WEEKLY CLINIQUE-LY

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hey Cool Cats,

As previously mentioned in this post, I like skincare. No, that's a lie. I have a very unhealthy, very expensive, totally dependent relationship with skincare. But I'm cool with that.

I have different routines, using different products, for the morning and the evening. Despite all my male friends telling me that it's all rubbish, and that they're the exact same things in different tubes, I like to think that my morning routine is for keeping my spots in check (my general skin profile is that I'm extremely blackheady, full on Vesuvian spots cover my forehead, and I'm susceptible to the odd lurker on my chin. Plus dry bits. And oily bits. Nice.), where as my evening routine is a pre-emptive strike against aging. Once a week, I use my three favourite Clinique products to deep-clean my face, and also to attempt to hide the huge gaping chasms masquerading as pores on my forehead, nose and chin.

I like to do this on Tuesday evenings, when I also read Grazia, eat chocolate in bed, sing along to Adele, and do my nails (Secret Single Behaviour, anyone?). I'd definitely recommend using these products in the evening, if you do try this at home, as it can leave you a little blotchy for a few hours.

Meet the (previously unsung) heros of my face; Clinique Seven Day Scrub, Pore Minimizer Refining Mask, and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

Starting with the Seven Day scrub - this I simply massage into make-up free skin. You can then either rinse or tissue it off. I like to tissue, because then I can stare in avid, horrified fascination at all of the grime that actually comes out of my skin. I suspect that, deep down, I'm not actually a girl, but a mutant hybrid that was bred in a sewer. Seriously, it's disgusting.

When all of the Seven Day Scrub has been removed, I then apply a thin layer of the Pore Minimiser Refining Mask...

Enjoy five minutes of running around your flat, flapping your arms and shrieking, and scare the bejeezus out of your flatmates' gentleman callers. Alternatively, mime really badly. 
After five minutes, when the mask feels dry (giving your face that weird, tight feeling) rinse it off with warm water, and pat face dry. Then use the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

I honestly cannot recommend these products highly enough. This has been part of my skincare routine for four years. The products last forever, and are all utterly fantastic. The scrub leaves my face feeling squeaky clean, the mask literally zaps the pores off of my face (for a couple of days), and the moisturizer leaves my skin feeling super-hydrated, but without the greasy sheen that so many products seem to leave behind.

Basically, they're all great, and well worth investing in (although they've been known to make my friends spontaneously stroke my face. But that's... Nice, right?). The whole process probably takes about ten minutes, and is guaranteed to leave my face feeling soft and smooth, and looking almost airbrushed in comparison to how it was before. I think that all of the products are totally worth the rather hefty price-tag, especially the mask, which I honestly think has unrivalled results.

Have you used any of these products? Were you impressed by them?

Mona.

[NOTE: I have never actually bought the Seven Day Scrub, or the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. They are always part of the free gift when you buy two products at Boots, and I'm also (conveniently) an enormous fan of their High Impact Mascara.]

6 comments:

  1. Oooooh, I have huge pores and they're just there, staring at me, taunting me. I will definitely give the mask a try. xxxx

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    1. I highly recommend it! :)

      Mona X

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  2. This stuff sounds amazing! But Mona, do you use skincare products because of social pressure? Are you willing to have a skincare free day? haha x

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    1. As a matter of fact, I do Charlotte. I know that people can (just about) tolerate my hairy legs, bushy eyebrows and unemphasised eyes, but I just don't feel that they're ready for my GARGANTUAN PORES! ;)

      Mona x

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  3. I've tried the 7day scrub some months ago, but my overly sensitive skin reacted all red and broke out ... probably something in it which my skin is allergic too.
    Since a few years I stick to La Roche Posay's Effaclar cleansing gel due to a recommendation of my dermatologist and it works well :) Can't afford to buy the moisturizer (which smells like honey melons, yum!) again, but I will, if I ever happen to be wokring again ;)

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    1. Oh I'm sorry to hear that, what rotten luck! That moisturiser sounds amazing, my favourite (Estee Lauder Daywear Plus) smells like Cucumbers... Yum!

      Mona x

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Mona x

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