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What is better than Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion?

27 May

The answer is : Clarins Renew- Plus Body Serum.

I have an awful lot of years now, under my belt, with beauty products, and have seen a lot of brands come and go, and some changing their names and product ingredients, so I have decided to do a write up on one of my old favourites: Clarins

  • I like their clear, ‘no fuss’, easily- recognisable packaging and their clear red typeface on a white background, in a font size that I can read, sometimes without my specs, which is very useful, if one is in the shower. I can even read the small text on the back of packages and on the leaflets with my specs on, which is a great bonus, nowadays.(I always feel I ought to be able to sue some pharmaceutical brands for discrimination against the aged)
  • I have used Clarins Moisture-Rich Body lotion, with shea butter for dry skin for a number of years as I really like the smell and it absorbs quite quickly and my skin feels smooth. Olfactory senses for me is a huge selling point, having been subjected to everyone I pass lately, smelling like either a coconut or fig pudding!!! What’s going on???? Or a lime or mandarin jelly???? ( I must say though that I absolutely HATE the ‘uplifting-perfume’ splash-it-on stuff in the red bottle that Clarins do as it reminds me of those air freshener things that affect my sinuses. My list of ¬†olfactory aversions is ever-increasing: Zoflora disinfectant, which reminds me of care-homes, Glade carpet vacuum powder, why would you want to sprinkle that all over your carpets, those wall air-freshener things that people put everywhere, even in their wardrobes, room-sprays, some candles, some flowery perfumes that are pretending to smell of roses. Sorry, I have got a bit grumpy, but bring back the good old joss-sticks and the real potpourri, not those lurid- colour-coded bits of sprayed- wood- shrapnel!!!!
  • Okay, sorry, I quite like Clarins french text, as it helps me to keep up with my french and I love everything french, and didn’t vote for Brexit, and would probably now go and live in France, as I really like the look of Macron, but now my pension wouldn’t match their euros, so I am scuppered!
  • Renew-Plus Body serum is even better than the body lotion, as it is a dream to massage in, and seems to take longer to absorb, so you can smooth it in. I feel it is sort of between an oil and a lotion???? Thank you Clarins. It is also AGE-DEFYING concentrate and I think this makes all the difference, as opposed to the moisture-rich lotion for dry skin. My skin is now aged, dry skin and if you push your finger along my forearm, it wrinkles like jam, when you are doing that saucer-test, haven’t made jam? Don’t ever make damson jam; my lovely hubby used to go for cover, as I swore at the hot spitting cauldron, bubbling away, and the hours trying to pick out all the stones, so that people didn’t break their teeth on their jam-butties.
  • I am finishing now as my coffee has appeared and I am going to smell my real roses in the garden but I will be back with the Clarins Relax body treatment and L’Occitane body oil in comparison to my forty year old home-made version!! Bet you can’t wait! Ruth always tells me off for anecdotes, capital letters and exclamation marks so hopefully she will be so busy she won’t notice a little blog going astray, she has her standards to keep up you know!!!!!!!!! Also I don’t use my Twitter account very much now as I am really extremely politically insensitive when I get going, especially after a coffee and so perhaps I will slip by unnoticed, without getting her to edit out anything!!!!!!!!!!!! Here goes!!!!!!!!!

 

SOS Save Our Skins

24 Jul

I have been meaning to do this post for ages , actually since March! Oops!

I have just retuned from a trip to Lisbon and Porto, and have been inspired to start work again in my studio, which now houses a large cat tree/sleeping pole for Mr B and his ‘poo-pan’, Dexter’s bed and both their toy boxes and food stores and our computers!

The dining room has a bouncy chair, a pram and carrycot and various, strange- coloured ‘waist-cushions’, which would be great as hats, but Ruth assures me they are indispensable for breast feeding and seems to walk about in them all day!¬†(Mr B has ruined our dining room chairs with scratching, and I have tried to rescue some, by stacking them in a corner with sheets over them!)

My easel is crammed into the box room along with my sewing machine and drawing board, a desk and paperstore (oh dear Dex has just found a roll of plastic bags and won’t spit them out) and my book shelves, as I can’t get them into the guest room, as baby’s cot is in there, along with a stack, ceiling- high, of breast pads, nappies, baby-gros and paraphenalia!

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Dex and Mr B have been re-united and are like long-lost friends chasing each other, with Mr B hiding under my dining room chairs, miaouwing, and then, when Dex draws near, batting him with his paw.

I can’t believe, amidst all this, that baby just sleeps and coos, and doesn’t awaken, when Dex decides to bark at my lovely hubby, doing his after-holiday, hedge-cutting tasks! I can’t believe that my daughter and husband and their ‘menagerie’, who we have helped to move about FIVE times, to different holiday-homes (Ours is the last!) ARE SO VERY RELAXED and we are still discussing books we have read, and places we have visited and of course the difference between different nappies, and reminiscing over ‘when- they- were- all- little’ stories. All this, amidst wardrobe-planning, kitchen-purchases, visits to stores, negotiating with builders and dealing with all those roller-coaster moments, prevalent in having house alterations and extensions built, like TIME-DELAYS. The photo albums have been scattered over the table, whilst we decide who looks like whom, and we have had an absolutely wonderful opportunity, once again, to be grand-parents! (we have a twenty-month old grand daughter who is scrumptious, and we were very lucky to be part of her special, new-born baby stage as well) All so very fulfilling!

I am having a lovely little spell taking on the ‘mother-role’ and climbing aboard the ‘mothership’ for a while, but, I am actually going to have to lock myself away in my box room today and get started, as once the creative ideas are flowing, I need to get back to myself (which is sometimes just an hour or so at the bottom of the garden doing my yoga, raining today, so no space in house, will have to be ‘a-pause-in-time’ next to the airing cupboard, I think. Mmmm dog asleep and cat on his pole asleep so might just have to be here and now!)

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Right, okay that was good! Wanted to tell you about DOUBLE SERUM by Clarins. I absolutely love it and I have tried other serums over my years, and this, for my skin is THE VERY BEST and I am just about to order some, as it was still quite expensive at the airport, and I ran out ages ago.

I have been using some ‘oils’ actually during these ‘gardening-months’ as my skin gets really dry in the sun. I have been using L’Occitane oil capsules and they have been brilliant for putting back some nourishment. The only thing is that these ‘oil preparations’ are a little too greasy, and I find my hair and pillow gets so oily, so I have been using half a capsule, and in the morning, on hot days only, after cleansing and wiping off any residue. The capsules all have different blends in to do different things , which I found quite a palaver. They were marked with week one to week four BUT because there was too much in each capsule, mine have lasted for weeks and weeks longer, which is a good thing, as they are really expensive. I find the oil gets around my eye area and onto my glasses and into my contact lenses so I have been using them just as a sort of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour rescue care! I find some of the L’Occitaine mechanisms, for instance, their body oils, which have a pump action, are just awful, and you spend ages trying to get the hole in the right direction and then the oil won’t come out. I still recommend my good old almond oil under the counter at pharmacy counters and I still use witch hazel, as a skin toner, and for bruises.

I can remember using capsules years ago by Elizabeth Arden, they were pink and had just the right amount. I have now noticed Elemis doing the similar capsules; getting the correct type of container is really important for oils, especially when we are travelling. Some companies use a bottle and dropper system. I am sure Lancome comes to mind from years ago, and their serum in a dark brown bottle with a dropper system BUT I have to say I am so LOVING Clarins double serum which is a pump action in a light enough bottle for me to take on my hols.

SOS used to be Save Our Sums when I taught Maths! Toodlepip! got loads of photos from Lisbon to print out, a gorgeous new baby to coo over, a dog and a cat to amuse, a lasagne to make and my box room awaits. Actually, I had a studio in Birmingham, which was only five feet square and I was making wall-hangings for hotels, which were 9 feet by six feet, so can’t see why I am having a whinge!

 

 

 

Thankyou Clarins and Ffion

11 Apr

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I think the last time I wore foundation make up was when I was a teenager and Max Factor brought out block foundation called ‘panstick’. It came in three different shades and we put it over our lips as well and no lipstick!

Actually I have tried others as I began to notice at work that women of my age always wore it. I tried several brands and shades, but some made me itch, and some were too oily and got into my contact lenses, and generally the whole experience was a waste of money, although I gave it all away, so friends had the benefit.

I had a go at the old powder puff job over my nose to stop the shine, just like my Mum did, and my eldest sister STILL does. My Nana had compact cases with loose powder in and somewhere in the memory vault, I can see a Max Factor compact with solid powder and a BEE on the top. It was pink plastic? This is at least FIFTY years ago!

Okay , I have tried, and still have the brush and box, of Number Seven little tiny balls of different shades of powder, including pink to give a blushed, sun-tanned look. I gave up on the ‘blusher-balls’ as it made people, like me, who didn’t know how to apply it, look like clowns, or worse still, like ‘lively-ladies’ making a few bob!

Anyway, happened to be in Boots in Touchwood, Solihull, and as my friend was engrossed in another counter, I found the Clarins girl and asked her what shade of their new Everlasting foundation she could recommend, as I have a wedding to attend in November! Wahay! And my future daughter-in-law is doing a course in Birmingham, to learn how to be a make-up artist.

Best thing I ever did, as she tried two different shades on each side of my face, and then I had to go have a look in the daylight, and my friend helped me choose. Then she applied the chosen one with a BRUSH, it was shaped like a tulip leaf. I can now see what all those brushes Ruth has drying on her bathroom window sills, are all about now, and, that was where I have been going wrong, all over my fingers and hands, and all a streaky mess.

Then she applied Instant Light Brush-on Perfector around the tops of my cheekbone and then Blush Prodige, illuminating cheek colour under the cheek bone. It looked really good and it lasted all day and all evening. She gave me samples and also recommended that I use the double serum and the Extra-firming Day cream and the extra-firming neck cream, all of which I have been using, thankyou, Clarins, they are so brilliant.

I always bought Estee Lauder Advanced night repair serum and just used it through the day as well and I have tried the face-oils, but, I find the Clarins Double-Serum, is almost like a combination of both an oil and a serum. I really find, as I am economical, that I use either that, or the day cream, but I always use the neck cream, I even re-apply the neck cream through the day, it does work. My future daughter-in-law, Ffion, said “you don’t have any wrinkles at all on your fore-head” but didn’t mention my neck, so maybe I need to re-apply it more often?

As you will see from the photographs, Ffion has been giving me a ‘make-over’ She was brilliant and had brought with her a vast range of eyeshadows and eyebrow ‘stuff’ and lip-shades, and so many brushes and powders and palettes, it was like my son’s studio. She actually put the foundation on her hand and said ‘less is more’ and had the ‘tulip-leaf brush’ to apply it. She did say she had bought, or been given, that brush from her course.

I really loved the look Ffion gave my eyes and my eyebrows; I didn’t know you had different shades of eyeshadows, and even eye shadows for the eyebrows, and a gel to keep it all in place. Lipstick was applied with a brush. I was telling Ffion, that we used to put a darker shade in the centre of our lips, and lighter on the full lips to create a plumper, look and we outlined with lip-pencil, which I still do. I think I much preferred my Ffion ‘lip-look’. It was agreed that we both didn’t like the glossy, glittery lips and eye shadows for my age, which made me feel better about all the lip-glosses I had bought over the years and had just thrown in the bin.

Going out to dinner tonight, so I am having another make-over and off to buy a Clinique mascara which I loved, it is a curved wand, with no brushes and there is a tiny brush for the underneath eyelashes, although Ffion did say she didn’t want me to get that ‘spider-look’ I always have a problem with mascaras and contact lenses. Must dash, toodlepip.

Oh dear, I need a hair-cut looking at these photos; I keep it longish, as I hate going to the hair-dressers, I have enough of my own concerns without listening to the hair-dressers’ problems. So, I have solved it. I don’t colour my hair, just wait for age and the sun, and I just divide my hair down the back, and cut each side, then my lovely hubby evens it all up, and voila’ done and dusted, and much cheaper than all those highlights cost, and the chemicals burning into your scalp when you have to have roots done, and the AMOUNT OF TIME you have to spend in there! I have been to the hairdressers about five times in my adult life. I can’t remember when I was little; when I look at the photos from the past now, I don’t remember who I was. In fact I spoke to one of my sisters last week, and she had to send me photos of when we both did judo, we were in a competition, as I couldn’t remember. I told her, I would keep ringing her, so she could fill me in, on who I once was! I am the sort of person who doesn’t linger too much in the past. Sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move forwards but I like to ‘feel the present’ and enjoy the moment, a glimmer of sunshine through the window, gotta go and feel the sun! Toodlepip! Onwards and forwards!