Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Fave 5 Clarins products

I still remember the first time I tried a Clarins product many moons ago; ahhhhh, it was in the infancy of my beauty addiction and I still get nostalgic thinking about it, because it wasn't only the first time I tried Clarins, it was also my very first premium beauty product EVER - a momentous occasion! After a scare with an eye infection potentially caused by a cheapy mascara I decided to invest in a mascara that was both dermatologically and ophthamologically tested and that was the beginning of my wonderful friendship with Clarins. The brand was founded in 1954 and has ever since the start had a very clear emphasis on pure and clean plant based products, many of them traditional medicinal plants combined with a strong eco- and fair trade responsible ethics, which you today can enjoy in local spas all over the world, a real treat! I haven't yet been so lucky to go to one of the spas but today I've got 5 of my favorite Clarins products that I simply can't be without to recreate that spa feeling at home.

First up among my Clarins favorites is the Liquid Bronze Self Tanning (£19) that I also reviewed in another post in mid April but this product is so excellent that it definitely deserves another mention. I'm far from an expert at self tanning so any products that I go for and even end up using repeatedly, simply has to be fool proof and the Liquid Bronze is just that. The consistency is a colorless, thin lotion that you apply by wiping a cotton pad with the product over your face as many times as you like to get the shade you're after. When it comes to self tan products for me this is a one of a kind - it dries very quickly on the skin, it has a soft and subtle scent - far from the burned biscuit smell that we all know, and it doesn't transfer onto clothes, another one of my pet peeves. It feels cooling and light on the skin and after you've applied it, the skin feels moisturised and nourished and a few hrs later you'll have a gorgeous bronzed glow and most importantly the color is perfectly EVEN and streak free. The shade will last 3-4 days before you need to top it up, which I think is fairly good but even if it had been less than that I wouldn't have mind since it's so easy to apply and get a great results - a real gem of sun in a bottle!

In this world, there are hand creams and then there are HAND CREAMS - the princess products that make you feel invincible and gorgeous, and the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment (£18.90) definitely falls into that category. Let me just acknowledge straight away that there are fore sure more budget friendly and perfectly good hand creams out there, but this pampering moisturising cream with extracts of Sesame, Japanese Mulberry and Myrrh which all soften and protect the skin is worth every single tiny penny. The formula is luxurious and creamy without being oily and it absorbs straight into the skin without leaving any greasiness, making even very rough areas of your hands as soft as a peach, at the same time as it nourishes and strengthens the nails and cuticles. It has an addictive invigorating and subtle whipped citrus scent that lingers for a while which always lifts my mood and makes me feel refreshed. Ever since I first tried this amazing treatment a few years ago, it's been a staple item in my overstocked bathroom cabinet, and I still keep buying it in great value duo packs at the duty free, a testament to how good the cream is from someone who can't even commit to the same color of nail polish for a whole week!
One thing that Clarins does REALLY well is facial oils. Regardless of what your individual needs are, Clarins has a wonderful, luxurious oil to meet them and at one point or another I have been lucky enough to try them all. As my skin tends to be dehydrated or dry, the oil that suits me the best is the incredible Santal Face Treatment Oil (£32). It comes in a lovely glass bottle with a pipette, which is so handy to make it easier to get just the right amount of oil that you need. The Santal Oil is very rich and heavy and as much as I love it I wouldn't wear it during the way since it definitely leaves a bit of a shine on the skin, but for night time it's a wonderful treatment either replacing a serum or mixing a couple of drops with a mask for a really intense over night hydration boost, and in the morning your skin is plump and smooth. It's a very luxurious oil with an amazing warm and slightly oriental scent of aromatic cardamom, and it has such a soothing effect on me that I always bring it with me when I fly, to make me feel relaxed and settled. I adore this oil and since you only need so little of it, it'll last you a very long time so look at it as a long term investment.

I'm the first to admit that micellar solutions are so handy for cleansing your skin especially when you're in a hurry, or too tired to do a full cleansing routine but at the same time there are very few micellar solutions that will give me that incredibly clean sensation that you get from using a separate cleanser, followed up by a toner and my absolute favorite toner is the Clarins Toning Lotion for Dry/Normal Skin (£17.10) It's an alcohol free gentle lotion that is perfect for finishing of a deep cleanse, ensuring all cleanser is removed without leaving the skin feeling stripped of moisture or with dry patches. It contains ingredients that are all frequently used in products for sensitive skin since they eliminate itchiness and redness; camomille, linden and alpine herbs, and it has a wonderful ever so slightly green, peppery scent that feels very refreshing and luxurious on the skin. Using a toner might seem old fashioned to some, but for me it definitely works and you won't get a better or more comforting one than this!

As you may know I'm a big fan of using night creams and last among my fave 5 today is the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream (£44) a great, intense cream for those who are not too keen on the very rich, thick consistency that a lot of night creams usually have. Although it is thicker than moisturisers for day wear, the formula is surprisingly light and it has an amazing fresh herbal scent to it. It's packed with ingredients to help the cells renew and repair over night - the best time for intense treatments, e.g. kiwi, Imudilin, carob extracts and shea butter, well known for it's softening qualities. Gently massage a pea sized drop of this night cream all over your face and in the morning you'll wake up to soft, radiant and restored skin. As I have dry skin I must admit that I feel as if I have to use quite a lot of product to get good coverage and a sense of deep hydration, however my beauty therapist keeps telling me that you can actually apply too much, and in doing so clog up the pores and a small amount of this contains enough nutrients to comfort and replenish the skin. That's my list of current Clarins favorites, and if you haven't tried any of the wonderful products from Clarins range yet I would highly recommend that you give at least one or two of these a go, and I'm sure that like me you'll form a very long lasting friendship with this fabulous brand!

72 comments:

  1. I haven't used Clarins in years but after reading this you have me wanting to try it out again!
    Thanks for the favs list lovely!
    xo Holly xo

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    1. Hey Holly, I'm like that with some brands too, but if I were to recommend just one product to get you hooked on Clarins again it would be the Liquid Bronze, it's just fab! :o) Xx

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  2. I've recently started using some Clarins products, I have the nail and hand cream which is lovely but my fave is their HydraQuench Cream - it's just perfect and smells dreamy!

    Tara x

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    1. I haven't tried that yet, so what a great recommendation - thanks for that :o) Xx

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  3. Clarins is such a life saver, my skin has been amazing since I started using the daily energizer set. I must try your recommendations xx

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    1. Hi Ana, I agree, their skincare is definitely worth investing in :o) Xx

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  4. I love the clarins hand cream as well as everything from their hydra quench range. I really want to try the face oil next!

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    1. I haven't tried Hydra quench yet - every time I'm looking at it I end up going for Estée Lauder's Hydrationist instead, but I MUST give it a go too :o) Xx

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    1. Thank you so much, it really means a lot :o) Xx

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  6. I love Clarins products especially the Double Serum and the Gentle Exfoliating Toner x

    Kirsty
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  7. Ohh I've never actually used any Clarins products in my life but I might give them a go now!
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    1. Absolutely, give it a go and hope you enjoy Clarins as much as I do :0) xx

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  8. I really like Clarins, but not all of them is good for my skin.
    I was using day cream and it has such a old-school smell! I was crazy about it!
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    1. I have that issue with some brands too - good thing their range is so big you've got lots to choose from :o) Xx

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  9. That comfort cream sounds lovely!

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    1. It's wonderful for night but not thick and it doesn't clog up any pores :o) Xx

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  10. Clarins were my first premium brand to try out too! Definitely one of my favourite skincare brands. :) I love their shea butter cleanser for the Winter, so comforting. :) I am mad to try their blue orchid oil! x
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    1. It sounds lovely and gentle, I'll put that on my wishlist for winter :o) Xx

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  11. I always follow my micellar cleansing with a toner, too! It just feels better, somehow.

    Anyhow, whoa, that is a lot of Clarins! I'm usually more into their makeup, but I should look at the skincare products, too.

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    1. That's so funny, I'm kind of the other way around and although I started with using their mascara I haven't actually tried any of their makeup for a looooooong time. Something I must fix, me thinks ;o) Xx

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  12. Clarins products are always great, no regrets!
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  13. I have a facial oil and a powder for clarins an I definitely want to try more from the brand. Especially more of their skincare.

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    1. The oils are amazing and they last a long time too :o) Xx

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  14. I need to check out Clarins! I've heard such good things about their products. x

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    1. Oh definitely, I'm sure you'd find something that will become a staple item :o) Xx

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  15. I love Clarins too, I think they make such good quality products! I'm currently using their Instant Smooth Primer but it's the one with tan in, it gives you a little bit of colour as the day goes on and as I'm fair, I find it really foolproof. I'd love to try their Liquid Bronze in the future too, heard lots of great things from other beauty bloggers about it also.

    Meg at Meg Says

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    1. Ahhh yes, I've heard wonderful things about that too :o) Xx

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  16. Good picks, I love Clarins. Their Beauty Flash balm is a winner for me!

    Belle ♥
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    1. It's a classic and my favorite primer - a real Cinderella cream as I call it :o) Xx

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  17. Love love love Clarins! The Multi Active Night is one of my favourite products ever! xx

    Julie
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    1. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one loving it - you don't see it mentioned very often in Blogiverse, but it really is a great cream :o) Xx

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  18. I love Clarins tanning products ! They are such good quality

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. I agree, super value for money and I'm willing to pay a bit more for anything that's streak free and without a horrible scent :o) Xx

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  19. Oh I still haven''t tried any of Clarins product and I have a huge wishlist! :) Thanks for sharing your reviews!



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    1. It's well worth trying, I don't think you'll be disappointed :o) Xx

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  20. I haven't heard of these products yet so thank you for sharing them!

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  21. I had a Clarins foundation I bought from an airport and it was amazing! One of the best I've owned.

    I'd love to try their fake tan!

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    1. They do have a great range of self tan products and I'm definitely trying more of them :o) Xx

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  22. I have a clarins blush that's my favorite thing in the world!

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    Ana Leote

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    1. They do have a lovely range of beautiful natural shades :o) Xx

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  23. very nice post!
    kisses
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  24. I really want to try some Clarins skincare, the only product of theirs I've used is their Instant Smooth primer which I quite like :)

    Jess xo

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    1. It seems really lovely - so many products to try, so little time :o) Xx

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  25. I've never tried anything from Claris but this post has given me a shopping list! I've heard amazing things about their facial oil and how people mix it in with their foundation...

    Amy xx i=I Speak Beauty

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    1. I've never tried mixing it with foundation, but I have done it with moisturiser or masks and it works brilliantly! :o) Xx

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  26. I have never tried their products before! I have thought about trying one of their night creams before but never made the purchase; I may have to soon!!
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    1. Yes add it to the very long list of things to try :o) Xx

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  27. Those products look amazing I have never come across them before !!! Thank you for sharing this xxxx
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  28. i love clarins, i use their gentle foaming cleanser, toner, and moisturizer :)

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    1. It's one of the cleansers that I keep coming back to - great products :o) Xx

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  29. I once bought a clarins self tan cream, and it was the best I've ever used!! Such a good brand!

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    1. Completely agree with you, I've never managed to mess a self tan up when I've used Clarins :o) Xx

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  30. Wow! Thank you so much for the review. I wanna go try it.. hope its available here!

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    1. Good luck hunting for it and thanks a million :o)! Xx

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  31. Everything sounds super nice! I love Clarins :)
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    1. I've tried a lot of their products and still there's probably twice as much left to go through :o) Xx

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  32. love Clarins products, especially the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream
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  33. I also adore Multi Active range and their hand cream, now after your review I will like to try the liquid bronze!

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    1. The hand cream is absolutely wonderful for cuticles, I try to never be without it :o) Xx

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  34. I like Clarins and i like your post :)

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  35. All good choices. I love flash beauty balm an oldie but a classic it is so good when my skin needs a pickme up Lucy x

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