Yesterday, I had the chance to learn more about my skin concerns, and purchased a bunch of stuff for my skincare routine. I just want to share my experience with you, and hopefully this is helpful to anyone who is in the market for a new skincare routine, regardless of your skin type.
I was invited by Clarins Singapore to attend their special cardmember sale yesterday morning at Tangs Orchard. Being a Clarins member, this is a good time for me and my sister to make purchases to earn points, redeem for exclusive products and also stock up on your regular skincare products. I also brought along my sister and girlfriend so we could all do some shopping and also check out the Clarins Skin Time.
Clarins Skintime is a very hands on session whereby you are guided by the Clarins beauty advisor to find out your skin concerns, she will recommend appropriate products as well as a skincare regime that will target your problem areas and also enhance your skin condition. You will also get apply the products on yourself, so you know how the products work. I personally find this to be very important, because without seeing the products in action on YOUR own skin, it is pretty hard to tell for sure how it works and feels.
Each of these full face skintime session lasts for about 30 minutes, which includes makeup removal, cleansing, mask, serum treatments, toning, moisturising, eye care, sun protection. In other words, each Skin Time 30 is a comprehension skin consultation and treatment. If you are short of time, you can try Skin Time 15 -- instead of trying it full face, you get a quick overview and demonstration on your arm.
I honestly much prefer to go for the full face session, because eventually you are supposed to use the products on your face, so it would be a more accurate asessment of your skin condition.
These Skin Time sessions/ consultations are completely free of charge, and you can book your sessions at their website.
(CLICK HERE to find out more about Skin Time)
Please note, it is completely up to you whether you decide to buy the recommended products after the session. Even if you don't end up buying anything, you still benefit by trying out the products, and learning about how they work on your skin. That was one of my greatest takeaway from yesterday's session.
My sister, gf and I all had the chance to try out both Skin Time 15 and Skin Time 30 yesterday. We were all very satisfied with our Skin Time, and despite being in the outdoor tent along Orchard Road, we were all nicely settled inside. The fragrance of the products which were used, coupled with the friendly BAs, made us feel at ease and oblivious to the curious onlookers outside.
Each session started with a brief session where the Clarins BA asks you a few questions about your skin type, and from there on, she picks products which are targetted for your skin concerns, and you also get to ask questions about how the products work, what type of ingredients they contain and all that.
The good thing about having your sister and gf coming along with you? They can help with the picture taking while your hands are full or stained with products! That and it's just so nice and girly to spend the afternoon shopping, having lunch and getting these 'facials' done!
First, I will show you some pictures of Skin Time 15, where we got a glimpse of the skin consulation and products demo on our hands.
And we were all amazed at the difference in skin texture before and after the session! My treated hand was a lot more supple, and smooth!
I wanted to do a quick trial to make use of the special deals which were only valid from 9--12noon, so that I know which products I wanted to purchase.
And after lunch with Jasmine from Clarins and the other ladies who were also there to experience the event, we went for our respective Skin Time, this time round, I had all my MU removed (I only had on foundation, blush and brows), so that I could properly experience Skin Time. The Clarins BA, Sharon, who attended to me had excellent product knowledge, she was very friendly and pleasant, and helped me a lot with selecting which product to use at different times.
The various stages of the Skin Time, you can see that the Clarins massage method which I mentioned before in my shaping serum review can be used for applying the other products too.
and the complete skin care regime consists of a whopping 12 steps/ products! I was shocked at the number too, but it includes cleansing, toning, mask, treatment, day/ night cream, eye creams, and sun protection. So realistically, you would have 4 or 5 steps on a daily basis, as some of the products are only for weekly use. Strangely enough, even though I had layers of cream on my face, there was no heavy feeling. Each product requires only one pump since they are all high-performing products, you don't need to use a lot of it.
Out of these products, I had already purchased 4 of them, and together with my Clarisonic, I think I am building up a very potent skincare regime. There are maybe another 3 more I want to purchase eventually -- the pore minimising serum, defining eye lift and orange extract one step facial cleanser.
I think my skin 'philosophy' these days, I want my skin to be in the best possible condition -- that is the best and only way to look youthful.
No amount of makeup can hide your age, in fact, I think as we grow older, piling on more makeup only makes us look older than we are. It is perhaps no coincidence that I have been trying out various brands of skincare the past few weeks, as I had accumulated quite a range of product samples lately, and when used in conjunction with my Clarisonic, I noticed a marked improvement in skin quality. If you are interested, I had been trying out the Lancome Genifique Serum & Eye Cream and Cle de peau skincare range --- superb products --- but they don't warrant full blown review entries because I am only using 5--20ml type sample sizes --- I am glad that I am committing myself to Clarins skincare now. In my early 20s, I recall using some of their products, but maybe I was young then, and didn't think I notice any improvements to my relatively good skin condition. Now, I can really tell the difference when quality products are used.
Ok, I digress!!
My sister also had the chance to try out Skin Time too.
Do you want to see our post Skin Time results???
My sister did not have any makeup on here. She didn't want to 'waste' all the good stuff used on her skin by putting on her foundation. But she felt like she needed her shades to cover her bare eyes. :) We were very very amazed by her revitalised and moisturised baby soft skin!
And this is Pei Xian (from MsGlitzy.com) and myself after our post Skin Time glow. We didn't have on any makep here too.
I did put on a little foundation and filled in my brows before I left the Clarins tent. I swear, the whole afternoon, I was amazed at how smoothly my foundation went on, and just how much fairer I looked. The effects lasted til when I got home later in the evening, and the first thing my youngest sis said when she saw me "what foundation you use>>" and I was like, no foundation! That's my skin!
All in all, I am very happy with my experience yesterday.
You can book for your own Skin Time in the following ways:
- Clarins Facebook fan page
- Clarins website
- Book with any of the Clarins counter
Here are some more pictures taken:
Shirleen was also at the event!
Clarins regulars grabbing great deals during the event!
That's Brenda, from Clarins, she is very friendly and approachable, and quick to attend to us.
Lunch at Island Shop -- that's Kas!
I also bought a bunch of Clarins product yesterday. I spent about $350 (my girlfiend also purchased some products), Clarins members were each given a $50 voucher which they can use to offset $250 ala carte products or $300 in giftsets. This offer was only valid during the 9--12noon special hours. I say get there EARLY as the gift sets which are super value for money were all gone quickly. I was there 11am, and the BAs told me the gift sets were almost all OOS. With every $350 spent, you can to redeem your Clarins points for a exclusive (not for sale) fragrance, and I was sooooo suckered by the fragrance, I knew I wanted to buy enough to redeem for that.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CLARINS PROMOTIONS which are on-going at TANGS PLAZA.
A quick look at what I bought --- will review them in time to come:
- White Plus HP Whitening Moisture Day Emulsion SPF20 (to even out my spots, day moisturiser) S$90
- UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection SPF40 (suncreen for face, tinted) S$74
- Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter S$40
- HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel (my night cream after I use the Lifting serum, repurchased!) S$88
These are the GWP goodies I got for spending $350, a full size tube of body scrub, my choice of 5 15ml-samples, face masks (8 mini tubes!!!!). ThaNot all are pictured here. It seems that I got MORE freebies than my actual purchases!
And that fragrance (specially flown in from France) that prompted my haulage:
Not to worry if you think you have missed this great promotion, because there will be a similar Clarins event that will be happening at Tangs Vivocity:
29 Oct 2010
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
That's all for now! I hope this has been useful to you.
p.s: We were invited to the Clarins event. My sister and I are already Clarins cardmembers prior to the event. All opinions here are my own honest ones.