With Only Words on the Cover: Room by Emma Donohue

Photo from Amazon.com
Photo from Amazon.com

As I mentioned in my Pre-Paris book haul, I picked up this book because I wanted a lightweight paperback that I could immediately get into, and some of you commented saying I would love this book. Well I did.

Five-year-old Jack was born in Room and has never left. He wakes up in bed with Ma, they have breakfast at Table, use Toilet, have a bath, move Rug off the floor so they can do Phys Ed., have lunch, read books off of Shelf in Rocker, and then have dinner. But Jack must be asleep in Wardrobe by 9, because sometimes Old Nick visits and creaks the bed. But then later Ma will bring Jack into Bed with her.

To Jack, Room is home. But for Ma, it is a garden shed-turned-dungeon that she has been stuck in for six years since Old Nick kidnapped her from the university parking lot at age 19. She has made the best of it, giving birth to Jack on her own, and raising him as best as possible given the circumstances. But Ma knows that one day they will need to escape so Jack can have a normal life and she can finally be free from her captor.

What surprised me most was the effectiveness of having the narrator be a five-year-old child. At first I was skeptical, wondering how such a tragic circumstance could be conveyed through the words of a child, but in fact that is a large part of what made this book so good. Through Jack’s naïve descriptions of daily life and of Old Nick, the horror of the situation is shown from the alternative perspective of a child who knows nothing else.

And now for some facts:

First Paragraph:

Today I’m five. I was four last night going to sleep in Wardrobe, but when I wake up in Bed in the dark I’m changed to five, abracadabra. Before that I was three, then two, then one, then zero. “Was I minus numbers?”

What I Loved Most: This book is divided into five sections: Presents, Unlying, Dying, After, and Living. Each one of these sections marks a major change in the plot, and helped me to compartmetalize the progression of the story. When I first read the titles of these sections, they made no sense to me, but once I started reading each section, their meanings became clear within the first few pages. Not having chapters was an adjustment, but I found chapters would have chopped up the story too much.

What I Loved Least: At first, I really didn’t like all the grammatical errors, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments, as I found they made the text harder to read and distracted from the story. But as I got more into the book, I found that without these deliberate errors, it would be hard to believe the narrator was a young child, and would have taken away from the naivety on which the narration operates.

Memorable Line:

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.

Last Paragraph:

I look back one more time. It’s like a crater, a hole where something happened. Then we go out the door.

Final Thoughts: The New York Times book review said it perfectly: “Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing . . . A truly memorable novel.” It is one of those books you will want to read all in one go, but at the same time you’ll want to pause and think about the power of the noven. Such an amazing read. I would recommend this to anyone.

Next up is George Orwell’s Animal Farm for a book with a non-human main character!!!

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Rouge G de Guerlain

In case you haven’t already noticed, a lot of my posts the past few days have been Paris-themed. This is because the internet connection at the hotel was super slow, so I only managed to get one or two posts up, but now that I’m back, I’m making up for my absence with a whole slug of posts about how incredible Paris was.

IMG_5639So, while walking down the Champs-Élysées for the first time, I noticed a Guerlain store. I have heard amazing things about this brand and read raving reviews of some of their products, and I had always wanted to give it a try. While some Guerlain products are available through Sephora, the selection is limited, so I hadn’t really considered ordering anything. But when a giant Guerlain boutique was staring me in the face, I had no choice: I had to go in and have a look.

IMG_5637Well, the store is beautiful. Just beautiful. The best way I could describe it is vibrant elegance. All of the products are displayed in really neat ways, and they are all colour-coordinated, as you can see in the picture on the right. Displays like this one line both walls, with wonderfully friendly sales associates at every turn.

IMG_5682I knew I wanted to try out a Guerlain product, but I had no real idea which one. Since lipstick is my favourite beauty product that I cannot live without, I decided it would be a practical souvenir of my visit to this Guerlain boutique, and would definitely get used. And then I spotted this shade, 68 Gigi, a beautiful vibrant fuchsia.


  1. Intense colour
  2. Creamy application, almost like lip balm
  3. Rruby powder for radiance
  4. Spheres of hyaluronic acid for smoothed lips
  5. Wild mango butter for hydration
  6. Comes in a jewel lipstick compact
  7. Optional engraving of lipstick compact

Shades: There are 29 Rouge G de Guerlain exceptional complete lip colour shades, ranging from soft pinks, to bright reds, to even tawny purples. However, one of these shades, 68 Gigi is exclusive to this Champs-Élysées address, meaning it cannot be bought online or in any other Guerlain store.

IMG_5683Each one of these lipsticks comes in a jewel compact, which opens by pulling on the end, revealing a little concealed mirror, with the lipstick sliding out the side. From there, the lipstick just turns up normally. The mirror is super handy for on-the-go application, and for a quick check up on coverage throughout the day.

IMG_5680I am in love with the jewel lipstick compact. A cool fun fact is that the case was designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris. The case makes lipstick feel more like an accessory than a simple cosmetic product. The 68 Gigi comes with the option of having the traditional lipstick compact or an exclusive one with 68 on it, which is the one I opted for. And, best of all, you can have the compact engraved. That’s right. Every Saturday, this store has an engraver on staff who will engrave your name, initials, or anything else you’d like into the side of the compact. Now that is what I call personalizing a lipstick.

IMG_5672IMG_5674Guerlain appears to be a master of classy packaging. The lipstick compact comes nestled in a beautiful little, white box, which is tucked away in a chic little Guerlain bag with some product samples, and tied up with pretty red ribbon.

All in all, this is most definitely my favourite beauty souvenir of this trip to Paris, and it has given me high expectations for the rest of Guerlain’s products that I now want to try.

Have you tried any Guerlain products??? Which ones did you like???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

BITE Beauty Maple Matte Crème Lipsticks

IMG_5081With so many beauty releases being restricted to the US or the UK, I was thrilled to learn that this limited-edition lipstick collection is exclusive to Canada. According to BITE Beauty founder Susanne Langmuir, she was inspired by the changing colours of the Canadian maple trees on her Ontario farm, and wanted to create a lipstick collection that encapsulated the changing colours of a Canadian autumn. To take this one step further, the lipsticks are actually infused with maple scent. And yes, they taste like maple too.


  1. Made with organic fruit butters and food-grade ingredients
  2. 94% natural ingredients
  3. Infused with the scent of maple
  4. Long-lasting
  5. Matte cream formula that does not dry out lips
  6. Highly pigmented
  7. Hand-made in BITE Beauty’s Artisinal Lipstick Factory in Toronto, Ontario
  8. 5 fall shades


The five shades are warmed maple, candied maple, braised maple,  mulled maple, and sugared maple. While all of them are incredible fall shades, warmed maple is quite literally an orange lipstick, and candied maple is a fairly classic red, so I passed on these two, but picked up the other three shades. As confirmed by BITE Beauty, Mulled Maple is the same as Black Cherry from the US-released Frozen Berries collection, but this shade has the infusion of maple.

Braised Maple
Braised Maple


Mulled Maple
Mulled Maple


Sugared Maple

I want to note here that the shades look way different in the tube than they do on. When I first saw them displayed in Sephora, I was disappointed by how dark they looked, but then I swatched them on the back of my hand and realized they are actually bright, vibrant shades. So don’t be fooled; always swatch.


lipstick swatches with labels



I absolutely adore the outer packaging of these lipsticks. The little boxes are beautifully adorned with images of Canadian maple leaves in varying stages of chlorophyll disappearance and trapped glucose, which causes leaves to change from green to red, orange, yellow, and even purple. I have to admit though that I was a little disappointed by the plainness of the lipstick tube. Considering this is a limited edition collection, I figured the tube would be decorated similar to the outer box instead of the classic plain black of Bite Beauty’s other lipsticks.


I have been wearing these shades for the last week or so, and I can’t get enough of them. They are super long lasting without losing pigmentation, and do not require any touchups throughout the day after eating or drinking. I may have to pop back into Sephora and get back ups for these so that when and if the collection is discontinued, I won’t lose what have now become some of my all-time favourite and go-to shades. While they are perhaps a little too dark for summer, fall is fast approaching, and these shades are perfect for back to school and getting into the groove of crisp autumn mornings, scarves, and rain boots.

Have you tried any of the shades from this collection??? What did you think???

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Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette

IMG_5054I featured this little product number already in my recent Clinique haul post, but I have been using it every day since I got it, so I figured it warranted its own review, where I can gush over how lovely it is, and how much I wish it wasn’t a limited edition product.


  1. Super pigmented
  2. Longwear
  3. Crease-resistant
  4. Fade-resistant
  5. Dual-ended sponge applicator included
  6. Mirrored compact, perfect for traveling
  7. Easy to blend and layer
  8. 8 shades for oodles of day and night looks

So, where to begin with my love for this eye shadow palette. . . First of all, the colours are just so pretty. They are super pigmented, so the colours are vibrant, and they are really easy to blend and layer. Also, of the eight colours, four are soft shimmers, three are super shimmers, and one is a matte. This range of shimmer degrees allows for more subtle day looks or more dramatic night looks, or a mix of a little bit of both. This palette was $40, which for some is a bit pricy, but I had wanted to try it for a really long time and, unlike other eyeshadow palettes I have come across, I love ALL of the colours, so all will get used up.

labelled eyeshadow swatches

(Daybreak really is there, even if it doesn’t show up super well on my paper white skin)

IMG_5068The next big thing that stood out about this product for me is the plastic tray that covers the eyeshadows. I think this was just part of the protective packaging, but I actually really like it. It keeps all the eyeshadows in their place so little grains don’t go hopping over into the next pan (yup, I did just give eyeshadow grains sentience). Plus, it also lines the section for the applicator, so that grains from the applicator don’t stick to the compact.

For application, I personally prefer using a brush, but the included sponge applicator is one of the better ones I’ve used. Since it’s dual-ended, each side can be used for two colours. This is how I divided up my applicator usage:

Applicator End 1:

Side 1- Alabaster and Daybreak

Side 2- Moroccan Brown and At Dusk

Applicator End 2:

Side 1- Sahara Sun and Light Shade of Starlight Starbright Duo

Side 2- Jute Brown and Chocolate Bark

Dividing up my applicator usage may have been a bit obsessive and unnecessary, but I found it to be really helpful so that the included applicator could be used with all colours with minimal cross-colour mixing.

This palette is perfect for traveling. It has all essential neutral eyeshadow shades, so you don’t have to pack a whole bunch of individual colours and, with the included applicator, brushes can be left at home. Even better, the net weight of this palette is under 100g, so it can be taken on the plane in your carry-on bag. It is always good to pack a few beauty essentials in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost, and this eyeshadow palette is a must.

I think my only complaint with this product would be the packaging. I love how its all silvery and reflective, but fingerprints stick to it, and it looks a little messy. It is, however, really durable. The other day, my cat was sitting on my bathroom counter watching me do my makeup (yes, this is a normal, everyday occurrence) and she knocked the palette off the counter. Luckily it was closed, but I was still pretty upset and worried that they had broken, but they were all intact.


Now, there is another related Clinique product that deserves a little shout out here: the Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes and Lips. It is by far the best makeup remover I have found to date. One swipe, and all makeup is gone. It takes off the eyeshadows included in this palette so easily, and it comes in travel sizes so, once again, perfect for traveling. As you can see, mine is just over half gone, and I have already purchased a replacement, because I wouldn’t last a day without this.

Have you tried this eyeshadow palette before, or any of the other All About Shadow 8-Pan Palettes??? What did you think of them???

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Was Turned Into A Movie or TV Show: It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Photo from Wikipedia
Photo from Wikipedia

More and more, mental illness is becoming a hot topic of conversation in television, in film, and in literature. Stereotypical images of straitjackets and unethical electroshock therapy procedures are being replaced by very real portrayals and personal accounts of mental illness. That’s why tv shows like Dexter, movies like The Silver Linings Playbook, and novels like The Perks of Being a Wallflower have such a large fan base. People can relate to the characters and the circumstances surrounding them, whether or not they are diagnosed with a mental illness.

Craig Gilner, the 15-year-old narrator, like most teenagers, wants to succeed in life. For him, this means that he needs to get good grades to get into a good high school, to get accepted to a good college, to get a good job, to have a good lifestyle.Craig throws himself into studying to get accepted into Manhattan’s prestigious Executive Pre-Professional high school. Once accepted, however, the schoolwork generates too much pressure. Craig begins to stop eating, and then to stop sleeping, until one night Craig nearly kills himself. Instead, he checks himself into a mental hospital, and the book chronicles his time there, where he learns to deal with his anxiety, and what life is all about.

What I loved most about this book is how, through Craig, the reader gets an insider’s view of a psychiatric hospital, all stereotypes aside, along with insight into the mind of someone recognizing that they have a mental illness, and the ways in which they go about coping with it. This quality comes from the fact that the novel was based on the author’s time spent in an adult psychiatric hospital. A week after being released from an adult psychiatric hospital in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Vizzini began writing this novel, capturing the raw essence of his experiences. Vizzini suffered from severe clinical depression, and struggled with it for years until he committed suicide on December 19, 2013.

The richness of this story comes from the reader’s ability to relate to Craig. Whether or not you have a mental illness, everyone can relate to the inability to cope with peer pressure, and the journey of finding out who you are. Largely, this novel emphasizes the importance of accepting that mental illness is about being yourself and accepting who you are.

One passage that I love is:

 “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” 

For many people who suffer from a mental illness, this is a perfect description of how it can feel sometimes.

Photo from Wikipedia
Photo from Wikipedia

In 2010, this novel was adapted to film. I actually watched the movie first, a taboo activity that I try to avoid at all costs, but I saw it at my then-boyfriend’s house and learned in the credits that it was a movie adaptation of a book. After reading the book, I admit that the movie took a few cinematic liberties, but what movie doesn’t??? Point is, they don’t change the raw honesty or rye humour of the novel, or the powerful message it tells.

Check out the movie trailer here!!!

Now for the fun stuff!!!

Opening Paragraph:

“Its so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s above and beyond everything else, and it’s not a mental complaint-it’s a physical thing, like it’s physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don’t come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people’s words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet.”

What I Loved Most: The wry honesty of the narrator is so relatable for any teenager, or any person really, who has been overwhelmed by life. I find that everyone, to a degree, is a Craig Gilner. We all want to succeed at something, and all fear buckling under the pressure of the expectations we set for ourselves and believe others set for us.

What I Loved Least: Nothing. That’s how much I loved this novel.

Memorable Line:

“I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.” 

Closing Paragraph: “Ski. Sled. Play basketball. Jog. Run. Run. Run. Run home. Run home and enjoy. Enjoy. Take these verbs and enjoy them. They’re yours, Craig. You deserve them because you chose them. You could have left them all behind but you chose to stay here. So now live for real, Craig. Live. Live. Live. Live. Live.”  

Final Thoughts: Incredible novel. Just incredible. Whether you suffer from a mental illness, know someone who does, or are simply looking to better understand how it can affect someone, this novel is a prime learning tool.

Next up is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl for a novel set in another country!!!

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Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen

IMG_5052The last time I used a liquid eyeliner pen, I think I was around 16 and having my wearing-too-much-eyeliner-is-so-cool phase, where the raccoon-eye look is all the rage, and no one tells you that with a thinner line, eyeliner on the top lid can actually be really flattering. I worshipped Revlon’s Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen, and it wasn’t until recently that I noticed just how thick the end is. Like it is really thick, to the point (ha, so punny) that it would have basically been impossible for me to achieve a thin line with it anyways. Since the nearest Clinique counter to me recently brought in the Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, I figured I might as well give eyeliner pens another go. So far I am loving it!!!


  1. Super fine tip for precise, narrow lines
  2. Smooth, flat brush sides for thicker lines
  3. Clean application in one sweep
  4. 24-hour wear
  5. PERFECT for cat eyes
  6. Comes in two shades, black and dark brown


I cannot sing the praises of this eyeliner pen loud enough. It is just so amazing!!! The best I can do is to rave about how incredible the fine tip is. Like look at that. That is quite literally as to the point (ha, ok, I have to stop with the puns) as it gets. Since getting this pen, I have been wearing eyeliner on my top lids nearly every day, a feat precedented only by the angsty teen years where eyeliner was cool and meant you listened to Fall Out Boy and Paramore and shopped at Hot Topic (which I actually never did). But in all seriousness, for people who don’t want to muck about with liquid eyeliner that comes in the little pots and has to be applied with a brush, or for people who are in a hurry in the mornings and don’t have time for that, this is perfect. It goes on super smooth, and stays on all day with no smudging or fading. Plus, the tip makes it really hard to over do it, and there is no need to worry about stray brush marks messing up the lines. However, this pen is not particularly good for under-eye application; it really is meant for the upper lids.


This picture is just to show how smooth the pen application is. The lines can be super thin to as thick as you think you need. It was a little pricy at $23 but it was so worth it. I am tempted to go back to my local Clinique counter and get it in the dark brown as well, because I think it would make for a more subtle line and more natural look. The only complaint I might have, and I am finding as I read more reviews that other people found this too, is the packaging. It airs on the cheap side, and the super long lid gives the illusion that there is more product inside. Regardless, I think it will last for a fairly long time because, really, how much eyeliner do you need to use on a daily basis??? It is important to note though that neither the black nor brown is waterproof, so if you think you’ll be crying during the day, whether it be at a wedding or a funeral, I would suggest trying another eyeliner.

Have you tried this liquid eyeliner pen??? Did you like it, or is there another one that works better???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

IMG_5034As I mentioned in my recent Sephora haul post, I picked up this little foundation number after trying and loving Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, and wanting to give their liquid foundation a go. After testing it out the past few days on its own and with some of my other makeup products, I wanted to post a review of my thoughts on this product because I like writing reviews and I think this product is worth sharing with you.

So, let’s start with the features, shall we???


  1. Medium- to full-coverage
  2. Flawless finish
  3. “Soft focus effect,” meaning it stands up against bright, prolonged light
  4. Oil-free
  5. Formulated with Relipidium (moisturizes skin), Fucogel (prevents dehydration), and Sericite (enhances light ray refraction to illuminate complexion)
  6. Lightweight texture
  7. 26 shades to pick from

*Note: This product is a Sephora exclusive foundation*


IMG_5041This liquid foundation comes in a total of 26 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Ebony. I picked up 110 Pink Porcelain and, like I said about MUFE’s powder foundation, I am amazed by how perfectly its lightest shade matches my skin tone. Liquid foundations in particular seem to have their lightest shade airing on the yellowish side, and I end up looking rather like I misapplied spray-on tan, but this one is designed for skin with pink undertones, and not just any skin: porcelain skin!!! Thank you Make Up For Ever for acknowledging a shade lighter than ivory.

The foundation has a pump, which is so lovely because I absolutely detest trying to get liquid foundation out of the bottom of the container. I apply this foundation by pumping a little bit on to the back of my hand, and evenly brushing it directly onto my skin with a foundation brush (actually, with a blush brush, but that’s beside the point). Now, with this foundation, only a little dollop is needed. With some foundations, I have found that I need to use a ton before I start to notice any real coverage, but with this one, less is definitely more in order to maintain its invisibility on the skin. However, I will not be using this as my daily foundation. I love how it makes my skin look, but I want to save it for special events and holidays when I know my grandmother will make me be in family photographs for the rest of eternity no matter what I look like.

Also, I don’t think I would recommend this product to anyone with acne prone skin. My skin is normal to combination, with little to no blemishes or dry patches, so this foundation worked wonders for me to even out my skin tone and give me that flawless look. But after reading many, many reviews of this product, it appears that it does not do so well when trying to cover up acne, and it can stick to dry patches, so I would try it with caution. Actually, if you can, I would recommend popping into a Sephora or borrowing it from a friend so you can test it before buying it.

This foundation was quite pricy at $50, and I really have to stop shopping at Sephora for awhile because these upscale brands are not good for my bank account, but I really do love it, and think it was worth it. Also, because only a little bit is required for full coverage, I am hoping it will last longer than other foundations I have tried.

What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation??? Is it as invisible for you as it claims to be???

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 🙂

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

IMG_5028After reading so many praises and raving reviews of Make Up For Ever products, I popped into the nearest Sephora the other day and picked up the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation to try out. I have been on the hunt for a good powder for quite some time, and this one has far surpassed any expectations I had.


  1. Can be used as a primary foundation or a setting powder
  2. Buildable, longlasting coverage
  3. Natural matte finish
  4. Fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin
  5. Formulated without parabens
  6. Lightweight texture
  7. Mineral oil-free to prevent dehydration
  8. Wide range of shades


113 Neutral Porcelain

This pressed powder comes in a total of 20 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Neutral Ebony. I picked up 113 Neutral Porcelain, and was surprised by how perfectly it matches my skin tone. As someone who is extremely pale, it is often difficult for me to find foundation, either liquid or powder, that matches my pigmentation, but this powder is incredible. However, I am not sure about the range of shades for darker skin tones, given that there are definitely people out there darker than Neutral Ebony. I would definitely recommend popping into a store that carries Make Up For Ever and trying out the shades instead of simply purchasing one online, because some appear to be slightly unnatural.

113 Neutral Porcelain

When I purchased this powder, I also invested in the Make Up For Ever Foundation Kabuki Brush 110 straight. At $55, I seriously considered not buying it, as it cost more than the powder at $42, but in my opinion, the brush is worth it and almost a requirement. Without applying the powder foundation with a brush (not necessarily this one), it can look slightly powdery on the skin and somewhat dry.

The underside of the foundation compact houses an application sponge, which can be effective, but I would not recommend it. Using the sponge for application results in medium to full coverage, which may be desirable for some, but it does create a heavy, powdered look. Using a brush for application results in sheer to light coverage, making it look much more natural.

I typically use this powder foundation dry as a setting powder, but for those who would use this as a primary foundation, it can be applied dry or wet: dry for full coverage, or wet for sheer coverage. If applying dry, use a brush. If applying wet, make sure to use the sponge included in the compact, as it does not create streaks, and delivers even coverage.

While the powder is pricy at $42, it has become a must-use in my daily beauty regime. I apply it over my liquid foundation, and it looks as though my skin is naturally flawless, and I have received many compliments on my “perfect skin”. In addition, I find that the powder lasts quite a while, so it does have incredible value. Furthermore, the packaging isn’t massive so it is easy to pack when traveling.

The brush on the other hand, at $55, was hard to stomach. I have never spent that much on a brush, and had a heated internal battle with myself as to whether to purchase it. I kept thinking that it was extremely over-priced, and that I could find just as good of a brush cheaper somewhere else. But after getting it out of the packaging and using it for the first time, I fell in love. Make Up For Ever’s brushes are insanely good quality, so soft, and result in perfect application. Because of this, I now consider the brush to be an investment, a worthwhile addition to my brush collection that will last a really long time, and work really well.

What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s powder foundation??? And do you think their brushes are over-priced or investments???

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

IMG_5019Well, Clinique has been at it again!!! The Cheek Pop blushers were my biggest beauty obsession back in February when they were FINALLY released in my city, and are my favourite blushers to date. As it happens, there are four new Cheek Pop shades that I will be reviewing soon, but today’s post reviews a diferent kind of pop.

As of a few weeks ago (at least where I live), the brand new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks were released in 16 vibrant shades. I had heard talk of them, but once I found out my island had them, I immediately dashed out to the nearest Clinique seller and picked up a few shades to show you.

Before I get into the swatches and such, I first want to go over the features and shades of this newest release:


  1. Clinique’s signature rich, full colour and smoothing primer in one little unit
  2. Weightless formula with modern-velvet finish
  3. Nourishing and moisturizing with Shea and Murumuru butters
  4. Classic Long Last formula, keeping true colour for 8 hours
  5. As always, allergy tested, and 100% fragrance free.
  6. Adorable new packaging, with the lipstick colour displayed on the case
  7. Comes in 16 incredible shades!


This spectacular new range has 16 shades that are grouped into four different colour families: nudes, tawnies, pinks, and violets.

Nudes: Nude Pop, Bare Pop, Cola Pop, and Beige Pop

Tawnies: Melon Pop, Poppy Pop, Passion Pop, and Cherry Pop

Pinks: Sweet Pop, Punch Pop, Wow Pop, and Fab Pop

Violets: Love Pop, Plum Pop, Berry Pop, and Grape Pop 

The one family name that I might question here, and possibly re-name “Berries” is Tawnies, given Passion Pop and Cherry Pop are some pretty bold reds, befitting the likening to a strawberry shade.

As much as I would have loved to scoop up all 16 shades, I disciplined myself and only let myself pick out three shades that I “absolutely could not live without,” which translates to “I don’t have any shades like this one, and they would be real assets to my lipstick arsenal.” The three shades I picked were Nude Pop, Melon Pop, and Love Pop.

Traditionally, I go for the flashy, bold colours like those in the pinks family, so this go around, I went for more toned-down shades to round out my lipstick collection.

Nude Pop
Melon Pop
Love Pop


Clinique pop swatches

With my obsession over this new kind of pop growing even more rapidly than my obsession for the Cheek Pop blushers, I know my pact with myself won’t hold, and before I know it, I’ll be back at Clinique picking out some more shades.

But it’s not just about the colours (though they are incredible). The formula makes for a light and nourishing texture, and allows for a super long wear time. I have been wearing Nude Pop almost every day, and it needs no touch-ups throughout the day (except yesterday after I tried to elegantly eat a cupcake). However, darker shades like Love Pop are extremely long-wearing, and require no touch-ups at all, not even after eating a cupcake.

Each Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick is $21, which I think is an exceptional price given the primer is built in. So if you are looking to add a bit of pop to your summer make-up routines, you will love these.

Have you tried any of these new shades yet??? Which are your favourites???

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