LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR DUO [+] UNIFANT

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Unifant

I've talked about my love of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+] before: it's the spot-fighting cream that really makes a difference. So when La Roche-Posay were kind enough to send me the new tinted version to try I was very excited. After using it for a couple of months I'm now able to give my full review of their Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant.*

This is an anti-blemish cream with a 100% mineral tint so it provides a bit of coverage while also helping your skin. It has been proven to treat and reduce blemishes in 24 hours, and although I don't think it acted as fast as that, it definitely did help reduce my blemishes. Since cutting out dairy my skin has greatly improved, but recently I had a little phase where the cravings for cheese just got too much and I couldn't resist. Although those cheese fries were heavenly, I paid for them with my skin and the spots were pretty stubborn, but this definitely helped them along.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant

I was pleasantly surprised by the level of coverage Unifant provides. Of course it's not comparable to a foundation, but it's like a particularly good BB Cream. It covers redness and looks nice and natural on the skin, so I've really been enjoying using this product. It's good to know that your skin is being looked after and its problems are being addressed even while you're wearing makeup.

The Effaclar range has a bit of a cult following and if you've tried it before you'll understand why. The Duo [+] range has been the number one blemish treating skincare range in Europe since its launch, and is recommended by dermatologists so it's definitely got a huge seal of approval.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant Light Swatch
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant in Light, blended out on the right

On days where I don't want a full face of makeup but still want some coverage, this is the perfect product and has become my go-to for such days. I apply it with a damp beauty blender, add a bit of concealer and set with a small amount of powder. I usually then lightly fill in my brows and add some mascara, then I'm good to go with the perfect "no makeup makeup look". On other days I sometimes wear it under my usual makeup routine so I'm getting a more full coverage as well as the skincare benefits.

I used the shade Light, which worked surprisingly well on my very pale skin! Since it's a sheer coverage, it blends out well so you can get away with the shade not being 100%, but they still definitely need more than two shades. La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant retails for £16.50 at Boots.

Have you tried Effaclar Duo [+] Unifant?


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THE COAT EDIT

It seems like the cold weather has hit all of a sudden and I found myself caught short last week when I realised on my way to work that my leather jacket just wasn't cutting it anymore. And so began my yearly hunt for the perfect coat. I'm pretty fussy when it comes to coats so it took me a while to find the right one for me, but I came across some lovely ones on my search and thought I would share them with you.


Black Textured - ASOS | Burgundy Maxi - Missguided | Grey - New Look


Camel - ASOS | Black and White - Zara | Navy Trench - H&M


Leopard Collar - Topshop | Pink - H&M | Leopard - New Look


Black - H&M | Checked - Topshop | Brown - New Look

In case you're wondering, I eventually settled on this simple yet stylish Topshop beauty and I love it! I prefer to have a fairly plain black coat so that it'll go with everything and I can change the way it looks with whatever I'm wearing with it.

The past two years I made the mistake of buying cheap coats and they only lasted me one winter each so I thought instead of spending £20-30 every year it'd make more sense to spend £60 on a better quality one that will hopefully last me for a few years. If I had the funds I'd definitely invest in a proper high-quality coat but I'm still searching for that elusive graduate job so I'll have to put that plan on hold!

 I do enjoy getting cosy with a nice coat, over-sized scarf and wooly hat, and I certainly need it with the temperatures we get in a Scottish winter! I've already started buying some new jumpers for this year and I've got my eye on a few of the gorgeous blanket scarves that Zara have in at the moment. Anything to make winter seem a bit more appealing, eh?

What kind of coat are you looking for this winter?

SHOP SMART WITH COLOUR ELEMENTS | STYLE

Colour Elements App

I was recently invited along to Castle Galleries in Princes Square to find out all about Colour Elements and how their app can help you find the colours that work best for you and reduce clothing waste.


Simply send the team a selfie through their social media or email it to them, and you’ll receive a free, personalised colour ID with the ideal element for you – Earth, Fire, Air or Water. You can then use the app to browse colours from your element and create colour cards with complimentary combinations in order to inspire your outfit choices.

Colour Elements App Earth

At the event, Colour Elements director Karen Finn talked about how so often we wear just 20% of our wardrobes and the rest goes unworn as it’s full of impulse buys and things that don’t suit our style. I can certainly relate to buying things that are a bit different then sticking to my usual uniform of black Joni jeans and black or grey t-shirts! Colour Elements aims to help you understand what works best for you so you can shop smarter and really make the most of your wardrobe to reduce your own spending as well as the huge waste created by unworn clothes.

According to WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, an estimated £100 million worth of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year, and around 30% of the clothes in British homes have not been worn in at least a year. The impact on our finances and the planet is staggering, so finding ways to reduce our waste should be a priority.

Colour Elements Blogger Event Glasgow
Photo from the Colour Elements Facebook, with @kerrylyle_ and @meganflockhart

But it's not all so serious - Colour Elements is designed to make you feel more confident about incorporating colour into your life and help you find clothes that make you feel amazing. They are keen to point out, though, that they're not being strict with you and saying these are the only colours you should ever wear - at the end of the day everyone should wear whatever we want! Your ID is simply intended as a guide to help you, not a rule book.

The main element for me is Fire, which I'm not surprised about because of my hair! But Earth colours are also good for me due to my dark features and can help ground the Fire colours. This means all types of reds, deep greens and golds work well for me. Once you know your color ID, you can receive weekly emails with outfit ideas curated for your element, which you can then shop directly.

At the moment the app is only available on Apple devices which is a shame because I'm all Android, but I convinced Adam to download it on his iPad so I could have a play around with it. Hopefully it will be on Android in the future, but for now you can always use the website and sign up for the newsletter, as well as keeping an eye on their social media for more fashion inspiration.

The Body Shop Eyeshadow Palette

The Body Shop were also at the event to tell us a bit about their new masks and eyeshadow palettes. All the Body Shop girls were so friendly and knowledgeable about their products, and the eyeshadows I tried out were gorgeous! They were so kind to give us an amazing goodie bag which contained some of my favourite products as well as some new things that I can't wait to try!

Sugar Dumplin' provided amazing rum cocktails and thanks to The Trading House I now like rum when it's mixed with fruity things so I really enjoyed them! Zizzi's provided loads of food and I was over the moon to see dairy-free pizzas as well as gluten-free - it was so lovely of them to think about that! Snuggle Muffin served up delicious cupcakes and gave us cookies in the goodie bags and since I have a mild cookie addiction I was over the moon!

Everyone worked so hard to provide an amazing night for us all and it was lovely to meet some new bloggers and bond over our Instagram struggles! Be sure to tweet your selfie to Colour Elements or tag them on Instagram to find out your element!

How do you incorporate colour into your life?

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AUGUST RECAP

Shannon Darko

August was a pretty good month - I had loads of fun events to attend and occasions to celebrate. The downside though was the amount of time spent applying for jobs and the fact that I still don't have one. I'm writing freelance for a few places but would love to secure a full-time job, so hopefully in my next Monthly Recap that'll be the highlight! Anyway, here's all the awesome stuff that happened this month:

Thaikhun Silverburn Buddha

At the start of the month Adam and I tried out Thaikhun's new menu and saw Suicide Squad the same night. Check my Thaikhun post for a detailed review but spoiler alert: it was fab! Suicide Squad surprised me because I had been looking forward to it for ages, then the reviews were so bad and really put me off it, but it actually wasn't as bad as it was made out to be. It's not a cinematic masterpiece and I was a bit disappointed with the portrayal of Harley Quinn, but it was entertaining and definitely worth a watch.

8th Birthday Niece

My niece Orla turned 8 this month and I had a great day seeing her and the rest of my family for a catch-up and cake. I bought her a sparkly cat jumper which to be honest I was very jealous of! She loved it too, as well as the cute necklace I got for her and she seemed to have a great day so smiles all round!


Adam and I celebrated our anniversary this month, so after prosecco and strawberries at home we went for dinner and a comedy show at Wild Cabaret. We drink there quite often but this was the first show we went to and we really enjoyed it, even if the staff were a bit rude! The curry and comedy deal is great value at £10 each and the food was great so if you're looking for something to do on a Wednesday night I'd recommend it.

Colour Elements Event Glasgow Princes Square

Last week I went to the Colour Elements event in Princes Square where I learned all about their colour matching service and their app which tells you the colours that work best for you. I'll have a full post on this soon so look out for it! I met some fab girls there and had a lovely night drinking cocktails and eating amazing food provided by Zizzi!

Pug puppy

My sister Kelly got a pug called Hugo and I totally fell in love with him when I went to visit for the first time. Look at that face!! I'm dogsitting him and also looking after my two nieces next week and I'm very excited about it. He's such a snuggly little pup and spent so much time asleep on my lap, so adorable!

Glasgow Summer Sessions 2016 Biffy Clyro Fall Out Boy

Last weekend was the highlight of the month when I saw Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy (and more!) at Glasgow Summer Sessions in Bellahouston Park. It was a huge outdoor gig with a brilliant atmosphere and thankfully the weather was actually pretty good! Fall Out Boy have been my favourite band for over a decade (read my previous Fall Out Boy review) and they played Hum Hallelujah, my absolute favourite song of theirs, so I was very happy! Biffy put on an amazing show for two hours and the setlist was fantastic. They're definitely one of the best live bands I've seen and I can't wait to see them again in November!

What I listened to in August: Moose Blood - Blush, Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis, Honeyblood - Ready For The Magic
What I watched in August: Stranger Things (Loved it, obviously!), Bates Motel Season 2, Pretty Little Liars Season 7

What did you get up to this month?

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THAIKHUN SILVERBURN | NEW MENU REVIEW*

Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Silverburn

Last year, I was invited along to the launch night of Thaikhun in Silverburn shopping centre and had a great night sampling some of the dishes, so when they got in touch to ask if I'd like to try out their new menu I jumped at the chance.

Thaikhun Menu Curry Stir Fry

Adam and I headed there on Saturday, and after some shopping went for our dinner then to see Suicide Squad, so we had a great day. Especially when the weather's miserable (what summer?) it's good to have an indoor place like Silverburn to spend the day.

Street Sipper Cocktail Thaikhun

We got started with some drinks - we had a cocktail each and mine was so delicious. It was the Street Sipper, made with gin, passion fruit and orange - and served in a plastic bag! It was sweet and refreshing, and I could have drank many more! Adam had the Thai Takeaway which combined vodka, rum, pineapple, lime and coconut. Not my thing at all but he enjoyed it.

Thaikhun Moo Ping Pork Skewers Starter

To start, I went for the Moo Ping pork skewers and Adam had Moo Dad Deow - deep fried pork strips. Both dishes were lovely, but we both agreed the Moo Ping was the nicer of the two as the sticky marinade was so good! It also came with a chilli dip, the slight sweetness of which complimented the marinade perfectly.

Thaikhun Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob

My main was a dish famous in Bangkok called Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob. It was slices of pork on a bed of rice topped with a sweet barbeque sauce. It was very nice but I would have liked some more sauce as it was so tasty but there just wasn't enough of it! There was, however, a lot of meat (two different types of pork) and I just couldn't eat it all. Just one type of pork with more sauce would have been perfect.

Thaikhun Panang Thai Red Curry

Adam went for a classic Thai Red Curry called Panang. He said the sauce was very light and refreshing, and you can choose what meat you want with it which is a good option. He went for the duck and gave the meal two thumbs up! Again, the portion was quite big (there was a lot of meat in that bowl!), which is great, but as we were having three courses we did struggle to get through everything!

Thaikhun Thai Waffle Green Tea Ice Cream Dessert

Earlier in the day I had a craving for a sweet waffle but was unable to find any, so it seemed like fate when I saw it on the Thaikhun dessert menu! It was absolutely heavenly, drizzled with toffee sauce and topped with green tea ice cream, which I had never tried before but was surprised at how much I liked it. Adam went for chilli chocolate ice cream, which he enjoyed but the spice got a bit too much in the end, especially after a curry!

Singha Beer Thaikhun

There's a huge selection of restaurants in Silverburn and it can be overwhelming to decide where to go, but Thaikhun is well worth a visit, especially because you're guaranteed to get something a bit different there - whether it's a cocktail in a tin can topped with jalapenos, interesting flavour combinations you'd never have considered or even real creepy crawlies for the kids (!!) And please, do yourself a favour and get the waffle dessert - you will not regret it!


*Our meals were kindly provided by Thaikhun for consideration of review. All opinions are 100% my own as always. See my Disclaimer for more info.