La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Invisible Fluid VS Eucerin Oil Control – Review Of SPF 50 Used On Acne Prone Combination Skin

I’ve been a dedicated fan of Eucerin’s SPF since discovering it and think it’s highly underrated. I was quite content to just keep buying and using it. After all, it works well for me and is affordable but after I was fortunate enough to win an SPF bundle from La Roche Posay which included their Anthelios SPF50 I knew a VS review post was round the corner!

I’ve forever grateful for the acne and skincare community on Instagram for making me aware that so many acne fighting skincare ingredients make skin more sensitive to the sun. Wearing SPF every day makes me feel like I’m protecting my skin and caring for it for the future which makes up for the years I feel like I spent trying to nuke spots into oblivion.

Other VS posts which may be of interest:

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Price (as per brand’s website or best I can find!)£16 per 50ml£18 per 50ml
Labelled as suitable for
(as per brand’s description)
Oily and blemish prone skin with studies showing good tolerability on sensitive skinSpecially formulated for sensitive skin
Product claims (as per brand’s description)Oil regulating, gives skin immediate dry touch finish, mattifying for up to 8 hours, water and sweat resistant, non greasy with no white marks, not sticky, non eye stinging
Extras to noteLabelled as suitable for users of topical acne medication

Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 Review

I’ve writing this having purchased 4 bottles. I picked up 2 last time they featured in Boots £10 Tuesday offer so I was well stocked and saving some pennies whilst protecting my skin. I have combination skin and find this a really effective product. It doesn’t cause any dryness on my less oily areas and doesn’t make me look shiny. It doesn’t have a typical sun cream smell or texture which is great. It’s never made me break out or caused any sensitivity. I haven’t had any major problems with this pilling.

I have experienced a bit of eye stinging with this but that’s generally only if I get tired and rub my eyes without thinking. This can then cause a bit of stinging that causes my eye to water but it isn’t a painful burning sensation. I’m incredibly pale and this doesn’t make me look any more ghostly so can confirm zero white cast for me.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Review

This was my first full sized bottle of this. I had previously bought a sample via Feel Unique’s Pick & Mix service. The first major difference with this product compared to Eucerin’s is the texture. It is very, very runny. Where I’ve been used to pumping a thick gel like cream texture and applying that squeezing this out of the bottle left it dribbling and running down my fingers. I found it quite hard to measure out an amount to apply and instead found it easy to squeeze 4 smaller sized helpings and dot these on my cheeks, forehead and chin before rubbing in.

I’ve never experienced eye stinging at all with this product, this is the only major perk it has for me over the Eucerin SPF. Upon application I find this makes me initially look a bit shinier than the other product but this does die down very quickly and I don’t find it off putting. In terms of similarities to my trusted Eucerin Oil Control SPF 50 this also doesn’t cause me to break out, doesn’t make me look paler and has no white cast. I’ve also not had any pilling issues with this one.

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The Final Word

For me these two products have such similarities and do such a good job. Neither make me break out, cause sensitivity, give me white cast, smell bad or pill excessively when reapplying. I’ve popped into a table below the only real notable differences I’ve found.

Can I pick a winner? No. I honestly can’t. I think the Eucerin product is really underrated, it is slightly cheaper and I personally much prefer the texture as it’s less messy to apply. It is also very morning proof, if like me, you struggle to wake up and need something you can just throw on. The La Roche Posay requires shaking to activate which I have definitely forgotten to do a few times when dozy. I love that I can apply the La Roche Posay with zero concern about eye watering.

So which would I repurchase? It’ll come down to which is the best value for money at the time I need to restock but I’d happily buy both again.

Product marked with *** is a winner for me for each categoryEucerin Oil Control SPF 50La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Texture***
More of a gel, cream texture, easy to apply with pump bottle to measure out
took some getting used to to avoid sticky fingers and it dripping into my rings when squeezing it out the bottle
Eye stinging
mild and very rare occurrences
***
zero eye stinging
Zero shininess on application***
I don’t feel shiny at all after applying this
I notice I look a little more glowy or shiny but this dissipates not long after application. It’s not enough to put me off or make me think I look like an oil slick

Easy Eco Friendly Beauty Swaps I’ve Made – Many Of Which Are Cheap or Low Cost

I decided to write this post after having a shower the other day using bar soap instead of bottled shower gel, realising I was shaving with a zero waste razor then getting out to apply zero waste deodorant and realised I’d come a long way with positive changes.

I’m fully aware that I still have along way to go when it comes to making my beauty routine or bathroom more environmentally friendly. Below are just some of the ways I’ve started to make improvements. It’s worth noting that as a frugal bargain hunter I’ve accumulated a stash of products I trust and essentials meaning I’ve got to work my way through these before making eco switches. I have many more swaps in the pipeline which I intend to make beyond the few examples listed below.

Giving Up Bottles of Hand Soap & Shower Gel For Paper Wrapped Soap or Packaging Free Alternatives

I’ve swapped to bars of soap which come wrapped in fully recyclable or biodegradable packaging like paper. This was an easy swap and I’m fully converted to life with bar soaps now. It’s easy to find paper wrapped bar soaps in general shops like Boots, Superdrug, Tesco and more making this swap budget friendly and accessible. I’ve bought 1 large bar and used a sharp knife to chop it in two pieces to use one lump at the sink and the rest in my shower. I’ve picked up branded bars in paper packaging for as little as 49p. I thought using bar soap would get horribly messy or be annoying as I wear rings but it’s been no bother. I keep my bar in the shower in an empty hair conditioner tub which saved me buying a special container, keeps it from being washed away excessively in the shower and means a tub is being reused so it’s win win all round from me.

I recently picked up a large bag of unwanted Lush products from someone local via Olio. They were advertised as soap but turned out to be bubble bath bars. I wouldn’t normally buy bubble bath at all but like that I’m able to try these zero waste ones and save them from being thrown out. I wouldn’t buy bottled bubble bath.

Giving Up Buying Some Items Altogether

  • Plastic shower scrubbies
  • Unnecessary extra products
  • Plastic cotton buds

Last year I stopped buying those plastic shower puffs or scrubbies and realised I could make do perfectly fine without them. I don’t buy plastic cotton buds and am now aware that if I decided I needed cotton buds reusable silicone swabs exist as well as bamboo ones which are biodegradable. I discovered via Holland and Barrett’s website and Home Bargains that even bamboo interdental tooth picks now exist which is great if anyone is seeking a plastic free alternative.

Goodbye Toilet Paper Wrapped In Plastic

I’ve always lived in places without much storage so never been able to give companies like Who Gives A Crap a go as I wouldn’t be able to find anywhere to keep the giant boxes of loo roll. Last year I discovered Tesco sell 9 rolls of 3 ply toilet roll make entirely from recycled sources wrapped in paper which is also recyclable. The quality is fine and since buying my first pack I haven’t looked back. I’ve seen via Instagram that Aldi now offer toilet paper wrapped in paper packaging too and love that this is becoming more accessible.

Looking For More Eco Friendly Skincare Suitable For Acne Prone Skin

My skin is very fussy and breaks out at the drop of a hat so finding effective formulas that are also less damaging for the planet hasn’t been the easiest. I’ve been hunting for companies which use more eco friendly packaging such as biodegradable or fully recyclable made from recycled plastic. I’ve equally been trying to find products with packaging I feel I can reuse and upcycle as well. Below are some of the brands or products I’ve tried and some others I love:

  • The Body Shop – Himalayan Charcoal Mask – Love
  • REN – Ready Steady Glow AHA / BHA Toner – Love
  • Bolt Beauty – I tried their Vitamin A Game capsules and have added these to my skincare wishlist to buy a large pack of in the future as I liked them lots from first impressions.

Eco Friendly Skincare – Bolt Beauty Stackable Review – Filthy Clean Cleanser, Glow Don’t Shine + Vitamin A Game Serums & Mad About Moisture Used On Acne Prone Skin

Being Far More Mindful Of What I’m Buying

I have quite a hoard of beauty products that I’ve either picked up when deals have been too good to resist, or that I’ve received for birthday or Christmas presents in the last 12 months. I’ve made a list of all of these to work my way through to not only save me money but also to make me more mindful of what I’ve buying. I fully intend to replace items with more environmentally friendly alternatives once I’ve gone through the products I have. For example I’m keen to find a more planet friendly body lotion that doesn’t come in a single use plastic bottle once mine are empty.

Wild Refill Deodorant

I was very fortunate to be gifted a Wild Refill case and a sample of their new upcoming sensitive skin zero-waste deodorant. It mentioned that it may take up to two weeks for your body to adjust to using a natural formula but I found this an easy transition. I love the ethos of this company, the packaging for the deodorant’s is compostable, the cases can even be recycled with Terracycle for free if you don’t get on with the product. I have since bought one block in their orange scent from Sainsbury and will continue to work my way through the flavours as I trust this product to keep me smelling fresh whilst being better for the environment!

Each refill works out at £5 which is pricier than deodorants I’d buy previously which cost £1. They offer 10% off for new customers and 15% student discount. Individual bars can be bought in Sainsbury. I messaged Wild and they kindly gave me a discount code for my readers and Instagram followers to use – this isn’t affiliate so I won’t earn anything from this – FSFARD20

Friction Free Shaving Razors

I wish I’d found these razors sooner as I haven’t had any awkward shaving cuts since this swap. I’m really grateful to FFS for gifting me this starter set to try and will be purchasing blades in the near future. I won’t be going back to single use razors again. They have a blade recycling scheme and the handles are made from aluminium which feels far more slick than any plastic handle I’ve ever held. Huge fan. The (affiliate) code: BLG_RAINYDAY saves £3 on subscription sets. You can also follow this link.

Refillable Glasses Cleaner

My local optician offers a spray bottle of glass cleanser which they refill for free after you purchase it once or spend over a certain amount on glasses. I’m really pleased with this refillable bottle option as it is far better for the planet than using disposable wipes and accumulating all the packaging they come in. I’m unsure if large optician chains offer services like this but it can’t hurt to ask.

With every product I use up I try to purchase a more eco alternative that is of a similar cost to my previous product. I’m always open to suggestions.

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June ’21 – A Round Up Of All The Samples & Free Items I Got This Month And How I Got Them

I’m going to be honest, I’ve been shocking this month at keeping tabs on all the free deliveries I’ve had through the door as I’ve been adjusting to a new routine. Below is everything I can remember falling through the letter box or being picked up via cashback apps etc. I’m making a point of keeping better tabs on my samples for July!

Beauty

Ghost Orb Of Night Perfume sample – via a sponsored Facebook post

Paco Rabanne Cologne sample – I’m unsure where I managed to claim this from but shall be saving it up along with other aftershave samples to go with a friend’s gift later this year.

Aveda Leave In Conditioner – I’ve received one of these samples before and the product smells absolutely incredible.

A Beauty Box Swap with Raspberry LiqueurI sent Jess a box of beauty bits including some clearance Essie products I found in Boots and in exchange she sent me a wonderfully generous box of bits she though I’d like. The products she included were so thoughtful such as a shampoo and conditioner bar as she knows I’m keen to reduce environmental impact. The Balance Me hyaluronic acid beauty sleep product has been incredible for helping me fall asleep more quickly as it smells so relaxing. The perfume oil has also been an amazing discovery as I usually find wearing perfume daily irritates my skin whereas this oil formula doesn’t so it’s been a real treat to wear this for a couple of weeks with no negative reactions.

Food & Drink

4 Litres Mighty Pea Milk – via the cashback app Green Jinn. Whilst this isn’t my favourite dairy free milk at all it is perfectly edible on cereal and long life so I tend to pick them up whenever they are on offer. My typical dairy free milk retails at £1.80-2 per litre so this helps to save me lots of money which is great.

One Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll – via O2 Priority Moments on a Saturday morning. I’m a big fan of this deal and hope it keeps going for a long time. It’s a great free weekend pick me up.

Sadly there were no free coffees from Nero via O2 Priority this month as I just didn’t get the chance to claim them!

How I Got Over £20 Worth Of Skincare & Make Up Completely Free – How To Save Money In Boots Using Deal Stacks, Promotions & Loyalty Points

My go-to store for skincare is Boots whenever they have promotions on. I recently found myself in need of a replacement Niacinamide serum from The Ordinary which isn’t stocked in my local Boots. This prompted me to write this post about how I made my money go as far as possible when placing this order which was entirely paid with using Boots Points.

For more details about the Boots Advantage Card scheme and why I love it please check out my other posts:

Below are the products I bought and how I saved money or made my money go as far as possible:

The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum – RRP 60ml £8.60

I’ve previously gone through almost 2 bottles of the 30ml serum and know my skin loves it. I was aware this double size bottle existed but didn’t realise it was stocked in Boots so I’m really glad I double checked. A 30ml bottles has an RRP of £5 so if I’d bought two of these to equate 60ml it would have cost me £10. The 60ml bottle sells for £8.60 meaning an immediate saving of £1.40 on a staple product in my skincare routine. Whilst not the biggest saving in the world it all adds up and means this product will last me a lot longer. As a consequence my next online order will be further away when I’m likely to need more products to dodge paying delivery fees!

Cetaphil Rich Night Cream – RRP £7.99 for 50g

This was the second trusted product of mine which was running low so I wanted to add this to my order to ensure I wasn’t caught short without it. There was a promotion on Cetaphil which knocked £2.00 off this wonderful product bringing the total to £5.99. Sadly a giant size of this doesn’t exist otherwise I’d be more than happy to buy it.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Micro Eye Liner – RRP £5.99

Although I haven’t worn make up regularly in the last year I’m a big fan of a quick black liquid eyeliner flick. I’d previously been using a KVD Beauty liquid eyeliner which I got as a free sample via O2 Priority Moments some time ago but this was running out. I asked friends for recommendations and this was rated highly so I popped this in the basket. I considered buying the KVD mini that I’d received as a free sample which was £10 but decided as I don’t wear make up that often I was happier to go for a cheaper product. I’ve swatched this, the tip is very fine and highly pigmented. I’ve previously used a Rimmel liner and got on well with it so I’m happy with this purchase.

Boots Essentials Body Lotion Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E 390mlRRP £1.49

At this point I’d added the 3 things I particularly wanted or needed to my basket but was going to have to pay £1.50 to get it sent to the store as my basket was under £20. I begrudge paying for delivery so went through my inventory of beauty products and toiletries to see what I might need that I could cheaply buy which would tip me over into the free delivery threshold. I’m terrible at body care in comparison to skincare and until the last few weeks have probably bothered to moisturise my skin once a month if that. I was also out of hand cream and figured this could be used to moisturise my hands whilst being a giant bottle to multi task.

Student Discount

My Boots Advantage Card is twinned with my student card meaning when I log in I automatically save 10%.

Free Click and Collect

I opted for this as it was free, there was nothing else I needed to try and get free home delivery. I was able to walk to store within a couple of days to pick up my order.

Total Paid: £20.13 in Boots’ Points. 13p over the free click and collect threshold.

Total Saved:

  • 60ml of The Ordinary Niacinamide – instead of 2 x 30ml bottles = £1.40
  • Cetaphil Rich Night Cream store promotion = £2
  • Student Discount – 10% off the whole order = £2.24
  • Click and Collect – free by buying a £1.49 item otherwise I’d have paid = £1.50
  • Paid With Boots Points = £20.13

By buying bigger sizes, making the most of store promos, dodging delivery fees, using student discount and Boots Points I saved myself £27.27

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Beauty Freebies

I’ve been an avid beauty freebie collector now for around 2 years and it has saved me a fortune. I’ve written previous posts on how to claim beauty freebies including a special section on birthday freebies but thought I’d focus a post on how to make the absolute most out of whatever you claim.

Here are a few of my tips on how to make the most of your freebies.

Store Lipstick Swatches In Pots To Use More Than Once

I’ve received lipstick swatches from Nars, Laura Mercier and Chanel. I ended up with 5 from Chanel, 24 from Nars and 3 from Laura Mercier. Once open I store the little swatches in small plastic pots and use a lip brush to get them out. Often samples come with applicators. The tiny pots also make the samples handbag friendly should you wish to top up your make up when out and about. I’ve previously asked Clinique and Clarins counters in the past for some of their empty foundation sample pots to use to decant products for weekends away and then used these for lipstick samples. You can get several weeks worth of usage out of them this way.

Decant Sachet Samples Into A Container

When Clinique launched their Dramatic Different Jelly moisturiser I somehow ended up with 13 sample sachets of the product. I picked them up with Stylist magazine, outside a Bond Street Department store and over a counter. I usually find one moisturiser sachet contains too much for one use but are a pain to store as they dry up a bit so cut the tops off and squeezed them into a clean empty moisturiser tub. By doing this with the Jelly samples I was able to use the moisturiser every morning for nearly a month instead of nearly 2 weeks getting double the use out of them.

Check Freebie Deliveries From Online Ads For Vouchers And Offers

I once applied for a free sample pack from Bodyform and received 2 50p off coupons with them. I used these in Savers to get 2 packs for 49p each as Savers only charge 89p for the RRP of £1.50 on the products. I’ve also received vouchers offering me a complimentary foundation sample and perfume with a YSL fragrance sample I got via a Facebook advert. Some vouchers are always handy to pass on to friends like the Dior foundation sample

Check freebie deliveries for further vouchers

Reuse Sample Foundation Bottles

I’ve previously had samples from Dior and YSL which came in small glass bottles with a wand applicator. Once empty I washed them up and refill with my favourite foundation for trips away to save me carrying bigger bulkier bottles.

Gifts For Friends

I claim most freebies that pop up as sponsored social media adverts. Often they will run out of stock quickly so I find it easier to just apply and then when it arrives see if its suitable for my skin type etc. If samples ever aren’t I add them to hamper style gifts for friends and family so nothing goes to waste. Some samples I’ve received are really generous like a mini lipstick from Shisheido, 5ml Clarins skin care products etc so they can make great additions to presents.

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