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Le Belle skincare tested

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The full Le Belle product range

Remember this gorgeous-looking Le Belle skincare I gave away at Christmas?

I bumped into the company owner back in January at a PR event in London, and basically begged her to let me road-test the products properly.

I get sent lots of beauty products to test, many of which don’t make it onto the blog, but I was interested in Le Belle because;

1. All the products are created and developed in the UK
2. They’re free from parabens, mineral oil, fillers, PEG’s, phthalates, animal ingredients, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances.
3. The bottles are fully recyclable/refillable.
4. The bottles are pump-action – much less faff than squeezers. (I realise this sound lazy. That’s because it is.)
5. I love the look of the products. They feel substantial, and look expensive, and come wrapped beautifully if you’re thinking about pressies.

My idea originally was to do a before and after picture after my month-long trial, so here we go.

I had in my grubby possession the foam cleanser (£22), toner (£21), multi-vitamin moisturiser (£35) and rose oil serum (£30). I hold up my hand to say that after four days I gave up on the cleanser and toner because – history should have told me this – I am just way to tired and pathetic to do all that stuff after working, three kids, a demanding Mr Muddy and um, three glasses of wine.

However, I am excellent at moisturising, even in desperate conditions, and have tried virtually all the big brands, from the wildly expensive Frenchies to high street basics, searching for The One. The problem with my skin is that it’s sensitive and also always feels a bit on the dry side, but light creams often make my skin feel tight.

Anyhoo, this multi-vitamin moisturiser is the welcome exception, was light but very smooth and creamy. It smells gorgeous too and has that organic-looking yellow shade that strangely I always associate with Dr Hauschka. This moisturiser is primarily billed as a night cream, though the cute little individual cardlets also recommend it in the day for ‘mature skin’ (*humph*) and ‘skin that needs a bit of extra nourishment’ (that’s better).

Perhaps the biggest revelation was the Rose Face Serum. I would never have bought an oil, it being, um, oily. But I used it at night and it felt/smelt really nourishing and natural. No spottier than normal from its use, and definitely with softer skin. I always think of oils as a bit decadent too -I always associate them with beauty salons and spas.

So after all that, have my wrinkles gone? Er, no. Well, we all know it’s damage control these days, but my crows feet are less noticeable and I think my skin tone is much better.

BTW, I’m not the only one to rate Le Belle. Since I featured them at Christmas, the brand has just been shortlisted in the ‘Free From’ Skincare Awards 2013. Congrats Le Belle lady!

Best thing to do is judge for yourself. Come over and have a good peer if you see me walking your way, then buy your one way ticket to 5 years younger.

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