Beauty Reviews, Lips, Reviews

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks & Lipliner review

So a couple of weeks ago I was sent two lipsticks from the Clarins “Joli Rouge” range to try, along with some gorgeous natural coloured lipliners.  I was super excited to try these out because I know that the quality is really good – I wore one of these lippies on my wedding day!

Joli  Rouge Lipsticks

First up is this beautiful light pink colour  715 Candy Rose which as you can see is the perfect shade of pink with a light shimmer to it.  I love this pink and have wore it endlessly since I got it as it’s a perfect daytime colour and it looks really lovely on.

715 Candy Rose


Next is the amazingly fab 742 Jolie Rouge which is the ultimate in luxurious red lippies!  I LOVED this one, apart from the fact that it’s so comfortable to wear (I’ll get to that more in a bit) it really packs a punch and I love how it looks on.

742 Candy Rose


In the whole collection there are a whopping 25 shades to choose from so you are bound to find the right colour for you.  These lipsticks are so easy to wear, they glide on effortlessly for quick easy application and you get maximum colour with just the one swipe.  Plus they are super moisturising so feel really comfortable on and have the shiny finish of a gloss rather than a lipstick which I love.  They lasted well on me, they don’t claim to be a long lasting lipstick so you do have to top up but I found myself doing that through the day anyway as they felt so nice on.  Plus they smell really fruity, like berries!  I always want my lip products to smell good so that’s a bonus! 🙂 Oh and I’m also loving the shiny gold packaging which makes them look really stylish in your makeup bag 😉

They are available for €22 in all Clarins outlets including larger Boots stores and although that may seem pricey, they are well worth it.  As I said, I wore one of these lipsticks for my wedding and they are just perfect for that!

Lipliner Pencils

Now, while we’re here, can we also talk about these fab lipliners from the same range which are actually designed to match your own skintone rather than the actual colour of the lipstick you are wearing, how clever is that?!


It makes total sense to match your natural lip colour rather than your lipstick as you’ll get the most natural result and you can even slightly overdraw your own lipline for a fuller lip without looking like Kylie Jenner gone wrong!

There are 4 shades in total and they are designed to go with any lipstick shade you choose so you just buy the one that suits you.  The formulation on these are super smooth and blendable and they don’t drag or bleed and look really natural.  I totally love these and have been using them a lot on my clients with all colours of lipsticks and they’re worked brilliant.  These are priced at €17.50 and again available from all Clarins outlets including larger Boots stores.

What do you think of these?  Will you be trying them out? Let me know 🙂

Reviews, Skincare, Tips

Good Skincare – The Basis of Good Makeup

I do a lot of bridal makeup and I always advise my brides to really look after their skin coming up to the wedding as it pays dividends and gives your skin a youthful glow that will make your makeup last and look beautiful on your big day.  But of couse,  same applies for anyone else wanting to look after their skin.

Since you really have to take your skin type into account when choosing the right skincare, I’ll just share what I use myself and which brands I love.  Most of these brands have a full range to suit all skin types. I have combination (dry/oily) skin. I use cleansing products for dry skin and use a matifying primer under my foundation to control the oiliness on my nose.

Everyday Cleansing

I used to be terrible for using babywipes to take off my makeup and that is the WORST thing you can do for your skin!  While it’s OK to use them once in a while, they dry out your skin something terrible if used all the time and can cause premature lines so unless you’ve fallen in drunk at stupid o’clock and can barely see straight in front of you never mind manage your whole cleansing routine, I would advise you to STEER CLEAR!  Even the facial wipes are not great to be honest.  It’s worth taking the time to develop a proper cleanse/tone/moisturise routine every morning/evening.

Here’s what I use:

Cleansing Milk

I alternate between:

Clarins Cleansing Milk With Gentian “Combination/Oily Skin”  which comes in huge 400ml size that lasts for ages

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Milk which is great for taking off all makeup including waterproof eye makeup and it’s great for sensitive skin.  I love La Roche Posay products, they really have something for every skin type and problem.

And most recently I’ve switched to Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser which is very reasonable priced and comes with a muslin cloth that you use wet to take off the cleanser.  I will be doing a review on this soon so watch out for it.

Apart from the Liz Earle cleanser, I will generally wipe this off my skin with damp cotton pads.


For someone like me, who wears makeup every day I just love using a toner after my cleanser, it just makes my skin feel really clean and when I look on the cotton pad after I’ve wiped with it, there is always makeup residue which just shows that the cleanser doesn’t always take away everything so I just can’t go without it now.  I use:
Clarins Toning Lotion for dry/normal skin,en_GB,pd.html?start=2.  Although I have combination skin, I prefer to use this one for dry skin as I don’t want to strip my skin of oils too much and it feels really hydrating on your skin while still making it feel clean and toned.  Again this comes in a huge 400ml size also.

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic  for all skin types, I love this and it smells divine!

Rose Water/Witch Hazel  – Yes sometimes the old favourites are the best and sometimes I do like to use these as toners (rose water for dry skin and witch hazel for oily/combination skin)


You can buy a really expensive moisturiser but it’s the one thing you go through in a flash so for that reason I use JOHNSON’S Face Care Hydrating 24 Hour Day Cream which is cheap as chips and just as effective as some of the more expensive ones.

However, if I am splashing out I will use Yonka Pamplemousse for Normal to Oily skin which has grapefruit and essential oils in it so it smells so nice you really believe it’s doing your skin a world of good.  Unfortunately the hefty price tag and the fact that I fly through it, means I haven’t used this in a long time but when I win the Lotto….:-)


I’ve used lots of exfoliators over the years but none better than Yonka’s Gommage Soft Peel exfoliant.  It peels off and has no abrasive bits in it like other exfoliators which is what I love about it.  Again I will do a full review on this soon but I will say that this is worth the investment as it is amazing stuff.  I always feel like I have completely new skin and my makeup sits much better on me when I use this so I keep it for special occasions or times when my skin needs an extra boost, which means it lasts ages.

Skin Treatments

I don’t tend to use a mask or skin oils or anything like that.  If I feel my skin needs a bit of TLC I’ll get a Yonka “Grand Classique” Facial and my skin is like new.  I got a course of these facials coming up to my wedding and my skin looked and felt amazing and was never in better condition so every now and then I like to treat myself.  And did I mention the smell of the Yonka products?!  Like I said, you just feel like it’s doing your skin good, and it really is.

Lip conditioner/general skin fixer upper.

I go nowhere without my Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream.  It’s not a cult beauty product for nothing, it’s just great stuff.  I’ve never used a better lip conditioner (which also doubles as a lipgloss) or treatment for dry patches of skin.  It’s just fabilis!

I buy a tube of this and decant it into the small screw top jars you get in boots.  I currently have one on my bedside locker, one in my makeup bag, one in my handbag, one in the car, and one at my desk in work!  My lips never get too dry, even in winter, because I am constantly applying it from the minute I get up to right before I get into bed!

It’s also one of the first things I apply on my makeup clients as, by the time I get to doing their lips they are soft and conditioned and the lipstick just glides on.  Essential if you are wearing a red or dark lip.

So there you have it, those are my favourites.  They are what I’ve found to work for me over the years but as I say everyones skin is different and you may need other products.  If you want your makeup to sit well on your skin and look flawless, that starts with great skin which means you must look after it 🙂  It’s never to late to start a good skincare routine and you won’t be sorry if you do.

Top Tip: When you moisturise, don’t forget your neck!  Lots of women do, and as you age it’s prone to developing lines and wrinkles too so be sure to take your moisturiser down onto your neck when applying it to your face.

What cleanser/toner/moisturiser do you love?  Let me know in the comments below 🙂