Clarins favorites

Today’s post will be about Clarins. I have known this brand for ages (literally for ages) and I have always loved their products. Lately, I have been using many products from that lovely brand that I wanted to share with you guys. I’m warning you, this won’t be the only post about Clarins !

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April’s favorites

With some delay, I’m here today to talk about my favorite products from April. Some of them were already mentionned in my night skincare routine.

Palmer’s have recently launched their range of Rapid Moisture Spray Lotions which makes it quicker and easier to apply on the skin. You have many versions :

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My ultimate favorite is the Palmer’s cocoa butter formula spray lotion (the first on the left). I’m dying to try them all cause I simply love the cocoa smell and for once, the “rapid absortion”mention is legit. By the time I walk back to my bedroom to get dressed, the lotion is fully absorbed so my skin isn’t sticky at all. Also, the spray might seem a bit awkward to use at first but I find it very efficient and above all very clean. No lotion drops everywhere, the bottle remains clean and you can lock the cap if you want to travel and take the lotion with you. As recommended, it’s best to apply the product directly to the skin from 7 – 10 cm away and then gently rubb it into the skin. The texture of the product is very light, compared to traditionals body moisturisers, so it’s easier to rub it into the skin and you don’t need a big amount because it spreads very easily. In conclusion, this Palmer’s cocoa butter spray lotion is a very good moisturizer that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. 

Staying with Palmer’s, I talked about it in my night skincare routine it’s the Palmer’s dry oil. As I said in my other post, it leaves a very thin oily layer on the skin and it’s made of 10 pure precious oils, Retinol, Vitamin C and the Cetesomate-E® Complex along with natural Cocoa Butter. It delivers multi-purpose, anti-aging skin benefits. The oils help moisturize and smooth fine lines and wrinkles while Retinol and Vitamin C help improve and brighten the skin tone and texture. This lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly. It smells good (like roses) and I definitely see a difference when I use it, my skin is clearer, homogeneous and brighter. My skin looks overall “younger” with a more glowing and firm appearance.

Other product I already mentioned in my previous post, the Bioderma Crealine H2O.  The Bioderma’s formula is without perfume, alcohol and paraben, it cleans your skin gently, while protecting irritation. It fights redness which is good when your skin is daily agressed with pollution, heat, air conditionner etc. In one word, it’s a very good product, respectful to the skin and you have 3 versions available in pharmacy depending on your skin type. Here are all the different formulas you can find : 

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Moving on to a brand I really love and it’s Nuxe. I recently started using the Nuxe Rêve de Miel body and face cleansing gel. It smells divine and honestly I’ve never been disappointed with this brand. The products always smell good and have positive effects on my skin that I find brighter, clearer and without any redness or pimples. This cleansing gel does its job, it removes the make up and leaves the skin perfectly clean. The product is specifically formulated to clean and purify the face (and body) with dry and sensitive skin. tThe cleansing gel cleanses the skin of all impurities without any drying or aggressive effect. Its composition, enriched with honey and sunflower, soothes delicate skin and reduces the sensation of dryness leaving your skin soft and hydrated.

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Last skincare products, the Clarins skin boosters. Clarins proposes 3 small skin boosters to be used for  lack of energy, tired skin or dull complexion. The idea is like a Mix & Match : a few drops of the booster of your choice mixed with you day cream (or night cream), and you have a custom recipe. The difference between the 3 formulas is the use you’ll make of them :”detox”, “repair”, “energy”. The effect is in the short term, unlike a serum or a cream that has moiturizing or anti-aging properties, the boosters are here to occasionally “boost” your skin. They contain less than 10 ingredients and the formulas are simple but efficient : no silicone and no mineral oil, 1 vegetable extract + 2 or 3 additional plant extracts and basic ingredients (like water, anti-bacterial agent, etc.).

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  • The Repair Booster is to be used for environmental or chemical agressions (sun, light surgery, dermatological peeling etc.). It contains mimosa extract that helps repair skin, reduce redness and discomfort, it optimizes skin recovery.
  • The Detox Booster is more of a daily basis product. It’s for the average woman that can have a stressful or busy life. The extract of green coffee helps to detoxify the skin, restore radiance to a dull and tired skin.
  • The Energy Booster is more for extreme circumstances (little sleep, stress, hangover, jet lag, long flight etc.). The formula contains ginseng which no longer needs to prove itself. After a cure with Energy Booster you’ll have a less tired and more radiant skin.

I personnaly use the Detox and Energy boosters. I never use them together (you can but I wouldn’t recommend it) and I mix 2 to 3 drops with my day cream. I have never actually try them overnight but I’m planning on trying it out to see if there’s any difference. The good side is that the booster doesn’t alterate the texture of my cream so it doesn’t make it more sticky or oily which is a very good point when you put makeup on right after ! Another good point is that you don’t have to get rid of your cream or completely change your routine. The boosters are just a little plus you can use when your skin needs a little boost. It’s like the cherry on top of the cake ! So far I’m happy with them, I don’t see a huge difference on my skin but I do look less tired and more radiant.

Last but not least, the Petit Marseillais Shine Spray for hair. I’ve used this brand’s products a lot and never have been disappointed. This hair spray is based on vinegar fruit and cotton extract, it smells very good, doesn’t grease the hair and lightly perfume it. I use it from time to time when my hair smells like food or cigarette because of the environment. It’s also a good way to give your hair some texture. Not to be used as a dry shampoo, it won’t do anything to make your hair look less greasy!

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Decoration details :

  • The pineapple was purchased at Primark. It’s a decorative / piggy bank pineapple 🙂
  • The candle was also purchased at Primark and is coconut scented.

 

 

My night skincare routine

Today I want to share with you my night skincare routine. I’m lucky I never had severe skin problems but I have a very sensitive skin that can burst into pimples at any time if I use the wrong products. I managed to replace some of the good but very expensive skincare products that I bought in pharmacy for some cheaper but still very efficient products you can find in supermarkets.With time, and patience, I finally found a routine that works for me  so without further ado, here is my night skincare routine !

I start with the Instant eye makeup remover from Clarins. It works to instantly erase every last trace of make-up, including long-wearing and waterproof formulas. The lotion is enriched with rose and cornflower waters which work to moisturise and soothe the skin. The ultra fine oils have a softening effect and enhance the cleanser ability so no need to rub the coton pad on your eyes like a crazy person ! Little plus : it doesn’t sting the eyes, and is suitable for contact lens wearers. 

Then I wash off my makeup with the Nivea Aqua Effect foam designed for dry and sensitive skin (you can find different version depending on your skin type). It is enriched with almond oil and Hydra IQ technology which provide gentle cleansing of the face and retain the natural balance of moisture. After pressing the pump, the liquid turns into a light foam. It must be gently massaged into the face and neck and removed with warm water. It smells good, leaves the skin clean and clear. Once or twice a week, I use one of my brushes. I purchased them at Primark (very cheap but efficient!) and I gently do circle moves to softly rub the skin and deep cleanse it. 

I finish off the makeup removing phase with the Bioderma Crealine H2O. I used to use the Nivea miscellar cleansing water so I alternate from time to time so my skin won’t get used to the same routine (it would reduce the effects of the product). The Bioderma’s formula is without perfume, alcohol and paraben, it cleans your skin gently, while protecting irritation. It fights redness which is good when your skin is daily agressed with pollution, heat, air conditionner etc. In one word, it’s a very good product, respectful to the skin and you have 3 versions available in pharmacy depending on your skin type.

Finishing with applying some cream. I alternate between the Caudalie firming serum and the Skin Therapy oil face from Palmer’s. They’re two very different anti-wrinkle products. I start them a few months ago, since I turned 25 years old I have to start using firming or anti-wrinkle cream/serum to prevent skin aging.

=> The Palmer’s dry oil leaves a very thin oily layer on the skin and is made of 10 pure precious oils, Retinol, Vitamin C and the Cetesomate-E® Complex along with natural Cocoa Butter. It delivers multi-purpose, anti-aging skin benefits. The oils help moisturize and smooth fine lines and wrinkles while Retinol and Vitamin C help improve and brighten the skin tone and texture. This lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly. It smells good (like roses) and I definitely see a difference when I use it, my skin is clearer, homogeneous and brighter. My skin looks “younger” with a more glowing and firm appearance.

=> The Caudalie firming serum is oil-free, lightweight, and is rapidly absorbed into the skin. This serum is supposed to stop fine lines from turning into wrinkles by smoothing skin. This antioxidant infused serum blocks 100% of free radicals, which cause four out of five wrinkles, as well as defend the skin against the aggressions of daily life : UV rays, cigarette smoke, pollution, and more. It is enriched with hyaluronic acid and olive squalane to hydrate and plump the skin, giving an instantly smooth effect. When I apply it, it drys off very quickly and I can feel that my skin is more “tensed”. Of course the results are to be tested out on the long term but so far I really like how it affects my skin and I can notice an improvement. 

Last but not least, for the deep hydratation I use the Nivea sensitive night creamThe caring formula enriched with Licorice Extract, known for its anti-inflammatory properties,  and precious Grape Seed Oil. It helps calm the skin at night, instantly relieves the skin of unpleasant feelings of tightness, it provides intensive moisture and helps strengthen the skin barrier. It also supports the skin’s regeneration process at night and provides a relaxed skin feeling in the morning. The cream is very thick and I am not very fond of the smell but the skin feels deeply moisturized et pulped the next morning when I wake up.