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Review: Clarins Shaping Facial Lift

It’s weird thinking how much I heart Clarins skincare but I haven’t done a second product review after Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tinted Version review. So. Bit by bit I’ll do a product review but now let’s restart with my first ever product and purchase from Clarins which is Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-drain Serum!


Why do I need it?
Good question. All my life I never had any problem with my face or face pocket. But everything changed in 2008 when I was diagnosed with a serious case of Hyperthyroidism. So serious that my doctor was so shocked that you can see his eyes popping out and looked at me in shock. Before I found out I had it, I had migrain all the time, my heart beat rate was so high I couldn’t breath if I talk too fast or if I walk more. Don’t mention about going up and down the stairs. I could faint. I remembered I couldn’t write properly as my hands were shivering too much. I ate 5 meals in a day and I still feel hungry. And of course what goes in will need to come out. Toilet break was a lot too and I was having diarrhea all the time. My menstrual schedule was so messy that I was menstruating every fortnightly for more than a week longer than the usual 3 days. And there was a lot more symptoms. The only good thing is I notice something was wrong and went immediately for a check-up. So the diagnose came on early stage. Even it was early stage of Hyperthyroidism, my level was too high. I was put on 6 Propyl tablets per day and 2 medication for the heart. In a week time I put on weight. Apparently the medication slow down my metabolism to normal rate and as my body was so used to high metabolism rate, my body need some time to adjust to the new slower rate so I gained weight and I felt tired most of the time due to the adjustment.

Since then I have face pocket and water retention on my face. Now it’s already my 3rd year on medication and I’m only on 1 tablet of Propyl now. With lesser medication I can see the baby fat on my face shrunk a little so is the water retention. However I feel that I need to do something about it so I turned to Clarins.

What does Shaping Facial Lift do?
The essential refining and draining skin care to use before any serum, to release fluid from the face, remove excess fats and restore refined and youthful facial contours.

This smooth, refreshing serum instantly lightens the face to reveal more refined facial contours. It firms the features, to “lift” and rejuvenate. The face is refined and protected from dark spots while the complexion is brighter and radiant.

Active Ingredients
Caffeine with increased bioavailability and baccharis extract: refine the face by encouraging the elimination of excess fats.
Caffeine and escin from horse chestnut: activate drainage and microcirculation.
Oat sugars: lift and firm features.
Alchemilla extract and a vitamin C derivative: help to control hyperpigmentation.

When & how to apply this?
Apply morning and evening, after make-up removal / cleansing and before your regular skin care. Its action will be enhanced by following Clarins Manual Auto-Lifting Method explained in the leaflet with the product.

Clarins strongly urge their users to use Manual Auto-Lifting Method instead of normal applying with all the pulling. Only 3 minutes and I can have firmer, lifted and fresher face! Sometimes when I’m too tired at night but I wouldn’t want to miss this, I just applied with light “tapping” from inner to outer of the face until fully absorbed. Here’s the picture chart on the applying method.


What is my thought after using it for 4 months?
Although I was told that the result will be visible in 2 weeks time, however sadly that wasn’t my case. I tried calming myself that my result will be slower than others due to the long term medication. I cannot expect what’s accumulated for the past 3 years would be gone in 2 weeks. I lost hope in the first month thinking it doesn’t work although some of Clarins BA said I look better now. Not wanting to waste the serum, I continued using it. Finally one day in front of my office mirror, I notice that water retention on my face has reduced! When I makeup in the morning I notice as well my forehead line and fine lines around my eyes had reduced tremendously. This could only mean the serum plus Manual Auto-Lifting Method works!!

By 2nd to 3rd month I can see my cheek line is now defined and lifted. I tried eating more healthily to prevent water retention in the morning. Day by day the water retention on my face is getting lesser.

On my 3rd to 4th month I notice the face pocket on my face is smaller and look more defined. No more double chin as well. The Counter Manager at Metrojaya Mid Valley even commented that my jaw is now more visible! But the face pocket is still there. I’m still determined to lose the baby fat on my face.

Now. . . here’s the before and after pictures! Hope you’re more convinced with this than the long story above LOL.


After using for 1 month

After using for 1 1/2 months

After using for about 4 months


I’m on my third bottle now and it’s finishing soon. I had just stocked up another two bottles from the recent promotion 😉

1) Smells good, not sticky, absorb quickly.
2) The product really works but works more efficiently with Manual Auto-Lifting Method.
3) Reduces water retention, fine lines on areas that are applied and face pocket.

1) Quite pricey for a 50ml (RM225) if you buy this alone. If you get this on their promotion duration then it’s very worthy!
2) Opaque casing so you couldn’t see if the product is finishing soon. So you need to take a wild guess by hand weight and stocked up an extra at home 🙂

So if you are keen on trying this but don’t wanna put a hole in your wallet, why not get it now as Clarins is having a Perfect Shape & Lift Best Buy Set from July until August 2011.


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I bought the product on my own.


Clarins Women's Weekly Magazine

Activate Beautiful Skin With Clarins

Look what I found from Women’s Weekly July 2011 issue.

Activate beautiful skin with:
– A FREE Skin Analysis
– A FREE Skin Time 15′ for hands (15 mins) or a FREE Skin Time 30′ for face (30 mins)
  *Strictly by appointments only.
– A FREE Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum Sample
– 1 Clarins Starter Skincare Set at a special price:

Anti-Ageing Solution Set, RM120 (worth RM196)
– Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser (20ml)
– Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum (10ml)
– Clarins Extra Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum (10ml)
– Clarins UV Plus SPF40 PA+++ Tinted (10ml)

Hydrating & Moisturising Set, RM120 (worth RM213)
– Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser (20ml)
– Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Lipo-Drain Serum (10ml)
– Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum (15ml)
– Clarins UV Plus SPF40 PA+++ Tinted (10ml)


Clarins Perfect Shape & Lift Best Buy Set

Last Sunday I went for a whole day shopping at Mid Valley with my colleague and I came home with these!

Something for me, my mum and Lucas.

I took the recent Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Double Lift Best Buy Set promotion to restock my serum. There’s 4 sets available and each set is selling at RM429. I really do have a hard time choosing which I want and finally I made my decision after talking to the Counter Manager at Metrojaya Mid Valley. My choice is Perfect Shape & Lift worth RM680!

Perfect Shape & Lift set contains:
1) Shaping Facial Lift 50ml x 2 bottles – RM225 each = RM450
2) High Definition Body Lift 200ml – RM189
3) Gentle Refiner 15ml – value unknown
4) Light Pink Mini Straw Bag

Basically I get a RM21 discount for 2 bottles of Shaping Facial Lift and I get a FULL SIZE High Definition Body Lift, deluxe tube of Gentle Refiner and a mini straw bag for FREEEE! How often you get discount and free stuffs right?

Shaping Facial Lift 50ml x 2 bottles.

High Definition Body Lift 200ml.

Gentle Refiner 15ml.

As this is already a best buy set so I’m not entitled for their current Tier 1 and 2 nationwide promotion or Metrojaya cash voucher but the nice Counter Manager gave me some free gift to compensate me =)

Clarins came up with 2 super cute mini paperbag in 2 designs for their free gift. I took 1 each from the Counter Manager for photos.

This is the free gifts I got!
L-R: Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion 15ml, HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase 3ml & Bust Beauty Firming Lotion 15ml.


Clarins Daily Detox Event Promotion (24th June – 3rd July 2011)

For those who missed out Clarins Daily Detox Event promotion in May (read here), here’s another one!

Promo starts from 24th June to 3rd July 2011 at Clarins counter Isetan KLCC and Parkson KLCC.

The offers are:-

TIER 1 – Purchase any 2 Clarins products, receive 3-pc trial:
1. Hydra Quench Cream 15ml / Multi-Active Day Cream 15ml / Multi-Active Night Revitalizing Cream 15ml
2. Toning Lotion 50ml
3. Gentle Refiner 15ml

TIER 2 – Purchase the 3rd product (Serum/ Moisturizer only), receive additional:
4. Casual Beige Purse
5. Hydra Quench Serum Bi-Phase 15ml / Extra-Firming Tight Lift Serum 10ml / Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum 10ml

Normal to Dry Skin Cleansing Kit @ RM149.00
1) Cleansing Milk DS 200ml
2) Toning Lotion DS 200ml

Combination to Oily Skin Cleansing Kit @ RM149.00
1) Cleansing Milk OS 200ml
2) Toning Lotion OS 200ml

1) Toning Lotion Normal/Dry Skin 400ml RM142.00 (25% saving)
2) Cleansing Milk Normal/Dry Skin 400ml RM142.00 (25% saving)
3) Cleansing Milk Combination/Oil Skin 400ml RM142.00 (25% saving)


Clarins Truly Matte Set

I picked up Clarins Truly Matte best buy set at Isetan KLCC for only RM68 per set. As I was using their Pore Minimizing Serum which I bought just less than a month ago at RM147 for 30ml. . . this is dirt cheap! So I got myself 2 sets =)

Here’s the content of the set:
1. Purifying Cleansing Gel 75ml
2. Pore Minimizing Serum 15ml
3. Pure and Radiant Mask 15ml
4. Purifying Cleansing Gel 5ml
5. Clarins pouch

Clarins Truly Matte Set @ RM68 per set haul.

The set consists of 5 items.

I’ve been strongly recommending UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection to my colleague, Bella and I promised her to get her a sample to try. The friendly BA at Isetan KLCC gave me 2 sachet instead of one after I requested from her. Thank you Connie!

Clarins Freebies

Clarins Haul for the month of May 2011

What happen if a girl haven’t been shopping for a few weeks?
She came home with 2 bags full with stuff!

Thanks to Clarins latest promo for Metrojaya Mid Valley, I had the chance to restock my favourite Shaping Facial Lift and grab some other product which I’m interested with.

Promo starts from 23 – 29th May 2011 at Clarins counter Metrojaya Mid Valley and 26 – 6th June 2011 at Clarins counter Parkson Pavilion

Here is load full stuff that I came home with!

Shaping Facial Lift 50 ml – RM225.
With this magic serum I’m able to reduce and eliminate water retention, puffiness and slim down my face while improving my facial contour, eye bag, fine lines around my eyes and forehead lines that I got from applying make up.

Pore Minimizing Serum 30ml – RM147.
This really works! I didn’t believe the SA before this and she handed me a 3ml sample tube to try at home before purchase. I can see results in just a few days of applications and I’m hooked! So I decided to get the full size and here it is.

Cleansing Milk with Gentian (Combination or Oily Skin) 400ml – RM142.
This is an unexpected or unplanned purchase. This is the 3rd promo from the promotional flyer above and this is actually jumbo size limited edition. I tried this at Clarins workshop and its good. Coincidently my make up remover is going to finish up soon so this promo came just on the right time. Although removing make ups are important but I hardly spend so much on it. Being a Clarins fan, I just bought it within 1 min of considering.

Tier 1 Free Gift – Free 3-pc gift set with purchase of any 2 Clarins products.
1) Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion 30ml
2) White Plus HP Whitening Pure Aqua-Lotion 50ml
3) Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream 15ml

The friendly BA exchanged the toner for me as I didn’t like the smell of the normal toner. So she asked if I’d like to exchange the toner to Whitening Pure Aqua-Lotion and I said yes!!

Tier 2 Free Gift – Free an additional 2-pc gift set with purchase of a third product (Serum/Moisturizer only).
1) UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection (Tinted) 10ml
2) Brown make-up bag

Besides that the friendly BA also gave me a few samples.
1) Pure and Radiant Mask With Pink Clay 15ml
2) Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 8ml
3) Foot Beauty Treatment Cream 8ml

Thank you Clarins for such a wonderful promotion. You never fail to amaze me =)