It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve really started to care about and look after my skin. I’ll admit, I’m lucky and have been blessed with good genes that gives me a youthful look, great teeth and good skin.

My mum has been an avid Clarins user for decades and living at home, rummaging through her bathroom cabinets (as girls do) I can remember her big collection of white with red tubes and tubs and of course the cute little plastic spatulas.

Her skin has always been incredibly smooth and smelled great. I have such vivid memories of snuggling up to her and how comforting and soothing skin on skin was, as a daughter bonding with her mother.

The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (Entered into the Hall of Fame in the 2009 Australian Beauty Awards) is an award winning beauty product that boasts wondrous results. Easy and light to apply, it promises to energise and sooth and give you a more beautiful appearance in a flash.

What does it do?  Promotes firmer looking features and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Brightens and Tightens the skin while restoring your natural radiance.

How does it do this? Extracts of olive and witch hazel minimises the signs of fatigue and appearance of fine lines. Plant extracts hydrate and soften the skin while helping the skin to look bright and radiant. The marine based ingredient complex made up of nutritive micro-algae also soothes and soften the skin.

Any good? The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is a multi functional product which is always great when you get more buck for your money. Used daily in the morning or night for a boost or applied 2-3 times a week as a soothing mask.

The Flash Balm can be applied after your moisturiser and before your make up, as well as over your make up for touch ups during the day and night. Of course, it can be used on its on. It has a creamy texture so glides on easily and makes a great primer which also helps to extend the wear of make up.

It absorbs quite easily, so application is best by smoothing over skin rather than massaging. It felt great and made my liquid foundation application so much easier. I didn’t notice an “instant boost” but I could feel my skin tightening – nothing too severe by any means lo but there was definitely a noticeable feeling. I do plan on using it for a solid 7 days, with a  before and after to see if there is a difference (especially over time) – so keep an eye on on my instagram @allaboutmissy.

It can also be used as a mask, which I’m yet to try, but with an upcoming beach holiday, I think i’ll need all the help I can get to keep my skin healthy and glowing.

The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

An innovative new gradual tanning solution for your face.

What does it do? Gradually gives your face a natural looking tan by mixing it with any of your day or night products.

How does it do this? With a formula that is 99.8% natural, this dermatologist-tested and non-comedogenic gem means that you can look healthy and bronzed year-round. And you only need a couple of drops…

Any good? It’s only been a couple of days, so I’m yet to notice a “radiance”. It does stain, so make sure you wash your hands as soon as you apply. Again it’s only been a couple of days so stay tuned and follow my instagram @allaboutmissy

These products are from which with a huge range of Clarins also stocks bath and body, gifts, mens, make up and beauty products. They also have a great online chat that with just one click you can have your beauty question answered by an expert in their field.

I’ve never actually bothered to use these chats, but I wanted to find out if I could mix these too and in less than 2 minutes “Alexandra” gave me the information I needed. You can! Again, more buck for your money!

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