I usually use Clinique ‘take the day off’ milk as a make-up remover, but (close your ears Simone) other than that I didn’t have a daily facial cleansing routine. I would just remove the make up whenever I wore it, which to be honest wasn’t (and still isn’t) that often. However, Simone thought that this simple cleans and moisturise routine was something that I could not only cope with but was in dire need of….so I bowed to the pressure and decided to give it a go!
Now, the cleanser (Radiance Refresh Day & Night, 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water (Face and Eyes)) I am in love with (love, love, love), and will actually be usurping my Clinique cleanser for it (although I have only just bought a new bottle of the Clinique stuff….that’s how good it is!). For starters, you only need a teeny bit of it on a cotton disk and it goes a long way. Secondly, when u get it in your eye (which I invariably do every time) it doesn’t sting like jiggery (a mahoosive plus for me). Thirdly (yes, there are that many good things about it), it only takes a couple of disks to get the whole face of slap off (my previous cleanser took 8 or 9 and I know I’m not wearing any less make up, nor was I wearing trowelfuls before). Last but not least it doesn’t smell of anything foul (see below).
The moisturisers (Radiance Reveal – Day Moisturising Cream and Radiance Restore – Night Nourishing Cream) however I am not so impressed with. But firstly let me just clarify that it is not because they are rubbish, they are just no better than my current moisturiser (the fabulously decadent Johnsons 24 hour moisturiser). They also smell a bit funny or rather they do to me. When I first applied the night cream I thought it smelt faintly of marzipan (which I despise, so not a great start), but then I realised they both smell of something worse than that….Play-Doh! Although the smell is very faint and doesn’t last long at all, it’s still a big no no. Sorry UNE.
Now I have persevered with the stuff for the sake of beauty (and fairness) and have to say that my skin feels soft, but like I said, no softer than with my usual moisturiser, and on account of the Play-Doh smell I think I’ll be sticking with Johnsons. The cleanser though, that is most definitely getting first place in my new and improved beauty regime, or at least I will be using that instead of Clinique from now on!
Review by Sarah Marples