Brand Spotlight: Clinique

When I recently asked my Instagram followers what they wanted to see on the blog, a round-up of Clinique was one of the most popular requests.

Clinique is surely one of the world’s best known skincare brands – and rightly so. Owned, by Estee Lauder Company (who also own Mac, Aveda, Jo Malone and La Mer, amongst others),  Clinique probably has one of the largest research and development budgets in the beauty world. Their 3-step routine is iconic and many generations of girls will have started their skincare journey there (not me though!!).

It’s highly accessible, available in most departments stores, lots of Boots branches in the UK, in Sephora in the US and countless places online. The prices aren’t hideous either, especially compared to some of its sister brands.

If you are new to skincare and don’t know where to begin, you could do far worse than Clinique – although please don’t bother with the 3-step!

Clinique’s range is huge, so I obviously haven’t tried everything – in fact I haven’t even come close! I do however have some thoughts on some of the most popular products so here is a handy little round up for you.

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Cleanse and Tone 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it

I’ve been into skincare for as long as I can remember. I’ve been good at it for about three years. By ‘good at it’, I mean using the right products for my skin, expanding my routine and learning about ingredients.

For me now, a lot of this is second nature, but when my colleague asked me “do you use a toner and what is it for?” I realised it’s not as simple as it used to be in the Clinique three step/ cleanse-tone-moisturise days. Nowadays we have balms, oils, exfoliators, masks, serums, essences (I should admit I have no idea what essences are supposed to do) – the list is always growing.

I frequently get overwhelmed by the products I have, the issues they are supposed to tackle and how on earth I am supposed to squeeze them into only two routines a day!

So, I thought it would be useful both for me and for anyone new to the skincare world to take a look at the types of products I use and how I use them.  Continue reading “Cleanse and Tone 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it”