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The best lip products to use whilst taking Accutane

I’m just over eight weeks into my Accutane treatment, and the most persistent (and the most irritating) side effect is dry lips. It seems to be the side effect that nobody avoids, and something that hit me on just day three of taking those little 40mg pills.

I’m pretty obsessive about using lip balm as it is. Ever since I first discovered Carmex in my local Topshop back in my school days I’ve been well and truly hooked. So one thing I was determined to keep on top of was keeping my lips hydrated. I’m sure you’ll have the seen the horrific pictures online of people’s lips cracking, peeling and even bleeding during their Accutane treatments, and I was so scared by those images that I raided my local Boots and stocked up on tons of lipcare in preparation. I love to keep my lip care inside an old (and very pretty) Birchbox right next to me on my desk so I can dip in and out whenever I need to.

For the record, to look at my lips with or without lip balm you’d have no clue that anything was amiss. They’re not cracked, they don’t look dry and they certainly aren’t peeling or bleeding. But I constantly have this really weird feeling if I don’t have balm on that feels almost like a peel off mask across my lips. It’s such an uncomfortable feeling and leaves me feeling completely gross and dry if I don’t slather the balm on immediately. It’s not painful at all but it does feel uncomfortable.

The best lip products to use whilst taking Accutane | Rachael Divers

For around three weeks on my treatment, I was more than happy using my beloved Carmex, but after week three I noticed that it just wasn’t cutting it for my lips anymore. I needed something more soothing and something that would really soak into my lips and leave them feeling much more comfortable.

In came the Blistex Relief Cream! I hadn’t used it for absolute years, and being a person that’s never had a cold sore or severely dry lips, I never really felt the need to use this type of product. As soon as I applied it, my lips felt amazing and so soothed and calmed. The medicated formula tingled which felt so refreshing and reviving. I’ve since been through around four tubes of the Relief Cream and I absolutely love it!

The other product that’s worked wonders for me is Dr Paw Paw’s Original Balm. I use this on an evening doubled up with the Blistex Relief Cream and use it as a thick lip mask to sleep in. Nine times out of ten, I’ll wake up in the night and need to apply a little more but my lips always feel much better the next morning.

I’ve also tried Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm and Vaseline (the Cocoa Butter version is my favourite and smells divine!) which were okay but I much prefer Dr Paw Paw. In the meantime, if I want a light balm over the top of a lipstick for example, I’ll use my Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Balm which is okay, but definitely wouldn’t suffice on its own, or Polaar’s Genuine Lapland Cream Lip Balm which is almost like a lip gloss texture and looks gorgeous over lipsticks.

My ultimate favourite lip product is without a doubt Blistex Relief Cream, but just make sure you don’t apply too much and rub it in well or you’ll end up with very white lips which definitely is not a great look! I also make sure to include my lips when I apply my E45 Intensive Recovery Body Lotion to my face on a morning and a night, and of course, I also use a good SPF to protect them from the sun too. My ultimate favourite is La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL Tinted Fluid which is SPF50+.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation review

A few weeks ago now, I started to notice my skin severely drying out – a side effect of my Accutane treatment. My usual beloved MAC Studio Fix Fluid was looking too cakey on my skin and I needed a more hydrating formula to get me through the day without drying out.

I had a quick browse on Powder to see if there’d been any new foundations released that I hadn’t yet heard about and check on whether the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation was recommended as I thought it would be a good match, and what sort of coverage I could expect. A quick check confirmed my thoughts, so I drove into town to pop to my local Boots and pick a bottle up. I chose the colour Light Vanilla (Vanille Clair) as it seemed like the best match for my fair skin.

The foundation is labelled as a 16 hour radiance booster that gives a revived and even complexion. It’s made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula (containing litchi, goji berries and pomegranates) which helps to smooth out the complexion leaving it looking even and refreshed and is available in six shades. The foundation is a gel formula and I’d say it’s a natural to medium coverage depending on how you apply it.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation review | Rachael Divers

The top few ingredients in the foundation are Aqua, Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane – so water and silicones. This is how the formula gets it’s gel texture. Usually I’m really not a fan of silicones in my beauty products, after all, my skin was very oily before I started my Accutane treatment. However, since taking the tablets and noticing my skin drying out, I knew a silicone formula would be great to glide over the dry areas without sticking.

First of all, the foundation smells really fresh – it really reminds me of another product I’ve used in the past but I can’t for the life of me remember which it was. Secondly, the texture has a lot of slip to it, so depending on what you use to apply it, you’ll need to spend a little time working it in. I firstly tried the foundation on its own on top of my regular moisturiser using my damp beauty blender to apply it. In all honesty, I really didn’t like how it applied to my skin – it felt thin, watery and took some real working in to get the coverage that I wanted. It also looked very wet on my skin which I really didn’t like. I enlisted the help of my Senior Chief Tester to try it out too and she said exactly the same – thin, watery and hard to cover imperfections. Now, to be fair to the foundation, I am so used to a thicker, heavier coverage foundation, but still, I’ve used tinted moisturisers and the like in the past that I’ve much preferred.

I set the super shiny bits of my face with my favourite Ben Nye Neutral Set and went about my day. The foundation creased like crazy under my eyes through the day but the rest of my face stayed intact and did look fresh for over 12 hours.

12 hours+ wear | Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation review | Rachael Divers

The next day, I decided to try using a pump of the foundation mixed with my regular MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and it was like a match made in heaven! It applied much better, the ‘wet’ appearance looked more like a healthy glow and it felt much nicer on my skin than it had done the day before. I also made sure not to take the foundation up to my lower lash line and instead solely used my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer there. Once again, my makeup lasted for over 12 hours with zero need for retouching.

Ever since I bought the foundation, I’ve worn it every single day and so far, it hasn’t let me down. From mega hot days running around Manchester and going to photo shoots, to working on bridal makeovers and walking the dogs, it has stayed well and truly put.

For you ladies that like a more natural coverage foundation that’s super hydrating, I’m sure you’d love this. It’s a great summer foundation and the smell will remind you of hot summery days too!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation is £10.99 and can be purchased by clicking here.

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June 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing and a MAC surprise!

Welcome back to another lookfantastic beauty box unboxing! Is it really June already?

I was so confused when filming this video because I felt like I kept getting the month wrong! I can hardly believe another month has passed, and that it’s already time for a new lookfantastic Beauty Box unboxing! It really doesn’t seem two minutes ago since the last one, but I was so glad to be able to sit down and film a new video in the lovely sunshine and discover some new beauty treats. All month long I look forward to the arrival of my new beauty box, and as I’ve mentioned before, beauty boxes seem to be insanely good around the summer months with a whole host of gorgeous products for those hot sunshiny days!

June 2017 Lookfantastic Beauty Box Unboxing and a MAC surprise! | Rachael Divers

The box had me cooing this month as soon as I opened the packaging – with an almost cosmic design in unicorn-esque colours, I knew it would be a winner. WANDERLUST was emblazoned across the front which immediately told me this little box of goodies would be perfect for travelling!

Enjoy my June 2017 lookfantastic Beauty Box unboxing video!

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Kerastase Resistance Bain Force Architecte Shampoo
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
Balance Me Balancing Face Moisturiser
Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo Super Lips Lipgloss in Biz
Bellapierre Shimmer Highlighter
Monu Rosewood Reviving Mist http://tidd.ly/d6ac0a03

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