New Beauty Products to Check Out

It feels like this has been a really long week and I know, I am totally in need of a little retail therapy.  I totally shouldn’t because after moving and having to reorganize everything, I realize that I have way too many makeup, skin care, and hair care products hanging around waiting for me to try them out.  But I don’t think that will stop me.  Especially not when there are so many great new things to try!  So, if you’re planning on doing a bit of shopping this weekend, you might want to take a look at Sheerluxe’s take on the best of the recent beauty product releases.  They have a list of 28 different products across makeup, skin care, perfume, and tools.  There is certainly something for everyone and every budget on their list.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush
Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

I can always find a few things on their monthly new beauty list that get me in the mood to go shopping.  This month, I’m really intrigued by the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush which you can get at FeelUnique for £79.00.  Here’s what they say about it:

Developed by dermatologists, the first sonic movement cleansing brush has two bristle types for targeting those hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides. Gentle. yet oh-so effective.

Who doesn’t want their face to be clean and free of all the residues from sunscreen or pollutants?  To me this seems like a good alternative to the really expensive Clarisonic sonic cleansers.  The Clarisonic definitely gets great reviews but they are so pricey I just can’t convince myself that they are worth it.  But the much smaller price (like almost half the price)  for the Clinique brush, seems more tolerable to me.  I also like that the Clinique version comes with a USB charger to make it easy to charge when you’re traveling.  Of course, I’m still kind of wondering if these cleansing brushes are worth the money at all.  Can I just get essentially the same results using a washcloth with my cleanser?  I’m just not quite sure yet.

The other things that caught my eye in the Sheerluxe roundup this month, are also, nicely, the cheapest things on the list.  I definitely want a pair each of the Kiko Intensive Hand Gloves and Intensive Foot Socks, either for £4.90.  I have dry skin anyway, and all the moving stuff has left my hands looking pretty dismal.  I think these gloves and socks are just what I need to get my hands back to soft and lovely shape.  These are really like a spa treatment for your hands and feet because the gloves and socks are impregnated with creams that work to moisturize your hands and feet and leave them feeling soft and looking their best.  Unfortunately, they are single use items, kind of like a mask for your hands or feet, really.  This price is small enough that I’d be willing to give these a try.

Youthmud Mask....miracle in a jar?
Youthmud Mask….miracle in a jar?

If the list of new products isn’t enough to consider for the weekend, or maybe you’re just in need of a relaxing at home spa day, check out the Sheerluxe list of at home masks.  I’m a big fan of the GLAMGLOW Youth Mud mask and use it to give my skin a real boost for a special occasion or just anytime I need a bit of a pick me up for my skin.  It feels all tingly going on and leaves your skin looking fresher and smoother.  And it the effects on your skin really do last for a few days too.  I also find the DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask really effective at brightening the skin.  It’s made with alpha-arbutin, mulberry, serine and peony, as well as sodium hyaluronate to keep your face really nicely hydrated and to make the most of the alpha-arbutin.  I find the cloth masks the ultimate in a relaxation treat since they force you to lay still for 20 minutes or so, it makes it so much more pampering.

Now I’m torn between wanting to go shopping and sitting around relaxing with a mask on and deep moisturizing treatments on my hands and feet.  So many choices.  Or, maybe I’ll do both.


Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart

Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart
Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart

Since I wrote about the bareMinerals sunscreen that I really like for my face earlier this week, I thought I should write about the Clinique facial sun protection that I tried recently too.  I picked up my little one ounce/ 30 ml tube of Clinique’s SPF30 Face Cream when we were in Helsinki because I saw a special deal on it.  Since I’m always looking for good facial sun protection I thought this was the perfect time to try this out.

I saw this small sized tube in Stockmann department store in Helsinki for just €10.00 and it was a low enough price point, and a small enough tube, that I took a chance on it.  Plus, I thought I remembered seeing a post recently on someone’s blog (that of course I can’t recall now) about this being a great Clinique facial sunscreen, so I thought I had a recommendation.  Of course, after trying this one I think that they weren’t talking about this at all but rather about the Clinique Super City Block SPF40.  Whoops!

I had thought this wasn’t going to be so much like sunscreen, but really it is just sunscreen from Clinique.  It is thick and white and has that unappealing sunscreen smell.  All of that is the main reason why I think I really want the Super City Block instead.  The good thing is that this provides a high level of protection against UVA/UVB, which it does quite well.  It uses Clinique’s SolarSmart technology that they describe like this:  “…stabilizes high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. Triggers a repair that helps prevent signs of aging. With solar-activated antioxidants that help prevent visible damage.”  All of which sounds great, plus they say that it is oil free and gentle enough for sensitive skin, which also sounds like a big plus to me.  Unfortunately, my results didn’t quite live up to that description.

I will say that this kept my skin from burning on a recent day when I was outside for a couple of hours in the sun, so it did that well.  Unfortunately, the thick texture made my face pretty sweaty, even though it wasn’t hot out at all.  And despite the oil-free nature of the cream, it broke me out.  A lot.  My skin is pretty stable and doesn’t usually breakout like this unless I’m having killer PMS.  But after using this, I ended up having a big, unattractive breakout on my chin and even my nose.  That is not the result that I want in my facial sunscreen.

So, needless to say, this isn’t going to be my go-to facial sunscreen cream.  I can’t imagine how much this would make my face sweat and freak out my skin if I wore it in a place where it was actually hot.  I much prefer the equally effective but less annoying to my skin bareMinerals sunscreen.  However, if you’d like to give this a try since I’ve talked it up so much (LOL), you can find it at John Lewis in a 50 ml tube for £17.00.  I think I’ll either have Dave use the rest of this tube or else I’ll use it on my hands to protect them since they are less persnickety than my face.  And at some point in the future I’ll pick up a tube of the Clinique Super City Block SPF40.