Monday, 8 July 2013
I don't finish many products in all honesty, and of those that I do finish, I don't often repurchase. These three products have been through the wringer and then some, and I have backups (multiples in some cases!) of all of them.
I'll be honest, when I was first using this, I wasn't much impressed. I'd seen raves - LOTS of raves - about this product in a lot of places, but I couldn't see what, if anything it was doing for my skin, so I stopped using it. BIG mistake. Dehydration lines soon started forming, and my skin was taking longer to "plump" up in the mornings. Now I'm a total convert, and use this on a daily basis, my skin is far more resilient, and feels dewier and fresher than it's been for a long time as a result. For me, the true sign of a great product is that you see a major difference when you stop using it, and Hydraluron passes that test, in spades.
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator
I LOVE this stuff. It's gentle enough to use every day (even though the packaging suggests you use it 2-3 times a week), and it constantly reveals fresh new skin. I use it every other day, and found the bottle lasted the best part of five months. Somewhat more than a toner, but less harsh than a full-on chemical peel, it's perfect for sensitive skins who need a bit of brightening. Wouldn't be without it now - and have purchased a cupboard full of it, just in case!
Chantecaille Just Skin Anti Smog Tinted Moisturiser
This makes my skin glow, to the extent that complete strangers have commented on my "beautiful skin" (which I find hilarious, tbh), it's a bit more pigmented than your average tinted moisturiser, and it layers wonderfully, meaning that even blotchy-faces and high-colouring can be covered, which is great. This is also great skincare, and I have been known to use this as my only moisturising product, in an emergency, with no ill-effects. Yes, it's pricey (£58 worth of pricey to be exact), but my last tube lasted well over a year, as a little bit goes a very long way. When I need bit more coverage, I simply powder over it with something like MAC's Studio Fix, but mostly I just leave the glowing, healthy finish unadorned on my skin
The Fine Print: A mixture of PR samples, purchases, and re-purchases. Oh, and re-re-purchases.
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