I'll start by introducing my FAVORITE new purchase - I've only been using it for 2 weeks - and it's improved my skin more than anything else I've ever used!
PRODUCT REVIEW: CLINIQUE TAKE THE DAY OFF CLEANSING BALM
Oil-based cleansers are meant to be better at removing make-up and sebum from your skin because oil attracts oil. I've avoided oil-based products due to my acne-prone skin. I'm SO glad I decided to give this product a try - it cleans everything off my face and leaves me with soft and supple skin. Previous double-cleansing with foam-based cleansers would leave my face irritated and dry while STILL leaving make-up residue.
This balm has a firm and dense texture - similar to Vaseline! I scrape out a dime sized amount and rub it between my freshly-washed hands. It transforms into an oil and I smooth it all over my face. As I rub it into my skin - I can feel my pores unclogging. This sounds gross but little plugs of hardened sebum come loose in to my hands!!! My forehead used to be so bumpy with clogged pores before - now it is completely clear!
When I splash water on my face, the balm becomes a milky liquid and easily rinses off. I'm left with clean and glowing skin. I follow up with Spectrojel and a warm washcloth to remove any leftover oils (the balm ALWAYS rinses off completely but I don't want to take any chances - plus the Spectrojel keeps my skin pH balanced). My washcloth comes away clean without ANY foundation residue. I wear MAC foundation - and previously, I'd still find traces of foundation on my skin even after double-cleansing!
THE BOTTOM LINE: This product is SUPER effective at cleansing yet SUPER gentle on skin. I'd recommend this product to anyone who wants to remove ALL traces of makeup - especially if you have blemish prone skin that clogs easily.
RECENT SKINCARE HAUL:
Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover - This product has been featured by a couple of beauty vloggers that I follow. I was drawn in by the chic packaging, and the claims that it could remove waterproof makeup. Sadly, this product was a complete FAIL: The formula doesn't have much slip so it tugs at your delicate eye skin - a complete no-no! Despite being marked for sensitive eyes - the formula made my eyes sting AND finally - the deal-breaker...each time I used it, I lost 2-3 eyelashes !!! I'm sticking with Bioderma (the best eye make-up remover I've ever tried) - it's gentler (no stinging!) and much more effective.
Hydraluron - Caroline Hiron is a UK beauty insider with a very popular skincare blog. Hydraluron is one of her "hall of fame products" because it contains a high dose of hyaluronic acid which helps the skin attract and retain moisture. It is meant to be layered under a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, plump and glowing. Hyaluronic Acid is also one of the key ingredients in the cult favorite Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (ANR) serum. Hydraluron is cheaper and has a simpler formula - which I hope suits my skin more than ANR (which broke me out in cystic pimples). I purchased mine at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Jade Roller - I've been interested in Jade Rollers ever since I read that Kate Moss uses them. The Jade stone is meant to be rolled across the skin during facial massage to promote lymphatic drainage. As seen in my earlier post, I'm a long-term fan of anti-aging massage and look forward to incorporating this into my facial routine.
Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 - This eye serum has a triple function: It moisturizes the eye area, brightens it with micro-pearls and uses ceramides to strengthen lashes. The total result of this is younger looking eyes. I've had success with lash conditioners before (including the Revlon Grow Luscious formula posted about here), so I'm interested to see how this works. I will definitely take before and after pictures to see if there is any noticeable change.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa - This product contains Vichy Thermal water (renowned for its skin soothing properties) and Hyaluronic Acid. It is a SLEEPING MASK - you massage a thick layer of this on to your skin and leave it on overnight. When you wake up - your skin is meant to be hydrated and radiant. I'm eager to try this with my jade roller for maximum massage benefits - and will report back on my results. As this is a clear moisture mask - I also think this would be a great product for long-haul flights. You could apply this to freshly cleansed skin and not have to worry about dehydration from the recycled cabin air.
Do you use a cleansing balm? Have you tried any products with Hyaluronic Acid?
DISCLAIMER: The Vichy mask & eye serum were sent to me, I purchased all the other products myself. As usual, my thoughts are 100% my own.
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