This french beauty house has been around for years and does beautiful products that just work. Over the years I've kind of lost contact with many of it's collections and products. The only thing I found myself using again and again was the Beauty Flash Balm but more of that later. So recently when I had the chance to catch up with it's PR team, I was more than happy to do so and surprised to find many things have changed, all for the better of course and I have picked out what I think are it's hero products and what appeals to me for use in my work.
Beauty Flash Balm
A long staple in my arsenal when making up celebrities, this wonder product works by creating a film over facial skin that refreshes and tightens the complexion. As a result makeup lasts longer and just looks better! Now some have expressed less than satisfactory results but I have hand-to-heart used this on every celeb I have worked on and it never fails each time. The knack is to not massage the product into skin and to use as few broad strokes as possible. I always have a spare just in case, it's that good!
RRP £27.50 for 50ml.
Eye Revive Beauty Flash
To put it simply, this is the eye equivalent of the Beauty Flash Balm. Upon application, tired eyes are soothed and refreshed and the skin around the eye appears softer and smoother. All this is achieved without any greasy film or texture! I've found that eye makeup tends to hold better as well as smoother firmer skin means easier application!
RRP £26.50 for 20ml.
Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation
Just as the weather's getting colder and central heating is causing dryness to our skins, this sheer and satiny foundation packed with minerals and plant extracts is perfect. The texture is a curious fluid/cream that provides good coverage and whilst giving skin nourishing hydration, it doesn't appear at all shiny so from a MUA's point of view, it's gorgeous satin finish is perfect for photography work.
Pink Algae Extract helps energize skin for better hydration while Brown Algae Extract and Acacia Gum forms a hydrofilm over the complexion to prevent moisture loss. It comes in 10 very user-friendly shades. I can see this being my go-to foundation this winter!
RRP £24 for 30ml.
Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I'm a huge fan of facial oils. They're great for massaging onto skin at night to really nourish and allow the complexion to absorb whilst you sleep. Also great to massage before applying makeup to really get circulation going and achieve that glowing complexion! Now here's a great tip, I often mix 1 drop of a treatment oil to my foundation on palm, then mix and smooth onto face, working it in to really get the pigments all into the skin. What this will achieve is a sheer base that is soft and just great glowy skin! So for anyone suffering from annoying dry flakey skin no matter how much you exfoliate, this technique is great!
Blue Orchid is for dehydrated skin, combined with the stimulating properties of Patchouli and the soothing benefits of Rosewood. The base oil is Hazelnut oil which is rich in powerful anti-oxidant Vitamin E.
Santal for dehydrated skin, a combination of Sandalwood, Lavender and Cardamom essential oils in Hazelnut oil. Great for soothing and relaxing tight dehydrated skin.
Lotus for combination or Oily skin, a combination of Lotus, Geranium and Rosemary essential oils in Hazelnut oil. Great for decongesting and repairing oily or combination skin.
All 3 oils are available to buy now but if you want the new packaging with the dropper, it will be available January 2012.
RRP £29 for 30ml.
So has anyone used anything from Clarins yet? I must say one of the best things about this brand is the powerful plant benefits combined with beautiful textures and colours. And the intoxicating delicious natural aromas also make it a luxurious choice if you're ever in need of a sensory treat!
There's quite a few more products I would love to shout about but can't yet as it's still too early but as soon as I get the go ahead to tell you about it, I will! You are all in for a treat so stay tuned and be sure to check back ok?