Wednesday, February 05, 2014

January Beauty Buys

Clinique - Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam- 50ml  / Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion - 100ml / Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment - 30ml


You only get one skin and you're only young once so I really believe in looking after your skin (especially the skin on your face!) 

I decided to invest a little more money into my facial/beauty products and cut down on the 'on the surface' stuff. I've been doing my research and asking around, trying to find the best skin products for my skin type. The brand that kept popping up was Clinique for the facial sets so that sealed the deal for me. I was also advised to try MAC, Benefit and Estée Lauder for make-up. 
I think I'm the only girl on earth that only owns one MAC product and that's the RiRi boy lipstick. The hype has never really appealed to me and to be honest, I'm not that big on makeup. I was going to give MAC a shot but the terrible service I received in a particular MAC store put me off that day (I really wanted a colour match done for me which didn't end up happening, so even if I did want to purchase MAC products down the line, I wouldn't know where to start with the foundation/powder colours as there are literally hundreds - I was really disappointed as I was ready to buy!). Anyway, it may have been fate because when I got home, I decided to continue my research into powders and light/invisible make-up which led me to find the Estée Lauder 'Invisible Powder Makeup'! All the reviews were great stating the product was true to it's name and it made you feel as though you weren't wearing any makeup - PERFECT!

I am a bargain hunter but I also feel as though deals fall on my lap. House of Fraser near me happened to have a sale meaning my purchase price was reduced by atleast 10% (The Clinique starter set came to £27 and the invisible make-up to £26!). A lovely young lady tested the powder on my skin for colour match and suitability purposes- she also gave me a water based tester for free which I thought was a nice touch.

I bought the 'anti-blemish' set for reasons stated in my Lancôme inital-review so check that out - saves me repeating it all again!

So far so good, Clinique has been a God-send to my skin. A lot of the reviews stated your skin gets worse before it gets better but mine has just gotten better. I haven't broken out in a week which is a miracle considering the week I've had! My skin is soo soft and plump. I've been using the set together with my Lancôme dark spot corrector and I can really see the difference , however, for review purposes, it's quite hard to tell which one of the products is the miracle worker. For me, it's all good! If they work well together, that's great as I get a little worried about mixing and matching products. 
*FYI, the cleansing foam/clarifying lotion tends to make skin feel tight however this is soon balanced out by the clearing treatment*

The Invisible Powder is definitely true to it's name, it's so lovely to put on, so light yet the coverage is amazing. It was just what I was looking for, something light to dust over my Lancôme serum.

I'm yet to give a 3 week update on Lancôme but so far skin good!

N.B. If you have dry skin, the powder may not be advisable on it's own but as an addition to a more water-based foundation. It's advisable to get the product tested on your skin before you purchase to make sure it is the right product for you. I used to have quite dry/tight skin in my T-zone but the Lancôme serum has helped a lot with that.

Also, I do still LOVE my Nivea Facial Wipes and Garnier Scrub - so I don't want to contradict my previous posts, I just decided to try something I have been recommended to try that I have never tried before!

**Thanks for reading this mega long post. If I have left anything out or there is anything else you want to know, just message me via any of the many modes to message someone - and I will be happy to answer any questions :)**



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