I know, I know I’m taking the easy route out by doing a Brand Focus but it’s only my first week back and I want to do something I’m familiar with because I’m feeling so rusty with writing up blogs so I’m sure you guys will forgive me :). I’ve chosen Clarins for this brand focus simply because most of my skincare is Clarins products and I’m thinking of doing my entire skin care routine for next weeks #BeautyThursday so let me know if you guys are interested in reading that in the comments below. Right lets get onto the good stuff and that’s the actually products.
I’m gonna start of with the bath products. Now Clarins bath products are strictly a holiday only luxury, meaning I only buy them when I’m going on holiday because I like to have that extra bit of relaxation on the trip. I wouldn’t use them on an everyday basis because I really don’t want to break my bank account but I do like taking them with when I’m travelling and I only need to use them for 2 weeks max. I have 2 body washes, though Clarins calls them Bath and Shower Concentrates. The first is the Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate (Yellow) and I took this on my trip with me when I went to Egypt last year in August. I love the smell of both of these baths concentrates and you really don’t need alot of product to get a good lather. I haven’t used the Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate (Blue) yet but I like to keep them on hand cause you never know when you might suddenly get a trip out of the country.
These next two products are also travel only products and again its simply because I find them way too expensive to be buying them for daily use (I think my bank account would split in two if I tried it!!). Both of these products are 100 mls in size and both have been used half up when I was in Egypt. I’m keeping the other half because I might be traveling soon this October but I’m not sure yet but these products have a 2 year expiry date anyways so it really doesn’t matter.
The first of these products is the Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub and what I like about this scrub is that it’s not too abrasive but it still has the tiny exfoliating beads present in it so that you can feel your skin being exfoliated. The product itself smells like a powdered peach and it has a slight peach tint to the cream product itself.
The second product is the Clarins Moisture Rich Body Lotion and I honestly think the name of this product describes it perfectly .Its a nice white cream that’s very rich in texture so when its applied it leaves the skin feeling very hydrated and moisturized without that greasy feeling afterwards that I really really hate!!
This product is the only product that I own that is hand care. This is the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream and I’m not going to talk too much about it because I’m going to link you to this blog review so you can go have a read of what I think about it there. Believe it or not this was the very first item I ever reviewed on this blog and I find it so incredible that my blog has grown so much since that day and I really just want to thank my followers for all the support!! love you guys :D
Moving on from body care lets talk a bit about skin care. Now I’m not going to go into to much detail because I will end up repeating myself next week with the skin care routine post but I do want to show you guys what I use from Clarins on my skin. The first product is the one product that in my entire skin care routine I just can’t be without. Honestly if you were to take away all my skin care products and leave me with this I would be very happy. This is the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum and using this product is like giving your face an injection of pure water.
Its broken up into two phases. One is an oil phase and the other is a water phase. The water phase is 3/4 of the bottle so oily skin people this is suitable for you guys too! The only thing I don’t like about this product is the PRICE!! 65 Euros for 50 mls, thats 80 dollars for those of you in the USA. The way I look at it is, you only use one pump a day for your entire face so a full bottle will last you a good 12 months. There is a smaller size of 35 mls available for those of you who just wanna give it a go first before investing in a big bottle.
My moisturizer also happens to be from Clarins. This is the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream. This moisturizer really is only suitable for those of us who are aged 20 and above simply because it does have anti-wrinkle properties in it which aren’t great for younger skin. Those of us who are 20 and above, this cream is great for keeping those wrinkles at bay for as long as possible. For those under 20 I recommend you check out Simple as a skin care range and No7 because they do epic skin creams as well.
CULT PRODUCT: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It brightens, tightens and I love love love using this as a makeup primer. It smells great and it leaves a good strong barrier between your skin and the makeup while making the makeup last longer on the skin. Not only can you use it as a primer but you can also use it as a face mask. Simply apply it on all over the face and leave it on for 15-20 mins then remove with a damp wash cloth.
Its got a very balmy feel to it that I like because it doesn’t feel like its blocking any pores when I apply it. The most interesting thing about I think is it’s colour. It comes out of the tube this bright peach/orange shade but don’t worry it goes transparent when its rubbed into the skin.
Another primer that I own from Clarins is the Clarins Instant Smooth perfecting touch primer. This is a very silicone based primer compared to the beauty flash balm. Because it has that silicone feel to it I like using it under my eyes in order to prime the area where I’m going to be putting my under eye concealer. This stops the concealer from caking and/or creasing on me.
The last skin care product that I own from Clarins is their Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. This lip balm is really reserved for those frostbite winter months when all our lips wanna do is peel into a hundred of layers. They become sore, chapped and red and this product is the only thing that can restore them back to normal.
I tend to keep this product only as a chapped-lip situation lip balm because otherwise my lips will get used to it and it won’t work as great as it does when they aren’t. The product itself has a nice rosy tint to it when it comes out of the tube and this I think retails for 16 euros so as high end lip balms that work go, the price isn’t that bad (could still be cheaper though!).
Right enough talk about Skin Care and Body Care products. Let’s move on to some epic make-up products from Clarins! My favorite make-up product from Clarins is their Everlasting Foundation. Now this foundation is very very high coverage and I would not recommend it for those of you who like a natural look. Even though this foundation is light on the skin it still makes you look like you have makeup on in a good way if you get what I mean.
Packaging wise it is a glass bottle, very sleek in design and it has a gold lid with the C for Clarins engraved onto it which gives it the High-end feel it deserves. It does come with a pump making it very hygienic and my shade is the lightest in the range 104 Cream. This foundation retails for 36 euros but in all honesty it is one of the best high end foundation I have ever used. It does contain an SPF of 15 but I haven’t found any problems with it with regards to flash photography.
The spray that I use to set this foundation is the Fix’ Make-up spray. I like using this instead of the Urban Decay All-Nighter spray for this foundation only. Because their both the same brand they really do complement each other and so this spray gives a very velvet finish to the foundation while keeping it looking fresh and dewy. It also sets the makeup and can be used as a refreshing mist throughout the day to revive your makeup and keep it fresh.
Moving onto the powder that I use with this foundation and its the Cotton Flower Face palette. This is one of the most interseting makeup products that I own by Clarins. Its a basic setting powder but it has also these really cool cotton flowers in it that have this iridescent shimmery white stuff. It gives the same effect as the Hourglass ambient lightening powders and its only the fraction of the price. Another thing you could with this powder is use a small detail brush and only pick up product from the flowers and that will give you the perfect highlighting product.
I like that it comes with a mirror because it makes it handy for travel and I also like how elegant and compact the outer packaging looks also. I generally just swirl my powder brush across the entire pan and press the product into my skin to give a flawless effect. As far as I know this powder only comes in one shade however its fairy translucent when its applied so I’m sure it will work for a range of skin types.
Speaking of highlighting the face this is the product that I consider to be a perfect dupe for the YSL Touche Etclat (don’t know if I spelt that write……not the best at french lolz :P ) It’s you basic highlighting pen that you can use under you eyes, on the bridge of your nose and across the cupid’s bow. Blends flawlessly and I love the golden packaging. Honestly I think most of the Clarins products have amazing packaging!!! Love <3 .
On of my most favourite single eyeshadows that I own is the shade 20 Midnight Plum. This is a nice dark vintage maroon plum shade that I love combining with a light shade. I tend to sweep the light shade all over the lid of the eye and then place this color into the crease on the eye for just a pop of color. This look gives great dimension to the eye and it makes small eyes look bigger. If your interested in a tutorial let me know in the comments below and Ill try and make one for another #BeautyThursday
Sticking with the theme of eyes, this next product is the only eye liner I own from Clarins and the reason for that is because I don’t really like the formulation of these. Yes the color range is beautiful and they offer amazing pigmentation but lasting power on them isn’t great! I find if your spending the amount I spent on this liner (17.99 euros) you may as well invest in an Urban Decay liner, that way at least you know you’ll have that liner on for the entire night and it’s not going to disappear off your eyes like this one did. The shade I have is 07-Gold and the pencil does comes with a pretty useless smudger on the end because these liners are really terrible when you smudge them.
Let’s talk Lips and I have to say Clarins has some really inventive ideas when it comes to their lip products and you’ll see why with this first product. This is the Clarins Crystal Balm Lipstick in the shade 08 Crystal Berry. This is a really cool product because it has the lipstick bullet in the centre of a lipbalm bullet…I don’t think I explained that very well but what I’m trying to say is the the pigmented part of the lipstick is surrounded by a lipbalm.
This is really nice especially in the winter months because my lips especially tend to get very chapped so this allows me to moisturize them and keep them hydrated whilst also give them a really great pop of color.
I have gotten great use out of this lipstick this summer especially on special occasions that were held outside. As far as I know this is a limited edition product that was brought out by Clarins as part of their summer collection last year. Its a highly pigmented Sunscreen for the Lips and has an SPF of 35 built into it. I found this great because my lips tend to burn easily in hot weather and this summer Ireland was very weirdly hot in it’s summer months so this lip product was basically glued to my lips anytime I had to be outside for a long time.
My Last lip product and Makeup Product is the Clarins Shimmer Lipstick in the shade 17. This really is just a lip product that you add over any lipstick or even bare lips to give it a bit of a sparkle effect to it. Really balmy, moisturizing and hydrating.
My last product is a bit of an odd one. It’s an aromatherapy perfume that meant to help you relax in times of stress (and trust me I get wicked stressed) but It has no pump and it really isn’t a scent that is appropriate for the wrists…..so I kinda don’t know what to do with it! Any help would be great guys!!
And that’s it guys! Yes I know it was wicked long but I truly love love love this brand and when I can afford it I tend to reserve my splurges for it. Let me know what you favourite product was or even if you liked/disliked this post in comments below! Totally up for some constructive criticism! :)
-Talk Soon! xx