Clarins is a brand that holds fond memories for me having worked and grown up within the beauty industry. I mean Beauty Flash Balm and Eau Dynamisante were life back in the day! When I was a teenager, Clarins was the 'it' brand and my mums collection was goals to me. I remember sneaking a try of her Clarins foundation then saving up my money to buy one for myself ... or adding to my Birthday and Christmas lists. As I got older, in my eyes the best job of all was to work on the Clarins counter. I idolised those girls in their white and red dresses as I so badly wanted to be one of them! I know, it's funny me saying that now seeing how my career panned out because at the time Clarins had no positions available which led to me getting my first beauty job working for La Prairie leading to a great career; so I guess it was fate. In fact, I worked near to the Clarins counter and got lots of free goodies from my friend so it all worked out for the best!

Clarins is one of the original beauty brands that is still going strong because it is a brand we all recognise and those who have used it for years, still continue to do so. I have never really been a fan of their skincare I have to admit as I never found anything that really worked for me but I am a big fan nevertheless of their make-up, body care line and suncare range; now those products to me are still as brilliant and as luxurious as ever. 

Clarins Gift with Purchase 

I was obsessed with the Tonic Body line as the scent for me was everything. My go to products back in the day were always the Tonic Body Lotion and Body Balm, Relax Bath, Eau Dynamisante, Eau Resourcante, Sunscreen and the Radiance Plus Glow for face .. now that was legendary (and yes back then it did smell of fake tan!). I do however love and use the more up to date version, Radiance Plus Glow Booster drops (review here!) as they are superb if you want to add a little bit of colour to your face, as you simply add a few drops to your moisturiser.

In more recent times, if you follow me well then you shall know that I am addicted to the Clarins Lip Perfectors (my shade being No5), Lip Oils and Fix Make-up Setting Spray. I use them all daily and I re-purchase them all time and time again. 

Clarins Lip Perfectors 
Clarins Lip Oils
The Clarins Gift with Purchase (GWP) is something that always entices anyone to stock up on their favourites because who doesn't like a freebie? Their GWP always offers amazing luxury sizes, that come in handy for holidays especially!

House of Fraser are currently hosting and for me, they have always been one of my favourite department stores to go to because their beauty department is fantastic as they offer some real exclusive/cult brands that are sometimes hard to access, plus they sell them online too which helps me out a lot. They kindly sent over the Clarins gift options so that I could pick my favourites and tell you a bit more about them which may help if you were looking to stock up on your Clarins favourites.

Clarins Gift with Purchase , House of Fraser
The Clarins Super Beauty Gift is on at selected HOF stores until the 14th April (so act fast!) and you get to choose 4 free beauty products worth around £54 when you buy two or more Clarins Products, with one being skincare. The gift choices are as follows:- 

• Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 50ml;
• Water Comfort One Step Cleanser 100ml;
• Gentle Refiner 30ml;
• Beauty Flash Balm 30ml;
• Hydra-Essentiel Serum 15ml;
• Extra Firming Serum 10ml;
• Super Restorative Serum 10ml;
• Exfoliating Body Scrub 100ml;
• Moisture Rich Body Lotion 100ml;
• Foot Beauty Treatment Cream 50ml;
• Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml;
• Tonic Body Treatment Oil 30ml.

I have divided up the face and body options to make it a little easier and picked out a few of my personal favourites should you need a little helping hand to decide on what 4 to opt for!

Clarins Gift with Purchase , House of Fraser
The Skincare choices (as above) are Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 50ml; Water Comfort One Step Cleanser 100ml; Gentle Refiner 30ml; Beauty Flash Balm 30ml; Hydra-Essentiel Serum 15ml; Extra Firming Serum 10ml; Super Restorative Serum 10ml.

Clarins Gift with Purchase , House of Fraser
The Body Care choices (as above) are Exfoliating Body Scrub 100ml; Moisture Rich Body Lotion 100ml; Foot Beauty Treatment Cream 50ml; Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml; Tonic Body Treatment Oil 30ml.

A few of my top picks .... 
Clarins Bath and Shower Concentrate 
- Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate here (100ml) smells heavenly and takes me back! It is a concentrated treatment, so only a capful is needed, that activates with the heat of the bath/shower water to soothe, relax and cleanse your mind and body. Scented with Basil and Camomile, it really does help to relax you after a stressful day. One for all bathrooms I say. 

Clarins Tonic Body Oil
- Tonic Body Treatment Oil here (30ml) is still a product I have in my stocks today. This is their best selling firming body oil that is key to preventing stretch marks. It's 100% pure plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint help to firm, tone and improve the smoothness of your skin. Should I ever be pregnant, this shall be the oil I will be slathering on as its safe for all! It smells like a dream and I highly recommend you make this oil one of your four being a good 30ml size, or purchase the full size as one of your two or more! 

Clarins One Step Cleanser
- One Step Cleanser, Normal/Dry Skin here (100ml) is a really easy way to cleanse if you hate splashing water on to your face yet like the fresh feel of water. It smells of peaches and is really refreshing and cooling; great if you are pushed for time as it takes seconds to cleanse your skin this way. I personally like to use this one in summer when I need to freshen up my skin before applying make-up.

Clarins Intensive Bi-phase Serum
- Intensive Moisture Quenching Bi-Phase Serum here (15ml) is a light, intensely hydrating bi-phase serum that instantly quenches your skins thirst. The whole Hydra-Essential line is always raved about within the beauty world so I was really excited to try this one as like I said before, I don't usually use Clarins for skincare but this one is really good. It hydrates your skin beautifully and makes it glow! Hydrating serums are so my thing, I love them as I live in constant climate change so they are very valuable to my daily skincare routine. 
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
- Beauty Flash Balm here (30ml) is probably what Clarins is most well known for! This is cult and whether you use it or not, you know about it. Essentially a radiance boosting cream that helps to wake your skin up in a 'flash'. It helps to moisturise, brighten, tighten and relax the skin so you look more refreshed. It really was one of a kind and the original skin booster! I think it is one of those cult classics you have to pick up, and such a great size too should you need one for travel or you want to try it for the first time! 

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
- Moisture Rich Body Lotion here (100ml) again for me, another classic that I have used and loved for years. The scent is so Clarins being a mix of Peach, Shea, Orange Blossom and Candlenut oil. This is an anti-aging body lotion that helps the skin on your body to be smoother and hydrated. Even though it is classed as 'rich' the formula soaks in beautifully and doesn't feel sticky or greasy at all. I adore it and if you love anything body related and have never tried this one, then you really should.

I guess this would be my four ..... (although it's so tough!) 

Gentle Eye Make Up Remover 50ml;
Water Comfort One Step Cleanser 100ml;
Gentle Refiner 30ml;
Beauty Flash Balm 30ml;
Hydra-Essentiel Serum 15ml;
Extra Firming Serum 10ml;
Super Restorative Serum 10ml;
Exfoliating Body Scrub 100ml;
Moisture Rich Body Lotion 100ml;
Foot Beauty Treatment Cream 50ml;
Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate 100ml;
Tonic Body Treatment Oil 30ml.

Clarins Gift with Purchase , House of Fraser
I have to say, writing this post has re-ignited my love for Clarins which is what makes this job so rewarding and I even discovered that my beloved Tonic Body Line is still available online ... I'm buying

If you need to stock up on your skincare for the summer, replenish your SPF's, treat someone to a gift or simply just treat yourself and rediscover the brand as I have .... now would be a good time. 

Clarins Gift with Purchase , House of Fraser
If you want to take advantage then head down to *selected House of Fraser stores now (online here!) until 14th April ... to pick out your 4! Hope this post helps. 

So tell me, 
what is your favourite Clarins product

* Selected UK Stores; Guildford, Glasgow, Oxford Street, Edinburgh, Manchester, Richmond, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Bath, London City *

Caudalie is a brand I know and love well because they are simply a breath of fresh air. Their  extensive product line respects the environment and avoids all nasties with their main ingredients coming from the grape (i.e. grapeseed oil, grape water, polyphenols) which is how most of us associate them. It's like putting on your favourite pair of slippers with Caudalie; you feel comfortable, at home and you trust them.  I speak a lot about Caudalie as I have used their products for years and I never lose excitement for them. 

This month, Caudalie are running a campaign encouraging us all to 'Mix it Up' which represents changing your skincare to suit your skin's need, which is something I always advise when giving skincare consultations. As well as using different products on different days, did you know you can in fact 'mix' products together as opposed to using them separately, to give your skin results that you may not have realised were possible?

Ok. Your skin has different needs everyday, as do we, so why cleanse it in the same way everyday? We may need to 'pick n mix' sometimes to discover what textures, feels, scents and results that our skin may need on that particular day. I always say don't let your skincare routine be boring, look forward to it and make it a ritual not a chore so by changing it up, it becomes exciting everyday! 

Caudalie Skincare
To demonstrate, I thought I would chat through a few of Caudalie's HERO products that just so happen to be some of my favourites so I can tell explain tips on how you can combine products and 'mix it up' for fast results.

FYI! The entire Caudalie Cleansing line has been repackaged and is still as sleek and clean looking as ever and the best thing of all is that the Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil is in a NEW 150ml size (instead of 100ml) for the same price! Good times. 
Caudalie Skincare
• The *NEW* Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil, 150ml (buy here!)
This Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil for face and eyes works quickly to dissolve all types of make up including stubborn waterproof, whilst taking care to remove impurities and clean your skin. The 100% blend of natural plant oils are designed to nourish and soften your skin without leaving it feeling greasy and all with a gorgeous light sweet almond scent which is what draws me into this oil even more. My skin is normal/combination and for me, cleansing oils and balms are my absolute favourite type of cleanser to use as I find them the most effective and this one is a dream. It cleanses really thoroughly removing all traces of make up in one cleanse, does not irritate the eye area or feel too heavy and leaves your skin feeling super soft and nourished. What more could you ask for in a cleanser? All skin types shall really enjoy this one as it ticks all the boxes for doing what a cleanser should do.

* Want to try it for yourself? Then stay tuned to the end of this post where you can get A FREE SAMPLE! *
Caudalie Skincare
• The Over Night Detox Oil, 30ml (buy here!)
This is a dry oil, rich in Omega 6 and Vitamin E that allows your skin to regenerate at night. Ideal for skin which is exposed to stress, pollution, UV rays and other free radical damage. The oil helps to detoxify and smooth the skin so you wake up looking refreshed. Let me tell you,  after using this oil, you really do! Infused with anti-oxidant Grape-seed, regenerating Rose Hip, purifying Neroli, smoothing Lavender and detoxifying Carrot Oils, this is 100% plant based and promotes cell renewal and eliminates toxins. 

I have spoken fully about this oil already before (here) as it really is one of my favourite night treatment oils to use on my skin because it is so unique. The scent is divine, the texture is super light and non-greasy, it absorbs almost instantly into your skin, doesn't break your skin out like some other 'detox' skincare products do and it leaves your skin looking radiant, soft and glowing. I mean, what more can you possibly ask for from a face oil; it ticks every box. I am always concerned about what damage the environment is doing to my skin so the fact I can slather my skin in anti-oxidants makes me feel a lot more protected! This works for all skin types and drier skins could even layer this up with the serum and moisturiser should you want or need to but this is a product you really must try because I know it has rather the fan club. 

Caudalie Skincare
• The Glycolic Peel, 75ml (buy here!)
This magic peel (because it is) helps to tighten pores and restore radiance to any complexion that is looking dull and tired ... hands up?! The gentle formula boosts skin to give immediate radiance which makes you look brighter and more youthful (yes please). It also helps to reduce dark spots and  pigmentation and even better, is suitable for all skinsI always carry a mini travel size of this one in my skincare bag whenever I travel as it guarantees to stop my skin looking dull from the perils of travel. It's so easy to use yet gives instant results which is why once again, the range is faultless.

Caudalie Skincare
• The Instant Foaming Cleanser, 50ml Travel Size (buy here!)
This is a soap-free, light and airy foam cleanser containing moisturising grape extract, sage to purify the skin and chamomile to soothe it; all together it helps to restore a lost radiance. I am not usually a 'foam fan' and avopid them where possible as I find them too drying but this is a rare one that I actually like and enjoy using because it doesn't strip my skin or leave it feeling tight like others I have used in the past. My little hack is to add in a drop of oil cleanser to make it a little more nourishing on drier skin days as I am about to tell you .... 

Did you know you can mix your skincare together?  .... I do it all the time!
• Mix Oil + Foam = for a silkier lather.
• Mix Foam + Exfoliator = for a whipped texture to deep clean & add radiance.
• Mix Milk + Foam = a creamy combo for skins that need extreme comfort.
• Mix Foam + Oil = to clean and focus on a targeted problem like congestion, sensitivity etc.

So, let's Mix it Up! If time is an issue for you then a few simple steps can make the world of difference to your skin. 
Caudalie Skincare
MIX Cleansing Oil + Foaming Cleanser = makes a silky lather that suits sensitive skin. 
If you are sensitive but you like the feel of a foaming wash, adding in some oil cleanser shall make cleansing a lot more nourishing and soothing but with the feel of a foam! 

Caudalie Skincare
MIX Foaming Cleanser + Glycolic Peel = makes the ultimate radiance cleanser.
If you need to boost your glow as well as cleanse then why not do both if you don't have time!
Caudalie Skincare
MIX Foaming Cleanser + Overnight Detox Oil = a cleanser to target congestion skin.
Add in a few drops of the oil into your cleanser which shall then help to detox your skin as you cleanse.

Try it, it may make the world of difference believe me!

I had to add in two other latest products that I have been trying from Caudalie that I feel have been making a valuable difference to my skin ....

Caudalie Skincare
The Premier Cru Eye Cream Set, 15ml (+ Precious Oil 10ml & Cream 15ml) (buy here!)
This is a very luxurious eye cream that has been designed to brighten, firm, smooth wrinkles and  reduce puffiness and darkness using soft pigments. It feels incredibly soothing on the eyes and is perfect for any time when your eyes are feeling dry and a tad dull as this shall get to work almost instantly. I have to say so far, so good as I always seem to get great results from Caudalie eye creams as the Vine[ACtiv] has been a real favourite ever since I reviewed it last year and I continue to still use that one in my routine. So if you are looking into new eye creams then maybe consider them as they get my vote. 

You can currently purchase the eye cream in this cute limited edition set which then gives you two luxury sized samples to try too; I'm so glad as I was dying to try the Precious Oil! 

Caudalie French Kiss
Caudalie French Kiss
• French Kiss, Lip Balms (buy here!)
I have again already spoken about these amazing lip balms on my other media pages and have since ended up buying multiple balms for friends as gifts! These lip balms not only look so damn cute but literally melt on to your lips, with a taste of vanilla and add a touch of colour. They contain a blend of Beeswax, Aloe Vera and Sunflower Oil to hydrate and soften the skin. If you haven't yet tried them then I highly recommend you do because it's that one product that we all seem to have in your stocks and they are such a great price for such a luxury balm.

Caudalie Skincare
*FREE CLEANSING OIL SAMPLE OFFER* - until stocks are gone!
Caudalie have kindly offered all my lovely UK readers/followers the chance to claim a free 3ml sample of their latest Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil. Stocks are limited so act fast if you want to try it for yourself .... why not, it's entirely free! 

Simply follow the link HERE and fill out your details .... that's it! 

Do you mix it up
- UK peeps, go claim a free sample! 

HOURGLASS is one of my favourite brands to date because they do everything with such finesse. The image, quality, ease of use, innovation .... I could go on and on but you get the picture. Being a high end brand, oh and cruelty free I may add, you do invest in the product but you soon learn, it is 100% worth it. They really do make some of the most hyped about make-up products out there today that are always sending many of us into a frenzy. 

Hourglass have recently extended their very popular Arch Brow Collection with two new additions, the Arch Brow Volumising Fiber Gel and Arch Brow Shaping Gel. These new additions are here to make sure that our brow game is the best it can be. 

I was kindly sent over a package containing the original Arch Brow Sculpting Pencils as well as the new Brow Gels, being the brow obsessive that I am to see how I liked them. Brows are one of the most important features on our face hence I wanted to tell you more about these products because having now used them myself, they are all far too impressive not to talk about! If you are reading this thinking, oh another brow gel ... this is by no means just your average brow gel .... ohhhhh no. 

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
All products sent to me were especially chosen for my colouring and they couldn't have been any more spot on ... 

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
The Hourglass Brow line consists of three products that shall help any brows look their best; the Sculpting Pencil, Fiber Gel and Shaping Gel. So let me start with the Sculpting Pencil which has already been launched for some time.

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
• THE ARCH BROW SCULPTING PENCIL, £29 / $34,  available in 9 shades (here)
The formula combines a 4-in1; a powder, pencil, wax and brush. The Sculpting Pencil tip is actually triangular to shape and sculpt the brow. There is a brow groomer at the other end of the pencil to brush hairs into place. 

Platinum Blonde - lightest, cool blonde/platinum
Blonde - light to medium neutral blonde
Warm Blonde - dark blond/strawberry blonde
Auburn - medium to deep red tones
Soft Brunette - light to medium cool brown 
Warm Brunette - warm medium brown
Dark Brunette - deep brown with warm undertones 
Ash - grey/dark brown with cool undertones 
Natural Black - darkest brown/black

This pencil may just be the easiest and fastest way to do brows! I cannot believe just how good this really is. Now let me just tell you, I am a very loyal Anastasia Beverely Hills Brow Wiz user and even though I get so annoyed at the groomer end snapping each and every time I use one (and they don't even respond to my annoyance) I have still stood by them as the quality and my love for the product kept me buying, but now I stand converted. Hourglass in my opinion is of such better quality by a mile and it's revolutionised my brow game. Why didn't I own this sooner?

I found Platinum Blonde to be a perfect match being a tad more ashier and less warm, but I can also wear Blonde which is just a tad warmer. This pencil is incredibly soft although when I first felt it I thought the opposite but as soon as you apply to your brows it glides on with ease to give you the most natural, defined, filled in brows that don't look like you have used a pencil. You really can create any intensity of look with this one pencil. The triangular tips is genius because it really does help sculpt out your brow shape and the groomer end is a professional tool and no cheap tat like other brands I have used. I really can't say enough good things about this brow pencil, apart from if you can, then please do try this one for yourself. It shall change your brows for the better, plus isn't it just so beautiful to look at? A job well done I say. 
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
• THE ARCH BROW VOLUMISING GEL & SHAPING GEL, £22 / $28, 6 shades (here)
The Arch Brow Gel is a buildable tinted gel. The formula contains micro-fibers to add volume and the very clever dual-sided brush adds texture, shape and colour without any flaking or smudging for fuller looking brows. The Clear Shaping Gel is completely invisible and has a soft hold formula that dries totally clear to shape and hold the hairs in place. 

• Blonde - light to medium neutral blonde
• Warm Blonde - dark blond/strawberry blonde
• Auburn - medium to deep red tones
• Soft Brunette - light to medium cool brown 
• Warm Brunette - warm medium brown
• Dark Brunette - deep brown with warm undertone

Arch Brow Shaping Gel (here)
• Clear

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
The innovative dual-sided brush is extremely clever and I have never seen anything done like this for brows before; simple yet very clever. The short and long bristles work to apply the formula in varying intensities so that you are able to achieve a very sculpted look or a very natural look. This is to brows what the latest ByTerry Twist Expert mascara (review here!) is to lashes ..... a genius design mixed with a winning formula.

Hourglass Application Tips!
To hold your brows in place -  Use the gel in short upward strokes and brush the hairs in place to create the shape you want. Use the Sculpting Pencil to fill in any gaps. 

To add volume and colour - Use the short bristles of the tinted gel brush and brush in the opposite direction of the hair growth to distribute the colour and add texture. Use the longer bristles and then brush brows up and in direction of the hair growth. This adds volume! Use the Sculpting Pencil to then fill in any gaps. 

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
You may just think this is another 'brow gel with fibres' as I did too but I can honestly say that this is one of a kind and the best I have tried to date as it makes your brows instantly thicker! I love Benefit's Gimme Brow but this one is a whole different league! The micro-fiber formula and brush magically plump up the hairs to make your brows look a lot thicker than what they are. I kept looking in the mirror thinking "my brows look really good today" and even my husband commented on how they looked 'bushier', which is a good thing anyhow lol! 

I usually opt for more of a dark brown shade for my brows as I like a dark brow but I found the shade Blonde to work really well on my brows with the Blonde Sculpting Pencil (as pictured below). It is time to think again when it comes to brow gels as this one has just raised the bar in that department!

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
I have been well and truly sold on the Hourglass Brow line but believe me, you can read about it as much as you like but until your try them for yourself, you will not truly understand just how good every product is, then you will be saying ..... "I get it!" It really is a must try if you want great looking brows.

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection
BROW NEWS! As you may already know, I have in the last two weeks had my brows semi-permanently tattooed by someone who in my opinion is a queen of brows and I can't wait to share all about that with you once I am healed hence all pics were taken before hand, but I am documenting the process in full for you all to read about! These products shall be ideal to use once I am fully healed as I shall still need to define, volumise and keep my brow hairs in place regardless, which is what makes this my perfect match. 

You can pick up the Hourglass Arch Brow line from Liberty London, Space NK, Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and online here!

Have you tried the Arch Brow line yet?

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