Product Review: Clarins Blue Orchid Face Oil

I made an emergency purchase mid-holiday due to suffering from a severe head cold (how I survived the FREEZING COLD winds of Melbourne I do not know), but the spur-of-the-moment purchase was definitely worthwhile and now I feel like I can’t live without this product. I’d used the Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil previously and had experienced really good results, so I headed straight to the Clarins counter when I knew I needed a hydrating oil ASAP. I have sensitive skin so knowing Clarins already had a product I knew I could trust not to cause a reaction meant that they were my first stop. After purchasing I went back to the hotel, cleansed my skin, smothered it in the oil, and promptly took a nap. My skin showed a difference as soon as I woke up. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It absorbs quickly (but be sure to let it fully absorb before you apply your moisturiser), it has a pleasant lemon-herbal scent, and gives a healthy sheen but not a shine so my fellow oily-skinned girls need not fear. My skin seems to have found it’s balance again, so I’m not using this on a daily basis but I’ve incorporated it into my weekly skin care routine and it’s become a firm favourite. The Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil retails for $55 AUD and is available for purchase from Adore Beauty.

Current Skin Care Routine

It’s been a little while since I last shared my skin care routine, and only a few products have changed. It’s so nice to have a holy grail collection of skin care products that I know my skin loves, and I can add different things to my routine to mix it up from time to time. I’ve discovered over the years that regular exfoliation is the best way to help keep my skin clear, but now that I’m in my 30s I’m also focusing on hydration and trying to keep everything looking and feeling nice and ‘supple’. Here are the products I’ve been using on a regular rotation recently –

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – No surprises here. This has been my favourite cleanser for many years now. It’s gentle on my sensitive skin, and helps to keep breakouts at bay. I like using this with the Eve Lom muslin cloth in the mornings, it’s a small step that makes a big difference.
Paula’s Choice Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – Again, not a big surprise as I’ve mentioned this as my favourite toner quite a few times now. It’s light, gentle, and gets the job done.
Dermalogica Active Moist – I have two favourite daytime moisturisers, and this is one of them. I tend to alternate between this and the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture Lotion, but as the weather has been a bit colder lately I’ve been using Active Moist as I feel like it’s the heavier and more moisturising of the two.
Paula’s Choice Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – Always wear sunscreen! I thrive on people telling me I look younger than my years, and I probably owe most of it to never going out in the sun. When I do go out in the sun, however, I always make sure I’m wearing sunscreen and this is my all time favourite facial sunscreen. I have oily(ish) skin, and this somehow makes everything look nice and matte. It also wears nicely under makeup, and doesn’t leave a white cast to the skin (although that can be hard to determine with a ghostface like mine).
Paula’s Choice Resist Ultra-Light Super Oxidant Concertrate Serum – I was always scared of using serums during the day because I thought they might enhance the oilyness of my skin, but this one is divine, and does no such thing. I honestly feel like this makes a noticeable difference in the state of my skin, so it’s now a regular in my daily skin care routine.
Skinceuticals C + AHA – GIMME ALL THE SKIN ACID! I’ve been using this every other day for a couple of weeks now, and the biggest difference I can see in my skin is that it has really evened out my skintone and reduced a lot of my natural redness.
Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – I am confident in saying this is the best clay mask I’ve ever used. No word of a lie. I bought this on a bit of a whim because I wanted to try some things from the Skinceuticals range, and I ended up loving this. It’s a little bit on the expensive side, but I think it will last long enough for me to get my money’s worth. It’s a very light mask, unlike any of the clay masks I’ve tried before. It’s easy to wash off, and my skin is left feeling soft and smooth and not irritated in any way.
Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – Another really wonderful mask, this gives an instant hydration boost to my skin. I know I’ll be using this a lot as the colder weather really starts to set in.
Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Wipes – I had a bit of a skincare splurge around Christmas last year, and this was one of the products I picked up. I’d used this a few years ago (and loved them), but the price tag does make them hard to just throw into a basket. They’re really worth the cost though, as great chemical exfoliation that plays nicely with sensitive skin can be hard to come by.

Current Skin Care Routine

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but at the turn of every season my skin goes haywire. I don’t really know why it happens, but it does it every single year without fail and it’s incredibly frustrating. When my skin starts to get “fussy”, I turn to my tried and true favourites to help tide me over until everything starts to settle down. This has helped a lot with managing my skin issues, and I’m very grateful that I’ve found products that work. Here is a little rundown of my current skin care routine.

Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Yes, these little bad boys again. I use these every night to remove my makeup before cleansing my skin. I’m also naughty and sometimes use these in place of all other skin care on nights that I really can’t be bothered.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – My ultimate face cleanser. This feels extremely gentle on my skin (great for my sensitivity issues), helps keep any sneaky breakouts at bay, is not at all drying, and is fragrance free (my preferred style of cleanser). You’re probably sick of hearing me rave about this, so I’ll leave it at that.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – My skin really struggles when I don’t exfoliate it regularly. It’s a real refresher for me, and this is my all-time favourite exfoliant. I keep it in the shower, and use it in the mornings every couple of days. My skin is instantly brighter.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I think toner is the hardest thing to measure as far as performance goes, but this is my ‘holy grail’ for the following reasons. It feels light and refreshing on my skin, my skin tingles after use but never goes red or looks irritated, and it’s Paula’s Choice so immediately it’s in my list of favourites. Sounds fair, right?

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is a recent re-discovery for me. I used this as a daily moisturiser for maybe two years in a row prior to my Paula’s Choice obsession, and my love for it is clearly back in full-force. This feels like the perfect blend of hydrating and lightweight for me, which is great for my combination/oily skin. It also has a very faint lemony kind of scent that reminds me of summertime.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – This is a new product for me, so I don’t feel like I know it well enough to give it a recommendation. However, I do know that wearing facial sunscreen daily is a huge step in my routine that I’ve been skipping way too much over the past few years. I’m excited to try this one out, as it’s from my favourite skin care brand, and the Paula’s Choice range that I like best.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – Guys, if you’re not using BHAs in your skincare routine, the time is now. This is probably my number one product for (nearly) instant results. I use this once or twice a week in the evening, and it really shows on my skin the following day. I imagine that using it regularly over time will only do wonderful things for my skin.

Kosmea Rosehip Oil – I’ve tried a lot of rosehip oils over the years, and I always come back to this one. Like with the 2% BHA Liquid, this is a product that gives results the very next day. My skin looks plumper and feels softer. Rosehip oil is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you can move past the smell, it’s definitely something worth introducing into your routine. I use 2-3 drops of this as a serum and in place of my moisturiser every few nights. Some people can use this during the daytime, but my skin is far too oily for that.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask – I was so pleasantly surprised with this product, it became an immediate favourite for me. Clay masks have always seemed a bit harsh to me, but this is so incredibly gentle on the skin. If you’re looking for a face mask that will help to clear your skin, but not leave it feeling stripped and ‘tight’, definitely check this one out. It’s on the pricey side, but I think it’s worth it.

Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – This is another new product in my routine, but one that I already really love using. I only really use a face mask maybe once a week (if that), and if my skin is in need of a moisture boost this is the one I reach for. Great for sensitive skin.

* If you’re interested in picking something up from Paula’s Choice, using this link will give you $15 off of your first order. Happy shopping!

FacialCo Skincare Haul

I’ve had a real hankering for face masks lately, so I decided to splurge and pick up a couple of new ones from FacialCo. I only really have two needs when it comes to a face mask: something that clarifies my skin, and something that hydrates it. I alternate between the two kinds, depending on what I feel my skin needs at any given time. I don’t tend to move outside my comfort zone when it comes to skin care (you know I love my Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica), but I’m willing to branch out when it comes to face masks. I picked up the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, and the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask) I picked this one up because I remember seeing Anissa’s skin absolutely glowing after using products from this brand… hopefully this works just as well for me). I also picked up a new bottle of the Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray, because mine is getting a little low.

Product Review: Red Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

I still remember the first beauty product I ever used, and it was a Red Earth moisturiser. My great grandmother and I used to go on shopping trips to Aherns (who else remembers Aherns?), and on one particular trip she was telling me about the benefits of caring for your skin (I’m lucky enough to come from a line of youthful looking women, so and any skin care tips they offer up I listen to). My great grandmother purchased me a Red Earth face moisturiser and told me to use it every single day, so I did. Red Earth is making a comeback in Australia, and with this personal connection to the brand I jumped at the chance to try some of their new products. The first product I picked up to try was the Deep Pore Cleansing Mask with Green Clay and Kakadu Plum. I love a good mud mask. There is something so satisfying about getting a really deep clean from a face mask, and having your skin feel like it has a new lease on life. This mask did not disappoint. On application it gives a pleasant tingling sensation (in Sebastian’s words: “It burns!” – men), and dries to a comfortably tight mask. My skin can be quite sensitive, especially when it comes to products that contain a lot of natural ingredients, but I had no issues with this. No irritation, and no redness after I removed the mask. Just clean and soft feeling skin. This is a really lovely product, and I’m excited to try out a few more things from Red Earth’s skincare range. The Red Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask retails for $35 AUD and is available for purchase from Red Earth online (please note: this product was provided for consideration for review).