Clarins Daily Energiser Wake-Up Booster

The Clarins Daily Energiser Wake-Up Booster is a refreshing thin gel like product that helps give your skin a prep in the morning. I use it as my daily toner as it gives my skin a ‘boost’ as the name suggests and helps the other product I put on sit better on the skin.

Clarins is a renowned name when it comes to skin care and I already loved the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and the Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum so I was quite eager to try this product. It is made with Red Currant, to hydrate and soften the skin, Green Coffee, to energize the skin, and White Tea Extracts, to protect the skin from environmental stress. As you can see I have used up nearly all of this bottle and have already gotten a backup for when this runs out, I love it that much. It has a light pleasant scent to it.

The directions to apply this is to either use your fingers to pat it in or to use a cotton pad. I personally use a cotton pad as otherwise I fear the product will go all over the place, I am a little clumsy. I just apply some to a cotton pad and then apply all over my face, even over my eyes and it is not irritating at all.

You get 125ml of product for £13.20 from, so not cheap but not as expensive as others either and you only use a small amount so it lasts for a long time. This is also part of a range so you could get the Cleansing Gel and the Day Cream but I haven’t tried those yet.

This together with my Johnson’s Rose Water which I use when I have especially red skin are my favourite toners to treat my skin. I would also like to try the La Roche Posay SeroZinc but haven’t found anyone yet who sells it.

Do you use a toner? Which one is your favourite?

Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Antioxidant Facial Serum

The Wild Ferns Manuka Honey Antioxidant Facial Serum is a product that has really become a favourite in my skin care routine. It is a serum made from Manuka Honey and I use two pumps of the serum for during the night before I put on my night time moisturizer. I find using a serum has really improved the texture of my skin.

I have never used anything else from the brand, Wild Ferns, but decided to give this a try since my skin seems to react well to honey based products.

Starting off this product is a lightweight serum that you pat into the skin and immediately sinks in leaving the skin looking plumper and brighter. It has high levels of antioxidants, combined with the beneficial properties of AAH (Antibacterial Antioxidant Honey) which helps tired and dull looking skin. It also contains Vitamin A and E which help reduce fine lines and against everyday stress.

The serum is made in New Zealand and made with New Zealand Manuka Honey. It contains 50ml of product, is in a simple plastic container and has a pump. It has quite a distinct scent to it, which took me a couple applications to get used to. It smells sweet and now I’m addicted to the scent. You can get it from for €14.82. I got mine during a 10% off Sale during the holiday time.

Do you use any serums? What are your favourites?

The Skincare Chronicles: Nivea Double Effect Make-up Remover

Since this is the first post of The Skincare Chronicles series I will do a little introduction. As the name implies I will be writing about products that I have come across that I think are amazing. I have very problematic skin that is combination/oily and that frequently breaks out namely because I stress myself. This is my journey through skin care products at affordable prices to help my skin without being too abrasive, harsh or cause even more damage in the long run. Any suggestions are truly appreciated as always. Also I will be reviewing some products that maybe are not so known or raved about but which I think are worth mentioning.

Last week I was shopping at my local supermarket when I came across the Nivea Double Effect Make-up Remover. As can be seen from the photo this is one of those products where you have two different liquids that you have to mix together to use. Namely you have an oily liquid and a less dense liquid that you shake together and use to remove make-up. Now I have seen many expensive brands coming out with these kinds of products and I’ve always been very curious as to how much they are effective. So when I saw this product for about 4 euros, I was all over it!

Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover

I am one of those persons who always removes their make-up before going to bed. I am also one of those persons that believes in the power of mascara and so tend to apply quite a good amount of it. This leads to me needing a good make-up remover especially for the eyes because we all know how harmful mascara can be if you don’t remove it all and that the lashes can suffer from this. So I was on the prowl for a good make-up remover that will take care of my eye make-up removal problems. As we all know products containing some oily substance are the best to break down the make-up and make it easy for you remove it. This is where the Nivea Double Effect Make-up Remover comes it. 

The product coming back to its original state

It is easy as 1, 2, 3… to use! You just shake it, apply some to a cotton pad or as I sometimes do to a face wipe and wipe away all your make-up in a few simple swipes. The description for the product on the Nivea website describes this product as a “bi-phase formula enriched with Cornflower Extract” and that is helps to remove waterproof make-up. This product does not leave any greasy residue behind however I do suggest you wash your face to make sure that no product is left on your face. Now to tell the truth I am not a big fan of the Nivea visage products, I have never had much luck with them and they are either feel like they do nothing or they irritate my skin because they have abrasive chemicals. However, I was very pleasantly surprised with this product and would definitely recommend it and will re-purchase in the future.

Hope you find this review helpful and that you will try it out.

What do you think about this product? Have you tried it or something similar? 

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First Impressions: First St. Ives Products

As stated by the title of this post, these are my first buys from the brand St. Ives. Now as anyone who follows the beauty community knows, this brand has quite a name for good quality products that are at an affordable price. For this reason, I was always very curious about the products, especially the Scrub as everyone seems to rave about it so much!

However, although I knew they were available here in Malta, until some weeks ago I had never seen them anywhere I go to buy! Finally I found some products from the brand and decided to try these two out 🙂

St. Ives Radiance Cleanser Apricot Cream Wash Deep Cleaning
St. Ives Apricot Scrub Invigorating
I got the Deep Clean Cream Wash and the Infamous Invigorating Apricot Scrub. I am still trying them out as I have a lot of skin care products but so far I like them and they seem to perform as well as other more expensive products. Reviews will be coming shortly. They both contain 150ml of product and were about €5 priced.

Have you tried these products? What do you think?

Product Review: Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Mask

Another product review for Montagne Jeunesse Mask, I have already done a couple of these but if you follow past posts you will know I am a bit of a mask junkie. I have many more than what I actually need and I have still a lot to go through to actually to need to buy any new. The mask I am reviewing today is the Blemish Mud Mask which has Aloe Vera and Willow in it.

Instructions on the back
This is a very pleasant mask from the brand. It is particularly suited for people who like me have acne prone skin. The natural ingredients in it help to clear the skin and refresh the skin deep into the pores. This mask contains Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary and Witch Hazel which specifically target problem areas in the skin. It has a nice thick consistency where a little goes a long way and it feels very nice and refreshing on the skin. The scent to it is not extremely powerful and sweet like some of these masks may have but I found it to be really calming and relaxing.

Some product on the back of my hand
The packet which contains 20g/0.7 oz of product lasted me for three applications and I can usually get these for around €1.20. I think this might be the best mask I have tried from the Montagne Jeunesse brand as it is calming and relaxing to the skin and to my mind, it was a treat to apply it to the skin and wait for the 15 minutes it takes to harden. I then rinse it off with some water and apply a moisturizer to restore the hydration in my skin.

For more information about the brand you can check their website. They make use of natural ingredients where possible and are cruelty free, so no testing on animals! If you want to see some other reviews of these masks you can check HERE and HERE.

Have you tried this mask? What are your favorite face masks?

Product Review: Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash

This is a skin care product that I use. I have combination/oily skin, so the first thing I look in a product is that it is Oil-free as any oil in products will break me out and will make me even oilier. The Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash was a purchase I made after I had used the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser which is the first deep action cream wash that I have ever tried. Since the Dermalogica one is a little expensive I was on the lookout for more affordable but just as effective products.

I also got the Noxzema Cleansing Cream which I loved, but I was still on the lookout for more products to try out, since they were being so effective. The Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash is not as powerful as the Dermalogica or as the Noxzema however I still love it as it is more effortless.

Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash Oil-Free
 The product comes in a hygienic tube where you get 150ml of product. With this product, a little goes a long way. I apply it with my hands on my face, without wetting my face beforehand. The product is a cream/foam white consistency that feels very light on the skin and it smells very fresh. You can apply it and leave it on for a minute or so for a fast face mask, but it does not dry on the skin, it more sinks into the skin and is absorbed for a more in-depth cleanse. Since this product is not so powerful, I can use it when I have dry patches on my face as it does not dry my face at all, unlike the Noxzema one which it sometimes tends to do.

Removes dirt, oil and impurities without clogging pores
I have been using this product for some months now and I have already finished this tube and re-purchased a new one. This is the first product I have ever tried from this brand as it is not found where I live. I am also trying a new product (for me) from Clean & Clear which is a face scrub especially formulated for removing black heads. I will let you know how that works. I truly love this product and would recommend it for anyone who has oily skin or combination like me and is acne prone. I also have very sensitive skin and this product is gentle enough to not cause any breakouts. I hope this was helpful and if you have similar skin to mine, maybe it will work for you too. I got mine from eBay.

Have you tried this product? What do you think about Clean & Clear?

Product Review: Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream

I have combination/oily skin and it is very sensitive and acne prone. Thus, I use a variety of cleansers and product to control my acne, the oil in my skin and make sure that I don’t over dry my skin or cause any allergic reaction to products. As you can tell, its a lot of work and I found that changing products you use during the day and at what time and how frequently really helps to create a balance. I am no expert here, so all I can tell you and give you advice on is how my skin reacted to products and how they helped me and my particular skin. For someone else the products I use may work completely differently. All I can say is that I did go to a beautician who carried out a Face Map, that helps me know which areas to target and what kind of products are correct for which area of my face.

But, enough of the rambling! The product I am going to introduce to you is called Noxzema The Original Deep Cleansing Cream. I have a couple of Deep Cleansing Creams that I make use of that have varying powers, by which I mean they do not work the same way and do not deep clean the same.

What they claim:
❤ Deep cleans without over drying
❤ Removes dirt, oil and makeup
❤ Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and healthy-looking

The cream looks quite thick and firm in the tub,
once you get it in you hands it melts into a light cream.

The consistency of this product is really weird and when I first got it I was curious on how it would perform. You can apply this product on both a wet or dry face. I love applying mine on a dry face. I take a little bit of product, rub in my hands until it breaks down and then apply it all over the face except the eyes as I feel this is too powerful to apply on the eyes. I like to leave it on for a minute or so and then I rinse it off. The product has Eucalyptus Oil in it and you can smell it. I love this scent it relaxes me and my skin too. After you rinse it off you are left with clear skin, that feels free from any excess oils. If you touch it right after you rinse it, the skin feels really strange, the only way I can explain it is it is not soft. But after you pat your face dry, it goes back to normal.

This product has helped me with the reduction of blackheads and pimples and it really works to clear up my skin. I had heard this product being recommended by someone on YouTube and it immediately perked my interest into trying this out. I got mine from eBay for about €16, where I got three tubs of this product each containing 70g. I love using this before bed as part of my cleansing routine. As I said I use different cleansers in the morning and I sometimes change products during the week if I want a more intensive treatment or if my skin is extra sensitive I will use something less powerful. I believe the product has been repackaged now, but you can read up more on the Noxzema website, where they have various ranges of products. I also make use of the Clean & Clear Deep Action Cream Wash.

What do you think about this product? Have you ever tried anything similar?