Mark Hill – MiracOILous Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Who’s it for?

People with dry and damaged hair

Where’s it from?

Mark’s products are available at his salon in East Yorkshire and at Boots countrywide! 

How much is it?

Usually £6.99 but it’s currently 1/3 off at Boots so it’s £4.66 at the moment!

What’s in it?

A whole host of unpronounceable things but it does have a lot of oils in it for example Cananga Odorata (Flower) Oil and Argania Spinosa (Kernel) Oil.

What does it smell like?

Firstly, it smells amazing! The product is described as smelling like Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, Spearmint and Patchouli. It actually smells a bit like sweeties!


My mum tried it too and she said it was difficult to wash out and she felt like some residue was left. I didn’t personally feel like that but my hair did feel quite soft so perhaps the shampoo leaves some oils in your hair?

It didn’t have any ‘wow’ factor to me, it’s another take on the Argan Oil trend but my hair didn’t feel as good as if is actually used real Argan Oil (which I have used before).


7/10 probably won’t re-purchase.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo – Days 3 & 4

So I’ve had a few teething problems with this product over the last few days. On Saturday I woke up and my skin was quite red and dry from the use of this product. 

My skin looked quite inflamed but… I think I popped it on a couple of times on Friday as I could feel spots brewing so perhaps it’s my fault!

Today my skin was quite congested, hence my last post, and needed a bit of tlc (damn hormones). The results below are perhaps more down to the Lush Catastrophic Cosmetic face mask but I have continues to use La Roche morning and night. 

Day 3 – Day 4 (right cheek)  

Day 3 – Day 4 (left cheek)

Perhaps this is the culprit for my bad skin however…..

Or this….

Best get on the water and stop squeezing this week!

Happy cleansing


The Big Guns Are Out! 

My skin has been so terrible over the last few days and I’ve been self-extracting (eek!) which is always a bad idea.

Self-extracting is just my fancy way of saying picking/squeezing etc but it does sound a bit less dire.

I know it can scar and I know it’s bad for my skin but sometimes I just can’t stop myself.. The last couple of days have been a bit of a skin write off and not even my La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo has been helping. Therefore, I’ve had to get the big guns out!


  1. Acne-Free Sensitive Corrective Acne Cleanser (my dad gets this for me from Wallmart when he goes to the USA but you can get some on Amazon)
  2. Acne-Free Facial Brush (again from the USA but available on Amazon AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush
  3. Lush Catastophic Cosmetic Face Mask (£6.75)
  4. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (as per my other posts)

I started off using the Acne Free sensitive cleanser with the soft facial brush. This brush isn’t as astringent as some of the others and I just use it occasionally to really clean out my pores.

The Acne Free products are quite cheap from Walmart and drug stores in the USA (I live in the UK so I have to get my dad to buy them when he is over on business!) and they have some really potent stuff in them. It does work but be cautious, it does over dry and I wouldn’t recommend frequent use.

That said, if you are cautious it can really help on those days when you just want to put a bag over your head to leave the house. Even the sensitive cleanser is packed full of spot fighting ingredients. Just don’t use your favourite towels or bedding.. It does bleach! 

I absolutely love this face mask, I’ve been buying it when my skin is at its worst since about 2009 when me and my friends got a free Lush workshop to make the mask from a purchase of Clipper Tea! 

We got to see everything that went into making the mask and it was so fresh and all the ingredients were natural. My skin has literally never been as good as when I used the freshly made mask. 

I have noticed that the mask is definitely better in the first week of getting it and the best before date really does need to be stuck to.

Happy cleansing 




Empties (and a re-purchase!)

I rarely use all of a product, I get bored with them if I don’t think they are working.. Therefore, for me to finish a product must mean it’s really good! 

My empties this month are:-

  1. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£32–oily-combination-skin-/C010401003.html)
  2. Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle (£14 for 236ml

I swear by Clarins Lotus Oil to regulate my oil production it’s also a great alternative to a night cream. I can’t bear slathering my face in cream, it just makes me break out.

The Beauty Protector is one of the only set angling products that I rate. It’s subtly brilliant and I didn’t event realise that I was reaching for it after every shower until it ran out. I have really long thick hair and it really made my hair more manageable.



Happy cleansing


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo – Day 2

It’s only been 2 days.. I shouldn’t expect so much! I’ve been secretly wishing for a miracle and the spot fairy to come and replace my spots for pound coins. 

My skin has felt a little tight but the pustule spots that came up last night (the I just had to squeeze) dried up much faster than they would normally.

See below for some underwhelming/modest results. 

Day 0 – Day 2 (left cheek) 

Day 0 – Day 2 (right cheek)

Happy cleansing 


SAD Skin

With the dark nights and blustery weather, it’s not just my mood that’s affected. My skin is suffering from SAD too!

Not only do I get acne, oh no, lucky me I get dry itchy skin too. Especially when it’s windy and cold. 

So as much as I want to slap on the spot fighting creams and dry the hell out of my breakout, I can’t without severe discomfort.

Here are my winter heros for oily/acne prone skin that’s a bit under the weather at the moment.

  1. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (£32 on the Clarins website but cheaper on John Lewis and House of Fraser for Black Friday – approx £29. I got my mini sample for free from the lovely lady at Clarins Boots Leeds Trinity)
  2. Avène Cleanance Lotion (I got this one when they changed the name for £3 in the boots clearance rack. I believe that the Avène Cleanance MAT Mattifying Elmusion is the same thing and this is £11.50 at Boots)
  3. Bepanthen (about £3 from you local chemist)

I cannot live without the Clarins oil, I’ve read a lot of reviews and articles about it and it’s definitely worth they hype. I wear it alone at night over my spot cream/serum and in a morning for protection against this nasty weather I mix in a little with my Avène moisturiser.

The Avène moisturiser is the only one I’ve found that my skin can tolerate. I often feel like the cream just sits on my skin and makes me feel more greasy. 

The Bepanthen is a new find of mine from some research on the Internet on what’s the best thing to soothe dry lips. It does feel a bit weird at first putting bum cream on your lips but it’s actually really good! And just make your lips look soft and glossy. Maybe one to apply when you are alone though..

Happy moisturising 


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo – Day 1

(Warning – photos of a distressing spot nature below)

I started using Effaclar Duo yesterday evening after a particularly bad breakout/squeezing session. 

My skin does feel nice and the urge to pick (you know that itchy feeling) has gone. Also, my skin can get quite dry with acne products but I haven’t experienced any of that yet.

 Day 0 – Day 1 (right cheek) 
Day 0 – Day 1 (left cheek)

As you can see the spots are still there but some of the redness has gone down. No amazing results yet though…

Let’s see what tomorrow brings! Excited to apply my next lot already. 

Happy cleansing


Free Elemis with Marie Claire at Tesco

Marie Claire magazine is giving away a choice of two Elemis products with its December 2015 edition at Tesco (I’ve looked in other shops and I’ve not seen the free gifts!).

The two products you can choose from are:-

  1. Elemis Pro Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm; or 
  2. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

They are 10ml in size. 50ml is £32 on the Elemis website, therefore this sample is worth £6.40 (almost double the cost of the magazine).

Obviously, I don’t need to be ‘illuminated’ more (I see the word illuminated and think shiny) so I chose the Papaya Enzyme Peel.


Elemis describes the product as having the following benefits/properties:

“BENEFITS: Purifies, Revitalises, Smoothes

Exfoliate and purify tired, lacklustre skin. Non-abrasive, skin is left soft, revitalised and radiant.”

Elemis also claims that there are a lot of natural ingredients in it. The ingredient list is still very long and complicated so not sure of how accurate that is.

However, I did feel like the nice part of my skin felt nicer and my skin felt much smoother. I didn’t realise I’d exfoliated, I used to scrub my face until it was red raw to get that ‘clean’ feeling (yes I know that’s bad and I don’t do it anymore).

I am a fan of this product, but it’s not going to zap spots. I will however be adding it to my maintenance kit for when my skin is okay(ish) and just needs to be kept clean.

Attack of the Acne

I’m having a bit of a battle with my acne today, well I guess it’s more of a war really. 

I have very temperamental skin and it likes to surprise me with some big, painful, red bumps that I simply cannot resist picking (yes I know you shouldn’t squeeze, but I just can’t stop!).

So I’ve been told my acne is hormonal, I’ve been doing the 3-step routine since I was 16 and 10 years on my skin is worse than ever. I thought getting older was supposed to clear up your skin?! 

Knowing its hormonal doesn’t make it any better, I am just on an endless quest to find the right products and routine to help. 

I’m a big fan of beauty/skincare blogs but often the people writing them have beautiful skin already! Not to mention a much larger skincare budget. 

I on the other hand have a lot of spots and tight purse strings. 

In my spot fighting kit tonight is…

  1. Neutrogina 2 in 1 Wash and Mask (£3.69 in boots)
  2. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid (mine is a tester size that came in my Birchbox but it’s available for £23.50 for 118ml
  3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (£15.50 at boots)

I’ve read good things about the Neutrogina  mask (from amodelrecommends) and I wasn’t disappointed. The mask was clay based, which I need to help slow down my oil production, but it didn’t go really hard and didn’t feel too drying. It’s not the sort of product i’d use to wash my face however and I wouldn’t use it too often.
The Paula’s Choice BHA liquid sounds like it should pack a punch and I’m hoping it will but I couldn’t use this product everyday. It’s quite strong and I think it would irritate my spots and my skin. Definitely seems good for exfoliating a couple of times a week though.

Finally, the Effaclar Duo. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this product but more than anything, I’ve notice that it seems to be the most talked about spot fighting product for adults. Therefore I thought it was about time I gave it a go.

It smelt nice and applied easily but I can’t tell whether it has worked yet. It has pretty impressive claims, saying it will reduce the size of spots in 8 hours etc so I guess I will have to wait and see.

Apologies in advance for the close up of my spots, going to try and be the guinea pig on this one and see what the difference is after a few days of using Effaclar Duo.

Happy cleansing all.

A spotty woman