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???
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???
April is always a crazy month with university classes ending and final exams starting, but the end of this term seemed extra hectic. I don’t know if it was all the group projects or the massive papers but it felt like April dragged on for far too long. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I am studying, but by the end of classes I am ready for a break and my exams went right until the second-to-last day of exam period. I have missed blogging and I am so happy to be getting back to it with a post about my new go-to mascara.
Way back in September 2016, I published a drug store haul post and this mascara was included. I put it in a box of products to try and unearthed it about a month ago, figuring I should give it a go. Well boy am I glad I did!!! Features
New oil-infused liquid formula to define lashes
Layer-Reveal brush with 10 bristle layers reaches all lashes
Ophthalmologist-tested and safe for contact lense wearers
Available in three shades: Blackest Black, Very Black, and Brownish Black
Drugstore price tag
Fun fact: This mascara was also the official mascara of London Fashion Week.
First of all, the brush is pretty darn skookum. The curved shape makes it possible to apply from root to tip and the bristle layers grab all the lashes and lengthen them.
The formula is also really smooth, glides on well, and it can be layered. Plus, it feels really leightweight on my eyelashes. Over the course of the day, it does not smudge, flake, or transfer to my undereyes, not even if I accidentally forget to take my makeup off at night and end up sleeping with it on. It still looks just as good the next day. I wouldn’t recommend that, but it’s a good test of how durable the product is.
The only negative comment I have about this mascara is that it is extremely hard to remove completely. I typically use Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips, and maybe another remover works better, but I find I can only get the surface product off, and I wake up the next morning with goopy remnants on my lashes that crumble off throughout the following day. Even using more remover does not seem to do much. Let me know in the comments if any of you have used this mascara and have a great technique for getting it off because it makes my lashes look amazing and I want to keep using it.
The jury is still out regarding whether this mascara has overtaken Clinique’s High Impact Mascara as my favourite mascara, but it is definitely a good contender for that title in my makeup bag.
Have you tried this product before??? What did you think of it???
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.
Quickly absorbs into skin, with no greasy residue
Does not cause breakouts, even with oily skin
A little goes a long way
Leaves skin healthy and glowing
Before 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???
Good gracious, it has been far too long since I did a product review post. You’d think, given the Christmas holidays and all, that I would have been buying up beauty products like mad, but in fact, I did quite the opposite. I picked up this little number at least a month ago, and completely forgot about it until I saw it on my bathroom counter ledge and went “hmm, where’d that come from???” So earlier this week, I gave it a go, and thus far I am really enjoying it. Given this is one of Cover Girl’s newly released products, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you 🙂 🙂
Newly designed brush coats lashes from roots to ends
Easy to remove
Suitable for sensitive eyes
Comes in three colours: very black, black, and black brown.
First and foremost, I want to talk about the newly designed brush, as it appears to be the major selling point of the product. Like with most CoverGirl mascaras, the brush came packaged separately from the tube so I could see what it looked like before it got all gooped up. As you can see in this picture, there are a lot of bristles. There are even fine bristles popping out of the top, perfect for getting at bottom lashes. All the major bristles are organized in a double-helix-like way, which helps coat lashes from every angle from roots to ends.
However, I found I needed several coatings before I started to notice a difference. Also, even after I finished applying, my eyelashes didn’t have the KA-POW volume I was hoping for. They were well separated and evenly covered, but they looked much more natural. That isn’t entirely a bad thing, though. Sometimes it’s nice to wear a little mascara without looking like you glued falsies on.
Surprisingly, this mascara stayed on really well, and lived up to its claim of being smudge resistant. And when it came time to remove it, I didn’t even need proper makeup remover; just water and a touch of soap got it off. This does mean though that this is not the mascara to wear if you are planning to watch The Notebook or something because it will run like crazy, and I don’t think CoverGirl has released this product in a waterproof formula, so careful of that.
Something else to note is the size of the brush. Yes, it is massive, and it does grab all your eyelashes in one sweep, but it is so difficult to wield when trying to do your bottom lashes. The bristles at the tip help a little, but they are not ideal.
This mascara retails at $10.49 here in Canada, which is up there for a drugstore mascara, but I was able to snag it during a sale, so I believe it was around $7. I don’t know if I would purchase it again given my loyalty to trial sizes of Clinique’s High Impact Mascara, but it is a great mascara if you are looking for a more natural look. A 50x volume boost though??? I don’t know about that.
With Christmas Day only 5 days away, many of you will be spending the remaining days planning and hosting a Christmas party or attending one. So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite holiday lipsticks to give you some lipspiration of the festive Christmas colours that could adorn your lips at Christmas parties!!!
Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte lipstick in Matte Crimson
BITE Beauty’s Matte Crème lipstick in Mulled Maple
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Heartfelt
Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in Grandest Grape
BITE Beauty’s Matte Crème lipstick in Sugared Maple
Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte lipstick in Matte Plum
What festive lip colours are included in your holiday makeup looks???
P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette giveaway here!!! Giveaway ends December 24th at 11:59 pm PST!!!
As I mentioned in my most recent Clinique Haul post, I picked up two shades of Clinique’s newly released product: the Quickliner for Lips Intense. I didn’t include my introduction to lip liner in my haul, so I would like to provide a little summary here:
*cue nostalgic piano ballad*
You see, it was 2007, and being in grade 7 I figured I should probably hop on the beauty wagon, and what better time than the present. So I pilfered a few essentials from my mother’s makeup kit (AKA the “Cave of Wonders” as it really does have everything you could ever need), such as a mascara, a lipstick, and some powder foundation. I thought I was all set, and then one day at my grandparents’ house, my darling grandmother hauled out her Avon catalogue. While flipping through the pages, I caught a glimpse of the most beautiful pink shade of lip liner, and for $5.99, I considered it an investment. Well . . . not only was the formula a bit of a letdown but my application of the product was horrendous. I somehow got it into my head that lip liner meant “draw vertical and horizontal lines on your lips and essentially make them look like cross-hatch shading gone wrong.” All I can say is that I really liked math, especially geometry, and it seemed like the logical thing to do. Upon, reflection, the name “LIP liner” should have clued me in, but hey, if they had called it “lip tracer” I think I could have figured it out and not tried to use tracing paper or anything like that.
*cut nostalgic piano ballad*
But I digress. I have been using these liners ever since I got them, and I really like them, so I wanted to give an honest review of them for those of you looking for a lip liner, or those of you who are curious to know what the product is like.
Application over enire lip surfacelips extends wear of lipstick
No sharpening needed
Wide selection of shades to match all major categories of lip colours
There are 11 shades, ranging from dark browns to neutrals, to soft pinks and reds, to bolder shades. To air on the safe side, I picked up two: Intense Punch and Intense Cosmos. This way I would have all my berry hues and all my red hues covered.
Now just look at how fine that tip is!!! I was really happy about this, because some lip liners have wide tips, making application more difficult, especially if, like me, you prefer a thin line just surrounding your lips. However, I have occasionally been using these all over my lips before applying lipstick because it actually helps the lipstick to last longer (see, my cross-hatching mishap was not quite so far off after all).
The no sharpening feature is a huge plus for me because I find most of the sharpenable pencils end up with really pointy tips that can hurt when trying to apply them. Or they break off like a pencil crayon tip would, and you’re left with wasted liner that you can’t really use.
A big thing that I want to mention is that, while this liner has the perk of not needing to be sharpened, it is NON-RETRACTABLE. So when you go to use it, turn the grey part of the case just a little bit, enough to see a tip of liner but nothing more. If you turn out too much, there is no way to get it back into the case, and this will cause the liner to dry out, or *shudders* you might have to break a little piece off to get the lid back on. And with a $20 price tag, though it is much more affordable than other highstreet lip liners, you don’t want to go wasting any.
But, as you can see from my little doodle test, the liner draws a nice smooth line of varying thickness. It also doesn’t break easily or crumble. Plus here you can actually see what the colours look like, though the package colours are pretty accurate. I have worn these liners with a wide variety of red and pink shades, and they do a fabulous job keeping everything in place without being visible under even pale shades.
Have you tried these new liners yet??? What did you think of them???
I know I did a post on a Clinique haul and bonus a few weeks back, but lo and behold, I have another!!! This time, I headed down to Sears to see what was new, and I am so happy that I did.
This go-around, I picked up some essentials and a few new products:
I first tried the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover when it came in a sample size in a previous bonus gift, and I love it. It takes eye and lip makeup off in one clean swoosh, and it is fragrance-free so it won’t irritate skin. As for the Cheek Pop blusher, I did a review of them earlier this year, but I was on the hunt for a lighter pink shade that I could wear with my autumnal berry lips and sultry tawny reds without having my cheeks clashing with my lips. This is a beautiful, soft pink, adding just the right amount of colour. And finally, the lip liners. The last time I used lip liner, I think I was maybe 13 years old and, long story short, I completely misunderstood the purpose and royally mucked it up. So, hoping I’ve matured, I am looking forward to trying these out. I’ve heard that they apply super smoothly, and really help lipstick last longer.
With these purchases, I qualified for Sears’ Clinique bonus, and I thought I would share with you all the goodies that came inside:
This bonus gift also came with Clinique’s High Impact mascara, but if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, then you have probably been subjected to your fair share of me raving about how great it is.
I am really looking forward to trying out the Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent, as I have been committing the cardinal makeup sin of sleeping in my mascara lately due to some late night study sessions. Hopefully this eye makeup remover is as good as I have heard, so I can leave it on the edge of my desk and at least spare my eyelashes from the effects of midnight review.
I am also really excited about the Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer. I reviewed the Turnaround Daytime Revitalizing Moisturizer, but I’m interested to see how the overnight moisturizer compares to the other products in the Turnaround range.
So, now, what about you??? Any beauty bonuses to share, or thoughts on these products??? So many of these ones are new to me, so I would love to know what you think of them!!!
With autumn weather in full swing, the berry lips are back, and I could not be happier!!! There is something about a bold lip that just makes me feel super fancy, even if I’ve paired it with some leggings and a sweater. But there are so many lipstick shades out there to choose from, so I thought I would share with you my top five high-end autumnal berry lips. If you like this post, let me know and I will more than happily share my top 5 drugstore autumnal berry lips. So let’s begin!!!
1. Estée Lauder New Pure Colour Lipstick in Fig I received this lipstick in one of Estée Lauder’s annual Christmas gift sets, and at first I thought it was too dark, so it lived in my lippie collection without seeing the light of day. But then about a year ago, I was rummaging around for a dramatic, sultry red to go with a little black dress, and this lipstick was my saving grace. It is a beautiful, tawny red, it goes on super smoothly, it doesn’t dry out my lips, and it stays on really well throughout the day, with little to no fading. This lipstick has the sample packaging, which is more simplistic than the packaging of a regular Estée Lauder lipstick, but they run at about $34 a-piece, so I’ll take more basic packaging since I still get the gem of a lip colour inside.
2. Bite Beauty’s Maple Matte Crème Lipstick in Braised Maple I reviewed this lipstick awhile ago in my post about Bite Beauty’s Maple Matte Crème Lipstick range, and have since been wearing it as much as I can. It is not as orangey as it looks, and it lasts. Like if I don’t fully remove it at night, the tint is still there in the morning. It is such a lovely colour, and it actually smells like maple, which I think is a nice little feature. Unfortunately for those of you who live outside Canada, this range is a Canadian exclusive, and they sold mighty fast. I’m pretty sure most stores only have one colour left in stock. This one was $28, and at the time I purchased three, so both me and my bank account were worried about not liking them, but I am so glad I got them all at once. Otherwise, they would have been gone, and I have got so much wear out of them.
3. Bite Beauty’s Maple Matte Crème Lipstick in Sugared MapleYup, another one of Bite Beauty’s maple lipsticks made it into my top 5 highstreet autumnal lipsticks. I just love how long lasting they are, and somehow going around smelling like maple gives all my makeup looks a Canadianesque feel. I rarely used to wear deep purple shades, but this one is so gorgeous on, and is perfect when paired with simple, daytime eye makeup, or some dramatic wing eyeliner for evening wear.
4. Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte PlumThis was one of the first lipsticks I purchased when Clinique came out with their Long Last Soft Matte range, and I was hooked on it. My mother loved it so much that she went out and got one for herself, and it’s now her everyday lipstick shade. Lots of the other soft matte shades are pretty, but Matte Plum just pops out, and is one of the few shades that I think can be worn in both Autumn and Spring.
5. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La RomanesqueI also discussed this lipstick shade in my review post of it but, to summarize, I had wanted this shade for months since I had seen it in Chanel’s Spring 2015 advertisements, and picked it up while in Paris back in August. It is a subtle yet deep shade of purple that is actually very versatile in terms of the looks it can be worn with and the seasons it can be worn in. It may have been released in Spring, but there is nothing stopping me from wearing it year-round. Plus, I find the formula to be very hydrating, which is important as the days get colder and lips are exposed to harsher elements.
So what are your top five high street autumnal lipstick shades??? Have you tried any of these shades before??? What did you think of them???
With the first day of Autumn now a few days behind us, it seemed apropos that I do a post on one of my favourite seasonal occurrences: Clinique’s bonus time at Hudson’s Bay!!! What this means is for anyone in Canada, from September 15th to October 3rd 2015, Clinique is offering a bonus with a purchase of $31 or more. I absolutely love the Clinique bonuses because they have some treasured beauty favourites in them, along with new products to try. So, I thought I would show you what I bought from Clinique this time, and highlight a few products that came in the bonus 🙂 🙂
This Clinique gift is extra special because the cosmetic bag was designed by interior designer Tyler Dawson. If you haven’t heard of her, you can click here to pop over to her website and take a gander through her portfolio, her about page, and get in contact with her if you are interested in hiring her. Personally, I am a huge fan of her design style. It is so cute and chic at the same time, and I love how she pairs paint colours with furniture to make a room feel homey while looking fabulous.
To qualify for this bonus, I purchased Clinique’s newly released Turnaround Revitalizing Daytime Moisturizer. At $45, I really had to convince myself that this was something I wanted to try, and I JUST missed the free sample from Sephora if I shopped online, so that was a little irksome. But I have heard so many good things about this entire range, and moisturizer is always something I can use, so I went for it.
And now on to some of the goodies stashed away in this lovely little bonus:
First up is the Tyler Dawson-designed cosmetic bag. I think the colours are so fresh, and the clear, cylindrical zipper pull is such a unique take on the classic pull. It is very roomy so I think it would be great for storing, or travelling with, brushes or palettes that need lots of room both lengthways and widthways. The colours and design might be better suited for spring, but hey, it’s only a few months away.
The next item is a shade of Clinique’s Long Last Soft Matte lipstick in the shade Matte Peony. This is super coincidental because I was going to purchase this shade a few weeks back, and decided not to. And now here it is in my makeup collection!!! I’m pretty sure it was meant to be. This is a vibrant pink shade, with warm undertones. Once again, I feel like this shade would be better suited for Spring, but maybe this bonus is for Spring and is just being released in Autumn because Clinique wants us to start prepping our beauty collections for Spring. Who knows???
Next is the moisturizer component of the bonus. Clinique usually has at least one element of their bonus that you can choose so, for instance, the items in the gift are pre-set, but you can choose between two lipstick shades, or two colour themes that dictate which lipstick and eyeshadow shades you receive. In this case, the choosable element was the moisturizer. The choice was between the Even Better Moisturizer with SPF 20 or the Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream with SPF 15. Really, the choice here is between having a brighter complexion, or giving your skin a bit more vitality. I went with the Even Better Moisturizer with SPF 20 because I have used it before and loved it, and I am not yet concerned with the firmness of my skin. But maybe I should be???
Next up is a product I have never even heard of before, which is strange because Clinique is one of my go-to makeup brands.The Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend. If anyone has heard of this or used this before, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, because I have no idea what this is, and no idea how to feel about it. I think it’s for setting makeup??? Maybe??? Gosh, do I ever feel out of the beauty loop here.
Now this product is fairly new, and I have never tried it: the Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum. Apparently this little number is suitable for all skin types and tones, and it sounds like it kind of gets to know your skin and figures out what it needs??? I know that sounds super weird and like I’m describing a life coach more than a skin serum, but I am kind of lost when it comes to this product. I did a little research and some of the uses of this product, like reducing lines or wrinkles, and firming skin are not things that I am really looking for in a product. Evening skin tone and boosting radiance though, those are things I wouldn’t turn down.
The last two products that were included in this bonus were the High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara and the Liquid Facial Soap Mild. This mascara is always, always, always included in Clinique’s bonuses, and I LOVE it. As I have most likely mentioned previously, I never have to buy mascara because I just live off the sample sizes that come in these bonuses. Between the wand design, the formula, and the easiness of packing it, this little sample size is hands-down my favourite mascara to-date. The facial soap is one I have used for years, and I even use it with my Sonic System if I’m feeling it. It’s just a nice, gentle cleanser that leaves skin feeling clean and fresh.
And that was this season’s Clinique bonus, and my mini haul!!!
Have you picked up your Clinique bonus yet??? What did you purchase to qualify??? Any recommendations???
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