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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

I originally wrote this post back in 2013, as I’m still actually using the Clinique CC cream as my day to day face make up I thought it was time I printed an updated view of the product which you can read in the italic font.

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I’ve been a fan of BB creams for a while now and swapped my heavy foundation for the light textured cream that really did offer what it said on the tube.  When I heard about the new contender to the market the CC cream I was really excited, it offers a colour corrector which can help cover and correct redness in the skin.

Since hitting my 30’s I’ve noticed that my cheeks are getting more and more colour of the red variety, I also have some pigmentation marks on my forehead which I can only assume is from sun damage.  I find trying to cover areas of colour on my skin a very hard task, what works on my forehead doesn’t work on my cheeks and if I have any spots that’s another product needed.  My skin is looking very dull and seems to have lost it’s radiance over the past few years.

I don’t ask much from my skin products!  I would like to see some of the radiance restored,  some of the colour to be corrected, natural coverage and an SPF.

I’m 36 years old and over the past couple of years have noticed an increase in enlarged pores, fine lines and discolouration.  My skin is not radiant and I have an increase of fine broken capillaries on my cheeks.  The skin underneath my eyes has a blue/purple tone to it and I have increased pigmentation marks.

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The Clinique moisture surge CC cream is suitable for all skin types and comes in 9 different shades, Very Light, Light, Fresh Peach, Natural Fair, Natural, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Deep and Deep.

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I picked Light which I felt was the colour best suited to my skin tone, it’s actually a perfect match and looks flawless on the skin.

What really stands out for me about the CC Cream is the SPF30, I’ve never seen such a high number in any skin care product.  The cream is thicker than my usual BB cream but blends in very well and a little really does go a long way.  I like to know I’m getting value for money with my face products and I predict that this 40ml tube will probably last 4-5 months with daily use based on the amount I need to cover my face.

I actually get around 5-6 months use from each tube, the product is not full coverage but can be built up and even worn underneath foundation if required.  I use the CC cream after moisturising and set with powder.

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In my opinion the CC cream has definitely helped to enhance my skin’s natural radiance.  I suffer from very dry skin and I have noticed that a level of hydration is added to my skin when I use the product.  My dry patches are not enhanced when I use this product and it doesn’t seem to cling to eczema.  My face seems to have more of a  flawless look which I’ve not been able to achieve for a long time.  My pigmentation marks are completely covered and the redness on my cheeks is toned down when using the cream.  I can’t advise how this product will work on different skin types to my own but what I can say is that if you have sensitive dry skin with eczema breakouts like myself you should pop down to your nearest Clinique counter and give this a try.

The cream formulation is still very well suited to my skin and if I’m having a particularly rushed morning I’m more than happy to go out with just a small amount of this by itself to enhance the appearance of my skin.

I love the idea of wearing make up that doesn’t look like you are actually wearing any and this make up really does offer that natural look.

Clinique CC cream is available to purchase from any Clinique counter or online at a rrp of £28.00  The price has not increased since this post was originally published in 2013



Holiday Beauty Essentials

Before I go on holiday be it in the UK or abroad it takes me such a long time to decide what beauty products I will need to take with me.  To some people it might seem like I take an excessive amount and to others it may seem like I don’t take enough.  I haven’t included mascara or eyeshadow as I don’t always wear it while I’m on holiday.

SPF Products

The first set of products are my SPF items, I use these regardless of which country I’m in.  Riemann P20 (£14.99) offers over 10 hours of sun protection, what I like most about this is the fact it’s a fast drying liquid rather than a cream.  I spoke about the Clinique CC cream here, it offers a whopping SPF30 and I’ve never seen such a high number in any skin care product .   The L’Occitane hand cream SPF20 and prefer to take a travel sized tube away with me than my usual 75ml tube.    Supergloop SPF30 lipbalm is only taken on skiing holidays or when I know the temperature is going to be hot enough to affect my lips, I usually use Green People lipcare SPF8.  Finally I like to carry the La Roche Posay SPF20 in my handbag for face top ups.

Holiday Essentials

I prefer to take a smaller sized deodorant with me (not if I’m flying) and my favourite holiday fragrance is the Korres perfume which I blogged about here.  The Kiehls argan skin salve is brilliant for face, body and hair emergencies so it’s a handbag staple for me.  Rather than carry bottles of shampoo in my case I prefer to save up sample packets over the year and use them as they take so much less room than a bottle.

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The Avene skin recovery cream and water spray are staples in my beauty regime so it’s only natural that they would come on holiday with me. In the summertime I love nothing better than bright nails and China Glaze Purple Panic and OPI’s A roll in the Hague are perfect with a tan.  Benefits Bella Bamba lipgloss gives a hint of pink to the lips and if I’m not in a pink mood Burt’s bees Honesuckle is the perfect nude.  The Benefit realness of concealness is perfect to cover any blemishes on my face.

DSCN1811Finally just in case I don’t get any sun I like to take fake tan with me so even if I’m in the coldest place on the planet I can still look bronzed.  Lauren’s way tan is perfect for this, you can read my review of the original tan here my review of this perfect travel sized set will feature on this blog next week.

What sort of items feature in your Holiday Essentials?