By now many of you are finishing your holiday shopping but if you’ve been avoiding the chaos and are still unsure what to buy here are my top last minute gift ideas from Clarins.
Clarins is a trusted brand that has been around for a long time with a reputation for being high quality, luxurious and effective. I have come across their products all over the world from the bustling streets of Paris to the narrow roads of Venice as women all over the globe have fallen in love with their recipe for beauty.
I think every woman needs at least one fabulous, classic red lipstick in her collection and the Rouge Eclat formula is exquisite! The shade 20 Red Fuchsia is rich, seductive and sophisticated. It has a buttery texture that glides on smooth and moisturizing with a hint of plumping shine. You can layer this hue sheer to medium depending on your mood and the Nutri-Youth Complex leaves your pout soft, supple and mistletoe ready. It retails for $28.00.
Another great formula is the Joli Rouge collection which has a range of gorgeous, flattering pigments for every skin tone. The shade below called 744 Soft Plum is a deep berry that is perfect for the season and neutral enough to go with a wide variety of makeup looks both day and night. This deep hue glides on silky soft with light to medium coverage and lots of moisture for a glossier finish that quenches dry lips. It retails for $27.00.
If you are looking for products for the women on your list Clarins offers a wonderful range of skincare. Since everyone needs a good face wash the Gentle Foaming Cleanser with cotton seed is ideal for all ages and skin types. This water-based mildly scented formula foams away dirt, excess oil and pore clogging makeup with soothing coconut extract to leave skin feeling rejuvenated, soft and fresh. I use this morning and night and apply it directly to my cleansing brush for a more thorough clean. This is a great gift for your mom, sister, grandmother, friends and I suspect the men will like too! It retails for $34.00.
After you’ve cleansed, the Toning Lotion with chamomile removes leftover traces of makeup, gently refreshes and purifies the skin without the use of drying alcohol. Formulated with a soothing herbal blend it addresses the needs of dry, sensitive and problematic skin while preparing your face to absorb the nourishing ingredients of your moisturizers, serums and oils. The toner retails for $33.00 and makes a great set with the cleanser!
The Double Serum is one of my favorite products from the brand and it was such a hit with my husband he finished my other bottle! What I like most about this serum is the light silky texture and how soft and supple it makes my face feel. It also treats dryness and deeply nourishes with a blend of 20 plant extracts that fortify and restore for a radiant, youthful complexion. This formula is basically your all-in-one skin conditioning savior. It provides lush moisture all night long so you wake with a beautiful glow and the anti-aging components firm and minimize wrinkles and lines. The 30 ml retails for $87.00 and the jumbo size is $115.00. This product is great for women and men 25 and up.
Although men can use all of the skincare products I listed above Clarins does have a line specifically formulated for their needs. The Smooth Shave Razor Relief Foaming Gel is something all men would love to add to their daily routine. The lush gel formula cushions the contours of the face for a smooth glide so men can handle their most challenging angles without any nicks or cuts. It also purifies the skin with bison grass, and Chinese galanga. It retails for $22.00.
After shaving he is going to need something that hydrates, soothes and protects so the Super Moisture Balm is a great item to add to your gift package. Infused with sunflower and natural extracts the balm will leave his skin smooth, soft and prepared to battle pollution and drying winter wind. It retails for $38.00.
You can get all of these fabulous products at clarins.ca and Clarins counters at department stores like The Bay and at Shoppers Drug Mart.