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Product Review: MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins Exfoliating Cleanser

I have used both the MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base and Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract for some time now, and I think they are worth writing about.

 

 

MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base

I apply this MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base first before applying my lipstick. I have used it for years now, and I think it is one of the best lip primers at the moment.

Here is the product description –

A colour-free lipstick base that adds light moisture, smoothes and refines the lips. Improves the appearance of the applied lip products.

 

 

PROS

  1. My lips tend to get really dry, this moisturises my lips perfectly!
  2. My lipstick stays on all day without needing a top up, and without cracks, thanks to this fab lip base.
  3. It can be used alone as a lip balm.
  4. It has a lovely texture and smells good too.
  5. A little is all that is needed.
  6. I like the compact size, so easy to pop in a small bag.
  7. It is available to buy at many beauty shops for £14.

 

CONS

None.

I can’t fault this product at all. I recommended to anyone dealing with dry lips, or struggling to apply matte lipsticks. This MAC Prep + Prime Lip Base is all you need.

 

Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract

I use this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser once a week, and I have done so for a few weeks now.

Here is the product description –

The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract is a spa-fresh exfoliating facial cleanser that polishes-away make-up, embedded impurities and spent surface cells in one time-saving step to reveal the glowing skin beneath. The bi-phase scrub both cleanses and exfoliates, gently removing everything that makes the skin look dull, leaving the skin smooth, soft and luminous. Orange extract works to soften, refresh and revive. Moringa Seed extract, with anti-pollution benefits, purifies and refines the skin and helps to restore its natural radiance. Gentle Silica Microbeads tackle clogged pores, exfoliate and renew. The exfoliating scrub leaves skin comfortable and ultimately refreshed. Suitable for all skin types.

 

 

PROS

  1. I love the compact packaging.
  2. It smells amazing, I could sniff the orange scent all day.
  3. It is a great multi-tasking product – Cleansing and Exfoliating at the same time.
  4. It is great for all skin types.
  5. It is easily available to buy at many beauty shops for £21 for a 100ml.
  6. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and clean.
  7. You only need a small amount, a little goes a long way.

 

CONS

  1. It stings the eyes if they come in contact, so do not apply around the eye area.

 

I love this Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. I love how it makes my skin glow. I do recommend it and I can see myself using this product for many years to come.

 

Have you tried any of these products before? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading.

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Creating A Flawless Finish

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Every woman desires to have a flawless face. The main issue is creating one. These products will help you achieve a flawless finish:

1. Foundation

A flawless finish begins with a perfect start. So let’s start with the Foundation. I begin my makeup with Mary Kay Foundation and a Mary Kay Foundation Brush. There are so many foundation products in the market, you need to find the perfect one to give your skin an even colour. Also, go for foundations with a good SPF to protect your face from the sun.

Tinted Moisturizers are the lightest foundations and they are great for the summer months. They do not cover spots or blemishes, but they even out the skin tone.

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Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint is a good one to try.

Liquid Foundations or fluid foundations give more coverage. You must choose the right one to match your skin tone. I use Mary Kay Liquid Foundation. I have used it for years now and it is perfect for my skin tone. There are so many shades so make sure you test before you buy.

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Cream or Stick Foundation is the heaviest foundation and is good for those with a less-than-perfect skin and who love a heavy look.

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2. Concealers

I use concealers as my second step in achieving a flawless finish. I apply my Body Shop concealer on top of my foundation with my fingers to cover blemishes and dark circles.

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3. Powders: The types of powders are Mineral Powders, Loose Powders and Pressed Powders. Mineral Powders are alternatives to cream or liquid foundations, they give a smooth, natural finish. Loose Powders ensure a long-lasting, matte look while Pressed Powder (which I use) which is the most popular, ensures a soft and smooth flawless finish. I apply my Mary Kay pressed powder with a Mary Kay powder puff.

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Watch my Mary Kay Foundation Vlog below –

Skincare Routines Part 1

Having a proper skincare routine is very important. You need to take care of your skin if you want to maintain a healthy-looking skin. There are three daily skin care steps every woman should follow regardless of your skin type. The steps are as follows:

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1. Cleanse: This is the first step to a proper skincare routine. I know some women who still go to bed without removing their make-up. It is essential to remove your make-up with a proper cleanser; soap and water will not take off all your make-up, excess oil, grime and dead skin cells which can all clog pores. Soap also leaves deposits on the skin that can clog and dry the skin more so using a good cleanser first thing in the morning (after a shower) and last thing at night is the first step to a healthy-looking skin.

There are generally four types of cleanser, they are foam or gel cleansers for oily, normal and combination skin, lotion cleansers for normal and combination skin, cream cleansers for dry and sensitive skin and facial wipes.

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I use Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing Cleansing Lotion. I have been using this religiously for over a year now and I love it. It was recommended to me by good friend- Sandra and It is perfect for my combination skin type. It removes even waterproof make-up. It has no perfume, no alcohol and no colourants so it is also perfect for sensitive skins. You can get this in most beauty stores like Boots, Superdrug for £2.99.

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The Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser is recommended as well for the oily, normal and combination skin. It currently costs £18 in most beauty shops.

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The Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser is recommended for the dry and sensitive skin. It currently costs £17 in most beauty shops.

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The use of facial wipes are not recommended for the long-term but they are handy for when you are on the road or just too tired to have a proper cleanse. The Nivea Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes for £3.09 is a good option.

2. Tone: This is the second step in the skincare routine. Women need to tone in order to tighten the pores, refine and rejuvenate the skin. Alcohol toners are not recommended for any skin type as they are too harsh. The toners to go for are Non-alcoholic toners and skin fresheners or natural toners. Non-alcoholic toners are good for oily, normal and combination skin types while skin fresheners and natural toners are perfect for dry, combination and sensitive skin types. The toners should be used morning and night after cleansing the skin.

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I use the Mary Kay Blemish Control Toner Formula 3, I have used this for over six years now and it  is a fantastic toner. It costs about £13 and I get it from a Mary Kay consultant and you can as well via this link – http://www.marykay.co.uk/

3. Moisturize: Moisturizing your skin is the third and final important step. Moisturizing properly will hydrate the skin, revive the skin and keep it soft and smooth. After cleansing and toning your skin, apply a moisturizer in the morning and a night cream at night.

Fair and White

I use Fair and White Moisturizing Body Milk everyday and I have been using it for so many years now. it serves as both my day and night cream. It moisturizes my skin and it keeps it supple. You can get this for £10 in most stores. I am unable to recommend any other moisturizer as I have used the same moisturizer for donkey years now. The best way to pick the right moisturizer is to go into a beauty shop and pick out samples of various moisturizers for your skin type and then decide on the best one for your skin.

I will continue with this topic next week as I still have some skin care tips to share as well as some other extra products you could find useful for your skin.

Have a fab weekend.

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