Ok so at £22 it's not exactly on a budget but its at the lower end of the pricey scale for a higher end brand...
Clarins Cleansing Trousse
For Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily Skins
Clarins is one of my favourite skincare brands. I have a cupboard full of their products and have tried out so many over the years. Whilst I'm certainly not a beauty snob, I really feel that you get what you pay for when it comes to skincare. Looking after your skin is paramount, what's the point in spending money and time on make up if your skin has seen better days? Prevention is better than cure and looking after your skin now will stand you in good stead for the future to defy the ageing process and also provide a great base for make up now.
Perhaps you're looking to start putting together your own skincare routine, or perhaps you're looking to try high quality products but are on a budget, then this skincare set is for you. The Clarins Cleansing Trousse is a limited edition set of skincare products comprising of a 200ml cleansing milk, a 200ml toning lotion and a 30ml eye makeup remover which all come in a Clarins beauty bag. The kits are available for normal/dry and combination/oily skin types so buying a set of skincare products has never been easier, especially if you're someone who is unsure as to which different cleansers and toners will work well together for your skin type. I have combination to oily skin and the kit that I have purchased is working really well for my skin and whilst I have other Clarins products, these are what I class as my basics and I always have a bottle of these in my bathroom cupboard. Being a blogger, I am lucky enough to be able to try out lots of different products but when I'm not testing out products, or if something has aggravated my skin, then I always go back to these. The kit costs £22 which provides over £15 worth of savings, the cleanser and toner are £17.50 each if bought separately and that's before you factor in the eye make up remover and the bag. Whenever I run out of any of these products, I always just repurchase the set. Yes it means I have lots of Clarins makeup bags but the set is such a saving!
The Cleansing Milk contains gentian, hawthorn and sage and is soft and creamy in texture. The cleanser gently removes makeup and excess oil to rebalance my skin, leaving it clean and a great base for make up. It isn't the quickest way to remove my makeup but it certainly makes it feel geat after use. I use it on a cotton pad in the evenings to effectively remove my makeup and to clean my face. I also use on the mornings that I don't use my No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser. The Cleansing Milk smells amazing and comforting, it reminds me of baby powder!
The Toning Lotion with iris and sage smells amazing too. It is alcohol free so it is ultra gentle and doesn't irritate, burn or break out my skin (unlike Clinique...). I use this morning and night to remove excess cleanser, make-up and oil. It helps to tighten my pores, particularly where they're a little larger on my cheeks and smooth out the surface of my skin.
The Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is a handy travel size at 30ml. I keep mine for when I'm going on weekends away and on holiday and use my Klorane eye make up remover on a daily basis instead. The Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is a dual action lotion that you shake to mix the oil in with the solution. This is one of the rare eye make-up removers that has oil but isn't particularly oily and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy. It removes heavy eye make-up with ease and even tackles waterproof mascara and long wear products without a hitch. This little bottle lasts a long time as a little goes a long way.
A note about budgeting when it comes to buying beauty products
I get lots of emails from girls saying that they wish they could afford to have mid to higher end skincare and to feel the benefits from it and many ask which products I'd recommend. I certainly don't have bags of disposable income to splurge on top skincare items, I just budget wisely and buy products that I really need. I try to operate a one in, one out policy and use up the products that I have before buying new ones. I'd rather spend £20 on one really good cleanser than £5 each on four separate ones. I also try to compare the cost of things in my life-- £20 would easily buy Mr WLL and I a takeaway and a bottle of wine on a Saturday night but it would also buy me a new cleanser; i'd rather opt for spending my money on the latter, if I needed it as it would last longer (and won't go straight to my hips!). In terms of the Clarins Cleansing Trousse, £22 for a 200ml cleanser and toner and a 30ml eye makeup remover is a really really good deal and £22 doesn't usually stretch that far!
What are your favourite Clarins products? Do you prefer to save or splurge on beauty products?