Category Archives: Product Review

Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C 10%

Autumn and winter are incredibly charming and magical but when it comes to our skin, they aren’t that kind to us.

It’s quite unusual for me to review a skincare product only a week or two after using it but since Clinique Fresh Pressed System has two variants – a 7-day and a 4-week packs and I couldn’t justify the price of the bigger one, here I’m sharing my experience with the Vitamin C powder cleanser and booster duo.

I got the Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System in the summer but started using it just a couple of weeks ago. I noticed that my skin got quite dull-looking, I’ve been going through a lot of stressful days lately, I’m still trying to tackle the clogged pores situation from July and overall, it’s just all been too much. So, I decided to try the system and I also stopped wearing makeup except for mascara and lip products. I do this for 7 to 10 days sometimes, it was recommended by a specialist and I feel like it helps a bit with my skin issues.

What I was hoping to see as a result from the Clinique Vitamin C pack was a brighter complexion, radiant-looking skin and just even-toned, healthier and smoother skin. I love the idea of keeping the ingredients fresh in their packaging, so I was quite intrigued by this concept.
It’s actually really simple to use, it’s a two-step system, I got 7 sachets of the Clinique Renewing Powder Cleanser with pure Vitamin C and one 7-day vial of Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%. The latter is still going strong because I use it only once a day, as I don’t want it to interfere with the Differin Gel I’m using in the evening.

I used the powder cleanser each morning by pouring it into a wet hand and then adding a bit more water to work it into lather. Then I massaged it over my face and left it on for about a minute so that the Vitamin C could fully unlock its potency. At the end I just rinsed it off.
It sounded a bit more complicated with the booster but it actually wasn’t. The only issue I had with it was that the cap wasn’t really stable, not sure if I got a bad one or it’s the same with all but the cap has a significant role. At the beginning, you should leave the cap on and remove the foil that is on top. Then it’s time to firmly press twice the inner bulb. You hear a sound which proves that the Vitamin C powder is released into the emulsion. You can’t see it but you feel it. After that you have to shake 15 seconds (you should do this before every use, as well) to combine the powder with the emulsion. Make sure you hold the cap, otherwise, it gets messy and you lose quite a bit of product. Then you remove the cap and mix 2 drops of the booster with your regular moisturiser and apply it morning and evening. Like I said, I use it only in the mornings and I’m still using it two weeks later. It’s suggested not to apply it on its own, as it’s a booster, so I wasn’t brave enough to use it without mixing it with my day cream, especially because of my skin problem at the moment.
The serum has a slight metallic scent but when I add it to my cream, together they smell like orange juice which was quite unexpected for me.

Vitamin C is an ingredient that easily oxidises when it’s exposed to air which can make it ineffective, so the idea of keeping it always fresh sounds great. With this packaging Clinique tries to take the freshly pressed juice concept and turn it into a delivery system of fresh Vitamin C for your skin.

I wasn’t really sure if I could see major difference in the way my skin looked and felt just a week after using a skincare product. The first couple of days didn’t show any changes and I was a bit disappointed. 7 days are simply not enough to see huge results. And I have to tell you, if you use products with Vitamin C regularly, you probably won’t see any results. But after my basic skincare routine in the last months and the hyperpigmentation I’ve been dealing with, I can say, I noticed a difference. 7 days after using the powder cleanser and now over two weeks after using the booster (there’s definitely a lot more product in the vial even if you’re using it twice a day) my hyperpigmentation has faded a lot quicker than it normally does. My skin looks brighter and radiant and I can see it because I’m not wearing any makeup at the moment.

The downside is that some areas of my face got pretty dry and I don’t really need another drying product, considering Differin has been enough for me already. I also can’t report anything on the smoothing and reducing lines front because the time is simply too short to be able to see lifting and firming effect.

Overall, I liked it because it made me look healthier, my skin looks brighter and more radiant now and this is what I needed. If you haven’t used Vitamin C on your skin, you’ll probably notice a difference after 7 days like I did. But if you love your Vitamin C serums (usually the concentration there is higher), I don’t think there will be any visible changes. Also, 7 days are simply not enough if you expect a smoothing, tightening and firming effect.

So, it all depends on what you’re looking for. I’m happy with how much brighter and healthier my skin is looking after using the Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System but I wish it didn’t dry it out that much.
Have you tried the Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System?

Advertisements

Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25

In a world filled with stress, pollution, sun damage, bad diet our skin can suffer just as much as our health. That’s why sometimes we need to slow down.
When I noticed the Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 a few months ago, my attention was grabbed by the promises for healthy skin, protected from the everyday harmful factors. I really wanted to share with you the pros and cons for me because it’s quite a popular skincare item. I have to say, I’ve been mostly using it in the warmer months and that might be the reason for the negative side of my experience but I’ll continue testing out the fluid in the fall/winter.

I really like the idea of Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 and the way it’s expressed because it’s not presented as an anti-ageing product but as one that aims to prevent premature ageing. The concept is inspired by the “Slow Movement” and doing everything at the right pace in order to achieve the best results. When it comes to skincare, this will mean protecting the skin for the longer term well-being.

First of all, the packaging of the Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 is stunning. It comes in a weighty glass bottle (not travel-friendly but it’s beautiful) with a lovely colour theme and a pump, it’s so simple yet so pretty. The glass isn’t transparent, so you can’t really tell how much product you have left.

My decision to pick up the fluid was made by the fact that I have combination skin and this is supposed to be a lighter version of the cream from the line that is suitable for drier skin types. The products from the range are paraben-free and hypoallergenic. The fluid formula combines three naturally active ingredients and broad spectrum filters. The active ingredients are Baïcalin, Bifidus and Vichy Thermal Spa Water.
Baïcalin is a powerful antioxidant which has roots traced back to traditional Chinese medicine. In combination with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and the SPF 25, it works to slow down and correct the signs of ageing by protecting the skin against daily pollutants and aggressors. Sadly, Baïcalin is at the end of the ingredient list which means the concentration is very low. Bifidus is the ‘good’ bacteria, it’s probiotic-derived and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier function against factors that may weaken it such as stress, UV and pollution. The Vichy Thermal Spa Water is rich in 15 minerals and helps rebalance the skin’s pH and improves the overall quality of the skin.
The product is not fragrance-free, so have that in mind in case you have sensitive skin. Vichy Slow Âge Fluid‘s fragrance was developed to mimic the fresh volcanic force of the Vichy mineral water and nature in general.

When I first looked at the texture of the fluid, it seemed quite thick to me but once I applied it on my face, I noticed how milky and lightweight it actually was. It absorbs quickly and gives a nice glow to the skin, feels nourishing and hydrating and smells amazing. But then the downside appears. The radiance is replaced by shine because of my combination skin, the makeup doesn’t apply that well on top of it and even my long-wearing foundations don’t last that much if I’ve used the fluid underneath. That’s why I like using it on days when I have to apply my makeup really quickly using less than 5 products or with no makeup at all.

I don’t think I can say something about the anti-ageing properties just a couple of months after using the product but I have to admit, my skin does look a bit brighter and more even now.

I love the concept and how Vichy Slow Âge Fluid SPF25 mousturises the skin while providing sun protection and  if I wear just a bit of concealer and mascara, it’s all ok. However, if I want to use foundation, I need to apply another moisturiser underneath my base. That’s why I’d like to try it again once the weather gets colder, hoping that it won’t interfere with my makeup and my T-zone will look less shiny. Also, Baïcalin is the ingredient that is the base of the brand’s campaign for the range but the quantity of it in the formula is actually very small. I like the fluid, just I can’t say I love it or at least not yet.

MAC Bold & Bad Lash

You win some, you lose some… When I got my sun allergy/bad reaction to a face cream a couple of months ago, I was suggested to try using less makeup and skincare products. Unfortunately, dermatologists haven’t found out how to bring my skin back to its normal condition yet. That’s why my foundations, powders, bronzers are still away from my eyes if it’s not really necessary for me to use them. As a beauty lover, this isn’t something I enjoy but on the other hand, I got the chance to try a lot of eye products. Suddenly, the girl that almost never wore eyeshadows became the one that loves playing around with different shades.

I’ve discovered amazing mascaras, as well and today I’m sharing with you one of them. I had really high hopes for the new MAC Bold & Bad Lash* when I received it because I’ve been using several MAC mascaras lately and I love them but also, just take a look at it. First of all, the packaging is eye-catching, it’s a silver tube with red and black caps. The letters are in graffiti style and feel velvety soft, it’s quite unusual and I really like it. The most significant feature is the dual-chamber container because you basically get a two-in-one product. Two mascara wands, two different formulas in one tube.
Of course, this isn’t the first dual MAC mascara but it is the first from them to have both, different brushes and formulas.

The larger brush is designed to volumise and lengthen the upper lashes while the smaller brush for the lower lashes makes the application precise, thanks to the tiny bristles and the smudge-proof formula.
I don’t usually wear mascara on my bottom lashes because I look like I’ve been crying and it somehow makes my dark circles even more visible. But I have to say, with this tiny wand everything looks different and my lashes get the right amount of volume and separation.  Both formulas are clump-free and long-wearing, I’d had the mascara on for over 10 hours on a hot day and I was pleasantly surprised to see that at the end of the day, it still looked perfect. It holds the curl really well and sometimes, I don’t even use my eyelash curlers. You can make the lashes appear quite natural or create a bold look with this mascara, it’s really versatile.
I have sensitive eyes and I’m a contact lens wearer but I haven’t faced any irritations or other bad reactions.

As a person who struggles with lower lashes, I think MAC Bold & Bad Lash* is groundbreaking because you don’t need two separate mascara tubes to make sure the application will be precise and there will be no smudging. I get doll eyes in just a few strokes, I don’t look like I’ve been crying or like my dark circles are even more prominent and I don’t have to worry about flaking even after 10 hours of wear. I know every person likes different mascara types and it is individual when it comes to finding the right one but I’m really impressed by MAC Bold & Bad Lash* and can’t say enough good words about it.

*PR Sample

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto


Guerlain‘s La Petite Robe Noire family has a new member! So far, they’ve added a twist to all variations and it has always been really exciting to learn what’s inside these beautiful bottles but it might be even more thrilling now.

I have to say the La Petite Robe Noire from 2012 is not my favourite because the Cherry notes feel a bit too sharp on me. The ones I absolutely adore are the Eau Fraîche because of its sparkling Mandarin notes and the Intense version that is still fresh but a bit more creamy (I have review on it here).

The new addition, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto* has a rocky edge, it’s modern, it’s cheeky. The bottle design is cool… although pretty tough to photograph.

Black Perfecto* is a bit less powdery than the ones before. As a rose lover, I was really happy to learn that this fragrance celebrates rose in all its forms: Grasse Rose Water, Rose Essential Oil and Rose Absolute. Rose is essential in all La Petite Robe Noire scents but here it is more spicy and smoky.
Behind the Rose we find Leather that makes the scent more deep and enigmatic.

Top notes are of Rose and it feels sweet but not too overpowering.
In the heart we find Rose Essence, Rose Absolute and Almond.
Base includes Black Tea, Black Leather and Black Musk.

When you smell Black Perfecto* you instantly realise it is La Petite Robe Noire but the Cherry notes are blended with fresh and juicy Rose. This fragrance is beautiful and radiant but still wild and a bit darker, thanks to the crunchy Almond base.

The dry down really shows what the brand wanted to achieve wih this fragrance. To the little black dress they added a black leather jacket, it is less sweet and more rich and intense while Black Tea makes it even more rebellious and cool.

I have to say Rose here is a bit more prominent that in the other ones from the range but it’s so delicate and gorgeous that even if you’re not a fan of such types of fragrances, you might like this one.

Honestly, I’m torn between the Intense version and this one for my favourite La Petite Robe Noire scent. Black Perfecto* is drier and darker than I would have expected but it’s still sheer and appropriate to wear at work, for example.

If you like rose scents and you are a fan of La Petite Robe Noire line, give this one a sniff. It might become your new favourite scent for fall.

*PR Sample

 

 

Summer Addiction | Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil

Do you know that feeling when you’ve just had the best holiday in your life and you don’t want it to end? I’m sure you do.

Well, my wonderful holiday in Italy came to an end but at least I have something to remind me of it. And I’m addicted.

I know many people use body moisturisers only in the colder months but my legs tend to get dry regardless of the season, so I keep using hydrating products all year round. However, the types of products  I switch to are different. For example, I love using body oils in the summer because they’re hydrating, lightweight and not too oily. My boyfriend knows that, so he treated me to the Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Body Oil just before our holiday and needless to say, I’ve been using it ever since.

This is a silky, luxurious body oil that doesn’t dry down completely on me but I don’t mind it because it feels amazing on the skin. It’s nourishing and makes my skin incredibly soft. I usually massage a few drops onto damp or dry skin. Whenever I use it before bed, my bed sheets smell gorgeous on the next morning.

Soleil Blanc notes are warm, creamy and sultry. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, considering there is a hint of Coconut and if you don’t already know, I’m not the biggest fan of coconut-scented products. But like I’ve just mentioned, there is a hint of it, it just brings some sweetness to the scent but nothing too overpowering or unpleasant.
The spicy notes come from Cardamom and Pink Pepper with a hint of Pistachio and Bergamot. Ylang Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine and Tuberose create the floral combination that adds sensuality to the oil’s fragrance. Bitter Almonds, Amber and Tonka Bean put the finishing touches for a luxurious perfection.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is unexpected, addictive, sultry, feminine and beautiful for the summer. But I wouldn’t mind indulging in this glamorous body oil even in December. It’s a dream.