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I had some vouchers for Boots so I thought I would treat myself to some nice facial products that I had never tried before – Cairns. The main reason I had not tried them was price if I’m honest but as there was the potential of a gift when you buy three items I was willing.
On arriving at my Boots store I spoke with the women at the counter about products and the free gift. Unfortunately the free gifts had gone, but to my surprise she said she would throw together a few things for me if I bought the three products. So into the chair I go for a try out of facial treatments selected for my skin.
The three products were a serum, being reviewed here, a night serum/oil and a facial moisturizer. The “gift” comprised of trial size treats of cleansing cream, bath oil and full size body lotion, exfoliating cream, face mask and hand cream. So I did feel like I got a bit extra.
The serum she chose for me was Cairns Hydra quench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase.
***THE PACKAGE AND THE CLAIMS***
The product comes in Cairns signature box of white with red writing, quite plain really but I suppose some might say it is elegant. The product information is written around the box in various languages, along with the ingredients list (listed at the end).
The claims are
• Works with your skin to provide and restore moisture balance
• Smooths dehydration lines to give a more youthful skin
The use according to the leaflet from the company
Alfalfa – to help plump up the skin
Katafray extract – to give a more even skin surface
Inca peanut oil – to help restore the skins protective film
Organic sorbier bud extract – for a brighter face
***THE PRODUCT AND WHAT I THINK***
So the actual serum comes in a thick glass blue bottle with a pump action top covered with a gold coloured lid. Again the elegance theme is going on and it does look nice and expensive on the shelf, without being in your face.
The smell is fresh and clean, no particular fragrance that I can identify but it is very nice.
You need to shake the bottle well before use. When you look at your bottle you can see the liquid inside separates into two and you need a good few seconds to mix it up properly or you will not get the full benefit of the serum.
When using Cairns recommend that you use a small amount about the size of a hazelnut to apply to your face. I agree this probably is about right, if you use too much you are wasting this expensive treat! And it just takes longer to soak in so go sparingly is my advice. Now the only issue I have with this, is that it can be a little tricky to stop the pump when you have enough serum, it took me a few goes to get it right. Whilst we are on the pump topic, I must say my other negative is that there are tiny little beads in the serum (not sure which bit they are), which don’t always disperse evenly if you don’t shake well and they end up clogging up, waiting by the hole so sometimes you end up with a splodge of beads. Its not a major issue and has never stopped the serum flowing, its just a bit of a niggle.
The serum itself is a clear to pale blue in colour and the beads a white/blue. It feels velvety to the touch and slightly oily but feels lovely when you massage it onto your face with you fingertips.
It absorbs quickly probably about 10 seconds at most, I tend to make sure it has otherwise when you apply your moisturizer you are mixing the two.
My moisturizer glides on after applying the serum, probably as it has a better base to adhere to and my skin certainly feels more hydrated after applying. I have not used many other serums yet to compare it to, but so far I am impressed with the improvement it has made to by skin feeling.
I do feel like it plumps my skin a bit and it does feel hydrated, I am not overly convinced on the easing of lines bit but it is not meant to be a line corrector I guess, just an aid.
So would I buy it and use it again? I would, but given the price I would have to have a few other things like free gifts with it as I do think it is expensive, or if it was on a special offer.
***PRICE AND AVAILABILITY***
A whopping £43 for 30mls – this in the more expensive make-up range! Lasts for 18months.
Available from larger department stores where counters are like Boots and Debenhams
Available at www.clairns.co.uk where you can get a few free treats and special offers.
Also available on some make-up websites.
Ingredients list –
Aqua, glycerin, iso-hexadecane, isonoyl isononanovate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, sodium pca, trehalose, plukenetia volubilis seed oil, benzophenone-4, sodium chloride, parfum, phenoxyethanol, tocopherylacetate, ethylhexyglycerin, tromethamine, xanthamine gum, sodium hyaluronate, disodium edta, alcohol, caprylyl, carrageenan extract, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, alfalfa extract,cedreloprsis grevei bark extract, pyrus sorbus bud extract, sorbic acid, tocopherol, blue and violet colours.
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Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase
I received two 3ml sample bottles of this facial serum which I received as free samples with a Debenhams online order back in June. I really didn't think that 6ml would last very long at all but it lasted just under one month!
- Product description (from Clarins.co.uk)
"Intensive, moisture-replenishing care. As invisible as it is comfortable, this bi-phase serum acts at all levels of the skin to help restore the skin's natural hydration mechanisms. It replenishes very thirsty skin and promotes soft, comfortable, radiant and matte skin."
- About the product
This product is a facial serum that is used after a cleanser on dry skin, before moisturiser. I have two sample vials of this serum which are 3ml each which I didn't think would last long but the two vials lasted one month which I think is fantastic! The vials have small nozzle dispenser which allows a very controlled amount of product to be dispensed. The serum does contain some natural ingredients (plant extracts), it is dermatologist tested and it is non-comedogenic which means that it does not clog up pores.
- Using the product and results
I use this product after any of my facial cleansers and then before my moisturiser; I use a small amount of product each time I use it. Before application you have to shake the bottle, then I use about four or five drops each time and I dispense the drops onto my palm and then apply to the skin. The serum is very runny which I don't' really like as it makes the product a little bit harder to apply; also the serum does have a scent which I don't like in skincare product because of my sensitive skin which can react to products that are scented but I haven't experienced any irritation or negative effects from using this product for one month. The scent is quite clean and sweet smelling, almost floral. Another thing to note about the appearance of this product, apart from the very runny consistency, is the colour - this serum is actually blue! The texture of this product is really nice, it is very silky smooth to touch while applying to the skin but it also has a greasy feeling too which I don't really like as it makes my skin feel oily and dirty. Although the initial greasy feeling of this product on the skin doesn't last long as when I apply my moisturiser over the top of this product the greasy feeling disappears.
The application of this product is nice, quick, easy and the serum feels very silk smooth to apply. The serum initially does make my skin feel a little bit greasy but it also instantly improves the texture of my skin - it makes my skin feel very smooth and soft which provides a great base for my moisturiser and subsequent makeup. The serum doesn't take ages to sink into the skin but I do end up applying my moisturiser before the serum has fully absorbed. The overall results of this product are great! The serum really improves my skin texture, making my skin feel so much smoother and softer - the serum also helps my moisturiser and subsequent products apply smoother to the skin. I haven't experienced any negative or adverse reactions to this product, even though the hydraquench cream does irritate my skin.
- Price and availability
I received two samples of this product with a Debenhams order earlier this year (June I think) and the full price of this product is £40 for 30ml which does sound quite expensive but based on my usage of the two samples, the 30ml bottle will last absolutely ages! If this product is ever on offer I will probably have to buy it as the results were just fantastic, in my opinion.
*Smooth, silky texture
*Applies very smoothly, easily and quickly
*Leaves my skin feeling very smooth, soft, comfortable and hydrated
*Improves the texture of my skin - much smoother
*Full size product is really expensive
*A little bit too runny (consistency to thin), in my opinion
Thank you for reading my review
I purchased a Clarins Christmas giftset in the January sales this year and I only got around to using a month ago. In the gift set I received a 15ml of this product and I am just at the end of the product.
It retails at £39.00 for a 30ml. It can be purchased on the Clarins website and in department stores such as, House of Fraser, Debenhams as well as in Boots. Or the website called Cheapsmells.com it can be bought slightly cheaper at £32.95.
It comes in a hard almost frosted blue pump bottle with a white lid which has a gold rim. It looks very smart and the rest of the Clarins Hydraquench products are in the same colour packaging.
How to Use the Serum?
This is a serum to use underneath your day and/or your night cream. Only two pumps are required and from my experience it should be spread quite quickly over the face because when I first used this product it almost seemed too liquid, I by accident pumped far too much into my hands and I lost a lot of the product as it just slipped through my fingers. Its consistency is only a little more than water really. It is very thin, but it is surprising the results it has had on my skin. My skin felt plump and completely hydrated.
What does the Serum do?
It is part of the Clarins Hydraquench range which is fantastic for dehydrated skin. It is a bi-phase serum which means that it has two parts to it so it requires shaking before using. I always have very dehydrated skin because I never drink enough water. The product works to comfort and hydrate dehydrated skin as well as restore the skin's moisture barrier to prevent the loss of anymore moisture from the skin. This is turn means the product helps to fight premature ageing because loss of hydration is one of the key problems which causes premature ageing to start off. Additionally an intact moisture barrier prevents unwanted irritants from entering the skin. The serum has vitamin E in it which helps to protect against free radicals. I have read up on free radicals and I have found out that they make other molecules in the skin unstable and it is like dominos, one by one each molecule becomes unstable. This is not a problem until they make protein molecules unstable which affects the collagen in the skin causing it to damage and break. This is therefore the start of premature ageing.
I not only have dehydrated skin but I also have oily areas in my t-zone and my skin is quite prone to blemishes. But I have had no problems in using this product. It never makes my skin greasy, it is absorbed quickly yet it feels like my skin has been plumped out by moisture, making it feel very comfortable. Despite saying that my skin did require a moisturiser after applying this serum, because it is a very thin product which is not going to add the benefits that a moisturiser would. Additionally in the day time I always think a sun protection factor should be worn which is in my moisturiser which I put on after the serum.
I love this product and I would recommend it to anybody who has not found a good serum. I do not think it would matter if you feel like you have dehydrated skin or not, this serum just makes my skin feel wonderful! And I am sure we all have those times when we have not looked after our skin as well as we should have done and this product would just help to regain the skins hydration and protect it from premature ageing! This is a great addition to my skincare products and I will certainly purchase the full size one now.
I've been using Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase for about the past two months. A few months ago I was feeling very run down and one of the signs that I really wasn't feeling my best was that my skin was dull and dry - and if my skin isn't feeling good, it really makes me feel even worse. The Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase was recommended to me by a saleslady on the Clarins counter at Boots and although she recommended this serum to me, she also let me try it out - and I was really impressed and so went ahead and bought a bottle. There is no getting away from the fact that this product is very expensive at £39.00 for a small 30ml bottle, but in it's defensive, I have found that a little goes a long way and that this little bottle has lasted me for the last few months (although I have been using it roughly alternative days rather than every day).
The Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase comes in a small blue tinted glass bottle with a white pull off lid. Underneath the lid there is a nozzle which needs to be depressed in order to release some of the serum into your hand. I generally find that three squirts is enough for my face and neck - and that really is a very small amount.
Using the product is easy and just the same as using any moisturising product. The bottle needs to be shaken in order to mix the oil and non-oil layer. Then, I have cleansed my face using my usual product, I then I squirt three squirts of the product into my hand and then gently massage it onto my face using my finger tips. The serum is thin and runny and it spreads thinly and goes a long way. It has a really nice fresh smell to it and a nice blue tint and it is absorbed quickly and easily. I then add a Clarins to the top of this layer - and I really do start to feel refreshed.
After using it, my skin feels hydrated and soft, and my skin feels taut and radiant. The skin on my face really does feel very good and healthy and the dry patchy areas clear up within about three applications. While the instructions suggest that you should use the serum morning and evening, I personally have never found the need to do so and applying every other day works just as well - and makes it last longer! While I have sensitive skin, I haven't reacted negatively to this product at all, and all the news (with the exception of the price) is very good.
I recently went for a facial in an attempt to rehydrate my skin after the winter months. The beautician asked me what result I was hoping to achieve and I advised her that due to the dry texture of my skin I was unable to apply make up as this made the dry patches more obvious. At the end of the facial she used the Hydraquench Intensice Serum and gave me a sample to try at home.
The serum is like water, very refreshing. It's non greasy and is absorbed instantly. It leaves the skin so smooth with a matt finish but also manages to provide a healthy glow. After a few uses I was actually so impressed with the results that I didn't feel the need to wear make up as my skin looked so fresh and revitalised.
The serum is gentle enough to be used on all skin types.
If it wasn't so expensive (£37.50 for 30ml!!!!) I would definately convert to this product in place of my normal No.7 serum. If you use this product twice a day as recommended one bottle wouldn't last very long.
My skin goes through many different phases at different times of the year and around this time it usually starts going through a very dry phase. I am as many of you know a great fan of Clarins products and after having a facial the therapist gave me a little sample of this product the Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase. Having tried the product and liked it, next time I visited the salon I bought the full size version.
Clarins describes the serum as an intensive SOS treatment for dehydrated skin. It is designed to intensively hydrate, repair and rebalance dehydrated skin, smooth away premature wrinkles and restore radiance. Sounds like quite a big claim for one little bottle!
As with all Clarins products it is packed full of natural plant ingredients with special properties. These include Hyaluronic acid which helps maintain ideal moisture level, Katafray bark which restructures skin's protective outermost layers and limits dehydration. Sorbier tree bud which stimulates radiance-boosting microcirculation, Alfalfa extract to boost skin-firming collagen, Chondrus Crispus (like the sound of that name!) which ensures maximum, continuous hydration, Inca Peanut oil to restore the protective hydrolipidic film and finally Vitamin E to protect against free radicals.
The product comes in glass bottle with a plastic cap and holds 30mls. When you remove the cap it reveals a little spray dispenser that allows you to easily and cleanly dispense a small amount of the product into your hand.
To use it is really simple providing you follow some basic instructions. Firstly shake the bottle. At rest the bottle separates into an oil layer so if you don't shake it up you don't get the proper combination of the product. It can be used in the morning and evening and should be used after cleansing and before moisturising.
I tend to squirt one squirt into the palm of my hand, gently rub my hands together and then pat over my face and neck ensuring I get the drier areas of my face. The product itself is a thin oily type serum with a slightly blue tinge.
I love how this product feels on my skin its like I am giving my skin a drink. It absorbs quickly into my skin and makes it feel soft, smooth and rehydrated. You do need to be careful you don't use too much though. I have used two squirts and then my face ended up looking a bit too greasy, I tend to find one squirt is enough. That the great thing about the quality of this product because it is so good you only need a little for it to get to work. After using it I then apply my normal moisturiser and my skin is refreshed, rehydrated and looking good! It really does give a bit of radiance and glow to otherwise tired looking skin. Because it's not greasy you can use it under your daytime or evening moisturiser and it looks good.
Well I have left the bad news till last and that's the price. This is an expensive product retailing for around £35.50 for 30ml. However I justify spending that by several reasons, firstly you use a tiny amount each time so the bottle lasts for ages making it work out at good value for money. Secondly and probably quite importantly it works and does really give my skin a great boost and rehydrates it beautifully. Thirdly it's good to treat yourself and as I don't drink or smoke I like to treat myself in other ways and enjoy using it and feeling the benefit of it. Fourthly you can use it in conjunction with a cheaper moisturiser to give the moisturiser better results so saving money that way rather than buying a more expensive moisturiser.
However if you cant justify spending that and I know many people wont then pop along to your local Clarins counter and if you are lucky they might give you a free sample bottle so you can try it for yourself without any cost.
Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid and Katafray bark extract:ßA Clarins exclusive, this combination of active ingredients ensures optimal, long-lasting hydration at all levels of the skin, // An intensive hydrating care for the most dehydrated skin / Launched in 2008, women loved their long-lasting hydrating action at all skin levels / Today, Clarins research has given them every reason to be loved even more / ß Its bi-phase hydric and lipidic texture is even finer and lighter, more sensorial, to give a non-oily finish and even more comfortable skin / Results:More hydrated skin: 87%Softer skin: 87%More supple skin: 82%Dehydration lines were smoothed: 74%Key