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Brand: Clinique / Type: Face Lotion / What it does: Smoothes / Dermatologically tested: yes

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      15.01.2014 16:23
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      One Of My Most Treasured Beauty Items

      If you have read my previous Clinique Lipstick review you may remember me mentioning my families Clinique obsession. For those that haven't basically when growing up I would watch my Nan and my Mum use these branded products almost religiously. So it was almost set in stone that I would follow suit

      3 STEP SYSTEM
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      Originally this was brought for me a part of the '3 Step System' set. This currently retails at £20.00. This was some time ago as this was in my teenage years, when I started to understand the importance of taking care of my skin. Included in this set are a Liquid Face Wash (50ml), Clarifying Lotion (100ml) and a Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (30ml). You are advised to follow the 3 step system as every product enhances the next. I would recommend purchasing this before the full size products as they can be expensive, and everyone's skin is different so this allows you to see if this suits you in particular.

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
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      Sadly I have just come to the end of my current bottle so I am in the process of buying another one. I tend to buy directly off the Clinique website as from sites like EBay counterfeits are sold. However reputable shops like Boots, Debenhams and John Lewis all stock this product. I like buying mine from Clinique as they will often have an offer on for free gifts, money off, free delivery and such. Currently at www.Clinique.co.uk you will receive 2 treats with orders over £40.

      This product is available in 2 different sizes. For 200ml-£16.50 and for 400ml-£25.00. These prices are taken from the Clinique website; however the price does not vary much from other retailers. Obviously if you like this product it's worthwhile to buy the 400ml bottle, as its much more cost efficient.

      WHAT IS IT?
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      Clinique Clarifying Lotion exfoliates the skin, developed by dermatologists to smooth and moisturise. It also removes dead skin cells on normal to oily skin.

      APPEARANCE AND PACKAGING
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      The actual bottle itself is actually the same as the dooyoo picture shown, so I won't go into detail about that. The bottle is very robust I've dropped it many of times when my hands have been wet, and it still looks as good as new. The lid is very thick but incredibly smooth; it's easily unscrewed even with wet hands. The liquid inside is purple as you can probably tell, and I like that you can see exactly how much lotion you have left.

      The clarifying lotion comes packaged in a branded Clinique box, which features instructions, ingredients, recycling information ECT. For people who are familiar with the Clinique brand you will be aware that all the boxes look the same, for those that don't it is simply a green box the same colour as the lid of the clarifying lotion. The box is relatively thick, I choose to store mine in the box and it has retained a brilliant condition.

      HOW TO USE
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      To use this is very simple; instructions can be seen on the back of the box and bottle. However this is pretty self explanatory for most. You will need a cotton ball or cotton pad, whichever you prefer. You then simply remove the lid, place your cotton ball on the top of the lid and tip upside down in order for the product to transfer and seep into the ball. It takes less than a second. You cotton ball with then have a purple circle visible. With this you simply wipe over your face and repeat the process until all your face has been clarified. This lotion lasts such a long time because you use hardly any product at all each time.

      For best results you are of course advised to use the face wash before and follow with the dramatically different moisturiser. Although I believe this works fine on its own, I would advise following with the moisturiser as I feel this heightens and preserves the results. The face wash however is not for me.

      RESULTS
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      As I have been using this product now for the best past of 7 years, I feel I can give a thorough description as what to expect from using this product.

      When I originally started using this I did find that my skin would feel warm and tingle a bit at first. Nothing too uncomfortable or painful and this soon faded. My skin was a lot more sensitive than it used to be, so this is no longer the case. But for people with extremely sensitive skin this may not be the product for you. However Clinique do sell a 'Mild' clarifying lotion so this is probably more suitable.

      After application my skin feels cool and refreshed. I often have a patch of dry skin that decides to make itself known whenever it feels like it; I use this product to rectify this. I add a little more pressure and scrub a bit more than usual, but this soon rids me of any dry area and leaves my skin feeling and looking moisturised

      My skin feels incredibly smooth after use, this lasts for quite a long period of time. Even without the use of moisturiser. I can definitely notice a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin after clarifying.

      I always wash my face before using this to get rid of any make up or residue. I don't use the Clinique face wash as I have one that suits my skin and preferences more. However every time I use this I am always shocked at the amount of dirt that it removes from my skin. My cotton ball always ends up brown. I wash my face thoroughly but it's shocking to know how much dirt is still left in your skin after doing this. I'm glad this is visible on my cotton ball however gross it may be, because that way I know it's working and leaving my skin dirt free.

      WOULD I RECOMMEND?
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      I have a feeling you can already guess my answer? Of course I would recommend! After years and years of use this is still one of my most loved products. (Along with the dramatically different moisturiser) It refreshes my face, leaves skin soft, rids me of unwanted dry skin, and removes all dirt even the dirt that we can't see. The proof is in the cotton ball! 5 out of 5 from me!

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        As part of the 3 step system definitely worth a try

        I recently purchased this as part of the 3 step system. A helpful Clinique assistant found me the product to match my skin type (type 2) after asking a few questions about my skin. I use the liquid soap as a first step just like you would any other facewash, then the clarifying lotion. I apply it to a cotton pad and then just wipe of my face, leaving out eye area and it is amazing to see how much dirt is on the cotton pad when I used it. To me that's proof how much of a 'deep cleanse' you are getting from this product. It lifts the impurities from the pores. When I use it though my skin sometimes stings a little bit, not in a bad way, but it is just something I noticed. Once I used it my skin feels a bit tight. I am thinking that maybe I should try a different skin type version of this product, it may be better suited, but I will bring this up with a Clinique assistant next time I visit a shop. I will keep you posted on any changes.
        After using the clarifying lotion I follow it up with the 3rd step of the system which is the moisturising lotion and found after just 2 weeks my skin was much more radiant and no more spots. So overall I absolutely love it, but must say that the 2nd step of the system is my least favourite. But as a system it works and I would recommend it. I have not mix and matched it with other products from other brands, for me the system works as a whole and has been designed to do so. But it's just a question of trial and error and playing around with different beauty products to find something that works for you. And Clinique offers a money back guarantee if the product doesn't work for you so it just gives you peace of mind when spending that bit more on a premium beauty product.
        It can be pricey, starting from £17 depending on which size you buy. These are available from Boots and most departments stores where there's generally a Clinique assistant on hand to help you. They have also been very helpful with supplying samples if you wanna just try a product so I'd recommend just going in and chatting to someone.

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          20.09.2011 17:52
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          BEAUTIFULLY RADIANT SKIN IN 2 WEEKS

          I bought this Clarifying Lotion as part of an introduction set which included a 50ml Liquid Facial Soap, 100ml Clarifying Lotion and 30ml Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. These 3 products allowed me to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise in just 3 minutes. I was very pleased with the results as I was left with clear and radiant skin in just 2 weeks!

          Clinique offer a Clarifying Lotion for four different skin types, it is best to see a Clinique advisor in a department store before buying any as the products are dermatologist-developed to meet your skin's needs and custom-fit by skin type. As I have oily but sometimes dry skin, I was told to use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 which I use after cleansing my face morning and night.

          This product removes dead surface skin cells on very oily skin leaving the skin to appear smoother, softer, with more light-reflecting qualities which allow more effective moisturisation. I am thrilled with the results every time I use it! I dampen a cotton ball, sweep in one direction over face and throat, I have to make sure to avoid eye area as it can sting very intensely! The lotion exfoliates and tones the skin providing it with a cool, refreshing feeling. I also find that after use my makeup goes on more smoothly and stays on longer because the dead skin cells have been removed. The only downside is that the lotion can really dry out your skin if you use too much of it, sometimes I tend to use it once a day instead of twice because of this but that is just my personal preference.

          The 3-Step Introduction Kit is available from Clinique in department stores, it is also available online on Clinique website. It retails for around £20. To buy the Clarifying Lotion individually it is available for around £15 for 200ml and £24 for 400ml.

          I would most definately recommend this product. It works hard to deep cleanse your pores, revitalising your skin leaving it feeling fresh, soft and radiant.

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          08.09.2011 20:36
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          one of my favourite products ever - amazing

          ===The most amazing exfoliator ever?===

          I am sure that you would all have previously heard that to keep your skin nice and clear that you should be cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin every day, twice a day. Clinique goes one step further with their 3 step system which consists of cleansing, exfoliating and then moisturising. Each product within this system comes in some varieties that come to suit all skin types, so it will suit anybody. I was first introduced to this when I was browsing the Clinique department in a local department store when she demonstrated the whole system on one of my hands, and I could really notice the difference.


          ===A little bit of information about the system as a whole===


          Products within 3 step system (there is also the same system within an anti-blemish range)

          Facial soaps - the facial soaps are 200ml and retail at approximately £14

          Clarifying lotion - these come in 4 different strengths. Number 1 - very dry skin, number 2 - dry combination skin, number 3 - oily combination, and number 4 is designed for very oily skin. These come in 2 sizes, either 200ml - retails at approximately £15, or a 400ml (which is huge!!!) which retails at approximately £24.

          Dramatically different moisturising gel (oily to very oily) or dramatically different lotion (very dry to dry combination) - retailing at approximately £16.50 for a 50ml (a bargain for a moisturiser if you ask me!) or £27.50 for 125ml.


          ===The packaging===

          Each clarifying lotion is a different colour, this particular one being purple. I honestly don't know why it's purple but i kind of like it! It comes in a see through bottle with a green cap, with clinique clarifying lotion 2 written on the side. A pretty average looking bottle but is practical and serves it's purpose well. I particularly like it being transparent as I can see how much product I have left before I have to rush out and buy some more (after using this for some time I feel that my beauty routine would suffer without it!


          ===the ingredients===

          Water, denatured alcohol, witch hazel, glycerin, sodium bicarbonate, menthol, violet 2, red 33, and red 6.


          ===The claims===

          Clinqiue suggests that this product is 'the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique's dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smooths the way for moisture.' You use the facial soap first, followed by the clarifying lotion followed by moisturiser. To use clarifying lotion you simply put some onto a bit of cotton wool and gently sweep over all of your face (but of course avoiding your eyes).


          ===Did it live up to it's claims?===

          I personally have dry combination skin, I am not particularly prone to breakouts, would like to keep it that way, and was hopeful that this product would help me to continue having lovely clear skin. I was given a sample of the clarifying lotion (number 2) and have not looked back since! I feel it really does make a difference to my skin, having used it twice a day for quite some time. This lotion is technically an exfoliator but does not feel harsh in the slightest (although I suppose it could if you have been using one that is too strong for you). Upon sweeping my face with this gorgeous product after cleansing, i feel a lovely tingling sensation as I feel it working its magic. I always seem to remove more make up and impurities by using this even after I have thoroughly cleansed my skin. It may sound a little strange but I never feel that my skin is entirely clean unless I have used this product, I just think its amazing! Although it is an exfoliator it does not dry out the skin in the slightest.


          ===The smell===

          Although I absolutely love this product there is one thing I am not so keen on....the smell. It smells rather strongly of alcohol and I think that this could be off putting to some people. Personally it doesn't bother me too much as I know the product works and a slightly unpleasant smell is something that i can put up with for the purpose of having beautiful skin. Although having said this I would be very happy if it did smell a little more pleasant.


          ===Think that this sounds too strong or could cause an allergic reaction?===

          If you think that this product sounds too strong for your skin or that it might cause an allergic reaction then i think you may be wrong. Clinique have a policy (as a clinique consultant once explained to me) that every product is tested rigorously. I can't remember the exact numbers but it was something along the lines of 60 people will have a product tested on them on about 12 separate occasions and if in any of these occasions somebody has any kind of reaction, the whole process is started again. They are also fragrance free which should help to prevent any allergic reactions.


          ===Value for money===

          When i first started using clarifying lotion, i had received them within small 3-step gifts. I had 2 which totalled to 200ml worth of product. Having used this twice a day, every day I was amazed to find that it had actually lasted me the best part of 6 months. Personally I think that 15 for something that lasts me 6 months is amazing value! I have now bought another 200ml size (I know that the bigger size is much better value, but I would just personally rather have a smaller bottle to handle) which I expect to last me for the next 6 months!


          ===Do i recommend this?===

          YES! This is one of my all time favourite (and believe me I have tried rather a lot!) and it is now a permanent staple in my beauty routine every day. Clinique counters usually have samples which you can try first if you are unsure, and if you are unsure of which number you should be using then the consultant can help you find out. Overall just a brilliant product! (although it could smell nicer)
          Thanks for reading :)

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            An effective toner but a little too harsh on my skin

            My complexion seems to be going through a renewed phase as I have finally grown out of my spotty teenager skin at the grand old age of 25. I'm still trying to figure out what products work best for my skin, and I'm experimenting my way through various facial skin care ranges to try and see what works for my fussy skin. I vary from combination to oily/combination and occasionally sensitive, so it's hard work finding a cleansing routine that fits my needs, especially when taking seasonal factors into account.

            I received a sample size bottle of this Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 and have been trying it out since the start of the month. The Clarifying Lotion 2 is available from high street and department stores, and online at www.clinique.co.uk in two different sized bottles. A 200ml bottle will set you back £15.00, and it costs £24.00 for a 400ml bottle. You get a saving if you buy the bigger bottle, but it does seem a bit on the expensive side to begin with.

            Product description: "Step 2 in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System-and the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique's dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smooths the way for moisture."

            Directions for use:
            * Using cotton ball, sweep over face and throat twice daily after cleansing with Facial Soap.
            * Follow with Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion or Gel.
            * For external use only. Avoid eye area.

            The 3-step skincare routine is well-known and covers CLeansing, Toning, and Moisturising. This Clarifying Lotion fits into stage 2, Toning. It has the number 2 in the name as this refers to the skin type, number 2 being Dry / Combination.

            Toning is a necessary step between cleansing and moisturising and this toner did a scarily good job of removing any last traces of make-up or cleansing products. In fact it was quite shocking to see how much residue can be left behind even after cleansing. To use this, I simply pour some onto a cotton wool pad and then wipe over my skin. Afterwards the pad always look filthy and is covered in muck which is a bit icky, although at least it is being removed from my skin.

            I apply this over my face and neck on a twice daily basis. My sample sized bottle contains 60ml of product and so far I have half the bottle left after 2 weeks of use. In this case I estimate that my 60ml bottle will last for one month, so with the full sized bottles you will get at least a couple of moths usage.

            I found that this really helped to cleanse my skin and remove any excess dirt and oils. I tend to get oily patches develop during the day and using this toner did keep them at bay, keeping my skin looking fresh and shine-free. Although this toner is fragrance free I found it to have quite a harsh chemically scent to it and after using it on my skin I experience a short-lived light tingling sensation. This is not enough to cause any redness or irritation, but it does feel a little uncomfortable for a short while.

            I also made the mistake of not reading the bottle first and hence not seeing the warning to avoid using this around the eye area. Big mistake! I swept the soaked cotton pad over my eyelids and underneath my eyes to get rid of a few mascara smudges and instantly my eyes felt like they were burning and it stung intensely. I have been very careful to avoid using this on my eyes ever since, but it is a bit impractical as I have to use an extra product and create another step in my beauty routine. As well as cleanser, toner and moisturiser, I also need to use a specific eye cleanser product which is a bit of a pain as it slows things down when I'm getting ready.

            This Clarifying Lotion is excellent for keeping my skin fresh and it has helped to control any greasyness that I would normally experience. I found that I really had to follow up with moisturiser afterwards otherwise my skin would feel dry and in need of hydration quite quickly. I would recommend it if you are looking for a deep clean as it certainly does the job of clarifying the skin. However, this was a little too harsh on my skin and I would prefer something that can also be used around the eyes, so although it is good it's not quite perfect for me.

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              07.06.2011 20:20
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              A great lotion for use between cleansing and moisturising

              Despite being generally low maintenance when it comes to my appearance and not really spending much time on how I look or using too many products, when I am going to buy any beauty items I will tend to spend a bit more to get something of a better quality. Since I don't use skincare as often as your average girl, I can afford to spend a few more pounds on something that I know is going to be better for my skin and that will hopefully last longer. This is why I keep coming back to Clinique when it comes to facial skincare. I have been using their moisturisers on and off for years and find their foaming cleanser to be the best facial cleanser I've ever used and so had high hopes for this clarifying lotion.

              Clinique has a 3-step System in facial skincare, comprising cleansing, exfoliation and moisturising. This clarifying lotion is the second step in this process and so is to be used after cleanser but before moisturiser. It is recommended to be used twice daily and Clinique claims that it 'smooths the way for moisture' as well as having light exfoliating properties. Along with a cleanser and moisturiser (obviously Clinique recommends you use their products for these jobs as well, but it's not essential) this lotion should keep your skin looking nice and in good condition.

              And in general it lives up to the claim. When I use this lotion after washing my face or having a shower my skin does feel nicer than if I hadn't used anything at all and I do notice the light exfoliating effect making my skin softer with less dead skin over time. When I stick to using cleanser, clarifying lotion and moisturiser once or twice a day I do notice that my skin looks a lot brighter and nicer than if I'd missed out this step altogether. Whenever I've neglected to use it for a few days or weeks I'm always annoyed at having done so once I start using it again, as I really do look so much nicer that there's no good reason not to use it.

              Using the clarifying lotion is pretty simple: apply a splash of it to cotton wool or a cotton pad and sweep over your face and neck. I usually spend a bit more time rubbing it on areas where I'm prone to more dead skin or duller complexion but I only spend about 20 seconds or so using it. Moisturiser can then be applied whenever skin is dry again if there is any of the lotion left on the skin.

              The clarifying lotion that I am reviewing today is type 2 out of 4 available, and is meant for normal to oily skin. Type 1 is for dryer skin with 3 and 4 being intended for people with oily and very oily skin respectively. My skin is combination and number 2 works well for me, but I imagine that types 3 or 4 would be necessary for anyone with more oil production. Each clarifying lotion is also available in 200ml or 400ml bottles, with each type being a different colour so it's difficult to confusedly pick up the wrong one.

              In conclusion, this clarifying lotion is great and is a good part of a facial skin routine. At £14 for 200ml or £23 for 400ml it might sound expensive, but since you realistically only use 2ml or so per use the larger bottle would last for months even if you used it twice per day, and obviously even longer if you use it less often than this. On the other hand, it's also far and away not the most expensive product of its kind on the market and so I'd say that this is a reasonable price to pay for something that's as good quality and well respected as the Clinique brand. The only complaint I would really have is with the lid of the bottle, as I managed to break the one on my second bottle after only having had it for a few weeks. Although it's closed it now tends to leak if it's not standing up straight and so I haven't been able to take it abroad with me, only using it when I'm back in Newcastle. I will probably buy another bottle to take to Edinburgh with me when I go back in September, but ideally it would be nice to have a lid that was harder to break. But yes, in general, highly recommended product for people with facial skin (I wouldn't recommend it if your skin has been misplaced or removed - I can't imagine it would be pleasant to use on raw flesh).

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                24.05.2011 19:29
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                A fabulous product

                I use the Clinique 3 step regime at the start of summer and the beginning of winter to get my skin in tip top condition for the change in weather. The second part of the regime is the exfoliating part and for this Clinique have a lotion as opposed to a scrub like most other brands.
                The clarifying lotion is so good that it remains a part of my routine year round and I use it when my skin is looking a bit drab or if I am suffering from sots or blemishes.

                I use the no 2 clarifying lotion which is for dry and combination skin. I really think it is important to visit the clinique counter and get some advice on which no would be best for you as in the past I was using the wrong one for my type of skin and when I switched to this one the results were much more dramatic.

                A 200ml bottle of clarifying lotion will set you back £14 and for me it is worth every penny. You use it after cleansing and before you apply moisturizer to deep cleanse and exoliate your skin.
                You just need to soak some lotion in a cotton wool ball and go over your face and neck. Even when I have cleansed thouraghly I always notice more dirt being removed when I look at the cotton wool ball.

                The clarifying lotion is fantastic is you suffer from breakouts as it really will help to dislodge all the trapped dirt from your pores and leave your skin feeling ultra clean. It also does help with removing any dry patches I have neamy nose and on my cheeks and helps my skin feel softer and smoother and it looks more radiant.

                It does sting my skin a tiny bit when i am using it but any redness afterwards disapears within a few minutes and it doesn't irritate me or cause my skin to react.
                My skin is also left feeling comfortable and it doesn't cause it to become dry and tight like some other toners I have tried.
                A 200ml bottle doesn't last me as long as some other products but thats probably because when I am using it I use it often at least twice a day and sometimes 3 times.

                I have been using it for years and it really is one of those products that I couldn't live without now and is tried and tested in helping me overcome any breakouts I get.

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                  A Beneficial Addition to my Skincare Regime

                  The Clinique Clarifying Lotion is another product in the "3-Step" skincare range and this product is "Step 2". The idea is to use this lotion after cleansing your face and before applying moisturiser. The lotion was developed by Clinique's own Dermatologists to help "de-flake" dry skin which in theory will make your moisturiser work better and your skin even smoother.

                  The only area of my face that gets particularly flakey is my nose so this is the area I concentrated on the most. I used a ball of cotton wool to sweep the lotion all over my face, only in moderation though because I found that if I used too much of the lotion the Chemically smell was very strong and even stung my face a little bit. The lotion does come out of the bottle quite fast so you need to be careful when pouring it out, because I only used a smell amount of this each day the lotion lasted me quite a long time.

                  I have to say I was impressed with the smoothness of my skin after using this, there was a noticeable difference after applying this compared to when I just apply my moisturiser only. In effect it is making the job of the moisturiser a lot easier as a lot of the dryness and flakiness of your skin is already improved by this lotion. I also found that the lotion had similar effects to a Toner, the colour and tone of my skin was a lot more even and much less blotchy which was a bonus.

                  There are different "Numbers" of this lotion available such as Number 1 - for very Dry skin and this one Number 2 - for dry combination skin (perfect for me since my skin has a combination of textures). Overall I was impressed with this products as long as I didn't apply too much at one it was very gentle on my skin.

                  The 200ml bottle is £14
                  The 400ml bottle is £23

                  I reccomend all of the Products in Clinique's 3-Step Range, they are all very good.

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                  A great toner if you like toners...otherwise it's a good, but optional, step

                  Cleanse, tone and moisturise was a mantra I learned (though then pretty much ignored) as a teen. Clinique are a tad posher than that, though, so they remove the toning and add a little clarification instead. It's the 2nd in a 3 step process, but for me it's also the optional one.

                  On their website, Clinique suggests you wash with their facial soap then swipe this over your face before finishing with some Dramatically Different lotion. I do chop and change with what I use on my face, but I also understand the benefits of product lines, and if, on occasions when I'm cleansing my face with a Clinique product and also want to follow with a toner of sorts, the obvious choice is a Clinique one.
                  The product description for this is quite interesting. It's supposed to be an exfoliating lotion which is puzzling for people used to exfoliating scrubs or, at a push, cream cleansers with exfoliating microbeads. They work and you can see why - literally, you can often see the exfoliating particles. But an exfoliating lotion, that looks like pastel coloured water? That's a new one.

                  I didn't receive a Clinique soap in my gift set, but did get their Cream Cleanser, and decided I could use this lotion after that to make my own version of their 3 step system (I do have their moisturiser, but I'm still using up a different brand's for now). This lotion is particularly easy to store and use as it's in a bottle not a tube. It has a flat base to keep it steady, a simple screw top and a nice wide neck to allow the lotion out. (I'm calling it that because they do, but I think it's more of a liquid than a lotion, as the latter conjures up images of something thicker or creamier than this jazzed up water).

                  You really need cotton wool to apply this lotion - toilet paper is an emergency alternative, but really doesn't work as well as you need something that will hold the liquid while you swipe, plus it can be rougher than nice fluffy cosmetic pads. I use round cotton wool pads, because they have a better flat surface area than balls, making the whole process quicker and more efficient. I tip the bottle up with the cotton wool tight but not too tight over the opening, and find just one tip is enough to soak the pad. To use, I then simply wipe the now wet pad over my face, back and forth until it is all tingly. That's the great thing about this, and indeed most toners: you can tell where you've swiped it by the tingling feeling and slight trail of dampness left behind.

                  My experience of toners in the past is that they make my skin feel nice and tight - not unpleasantly so, but almost like I've had a mini facelift as everything feels refined and pulled back. After using a creamy cleanser or soap this is great as your skin can sometimes feel a bit clogged after those, even if you've washed them off, and this lotion leaves you feeling like you've removed all the previous product, as well as the grime. And, wow, what a grime remover. I've mentioned in previous reviews the circumstances my skin currently lives in - limited access to water, plus filthy, dusty, African streets and so on. The Clinique Cream Cleanser is great for removing dirt, but so is this lotion. The colour of the cotton wool once I'm finished is deliciously alarming - on some days it actually matches the orange/brown colour of the streets I trek to and from the office. I almost wish there was a 3rd cleaning product to add to the end of my new skincare system to see what else can come out of my pores. In my experience the cream cleanser gently lifts off the surface dirt, while this seems to exfoliate any muck that's lying deeper in the skin. My skin still feels clean after only the cleanser, but is feels really, REALLY clean when I use this as well.

                  I don't have sensitive skin, but this does sting a bit if you get it on damaged parts - in my case that's where I've missed the Deet and have the mosquito bites to prove it. It's not tear-your-hair-out painful but it does make me grimace a bit. The smell is a bit boozy but not too off putting - again, it's clinical smelling which conjures up images of high tech laboratories and technicians in lab coats and is surprisingly reassuring.

                  The official claims are that this product "De-flakes, sweeps away build ups of oil, nudges fresher skin to the surface. Helps dry skins maximise moisture, oily skins avert breakout". Aside from the dubious phrasing (is "to deflake" really a verb?) that sounds quite good though to me nudging forward comes from behind, so it's a bit weird that they think you can nudge something up by attacking it from above not underneath. Anyway, I digress. The product claims to do more than most toners, and though I still find it odd that something that appears smooth can be an exfoliator, I won't dispute these claims. This lotion does more than just exfoliate out the dirt, too. It also improves overall feel and appearance of skin. When I look in the mirror afterwards my skins looks smoother, my pores look smaller, and my skin tone is more even, with minimal colour variation.

                  I tried this on its own (i.e. without a pre-cleanse) just to see what it was like, conscious that this is not the way Clinique recommend you use it. It worked well as removing dirt, but my skin felt a bit funny afterwards, almost stripped too bare, so I would recommend following the usage instructions. That said, I think there is a little room for variety, and you can use either a soap or cream wash beforehand in my experience. I also tried it for another 'off label' use: cleaning my feet. I have a nasty cut that went funny so am soaking my foot in Potassium Permanganate twice daily on (witch)doctor's orders. While this is helping sort out the problem, it's also helping to turn my food an attractive purple/brown colour that water alone will not wash off. This is a surprisingly effective lotion for removing the staining, though a little rubbing is required. I'm not sure whether this finding is reassuring or worrying...

                  Overall I do like this lotion, but the fact you need to use it in conjunction with other products puts me off a tiny bit. It's not that it doesn't work, but sometimes I'd rather wash and go than faff around with different bottles and a multi-step process. I think this is an optional addition - I can happily use the cleanser without following it with this, but wouldn't want to use this without the cleanser before it. That said, if you have the time (and inclination) to cleanse, tone (sorry, 'clarify') and moisturise then I can't find fault with this one. Another solid product from Clinique.

                  This product is for dry - dry to normal skin. I certainly don't have oily skin, and the sun can be drying on my otherwise normal skin, so that's fine. Other versions are also available for other skin types.

                  £14 for 200ml / £23 for 400ml from Clinique online, but check Debenhams or House of Fraser etc for Bonus Time offers which make the prices a little more palatable. I've also just discovered that Amazon stock some of the Clinique range - maybe put your dooyoo vouchers to good use and buy yourself a Christmas present?

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                    Another great investment from Clinique

                    If you have read my recent reviews, you will see that I have recently gone on a bit of a Clinique binge. I bought the Clinique Facial Soap, which is part of the Clinique 3 Step Skin Care regime, and was advised to also buy this product to achieve the best results.

                    - PRICE

                    I bought the Clarifying Lotion for £23.00 from House of Fraser for a 400ml bottle, and this tends to be the general market price. As with my other products, I would advise you to look for the product online (in order to take advantage of the cheaper prices) on websites such as ebay and Amazon, or at cheapsmells.co.uk, where the product can be bought for £19.95 plus P+P.

                    - PACKAGING

                    The clarifying lotion is in a tall, slim, cylindrical bottle and it has a white, screw on lid. The Clinique logo and a brief description of the product are printed on the front of the bottle. Instructions for use and general information about the product are on the back of the bottle.

                    - THE PRODUCT

                    The lotion appears to be a lilac colour when it is in the bottle, although when it is dispensed onto cotton wool, it appears colourless. The product has a consistency similar to water.

                    - USE

                    When I bought this product, I was given a 'pump' with which to replace the screw on lid. However, I have tried to use this pump and am not sure how it works. It does not have the usual design and I cannot find any information online regarding how to use it. Therefore, I dispense the lotion onto a cotton wool pad by tipping the bottle upside down.

                    I use this product straight after the Clinique Facial Soap. The clarifying lotion is designed to be an exfoliating lotion that is gentle to the skin, instead of being harsh as many traditional exfoliating products are (usually those with beads!)

                    The lotion should be applied to the cotton wool pad, and I find that one or two drops usually suffices. The cotton wool pad should then be swept across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin only once. The clarifying lotion seems to make the skin 'tingle' and you really feel like it is working well at removing dirt and dead skin.

                    After using the product, the effect on the skin can be felt almost instantly. My skin feels refreshed and clear, and does not feel at all tight. I really feel that this product prepares the skin perfectly for make up application, if it is followed with a good moisturiser (I use the Clinique Step 3 Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion).

                    When I bought this product, the sales assistant showed me the difference in my skin before and after using this product; she used skin tape and pressed it lightly onto my skin. She then stuck this tape onto a mirror and the dead skin cells could be clearly seen. However, after I used the clarifying lotion, she repeated this process and the tape was considerably clearer. This was the definite selling point for me - it demonstrates the sheer quality and effectiveness of this lotion.

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                    A skincare product that actually works, and then some!

                    A few months ago, I bought some anti-blemish products from the Clinique website, and received a few freebies with my order. One of these was a small (15ml) bottle of clarifying lotion. I have to admit, it's the kind of product I would be very sceptical about buying- having tried out a range of skincare products in the past, I'd come to the conclusion that the only thing that had any real effect on my combination skin was a daily dollop of moisturiser and the odd face mask. The anti-blemish products I bought did nothing to counteract this view- they were completely ineffectual, and left me seriously dubious about the rest of the Clinique skincare range. But I'm never one to turn my nose up at a freebie, so I decided I may as well give this little bottle a try.

                    Clinique have developed a three-step skincare system: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise, and this clarifying lotion is step two. When I think of exfoliating, I picture loofahs and scrubs full of little scratchy bits, but this lotion is the consistency of water, and is designed to be applied to the skin with cotton wool. It is available in different varieties to suit various skin types- luckily for me, the sample I got was number 2, designed for dry combination skin, and therefore perfectly suited to me. The website claimed that this lotion would 'de-flake to reveal clearer skin' and 'smooth the way for moisture', but quite how this super-smooth liquid could do that, I wasn't sure. The ingredients list didn't sound like anything special either: water, alcohol denat, witch hazel, glycerin, menthol and sodium bicarbonate. All things I'd used on my skin before, in various different guises.

                    This Clarifying Lotion comes in a clear plastic bottle, through which the pale purple liquid inside is visible. The screw cap is pale green, and easy to remove. The little bottle that I received had very little information on it- the only advice on it was to 'avoid eye area'. Not particularly helpful, although this little pearl of wisdom was written in about ten different languages! Fortunately, the big bottle you get in the shops is a lot more informative, and instructs you to 'sweep over face/throat twice daily' using a cotton ball.

                    I decided to use this opportunity to try out a skincare regime for the first time in my life, just to see if it really would make any difference at all to my problem skin. Instead of investing in yet more pricey Clinique products, I used what I had to hand- an old Olay cleanser, this Clarifying Lotion and my No. 7 Protect and Perfect Beauty Serum. I was highly doubtful that this routine would make any improvement, and secretly suspected that smothering my skin in all these chemicals would have the opposite effect. But I thought it was worth a go, if only to prove to myself that I was justified in not splashing out on these expensive products.

                    After cleansing, I unscrewed the little bottle of Clarifying Lotion and tipped a bit out onto a ball of cotton wool. The smell of the stuff came as a big surprise- although I knew it was fragrance free, I hadn't expected it to smell so bad! It was very chemically and alcoholic- reminiscent of nail varnish remover. This made me highly dubious about applying it to my skin; surely this would dry it out more than ever! However, I bit the bullet and swept the cotton wool over my face. A little went a long way- a couple of quick tilts of the bottle onto the cotton wool ball amply covered my face. The lotion felt cool, but my skin stang a bit as I applied it, reinforcing my fears that this would leave my face dry and irritated. However, the stinging soon subsided, and to my great surprise, my skin didn't feel at all tight or dry after using this. Even the gentlest products leave my skin flakey and in need of a generous covering of moisturiser, yet this powerful smelling, watery lotion didn't dry my skin out at all, and even counteracted the drying effects of the cleanser I'd used just before it. Wow!

                    After three weeks of persevering with my new skincare routine, my free bottle ran out. But the results spoke for themselves- during this time, I'd had only one tiny spot, nothing compared to the large, red bad boys that often plague my skin. And my need for moisturiser had greatly decreased- the dry areas of my skin had all but vanished. Basically, my skin was looking brighter, healthier and more even than it had in years, and I firmly believe that this Clarifying Lotion was the main cause. For that reason, I went straight to my local Boots and bought a 200ml bottle for £14. This would have seemed like a lot before I tried it out, but having seen that the 15ml bottle lasted for three weeks (used once a day), I'm sure that this large bottle will last for at least six months, and probably a lot longer. The only slight problem I've had with the large bottle is that the neck is a lot wider than on my tiny sample bottle, which means that a lot more liquid comes out onto the cotton wool in one tilt of the bottle- usually more than I need to cover my whole face. As you only need to use this sparingly, I wish they'd use a narrower opening over the bottle neck to make it easier to control how much is coming out. I might actually decant some of the lotion into my little sample bottle to get round this problem.

                    All in all, I'd heartily recommend this product to anyone with combination skin. It really is the most effective thing I've tried, and has made a huge difference to my skin. The things that usually cause my skin to break out (fluctuating hormones, drinking alcohol and lack of sleep) haven't affected it at all since I've been using this. And my dry skin is also much improved, although this is probably partly thanks to the serum I've been applying after using this lotion. Having tried so many products over the years, I'm very happy to have finally hit on one that actually works, and will certainly continue using it daily. For the results I've had, £14 is a small price to pay, particularly as a bottle lasts for so long. What's not to like?

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                      Clarifying lotion? Does your skin really need it? Well, I'm not quite sure about your skin, but my skin certainly does!

                      Like the Liquid Facial soap (already reviewed), I purchased this in a travel size kit for £20 (you get the facial soap, clarifying lotion and moisturiser). To be perfectly honest with you, I wasn't really sure what to expect with the clarifying lotion, I wasn't sure if it was going to be like a toner or just an extra cleanser or what it would be, but I'm glad I found out.

                      This particular bottle is the Clarifying Lotion 2 - for dry/dry combination skin.

                      The lotion comes in a very sturdy plastic bottle exactly like the one pictured above. The only differences are the sizes (100ml, 200ml and 400ml). I have the 100ml bottle and it's the perfect size for travelling, but won't look strange if you have the bottle sitting in your bathroom. The plastic is cloudy, but you can see exactly how much product you have left in the bottle, which I really like. On the back of the bottle, you're told it's 100% fragrance free and how to use it. This is printed in 6 different languages.

                      The product itself is less of a lotion and more of a liquid. It has the exact same consistency as water but is lilac in colour. As for fragrance free, they're wrong. This smells a lot like nail polish remover to me (looks like it too!), and at the start, this was a definite turn off, but I used it anyway.

                      To use it you just pour a little onto a cotton pad or cotton ball - the 100ml bottle doesn't have a pump, this is the same for the 200ml bottle, but if you splurge and buy 400mls, you'll get a pump too! You then just sweep it across your face after cleansing with the liquid facial soap and this will act as a toner and light exfoliator at the same time. It will remove dead skin cells and make your skin look brighter. You do get a slight tingling with this, but I think that's it working into your pores to be perfectly honest with you, and we all want clean pores!

                      You then follow it up with moisturiser.

                      So what does it actually do?
                      Well aside from removing dead skin cells, giving your pores a bit of a deeper clean and brightening your skin, it will make moisturising easier and even prevent breakouts. Yep, since using this my spots have all gone and haven't come back (even at that dreaded time of the month). Some might say it's a coincidence, but my mum and best friend both use this and have had the same results. Score!

                      The only downside is the price. 200ml will cost you £14 while the 400ml bottle will cost you £23. That's fine until you add the liquid facial soap and moisturiser, then you have yourself a heft price tag for nice skin, but the way I see it is that your skin is the biggest organ in your body and you should invest in making it look nice if that's something you care about.

                      This can be purchased from any Clinique counter or online at www.boots.com or www.clinique.co.uk

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                      - deep cleanses pores
                      - acts as a light exfoliator
                      - refreshes and brightens skin

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                      - price
                      - scent

                      Even at this price and with the weird smell, I'll still continue to use this as it has helped my skin and changed it dramatically. Highly recommended!

                      Thanks for reading!

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                        use with three step system for perfect skin!

                        I use the clinique three step skin care system. Step 1 Cleanser. Step 2 Clarifying lotion. Step 3 Moisturiser. This product is my step two. I have reviewed Step one and step three, so check them out if your interested in the clinique system.

                        *skin type*
                        The products are matched to your skin type by answering a few questions about your skin either online or in store. You are then given a skin type number (1,2,3,4).

                        *Price*
                        The bottle comes in two sizes- 200ml at £14.00 and 400ml at £23.00. I do feel its a worthwhile investment as its a great product and lasts a long time.

                        *Product*
                        I use number two for my skin, oily in the T-zone with dryness prone cheeks.This product is used as you would use a toner, after cleasing. However according to clinique its not a toner but an 'exfoliation lotion'. It gently sweeps away dulling surface particles to reveal a radiant you. or something like that :) . I may not know the science behind it but i do know it works.
                        I sweep it over my face with cotton wool, then it start to tingle (Don't worry, its meant to!) This shows its working. The lady at the clinique counter said if your clarifying lotion doesn't tingle it might be time to move up to a higher number.

                        The result of using this is my pores are more refined on my nose and forehead, and yet my cheeks are still comfortable. It doesn't have a drying effect on my dryness prone cheeks at all.

                        *Packaging*
                        Simple design, very classic. Hard bottle with screw top lid. Strong enough to withstand being chucked about by baggage handlers in your suitcase :).

                        In summary, this is a nice product, it leaves your skin feeling really clean and refreshed but with no dryness often associated with toners. If you have problem skin, I would reccomend clinique!

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                          A great Way To Clean Your Dirty Face.

                          If you have looked at any of my other reviews you will see that I have reviewed the two other Clinique products in Clinique's 3 step programme, The liquid facial soap and the Dramatically different moisturising lotion both of which varied greatly in the results for me and that is why I thought that I should review the clarifying lotion which is step 2


                          ==== What Is Toner ====

                          The purpose of a Toner or Clarifying lotion is to strip away all traces of makeup and daily dirt and oils from the skin that cleansers miss, It is also a way of tightening pores and refreshing your skin. the only problem with some of these is that they can also strip away your natural skin oils and upset the PH balance of your skin as most contain alcohol and the Clinique clarifying lotion does contain some alcohol


                          ==== The Product ====

                          Cliniques clarifying lotion is step 2 in the Clinique's 3 step programme and is classified as an exfoliator although most people think of it as a Toner.
                          It should be used after cleansing your skin with the facial soap or your usual cleanser.
                          For the purpose of this review I am concentrating on the the number 2 lotion which is designed for normal to oily skin but it is also available in the following versions

                          Clarifying lotion Mild - For delicate and dry skin skin
                          Clarifying lotion 1 - Sensitive skin
                          Clarifying lotion 2 - Dry Combination skin
                          Clarifying lotion 3 - Oily skin
                          Clarifying lotion 4 - Very oily skin

                          All the Clarifying lotions are Allergy tested and 100% Fragrance free.

                          The product comes in a round bottle and has a screw top and reminds my of a bottle of nail varnish remover and funnily enough to my sensitive button of a nose it had a faint smell of nail varnish even though its is supposedly 100% fragrance free.


                          ==== What it Claims To Do ====

                          It claims that it sweeps away dead skin cells and reveals smoother and softer skin and allows better mosiurisation and helps your makeup stay in place while providing your skin with a deep clean feeling.


                          ==== How I Use It ====

                          After cleansing I leave my skin very slightly damp and using a cotton wool pad apply the lotion to the cotton wool. I use upward strokes and start from the bottom of my neck up to my throat and then my face making sure to avoid the delicate eye area.


                          ==== Why Up and not Down =====

                          If you use downward strokes you are not opening your pores and allowing the skin to really absorb the lotion you are basically just smoothing your skin down, using upward strokes really opens your skin and pores and allows you to get a really deep cleanse.
                          You should do this morning and evening as part of your cleanse tone and moisturise routine.


                          ==== The Results ====

                          I am very happy with my current cleanser and was always sure that I was getting the best cleanse for me skin until I used the Clarifying lotion.
                          I put just enough of the product on my cotton wool pad to make it damp and when I removed the pad from my skin I was rather horrified to see that it had makeup on it and dare I say it a little dirt. I ended up using two cotton wool pads to clean my face and neck!.
                          When you first apply the lotion you can really feel it on your skin, my skin tingled and felt very smooth and refreshed.
                          I also noticed that my moisturiser seemed to really skin in well into my skin and my whole face looked as though I had a facial in a salon.
                          I think that it is also worth noting that when I didn't apply my moisturiser straightaway I did notice that my skin felt a little bit tight and that maybe because it stripped some of the natural facial oils but when my moisturiser was applied my skin felt great and balance was restored!


                          ==== My Conclusion ====

                          Overall I have to say that as a toner I think that this is a really good product even after having a deep cleanse it always manages to find some daily dirt, makeup and oils on my skin and removes them in a couple of strokes.
                          It leaves my skin feeling really clean and smooth and is the perfect way to prepare your skin before moisturizing.


                          ==== Cost And Availability ====

                          Clinique products are widely available in department stores and larger boots and also online. the 200ml bottles costs approx £14.00

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                            Some of you may have just read my review on step 1 of this Clinique 3 step system, well this is the follow up. Step two is the clarifying lotion. There are 4 different versions of this I believe, each one is for different skin. My skin is combination really and they told me to try number two. This is the one in the blue bottle.

                            The same as the cleansing lotion, the bottle is see through but tinted blue and you are able to see the liquid inside which is great for seeing how much you have remaining.

                            This product is available in two sizes, I bought the smaller of the two and it cost me around £14 for it. The larger one was considerably more and seeing as it was the first time I was trying the product I didn't want to pay a lot for the larger one if it meant not getting on with it.

                            Once I came round to using the product, I was told to only wipe it over my face using a cotton pad once as it is also used as an exfoliater. It is amazing to see how much dirt still comes off your face even after you have washed!

                            This product smelt quite strongly, it's not too pleasant and smells very surgical, but this is only because they have left it without being perfumed so that it doesn't irritate certain people. I also found that it stings sometimes around the eye area. By no means however wipe this under your nose if you have a cold! It stings like there's no tomorrow, I soon learnt my lesson!
                            Other than the occasional sting, I really like using this product. It makes my face feel really clean and helps keep spots away.

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                          Exfoliation is the engine of skin renewal / Why Clinique's dermatologist-developed Clarifying Lotion is the difference-maker / It gently sweeps away dulling surface flakes to reveal clearer, smoother skin-perfectly prepped for moisture / Optimizes cell turnover / Uncovers skin's natural radiance /