CLINIQUE SPLURGE

Monday, 14 October 2013


So I may have had a little (well, rather large) Clinique splurge around four weeks ago. Just a quick note, I never ever spend a lot when it comes to skincare but for reasons which I'll explain in a moment, I took the plunge and treated myself. My first reason (well, excuse) was that I'd spent the last three months working full time over summer to save money for uni, I hadn't really spent much money on myself so I thought I'd invest in some high-end skincare. Secondly, I'd experienced around four to six weeks of horrible skin. I was constantly spotty and as soon as I'd manage to rid one spot, another one would come out in full force and my skin wasn't completely clear for the whole duration. For me, this was extremely frustrating as I generally have quite good skin and only get a few spots every month, so to have them non-stop was a little annoying to say the least. This is going to be a fairly long post so if you're interested in what I think about these products then please bear with me. If long posts aren't for you then I'm sorry, but this post is a kind of all in one haul and review.

I didn't actually plan on purchasing these four Clinique products, I actually went into Boots to look at the 'take a day off' cleansing balm because I though the L'Oreal Micellar Solution may have been what was causing my breakouts. Make-up wipes are notoriously bad for your skin so I've learned, so I wanted to invest in something a little more face-friendly. Firstly, these Clinique products are great because they're all allergy tested and 100% fragrance free, so if you do suffer from sensitive skin then I'd strongly advise giving Clinique a go. It's nice to know you're not putting any nasties on your face which is another reason why I opted for Clinique. Something which I thought was really great was the fact that if you suffer any allergic reactions from the products, you get your money back, so you can have complete trust in the brand.

The Clinique consultant kindly offered me a skin consultation in which I jumped at the chance. I'd always wanted one of these as I was curious to know what type of skin I actually had. I thought my skin was sitting on the slightly oily side of late, but she informed me that my skin was actually fairly dry - who knew. After answering multiple questions the consultant recommended the anti-blemish range which she said would be best for my skin as I suffer with monthly spots. She sampled the three step routine on my hand and the difference was incredible. After using the cleansing foam, clarifying solution and the moisturiser my skin appeared a lot clearer and smoother. It was incredibly hard to walk away without buying these products because I was desperate to clear my skin and restore it back to its old state.

After little persuasion I bought the three products as well as the cleansing balm I originally went in for. It came in at a hefty £72 but there were some perks you'll be pleased to know. Because I'd bought a minimum of three Clinique products I immediately received 750 points/ I also printed off a 150 points voucher when spending over £15 from the kiosk which I also redeemed. In total, I earned £9 on my Boots card which I think is pretty good going. Not only this, but because I'd spent over a certain amount I received a free gift. I say gift as a singular, but really I should say gifts because I got the most incredible little make-up bag full of mini goodies. These included nail files, a pink nail varnish, a face soap, an eye cream, a moisture surge cream and a double ended mascara and lip gloss. When she mentioned a free gift I had one mini sample in mind, not six! So now I've explained the background story, let's get down to the fun bit, my thoughts...


I absolutely love this stuff. The texture and consistency of the cleansing balm is lovely and it works wonders. A little really goes a long way where this is concerned which is a godsend when you're working with expensive products. At £21 a pop it's not the most budget-friendly, but it's definitely worthwhile considering the amount of time it will last. I've been using it every night for four weeks and I'm not even a quarter of the way through. In a nutshell, you scoop a small amount of the product onto your fingers and rub it all over your face (before this I use an eye make-up remover to remove my eyeliner and mascara). The best way to describe it on your skin is oily - it has a soft oily texture which rubs into the skin with little effort. You then take a cotton pad and wipe it over your face to remove your make-up. I find two cotton pads is enough and really does remove every last trace.


Next up is step one which is the cleansing foam which is on the right in the picture. Yes, I know logically it should be on the left, but obviously my brain wasn't switched on at the time of photographing, I do apologise. I wet my face with a flannel and then deposit two pumps on the foam into my hands. I then massage the foam into my face and wait around 30 seconds before rinsing off. I then shake the clarifying solution well before using. White solution sits at the bottom so it's best to give it a good shake to get the best out of this product. I usually tip this on the cotton pad twice and then wipe once over my face. The Clinique consultant made a point not to keep rubbing it over your face - one swipe really is enough. This doesn't feel acidic to the skin and certainly doesn't sting which is great, it works to keep your skin clear and remove any impurities. The cleansing foam is £15.50 while the clarifying lotion is £17 which I think is very reasonable considering the amount of time they'll last.


The third step of the routine is the all-over clearing treatment, basically short for moisturiser. You don't need a lot of this either and I find that two little blobs is more than enough. Another tip I picked up from the Clinique consultant is about how to apply this. She advised to apply with the fingertips because that way you retain more product. If you rub it into the palm of your hands and then all over your face, your palms absorb the product and you'll find yourself needing more. This moisturiser is also oil-free so if you do suffer with oily skin then this will be fine for you to use. It's smaller than the other two products and is only 50ml so I'm going to try and only use this one at night and use a L'Oreal one that my mum uses and loves in the morning to try and save this one. It's £18.50 which is a lot of money for 50ml of product which is why I'm trying to savour it as it'll be a hefty repurchase.


I'm sure you'll agree that this is one heck of a free gift. The cute floral and stripe bag it came in I use as a travel make-up bag which is the perfect size. The nail files are super cute and have come in really handy as I can just pop them in my handbag for on the go. The double ended mascara and lip gloss is also incredibly handy as I can carry it around with me if I need a top up. What I love about mini products is that you get a chance to trial a product without committing to the whole thing. The lip gloss isn't really for me as I'm more of a lipstick girl but nonetheless it's practical if I need a swipe of colour and haven't got anything else on me. I've wanted a Clinique mascara a while now so I'm enjoying trying it out. I haven't had a chance to test the nail varnish yet but it's a gorgeous bright pink which I'm sure I'll love. The facial soap will be coming with me on my weekend trip to Cornwall at the weekend as will the moisture surge which is in the big pot. During my skin consultation the lady told me my cheeks were particularly dry so I occasionally dab a little bit of the moisture surge cream on to keep dryness at bay. The eye cream is heaven in a pot as it aims to reduce puffiness, shadows and dark circles. My mum actually uses this because she has very sensitive skin so I'm going to give this to her as she's just run out.

Since using these products every morning and every evening for a full four weeks I can safely say that they've worked a treat. My skin has been clean and clear and I've finally escaped those horrible breakouts. When I notice a spot brewing, if I continue to use my three step routine sometimes the spot doesn't even fully develop which is incredible. If it does, then it takes much less time to heal and disappear than it did before. Obviously being a girl I still get the odd spot or two when my lady time is around the corner, but in general I've noticed a massive improvement in the condition of my skin. Since my skin is cleaner and clearer, it's also provided a better base for make-up. I've found application to be smoother and durability to improve too. Thumbs up all round from me.

I know it was a long one but I really hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on these products. Have you ever used any of these? Do you think you will?

8 comments:

  1. Ohhh these products all sound amazing! I love detailed reviews :) the cleansing balm in particular sounds fab...I'm using the L'Oreal Micellar water too at the moment and I'm not sure how much I like it but I really love having a way to take my make up off without wipes, so this is really interesting! Might be one for the xmas list! I might pop in and see if they can give me a skin consultation! xxx

    The perks of being a hipster

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    1. Aw good I'm glad you like the detail - I always worry people will find it boring but I can't help but give as much info as possible. The cleansing balm is by far one of my favourites, it's such a gorgeous product!!! I liked the L'Oreal Micellar solution but I think it caused me to break out which is why I stopped using it. I couldn't recommend the balm enough, and definitely get the skin consultation as there's different products for different skin types so it's so handy to know what skin type you have so you can get products which specifically target your skin xxx

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  2. Great review! :) Im a huge fan of Clinique products and have been waiting to read your review on these products!

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    1. Aw thank you Emily! I am now too! Such lovely products and I'm even happier that they've given such good results. I hope the review was worth the wait - wanted to properly try them out before sharing my thoughts!Xxx

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  3. Great review! Clinique are a great brand and why not get yourself your lovely free gift :) Just found your blog and love it :)
    New follower :)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Aw thank you Rachael, and thanks for following, it means a lot! Exactly, no beauty blogger can turn down a free gift :) xxx

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  4. Brill review, I love clinique products particular the moisturisers! I deffo need to try that cleansing balm! xx
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    1. Thank you! Clinique is such a brilliant brand isn't it, and the cleansing balm is to die for!Xxx

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