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      24.05.2015 13:59
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      • "gets nails in ship shape order"

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      Nice palette cleanser

      I found a bargain set of OPI products on Amazon and was buying a few items (I always buy in bulk lol) and the set had the nail oil for cuticles to go (it has a brush on it) that I keep in the car, and some hand cream I wanted to try. The exfoliating cuticle treatment was not a product I was seeking out but I figured I was happy to give it a go.

      My nails
      ... are always polished and it's usually a quick changeover between colours. I now use this exfoliating treatment after removal to help prepare my nails for the next manicure.

      What is in it?
      OPI Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment OPI Nail Care A combination of gentle alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acids this cuticle treatment eliminates dry, rough cuticles. OPI advanced avocado lipid complex aids in replenishing essential moisture and lipids while antioxidant willow bark extracts combined with vitamin E nourishes the cuticles.

      What does it do?
      Helps smooth out rough cuticles and also delivers moisture to nails and replaces lipids so can help with a dry nail bed.

      My thoughts
      This is an exfoliator but strangely you cannot feel a grain in it at all so I am not sure how it actually works. It does feel so creamy and luxurious on the nail and visible dry patches disappeared immediately which I thought was quite impressive!

      Price
      On Amazon, a 30 ml bottle which is the same size as mine is £9.44. I paid little more than this for the set also on Amazon so it is worth looking out for the best deal.

      Final word
      I will buy this again, for sure, it makes my natural nails look a lot nicer and prepares them for nail varnish, helping to trap in some moisture. I think since starting to use this it has also encouraged my nails to grow a bit faster too. My 30ml bottle will last for months though so it will be a while before I need to rebuy it.

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      24.05.2015 13:26
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      • "quick to use"

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      • price

      Eyeing up bare minerals again

      I was fortunate to stumble upon a skin care and make up set at TK Maxx for just £12.99 and it had the foundation in it that I use anyway so I knew it was a great bargain.

      Included in the set as this Bare Minerals eye cream, a little 7m pot which I was pleased to try.

      First impressions
      The pot looks lovely, it's a white pot with a black screw top lid and the product inside is white and thick.

      The claim
      You can hydrate you eye area with this moisturising cream to dimish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is powered by the rare minerals active soil complex. The formula revitalises skin and boosts moisture and leaves the delicate eye area looking revived, refreshed and luminous.

      In use
      I apply a tiny amount lightly using the fingertips to massage in the product. It leaves behind a greasy sheen for quite a while so for this reason I'll be saving mine to use at night time as I don't mind it having a while to sink in at night but it's no good in the morning when I am rushing out of the house and trying to apply make up!

      My thoughts
      I think this eye cream is a good nourishing product which I am happy to use at night, I have noticed a positive move in my skin's colouring and condition around the eye area since I started using it and it's going in the right direction!

      How much?
      This eye cream costs £35 for 15ml on the Fishpond website.

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      24.05.2015 13:14

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      • "Keeps skin nice and soft"

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      • soil?

      Moisturising with minerals

      I was lucky recently when I found a Bare Minerals set in TK Maxx containing skincare for just £12.99. The Purely Nourishing Moisturizer was included in a generous 30ml tube (I thought that was good for a travel set) and the box promised it as suitable for combination skin.

      The claim
      This is a light weight moisturiser from Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin. Designed to leave your skin feeling firmer, more elastic, radiant and improved skin texture.

      Leave your skin feeling pampered with Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin. Powered by RareMineals ActiveSoil Complex, it delivers an electrolyte system formulated to provide the skin with the perfect amount of hydration for combination skin.

      First impressions
      the tube has a very large black lid that the product inside can sit on. When you screw off the lid there is a clean nozzle that enables the smallest amount to be squeezed out. It is nice and hygenic and easy to use. The label is clear to read and it advises that the cream can be used at day and night.

      In use
      I like to use a light moisturiser in the morning underneath my make up and the bare minerals formula is perfect for this. It leaves skin soft and fresh and doesn't pill or stay greasy on the face.

      My thoughts
      I'm not sure what I think about the soil but the bare minerals are all made from natural sources so soil must be one of them!

      This moisturiser left my skin feeling younger and and I like that it is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances and artificial oils. I could happily use this every day although I prefer a thicker night cream.

      How much?
      A 50 ml tube is £27 on the Look Fantastic website.

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    • Bare Minerals Cleanser / Skin Care / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 13:12

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      • "easy to use"

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      • none

      Cleansing with bare minerals

      I was lucky to pick up a mega set from TK Maxx recently which had some Bare Minerals skin care in it, a foundation and a brush, all for the extremely low price of £12.99. Believe me that is a bargain for this brand and it wasn't even in their sale, that was just the price!

      The claim
      This gentle, purifying cleanser powered by BareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex will not only remove makeup but also dissolves impurities and re-balances your skin for a soft, smooth complexion. Your skin will be left feeling perfectly clean and instantly hydrated -. Yyour answer to renewed skin.
      First impressions
      This cleanser comes with a flip top lid and inside is a hole to squeeze out the product, of which you only need a tiny amount.

      In use
      The back of the bottle advises applying a small amount to a damp face, massaging in to a lather then rinsing off. This is a foaming cleanser and very easy to apply. My skin felt a little tight afterwards but it often does after cleansing.
      My thoughts
      I liked this cleanser, it was easy to use and I used a toner afterwards to remove any traces of the soap based cleanser. My bottle is 60 ml but it will last ages as you only need a tiny amount each time.

      Price
      On the Look Fantastic Website, a 177 ml bottle of this cleanser is £15 which seems quite reasonable for this premium brand.

      Final word
      I am glad I got to try this facial cleanser as it really felt nice on my skin and it lathered up well. I think I will be able to use it with my Konjac sponge too (see earlier review) which will make the product go further.

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      24.05.2015 10:57
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      • "nice and light"

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      • price

      The calm cream

      when I saw the word Milky included in this cream I was suspicious on two accounts, firstly I associate milky with cleansers in skin care and the second point was the worry that it would be runny, I HATE a runny face cream.

      I needn't have worried...
      The face cream was white and pretty solid. It sank in to my skin at an amazingly fast rate, I couldn't believe how thirsty my skin must have been as it literally drank the cream from my face.

      Not a trace
      I had no trace of this cream on my face within two minutes, there was no greasy after experience that many moisturisers give. There was no pilling of the product which I also hate.

      What does it do?
      This is a so called high-tolerance moisturiser, with a silky and melting texture. It is specially formulated for normal to dry sensitive skin. It acts on the skin like a caress to help sooth and calm any discomfort and redness using essential milk of rose, and extracts of white birch bark.
      Reduce the irritants in your life!
      Using this cream helps nourish and protect the skin from irritants by strengthening its protective barrier using a Lacto Calm Complex: Essential Milks of Cotton and Lily, Concentrated Rose Water, Cotton Lipids, Pine and Grape Polyphenols.

      Further strengthen your skin
      Reduce the signs of reactivity by helping to reinforce skin's tolerance levels (Extract of Green Macatia) Your skin is left feeling soft, supple and infinitely comfortable.

      How much?
      This cream is £47 for 50ml on the Decleor website.

      Final word
      I can't fault this product from Decleor, it is fast and effective and easy to use. Just costs a bit too much!

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      23.05.2015 23:40
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      • "Costs less than you think"

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      • "smells strongly of plants when first applied"

      Green people are better than red ones

      The Latest in Beauty Heart beauty box yielded a 20 ml tube of this factor 14 sun lotion. I was quite pleased to have a low factor to use for days out on the UK as I take a higher factor abroad to use on my face.

      Factor
      I don't burn easily but factor 15 I consider to be quite low for my face. This will be used at home mainly.

      First impressions
      This is a white lotion that is fairly thick yet it rubs in easily and does not leave white residue everywhere. It does have quite a strong smell to it when you first apply but the fragrance fades pretty quick (and it's not a holiday sort of smell, more of a plant sort of botanical smell).

      what is special about it?
      The ingredients in this sun lotion clearly mark it out as something special, with organic Aloe Vera, Edelweiss, Green Tea and Avocado.

      It won an award!
      Voted ‘Best Sun Protection’ by Natural Health & Beauty magazine.

      Three in one?
      The lotion gives three layers of sun protection in one - UV protection, antioxidants & sun tan accelerator! Offers 93% protection from UVB rays. Re-apply - no need for high factors. It is also suitable for people who may be prone to eczema and psoriasis.

      Protecting yet tanning...
      There is a tan accelerator in this product to give you 25 percent more tan. It uses natural ingredients of titanium dioxide, natural cinnamic acid and that favourite from the Sound of Music Edelweiss extract. By increasing collagen and using the contained antioxidants it will help prevent UV damage. The moisture retaining properties in the lotion mean you tan can last 50 percent longer too!

      Price
      This sun lotion is very reasonably priced at £11.70 for 100ml on the feel Unique site.

      Final word
      I always thought Green People products were really expensive due to their natural ingredients and being sold in expensive health stores but I have been proven quite wrong with this product. I don't go outdoors a lot at work so it's not really necessary for me to wear this on work days but certainly good for my weekends in the garden. I will probably buy more of this again in the future.

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      23.05.2015 23:03
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      • "luxury skin care"

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      • "costs a lotta"

      Totale luxury but deep pockets required

      I have enjoyed trying out a huge pile of skin care from Dior. Some items were total hits and a few were a miss (I have a very orange review on the BB cream!). But the Dior Capture totale multi perfection cream spoke to me from my pile of skin care and I just knew I was going to love it!

      For use on...
      This is a day cream officially and can be used on the face and neck. You might want to be a bit sparing with it though when you see the price...

      How much?
      Go on then, let's get it out there. It's £95 for 50ml on Perlago dot com but if you fancy paying more Boots have a 60ml size for £127! I don't understand why they sell the sizes this way (eg 50ml and 60ml) but I also can't believe they sell a lot at that price so it must be old stock. Or maybe I am totally wrong!

      How did I get on with it?
      This cream was gorgeous, it was a nice colour, a bit yellow and nice and thick in consistency it did not run or dribble from my hand even though I squeezed some out and then flipped about doing a few things before rubbing the cream in to my face!

      Long lasting
      The hydration lasted all day and went on to the skin really nicely. It was fine under my make up and felt just right for a day cream. I had enough to do my neck too and that was a great treatment which made my skin feel nice and soft.

      Final word
      Would I buy? No, of course not! It's far too expensive bit it was really nice to try out for a treat.

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      23.05.2015 23:01
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      • "gentle cleansing"

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      • none

      Weird but wonderful

      One of the items in the Selfridges Beauty Box that recently landed totally mystified me was the sealed bag containing a cream Konjac sponge. Labelled the Original Konjak sponge I was a bit intrigued as to what this squishy specimen could do for me.

      The theory
      You can use this sponge with water on its own to completely cleanse your face or add cleanser to make it more of a foamer. It should be rinsed after every use and left to dry and can last for up to three months.

      First impressions
      The sponge is really soft to the touch and feels like it has a net bag around it. It skims around the face gently and I used it first without, then with some foaming cleanser.

      Price
      These sponges cost £7.99 which is not a terribly huge amount but replacing it every quarter means it adds up!

      What is it made of?
      Made with Konjac plant fibre that is 100 percent of its contents and this is a food grade plant so no rubbish there. Historically, Konjac is known for its health giving properties in Japan for over 1500 years, having originally been used as a medicine in the sixth century. A naturally moisture-rich plant fibre which is by nature alkaline, the Konjac balances the acidity of the skins impurities and oils.

      How does it work?
      The strange but unique net-like structure of the sponge gently massages the skin and stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells to leave the skin extremely clean and refreshed…..naturally! There is no need for additional cleansers or soaps. Should you choose to use additional cleansers or soap, you can use a fraction of your usual amount, as the sponge will generate more bubbles and spread the cleanser further than usual. Excellent for all skin types including hypersensitive skin.

      What did I make of it ?
      I liked this sponge once I got over the strange texture. It worked well, it made my foaming cleanser go wild with just a tiny amount so it does everything it promises but I do find it easier to use in the shower or bath and am a bit over worried about the washing and drying out part, it seems so complicated but I guess it is more environmentally friendly than using a plethora of cotton pads to rid your skin of dirt and make up.

      Final word
      I'll continue with this and consider whether a repeat purchase is in order three months down the line.

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      23.05.2015 22:59

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      • "sinks in quick"

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      • "the price"

      Happy with Harmonie

      when I saw the word Milky included in this cream I was suspicious on two accounts, firstly I associate milky with cleansers in skin care and the second point was the worry that it would be runny, I HATE a runny face cream.

      I needn't have worried...
      The face cream was white and pretty solid. It sank in to my skin at an amazingly fast rate, I couldn't believe how thirsty my skin must have been as it literally drank the cream from my face.

      Not a trace
      I had no trace of this cream on my face within two minutes, there was no greasy after experience that many moisturisers give. There was no pilling of the product which I also hate.

      What does it do?
      This is a so called high-tolerance moisturiser, with a silky and melting texture. It is specially formulated for normal to dry sensitive skin. It acts on the skin like a caress to help sooth and calm any discomfort and redness using essential milk of rose, and extracts of white birch bark.

      Reduce the irritants in your life!
      Using this cream helps nourish and protect the skin from irritants by strengthening its protective barrier using a Lacto Calm Complex: Essential Milks of Cotton and Lily, Concentrated Rose Water, Cotton Lipids, Pine and Grape Polyphenols.

      Further strengthen your skin
      Reduce the signs of reactivity by helping to reinforce skin's tolerance levels (Extract of Green Macatia) Your skin is left feeling soft, supple and infinitely comfortable

      How much?
      This cream is £47 for 50ml on the Decleor website.

      Final word
      I can't fault this product from Decleor, it is fast and effective and easy to use. Just costs a bit too much!

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      22.05.2015 23:28
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      • "Nice and moisturising"

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      • none

      Eye eye, what do we have here then?

      I have had a few Nuxe face masks and oils that I have loved so couldn't wait to try a load of sample products which landed recently for me to trial. The Nuxe Contour es Yeux Prodigieux calls itself an anti fatigue moisturising eye cream and works against ageing and eye puffiness.

      What's in it?
      Precious flower of blue everlasting (is that a French translation of Forget me Not?!!) and that magic ingredient Hyaluronic Acid (Barbara take note).
      In use
      I noticed an immediate cooling affect after applying this to the eye area and I took it up on the forehead too as it seemed a waste to not use this precious cream. The smell was lovely and floral and definitely supported the forget me not as a suspect ingredient.

      To buy
      Well, it is not cheap but equally it is not as expensive as I was actually expecting! A 15ml Airless (?) bottle is £18.50 on the nuxe dot com website.
      My thoughts
      I would consider purchasing this as I did really like it but I have a few massive tubes of eye cream to get through so it won't be any time soon as you only use a dot each time! It did definitely ease the stresses and strains of the day from my eye area and reduced the bags and lines from around my eyes.

      Final Word
      There's a top tip on the NUXE Website that you should put this in the fridge before use to get a decongesting effect if you apply it lightly tapping the under eye area. I really did like this eye cream, it smelt lovely and gave great results too after just one use.

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      22.05.2015 18:17
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      • "Nice thick day cream"

      Disadvantages

      • pricey

      Helena's a bit of alright

      I had heard of the Helena Rubenstein brand but not really tried much from the range although I hear the make up is very good.

      Trying out a new brand
      I had a heap of sample tubes land from the brand so couldn't wait to try them out. The Collagenist moisturiser sounded really good and promised to give replumping and filling care with anti wrinkle and firming properties. It has pro-xfill in it which I am not entirely sure about but sounds like a bit of a facial polyfiller!

      First impressions
      The cream is really thick and luxurious and felt great when I applied it to my skin. It massaged in well and within minutes I was able to go on and apply my make up which is important in a day cream for me, the amount of time I have to spend waiting is limited so it has to work hard, and fast!

      Results
      This kept my skin nicely moisturised all day and I felt just right in terms of my skin being matte and not shiny. Even though this is technically a day cream, I felt this was thick enough to also use as a night cream so it's good to have a versatile cream to do either task.

      Price
      For 50ml a pot of this cream can be bought online (Lavish Choices) for £61.95.

      Final word
      I liked this cream but I'm not sure whether i'd want to part with sixty pounds for a pot of it. The results were long lasting and it went on lovely. I did think this improved the appearance of my skin and gave it a firmer and more youthful look.

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      22.05.2015 00:10
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      • "smells great"

      Disadvantages

      • "not as long between washes"

      Fruity fantastic

      I rediscovered the Aussie hair care range recently when I did a conditioning treatment and I literally got new hair that was smooth and frizz free out of the deal. I knew I needed to try more products from this maker and picked up the miracle moist shampoo in addition to the conditioner to try it out. My hair can get quite dry in between washes so the miracle moist sounded ideal for what I needed.

      I paid around £3 for a medium sized bottle of shampoo. I don't need a lot as I focus on the roots and then use the lather along the length of my long hair.

      The first thing I noticed as the wonderful smell of this shampoo. It smells really fruity and a bit like bubble gum to me.

      After washing and conditioning I usually leave my hair to naturally dry and only use a hair dryer if I am going out or have spare time. This shampoo really helps to keep the frizz to a minimum and my hair seemed less knotty than usual too.

      I do think this shampoo is worth the money, it can be quite expensive so it is worth looking out for it when it is on offer.

      So, would I buy it again? Most definitely! It is on my favourites list no and I will buy some more to keep in as a reserve. I really like this shampoo and the smell along makes it feel like a special treatment.

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    • Carita Lagoon Serum / Skin Care / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      21.05.2015 21:09
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      • purifying

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      • none

      Green but great

      I got a tube of this Carita serum and was surprised it was green until I realised that it was a colour correcting product.

      First impressions
      This looks like a green gel and it is easily applied in a thin layer on to the skin.

      Price
      A 30 ml bottle can be bought online for £36.

      What is it?
      Carita Cosmetics. Provides ideal hydration to the skin. Used as a concentrated moisture booster it stimulates the skin´s natural irrigation system. This fresh, thirst-quenching gel also acts as a radiance corrector, refining the skin´s texture and illuminating the complexion to make the skin look beautiful.

      In use
      I applied a small amount of the serum to my skin before adding a light day moisturiser, and then my make up.

      Did it work?
      This sank in really quickly so lived up to its hydrating name and did not react with my moisturiser or pill up. My skin liked this product and the light green hue helped to neutralise any redness.

      My thoughts
      I loved this super hydrating serum and found it to be very ideal indeed for my skin! I was a bit concerned when I saw it was a gel, fearing it might be a bit sticky but I need not have worried as it sank in with no tacky aftershock. It does not really have much of a smell to it and I am fine with this.

      Final word
      I may not buy this again due to the fact I have a lot of serum to use up and there are others out there that I prefer but I did find this one to be very good.

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    • Dior Diorskin Nude Tan BB Creme / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      21.05.2015 20:44

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      • "nice formula"

      Disadvantages

      • "too orange"

      Greasy little tangerine

      I had a sample of Diorskin nude BB cream in shade 03 which is medium which I would opt for at a guess as I am not pale but I had no idea it would be so orange!

      This product is £30 for 30ml on the Feel Unique website which I really don't think is too bad for Dior. I don't think you need a lot so a tube should last ages.

      But not in that colour!

      I applied it this morning and thought, hmm orange! But it was too late to change things so I just added a bit of powder to tone it down and headed out. I work with a load of men and of course they said nothing but when I got back in the car after work and looked in the mirror my skin looked greasy (no powder left on my face!) and orange too! Humph.

      So, colour aside, I can comment on the formula which was a bit oily when it went on so I could have predicted this greasy outcome. It did feel quite moisturising on the skin though.

      I don't think £30 is such a bargain for this product as it is quite frankly rubbish! I don't think I'd even bother to try a paler shade.

      The claim
      A dream combination of skin care and make-up, DIORSKIN NUDE BB Creme is the new generation complexion enhancer. Its light, melting texture enriched with natural origin skin care ingredients conceals only the undesirable and adjusts perfectly to all skin tones.

      This was nominated for an award which makes me feel like I must be different as I hated the stuff. I don't think it won the award though in the Sunday Times Style Awards 2015 Nominee: Best Complexion Perfector.

      It can be used quickly if the colour and formula are right for you.
      In a single step, DIORSKIN NUDE BB Creme combines 5 indispensable actions in order to accentuate a fresh complexion with an astoundingly natural finish:

      - Corrects transparently.
      - Lights the skin up with a fresh glow.
      - Gently hydrates.
      - Instantly smooths.
      - Protects, day after day.

      Final word
      It is not for me, I like a multi tasker but not one that makes me orange and greasy.

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      20.05.2015 23:16

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      • "Just ok"

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      Beware some stiffening on the face

      I had the Clarins Multi Active skin renewal serum to try in a pile of Clarins products I received. I do like a serum to wear under my moisturiser at day and night time so am always on the look out for a good serum.

      In use
      This serum was a bit thicker than other serums I have tried and cream in colour. It went on well enough and sunk in well, the sign of a good serum. I let it sink in properly while I dressed then I noticed the sort of egg white effect it left on my skin where my face felt a bit weird and stiff. A little sticky and also slightly like it didn't belong to me.

      An out of body experience?
      Well, no. It wasn't awful and it smelt ok and it didn't pill when I added the light day time moisturiser I use on the top.

      Price
      A 30 ml tube is £42.20 on the Escentuals website.

      What does it do?
      The unique formulation of the Clarins Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum restores luminosity, a youthful brightness and gives a gorgeous healthy glow according to the Escentuals website.

      Results you can expect from this
      Premature wrinkles experience a visible reduction, the skin is refined and smooth and the entire area is better tones and resistant to aggressions. A concentrated formula that deeply nourishes and bestows skins with a new freshness.

      What is in it?
      Nopal flower extract evens the skin surface and reduces small age spots
      Phytosphingosine optimizes the synthesis of collagen and boosts cell renewal

      My thoughts
      I thought this was just OK. It did smooth out but I didn't notice the glow it promised and therefore it didn't wow me and I think I prefer my serum to be a bit more see through and lighter in texture and consistency.

      Final word
      Would I buy it again? Probably not, it just didn't make that much difference on my skin and if I am spending that much money on a small tube of skin care I expect it to actually be noticeably good.

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