I’m going to start by saying bear with me – my MacBook has decided to die on me and is currently waiting for a hard drive transplant. Whilst I love my iPad it just isn’t up to the stress I put the MacBook through. So I’m aware this won’t be perfect!
Now onto what you’re here for – the Clarins care package, from me to me. My skin has been quite dull recently with being indoors almost non-stop for 6 weeks as I’m unable to drive and in all honesty, my skincare routine has slipped because of it. With work starting again next week I felt a skincare revamp was required.
My previous routine was quite hit and miss and fairly dominated with Lush products:
- Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (if wearing make up)
- Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
- Lush Eau Roma Water
- Creme de la Mer Treatment Lotion
- Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum
- Full of Grace Serum (at night)
- Lush Vanishing Cream moisturiser/Creme de la Mer moisturiser soft cream (morning, sometimes evening if needed)
As you can see this is quite messy and quite lengthy twice a day. Now it did work for me and I adapted it daily, some days my skin wasn’t dry and just needed a the standard 3-4 steps. Some days (especially over winter) it needed most of these steps, not to mention face scrubs and masks throughout the week. So I haven’t completely revamped the routine just the first two steps as I found my skin became “used to” the effects of Lush’s products. Whilst Ultrabland melted away make up and left my skin softer towards the end of the pot my face would become blotchy and the glow I used to experience disappeared. The toner which used to calm my face began to feel like scented water, which helped me sleep but not much else. Almost like my face began to reject it. So I decided on a change.
Clarins was always a brand I disregarded, the counter never stood out at me and being a sucker for packaging I found the playing white and red unexciting. However recently I received a ridiculous number of samples of various Clarins creams. I was pleasantly surprised and thought maybe I should revisit Clarins now my skin and I are older.
So I chose the Pure Melt Cleansing Gel, Camomile Toning Lotion in a large 400ml I found on Amazon and their famous Beauty Flash Balm. It’s early days but so far I’m impressed. With cleansers I love an oil – it just melts make up away cutting out a step from my routine, however it is messy. Enter Clarins.
This cleanser is a three step product: it starts as a gel you rub across your face, which melts when it touches skin. This turns into an oil, reaching every crevice before you rinse with water and it turns into a milky lotion. It had a lovely subtle scent and left my skin feeling clean and soft. The next day I did have one small spot appear but this is normal for me when I change something in my routine. My only concern so far is how long this tube will last.
I didn’t have high hopes for the Toning Lotion, how much difference can a toner make? I have been surprised though, as my skin feels moisturised and calmed ready for the next step in my routine. The smell does take some getting used to but a day into it and I now find it quite pleasant. The bottle also comes with a pump which I haven’t seen in a toner before and prevents wasting product by accidentally saturating a cotton pad.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a cult favourite within the beauty world, yet I never really understood why or what it’s purpose was. Is it a moisturiser, primer or mask? Apparently all of the above. I have used some samples for a while on and off and enjoyed how my skin looked slightly more even after applying and how it prevented a cluster of dry skin I often get between my eyebrows from showing. I’ve also taken to use it on a make up free day when I’m home, to give my dull skin a slight glow. Wearing the balm after moisturiser but before primer has resulted in me being able to wear lighter make up, just some powder and a small amount of concealer if I have a blemish. Anyone who knows me unstandardised this is a massive deal for me – normally I need a full layer of high coverage foundation, concealor and powder before I would consider leaving the house. So when my last sample ran out (I had about 6) I invested in a tube to help me look like I’ve had a good 8 hour sleep!
When I picked these products up (on a skin spring clean) I also picked up some Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. I wasn’t massively impressed with these on my first use – I followed the instructions carefully and although it showed a little dirt on the strip, it still left lots of blocked pores/blackheads. It did leave my nose looking clearer and matte at first glance which was better than nothing. I’m going to persevere and next time try a face mask washed off with hot water to open my pores. Hopefully I will get better results this time!
I will do an updated review once I have used them for 6+ weeks to see if my skin is in better shape! Has anybody else tried these products?