Saturday, 29 June 2013

Clarins pure melt cleansing gel

On a recent trip to debenhams to pick up the dior bb cream, i wandered over to the clarins counter, and decided to pick up the clarins pure melt cleansing gel. I'd heard about this cleanser from lily melrose from ETCLLYMLRS, and from her review it sounded like exactly the cleanser i was looking for.

I've been a fan of clarins for a while now, ever since i tried out their daily energizer cream, which i recently reviewed here, so i knew immediately that i would be a fan. I've been switching this cleanser into my routine for a few weeks now, and can honestly say I've been nothing but impressed.

Although described as a gel, i would say its a gel verging on balm type texture, which is heavenly to use. I massage it into dry skin for a minute or two, where it then transforms into an oil, which gently removes makeup and impurities. I tend to remove it by washing it off my face, or with a damp flannel. It's extremely easy to remove and doesn't leave a oily residue on your skin, you're simply left with fresh, clean skin which remains soft and full of moisture. This is something i always look for in a cleanser, as my normal/dehydrated skin can often feel very dry and tight after cleansing. I tend to use this cleanser either in the morning, or in the evening after cleansing with another makeup remover such as bioderma to remove the majority of my makeup, as i don't find one cleanse with this is enough to get off heavy makeup or thick mascara. This doesn't bother me, as i always double cleanse in the evening anyway if i'm wearing makeup.

Overall, i think this is a lovely cleanser which would work for all skin types, as it doesn't strip skin, but also doesn't leave an oily residue which may be too heavy for oilier skin types. Clarins pure melt cleansing gel costs £19.50, which i think is pretty reasonable, especially as it feels very high quality and the bottle seems as though it will last forever. I can see this cleanser being a part of my skincare routine for a long time to come.

Have you ever tried clarins pure melt cleansing gel? Whats your favourite cleanser?


Thursday, 27 June 2013

Back to mac | girl about town lipstick

I recently de-potted three of my mac eyeshadows, and found that it meant i had 6 empties - enough to do a back to mac. I immediately began pondering over which lipstick i would get, and it was narrowed down to three - girl about town, lustering and morange. In the end i went with girl about town, as it's a lipstick I've been lusting over for a while, but knew i'd never take the plunge to buy as pink lipsticks aren't something i'm too confident with.

Girl about town is the perfect bright pink lipstick for me, it's described by mac as a bright blue fuchsia, which i think is a great description for it. Although it is blue toned, i find unlike other blue toned pinks I've tried, there's a certain warmth to it which helps it to suit my warm toned skin. It's not too light which i often find with pink lipsticks, the deepness makes it stand out on the lips so much more. Girl about town is an amplified formula lipstick, which is definitely my favourite formula. Amplified lipsticks are extremely pigmented and bold, and mostly carry a satin like finish which means they aren't too drying on the lips. I can't say much for the wear time as i haven't yet worn this lipstick for more than 15 minutes, but i'm sure that like the rest of the amplified lipsticks, it will last a good amount of time and fade down to a nice stain. In the above picture the lipstick looks slightly lighter than it is, and this may be due to the fact that its so bright that the slight sheen reflects the light! You can see the colour much better in the picture below.

Overall, i'm extremely happy that i picked this lipstick over the other two, as i think i would have never tried it otherwise (I expect the other two shades will be in my grasps soon enough though, as they are gorgeous colours). I'd definitely recommend picking up girl about town if you're looking for a bright, fun pink lipstick with a lot of pigment, and often find other bright pink shades to be too light or blue toned. This lipstick would be perfect for a day out in summer, or even a night out anytime of the year, so i'm sure i'll get loads of use out of it.

What do you think of 'girl about town'? Whats your current mac lipstick lust? 


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Clarins daily energizer cream

Clarins daily energizer cream is a light but hydrating day cream with a smooth whipped texture. Clarins daily energizer also comes in a gel formula for combination/ oily skins, and a lotion which contains spf 15. The cream formula which i have is for normal/dry skin, which is the bracket my skin most fits into, and i can definitely say this day cream has made a huge difference to my skin.

The texture of this cream shocked me a little bit, at first i thought it would be far too heavy for my skin, but it actually gives my skin the perfect level of hydration. Although this cream has a slightly thick, whipped texture, its also very lightweight and absorbs almost instantly, leaving my skin soft, hydrated and glowing for the rest of the day. Many moisturisers I've tried can leave my skin looking a little oily after around 5 hours, whether i'm wearing makeup or not, but clarins daily energizer cream sinks in so beautifully and hydrates my skin perfectly, so that no shine is in sight when i use it. Any makeup applied on top of the cream stays put all day, and i actually find that my skin gets less oily throughout the day when i use this compared to not. I think the main reason why this has made such a difference to my skin, is that due to the fact that my skin used to be very oily, so most moisturisers seemed way too heavy for my skin, so i skipped it only using a night cream. This left my skin very unbalanced, probably due to the fact that i have dehydrated skin (a new discovery), but since using this i've realised not all day creams have to be so heavy, and my skin has now evened out to normal, and even gets slightly dry at times!

One thing i really love about this day cream is that it gives my skin the most beautiful glow. Not an oily shine, a glow. There's nothing i love more than glowing skin, so if this can be achieved even without the use of radiant foundations, then i'm in.

One thing which this cream doesn't have, is an SPF. Now, i'm not overly bothered by this, as i have a separate sunscreen and many of my foundations contain spf, but every now and again there comes a day when my foundation of choice has no spf, or its a no makeup day and i don't feel the need to whack out my factor 50. Due to this i often find myself reaching for alternatives, but that's just me being darn lazy and not wanting to add an extra layer of product.

Overall, clarins daily energizer cream is the perfect day cream for me, sinking in instantly and giving my skin the perfect dose of hydration, whilst still giving me a lovely glow. Although it's marketed at normal/dry skin, i think people with normal/combination skin would also benefit from this cream, although maybe not in the hotter summer months. I also think It's a very reasonable price, costing only £21 pounds for a 30ml tub. Considering the difference it's made to my skin, i'm more than happy to pay this. Once this tub is empty, i will definitely be repurchasing it over and over, as it's officially reached holy grail status for me.

Clarins daily energizer cream is available from all clarins counters.

have you ever tried clarins daily energizer cream? What's your favourite day cream?

Friday, 7 June 2013

NARS douceur blush review

NARS douceur is a blush that i never thought would suit me. It's a beautiful brown toned pink which is such a me colour, but it looks pretty light in the pan which threw me off. I went ahead and bought it with the understanding that if i didn't like it, my mum would happily take it off my hands. I was all ready to pass it onto her after swatching, as it just didn't look all that special, but once it was on my cheeks, it was love at first sight.

 As stated above, nars douceur is a mauvey-brown toned pink shade, which warms up the cheeks whilst still giving you a lovely flush of colour. I use this shade when i want a slight bit of structure to my face, but don't want to go all out with the contour, blush and highlight routine, as it's so effortless and gives the face a subtle contour which is perfect for every day. In the pictures shown i am wearing nothing on my cheeks except the blush, which is how i typically wear it. I apply this blush to the high points of my cheeks, rather than the apples, as i think this is where it looks best due to the brown tone it has.

Douceur lasts on my cheeks for over 9 hours before fading(i never tend to wear my makeup for longer than this), even without a primer, which i think is pretty amazing. I have yet to test this out in hot weather, only on moderate days, so i can't say how it will fair when my skin is a little bit more oily, but for now on my normal skin it is brilliant.

All in all, i think this blush is brilliant, and whats more, it looks great on both pale and tanned skintones. I've tested it on my mum too who is a fair bit paler than me and she loves it. I think if you are much darker than me then it may not show up quite so well, but i wouldn't rule out mauvey-pink blushes completely as i'm sure theres one out there for you! This blush is perfect all year round, and although nars blushes are a little pricey, its totally worth it.

NARS blushes are available at space NK, and i purchased mine on there website here.
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