Clarins Double Serum and Face Treatment Oil Review

Hi my loves! Sorry for being a little quiet over the weekend! I’m back to packing my bags again because E and I are leaving for Hong Kong tomorrow! Time is really flying! This time, 2 friends will be joining us on our little adventure so I’m really looking forward to that. Remember previously I mentioned that I’m looking to get a new camera? I’m thinking of perhaps getting a GoPro instead since our camera is still in great working condition but just slightly old, this way I’ll be able to record our adventure in the form of videos instead of photos, would you guys like to see that? 🙂 Let me know!

I’ve been so boring with my beauty products lately and haven’t really tried anything new. Maybe because I was just so comfortable with my beauty and skin routine that I decided to give all new products a miss. I’ve decided that I don’t really want to be the blogger who buys absolutely everything and anything to try anymore, I’m quite picky and selective with the products that I use and I hope you, as my readers, can relate and appreciate that.

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With that being said, I’ve been using the Clarins Double Serum and also the Clarins Face Treatment Oil in the last 2 months or so. I’ve been wanting to do this post for ages but I just wanted to give myself some more time so I know for definite whether these two products are hits or misses with me. The reason why I’ve decided to post on these two products together is because I started using them both around the same time. I’ve been wanting to try the Facial Treatment Oil for longer because as you may know by following my blog, I have dry skin and I went through a time about two months ago where my skin around my nose and mouth was flaking pretty badly. I haven’t had skin problems like that since last winter!

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Of course I did my research beforehand and I went straight to Red Square intending on purchasing the Facial Treatment Oil and also to pick up a serum and since there has been so much rave about the Double Serum, I decided to pick that up too. The Clarins lady was very helpful and gave me many tips on using these 2 products. One of the tips she gave me (later confirmed by many other beauty experts) is that we shouldn’t actually rub in our serums or treatment oils, instead we should warm the product between our palms and then firmly press it into our skin using both our palms. This way, the skin will absorb the products easier and less is wasted by the rubbing motion.

So how do I feel about the 2 products? I love them both! The serum smells absolutely amazing, the scent is not strong and slightly citrus. I’m currently using the Blue Orchid Treatment Facial Oil, the scent is a bit strong, not quite what I’m used to, it has an aromatic type of scent to it which can be pretty therapeutic. I don’t use both products every day because the serum can be too rich for my youthful skin according to the Clarins lady so she recommended that I use it every second day and then the treatment oil in between in place of the serum. I definitely notice a difference the day after I use the serum, my skin looks less tired, less grey and more healthier looking. It gives me a certain kind of healthy glow as if I’ve just used BB cream but I didn’t (if you use BB cream then I’m sure you know what I’m talking about). My skin seems more even but then again, I’ve never had an issue with discolouration. My nose and mouth areas are no longer flaky and dry, thanks to the treatment oil and the serum, more so the treatment oil I think as it is more moisturising. A few drops of the oil goes a long way, I generally use about 3 drops of the oil before my moisturiser.

A little bit more about the Double Serum:

The serum is a anti-aging concentrate and claims to contain over 20 plant extracts. The serum has a dual chamber system where the water-base and the oil-base is kept separated and only once you pump the product, does the two combine. The serum claims to firm skin, even out the skin tone and reduce wrinkles in 4 weeks.

At my age, it’s not necessary to be using an anti-aging serum but have you noticed that most serums are anti-aging or claims to prevent early aging. My main reason to start using a serum like this sparingly is to prevent as I believe that prevention is better than cure, I really believe that by the time you actually need this serum, it’s too late. Rather now than later. 🙂

For more information on the two products, click here.

Hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any questions, I’m an email away! 🙂

 With love…xxx

LoveMaryLu Valentines Wishlist 2015

With 8 more days till our favourite “holiday”, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to write up a wishlist again! By now, you probably already know how I feel about wish lists, there are just too many beautiful things in this world that I constantly crave for. I have an enormous appetite for luxury and non-luxury items of all scents and colours but when I don’t want or like something, you will know because I will always tell you so.

With Valentines Day around the corner (please don’t hate me singletons, take it as a gift idea to treat yourself or your mom if you must), here is my Valentines Wishlist 2015. Valentines has always been one of my favourite “holidays” although it’s not an official holiday but I’ve always found it to be rather delightful. Just an excuse to spoil your loved one and make it something special, a better excuse to put on something cute and sexy really and to wear my favourite colour with no shame – pink! 🙂

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In order from left to right, from top to bottom, here is my wishlist this year:

1. Lorna Jane 

I really don’t mind getting gym clothes for any occasion, it’s romantic if it pink!

2. Tiffany & Co Hearts earrings

The collection is “Hearts” which I think is very appropriate for the occasion, a diamond is a girl’s best friend.

3. Moet et Chandon

No one can ever say no to bubbly, especially when it’s extra sweet and delicious.

4. Valentino Valentina Eau de Parfum 

It’s not a Valentines wish list without a Valentino. With the perfect amount of sweetness and floral notes, this fragrance is no short of “I love you” this Valentines Day.

5. Clarins Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette

With a sleek, gold packaging, dynamite truly do come in small packages. Say hello to beautiful eyes and groomed brows.

6. Louis Vuitton Monogram Shawl 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that a wish list isn’t complete without a Louis. I’ve swapped the typical bag for a shawl this time. Mixed with the perfect amount of silk and wool, this will not only keep you warm at night but will keep you in the centre of envy.

Hope you enjoyed this short and sweet Valentines Wish List!

With love…xxx