L’Oréal Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum

Hi there! A few weeks ago I emptied the first L’Oréal serum I’ve ever used, and since then I’ve been using another L’Oréal serum – L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum. This serum is aimed at women aged 18-32 who want smoother, brighter and more radiant looking skin. In summary, this serum promises to tighten pores and to make first lines appear smoother – in 7 days!

Whilst this serum isn’t perfect, I do like it. Here’s why: I think the pump dispenser is great. Two pumps deliver the perfect amount of serum for my face and neck. Nice! The serum is lightly fragranced – the fragrance is nothing special, but it’s definitely pleasant.

I think that this serum feels great on my skin. The lightweight formula delivers a refreshing hydration boost which is very nice! Whilst I don’t think this serum made any difference to my pores at all, I’m still happy with it because it seems to maintain the ‘fresher skin’ look the other L’Oréal serum gave me.

I would recommend this serum – and I would recommend you get your 30ml bottle from B&M Bargains. L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum is £15.99 at Superdrug – but it’s only £4.99 at B&M!

100% Awesome – L’Oréal Youth Code Luminizer Serum

Hi there! I consider myself to be an Olay girl,  but when I saw L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum at my local B&M Bargains Store, I just bought it. This serum has been sitting in my stash for a while (I had other serums to finish first). However, I managed to get on top of my part-used serums (I finished all 3 in the past 3 months – success!) a few weeks ago. And since then I’ve been using this L’Oréal serum.

Before I tell you why I love this product, let me tell you what it claims to do. L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum is aimed at women aged 25-40 who want skin hydration and a more radiant, more even and more youthful complexion. The serum claims to be highly-concentrated, and it promises visible results after 1 month.
L'Oreal Luminizer Serum
Now here’s why I love this serum! First of all, I really like the pump dispenser. Two pumps give me the perfect amount of product for my face and neck. Great stuff! The serum smells absolutley lovely (it reminds me a lot of D&G Light Blue!). The lemoney-fresh fragrance goes very well with the Luminizer theme. Well done, L’Oréal!

I’m happy to report that the serum feels smooth and silky on my skin. It’s definitely hydrating, but it doesn’t feel like “product” on my skin. It’s very lightweight! I like it! I’ve also noticed that this serum made my skin look fresher. So yes, I could see results in less than a month!

I’m very happy to continue to use this serum – and I’m just as happy to recommend it. L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum is available as 30ml for £4.99 at B&M Bargains (I’ve also seen it at TK Maxx – but not this cheap, and I guess other bargain stores have it too). Yes, it’s an import from Germany – but who cares?

I think the price is amazing – especially when you consider that certain reputable online sellers offer this serum for £24.99 (yes, 5 times the price I paid for the same amount of product). I’m pretty sure this serum has been discontinued, so if you want it, you should swing by your local bargain stores and get it now!

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum

Hi there! I’ve been using Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum for quite a while, so I thought it’s about time I write a review!

Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful product line is aimed at women who want to tackle skin impurities and skin ageing – at the same time. This serum promises to resurface skin texture, to refine pores and to even out skin tone. At the same time the serum claims to contain collagen boosting tetrapeptide and anti-pigmenting red algae extract. In regards to skin impurities, this serum promises to control excess sebum and to prevent outbreaks with continued use.
superdrug-clearly-youthful-night-serum
Now, let’s take a closer look. This night serum is housed in a dropper bottle. In my opinion this isn’t ideal. I never get the dosage right, and, over time, dried-up product residue settles under the lid. I would have preferred a pump bottle – like the one they did for the day serum.

But now let’s talk about the actual serum! First of all, this night serum doesn’t smell great. The smell is tolerable, but it’s not great. But then, all the Clearly Youthful products have a chemical smell… Anyway, since this serum is actually really good, I accept its smell as a ‘quirky feature’. 😉

I use this serum 3 to 4 times per week, and I think it makes a difference to my skin. At the moment I’m not using the Clearly Youthful day serum or the Clearly Youthful glycolic peel-off mask, so this night serum has to do all the work. And it does what I need it to. It makes my skin look and feel significantly clearer, my pores appear smaller, and I have fewer spots. So yes, this night serum works! And I have already purchased another bottle. 🙂

I can’t comment on the serum’s anti-ageing properties (thanks to Olay my face is basically wrinkle-free). But if you struggle with spots or even minor skin impurities, I’d definitely recommend this night serum. I’d also recommend you try the day serum and the glycolic peel-off mask from the same line.

Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum is available as 50ml for £4.89. I got mine for half price! So keep your eyes peeled for promotions.

100% Awesome – Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 In 1 Firm & Lift Anti-Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about the wonderful Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Firm & Lift Anti Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum. I’ve used this product on and off for a year – and I love it!

At first, let me tell you that this product promises to fill fine lines and wrinkles, to activate cell renewal and to nourish skin to boost firmness – within 14 days. The product also claims to be an ideal base for make-up, and it’s aimed at women aged 40+.
Olay Anti Wrinkle Serum Cream
I remember the first time I’ve used this serum. I fell in love with its gorgeous (yet subtle) fragrance. It smells like a high end product! Then I applied it to my face – and I couldn’t believe how wonderful it felt – like a mix of liquid silk and velvet. And still, after about a year of on and off use of this serum, I still feel like I’m hitting the jackpot every time I use it.

I think that this product really plumps up my skin and that it makes it firmer. I love it! I also agree with Olay that this product is a great base for make-up. However, it doesn’t contain sunscreen. So when I use this product in the morning, I still apply a day cream or day fluid with SPF on top of it.

I can’t comment on any long-term anti-wrinkle benefits. That’s because my skin is almost wrinkle-free. But then, I have to credit Olay for this because I know their regular day fluid DID take care of quite a few deeper lines which I had when I was a teenager but which I don’t have now – and I’m in my mid-thirties. Plus: I’ve never been to a beautician, I’ve never had plastic surgery or botox. And I also don’t use high end products. I only use affordable skin care – mainly Olay – which I buy when there’s a half price offer! 🙂

I’d recommend this product in an instant. Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Firm & Lift Anti Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum is available as 50ml for around £10 – but the big drugstore and supermarket chains run half price or BOGOF promotions very frequently, so this product can be yours for £5 or slightly less!

If you’re interested in other products that I can’t recommend enough, take a look at all of my 11 Stars Products. And thanks for reading! I appreciate it!

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum. I’ve used this serum on and off for about six weeks now, and I’ve reached my verdict. 🙂

But before we get to the review, let me tell you what this serum is supposed to do. First of all, this serum is aimed at women who want to tackle skin ageing and skin impurities at the same time. This serum contains spot-fighting salicylic acid, anti-shine cimicifuga, and lactic acid, phytoprotein and polyglycan – three ingredients which are said to have anti-ageing properties.
Superdrug Clearly Youthful Day Serum
So how does it work? This serum is supposed to be applied twice daily – morning and night. I found this instruction a bit odd because this is a day serum, and there is a separate night serum in the Clearly Youthful range. But if this is what Superdrug recommends…

OK, so I started to use this product daily under my moisturiser. And I noticed quickly that it caused some of my moisturisers to ball up. So I played around with all the face creams and lotions I’m currently using. And I found that this serum works with Olay’s Regenerist UV Lotion and Olay’s Complete Day Lotion. However, no matter which moisturiser I use, this serum always causes my foundation to ball up. Every time. 😦

Then I started to use this serum on my make-up free days (= my two homeworking days and stay-at-home Saturdays or Sundays) and generally at night time. Whilst I haven’t seen any improvement in the appearance of my fine lines, my skin looks a lot clearer. Whilst I think Superdrug’s Glycolic Peel-Off Mask deserves most of the credit for this, I’ve noticed that the serum definitely contributed to my skin clearing up (chin, nose) – especially now that I’m using the glycolic peel-off mask once per week only.

There are two more things I’d like to mention. 1. This serum doesn’t smell great. It has a chemical smell. But it’s nowhere near as smelly (or as intense) as its sister product, Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Cream Cleanser. 2. When I use this serum after I’ve used a face scrub, I can feel a stingling (= stinging and tingling) sensation on my face. It goes away quickly, but (if I remember) I try not to use the serum after I’ve given my face a scrub.

All in all, I would recommend Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum if you’re looking for a product that helps fight skin impurities. I’ll definitely buy this serum again – even though I have to limit myself to using it on make-up free days only.

In case you’re wondering, I bought the serum when it was half price (£2.39) about two months ago. But even at full price, the 50ml serum is £4.89 only, so it’s very affordable!

I’ve also just started to use the matching night serum. Of course I bought that one too. 🙂 I’ll let you know what the night serum’s like in a few weeks. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you think of Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful products. Have you tried any of them? Or would you like to try them? And thanks for reading!

My New Favourite Face Serum – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about my newest beauty weapon – Olay Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Serum. This serum is meant to be applied in the morning – either before a regular moisturiser or instead of a moisturiser. I’m using this serum right before I apply my regular Olay Day Fluid– this way my skin gets the maximum hydration out of these products. 🙂 But now, let’s take a closer look at the serum!
Olay Anti-Wrinkle Hydration Serum
Olay’s Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Serum is simply fantastic. It promises instant hydration – and it gives you instant hydration. I love it! And I think this serum actually keeps my eczema at bay. The semi-permanent dry patch on my left cheek isn’t half as angry as it used to be. And as soon as I put on my make-up, that patch is 100% invisible – and it stays invisible all day. Fantastic, isn’t it?

Another thing I love about this serum is its formula. It’s soft and silky – very much like Boots’ No 7 serum – and it’s fun to apply. And smoothing it into my skin feels great! I’ve been using this serum for just under three weeks now, so I can’t comment on its anti-wrinkle properties. But my skin already feels so much more supple, flexible and elastic. I think this serum might actually prevent a few lines (the ones you get from dry skin…) from forming.

To sum it up, I think Olay’s Anti-Wrinkle Instant Hydration Day Serum is absolutely amazing. I would recommend it to everyone. Literally everyone! Priced at £10 (RRP) , the 50ml bottle is very affordable. But if you keep your eyes peeled for half price offers, you shouldn’t have to pay more than £5 for this serum. 😉

Clarins Double Serum – Complete Age Control Concentrate

Hi there! It’s sample time again today. 🙂 I’ve had this Clarins Double Serum sample for ages. I was reluctant to try it because I once suffered a horrible reaction from using a different high-end serum (different brand), and a few (literally a few) reviewers who tried this Clarins Double Serum reported unpleasant skin reactions.

Clarins Double SerumBut I’ve now finally tried this serum – and I made sure it wouldn’t get anywhere near my eyes. And as soon as I had applied it, I washed my hands right away – just to be on the safe side.

The serum didn’t irritate my skin at all. So my worries were unfounded. But the serum didn’t do much for me.

I’m used to creamy serums which make my skin feel velvety in an instant. So I’m not in love with the thin formula of this serum. And I didn’t like that the serum became sticky while I was still smoothing it into my skin. But that’s down to personal preference and the next lady might love this formula.

Now back to why the serum didn’t work for me. OK, the serum claims to to make pores less visible and to target skin ageing in general. I acknowledge my review is based on a single use of this serum, so I can’t comment on its long term benefits. But I found that it actually made my pores look bigger than usual.

I also thought the serum could be more nourishing. I’m not saying it dried out my skin, but I put on moisturiser three times today because my skin felt less soft and supple than usual.

So based on my experience (a one-off use of this serum) I can say for sure I won’t be buying the full-size product. Clarins Double Serum may work fine for ladies with different skin types, and it may even be the best wrinkle-smoother in the world if it’s used long-term. But I won’t be spending £56 on the full-size product just to conduct a more extensive trial on a product I really didn’t like in the first place (runny, then sticky texture, not nourishing, made my pores look bigger).

Have you tried this serum? How’s it working for you? Is it the holy grail serum for you if you use it regularly? Please share your experience with me. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by!