La Roche Posay Effaclar Event

I am back again with another event but this time around it is a very special one to me because it was hosted by one of my favourite French Skincare Brand- La Roche Posay. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would have read countless reviews of my La Roche Posay purchases even way before they contacted me. La Roche Posay is  a brand I feel very proud to be involved with because their products work for my skin type and the people who work for the brand are amazing.  I was kindly invited to an  Effaclar Event* in Central London to learn more about the Effaclar range (my favourite from La Roche Posay) back in October. The event also showcased their exciting new launch in the UK- The Effaclar K+. 



The event was held in the beautiful HUS Gallery in Hanover Street just off Oxford Circus. La Roche Posay PR always choose the most amazing venues ever and they somehow manage to transform any regular venue to an outstanding one. It was a drop-in session which I quite like because it means I can fit the event around my schedule and not worry too much if I am late. I popped in around 7pm and it was so nice to see all the lovely ladies from La Roche Posay again.  I was kindly shown a tour round the range and everything was beautifully presented. The pictures do it no justice at all; they looked really fantastic. Of course, there were delicious canap├ęs and drinks which I helped myself with. I totally forgot to get some photos which is such a shame as they looked delicious.









The good thing about the Effaclar range is its suitability for all skin types including sensitive skin as they don't contain any nasties like Parabens, Sulfates etc. I have used them for a few years now and I largely rely on them to keep my acne/blemish prone skin clear. I have several reviews here of all my La Roche Posay Products which you can check out. The Effaclar range is made up of some of my favourite products including the Effaclar Duo+, Effaclar A.I., Effaclar Micellar Water, Effaclar Mat, Serozinc, Effaclar H, Effaclar Cleansing Gel, Effaclar Clarifying Lotion,  Effaclar Anti Blemish Kit and of course the new Effaclar K+. I had no idea the Serozinc was part of the Effaclar range! Little wonder why I love it so much and it's one of the easiest products to use it as it sprays very evenly.






With the Effaclar range, there is something for everyone and they provide a complete skincare routine which has been helpfully broken down as follows: Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising and Treatment. That's pretty much my skincare routine and I am sure many people already do this. What makes any skincare routine work well is using the right products that suit your skin. Of course, I am no skincare expert but I do know from experience that Effaclar is one of the best ranges I have tried for my acne prone skin. Ever since I discovered the range almost three years ago, I always ensure I am well stocked up and Escentual/Boots always have amazing offers that help me.  All the products were well arranged round the gallery and I loved how there were descriptions on how the products work. I had already tried a good number of the products which is always a good thing but that did not stop me from learning some new things. 



The Effaclar K+ which is the newest launch from the Effaclar Range and it is essentially designed to target recurrent blackheads, clogged pores and irregularities on the skin while promising to deliver a matte finish to the face. I am currently it trying it now and I really like it. I will be reviewing it separately so watch out for that post. It reminds me a lot of the Effaclar Duo + but they are designed to deliver different benefits. If you have acne prone/blemish prone and oily skin, you should definitely try the La Roche Posay Effaclar Line. The products really do what they say and I am a huge fan of their simple packaging.







Soon it was time to leave and I made my way back home. The La Roche Posay team absolutely spoil me everytime and they kindly sent me home with so many products to try. Many of them will serve as backups to products I already love but I am excited to try the new ones. Some of the new ones I am currently trying include the Effaclar Cleansing Gel*, Effaclar K+* , Effaclar Mat* and the Effaclar Micellar Water*. I had no idea (before the event) that there was an Effaclar Micellar water. I already own the regular La Roche Posay Micellar Water which has risen to become one of my favourite ones so an Effaclar one is really exciting. I will share my thoughts on it in another post.



 If you are interested in trying any of the La Roche Posay products including the Effaclar range, there is no better time than now with the Black Friday Weekend deals. Dermacentre is offering 40% discount on all La Roche Posay Products while Escentual is offering the ultimate Cult Bundle- Serozinc and Effaclar Duo+ for only £12 and you can get an extra 10% off using the code BLACK10. Now don't say I never look out for you lot. You can also check out my Black Friday Weekend Post here for other juicy discounts.  That's pretty much it folks!! I hope you had an amazing weekend. See you in my next post...Have you tried any products from La Roche Posay?
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Black Friday Discount Codes + Cyber Monday/Weekend Deals

Black Friday or Cyber Friday has not always been a UK thing; it's more of an American thing. However, I think the UK has finally picked up on this very popular tradition (if you will) and now any stores now offer Black Friday discounts and offers. In the past two years, it has been very chaotic in some stores in the UK as customers elbow their way (and other customers) into the stores. Many of the deals are best within the technology and entertainment department and with good reason. However, some beauty retailers offer amazing deals which would inevitably help out people's Christmas shopping. I have some discount codes and offers below which you can take advantage of before they run out. Right let's rambling and get to the codes. Majority of them are still valid all weekend so you can still use them up until Monday which is amazing!!

Balance Me // Link
Balance Me is another brand I am rather fond of and I have tried quite a handful of products from their range. There are a few offers I would like to share with you from different retailers including Debenhams (Cleanser Duo Bundles for either Cleanse and Smooth Face Balms  Duos for £30 or Pure Skin Face Wash Duos for £22). Look Fantastic is offering free hanging Christmas gifts (Happy Hands, Body Beautiful or Luscious Lips) with every order over £25 using code LFBLACK. Feel Unique is giving out Rose Otto Body Creams with every order over £35.  Balance Me website is offering 15% off and free delivery when you spend £45, 20% off and free first class delivery when you spend £60 and 25% off and free first class delivery when you spend £75.

Body Shop // Link
Body Shop always have offers going on and I am so glad they have an extra special one this Black Friday. Their popular 40% off the entire site is back on using the code 14670 although some exclusions apply. However, you can purchase their Christmas Collection with this code so you have your gifts sorted.

Color Wow// Link
I think the offer from Color Wow is the really generous as they are offering a full size of their best-selling One Minute Transformation (worth £16.50) to the first 50 people to order online. However, don’t fret if you are not fast enough as they are also offering a travel size One Minute Transformation to all customers who order online. 


Elemental Herbology // Link
You all know that I am absolutely obsessed with the Elemental Herbology Vital Glow which has been helping with my hyper pigmentation. Their range is really high quality with an accompanying price tag but with 20% discount off the Elemental Herbology website from 27th November -30th November 2015, one can hardly complain. If you prefer to shop from Space NK, the first 200 customers who spend £40 and over (very easy to do on Space NK) will get a free full size Elemental Herbology Cell Food. Look Fantastic also have a 20% discount going on so there’s something for everyone regardless of what retailer you prefer.(Use code LFBLACK)

Escentual// Link
There is a save at least 50% off some Black Friday Exclusives including the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum, Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick, Tangle Teezer, etc. The best part is you can save an extra 10% off using the code BLACK10 all through the Black Friday Weekend. I already placed an order for the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum as I am running low and I only paid under £11. Sweet Bargain!!

Fake Bake Beauty// Link
12 Days of Christmas with different offers (Follow their Social Media Pages here). They also have offers on their Fake Bake Products which is amazing if you are looking to make some savings on getting a glow this Winter season. I have not used their Tan (because I don't need it) but I hear many good things about them so it is definitely one to check out.

FOREO // Link
FOREO makes one of the best cleansing devices out there and their products have really changed my skin in more ways than one.They are offering a whopping 25% off their products for Black Friday Weekend.  A couple of retailers have amazing offers including Look Fantastic (20% off FOREO using code LFBLACK), Feel Unique (20% off FOREO) and Very Exclusive (20% off FOREO). This is definitely the best time to make a purchase if you have had your eye on any of the FOREO products. 


KIKO Milano// Link
KIKO is offering a sweet 30% discount exclusively online. If you go in-store, you can get 3 Products free when you buy 3 Products!! I think this is such an amazing deal and I would definitely be looking to complete my KIKO Clics Eyeshadow Palette now!!

La Roche Posay// Link 
There is a whooping 40% discount off all La Roche Posay products when you shop online at Dermacentre this Black Friday Weekend. There is a If you have had your eye on trying any of the La Roche Posay Cult Classics – Effaclar Duo+ and Serozinc, look no further. Escentual are offering this fantastic duo for £12 only (yeah £12 for both of them). That’s a massive half off their normal price. 

Molton Brown// Link
As you all know Molton Brown is one of my favourite luxurious bath and body brands ad they make one of the best out there. They have some exciting deals which would be a crime not to share with you lot.
Black Friday Deals (26th- 30th November 2015)- 25% off everything (the entire site, yah)
Free 30ml sample with every order (15 choices to choose from)
Free Collect in Store for all orders and Free standard delivery for orders over £49
Free Gift Box and Personalised Gift Messaging with every order
Twelve (12) Days of Christmas featuring a different offer every day


Pixi Beauty // Link
Pixi Beauty is well known for their best selling Pixi Glow Tonic which I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased it. They are offering a lovely 20% discount off their website when you spend £40. 

Roger & Gallet// Link
If you are looking for beautifully packaged and amazing smelling body care products, Roger & Gallet is the place to check out. I have a couple of products from their range including the Gingembre Rouge range which makes me so happy. Their Christmas offerings are incredible and affordable and Dermacentre are offering a whopping 40% off the entire range. I cannot contain myself as I need backups of some of my favourite products. Go, go, go!!

Selfridges// Link
Selfirdges is offering a rare 20% off your Christmas Shopping and 10% off Beauty and Fragrance all through this Black Friday Weekend using the code "SELFCCE".  However, you do need to sign up to their newsletter to get the a bar code to use in-store. It is valid all though the weekend which is fab.

Sigma// Link
I only recently got into the Sigma hype and I can understand why people love the brand so much. I am also an affiliate so I do have some access to enticing codes so watch this space for it. There are so many offers which you should take hold of including:
Free Shipping Worldwide (26th November 2015)
Free Shipping Worldwide (27th November 2015)
Exclusive 48 –hour Gift with Purchase on orders over $50 + (28th-29th November 2015)
20% off total purchase site wide with code CYBER2015 (30th November 2015)
20% off Brush Sets (14th December 2015)

Vichy Skin Care// Link
Vichy is one of the best high street lush skincare brand and I love all the products I have tried.   I highly recommend trying out the Vichy Skin Sleep which I am obsessed with. Dermacentre is also offering 40% off all Vichy Products which is amazing. Boots is also currently offering all Vichy’s best selling face care pots for only £15 each which is 1/3rd off. Happy Shopping all!

Molton Brown Christmas Gift Collection 2015, Event and Discount Codes





I was very excited when I received an email inviting me to a Christmas Morning with Molton Brown* to view their latest festive selection and gift sets in their Regents Street Store. I rarely attend morning events because I have to be at work by 8am and I work all the way in Zone 5, South West London. However, Molton Brown is one of my favourite luxe bath and body brand and I knew I had to rearrange my diary to attend. It was absolutely worth it because I had such an incredible time and was sent home with so many goodies. It was a super early morning start as you would imagine but thank God for the London Tube. Honestly, I doubt if Londoners would manage if there were no Tube services. P.S. I always have to add my little disclaimer- This is a super picture heavy post; I could not resist snapping away...



Anyway, I got there nice and early and was warmly welcomed by the lovely ladies from Molton Brown. There was some warm refreshment waiting for us which I was pleased about because I didn't have the time for breakfast. They served the cutest breakfast items including bite sized pain au chocolat, parfait, bagel, etc and there was coffee and tea as well.








Seriously, the Molton Brown Regents Street Store is absolutely swoon worthy and I could totally spend a nice pamper day surrounded by all the amazing goodness in there. All the Molton Brown collections were neatly arranged around the store and there was special section for their limited edition Vintage 2015  with Elderflower Collection. I received a little sample of the shower gel in a recent order I placed and it's incredible. I have already placed an order for the full size because I know it would be a perfect pamper session treat for me all year round. The Gift Set is already sold out on the Molton Brown website (*weeps uncontrollably*) but I hope it would be restocked pretty soon.  Honestly, I wish they would just make this collection permanent because it is absolutely divine.










There was also an entire section dedicated to their Christmas Gift Sets which were all exquisitely wrapped as you would expect from Molton Brown. I liked how there is something to suit every budget including their Christmas Crackers which cost only £20 (an amazing value I must say). There were gift sets consisiting of Shower Gel and Body Lotion Sets, Candle Collections, Hand Wash and Hand Lotion Sets, Body Scrubs, Fragrances, name it, it was available. The best part is they are all nicely wrapped ready to go as a thoughtful gift.





At the corner of the store was a section for a nice hand massage and I was kindly treated to one as you do. The Molton Brown therapist started off with an exfoliating scrub to remove any dead/dry skin. Next up was a nice massage with the hand wash and she finished off with a hand cream. It was very relaxing and put me in the right mood for work later that day.






I met some other lovely bloggers as well and we all had a nice chat. I love to meet new bloggers every time especially the ones I already follow on Instagram. Everyone was snapping away as you would expect because the entire store looked really beautiful. I have to apologise in advance that this post is quite a lengthy one. I was going to split this post into two but I just thought I may as well have everything in one place/post to make it easier.






Soon it was time to leave but not without some amazing Christmas treats from Molton Brown. It was such a difficult choice to choose what I wanted because everything looked fabulous. I eventually chose some new favourites which I would be talking about below. There was also a lovely lady who kindly personalised the Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Bauble with my blog name which looks so lovely!! I am never using it...hehehe


The Gift Sets I Chose
I thought I might as well show you the Molton Brown goodies I was kindly gifted. I feel incredibly lucky to have been invited by Molton Brown and be gifted with such an amazing array of goodies. I find that many people like to see gift sets in more details before they purchase them especially if you are buying them online. That's why I have tried to take as many pictures as possible to help you make any decisions. One thing I love most about these gift sets from Molton Brown is how beautifully packaged they are. If you are lazy like me and can't be bothered wrapping presents, this is the perfect choice for you. 

You can tell that the quality of the packaging is second to none and they feel very luxurious in person. The products inside are one of the best quality out there and I have never heard anyone say they don't like Molton Brown products. They are really top of the range!  I find myself repurchasing some products I was kindly gifted back in April because I can't get enough of them. I can tell you now that it is super hard to love any other bath and body products after trying them. The best part is there are some amazing Molton Brown codes and offers for Black Friday (and the entire weekend) so you can get some good deals. Right, let me show you what I chose.

Molton Brown Hand Creams Gift Set // £25 // Link
This is part of the London via the Festive Season collection and it comes in a beautiful festive packaging. Molton Brown describes it as a set of hand creams blended with white truffle and a perfect on-the-go, opulent hand care gift. The Gift Set contains three Hand Creams (40 ml each) which include the Orange & Bergamot Replenishing, Delicious Rhubarb & Rose and Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea. I have tried the Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose hand cream before (which I love) and I was pleased to see it in this set. This would make an amazing gift for anyone although I do think it is more of a female gift. I would definitely be keeping the box for storing my beauty/makeup stuff because I love it.

Molton Brown Festive Signature Candle Set //£48// Link
Let's just say I have gone a bit candle mad this season and you all know I love candles. The Molton Brown Festive Signature Candle Set is such an amazing collection of beautiful candles. First off, can we just take a calm moment to admire the packaging? Like seriously, who would even think of throwing away this exquisite festive grey packaging? Certainly not me!! Everything down to the bow feels so lush. Molton Brown describes this candle set as a decadent celebration of their seasonal scent which promises to toast the festivities with their evocative fragrances. 

The Festive Signature Candle Set contains three candles (87g each) which include Festive Frankincense & Allspice Seasonal Candle, Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Seasonal Candle and the Wondrous Myrhh, Musk & Cypress Seasonal Candle. As you can tell from their names, they are candles from their festive collections which I believe are limited edition. You can't imagine how pleased I am to have them in my stash and I know they would last me all year round. I think it is such good value although I know £60 may be a lot to pay for candles but you would be getting three candles. Just opening the packaging releases the best fragrance ever without even having to burn them. I have not had a chance to burn them yet but I will be doing so over Christmas. Plus the little jars are so cute and I know I won't throw them away when I am done with the candles.They are a proper collector's piece and it is one I really recommend as a gift for any candle lover.

Heavenly Gingerlily Caressing Body Gift Set*// £45 // Link
This is one range I have had my eyes on for a little while and I am so delighted that I have a chance to try it now. I already own the Gingerlily Candle which I absolutely adore and it smells divine. The Heavenly Gingerly range is inspired by the London via Tahiti collection. It is infused with polynesian tamanu oil with ginger and lily so you can imagine how exotic it smells. I have not tried the products in the gift set yet but I will talk about it later when I do. It is indeed the ultimate luxurious body caressing collection and I totally look forward to pampering myself with it. The Gift Set contains the Gingerlily Body Wash (300 ml), Heavenly Gingerly Caressing Body Polisher (50g) and the Gingerlily Nourishing Body Lotion (300ml). I love the pink design of the range and the white packaging is just divine! It looks so lovely and would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves a proper pampering session. I feel it would also make a perfect gift for new bride because the white packaging is so befitting. 

Molton Brown Fiery Pink Pepper Cracker*// £20 // Link
The Fiery Pink Pepper Cracker is definitely an amazing best value gift without having to break the bank. First off, the packaging is definitely the best cracker packaging I have come across. I love the festive red colour which goes so well with the holiday season. This set is part of the London via the Gulf of Guinea range. The main ingredients in the collection include fiery pink pepper with ginger and patchouli beautifully wrapped in the perfect festive party piece. It contains three beautiful little surprises including the Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream (40 ml), Pink Pepperpod Body Wash (50 ml) and Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion (50 ml). I know I have mentioned this before but it is such good value for what you pay. It is the perfect way to try out the Pink Pepperpod range which is one of Molton Brown's best sellers. I love this cracker so much and it would make an amazing gift for anyone.

Molton Brown Re-charge Black Pepper Cracker* // £20 // Link
I was so lucky to get the Re-charge Black Pepper Cracker because it was so popular during the event that this was the last one left. It is part of the London via Madagascar range infused with spicy black peppercorn oil with fresh coriander and basil wrapped in this classic festive party piece. I have to say that the Molton Brown Gifts for Him Collection is absolutely amazing. I was just staring at them and thinking of what to get for the Man because there was so much to choose from. The Re-charge Black Pepper Cracker contains Ultra-Light Bali Ji Hydrator (30 ml), the Black Peppercorn Body Wash (50 ml) and Black Peppercronn Nourishing Body Lotion (50 ml). It is a such a good way to get your Man to try out Molton Brown products.  I can't wait to hear what he thinks of it but I bet he'd love it.

Molton Brown Festive Bauble Vintage 2015 with Elderflower* // £11 // Link
I saved my favourite gift for last and I am sure you can tell why. It has Fashstyleliv inscribed on it and I know I would keep it forever (or for however long it lasts).  This festive bauble is part of the London via the Festive Season range and the limited edition Vintage 2015 with Elderflower collection. It is quite a good size for bauble as it contains 75 ml of the Vintage 2015 with Elderflower Shower Gel. I already mentioned I have placed an order for the full size because I am obsessed with its fragrance. The lovely lady in-store who personalised these baubles did so for all the bloggers present and it is indeed such a beautiful gift. I love looking at it and I even tried hanging it on my little Christmas Tree!. I can't believe something that costs only £11 comes in the most beautiful packaging I have seen. I absolutely love it.

Black Friday Offers
Molton Brown understands that this is the season where people want to spoil their loved ones rotten (and themselves as well) so they have some amazing discount codes for Black Friday. There will be a 20% off all purchases using the code "MBEVENTUK".  If you spend £80, you are eligible for 25% discount off your purchase using the code "MBEVENT80".  Whatever the case is, you would can definitely take advantage of one of these codes (You can't use both at the same time though!). The codes are valid from 26th November 2015 till 30th November 2015. There are also some important offers to note if you are planning on making purchases this season.
Free 30ml sample with every order (15 choices to choose from)
Free Collect in Store for all orders and Free standard delivery for orders over £49
Free Gift Box and Personalised Gift Messaging with every order
Twelve (12) Days of Christmas featuring a different offer every day

Overall Thoughts
 It definitely felt like Christmas day with these amazing sets and I am so grateful to Molton Brown for such an amazing opportunity and gifts. It definitely made my day!! That's pretty much all about my experience at the Molton Brown Festive Collection Event. I had the most amazing morning and I love all the beautiful goodies I was sent home with. I hope you enjoyed this post and it was helpful. I have another post going live by 12 noon containing all the Black Friday Discount Codes so stay tuned for that. See you in a bit. Have you tried any products from Molton Brown?
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