Neck Up-Clarins Advanced Extra Firming Neck Cream

I don’t know about you guys, but of late, I’ve been thinking more about the skin below my face – mainly my neck, and specifically where my neck ends and my decollete’ starts.

I guess it’s gravity aka old age but my skin seems to be stretching and changing texture in that specific area.

When I visit make up counters I ask about what they offer in the way of neck creams, and for the most part most brands don’t carry a specific neck product.

I guess it goes with the fact that most brands started somewhere whether it’s based in color or skin, and they eventually branch out from skin to color, or color to skin.  Like Clinique is a skin company who added color, or Bobbi Brown is a color company, that added skin.

Some of the walks on the wild side work, other times Not!


Clarins is a skin company that branched out to color – so after walking around Nords the other day (finally got a parking space in the Nords lot-Ala Moana is going through an expansion to add Bloomingdales and the closed  parking lot by Sears is causing MAJOR traffic jams.  Not to mention Nords is starting construction to expand on that side of the lot – pretty soon there won’t be any place to park!  Ala Moana management needs to start the holiday valet service now, so people won’t just get frustrated and go to Ward Centre).

The person at Nords Clarins came from Macy’s and is now their sales manager. I forget her name, but she has a singsong voice and when she told me the story of the neck cream and the sun flowers swaying in the wind, like your head, are both supported by a strong base – the sunflower stalk, or your neck.

I know-pretty funny.

I’ve been using the cream in the morning and the evening, and I have to say, I see an improvement in my skin when the product is applied. Non sticky, pleasant fragrance, and goes right in-what more could I ask for.

At $80 something a jar,if it works I’m happy. Plus it just happened to be extra bonus time, so I got a deluxe toner which I’m running out of, Beauty Flash Balm, and something else it didn’t make an impact on me. I think I may have mailed it to my mom.

As a side note, I had gone to WW mall counter and the girl there showed me a different neck product from Clarins.  I don’t know if she is just not educated or lazy, but I asked the Nords person about it, and she said the other $105 product also helps get rid of spots on your neck.

A high recommend – it won’t improve your decollete’ area if it is highly damaged, but I think it’s good for when you’re showing the signs.  (If you have more damage, it’s time to visit the doc).




L’Oreal Miracle Blur or Buff?

I don’t know-when I first saw the sample in Allure Magazine, I wasn’t overly eager to try it since I was unimpressed with L’Oreal’s primer and other foundation related products.

So, I didn’t try it until a friend of mind mentioned she tried the sample that she found in Redbook Magazine.  I’m not exactly sure of the details, but somehow the product got in contact with her eyes and stung and irritated them, to the point her eyes were still red around the lid and undereye area a day later.

Now I have to tell you that her reaction made me pretty nervous about trying the product – but I thought in the name of the blog I would try it but avoid getting close to my eye area. Instead I would just go to the outer edges of the peri-orbital socket and not closer than 3/4 inch to my eye.


I opened the sample packet-that mind you has no directions other than test the product in the palm of your hand, nothing about getting it in your eyes, washing your hands before touching your eyes, or anything to the like –  I immediately was transported back to 4-5 years ago when Clarins brought out their primer product.

At the time, I was still wearing powder foundation on a regular basis, but Clarin’s was more about skincare.  The counter person encouraged me to try the primer -which actually I didn’t know what it was for.

The consistency of the Clarin’s product Instant Smooth Perfecting TouchInstant smooth perfecting touch is the same as the L’Oreal product “miracle blur”.

I call it spackle.

L’Oreal’s product is  creamier than wax, but not as smooth as a cream.  It has a dry feeling and it kind of separates in your hand.

I rubbed it in my palm to warm it up, but when applied to my face, it pretty much didn’t stick like real spackle does to your wall.  I thought it took a lot of effort to put on – and in my opinion too much pulling and rubbing of my skin.

I put it on one side of my face and washed my hands.

I wore it through my ballet class and asked my friends if they could see a difference on either side of my face.  My makeup buddy said yes  -the side with the spackle definitely looked smoother.

I get that the product ‘blurs’ your wrinkles – or maybe ‘buffs” is a better choice since you have to do so much rubbing.  I washed it off in the shower careful not to rub it toward my eyes.  I didn’t experience any irritation, but that’s with my being very careful to not get the product close to my eyes.

I think the sample needs to be clearly labeled on this point as well as to wash your hands.  If you have sensitive skin, the product might not make sense to you.  SInce it is like spackle, it’s probably not great for people with acne or pores.

Anyway-it’s not worth the trouble.  Try a smooth liquid primer instead like Lancome’s La Base or Laura Mercier’s Radiance Primer.  A drugstore brand I might try is Neutragena’s primer in oil free, matte finish, or regular.



I’m not going to write was suggested for the product name instead of ‘blur”, but it starts with a bl and ends with a d.