Some Thoughts on New Products

Autumn is one of the best times of the year for new launches, lots of new products hit the market and I immediately head to my nearest counter to have look. There have been several new products which have launched and I’ve really liked them but there have been reasons why I haven’t splashed out on them. Here is a quick rundown.

YSL Youth Liberator Foundation

This isn’t just a foundation, it contains YSL’s Youth Liberator serum to give you long term skincare benefits whilst wearing makeup. This is a proper full coverage foundation but it doesn’t look cakey or heavy, it leaves the skin with a dewy glow but not shiny. Everything about this foundation is lovely, the bottle is beautiful and the foundation itself is a really good product, my only issue was the lightest shade wasn’t light enough for me but if the shade suits you, I really, really recommend trying it, it’s beautiful.

Clarins Instant Concealer

Clarins make-up is fantastic quality, I absolutely adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and a few other products so I had to try this. It’s designed to cover dark circles but mimic the skin’s natural tones so it looks very natural. The texture is gorgegous, it’s perfect for under the eyes, it’s very moisturising and light in texture but it has amazing coverage and does not crease. However, the lightest shade was too dark for me but it’s amazing if you have dark circles.

Benefit Rockateur

Dandelion is one of the few blushes I own because I’m not a big blusher fan but Dandelion is just amazing. The rest of Benefit blushers don’t suit me but when this launched I had to try it because it looks beautiful in the box. However, it didn’t suit my very pale skin but I’ve seen it on other people and it looks lovely. As with all Benefit blushes, it’s very long-lasting and the pigmentation is really good and I think this would last you a really long time.

Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturising Treatment Foundation

I love Bobbi Brown, it’s one of my absolute favourite brands and I’m never disappointed with the products. This latest foundation is no disappointment, I absolutely love it and the only reason I have bought it is because I have enough foundations and tinted moisturisers but this is on my wish list and it will be mine, eventually. If you want the dewy, luminous skin look but have normal to skin this is perfect, I have combination skin and I loved it. The shade range is absolutely fantastic and the finish and coverage is beautiful.

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation

I really like Bourjois foundations, I think they’re among the best foundations on the high street. This is a nice foundation but I’ve noticed the shades run darker than the rest of the foundations. In Healthy Mix, I’m 51 which is slightly too dark and too yellow but the lightest shade in this is way too dark.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Foundation

Like a lot of foundations, this isn’t pale enough me, there is no way I could wear this foundation which is a shame because I really like it. The texture is very liquid, almost just like water which I like because I think the watery textures blend better and tend to look more natural. The consistency reminds me of Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua. The coverage is light but buildable to medium and the finish is just like natural skin (your skin but better look) so it’s perfect if you don’t want to look like your wearing make-up. The rumours online were differently right, it’s almost identical to Armani Maestro so if you’re looking for a cheap dupe, look no further. It has SPF18 which means it does flash back so don’t wear it if your expecting flash photography. My only criticism is the limited shade range and it does oxidise slightly.



Clarins BB Cream in Light

I’m a massive fan of Clarins, I think they’re a really good all round brand and I’ve never been really disappointed by any of their products. BB Creams, on the other hand, I’m not a fan and I have a lengthy list of problems with BB Creams but I won’t go into that again, but when Clarins released their take on the beauty craze, I went straight to a counter to try it.

I like the concept of this one, it has broad spectrum protection and SPF25 and it’s designed to brighten the skin with light to medium coverage. The shade range is very limited, it comes in three shades Light, Medium and Dark and all of the shades are at the darker end of the spectrum. I tried Light and it wasn’t pale enough for me but I am very pale and many BB creams aren’t pale enough. The coverage is definitely light to medium, it evens out skin tone and covers very minor imperfections but it doesn’t cover severe redness or blemishes. I feel the formula is a little greasy and oily but I do have combination skin with an oily t-zone so it could just be my skin type wasn’t suited to this formula. I like the texture of this BB cream, it’s similar to a tinted moisturiser, it’s not gloopy like BB creams. In terms of longevity, it seemed to slide right off my skin because it was a little too oily.

Overall, I don’t this was suited to my skin type but go to a counter to see if it will work for you.

It’s £28 and available from Clarins counters and the website,en_GB,pd.html

Clarins Exfoliating Toner

There’s a real buzz just now around exfoliating toners, particularly the Pixi Glow Tonic. I have really sensitive skin and I was little scared of trying one but I decided to give the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner and I’m sorry to say I’m not sold on the hype.

I’m a huge fan of Clarins and I thought their exfoliating toner was perfect for my to try because it seems to be the most gentle of them all. I’ve been using this for over three weeks but I’ve seen not seen any improvement to my skin and if truth be told it’s more annoying to use because I have to wear high SPF everyday, even I’m only out for 10 minutes!

Exfoliating toners are designed to gentle remove dead skin cells and grim on the skin to reveal brighter, more radiant skin. I haven’t seen any improvement my skin and because it’s revealing a new layer of skin you have to wear high SPF (SPF 30+) everyday because the skin is at more risk of sun damage and getting burnt. I already wear high SPF daily but if I’m only going out for half a hour I tend to rely on the SPF in my moisturiser but because of the toner I have to use proper SPF.

Overall, I’m not that impressed. On the plus it didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin but it didn’t do anything and the whole SPF thing is a little annoying.

Have you tried it, what do you think?

Clarins Instant Definition Mascara in Black Review


Clarins is one my favourite brands, I always think Clarins is really dependable and reliable. This is one of their newest mascaras and as a complete mascara junkie I had to try it.

The wand is part bristles and part plastic. The plastic sections is designed to use on the lower and inner to really get every lash. The package is gorgeous, of course, it’s very glamorous and reminds me of old Hollywood with its gold packaging. I was pretty disappointed with this because I think the wand holds too much product so it makes it very clumpy and all my lashes end up sticking together so it looks like I have lashes. I use this mascara by wiping the wand on a tissue to remove all of the excess, so the wand is virtually dry, and then its a good mascara.

clarins brush

On the plus side, it’s very black and it doesn’t smudge or run and looks pretty natural, so would be good for an everyday mascara (if you remove the excess).

Overall, I’ll use it until it runs out, it’s not that bad that I would throw it out, but I wouldn’t repurchase.

Have you tried it? What do you think?