Clinique: A hit and a miss…

Hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great summer so far! I’ve mostly been working and completing two summer courses, so I’m clearly having a fun-filled one!

Anyways, I wanted to talk about a brand that I just love: Clinique. So I’ve always been a huge fan, because of their hypoallergenic qualities and it’s what my Mom usually uses on her face. I’ve just always been exposed to it. I’ve managed to try a boat load of their products between my Mom and I and I’d like to share some of the products that have worked for me and some that just missed the mark.

Hit: Eyeshadow Quads

I always run into the problem where shadow quads are literally just the same color in different shades. Like I want something unique and different, but can still make something cohesive. Clinque does this pretty well. If I want to go for a simple neutral look for work or school I can do that, but it also gives me some options for a going out look. My absolute favorite quad is one that I have pictured below.

 

**Note all of these shades are just part of other duos, so I’m listing what those duos are. Top left-Sand dunes; top right- morning java; bottom left- limited edition gold shade (not part of a duo); and bottom right shade- on safari

That gold shade is my life. Like it’s just perfect. It looks like I haven’t used the darker shades a lot, but really it doesn’t take much of them to show up! I frequently turn to this quad for a smokey going out look whenever I hit the bar with my friends, but I’ll swipe on that gold shade for a ready day look. It might be hard to tell but the safari shade has little gold flakes in it so it matches so well with that gold shade!

Miss: Lip Chubby Sticks

Okay so no lie I own like five of these and still wear them from time to time, but I do have some problems with them. I have some swatches below.

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From left to right: 03 Fuller Fig; 02 Whole Lotta Honey; 09 Heaping Hazelnut; (from the intense line): 06 Roomiest Rose

All cute colors, but I cannot seem to make them last on my lips for more than a few hours. I still wear them if I’m running a quick errand, but I do find that if I wear them I have to take them with me to reapply.

What products by Clinque were hits and misses for you? Let me know!

 

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Review: Christie Brinkley Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish

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Hey there everyone! This is one of my first makeup/skincare reviews, so if this seems choppy or just like not good in general. I’m going to go ahead and give it my best shot.

So I received this little bottle here in a Birchbox pretty recently. I’ve been trying to use up most of my little samples just so I can say that I’m not throwing my money away for a cute box and tissue paper. But speaking of which, my latest Birchbox did not have any tissue paper. Is this a new thing they are doing? I liked it when they have tissue paper because it feels more like a little present.

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Okay, okay, back to the actual product. So I’ve used exfoliators before, but not one that has been advertised as being used “daily.” I’ve always been told not to exfoliate everyday because it strips your face of some of those essential oils. I was afraid this product would dry up my face, but again it says that it is “gentle on all skin types.” This little thing lasted me a little more than a week.

 

The formula wasn’t anything special, it had that sandy, yet creamy texture to it that it typical of most exfoliators. A little did go a long way, but this is about how much I would use on my face daily. It felt nice after my morning workout and that scrubbing action made my skin feel so nice. So I would apply it in little circles all on my face and wiped it off with warm water on a washcloth.

Looking back, I should have posted a before and after pictures. I will say that I did not have as much acne using this product every day. The full size product (3 oz.) is around $34. Do I think that it is worth the $34? It might be something to look into if you have sensitive skin that is acne prone, but for me, it’s kind of a toss up. There are so many exfoliator products out there I want to try, but I’ll definitely keep this one in mind if I’m ever in the market for one.

One Product I’m Loving Right Now

Hey guys! So I haven’t done a makeup post in a while. Just to get something out there for you all, I’m going to talk about my absolute favorite concealer at the moment.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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This is probably no surprise to anyone that I’m basically obsessed with the concealer. It is so blendable and it gives me just an overall good finish on my skin. Concealers are ones that I tend to splurge on, just because I haven’t found one that has been like amazing from the drugstore (if you know of one, please comment below and I’ll check it out!). I do tend to use a lot of concealer, and this has lasted me a long time. I’m about to cry because it is almost out and I have no idea whether I should get another one or try something new…decisions decisions!

 

 

 

Makeup Review: Stila Huge Mascara

Hey everyone! I hope you all are happy and healthy and most of all warm! I don’t know where you all are from but where I’m from is SUPER COLD. Anyways, I’m here to share with you a product I got in a Birchbox maybe a month ago? Somewhere around there. But anyways, my old mascara that I so dearly love (the Rimmel Xtreme mascara- I think that’s what it’s called?). I rummaged through some old samples I received and found this gem.

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So, if I’m going to be perfectly honest, I do like this mascara. I really do, however, I do feel like my go to drugstore mascaras can give me the same effect. I also kind of felt like this was a little bit clumpy (but that might be because of the travel size?). It does thicken pretty well, but my lashes are already pretty thick, and it lengthens. Additionally, this mascara is CRAZY HARD to get off. It took me probably twice as long to take off my makeup because of this mascara.

Overall, it’s nice. But that’s about it for me. I wouldn’t be willing to pay the obscene amount of money for something I can buy at Ulta in the drugstore section.

Current Makeup Routine

Yay for my first beauty related post! I’m honestly just posting this so you all can get a feel for what products I like. I would post pictures of myself but my nice camera is having some glitches right now.

1.) First I start off with applying the Mary Kay Oil Mattifier all in my T-Zone (around my nose). This is where my face gets the most oily throughout the day so I need a product to help me out and this one seems to be doing the trick!

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2.) Then I go ahead and put on my foundation. I’ve been using the  Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation and I use the applicator to put it on my face and go back with a BH Cosmetics 30 Brush to blend it in. I cannot tell you how much I just love this foundation. It gives me just the right amount of coverage and Clinique products hardly ever fail me.

3.) I’ve been currently using the treStique mini concealer crayon for my undereyes for the time being (I use the color bisque). It came in my birchbox while I was at school and I reached for it when my Clinique concealer ran out. It’s been doing the job, but I am on the hunt for other under eye concealers (please comment if you have one that you love). If I have any acne spots I usually cover them up with the Benefit Erase Paste.

4.) I normally set everything (a light dusting) with the Origins Brighter By Nature face powder with a big fluffy brush. I’m not even sure that they still sell this stuff because I remember buying it at a cosmetics outlet by me. I wasn’t a big fan of this when I first bought it and thought it just made my face feel heavy. But again, once I ran out of my Clinique face powder, I decided to give it a go. Not the best face powder in the world, but it does the job (please comment if you have a face powder you are loving!).

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5.) Then I apply the fun stuff! Bronzer and blush! For bronzer, I always use my Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light, and I just hit pan on it a while back so I’m getting sad! This has been the best bronzer I have ever used by far! I don’t usually “contour” per say, but I do just have a light dusting of it all on my cheek bones. As for blush, I do like to change it up a bit. But I’ve really been liking the bhCosmetics floral blush duo in Rose. I haven’t used the bright pink shade but I have been using that sort of dusty rose shade.

6.) If I wear shadow, I do like to switch it up, but if I’m in a rush to run errands or go to class, I typically stick to All That Glitters by MAC. It’s a simple champagne color that’s perfect for everyday wear.

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7.) I’ve been really into liquid liner lately and am becoming more confident using it. Most times I don’t add a wing, but I might add it if I’m feeling a little bit edgy. I’m currently using the bhCosmetics liquid liner.

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8.) As for mascaras, I don’t usually buy “high end” types. I feel like there are so many amazing drugstore mascaras and they go bad so quickly. I’m using the Rimmel Scandaleyes Xtreme and I love the two different brushes for lengthening and volume.

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9.) Lastly, I apply lip gloss. I use the Lorac Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby. It’s perfect because it adds just the right amount of pop of color after I blot some of it off.

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That’s all folks! I hope you guys at least got a feel for the kinds of products I reach for! I’ll have tutorials and product reviews up soon!