Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Hey Pretties!

I’m actually really excited to do a review on this product because it works so well and I got it for free from my sister one evening while helping her clean through her skincare stash (thanks Felice!).

This, my friends, is the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturizer. It is oil-free, fragrance-free and suits all skin types. It is a light weight cream-gel texture that surprisingly packs a whole lotta punch when it comes to hydration, in spite of its super lightweight texture.

I’ve been using this now for almost the entire month of October as my daytime moisturizer. This has been PERFECT for my combination skin that tends to get drier during the colder weather. This glides on super smooth and I can attest that it is definitely a “drink” for thirsty skin. It absorbs in a snap and leaves my face feeling so soft, plump and super hydrated without it feeling or looking oily whatsoever.

I’m not clear as to what sort of skin-beneficial ingredients are in the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturizer, but in any case, the way this makes my skin feel and look is enough for me to continue using this.

I’ve got a little sample size of the moisturizer – I am very tempted to pick up a regular size once this one runs out. If I do, I may actually use a bit of this during the daytime underneath another moisturizer with SPF or use this as part of my nighttime skincare routine — I’m certain I’d wake up to soft, plump, hydrated skin if I used this at bedtime!

I give the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief moisturizer: a STANDING OVATION

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation and Powder

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The Dream Wonder Fluid Touch foundation and powder have been on the Canadian drugstore market since summer this year. After reading a few reviews on the products I thought I’d give them both a try. On the beauty blogger grapevine, I’ve heard that this foundation is a dupe for a Giorgio Armani foundation and the powder is a close dupe for the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powders – which has been my holy grail finishing powder for years! For about a third of the cost, I thought if this powder can work as well for me as my MAC, this might be the best deal of my lifetime.

Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Liquid Foundation (in 85 Sun Beige)

Maybelline claims that this foundation will “fuse” with your skin, giving a very skin-like, natural and undetectable finish, yet setting to a flawless, medium to full coverage. My short answer to this claim is YES! I agree!

I was a bit hesitant to try this out at first because of its’ formula – super super liquidy, almost water-like. It is recommended for those with normal skin, even dry types, because of the consistency. However, to my surprise, this works really well on my combination skin. Yes, I do have to touch up with powder or use a blotting paper to de-shine after about 5 hours of wear, but this foundation sits very nicely on my skin, giving me that natural, yet flawless coverage. I can still see my skin underneath – age spots, a few scars – but personally I don’t mind that. For everyday, I just like my foundation to even out my skin tone; not make me look like a doll — and this does just that.

The shade selection is pretty good – over 12 I think. The shade that I have, 85 Sun Beige, is a very good match for my colouring — it’s got a bit of yellow in it, that is sometimes tough to find in a drugstore foundation. This foundation doesn’t seem to oxidize either – bonus!

I have tried applying this with my Real Techniques buffing brush and the Real Techniques Miracle sponge. Both give me awesome coverage. With the brush, I find it gives a very light finish (but buildable if I use more product), but still evens out my skin. With the sponge, it gives me a bit of a more medium coverage.

I know it might not be considered hygienic, but I shake up the bottle really well first then take whatever is on the pipette and dab it onto my face. I found that waiting for the pipette to drop the liquid onto my hand takes forever and so little is dispersed!

I like this foundation. I can anticipate liking this even more during these cooler months because of the formula (as my skin tends to get drier in the fall/winter).

I would definitely consider repurchasing this foundation.

I purchased this on sale from Shoppers Drug Mart for $6.99 Cdn.

I give the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Liquid Foundation: a HIGH FIVE

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in 70 Natural Beige

When I decided on 85 Sun Beige for my Dream Wonder foundation, I looked at the Dream Wonder powders and didn’t find a matching 85 shade. The selection that SDM had for powders was pretty good, but some of the foundations didn’t have their corresponding powders. After some careful eyeing and swatching of testers I thought 70 Natural Beige was the best match for me. Got home, tried it on and pretty decent colour match.

Overall, I’d say this is a good powder. It does sort of melt into the skin, without any trace of powdery-ness or cakey-ness. Definitely de-shines and leaves a very natural, smoothed out finish to the skin. I’ve tried this over top my foundation to set it and also over more bare skin (i.e. light application of BB cream with some concealer) and it still gives a nice, non-powdery finish.

I wouldn’t say this is a complete dupe for the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder (my absolute fave), but it’s not bad. To apply, I usually use a big fluffy face brush or a kabuki brush.

I would consider repurchasing this powder (if I’m not feeling like spending the $30 for my MAC)! Not as great as MAC, but good enough.

I purchased this on sale from Shoppers Drug Mart for $6.99 Cdn.

I give the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder: a HIGH FIVE

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Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion

Hey Pretties!

Most of us are already pressed for time everyday so adding an extra step into your skincare routine might be out of the question. One step that most people overlook or believe isn’t worth the time is toning. I was one of these people until the beginning of this year when I started to incorporate this 20-second step into my skincare routine. The toner I’ve been using and quite liking recently is the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion.

Basically, a toning solution is used after you cleanse your face. It’s typically designed to restore the ph balance in your skin and depending on the formula and its’ ingredients toners can help skin look and feel better.

The Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is designed for dry, sensitive skin. I have combination skin; leaning more dry in these colder months. It is fragrance-free and alcohol-free (yes!).

I purchased this for two main reasons: 1. I wanted something to give me that extra boost of cleansing after I’ve cleansed, without making my skin feel stripped of moisture; and 2. This would serve as a decent BHA exfoliant.

The Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion contains .5% salicylic acid which is geared towards keeping the skin clear of blemishes by penetrating deeper into the surface of the skin (as compared with AHAs). I suffer from the occasional breakout, so incorporating use of this into my skincare regimen once a day has helped to keep my skin quite clear.

This toner/lotion/BHA exfoliant — whichever way I look at it — is a great addition to my skincare routine. My skin feels cleaner and more refreshed after a few swipes of these with a cotton pad and knowing the added benefit of BHA exfoliation is an extra bonus for my sometimes acne-prone skin.

I purchased this for $16 Cdn at Sephora.

I give the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion: a STANDING OVATION

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