I am more than a little obsessed wiimageth skin care and   always ready with dough to splurge on serums which means business . For my dehydrated and dull skin I struggle to find the right serum  packed with the biggest punch  which  can deliver  a clearer, brighter and hydrated skin.

So when I read great reviews like targeted   repairing abilities of Clinilque’s Smart Custom repair serum ,You know lovelies, I was not going to miss it .I have been using it for last 5  weeks and can not rave about it enough. First, My fickle combination to oily  skin did not break out.The texture of the serum is little thick and silky ,so it makes your skin feel instantly soft, smooth,lush and ready to take on the day. I am not fond of fragrance in my skin care products. This one has very mild fragrance which I like . I use this every morning and every night  with Clinique’s Repair wear  uplifting Day cream and repair wear sculpting night cream.  I have noticed that my skin has brightened   and my dark spots have lightened- though the difference is only minor.  But friends it’s only 5 weeks. Think  extreme hot weather ,fully air-conditioned home and workplace of oppressive Asian Summer. However dry the indoor is due to Air-conditioning ,My skin still  feels moisturized ,credit for which definitely goes to this serum. I would like to see what the serum does to my overall uneven skin tone -which is my main concern. I don’t have wrinkles but fine lines are  a concern too.Clinique says that the ingredients of the smart serum understands the particular needs of your skin and provides targeted delivery of the goodies for  custom repair of  the damage you see and the damage you don’t. Reason for naming the product as smart custom repair is that  it targets multiple concerns and delivers Firm skin by addressing the loss in elasticity,  reduces dark spots and evens out skin tone , improves radiance and texture and  Diminishes lines and wrinkles, you know Ladies…….the tall claims.

Key ingredients which I understand from the long list of ingredients  to be beneficial to my skin are Algae extract, various fruit extract,Vitamin C, salicylic acid ,hyaluronic acid , wheatgerm oil and various Peptides. Though Paula’s review is not that favorable particularly due to grape fruit extract as it might make skin photosensitive, I am not that concerned as I use Sunscreen daily.So far I am enjoying the serum and definitely repurchase it as I would like to continue using it till 12 weeks to assess the potency and will definitely be back with a review.

Have any one used this serum ? Also let me know which Clinique’s product you love the most?



image Hi Lovelies, I  purchase skin care products mostly on the recommendations /reviews of my favorite bloggers . Some products go to trash bin and some enter my vanity and become part of my daily roster. I thought why not start a series of my current favorites ….”My Current Obsession ##” .

Wearing the right sunscreen is one aspect of skin care which  I am obsessed with .I have started to use Sunscreen a bit late into my life, though nowadays   I am wearing sunscreen religiously everyday. My stay at Tokyo allowed me to lay my hands on  Japanese Sunscreens.   Japanese Sunscreens  are known  for their higher PPD, good texture and beautiful finish. These sunscreens are very popular  due to higher PA rating of ++++ which means their UVA protection corresponds to a PPD of 16 ( PPD- persistent pigment darkening ). But, I felt a little lost as the Japanese skin care market has   a myriad of different sunscreens with different formulations. I have chosen a couple of sunscreens  from Shiseido  , Kanebo and Biore . Right now, I am obsessed with  Shiseido’s 50+Wetforce perfect uv protector( spf 50,pa++++) which I like the most  for its texture and the finish.

 I am a huge fan of light weight sunscreens. This new  sunscreen launched by Shiseido does not leave any white cast or oiliness on the skin.It has a matte finish and my face remains  matte for  almost for 3-4 hours. You can easily wear it under your makeup.    Moreover Shiseido has used a superveil –UV technology, which allows product to adhere to the skin evenly to provide alround uv protection.  This   sunscreen uses wetforce technology  which reinforces its protective veil when the sunscreen comes in contact with water and sweat. For last 10 years ,my  favorite Sunscreen has been  Clarins UV plus SPF 40.But for the time being I have strayed away from my first love and  so far Wet force perfect UV protector has not disappointed me. Fingers crossed.

Which Sunscreen is your favorite? Ladies!