Posts tagged ‘Clarins’

June 29, 2012

Fragrance: Eau Dynamisante

It’s been a while since I’ve written a fragrance post. In fact, it’s been a while since I’ve been for a play in the perfume departments and beauty stores so I’ve not found any new ones that I’ve liked. Instead, I’ve been using up all of the different perfumes I’ve already got, in some attempt to save a little money. After all, new perfumes are not always best. Most of my absolute favourite perfumes are older classics.

Take Eau Dynamisante, for example. Created in 1987 by Clarins, this is described as a ‘treatment’ fragrance for both men and women by Clarins, and therefore is missed from some perfume reviews. Most notably for me, it’s missed from ‘Perfumes: The Guide‘ which is my fragrance bible. This is perhaps because it’s designed to be worn all over the body as an aromatherapy type treatment, rather than ( in the words of the immortal Coco Chanel) ‘where you want to be kissed’.

I don’t consider Clarins particularly when I think of perfume in the way I would with companies such as Guerlain, who have moved from perfume into skin care and make up. I always think of Clarins as predominantly a skin care company and yet this fragrance has been a success for over 20 years.

The scent is reminiscent of a traditional Eau de Cologne to me, with herbal elements and spicy, citrus and woody (Patchouli, Thyme, Lemon, Petit Grain) notes. It’s got a clean and uplifting feel to it, and really does make me feel invigorated when I smell it. A great fragrance to wear during the day. Clarins make a whole range of body products in this fragrance too. What a treat it would be to use them together. Perhaps I will be venturing into that department store soon after all…

February 17, 2012

My first Glossy Box

After a bit of deliberating, I signed up to GLOSSYBOX this month, and, weeks after the rest of the subscribers got their January box, I got mine.

For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s a monthly subscription service (costing £10 a month, plus postage)  of beauty products. Each month they send a box of five sample sized products for you to try and review. If you like them, you can often buy directly from them at discounted rates. Every month you also review the products you’ve been sent, earning points for a free box. You might have read the post I wrote when Minibreak Mummy sent me something from a box she’d received, and the quality of that made me think that I’d give it a go.

The packaging is lovely. Although I like to think of myself as environmentally aware, I do get a bit excited by beautiful packaging. It’s a weakness, I know. I  will make sure I re-use the lovely (and sturdy) pink box it came in, and I’ve already eaten the sweetie, so that’s taken care of!

Here is the box:

My five products were:

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Creams. I’ve been a fan of Clarins for a long time, mostly through my Mum who has used it for as long as I can remember. . In fact, the Extra Firming range, if I remember rightly, is one that she uses. Now, I’m not going to talk about being an older woman again and have been very happy with both of these samples. Lightly fragranced, rich and easily absorbed, they’re clearly a high quality product and really what I would have expected from the brand.

Eyeko Eye liner in Emerald Green. This was a full sized product and I’ve used (and been complimented on it) quite a lot. I love the colour, which I wouldn’t have chosen on my own. It’s soft and gentle on the eye, easy to smudge to create a softer line and long lasting. I recommend this one lots.

Murad Primer. I’ve known of this brand for a while, but not had the chance to try any, so I was happy to be given this chance. It’s a tinted primer, which I wasn’t expecting, as most of the other primers I’ve used have been colour free. It’s light and easy to apply and although I’ve only used it a couple of times, I do think that it helps to even out my skin tone.

F.A.B. Body Moisturiser. Designed for sensitive skin, this moisturiser is scent, paraben and colour free. Although initially it felt quite greasy to the touch, it sank in really well and left a long-lasting softness to my skin. I really liked it, and now could do with industrial quantities of it to help me get my legs out of my Winter hibernation mode and ready for tights-free skirt wearing in the Spring!

In all, I’m really pleased, and will happily use up all the products. Nothing for Lucy Brown’s Beauty Box Swaps this time around! (If you are interested in Beauty Box Swaps, also take a look at their very busy Facebook page here, for loads of enthusiastic swappers)

A success, then. I’m already looking forward to next month!