Clarins Double Serum Review

2017_Double_Serum_Still_Life_Ingredients_ENG_RGBThis isn’t the first iteration of this magical serum. It’s been around for ages, in fact, it’s the 8th generation (it was launched in 1985) and has slowly been re-invented over the years. This version is known as the best version yet as Clarins have removed the mineral oil and kept the same powerful 20 plant extracts that made this product so iconic! They have also added in an additional plant extract which makes this so advanced and effective called Turmerone (a derivative of Turmeric). This plant extract essentially enhances the skin cells’ ability to listen and communicate with one another. As a result, all the other ingredients work more effectively together.

Price

30 ml – R890
50ml – R1190

Purchase at clarins.co.za and get free shipping

Claims

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“Containing 21 active plant extracts including new star ingredient turmeric, distinguished for its exceptional anti-ageing properties. New Double Serum acts on the appearance of major signs of skin ageing, skin is more radiant, firmer and fine lines are smoothed. The new innovative bottle delivers a made-to-measure dosage of the serum, thanks to its rotating push button.”
  • The skin is firmed
  • Wrinkles are visibly smoothed
  • Radiance and evenness are restored to the complexion
  • Pores are diminished

Benefits of some of the ingredients

  1. Oat- firming power
  2. Banana- promotes the synthesis of collagen and contributes to skin density.
  3. Cocoa- soothing and anti-free radical
  4. Beautyberry- radiance
  5. Organic Teasel- antioxidant
  6. Mary’s thistle- nourishing
  7. Edelweiss- antioxidant
  8. Ginger lily- antioxidant
  9. Jania- promotes the elimination of dead skin cells
  10. Leaf of life- hydrates by triggering the natural production of hyaluronic acid by the skin
  11. Kiwifruit- promotes skin cell nutrition
  12. Mango- Nutrition, comfort, softness
  13. Horse chestnut- draining
  14. Quinoa- helps strengthen the skin’s barrier
  15. Glasswort- hydrating

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This newer version of Double Serum is still in the double-vial bottle which ensures all ingredients are kept air-tight and super-active. This new bottle is an advanced version of the original allowing you to switch to the preferred amount of product you want to be dispensed (either a small pump or a large one).

I personally use the large pump dispenser option as this is just the right amount of my face and neck. It has a push-button system which automatically dispenses just the right amount of each phase (vial): 2⁄3 water-based ingredients and 1⁄3 oil-based ones.

Application

Dispense a dime-size amount of Double Serum into your palm. Warm the mixture in your hands to bring it to body temperature, so that your skin accepts it instantly.
3 seconds

Use the natural weight of your hands to distribute the product evenly over your face, neck and décolleté.
8 seconds

Use Clarins’ Draining Pressure Method to enhance circulation, revive radiance and promote firmness.
Repeat: 3 times on the cheeks, 3 times on the forehead, 5 times on the neck and décolleté.
16 seconds

Results

Albeit being pricey, I have to admit that I truly am blown away by this serum and it has become a daily staple for me since my mum introduced me to it. Being someone that suffers from very dry skin, I haven’t used something in my routine before that has made my skin look and feel this radiant and plump!

I love how fuss-free this product is- anyone can use it and there are no rules on how it can be used.  I have been using it day and night as I just adore how natural this feels on my skin and how quickly it absorbs.

It creates the perfect base for makeup application too and you can add a small pump to your foundation for an extremely glowy look. I do this with my Clarins Everlasting Foundation (Shade: Honey).

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Clinique Take the Day Off Balm & Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm Review

Micellar water undoubtedly took the beauty world by storm in 2017. Many of you know that I have personally recommended the Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water.

However, at the end of the day, I really felt that using about 5+ cotton pads a day was increasing my carbon footprint and dragging cotton pads over my skin was not great in the long-term.

According to experts, a quick once over with micellar water simply won’t cut a good skincare routine. This is why you need to jump on board the double cleansing bandwagon.

Double cleansing involves using preferably a cleansing oil or balm to break down makeup, SPF and sebum on the surface of your skin first, then follow it with a deeper water-based cleanse. This removes sweat, bacteria and old skin cell and will clean much deeper into the pores to remove any impurities.

Enter Clinique’s makeup remover…

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It is a lightweight makeup remover that quickly dissolves hard-to-remove eye and face makeup. It transforms from a solid balm into a silky oil upon application and cleans thoroughly. Unlike micellar water, it must be rinsed off completely. It also gently helps remove the stress of pollution so skin looks more youthful.

 

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Key points to note:

  1. Non-greasy
  2. Non-drying
  3. Ophthalmologist Tested
  4. For all skin types
  5. The retail price is R 310.00 for 125ml of product. 

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You need the slightest amount of product for your entire face. The product melts off mascara/ eyeliner with ease. Once water is added, it becomes milky and rinses off easily. It feels so luxurious, very silky, smooth, gentle, and moisturizing.This product does NOT sting my eyes, and works better than any other eye makeup remover I have tried thus far!

I recommend getting a mini travel size to sample it out first. Once Clinique has a gift with purchase, you can consider getting the full sized product.

The price is quite steep, especially if you are a student like me! I’m always on the lookout for great dupes and Pink Cosmetics has created the perfect one…

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Their 100% natural gentle cleansing balm turns into a creamy lotion when you add water, is not greasy and waxy, & washes away without leaving oil on your skin. It leaves skin glowing, nourished and balanced. It removed all my makeup (including my mascara) and left my face feeling supple and moisturized.
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Pink Cosmetics recommends that you scoop out a pea-sized amount, rub between your hands to warm up and melt and apply it to your face. Gently massage with fingertips and then rinse off with warm water or a warm facecloth. It can be left on for 10-20 minutes as a hydrating treatment mask too! It performs the same function and even more than Clinique’s Balm! 

Key points to note:

  1. Non-greasy
  2. Non-drying
  3. Completely alcohol, paraben free and sulphate free
  4. For all skin types
  5. Comes in two different flavours: pink grapefruit and ylang-ylang
  6. Contains shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut
  7. The retail price is R 145.00 for 100ml of product

 

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I do wish both products came with scoops or spatulas to take out small amounts of product for use. Both products are travel-friendly. I also recommend keeping both products out of damp and warm areas as products of this nature may grow mould. Using a balm as part of a double cleansing routine to remove my makeup has really done wonders for my skin. I would definitely repurchase the Pink Cosmetics Cleansing Balm because it works just as well, if not even better than Clinique’s Balm.  There is not a trace of makeup after using the Cleansing Balm and my breakouts caused by makeup have been reduced to almost zero. 

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Puma X Hello Kitty Collaboration

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What goes on top of every gift box? A bow. Puma is celebrating the  50th anniversary of its suede sneaker by introducing a unique collaboration with none other than Hello Kitty. After all, she knows how to rock a bow better than anyone else. As a child I used to obsess over Hello Kitty, I still do! This collaboration is extremely exciting for me personally!

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The shoe from the collaboration is a red and white classic suede sneaker patterned with Hello Kitty faces and bows. It is the ideal casual shoe to jazz up an outfit

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Puma described the collab as “perfect for fans of every age”: “Hello Kitty is for fans of all ages, making her the perfect addition to the Suede’s 50th Anniversary. Everything about the collection, from the red bow-toms to her milk bottle icon, pays homage to Hello Kitty, the little girl from London who loves fresh-baked cookies and Mama’s apple pie. Bold colours, cheeky graphics and fun, intricate details make this offering uniquely endearing.”

Take an exclusive look below:

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Jeffree Star’s New Blood Sugar Palette

Whether or not you love or hate Valentine’s Day, Jeffree Star has changed V-day this 2018 by releasing his new “Love Sick” Collection!

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The “Love Sick” collection already has SO many beauty fans obsessed. “Blood Sugar”  is part of the new collection and is an 18-pan highly pigmented eyeshadow box with packaging inspired by a vintage medical bags. It features a faux-leather (Jeffree Star Cosmetics is a vegan and cruelty-free brand) red outside with metal clasps to open and close. The palette itself comes in a box resembling a VCR box. Due to the eccentric packaging, the palette is thicker than it’s predecessors. The palette also features a decently- sized mirror.

“Blood Sugar” includes three different formulas: matte, metallic, and a reformulation known as new “hybrid” pressed pigment which is a metallic, glitter and foil formulation all in one.  The palette costs $52 which is about $2.80 per shadow.

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Top row: Glucose, Sugarcane, Cake Mix, Ouch, Donor, Intravenous
Middle row: Candy Floss, Tongue Pop, Sweetener, Cavity, O Positive, Root Canal
Bottom row: Prick, Cherry Soda, Fresh Meat, Blood Sugar, Extraction, Coma

The shade names are inspired by medical terms and desserts!

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Top Row:

  • “Glucose” is a pure matte white which Star has never created before.
  • “Sugarcane” is a soft cool toned brown which is perfect for the crease and as a transition shade.
  • “Cake Mix ” is a deeper brown which is nice for building and layering. It is such a dreamy shade for a smokey eye as well as for blending in the crease & as a transition shade.
  • “Ouch” is a more warm toned camel colour which will look fantastic on the lid.
  • “Donor” is a creamy, “blinding” Metallic
  • “Intravenous” completes a brown smokey eye look as it is more warm toned and a deeper brown chocolate colour

The top row great for neutrals and for people who tend to stay away from bright colours. 

Middle Row:

  • “Candy Floss” is a stunning metallic pink shade.
  • “Tongue Pop” is a matte shade which features a soft orange tone and is great for use in the crease & as a transition shade.
  • “Sweetener” is a full-on metallic shade with pink, peach and gold undertones.
  • “Cavity” is a gorgeous hot pink
  • “O Positive” is a muted cool toned grey-brown, which is great as a transition shade and to dim down bright colours
  • “Root Canal” is a vibrant ultraviolet purple-pink hybrid shade. It’s such a bright colour!

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Bottom Row:

  • “Prick” has needle stamp embossed into it. It’s stunning to pat all over the lid. It’s a very vibrant colour and definitely one of the more brighter shades in the palette.
  • “Cherry Soda” is straight up red shadow.
  • “Fresh Meat ” is a dark mulberry,  burgundy red, which is perfect for mixing.
  • “Blood Sugar ” is named after the palette and is a rusty red metallic.
  • “Extraction” is a  darker version of “Fresh Meat” and has a more cool tone.
  • “Coma” has a medical symbol embossed on it and can be described as plum or burgundy.

In order to keep his red and pink shades vegan (which means Jeffree Star Cosmetics does not use carmine which is a common red and pink ingredient derived from crushed beetles), Star’s brand coloured these shades with dyes. These dyes, as Star says in his video, are not technically eye-safe and may stain your lids.

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Star created this look with his new palette.

Will you be getting this palette? 

Let me know in the comments!

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All information was taken from Jeffree Star's YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKVAhDbSito

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Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection

To say that Elie Saab loves glamour would be like saying water is wet. Every fashion-lover already knows that! For his Spring 2018 haute couture show, he kicked the glam up several notches by adding plenty of feathers, oversized silk bows and bedazzled bathing caps.

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The fairy-tale detail of haute couture can often lead to “dresses fit for a princess” collections, and such was the case at Elie Saab. A glitzy throwback to Paris in the 1920s was reimagined with the contemporary workmanship the brand is known for. This was my favourite Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection!

The show’s title was Paris est une Fête- meaning “Paris is a party”.

In a largely sombre palette of champagne, silvery blue, and black with just a hint of rose, each look was beaded, bejewelled, feathered, and wrapped in a bow to varying degrees.  Each dress was inspired by architecture or vintage fabrics. Interesting necklines were also showcased- with many scooping below the sternum. The dresses were sheer and in the necessary parts deliberately decorated, however relatively speaking, they weren’t all that risqué.

 

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The vibe of the entire collection is reminiscent of the high-shine ladies of Old Hollywood. Despite this,  it doesn’t diverge too far into costume territory. The designer tempers the retro inspiration by keeping hemlines short and the shapes modern. There is plenty of beading over sheer linings to keep his starlet clientele happy and elegant eveningwear that will keep his couture clientele coming back for more!

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

The sparkling cloches, despite being literal, actually gave the looks an all-over splendour that could prove a striking point of differentiation at any event requiring such a fancy dress code! Although, more often than not, the average woman does wonder where these women might actually be going, the red carpet, obviously.

Unsolicited advice to any potential wearer: Opt for a design that really does show off the Art Deco, play up the decadence with the metallic silver, give the bow a skip!

Find all the looks of the Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2018 Couture Collection below: 

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Giorgio Armani Sì & The Perfect Dupe

“Armani Sì is more than a fragrance: it reveals the contemporary femininity of Giorgio Armani – it is a declaration of freedom, of love, of life. The Sì woman has the confidence to say yes to the values that define her life.”

If you haven’t come across Si before, here’s a bit of info: it launched in 2013 and has been a massive success from day one. It’s an extremely pretty, fruity yet soft, warm and earthy fragrance.

Armani Sì opens with blackcurrant liqueur and is followed by two types of soft vanilla, Rose de Mai, freesia and gorgeous patchouli. There’s a wonderful balance of sweetness and earthiness which makes it soft on the skin and really wearable. An inflexion of three accords is combined: blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre & light musky blond wood.

It’s an irresistible combination that leaves an unforgettable trail when you leave the room! 

Sì is Italian for ‘yes’ – which makes it a perfect fragrance for an engagement or wedding gift. Circling the neck of the Sì perfume bottle is a polished gold ring that symbolises the promise of eternity. Sì makes a unique birthday gift.

I love the bottle. It is really simple and chic and feels super luxurious to hold. Love it!

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Retailing for a whopping R1060 for 30ml from Red Square, this lavish scent is sure to make a huge dent in your budget! #Januworry. Pink Cosmetics has created a dupe perfume with the exact same stunning scents and notes as Sì!

Retailing for R125 for a 50ml bottle, Pink Cosmetics’ Alba Rose Eu de Parfum is sure to captivate all your senses!

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Did you know that hydrated skin ensures your perfume lasts longer?

Begin your body care routine with Sì Body Lotion (R550+)  to intensify the moisture on your skin and ensure the longevity of your Sì fragrance. This is a simple way to intensify your perfume and experiment to create a personalised scent that’s unique to you.

Pink Cosmetics has created yet another perfect dupe for this irresistible body lotion! Their body butter is a rich, creamy and designed to keep moisture in your skin by providing a protective barrier. It is made of oils extracted from seeds and nuts and absorbs into the skin, helping to condition, soften, and smooth while preventing dryness. Delicious and decadently thick, but not greasy and completely paraben & sulphate free.

 

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Sì Nacre launched in 2017, is the new limited edition Sì. Stamped in gold, the feminine manifesto of emotions elegantly wraps around the Sì Nacre bottle. An iridescent pink fragrance shimmers as if in response. On the skin, the pearly gleams exude a golden sparkle.

Use the unicorn glow body spray from Pink Cosmetics after spraying Alba Rose to achieve the same iridescent, golden sparkle.

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Don’t forget to use my discount code when shopping at http://www.pinkcosmetics.co.za

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The Perfect Pout

Making your lips look lush and plump can boost your confidence and makeup look. Luckily, this is possible without fillers and you won’t have to spend a fortune either!

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1. Drink Enough Water

Your skin reflects your body’s state of hydration. Drink less water and your skin and lips will be dry. Avoid sugary drinks and reach for plain water.

Makeup Maverick Recommendation: If you need more flavour, consider infusing water with herbs or fruits.

2. Moisturise & Use Sun Protectant

Conditioning is important. It gives your lips a barrier of protection by holding on to moisture. You don’t have to buy a fancy lip treatment. Olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil are all lovely ingredients to deeply moisturize your lips.

Applying protection against the sun is just as important as moisturising! Apply sun protection during the entire year – not just in the summertime.  Choose a lip balm that has SPF. You’ll protect your pout from discolouration, drying, and damage from UV rays.

Makeup Maverick Recommendation: Pink Cosmetics Lip Butter which contains cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax or Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protection Stick SPF 15
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can also shield your lips from the sun.

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 3. Exfoliate Your Lips

Scrubbing your lips will make your pout soft and supple by removing dead skin cells and exposing a new layer of skin. It also makes your lips less prone to chapping and stops your lipstick from bleeding.

Makeup Maverick Recommendation: Pink Cosmetics “Yummy Lip Scrub” for exfoliation. They are made from completely natural ingredients and are 100% edible!

Initially, I was using the Lush Cosmetics lip scrub. However, the sugar granules were far too large and harsh on my lips and I made the switch to Pink Cosmetics.

Extremely fine sugar crystals in the Yummy Lip Scrub remove all the dead skin without being harsh on my lips. The scrub also contains nourishing jojoba oil. My lips always look super pink and supple after using this scrub! I cannot do without it! 

I gently massage a small amount of the scrub on my lips in a circular motion for about a minute and rinse it off. Be gentle around areas that are chapping or peeling.

It is recommended to use this scrub 2 – 3 times a week and follow up with a good lip balm to lock in moisture. 

They have decadent flavours in stock, including mint mojito, watermelon, cream soda and other vibrant ingredients inspired by nature! 

 

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Image from www.pinkcosmetics.co.za

 

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4.Use A Lip Plumper

Plumping up your lips will make them look full and healthy.  Do this naturally and safely by adding 3 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil to your moisturizer.

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5. Use A Base

Use lip liner to fill and line your lips before applying lipstick or a lip primer.  This will help the colour stay in place throughout the day.

Makeup Maverick Recommendation: GOSH Velvet Touch Lip PrimerVT_Lip_Primer___

6. Add A Highlighter

To define your pout, even more, use a highlighter. Dab a small amount on your Cupid’s bow. Powder, cream, and liquid highlighters all work wonderfully for this purpose. Just a dab of gloss can also make them look plumped up.

Makeup Maverick Recommendation: Maybelline Master Strobing Stick
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Let your lips do the talking…

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