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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?

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Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry

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Last time when I was in London, I picked up two items from the then new Boots range, Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly with Extract of Berry. The Tea Tree & Witch Hazel one is already famous for working great on blemish-prone and oily skin, so as a person with combination skin, I was curious how these new products would perform. I got the face wash and the moisturiser, I believe there’s also a face scrub in the series.

I have to say, there is a hit and a miss for me and I’m pretty sad about that because what I was most excited about was the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Moisturiser. Unfortunately, it disappointed me. First of all, it claims to keep you shine-free for up to 12 hours and the truth is, it doesn’t make my skin look matte, at all. I like the hygienic press pump that it comes with because it doesn’t let air inside but it dispenses too much and the scent of the moisturiser is pretty unpleasant once it’s applied on the skin. Also, it contains silicone which makes the skin feel smoother but I’m not the biggest fan of silicone in my moisturisers. There are parabens, too. I don’t think it hydrates my skin very well, either but what disappointed me the most was the fact that I got so many blackheads on my face that I couldn’t believe my eyes. And they were even on areas where they normally never appear and I’m still fighting with some of them. Sadly, this moisturiser is something that I regret purchasing and it just didn’t work out well on me.

On the other hand, I’m pretty pleased with the  Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash. It’s my morning cleanser, I wouldn’t use it as an evening one and I wouldn’t even think about removing make-up with it. It feels quite refreshing, it’s not stripping or drying and smells much better than the moisturiser. I like that it doesn’t foam up too much and leaves my skin purified but not squeaky clean. It’s affordable but also, a little goes a long way and I feel like it’s going to last me for more than half a year.

I’m really curious to know if any of you tried these products and what your experience is because I didn’t get along with the moisturiser but I enjoy using the face wash.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

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Cleansing is the most important part of the skincare routine because it removes all the impurities built up throughout the day, prepares the skin for the steps that follow and even enhances them. No matter how amazing the rest of the products in our regimen can be, if our skin isn’t well-cleansed, they just won’t give us the best results.

I’m passionate about my cleansers, I always double cleanse and I’m really excited when a new cleansing product is released. Estée Lauder are adding a few new items to their signature Advanced Night Repair collection and I had the chance to try the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam*. I also went to my local beauty boutique and got a sample size of the Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm. Although I’ve used it only about 4-5 times, I can say I liked it, considering my skin usually doesn’t get along with balm cleansers. It does make my eyes cloudy, so I wouldn’t use it around the eye area but it takes make up off really well and it doesn’t break me out. It feels pretty silky, it’s not too heavy or greasy and it’s quite calming.

But now to the subject of this blog post, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam*. It comes in an easy to use tube and it’s actually a lightweight cleansing cream. The texture is milky, it doesn’t really foam, it kind of emulsifies in contact with water. I wish they didn’t use the word ‘foam’ because I know many people that are scared of foaming cleansers and will be put off by this. Foaming cleansers often are drying or stripping, this one has a luxurious creamy feel, it gently but thoroughly cleanses without leaving the skin feeling tight or irritated.
It has a very delicate and calming scent, almost like an oil cleanser which makes me enjoy my evening rituals even more.
I use this product as a second cleanse, I remove my make-up with one or two different products before that and then I cleanse my skin with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam* avoiding the eye area. I prefer it that way because the formula is fortified with Lavender and Chamomile aromatic blend, Watermelon fruit extract, Lentil fruit extract and Apple fruit extract which are powerful antioxidants that make my skin feel really soft and hydrated.

I feel like this cleanser could be suitable for different skin types because it’s neither too rich, nor too drying and just feels lovely on the skin. I have combination skin that is often dehydrated, as well and I haven’t faced any drying with this product. It doesn’t break me out,  it doesn’t take away the moisture I need and it’s not harsh, at all (it doesn’t contain sulfates). After sweeping on a toner afterwards, there is no grime left on the cotton pad, so the skin is properly cleansed but also feeling repaired and nourished.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam* retails for 295 kr in Norway. I’ve been using it every evening for about a month now and I’m really happy with how my skin feels and looks at the moment. If you’re looking for a caring evening cleanser that won’t strip your skin, I’d recommend giving this one a try. It has a lotion-like texture, it’s not too foaming, it doesn’t dry out the skin and just leaves it well-cleansed, soft and ready for the next steps of the evening skincare routine.

*PR Sample

Lately I’ve Been Enjoying…

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There are products that I’ve been enjoying lately but never made it to a monthly favourites post. It’s either because I’ve been using them for just a couple of days or weeks or because it’s been months but wanted to share other products with you.

An example for the latter is the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser With Tamarind and Purifying Micro-Pearls. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the biggest fan of foaming cleansers but because I haven’t been disappointed by a Clarins product so far, I decided to give it a try. The cleanser is suitable for oily and combination skin and you need the tiniest amount of it, not even a pea size of it, it foams up very much. At first, I was quite scared of the huge foam and the heavy, creamy texture. Once you start washing your face though, it feels luxurious and you notice refreshing cleansing properties without being left with squeaky clean skin. At the moment, this is my morning cleanser, I wouldn’t try to remove make-up with it, I don’t think it’s good to use it around your eyes either.
I think this is a very good product for shine control (combined with a moisturiser, of course) without making the skin dry.

Eye creams and gels don’t do much for me and my dark circles but I need to keep the area hydrated, so a basic eye product is what I’m looking for. That’s how I found Simple Kind to Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On, yes, it was a random purchase. I tend to use a gel during spring and summer and a thicker cream in the colder months, so this feels quite refreshing for this time of the year. I like how it comes in a squeezy tube but it’s a roll-on because you can control the amount of product you want to apply. I apply the product with circular motions around the eye area and then just smooth it in with my fingers. It’s cooling and wakes my eyes up. I like it as a base for my concealer and although it doesn’t make a huge difference, I like how calming it is and the fact that it doesn’t sting my eyes which many eye products tend to do.

I’ve been really impressed by a body wash from a Norwegian brand. It’s from the drugstore and it’s the Dr Greve Soap Free Shower Cream With Almond Oil and Oats. What could it be so impressive about a body wash you’d ask. Well, it’s suitable even for sensitive skin, so it doesn’t have much of a scent to it and it feels really gentle on the skin. Plus, it’s something like a body wash and a body lotion in one. My boyfriend hates this and he never used it a second time but for me personally, this is great. It has a milky texture that cleanses and nourishes the skin at the same time. Of course, I still apply a body moisturiser but it’s helping when the body wash hydrates the skin, as well.

These are a couple of products that I’ve been enjoying lately, have you tried any of them?

The First Cream Cleanser That I Really Like

 

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As a girl with combination skin, I always go for a gel or clay cleanser. I like my cleansers to feel light on the skin and to make it thoroughly clean for a fresh start of the day or after removing my makeup in the evening.

I’ve tried cream cleansers, as well but they made my skin feel more greasy, they were thick and heavy, leaving something like an oily residue although they were for combination skin. I tried to keep away from them for a long time.

My love for La Roche-Posay‘s Effaclar Duo[+] is not a secret, I’m using several products from the Effaclar series and I really like them, so even if I was afraid of using cream cleansers, I decided to purchase their Effaclar Deep Cleansing Foaming Cream.

It has a pearly white texture which at first seems really thick. You need just a small amount of the product because it’s pretty foamy. When you distribute it on your wet face after lathering it between the palms of your hands, it feels as if it will never go away and you can’t wash it off even after 10 times but that’s not true. In fact, it leaves your skin almost squeaky clean with no sign of an oily film but at the same time your face feels nourished and not tight or flaky. However, you should know that this cleanser is supposed to be used on oily/combination skin. It has Salicylic Acid but it’s no drying at all.

I’m very pleased with the results, I like how it smells and it will probably last me ages. I can say that I’m not so scared of cream cleansers anymore.

Do you have a favourite cream cleanser?