CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

I am always on the hunt for new makeup for both myself and my kit, especially foundations. I do tend to find it tricky to find something that ticks all my boxes, I have tried so many and never really feeling that they do what I want them to do. So I decided to give the new Clarins skin illusion foundation a try, let me share my thoughts with you.

I’ve never tried a Clarins foundation before and hadn’t heard about this foundation prior to catching a glimpse of it as I was passing the Clarins counter in Boots so I decided to stop and take a look. Clarins described this as a natural hydrating foundation and with winter on it’s way I was definitely intrigued.

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

Shade

This foundation comes in a range of 22 shades, I purchased 110 Honey and 116.5 Coffee and got samples of 112.3 Sandalwood and 114 Cappucino. My summer glow is fading fast *sobs* and whilst I was in store I was more Sandalwood however I’m more of a match to Honey now.

The shades I chose are fab, they are really adaptable to a range of skin colourings and the darker shades I chose have more of a yellow hue, as many of my clients wear self tan and I feel these tones match much better.

Coverage

When I saw the dropper dispenser and dripped some onto the back of my hand I was thinking “this is going to be far too sheer” however as I started to blend it I was pleasantly surprised. The consistancy, whilst feeling light had such great pigment meaning that you didn’t need much product to even out  your skin, allowing your skin to still look like skin.

This foundation is still very buildable, on first application it is quite dewy but dries to a lovely satin finish which is perfect for a drier skin, meaning if need be you can add a little powder to the areas you need to, if at all.

Longevity

This foundation makes no claims to be long wearing as it is designed to provide long lasting hydration, that being said I am very happy with the longevity of this foundation.

Obviously if you have an oily skin this is not the foundation for you anyway but I would say this would still suit a combination skin with a little powder through the T-zone.

I’ll also add that I have been using this on myself withoit a primer to see how the foundation holds out on it’s own and as I said I am happy how it wears through the day.

Packaging

The Clarins skin illusion foundation comes in a sleek rounded glass bottle with a white and gold lid, which is a dropper to dispense the foundation.

I’m not sure whether I would prefer a pump and lid but the dropper is still quite handy for not wasting product.

CLARINS SKIN ILLUSION FOUNDATION

Overall

I was really suprised how much I liked this foundation, my doublewear has even been cast aside for daily use.

When I first applied it there was a slight scent which reminded me of Chanel Vitalumiere and sometimes my eyes are not great with scents but so far this hasn’t affected them, which is great.

As I know it has great skin benefits it feels like a skincare product when I apply it, as well as a foundation.

This would definitely suit a drier skin type and perfect for a more mature skin, it has the feel and moisturising qualities of a tinted moisturiser yet the coverage of a foundation.

I have tried many foundations and whilst they sit in my personal makeup kit they don’t often make it into my professional kit…. and this one has!

lucie makeup artist

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BODYCARE ROUTINE AND L’OCCITANE TREATS

I love skincare and have an extensive array of products. I take the time to cleanse, exfoliate, treat, apply serums. oils and a whole host of other lotions and potions, yet my efforts tend to stop from the neck down. So I decided to treat myself to a bodycare routine and L’occitane treats, let me show you what i got.

I had used L’Occitane probably 15/20 years ago from QVC and loved it, their products are super hydrating, rich, shea butter formula’s were a lovely luxurious treat.

I’m sure I’m not alone, especially with winter on it’s way that thinks “my body is under that many layers no one will see it, it doesn’t matter”.

Yet after a while I start to suffer with really bad dry skin on my legs, they look really dull and I get bad ingrown hairs.

So I thought, I have a great skincare routine for my face, let’s create a bodycare routine, so I headed over to L’occitane.

Now sometimes ordering online is a gamble, you can’t smell or feel any of the products but on this occasion my gamble paid off, these products are AMAZING.

BODYCARE ROUTINE AND L'OCCITANE TREATS

Let me talk you through my new body care routine…

Exfoliation

This is such a key part in skincare, removing dead cells from the surface of the skin will make it feel smoother, look fresher and allow other producs to sit better on the skin.

I’m not a fan of scrubs, the bitty creams that no matter how long I rinse for, I never seem to be able to rid myself of all the little bits.

On my face I use A.H.A’s and other acids to exfoliate and also a flannel with my cleanser, this is often slightly rough, enough to leave my face feeling smooth.

On my body however I am a HUGE fan of exfoliating mitts, I prefer these over loofahs and the round puffs you can get, as they tend to sit and fester in your shower and can start to smell damp.

The mitts are great as you can just bung them in the washing machine after each use, they are rough enough to give a good scrub, yet no bits. They are also super affordable and a pack of 2 or 4 can be found in most pound shops.

BODYCARE ROUTINE AND L'OCCITANE TREATS

Cleansing

Cleansing is the only part that we all do (I hope!), having a wash and smelling fresh is a basic part of bodycare and well just general hygiene, but the products you choose can also make it a nice treat.

Now as a household we always have a bar of Dove soap and I have refrained from buying anything else as the kid’s tend to experiment, the lids left off and before you know it it’s gone.

So this will definitely be hidden away, I opted for the Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower gel, as I said it was a real gamble on the scent but it is absolutely beautiful, a light fresh scent which lingers yet doesn’t overpower.

A drop of this on my exfoliating gloves makes a quick and easy 2 in 1 essential step in my bodycare routine.

Moisturising

Once you are all clean and fresh and all those rough, dry skin cells have been removed it’s time to treat and nourish your skin with a hydrating lotion.

I chose the Cherry Blossom Shimmering lotion to be able to layer the scent making it last even longer on the skin.

BODYCARE ROUTINE AND L'OCCITANE TREATS

I opted for a create your own package, so as well as a shower gel and body lotion I got to choose a soap and a handcream. The soap was in the same Cherry Blossom scent however for the handcream I chose Neroli & Orchidee and whilst it’s not unplesant, I personally much prefer the Cherry Blossom.

BODYCARE ROUTINE AND L'OCCITANE TREATS

In my beautiful L’occitane gift box I also got an array of complimentary samples including the amazing Immortelle rest, an overnight reset oil in serum, which I can’t wait to try.

The L’Occitane range I feel is very affordable for the quality of product and they make a lovely gift, expecially using the gift wrap option, who wouldn’t want to recieve this gorgeous sunshine coloured box with an array of luxurious treats, I know I definitely would!

Let me know what products you love?

lucie makeup artist

 

Purchase the products –

Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower gel

Cherry Blossom Shimmering lotion

Cherry Blossom Soap

Neroli & Orchidee handcream

 

 

 

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BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Recently I ordered a few things from Bobbi Brown, one item was a repurchase but the others were all new for me to try, so I thought I’d share with you my BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

I was late to the party when it came to trying out the Bobbi Brown range and it wasn’t until I went to visit their New Soho store in London last year that I really got a feel for the brand and their products.

BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

A favourite of mine and every client I apply this to is the Vitamin enriched face base, so this was my repurchase product. If you haven’t already tried it then you simply must, the oil-free formula combines the moisturizing power of Shea Butter with Vitamins B, C and E. meaning it is rich yet lightweight, Grapefruit and Geranium fragrances leave a light, uplifting scent on skin, it smells absolutely amazing and that’s the first thing clients remark on as I apply this to their skin.

BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Vitamin enriched face base was sold out to buy separately, but I was desperate to get my hands on some more so I ordered it in a set which came with the Soothing cleansing oil and a travel size of the Radiance boost mask.

With wearing Doublewear foundation I love an oil or a balm cleanser to really break down the foundation and this one is lovely, I have used it every night since I have got it and it is lasting so well, there seems to be hardly any gone from the bottle. I am still to try the Radiance boost mask, I am so excited to use it as I have both the skin nourish and instant detox mask and love both of those….I do need to make more time to mask, wedding season and 4 kids really doesn’t really help!

The fairly new Skin long-wear weightless foundation is one I’ve been wanting to try for a while, if you have read some of my other blogs you will know that I am a big lover of Doublewear and I am always trying to find something that lives up to it. I ordered 3 shades of this so I can mix to acheive a range of shades. On trying this on myself I was pleasantly suprised, the texture and coverage were lovely, easily buildable yet lightweight and it looked lovely and lasted well on the skin.

BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Instant full cover concealer was another product I was eager to try, again this was a slight comparison product. I use and love Nars creamy concealer and this was similar packaging and the Full Oover obviously got me intrigued so I ordered it in two shades. On first application of this I was a little surprised of how different this is to Nars, it is a much thicker consistancy, not necesserily in coverage just in feel, it is much drier on application and not as easy to apply, kind of feels like when my Nars one is running out yet when it is on it doesn’t dry like the Nars one so leaves the undereye looking a little more hydrated.

I applied and blended in it the same way as I do the Nars one and the first time I wasn’t really impressed, HOWEVER I have stuck with it and it was purely me using too much product I think so I used far less product and I get a much better result and find myself reaching for it everyday.

One thing I would suggest though is getting a colour match instore as ordering shades over the internet for the first time can be hit and miss.

I’m not a lover of creamy products, they feel and look lovely instantly but then seem to smear off and disappear, that being said some of my clients do like a cream formulation so I decided to give the Pot Rouge a try. I got this in the colour Calypso coral as I do like a nice pop of colour on the cheeks, a little goes a long way. these are super pigmented and as with most cream formulas are best applied with fingers or stippled on with a brush.

I’m not a massive lip colour person and much prefer a balm type consistancy so I decided to try out the Lip tint in 3 shades, they have a slight hint of colour so I tend to put on a little liner then these over the top, all are very wearable and super moisturising.

BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I saw the Crushed lip colour in Molly Wow on BBpro Aimee Morrison in a Insta story tutorial and loved it so decided to give it a try, it’s a beautiful day-time bright, a perfect summery colour.

Bronzer, this has got to be the thing I loved and wasn’t really expecting to as much as I did….the first application didn’t go too well and it grabbed to my foundation producing a patchy appearance, I was in the process of trying out multiple new products and textures so I gave it another try as the colour is just beautiful. In the natural sun you get a red tone to the skin as well as bronzed and all the bronzers I have tried are very golden or totally the other way and far too cool, this tone is perfect, it’s cool with a very natural red undertone which gives that “been out in the sun” appearance. It’s so hard to describe, you must give it a try, after my patchy first go I do now lightly powder over my cheek area first to ensure it doesn’t grab and I’ve not had any other problems since.

BOBBI BROWN HAUL FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Purchase the products I featured:

Vitamin enriched face base

Bronzing powder

Soothing cleansing oil

Skin long-wear weightless foundation

Pot rouge – Calypso coral

Extra lip tint

Crushed lip colour – Molly wow

Instant full cover concealer

What are your favourite Bobbi Brown products?

lucie makeup artist

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