Arbonne FC5 Skincare Review

When I was offered the chance to do a review of Arbonne products, I of course jumped at the chance.  Wouldn’t most of us bloggers?  Isn’t that what the end goal of all this for beauty bloggers? Get to test products for free?  Yes of course.  So, naturally I did what anyone would do and whilst waiting from my skincare to come from this company I’d never heard of before, I researched them.

It honestly came back with a bag of mixed reviews but I decided to withhold any judgment until I’d actually tried the product.  A few days later a little sample pack popped through the post with two tiny 3ml products to try for combination/oily skin.  The products were samplers from their FC5 complex perfection range of skincare.  One Purifying Cleanser & Toner and one Oil Absorbing Day Lotion with Spf20.

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The company is proud to announce themselves as a Swiss ultra-premium brand and the products are botanically based, Vegan Certified, PH correct, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested, Certified Gluten Free, Kosher Certified, Drug Free and Cruelty Free.  Therefore, no nasties.

I have used all the cleanser and toner over 3 separate washes, one of which was on my electric face brush.  It has a slightly citrus scent to me, which is pleasant enough.  It works into a foam nicely and cleanses the face.  I felt this was more effective when used with a brush.  It leaves a cooling feeling on the skin after with a slightly tingly sensation like mint which I’m assuming it has in it.  Again this was stronger when used with the brush.  It’s refreshing.  I was surprised that it also does leave your face feeling soft and oil free but not drying in any way.   As I said this was used three times so we are talking short term use.

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I left my face to dry naturally for 10 minutes before applying the cream which definitely feels thick, more like a night cream when applying.  It soaks straight into my skin without leaving any feeling of an oily residue.  Again a mild scented fragrance which to my mind smells citrusy (I promise you it’s not everything that smells citrusy!).  I actually really like the fact it has spf in but it won’t be to everyones taste.  It does leave a matte feel to the skin, as regards look, I’m not fully convinced I look matte but of course everybodys skin will react differently.  I does appear to hold the oil at bay though.  I used it as a night lotion and a morning lotion.  In the morning I was particularly impressed with how it stayed under my makeup, I put my usual spf over and primer but my makeup seemed to look smoother.  My skin felt lovely…I had a ‘pretty’ day if you know what I mean.

Overall, with nothing to expect I have been quietly impressed with both products.  I do have a facial wash which I’m happy with so not sure I would purchase the full tube of Arbonne Cleanser and Toner.  It is £19 for 118ml, however I may do in the future.   The cream is a different kettle of fish for me though.  I really liked it.  Even though it felt as rich and moisturising as a night cream it was a great day cream.  This is something I would give a try.  The Lotion is £31 for 50ml so it is pricey but then I tend to think some products are worth spending that little extra on.

Both are available from the lovely Maimie Yelland who sent me the samples.  You can contact her on Her website

Twitter @MaimieYelland

Email: maimieyelland@gmail.com

Web: http://maimieyelland.arbonneinternational.co.uk

Despite being asked to review these products I would like to state all opinions are my own.

Love Em xx

Night Skin Care Routine

 I wanted to share with you my skin care routine…to be honest its pretty basic but these are tried and tested products that I love on my face.  My skin is oily combination and I am still prone to a few spots!!  This drives me mad at my age when they should be a thing of the past but oily skin does stay more youthful looking I’ve been told, so I’m working on that reasoning.

 I bought a Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-sonic Daily Cleansing from The Hut in the UK.  Managed to get it for £50 when they are normally £70 and came with a free shower holder.  | have to say its a great little brush.  Its a really good size to hold in your hand, it easy to charge and the battery lasts forever…I’ve only ever charged it once.  Another thing is its completely waterproof which they are not all like that in this price bracket.

  I start at night by using the Garnier Micellar Water with cotton wool which is also super at removing makeup including eye makeup.  Gentle for sensitive skin, dry skin…for the price its brilliant.  Then I go in with the Michael Todd Oat and Honey Gentle Daily Cleanser,   using a couple of pumps on my brush.  The brilliance of these face brushes is that you cant overcleanse as they have little buzzers that go off after a few seconds.  so you get one side of your face done, BUZZ, then the other side, BUZZ, then forehead, BUZZ off.  😉

The ethos behind Michael Todd is rather fab as its natural skin care without cheap water fillers, parabens, sulfates, artificial colours or synthetic fragrances.  It doesn’t pretend to be something fancy other than it is.  It leaves my skin refreshed and shifts the dirt out my pores that the Micellar Water misses.  I follow twice a week with the JoJoba Charcoal Facial Scrub which again is really gentle.  And then to moisturise.  Everyone has their own favourites but I stumbled accross Embryolisse just over a year ago and it is perfect for me.   It can be found in the UK on Beauty Bay which is where I purchase it.  I have dry patches at times due to Winter, central-heating or another cream im using.  I also have oily skin and spots occasionally.  But however my skin is it dosent matter.  it leaves no oily residue on my face, its like a perfect PH balance, no dryness, just smooth hydrating skin.  Its won lots of awards and if you are looking for a new one its definatley in the affordable bracket as it lasts so long.  Give it a try!

 

Thanks for reading.  Love Em x