Clinique Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Review

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

Hi everyone!

I have a quick review of this Clinique cleanser for today. I had this little sample sized one for a while and hadn’t reached for it, but a few weeks ago I decided to try it out and was pleasantly surprised!

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

I’m bad at describing scents but this has somewhat of a grapefruit scent which wakes you up in the morning as most citrus scents do. It comes out as a thick gel and I was confused about the exfoliating aspect, but as soon as I started massaging this onto my face I felt the tiny beads gently exfoliating.

Clinique pep-start 2-in-1 exfoliating cleanser

This cleanser left my skin feeling soft and not irritated as some scrubs do.

I definitely recommend this cleanser – especially for oily skin types as it really clears out your pores and gets rid of excess oil.

What is your current favourite cleanser? Let me know below!

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Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Review

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

Hi everyone!

I always use two separate primers at a time because I like a more hydrating primer for the perimeter of my face and a pore filler for my t-zone as I tend to get really oily and have noticeable pores on my nose/cheeks.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector

This pore filler is extremely similar to the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer, click here to read my review on that one. The only slight difference that I notice between the two is that the Smashbox is slightly more hydrating while this one feels very putty-like and takes a little more work to apply.

I use to rub the product into my face but now I take a pea-sized amount and rub between my fingers and press onto my problem areas. This works much better as these silicon formulas tend to ball up when you try to work them into the pores by rubbing.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector Invisible Light
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector in Invisible Light.

This is a nice pore filler and I would highly recommend for those with large pores and/or oily skin types as it helps to mattifying. My foundation glides nicely on top without exaggerating my pores/ sinking in to them. You can even use this on no foundation days as it smooths and slightly blurs the skin. I use this and the Smashbox one interchangeably, as I don’t see much of a difference between the two.

What do you think about these pore fillers? Is there one that you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Clinique All About Eyes Review

Clinique All About Eyes

Hello everyone!

I did a review a while back on the Clinique All About Eyes Rich eye cream, and as I mentioned in that review I got milia (small white bumps) and I’m almost certain that it was caused by that formula! I have never gotten milia and within a few weeks I noticed three of them around my eyes. I instantly stopped using that eye cream and went back to this one and they disappeared!

Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream

Unlike my negative experience using the Rich formula, I really enjoy the original all about eyes. As you can see from the pictures, I have the large 30ml and it is completely finished! I have also finished up a 15ml jar as well and for now, I have a few mini 5ml jars which I will definitely use up! I enjoy the consistency of this super light-weight formula; it absorbs nicely and is almost gel-like in consistency. It’s definitely hydrating but it’s not the best if your looking for a really moisturizing eye cream.

I will say that this eye cream has definitely helped in preventing fine lines around the eyes because it keeps the area hydrated. However, since I do not have existing wrinkles so I can not comment about how effective this product is for that. This product also claims to help with dark circles and puffiness. I have dark circles due to my skin being very thin around my eyes and my purple/blue veins show through but I don’t think there is any cream that would be able to help with that. This eye cream targets discoloration and pigmentation around the eyes and from the reviews I’ve read on Sephora; many claim that it has lighten their under eyes.

In conclusion, I really enjoy this eye cream more so during summer months since my under eyes aren’t too dehydrated. Also, I would never recommend the Rich formula because of the weird small white bumps that appeared after use and disappeared after I stopped using it.

Have you guys tried Clinique eye creams? Which one is your favourite?

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Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer Review + Swatches

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer

Hello again!

As you may have already known from my previous reviews; I love Clinique skin care however, this “liquid lipstick” wasn’t what I was expecting.

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer

As always starting off with packaging; I think this is really cute – it’s short and rectangular shaped with a pretty mirrored cap and see-through frosted plastic. This has a chubby round applicator which isn’t the best for precise application and therefore using this product with a lip liner is a must.

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer

The product itself, does not have a pleasant scent but it isn’t over-powering and you can not smell it after it’s on your lips. This product is crazy pigmented and with just one swipe I get an opaque layer that feels extremely light on my lips. However, I would not call this product a liquid lipstick just because it isn’t a traditional liquid lipstick that dries down and is transfer-proof. This product slides around and will definitely bleed if not used with a lip liner. It doesn’t ever dry down – just sets to a shiny suede finish which will transfer when eating/drinking. In fact when I press my lips on the back of my hand to test it’s transfer-ability a full opaque layer of my lip print comes off which is definitely not ideal when it comes to a long wearing lip color. This does stain the lips and some color will remain by the end of the day but it is somewhat patchy.

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer 03 Candied Apple Pop

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer 03 Candied Apple Pop

Clinique Pop Liquid Matte Lip Colour + Primer 03 Candied Apple Pop

Would I reach for this again? Probably not because this formula isn’t exactly what I like to wear on a daily basis however, the color is gorgeous.

Have you tried this Formula? What is your favourite Clinique Lip product?

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Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C Review

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Hi everyone!

I’m back with another review on a product that is fairly new (couple months) on the market now and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this. If your new to my blog then your not aware of the obsession that I have with serums – I just find that I get the quickest results with them. I usually search for a serum that promises to brighten and help with skin texture and lighten a few freckles that pop up during the summer months.

In saying that; this “serum” is 100% pure Vitamin C – which is why I was so excited to try this. I know that Vitamin C is super beneficial for the skin as it brightens and helps produce collagen (anti-aging). In the past I’ve used serums with Vitamin C but I haven’t used a pure Vitamin C ‘booster’; which comes with it’s disadvantages such as disposing of each vial after 7 days because the Vitamin C is no longer effective after that due to oxidization. However, this product claims to be a treatment and not necessarily an everyday product. You can purchase one vial (7-day treatment) by itself or a 4-pack (picture above) – Let me just add that this isn’t cheap but rather pricey as the 4-pack retails for $94.00 CAD.

A single vial from the 4-pack.

Clinique Fresh Pressed Vitamin C

Now, let’s get into whether or not this product did wonders for my skin: Firstly, the directions say that you must shake this well every time and add 2 drops to your moisturizer morning and night. I tried this for a few days with my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and it did absolutely nothing and I even felt my skin was breaking out in little bumps all over. That absolutely terrified me and I stopped using this product for about 2 months until I decided to give it another shot with a different moisturizer. I thought I might have been allergic to the strong active Vitamin C but it made no sense since I have used serums with Vitamin C in the past and loved the instant result. The second attempt I mixed this serum with My Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and I got the instant brightness and glow overnight! I continued to use this product and my skin looked amazing – smoother, bright and super healthy! I still have no idea why it reacted the way it did with the first moisturizer but I’m glad that I gave it another shot.

So, I would recommend mixing this with the Moisture Surge or testing it out with different face creams to see what works for you.

Have you tried Vitamin C serums/face creams?

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Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel & Lotion Review

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel Lotion

Hi everyone!

Finding the right moisturizer has always been difficult for me because I have an oily skin type and therefore I don’t want an oily, greasy formula.

I first tried the lotion (meant for dry to very dry skin types) in a gift with purchase and this stuff is very greasy! It made me so shiny – I could see the film of oil on my face. However, I did notice that my skin was noticeably soft after just one use of this but I had to stop using it because of the oil. Months after that first impression I noticed that Clinique has a gel formula that is oil-free and meant for oily skin types. I went for it and got the large 125 ml size with the pump and I’m so glad I did – this stuff is amazing! It is the perfect moisturizer for oily skin types; it’s light weight, moisturizing without the oil, makes my skin incredibly soft and smooth and lastly, it has a slight tackiness to it right after application which makes it the perfect base for makeup.

Clinique is known for having fragrance-free products and their formulas are made for sensitive skin. I have been using this for months now and I have not broken out, the (natural product not perfume) smell is not strong but it is definitely detectable however, it doesn’t bother me at all. I love that the formula absorbs fairly well and doesn’t sit on my skin or clump together when I apply foundation on top.

I see myself repurchasing this many times and this is the first moisturizer I would recommend to anyone that asks me. I would recommend the entire Clinique 3 step system (foaming face wash, clarifying lotion and this moisturizer); they are affordable but very effective in helping me get rid of textured skin, acne, and redness.

What moisturizer are you currently using and what do you think about it?

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Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3 and #4 Review

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 4

Hello everyone!

These clarifying lotions (toner & exfoliant) had/have a huge part in getting rid of my acne. I never thought that a toner could have such a huge impact on my skin.

I started using the #3 clarifying lotion which is meant for combination oily skin type and after a few days of use I noticed that all the little bumps on my forehead were disappearing, I was getting fewer breakouts, my skin was glowing and fresh and not to mention super smooth feeling. I was using this product in combination with the Clinique foaming facial soap (review here) and the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel, which I will do a review on very soon.

This product claims to get rid of dead skin cells, which helps get rid of build up. It helps your serum, moisturizer, etc. absorb better into the skin because there are no dead skin cells in the way. I use this twice a day and every evening after I have used a makeup wipe to take off the majority of my makeup and washed my face afterwards when I follow up with this toner I can still see makeup on the cotton pad! This meant that I wasn’t properly taking off my makeup every night and many of my breakouts could have been caused by that.

I highly recommend this product to everyone! There are different formulas for every skin type. I got the #4 clarifying lotion (very oily) and I think I will be repurchasing that for the rest of my life!

Have you tried this?

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