Clarins Double Serum

Tally Ho product junkies!

This weeks blog will be featuring a special lady. Fran’s mum! She has been busy putting Clarins Double Serum to the test…so listen up!

‘Hi all. My name is Bernice and I am 68 years old. My skin has always been quite good but as I’ve got older it has become quite dry and lost its elasticity. I often get dry flaky patches around my nose and as I live in Spain, the problem has become acute with the dry hot weather. I also suffer with redness, especially on my cheeks. MadeUp gave me a sample of Clarins Double Serum so I thought I would give it a try. It’s an anti ageing product claiming to even out skin tone and boost hydration as well as smooth wrinkles.

Over the years, I have always tried to look after my skin, cleansing morning and night and moisturising. I’ve used good creams, but never thought to add a serum into the mix. I was a quite sceptical at first as I thought it might be be oily, but in actual fact it’s quite the opposite. I used one pump every morning and evening before moisturising for 8 weeks and the results were very good. When I applied the product over my face and neck, it absorbed into my skin very well without leaving any residue. It’s fairly rich so a little goes a long way.

The plumpness has returned to my skin and it feels much more hydrated. The dry flaky patches have stopped and my skin feels so much fresher and brighter. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends. It’s quite expensive at £55 but my advice would be to get a sample from the Clarins counter to see if you like it as you will no doubt see and feel a difference only after a couple of days.’

You can find it here.

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#TipTuesday

Emma Hardie Starter KitIt’s Mother’s Day in the UK on Sunday 10th March so don’t forget to buy a present!

If you’re looking for a pampering treat, Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is an amazing product. It’s a cleansing balm that will treat your skin and will remove all traces of make-up, yes, even eye make-up. It smells amazing too, with extracts of uplifting Neroli, Orange and Mandarin. You can also apply a thin layer as a night time treatment for a bit of extra pampering and I’ve also found it to minimise open pores so a great all rounder!

My holiday make-up essential – Chantecaille Just Skin

I have a slight obsession with tinted moisturisers so I thought it was about time I tried this one from Chantecaille. I’d heard it had good coverage, similar to that of the make-up artist favourite, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturisers, so I was excited to try it.

What I love about Chantecaille is that they spend time creating different formulations in their base products that feel natural on the skin. All of their products contain no animal or mineral derivatives and are free of synthetic colours and fragrances, which essentially means they’re nicer to your skin and won’t make you break out.

I much prefer wearing tinted moisturisers and BB creams as opposed to foundations, especially in the daytime as I like my skin to feel like skin and look natural. That said, I still need a product with good coverage.

What I immediately liked about this product was the texture, it felt creamy but lightweight and it blended well onto my skin (I tried two colours, Glow and Wheat). I would wear Glow in the winter but Wheat warmed my skin tone and that’s exactly what I was looking for. The texture is lightweight enough that you can go a little warmer with this product if you choose to.

I’ve found that with my skin type (combination) I can wear this tinted moisturiser on its own and still feel like my skin is hydrated, I’ve found that with some other tinted moisturisers you still need to wear moisturiser underneath. It also has a key ingredient, sodium hyaluronate, that helps to seal in the skin’s moisture.

It’s easy to apply and blends well onto the skin, I found the best way to apply was to use my fingers or a stippling brush. The coverage is good, it really evens out the skin tone.

OK, so it’s not cheap at £57 (for 50g). However, it didn’t take me that long to justify this purchase as I’d been looking for a tinted moisturiser with good coverage that would also give me a bit of colour (I blame the lack of British summer we’ve had this year!) As you can see from the photo below, it does give me a bit of warmth and that’s exactly what I was after whilst evening out my skintone.

This is a staple item in my holiday make-up bag. It has an SPF15 so I can wear it on the beach and perfect for those hot days where I still need protection but don’t want my skin to feel greasy with a heavy suncream. I don’t get an oily t-zone with this product as I’ve encountered that with some other tinted moisturisers, it just suits my skin perfectly. I will buy it again, despite the price tag because it’s one of the those products that’s really impressive and worth the money.

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Jeepers, creepers…where dya get those peepers…

Long days and late nights have done little to help the current state of my eyes. Being a London girl, I don’t often get the recommended 8 hours sleep a night that I’m supposed to and I’m sure there’s a lot of you that are the same situation as me. My eyes are puffy and quite purple when I’m not wearing a heavy duty concealer. Unfortunately, as ‘I’m no spring chicken’ which my husband lovingly told me the other day (he was just joking – I’m assured) I have decided to try a new eye serum from Clinique which I’m told, should improve the darkness around my eyes. It’s called ‘Even Better Eyes’ and when applied twice daily, it promises to create a brighter, more even toned look for eyes….

The sciencey bit..

‘NEW Even Better Eyes has the power to brighten the appearance of the entire eye area. Plumping hydration makes thin eye-area skin appear less transparent and the cooling massage tip refreshes tired-looking eyes. Optics instantly brighten all skins, fair to deep’.

I’m going to try it for two weeks to see how it fares. I started using it today and as far as texture goes its very light and leaves my eyes feeling smooth which is a good start plus I’ve been applying with my finger as I’m not keen on the idea of applying from the nib. This way I can control the amount I apply and be careful not to drag the skin around my eye. Pricing wise it’s £28 for 10ml. Ouch! I’ll let you know how I get on…

Failing that, I’m going to spend a fiver on these glasses.

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What skincare do you travel with?

I’m off to Asia later this year for a belated honeymoon. As I’ll be backpacking I have been saving my testers religiously and saving them for the big trip so I can pack them easily without dragging around too many products. Is there any particular skincare that you couldn’t live without on your travels? Also, what would be your bare essential make-up items?

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