Currently Obsessed: Clinique Skincare

Surprise! And no, I didn’t make a posting mistake by doing a Currently Obsessed entry on a Saturday – I did promise a double post yesterday but I couldn’t be on the computer and type away after work and I didn’t get back home until midnight. I was surprised I was even able to coherently make an entry last night / this morning because my eyelids were half open while my fingers were flying all over the keyboard lol.

Now that that’s out of the way, onward to the main topic: Clinique Skincare!

It seems to have a love-hate cult status: some people swear by it, some think it’s overhyped. I fall more into the former, as I have been using some of the Clinique skincare products (as well as the makeup, but there’s a reason why I’m listing the skincare more than the makeup) for some time and they’ve done wonders to my skin.

But I did have a disappointment with one of their products, which I’ll mention later on.

So which products do I love from the skincare line and how exactly did I get into Clinique?

My ma pretty much influenced me with my skincare preference, despite the fact that I didn’t fully inherit her skin type – she has dry skin, whereas I have combination oily (my dad making up the other half). Clinique was one of the brands she kept drilling into my head for the simple fact that their slogan is “Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.”

The only time I’m cool with scented skincare stuff is when I use lotion. Any other time? I hate it because the scent always guns for my nostrils and I have to snort like a raging bull to clear them out.

But my ma’s repeated insistence sales pitch about Clinique over time stayed with me, so when it was time for me to finally be serious about my skincare routine, it was time to pay the Clinique counter at Macy’s a visit. But rather than buy into their skin-cleansing system, I only struck out of the store with one item: their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I initially came across this little bugger when I perused Macy’s with either my cousin, college classmates, or a former friend and I think Clinique released a new version of the stuff. They lined up the counters and it was all the rage at the time.

I could only stare in longing for a bottle because I couldn’t afford to buy one at the time. I didn’t have a job yet and $26 was pricey. It would take a couple of years and some parched-looking skin for me to finally get ahold of one bottle. At that point, I was skeptical about what the product could do for me – I’ve tried drugstore hydrating facial lotions and while it worked for the dry parts of my face, my T-zone made me look like I had been in a sauna for a couple of hours at the maximum temperature possible.

What hope could I possibly have that the Clinique Moisturizing Gel will work for my combination skin? It turned out to be everything.

So I bought my first bottle and proceeded to use it during the day, daily. Sure enough, my skin slowly started to improve – rather than looking dull and lifeless, my skin started to have a healthy look to it. And I sure as hell didn’t end up looking like an oil slick on my T-Zone, though I have to use a little more on the dry areas of my skin because they ate that stuff up like Hungry Hungry Hippos.

I haven’t switched to any other daily moisturizer since (except on the day that I have to use my Premiere set) and I can’t tell you what a relief it is to be able to use a moisturizer that works with my combo skin.

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My First Clinique Purchase. Good thing I bought backups lol

But the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel wouldn’t be my only purchase from Clinique – there are other skincare products that I bought but haven’t gotten to using them yet, so expect future Currently Obsessed posts on them!

And that’s all for the first Currently Obsessed item of April 2016! See you lovely Blossoms on the next entry!

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