A Quick & Easy Upgrade

New Bottle!

New Bottle!

I’ve used Clinique for more than half my life. For my 13th birthday, my mom handed me the Clinique 3-Step system and said, “Here, use this.” I didn’t need instructions on the how-to, I’d been watching her to use the set twice a day, every day, for my entire life (she still does, and she doesn’t look even close to her real age). Over the years, I’ve modified the routine to fit my finicky, hypersensitive, pale skin, tweaking the products as needed –my dermatologist recommended Cetaphil cleanser instead of Clinique’s Step 1 face soap, I’ve swapped in an oil-free lotion and added a night cream, and I use an spf20 moisturizer in the mornings, all from Clinique– but the one product that I’ve never wavered on was Step 2: Clarifying Toner. I’ve described it before as being nail polish remover for your pores. It’s a sharp, tingly liquid you soak a cotton ball with and swipe over your face after washing & drying, before using your lotion, and it cleans out pores and removes any traces of residue or leftover makeup or dead skin. I love it. I don’t, however, love the packaging. Purple and green? A little much.

Enter these amber glass apothecary bottles. At $9 for a set of two on Amazon, I figured I could inject a little bit of subdued, French-pharmacy style to my bathroom. And who wouldn’t like to look at one less label while you’re getting ready? They’re a substantial weight but not heavy, and they are easy to hold without feeling like I’ll drop them (I was worried about glass). The amber color protects against UV sun damage, so the liquid inside will stay stable longer. The mouth opening is larger than the Clinique bottle, meaning I get more product on my cotton round in one pass. And they’re pretty.

New Bottle!

New Bottle!

New Bottle!

New Bottle!

New Bottle!

(Hi!)

I realize it’s silly to complain about labels when I store my q-tips in a Diptyque candle jar, but whatever. There are a million empty glass bottles on Amazon in different sizes and colors (cobalt! frosted!) and with different tops. It’s making me want to transfer all of my products over to nicer packaging, even my lip balms.

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August 26, 2016 / fashion / vanity / LEAVE A COMMENT / 3

3 comments

  • I’m the same way – I much prefer a more cohesive look, especially in the bathroom where all those different products can make the space look messy! I, too, love your use of q-tips in a Dyptique candle jar. Now I know what I will be doing when mine burns down. xo

  • OOoooo pretty! Love it and thanks for sharing

  • It’s purple! What’s not to like? Hehe, jokes a side. I really like that toner as well, and I used it for so many years (probably since my teens), but then I switched because my skin was too dry for it. I’m thinking of going back to it though. It’s just as you say, it feels like it cleans out all your pores!