Clinique, the fabulous and incredible story!

A few weeks ago, I told you the fabulous story of Estee Lauder… this month, it is the turn of the fabulous mark dermatological clinic (little sister of Estee Lauder) that revolutionized the beauty industry.

“Can we create a beautiful skin?” This is the famous question of the editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, Carol Phillips, asked in 1967.

Carol Phillips Clinique

Carol Phillips wearing the original Clinique Consultants White Coat with the Skin Computer est in 1968 for Estee Lauder Cosmetics found in fine department stores (Click photo to enlarge).

A question that circumnavigated the world in no time and that revolutionized the world of beauty and cosmetics. An issue that especially gave birth to the very famous brand Clinique! And behind the design and the success of the brand is a true team effort, a trio of experts: the know-how of Dr. Norman Orentreich, the determination of the editor in Chief of Vogue USA Carol Phillips and the expertise of the Estee Lauder group.

The origins of Clinique when the curiosity of a Chief Editor joined the knowledge of a famous dermatologist and arrives at the ears of the determined Madam Estée Lauder, the result can be that fabulous and is proudly named Clinique.

Clinique 3-Step Vintage

The universe of beauty and cosmetics has always piqued the curiosity of Carol Phillips, it is quite natural that she decided to turn to Dr. Norman Orentreich. He is the pioneer of hair implants, transplantation surgery and the first President of the American society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dermatological Clinique guide, it has always been him and to this day, his two children, David and Catherine, who take the notes as consultants dermatologists for the brand.

It is during an interview granted to journalist, in 1967, the famous doctor revealed its most beautiful secrets. These same secrets that fidélisaient it a rich client (the personalities of the world of politics, fashion and show) including the famous ‘clean, exfoliate, moisturize’, the premise of Basic 3 time, either the winning formula to create and maintain beautiful skin. Following this interview, Carol Phillips devoted a full article on these 3 magic words, seducing everyone in its path, time where women prefer to hide their problems of skin rather than the process, including the large Estee Lauder! consultant dermatologists for the brand. For the record, it is Evelyn Lauder, daughter-in-law of Estee (wife of Leonard Lauder) who first read the article of journalist. She was completely fascinated by the words of Carol Phillips and especially by the advice of Dr. Orentreich. Is the idea to make a mark was imminent? May be Yes, may be not.. .but Evelyn wanted at any price that Estée read the article, because she knew that the latter would be interested.

Clinique vintage ad

Indeed, Mrs. Lauder was charmed, but not only… This great lady wanted to create, innovate and revolutionize once more, the universe of beauty (after the success of Youth Dew and Re-Nutriv). Thus, the meeting of Carol Phillips, and Dr. Norman Orentreich for Estée Lauder gave life to a prestigious and dermatological brand both: Clinique! A brand 100% without fragrance, hypoallergenic and performing everything simply.

In regards to the name, some say that Estee Lauder, walking in Paris has noticed the facade of a ‘aesthetic clinique’ and therefore borrowed the word ‘Clinique’. While others argue that it is Evelyn Lauder who had found the name in full agreement with the clinical and dermatological brand image and who was the first to wear the famous iconic white coat of the company, after having been designated Director of Training

Where to start? What exactly? This is what the trio attempted to discover! Between the creativity of Carol Phillips, Dr. Orentreich know-how and expertise of Estée Lauder, there were sufficient resources to launch a novelty in the world of cosmetics. Therefore, under the impetus of the Estee Lauder group and the professionalism of the three personalities that the clinic brand emerged in 1968. Everything went very quickly and in August of the same year, the brand unveiled its credo: be and remain true, inform, serve and satisfy.

And to determine the type of skin, the brand dermatologists and researchers have proudly designed the computer of beauty, a precision tool, this only in the premises of the brand. At the time of the consultation, each person-specific criteria are entered. The generated results are based on the genetic and specific criteria. For example, a blonde with blue eyes will be a priori, a more delicate skin than a brunette with dark eyes. In the same context, there are factors such as fatigue, seasons, climate, or medical treatments. Clinic has understood, tailor-made is the winning formula:

In the custom addition concepts of prevention and protection. What does it mean? Simply that each product is tested for allergies and guarantees a 100% fragrance-free formula. Each formula is tested at least 12 times on 600 people, what makes 7200 applications. And any allergic or negative reaction, the formula is returned to the laboratory. One goal: create beautiful skins with proper dermatological care.

The recipe for beautiful skin, here it is! Thanks to the advice of Dr.Orentreich, the Estée Lauder company has succeeded in creating the perfect care: Basic of 3 products: a soap, for a perfect cleaning, a clarifying lotion based on salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin, and finally a moisturizer. Since his arrival on the market, in 1968, this shock trio that meets the Dermatologic formula ‘clean, exfoliate, moisturize’ did not fail to seduce.

Clinique would not have been possible without sons Lauder, Leonard and Ronald. Indeed, just before the creation of the brand, Estée turned to her eldest son, Leonard, to talk to him about his idea to develop hypoallergenic care. Together they collaborated, analysed the beauty market and decided that it was time to offer women the proper care to finally have beautiful skin.

Clinique 3 Step

Clinique 3-Steps (Click photo to enlarge).

At the time, President of the brand was Carol Phillips, and in eight months only, the journalist managed to establish a process to ensure that the new brand is spawning a niche in the market. The youngest of Estée, Ronald Lauder was Vice President of the company.

Yet, the startup was not relaxing. Although it aroused the curiosity of others, Clinique failed to meet a great success at its launch. Millions of dollars injected into the company  In 1975, the brand denounced a consequent loss of at least $ 3 million. The reasons behind this? People did not yet know the benefits of hypoallergenic products and preferred to conceal rather than to treat. But Carol Phillips, Leonard Lauder and Ronald Lauder believed that Clinicque would become quickly one of the leaders in the world of cosmetics and beauty. It was enough just to help them discover the brand and the benefits of using products without fragrances, hypoallergenic and suitable for their skin.

Three years after this big loss of funds, clinic was able to earn $ 80 million, almost 30% of the revenues of the Estee Lauder company. Great news for the brand which attracted the attention of journalists, more specifically those of the Forbes magazine “the Lauder family will never lowered arms. Instead, they drew the best of these losses and took advantage of it to feed the business”. Like what, with patience and determination, there is always the potential to operate and as stated so well in English, “there’s always room for improvement!”.

Clinique Acne Solutions

Clinique Acne Solutions (Click photo to enlarge).

You have probably noticed that there is never a ‘Muse’ (a -famous- face) at Clinique. The company is based on a credo simple and direct: “the product is the hero!” and has always adopted a ‘different’ marketing…

Between dermatological care, cosmetics and perfumes, clinic will conquered quickly the U.S, French and the British. The make-up, and in particular the fonds de teints, are positioned at the top of the standings with at least 200 colors, 12 fluid forms, 7 presentations 3 textures creams and powders. All, of course, carved on the precision and own clinic dermatological expertise. We remember also that it is the first brand to evoke a mens line, UV filters and antioxidants.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion Charm

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon.2015 edition (Click photo to enlarge)

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, each year Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+. The limited-edition version of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ is adorned with a Clinique key ring with four charms including a Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon.

Flying through the time:

1968: Seeing daylight: Clinique, under the direction of the Estee Lauder group, the inspiration of journalist Carol Phillips and the expertise of Dr. Norman Orentreich

1969: Clinic focuses more closely to the international market and expands in France and the United Kingdom, with only the famous 3 time Basic product/kit. Today, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, the third step, is still the company’s top selling moisturiser.

1970: The first Foundation, called Continuous Coverage happens. Concealing defects and a sunscreen, this ‘2 in 1’ continues, even today!

1971: Clinique lifts the veil on her first perfume, Aromatics Elixir, a floral oriental crossing modes

Clinque Exlir

Clinique Aromatics Elixir Luxe for Women Parfum Extract Reserve Edition Prestige 40th Anniversary (Click photo to enlarge). 

1976: Care for men finally arrive! Called ‘Skin Supplies For Men’, this line consists of lotions, scrubs, creams… in short. All that it takes for the modern male. Note that it is the first cosmetic range specifically developed for men!

Clinique for Men

Clinique for Men (Click photo to enlarge).

1978: The company is addressing to the international market. This year underlines its arrival in the Japan, South Africa and the Venezuela

1991: The 1990s were very enriching for the brand. The first Sun care, City Block SPF15, made its appearance. Finally a screen light and especially without chemical filter for everyday use!

Clinique SPF 30 Body Cream Sun

Two products from the Clinique Sun Care range. Clinique SPF 30 Face and Body Cream (CLick phot to enlarge).

1991: After a flawless Sun care, clinic decided to test these products in a different way. It was aboard the U.S. shuttle that the mark was conducting tests in weightlessness

1992: Clinique puts the competitive bar even higher, by proposing the first care with salicylic acid, called Turnaround. Regenerated and radiant skin with the first applications, a true revolution in the world of beauty!

2006: When the cosmetic brand joined the dermatological research, the result is quite impressive, where the arrival of the Clinique Skin Wellness Center at Weill Cornell Science in the United States

2007: Clinic innovates once again and offers training in 3 steps, called the “Accredited Program”. It is aimed at advisers and customers who wish to enhance their knowledge

2008: Clinic tackles skin problems. Four launches so that each type of skin can benefit from proper care: Even Better, Anti Blemish, Pore Refining Solutions and Redness Solution

2011: Clinique wins the ‘Prize of the Excellence of Beauty’ offered by Marie-Claire

2013: The brand combines price and takes advantage of Elle International Beauty Awards

2014: The Skin Supplies For Men range Gets a makeover and becomes clinical for Men.

by Jean Amr


Estee Lauder, the fabulous story!

Estee Lauder

The most beautiful face in the world? It is yours.

Estee Lauder

She shows us her passion for the beauty through this quote. It is the very famous Estee Lauder! This lovely lady has completely revolutionized the world of cosmetics in 1946.

Did you know that Estee Lauder was at the origin of the samples, serum, the first line treatments for men, the muses and many others things that seem so normal to us today, and was simply yet revolutionaries at the time? Touch the heart, the spirit and the face of every woman, such was the philosophy of Estée Lauder, this visionary woman who revolutionized the beauty industry.


Estée Lauder at work (Click photo to enlarge).

With a journey like his, carved on the determination and the frenzy, there are what become a true legend. Zoom on Estée Lauder, quite surprisingly wife, saleswoman and marketeuse outstanding… and his eponymous line of cosmetics… to become an empire!

A true passionate of beauty! Estée Lauder, of his real name Josephine Esther Mentzer, born July 1, 1906 into a family of Czech-Hungarian Jewish immigrants has always been drawn by aesthetics. And to increase his drinking for this magnificent universe, from a young age she decided to join his uncle John Schötz – brother of his mother – who worked in the field of chemistry. His goal? Estée wanted at any price creating beauty products. His many years of work and research alongside his uncle marked the beginning of the beginning.

Even if his dream of becoming dermatologist failed, Estee was motivated to start something again. Between the hours spent in the laboratory and in the kitchen, she managed to concoct care for home-made skin for his family. And in 1946 with the help of her husband, Joseph, she designs a range consisting of a lotion, a cleansing oil and two creams.

Estee Lauder Private Collection Eau De Parfum

Estée Lauder Privat Collection 1970’s ad

And it is in her own hairdressing salon, called The House of Ash Blondes, she was doing his marketing. The women of the neighborhood came not only for hair care, but also to discover the labeled earnings Estée Lauder. While these ladies were ‘imprisoned’ in the heated helmet, Mrs. Lauder was personally and for free to beautify their face. Very quickly, the new toured the region and sales figures rose dramatically

To top it all, Estée gave samples of its new products to its customers. At times, she scratched a small piece of red lipstick, just to give it to the ladies so they can try it at home, and of course they came back immediately! Namely that the concept of the free gift for any purchase is actually inspired by Mrs.

It is with the help of her husband (design, manufacture…) Joseph Lauder, it managed to attract clients and proudly presented these first four products: Super Rich All – Purpose cream, cream Pack, Cleansing Oil and Skin Lotion. After the tour of New York, these products home made specially by the Lauder couple, gave life to a real cosmetic empire. And this empire is now one of the world leaders in the world of beauty!


Estee Lauder Serums Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

A true classic: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

To return to her love life, it is found that Estée was immediately charmed by Joseph Lauder. Real name Lauter, he decided to change it to Lauder before he married her in 1930. From this union was born their first child Leonard, three in later. In 1939, the couple divorced!

During their separation, Estée will be a meeting that will change his life, that of the wealthy Dutch industrialist Arnold Lewis Van Ameringen, who will become her lover (they will break apart because he refused to leave his wife but will remain very good friends) but also and above all ‘financial’ mentor. After their separation, she returned to New York to rebuild ties with Joseph. This is so in 1942 the couple remarried. A love that will last until the last breath of Joseph…

I wanted to see my name in lights, but I was willing to settle for my name on a jar.

Estée Lauder

The company began in 1946 when Estée Lauder and her husband Joseph Lauder began producing cosmetics in New York City. They first carried only four products: Cleansing Oil, Skin Lotion, Super Rich All purpose Creme, and Creme Pack. Two years later, in 1948 they established their first department store account with Saks Fith Avenue in New York.

In 1953, Lauder introduced her first fragrance, Youth Dew, a bath oil that doubled as a perfume. Instead of using French perfumes by the drop behind each ear, women began using Youth Dew by the bottle in their bath water. In the first year, it sold 50,000 bottles, and by 1984, the figure had jumped to 150 million. Lauder was a subject of a 1985 TV documentary, Estée Lauder: The Sweet Smell of Success. Explaining her success, she said, “I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard”.


Estee Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum

Estée Lauder Youth Dew Eau de Parfum (Click photo to enlarge).

They expanded the range and continued to sell their products in the United States. In 1960, the company started its first international account in the London department store Harrods. The following year it opened an office in Hong Kong.

In 1964, they started Aramis Inc., designed by Arame Yeranyan, with the fragrance named after Yeremes, a city in Armenia, producing fragrances and grooming products for men. In 1967, Estée Lauder herself was named one of ten Outstanding Women in Business in the United States by business and financial editors. This was followed by a Spirit of Achievement Award from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1968. In that year, the company expanded again, opening Clinique Laboratories, Inc. Clinique was the first dermatologist guided (Dr. Norman Orentreich), allergy tested, fragrance-free cosmetic brand created by Estée Lauder.

Estée Lauder and her husband Joseph in 1972.

Estée Lauder and her husband Joseph in 1972

Estée Lauder’s Clinique brand became the first women’s cosmetic company to introduce a second line for men when, in 1976, they began a separate line called ‘Skin Supplies for Men’, which continues to be sold at Clinique counters worldwide. In 1981, the company’s products became available in the Soviet Union.

In October 1992, the BCA campaign was launched by Evelyn Lauder (Estée’s daughter in law) who co-created the ‘Pink Ribbon’ with SELF magazine as a symbol of breast health. Since then, millions of people globally have heard the message about the importance of breast health and early detection can save lives. The Estée Lauder Companies’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness campaign involves all of the 18 brands that make up the Estée Lauder Companies. They collectively represent The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s first and largest corporate supporter. Estée’s daughter-in-law created BCRF’s signature pink ribbon. (Over $10 million were raised for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation between 1993 and summer 2003. Another $1 million were raised from their retail partners between July 2002 and summer 2003).

Since at least February 2001, Estée Lauder and its brands have been the target of a boycot campaign. The boycott has been led by pro-Palestinian activists who have targeted the corporation because of the pro-Israel activities of Ronald Lauder.

While Lauder’s son Ronald has been an outspoken conservative in most of his activities (including leadership of the World Jewish Congress), the Estée Lauder company has given most of its political contributions to liberal Democratic senatorial candidates in New York. Nevertheless, the company’s products, including Aramis, Prescriptives, Clinique, Aveda, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger and Tony Burch toiletries products, have been targeted for boycott by pro-Palestinian activists, in opposition to Ronald Lauder’s support for the Likud party and his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In June 2003, the San Francisco-based Queers Undermining Israëli Terrorism (QUIT) took up the boycott with their ‘Estée Slaughter’ campaign.

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Estée Lauder and Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

At age 95, Estée Lauder died of cardiopulmonary arrest on April 24, 2004 at her home in Manhattan.

The company has had sometimes iconic spokesmodels, sometimes referred to simply as ‘faces’. Past ‘faces’ for Estée Lauder include Karen Graham (model), Bruce Boxleitner (actor), Shaun Casey (model), Willow Bay (television correspondent, editor, author, model). Pauline Porizkova (model), Elizabeth Hurley (actress and model), Anja Rubik (model), Carolyn Murphy (model) Hilary Rhonda (model), Liu Wen (model) and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

As of 2010, Estée Lauder sold its products in department stores across the world and has a chain of freestanding retail outlets. On July 1, 2010, the company acquired Smashbox Beauty Cosmetics, Inc., a brand created in Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California by brothers Dean and Davis Factor (as in Max).

Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection 2012 Ad

Estee Lauder ‘Mad Men Collection’ 2012 Ad.


Estee Lauder Mad Men Collection 2012

The Mad Men Collection by Estee Lauder boasts vintage-inspired packaging much like the original Estee Lauder’s items of the ’60s

In 2012, the Company launched AERIN Beauty, a luxury lifestyle beauty and fragrance brand inspired by the signature style of its founder, Aerin Lauder.

In 2013, philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard Lauder donated a cubist art collection, worth $1 billion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The enormous gift, estimated to be worth $1 billion, includes 78 works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger, and ‘will transform the museum’. That may seem extravagant, but Lauder can afford it, Forbes estimates he’s worth $8.5 billion, due mainly to the cosmetics empire founded by his mother, the late Estée Lauder.

In 2014, the Company acquired two insider beauty brands, RODIN olio lusso, a skin care brand renowned for its ‘Luxury Face Oil’, and Le Labo, a fragrance and sensory lifestyle brand with an emphasis on craftsmanship.


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Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème

In 2015, the Company acquired Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, a fragrance brand dedicated to the art of perfumery, and GLAMGLOW, a Hollywood skin care brand that delivers camera-ready resultsl.

Tom Ford Fragrances Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford fragrances

Today, the Estée Lauder empire now owns 29 other big-name brands and reported sales of just over $9.7 billion to investors last year. Not that difficult with these brands: Aerin, Aramis, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble, Clinique, Darphin, Donna Karan New York, DKNY, Editions de Parfums Frédèric Malle, Estée Lauder, Glamglow, Goodskin, Jo Malone London, Kiton, Lab Series, La Mer, Le Labo, M.A.C, Marni, Michael Kors, Ojon, Origins, Osiao, Prescriptives, RODIN olio lusso, Smashbox Cosmetics, Tommy Hilfinger, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Ermenegildo Zegna.

And how the Lauders spend all that money is almost as interesting as the rags-to-riches story of how the daughter of two Hungarian Jewish immigrants left behind a beauty dynasty.





Clinique Acne Solution

Since spring 2014 a true Clinique classic. Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel will tighten the pores, even out the skin tone and even prevent any further breakouts, which may result in blemishes. The formula is very gentle, fragrance-free and allergy tested, thus suitable for daily use.


Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel will tighten the pores, even out the skin tone and even prevent any further breakouts, which may result in blemishes. The formula is vèry gentle, fragrance-free and allergy tested, thus suitable for daily use.


The clear gel can be used either as an allover treatment, if applied in a thin layes to entire face twice a day after cleansing: or as a spot-treatment, if applied topically where needed….

by Jean Amr


Clinique introduces new Sonic Brush and Face Wash For Men

Launches from Clinique for Men come but once in a blue moon, but when they do, the men’s grooming and skin care industry scrambles into action to copy and replicate their inevitable success.

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Nyle DiMarco, Yakymour’s favorite model

Clinique is expanding its Sonic System lineup to include a new Clinique for Men Deep Cleansing Brush and Charcoal Face Wash. As its names suggest, two new products are designed specifically for men.

So as always, Clinique and the almighty Estée Lauder machine are leaps and bounds ahead of the game with the introduction of the first electrical cleansing brush to be targeted specifically towards us guys. The device itself is absolutely the same as the Original Clinique Sonic for Women but it’s the head that comes into its own.


The perfect combination: Clinique Deep Cleansing Face Brush for Men and Charocoal Face Wash

The Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash is formulated with activated charcoal, which is a natural ingredient known for its amazing cleansing properties. Charcoal is known to trap toxins, chemicals, dirt and debris, allowing them to be flushed away easily. Activated charcoal is most commonly made from coconut shells or other natural sources, plus: activated charcoal which is an awesome skin care ingredient due to its ability to absorb 100 to 200 times its own weight in impurities as well as breaking down excess surface oil. This porous, coal-like material, traps dirt in its millions of tiny pores. Charcoal has a negative electric charge, which attracts positively charged dirt and oil to bond with it. This detoxifying gel wash, therefore, delivers a deep pore cleansing, as its soothing, non-drying lather gently foams away impurities, dirt and oil, and softens beard.

The Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash should be used twice a day, morning and evening. The Clinique For Men Charcoal Face Wash comes in a black ‘manly’ colored 200ml tube.

Complementing the Charcoal Face Wash is the new Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush, which features an oval shaped brush head with more than 9,000 sonic vibrations per minute. Not only that the brush cleans your skin more comprehensively than hand washing alone, but it also prepares it for more comfortable ‘wet’ shave. It helps dislodge the impurities and oils, and leaves your skin looking and feeling more energized. Light charcoal-grey bristles are softer and designed for cheeks, while darker bristles are tapered to deep-clean pores.

Why do ‘we’ need our own brush: Men’s skin is on average 1.25x thicker on the outer layers (the epidermis) and this, coupled with more testosterone and a few other factors, is why we congest, block and spot up more. Plus the fact we also don’t take care of our skin as much as we should! Therefore the Clinique For Men Sonic brush head has been especially designed to target these differences.

by Jean Amr

Skincare: What’s Acne? Can You Exfoliate Cystic Acne?

Before I can answer this question, it is importend to know what is acne.

Acne is a collective name of any, different skin conditions, which are to all to recognize the occurrence of pimples.

Acne Vulgaris (Latin name) or ‘youth pimples’ is most common on the face , neck, shoulders, upper arms, and is based on an excessive production of sebum, causing blackheads occur


Acne Pimplecause Yakymour

In this congested and dilated sebaceous glands is the bacterium Propionibacterium Acnes which evokes irritants produces and inflammatory symptoms caused. Red nodules, which appear after infection with Staphylococcus aureus purulent pustules and abscesses especially on face, neck and can also occur on the back and upper arms. Acne starts approximately at the onset of puberty. This is often worse for men than for women. The excessive sebum production is stimulated by the male hormones (androgens).

The Propionibacterium is a bacterium that is commensal and falls under the ‘ resident flora ‘ of the skin. It ‘joins’ us on and deep in our skin from birth. The bacteria lives on fatty acids in tallow. He is able to produce enzymes that can break down skin tissue, and thereby damages cells of sebaceous glands. This creates a path for other bacteria, such as Staphylococcus Epidermidis and Staphylococcus Aureus. At this moment Cystic Acne starts…


Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam 100ml

Shiseido Purness Deep Cleansing Foam

Cystic Acne is notorious for causing scarring. In fact, we strongly suggest you avoid picking at or attempting to pop cystic acne outbreaks for this very reason. Staphylococcus bacteria can spread very easily and very quickly. Especially when resistance is reduced.

I would like to advise when you have ‘active acne’ go to a cosmetologist who is specialized in treating acne (once in 4 – 6 weeks). To visit a cosmetologist for treatment may be the best advise. But what for the rest of the period? Or the cost? Here some tips and ‘knows’ for at home…

Exfoliating F ace Skin Woman Yakymour

Exfoliating is a real holy grale, put please, not on a acitve acne skin (Click photo to enlarge).

You should also be careful about how you exfoliate. Generally speaking, you don’t want to use an exfoliating scrub (normally an excellent tool for refining the skin, is less pimpels) when you have an active acne breakout of any type. However, you should definitely exfoliate; this step is crucial in helping to prevent acne. But how?

Shiseido Pureness Pore Purifying Warming Scrub

Shiseido Pureness Pore Purifying Warming Scrub

Use a chemical exfoliant (ask your cosmetologist) to dissolve the sticky bonds between dead skin cells.

Many brands have special products in their range. Some of them, like Clarins, Shiseido, Clinique have a whole line where all products support each other. Many of them ‘fight’ the Propionibacterium, to bring them in balance again, and keep sebaceous thin, in order to prevent blockage of the pores. Some cleansers use Glycolic Acid, for example, its a natural alpha-hydroxy acid made from sugar cane.

shiseido pureness cleansing water

Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Water Oil-Free Alcohol-Free

Acne-prone and love a good granule scrub? Just hold off during breakouts, you can resume using your favorite scrub when things have cleared up!

Other tip: using hairgel? Wash it out, everyday! Every one or two days: a clean pillow case!

……if you have any questions, please ask!

by Jean Amr

Clinique’s new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream



If you are a faithful devotee of Clinique’s classic yellow moisturizer but always wanted a bit more moisture than the original offers, look no further than Clinique’s new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.

“In terms of skin’s needs, much has changed” says Janet Pardo, Senior Vice President Product Development of Clinique. “The aggressive external environment, stress, allergies, all affect our skin far more than in the past. Strenghtening and reparing skin barrier allows skin to be more resistant against irritations. A strong moisturizing barrier is the key for beautiful, healthy skin”.


Clinique’s famous 3 steps.

It so true what Janet Pardo says. But why did it took so long that Clinique developed this product? Especially when you look at the climate we are living in (outdoors ànd indoors), and in some countries they have special needs because of that! So for me it was always a bit strange why there wasn’t a ‘richer’ brother of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Loton. But finally, they did! Clinique has launched the new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream which is an addition to the Clinique 3-Step System.

After the great success of the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + the company has developed this new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream especially for very dry to dry skin. If used twice a day the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream as part of the 3-Step System will strenghten your skin barrier by 50%, skin looks fresher and shines through. It will restore texture and significantly brighten skin. Skin becomes healthier and has a more youthful look that is longlasting. Skin is intensely moisturized and more resistant to stress factors and aggressive external aggressions. Thanks to the ‘Great six’ rapeseed, barley, cucumber extract, hydrating complex , hyaluronic acid, glycerin and dimethicone will provide very dry skin with effective hydration while enhancing skin’s barrier.

The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream (DDMC) is an alternative to the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (DDML), for normal/combination skin or to the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (DDMG) for oily skin, and provides advanced hydration, it strenghtens the skin barrier, regenerates weakened and irritated skin.



I really believe that a lot of true Clinique clients/fans are very happy with this new product! Maybe the lotion for summer, and the cream for winter period?…. Ask your Clinique specialist whats best for you.

Clinique’s new Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream is available at Clinique counters and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Clinique.


Clinique new fragrance Beyond Rose


Clinique Beyond Rose is a truly special and unique fragrance. Arabia’s past, present and future meet in this sophisticated fragrance. Modern, clean, gorgeously sensual with a blend of the most precious balms and resins.

We wanted to create something that was meant to be beautiful.

Trudi Loren

Created by Trudi Loren, airy layers construct the intense scent enriched and warmed with amber, while the real shock comes from tart notes of pepper! Modern, clean and sophisticated, this is the fragrance of today and tomorrow!

Clinique claims to have bottled the rose like never before.. Rose petals release a sensual heart, white pepper givea a spicy accent while drawing you into the scent and Amber with its timeless, spicy warmth give a veil of mistery and sophistication. Osmanthus gives it richness, Styrax gives it a spicy leathery edge and Cistus Labdanum introduces a musky kick.


The beautifully crafted gold-embossed flacon has a clear Arabic influence. Inspirations from the Middle-East tradition but with Clinique’s clean and cut identity, Beyond Rose is a truly special fragrance who suits women of all ages.

Clinique Beyond Rose is available as 100ml Parfum Spray at Clinique counters and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Clinique.





The Smart Clinique

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum

Clinique, the premier dermatology brand since 1968, will be launching a new custom-fit skin care in October 2014. Clinique presents the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum, a gentle serum compatible for all skin types, ages, and ethnicity because the brand believes that caring for one’s skin prior to visible damages is a necessity.

It understands that everybody has unique skin concerns so the product that has incorporated thirty-seven patents works by addressing the distinctive signals of damage and impedes its process when repair is not necessary. Clinique Smart addresses various specific skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, dark spots, uneven skin tone, dullness, and roughness.

Babe alert with the new Clinique’s chubby sticks baby tint moisturizing lip colour balms


Discover the new Clinique’s chubby stick baby tint, lipbalms with a bit of colour and a hefty helping of moisture. Available in 4 flattering shades, surely there is one for everyone! Apply Clinique’s chubby stick baby tint direct on lips, for subtle definition. If you like, outline lips first, then fill in with natural-looking colour.

Clinique’s Chubby Stick Baby Teint’s are available at Clinique counters and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Clinique.





The new Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum does what is right for your skin!


Those clever people at Clinique have done it again, following 5 years of research and development they are now launching Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum.
It works by understanding the distress signals sent out by damaged skin and delivering the appropiate ingredients needed for a specific concern.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum understands the particular needs of your skin, providing custom repair for the damage you see and the damage you don’t.

It cointains calming ingredients that help deliver targeted repair as needed where needed. Recommended for all skin typrs, ages and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skintone, lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more radiant and more youthful-looking skin. Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum if applied twice a day before moisturiser responds to the individual needs of the skin, smart indeed!

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum is available at Clinique counters and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Clinique.