Clinique – Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relef

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Light, comfortable cream/gel plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. Fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away. In their place—a sense of supple, firm, vibrant well-being, even through shifts in humidity. One ‘drink’ and skin looks and feels happier, healthier. Oil-free.

I first purchased Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in April and it lasted me for about 3 month. I really liked it so I bought this 2nd jar at Sephora when it run out, but I did not start using it right a way because I wanted to try the sample jar of ALGENIST Overnight Restorative Cream. After I decided not to use the ALGENIST cream any more, I pulled this moisturizer out of my skincare stash and I have to say, I still love this moisturizer.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relef Inside

As you can see above, it is a light salmon pink coloured gel moisturizer. One might expect it to be light because it it a gel moisturizer but it feels rather heavy when first applied to the face. The gel is pretty firm instead of being watery. It leaves a slightly sticky layer of gel on my face for about 3-5 minutes, but it quickly gets absorbed to my skin and my face feels really smooth and shine-less afterwards. It feels so smooth that I think powder/mineral foundation will apply nicely on top of this moisturizer; however, I do not recommend this moisturizer for morning because it takes some time to settle. When it’s not dry, it is quite sticky so it will definitely interfere with any liquid or powder foundation.

Although I have oily combination skin, I need a good moisturizer that keeps moisture locked in my skin, otherwise my skin just produce more oil. This oil-free moisturizer does just that and my skin feels nice and supple without extra oiliness. I also notice my pores appears smaller after I use this. Although it is called “Extended Thirst Relief” and it says it’s for all skin type, I do not recommend this for dry or mature skin because it doesn’t feel like it will be enough especially in winter time.

It is CA$44 for 1.7 oz and CA$59 for 2.5 oz. The one I have is the smaller 1.7 oz jar and it last me about 3 month when I use it every night. Considering how much I like this moisturizer, I might purchase the bigger jar next time.

Pros:

  • Oil-free, skin does not feel oily after
  • Enough moisture for oily to normal skin
  • Easily accessible (Any department stores, Sephora, online etc.)
  • Affordable in my opinion (CA$44/3 month = CA$0.48/day)

Cons:

  • Feels sticky right after applying
  • Takes some time to absorb

My Final Rating: 4.5/5

Clinique GWP at the Bay

September 20, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hi lovelies,

Today I want to share Clinique Gift with Purchase promotion at the bay with you. I found this promotion online and thought it is a really nice gift set. You can find details on The Bay Beauty page.

Clinique Gift With Purchase The Bay

The gift set includes some of their newer and popular products like mini size Chubby Stick and sample of All About Eyes Serum. You get to choose the Chubby Stick and Eye Shadow/Blush palette from 2 different shades. The pink variation comes with Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge, and Blushing Blush in Cupid. The nude variation comes with Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, but I’m not sure about the names of the Eye Shadow Duo and Blush because I chose the pink variation. (It’s not written in the pamphlet nor on the website…) Both variation comes with colours that are actually useful and pretty. I had hard time deciding because I wanted to try both Chubby Sticks. I chose pink variation in the end because I have more nude colours than pink shade in my make-up collection.

Clinique All About Eyes

All you need to do is purchase more than CA$28.50 (before tax) at Clinique and you automatically receive this fabulous gift set! Your purchase can be make-up or skincare product. I purchased All About Eyes, which I reviewed on this post, for CA$37.00 + tax because mine is running out soon. I would be buying the eye cream anyways when it runs out, so I figured why not buy it when I get a gift set. I’m pretty sure you can find something that’s CA$28.50-$35.00 easily at Clinique. (Even Better Makeup SPF 15 for CA$33,  All About Eyes Serum for CA$34 etc.)

Skincare Routine September 2012

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

As soon as I got pregnant, my skin started acting really bad. The unstable hormone was causing me to have bad break-outs and some freckles became darker. When I went into 2nd trimester, it started to be a little better but the break-outs had left me with tons of acne scars (hyper-pigmentation) and I still have 1-2 acne at all time, but I always had acne-prone skin so it is not a big concern right now. As far as skincare routine goes, I do like what I have now and I think it’s working well with my skin. So I decided to share it with you guys 🙂

Morning Skincare Routine

morning skincare rourine

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser has been my HG cleanser for about 2 years now. It is highly talked about cleanser and I admit I was sceptical when I first tried it. It is also quite pricey for a cleanser. But as soon as I started using it, it became my all time favourite and I cannot live without it. It cleanses foundation, primer, and sunscreen off beautifully and leave my skin super soft and smooth. The cleansing power is amazing but it won’t dry my skin out. It won’t wash off water-proof eye make-up but I use make-up remover anyway so it does not concern me. I’ve purchased the medium size bottle once and big bottle twice already and will be buying this again. (Visit Official Website)

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion (The blue bottle)

I purchased this in Japan last spring and started using it in April. I still have about 25-30% left. Considering I use 3-4 pumps every morning and night, I am amazed that it lasted me 6 month. It was a little expensive for a toner (about CA$125) but it is a extra large  bottle and it did last me very long so I think it was worth the money. It has always been one of my favourite toner. It has skin brightening effect and also hydrating properties. It leaves my skin fresh and supple, but it’s not sticky nor thick. It won’t make your skin dramatically whiter/brighter but it aids in preventing skin from developing hyper-pigmentation. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Only)

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

I have purchased Origins products numerous times, and I have to admit, I was always somewhat disappointed. Origins has great variety of lines, uses natural ingredients, and has great irresistible scent (which is why I keep wanting to try them). But the products just never did anything to my skin. Unfortunately, this Mega-Bright Serum is no exception. It has great citrus scent that I really REALLY like. The texture of the serum is light and it absorbs quickly. Other than that, it didn’t do much. I’ve been using this for over a month now and my hyper-pigmentation hasn’t improved. I had less break-outs when I was using Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate. Also, I don’t understand why this skin serum has iridescent shimmer in it. (Visit Official Website)

Moisturise: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

I got this product in one of my Glossybox and have been using it as my morning moisturizer for bout 3 month. It is a really light moisturizer that blends into your skin very easily and absorbs quickly. The finish is radiant (thus Positively Radiant) but not oily. It has a little bit of shimmer in it, which I’m not a huge fan of, but you can’t really see it once you put it on your face. Foundation applies nicely after this moisturizer and it’s nice that it has SPF 15. It’s working great for me so far but it’s not something I will rave about. I will be hunting for better morning moisturizer once this runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

This lip balm was talked about a lot online but I wasn’t interested in the beginning because the lip balm I was using at the time was fine (I was using Vaseline one). But when I had to buy a new lip balm, I found this in store and discovered that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, I decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive in Canada ($3.99), but it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased. After using it for about 2month, I actually really like this lip balm. It is not too rich or sticky so it works pretty well under lipsticks. My lips are not too dry so it is moisturizing enough for daily use. it smells great and even tastes good 😀 I will definitely buy another one when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Evening Skincare Routine

night skincare routine

Remove Make-up: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

This Oil Cleanser is from Japan but I purchased this in Taiwan last spring and has been using this to remove more stubborn make-up. I usually use 1 pump for eye area only, and 2 pumps if I want to cleanse whole face. it removes all my make-up like magic; even the most stubborn mascaras from Fasio and Majorica Majorca. Together with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I never had trace of make-up on my cotton pad when I use toner after cleansing. It is pretty affordable (I think it was about CA$7-8) in Taiwan, but it will be way more in Vancouver. So; even though I really like this, I will most likely be buying something else when it runs out. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Onlly)

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

See morning routine for review.

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion

See morning routine for review.

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

See morning routine for review.

Moisturise: Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

I got this as part of Sephora’s VIB program gift. The full size product is 2 fl oz and this mini size contains 0.5 fl oz. I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and there is still about 20% left. I’ve been really enjoying this cream because it really makes my skin feel smooth and supple. I have to say this cream is aimed towards more of dry skin or mature skin, but it’s been working fantastic on my oily combination skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin does seem a little oily, but it feels soft after I wash my face. it is bit pricey at CA$106 but I think it’s reasonable considering how long this jar is lasting me. (Visit Sephora Product Page) *Read the updated full review here.

Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes

I purchase this at Duty Free Store in Taipei Airport last spring. I’ve been using this for 6 month now and it has about 15% left in the jar. I really like this eye cream because it’s just the right consistency for me. It’s not too light nor too rich. I haven’t used any eye cream that made me feel like it’s magic to be honest, but this one sure does the job. My eye area is not dry when I use this and It is easily absorbed.The price is quite reasonable at CA$30 for 0.5 fl oz. I might buy this again when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

See morning routine for review.

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