Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser – Review

589291_xlargeThe weather is getting colder, the central heating has been switched on and even my oily skin is feeling a bit drier. Historically, I don’t get on with a lot of night time moisturisers as they are formulated for dry skin which leaves my skin feeling clogged by morning time.

What I require from a night cream is something to lock in my serum, provide moisturisation throughout the night and one that doesn’t feel occlusive on my skin. On my hunt for a drug store moisturiser I came across the Australian, natural, organic skin care brand Sukin. Having liked the look of the brand and the price range I decided to buy the Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin but I always choose these products as they will have less (or no) allergens/ irritants in the formula which I believe are unnecessary in skin care anyway.

I chose the day cream instead of the night cream as I felt the night cream might be too heavy for my skin and the day cream doesn’t have any SPF in it anyway. A 125ml bottle of this moisturiser costs just £8.10.

Taken from the Sukin website “Shea butter and Aloe Vera with Rose Hip, Sesame and Jojoba oils to promote moisture and balance the skin. This light and gentle moisturiser, boasts Shea butter and Aloe Vera to calm and soothe the complexion.
Rapidly absorbed to deliver essential hydration to delicate skin, whilst Rose Hip, Sesame and Jojoba oils help promote optimal moisture levels for radiant, balanced skin.
Suitable for normal to sensitive skin types.”

Formula: The formula for this product is based on water, glycerin and numerous plant oils and butters such as sesame, rosehip, shea, cocoa, jojoba, avocado and wheatgerm. It also has a few ingredients known to calm the skin such as aloe and cucumber extract. I like that they have added vitamin E into the formula, a great antioxidant. The formula is free of parabens but does contain Phenoxyethanol and Benzyl Alcohol to preserve the formula safety for 6 months after opening.

Packaging: I love the packaging for this product. It comes in an opaque pump bottle, which is easy to use, hygienic and the ingredients will be more stable in this kind of packaging.

Application: One pump of this product is enough for my whole face and neck. The product once pumped into my palms melts really nicely into my hand and absorbs very quickly into my skin. It leave it feeling moisturised, but not oily. If you have normal-dry skin I wouldn’t recommend this for you as it isn’t moisturising enough.

Long term effects: I’ve been using this product for a few months now and I have to say I’m really happy with it! My skin feels soft, moisturised, I haven’t experienced a single breakout and I’m never greasy when I wake up. Overall this is a great, cheap product to use and one I will be repurchasing for sure.

Have you tried Sukin products before? Comment below and let me know!

Jay

 

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No. 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil – Review

no7In my quest for cheaper dupes for my favourite products I came across this cleansing oil from No.7. I’ve been religiously using the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil for a few years now but at £22 for a 200ml bottle it isn’t the most economic option. The No.7 cleansing oil is just £11 for a 150ml bottle.

Packaging: This cleanser comes in a clear 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 it’s not in use. I use around two pumps per use and there is 150 ml of product in the bottle.

Ingredients: This cleanser is based on mineral oil and numerous plant oils such as avocado, olive, safflower and rose which may be comedogenic for some people who are acne-prone. It also contains vitamins E and C. Unfortunately this product contains fragrance and the fragrance has a very strong floral smell. As this is a wash-off product the fragrance doesn’t bother me too much but if you have sensitive skin I’d skip this product.

Texture and appearance: This oil more “oily” than the Clinique oil. This means it clings onto the skin better, is more moisturising but also leaves an oily film on the skin when washed off. I’d say it is more suitable for dry to normal skin.

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 haven’t experienced irritation or stinging even when the product got into my eyes, making it safe for eye make-up removal. You can wash this directly off the skin (it turns to a milky emulsion) or use a soft face cloth. I do find that this product leaves an oily film on my skin and it isn’t as good at removing eye make-up as the Clinique cleanser.

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Above, I tested this product with different makeup; foundation, concealer, mascara, pencil eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow primer, eyebrow pomade, lipstick, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow. After massaging the product in for 60 seconds I rinsed off with warm water and patted dry. It did a great job of getting rid of all the make-up apart from the long wear liquid liner.

I wouldn’t say this is an exact dupe for the Clinique cleansing oil, which will remain my holy grail cleanser. It doesn’t perform at removing heavy make-up and I’m not a fan of the texture and ingredients for my oily skin. However, it is a good option for me on my lighter day-to-day make-up. With it being just £11 a bottle I may repurchase it but I’m looking to try some other drug-store cleansing oils first.

Have you tried this cleanser before? What is your favourite oil cleanser? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

The £85 serum: Algenist Genius – Review

algenistserumWhilst scrolling through the internet for the next product to test for you guys I came across the Genius serum from San Franciscan clinical skincare brand, Algenist. At £85 for a 30ml bottle I knew this serum was not to be bought on a whim. After a lot of research I decided to take the plunge and purchase it.

The Genius serum claims to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance of age spots and reduce discoloration (my main skincare concern!).

Packaging: I really like the packaging for this product. It comes in a fully opaque pump meaning it is stable to light and air exposure. Having said that, you won’t know if you’ve run out of product, till you run out of product.

Formula: The formula of the serum is really what convinced me that I needed it in my life. The formula is based on silicones and the main actives are Alguronic acid, Microalgae oil and Vitamin C. Vitamin C in skincare products are my weak spot and this product has a high concentration of it! Alguronic acid is a patented compound which is said to be responsible for regeneration and protection of the microalgae cell. Microalgae oil contains oleic acid (an essentially fatty acid in the skin), phytosterols, tocopherols and tocotrienols which are essential nutrients for healthy skin. The formula also contains a plethora of cell-communicating ingredients for the regeneration and healing of hyperpigmented skin. Unfortunately, it does contain parfum and alcohol derivatives making it unsuitable for sensitive skin.

Application: A single pump of this product is enough for the whole face. The product comes out as a clear gel that feels cooling on the skin and absorbs very quickly. I didn’t find the product to be sticky or uncomfortable.

Long term results: I used this product every night for 3 months. Within the first few weeks I saw an overall improvement in the brightness of my skin. It looked a bit more plump and radiant which is what I usually get when using a new serum. After the first few weeks however I stopped seeing any further improvement in my skin. It didn’t improve the hyperpigmentation around my mouth and eyes nor did it fade dark spots.

All in all despite the amazing ingredients and overall positive reviews I’ve read, I’d say this serum was not worth the £85 price tag. Perhaps my skin isn’t mature enough to gain the full benefits from it, but I definitely will not be repurchasing it as I have gotten better results from cheaper serums that I’ve used in the past.

Have you tried this serum before? What is your  favourite serum? Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer – Review

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I have an extremely oily t-zone which up until a few weeks ago I’d just given up with. My oiliness is so bad that even when wearing my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (anyone who wears this knows how drying the formula is) AND powdering it within an inch of my life, it still gets oily by lunchtime.

I’ve never had any luck with mattifying primers in the past with them either just not working or breaking me out. I do love my Hourglass mineral veil primer for special occasions, but in terms of oil control it does nothing for me. I’d been recommended the Mat Base Corrector primer numerous times over the last year and decided to finally drag myself to Kiko to purchase it. At £8.90 for a 25ml tube it’s extremely affordable so I was really excited at the prospect of being oil free on a budget!

I tested this product on and off for around 3 weeks to be able to give a full, honest review.

Packaging: I really like the packaging for this product. It’s an opaque tube with a very small opening that makes it easy to dispense the correct amount of product. There is no air and light exposure making the formula stable.

Formula: The formula for this primer looks promising for oily skin. It’s water based and doesn’t contain any silicone which has been known to break out blemish prone skin. There are a number of oil controlling actives such as the oily absorbing clay magnesium aluminum silicate, propylene glycol and Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract. It also contains antimicrobial ingredients to prevent break-outs such as phenoxyethanol, butylene glycol and oleanolic acid. It doesn’t contain any fragrance or colourant. Unfortunately I’m not a big fan of alcohol in formulas but considering I only wear foundation two or three days a week I’m okay with using a primer with alcohol in it.

Application: This product comes out as a thick clear gel, when I apply it on my skin it doesn’t glide on and leaves a bit of a tacky finish. I find that I have to spend more time applying foundation on top of this primer as it does make foundation drag and catch.Once the product is on my skin looks completely matte and doesn’t look cakey.

Longevity: By the end of my 12 hour day I’d say my skin is around 50% less shiny compared to using foundation alone and remains oil-free for up to 8 hours. There is no oiliness around my cheeks but there is still some shine on my nose and especially above my eyebrows. I didn’t experience any breakouts when using this product either which is great.

Overall I’m quite pleased with this primer, it’s pretty good for everyday use when it’s not too hot or humid outside and keeps my oil at bay for a maximum 8 hours in the T-zone. I don’t think it’ll hold up in the heat of the Summer for my skin personally so the search continues for a really strong oil controlling primer.

Have you tried this primer before? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Charlotte Tilbury The Gift of Red Carpet Skin – Review

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2015 was truly the year for Charlotte Tilbury. Her beautiful and luxurious make-up range graced our high-street and the beauty community can’t get enough of it!

As a skincare junkie I can’t help but lust over her skincare range, that beautiful packaging would make the even the most frugal want to part with their money. However, I’m always skeptical when a make-up brand delves into skincare. Nonetheless, the boy done well at Christmas when he bought me the Charlotte Tilbury Gift of Red Carpet Skin Set for me to try out her most popular products.

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This is going to be a LONG, detailed post by the way, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

My skin type is oily, non-acne prone, non-sensitive, blemish prone, hyperpigmented.

Taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website:

I often get asked what products I use on models and actresses to make them red-carpet-ready, so as it’s a season for sharing, I’ve put together this little box of travel-size versions of all my magic tricks to help you get that red-carpet-ready, flawless glow.

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GODDESS SKIN CLAY MASK

Claims: Packed with Bio-Nymph Peptide, Mediterranean Clay and Sweet Almond Oil, my GODDESS CLAY MASK will leave skin smoother, plumper and glowing.

To me a clay mask should be clarifying and cleansing on the skin. When applied, this fragranced mask didn’t feel tightening on the skin nor did I feel like it deep cleansed. When I washed it off my skin felt moisturised but I didn’t have that “glow” I get when I use an AHA exfoliant for example. For cleansing, my oily skin requires a deep cleansing clay mask like the Clinique Anti-Blemish Oil-Cleansing Mask.

Buy full sized version? No

MULTI MIRACLE GLOW

Claims: My luxurious MULTI-MIRACLE GLOW cleansing balm transforms the skin, leaving it noticeably soft and supple.

I’m not quite sure what this product is. It says it’s a cleanser, mask and leave-on balm. When squeezed out of the tube it feels like a cooling gel-balm which leaves a sticky residue on the skin, definitely not something I’d like to leave on. As a mask and cleanser it works okay, moisturising, but nothing special.

 Buy full sized version? No

MAGIC CREAM

Claims: My famous, miracle-working MAGIC CREAM contains a secret fusion of anti-ageing ingredients to instantly turnaround dull, ageing, lacklustre skin.

This is Charlotte Tilbury’s most popular product that I hear everyone speaking about. At £70 for a 50ml pot it’s one of the most expensive moisturisers I’ve seen around so I had it in my mind that it better make my skin amazing.

The product claims to lift and transform tired skin with BioNymph Peptide Complex which is said to fight the ageing process by stimulating collagen and fighting free radicals and hyaluronic acid to floods skin with moisture. It also contains rosehip oil, aloe, Vitamins A, C, E . It also contains SPF 15 (chemical sunscreen).

On to the product, the jar packaging means that is not hygienic and because it has light and air exposure the anti-oxidants are not stable. It only has SPF 15 therefore isn’t really suitable if you’re going to be outside for a long period of time. Also it is chemical sunscreen which I try to avoid. This moisturiser contains irritating fragrance which won’t be suitable for sensitive skin.

The cream itself feels emollient, hydrating and has a silicone finish on the skin. It does have a nice iridescence to it when applied and it very hydrating without being greasy but honestly, I can get the same effect with a cheaper moisturiser and a highlighting base like MAC Strobe cream.

I’ve used this cream a few times and my opinion hasn’t really changed. If you’re in the mood for a very luxurious product to have on your vanity and your skin is on the dryer side then go for it, but is it a must, absolutely not.

Buy full sized version? No

WONDERGLOW

Claims: And the genius award-winner, WONDERGLOW, uses breakthrough technology to steal UV light from its surroundings and radiate it as skin luminosity, transforming sleep-deprived skin in seconds.

Wonderglow is a anti-ageing primer which contains “Fluorescent Core Light Diffuser that cleverly steals UV light from its surroundings and re-emits it as skin luminosity to disguise and transform drab, sleep-deprived skin.” Like the magic cream it contains BioNymph Peptide Complex and Sodium Hyaluronate.

When I put a little bit of the product on the back of my hand I was pleasantly surprised by the colour. I had expected it to be a pink/cool toned primer but it is a very sheer beige/goldy tone. Perfect for warm complexions. When I applied this onto my skin it literally made my skin glow. Not that in your face, shimmery, glittery glow, but a very subtle, youthful glow that my skin has been lacking this winter. After a full days wear it didn’t exacerbate my oiliness. I can’t wait to try this on it’s own during the summer to see whether it affects my oiliness!

I can’t comment on the anti-ageing properties of the product but the air-proof and light-proof packaging means any anti-oxidants remain stable in the formulation. If you have ageing or dull skin this would be wonderful to use, I’m thinking of buying a tube for my mum as well. Important to note this product contains potentially irritating scents which makes it unsuitable for sensitive skin.

Buy full sized version? Yes

SUPERMODEL BODY

Claims: I poured all my makeup artist know-how into creating SUPERMODEL BODY, an incredible ‘slimmer shimmer’ that sculpts and highlights your contours for glossy perfection. It’s total body confidence in a bottle. The subtle pigment blended with contouring highlighters acts like an invisible film of shapewear lingerie for body confidence.

This is a nice product, a great one to put across your decollete and cleavage on a night out but I could honestly get the same effect with some cocoa butter from the Body Shop and a bit of liquid bronzer/ highlighter. I don’t particularly need any slimming so I can’t comment on that. Perhaps this product just isn’t for me.

Buy full sized version? No

TAKE IT ALL OFF

Claims: Die-hard makeup-wearers will love TAKE IT ALL OFF – my oil-rich, two-toned cleanser that removes even the hardest to shift makeup in one swipe.

As a make-up cleanser this performs well. It’s a bi-phase micellar cleanser. It’s a great little bottle for my travel bag but I know the drug store does a lot of really good micellar waters at a fraction of the cost like Neutrogena or Bioderma. I’m extremely content with my current make-up remover Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil from Clinique and therefore don’t see any need to for this product.

Buy full sized version? No

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I hate to write “negative” reviews, but as an honest blogger I’m a bit disappointed with my first experience of Charlotte Tilbury skincare range, because her make-up is some of my favourite. The Wonderglow is the only product I would consider purchasing. I feel like a lot of people will spend excessive amounts of money on these products when I personally feel there are cheaper alternatives available with much more potent ingredients and minus the fragrance irritants.

So tell me, have any of you tried any of these products before? Did you love them or did you have a similar experience to me?

Comment below and let me know!

Jay x

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster – Review

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Every time I see the magical words “Vitamin C” in a skin care product my heart jumps in excitement that this just may be the product that gets rid of my hyper-pigmentation.

Hyper-pigmentation for me comes in many unsightly forms. It appears after sun exposure mostly on my nose and forehead causing a patchy appearance in my skin that lasts years, scars that last months after a getting a spot and around my eyes and mouth (not sure why but a lot of darker skinned women  have this).

A very popular serum that I saw floating around the “Bloggersphere” was the Truth Serum Collagen Booster from Danish skincare brand Ole Henriksen. I bought a 15ml bottle from Feel Unique for £18 making it a lot cheaper than some of the high end serums I’ve purchased. Taken from the website:

“Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, Ole Henriksen truth serum collagen booster® is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum.

Ingredients: Ole Henriksen truth serum collagen booster® ingredient benefits:
– Grapefruit and orange extract: Purifying, astringent, brightening.
– Green tea extract: Protects against damage with antioxidants.
– Licorice extract: Evens out skin tone.
– Rosehips extract: Repairs and strengthens with concentrated vitamin C.
– Sodium hyaluronate: Binds moisture to the skin.
– Vitamin C: Calms, heals and strengthens collagen.
– Vitamin E: Heals, restores and nourishes.”

Packaging: Immediately upon receiving the product I was disappointed in the packaging. As this bottle is clear, any antioxidants, including my dear Vitamin C, will not remain stable with light exposure, the pump however is much better than serums that come with droppers.

Formula: This is a water based serum and contains a lot of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Aloe extract, Hyaluronic acid and a bit of Dimethicone, along with many antioxidants. It’s also got Thioctic and Citric Acid making it slightly exfoliating. A massive downfall for this product is the fact that it has lots of irritating fragrance and colourants in the formula.

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Texture and fragrance: When I pumped the tinted orange product into my palm I was hit by an intense synthetic, sweet, orange fragrance which lingered for a few minutes after applying it onto my skin. The product left my skin feeling very tacky making it unsuitable for daytime use or for use under make-up. Three pumps of this product is enough for the whole face and neck.

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Effects: After the first night of using this product I immediately noticed my skin looked brighter. Over the course of a week I saw my skin looking clearer but by the end of the second week the forbidden happened, I got a massive cystic spot on my left cheek, an area where I NEVER get breakouts. I stopped using the product after this happened to give my skin a break but I was left with an unsightly scar after the spot disappeared. So I began using the product again. My skin tolerated it well until around 3 weeks later I got another massive painful cystic bump on my chin. I stopped using it again. I’ve since begun using the product again for 2 weeks now and I’ve still got that bump on my chin that isn’t going away.

So I’m left in a bit of a sticky situation. On one hand I have noticed an overall brightening effect on my skin, my hyper-pigmentation on my forehead has pretty much faded and I’m getting away with using a lot less foundation in that area but the darkness around my mouth still remains. Unfortunately you can’t use this product around the eyes which is one of my main problem areas so it doesn’t help me in that sense.

On the other hand this product has proven to cause cystic spots on my skin, which are not only painful to the touch but leaves more scars once they calm down. So with that being said, I’m coming to the end of the 15ml bottle and I’m doubtful as to whether I’m going to purchase it again, I just don’t think the painful spots are worth the overall brightening effect that I’m seeing. I’m sure that I can find an alternative Vitamin C product that will give me similar effects, without the nasty side effects.

Have you tried this product before? What were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know!

Until next time…

Jay x

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid Moisturiser – Review

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Sensitive? Oily? Problematic? Rosacea? Fret not people, if you skin falls within this type, I have found the moisturiser for you. However, before I get onto that, let me tell you about how I fell upon this product.

I’ve been on the search for a night time moisturiser for a while now. Having combination-oily skin means that by morning time my face looks like an oil spill. I knew that I didn’t want to spend too much on a moisturiser and was searching for something without fragrance, alcohol or colourants. Recently, having had no success with Clinique Dramatically Different Gel Moisturiser, I found Toleriane Fluid from La Roche-Posay. A 40ml bottle of this costs £15 from FeelUnique and is sometimes on offer for £10.

As with all La Roche-Posay this product has no parabens, no perfume, no alcohol and no colourants, great! There are very few ingredients in this moisturiser in fact just 8. This is evident when you pump the product out into your palms, you’ll find that the moisturiser is very fluid; water and glycerin makes the bulk of this product.

This moisturiser doesn’t claim to do anything other than just that, moisturise, but what it does, it does very well. I use 3 pumps of this for my face and neck after my serum at night. It absorbs very quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. Come morning time my skin doesn’t have any rough or dry patches and it isn’t oily in my T-zone.

It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve started using this moisturiser and I can honestly say my skin now feels as soft as a babies butt, my pores don’t appear as clogged, I haven’t experienced any breakouts and my skin appears calmer (no redness).

Toleriane Fluid doesn’t help with wrinkles or hyper-pigmentation but I feel like that is what my serum is for. At this stage in my life I require a simple moisturiser that locks in the ingredients of my serum and gets rid of dry spots. This product does just that and doesn’t causing any irritation. If your skin is like mine then I whole-heartedly recommend it. It’s also a great non-fussy moisturiser for the guys!

Have you tried any products from La-Roche Posay before? Comment below and let me know.

Jay x

Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 – Review

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I’ll just put it out there, I don’t like primers. It first started when I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer around 6 years ago and experienced one of the worst breakouts of my life. Around a year ago I decided to try the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and again it made me break out a little but what’s worse is that it actually increased my oiliness.

Whilst doing some research I stumbled across the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer SPF 15 and on a whim decided to give it a go, as I quite liked the look of the ingredients. Take from the SpaceNK website, Mineral Veil Primer is:

“A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that creates an impossibly smooth canvas and seamless look. Veil eliminates redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines and creates a uniform canvas for a flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading, while SPF 15 shields the skin from the sun.”

A teeny, tiny 10ml bottle of this primer costs a whopping £20.00 and can be bought in the UK from SpaceNK or John Lewis.

Packaging: This primer comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump. A great delivery system for a primer and hygienic too.

Formula: I really like the formula for this primer. It contains mostly silicones to give it the slippery texture but also contains mineral sunscreen. What I like about this primer is that is doesn’t feel oily when applied to the skin and it dries to a matte powdery finish.

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Application: The pump dispenses a small amount of white cream which is the perfect amount for the whole face. When applied I can see the redness disappear immediately and the texture of my skin is left looking really smooth. In fact I would feel completely okay wearing this alone without foundation.

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I chose to test this under the DiorSkin Airflash Foundation. After the primer set I applied this foundation using a stippling brush. This primer made my foundation look ridiculously smooth and flawless whilst maintaining the dewiness of the product.

Longevity: When I look at all the claims this product makes it indeed meets all the requirements. It reduces redness, minimizes pore size, softens fine lines for a smooth canvas, prevents fading of make-up. The only downfall was that it doesn’t control oil, but then again it didn’t claim to. I have an extremely oily T-zone and whilst this did help a bit it only kept the oiliness at bay for say around 2 more hours than usual. I also found that my make-up faded less when this was on my skin. I also used this product several times and experienced no skin reactions.

Below is a raw unedited picture of me wearing Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer under Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Studio Sculpt combined. I’ve found this primer works amazingly well under these foundations in particular and works really well with my combination- oily skin. I think you’ll agree it has made my skin appear really smooth and flawless.

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So has my opinion on primers changed? Yes actually, I’d say so. I’m rather impressed with this primer but at that very expensive price tag it isn’t something that I personally can afford to use every day.  If you’re someone who loves high end products and wants a primer to give a perfect, smooth canvas with the added benefit of SPF then this is a really good choice. For me personally this is good for when I want my make-up to stay flawless for around 6 hours, or during the cooler months. If you’re specifically looking for oil control then perhaps you should look elsewhere.

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