Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Reviews: Dermalogica & Clarins Goodies from RY

Thanks to the generous lovelies at RY (Recreate Yourself), I've been trialling an array of skincare goodies (Clarins and Dermalogica in particular) for the last couple of weeks, for the purpose of reviewing on this here blog. This is not a sponsored post (check out the Disclaimer at the end for further clarification).

If you're unfamiliar with RY, they are an Aussie company that stock a large range of brands across a variety of categories at discounted prices. They price match, guarantee the authenticity of their products and offer free shipping on orders over $99. From skincare to haircare, makeup, electrical and perfume, RY sell popular brands such as OPI, Model Co, Benefit, Tigi, Fudge, Essie, Napoleon Perdis, Becca, Ecoya and of course Dermalogica and Clarins.

I love the smell of this! It's intoxicating. On inspection of the ingredients, it seems I'm inhaling apple, rosewood and rosemary. I've been using this toning balm before bed every night. It's a thin, white cream that absorbs quickly and easily into the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and silky to the touch. For me, a stand-out product from the ones received.

This lotion is also thin in consistency and a little does go a long way, however I found the product didn't absorb easily, and sat on top of my skin, leaving it a bit clammy-feeling. The fragrance is soft, gentle and barely there; you could easily layer your perfume over it without a clash. Suitable for those with dry skin (not me).

This firming and toning oil contains 100% pure plant extracts. To me it feels like the oil version of the Toning Body Balm, for it has the same delicious smell and toning/firming qualities. I've been smoothing this oil over my chest daily (because who doesn't want firmer bewbs?) and I've noticed my skin is more toned and supple. It's nourishing and you only need a tiny bit unless you want to resemble an oil slick. My skin felt slightly tacky until the product absorbed. I'm really enjoying this one and the results it's giving me!

I'm big on the whipped mousse-like consistency of this white foot treatment cream, but don't really like the aroma. I guess your feet are all the way down there, though, so it's not of paramount importance. It feels rich and luxurious going on and works well to soften the hard bits, but I'm not in love with it.

Another favourite from the bunch! This is an off-white coloured cream and is like whipped butter! It smells delightful (like mandarins to me! - nope, ingredients say Shea Butter and sesame seed oil, lol) as you massage it into your hands, leaving them soft, moisturised and ready for the day's tasks. Or a manicure; this would be PERFECT for a pre-manicure treatment. Feels luxurious, absorbs quickly and produces a big smile on my face.

Such a deceiving product! This primer is a beige shade (I instantly knew it was way too dark for my pale skin, and thought 'oh no'), however, when I rubbed it in, it seemed to disappear magically and blend right into my skin. No dark patches, just a (nearly) flawless, smooth primed base, ready for makeup application. My makeup stayed put throughout the day and I developed considerably less shine because the product mattified my skin. This primer surprised and delighted me and I'm even considering purchasing it once the sample tube runs out. Did I mention it's SPF 30 as well?

An adequate SPF30 daily moisturiser. I wasn't overly impressed with this one. I guess it absorbed quickly and was light enough, but I've tried better moisturisers that have done more for my skin.

This has the look and feel of a non-tinted primer and absorbs instantly. It contains Vitamin E and targets fine lines, working to firm them. I've only just started trialling this, given all the different creams I've been using, so I need to give it a bit longer before formulating an opinion. Although, my first thoughts are positive since I wore it overnight and this morning my face is looking smooth and I can barely see any fine lines under my eyes. I'm definitely interested to see the results of this with continued use.

Seriously love this! It has lots of grainy bits for a very satisfying scrub, with a gentle almost almond-like fragrance. My skin felt like new; clean, scrubbed and refreshed. A lovely body exfoliant that I'd definitely consider buying.

This made my lips feel soft and moisturised but somewhat muted the natural colour of my lips, leaving a slight white appearance. Best used overnight or to prep lips under a lipstick.

This thick white cream was soothing but I have no idea if it prevented ingrown hairs because I didn't have any before using it and I don't have any after; I don't know if I *would* have got any and this prevented it happening or if I just wasn't going to get any regardless. *Brain explodes*

This repair product was very conditioning and made my hair easy to brush after washing (no small feat) however it would probably be more suited to dry hair types.

I've yet to try the other samples!

In summary, my Favourite Products were......
Clarins Toning Body Balm, Clarins Body Treatment Oil, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer and the Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub.

Disclaimer: All products were provided by RY for trial and review purposes. No payment was offered/accepted. All reviews are my honest opinion.

What's your favourite Clarins or Dermalogica skincare product?


  1. Thanks for the heads up about RY!

    The Clarins body products sound divine!

    1. That's OK! I didn't know much about them, but their prices are very good. And yeah, the Clarins prods are lovely :)

  2. I have recently become hooked on Dermalogica products, so I'll keep the RY site in mind! I also received a sample of the Multivitamin Power Firm, and I really liked the way it blurs away fine lines. Full size is so expensive though. I am really enjoying Dermalogica Precleanse and Special Cleansing gel. I've ordered 3 more products, hoping they'll arrive tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this post :D

    1. Yeah, I hate that Dermalogica is so expensive, cos I really love the products, too. I'm using the Precleanse at the moment, too and love how it melts away the days makeup. Another Dermalogica prod I love is the Daily Microfoliant - I won 2 bottles, they ran out and I'm too cheap to buy a replacement! lol

  3. I'm a big fan of both those brands. My fave Dermalogica product is the exfoliator which is actually put on a face mask. Someone always comments on my skin after I've used it. I've run out though, so the compliments have been lacking... :)

    1. LOL. Why is it so dear? I think we'd all buy it more often if it was more affordable.

  4. My sister is a big Dermaolgica fan. Thanks for sharing the site, its always nice to find places that have cheaper cosmetics. I haven't tried either myself.

    Visiting from Blogs and PR

  5. Great reviews. I've always been a fan of Dermalogica x #TUSK x

  6. I must admit I have never been able to afford Dermalogica products when I needed it the most, eg NOW! I do love Clarins, but again they are overpriced for me right now

    1. Oh I know what you mean. I actually don't think I've ever bought Dermalogica (or Clarins for that matter), all my prods for those brands are prizes I've won or provided by PR. So expensive!


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