Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sample Sunday #1 | A few Face Moisturisers

...from Decleor, Estee Lauder and Clinique.

The title Sample Sunday was borrowed without consent from fellow beauty blogger Claire (her blog).  I do not plan to do this every Sunday, just figure that it works for this post, hence I use it.  Claire does amazing humorous posts and I love her; Check out her blog for more great "Sample Sunday" posts!

I have dry, thin skin.  Thin in the sense that you can almost see through it when its condition is good.  I wouldn't call my skin sensitive to products, but it reacts to weather pretty quickly, whether it is humidity (or the lack of), temperature, Sun, or wind.  Fine capillaries, freckles, and lines will come out when weather acts on my skin, and pores can be enlarged if I don't take care of my face for a few days.

Anyway, I am constantly finding good skin care to play with, and hopefully finally find something perfect to live on with.  Naruko is always my choice of skin care, but every now and then I try different things, I ain't that loyal when it comes to beauty products - which I confess, may not be the best for my skin.

Decleor Aroma Night (left), Decleor Hydra Floral (right)
Decleor Aroma Night Night Beauty Cream - Regenerating
Thick cream that has a hint of balm feeling to it.  Inside there are some slightly harder beads/spheres of ingredients that will dissolve or melt when you rub in the cream.  Not a big fan of the beads.  However, I really enjoy the scent and the results.  Its smell reminds me of the Melvita Narcissus Water (reviewed here), it is like plant root scent, vaguely reminds me ginseng too.  The skin is left glowy, plump, nourished and soft.  Nearly everything I want for a night cream.  If only there aren't funny spheres suspended inside.
Rating: Hurray

Decleor Hydra Floral Flower Nectar Moisturising Cream
I consider this a good day cream consistency.  It seems to me a hybrid between cream and lotion, and moisturises very effectively.  A little goes a long way, and over-application can cause makeup on top to crumble up.  It leaves a very thin film of wax texture on the skin, I know it sounds a little bit weird, but it keeps skin soft while not oily and shiny looking.  The scent is a beautiful floral - again, I don't know how to describe.  I don't think I need to repurchase such an expensive face cream, but I really really enjoy using this!
Rating: Hurray

Estee Lauder Hydrationist Maximum Moisture Creme - For Normal/ Combination Skin (USA website link)
Some stores in my city sells samples or gift-with-purchase products from higher end at reasonable prices.  I should probably try the Dry Skin formula of this cream, which wasn't available in the beauty store I went to.  Anyway, I thought perhaps the Normal/Combination would work as a layering product, sadly it still doesn't perform in the current weather.  We do not have desert-dry Winter in Hong Kong, but my skin is desert-dry.  This Maximum Moisture does add a bit of hydration when it touches my skin, but it's gone the moment I finish applying to my whole face.  I may give this more tries when weather warms up, or simple give this away...
Rating: No Way.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (HKD $365, 50ml)
I think this is not for dry skin, despite it being marketed at 'all skin types'.  I don't find it super hydrating.  It is basically fragrance free, with a slight Clinique-scent.  The texture is a smooth gel-creme with a lot of water content I feel.  It does instantly hydrates and soothes dry skin, but the effect doesn't last long on my face.  I find Clinique mositurisers in general nice and reasonable, especially before their prices are inflated - it happens about twice annually now...  I find this alright, but not something I will come back to or purchase the full size.  On the other hand, I'm tempted to try their new Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator which is targeted towards dry combo and extreme dry skin.  Has anyone tried that?
Rating: Okay.

*Decleor was gifted to me from my facialist
*Estee Lauder was purchased by me
*Clinique was probably a gift with purchase from Clinique counter

Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")



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