Thursday, 21 August 2014

Haul | Clarins


It seems like months ago fellow bloggers were advertising the Clarins sale. While I couldn’t find anything I liked or wanted, it didn’t stop me from having a splurge – and now I’ve signed up and reaping the benefits, I’ll definitely be making it my first website for a number of products.
I bought:
HydraQuench tinted moisturiser in blond (£30)
Cleansing vanity for combination skin (£22)
At the checkout, I also got the option to pick three complimentary samples, so I chose:
Instant Eye Make-Up Remover 10 ml
BB Cream Sample - Shade 02 1.5 ml
HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase 3ml
I can’t believe it was only last summer that I added tinted moisturiser to my makeup bag. Before that I wasn’t wearing foundation during the summer months but I’m glad I found an alternative. This product is certainly a step-up from the brand I previously used and is well worth the money – it’s incredible. I bought it in shade ‘blond’ which is perfect for my skin tone. The consistency is just right and not too runny, the formula is light and you really don’t need to apply tonnes; a light glide does the trick. It even smells like Clarins, if that makes sense? It’s become a must-have for my summer makeup bag and I’ll definitely be purchasing it again next year.
I bought the carry case as it contained three products for £22: a cleanser, a toner and exfoliator all kept in a handy vanity bag; perfect for sleepovers, weekend breaks or holidays. Or in my case, storing random products I have no space for. I’ve always had what you call ‘normal’ skin, until I worked in an office and it’s fair to say the constant air-con has made my skin suffer – I’ve found my skin is more ‘combination’ these days. The selection of products is perfect for oily or combination skin and since I’ve used it, I’ve noticed a big difference – there’s less shine, my makeup stays put for longer and I’ve not had any breakouts! I cleanse and tone every morning before adding my Urban Retreat moisturiser and I use the exfoliator twice a week.
I always knew I was going to select the eye makeup remover – I often find that wipes and even cleanser don’t seem to remove my thick eye makeup. I’m better off having a product designed to remove dark eye shadow and layers of mascara and this has done the trick. Again, I’m going to be purchasing the full-size and you can read more about it in my July Favourites.
Anyone that has read my beauty and favourites posts will know how much I’m loving BB cream. You can read more about the sample in my June Favourites but this a product I’d definitely buy in the full-size. I’m just torn between that and REN; which do you prefer?
I chose the intensive serum as it intrigued me, it’s not something I’ve used before and to be honest, I didn’t know too much about it. It’s great for keeping skin hydrated, looking fresh and feeling soft. I apply it before bed and when I wake up, my skin looks radiant. I don’t think I’d take the plunge to buy the full-size (£42 for 30ml) though.
What are your favourite Clarins products? Have you tried any of the products I chose?

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