Thursday, 30 May 2019

The eye cream for the under 30's: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye-balm

Sounds excessive, but I have been wearing eye cream since I was 21 years old. I'm a massive believer that prevention is the key when it comes to anti-ageing and 3 years later I am still wearing eye cream religiously.
Currently, my eyes have no specific skin concerns and so the product I will be sharing today is one that I think people under 30 would really benefit in using if, like me, they don't have a specific concerns to target. When I was on the hunt for my next eye cream, I was looking for something that was more hydrating and this one completely fits the bill...

The product I am talking about is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Eye-balm (£15.00/15ml). Firstly, I really like the packaging, the product is dispensed through a pump which is hygienic and really easy to keep clean. I also like how you can control the amount of product that comes out, I find that I never pump more than I actually need which is great. The packaging is light and I find that the lid is secure (I haven't lost it yet!) which means no accidental leaks and so is great to travel with.

In terms of the product, although this is labelled as an eye balm, I think it's more of a gel like consistency, especially when it is smoothed onto the skin. It's also the colour blue, which is something I didn't expect and doesn't really have a smell either.

I would use the amount pictured below over both eyes, so as you can see a little goes a long way and I use my ring finger to blend out the product onto the orbital bone and if there is any product left over, I tend to add it to my upper lip to prevent wrinkles forming in the first place. This product sinks in really fast and does feel hydrating, especially if I haven't had the best nights sleep. I find that this works well under make-up too, as it isn't heavy nor does it leave any residue on the skin. 

I'm quite strict with my skincare routine and I have been applying this product twice a day since I bought it around a month ago now. Although I can't say that this product has worked in the traditional sense, I find that this product does work to hydrate my eyes, as I can notice the difference when I don't wear eye cream - my under-eye area becomes slightly tighter and just feels like it needs moisture. This is a really non-offensive product that I think would work on a variety of skin types and needs, containing Vichy's Thermal Spa Water, known for it's soothing properties and Hyaluronic Acid, known for it's ability to hydrate the skin and to hold a thousand times it's weight in water, it really is a product that your skin will be happy using. 

I believe this would be a great introductory eye cream for anyone, especially if you are under 30 as the focus is on hydration. Let me know if you have any questions about this product in the comments section, and I would love to know what eye creams you would recommend I try next. 

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Monday, 20 May 2019

Clarins x InTheFrow Collaboration

Today, I am writing to share a brilliant deal from the Clarins x InTheFrow collaboration. Clarins is a brand which seems to get it right - all their products are gentle, easy to use and encased in the perfect packagingIn this deal if you purchase one skincare item and any other product in their range in-stores you get a Summer Tote bag filled with three travel sized goodies which you can select yourself from a few choices. I'll show you what goodies I managed to grab and a quick first impression! 

First of all, can we admire this Summer Tote bag? It's perfect! It has a cute pattern, rope handles and is the perfect size for taking the essentials to the beach. 

The first product I was looking to buy was a new moisturiser, so I bought this My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Hydrating Cream (£22.00/50ml). I have never seen this range before, but from what I've heard it's more geared towards people under 30. Clarins has very helpfully divided their skincare based on the clients age, and so finding a moisturiser that will work for your current skin needs is really easy to find. This moisturiser is a cream-mousse formula which means it's super lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly. It feels really nice and cooling in the morning, part of me wants to stick it in the fridge so that experience is enhanced!The packaging looks light but it's actually quite weighty, so don't be fooled! 

Funnily enough, my second choice of moisturiser would have been the Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream (£37.00/50ml) and so I selected this as one of the free products. This is just a super hydrating moisturiser that would suit all skin types. The only reason I didn't go for it was the price tag, this seems like a product where I could happily apply a lot onto my face just due to the texture. I'm happy to test-drive this 30ml travel sized version to see if it is really worth the money!

Recently, I have been taking more of an interest in my bath and shower products because that time to unwind is really important and I want to make sure I use products that just enhance the DIY spa experience that I try to create for myself. I grabbed the Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate (£20.00/200ml) in one of the free products (it's a 100ml version!) - it has a few essential oils which makes it a really luxurious product to use, the steam of the shower/bath mixed with this product just really helps you to inhale the scent and my muscles just relax instantly. I personally like to massage a bit of the product near my collarbone and temples as it enhances the smell and also the experience.

The last free product I chose is actually one that I have used in the past, and used to be one of Clarins best selling product which is the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract (£21.00/125ml). This cleanser is what it says on the tin, super gentle and it has some exfoliating beads which isn't too abrasive on the skin. I find that this product doesn't irritate my skin and it leaves my skin feeling cleansed without feeling stripped. This travel sized version contains 50ml of product. 

The second product I actually bought was this Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18.50/12ml). I remember when these came out a few years ago, it was one of the products that I always wanted but never seemed to be at the top of the list. I have the shade 06 Rosewood Shimmer, which is the perfect nude shade for my skin-tone. It's super moisturising on the lips, with a gloss like finish that compliments most make-up looks. I have a feeling I will be reaching for this a lot! 

That's it in terms of my mini round up of this deal. I think it's still on for a few more days, so I would highly recommend checking it out because you do get a lot for your money. It's nice that they also give you a choice of products to choose from too!

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