I'm a bit late at catching on to this line of fragrance. I just recently noticed a display of it at one of the department stores here in London and now I can't pass it without spraying myself with one of the scents. My husband must have noticed because this morning I received this one and the Clean Fresh Laundry in the post which was the most terrific surprise. I sprayed a bit on immediately and when my husband walked into the room he commented on how great it made the space smell so it looks like I'll be ordering the candle etc. as well. Whoever marketed this line did it with a person like myself in mind. I'm not keen on overpowering scents...you know - nothing too perfumely. I prefer to smell like I just hopped out of the shower and this fits the bill. Excellent stuff! Incidentally.....Years ago a dear friend of mine used to always smell so nice and fresh and when I asked her what her perfume was she said that her mum always used double the amount of fabric softner in the laundry. Clean's Warm Cotton smells exactly like she did way back then so her mum was definately was on to something.
I really can't remember when I last actually bought a lipstick or gloss. Clinique always seem to give something usable with their GWP and this one is decent enough if not a bit darker than what I would normally wear. I prefer their Creamy Nude to this one but I still wear the Blushing Nude on top of some clear Superbalm. It dilutes the colour and makes it look a bit more sheer. I'd use this as an evening lipstick because this is about as dark as I go.
Blush -Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks - Powder Pink
beetee 11/1/2008 2:28:00 PM
I love this blush. It's probably the most natural looking blush that I've ever used. It is a perfect shade for me and probably anyone else that's reading this. The colour doesn't change or fade and makes even my 62 year old face look bright and fresh. This is my first Pot Rouge and before I bought it I had one of the MA show me how to apply it. She used a foundation brush so I do as well. The handy tip I picked up from her was to brush on a little layer of moisturiser before you tap the blush into place. For mature skin like mine this makes a huge difference in the way it looks and also makes it easier to blend. I have my eye on a couple of other shades already but this particular one is Desert Island stuff.
I only use this in the morning. I like the way it cleans without making my skin feel tight. I always follow it with the 7 Day Scrub and then hop in the shower to rinse it off. My skin really responds to this and stays clear and smooth. But I never use it in the evening. Instead I use Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm followed by a wash with Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel. It's funny but for some reason if I use this Liquid Facial Soap after the Take The Day Off my face doesn't feel clean. I have combo skin with a very oily T-zone for a woman of my age. I'm prone to clogged pores and even though it's taken years - I'm pleased I've found a routine that works for me no matter how quirky and fussy it seems.
My pores are prone to clogging up easily and in humid weather I even get the occasional breakout. At my age I have to avoid anything that might be drying to my skin because, believe me, the wrinkles appear easily enough and I don't want to encourage them. At the same time I need something that will clean my face thoroughly. I've been using this product only at night. I use a cleansing balm to take off my make up and then follow it with this to finish getting my face clean. I'm not keen on the smell but I understand why it's there. I do like the fact that my skin looks smoother and my pores look clearer just after one weeks use. I think using this twice daily might be too much for me but I'm - so far- pleased with the results.
Like the person below I don't use this on my face either. I use it on my feet. In order to get my heels into condition for the summer I use this along with Dr. Scholls Heel Repair Cream. Nothing works better! I started out with dry flakey skin on my heels and wearing flip lops were making it worse. My husband occassionally washes his face with this stuff so there was a half bottle of it sitting in the cupboard unused. I figured the tea tree might help the condition of my feet and if nothing else the product would keep them clean. Before bed each night I scrubbed the soles of my feet with this and a natural bristle brush then I slathered on the Heel Repair Cream. It took about 6 weeks but the soles of my feet are smooth and soft. I've kept up the routine of using this to wash my feet each night but have switched over to L'Occitane Lavender foot cream. I'll take the tip below now and use it on my make up brushes as well. I love MUA for these off the wall tips.
Highlighters -Clinique - Up-Lighting Liquid Illumintor
beetee 9/2/2008 6:33:00 AM
For a while they kept giving little tubes of this out with the GWP so I had accumulated a few in my makeup box. It's far too glittery and shimmery on its own for me but I've been mixing a tiny drop in with my Moisture Sheer Tint (also Clinique) which in turn I mix with the same amount of their Moisturising Gel. This gives a totallly natural and translucent lightweight tint that has been perfect for me this summer. It's just enough colour to even out my skin tone without looking like you're wearing anything and the Up-lighting makes it slightly luminous but not artificially so. It took me awhile to work out how much to use but I've got the amount down perfectly now and I'm pleased with the result. I use the Natural shade, by the way.
Treatments -Clinique - Pore Minimizer refining serum
beetee 8/7/2008 11:31:00 AM
I used this serum for about a month straight and I didn't think it was doing much until I stopped and went back to my usual routine. After a few days I saw how much the refining serum was helping my skin not just look better but feel cleaner throughout the day. I have an oily T-zone and large pores as well. This product really does hide the pores quite a bit and also helps keep the oil at bay. Notice I said "helps"...the mattifying lasts for maybe 4 hours in the summer heat which is pretty good in my book. When I first put it on it can look powdery and whitish in places but after about 10 minutes it's invisible and then I apply my makeup over it. I find that this serum can make my pores look nice enough to go without foundation now and then. If it's a humid day I skip it. I agree with those of you who say it probably isn't going to shrink pores but in my case it does make a difference and because of this it's worth buying again. Don't know what it will be like in the wintertime but it's just the ticket this summer.
I'm surprised this hasn't been reviewed yet. I notice that the rest of the Pore Refining range has and I think this is one of the best products in it. The mask cleans and tightens up my pores like a clay mask would but doesn't dry my skin out at all. The directions say to use it twice a week but in this humid summer weather I've been slapping it on my T-zone nearly every other day with no ill effects. No flakes or dryness and my skin feels so clean and looks so smooth afterwards. You only need a thin layer to do the trick and the smell is pleasant and hardly noticable. If, like me, you don't like the drying effect of most clay masks but have combo or oily skin that is prone to clogged pores...this could be the mask you've been looking for.
Lipstick -Clinique - Long Last Soft Shine in Perfect Beige
beetee 7/29/2008 8:23:00 AM
This is my favorite Clinique lipstick. I've lost count of the times I've bought it. This really is the perfect beige for my skin tone. I can wear it alone and it looks nude, fresh and shiny but I normally wear it on top of either Shy Beige glosswear or Playful Plump plump and shine both by Clinique. The glosswear lightens the colour and gives it a bit more shine and the plump and shine gives it a hint of pink and makes my lips look soft and full. I hope they never quit making this lipstick. It truly is a staple in my makeup box.
Hmmm. I'm on the fence with this product. On one hand it feels cooling and soothing when you apply it. On the other it doesn't seem to do much for the puffy eyes I have when I wake up. The best use I've found for it is to mix a bit with my favourite undereye product Bobbie Browns Tinted Eye Brightener. It helps the blending and keeps it looking fresh. Otherwise I'm using up the tube each time I do a refining mask. I slap a bit of the No puffery around my eyes for the same time the mask stays on the rest of my face. Don't think I'd buy it again. Like I said - it does feel nice when you use it but it doesn't really give me the results I was hoping for.
Styling Products -Redken - Smooth Down Heat Glide ] [DISCONTINUED]
beetee 7/6/2008 7:18:00 AM
I have hair that is over 50% grey. I wear it long and flat iron it straight each time I wash it. I've been using the whole Redken So Soft range since I discovered it and aside from the occassional clarifying shampoo I don't switch. I normally use the So Soft Ends as my leave in conditioner/serum but picked a bottle of the Heat Glide up when I was last in the States because Redken products are far less expensive there. It certainly makes my hair shinier than the So Soft Ends and I'd say it's not quite heavy feeling either. I don't spray it directly on my hair. I rub a bit thru my palms and then only put it on the dryest bits and of course on the very ends of my hair. I'm really pleased with the results. It leaves my hair shiny and silky. I'd say it shines up the hair more than the So Soft Ends and I don't have any trouble at all with my hair feeling greasy or heavy like some of the other reviewers here say. I think it's important to know how much product to use on your hair. If you overdo it no product will work the way it should. Easy does it.
Misc Beauty Tools -Unlisted Brand - Facial Hair Removal Spring
beetee 7/5/2008 9:31:00 AM
What an amazing little gadget! It's one of those things that once you've tried it you wonder how you lived without it. My skin is too sensitive for both wax or creams. I break out or get a rash every time I try them. It's just not worth the fuss. I received the Epicare in the post this morning. An hour later I was hair free! It's so simple to master the technique and it really does work! I only had minor redness that vanished within the hour so it was pretty much pain free as well. Like I said...amazing!
Misc Beauty Tools -Tweezerman - Blackhead/Blemish Extractor
beetee 7/3/2008 5:30:00 AM
It's pretty scary how much gunk comes out of your pores with each use of this magic little tool. If you have oily skin and live in the middle of a filthy city like me it really comes in handy. I find it a constant battle keeping my pores clean and using this extractor two or three times a week certainly helps. I think the smaller loop works 1000 times better than the larger end. In fact, I haven't had much luck with that side of the tool at all. It's easiest to use straight after hopping out of a steamy shower. I seem to get the best results then. I usually follow with a a mask of sorts but sometimes I just use a toner to tighten the pores back up. I get a brief reddening where I've used the tool but it doesn't last very long. The only tip I'd give is remember not to press very hard. You really don't need to. If the gunk is ready to come out it will...if not..leave it for your next session. If you have oily/combo skin that is prone to clogged pores this implement is an essential part of your armory to fight them off. Just remember...gently does it.
Another GWP winner for me. I wear this one over top of Clinique's Shy Beige lip gloss. It lightens the shade even more and looks incredibly natural with my skintone. I also wear this one layered on top of their Peach Plump and Shine lipgloss which was another recent GWP for me. The combinations of these look much nicer than wearing the shades separately. The gloss shines up the lipstick and makes it go on smoother and the lipstick tones down the gloopy look of the gloss. Beauty looks a lot different on the lips than it does in the tube. The shade is a subtle neutral tone and goes on quite sheer. It's one of the better GWP lipsticks that I've ever got off them. Thanks Clinique!