Curtain Call: Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer
Happy Monday! Today’s post is on another Curtain Call entry. I’ve recently finished a tube of this up and opened a new one. Being that this is the third tube I’m on, I think I’m ready to give my thoughts on this. Here’s what I think of the Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer.
Product description found online:
A targeted cream that visibly reduces the appearance of stretch marks.
How To Use:
Warm product between your palms
Apply using circular massage movements—concentrating on areas where stretch marks form: thighs, hips, abdomen, breasts and lower back
For optimal results, use Body Tonic Treatment Oil in the shower before applying Stretch Mark Minimize
Crowberry extract promotes elasticity
Centella Asiatica and soothes
What I love about this product? The formula is nice and light without a discerning smell. I started using this in conjunction with another Clarins product when I was starting my second trimester in 2018. One of the normal changes that happens during pregnancy is getting stretch marks, usually on the stomach and thigh areas (breasts too for some women). I read up on how to best prevent stretch marks and the thing that is mentioned most is staying well hydrated with water consumption and keeping your skin nicely moisturized. I couldn’t decide between this and the other Clarins product, so I got both and decided to use both at the same time. I have a tiny few stretch marks in my left inner thigh anyway so I decided to start using this more as a preventative action for the ones that will crop up during pregnancy than a solution to my old existing stretch marks. Right after pregnancy, when I had a minute to fully look at my body in a way I couldn’t with a huge belly, I saw that I had almost no new stretch marks at all. I diligently used both Clarins products on my belly and thighs even after pregnancy to help minimize the appearance of the newer stretch marks. Fast forward to 2023, years after giving birth in 2019, I have no visible stretch marks at all that was caused by pregnancy. The tiny ones I got from pregnancy faded over time that they are not noticeable at all. The product is a white body cream that is easy to spread on desired areas. I use this on my thigh and butt area after showering for the most part. A little goes a long way — one of these tubes last me for about a year and a half or so BUT I only apply it to my thigh and butt areas (and a little on the stomach) as mentioned earlier. And while this product worked really well for me, everyone’s body chemistry is different. I would hope that whatever makes this work for me will work for everyone across the board, but results may vary.
What I don’t like about this product? It is not as readily available as I’d like it to be and is kind of pricey. Checking my email on a previous order of this item from Sephora in 2018, this 6.8 oz / 200 ml tube retailed for $56 before tax. Right now, it’s out of stock in a lot of online retailers where Clarins products are sold.
More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.
Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box
I got this box earlier but I didn’t get around to posting it. By now, I received another Walmart Beauty Box so I thought I’d post this one now. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Spring 2018 Beauty Box.
The most excited thing in this bunch is the peeling gel face mask. And I can’t wait to try the Aquaphor product. I hope it doesn’t come across as too greasy!
The contents of this bag is much better than many of the ones I got recently. I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!
Walmart Winter 2016 Beauty Box
This popped in my mailbox recently and for $5 (still!), I’m keeping the subscription. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Winter 2016 Beauty Box.
This box is more exciting than the others I’ve gotten in the past mostly because of the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.
I’m looking forward to trying some of these out so watch out for reviews to come!
Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion
Okay, I RARELY post about a product immediately here after trying it only a few times. This is one of those times. It’s either very good that I can’t wait to share about it or very bad and I’m sharing my disappointment with it. I got this from my ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag that I just blogged about yesterday. Here’s my take on the Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion.
What I love about this product? The formula is pretty good. It’s moisturizing without being greasy at all — something I look for in a good lotion. It locks in moisture pretty well from what I can tell during the short time this product was applied onto my hands. My hands were dry from washing dishes and it’s like a drink of water to them. But sadly, I couldn’t test this product fully except maybe if I applied it on my feet or something.
What I don’t like about this product? The scent. I was hoping for a light lemon and sugar scent along the lines of C.O. Bigelow’s Lemon Sugar or even the Sugared Lemons candle from Bath & Body Works a few years ago. To me, it doesn’t smell like real lemons at all nor does it smell like some lemon candy. I make lemon poppy seed loaf cakes every week and I know what real lemons smell like. I love lemon candy so I know how it tastes and this scent doesn’t make me think of it at all. It has a medicine or chemical hint to it and it gave me a headache. Scent is one of the most relative things to people so what bothers me may not bother you at all. In fact, you might actually really like it as a lot of other people do. I’m taking this to work and letting my co-workers use it up as the formula is not bad at all. I had to wash my hands after using it and am just glad I didn’t use this on my body right after I showered before going to work. I would’ve had to endure the scent all day possibly! I say possibly because after trying to see if it gets better for 15 minutes the scent didn’t fade enough for it to not bother me, so I don’t really know how long-lasting the scent is. Upside to this scent aspect is they have a ton of other scents to choose from so maybe another scent would’ve worked better for me (the lavender one perhaps).
More information on this item is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by selected online retailers such as Amazon.com.
ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag
Hey guys! I got my ipsy bag a weeks ago or so but didn’t get around to posting about it until today. I’ve been very busy with work (still) that what time I have left I just go do other things that I enjoy to relax. Here’s what I got in my ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag.
First, the bag — HOLO?! Hell yeah! I LOVE it! I didn’t care for the print much but the holo goodness just stands out so I don’t mind at all. And it’s made out of the thicker material so this is now in rotation as my phone case (yes, I carry my phone in ipsy bags made of thicker material as it doesn’t have an actual real phone case). The first item that caught my eye is the theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is called Matt Kumar and it’s described as a “matte cranberry”. I would’ve probably liked the other shade available sent to other ipsy subscribers called Matt Moskowitz. That one’s described as a “matte plum”. In general, I think plums would look better on me as an Asian than cranberry. But the packaging is so cute, as usual, and the name is catchy that I’m keeping this. I actually realized that I own more of theBalm products than I thought I did. Good brand for a decent price in my opinion. Next items that caught my eye are the SHRAY face masks. The ones I got are Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee. I have been slacking off in using face masks that I was just reminded of that with these. I’m going to make an effort again to use them including these 2. Then we have the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I’m excited to receive this as I’ve been testing different makeup primers for the past few years now and didn’t have one from Too Faced on hand to test. Next up is the Vasanti Contour Eyeshadow Brush. Well, I definitely did NOT need more makeup brushes in general and I’ve retaken the ipsy quiz to indicate that but whatever. The rest of what I got was good so I’ll just put this in the extra gifts makeup pile for others. Last up is the Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion. I looked up this brand as I couldn’t really tell if it had more than one line of products with different scents or not and discovered that the hand and body lotion I got fell under their Be Happy category on the website. I like the scent of lemons and sugar so I think this might be the one to keep an eye on. It brings me back to when I was a huge fan of the C.O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body Scrub (discontinued now if I’m not mistaken).
With the exception of the makeup brush, I’m loving everything I got! Can’t wait for next month now!