Tuesday, 23 July 2019

My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Hydrating Cream

Around 2 months ago, I wrote about the Clarins x InTheFrow collaboration, which was a brilliant offer that enabled me to try a few new items. One of the items I purchased was the My Clarins Re-Boost Refreshing Hydrating Cream (£22.00/50ml) which is the daily moisturiser I have been testing for the last two months...

My Clarins is one of the newer ranges from Clarins, I believe it has been out for around 6 months now - it's predominately aimed those in their teens to mid-twenties and is marketed as entry level products to introduce people to more premium skincare. The My Clarins range is vegan friendly and are not selling their products in countries which still actively tests on animals, which is really inspiring. What I particularly like is that the products are described as 'plant-based' and 'eco-conscious' and also state that 88% of the ingredients are of 'natural origin'. They are trying to be as clean and simple for the skin as possible and also being transparent about it. The range itself only has a few products, and so really simplifies skincare into something that even a novice can comprehend. If you are interested in learning more, there is more information on the Clarins website. 

Out of the range, I have only purchased this moisturiser, the My Clarins Refreshing Hydrating Cream and I absolutely love it. Firstly the packaging is really cute, you can tell that it's aimed for younger people from the pop of colour and the cute half sun image however the pot itself is surprisingly weighty and feels more premium. The Refreshing Hydrating Cream smells lightly of rose, which I really like, it's also a pale pink colour. It's a cooling gel texture that sinks into the skin, however it's not like a serum that completely disappears as though you never applied anything - it  both hydrates and moisturises the different layers of skin. The description of a Hydrating Cream is perfect, because it's tackling dehydration and also dry skin at the same time. My skin is just happy wearing this - it's the perfect consistency and the perfect product for anyone looking for a new moisturiser. 

This moisturiser comes in two other formulas, one more formulated for dry skin, the Comforting Hydrating Cream, so is more cream based, and the other for oily skin and so is more gel-like, the Mattifying Hydrating Cream. Although I have more oily skin, I chose the Refreshing Hydrating Cream because I have dehydrated skin that is oily and so I like a mix of both formulas. 

In terms of price, this is £22.00 for 50ml, which I think is a good price for the product that you are getting. The whole My Clarins range is under £24, and so I do believe you are getting good quality products for the price listed. Like I said earlier, I have had this for 2 months and I am around 1/3 into the bottle. I normally use one to two pea sized amounts of product and smooth the product into my skin, I tend to pat in the excess and try to bring some down my neck too.  

All in all, I really love this product, I've been excited to use it every morning, and I'm happy with how it has lasted too. I would highly recommend checking out the whole range - although it's marketed for those under 25, anyone can use the products. Clarins typically spilt their products into different age ranges as it focuses on skin concerns that typically occur around those ages, which again I think is really helpful and informative for those who aren't as interested in skincare. I think Clarins has done a great job at educating younger people to look after their skin with this range.

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Monday, 1 July 2019

Where to Save: Makeup Edition

I love a bargain. It's the best feeling when you can find a product where the quality vastly outshines the price. I own a mixture of luxury and affordable makeup and I have tried and tested all different categories of makeup to give you my picks on what makeup items are worth heading to your local high street for.

I have tried my hardest to find a high-end mascara that curls my eyelashes, makes them thicker and fuller without weighing them down and I have not found one yet. Thing is, you can't trial a mascara out properly before purchasing it and so whenever I have purchased one from a luxury brand that claims to be the holy grail of mascaras, I'm always disappointed with the end result.
With mascara that is more affordable, I find that I can trial more out without spending a fortune, and so I do have a few go-to favourites that give me the results that I want - I will list and link them below!
Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara (£8.99/9ml)
- Kiko Unforgettable WP Mascara (£7.20/9ml)
- L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara (£10.99/9ml)

I think it's so easy to find a brilliant eyeliner without spending too much. Eyeliner only lasts a few months, so I think if you can find something you like for under a tenner then you are definitely winning. From liquids to pencils - the high street has so much variety that I don't feel the need to look elsewhere! I've now found my holy grail liquid eyeliner for under £3, which I can create a thin and defined line, to a more bolder statement look:

- Collection Fast Stroke Eye Liner (£2.99/3.8g) 
- L'Oreal Paris Super Slim Eyeliner (£6.99)
- Rimmel London Scandal'Eyes WP Eyeliner  (£4.49)

If you are like me, and like to chop and change your nail colour weekly, then the high street can provide a variety of colours, textures and formulas to please anyone. I love finding the needle in the haystack when it comes to shopping for nail polishes, because I think every brand can vary so much (luxury polishes included!). Just because you might pay over £15 for a nail polish, doesn't mean that it's less likely to chip - nails are one thing that is affected by general wear and tear of your daily living. I've found some formulas in the high street that I would wholly recommend to anyone looking for nail polishes that can last for up to week without chipping. 

- Kiko Perfect Gel Duo (£7.99/2 polishes)

Similar to nail polishes, I think you can find a really nice selection of lip products on the high street, again with different textures, formulas and colours. I think because lip products are something that you will tend to reapply throughout the day, regardless of the price, you don't need to spend too much cash, whether you want to is a different story! I'm a massive fan of nude lip colours, and I'll list a few of my favourites below: 

No matter what makeup you purchase, it's so important to ensure that your tools are just as good as the products. In the last decade, we can see a massive increase of affordable but high quality makeup tools. I believe makeup tools are worth investing in, and finding the right ones for the right price can be difficult, but not impossible. Anything by Real Techniques is an automatic win - I've never been disappointed  in their products and they are so multi-purpose, sometimes I use them for what works for me, rather than what they are meant to be used for!
- Real Techniques Blush Brush (£9.99)
- Real Techniques Sculpting Set (£19.99)

So that is my round up on all the makeup products that I think is worth getting for an affordable price tag. I would love to know if this is something you agree with, or whether there is something else you think is worth sticking on this list.
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