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August 25, 2013
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Product Highlight: Clarins Extra-Firming Day and Night Creams

35 years of anti-ageing heritage

For almost three and a half decades, the Clarins brand name has been synonymous with top quality Extra-Firming Creams whose unique efficacy is ideally suited for anti-ageing needs. 

It all started in 1978 when Clarins introduced 'the cream that turned back time' - a complete anti-ageing cream dealing with loss of firmness and apparition of wrinkles.

Now in 2013, Clarins is launching two new Extra-Firming Day and Night Creams that will once again transform the way the world views anti-ageing and firmness.

After 30 years of anti-ageing research, Clarins has reconnected the missing links to lasting firmness with the new Extra-Firming range.

This breakthrough anti-ageing skin care is rich in powerful plant extracts which help to reinforce and bond the key elements of the skin's structure to firm your skin on two fronts:

  • Reconnecting link 1: collagen fibres to dermal cells
  • Reconnecting link 2: elastic fibres and collagen fibres

Immediately, your skin is lifted . In just 4 weeks, features appear firmer, skin more bouncy, and wrinkles visibly reduced.

Extra-Firming Day

Clarins Research has selected 2 plant extracts with complementary properties that reinforce the links between collagen fibres, elastic fibres, and connections across fibres and cells.

These extracts are obtained from green banana and lemon thyme and are currently subjects to 4 patent applications.

They maintain skin structure to avoid face sagging and loss of elasticity due to ageing.

Organic green banana extract reinforces the link between fibroblast and collagen fibre.
Lemon thyme extract reinforces the connections between elastic fibre and collagen

The other key benefits of Extra-Firming Day:
An immediate lifting effect, hydration and enhanced anti-pollution protection

Like its predecessors, Extra-Firming Day delivers an immediate lifting effect: organic oat sugars smooth the skin surface on application, gently tighten facial features and avoid tired look from all day activity.

Long-lasting skin hydration is provided by hyaluronic acid with a double molecular weight which both moisturizes the skin surfacea and restores the skin's moisture reserves.

Clarins exclusive anti-pollution complex protects skin against harmful environmental factors.

In summary, the Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream

  • Fights skin slackening, helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firms the oval of the face and restores more defined features by acting on the three key elements of dermal structure and the links that join them:

1. elastic fibres
2. collagen fibres
3. fibroblasts

  • Delivers an immediate lifting effect.

Extra-Firming Night

The regular renewal of the epidermis helps maintain a youthful-looking face and prevents the deepening of wrinkles.

To optimize these regeneration processes which peak during 2-4 am, Clarins Research takes innnovation one step further.

Thanks to the presence of rice peptides, and to reinforce the action of Extra-Firming Day, Extra-Firming Night now acts both on the synthesis of collagen fibres in the dermis, and on the preservation of epidermal stem cell environment at the surface of the skin.

The other key benefits of Extra-Firming Night:
Hydration, antioxidant protection and preservation of skin evenness.

Lotus root extract helps to maintain luminous skin

Long-lasting skin hydration is provided by hyaluronic acid with double molecular weight.

The combination of Vénucéane® and an extract of rhodiola protect against the harmful effects of night-time free radicals.

In summary, the Extra-Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream

  • Reinforces the firming action of Extra-Firming Day,  helps prevent the deepening of lines and restores an even complexion for optimal epidermal renewal
  • Improves skin eveness and luminosity
  • Provides intense hydratation and softness

The Extra-Firming Day and Night creams have kept their wonderfully rich textures with a velvety smooth, soft feel and matte finish. Their "cushion" effect on the skin gives an intense comforting feel on application. Thanks to the use of a new generation of emulsifiers, the new version is even smoother and more melting to ensure quicker absorption.

Now for a quick review. I have been using both creams for the past week now. I can attest to their smoothness and velvety texture. The creams are also very quick to absorb into the skin. I found the Extra-Firming Day cream to have a pretty matte finish which I really like. I have used other moisturizers that make my skin look "oily" straight after application, but I was very nicely surprised the first time I used the Extra-Firming Day cream because it didn't give me that problem. It is not completely matte, but gives my skin a soft dewy look that doesn't look shiny. I also have the impression that it plumps my skin a tiny bit each time I apply it. 

The Extra-Firming Day cream has a nice fragrance. It is said to have the fresh, feminine notes of rose and camelia. The scent doesn't bother me though as I find it pretty light and enjoyable during application. 

The Extra-Firming Day cream comes in a translucent frosted glass jar as below.

The Extra-Firming Night cream feels slightly richer than the Extra-Firming Day cream but doesn't feel heavy on the skin. This one doesn't apply matte. It's alright though cos I'm wearing it to bed. The best thing is waking with smooth rested skin. It is said to have the subtle, soothing fragrance of lily of the valley, jasmine and iris. The scent is very different from the day cream, but just as enjoyable.

The Extra-Firming Night cream comes in a translucent frosted glass jar as below.

The Extra-Firming Day and Night creams will be available from 29 August at all Clarins counters. Each cream retails for SGD130 for 50ml.

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration.  Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own

May 31, 2013
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Product Highlight: Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control

Clarins, the body contouring expert, has made further advances in its understanding of cellulite. A major scientific discovery is at the origin of a new generation of Body Lift which, in addition to reducing existing cellulite, also slows down the formation of new cellulite. Body Lift Cellulite Control is the first Clarins contouring care to take up this dual challenge.


Here's a simple summary of the scientific discovery made by Clarins (I hope I didn't interprete wrongly, it shouldn't be too far off):

Adipocytes (cells that store fat) expand when there is too much fat to store. When they run out of space to store excess fat, new adipocytes are needed. Progenitor cells (essential for the renewal of adipose tissue) mutiply and some turn into pre-adipocytes, then into adypocytes. As the cells get fatter, there is a decrease in oxygen circulation and the deprivation of adequate oxygen supply also encourages the multiplication of progenitor cells. 

Not enough adipocyte cells to store fat -> Progenitor cells turn into adipocytes -> More fat storage -> Less oxygen in the tissue ->  More progenitor cells .... So goes the vicious cycle.

Body Lift Cellulite Control contains active ingredients that act at every stage of the formation of adipose tissue and therefore effectively reduces the look of cellulite and helps prevent the formation of new cellulite.

Key Plant Ingredients
Two key plant extracts that fight each stage of cellulite formation - to reduce stubborn cellulite and prevent its return.

  • Aquatic mint extract limits the hypoxia of adipose tissue responsible for the multiplication of progenitor cells.
  • Celosia extract slows the differentiation of progenitor cells into preadipocytes to limit the expansion of adipose tissue.

1. An immediate lifting effect
2. Firmer skin 
3. The microcirculation is stimulated to reduce feelings of heaviness
4. Nourished and moisturized skin

It is recommended to use the application method developed by Clarins specialists to optimize the effectiveness of Body Lift Cellulite Control. The following video shows you how. It looks simple enough, but I don't always have the time to do everything. The most that I've done is apply on my legs cos that's where I can see most of my cellulite buildup. I think I need to start on the tummy too now cos I've grown a kangooroo pouch and it's ughh ugly!!

I still have some of the "old" version of Body Lift which I bought a couple of years back (on the left). On the right is the new bottle.

Texure-wise, the old one has some granules that dissolve as you massage the cream in, while the new one has a cream-gel consistency. Both produce this cooling sensation on your skin and smell more or less the same. They feel sticky at first, but they absorb very well and the stickiness disappears leaving the skin feeling very smooth.

Because no cosmetic product alone can make you slimmer, Clarins has always stressed the importance of a balanced diet combined with regular exercise. Here's another video which shows you how skipping can help you burn fat. 

Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control is already available at all Clarins counters and retails at $88 for 200ml.

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration.  Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own

March 01, 2013
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Product Highlight: Clarins UV Plus HP BB Cream SPF40

This March sees the launch of a new addition to UV Plus HP range. Clarins is pleased to introduce its BB Cream SPF 40 to meet the unique needs of Asian women. Its city‑proof formula was specially developed just for them. The silky‑smooth texture delivers perfect coverage, a more even skin tone, prettier‑looking skin and a high level of protection.

Formulated with an extract of organic blackcurrant bud, Clarins Perfecting Cream meets the special needs of Asian women’s skin. It promotes flawless‑looking skin and ensures triple protection from the sun, pollution and oxidative stress. The results are spectacular; your skin never looked so good!


Pure happiness upon application
Smooth and rich, Clarins BB Cream is easy to apply and blends instantly into the skin. 

Ideal coverage
Clarins Research was committed to developing a texture that offered Asian skin types thorough, even coverage that looked natural and never heavy. 

Ideal colour
Another challenge met by Clarins Research: elaborating a shade that complimented Asian women’s skin tone. Thanks to this ideal shade, BB Cream SPF 40 makes it possible to minimize the look of any red areas, dark spots and minor imperfections. The complexion appears more even instantly and remains impeccable and luminous for hours.


Organic blackcurrant bud extract

To optimize the skin care benefits of BB Cream SPF 40, Clarins Research selected organic blackcurrant bud extract to use in this exceptional formula. The bud is the most precious part of a plant. It contains proanthocyanidins, vegetal substances known for their antioxidant properties that give the product its soothing benefit.

At the heart of BB Cream SPF 40’s formula, organic blackcurrant bud extract helps minimize any redness caused by a busy lifestyle. Day after day, it helps promote more beautiful-looking skin.


Like the other products in the UV PLUS HP SPF40 range, BB Cream SPF 40 provides the skin with triple protection against UV rays, oxidative stress and pollution, ideal for those who live in a city.

Very high UV protection
A 100% mineral screen ensures a high level of protection against UVB and UVA rays (PA+++) with an optimal tolerance even for those with delicate skin. It helps preserve clear, youthful-looking skin while helping to prevent the formation of dark spots.

Cantaloupe melon extract helps fight the effects of oxidative stress
This extract enhances the skin’s ability to fight premature signs of ageing by reinforcing its system’s antioxidant protection that can be altered by time, a hectic lifestyle and environmental aggressors.

Clarins exclusive Anti-Pollution Complex
Based on plant extracts and bio-tech ingredients, this complex ensures reinforced protection against the potentially harmful effects of pollution and modern life.


72%* of the women preferred Clarins BB Cream SPF 40 to their regular BB Cream. 

80%* of the women would recommend it to a friend.

*satisfaction test based on 50 Asian women after 4 weeks of usage.

Here's a swatch of the BB cream. It has a very creamy smooth formula and feels quite rich.

Blending out with my fingers.

After blending out, the cream sinks really well into my skin and gives it a semi-matte finish. The powdery floral scent of the cream wears off after a while, at least I don't smell it anymore. The coverage is pretty good as it manages to conceal the redness and spots on my face and evens out my complexion. I have been wearing this to work for the past week with just some powder on top and am liking it a lot. It does what it should do, providing evened out, radiant skin with good UV protection.

The other product in the UV Plus HP range is the day screen SPF40 in three shades, previously featured here and here.

The BB cream retails at SGD74 for 30ml. Visit any Clarins counter for a trial supply of the UV Plus HP BB Cream SPF40 with a complimentary skin consultation.

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration.  Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

November 16, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Imagine a serum which can defy all signs of ageing.
Clarins, the plant-based anti-ageing specialist, introduces
Double Serum [Hydric + Lipidic System] Complete Age Control Concentrate

The five vital functions at the heart of skin's youthful beauty, namely hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration, slow down due to age, stress and environmental factors, causing the skin to start showing visible signs of ageing.

Clarins Research has identified the 20 most powerful plant extracts. Together they have the power to reactivate simultaneously these five vital functions. However, it is impossible to combine all these active ingredients in a single formula. This is how a unique double formula inspired by skin's own water and oil balance, is able to combine these 20 powerful ingredients, soluble in either water or in oil, at their ideal concentration without any risk of incompability.

High-tech double pump system for an ultra precise dosage:
One pump of serum gives you this:
In summary, the Double Serum's 5 points of uniqueness:

  • Unequalled efficacy with the [Hydric + Lipidic System]: the unique double formula concentrates the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients without limiting their number or risk of incompatibility.
  • Targets the skin's 5 vital functions: it helps boost all of the skin's functions (hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection and regeneration) in order to regain a more youthful balance.
  • Rich in 20 plant extracts: an exceptional vital reserve from nature where each skin type, regardless of age, uses what it needs depending on its state.
  • Effective on all signs of ageing: results were proven by a wide range of tests which included more than 400 women, of which 50 were of Asian origin.
  • A unique sensorial texture: the lightness of a gel combined with the comfort of a cream, a fresh, refined fragrance developed by an Asian master perfumer.

I have started using this only recently and not even that regularly. I only apply it at night now because when I use it for the day, I have the impression that my skin feels slightly oilier than usual. I find that it takes a while for the serum to sink into my skin. So it might be because I don't let it get absorbed properly in the morning when I'm rushing. And so, I decided to reserve it for my night-time routine. It smells amazingly good too and puts you in a relaxation mood before bed. When I wake up the next day, I find that my skin does look smoother and more "rested".

This has been launched over a month ago now and the price is SGD118 for 30ml.

Learn more about the Double Serum here, and if you'd like to give it a try, you can sign up for a 7 day trial here.

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration.  Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

September 21, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation

Follow-up post on the new Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation. It comes in a transparent cube and signature gold lid. I was a bit puzzled by the design when I first saw it. I didn't see the illustration on how to use it right away as it was hidden under the flap of the box. 

So here are the instructions. Pretty simple to use after you see this.

The packaging is rather chunky, but feels very sturdy and looks pretty luxe too, although fingerprints get everywhere on the gold lid.

Twist to open.

The built-in brush is dense and soft. The lid is very useful as it acts as a holder for the brush. Placed this way, you can easily pick up the brush.

When you first open your powder, you will find a sifter and a plastic insert. Remove the plastic insert carefully. You wouldn't want the powder to be flying everywhere.

Place the sifter back in. This will control the amount of powder that comes in contact with the brush.

Swirl brush into powder and pick up the amount needed for use. Tap off any excess.

After you're done, place the brush back into the lid

Twist back to close until you hear the click sound.

Some close-up pictures of the brush. It did shed a few hairs while I was using it. Other than that, it is very dense and is great at buffing the powder in. The size is perfect to reach all corners of the face.

The powder is very silky smooth and has a floral scent. The smell doesn't linger on after it's applied though, at least I don't seem to notice it.

Swatches of 108 Sand and 110 Honey.

Lightly blended in.

The powder provides light to medium coverage. Worn alone, it blends in effortlessly and looks very natural and when worn on top of a liquid foundation as loose powder,  it doesn't look cakey and thick at all. 

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

September 14, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder Foundation

Last year, Clarins introduced Skin Illusion Natural Radiance liquid foundation. This September, Skin Illusion is available as a loose powder foundation, offering the coverage of a foundation and the lightness of a loose powder, with pure, mineral radiance and the skin care benefits of plants. Available in 4 shades here: 103 ivory, 105 nude, 108 sand, 110 honey and priced at $62 for 13g.

You will find more or less the same ingredients in the liquid and loose powder foundations.

Luminosity & a bare skin effect

  • Pink opal mineral powder creates an incredibly beautiful, smooth complexion with a transparent finish 
  • Pink algae plant extract provides energizing and hydrating benefit

Radiance, comfort, protection

  • Light-Optimizing+ complex for radiant skin in any circumstance
  • Clarins exclusive Plant Micropatch® for comfortable hydrated skin
  • Extracts of white tea and succory dock-cress ensures skin is protected all day long

DISCLAIMER: All Clarins products in this entry were provided to me by Clarins for consideration. Information taken from press file. I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. 

July 27, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Total Defining Eye Lift and Shaping Facial Lift Wrap

Following Shaping Facial Lift, the first and only serum to promote balanced facial volumes for a perfect V-shaped contour from every angle, Clarins launches two new pioneer products, specially dedicated to Asian women:

Defining Eye Lift: The first product to help relieve heavy-looking eyelids, drain and brighten the eye contour

Shaping Facial Lift Wrap: Based on Clarins Beauty Institue expertise, this is a quick way to help reduce a puffy appearance linked to water retention. 

Defining Eye Lift relieves eyelid puffiness

  1. An immediate 'lift' effect followed by a triple lightening,, draining and brightening action.
  2. An oil-free formula that is colorant-free and ophtalmologist tested.
  3. A patented application method inspired by Shaping Facial Lift's Manual Auto-Lifting® Method.

For the first time, Defining Eye Lift takes into account three causes that affect the natural, expressive beauty of Asian eyes: the effacement of the upper eyelid, slower drainage linked to lifestyle, and an uneven skin tone.

To minimize the natural heaviness of the eyelids, an immediate 'lift' effect followed by a targeted lightening action

  • Oat sugars form an invisible, skin-tightening 'veil' on the skin's surface that gently pulls the eyelid up.
  • A combination of caffeine and dextran sulfate enhances the removal of excess lipids and slows down their accumulation again while minimizing the risk of irritation on the eyelids.

A reinforced draining action helps avoid occasional puffiness

  • Dextran sulfate reduces the appearance of 'puffy' eyes by stimulating the removal of water which has accumulated in tissues due to a horizontal sleeping position, heat or even stress.
  • Extracts of organic gingko biloba and maritime pine help prevent the accumulation of water in skin tissues by boosting microcirculation.

A brightening action promotes a clearer, more even eye contour

  • Alchemilla extract limits the transfer of melanin pigments to cells in the epidermis in order to reduce the natural darkening of the eye contour.
  • Extracts of organic gingko biloba and maritime pine have an action on microcirculation to help reduce the appearance of dark circles linked to fatigue.

Shaping Facial Lift Wrap has a retracting effect

  1. In 10 mnutes, a visible retracting effect coupled with hydrating, brightening and mattifying actions.
  2. A rich, creamy, mousse-like texture makes application a real treat.
  3. A draining technique pampers the skin for optimized results

Even thin faces can experience a 'heavy' look and features that are not well defined. Why does this happen? Excess water in the skin tissue is the reason. Better than a somple mask, Shaping Facial Lift Wrap was inspired by Clarins Institute treatments. In 10 minutes, it helps reposition facial features and restores a more refined appearance.

A double 'water-reducing' action helps reduce and prevent puffiness

  • Chinese barley has draining properties and helps remove excess water that has accumulated in tissues.
  • Gingko biloba extract helps prevent new puffiness from setting in: by protecting blood capillaries, it limits their permeability, at the origin of water leaks toward skin tissues.

Hydrating, brighteing and mattifying actions help wake up skin's radiance and ensure its comfort

  • Christopine extract, a fruit originally from South AMerca, hydrates and softens the skin's surface.
  • Parsley extract helps regulate melanogenesis thereby brightening the complexion.
  • White clay absorbs impurities and excess oil. It also has an astringent effect which helps tighten pores.

There you go. I don't know about you, but after reading all the information about these two new products from Clarins, I am pretty excited and eager to try them out, especially the Defining Eye Lift! I have the worst puffy eyes and I do hope to see some good results. For the record, these new products will be launched in August 2012. Prices are as follows:

Defining Eye Lift (20ml) S$82

Shaping Faical Lift Wrap (75ml) S$75

Not forgetting the Shaping Facial Lift (50ml) S$102 (read more about it here and here)

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration. Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

July 20, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Toning Lotion

Just a quick post to let you know about the new Clarins toning lotions that are available at $43 each (for 200ml) at your nearest Clarins counter. Read on to learn more about the characteristics of each one.

Clarins Toning Lotions are alcohol-free and rich in plant extracts. Emollient and instantly moisturizing, these Toning Lotions are adapted to every skin type and are an essential step in every beauty routine.

Cleansing removes skin impurities, but also removes some of the skin's beneficial flora, which is essentially the skin's first line of defence against external aggressions. To help restore the balance of the skin's ecosystem, Bio-Ecolia, obtained from natural sugars, is added to the lotions to help preserve the integrity of the skin flora.

The other benefit of these skin care lotions is their high content of active ingredients adapted to every skin type. Combined with rebalancing Bio-Ecolia, they also immediately rehydrate the skin. This intense hydration is short-lived but ensures optimal absorption of the skin care products applied afterwards.

Toning Lotion with iris for combination or oily skin

This highly refreshing, alcohol-free skin care lotion purifies, hydrates and tones to leave skin perfectly clean, and prepares it for skin care products applied afterwards.

  • Iris extract purifies and improves the appearance of problem skin.
  • Witch hazel extract tightens pores and refines skin texture.
  • Aloe extract hydrates and soothes.
  • Bio-Ecolia contributes to balanced skin flora

Toning Lotion with camomile for normal or dry skin

Refreshing and gentle, this alcohol-free skin care lotion restores the skin's suppleness and velvety feel. Its hydrating and toning action prepares skin for products applied afterwards.

  • Camomile and linden extracts provide an enhanced softening action.
  • Derivatives of vitamin A and vitamin B5 regenerate the skin surface and hydrate
  • A derivative of vitamin E protects against free radicals.
  • Bio-Ecolia contributes to balanced skin flora.

Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion with aloe vera for dry or sensitized skin

This very gently, alcohol-free skin care lotion with a light gel texture meets all the needs of sensitized skin. It soothes and hydrates to restore total skin comfort and prepare the skin for products applied afterwards.

  • Extracts of linden, marsh mallow and sweet almond act in synergy to comfort and soften the skin.
  • Aloe extract hydrates and soothes.
  • Bio-Ecolia contributes to balanced skin flora.

Method of use with the Clarins application technique

Basically instead of using a cotton pad to soak the lotion and wipe on the face, pour a little lotion in your hands and apply to the forehead with light pressing motions and move outwards to the temples. Repeat for the middle of the face towards the ears. And finally, apply to each side of the neck where the lymphatic glands are located.

I have started using the toning lotion with iris since I have oily/combination skin. I wasn't following the Clarins application technique at first though. I think that I am too used to using cotton pads and I naturally reach for one without thinking and soak with lotion before wiping my face. However, I feel that the patting method might be better since it doesn't involve pulling the skin with the cotton pad (like i do! I have bad habits!). In a way, there is less wastage of lotion since everything is transferred from the hands to the face and absorbed immediately. But I think I still manage to waste some because after pouring, some lotion will inevitably drip into the grooves of the nozzle (I don't know what's it called, the top part of the bottle where you place the cap). Maybe it's just my way of pouring. But I will wipe it off with my fingers and dab that on my face afterwards.

The lotion has a very nice soothing calming comforting scent. I am not sure if they all smell the same as I have not opened the other two. It does't feel sticky after it dries and makes the skin feel so soft. Using this as part of my night routine ever since I opened it.

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration. Information taken from press file. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

June 08, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins Total Cleansing Oil

"Cleansing is the most frequent, most repeated skin care step which influences the effectiveness of prodcuts applied afterwards."

Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Clarins Founder

Make-up has changed and so has make-up removal!

Long-hold foundations, new make-up rich in coloured pigments and fine pearl, mineral sunscreens: today's beauty products are increasingly long-wearing. Cleansing, the essential beauty step according to Clarins, must keep up with these cosmetic advances!

Clarins launches Total Cleansing Oil, an innovation resulting from three areas of expertise:

> Cleansing expertise

Clarins has always adapted its cleansers to all skin types and all needs, thanks to a very wide product range

> Skin Care using oils since 1965

Clarins was a forerunner by creating its 100% Plant Oils which today sell over a million bottles around the world

> The best plant extracts

Rigorously selected and analyzed to obtain their most precious elements

An exceptional formula designed for Asian women

Total cleansing

Clarins has taken into account the changes in make-up and UV protection products and created a high-performance, high-tolerance cleanser which eliminates even the most resistant make-up.

The combination of two organic plant oils: perilla oil and olive oil

One is from Asia, the other from Mediterranean Europe. Both are widely recognized since Antiquity for their cosmetic properties, antioxidant virtues and high content of essential fatty acids. By combining these two 100% organic oils, Clarins Research offers Asian women the most effective cleanser, in perfect affinity with the skin. The skin is perfectly cleansed and clean, without being aggressed.

A very high-performance gentle cleanser

The comfort of an oil - Very fine, with a wonderful feel, Total Cleansing Oil glides into every corner of the skin's micro-relief. Its high-tech oil texture is specially designed to quickly dissolve all oily residues and impurities. It effectively traps even the most adherent particles which resist classic cleansers.

The fresh feel of water - On contact with water, the oil transforms into a fresh, milky emulsion which carries away all traces of make-up, even waterproof formulas, and pollution and anti-UV sunscreens. Ver easy to rinse off, it leaves no oily traces on the skin.

The combination of olive oil and perilla oil rich in essential fatty acids preserves the skin's hydrolipidic film. There is no feeling of tightness but instant softness and comfort.

The Clarins Cleansing Method

Faithful to its philosophy, Clarins recommends a Cleansing Method which is easy to carry out and combines effectiveness and sensoriality on application.

The oil is very light, very fluid like water and is lightly scented. In terms of viscosity, this is the most runny one I've encountered.

Apply to face, massage in and use the Clarins Cleansing Method. After which, moisten the hands with water and go over the face again in circular motion. The oil will transform into a milky solution as below.

Finish by rinsing off the face with water. There is no oily residue and no tightness in the skin. Instead, it leaves the skin feeling soft and comfortable. I would usually double-cleanse by washing my face with face wash but this didn't make me want to do so because my skin felt fresh and clean afterwards. I was impressed by that. 

But then again, to be honest, I am not a frequent cleansing oil user. The only times I've used oil to remove makeup (not including those bi-phase that is half oil and half water kind of makeup remover) is when I have stubborn waterproof mascara on. Otherwise, I use cleansing milk or cleansing water to remove the daily foundation/powder/blush that I wear (I don't wear mascara to work). So there might be other oils out there that wouldn't require you to double-cleanse, it's just that I don't have enough experience to make a comparison. 

I also tried removing a Majolica Majorca mascara I had on. Soaked a cotton pad and left it on my eye for a while. I didn't count how long, probably less than a minute cos I'm not patient enough to wait, wiggled the moist part of the cotton pad on my lashes for a bit and took it off. And all the mascara was gone! Nothing spectacular you might say cos other oils would work the same way, but just so you know that it works fast! And don't get the oil into your eyes, it stings. If that happens, you know what to do...rinse your eyes with water immediately.

I also did the whole removing waterproof, budge-proof eyeliner test too. But I won't bore you with that. Rest assured that the Clarins Total Cleansing Oil will take it all off efficiently. Overall, a good performer in my books.

Clarins Total Cleansing Oil comes in two sizes 400ml for S$95 and 150ml for S$50 and can be found instores from June 2012. It is replacing the Clarins Pure-Melt which is discontinued. You can get a sample of the Total Cleansing Oil from any Clarins counter. Give it a try!

DISCLAIMER: Products in this entry were sent to me by Clarins for consideration. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

March 13, 2012
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Product Highlight: Clarins White Plus HP Sea Lily Enriched Whitening Powder Foundation SPF30/PA+++

Clarins presents White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation, a compact foundation created for Asian women. Its new generation texture enriched with sea lily, the innovative plant extract in the White Plus HP range, illuminates the complexion with a new radiance and helps the skin effectively fight the appearance of dark spots.

It delivers double benefits: an unrivalled whitening action and an even, brighter complexion.

Double Whitening Performance

The "Pure Lightening" mineral complex

On application, the pigments in the formula selected for their brightening and unifying actions illuminate the complexion with a totally transparent look. Skin texture is perfectly even and dark spots and pores are visibly minimized.

The Advanced "Lock-Around System®" plant complex

White Plus HP Whitening Powder Foundation benefits from the same technology used in the White Plus HP range. In its formula, the combination of sea lily, alchemilla and raspberry controls melamin production and slows the appearance of dark spots. The skin naturally becomes brighter and dark spots are reduced.

Triple Protection

UVA / UVB protection

SPF30/PA+++ mineral sun protection shields the skin from UVA and UVB rays

Pollution and antioxidant protection

Clarins' exclusive complex composed of white tea extract rich in flavonoids and succory dock-cress extract, reinforce the skin care action while neutralizing free radicals.

Long-hold texture

The micronized powders in the formula give the texture an incredibly fine quality and mattifying effect.  Pigments coated in amino acids absorb excess sebum while preserving the radiance and stability of the colour.

Total comfort

Clarins exclusive Plant micropatch found in the formula limits water evaporation and preserves the skin's moisture, keeping it supple. Aloe extract hydrates and softens the skin all day long.

The sleek, luminous design of its pearly white and silver case evokes the flawlessness of the complexion. Its pure, very feminine style follows the graphic codes of the White Plus HP range.

Case (and accompanying velvet pouch) retails for S$18.

Refill (comes with a sponge) retails for S$52

Shades available:

The swatches below are 02 petal, 03 natural and 04 almond.

I eventually chose 03 natural and 04 almond. They didn't look that much different when I swatched them and looked closest to what my shade would be.

I have started using 04 almond. It does a good job at evening out my skintone and it blends really well with my skin giving it an overall matte finish. However, it didn't wow me as much as the Hydra Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation when I used it the first time. The texture, although very fine, does not feel as velvety smooth as the latter. The coverage is average, nothing too heavy duty, giving me a very natural look, which is not a bad thing. The powder also doesn't make my skin look dry. It can also be used wet, something which I have yet to try.

Click here to discover more about the White Plus HP range.

DISCLAIMER: All products in this entry were given to me by Clarins for consideration. I wasn't paid to do this and I'm not affiliated to Clarins in any way. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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