Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

The Clarisonic cleansing brushes are something I've lusted after for a long time now, however, when I saw that feelunique.com were offering a free bottle of Foaming Sonic Facial Soap with every purchase of the Clinique Sonic System I opted for this one instead. Although the Clarisonic cleansing brushes are slightly more upmarket, the Clinique cleansing brush ticks all the boxes for me.

As I've mentioned before my skin is oily and has relatively large pores, which is why the Clinique Sonic System sounded perfect for my skin as it promises to "remove impurities for clear, healthy-looking skin and clearer-looking pores". From the first use it had me hooked! My skin felt softer, cleaner, and looked like it was glowing (I had to resist the urge to keep looking in the mirror!). To get the facial soap to lather enough I wet my face and then apply the soap. This allows the bristles of the brush to work into my skin without being too rough. The brush has an area of green bristles which are tilted for use around the t-zone. I love these bristles because they give a thorough clean around my nose - which is where my pores are at their worst. The Clinique Sonic System works on a 30 second interval and Clinique recommend using this every morning and evening for 30 seconds and then building up to using it for 1 minute. However, I've been using it for 30 seconds when I haven't been wearing makeup and 1 minute when I have been wearing makeup because I feel like these timings work better for my skin.

The Clinique Sonic System has become a staple part of my skincare routine and I can't imagine going a day without it anymore! My skin looks brighter, my pores look smaller, and I'm definitely suffering from fewer breakouts. Have you tried any cleansing brushes?

Monday, 11 January 2016

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

Shade: Mont Blanc

I used to be someone who was constantly changing their foundation, I'd get half way through the bottle (or sometimes not even that far) and decide that I no longer liked the foundation. It went patchy, or rubbed off, or made my face look greasy, were three common problems I had with nearly all of the foundations I bought. However, I have been using Nars Sheer Glow for over a year now and I haven't experienced any of the usual problems that I have with foundations.

Nars Sheer Glow isn't aimed towards my skin type (oily-to-normal), the foundation is actually for normal, normal-to-dry and dry skin types. I was surprised about this because Nars Sheer Glow works better on my skin than any of the foundations I've tried which were specifically designed for my skin type. This foundation I'd say gives light-to-medium coverage but is definitely buildable if you're needing more coverage or more coverage in certain areas. Nars Sheer Glow is a dewy foundation that makes your skin look fresh and luminous but also natural - almost like you're not wearing any foundation. Due to this foundation not being aimed at my skin type, it can sometimes get a bit oily around my t-zone area; particularly if I've been quite active during the day or wearing this foundation for around 10 hours, but applying a layer of powder foundation to the oily areas sorts that out.

Already being half way through my SECOND bottle of Nars Sheer Glow (which is unheard of for me!) it's fair to say that I'm enjoying life on Nars and don't plan on swapping this foundation for a new one any time soon. For someone who has tried nearly every foundation under the sun and was constantly searching for a better one it's a relief to have finally found my perfect match. What is your perfect foundation?