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garnier_micellarMicellar cleansing waters have undoubtedly sent a lot of us flapping with excitement. The sole blame goes to Bioderma for effectively changing the way we beauty lovers choose to remove make-up.

Other brands have followed suit with their imitations and sadly they’ve done very little to sway me. They either sting my skin or don’t take off make-up efficiently and gently.

Well now I think my opinion has changed quite drastically. Garnier may have come up trumps with its Micellar Cleansing Water* that is not only accessible but also a third cheaper than the big fella, Bioderma.

It comes in a 400ml bottle and costs a very reasonable £4.99. According to its label, it claims to contain 200 uses. Well I’m not counting but I very much doubt that is true and probably should be removed from the packaging as misleading.

In case it wasn’t obvious, Garnier is French too and unlike Bioderma which can only be bought online (‘cept in Harvey Nichols), this product is very easy to find in retailers like Boots. Taking off eye make-up is a breeze and it’s effective in shifting the most stubborn cosmetic residue plus it’s gentle on the skin and feels refreshing and hydrating. It’s hypoallergenic and not perfumed, so it shouldn’t cause a reaction though if you have incredibly sensitive skin, it may be wise to carry out a patch test.

But the biggie here is, if I were blindfolded, I couldn’t tell the difference between Garner and Bioderma.

I am pleasantly surprised and impressed with Garnier’s take on the humble micellar cleansing water. It is great value for money and does the same job as Bioderma but for a fraction of the cost. What’s there not to like?

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Something exciting has opened its doors in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. The first of its kind, Clinique has launched a standalone pop-up store that takes the customer on a digital and interactive journey of their skin and how to #StartBetter with their skincare.

Situated on 4 East Piazza (on the same side as the Royal Opera House), the Great Skin Lab is flooded with bright lights and is, I imagine, what Clinique would like heaven to look like.

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It has been designed to hero Clinique’s latest skincare innovation, Clinique’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush but also sells the brand’s hero products for skincare including the 3-Step Cleansing System and the reformulated Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+.

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Being in its own enclosed space, this is a great opportunity to approach the brand without the intimidation and overwhelming fear brought on in a large department shop floor. When you walk in, you won’t be pounced on by a sales assistant. Instead you are encouraged to walk and look around and get up close and personal with the interactive screens and tablets dotted about at various stations and discover your skin type.

There is one particular feature which reads your face and can put together an image of what you will look like in 15-20 years time. It uses the same technology as the police do for photo-fits actually.

Of course help is at hand from Clinique consultants if you would like to try something like the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush on your face – yes, on your face! – so you can decide whether or not it’s an investment you wish to make.  At £79 it’s a very fair offer to allow customers to try the device on themselves.

Also for every personalised skin consultation, customers will receive a generous complimentary sample of their custom-fit moisturiser.

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Whether you’re a loyal customer or a Clinique virgin, the Great Skin Lab has something for everyone. Hopefully it will get more people taking better care of their skin.

Clinique’s Great Skin Lab is open for a limited time only (I’m told till Christmas) so hot foot it down to Covent Garden if your curiosity is getting the better of you.

Clinique’s Great Skin Lab is at 4 East Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8HD.