Clinique 3-Step Skin Care – yes or no?

Happy New Year!

I’ve been lazy again – I promised this post back in twenty twelve 😉 …which has been such a lousy year, by the way. Here is to a better one for all of us!!!

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Back to the post: As far as Clinique‘s 3-Step Skin Care goes, it’s been around for so long that every beauty junkie has certainly tried out at least one, if not all of the steps.  If you’re still not sure what to make of it, here are my thoughts that might help you decide if it’s right for you! (For reference, my skin is rather fair with warm undertones and, apart from mild rosacea, in quite a good condition).  So, without further ado:


Price: 11 – 15 £; more info here

clinique 3 cleanse

In Clinique’s words, it’s ”the first step to great skin, our hand-milled non-drying bar soap maintains protective lipids while loosening surface flakes. Leaves skin clean, comfortable, refreshed-never taut or dry. Preps skin for the exfoliating action of Clarifying Lotion. Comes with a convenient soap dish. ”

Available in 3 versions – Extra Mild, Mild and Oily, this soap makes for a gentle cleansing routine.  I tried the Mild and Liquid version a couple years ago and, frankly, never was I tempted to repurchase. There wasn’t enough…chemistry, I guess.

However, if you like to keep your cleansing routine basic,  gentle, simple, fragrance-free and effective, this might be worth a try!


Price:  £; available for 5 skin typesfor more info here


”Step 2 in Clinique’s 3-Step Skin Care System-and the difference-maker for great skin. Gentle exfoliating lotion developed by Clinique’s dermatologists de-flakes to reveal clearer skin. Smoothes the way for moisture.”

In my words (check the post out here): ”there are very mixed opinions on this one, people seem to either love it or hate it! I’ve been using number 2  for years now and would rather give up on chocolate than this little miracle! True, my skin probably is my best organ (no pun intended this time!), but this toner makes my skin flawless. I use it in the morning and evening, before moisturizing.  My skin used to get quite flaky, especially during winter, but since I’ve been using this that doesn’t happen at all.”  One of my top 5 beauty HGs.

p.s. Clarifying Lotion is currently on sale at Cheapsmells for only 9.99 pounds and they ship worldwide (this is NOT sponsored, I just bought mine!).


Price: 17-29.5 £; more info here

Clinique DDML (with pump)
Clinique DDML (with pump)
Clinique DDML (no pump- avoid this one!)
Clinique DDML (no pump- avoid this one!)
Clinique DDML (Gel - for oily skin)
Clinique DDML (Gel – for oily skin)

”The moisture “drink” all skins need, developed by Clinique’s guiding dermatologists to maintain optimal moisture balance. Works to soften, smooth, improve the condition and texture of your skin. Lotion formula is for drier skins; oil-free Gel is perfect for oilier skins.”

It’s meant to be used UNDER your regular moisturiser, which I find too time-consuming. DDML itself is nothing special really, a good moisturiser indeed but with no SPF nor anti-aging properties, just your basic moisturiser. Make sure you get it in the pump version, as the bottle without the pump is pretty useless. As you can see, I’m not overly excited about this one, although I have to admit I did repurchase twice – just to make sure!

So, I say a definite YES for step 2 and MEH for steps 1 &3!

Any thoughts on Clinique’s 3-Step? Tried it, liked it, hated it?

Shu Uemura cleansing oil review

I fell in love with Shu Uemura while living in Japan years ago. Unconditional love. Eyelash curler? The best ever. Cleansing oils? My absolute HG. Before discovering this little miracle removing makeup had been an unavoidable hassle: makeup remover, face wash, toner. This is all 3 in 1 – just spread it gently over dry face, massage gently around eye area (removes even waterproof makeup!), add a few drops of water to emulsify (this is important to remove very waterproof makeup), oil will turn milky white. Finally rinse it off with warm water. Voila! Clean, firm, nourished skin!
There are 6 different versions, I’ve tried this 2 so far:


  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. barely-there, clean smell
  3. no need for face wash and toner
  4. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump


  1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz) but oh-so-worth-it!



  1. removes waterproof makeup easily
  2. no need for face wash and a toner
  3. anti-aging properties
  4. packed with anti-oxidants
  5. looks great on the bathroom shelf, convenient pump


    1. price – 28 pounds for 150 ml (5 fl. oz) / 56.50 for 450 ml (15.2 fl oz)
    2. smells like olive oil, which I personally dislike


TIP: the instructions say to use 3-4 pumps, however I find 1 pump enough for the whole face including eyes… Massive saving!

Would I repurchase:  Absolutely.

Elizabeth Arden Hydra-Gentle Cream Cleanser review

An absolute must-have if you have dry or/and sensitive skin. Very gentle on the skin, yet removes makeup effectively. I’m on my 4th or 5th tube and I’m sold for life.

TIP:  Save a few quid and buy it online! My favourite retailer for Elizabeth Arden:

Would I repurchase?  Absolutely. I stock up on this occasionally fearing they might discontinue it! 😉

What is your HG face wash? ❤