21:33 Jazz Blackwell 0 Comments

If you know me at all, you'll know my policy when it comes to beauty products is that, if made to choose, I tend to be more inclined to splash out on high end skincare, rather than high end make up. As someone who suffers with dry skin to the point of suffering from eczema, I'm keen to test out most anything that might help me. That said, Clarins has never been a brand I've known much about and, for whatever reason, I've never really looked into it that much. 

Please excuse the stray eyeliner sharpener-shaving so classily strewn in the middle of my setup. 
I was rather intrigued, then, when my mum gifted me this set of travel-sized goodies on Christmas day. The kit contains minatures of The One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, HydraQuench Cream moisturiser and the Booster Detox oil in a generously sized and really rather pretty quilted white cosmetics bag. It's actually a great thing that has come in real handy for me, as it quite comfortably contains all of the make up that I use on the daily - including the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and all of my brushes. 

I've used the products that came inside the bag pretty regularly since Christmas and I feel I'm at a point now where I can give a pretty fair judgement on all of them.

I'll start with the product I had the most neutral feelings on. Initially, I was very excited about this face wash; it was grainy, but not overly so, which is generally the perfect type of exfoliating cleanser for dry skin. This one also contains orange extract and shea, both things that historically works quite well with my skin. However, I found this to be underwhelming at best. It does meet all of its claims - removing make up, cleansing pores and softening/brightening skin. It really is quite good. The issue for is the price tag for the full size product; at £21 it just doesn't do the things it does any better than cheaper face washes I've tried. If you're after a decent face wash and you really feel like splurging on one, then this one could absolutely be a good idea. However, if you're not looking to spend as much I'd recommend the Soap & Glory 3-in-1 Face Wash (usually £8, on sale for £6 at the time of me writing this post) as an every day wash, and the Nivea Daily Essential Facial Scrub (£3.99) as a deeper exfoliant once or twice a week. 

I was much more impressed with this next product! I'm something of a moisturiser junkie, and I'm always on the market for a new one. I switch my moisturisers out so often that I can't really say that I've got a 'holy grail', however my most recent favourite has been the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (£34). I generally like to use moisturisers for a month or so before I come to a final decision, but this one is well on track for knocking Clinique off the top spot. At £36 a tub, the difference between this and the Clinique one is nominal enough that I'd not feel at all guilty for switching them out. This one is similar to the Clinique one in that it is very lightweight and doesn't clog pores. However, they're very different textures; this is more of a traditional lotion-y moisturiser than a gel-cream hybrid. 

As far as I'm concerned, this Booster Detox is the shining star of this set. It's really been a game changer in my foundation game; I've recently fallen in love with the W7 Photo Shoot Foundation in Buff (£6.95). Although the foundation was already beautiful with great coverage and a good lightweight feel on the skin, I did find I had a little trouble getting it to blend over the dryer patches of my skin. 3 drops of this Detox oil make it blend absolutely seamlessly everywhere. I also find it incredibly useful for mixing with the HydraQuench cream. Like an idiot, I fell asleep in a full face of make up on New Years Eve and, as you can imagine, woke up with my skin feeling quite dull and angry at me. Four drops of this oil in the moisturiser after I finally got round to the bath really helped me join the land of the living again. I have no doubt that I'll drop £30 on the full-size when I run out of this one. 

I'm not sure if this set is still available, but I hope this review has helped you decide if you want any of these three individual products in their full sizes! 

Happy reading, 
Jazz xo 

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