Clinique Make-up Brush Cleanser – Save or Splurge?

Makeup Brush CleanserHey guys, how are you all doing? I’ve got a few spare minutes to myself so decided to give you a surprise mid-week review!

If you’re someone who uses make-up brushes daily to do their make-up then you should be cleaning them at least once a week, especially brushes that apply liquid base product.

Brushes collect dead skin cells, make-up, dust from the atmosphere, oil/ sebum from the skin, thus being the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so it’s important to clean them thoroughly before use.

I’ve always been one to just wash my brushes with olive oil and soap and this has worked really well but I’ve been getting a bit paranoid (maybe OCD) that this method doesn’t completely kill the bacteria in the brush, so I decided to invest in a specific brush cleanser.

Taken from the Clinique website, this cleanser “thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup residue build-up. Keeps brush hairs in optimal condition”. The ingredients in this cleanser contains alcohol which is bactericidal, exactly what I’m after.

To use you have to spray the product onto a dry brush, work it into the bristles and rinse off. Upon use, I found that this cleanser didn’t fully lift all the colour from my brushes even when I repeated the steps twice. I found that there was no residue and it was easy to wash off. Equally my brushes dried quite quickly and they were left soft and well conditioned.

So would I purchase this brush cleanser again? Probably not. I’m confident that this cleanser kills bacteria, but it doesn’t lift the stubborn pigment effectively. I don’t want to have to use multiple products if I’m spending that much on a brush cleanser, so it’s a thumbs down for me I’m afraid. It is convenient for when I want to spot clean, but not for deep cleans and this is even after using it several times on the same spot.

Have you tried this product before? What do you use to kill the bacteria on your brushes? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask – Review

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask 100ml If any of you are avid readers of my blog you’ll know that I have combination-oily skin that can be problematic in the T-Zone area. Whilst I don’t have blackheads anymore due to using Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid (twice daily) I still suffer from the very rare breakout on my forehead and whiteheads around my nose.

To treat this issue I knew I had to invest in a good clay mask. Clay masks draw out impurities from the skin revealing fresh, clarified skin. Usually, I find it difficult to get the balance right in a clay mask between it being too stringent and not strong enough and have tried numerous ones from the drug store I decided to buy the Clinique Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask which costs £20.00 for a 100ml tube.

Taken from the Clinique website “Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask. Soothing natural clay-based mask helps heal blemishes, prevent breakouts and keep skin shine-free. Medicated formula goes deep to clean and unclog pores, rid skin of excess oil. In just 5 minutes, skin looks clearer, smoother, less blemish-troubled. Gentle, non-drying formula won’t irritate skin. Oil free.”

The base of this mask is kaolin. Kaolin is a clay that is used commonly in skincare due to it’s absorbency properties. The formula also contains 1% Salycylic acid which is an especially good ingredient for anyone that suffers from spots. There is no fragrance and oil in this formula making it suitable for sensitive skin. I use less than a 10p amount of the white clay mask on my T-Zone as this is the problematic area on my face. I’m an impatient person so I love that you only have to leave it on for 5 minutes to dry and do its job. The mask is easy to rinse off and leaves my skin deeply cleansed and balanced.

I’ve been using this two or three times a week on my T-zone for more than a month now and my whiteheads have reduced by around 90% and my spots have completely disappeared. I haven’t had a breakout once since using this product. I would recommend giving this mask a try if you have clogged pores around your nose and nothing else has worked for you. I’m so happy that I’ve finally found the perfect clay mask for my skin and I can see this product slowly becoming a holy grail for me. Jay x

Clinique High Impact Mascara – Review

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Recently I got a sample of the High Impact mascara from Clinique, this is an extremely well reviewed mascara so I was interested to see how it’d hold up. Taken from the Clinique website: “High Impact Mascara is a multi-benefit mascara that adds maximum volume with definition and length. Specially developed brush and formula work together to dramatically thicken lashes while separating.”

The full size of this mascara retails for £17.50 so I had high expectations for it. It has a thin brush wand that is easy to maneuver and work into the lashes. I found the formula to be extremely smooth and didn’t experience any clumping after two coats, the colour is also very dark. As with all Clinique products it doesn’t contain any fragrance making it suitable for sensitive eyes or contact lens wearers.

Unfortunately I didn’t find that this mascara lifted my lashes to give it the curl I’m used to. There wasn’t much volume or length either. It gave very natural looking lashes but honestly that’s not what I’m looking for in a mascara and it definitely isn’t “high-impact”. I have very oily lids so it’s important for a mascara to be able to withstand that. Unfortunately after 4 hours or so I experienced a lot of smudging on the outer corner of my eyes.

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I’m really disappointed with this mascara, it is in no way better than any of the drug store mascaras I’ve tried and considering its price point I think it’s worse. I’m not sure why this was so highly rated, I suppose different products work differently for everyone. I myself will not be purchasing the full version.

Have you tried this mascara before? Did it work for you or did you have the same experience as me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel – Review

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If any of you remember seeing my previous wishlist you’ll know that I was looking for a night time moisturiser for my combination/oily skin. An ever so popular choice that kept cropping up during my research was Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I’m a big Clinique fan so I thought to give this moisturiser a go. I bought a 50ml tube of this for £17.50 from Feel Unique

Taken from the Clinique website “Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It gives you the lightweight hydration without oiliness so your skin feels smoother, softer and more comfortable”. This moisturiser is specifically for combination or oily skin.

The moisturiser has some decent ingredients including my favourite sodium hyaluronate which is very hydrating, caffeine (invigorating), cucumber extract (soothing) and a couple of antioxidants, which wouldn’t remain stable in this packaging anyway.. The yellow tint (colouring has been added to give the tint) gel has a very slippery, silicone texture that absorbs very quickly into the skin providing some immediate moisture that doesn’t leave a residue on the skin. There is a natural fragrance with this product but no added fragrance making it suitable for sensitive skin. With this having no SPF in it I wouldn’t find it suitable for daytime use.

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For the first 2 weeks of using this product my skin didn’t experience any amazing benefits from this product. I mean, it did the job of moisturising the drier parts of my face whilst not aggravating the oily parts, but I certainly didn’t see a “dramatic difference” in the texture of my skin. It seemed to be working just like any old moisturiser that I can buy from the drug store and didn’t give me the glow I expected.

I continued to use this at night and by week 3-4 I noticed LOTS of whiteheads around my nose. It was really gross to be honest, I had to steam my face and scoop all the gunk out with a blackhead extractor tool. I continued to use the moisturiser and noticed the bumps reappeared around my nose. When I stopped using this the bumps reduced therefore I’m pretty confident this product is responsible for the clogged pores around my nose. I did find that this makes a really good make-up base however so I’ll continue to use it for that purpose.

From reading other reviews I know this product is either a hit or miss with people and unfortunately it was a bit of a miss for me. I would say if you don’t have very oily skin that is prone to clogging then this could potentially work for you.

Hope you found this post useful, comment below if you found this product worked for you or not.

Jay x

My Current Skincare Routine

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Happy Sunday loves! How are you all? Today I’m going to be sharing my skincare routine with you, I love seeing what others use as I get some great advice from reading other blogs, so hopefully this post should help if you have skin like mine. I would describe my skin as combination-oily meaning it is normal on my cheeks, very oily in the T-Zone with some dryness on the undereyes. Over the last year I have tried a plethora of products to help improve my skin and I feel like I finally understand what ingredients and formulas work for me.

MORNING ROUTINE

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1) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

In the morning I need my cleanser to refresh my face and get rid of any oiliness and product left overnight. A pea size amount of this cleanser does the job without stripping my skin.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

This toner is really good at imparting some moisture into the skin and prepping it for the serum. I use this by applying it onto a cotton pad and wiping it over the skin.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

I use a 5p size of this serum all over my face, it keeps me hydrated throughout the day and provides my skin with some much needed antioxidants. I also like that I can use this serum on my eye area. Full review here.

4) Paula’s Choice Hydralight Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This moisturiser is amazing for the daytime and great for oilier skin! It really helps keep my oiliness at bay but protects it from the sun. This step is imperative for everyone but especially if you have hyper-pigmentation like I do.

5) Clinique Superdefence Eye Cream SPF 20

This eyecream is great at hydrating my eye area and protects it from sun damage.

NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

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1) Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

This is a great make-up remover, I use two pumps of this to get rid of all of my make-up. Click here to see my full review.

2) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser

Same as morning.

3) Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Same as morning.

4) Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I used a liquid exfoliant on my T-zone to help combat blackheads and clogged pores. I have been using this for two months now and have seen a dramatic reduction in texture and it is getting better the more I use it. To use I put some on a cotton pad and let it absorb into the skin. BHA exfoliates by getting deep into the pores and preventing them from becoming clogged. This product is great for oily or acne prone skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement Serum

This is a great little serum for balancing the skin and keeping it healthy. I’m not overly attached to this serum but it’s what I’m using at the moment, I’m likely to try another one after this one is up.

6) Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream

I’ve got dry skin under my eyes so in the night time I like to give it a drink of moisture. I pat a bit of this on to my under eye area using my ring fingers. Again this isn’t the best eye cream I’ve used so I will be buying a different one after this. Full review here.

7) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

This moisturiser is perfect for oilier skin as it keep my skin from drying out overnight without exacerbating oiliness. I’ve been using it for around 10 days and haven’t had any breakouts, good so far!

TREATMENTS

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1) Clay Mask

Once a week I use a clay mask to extract oil from my pores, I don’t have a favourite one so I’m still on the hunt for a really good one but I’m using the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Clay Mask at the moment.

2) Sheet Mask

Once a week I try to make time for a Korean sheet mask. These are infused with ingredients that target your skincare concerns. You just pop one on for 20 minutes and let your skin soak in the goodness. I buy most of my my sheet masks from YesStyle.co.uk.

3) Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA

I use this treatment once a week by applying it liberally onto the skin with a cotton pad. I leave this on my skin between 10-30 minutes depending on how much time I have and rinse off. There is a bit of tingling with this product when first applied and when you wash it off you get the softest, supple, fresh looking skin ever. This is a product that I would recommend solely if you’re 25+ because it is an “anti-ageing” product which is highly effective. Also proceed with caution as it can irritate sensitive skin.

4) Mount Purious Hemp Oil

On the rare occasion that I get dry patches I love massaging hemp oil on top of that area. It is a great oil for oily skin as it is non-comedogenic and it is very hydrating on the skin.

So THAT is my routine, I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below on what you think of the routine as a whole, if you like/ dislike any of the products that I use. What products do you like using and what could you not live without?

Jay x

May Beauty Wishlist

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Hey beauties I hope you’re well. My beauty wishlist for May is quite small because I’m planning to buy a new camera which will take a significant chunk out of my pay check. So let’s get right into it!

1) Anastasia Beverly Hill DipBrow Pomade

This product is a cult classic and I need, need, need to try it. From all the pictures and videos I’ve seen it makes your brows look perfect, I can’t wait to try it!

2) Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation

I only heard about this product, well, literally today. I’ve been wanting to try a cushion foundation since I first saw them in Korea and I’m so glad that the Western market has finally caught onto it. Cushion foundations give a light coverage and the sponge application means it will be airbrushed and dewy, so it’ll be great for the summer time. Also I’m so happy that it is available in darker shades, as a woman with a deeper skin tone I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to have companies completely ignore you! =(

3) Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturiser

This tinted moisturiser looks like a great one with some really natural ingredients for those days when you want something light on the skin. I’m all about the mineral make-up life so this will be a great addition to my kit.

4) Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this moisturiser, it seems to be a product people either love or hate. As the weather is heating up I need a nighttime moisturiser that will keep me hydrated but not oily so I’m willing to give this a go. Hopefully it won’t break me out like it has others!

5) Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil

I’m running out of my MAC Eyebrow Pencil and this product is apparently a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz so it is next on my list.

6) Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer

This moisturiser has been on my radar for a while but I’m not sure whether it will be too rich for my combination-oily skin so I will have to try it out first before committing to buy. It is packed with antioxidants to prevent ageing so I’m hoping it works with my skin.

7) MaxFactor Masterpiece Max Mascara

I remember trying this mascara in my teens and loving it. It is still one of the highest rated mascaras on the Boots website so it must be good, time to give it another try methinks.

8) L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara

I need a volumising mascara in my collection and a lot of my favourite beauty gurus recommend this so I shall be trying it out for myself. Review coming soon!

So that’s it for this month. Currently I’m pretty satisfied with my make-up collection and haven’t had a massive urge to splurge on beauty products. What is on your current beauty wishlist? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

New Holy Grail Cleanser – Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

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After 7 years of using the same cleanser (Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish) I have finally found a make-up remover that I love EVEN more than the previous one! Cleansing oils have been all the rage since last year and I really wanted to try this cleansing method, but with combination-oily skin I knew that using any old cleansing oil wasn’t going to work. When I came across this product I had to try it. I bought Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil for £22.00 from Feel Unique.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a see through purple bottle which is great because you can actually see when you need to top-up. On the top is a pump which you can lock close when you’re not using. I use around two pumps per use and there is 200ml of product in the bottle.

Ingredients: This cleanser has some awesome ingredients in it. Lubricating ingredients (Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate), skin conditioning (Triethylhexanoin), anti-oxidants (Tocopherol -Vitamin E) although how stable/useful it is in this product is questionable, humectant (Glycerin) and chamomile oil which is skin conditioning. There is no alcohol, no sulphates and no fragrance in this product making it suitable for sensitive, oily and even acne-prone skin.

Texture and appearance: This clear oil is extremely watering in appearance and texture. In fact it isn’t “oily” at all, but more a dry oil which doesn’t absorb into the skin.

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Application: I take the oil between my palms and massage it into my skin for around 30-60 seconds focusing on areas like the eye. I don’t experience any irritation/ stinging even when the product got into my eyes, making it safe for eye make-up removal. Within seconds you can see the make-up literally melting and breaking down. You can wash this directly off the skin (it turns to an emulsion) or use a soft face cloth. What is amazing is that it left absolutely NO residue, NO oiliness and NO make-up on the skin. My skin is left feeling very clean but not stripped. I notice that the oil doesn’t absorb deeply into the skin so I wouldn’t recommend this for dry skin.

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Tested on long wear and waterproof make-up swatches. After application make-up begins to break down. Waterproof make-up dissolves after massaging into skin. Turns into milky emulsion with water. Washes away without residue.

What really took this cleanser over the edge was the fact that when I did the toner-test, there was no make-up left on my cotton pad. I don’t even need to double cleanse when using this, although I still do. I cannot fault this product, it is an amazing make-up remover, it is gentle, effective and perfect for oilier and even acne-prone skins. I haven’t experienced any breakouts. It’s important to note that this is specifically a make-up remover so you will need a different cleanser for the daytime. This product also comes in a balm form which is formulated for dry skin.

Jay x

Clinique Superdefence Eyecream SPF 20 – Review

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You might know that I have been on the hunt for a daily eye cream with sun protection built in. This product from Clinique has broad spectrum SPF 20 it in making it suitable for short periods of sun exposure . I bought this 15 ml tube from Feel Unique for £30.

Packaging: The eye cream comes in a 15ml, opaque tube which allows the sunscreen and antioxidant ingredients to remain stable. The tube also makes it hygienic to use.

Formula: I love the ingredients in this cream! In contains a good amount of mineral sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide 5.6%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%), antioxidants and some moisturising ingredients.

Appearance and Texture: This cream is an off white colour and provides a brightening effect under the eyes, it is nicely hydrating but not massively so I still use my antioxidant serum before this eye cream. It leaves a white cast which I actually like because I like to see my skin being protected.

Feel:  I love that I can use this eye cream all around my eyes including the eyelids right up to the lash line with no sensitivity and no irritation. I use around a third of a pea size for both eyes by patting it into the skin with my ring finger, it absorbs quickly and sits well under concealer.

There are no downsides to this eye cream apart from it being a little bit expensive, it is so important to protect your eye area from the sun as the skin there is extremely sensitive and thin. I shall be repurchasing this eye cream so long as my budget allows!

Jay x

100 Followers & INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY (theBalm, Clinique, Etude House)

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Hey guys! This week I hit 100+ followers on WordPress. It’s a small milestone, but a milestone nonetheless and I am so grateful for all the followers who take time to read and comment on my posts and all the wonderful people I have met via this blog. I am loving being part of a community of wonderful women (and some men) who share a like interest.

To celebrate I have created a WordPress giveaway where you can win four make-up and skin care products with a total value of just over £50! This post has not been sponsored, I bought all of these with my own money. I am giving away the following:

theBalm Nude ‘Tude Eyeshadow Palette x 1

Clinique Power Lashes Gift Set (Power Mascara Black Onyx, Cream Shaper for Eyes Black Diamond, All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, Purple Zipped Pouch) x 1

Etude House Skin Note Deep Moisturizing Hydrogel Mask x 1

Etude House Collagen Eye Gel Patch x 1

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I will be doing future giveaways for non-Wordpress followers so keep your eyes peeled on my social media links. Good luck and much love!

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Jay x