Archive for the ‘Clinique’ Category
By now word has probably got around that Clinique has reformulated its iconic best-selling skin care product in the UK, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. That’s a heck of a mouthful. Kudos to the designer for fitting all those words onto the packaging.
What’s the difference then and why change something that millions adore and enjoy using? Well it’s been adjusted to deal with the daily issues we face. Think about it, there are a number of influences that affect our skin – the environment, climate change, travelling, lack of sleep (hell, yes), eating processed food and the stresses of daily life. All of these take a toll on the skin and so Clinique’s scientists and dermatologists have worked together to reformulate Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion while still preserving the qualities many value it for.
It’s taken six and half years, three formulating dermatologists, 53 researchers and 100 formula trials including over 1600 women of different ethnicities across five countries to get it just right. How it works is to provide barrier strength (using a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber extract) and boost moisturising power (with Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Urea). You can understand why Clinique is puffing its chest out in defiance.
The lotion plays a pivotal part in Clinique’s infamous 3-Step Skin Care System, which I’ve not indulged in because I prefer to use my own choice of skin care products in my daily routine. It’s also recommended for Very Dry to Dry Combination Skin.
I confess I’ve never tried the original formula and so I have no basis for comparison but to come into trialling this product blindly is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve been using it twice a day for the past few weeks and find it has made my skin feel lusciously soft. Also my complexion appears smooth, clear and less tired looking.
I would say I am putting this lotion through its paces what with me waking up in the middle of the night for Ramadan, going without food and water for 18 hours a day and going to sleep late so evidently this lotion is helping my skin stay hydrated against those obstacles and that’s got to be a good thing.
Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ comes in a 125ml bottle with pump and is priced at a very reasonable £29. It’s also available without the pump for £28 and a 50ml bottle/tube at £17. If that’s a price point that isn’t accessible to the masses for a carefully researched skincare product, I don’t know what is.
For more information, visit www.clinique.co.uk.
You may have picked up on the beauty grape vine about Clinique’s latest range of nail polishes. Safe to use for those with sensitive skins and allergy tested, the formula created helps reduce the chances that eyes will burn, itch or water with contact. Fancy!
While I’m very fortunate to not encounter difficulties with beauty products including allergies, I appreciate many aren’t in this position. At the best of times nail polishes have a scent – or odour? – that stings the nostrils (along the lines of the cologne Sex Panther, I would imagine…).
Clinique’s super-duper collection will be a welcome relief to those seeking polishes to adorn their talons without irritation. There are 14 shades to choose from including two limited edition numbers, of which I had to share one with you – Strappy Sandals. Smooth to apply and quick to dry, there is absolutely no streaking with this metallic polish.
The silver intergalactic looking lacquer will stand out on tanned fingers and toes whether you’re home or on holiday. Clinique’s polishes retail at £12. By the way, please don’t moan about having a scorching summer because we never got one last year (and I like taking the roof down of my car every day).
Clinique can do no wrong in my eyes. Their High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara has knocked my once-favourite mascara into second place and now their winning Chubby Sticks have been taken to the next level – they are more intense! In colour! Like lipsticks yet stuffed to the gills with moisturising properties to keep your lips lusciously schmooove.
Upon first glance, the Intense version looks identical to its big sister, the Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, in that it’s packaged in the same crayon-like retractable barrels without the need of a sharpener but that’s where the similarity stops.
I was sent a few shades to try, though I wasn’t too sure one or two would compliment my skin tone. Thankfully I was wrong thus proving these colours will just about suit most.
The original is very much geared towards being a balm with a hint of colour but these Intense bad boys are more my style as I like my lips to look like they’ve got some colour yet at the same time they hydrate and protect.
Roomiest Rose (second from the left) is my favourite – I have numerous rose shades in various forms of glosses, stains and sticks and like a magnet, I keep getting drawn to more.
Chunkiest Chili is a browny brick red, Plushest Punch is a gorgeous fuschia pink and Mightiest Maraschino (‘Maraschino’ always reminds me of Marty in Grease!) is a pop-out red.
There are a total of 8 shades to choose from, ranging from bright and playful to neutral to warm, and like the other Chubby Sticks, these can be mixed and layered limitlessly.
If you like something with a kick, go for Intense. If you’re a wallflower, the classic Chubby Stick will tick all the boxes.
Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moiturizing Lip Colour Balm cost £16 and will be available at selected Clinique counters nationwide from mid November. To buy the originals online, go to www.clinique.co.uk.