Feel-good product review #1: Clinique Moisture Surge and First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

A part of maintaining well-being is about feeling good about yourself and being confident. If you’ve known me long, you know I am not very girly and talented when it comes to doing make-up, hair, nails, etc. In fact, I have yet to learn how to use a curling iron properly, I don’t know how to blend eyeshadow or apply eyeliner smoothly, and I often leave my super-fashionable little sister to pick out my outfits. (I love her!) I don’t know if it’s apathy or laziness, the fact that I have a boyfriend, or because I get frustrated and impatient while trying to learn how to do make-up, but I rarely want to put forth a lot of effort into fixing myself up. And I’m not saying you need to, because you definitely don’t–what matters is that you are comfortable with yourself. But what I’m saying is that if your attitude is anything similar to mine, know that putting in a little effort really goes a long way!

About a month ago after an awesome service at St. Patricks Cathedral, I was feeling really refreshed and open. I was heading towards the subway, and in my good spirits, I passed by a Sephora and thought “It is time to do something about my dry skin!” Since my pimple days are long gone, I have never given much thought to treating my skin, even though it’s really dry. However, that morning, perhaps because I was in such a good mood after church, I felt pro-active. (Great strategy in location on Sephora’s part!)

Anyways, I went into the store and told the saleswoman I have dry and sensitive skin. I also told her I wanted something that is simple, quick, and easy to use and being I’m clueless about facial products, I went with her first recommendations: Clinique Moisture Surge and First-Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I HAVE NO REGRETS!

I use both of these products together twice a day and the result has made a huge difference!

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: This is a light and airy cream that I use every morning and night. I take a small amount and massage it all over my face then rinse. What I love about this cleanser is that it is very gentle and leaves your face feeling cool and fresh. I’ve tried other cleansers before that my sisters use and I never liked how I felt like my face was burning during and after use. This cleanser feels smooth and creamy and smells good too! And it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight after I wash it off either.

Clinique Moisture Surge: I always apply this after I use the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and its great! This moisturizer is an oil-free gel and when you are applying it, it almost feels like it is dissolving. But really, it just absorbs really well and it lasts throughout the day. Now my skin is reallly dry. I have eczema and it shows up on my face, especially under my eyebrows during the winter. But since I’ve been using these products, the dryness hasn’t bothered me.

It is pretty crazy how much a difference using these products together has made. Not only does my skin feel nourished and hydrated, it looks brighter, plumper and more even than it used to. And feeling like my skin is healthier and looks better goes a long way because I feel more confident, thus energized, thus positive!

So back to what I was originally talking about- a little effort really goes a long way! If you’re open to trying something new, or taking even the smallest opportunities to improve yourself in some way,  it can lead to results you’d never expect. Before buying these things, I was totally fine. It’s not like I was in a desperate need to do something about my skin, or that skin care products were the missing factor in my life. But, that morning, I was definitely feeling very pro-active, optimistic, and open to trying something new- so I did. And now, I feel so much better about my skin, about myself, and it’s given me a such great boost in confidence.

So maybe there’s a cycling class that your co-worker has been raving about- attend the class with him/her one day. Maybe your significant other has been bugging you to watch the x, y, z show and you think it sounds stupid – why not give it a chance? Maybe you have been meaning to learn a new language- sign up for a Spanish course. Or maybe there’s a vegetarian restaurant that you always pass by on your way to work that seems to be popular…check it out, you might just love it!

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