After a long day at work, one of my favourite things to do is remove my make up. This obviously also goes along with removing my bra and changing into PJ’s like the vast majority of females. Although I love wearing make up, after sitting at my desk all day I like my skin to be able to breathe. I’m also really prone to break outs and dry patches so keeping my pores unclogged and happy makes me feel a lot happier in how I look. So of course, I tried out the Take the Day Off Make Up Remover from Clinique as I received it my advent calendar.

Main Ingredients and Their Benefits

Water acts as a solvent and enables multiple other chemicals to work much better than if they were without water. As water is water, it is also suitable for all skin types and won’t be over-drying or make skin oilier.

Isohexadecane is an emollient  which helps soften and soothe the skin. It leaves a non-greast, light and silky feeling to the skin.

Dimethicone is a type of silicon that aids the product to glide onto your skin and also acts as a barrier after application. Dimethicone is used to protect mild skin irritations, dry patches or healing wounds, and is effective at locking in moisture thanks to its larger molecules.

Cyclopentasiloxane is used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant and solvent. It helps the product spread over the skin well as it is a silicone and acts as a protective barrier. It can also help fill in fine lines and wrinkles making the skin look plumper.

How to Use

  • Pour onto cotton ball or pad
  • Sweep across face and then wipe off
  • Rinse face with water

First Thoughts

I am not really a big fan of make-up remover. I often use Garnier’s Micellar Water which seems to remove my make up just as well and never find myself picking anything else up. Previously when I’ve tried make up removers, they’re a bit greasy and it feels a bit heavy on my skin. The fact that Clinique’s remover specifically says you need to rinse off the remover makes me think that this is going to be the case. I have no doubts about it removing all my make up as I know it’s a good quality product as it’s from Clinique.

During Use

Immediately the solution felt horrible on my skin. The product is water based, but it also contains a very oily and greasy part which doesn’t mix well with the water even after shaking. You can really feel this oil just sit on your skin as you wipe the cotton pad across your face. The instructions do say to rinse off, and I really wanted to have a deep clean of my face after using this.

After Use

My skin did feel extremely clean after rinsing and my make up was removed, therefore Clinique’s Take the Day Off does it’s job. It works extremely well for lips, lids and lashes as it removed my make up quickly and without too much rubbing of my face. But it’s definitely not a good choice for your foundation. I felt that it was too heavy on my skin, and it wasn’t a good choice for me.

Would I Purchase Again?

Probably not. I feel like it worked very similar to any other make up removers I’ve used so the higher price point would put me off buying it over them. Also, I still don’t like make up remover for my skin, it just doesn’t feel good and I feel like I can get the same result from cleansing and toning normally.

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One of my favourite items from Clinique’s beauty advent calendar was the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Balm in colour 06 Woppin’ Watermelon. I’ve used it nearly everyday since I went back to work after Christmas and it really is a great every day staple product. As I have it in a tester size, it’s also really handy to throw into my travel makeup bag when I’m going to visit friends or family.

First Thoughts

I was originally sceptical about whether a balm with colour would work as well for dry and chapped lips. Especially in these cold, winter months. I was however really excited to try it out as I do love Clinique’s skincare so I assumed this would be just as good. I was very mixed with my expectations but I tried to go into it with an open mind.

During Use

The application is really easy as it’s basically a large pencil. It really glides onto your lips because it’s a balm, which was really different at first compared to lip liners and lipsticks. You only need one coat to get the pop of colour that you need, and as you can see in the photo’s Woppin’ Watermelon is fairly sheer and not that different to my normal lip colour.

After Use

My lips felt quite waxy after use, but the balm soon absorbs a bit which made my lips feel softer. My lips did feel extremely moisturised, smooth and soft while wearing the balm. But I don’t think it works as a long term solution or to prevent dry lips. It may just be because it’s so cold, but my lips still seem to be drying out and becoming chapped still. I also only applied this once per day in the morning. So no top ups meant that by lunch time and after eating my lips were probably clean of the product. I’m gonna start applying Carmex at night to help soothe a lips a bit more. But this balm does work really well as a slight colour to add to my lips which makes me look a bit more alive in the morning.

Would I purchase again?

It’s the perfect go-to for my everyday work makeup. It’s not too bright or colourful, but it also isn’t going to dry out my lips if I want some colour everyday. I would probably purchase Woppin’ Watermelon again because I’ve come to rely on it so much. I may also stretch myself and pick up some of the other colours to try out for a daily basis. At £18.50 they are a bit of a budget buster, but because I’d be using them daily I think it would be worth it for me.

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As I suffer with dry patches and eczema, Clinique Moisture Surge sounds like my kind of product. I also have a sample of the sister product, Clinique Moisture Surge Intense but chose to try this one first. Comparing this to other Clinique moisturisers also intrigued me as I wasn’t sure which one would be best for me. Although,  I feel like this one is supposed to be more of an ant-aging product due to the plumping of fine lines and tightness.

Main Ingredients and their Benefits

Cyclopentasiloxane is used as a conditioner, delivery agent, lubricant and solvent. It helps the product spread over the skin well as it is a silicone and acts as a protective barrier. It can also help fill in fine lines and wrinkles making the skin look plumper.

Glycerin promotes skin cell maturation which can help fight effects of skin problems such as psoriasis whilst improving the appearance of skin in general. It is a humecant and helps the skin maintain it’s moisture which in turn makes the skin look healthier.

Butylene Glycol is a solvent, viscosity-decreasing agent and a conditioner. This helps reduce the product from drying out and works well in anti-aging products as it helps retain moisture.

Dimethicone is a type of silicon that aids the product to glide onto your skin and also acts as a barrier after application. Dimethicone is used to protect mild skin irritations, dry patches or healing wounds, and is effective at locking in moisture thanks to its larger molecules.

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate works as an emollient, conditioner and thickening agent. It removes the appearance of dry patches and gives the skin a smoother look. It also assists the product by increasing spreadability.

Squalene has emollient properties that helps retain moisture as well as enhance the penetration of other ingredients.

Caffeine is used in skincare to improve the look of cellulite and puffiness around the eyes. Although, there’s a mixed scientific response as to whether it is effective.

First Thoughts

I was initially worried that the product would be too heavy and greasy as it’s meant to be extremely moisturisng. This is always a worry as even though I have dry skin, I also stuggle with breakouts and blocked pores. I was also hesitant with how much I was needing to use as it’s in a tub. But I learnt quickly that a little goes a long way.

During Use

When using it I realised immediately that you only need the smallest amount as it spreads easily over your face. It’s application is easy and the formula didn’t feel too heavy or greasy once using it. It does take a few minutes to absorb and so before applying makeup I often brush out my hair and clean my teeth to give it some time.

After Use

Once finished my skin is left feeling smooth and soft. It’s not greasy at all and there’s no excess left on your skin as it’s fully absorbed. It even helped make the area between my brows feel smooth where it normally feels dry. I usually get a lot of blackheads around here which weren’t worsened by Clinique Moisture Surge either.

Would I Purchase Again?

As I’m only 21 I don’t currently see any use of the reducing fine lines part of this moisturiser. Because of this I think I would be more likely to purchase a different Clinique product like the Dramatically Different Lotion. This isn’t anything to do with Clinique Moisture Surge being a bad product, it’s just not one that is for my skin at this moment in time.

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Pixi Glow Tonic is one of those products that everyone seems to be talking about. And not just recently either, it’s been a long held cult product for many. So when I saw a Pixi stall at Stylist Live I decided to pick it up and check if the hype was worth it.

Main Ingredients and their Benefits

Aloe Vera is an effective moisturiser and is also anti-inflammatory. This makes it useful in treating burns, rashes and skin conditions such as psoriasis.

Witch Hazel is a skin conditioning agent which enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin to reduce flaking and restore the suppleness of the skin.

Horse Chestnut is high in saponins which posses potent anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the breakdown of hyaluronic acid in the skin which helps maintain tissue repair. There’s also been scientific studies to show that it has anti-aging properties.

Glycolic Acid (5%) provides an even exfoliation, brightens skin, restores healthy pH to skin, removes blackheads and fine lines, and treats pigmentation, acne and other skin conditions.

Glycerin promotes skin cell maturation which can help fight effects of skin problems such as psoriasis whilst improving the appearance of skin in general. It is a humecant and helps the skin maintain it’s moisture which in turn makes the skin look healthier.

First Thoughts

As with any product that is hyped I was worried this wouldn’t really work. It’s an exfoliating toner which should make it really good for dryer skin as it will help remove the dry skin cells. I am hesitant as to whether it will help with my oily areas and whether it will help with breakouts although it does contain gycolic acid.

During Use

When applying to your face you don’t really feel anything. I’d previously been using Cliniques 3 step Toner which is more alcohol based so I was a bit unsure as to whether this would work as well. It’s got a strange smell to it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

 

After Use

It’s extremely gentle on the skin and my skin didn’t turn red or blotchy. So I would say this is a great toner for sensitive skin. Immediately after use my dry patches did look and feel a bit smoother and by the end of the week they were clearing up nicely.

I was wrong to be hesitant about breakouts as my skin does look extremely clear after use. Because of it’s anti-inflammatory ingredients the hormonal spots that pop up actually feel and look smaller than they usually would. They’re also clearing up faster for me.

Is it Worth the Hype?

I would say it’s a pretty good toner and works exactly how I need it to. Is it a miracle product though? Probably not. I think this is on par with how Cliniques toner works for my skin. The only real difference is that Cliniques is more likely to be an irritant to some people due to the ingredients used. Pixi Glow Tonic is much more natural in it’s ingredients as it uses aloe, witch hazel and horse chestnut over.

Would I Purchase Again?

I would probably purchase the Pixi Glow Tonic again, but only if I know I can afford it as it is more expensive than my other options. It’s not going to become a staple that is necessary to buy in my routine, but it does work effectively for me and would be something I would pick up as and when I feel like it.

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Clinique’s 3 Step programme has been getting a lot of attention on social media. I’ve seen so many people say how good it was for their skin and that it really works as a good routine. I decided to start out with Cliniques Liquid Facial Soap to test and review. Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap usually comes in a large bottle with a pump, but this sample is a simple tube so I had to play by ear how much is the appropriate amount to use.

 

Main Ingredients and Their Benefits

Sodium chloride (salt) is stimulating and cleansing and can be used both as an antiseptic and an astringent.

Phenoxyethanol is a glycol serves as an important ingredient of sun blocks and skin creams.

Sucrose (sugar) can go a long way in softening and overall improving your skin condition.

EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) helps in controlling viscosity and consequently can aid you in the use of skin care products as well as their application.

How to Use

  • Massage onto a make-up free and wet face
  • Rinse thoroughly and pat dry

First Thoughts

The sample I have is not for my skin type, all the products in the Clinique advent calendar were Clinique’s extra mild formulas. So I do worry that this isn’t going to help my oiliness, or it’s going to dry my skin out. I am quite relaxed about irritation though as Clinique’s extra mild range is usually good for sensitive skin. This is also the first step in the 3 Step range and it is advised to be used alongside the toner and moisturiser, which I also got.

During Use

When using this you don’t really feel much. It does foam up a bit but there’s no sensation on your skin that makes it tingle which is most likely because it’s fragrance free. I only used the smallest amount each time of using this and it covered my entire face fairly easily. It’s also easy to rinse off.

After Use

After use my skin definitely felt clean. It also didn’t feel too dry, tight or oily which is always a bonus for me as I have such a poor combination of skin types. I wouldn’t say it worked miracles straight away – I obviously still had the spots and blackheads I was suffering from before. I do think that using this daily with the other two products from Clinique’s 3 step did work really well and cleared my skin up a lot. I’ve now got some lingering red patches from spots, but no raised pimples.

Would I Purchase Again?

Definitely. I think it’s one of the best wash off cleansers I’ve tried. It doesn’t feel too harsh or too weak and actually seems to add something to my skincare routine to help my skin problems. Although it is a lot pricier than my previous cleansers, the full sized bottle does seem quite large for how little you need to use for you face. It seems like a good value product and it’s a good trade off for clear skin.

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