To the Test: skincare. Trying Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream

Hi everyone!

A while ago I talked about using LaRoche Posay Rosaliac in order to reduce my redness. I have sensitive skin and rosacea. While I know rosacea is not curable unless you undergo a laser treatment, I am still a sucker for creams that claim to be able to reduce redness.

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So, while the Laroche product did not work for me for many reasons ( I will link the blog posts at the end of this post), a week ago I was at the Clinique contour in Boots and a woman came up and asked the sales assistant for the Redness Solutions Face Cream because the sample had worked so well for her and she wanted to buy the full size.

My ears popped out like a cartoon and I started listening carefully.  Eavesdropper…. I know.

I then thought,

Hmmmmm, should I give it a shot?

To cut a long story short, I didn’t get it then, but I did  a few days ago in Greece where Clinique is much cheaper.

According to the beautician,

It does not cure rosacea but it does make the redness softer and the skin looks better.

I paid 4o euros and got it. I will be testing it for me and you guys.

According to the (Greek) Clinique Pamphlet

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  •  It helps reduce visible redness
  • it  prevents future redness ‘outbreak’

OK, so I translated the pamphlet loosely, but bear with me. In a few words, it will help reduce/ get rid of redness

Packaging

Plastic and not heavy. I got 50 mls. Typical clinique skin care packaging.

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Odorless

Feeling on the skin

It is a thick consistency. Imagine putting a Nivea cream on your face. That’s what it feels like. Thick. It does not get absorbed quickly. It takes time. If you accidentally lick it off your lips, it does not taste like poison (I know that is a weird thing to say in a review, but  did taste it).

My skin’s condition

OK, now the embarrassing pictures.  Before makeup, horrible close up  :p and rosacea in all its glory. Let’s focus on the after makeup shot :).

A few days later……..

Interesting info: I have had this post in my drafts for about a week and have been using the cream. I think the redness is softening. That’s weird. I have a good feeling. I will give a follow up in about 20 days, OK. So stay tuned. Don’t forget to follow my blog for an update.

You can find small samples of the Clinique redness solutions line on Amazon.

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Joanna

 

What a 10 hour makeup look REALLY looks like

I thought I’d write a post about what makeup I use when I am out and about and how it last for me. It is interesting to see what stays and what vanishes. Do you like subtle makeup looks where flawless skin in key and not too much going on is also essential? Then keep on reading.

A few disclaimers:

  • None of the photos of my face have had any editing done. They are they way my Samsung A3 phone took them.
  • I am 40 years old but I am quite lucky to have good skin with no real problematic areas.
  • I was out from 3:00 till 11 p.m.
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During the Day: Picture Taken in River Island where the lights are really nice

Prepping and priming.

I use my Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Face cream and Eye Serum. I let that set and then use my Dior Forever and Ever. I then used the Maybelline Anti Age The Eye Eraser Concealer.

Face

Foundation: L’oreal 24 Hr Matte in the shade Vanilla.

Contoured with my TooFaced Cocoa Contour Palette.

Blush: Mac Fleur Power.

Highlighter: Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade Golden light.

Bronzer: Matte Radiance Based Baked Powder Laura Mercier.

Powder on top: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder.

I used: My fingers to apply the foundation and a beauty blender for the concealer. I always set my foundation with a stippling brush though. I used a big fluffy Sephora Pro Powder Brush for  setting the powder and a Sephora contouring brush set (limited edition with a silver handle. Don’t know the name).

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Eyes

Eye Crayon: No7 in the shade Glistening Ray.

Mascara: Lancome Grandiose in the Colour Violet.

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Lips

Laura Mercier Lip Cream in the shade Coral Reef

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Lasting power

I was out all day, in the rain going in and out of stores from cold to warm. It held up quite well although before going out I did touch up and used my Bronze Goddess Multi Purpose Palette, so the evening photo is after adding a bit of blush and bronzer from that palette. I did not have any powder or foundation/ concealer on me, so, the base lasted all day long. So did the mascara. I did have to re apply the lip cream.

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At night time. Added the bronze Goddess Blush and bronzer.

So, there you have it. My REAL makeup look after being out and about all day long.

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To the Test: La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum (update)

So, I had said that I will revisit this product a while ago and I forgot to give you an update. So, what am I talking about? The La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum which is supposed to be great for reducing redness. .So how is it working for me? Well, I stopped using it for two reasons:

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Reason 1

I went to the skin doctor and I do have Rosacea and no cream will get rid of my redness. I will probably get the spots of my face with some kind of laser treatment.

What is Rosacea?

Well, redness of the face and according to the National Rosacea Society symptoms are:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

I actually have sensitive skin, redness on the cheeks (close to the eyes), and watery eyes.

Reason 2

The package broke in my makeup bag whilst I was travelling and I stopped using it. The packaging is definitely a fail especially as there is no cap.I can still use the product but it squirts out of the side and it is kinda disgusting.

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So, there is my update. You can read the original post that prompted this one by clicking here.

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Joanna

Cold sore product review: Lipivir

Hi everyone!!

Today I am going to talk about a product I just used, something I had never heard of before and fell in my hands completely out of luck! I went to the #BloggersBal about a month ago an one of the goodies I was given was this Lipivir tube which is good for cold sores. I chucked it somewhere in my makeup bag and totally forgot about it until the horrid cold sore appeared. I tried to deal with the ‘situation’ by using a lip balm cause initially I thought that my lips were dry. Then, I looked at the mirror and freaked out. A huge cold sore! I then remembered that I was given a Lipivir and I tried it.

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Before I move on to tell you my opinion, let’s see what the website says. So, according to Lipivir,

no pharmaceuticals

no one can see you wearing it

no cortisone

skin friendly

no side effects

Is that true?

Regarding the chemicals, I do not know.

Regarding the no one can see it. Yes. That’s true.

Skin friendly?  Read on.

Side effects? Well, I was fine when I used it.

Now the review and my story

So, I had a cold sore on my lower lip. I applied Lipivir for the first time and at the beginning it smelt and tasted like lemon. After a while though, it tasted like YUCK!! I actually got scared and googled the side effects!! I thoughtmine had expired or something! I saw that there were no problems and relaxed. I went to bed and the next morning the cold sore had vanished! It wasn’t there! So, who cares about the poisonous flavour, it’s worth all the bitterness cause my lips were fine!!

Where can I get this miracle worker?

Online.

How much does it cost?

2 gr are about 9 pounds. It is worth every penny.

If you do not mind the yucky flavour and remember to avoid licking your lips, you are fine and this product is totally worth it.

This is not a sponsored post, bu I did get the product for free cause it was part of a goodie bag! You should try it out if you suffer from cold sores. So, that’s all for now. Don’t forget to follow my blog or connect with me on social media. Got loads of these fab reviews ahead!!

xxx

Joanna

To the test: La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum

A few weeks ago I realised the redness under my eyes was not going away and after talking to ‘specialists’ I found out that my redness may be Rosacea.

What is Rosacea?

Well, redness of the face and according to the National Rosacea Society symptoms are:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

I actually have sensitive skin, redness on the cheeks (close to the eyes), and watery eyes.

So, I read a couple of magazines, some blog posts, you know all the medical info I could get (?!?) and went to the pharmacy and bought the La Roche Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum.

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First of all, before I move on let me clarify that this serum is not marketed as a cure for Rosacea. It is a way to battle redness. I still wanted to try it.

The La Roche website recommends it for

Sensitive skin with redness.

So, I am going to do a series of posts and show you how this is working for me. This is the first post.

Me and my bare skin

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and a lovely close up (Oh man! How embarrassing!)

Day 1

Can you see the redness under my eyes? So in this “To the test” series we will test the serum to see if there are any changes. So, today is the 22nd of May and I have used the serum 3 times.

A bit about the serum

Texture

It is a gel. It is lightweight when applied on the skin. Not greasy and absorbs very quickly.

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Packaging

Plastic 40 ml tube with a pump. I would have liked it if there was a cap on the pump.

Price

It retails for around $40. I got mine in Greece for €26.

Now let’s see what happens. I will be back with an update post (post number 2) in two weeks. Fingers crossed.I hope there is some change. Make sure you are following the blog, so you get a notification regarding when I post and you can read up on of the effectiveness or lack of effectiveness of this product. If you liked this post, you may want to check out the battle of the Estee Lauder foundations.

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Joanna

 

Double Wear Makeup vs. Makeup on the Go (Compact)

Hi everyone,

I am a big fan of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation/makeup line. I already had the Double Wear stay in place makeup (in the bottle) and I now bought the Compact Double Wear Makeup to Go which is a more light version of the product. I thought I’d test them out and see the difference between the two products. So, here goes.

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Me with no makeup

I have dry/sensitive skin. I have lots of red spots but no acne or things like that. I am 40 years old.

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In this picture you can see the Double Wear light Compact. I have it in the shade 2C3 Fresco. It is quite watery and feels light on the skin. I have been wearing it for  five minutes now and I do feel like something watery/oily is on my skin. It doesn’t feel bad.  The makeup is on the right half of my face. I used 4 little pumps of product. I say that the coverage is fine. It looks as if I am not wearing anything and it does cover the redness/ spots. Take for example the little red scar on my top lip. The ‘light’ version did cover it up quite well.

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Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

Now on the left hand side I have applied the Double Wear foundation. I am using the shade 1N2. The coverage is full. It takes much more time to blend. I think the foundation sits better on my skin. I have been taking pictures and walking around the house with my makeup on for about 45 minutes now and I still feel the ‘light’ version.

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In both cases I used a foundation brush and then a stippling brush. Looking at the picture I can see that the foundation (on the left) looks a bit lighter than the compact.  I can tell you that when I wear it, it makes my skin look flawless/porcelain like. I may also need to change colour/ shade though (but looking at the bottom pictures I am not sure. In real life it looks fine. I will look into this!).

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Now I then moved on to my other steps. I applied some concealer (Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush on Gow). My Chanel Les Beiges (health glow sheer powder). L’oreal Le Blush no. 165. Some highlighter from Makeup Academy. My lip stick is Plum Pop (Clinique) and my mascara is Lancome Grandiose (Violet).

Packaging of products

Compact vs. bottle

One thing I hate about my Double Wear foundation is the packaging. It is heavy and in a bottle. I spilt it once and almost lost all the product. You also have to pour it onto something or your brush when using and that can be messy

The compact is light and easy to carry around.It has a small mirror and comes with a sponge. It has a little button/ pump thing which you press and the product pops out. That can get a bit messy. It does look secure though. I haven’t walked around the city with it in my bag, so have no idea if there is a possibility of an accident.

My verdict

I like both. I will use the compact for more everyday makeup and the bottle foundation for more heavy-duty going out occasions. I do have to point out that I know that the double wear foundation (bottle) lasts all day long. It does not budge. Promise!

I want to finish off by saying that I am not a makeup artist. I am a teacher who loves makeup. There may be techniques or mistakes in the way I apply my products, but this is how I do it. The purpose of the post is to test the coverage and see the differences and I hope you have a ‘picture’ of that now.

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