January 3, 2011

Facial Skin Care Routine: Lush, Laura Mercier & Clarins

  1.  Lush Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser
  2. Laura Mercier Moisturizer Cream with spf 15
  3. Lush Ultra Bland cleanser
  4. Clarins Eye Contour Gel
Hi Ladies! I hope you all had a great New Years and I wish all my readers a wonderful new year with lots of love <3
I'm going to start the New Year talking about skin care which is the most important part of every beauty routine. You have to find the right products for your skin type. It's not easy, it takes a lot of money spending and breakouts to find the perfect products sometimes, but you'll get there!

Right now I have combination skin which means that I have some oily, dry and normal parts of my skin. The key to any skin care or make-up or even fashion is balance. So with your skin care, you'll gave to look for balance. I found that these products give my skin the perfect balance, so at the end of the day my skin looks normal and not dry or oily.
I don't use a toner. For me there's not need for it. So a cleanser and a moisturizer it's only what I need.Then I use a make-up remover at night and an eye gel at day and night.

The Cleanser: Angels on Bare Skin by Lush

"Angels on Bare Skin is the Lush version of an expensive medieval skincare recipe. Rare, precious essential oils were first brought to Europe by the crusaders who encountered Arabian medicine.  
Rose oil and lavender oil were discovered to do wonderful things for the skin, too, while the gentle exfoliation of the almonds helps to keep the skin clear and improve the texture of the skin. Lavender is extremely soothing for the skin."

Ingredients: Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Kaolin, Water (Aqua), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

This is by far the best cleanser I have ever tried. It's cleanses my skin gently while exfoliating and cleaning it in the perfect way. I have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritates or dry out my skin. This product it's the first step to that perfect balance that my skin needs. The scent isn't overpowering or bad, it smells like lavender.

The moisturizer: Laura Mercier Moisturizer Cream with spf 15

"Laura Mercier Moisturizer Cream with SPF 15 is lightweight and silky smooth moisturizer with technologically advanced formulas that "read" the skin to provide it exactly what it needs. Protects the skin from UVA/UVB rays, Absorbed instantly into the skin,Vitamins C and E act as powerful antioxidants, Allantoin soothes, calms, heals and protects skin, Provides anti-aging benefits, Keeps skin pH balanced, Best used for normal to oily skin types, as well as sensitive types."

Active Ingredients:  Octyl Methoxycinnamate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane.  
Other Ingredients: Aqua Purificata (Purified Water), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Hexyl Laurate, Dimethicone, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Castor Oil, DEA-Cetyl Phosphate, Dromiceius (Emu Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Carbomer, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Linalool.

I was expecting miracles from this cream because  it was a little bit expensive and I'm not disappointed. It provides the perfect balance for my skin without giving an oily feeling to it. It's very light weight and creamy and it has a light scent. I love how it smooths my skin and kind of blurs my imperfections. It's perfect base for make-up. 

The Make-Up Remover: Ultra Bland Cleanser by Lush

"Ultrabland is a huge cult product. With a new almond oil base, this cream cleanser takes off make-up and cares for your face. It's gentle, but the deeply-cleansing oils reach down and remove stubborn dirt and makeup. Helen has used it every day for 13 years and has never looked back."
Ingredients: VEGETARIAN, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Rose Water (Rosa damascena), Beeswax (Cera alba), Honey (Mel), Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina), Glycerine, Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Methylparaben, Propylparaben}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils 

I use this cleanser to remove my make-up at night. It removes everything in a gently way and leaves your skin with a glowy and dewy finish to it. It's just perfect! Some people say it is too oily and maybe they are using it wrong. I remove this with a warm wash cloth or my skin would have an oily residue.

Clarins eye gel

I don't really like this product. It's a bit expensive for what it is... and it honestly does nothing for my dark circles. I use it everyday because I spent some money on it and I want to finish it up before I start using the nivea aqua one.

So that's it! I usually change my skin care routine once the seasons change because or skin changes as well, but this is by far my favorite one. I'll recommend to everyone the cleanser by Lush because it's just heaven!
I exfoliate once a week with the magic peeling glove like I said in previous pots, so I didn't feel the need to incorporate it here as well.


I just bought in Spain a cute Marilyn Monroe board to hang on my room... I think it looks really pretty and it gives a more girly yet classy look to my room. I love the conjunction of pink and white as you can see, and with the red lips on the picture it just gives a pop... I kind of love it <3

Do you have any on your bed room like me? Or you like to keep it simple? xoxo*


BeautyParler said...

Oh LUSH, love their stuff & great picks!
Feliz Ano Novo!!

Steph said...

I promised myself I would try some Lush products in 2011. Everybody's so excited about it, so I'm very curious. Maybe I'll try the Lush Cleanser, because I rarely use a cleanser. It's looks a little bit like a cookie in your picture. Or maybe I'm just hungry... lol.
Happy New Year!

xoxo Steph

Anonymous said...

I don't use your products but I do have my own routine. LOVE the poster. I have paintings. Budas and stuff like that. I am very zen these days. I find having a beautiful women hanging over my bed when we share it with a guy is not that great, lol

Marissa said...

The wall hanging in my room reminds me a lot of yours! It's a large reproduction of an illustrated Harper's Bazaar cover from the '30s, but it has a pink frame and red lipstick.

All Made Up said...

Very nice post! I'm always intrigued by other peoples skin care routines and love hearing what works for them. Everything you've mentioned sounds fab and I'm definitely gonna give the Lush goodies a try... Unfortunately I've only ever had bad experiences with Clarins so I avoid the counter entirely! :)

Love the Marilyn Monroe board cos it's just so pretty and feminie - perfect for a bedroom! My bedroom is fairly plain and uncluttered and I only have a few pictures of flowers in it. If I had more space I'd definitely opt for more statement pieces ♥

Marley said...

I am just starting to get into lush; I think I will have to try some of these out. It sounds like you and I have a similar skin type so hopefully it will work! :) Thanks!
& Happy New Year!

Gertrude said...

Great review! Can't wait to try a lush product. Thanks for your comment :) x

Marisa said...

@Rita - You comment made me rofl!! Specially the "I find having a beautiful women hanging over my bed when we share it with a guy is not that great" part ahahahah

Ansa said...

I love lush and adore all Laura Mercier face products. I have a Marilyn Monroe picture hanging in my walk in closet. I adore her. :)

Rebecca from See You in Sweden said...

Good stuff Marisa, I've never seen make up remover like that! I have a picture of audrey but it's a modern art print of her from breakfast at tiffanys...and that's it. i think the marilyn one you got is different and so nice!

Ashley said...

The Lush cleanser looks very interesting. The texture looks heavenly. Like another one of your commenters, I'd really like to try some Lush products in 2011; I'm so glad you're giving them such positive reviews!

Miss*Kimmy said...

Love that Marilyn poster =) It gives the room such a nice look.

Marie a la Mode said...

Can you believe I've never tried any LUSH products yet? I need to get on that!

I live with my boyfriend and I love Marilyn Monroe but I don't think he would be happy if I hung a picture of her (or any other female icon) on our wall but I had a few when I lived on my own!

Happy New Year to you : )

Tali said...

Shows how little attention I pay when shopping. I had no idea Laura mercier has ever done facial skincare!!! I am a fan of lush's stuff. They discontinued many of my favourite things but I do like and trust them!