Several months ago, I mentioned how I had accidentally run into a jar of Clinique's Moisture Surge gel (read about it here), and how I was planning on giving that long-lost relationship another go. A couple large sized jars of that celebrated moisturizer, and I was hooked again. As it usually does, that usage and love has made me give the rest of Clinique's skin care and cosmetics another chance.
The purchase of my second jar of Moisture Surge made me believe that maybe I should give the wash another go, then I wondered what their foundation felt like, and their mascara.... It snowballed.
The Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is my everyday facewash. I use it as soon as I wake up, as well as at night to wash off my makeup. It is gentle, and my face feels pretty clean afterwards, but not too dry or too tight.
Because I do still occasionaly fight acne (I hate that word. Can I say that I occasionally fight pimples, or does that make me sound like a teenager?), my facialist suggested that I use a "more agressive" cleanser a few times a week. So, now, three mornings a week, I use the Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam with my Clairsonic. Whether its the more agressive cleaning, or the combination of all of these products, I'm not sure, but I haven't had a breakout in several weeks.
Clinique's Clarifying Lotions are each designed to be used with a particular skin type. Personally, my skin is very normal, save for a teeny bit of oiliness around my nostrils and on my chin. Lotion #3 is the one for me, and balances the amount of oil on my face, while getting rid of any dead skin cells and excess dirt. I will say that even when I use my clairsonic and think my skin is SUPER clean, a swipe of this stuff on a cotton ball reveals all of the junk that my cleanser didn't remove. I use it after cleansing, morning and night.
The Acne Solutions Acne + Line Correcting Serum promises to treat acne as well as hydrate to reduce the appearance of fine lines. I'll be honest- I do get a little Botox, so I'm not sure that it's the serum that helps keep me wrinkle-free or not, but I will say that there is a visible smoothness immediately after application. I use it morning and night, after the clarifying lotion.
Oh, my gosh, where do I start? The Moisture Surge gel is an incredible moisturizer. It goes on a little thick, so it needs a few minutes to absorb, and if applied in excess, can "pill" off of your face... However, when used correctly, it keeps you hydtrated ALL DAY, and you'll see a visible reduction in dry, flaky spots, even in winter or after sunburn. I use it morning and night, after my serum.
The All About Eyes Serum comes in this nifty roller-ball packaging. Light and easily absorbing, the metal roller-ball stays cool, so each application feels like a refreshing little massage. I like to use this formula in the morning before makeup, because it absorbs quickly, without drying, so that my concealer goes on super smooth.
The original All About Eyes is a lotion-like formula that's thicker and (to me, at least) preferable on days when I'm not wearing makeup, or at night before bed. Like the Moisture Surge, it does take a while to absorb, so I try to only use it if there isn't going to be makeup applied.
I HATE the name of this foundation... But Holy Crap. I don't know that I've ever used anything better. The Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick goes on super sheer, but can be layered where needed for more coverage. I like to blend it in with a Beauty Blender, and I'm not kidding- when its on and even, you cannot tell you're wearing makeup. I don't know how I've ever lived without it, and have no idea what I'll do if it ever goes away. 'Normous Neutral is my shade.
Again with the Chubby... The Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm is a lot like its foundation counterpart, going on a little sheer, but easily layered for a more striking look. I love Plumped Up Peony, personally. Never using a cream blush, I didn't know what to expect, but on the apples on my cheeks, blended with the Beauty Blender, it leaves a hint of color that looks natural.
"Line Smoothing." I hate that I'm at the age that I have to worry about such things.... Still, the Line Smoothing Concealer comes with a traditional concealer wand applicator. I use shade Medium, and I feel as if the formula has the tiniest hint of irredescence, helping to reflect light away from under eye circles (my biggest personal skin complaint, and something I've battled with my entire life). Again, blended with a Beauty Blender, it smooths very easily, and there isn't a hint of clash where it meets your foundation. Light, yes, but needs to be set with a powder to keep from looking a little too shiny.
There you have it friends- my loyalty has changed, but this time, it feels like I've gone home again.