YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation: review for eczema skin

This foundation has been around for a while now and is still touted as one of the best for dry and eczema-prone skin. With its light-reflecting properties, it could be just the thing to perk up dull and dry skin – but how good is it in practice?

Value for money

At £31.50 for a 30ml bottle this foundation doesn’t come cheap. It has a pump to distribute the liquid, which is difficult to control so if you only want minimal coverage, it can give you more than you need. This is likely to use it up faster, but even with that downside, it does last an incredibly long time. I’ve had mine for around a year, and I’ve used around a third of the bottle (I’m not an everyday foundation wearer) so it’s still going strong.

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Colour choice

Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation comes in 17 shades. I’m pretty fair, and on days when my face is flushed, I like foundation that cools everything down and takes the redness away (more about that later), so I went with the palest colour, the B10.

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One pump’s worth

application

The foundation itself goes on moderately well. It feels silky, so it’s easy to blend. Sometimes with foundation that’s destined for oilier climes, they can feel chalky when applying them to dry skin, but there’s none of that with the YSL.

Downside is that is does make my face feel warm for the first couple of minutes, so I don’t wear it if my skin is feeling volatile.  As long as I’m somewhere cool, the warmth goes down after a few minutes, but for other people that might not be the case.

That being said, it does what it says on the tin and it really is reflective – the light was bouncing off my face! Which is a bit annoying when trying to take photos, but I gave it my best shot (pun intended).

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so does it give you berryface?

Yes and no. My skin is never perfect, and it did do a good job of covering up the red patches. However, it was quite drying. The pic below was taken about an hour after application and you can see that the dry patches are starting to come through.

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 Verdict

I can’t fault how the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation looks when it first goes on; everything looks flawless on a good day and covers up redness on a bad day. However, the slight reaction it gives when first applied gives off warning signals – if you’re a little bit sensitive to any of its ingredients then you might find it aggravating.

The drying effect it has after such a short space of time isn’t great either, and I’ve found myself wearing it only on special occasions, when I’m happy to give my skin a day to recover. At £31.50, I think there are better foundations out there.

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Morrocanoil vs L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil

If you regularly frequent beauty blogs, are interested in any way in hair, or entered a shopping centre in the western world, even, you’ll already be familiar with Morrocanoil. Until recently I was one of its biggest champions – I love the way it can give your hair a glossy look, especially when the sun is shining.

But during my traditional Christmas Eve blow-dry, my hairdresser mentioned that my hair was looking dry. ‘Prepostrous’, I said (or words to that effect – I’ve just watched a lot of Downton today). ‘I’ve been using Morrocanoil.’

She gave me a ‘where the hell have you been, Morrocanoil is so 2013’ look and told me that the hair world has moved on since then. Apparently hair oils have been developing faster than computers and there’s something of an arms race going on between hair care manufacturers. These days it’s all about oils getting into the hair fibres, rather than just coating it with silicon, which is how Morrocanoil works.

My hairdresser recommended that I try L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil, so after Christmas I went out and got some. Hair science aside, this is my experience of the two.

Morrocanoil

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Morrocanoil is a dream. Smells great, feels great, makes your hair look GREAT. It costs around £30 for a 100ml bottle so it’s not the cheapest. However, you only have to use a small amount each time – it comes with a pump so you can use just the right amount. About the size of a 5p piece is perfect, so the bottle lasts ages (I’ve had mine for over six months and there’s still around a third left).

Use it on wet hair, and work it through the undersections with your fingers, before smoothing the remainder on the top sections. Day to day I tend to blow dry and then straighten – after using Morrocanoil,  (and especially in the sun) it makes my hair gleam. For my hair (a bit fine and wispy) the normal treatment is a bit heavy, so I use the light treatment which is perfect. I’ve got a leftover bottle of the normal treatment which I use on my hair extensions to make them last longer.

Whatever the professionals say, I love this treatment. If you’re looking for a quick hair fix, this is amazing. If you haven’t already, go out and buy a bottle – there’s a reason why it still has such a cult following!

L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil

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L’Anza’s hair oil is the more sciencey of the two. I’ve been using it for about two weeks, in lieu of Morrocanoil. I got the 50ml bottle to give it a try – the downside to this is that it doesn’t come with a pump so it can be difficult to get the right amount (the larger bottles do come with a pump though). It smells divine, and feels silky. In comparison to Morrocanoil, it feels a little bit more like natural oils. They also retail at around the same price – L’Anza is £32 for a 100ml bottle.

The biggest difference between L’Anza’s oil and Morrocan oil is the time frame it takes to make a difference. L’Anza is the tortoise to Morrocanoil’s hare – it takes a few uses to take effect, but the impact after a few weeks is amazing. My hair feels so healthy at the moment that I haven’t even had to straighten it for work; just a quick blow dry and I’m out the door! For the sheer health benefits, L’Anza has to be declared winner!

New year, new me… possibly

Happy new year everybody!

As is customary in the new year (along with wistfully browsing holiday destinations in and around the Caribbean), I’ve been thinking about how to add a bit of chutzpah back into my life. I always find that when I’m busy, my skin improves. It’s all to easy over Christmas to laze around in PJs for two weeks, stuffing your face, and watching an average of three movies a day (part of me isn’t even ashamed).

But now ’tis the season to be energetic! And first on my resolution list is to rectify the busloads of chocolate that was consumed over the holidays. This is a two step process:

Step 1: Join Slimming World (hear me out)

I was pretty skeptical about any diet groups at first. I hadn’t had any contact with them or anyone who had ever joined one. But in September, one of my friends joined, and I went along to see what it was about. The concept of Slimming World is pretty simple – eat as much fruit and veg as you like, eat as much pasta and rice as you life (as long as each meal or serving is made up of a third fruit or veg) and have a daily allocation of dairy and bread. Anything really fun to eat (you know the stuff) is totted up as a points system, and you’re allowed 5-15 depending on your individual requirements.

And that is pretty much all there is to it. All of those healthy foods can’t be bad for you, and they encourage drinking lots of water to keep you (and your skin!) hydrated. So I embarked on this process last year, and lost about 9lbs in 5 weeks just by making a few changes and keeping an eye on fat intake, which was incredible. Even more amazing was that I came off it in November and it stayed off over the Christmas period, despite my gorging myself. So now I’m a Slimming World convert and I’ll be posting some recipe reviews soon.

Step 2: Do some sort of exercise

Me, workout

Easier said than done. For me, resistance training is the way to go. I love weights, and feeling my body getting stronger, and seeing muscles start to pop out. But it all goes wrong when it comes down to cardio training. If I try and run anywhere, I look something akin to an oddly shaped boulder rolling down a hill. I find that sweaty (apologies for imagery) exercising can make eczema flare up so I try and steer clear (I’m also pre-tty lazy when it comes to moving quickly!) In an attempt to become more gazelle-like I’ll be giving some at-home workouts a review in the coming weeks. Keep up with my progress here. See you all soon!