I was invited by the lovely Pauline from Clarins Nederland to attend their small bloggers event in Amsterdam. It was a special event because the international makeup artist from Clarins called Simone Colombo was there to give us the tips and tricks to create the best spring look. I was so overwhelmed by this great invitation because only 10 Dutch bloggers were invited! Yes, I was one of them (grabs a pillow and starts screaming in it). After the event I received some amazing products and of course I had to share them with you! This is only a small part of what I’ve got, so I’m sharing my favorites of Clarins with you. Let’s get started!
Clarins Nederland invited me to come to their bloggers event in Amsterdam. It was located at the Skylounge, the highest bar in Amsterdam which has a beautiful view all over de city! I was a bit shocked when I came in because there were only a few girls waiting for the presentation. Than I heard that only 10 bloggers were invited and I was so thrilled about the idea that they chose me. Simone Colombo gave us a beautiful demo of the Clarins line. He showed us the new Spring collection and the newest trends in the beauty world. He also had some time to have a personal chitchat with us and answering our questions. I had a wonderful time and I’ve met amazing girls! I felt so blessed that day, thank you so much Clarins and Pauline!
After the event I received tons of makeup/skincare goodies! They even told us that if we wanted something really bad that was not included in the goodiebag, we could ask them to send the items over. Well oh well, I had some favorites I really wanted to try out. This small review will show you my favorite products I received from them. It is all about Spring: sun is shining, we want to prevent our skin from damaging, new fun colors, getting an oily skin after walking through the beautiful weather all day etc. These items will help you to start the spring and welcome it with open arms!
Clarins Face Contouring Palette
What is Spring without a beautiful glow on your face? The Clarins Face Contouring Palette is the perfect kit to take with you on Springbreak or May vacation like we Dutch people say. It offers a highlighter, bronzer and blush. It is packaged in a beautiful gold/silver packaging that is just plain with “Clarins” on the side. With the palette you receive a mini brush that is supposed to apply the powder on the cheeks. At first sight it is a true beauty!
I’m a big lover of pretty packaging but this palette show all my oily dirty finger prints on it. Everytime when I grab for this baby I have to make sure that I clean it up afterwards. The brush is something I don’t use. I find it a bit too hard and stiff, instead I use my Zoeva Blush Brush. Now the exciting part! The powders are all very satin and creamy the moment I swatched them. My skin is a NC20 during the cold days and when the sun starts to shine it becomes a NC25/30. Now when I tried the highlight on my skin it was barely visible. My hand is lighter than my face and it was so hard to catch some luminous glow from this highlighter. So imagine this on my cheek: mehhh. But the bronzer and blush are great! Don’t get scared by my swatch pictures because the bronzer looks absolutely natural on my skin without an orange undertone. It is beautiful when you blend it out and it makes my skin look airbrushed. The blusher is a pretty blush pink, a shade that will fit everyone. At first I was a bit afraid if it would show up on my skin but it is buildable and it is just a natural pink flush on your cheek!
Left to right: highlighter, bronzer and blusher.
Clarins Day Screen Multi-Protection SPF 50
I’m a true believer that sunscreen is the key to perfect skin! Especially when you start to get older. I feel so bad that in my younger years I refused to use sunscreen because they were always sticky and they made my face look white. But now a days they have developed their sunscreen products, just like Clarins! The Clarins Day Screen Multi-Protection has been a big favorite of mine since I was young. I can remember that I finished my sample of this sunscreen and I went to the store were they told my it was sold out! They said it was the best sold sunscreen because it is perfect for when you’re using makeup underneath or even above it. You won’t end up white and it gives you the full protection.
Like seriously, I’m so happy that I finally got the fullsize bottle! People, believe me when I say that this is the best Western sunscreen product I’ve ever used that offers SPF50. I do have a few others from Korean brands that I also love but Clarins is really something you have to try out. I love it underneath my makeup, it doesn’t make my skin more oily or white. Instead it looks like it makes my skin more matte, how amazing! When you apply your makeup it won’t move. You can also bring the bottle with you on the go en retouch your face when you want. It won’t disturb the makeup, just apply it on your fingers and tap it above your makeup. Easy and I love it!
It is thin and liquid, easy to apply on the skin and it won’t create a sticky feeling.
Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
Now a days I try to prevent my skin from aging. I’m ‘just’ 24 but I can feel and see that my skin it not like it was a few years ago. Prevention is the key! The Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate was something I had my eyes on during the event. When I tried it out on the back of my hand I was sold! This was something I was looking for: a serum that targets the aging skin and it fun to use. The serum smells delicious, I can’t describe the smell but it gives me a relaxed feeling when I rub it into my skin.
This serum is different that your standard serum: it has two ‘rooms’ in the bottle. When you pump out the product you have two different products coming out, a more oily base and the thicker one. The key is to rub these two together so you activate the ingredients and you can start using it on your skin. I like to use two pumps and I warm it up between my fingers and then I tap it on my skin. Best feeling ever when you finished doing this! And again, the fragrance is delicious. My skin is prepped for my night routine and sometimes I only use this serum by its own when I go to sleep. When I wake up my skin feels smooth, looks glowy and it is hydrated. Because I have oily skin I prefer using this during my night routine but when you have dry to combination skin this will be great for you during the day. On days when it is cold I use this as my moisturizer during the day + eye cream and I’m done!
4-Colour All-in-One Pen Eyes & Lip
Do you remember those pens you had during high school that has 4 colours? Yes you see it correct, Clarins came with this genius invention to create an eyes & lips pen with this concept. I introduce you to the Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen Eyes & Lip! I became crazy when I saw this pen during the event, I think everyone became flabbergasted. This pen offers you two functions: eyes and lips. It has 3 colours for the eyes (blue, brown and black) and for the lips (pinky/orange shade). I think Clarins really thought about being efficient and quick because this pen is amazing when you can’t pack a lot of stuff when you are on the go.
It is so fun to use! The first minute I was playing with this pen like I use to at school. Just clicking each shade to another one, it is nostalgic. I was surprised that the quality of the liners were so great, always happy when they pay that much attention on the product as the packaging. Just pick the shade you want by clicking it downwards and twist the pen to get the liner up. I used the black and brown very often during work and I like how steady it is when I apply it. The liners aren’t waterproof but they stay all day on my lids without getting smudgy. Only thing that I’m sad about is that the shade for the lips doesn’t fit me well, it makes me look pale as a lipliner or when I fill them up.
Left to right: lips, black eyes, brown eyes and blue eyes.
With these items you are Spring ready! This week was the beginning of Spring but it isn’t really noticeable here because it raining for the last 4 days. Oh well, for now you know how to prepare yourself this spring: start with a glowy look on the cheeks, protecting yourself with a sunscreen, helping the condition of your skin with a lovely serum and your eyes and lips with the 4 colour pen.
My favorite Clarins items are the sunscreen and serum! These items are being used very often lately and they are in my everyday skincare stash. I’m so happy to have them both and they are the perfect combination during the day or the serum for night. I can recommend literally EVERYONE this sunscreen. I’m not getting paid by saying this but it is a beautiful sunscreen that has a lot of benefits for your skin and makeup.
All these Clarins items are available now! Check your nearby store if they offer the new Spring Collection.
Thanks a lot for reading x