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Review: Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay

Remembered my first purchase of Clarins product? Read here. I bought a Pure and Radiant Mask with Pink Clay and I’m about to finish the tube so I thought it’s time to do a review.

Let’s recap the pictures.

The tube.

The protective seal indicating that it’s new and unused.

A deep-down purifying and refining creamy non-drying mask for oily combination skin that refines and can be used to freshen up normal skins too.

Purity, freshness and radiance for combination and oily skin. This mask comforts and purifies, refines the skin’s texture and leaves it matte and very soft. Non-drying, it is rinsed off easily and is suitable for even the most delicate skin.

Apply once or twice a week to cleansed, dry skin (avoid the eye contour). Leave on 5-10 minutes and rinse off with cool water.

Active Ingredients
-Tanaka powders and Pink Clay: gently absorb impurities and excess oil, remove dead skin cells.
-Alpine Willow Herb, Zinc, Vitamin B6: regulate oil production, tighten pores.
-Linden: soothes and softens.

The cream, a soft light pink in colour and texture. Smell exactly like Pore Minimizing Serum as both product is from the same range; Truly Matte. At first few usage I don’t really like the smell of it. I hold my breath when I’m applying but that was first few applications 🙂

I bought this as I love mask but too tired or lazy sometimes for it. This wash-off type of mask is just perfect for a lazy bum like me! Also this mask is a deep cleansing mask that will “suck” all dirts out from inside. How good is that? And I need to make up to RM350 in order to be eligible for their free gift and to join their Clarins Club Beauté member. Yea I was that excited to be a part of Clarins family.

Basically you applied to the whole of your face excluding the eye area. Do not apply too thick or too thin. This is because half of the mask will “disappear” and look more translucent. Pictures below will explain it.

After applying.

The mask will dries up and you’d look less whiter. Sorry about the hard-to-notice before and after pictures. I applied thicker than usual that night as my mask was finishing and the content was popping out. On a normal thickness it’d be more translucent. Ok so after it dries up, wet your palm and massage gently all over. Once the mask dilutes, rinse it off with cool water.

15 minutes after applying.

You’d find your face looking fairer and cleaner! I’m using this twice a week. If I can I do hope to use it 3 times a week.

Retail Price: RM124 for 50ml

1) Deep cleansing from deep inside.
2) Hassle free, easy to use.

All good for me 🙂

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

Clarins Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Firming

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 Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Sunblock/Sunscreen

Review: Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tinted Version

Last Monday I redeemed a UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tinted Version sample pack from Clarins from last Sunday’s Sin Chew Jit Po newspaper. Although I had tried before at their counter but the demo was on the back of my hand. With a sample pack on hand, I was able to tried it on my face. I’m not gonna review the sample pack that I had. I’m gonna review the actual product which I bought. I bought their limited edition 50ml bottle. Their usual bottle is only 30ml and the LE 50ml will not be available after the stock finishes.

The first demo was at Metrojaya Mid Valley counter. I remembered telling the BA that even the tinted version is too sheer and will not be able to cover my acne scars. She assured me that it will but I kept telling her my skin condition is very bad and she looked at me weird lol. Second demo was when I redeemed the sample pack at Jusco Mid Valley. Same conversation happened again. Maybe my skin wasn’t that bad after all 🙂

Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tinted Version 50ml is with SPF40 UVA-UVB/PA+++ is retailing at RM198 and 30ml is retailing at RM158. There’s also a Neutral Version too which applies transparent.
It is 100% mineral screen, oil-free and anti-pollution. It appear sheer upon application but will set into a slight tinted colour and surprisingly my acne scars was not that visible a few minutes after application.

UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection is now formulated with a unique antioxidant action thanks to an exceptional Cantaloupe Melon extract. Cantaloupe Melon is a natural fruit with valuable high-performance antioxidant benefits, from the region of Provence in France. It has the natural wealth of antioxidants which delivers great anti-aging benefits. It’s so great that we use cantaloupe melon extract as the key ingredient for the new UV Plus Day Screen High Protection SPF40. As a result? Skin remains fair, clear and youthful. GMO-free and non-hybrid, this variety is organically-framed and when compared with other types of melon, presents remarkable anti-ageing benefits.
Product Information
A cutting-edge formula providing high protection against UV rays combined with protection against pollution and free radicals responsible for dark spots and skin ageing. The incredibly matte, featherlight texture forms an invisible film on the skin. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Provence, France where Cantaloupe Melon originated


The English description on the box.
Red Clarins brand on the top of the cap.

The bottle’s nozzle. Be careful with the content spilling out as I carried the bottle with me the whole day and when I opened the cap for this photo, the content was oozing out!

Shake bottle well. Apply with light pressing motions from the middle of the face moving outward, then quickly smooth-on with fingertips. Can also be applied to the eye contour area. However, avoid contact with eyes

The fluid is delicate pink colour. This is somewhat similar to tinted moisturizer. The colour is very sheer. Don’t worry about turning pink though!

Here’s how the UV Plus HP is after spreading. It is very moisturizing and delicate enough on sensitive skin. However do check with Clarins BA on your skin condition beforehand.

Here comes the before and after photos. If you have any evil comments on my look or whatsoever, please keep it to yourself! I don’t need any criticism on my medication side effect.

Ok. Here’s the “before” without any skin care, UV Plus HP and makeup. Yes this is my bare face.

This is after I applied my daily skin care and UV Plus HP.

And this is after applying ZA 2-way foundation and makeup.

I am quite pleased with the result. Finally I can ditch BB cream and liquid foundation. I still can’t believe that this product really can cover up what was needed to be covered. It is quite pricey for a 50ml. Let’s hope Clarins will keep on selling the LE 50ml as it’s more worth it than 30ml.

1) Double up as makeup base and sunblock. I ditched my BB cream for this!
2) One bottle although quite pricey but can really last long as you only need maybe 20cent for the whole face. I even use another 10cent on top of 1st layer lol.
3) Tinted version gives a glow on the face which I like very much.
4) Light-weighted, non-sticky formula which doesn’t clogged up pores.
5) Lightly scented which is not too hard on the nose.

Couldn’t find anything I dislike with this! It’s a great product.

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

La Belle Review: Skin Care Skin Care - Firming Skin Care - Wrinkle / Fine Lines

Review: La Belle Gold Essense

I have been using La Belle Gold Essense for a few weeks now and I think it’s safe for me to do a short review of the product at this point of time.

I bought 2 boxes of this and each box contains 10 vials. Each vial content is 3.5ml and you are suppose to finish a bottle in 3 days. That sounds a little you say? I have the same thought at first too but after I started to use my first vial, I was so wrong.

Here’s the review.

LA BELLE Gold Essence use 24K Pure gold leaf helps to slow collagen depletion and prevent sagging skin. It also assists in protecti on against pollution effects & damaging UV rays. Gold speeds up cellular processes and active regeneration to regenerate healthy, firm skin cells and reduce fine line & wrinkle.

All skin type, especially for open pore, less toned, age, aging & dark spot.

Tips from seller website:-
La Belle Gold Essence can use as apply under eye area to reduce fine lines & firm up eye area.

Apply La Belle Gold Essence on your whole face area, massage upward until absorbed. Do apply some under eye area & smiley line with massage upward until essence is fully absorbed.

To achieve best results, you should continuously use the same type of ampoule for 10-15 days. It can be used day and night.

A bottle of ampoule essence can be use for 3 days. Do not leave if for more than 3 days because ingredients are made of natural source, and the nutrients will volatile.

My first order is 3 boxes. 2 boxes is mine and the 3rd box is Monica’s.

The vials are securely stored in the box. What is also included is a “pump head” (I don’t know what to call that *lol*) which you can see in the middle of the box.

La Belle Gold Essense view up-close. You can see generous amount of gold leafs in each vial and how secured is the vial stored in the box.

Seller is kind enough to include a free gifts for me.

The free gifts includes 2X vials of Caviar Essence and 2X empty refill bottle. I gave 1 each to Monica.

So you take a vial from the box. The next following steps is fun! *pls ignore my skin peeling on my fingers*

This is what we are suppose to remove. The white transparent cap.

As you take off the white transparent cap, the aluminum protective cap underneath will also be torn-off as it’s sort of connected. Don’t worry about that as the cap is necessary to be removed.

After you removed all the cap, you’d see a dark grey rubber cap.

Remove the rubber cap off. I don’t throw away the cap just in case.

Take the “pump head” from the box. It’s the thing in the middle of the box.

Connect the pump head to the vial opening. The pump head is made of rubber so don’t worry if you’d break it.

Take off the lil white cap on the tip of the pump head. Tilt the bottle upside down till the essense is all at the pump head and start pumping the essense out to your palm!

This is all you need for a whole face.

My Personal Review:-
Many people commented that the vial is so small and the content is so little. But little did they know. The essense is not watery at all. It is quite rich.
On day time I’d use just enough for my whole face including the eye area. If I use too much, my whole face will become very oily in less than 2 hours. As for controlling sebum…it works but not very much on T-zone area like forehead, nose, jaw and inner cheek. My makeup stays longer, silky smooth finish and makes my face brighter too.
On night time usage, I’d apply more and I practically soaked my whole face in this wonderful essense. If I don’t do this, it’s quite impossible to finish a bottle in 3 days.
After just less than 3 days, I can see the fine lines around my eye area is gone. What’s left is the deeper line on the inner corner of my eyes. I believe this will also be gone after long usage. The least expected effect from this is that my eyebags are gone too! Not a single eyebag now when I smile! I never see that coming.

What I Think?
I wish the vial is smaller though. It’s very hard for me to use up a vial in 3 days. BUT. I will repurchase this product when I finished up my stocks. It’s cheap and it works. It’s really time saving and hassle free as I only need to use this for everything! How good is that? 🙂

The Price
Retail Price – 1 box RM90
Current Promo – RM70 a box at Christmas & New Year Sales promo
Additional Discount – 30% discount for purchase of RM150 and above & extra 3% discount for being their FB fan!

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