Flash Review: New Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer

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Last week I picked up a sample of Clinique’s new night moisturiser. I tend to browse beauty counters for interesting items and take samples offered to try. So, this one was given to me by a nice sales person after we established that I was not interested in the brand’s makeup items.

The product claims to instantly improve skin texture and make skin radiant after just one night. Naturally,  I am sceptical of such bold claims but I like many of Clinique’s products (except the toners) but decided to give it a go. I took the sample sachet which was enough for a week’s use.

I had a quick glance at the ingredients list and in addition to the humectants and slip agents to moisturise and give a smooth feeling, I remember seeing salicylic acid. This would explain the radiance claims because salicylic acid helps the skin shed more to reveal newer skin cells and can kill bacteria in pores. Thus, it shouldn’t block pores and may in fact help get rid of any blocked pores on skin.

I might buy the full sized product when I need a new night cream but would probably not use it daily (every other night perhaps) since I don’t have blocked pores and daily use of a chemical exfoliant and anti-bacterial may not do me any favours.

Verdict: It’s a great night moisturiser if you have dry skin and blocked pores. It’s rich but does not feel overly greasy and its fragrance free.


Reviewing Travel beauty

I was out-of town this weekend and decided to share what my wash bag contained. Unlike others, I often try out new products particularly if they come in handy sizes. I travel light on short trips as I don’t particularly want to haul unnecessary bits and bobs unless they are presents 🙂

So, a Clinique cosmetics bag I got years ago, served the purpose and fits all I needed besides a mini toothbrush and toothpaste which were in another cosmetics bag I carry around daily.

So from the top left
Caudalie Vinosource moisturising cream – despite trying a myriad of products, I always make sure I always have it on hand.

Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien – one of the best scents I’ve tried in a while. One whiff and I bought the large sized bottle and the sample means I never have to travel without the scent.

Origins modern friction – the journey can sometimes make my skin feel yucky and this exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough for daily use.

Sisley All day all year cream – a face product I’m trying out. It provides some sun protection which doesn’t hurt. I didn’t get to wear it (I reached for Caudalie both times). I guess I’ll have to try it out some other time.

Dr. Hauschka cleansing milk – Part of my foray into more organic brands I’ve heard much about. Also, it was a handy size and was excellent in removing the mascara I wore and felt lovely. I might buy a full size sometime.

The Body Shop Shea whip body lotion – light and wonderful and a staple in my bodycare. In fact, the entire range is one of my favourites from the body Shop.

L’Occitane Shea lip balm – one of the best ones I’ve tried; excellent protection, no chapping and smells lovely but not an overpowering.

Clinique high impact mascara – only makeup item I use on occasion. It works well enough and small enough to fit in the bag. Otherwise, it was no mascara for the weekend 😉

Sisley bath and shower gel – Another product I’m testing out. It’s a bit similar to Lush’s Grass but this one is less intense and has a bit more of a luxurious feel. This size was enough for two showers and was simply delightful. Sisley is rather expensive but I’ll probably repurchase on occasion.

L’Occitane Repairing Shampoo – In case my hair needed a wash; which it didn’t then. I’ve only ever needed a shampoo once, when away but it never hurts to have. Besides, it can double as a detergent for delicates if needed.

Cotton wipes, cotton buds and a hair tie to keep my hair off my face.

What do you take with you I wonder…