There are so many pretty things in Clarins’ Spring collection, Garden Escape, it’s hard to just pick out a few! Continue reading CLARINS // SPRING 2015 GARDEN ESCAPE
Be it for an hour at the gym, a coffee date, or even just to run errands in this late August heat, I’ve been reaching for my lightest base products to even out my skin tone without melting off my face in the process. Foundations have just been too high maintenance, so I’ve been making use of some albeit very bored primers to make my bare face look just that little bit more even or to grab hold of any base products that I do put on. Continue reading BASE FAVES // SMASHBOX, CLARINS, ARMANI & MUFE
A few weeks ago, I saw Maleficent (I know, super late). My sister and I were in awe at Angelina’s skilled contouring and also at how pretty Elle Fanning looked. Continue reading CLARINS // FALL 2014 LADYLIKE COLLECTION
As if fall couldn’t get any prettier (see Chanel and Dior), Clarins is bringing soft pinks and taupes to the cooler months with their Ladylike collection.
The line features the new Ombre Matte eyeshadows (6 shades), 5 new additions to the Rouge Éclat lipstick collection, as well as a new blush, eyeshadow palette, brow palette and eye primer.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the lipstick, blush and new Ombre Matte shadows–Clarins has great lipstick formulations; the tone of blush looks like it would create a beautifully subtle flush; and I’m interested to see what these matte shadows are all about.
The Ladylike collection will be available at Clarins counters in August.
Also being released this Fall, a new foundation: True Radiance, which promises to perfect skin, while evening and illuminating the complexion. As Clarins loves to work with plants, this foundation is enriched with moisturizing and anti-pollution properties which provide luminosity and help protect the skin against external aggressors as well as the sun with an SPF of 15. True Radiance will be available in 12 shades.
Now for the second of the June giveaways!
Get beach-ready with gorgeous tan, shimmery skin and polished nails, then refresh yourself from the heat with a thermal water spray. Here’s what’s in this week’s prize:
Clarins Backpack (not pictured)
Approx. value of $160
This is probably one of the least glamorous-looking beauty products out there. But, it’s efficacy makes up for it’s un-aesthetically pleasing white tube.
I have now been on Differin for more than three months now (supposedly how long it takes to actually work), and I can definitely see an improvement in my skin.
It has really purged my pores of little under the skin bumps, pimples, blackheads and more. However–don’t get me wrong–I still have some blackheads on my nose, some comedones on my chin and forehead and the occasional cystic pimple. But there are far less of them and this adapalene gel makes them much more manageable.
I used to experience a never ending circle of cystic pimples on my chin and cheeks and now, I may get 1 every two weeks (more likely around my special time of the month) and instead of lurking around for a week before disappearing, the Differin brings down the size and pain significantly in one night and speeds up the healing process to only a day or two. This in itself, for me, is magic.
If you’re expecting Differin to clear up your skin by 3 months, you’re probably dreaming. When I was frustrated and approaching my second month (and going through what seemed like purge cycle upon purge cycle), I found online that Differin really needs at least 4 months to be given a chance. There’s definite improvements so far, so I’m going to stick with it.
Tips for using Differin:
- Make sure you have thoroughly cleansed your face beforehand, and then wait 15 minutes before applying a pea-sized amount to your entire face. This is not a spot treatment.
- I usually give the gel a few minutes to sink in before applying my other skincare. If you have oilier skin, you might be able to go without any moisturizer on top, but the retinol can be quite drying.
- Don’t use any heavy serums, oils or moisturizers over top. Keep it light.
- If you have uber-sensitive skin, then start slowly by only using it every other night for the first week.
- Follow the directions: only use a pea-sized amount, cover your entire face and do wait those 15-20 minutes: I read a blog post about a girl who was complaining about it’s efficacy but she was using it totally wrong (using it as a spot treatment after applying moisturizer).
- Clinique TTDO balm, Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm and cream cleansers like Clinique, and Weleda.
- Clarins Gentle Exfoliator in the morning and Biologique Recherche P50W in the evening.
- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum in the morning and Estée Lauder ANR in the evening.
- Biologique Recherche Crème Dermopurifiante and a few nights a week I layer over Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa for added moisture.
- One night a week I will use Kate Somerville Exfolikate and one day (when I’m not going outside) I use Alpha H Liquid Gold.
- Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant mixed with 1/2 tsp of baking soda 3-4 times a week.
- Clarisonic only for morning cleanses.
- Always, always, always SPF 50 before going outside (I like Kiehl’s, La Roche-Posay and Vichy).
Differin cannot be bought from a department store: you need a prescription from your doctor. As a beauty blogger, I am so lucky to receive many products for free, but all in all, this is the best product that I don’t have to pay for (thank you benefits). So, for now at least, I’ll keep truckin’ and keep you all updated with the results in a few months.
Anna and I had the privilege to attend an event last month launching the newest innovation from Clarins, the Golden Glow Booster. The liquid essentially creates a “made-to-measure” self tan, which means that whether you are super pale (like me), or already have some colour in your skin, you can make it look as if you just came back from St. Barth’s, and still look natural.
All you need to do is mix in 1-3 drops of the booster into any moisturizer/oil/gel/lotion once a day (which means you can keep all of the benefits of your current hydrator while getting your J.Lo glow on). It was recommended that for fairer complexions, that you start with 1 drop per day until you have a good base colour. Slowly increasing the amount drops creates a believable and buidable tan, and once you have achieved your desired colour, you can switch to every other day for maintenance.
While this little wonder does contain DHA, it doesn’t have that gross smell that many other self-tanners carry. Since this is a product that will make you tan gradually, pale girls don’t need to fear the sudden fake-tan orangeness that can result from most tanners.
Remember: for any kind of self-tanning, it is important to start with a smooth base (then you won’t get weird patches), so be sure to give your face a good exfoliation beforehand.
While gold was all over the runways for Spring and Summer, I think the soft, angelic Greek fairy look from Dolce and Gabbana was my favourite (I’m not sure how wearable a gold eyebrow really is). The girls all sported a fresh, glowy, romantic look down the runway with warm pink lips and a rosy glow. Soft gold highlighted eyes in a very understated way and highlights were created over dewy skin. While not an obviously “gold” look, I think it is perfectly suitable for the warmer days ahead.
To start, I created an even base with Dior’s Airflash CC Primer, then layered over the Airflash Foundation. After correcting my dark circles with Lancome Effacernes concealer, I applied some light gold eyeshadow from the Dior palette on the lid and along the inner tear duct, then worked a bit of the bronze shade into the crease. I lightly traced the dark brown shade along the outer corner of the eye. I created a very slight winged line with the Clarins pencil, then retraced over it with the Smashbox liner.
Pat McGrath created lots of highlights on the face, so I lightly dabbed and blended some of Armani’s Fluid Sheer on cheekbones, the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, and on the cupid’s bow. I lightly countoured my face using Nars’ Laguna along the cheekbones and on the perimeter of the face, adding a little more to the temples.
To create a girly, pink flush, I used both Dior Rosy Glow and Make Up For Ever’s cream blush in 410. Pat used blush on both the cheekbones and around the temple area of the face. I finished off the look using Dior’s Lip Glow for a naturally bright pink lip.
Sometimes, in the skincare world, all it feels like anybody talks about is exfoliating–scrubs, brushes, toners, masks, moistruizers, serums, etc.etc. the list goes on and on.
I’m a huge fan of exfoliation, but over-exfoliation is dangerous territory. Skin can become red, raw, inflamed, and thin which makes skin more sensitive to touch and the sun.
It can be hard to restrain yourself from too much exfoliating–who doesn’t want baby smooth, soft skin every time they wash their face? Exfoliation is necessary, but we must be careful what we’re doing it with and how often.
If you are using several different treatments on your skin, i.e. serums, toners, moisturizers, retinol, acids, etc., then it is important to make sure that what you’re using doesn’t cancel out another product’s function. I, myself, am now using a doctor-prescribed retinol at nights on my face (for acne), so I need to make sure that I’m not combining retinol with glycolic acids, because glycolic will actually render the powers of retinol redundant.
As of right now, my exfoliating includes using my Clarisonic in the morning, followed by Clarins Gentle Exfolliator which contains a small amount of glycolic acid.
At night, I simply just double cleanse, apply my retinol and eye cream, wait an hour (to let the retinol sink in), then apply moisturizer. Retinol on its own will resurface the face, and can cause some flaking or peeling, so it is important to be gentle with the skin when using this ingredient. Once or twice a week I may do a scrub (Exfolikate, which yes, contains glycolic, however, I rinse off the scrub so it doesn’t matter) if my pores are feeling congested, and one night a week I might use Alpha H’s Liquid Gold.
So here we are finally. Onto the review of my two toners.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator: This is a great introductory toner for someone who is nervous about using acids. It is so gentle, no burning or stinging, and has a lovely slightly thick feel to it. Less watery, more lotion. Lovely.
Alpha H Liquid Gold: This is a much stronger exfoliator, at about 5% of acid. I use this totally alone at nighttime. I know. So boring and plain, right? But, by excluding any extra serums or moisturizers, it allows the acid to work, uninterruptedly. Don’t worry, your face may feel slightly dry at first, but the feeling goes away. It can be used under a moisturizer, but I prefer to let it work to its full potential.
Who knows–this still may be considered as too much exfoliating for one person, but I really feel like my pores get congested easily, and this formula helps to keep breakouts at bay and my skin smooth.
As always, please remember: If you are using any products at all that contain any acids or retinol, you MUST use a sunscreen. Your skin becomes more photosensitive from these products and any anti-aging/scar or dark spot diminishing you were hoping to accomplish will be all for naught if you don’t wear a sunscreen.
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