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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Winter Skincare Additions- Clarins Blue Orchid Oil and HydraQuench Serum

Good old Winter. In one respect, I love you. You bring me Christmas, my beloved winter boots and coats, mulled wine and hot whiskeys by a roaring fire in the pub's snug with Hubster. On the other hand you bring the misery of cold, darkness, the potential for gangrene related hypothermia (unlikely but I did say potential), colds and flu (with that comes Lemsip and flu shots), and general girly problems like dry skin and lips. I've dealt with the dry lips issue HERE and HERE and now I'll share the latest additions to my skincare regime, specifically for the chilly months ahead.

I really like Clarins. I've probably made that clear before (there's a Clarins label there in the list on the right, if you fancy some further related reading), I'm particularly drawn to their skincare (having said that, their Christmas eyeshadow palette WILL be mine. Check out Aundrea's post on it here on Dancing With Disaster) and am really enjoying these two products.

The first, Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil for dehydrated skin, I actually got last Winter but because the bottle contains 40mls and you only need a small amount for each use, I still have over half of it left. I apply this at night time after cleansing and toning, before moisturising and I definitely think it's helping. It does smell slightly granny-ish..I'm not being ageist, I promise. It just has that kind of scent that a more mature lady would wear. That doesn't bother me in the slightest, I only mention it as a warning for those who prefer unscented skincare products.

Moving on, HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase for Dehydrated skin. Oh the love I have for this. A mixture of oil and water based liquids, this has to be shaken well before spraying and applying to skin, pre-moisturiser. This contains 30mls, although again, only a small amount is needed each time so not a big risk of running out in a hurry. This smells florally, much lighter a scent than the Orchid oil but still noticeably scented. My God, this just feels so soothing on. I would liken it to being really thirsty and the relief you get from drinking a big pint glass of cold water. Lovely. My skin feels way softer after applying this and with moisturiser, it seems to be an excellent base for foundation. I have read a few reviews from people with acne-prone skin, who said this broke them out. Personally, I think my skin is just the right level of dry and that's why this suits me so well. I can't recommend this enough, I actually look forward to putting it on, as sad as that sounds.

Anyone got any other Winter saviour products for me to try?


  1. Would love to try the Hydraquench but I am acne prone so I wouldn't even risk it! Looks fab though x