Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Prep, Pep and Out The Door!

As a busy Mom of two I know how valuable time can be. I'm a huge fan of multi-tasking in general and anything that can help me look my best AND get out the door quicker in the morning will instantly receive holy-grail status. So if your morning's are as hectic as mine, and that extra step in your routine could mean all the difference in getting out the door on time; you'll want to reach for these new multi-tasking products from Clinique.

Expanding on the Pep-Start eye cream (read my review here), Clinique has launched a line of confidence boosting, muli-taskers that will have you looking your best in a matter of minutes!

No time to exfoliate or use your sonic cleansing brush? Not a problem thanks to the new Pep-Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating Cleanser.  This multi-tasker combines cleansing with gentle exfoliation through both physical and chemical exfoliants. This oil-free, gel cleanser is gentle enough to use twice daily and it won't strip your skin. It's also allergy tested* and 100% fragrance free.

After using this cleanser for 2 weeks now I must admit I'm impressed! It starts out as a gel but turns into a rich lather while you wash your face. The physical exfoliants are noticeable, yet small and not at all abrasive. I can feel them working to remove all those dead skin cells, oil and residual makeup. I haven't experienced any irritation,  redness or discomfort during or after using this cleanser. My skin looks polished, glows and feels very smooth.

The next step is to moisturize but why stop there? Clinique's Pep-Start Hydro Blur moisturizer is not only a moisturizer but a primer as well! It preps skin for makeup by blurring imperfections and helping to control oil. This new, innovative formula delivers matte moisturization with the power of HydroBlur technology.  Imperfections and fine lines are diminished while skin is left visibly soft. You can wear it alone or as a primer. The choice is yours!

As a combo-skinned woman I will always appreciate a matte finish and this moisturizer delivers just that. It applies matte and stays that way for hours. Honestly, I've gotten close to 8hrs of shine-free skin thanks to this moisturizer. It's also allergy tested* and 100% fragrance free which is great since I am prone to breakouts.  For the record, I haven't had any new breakouts while using this!

This moisturizer looks and feels very similar to primer and when applied leaves my skin feeling velvety soft. It blurs my imperfections and creates the perfect canvas for me to apply makeup. My foundation applies much more evenly, blends better and stays in place longer. I could go on forever about how amazing this moisturizer is but i'll spare you my ramblings and recommend you try it yourself (you'll love it!)

Finally,  Pep-Start Quick Cleansing Swipes. These handy little wipes are perfect for on the go cleansing, pre and post gym, and those nights when you just want to sit on the couch after a long day and catch up on Netflix.  They're formulated to remove excess surface oils, dirt, debris and dead skin cells all while providing a light dose of hydration. They are also allergy tested* and 100% fragrance free.

Typically I'm not a fan of cleansing wipes. As I mentioned earlier, I'm prone to breakouts, so I always make sure my face is thoroughly cleansed (typically double cleansed) at the end of the day. Having said that, I do keep wipes on hand for days I go bare-faced and need a refresher or to remove makeup prior to cleansing.

When I wear makeup I opt for long wearing, bullet proof products and a lot of wipes can't handle them.  These ones can!  I found them tough enough to remove pretty much everything except for my mascara. Even though they are strong enough to remove all of my products, they remained gentle to my skin and left my face feeling refreshed. Personally I think these would be a great addition to a gym bag to remove makeup pre-workout or to cleanse and refresh post workout.

*Allergy tested and 100% fragrance free. What does it mean? Firstly, Clinique formulates without known allergens. Then they test the product 12 times on 600 people. If even one of those 7,200 applications incite an allergic reaction, they start over.

These amazing multi-tasking products are available exclusively at Sephora nationwide or at www.clinique.ca

*PR samples were provided to me in accordance with my disclosure policy.  As always, my opinions are my own!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed reading your review @Clinique Skincare Happy Monday Christine xo