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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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Drugstore Skincare Update | Autumn 2016

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When seasons change, my skin isn’t the happiest. When autumn comes, my skin is always in its most terrible condition. Not sure exactly why and how but even my trustworthy skincare products never help.
That’s why I try to switch up the items I use sometimes but step by step and not all by once because it could be even worse for the skin.

I believe that we can find really good products at the drugstore, so whenever I have access to brands I don’t see in Norway, the hunt begins. I’ve been incorporating these products one by one into my skincare routine in the past few weeks and I’m pleased to say that I’m already seeing results and my skin is getting a bit better.

When it comes to facial serums that are affordable, I’m looking for hydrating ones because let’s be honest, the ‘magical’ ingredients are a lot more expensive and they’re difficult to find on the high street. I have combination skin that is also dehydrated and all the issues get even more problematic in the autumn, the oily zones get even oilier, the lack of water shows up even more, as well.
Balea Aqua Hydrating Serum is a brilliant facial serum that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E and leaves my skin moisturised without feeling sticky or greasy. The texture of the serum is quite runny but the bottle comes with a pump that is comfortable to use and also hygienic. It takes a few seconds to fully absorb but there is no residue left and my skin feels refreshed and soothed. I also got the sheet mask from the same range and I think they’re both good for people with oily or combination skin that is also dehydrated. I don’t think it would be enough if you have really dry skin but for me, it’s working very well. I also love the fresh scent.

Oils were something I never thought I’d use on a daily basis and now I just can’t go a day without applying facial oil to my skin. I learned about the Alverde Wild Rose Facial Oil from my mum who loves it and I got a bottle of it back in June but never used it. I left it in Norway, so when my skin started feeling really thirsty, I ran and got a second bottle to finally try it. I was a bit worried because it’s designed for dry skin and some of the oils in it aren’t particularly good on my skin but I’ve been loving it, so far. It didn’t break me out and I love the subtle rose scent and the texture of the oil. It’s vegan and contains ingredients from certified organic agriculture like Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Peach Kernel Oil and Apple Seed Extract. The brand is also known for the fact that their products are free from silicones, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances and dyes.

Last but not least, I picked up a new moisturiser. About a year ago, I tried a few products from the French pharmacy brand Mixa and their Anti-Imperfection series that I really liked. So, when I saw that they have a new moisturiser from the same range, I had to have it. Mixa 2 in 1 Anti-Imperfection Moisturising Cream with Mattifying Silicate S and Purifying Zinc is suitable for sensitive and blemish-prone skin. It’s supposed to moisturise the skin while reducing spots and tightening the pores. The formula is paraben-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. The cream feels light but still nourishing and I haven’t used it for that long to say more about the effect on pores and pigmentation but it makes my skin soft and somehow smoother. It doesn’t keep it mattified for more than a couple of hours but no moisturiser does it for me anyway. The cream is great under make-up and I don’t even need a primer after applying it.

I recently added one more skincare item to my autumn routine but I’ll be preparing a separate post on it, as I’m really falling in love with it although it’s a bit too early to form an opinion.

Do you switch up your skincare regimen when seasons change and what’s your favourite product this autumn?

Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum

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This product got really popular, thanks to Sali Hughes and her love for it and years later, it’s still sold out most of the time. It’s a bit of a unicorn, actually, plus it always sits on the bottom shelf in Superdrug. Back in April, when me and my boyfriend were in London, I managed to get 5 bottles of the Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum and I’ve been using it ever since. The expectations were really high, so I wanted to wait at least 3 months to form an opinion.

This serum is from Superdrug‘s own brand and honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of the ingredients lists of their products. However, this one has an amazing blend of soothing, anti-inflammatory and moisturising ingredients for less than £3! I really don’t know how they’ve done this. Simply Pure Hydrating Serum is designed to replenish and nourish sensitive skin, to improve skin’s natural elasticity and to make the complexion smoother and more radiant.

The texture is more of a lotion rather than a serum which actually turns it into the perfect summer moisturiser for oily/combination skin. I have combination skin with oily T-zone but it’s also dehydrated which means my skin produces excess oil but lacks water. In the autumn/winter, I like to layer the serum with my creams and oils and the combination provides a great base for make-up. It sinks into the skin really well without leaving a sticky residue and feels very calming. The Simply Pure Hydrating Serum makes my skin soft, nourished, glowing and plump, it’s a real gem and I hope they never discontinue it.

Another great thing about it is that it comes with a pump and the formula is fragrance-free which is always a plus. I’m happy this serum doesn’t break me out. I use it day and night, applying it all over my face and neck and I’m surprised how long one bottle lasts.

Many of my friends and family are now using the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum, as well, we all have different skin types and we all love it.
I’m glad I have a backup of this product, as it’s a great basic face serum. Of course, there are no anti-ageing ingredients in it for this price but if your skin is a bit lackluster or dehydrated, I’d recommend getting a bottle or two from your local Superdrug or in case you’re travelling to the UK.

June Favourites

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The month of June is coming to an end  and the last few weeks have been so crazy and exciting for me and the people around me that I’m going to miss it.

Probably, most of you are having a proper summer but for me, it’s just beginning. In this month’s favourites you will see some products that I’ve already featured in a favourites post. It just shows how much I love them and how good they work on my skin. Of course, there are items that I tried for first time and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

I will start with a skincare product combination that has been wonderful for me and it’s the Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Active Concentrate and the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. The first one is basically a serum, it’s very lightweight, contains lactic acid which is perfect for oily or combination skin but lactic acid is also a hydrating acid. It makes my skin soft and smooth, blemish-free and nourished at the same time. I’ve mentioned the Clarins oil hundreds of times (review here), I guess but there’s a reason for this. I’ve said that it balances my skin out and calms it but there is something about using these two products together. My skin looks fresh and radiant and healthy. If I use it every day, I may not see the great results but if I skip a couple of nights or replace them with other products, the next morning my skin doesn’t look so well. Love these together at the moment!

Natural look is my choice most of the time but in the past few weeks I minimised the number of make-up products on my face even more. I was basically using only two lip products – a lip liner topped with a lip balm. I love the muted coral colour of the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked*. It gives a hint of colour to make you look fresh but at the same time looks absolutely natural on the lips. I add a bit of lip balm on top and there you have it, a natural and hydrating but long-lasting lip for the day.

Although June wasn’t a warm month in Norway, I was still picking mainly summer nail shades. One of my favourites is from Topshop Nails in Sweet & Elite. I mentioned  that I didn’t like a varnish from their matte nail range but this one is really cute. It’s a pretty pastel purple with amazing formula that goes smoothly and streak-free. I need two coats for an opaque look. Well, it doesn’t last more than two days on my nails but I haven’t found a nail polish that does. I like that it dries pretty fast, as well.

Last but not least is a product that I didn’t like at first. I’m talking about CoLab and their Tokyo Dry Shampoo. Luckily, I found the right way to use it and see results. If you want an instant refresh for your hair, you probably won’t get it with this shampoo. I spray it the night before I’m going somewhere out or several hours before I need results. It just takes time to actually work but once it does, my hair looks and smells really nice.

What have you been loving in the month of June?

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