Friday, 19 May 2017

REVIEW: Clinique Fresh Pressed 7 Day System

When I first heard about this new launch from Clinique I knew I had to try it out, I am a firm believer in the power of vitamin C for a radiant and even complexion. This intense 7 day system contains 7 daily use powder cleansing sachets and a 7 day supply of the booster serum which you use twice a day. The concept isn’t exactly revolutionary as The Body Shop released a 10 day Vitamin C Boosting Concentrate about a decade ago and Philosophy have had their Vitamin C powder out for years which you mix into a serum or moisturiser, whether they have been clinically tested for sensitive skins is something I doubt and the Clinique 7 Day System has been so it’s suitable to every skin type to use. 

Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser

These little sticks contain a powdered cleanser formulated with 10% vitamin C as well as salicylic acid, each morning you empty the sachet onto a wet palm and rub together to activate the formula then apply to the skin avoiding the eyes. I tend to leave on whilst brushing my teeth so it has some time on my skin and then rinse off. My skin feels smoother and brighter after each use and I’ve not noticed my skin feeling tight or dry either. The sachets are great for travel but I think the packaging is a bit wasteful as most of it is empty space and if I was to purchase just the cleanser on its own I would personally prefer it in an airtight container of some sort rather than the individual packets.

Fresh Pressed Daily Booster

This serum is designed to be mixed into your moisturiser twice a day, I actually tend to mix in with my first stage essence; in my head, it means it’s the most potent as it’s the first thing on my skin after cleansing and toning. Not only containing 10% vitamin C the Booster is also blended with Molasses and Mulberry Root to help fade pigmentation, grape extract for antioxidants, salicylic acid which gently exfoliates helping the other ingredients penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and there’s also some anti-inflammatory ingredients like cucumber, caffeine and betain algae so the formula doesn’t irritate your complexion.

In contrast to the cleanser’s packaging I really like the dispenser, due to the l-ascorbic acid being a very unstable ingredient when mixed with water on first use you peel back the foil on top and release the powdered ingredients into the liquid and shake. This formula then stays ‘Fresh’ for 7 days use and then you are supposed to discard, which I think is a tad hasty and I just used until it’s finished as again it’s very wasteful and I doubt it has spoiled.

Overall I have really enjoyed using this 7 day system, at £25 it’s a good course to use whenever your skin needs brightening and any pigmentation fading as I saw a huge difference in these areas to the point of actually forgetting to use foundation one day as my skin was so even in tone I thought I had already applied it (It was a Monday for reference). I have some pigmentation just under the outer corner of each eye on top of my cheek bones and they have faded dramatically with the use of this system which I’m thrilled about.

The 7 days is a good course to see actual improvements and although I’d like to use every day it would be a very expensive habit; I will say I did use half a sachet of the cleanser at a time to make it last longer and the booster didn’t seem to run out using a couple of drops a day in 7 days so in total the system lasted around 14 days which reduces the price per use. I will purchase this again and I am tempted to invest in the cleanser and booster individually because I actually don’t know which product has improved my skin the most or if it’s the combination of the both so I think an experiment needs to be carried out using just the cleanser on one half of my face and the booster on the other.

Clinique seem to be finally moving away from their three step system and releasing some fantastic products that deliver real results without being too hefty on the purse strings, there is a new Moisture Surge serum release that I definitely need to try out. Have you tried any of Clinique's newer offerings?

Saturday, 25 February 2017

REVIEW: L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X-Fiber Mascara

1. No Mascara 2. Step one 3. Step two
I rarely am pulled in by marketing when it comes to mascaras because I generally just don't believe the results, however the L'Oreal False Lash Superstar X-Fibre Mascara I was hook, line and sinker. 

I've typically not gotten along with fibre mascaras previously as I find little specs of the fibres fall down onto my under eye and cheek throughout the day but I have't found this to be an issue with this mascara, perhaps it's due to the fact you apply the base coat.

I am so impressed with this formula, step one would be an amazing mascara on it's own as it manages to lift and lengthen the lashes amazingly, I don't curl my lashes but it looks like I do when I use this mascara. Once you add the second step the fibres add volume and more length, the more coats the more dramatic you can make it. 

I usually only purchase waterproof formulas as my mascara always smudges during the day and don't get me wrong if L'Oreal released a WP version of this I would be running to Boots but I have to say it holds up really well and only begins to smudge under my eyes after 10 hours + of wear so for most days it isn't an issue.

Totally recommend this mascara and at £7.99 a total bargain! (Link)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

The La Mer Glossybox February 2017

I just had to share this Limited Edition from Glossybox because it's one for the people out there who have wanted to try the super luxurious brand La Mer but who can't afford/justify the price tag. Glossybox are releasing a limited edition box on the 20th February 2017 worth £118 for £40 (for non subscribers) or £35 to subscribers.

The box contains:

The Cleansing Micellar Water – 30ml
The Treatment Lotion – 5ml
The Eye Concentrate – 3ml
The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum – 5ml
The Moisturizing Cream – 7ml
The Intensive Revitalizing Mask – 15ml

There are some real cult products in there along with their latest offering The Micellar Water so if you ever wanted to try La Mer I think this is the time, I know I'll be purchasing a box (if it doesn't sell out immediately). You can sign up to the wait list so you are notified when it goes on sale (Link)

The only trouble will be if you want to purchases all the full sizes once you try the products ... sorry bank balance!!!