Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Skin Game Changer | Clinique Sonic System

Clinique Sonic System
Clinique Sonic System & Sonic Facial Soap

The Clinique Sonic System has to be the most excited launch from Clinique for a while if I'm honest, I know others would say the Smart Serum but this tops it for me. It's a Skin Game Changer!

Clarisonic who?! 

I've tried cleansing brushes before and enjoyed them but they are always to big and bulky and awkward to store or you can't use them in the shower, there's always something but this just ticks all the boxes for me. There is a lot to say about the brush, so I thought I'd just show you what Clinique says about it;

'Dermatologist-developed. Sonic movement offers deep yet gentle cleansing. Two bristle types for targeted cleansing in hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides. 
In today’s environment, skin needs a deeper clean. The Brush’s gentle sonic action helps dislodge a world of impurities, dirt and pollution that hand washing may miss. Even helps lift residue of makeups and sunscreens. Waterproof. Swiss engineered. For all skin types.'
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The head doesn't rotate, therefore you have so much control over it and its not harsh or abrasive on the skin. Its super lightweight to hold too, so would be perfect for travelling, just make sure its fully charged! My skincare just works so much better when I've used this first, because it gives such a deep clean but doesn't leave the skin feeling stripped. 

The Sonic System will automatically shut off after 30 seconds, as according to Clinique, that is enough to cleanse the whole face, but if I'm honest, I do switch it back on for another 30 seconds. I didn't experience any redness when using this for the first time but you are advised that you may experience slight redness and maybe a slight breakout, this is because its new for the skin and its cleaning out all the impurities

It isn't cheap as it retails at £79 but in comparison to others on the market, its one of the cheapest. You will only need to replace the brush head every 3 months, these cost £20, so over time it's actually a very responsibly priced cleansing brush. 

Clinique have just also launched the New Foaming Sonic Facial Soap, this a soap you use with the brush, you don't have to though, this would replace your Liquid Facial Soap. As the name suggests its a foam cleanser but it doesn't strip the skin, and it actually feels very soft & soothing on the skin, I even know somebody with redness that even uses it. For a limited time only this facial soap is just £10! Making it the cheapest product Clinique sells, so I suggest if you want one, get one ASAP, as the offer finishes on the 29th October and will then retail at £16. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

NEW IN: Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tints

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tints

That's enough skincare, until Sunday any way, and let's talk lips. I think everybody knows about the original Clinique Chubby Sticks, a moisturising balm which gives a hint of colour, which was then followed by their Intense range, you know the ones that Lily Pebbles had a love affair with for what a year? Well Clinique have added 2 new launches to the Chubby Stick family, Chubby Cheeks and Chubby Baby Tints

The Chubby Stick Baby Tints, are a very sheer moisturising balm, that when applied will adjust to your natural lip colour. I know some people have been disappointed with these, because they really are very sheer and with a price tag of £17 are they really worth it? Well, if your like me and don't really like wearing anything on the lips, I just don't like the feeling of lipstick! Then these are perfect, they add a sheer pop of colour and make the face look a bit more alive & fresh.  

There are 4 shades in the range, but I currently only have 3, the other one is a purple. The red is Coming Up Rosey, the pink is Budding Blossom and the orange is Poppin' Poppy, aren't poppies red?  The one I have had the most use from is the red! Which surprises me, as I didn't think I could of a lighter red, but it leaves my lips looking that 'just bitten red' if you know what I mean? But on my sister is goes super red and more intense. They are always rolling around in a handbag, as they are super easy to apply on the go too and Poppin' Poppy will definitely be accompanying me on my holidays at the end of the month, poor thing has yet to be used!

I know its only October, but these would make great stocking fillers, or if like us, great table presents!! I've started my Christmas shopping! Is it to early? Please say others have too?!

What is your favourite tinted lip balm/ lipstick?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

Monday I talked about the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System, here, but today I'm chatting about the step before all of that happens. 

I have never used a balm cleanser before, I'm just not into the whole sticking my finger in a pot thing, but after feeling the way the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm melted on contact with skin and left it feeling clean & nourished, I knew it had to be added to my ever growing cleansing shelf and literally couldn't wait to smear it all over my face.

I take a walnut sized amount in my hands and rub them together, to turn the lard like balm into an oil and rub it in circular motions into my skin and eyes, this takes off water proof mascara like a dream!!! It really dissolves down all of my makeup, heavy or light and once rinsed off with warm water using a cloth my skin is left feeling nice & clean but also really nourished. 

I tend to use my Oily Liquid Facial Soap, as my second cleanse but when I'm feeling very naughty, I just used the Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, what is with Clinique using long names? Its like having a spa facial without the overpowering smells. Clinique is completely fragrance free, which is great for sensitive skins AND it's only £22! What a bargain in comparison to something like the Emma Hardy one!

What is your favourite cleansing balm?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System

Clinique 3-step

Welcome to the first post in 'Clinique Week!' There will be a post up every other day on TLOABA this week. So let's get started...

I hear a lot of mixed reviews surrounding the Clinique Custom Fit 3-Step Skin Care System, talk about long name! But when I had the opportunity to have a Clinique Skin Consultation with somebody who has worked very closely with the brand for 25+years I was certainly intrigued to find out more about it. 

We talked through all of the issues/insecurities I had with my skin, such as the congestion bumps I've had for many years and my oily t-zone and I was advised to use System 3, this is made up of the Oily Skin Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion 3 and the Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. I have been using the system for a good 2 weeks now, and I'm actually quite shocked at what it has done to my skin...

Now if I'm honest, most of the reviews I have read in the past have been quite negative towards the 3-step, but I can't see why??! My skin is so soft, like I've never known it to be so soft! The congestion bumps have started to decrease, I'm no where near as oily as I used to be and the most important thing, not one of these steps has dried out my skin. Maybe I have the skin of a rhino I don't know, but I was definitely surprised. I was advised that I may experience a few breakouts, which I have done, this is only the skin pushing out the toxins, but I think it was mainly down to hormones, if you know what I mean! (tmi?) 

If you are thinking about investing in the 3-step then make sure you have a Skin Consultation with a Clinique Consultant, don't just guess what number you will need to follow, as this may cause you to have negative experience with the 3-step.

I've even started getting compliments from family on how good my skin looks, so it's definitely doing something!

Have you ever tried the Clinique 3-Step Skin Care System? What other products have you tried from the brand?