REVIEW: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

In my first post I talked about my experience having a Daily Detox at the Clinique counter and what I thought of the products. You may remember that I was also given a 4 week sample of the new Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (£34, 50ml) so this is my review after using the product for a few weeks.

Firstly, a little goes a long way with this product so although it is quite expensive, I think if you had the full sized container it would last a good while. Although I haven’t used it absolutely every day, it’s been over 6 weeks since I got the sample tub and I still haven’t used it all.

Initially I liked this moisturiser – it is more like a gel than any other moisturisers I’ve had so it’s very light and it absorbs into the skin very quickly. It also isn’t greasy in the slightest, which I find is often a problem with more intense moisturisers.

However after having used it for a reasonable amount of time now, I haven’t seen any noticeable difference to my skin. I get the same results just by using my Vitamin E moisturiser from The Body Shop or even my Simple light moisturiser, both of which are much cheaper alternatives.

After the recommendation of the beauty advisor at Clinique, I was also hoping that this might become a product I could use to help manage my eczema, specifically for areas on my face, but unfortunately this has not happened and this product doesn’t make any impact at all. I know that this moisturiser is not marketed as a suitable product for treating eczema and Clinique doesn’t make any claims to suggest this, so it is probably unfair to judge it on this. However other people must get dry, flaky skin from time to time and although this cream is designed for dry skin – ‘thirst relief’ – I don’t think it provides the hydration that it claims to offer.

Secondly, I just don’t really like the gel formula of this moisturiser in comparison with the creamy ones I usually go for. This is mainly just personal preference so it is not really a criticism in itself. But I did find that this product leaves a sort of residue on my skin that I don’t like very much. ‘Residue’ is probably not the right word but the best way to describe it is that if I run my fingers over my face a few minutes after applying the cream, it feels like there’s a odd friction, rather than being just completely smooth. Weird!

Overall, I definitely won’t be buying this product and it’s also put me off using gel-type moisturisers in the future. I still like Clinique as a brand but I just don’t think this product was for me.

Choosing the Right Foundation

Choosing the right foundation can be a such a difficult task that I sort of dread my foundation running out and having to buy a new one! This wouldn’t be the case if I had managed to find the perfect one and then I know I could just re-purchase (how I long to find this elusive product!!) But I don’t think I’ve got there yet.

That’s not to say that I haven’t used some good ones. I am pretty pleased with my latest foundation, which is the Fresh Nude Foundation with SPF 15 by The Body Shop (£15).

The best thing about this foundation is the shade, which is an almost perfect match with my skin. I have the shade Chelsea Porcelain and when I tried it in the store, I just couldn’t not get it. I have pale skin with pink undertones and I often find that the palest shades are more yellow so it was nice to find one that is right for me. It was also refreshing to find this shade easily in store without having to go through the rigmarole of a beauty counter (sometimes I find the asssitants trying to convince me they have got the right shade so I’ll make a purchase even when I can tell that it just isn’t quite right).

I’m also pretty pleased with the texture and consistency of this foundation. As my skin is dry, I definitely need a more creamy and hydrating foundation – I absolutely cannot have anything that dries my skin out even more, otherwise I turn into a horrible, flakey mess! I also like to have a foundation that blends well using just my fingers. I have used brushes and sponges before but I find that it takes me too long to apply foundation using these, so on a day-to-day basis I just use my hands and save the other applicators for special occasions when I want more coverage. This foundation ticks both of these boxes. I make sure that I have applied moisturiser and primer first, otherwise it can be just a tad chalky, but overall I find this foundation really nice to apply.

In terms of coverage, I personally only like light coverage for daily wear and this foundation fits the bill. If I wanted more coverage I think it would be easy to build, but if you’re looking for more full coverage every day then this probably wouldn’t be quite right.

I think the price is very reasonable, especially when I compare it to a couple of more expensive foundations that I have tried and been quite disappointed with. One in particular that springs to mind is the Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation (£34); the shade match was excellent but I found the application of this product to be really difficult. Firstly there is no pump in the bottle, which makes it very hard to get out (this was just annoying) and secondly, despite being a foundation designed for dry skin, I found that it really did not blend well on mine. It seemed to crease and cake very easily, even when using a minimal amount. I definitely expected better from a premium product!

I’m still on the hunt for my perfect foundation but this one from The Body Shop is a solid 4 out of 5 and I would definitely consider buying again.

The Ordinary is Anything but Ordinary

I first heard about The Ordinary brand through Lily Pebbles blog and I was pleasantly surprised by the very reasonable price of their products when I looked on their website. I was then excited to find that you can order it on Asos so I promptly ordered the Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 formula (£5.70) to see if it would work for me.

Due to my eczema, the main problem I have with my skin is dryness and hyaluronic acid is supposed to work really well for moisturising. It is a substance that is naturally found in your body’s connective tissue and one molecule can hold up to 1000 times it’s own weight in water! Therefore it has unique properties for holding water in your skin, thus helping skin appear plumper and well hydrated. Sounds perfect!


I’ve been using the Hyaluronic Acid formula for about a week and a half now; I use it in the evenings after cleansing and before moisturising. The bottle comes with a little pipette so I tend to put it on a cotton pad rather than directly on my skin.

It feels quite gel-like and only a few drops are needed per application. I’m not sure how effective it would be purely on it’s own, but it certainly helps my moisturiser to absorb much more easily than normal, so in combination, the two products work really well to make my face feel gorgeously smooth and soft.

I was hoping to see a noticeable difference in my eczema (which is often a problem around my lips and eyes) and so far I don’t think I’ve seen any vast improvement. However, I often need to use a product for a more prolonged period to see if it will make an impact on my eczema so I may yet see some results.

I like the packaging of the product – it feels quite clinical, which can sometimes put me off, but in this instance the simplicity is really appealing as it reflects an unfussy brand that tries to produce ethical and effective skin solutions.

I also like the website which is easy to navigate and the product descriptions are great for understanding exactly what is in the individual products. The only thing I think could be improved is for the brand to have a better guide about which products are best for which skin problem. For instance, there are a lot of products for hydration, particularly the oils, so it is quite difficult to know which ones to choose. I understand that it may be best to actual visit the store in Spitalfields, where no doubt a shop assistant would be able to advise me but nonetheless I think a little bit more clarity on the website would be great.

I am definitely considering trying some of their other products and I am excited to have found a new brand to explore.

Daily Detox at Clinique

On Tuesday I had a complimentary mini facial at the Clinique counter in House of Fraser. I’d had a couple of samples from Clinique and the assistant suggested I come back for a Daily Detox so she could suggest a skincare regime that would suit my skin.

It was a really nice experience – the assistant was friendly and knowledgable and, considering I was sitting in the middle of a large beauty hall, it was actually quite relaxing too.

It started with a short questionnaire to find out my skin type and any problems I had. My main issues are dryness, which can often be flakey and red, and sensitivity, both due to eczema, which I’ve had since I was a baby. The routine that she suggested for me was pretty simple and included 5 products (which is just as well as I think this is the maximum I could ever be bothered to use on a morning!!)

She started with the Redness Solutions Cleanser (£18) in combination with the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush (£79). The cleanser was creamy and luxurious, while still feeling very light, which I liked, and the brush was much gentler than I expected – the bristles are so soft! She then used the Redness Solutions Daily Cream (£40) followed by a Pore Refining Serum (£39) for my T-zone. Both of these products are quite pricey and although they both felt good on my skin, I’m not sure I would incorporate these into a daily routine (the assistant did suggest that these may only need to be used once or twice a week instead and I think this would be more feasible were I to actually invest). I also think it’s quite difficult to assess whether these products actually make a difference from only one application. I would like to get a sample to try for a week or so before I would consider buying.

The final two products were my favourites and two which I could actually see myself using. The 4th product in the routine is the new Moisture Surge Concentrate (£34). It felt lovely on my skin, quite watery but in a good way, as it absorbed quickly into my skin and didn’t feel oily or sticky at all. It has a gel texture which is very clean and fresh feeling, perfect for a product to use in your morning routine.

The last product was the All About Eyes Rich serum (£27). I have never used an eye cream before but when I think about it, I have no idea why this is as I often get dryness around my eyes and as they are a very sensitive area, it makes sense to use a product that is specifically designed for this. This eye serum felt a lot creamier than the moisturiser but blended in really nicely on top. Because of my sensitive skin, I do always worry that I may have a reaction to this kind of product but this eye cream has been really good and I saw a noticeable difference on Tuesday and Wednesday in the skin around my eyes.

Overall I was really pleased with the experience and it was nice not to feel pressured into buying the products straight away. The product I am most likely to invest in at the moment is the eye serum. This is because I currently have a moisturiser that I like (the Vitamin E Moisture Cream from The Body Shop) so I don’t need a new one right away and the eye serum is a product which I think it missing from my current skincare.

And finally, the assistant also gave me a 4 week sample of the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief to try at home. It’s the perfect size for my handbag so I plan to carry it with me and use throughout the day as it is light enough to use over make-up. I’m going to use it over the next couple of weeks and I’ll let you know my verdict.