some good too!

Head over to https://www.foreo.com/savethesea where you’ll also find the Save the Sea edition of the Luna Mini 2!

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

In case I haven’t made it clear, I really rate Elemental Herbology products. Every single product I’ve tried has been fantastic. To cleanse I’ve been using their Vital Cleanse Facial Cleanser, and I’ve been very happy with it, but I was down to my last inch or so of product (in reality this will last me a considerable amount of time, a little goes a long way), but I had started to ponder whether I would replace like for like or whether I would opt to try something new. Fate stepped in and made the decision for me when bottle of Elemental Herbology Harmonising Cleanse Facial Cleansing Oil dropped through my letter box.

Elemental Herbology Harmonising CleanseI do love a cleansing oil but a few I have tried have caused me to break out so I approached this one with caution.

Harmonising Cleanse is designed for normal skin, or for balancing the T-zone. I was slightly concerned it might not be ideal for my dry skin.

The exterior packaging is the usual beautifully understated design that Elemental Herbology do so well and contained within is a pump bottle of beautiful golden oil.

Elemental Herbology Harmonising Cleanse The oil itself is full of goodness. There is 5 Alpha Avocuta which is derived from Avocado and helps to inhibit oil secretion while Vitamin C helps reduce pigmentation and brightens the skin. Also included is Raspberry Seed which is rich in Omega 3 and 6, this helps reduce redness while Camellia Flower nourishes and softens, the addition of Grapefruit and Geranium Oils have an astringent effect. Finally there is Argan Oil rich in Vitamin E while Jojoba Oil helps balance sebum production. The last oil is Sweet Almond to nourish and soothe.

To use, you simply massage onto dry skin (I use three/four pumps each cleanse), add a touch of water which turns the oil milky, then rinse clean. I personally use a hot damp face cloth. Firstly this dissolves all my make up, even my impossible to budge mascara, with ease. You need so little to cleanse your face I have found the bottle has barely gone down, yet it does such a thorough job, it’s remarkable. It leaves my skin incredibly soft and incredibly clean, and despite my fears it does not leave my skin dry at all, in fact it feels perfectly balanced, or harmonised if you will.

When I rinse my skin there is no oily residue left on my skin at all, and it this that means I have remained break out free. In the past, some oils I have used have left a film on my skin leading to spots and congestion. Not so with this beautiful oil, it just leaves my skin feeling perfect.

I am on antibiotics at the moment because of my spots, it is as though everything I put on it breaks me out, but no so with this, in fact not so with any of the Elemental Herbology products I’ve tried, so it looks like I’ve found a brand I can really get on with.

Sadly for me, it’s not a cheap brand, this cleaser is £29 for 100ml but I must emphasise how little you use. I am fortunate in that I received this as a sample for review purposes, but when this and the Vital Cleanse are all used up, I won’t hesitate to purchase with my own money.

I would recommend anyone take a look at the Elemental Herbology website, the products are among the best I’ve tried.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes but all views are my own.


I recently blogged about a brand new to me, Elemental Herbology, and I really liked the products that I received to review, and they are all still very much in regular use. The Purifying Facial Mask is truly a skin saviour!

Since then I’ve been sent a couple more products from the range to try out, in the hopes of fixing my dehydrated and reactive skin. The first of these is the Elemental Herbology Vital Cleanser (£29/100ml).

Elemental Herbology Vital Cleanser Elemental Herbology Vital CleanserThis glorious golden elixir is just what my skin needed. As you might imagine, given it’s colour it’s made with 10% Manuka Honey, also included is Vitamin C, Organic Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Apple Serum, Green Tea, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Seaweed and Papaya Extract. All of these gorgeous ingredients combine to cleanse deeply (without foaming and therefore without drying my already parched skin – yay!), while improving the radiance and vitality of the skin. I can’t say that my skin looks a huge amount more radiant if I’m honest but there is a general improvement in texture, because the dryness is a thing of the past… everything looks a bit better. It removes my make efficiently meaning I can dispense with a double cleanse routine and just stick to this product, hot water and flannel. My skin feels just fine after use, with no hint of that horrible tight feeling I often get if a cleanser is a big mistake. I have been enduring the most awful break out this past week but I’m actually putting this down to other factors, a high stress level, as well as a change in routine. Changing from one skincare brand to another is often a trigger for a break out for me and while my skin is not clear, new blemishes have stopped appearing, which I think means I’m settling down into the new routine.  I really like this stuff and its far nicer than the cleanser I was using before which dried me out terribly.

The other product I’ve been trying out is the Elemental Herbology Calendula and Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser (£37/50ml).

Elemental Herbology Calendula and Rose Damask Elemental Herbology Calendula and Rose DamaskThe Calendula & Rose Damask Facial Moisturiser is formulated for sensitive skin. And while I’m not sure if my skin is typically sensitive, I think I’d do well to switch out all my products to sensitive versions to avoid break outs and dryness. This hygienic pump bottle houses a beautiful moisturiser for soothing and nurturing. While it’s texture is light it does a brilliant job of hydrating my skin. I’ve always had this suspicion that products for sensitive skin are not as effective, but this proves that just isn’t the case. The two products mentioned in this post have made dry skin a thing of my past. When I apply my foundation now it goes on smoothly.  I honestly think this is great stuff and I can’t fault it. I mentioned my current breakout, well this moisturiser calms any redness and banishes flaky patches from healing blemishes while NOT creating more spots for me to deal with. Another highly recommended product.

In all honesty, I have tried lots of skincare lines, many so bad I couldn’t even been bothered to review, and I mean it when I say this line is brilliant. I’ve a mental shopping list to include the sensitive cleanser to try out, Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream as well as the Radiance Peel and don’t even get me started on the beautiful sounding Body line…

If you’re looking for new skincare products, do head over and check out the Elemental Herbology website. I can’t promise they’ll work for you but I can say for sure they are worth a look.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes

09. 05. 2016


It is a fact that if you take most things and make them mini they become extra cute. Baby animals for example. And now the Foreo Luna. I’ve blogged about two of the Foreo Luna models previously and you can find my post on the original Foreo Luna here and the Foreo Luna Mini 2 here.

If you’ve read those previous reviews you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of these Foreo sonic cleansers. Hygienic, effective, gentle and generally just all round brilliant these silicone face cleansing tools are used daily by me so I’m delighted to add a new model to my arsenal, the Foreo Luna Play.

Foreo Luna Play  The Foreo Luna Play is based on the full size and mini models, but is tiny, smaller than the palm of my hand. The main differences between this model and the larger sizes are as follows:

foreo luna play foreo luna play

In terms of use the basics are the same, apply your cleansing product to your skin and turn on your Foreo Luna Play, massage your cleanser in using the bristles, rinse away. Rinse your brush and get on with the rest of your day.

Given it’s size, its a little less comfortable to hold I find, but in terms of effectiveness, it cleanses just as well as the larger models.

You may well be thinking that if it’s not rechargeable its a bit useless, but it’s really not. This is an ideal bit of kit for travelling, or if you are cautious about shelling out for a larger model. The Play retails at £29, while the Mini 2 is £99 and the full size Luna is £149 making the Foreo Luna Play ideal for testing the water before investing in the rechargeable models. Plus it’s super cute and available in 7 cute colours!

If you’re yet to try a sonic facial cleansing brush, this is an ideal product to try, it’s more hygienic than nylon bristles, gentler on the skin and more effective at cleansing. Highly recommended!

The Foreo Luna Play retails at £29 and is available from Foreo Online.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes.

Foreo Luna Mini 2Delighted to be reviewing the Foreo Luna mini 2 today on the blog. If you’ve been a reader for a long time, you may recall I actually reviewed the full size Foreo Luna quite some time ago. I loved it and actually still use it, although I’ve lapsed slightly and tend not to use it every day. No reason for that, just that I’m terribly slack.

So since the Foreo Luna was launched in the UK the range has expanded (hello toothbrush!!) but today we’re looking at, as I say, the Foreo Luna mini 2.

Foreo Luna Mini 2

The Mini 2 is a hand held device for facial cleansing. It’s made from silicone which cleanses gently, but thoroughly, while being really hygienic as you can clean the device easily.

As well as the Mini, you also get a USB charger and a little instruction booklet. Otherwise that’s it, but what more could you want?!

Foreo Luna Mini 2The mini has eight intensities so you can find the perfect setting for you while the “bristles” are optimised for all skin types. Once you set your intensity, the Luna mini remembers that, so it’ll be still set to the same next time you turn it on.

To use it, dampen your face, apply your cleanser, then turn on your mini and apply all over your face for a minute. As you move around your face the light will flash telling you to move onto the next area of your face, it really couldn’t be simpler. I’d like to go on a rant about this is superior to famous “brush” cleaning systems but I’ll exercise some decorum and just say, it is. Not only is the device more hygienic, but it’s gentler while cleansing extremely thoroughly, you’ll never need to buy a replacement brush and they are incredibly energy efficient (300 uses approximately per charge!).

In terms of difference between this and the full size Luna, the mini doesn’t have the anti ageing side and the bristles differ in layout slight, it is smaller of course (but for my small hands thats a good thing). The full sized Luna comes in various models for different skin types, while the Mini just has one standard model, which is suitable for all.

The Mini bristles have several zones, the general cleansing area at the front, with a precision cleansing zone on the tip for getting around the nose and smaller areas, the bristles on the rear of the device are for deep cleansing, so if oily or spotty areas, use the rear of the device on those.

I think I’ve run through everything you need to know, but the long and the short of it is that I think the Foreo sonic cleansers are the best you can buy, I can’t say a bad thing about them, genuinely. You can use your usual cleansers (I’m currently loving Mac Lightful Cleanser and it works with this beautifully), and what’s more because it’s so hygienic, your whole family can use the same one…not that there’s any chance I’m sharing mine with anyone!

At £99 it is definitely an investment, but they last for years and as I say, you won’t need to purchase replacement parts.

You can purchase on the Foreo Site, as well as find more information.

*Foreo Luna mini 2 provided free of charge for review purposes.

Hello! I’m back from our week in Cornwall, which was, in truth, up and down but I think I’ll save that for another family post as no doubt it’ll be a bit of a depressing ramble.

Today we’ll stick with happy, lovely beauty products and I’m delighted to share with you some new products from Balance Me.

Meet the Balance Me Restore and Replenish Collagen Boost Cream Cleanser and Face Cream*.

Balance Me Restore and ReplenishI really Balance Me. I like their whole ethos of combining natural ingredients with science to create effective skincare, and I like that the products deliver as well.

As I’ve explained in recent skincare posts, this isn’t so much a review as I’m too scared to chop and change products at the moment, but more of a look at this new launch here post.

So, the Restore and Replenish products have been two years in the making, thanks to the science-led peptide complex to protect, and maintain skin cells healthy, youthful structure. This complex contains Tri-Peptide to support and stabilise the collagen helix, Pea Peptide that contains 22 amino acids, making this a concentrated source of nutrients, Hyaluronic Acid for immediate skin plumping and Blackberry Leaf Extract, a powerful anti-oxidant. Combined, these ingredients promise to increase collagen synthesis, as well as protect the skins structure while plumping and smoothing the skins surface.

Balance Me Restore and ReplenishThe Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser (£18/125ml) is designed to remove all traces of make up, without causing dryness or irritation. And it sure does, not a scrap was left on my face when I tried this out. Suitable for all skin types, this leaves skin clean and refreshed. It also smells beautiful.

The Restore and Replenish Face Cream (£40/50ml) is beautiful. As with the Cream Cleanser, the smell is gorgeous. It hydrates my dry skin very well, without causing blemishes, and my skin feels smooth to the touch. Its really lovely.

As I say, I am not doing a full review of these products as I am sticking with my usual skincare line for the time being until my face is back on an even keel, but if you are in the market for new skincare and you are looking for anti-ageing products suitable for sensitive skin, as well as an emphasis on natural ingredients, look no further. Despite my limited trial of these products I would not hesitate to recommend. Balance Me have never let me down!

Available from Balance Me online.

*Products received free of charge for review purposes.



Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink GrapefruitHow can you not love this gorgeous packaging designed for Neutrogena by Danielle Romeril. The print is inspired by Memphis, an italian design and architectural movement from the eighties combined with a modern take on camouflage and I just love it, it also draws on the pink product itself for its inspiration.

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit range is already incredibly popular but I’ve not tried it at all.  I personally have only just got my skin back in order so I won’t chop and change products in order to try them out but I’ve pumped some of this  Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash out to sniff it (soooo good!) and passed it over to my husband for him to use and he says his skin feels clean and not dry so you can take thats a thumbs up! Neutrogena Visibly clear combines spot fighting ingredients with a gorgeous scent, and is idea for anyone prone to blemishes and blackheads, I think it’d be great for teenagers in particular.

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash in the Limited Edition Packaging is available now and is £4.94 for 200ml.  Also available in the limited edition packaging is the Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser which is £4.99 for 50ml. And without the limited edition packaging, but in the same Pink Grapefruit range are a Daily Scrub £4.95 and a Cream Wash £4.99.

Available from Boots Stores nationwide and online, please note the Moisturiser is only available in Superdrug.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes

24. 07. 2015

Sad times have slowly happened over the last six months or so. I’ve been using Aveda skincare for years now, and have recommended to everyone, its amazing stuff that my skin loved…until it didn’t anymore. After several months of terrible skin it was time to face facts, my skin care routine wasn’t working for me any more. It’s definitely not Aveda’s fault, the products didn’t change, but I guess my skin did, its pretty much happened with every brand I’ve ever used.

My realisation that I need to switch things up came, unfortunately, at a time where I had not a huge amount of money, and of course its an absolute nightmare to find products that work on acne, but that aren’t designed for oily teenage skin. I’m not sure what led me to Mario Badescu, I know that sometime ago someone recommended the range to me, alas I can’t recall who it was, but regardless, I’m glad I tried it out.

First thing to mention is that its not an easy brand to find in the UK. The only stockist I could find was Beauty Bay. The other thing to mention is the range is huge and its hard to know which products to start with, and that’s where the Mario Badescu site is amazing. Not only can you sort products out by skin concern on the site, but you can also fill in some questions and have a regime prescribed to you, which they’ll send to your inbox. If that’s not good enough or if you have specific questions, they have live customer service which I used twice and got excellent advice on both occasions.

My skin had become incredibly dry and flaky, all over my cheeks and nose, while my chin was absolutely covered in a wide variety of spots, from big cystic spots to small bumps under the skin and whiteheads thrown in for good measure. I bought all the products recommended to me.

Mario BadescuThe Enzyme Cleansing Gel (£11.95) is a non foaming gel cleanser and contains papaya extracts as well as alpha hydroxy acids. It feels great on my skin and removes all my make up with no worries, even mascara and liquid liner. I found it totally non-drying and my skin felt clean and soft after washing. I rub in and rinse off with hot water and a cloth.

I follow this step up with the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (£12.95), which is actually your toner. Containing no alcohol, this does contain witch hazel, seaweed and aloe to soothe and disinfect dry, sensitive skin.

My day moisturiser is the Oil Free Moisturiser (£16.50). It’s so simple and no frills, I was hesitant, but along with the rest of the products it seems to be doing the trick, my cheeks and nose had lost their flakiness within about three days and it’s never returned. It’s non-comedogenic and fragrance free and quickly absorbed.

My night cream is the Seaweed Night Cream (£18.75). This little pot of green cream is magic. Oil free and non greasy it contains collagen and hyaluronic acid and softens, hydrates while not clogging.

Finally I bought the famous Drying Lotion (£12.50).

Mario Badescu Drying LotionThis little bottle contains calamine and salicylic acid and is for use on whiteheads overnight. You dip a cotton bud into the bottle, down into the pink layer (don’t shake the bottle!) and apply to any blemishes. It will dry in little white/pink patches on your face and if your husband is juvenile like mine is, he will laugh at you. It will reduce spots really quickly and it doesn’t seem to dry out my surrounding skin at all.

While I was pleased with the moisturising-without-clogging, and I liked the drying properties of the Drying Lotion, I felt the spots were still coming thick and fast, which at 41 is pretty depressing. So I decided to buy a few more products to step it up a notch.

Mario BadescuThe Buffering Lotion (£15.50) is similar to the Drying Lotion but this time you need to shake it, and its for cystic spots, the deep big kind.  It’s sulfur based and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It also contains ingredients too soothe and take away redness, while promoting  healing. I love it. Nothings going to get rid of cystic acne in record time, but this does stop them getting quite so big and takes a day or two off their life span I reckon.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (£13.30) is a foaming cleanser for dull, congested skin. I only use this twice a week (mondays and thursdays if you’re interested!). It leaves my skin feeling unbelievably clean and smooth without feeling dry.

The Glycolic Acid Toner (£15.50) is an exfoliating toner for dry and sensitive skin. Containing 2% glycolic acid, grapefruit extract and aloe it exfoliates, refreshes and is a Beauty Bay best seller. I use this as my evening toner, every day, while the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion has now become my morning toner.

I can’t believe I have never reached for Glycolic Acid before, it seems to be the key ingredient my skin has been missing. All my congestion as gone, my skin felt bumpy to the touch, but thats all gone now, but it took a little while to for the results to show. I find my skin is more glowy and plump looking which in turn makes my fine lines look far less obvious.

I cannot recommend these products highly enough, for me they have been fantastic. I suspect I’m always going to be spot prone, but now they are far less frequent and they go much faster, and my skin is smooth, and well moisturised, with moisturisers that don’t give me spots.

Highly recommended, and as I say, the range is huge so whatever your skin type, there are products for you. I bought all of these products with my own money and have already replaced the Enzyme Cleansing Gel once, a great, well priced, effective brand and I’m amazed I don’t read or hear more about them.