Right in time for dry-skin-season, Clarins have released their new Super Restorative Day Cream.
Packaged in a beautifully luxurious red glass jar topped with a gold screw cap, this is an intensive moisturiser specifically designed for older skin. Since I’m not quite at that stage, I passed this (somewhat reluctantly) to my mother for testing.
After cleansing she used a couple of fingertips’ worth and smoothed it into the skin. The texture is silky smooth, and it immediately feels nourishing when applied. The formula is like nothing else – Clarins have formulated special technology which includes dehydrated vegetable micro-caps which start to absorb moisture through the skin. They then swell and fill all the deepening wrinkles meaning you look years younger!
Not only does it make the skin look incredibly youthful, but it also tightens the skin, meaning it banishes sagging, again making you look refreshed and quite a bit younger to boot!
The cream costs £69.00 and is available here.
Ok, I know I’ve been going on and on about Clarins’ Autumn 2014 collection, but it’s seriously my complete favorite! I’m obsessed with the idea of ‘ladylike’ makeup, and it’s just filled with the most perfect neutral shades. It really is a collection to check out for an updated everyday look!
Even though I’ve not looked at a foundation since June, I know that as we get into autumn and winter I’m going to be looking for a new base, and Clarins’ True Radiance foundation will be it! It’s a rerelease of an old Clarins favorite, and although I’m not sure how long it’s been since it was available, I know a huge number of people will have a sigh of release to see that it’s back on the shelves.
The foundation has a lovely light, liquid texture, which completely melts into the skin. It has a subtle, almost parma-violets like scent which disappears into the skin, and it also has the all-important SPF 15. I apply it using my beauty blender sponge (see here) and it gives the illusion of perfect velvety skin. Even used without a primer, it wears for close to 12 hours on me, and it keeps my skin feeling hydrated the whole time. I don’t get shiny with it, and it doesn’t oxidize into a different colour either! The range will comprise of 10 shades, so most will be able to find their HG foundation!
The foundation will be launched this month, and costs £27
As if the swoon worthy Skintones Eyeshadow Palette wasn’t enough (you can read my review here), Clarins are releasing a whole new line of eyeshadows as part of their Autumn 2014 collection. The Ombre Matte Cream to Powder eyeshadows are a move away from regular palette shadows, and instead are pots filled with the most gorgeous natural tones.
Packaged in the most glamorous of gold-lidded pots, the formulas are a complete dream to work with. The shadows themselves feel like velvet to apply, and the soft texture completely melts into the skin.
02 Nude Pink is a beautiful peachy-toned nude shade. I apply it over my entire lid with my finger, and it completely melts into the skin. It’s a beautiful base shade, and it has a great brightening effect when worn alone.
04 Rosewood is a cool taupe which I’m all kinds of obsessed with. For day, it’s perfect when smudged into the lash line, and the colour is easy to build when I want a slightly more dramatic look.
Like all of Clarins Autumn 2014 collection, the Ombre Matte Cream to Powder shadows are perfect neutrals, which contain no shimmer or sparkle. Instead, they work to emphasize your own natural beauty, and they are just the most swoon worthy shades. The collection is all ready selling out across the pond, so keep you’re eye on the Clarins website as it should be available super soon!
In the US they are available here.
In case you hadn’t realized it, I should admit that I’m completely head over heels for Clarins’ Autumn 2014 Ladylike Collection. I adore the elegant but natural look that the products create, and the brow palette is a work of complete genius.
Packaged in the same glamorous compact as Clarins’ eye shadows palettes, the Perfect Eyes and Brows contains absolutely everything you need to rival Cara Delevigne in the eyebrow departments. The compact contains three powders in taupe, warm brown and rich chocolate which you can use to fill in and shape your brows.
The choice of colors means that you’re sure to be able to mix your perfect shade, and I’ve been known to swipe the middle shade over my eyelids for a quick shadow-fix. All three area perfect consistency – they feel almost creamy and the colour payoff is divine. You only need a quick swipe to sculpt brows, and the colors look so natural you can experiment with darkening your brows without it looking artificial. When I’m wearing my hair up, I’ve been darkening my brows for a more sculpted and groomed look. Once you’re happy with your colour and shape, a quick swipe of the wax (the peachy shade in the centre) keeps everything looking perfectly in place. The furthest sill pink shade is a gorgeous shadow which brightens up the whole eye area. You can use it all over the lid, or I also like to dot a little in my inner eyes and swipe a little under the curve of my brows to look wide awake.
As if all the glorious powders and waxes weren’t enough, the tools included in the palette are a complete god-send if you’re on the go. Usually I dispense with the dinky little brushes and foam pads which come with compacts, but these are something else! A mini spoolie brush is perfect for getting brows under control, whilst the angled brush is great for applying colour evenly.
I think the star of the tools show, however are the tweezers. I’m a bit of a tools-snob, and always have a pair of Tweezerman on hand, but I have to admit, these are amazing. I used them for a quick tidy up, and despite their dinky size, they grabbed every little hair with ease.
This is a complete must-have when it’s released in August it will cost £33 you can find it in the US here
I first became aware of Clarins’ new 3 Dot Liner at some point last year, and mentally noted that it was something I had to check out. So, when the new brown version popped through the letterbox, I was super excited to try it.
It’s definitely the most unique looking liner I’ve ever used – instead of a regular point, the tip is separated into three individual nibs, all of which feel like a soft felt tip pen. To use it, I shut my eyes and push the liner into my lash line. It creates a natural-looking full line, and it’s easy to build up by simply joining the dots.
The brown shade looks rich when applied, and I have to admit to being a complete convert! Usually I plump for inky black pencils, but for the whole weekend I’ve been loving the 3 dot. It is just so easy to apply, and I think leaving my waterlines free of colour makes my eyes look bigger and my makeup appear more natural-looking. Even though this is part of Clarins’ Autumn collection, it’s actually the perfect liner for summer if you’re looking for a beautifully natural look. Since this is a limited edition, I would suggest hot-footing it to your nearest Clarins counter when it’s released in August – I’m definitely stocking up!