First Impressions: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

I normally wait at least three weeks before reviewing a skincare product so I know that it actually works. But with this, I had instant results so let me tell you my first impressions on the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil*.

There is three face treatment oils in this face, each one for a different skin type. My skin is more dehydrated than dry now, so this one is perfect for me as it's designed for dehydrated skin. The others are for oily/combination and dry skin. Made from 100% pure plant extracts, it's brilliant for the skin. It contains extracts of Rosewood, Patchoulli and Blue Orchid which help tone and restore the radiance in the skin. That ticks all the boxes for my skin. I've been using about 6-8 drops each night, patting it onto my skin, with no rubbing motions. Using it alone, no extra moisturiser or anything and I've been waking up with perfect skin. Well, not perfect, but no tightness or flakiness. I still get spots every now and then so I've been using a mask to help with that but overall, if you have dehydrated skin, look into this oil.

Have you tried this or any other Clarins face oils?

Luce x

The Skincare Post: Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm

My evening cleanser of choice lately? This one, Neal's Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm*. When I first heard the name, I instantly thought of the make-up, like a BB Cream as that stands for beauty balm. This is far from it and I've really been enjoying using this every evening.

It's a multiple use balm, a hard oil balm which softens with touch. You can use it as a cleanser, gentle exfoliant or a nourishing balm, like a moisturiser. I've tried it in all ways and the one I find best is using it as a cleanser. I don't think it's exfoliating enough to use it as that, it has the teeny tiniest grains in it, but it's barely anything. For a moisturiser, it would be far too heavy, even if I did use a small amount. On the days I'm wearing make up, I will remove mascara with Bioderma before using this. Taking about a 10p sized amount onto my fingertips, I massage that onto dry skin. Sometimes I will apply a thick layer all over my skin, wait 5-10 minutes before massaging it into my skin. One of the main ingredients in it is wild rosehip oil, so it's very moisturising. I take a warm damp flannel and wipe it off before splashing my face with cold water. Unlike some balm cleansers I've used, this doesn't leave my skin with a film left on top. I've been using this for about two weeks now and I can see a big difference in my skin. It's not as dehydrated as it has been lately, as I've introduced a lot of new products into my routine which are more suited. I find that using a balm cleanser on a morning is a little too heavy, that's why I've got a cleansing milk next to this little pot for my morning. I just ignore the 'anti-ageing' part as it's a lovely thin fluid which keeps my skin hydrated.

I've been loving a lot of balm cleansers lately, which one have you tried and loved?

Luce x

Skincare Highlights #1

I've been testing a lot of new skincare recently, but before I review them fully, I like to put them through a trial period so here I'll give you a run down every now and then of what I have been loving.

Starting off with an old favourite, Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream. I love this little pot, I use it most days and I always feel a difference in my skin when I do use it. I'm coming to the end of this pot, but I have two waiting in the stocks for when it runs out. Pixi Glow Tonic is a very hyped up product and is always very hard to get hold of. I was using the Aveda Exfoilant until I got my hands on this, which used to work and my skin was clear but I didn't see as much difference as I have with Glow Tonic. I use this on an evening after I've cleansed, just on a cotton pad and swept all over my face. You have to make sure you use SPF after using it if you use it on a morning. But if you're looking to get rid of abrasive exfoliators, it's a good option. Origins GinZing Moisturiser* is a well awaited product on my behalf. Ever since I have been using the eye cream, I always wanted a moisturiser version and then this appeared. I feel like it was meant to be. I've only been using it for a week now, every morning, so I can't mention anything about results but I have noticed that my skin is looking brighter once I've applied it. I'll post a full review of this soon, but until then, this is a product I love and will love for a while now.

What have you been loving recently?

Luce x

The Skincare Post: The Masks What Make My Skin Go 'Ahh'

The dream team, these two have been working perfectly together. My skin has decided to misbehave this past few weeks so I went to my friend, Jen from Jenny Purr Blog for advice and she told me I needed a clay mask to draw all the gunk out and then something to put the moisture back.

I went straight to my skincare shelf, fished out my trusty Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque. I reviewed this a while back but I go to this whenever my skin becomes a little oily and has small blemishes. My t-zone has been a little oily and my blackheads needed to be sorted out. I painted this on using the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush, which is perfect for masks if you don't want to use your fingers, but only on my t-zone and on my chin. Leave it on till it dries, which usually takes about 10 minutes and wash off with a damp flannel. It is clay based, which means it's drying, however it's suitable for most skin types. That's why I need the Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque next, a gel like consistency mask. My skin isn't usually tight from it being dry, however I can feel it needs moisture injected back in it. A thick layer of this left on for 15 minutes leaves my skin feeling hydrated. It's not for everything, but for someone who has fairly normal skin which misbehaves every now and then, it might be your saviour.

Luce x