Clarins – Skin Brightening Project

18 Apr

Like mother like daughter…this saying most definitely rings through in my family. I am often told “You are the image of your mam” which just happens to be true.  But it’s not just her looks & personality that has been passed down, I also follow in her beauty regime…Clarins, the staple beauty product my mam & her sisters have used since I can remember & they look great so as they say if something ain’t broke then don’t fix it.

Unfortunately Clarins has not always been part of my budget, down through the years I have used it when I can. In school I was lucky enough to work on a saturday in my aunts pharmacy, so I was well stocked with samples & testers! Occasionally I  “borrowed” it from my mam’s supply, she is so generous what’s hers is yours…

As I am now working full-time I like to treat myself, I bought a package at the Clarins spa in The Bay, 7 treatments for the price of 5. I have been enjoying a facial every 4-6 months from my aesthetician Jennifer. Unfortunately last year some slight signs of sun damage developed on my face. More than likely the result of my year spent travelling in Australia, one such year I went without Clarins! A backpacker certainly does not have spare funds for such a luxury…ashamedly being young & foolish I didn’t look after my face as well I should have. I did put sun-factor on my face each day, but I was very lazy about re-applying.

Thankfully Jennifer has worked wonders with my skin & now it’s barely visible. Needless to say I am now a freak when it comes to protecting my face with sunscreen……everyday, everyday, everyday! In the words of Baz Luhrmann “Trust me on the sunscreen!”

When Jennifer called last week to tell me about the special gift offer I was into the spa like a shot…after a very relaxing facial Jennifer suggested two new products I should try

  • Bright Plus Moisturizer with SPF20 – this should help to even out my skin tone & it’s oil free which is a must for my skin. One reason I love Clarins creams is they are light & non greasy. (I also wear a SPF70 over my moisturizer for full protection).
  • Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream – I haven’t used a facial exfoliator in a long time. Jennifer suggested I use this once a week to tighten pores, extract impurities & smooth my skin.
  • I also received my free gift which includes a small size of gentle foaming cleanser, Multi-Active Day Cream, Gentle Refiner & Skin Renewal Serum all in a mini-travel bag. Perfect for my hol’s (nothing yet planned but I live in hope)
  • And because Jennifer is so good, she threw in a mini sorbet lip gloss
So with these products combined with more water & more sleep I am looking forward to brighter, smoother skin for summer…I’ll keep you posted on the results.
What are your beauty staples for beautiful skin?


12 Responses to “Clarins – Skin Brightening Project”

  1. skinni peach April 19, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    I’ve been wanting to try clarins skincare line for a while now but hear mixed reviews the whole time? but as you swear by them, i might pop in for a few samples!

    • Living Easy Loving Free April 19, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      I’ve tried Lancome & Biotherm moisturizer bought as part of a special offers, but neither suited my skin I found them way too heavy. I have always gone back to Clarins. Samples is a good way to go & i’ll keep you posted how I get on – hopefully in a few weeks my skin will be glowing 🙂

  2. Shin April 19, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    Hi Emma! You’re right about sunscreen! I use it everyday too! I’ve never tried Clarins before but they sound really tempting! I would try any product that promise to brighten my skin :-). Right now, I’m using Aveeno as they’re gentle to my skin and before I used Neutrogena. For body lotion, I use Nivea and they’re really good and cheap!

    It’s so cool that you traveled for a year in Australia! One of my favorite places to visit in the future! Mostly to meet cute Aussie boys, haha 😛 xoxoxoxo

    • Living Easy Loving Free April 19, 2011 at 7:14 am #

      At times when I am trying to be frugal I also use Aveeno, great minds think alike! Oz certainly has an abundance of surfer boys from all over the globe (not that I was looking ;)!)

  3. alexdonald April 19, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    The Aveeno Body Wash is one of the best I have ever used. No need for a moisturiser afterwards. I’m also addicted to Bio Oil, cheap as chips and an excellent all rounder. I’m on my third bottle of Mario Badescu Hylauronic Moisturiser and that stuff rules!

    • Living Easy Loving Free April 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

      Aveeno products are great, I use their body moisturisers I must give the body wash a go……With you all the way Bio-oil is amazing, as a very clumsy lady with a few scars here & there its also a staple of mine 🙂 I haven’t heard of Mario Badescu, took a quick look online lot’s of raving reviews

  4. MelRod April 20, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    OMG I use Clarins!!! I love their creams, but I’m not the biggest fan of the cleanser. It just dries my skin too much. It’s funny you posted this because I was thinking of doing a beauty post soon.

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  5. Krystal/Village April 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    I am so bad at skin regimen, i can’t even imagine how i’ll look later – i wish someone would sit down and customize an affordable one for me that will ensure smooth tight skin forever and ever!

  6. jasna April 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Love Clarins! Happy Wednesday xx

  7. Sharon April 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Wow, I think that I will go and see your facialist- just reading your experience with her made me feel relaxed. I actually am thinking about the exfoliator cream that you mentioned, I’ve tried a few samples from them and my skin didn’t react! So far my go to products are all shiseido but am thinking about sk II (if budget allows). Thanks for the post!

  8. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) April 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    I’ve never used Clarins, but have heard good things! Great review, you’ve motivated me to try out their goodies. 🙂

  9. Dena April 22, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Same goes for me and mum, but her favourite products were then from Estee Lauder, so I used to borrow them 🙂

    Clarins do fantastic products esp the beauty balm. x

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