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???

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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Good morning!!!

School is almost over so my days are getting busier and busier, but I have been loving this foundation recently and I wanted to share my thoughts on it before finals start 😊😊

Features

  1. Unique dot applicator
  2. 2x the pigmentation
  3. Lightweight
  4. Oil-free
  5. 24-hour full coverage wear
  6. Flawless finish
  7. Contains patented Marc Jacobs’ golden pigments that enable effortless blending
  8. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates
  9. 22 shades, ranging from Ivory Light 10 to Cocoa Deep 86

I wear the lightest shade, Ivory Light 10, which is very fair but has pink undertones. Unlike a lot of foundations where the lightest shade is yellow tinged, this one completely matches my skin tone. Plus, this product has two times the pigment of other full coverage foundations, making it unrivaled. The full, matte coverage makes my skin look glowing and flawless. Unlike other foundations that can go without being shaken, I find if I don’t shake this one, it doesn’t apply nearly as well.

The dot applicator makes it super easy to control how much I apply and to customize my coverage. I dot my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, and then blend. It is best to start with less and blend before adding more so it doesn’t not dry or streak. While you can apply it with a buffing foundation brush, I prefer to use my fingers.

A really neat feature of this foundation is the patented patented Marc Jacobs’ golden pigments. They are wrapped in lecithin, which is biochemically similar to skin, making the foundation blend perfectly into skin. Extracts of sunflower, jojoba, and acacia also add to the blendability.

A huge plus of this product, and the entire Marc Jacobs Beauty brand, is that it does not test on animals. While it is not a vegan line, the majority of the products do not contain animal byproducts.

The only downside I see to this product is the price tag: $69. My mother actually bought this one on her hunt for a foundation and I tried it and fell in love with it. I don’t think I would re-purchase this foundation to add to my everyday makeup routine, but the flawless coverage has shot it to the top of my holiday makeup shopping list.

Have you tried this foundation before??? What did you think of it???

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Dior’s Diorshow Mascara

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My goodness, so it has been awhile since I published a post, and I can thank none other than university midterms for that (thanks, no thanks). But with another round of them out of the way, I thought I would return to blogging with a bang and share my new favourite mascara:  Diorshow. 

Features

  1. Improved formula with fibres for added lash richness
  2. AIR-LOCK™ wiping system to remove excess mascara from bristles, and reduce the amount of air pushed back into the tube
  3. Stays fresh longer
  4. No clumping or crumbling
  5. Sleek packaging
  6. Formulated without parabens, sulphates, or phthalates
  7. Available in four shades: black, brown, blue, and purple

This mascara made its rounds on the blogosphere about a year ago when the improved formula was released. This new version has an AIR-LOCK™ wiping system designed to remove excess mascara from bristles before application, and to reduce the amount of air pulled into the tube when return want to tube don’t push as much air inside so it stays fresh longer. 

This has been a best-selling product since its release in 2002, so I can imagine the challenges faced by makeup artist and Dior Makeup’s creative director Peter Philips: how to update such an iconic product to take in customer complaints without compromising anything consumers love. The reinvented mascara features a conditioning formula with microfibres designed to extend lashes even more with buildable volume. 

img_0432As you can see here, the XXL brush definitely lives up to its title.  This brush is so big that end-to-end it reaches all of my eyelashes, meaning each brushstroke evenly coats my lashes. I do find it a bit clumsy to wield when doing my bottom lashes, but it does a fantastic job on coating them and separating them.

img_0435Just to show how massive this brush really is, check it out in comparison to the tube size. That’s right. Admittedly, I think the brush is a tiny bit in foreground, but the size increase is negligible. 

My one complaint with this product is I find that it smudges throughout the day, but hey, maybe it’s just me rubbing my eyes because I’m so tired from staying up until the wee hours of the morning studying. 

I acquired this mascara from my mother after she tried it once and claimed it didn’t layer well. I didn’t have any issues applying multiple coats to get the thick, voluminous lash look I was after, but there’s individual differences for you. Anywho, I am so grateful that she gifted it to me because it is CAD $34, which is pricy for my budget. Because of this price, I don’t know if I would repurchase it, but I have been using it for several months and a little does go a long way. Plus, because of the AIR-LOCK™ wiping system, it stays fresh from the first use until the last, I don’t see why I would ever replace it prematurely. So maybe I’ll purchase another one when this one is empty . . . maybe. I don’t know. . . maybe. 

Have you tried this mascara before??? What did you think of it???

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