Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Clarins Extra Firming Jour (Extra Firming Day Cream) SPF15 AND Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation

My name is Mags and I am 40 eek ........ *waits expectantly for the sky to fall and the world to end* I love Birthdays LOVE them, they are like Christmas but all about ME.  My last Birthday I turned 40.... am sweating writing this cause 40 is my scary age, its an age when I should have my sh*t together, should be grown up (who wants to be grown up), should have more savings than makeup and generally feel like they can cope with life.  I feel like since that big birthday and the longest winter known to man my skin has suffered.  My once oily and plump skin is drab, dry and miserable.  I have gone from feeling and looking like Peter Pan to Peg Sayers in a matter of months. 

I have always been very lucky with my skin (and hair) and while I have never treated my skin poorly I haven't exactly been the best owner.  I found over the last number of years I have developed more redness in my face (around my cheeks and on my chin) and the last few months my skin has gotten dry and lackluster.  I feel like I look tired (I am tired but I would prefer not to look it).  Enter Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream.

Clarins holds a very special place in my heart.  Many (Many) years ago I took my very first Christmas bonus and instantly and bought a Clarins Gentle Day Cream Set (I love a gift set AND it came with a Gift with Purchase).  Im a little impressed that younger me investing in skincare.  I loved the iconic red boxes and the ceremony of opening the fancy instructions on the inside of the box.  The wonderful thing about Clarins is they are a skincare brand, they just dont make bad skincare.  Clarins are also one of those brands that are a guaranteed winner if you need a gift for anybody aged 18 - 80 and beyond.  

So I turned 40 felt tired and like an angel from the heavens Clarins launched Extra Firming Day Cream €68*.  I had decided to start taking care of my skin and Clarins Extra Firming has fast become the foundation.  Extra Firming Day cream is aimed at those of us who have reached the magical milestone of 40 (but of course can be used by younger people who are worried about the same issues).  The cream promises to help improve the skins general appearance, improve wrinkles, lift and firm and create an even skin tone.  The cream also helps protect the skin from pollution which is a trend I am seeing more and more.  

I could go into the science but I might confuse both of us (but I will say that 85% of the key ingredients are plant ingredients, half of which are organic).  There are three different formulations of the day cream (Firming Day Cream All Skin Types, Firming Day Cream with SPF and Rich Firming Day Cream) and two formulations of Night Cream (Regenerating Night and Regenerating Night Rich Cream).  I have been using the Extra Firming Day cream with SPF 15, I really like how its a relatively low SPF as I have learned recently from Her Highness Caroline Hirons queen of all skincare and lover of Clarins that SPF in a formula can dominate the creams other benefits.  

I have been religiously messaging the cream into my skin every day, there is something about the texture and the fragrance which lends itself to being messaged and gives me those few seconds of ME Time.  Although its a rich cream its not too rich and absorbs into my skin easily (if a cream is too rich it will clog the pores and create build up on my cheeks) and in fact its so wonderful that I have been layering serums with the cream with wonderful effects.  I have found that some creams ball up if I layer a serum but on one (quite ridiculous) occasion I used a vitamin, a serum, Extra Firming cream, a illuminating primer and then my foundation and it was perfection.  A lesser cream would have created balling or the skin would have felt heavy.  When I apply Extra Firming my skin looks fresher and glows.  I can happily apply it to the tops of my cheeks without fear of it creating white heads or clogging pores.  There is a light fragrance to the cream (nothing too strong or overpowering) which consists of camelia and rose although its not a traditional heady rose.  As I mentioned the fragrance is gently uplifting and encourages me to message the cream into my skin.

I adore using Clarins Extra Firming Cream and find that it has brightened up my drab and tired skin, I had found my cheeks had slightly less bounce (tell me how somebody with full cheeks can loose bounce... age) and that has minimised.   Clarins Extra Firming Cream has made me feel so much happier and better about my skin and just that little bit more confident about turning 40.  (I still have dark circles and bags under my eyes but its ok its sunglasses season).  

We have all been hearing so much about "Glass Skin" and while 10 years about I would have been rocking the look the reality is now I dont have time or the inclination to try and achieve the look.  What I do want is clean, clear and pretty skin and Clarins allows me to achieve it with their Everlasting Cushion Foundation €38*.  

Everlasting Cushion Foundation is as the name suggests a cushion foundation and of course Clarins ups the anti by creating a foundation which has skincare benefits.  Everlasting says its a full coverage foundation but I would say its a medium build able foundation.  When I apply a foundation I start at the center of my face where all the discoloration and covering needs to be done.  Everlasting foundation feels incredibly light on your skin and EVERY TIME I begin to apply it I think "your not going to cover my redness" and EVERY TIME it proves me wrong and creates a flawless pretty base.   I need a bit of extra coverage around my eyes and I use any excess concealer around my nose but the rest of my face Everlasting has perfected but in a beautifully natural way.  As its a lightweight foundation it doesn't settle or exacerbate lines.  It makes my skin look naturally pretty.  

I was first told about Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation by a makeup artist (not an Instagram makeup artist who seem to favour heavy Instagram makeup) and as you know makeup artists will spend most of their time creating a clean flawless base, skin that looks flawless and as if its makeup free.  This is the look that Clarins Everlasting Foundation achieves.  When a makeup artist with flawless skin and immaculate taste recommends a foundation you take note.  

The only downside for Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation is it costs €38 for 15ml (most foundations are 30ml) so it is expensive but that seems to be the case for most cushion foundations and Clarins have the added skincare benefits (which promise to "pure plant extracts enhance skin’s beauty day after day").  
*I was going to take before and after pictures but can down with a cold and now have a nose that would rival Rudolf (he of the red noses) 

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