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      16.03.2005 19:07
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      Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector is an amazing product! I tried this after a recommendation from a Clinique Beauty Advisor. It is one of those products that once discovered you wonder how you lived without it! After having fairly bad acne at school I have been left with little pitted marks on both my cheeks and around my nose. I have always found it very hard to blend make up into my skin without actually highlighting the marks. I tried all sorts of things to cover up the marks and couldn't find anything that was right for me. I didn't want to wear a thick coat of cover up cream on my face as I like to look natural. Clinique Instant Perfector costs £12.50 from Clinique counters and is designed to smooth out the appearance of your skin to give you a flawless look. Like I say in the title it is basically a pollyfiller for your skin. It sounded perfect, almost too good to be true. The price was a little off putting but Clinique is a high quality brand, much trusted by me, so I thought I would give it a go. For your £12.50 you get a 15ml tube which comes presented in a "Clinique green" box. There is a choice of two shades, invisible light and invisible deep. I chose invisible light as I have fairly pale skin. The tube is quite long and thin and is very squeezable. It has a screw top lid to it and it is very easy to squeeze out the exact amount that you want. The perfector itself is very thick yet very easy to blend in. You have a choice of whether to put it on bare skin or after makeup. I tend to use it as a base for make up as it gives you a lovely smooth, oil free base to put your make up on. You only need to squeeze a tiny dot into your hand and then finger dot it on to the areas you need it and just blend in. It has a very dry, thick texture to it yet absorbs straight into your skin and does not feel dry. After blending the perfector into your skin you immediately see any imperfections in your skin smoothed over. I have so many small acne scars on my face yet they are all "filled in" and it gives the appearance of flawless skin. It has a great matt finish to it which not only looks very natural but it resists sweat and huminity. You really do look flawless. When I get spots I tend to but the pore minimizer over them and it tones down to colour and also minimizers the size and gives the appearance of smoother skin. I have never found it to make a spot worse or spread them around my face. It has never been the cause of spots, just the cure! I regularly wear the perfector alone with no make up over it and it helps to control any oil and shine all day. My skin look clearer, cleaner and more refined. Considering how it resists sweat, shine and oil you would think it would take a bit of effect to remove at the end of the day but it is easily washed off with soap and water and takes no scrubing at all. I have never had any adverse reaction to it. It has never clogged pores, or irritated my skin. As with all Clinique products this is allergy tested and fragrance free. So £12.50 may sound a lot but a tube tends to last me about six months so it is actually amazingly good value. Highly recommended and fully tested! Thanks for reading, Em XX

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        05.06.2004 04:45
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        I initially tried this based on recommendation by my boss who used to work in boots on the channel counter. My skin started to deteriorate about two years ago and all I used to wash with was soap, so I went to boots for them to determine my skin type and initially I was advised to use clarifying lotion 2, lets just say I hit the roof, it really really stung when I put it on. So I dropped back into boots and explained, they were great, they said that I should try lotion number 3 as it doesn?t contain a ingredient that 1 and 2 do (which I believe is menthol) so may be better for my skin. I did and it was brilliant, no stinging just really clean skin A bit about clinique --------------------------- Clinique was first launched in 1968 with skin care and makeup products that are all Allergy Tested & 100% Fragrance Free. They claim to be one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup hair and fragrance products. Clinique's skin care products are marketed as part of the 3-Step System: Cleanse, Exfoliate, and Moisturise. The product ------------------------- The clarifying lotion comes in plastic bottles with a screw top lid, and depending on which one you buy most are coloured pink. How to use ----------------- You really do not need a lot of this product to work its magic, you should follow the 3-step routine which is wash with their soap exfoliate with the clarifying lotion and then moisturise with one of their moisturisers. I don?t follow it to a tee but always always use the clarifying lotion. To use apply a little onto a cotton wool pad or ball and I tip the bottle on then tip it off again really quickly, then you sweep it over your face and neck and that really is all you do, sweep! You will be so surprised how much crap comes off your face and onto the cotton wool even after washing first, I never feel clean unless I?ve used this. Does it work? ------------ -------- 100%, since using this my skin has fewer breakouts and always feels thoroughly cleansed afterwards. if I haven?t got much time ie; I?ve been out on the lash then this is the only skincare I do but I always make sure I use it as all the grime and make-up is removed so easily. Occasionally my skin feels slightly dry afterwards but it never feels greasy anymore. I cannot think of a product that could replace this part of my skincare routine. What each lotion is for ----------------------------- There are 5 types of clarifying lotions on offer and the best thing to do is to speak to the clinique counter rep and allow them to determine your skin type for you, but in brief these are the varieties on offer. Clarifying Lotion Mild - This is mainly aimed at very dry and delicate skin Clarifying Lotion 1 - Again aimed at sensitive dry skin and contains very low levels of alcohol. Clarifying Lotion 2 - This is for normal to oily skins and contains menthol Clarifying Lotion 3 - This is for oily skin and helps control oily skin problems such as blackheads and whiteheads. Clarifying Lotion 4 is aimed at really oily skin. The cost ---------------- 200ml is 13.50GBP and 400ml is 21.00GBP If you were to get started using the 3-step routine it would set you back around 36.00GBP for the soap, the clarifying lotion and the basic moisturiser. However if you go to a clinique counter they normally have trial sizes which some will give you for free and others will charge. I know it does sound expensive but I have bought all three in the past and they do last ages, my clarifying lotion normally lasts around 6months and that twice daily use, cause you only need a tiny bit All clinique products are 100% allergy tested however I have to admit I don?t know if they are tested on animals though, so if this does bother you I suggest you find out before you but. Where to buy? ----- -------------------- Available at most larger boots stores where they have a clinique counter, and most big department stores like john Lewis, debenhams and allders. Or you can buy online at www.boots.com or www.clinique.co.uk. If you were to buy anything from the clinique range I would definitely recommend trying this first. Thanks for reading, I look forward to your comments.

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          08.03.2001 22:59
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          Before moving to France, I was one of those women whose most expensive toiletry purchase was a Boots own, three for the price of two, makeup remover/moisturiser/ toner - I really didn't give the subject much thought. On arriving in Paris, I was faced by a very peculiar phenomena - women seemed to spend *A LOT* of money on looking good, not just their clothes, but also their skin care. Not to be outdone by the chic little b*****s (do I sound bitter?), I decided to investigate. The most popular brand here is Lancome, but after discovering that Loreal own Lancome and basically repackage Loreal items for the Lancome range (and being allergic to most Loreal products), I decided to try out Clinique. Clinique has mystique in Paris, simply because it isn't a French brand, so I was making one of those one-up-woman-ship deals on my sister-in-law (a chic little French....). Clinique is an American comapany who, to my knowledge, don't make products for any other lines (although they are owned by Estee Lauder). All their products are allergy tested and 100% fragrance free (apart from the perfumes, of course), and are incredibly beneficial for sensitive skins. The packaging is always very simple and unmistakable - the name of the product describes exactly what it does. Clinique's range begins with the basic 3 step skin care program: Facial soap, clarifying lotion and then the spectacular dramatically different moisturizing lotion. The soap is available in three different strengths and several sizes - I find the 'three little ones' ideal for traveling and they last for absolutely ages as they are compacted. The clarifying lotion also comes in different strengths and I suggest you talk to a Clinique beautician to find out which is suitable for your skin type. This lotion does exactly what it says on the packaging - de-flakes, polishes and freshens the appearance of your skin. The moisturiser is undoubtably the best I 9;ve ever used, and you really don't need to use that much before your skin feels like the proverbial babies behind. Clinique are often doing special promotions on the 3 step program (just to get you hooked), so look out for their seasonal specials, which usually include starter packs of all three, plus an occasional lipstick, mascara and a nice little make up bag. Other products I can highly recommend: Skin calming moisture mask: Guess what? It does exactly what it says it does. You can either use it as a beauty booster when your skin is feeling dehydrated (for 5 minutes), or you can use it for an intense, pampering experience and leave it on for 20 minutes. It contains aloe vera, sweet almond oil, cucumber extract, green tea extract and the normal unpronounceable other stuff. Antiperspirant deodorant: A bit pricey at around 10 to 15 pounds, but trust me, your armpits will never be whiffy again. Turnaround cream: A fruit acids cream that eats up your dead skin cells (nice); this one is good, but don't leave it on for to long or your skin will feel tight. Exceptionally soothing cream for upset skin: Ever had one of those days when you wake up and it feels as if your face is about to crack? This one combats seriously dehydrated or irritated skin - I use it if I get a cold and my nose looks like it's going to fall off. Apply this AFTER the 3 step program. Daily eye benefits: Clinique do a range of wrinkle reducing potions; I've found this one to be the most effective at moisturising the eye area and keeping puffiness at bay. As well as being 100% fragrance free, this is also ophthalmologist tested, so it shouldn't give you any irritation in this sensitive area. All about lips: This is a lovely little moisturiser for your lips and lip area, keeping those fine lines under control, and softening your lips so that lipstick goes on and stays on (rather than migrating north and sou th). Superfit makeup: Saving the best for last; this is extremely long-wearing, no hassle, lightweight and comfortable makeup. I either sweat under makeup bases, so I end up reapplying every 3-4 hours, or the base dries out my skin and I have to keep applying moisturiser. This does neither; it's oil free, so it doesn't slide around, It has a really fine texture, so it isn't necessary to use a powder for finishing, and it gives you that 'flawless' look that all the other makeup promise you. Really, an essential for your makeup bag. Clinique also do a men's skin care range (I can't really comment on that I'm afraid), a small range of perfumes, and they have just introduced a hair care system that works along the same line as the 3 step skin care. I don't want to generalise, but every Clinique salesperson I have encountered has been knowledgeable, polite and helpful (unlike others I could mention); so the only real drawback is the cost, and what kind of a drawback is that when you look a million dollars?

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