Clinique Autumn 2018 Bonus Time

Hello all!!!

After a long wait, Clinique has released their autumn bonus, and I rushed out to pick one up after I saw it advertised in the Hudson’s Bay flyer. I have no idea what happened this spring, but I seemed to completely miss the bonus release, so my list of products to shop for has been growing since last autumn.

To qualify for this bonus, I picked up two shades of the newly released Matte Pop Lip Shadow that I wanted to try. Stay tuned for a full review of the lip shadows on the blog soon.

The two choices for this bonus were Eyes, or Lips and Cheeks. Because I am terrible at making decisions, I got the Eyes bonus first and have since sent away for the Lips and Cheeks one as well, along with a few of my holy-grail products I have run out of.

The Eyes bonus includes:

  • Kapitza makeup bag
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense
  • All About Shadow Duo Slider in Strawberry Fudge
  • Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry
  • High Impact Black Chubby Stick Mascara
  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

Sometimes I use these bonuses as a chance to try out new products before investing in a full size, but this bonus is filled with trial sizes of a bunch of my tried and true favourites. I was especially excited that the eyeshadow in this bonus was the Strawberry Fudge duo since it was one of the first Clinique duos I ever owned, and it feels so nostalgic to own it again. Plus, the brown shade is a near-perfect match to my eyebrows and makes for a great brow filler in a pinch.

Also, this Kapitza bag is gorgeous, and it’s the perfect antidote to the dreary rainy weather Vancouver has been getting lately. I have so many of these bags but this one struck me as extra pretty, so right after I took the photo for this post, I moved all my makeup into it.

All in all, I am very happy with this bonus, and I can’t wait for the Lips and Cheeks bonus to arrive in the next few days.

What Clinique products have you been loving lately???

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Clinique Fall 2017 Bonus Time

Good morning everyone!!!

I have missed blogging SO MUCH these past few months, and now that university has started up again and I was a complete fool and enrolled in 6 courses, my time has been monopolized by studying and work. But Clinique released their Fall 2017 bonus recently, and I have been dying to gush about it.

To qualify for this bonus, I picked up a Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips, along with a Clinique Happy Gelato Cream in Berry Blush.

This bonus includes:

  • Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
  • High Impact Mascara
  • All About Shadow/Blush Palette in Sunrise or Sunset
  • Chubby Lip Balm
  • Clinique Happy Perfume
  • Clinique x Jonathan Adler cosmetics bag

This bonus offered two colour collection choices, Sunrise (left) and Sunset (right), featuring different chubby sticks and eyeshadow and blush shades. Sunrise included an All About Shadow/Blush Palette in Foxier + Mink, and Cupid, and a Chubby Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon. Sunset included an All About Shadow/Blush Palette in Like Like Mink, and Sunset Glow, and a Chubby Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry.

Despite the amazing shades of this bonus, my favourite part if definitely the three-dimensional geometric tiled cosmetic bag, designed by Jonathan Adler, the American potter, designer, and author. All of his designs are modern yet chic, and I would love to have them in my home.

What Clinique products are you bringing out this autumn???

Clinique Spring 2017 Bonus Time

Good morning all!!!

It feels like it has been so long since Clinique last came out with a bonus, so I was really excited to head down to my local mall and stock up on all my favourite products. 

To qualify for this bonus, I picked up a Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, which I absolutely adore and reviewed here, and a Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in the shade Matte Plum that I reviewed here way back in 2015. 

This bonus includes: 

  • Cosmetics bag
  • Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
  • Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Jumbo Jet
  • All About Shadow Duo 
  • Long Last Lipstick 
  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser 
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +

The colour collection choices available for this bonus were Spring Pinks and Spring Nudes, which have different shades of eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick. I went with the pinks, which included the lipstick shade Ginger Flower, the Like Milk eyeshadow duo, and Sunset Glow blush. 

The Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara is a new addition to the bonus and, while I love the High Impact Volume Mascara that is usually included, I am really looking forward to trying out this formula and brush. 

I have also read raving reviews of the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, and with summer fast-approaching, my skin will need all the hydration it can get. 

Finally, the cosmetics bag is such a vibrant shade of pink and the citrus fruit slices make it perfect for summer. I think I am going to use it to organzize my sun products so that I can just toss it in a tote bag for a day at the beach. 

What Clinique products have you been loving lately???

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time Sassy and Sweet Colour Collections

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Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time Sweet Colour CollectionGood afternoon all, and happy Wednesday!!!

I was wandering through The Bay the other week and saw that Clinique finally had a bonus gift out. The last one was way back in February, which you can read about here, and since then I had been waiting and waiting for the next bonus before I stocked up on my favourite products. Well, I stocked up all right, and the cosmetics bags are so cute and I love all the sample size products.

Clinique Autumn 2016 Haul and Bonus Time purchases
Left: Glazed Berry, Right: Graffiti Pop
To qualify for the bonus, I purchased four products in two separate purchases so I could get one of each bonus. In the first round, I picked up a Different Lipstick in the shade Glazed Berry, which is a gorgeous frosted rose pink shade, and a Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in the shade Matte Beauty, a classic rose shade that offers full-coverage and a matte finish without drying or fading. 

In the second round, I went for one of the new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks in the shade Graffiti Pop, a vibrant raspberry pink (after swatching all the shades on my arm, of course). I reviewed the original Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer Lipsticks back in 2015, which you can read here if you’d like, and my main issue with them was that the demi-matte finish meant they did not last as long as the soft matte lipsticks and they had a slight sheen. Well, this new release of matte pop shades has me motivated to mosey on over to the Clinique counter next time I’m out shopping and scoop up a few more. I also picked up a Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen in 01 Black because I have been obsessed with it ever since it was first released and I reviewed it here, and now it is just starting to run out, so I am keeping another one on hand. 

The bonus gift this go-around includes: 

  • Cosmetics bag
  • Clinique Smart SPF-15 Custom-Repair Moisturizer
  • Take the Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes, and Lips
  • All About Shadow Duo and Blush in Sassy or Sweet Colour Collections
  • Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in Sassy or Sweet Colour Collections
  • High Impact Mascara in Black
  • Clinique Happy Perfume Spray

The choices available for this bonus were the cosmetics bag, and the colour collection of Sweet or Sassy. I got one of each because I was super eager to snoop through them and try out all the shades of the colour collections. 

What Clinique products have you been loving lately???

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Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm

img_0419 img_0426 6a98d1b7-2fc9-4ef7-8e6d-73fbe022a278 Well hello there 🙂 🙂

With all the hullabaloo of the final week of university, I really haven’t been putting in enough time on this blog, which saddens me because blogging is something I love doing. I am so appreciative of those of you who do enjoy what I write because it gives me this sense of community when I am studying at my desk with my cat as my only form of social interaction. I am also grateful to those of you who stick around even when university gets busy and my posting becomes sporadic. But today, I wanted to get back into the blogging groove and do a traditional product review post of something I have become rather fond of: Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm. 

Features

  1. 2-in-1 sugar scrub and tinted lip balm
  2. Sugar scrub delicately exfoliates and smoothes lips
  3. Lip balm hydrates and nourishes dry, cracked lips
  4. The perfect size to keep in a purse
  5. Available in six shades: Red Velvet, Orange Blossom, Candied Cassis, Pink Framboise, Sweet Rose, and Citron Bleu

I mentioned these little numbers way back in February in my then-recent Clinique haul post, and I have been using them quite a bit since then. I picked up Sweet Rose and Citron Bleu because I wanted to try a sheer pink shade along with the clear shade.

What I really like about this is that the sugar scrub and lip balm are in the same package so it takes up less room in your purse or makeup bag but does twice as much. This does mean that the amounts are a bit less, but I have been using mine for over a month now and I still have lots left. 

Side note: The frosted side of the packaging is the scrub and the clear side is the balm . . . I finally figured that out after much irritation over constantly opening the wrong side. 

First, I take a small fingerful of the sugar scrub and lightly massage it on my lips for about 20 seconds or so. I then wipe this off with a tissue. I highly recommend using a 2 ply tissue or something thick like that because using toilet paper can leave little paper bits on your lips and you don’t want that getting in the lip balm. Clinique recommends that the sugar scrub should be used up to three times per week, which makes sense given it removes dead skin cells and dry flakes but lips are still sensitive and shouldn’t be over-exfoliated. After the sugar scrub, I spread a generous amount of the moisturizing balms on my lips. Luckily this balm can be used whenever your lips are feeling a little dry. 

The balm provides a really sheer and light tint. I was a little disappointed that the balm was not nearly as tinted as I thought it would be, and that the pigmentation stayed on my finger longer than it did on my lips. However, I would think the darker shades would give lips a darker tint, unless they are all super sheer. 

This product retails for CAN $24, which is quite expensive for a lip balm (at least for me) but it is the only product I know of that is dual-sided with a scrub and lip balm. However, in terms of moisturization, the balm was average and so I would probably stick with my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment because of its heavy-duty moisturizing. 

The only issue I have with this product is that I have to use my finger to apply the sugar scrub and lip balm, which isn’t very convenient for on-the-go use because it can get stuck under my nail or make my finger sticky. Plus, you know, germs. I don’t like the idea of them living in my lip balm or sugar scrub. Applying it with a cotton swab does a good job but then I find I waste a lot of product. I really wish it came with a sponge applicator or something, but the adorable cylindrical packaging doesn’t really allow for a hidden applicator anywhere. 

 Have you tried these sweet pots before??? If yes, which is your favourite shade??? Picture 19

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer

  Hello there, lovely readers!!!

Back in September, I reviewed Clinique’s Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer and, while I still use it every morning, I have also been reaching for my sample size of the corresponding Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer. I was really interested to see the difference between the two products, and my skin can always use a little extra hydration overnight. 

Features

  1. Allergy-tested
  2. Fragrance-free
  3. Lightweight
  4. Quickly absorbs into skin, with no greasy residue 
  5. Does not cause breakouts, even with oily skin
  6. A little goes a long way 
  7. Leaves skin healthy and glowing

img_0380-1Before applying this moisturizer, I prep my skin with my nightly skincare routine and substitute this in for the moisturizer component. I apply this to my face and neck, but a little goes a long way so I only use two small dollops. I have been using this since November when I received it in my second Autumn 2015 bonus gift, and I still have some left. I will be needing another jar of it soon but three months is a long time for a sample size to last. 

The full size of this product retails for $46, which is definitely pricy, but this is a great lightweight and hyper-hydrating moisturizer. I have raved about Clinique as a brand numerous times in the past, but for good reason because all of their products are oil- and fragrance-free so I can experiment with them without without worrying about irritating my sensitive skin.

The morning after I have used this moisturizer, my skin feels super fresh and hydrated.  Now, as a university student, I occasionally get those pesky 11 wrinkles between my eyebrows, especially during exam time when my brow is often furrowed in studying concentration (yeah, right), but after using this moisturizer for about a week, those lines completely disappear, so even though this product is not marketed as a wrinkle reducer, I have noticed a change in my skin.

This moisturizer offers the trifecta of retexturizing, toning, and plumping of skin, and also reduces sun damage. I have been lucky enough to never have a sun burn, but this moisturizer is a lovely post-sun exposure remedy to any sun damage. Of course, always wear sunscreen.

What is your favourite product in Clinique’s Turnaround range???   

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Clinique Winter 2016 Haul and Bonus Time

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Good morning everyone!!!

This is the first Clinique bonus time of 2016, and I could not be more excited. Clinique has a bunch of new products out, such as the Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Color + Primer, Lid Pop eyeshadows, Pep-Start Eye Cream, Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Color + Primer, Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm, and so many more. I wish I could try them all out right now, but my bank balance and I can’t agree on how many are “appropriate,” so we compromised and I picked up two new little goodies to try and qualified for the bonus gift of essential travel-size products.

After much deliberation, I picked out two of Clinique’s newly released Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balms. They are all such lovely colours, but Sweet Rose looks like such a soft pink, and Citron is the ideal clear lip balm that we all want sometimes when we are going with a plain lip look. I have yet to try them, but look out for a review post of these in the next little while because I already know I will be sharing my thoughts on them with you.

And now for the little cosmetic bag of goodies:

img_0406Clinique always has such vibrant cosmetic bags, and this one definitely lives up to that reputation. This one was designed by Kapitza, an East London design studio run by German sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza. This studio actually conducts experimental research investigating geometric shapes and mathematical formulas. I was never a huge fan of math class, but this is one nifty application of it.

img_0402The qualifier price for this bonus is $31, but it is valued at $85, making it a great reason to wait half the year to stock up on your Clinique favourites. Like many Clinique bonuses, there is a choice involved, which can either be really great or really troubling if, like me, you struggle to make small decisions like what to eat for dinner or, in this case, what lipstick and eyeshadow trio I would like to try this season. I did a review post on Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks last year, featuring the two shades available for this bonus, which you can read here if you’d like.  Picture 15 This bonus also comes with:

  • Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer, 15 ml
  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, 30 ml
  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, 30 ml
  • High Impact Mascara in Black (a personal favourite of mine)

This gift is also paired with a spend more, get more type deal, where you receive a deluxe size of your choice of Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief or Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator with a purchase of $75 or more. I didn’t go for this offer this go around because I am pretty stocked up on moisturizers and I am really trying to use up all of my sample sizes before I start collecting more.

What bonus times are happening right now where you live???

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Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20

img_0334Good morning everyone!!!

For the past few weeks, I have been taking a break from my Clinique Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer and reaching for something more hydrating: enter Clinique’s Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer!!!

Features:

  1. Breaks apart, and exfoliates away surface darkening to even skin tone
  2. SPF 20 to protect against future darkening
  3. Makes skin look brighter
  4. Highly moisturizing
  5. Can also be used on chest and hands
  6. Oil-free
  7. Suitable for dry and combination skin types

img_0337I have been using this moisturizer for about two weeks now, half of the minimum recommended time period of 4-6 weeks to see results, and I have already noticed a change in my skin tone. My skin is softer, more hydrated, and looks far brighter and more even. I have even been going without foundation for the past few days because my skin is nice and smooth and even. I started noticing results about 5 days after using this and, while these preliminary results were nothing dramatic, the change was noticeable enough.

img_0338This product is highly moisturizing, and goes on super light so skin doesn’t feel weighed down. In addition, it fully absorbs into skin and does not leave a greasy residue. Though primarily sold as a moisturizer, this cream is actually a 4-in-1 product: moisturizer, skin tone corrector, anti-aging agent (not that I am needing this quite yet), and sunscreen. The price is definitely steep, but it can do so many things in one step, eliminating other products from your daily skin care regime.

All of Clinique’s moisturizers are expensive, with this one retailing at $55 for a 1.7 oz container. Keep your eyes peeled though because this moisturizer often makes its way into Clinique’s bonus gifts with purchase in a trial 50ml size. Also, a little goes a long way, so if you’re looking to splurge on a moisturizer, this would be a good bet. I am only about halfway through my trial size thus far, and I use it daily, either under foundation or before I go to bed.

What is your favourite Clinique moisturizer???

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2015 Flashback

My goodness 2015 has flown by!!! Almost a year ago, I began this little blog to chat about my love of books, beauty, and all other lovely things like knitting, baking, and more. I received my very first annual report for Literary and Lovely from WordPress the other day and was shocked and amazed by the figures it posted. I am so happy and grateful that so many of you out there have enjoyed reading my posts, and have shown your support through liking, commenting, and following.  Today I wanted to repost the five most popular posts of 2015:

  1. Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen
  2. Clinique Cheek Pop Blush Pop Collection
  3. Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick
  4. Clinique Autumn 2015 Haul and Bonus Time
  5. Blogmas Day 15: Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

(As we can all see, I have a bit of a Clinique obsession, and so do you, dear readers, since those are the posts you liked best).

Thank you again for reading my posts and for all of your love and support; it really does mean a lot to me. Hopefully there was something for everyone and I’d love to know which post was your favourite this year. I am forever grateful to each and every one of you for reading, commenting, liking, and following, and being a huge part of my little Internet nook.

-digital hugs-

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Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

IMG_6146For the past 6 months or so, this little cleansing brush has been my skin care go-to. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase it in a Mother’s Day box set that included the cleansing brush, and sample sizes of the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer, so I could try out the skin care line. I am a huge fan of Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser and this cleansing brush works so well with it, because it helps generate a good, foamy lather on your skin and deep cleans pores. I tend to skip the toner step, but I always finish off my skin care routine with Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Since this is an investment at $99, I thought I would write an honest review for those of you out there who are considering giving it a try, or those of you on the hunt for a quick and easy way to deep clean your skin.

Features:

  1. Deep cleansing
  2. Anti-microbial
  3. Battery lasts 3 hours on one charge, perfect for traveling
  4. Effective for all skin types
  5. Two specialized brush bristle types: green for T-zone, and white for cheeks
  6. Angled brush tip to get in hard to reach places
  7. Purifies skin of oil, makeup, and dirt that may be missed when cleansing by hand
  8. Automatic shut-off
  9. Variety of brush heads for different skin care concerns
  10. Two-year warranty
  11. Charging base

How to use: 

  1. Apply cleanser to wet brush head or moistened skin.
  2. Massage brush in circular motion over cheeks for 15 seconds each using the white brush head bristles. Important: you do not need to apply pressure to your skin; the brush will deeply cleanse with a light touch.
  3. Massage brush in up and down motion in and around the T-zone for 15 seconds using the green brush head bristles.
  4. Thoroughly rinse skin and lightly pat dry with towel.
  5. Rinse the brush head after every use, and lightly pat dry.
  6. Exfoliate and moisturize skin as desired.

What I love about this product is that it is waterproof, so it can be safely used in the shower. One of my biggest struggles with cleansing is rinsing because I always end up with some cleanser residue in my hair. This way, I can cleanse first so no cleanser gets in my nice, clean hair. Plus, the entire cleansing brush is anti-microbial so no little organisms will be building a town in your brush in between uses. Also, the brush does not need to be used with Clinique cleansers, so you can use any cleanser you like. I would seriously discourage using it with any scrubs or even with cleansers with those bursting beads, because it would be too harsh on your skin.

To start, the brush should only be used once daily, either in the morning or at night to allow your skin to adjust. After a week or so of using it, you can switch over to using it twice daily, both morning and night. Do not exceed two daily uses though; it will strip your skin of essential oils and it’s a waste of cleanser.

For those of you with sensitive skin, there is a specialized brush head for you, with softer bristles for the cheeks and T-zone areas. And if acne is your primary concern, there is also a specialized brush head to combat that.

The automatic shut-off is another feature that I love about this cleansing brush. It turns off every 30 seconds so you know when to move on from your cheeks to your T-zone. It’s also really handy if, like me, you sometimes zone off while cleansing and realize the brush hasn’t even been on your face half the time . . .

I took this cleansing brush with me when I went to Paris back in August, and one charge before I packed it lasted the entire trip. The battery has such good life in it, and the charging base is a nice place to rest it on your bathroom counter.

Finally, what I love about this brush is that it removes oil, dirt, and makeup that could easily be missed when cleansing your skin by hand. This one is huge for me, because I have found that, even after using some cleansers, my skin still feels waxy and dry. While this brush and the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser do a beautiful job with removing makeup, make sure that you rinse your brush head so you aren’t spreading the removed makeup everywhere.

All in all, I think this cleansing brush is an incredible skin care investment. It leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, is super easy to use, and is great for traveling. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick way to deep clean skin, at home or on-the-go.

Have you tried this cleansing brush before??? What did you think of it???

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