Another day, another V-day look.
I’m head over heels for this oh-so pretty purple eye-shadow from Clarins. The shade, Vibrant Violet, is just that. A rich, jewel, bluish purple. It’s a great choice if you’re going for cocktails this Saturday, with a guy or with the girls.
The pigment is deep and the formula smooth. If you like smokey eyes then swap your backs, greys and browns for this pop of colour. It’s a great way to brighten up dull February days, as well as a winter pallor.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is known far and wide as the must-have product to revive skin and give it a dewy, wide-awake look. So I was excited to try the eye-version, Eye Revive Beauty Flash, but disappointed by the results.
I was expecting the same kick-start for skin but instead was left with a normal eye cream. Pffft, Clarins… nice try but could do better.
By Naomi: Yum. This really has to be one of my favourite pregnancy discoveries ever.
It’s best applied when damp and so great for when you get out of the shower in the morning. It’s a little moment of luxury – it has all the benefits of other stretch-mark busters I’ve tried but it’s easily the most sophisticated. The scent is a gorgeous refreshing blend of citrus and peppermint (but not too minty). The oil absorbs well and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. The bottle has a surprisingly wide mouth and so I pour straight onto my belly rather than in my hands first and I always do it in the bathroom as there is definite potential for spillage.
Sometimes massaging product across my expanding body mass is a bit of a yawn but I love rubbing this oil in because it smells delightful and the whole experience is rather lovely. The oil is packed with 100% natural plant extracts and aromatic essential oils of geranium and rosemary and is recommended to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy or just to firm up skin tone.
I’ve noticed it has lightened a few of my old stretchmarks already so I’m hoping it will prevent any future battle scars. It’s working so far anyhow! It’s also great for itchy just-shaved legs as it’s incredibly soothing. Love it. It’s fairly expensive at £30 but a little goes a long way and getting rid of stretch marks once you’ve got them would cost a lot more!
Verdict: smells divine works a treat but be careful when dispensing!
Written by Laura: We all want a golden glow for summer, and preferably one that doesn’t come with complementary scary skin cancer. Included in the latest raft of products to hit the fake tan market is Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream. With ‘unsaponifiables of cacao’ – whatever they are – designed to tan your skin, leaving you chocolatey brown and lovely, it sounded pretty tasty.
Annoyingly, the cream comes in a pot rather than a tube, which necessitates digging in your fingers or using the piddly spatula provided. It’s easy to rub in and the light-brown sheen and pleasant smell make for an enjoyable application. Once on, the cream left my skin feeling moisturised but not tacky and didn’t mark my sheets when I used it before bed.
While I may not be the most adept fake tanner, even I exfoliated and moisturised dry areas before application to create a barrier against the tanning agents. Despite my efforts, come the morning I was greeted by browny-orange heels and yellow hands. The overall tan was good however, with no streaks or patches. My main grievance though (and probably the reason I wouldn’t buy this fake tan again) was the way it wore off – clinging stubbornly to shins and around armpits, no matter how many times I scrubbed them. Overall, a good choice for careful tanners willing to put in the prep for even results.